It’s kind of interesting when separate things rub together, and funny how there is no public condemnation of western State sponsored violence.
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This has to be one of the funniest presidential episodes I’ve seen in a number of years. During Bush’s farewell visit to Iraq, an angry (pissed-off is more accurate) Iraqi threw what I imagine were his shoes right at the president’s face! The Iraqi has to be given credit on two counts, a great arm – pitched both shoes straight to the face- and for having some big cojones -it takes some nerve attempting to do something to the president of the country that is occupying yours… remember Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo?
I also have to give credit to Bush’s reflexes though, he ducked those shoes as if hiding is all he’s ever done in his life.
Read the CNN article and and watch the video here.
I guess I’m going to have to wear it now after that speech.
“Law enforcement officers have foiled a plot by two neo-Nazis who aimed to assassinate Barack Obama and kill 102 other black people, according to court records unsealed today.”
Continue reading The Guardian’s article here.
Israel gave serious thought this spring to launching a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites but was told by President George W Bush that he would not support it and did not expect to revise that view for the rest of his presidency…
So Bush is now THE voice or reason? We’re all screwed.
Read the scary news from The Guardian here.
Alright, so Bush has unilaterally OK’d military raids into Pakistan -incursions in which civilians have been killed- without seeking permission first from the Pakistani government. This is of course not the first time something of this sort happens, but it seems like it being ok is SO ingrained in culture and driven home by the media that it doesn’t seem to cause anyone to flinch. I’m going to get all Chomskyan on you:
Lets start from the beginning:
If you look at the UN Charter, chapter 1, article 2:
2. All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter.
Paris Hilton’s energy plan actually makes more sense than both McCain’s and Obama’s. I’m voting for her. oh wait, I can’t vote…
John Ashcroft defended yesterday waterboarding as not constituting torture before a House panel. There were of course some very valuable pearls dropped in there:
The reports that I have heard, and I have no reason to disbelieve them, indicate that they were very valuable,” Ashcroft said, adding that CIA Director George Tenet indicated the “value of the information received from the use of enhanced interrogation techniques — I don’t know whether he was saying waterboarding or not, but assume that he was for a moment — the value of that information exceeded the value of information that was received from all other sources.”
“I believe a report of waterboarding would be serious, but I do not believe it would define torture,” Ashcroft said, responding to questions from Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California.
Can someone remind John Ashcroft of a little piece of history:
In the war crimes tribunals that followed Japan’s defeat in World War II, the issue of waterboarding was sometimes raised. In 1947, the U.S. charged a Japanese officer, Yukio Asano, with war crimes for waterboarding a U.S. civilian. Asano was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
“All of these trials elicited compelling descriptions of water torture from its victims, and resulted in severe punishment for its perpetrators,” writes Evan Wallach in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.
On Jan. 21, 1968, The Washington Post ran a front-page photo of a U.S. soldier supervising the waterboarding of a captured North Vietnamese soldier. The caption said the technique induced “a flooding sense of suffocation and drowning, meant to make him talk.” The picture led to an Army investigation and, two months later, the court martial of the soldier.
A passage from Manuel DeLanda’s book “War in the Age of Intelligent Machines” (1991), which I’m almost done with.
Almost without exception, secret service organizations have thrived in times of turbulence and, conversely, have seen their power vanish as turmoil slows. For this reason, they survive by inciting social turbulence, spreading rumors and inventing imaginary enemies, fifth columns, and bomber and missile gaps. They need to keep society in constant alert, in a generalized state of fear and paranoia, in order to sustain themselves. This has led to the development of a gigantic “espionage industry, ” whose entire existence is based on a bluff few governments dare to call: