31 Aug 2005
"It looks like Fallujah with Wind and Water instead of Soldiers and Tanks."
A National Disgrace.
With the bulk of American National guard troops from the region “bombing and building” in Iraq the people of New Orleans have been reduced to a third world city of violence and hopelessness.
With advanced warning of the coming storm one might think the massive American military Industrial complex in association with “Homeland Security” might have had a contingency plan underway. Apparently they did not and the stupid eyed and slow reaction from the Cheney/Bush Whitehouse is a damning indictment of their ineptitude and single-mindedness.
Perhaps this might make Americans aware of the fact that “Homeland Security” is quite simply about monitoring and tracking the American population with very little to do (apparently) with natural and unnatural disaster preparedness.The TV shots of hordes of dehydrated and lost people chanting “We Want Help” is a shameful legacy of the Cheney/Bush greed-based government.
Right wing blog wonks are starting to piss their drawers over the fact that a disaster should not be politicized but I call attention to the mongering abuse by the American “Right” over the still mysterious 11/09/01 terror acts. They milked that day (and still do) for maximum agenda fulfillment.While it is true that agendas should not be furthered in the wake of this ONGOING American tragedy, accountability should not be lost in a flutter of waving flags and proto-fascist rhetoric. The Bush regime is probably glad to have something wipe the rise of the American Anti-War movement (not to mention the Traitors in their midst who still go unpunished) off of the media radar.
The Cheney/Bush Cartel has clearly demonstrated that all of their care is poured into the ownership of world oil supplies and the maintenance of the obscene wealth of their military industrial and big energy benefactors.
It is amazing that while people are starving and dying NOW, the media is abuzz with Oil supply news and stock market speculation. It is even more unusual that other countries feel the need to offer aid to the world’s most wealthy “superpower” nation. That in and of itself is another damning indictment of the Cheney/Bush Cartel’s abuse of America’s wealth and global power. Other nations should send aid to the USA because the government of thieves and liars has betrayed Americans.
Now that New Orleans looks like Fallujah or Baghdad (complete with running gun battles and strewn corpses) the solution offered is a “Shoot to Kill” policy from the government where “looters” are concerned. Nice. If your family were dehydrated and hungry while the local stores sat opened and abandoned with food rotting on the shelves what would you do? I would grab some provisions.
The racist murmurs concerning the “dumb” people who didn’t leave the area are disgusting but expected. I would assume that the New Orleans National Guard should have been there to evacuate the indigent and disabled before the category 5 storm made landfall. I guess the people on the Gulf Coast should take comfort in the fact that their civil defence forces are “Defending their Freedom™”, by occupying a foreign nation’s oilfields and cities.
What a fucking disgrace.
Of course lost in all of the human suffering are the animal companions of the devastated population. The people suffer from the incompetence of the Bush Cartel but the animals are low on the list of considerations for the slowly reacting and inept federal agencies now finally responding. There are groups responding to the abandonment and need for basics of the domestic animals left to fend for themselves and you should help them if you can.
Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue Fund
I wish all the citizens of the American Gulf Coast godspeed in their survival, recovery and rebuilding.
I just hope their shitty government can prevent the needless deaths of thousands whose lives are currently hanging in the balance.
Much like a Bush Aministration official in crisis, I am off for some days in the sun. I hope the 3 of you will pop in next week when I return!
Peace and Safety,
30 Aug 2005
28 Aug 2005
From "Alaska Gyrl in Crawford"
Defending the Freedom to Degrade...
War in Iraq in exchange for free access to porn sites"
Just World News
"As if they were [US-style baseball] 'trading cards', terrifying pictures of Afghans and Iraqis dismembered by war explosions are exchanged on the web in order to get free access to a pornographic site"
"Browsing through the posts is like entering an infernal spiral : each message in facts contains dreadful pictures, in an escalation of barbarity and crudeness increased by the comments of the site readers.
Inflamed messages, not horrified at all by the view of these awful snaps taken on the theater of war. One sees corpses, carbonized, without head, without members, a face in a plate, the remains of a kamikaze, an arm, legs, all that featured with inhuman comments, nearly exulting about these butcheries."
Ya - "Bomb their ass and steal their gas" then take some sick-assed photos of their mangled corpses for shits and giggles. Nice Culture.
Your Turn: Facing Fallujah
Practicing for the Homeland of the future?
Two “Green Zones”
by Dahr Jamail
"As the US-backed Iraqi puppet government flails about arguing over the so-called constitution, Iraq remains in a state of complete anarchy. There is no government control whatsoever, even inside the infamous “Green Zone” where the puppets seem to have tangled their strings."
US pushes military build-up in Afghanistan as armed resistance escalates
"Under strong pressure from Washington, a number of countries have been building up troop numbers to bolster the US-led occupation of Afghanistan."Looks like the war that was skipped over for Iraq is starting to take healthy bites out of the imperialist ass. I am so glad Paul Martin has sent Canadian troops there to bag people's heads and bounce candy off of children. Canadians must now call for the removal of our army and flag from these fields of greedy slaughter and arrogant patriarchal occupation.
Army Tries to Recruit Soldiers By Winning Over Parents
"You're a changed man," a father says to a son in the commercial. "You shook my hand, and you looked me square in the eye." The ads aim to show parents how the Army can build their children's characters and their careers."
Wow, a college education and a firm handshake...
followed by multi-generational D.U. poisoning, post traumatic stress disorder, possible extreme mutilation or violent death!
27 Aug 2005
25 Aug 2005
"Truth Has Died (Murio la verdad)"
"A NATIONWIDE CALL FOR INFORMATION FROM SURVIVORS."
The enormity of the lies will eventually touch everybody.
"DoD lists currently being very quietly circulated indicate almost 9,000 [U.S.military] dead"; this far exceeds the "official" death count of 1,831. How can this be? It's largely because "U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted."
" In other words, "death" has been redefined."
Police State U.S.A. (indybay.org)
"Oh look, here comes big brother"
"This was one of the scariest things I have ever witnessed in person. I can't even begin to describe how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault rifles, tear gas, camouflage-wearing soldiers.... why?
Was that really necessary?"
UTAH RAVERS TREATED LIKE TERRORISTS!
Is the Canadian Government Succumbing to the Laws of Another Nation?
(By Catherine Costen)
"All of this new security is being done without the consent or request of the Canadian people. It would appear that our government is now taking instructions from someone other than those who have elected them. When the U.S. brought in the Patriot Act, we followed with anti-terrorism laws, (Bill C36) ."
The Long Arm of Uncle Sam
A growing number of U.S. crimebusters are operating in B.C. in a cross-border crackdown
Kim Bolan-Vancouver Sun
New Law slated to install Police State in Canada
"A court order would mean the little piece of Canada on Zero Avenue would be surrendered to the U.S. government if property owner Francis Devandra Raj is convicted on trafficking charges, regardless of whether individuals or banks in Canada have an outstanding claim on the Langley land.
The tunnel case is just one of several recent cross-border investigations that have some legal experts concerned about what they see as growing encroachment of U.S. law enforcement agencies into Canada and the erosion of Canadian sovereignty.
In July, B.C. pot activist Marc Emery and two associates were arrested at the request of U.S. authorities who accuse him of selling marijuana seeds over the Internet to Americans. The arrest came despite the fact that Canadian police had ignored Emery's activities for years.
Last March, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association wrote to the RCMP Public Complaints' Commission about in incident in which an off-duty Vancouver police officer was stopped in the Fraser Valley by Texas state troopers working with the RCMP to detect motorists under the influence of marijuana."
( comments later...)
by Connie Fogal
"This law is another destruction of Canadian freedom,"insists Fogal.
"It moves Canada even further into the realm of a police state.
This is an adjunct to our nefarious anti terrorism laws imposed on an uninformed citizenry by our Parliament and Senate. It is another elimination of some of our sovereign rights that were supposed to be guaranteed to us under our Constitution and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is an act of stealth imposed under the guise of national security."
So What If We Abandon Free Trade?
Globe and Mail
"It is primarily because of NAFTA that Canada does the bulk of its international trade with the United States.
At the same time, Canada is trading less now, as a percentage of GDP, with the rest of the world than it did between Confederation and the beginning of the Depression."
Elsewhere out there...
Icon Leonard Cohen is " devastated "
"The case exposes not only private details of Cohen's finances, but also a dramatic tale of betrayal."
photo:STEPHANIE SINCLAIR/Chicago Tribune
"A mosque employee prepares the body of Lamiamh Ali, 6. Four siblings were playing outside their home in Baghdad when a U.S. cluster bomb exploded. Two of the children died that day and their brother died later as a result of his injuries."
Photo taken April 26, 2003.
Iraq’s Children: Choir of Despair
US deeply involved in the gravest of international crimes
by Ghali Hassan
24 Aug 2005
By RON JACOBS
"Now, in addition to having the Catholic hierarchy opposed to him, Mr. Chavez has incurred the wrath of some in the evangelical community. Given the generally political conservatism of much of this community, this is not surprising.
What is surprising, however, is the vehemence of this wrath.
Pat Robertson, former US presidential candidate and head of the multimillion-dollar Christian Broadcast Network, called for Chavez's assassination in a broadcast Monday night.
Calling assassination " a whole lot cheaper than starting a war" Robertson went on to say that if Chavez were killed by US covert operatives he didn't "think any oil shipments will stop."
Religious Fundamentalism is the enemy of humanity.
Why Pat Robertson Isn't Treated As A Terrorist
By John Chuckman
"Pat Robertson is one of the Christian Sideshow's longer-running acts, periodically adding some new nightmare to his grim repertoire.
Oddly, Pat regards himself as a kind statesman-preacher, a latter-day boondocks version of Talleyrand, Talleyrand having started his remarkable and utterly unprincipled career as a Bishop.
Pat regularly mixes the tax-free benefits of religion with the promotion of nasty politics. He has run for President, started quasi-religious organizations to promote his political ambitions, and freely offers his uninformed advice on national and world affairs."
21 Aug 2005
"Five of the eight kittens fathered by a cloned African wildcat rest on a blanket Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, at the Adubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in Algiers, La. The mothers of the kittens are two clones of another wildcat. According to scientists at the center, it's the first time that clones of two wild species, or any cats, have reproduced naturally."Dolphin spectacle baffles experts
(AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Ted Jackson)
From the (It must be J. Orlin Grabbe Files)
(the cryptic headline from Grabbe's Homepage)
"Russian-Israeli-Ukrainian mafia smuggles nukes into US"
. . . are all related to the deep penetration of the U.S. government by elements controlled by the Russian-Israeli-Ukrainian Mafia (RUIM).
Justice, Treasury, and U.S. intelligence agents are well aware of the linked criminal networks which made their first foray into the United States after the late Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson (and his staff of neo-cons) pressured the Soviet Union to release the very elements who would later form a virtual "Criminal International," involved with weapons of mass destruction proliferation, narcotics, terrorism, the "security" business (including airline security), prostitution, "blood diamond" laundering, weapons smuggling, white slave trade, child pornography and prostitution, and bank fraud.
According to Argentine and Brazilian intelligence sources from within the Triple Border region of South America, the RUIM has also managed, within the past three years, of smuggling two nuclear devices into the United States -- one suitcase nuke from a former Soviet Central Asian state and a "dirty" radiological bomb. They arrived in the United States via two drug routes operated by the RUIM: a Mexican border crossing used by the Juarez drug cartel and a Port of Newark, New Jersey shipment point run by the RUIM."
"A group of up to 2,000 common dolphins has been spotted off the coast of west Wales. Marine experts said it was "massively unusual" to see so many off the Pembrokeshire coast, and the reason remained a mystery."
"There's a region
of our planet that no human being has ever visited. No one has ever seen this place, yet what happens here affects every one of us every day of our lives."
"Would a dramatic change in the Earth's magnetic field affect creatures that rely on it during migration?"
19 Aug 2005
I do not understand why Canadians look to the U.S. and cringe at their police state as though we do not have the same assault on freedoms happening here and now.
The selectively "Liberal" government has been incrementally introducing insidious “anti-terror” laws since 11/09/01 ended American democracy.
With unlimited “security certificate” detentions the rights of Canadian citizens have been swept away into some kind of weird 'terror' vortex.
With Anne “wheezer” McLellan and Irwin “Israeli Ping-Pong” Cotler sewing up our freedoms on the home front while Billy “I wanna be an imperialist tough guy too” Graham and Big Pauly “Sell out our integrity cheap” Martin surgically attach us to Cheney/Bush’s War on Islam abroad, Canadians had better damn well wake up and smell the burgeoning, Maple-flavoured police state.
Globe and Mail
"Ottawa — The federal government will introduce legislation this fall that would give police and national security agencies new powers to eavesdrop on cellphone calls and monitor the Internet activities of Canadians, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said yesterday.
The bill would allow police to demand that Internet service providers hand over a wide range of information on the surfing habits of individuals, including on-line pseudonyms and whether someone possesses a mischief-making computer virus, according to a draft outline of the bill provided to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
After a speech to a police association in Ottawa, Mr. Cotler confirmed that his government will soon bring "lawful access" legislation to cabinet for final approval before it is introduced"
"The law would force Internet service providers to retain records on the Internet use of its clients in such a way that it can be easily retrieved by police, doing away with the need in many cases to seize an individual's computer as part of an investigation.
In her submission to the government earlier this year, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart concluded that Ottawa and the police have not provided enough justification to warrant such a law.
"We remain skeptical about the need for these potentially intrusive and far-reaching measures," she wrote. Ms. Stoddart noted the law could give police access to global-positioning-system data from cellphones combined with electronic banking data that could allow the government to track an individual's every move.
"The digits we punch into a modern telephone do not just connect us to another party, they can also reveal our financial transactions, PIN numbers and passwords, or even health information."
Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor who took part in the consultations, said the proposed law goes "well, well beyond" updating references to analog technology.
"For individual Canadians, this is an issue that should attract enormous interest because it fundamentally reshapes the Internet in Canada, creating significant new surveillance powers," he said."
Store guns in central depot mayor: No reason to have a firearm at home
"Gun owners in Toronto may soon be prohibited from keeping their firearms at home even if they are properly licensed and registered, Mayor David Miller said yesterday.
"There's no reason to own a gun in Toronto -- collector or not.
If you are a collector and you have a permit, the guns need to be stored in a way that they can't be stolen.
And perhaps a centralized facility of some kind could accomplish that goal," Mr. Miller told the National Post.
"The law requires gun owners to have proper storage, but obviously not everyone adheres to that."
Following a spate of shootings in Toronto, the Mayor has asked city lawyers and the police to determine whether the municipality has the "legal ability" to require individuals to store their weapons at a secure facility such as a gun club."
Gang violence is no good reason to subject law-abiding citizens to police state tactics.
I have never had much of a problem with Mayor Miller but I think he is out of his fucking mind on this issue.
As a hybrid liberal/libertarian I must admit the libertarian side is winning out more often these days. As faux "liberals" tighten the noose and remove more freedoms almost daily, I think maybe more Canadians should consider arming themselves against the expansionist Imperial police state down south and their bootlicking lackeys in our fake “liberal” government.
David Miller has forced me to side with gun nuts and for that I have grown a newfound hatred for him. Fuck you David Miller and the Orwellian apocalypse horse you rode in on.
18 Aug 2005
Not content dismantling the American constitution, planning for nuclear apocalypse in the Middle East or doling out America's tax dollars as corporate welfare to his elite circle jerk of military industrial vampires, The Dick is coming to Alberta in September.
Canada has become the number one supplier of oil to the Empire and the real power behind the Forth Reich wishes to come and view the abundant tar sands that gush with so much air wrecking SUV juice.
Despite Alberta’s reputation as a redneck, wannabe-American ass lick quisling, the oil rich province has many a decent and progressive soul inhabiting its borders. I hope they can manage to defy the brain dead, faux cowboy crowd and organize a suitable greeting for this inhuman living representation of greed.
While Ralph “the dry-drunk” Klein is wriggling his head up Cheney’s mushy, oil-farting ass and disgracing every Canadian who has ever read a book, Alberta’s underrepresented progressives must stage a message for the American media bootlicks who will no doubt be goose-stepping in the dark lord’s wake and dutifully parroting his every word.
I would imagine that Paul “I’ve sent Canada to War with no Mandate” Martin will be there to have his head patted by his fellow multi-millionaire robber baron for gleefully attaching our flag to America’s imperialism in Afghanistan.
Fuck Dick, Fuck Ralph, and Fuck you Big Pauly-you sell out whore.
More on this weeping sore of a situation later…
Anti-Cheney protests planned in Alberta
"Louise Swift of Edmonton's Raging Grannies, a group most Canadians associate with demonstrations against cutbacks and privatization, says plans are already being made to protest Cheney's arrival. "He's not welcome as far as I'm concerned," Swift."
"Lindsay Telfer, a regional director with the Sierra Club, said the environmental group will decide what to do about Cheney's visit when more details about the trip become available.
Telfer called the visit "a sign that Alberta is becoming America's gas tank."
"Michael Kalmanovitch, with the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism, agreed Cheney's visit bodes badly for Canada.
"I'd rather not sell (oil) to the Americans because they don't have respect for it," he said."
"She urged workers—the ones who do the fighting and dying—to strike at the heart of America’s drive toward war.
“Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought,” she declared.
“Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings.
Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction.
Be heroes in an army of construction.”
16 Aug 2005
My gawd, this London Bombing story stinks like a can of smashed assholes. I guess I will never get used to this manipulation of the public through raw fear that seems so common now in the Western World. I think this poor bastard just knew too much...
"The Brazilian electrician shot dead by police on the London Underground last month was being restrained when he was killed by officers from Scotland Yard's firearms unit,according to documents leaked last night."
"Documents and photographs leaked to ITV News also confirmed that Mr de Menezes did not run from the police, as had been reported, had used his Tube pass to enter the station,rather than vault the barrier, and had taken a seat on the train before being grabbed by an officer.
He was wearing a light denim jacket and not as previously reported a padded coat which could have concealed explosives."
"The documents, which contain witness statements made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, also suggest that the intelligence operation may have been botched because an officer watching a flat believed to be the hideout of one of the suspects in the abortive July 21 attack was "relieving himself"."
Leaks raise sharp questions about police tactics - Guardian
"The leaked details of the investigation into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes point to huge discrepancies between initial reports and reality."
Reality, what a concept...
Redneck zombie attack sheep mows down crosses and American flags at "Camp Casey" with his pickup truck. Did they not just pass a law in America against the desecration of the flag? Now that it is a right wing groupthinker doing it and not the "anticipated" leftie villians (for whom the law was created) what will the hypocrites in the American government do?
Well aware of the fact that every progressive blog from here to the South Pole is covering the Cindy Sheehan saga with a microscope, I have not really taken a moment to drop my two cents into the culture bowl.
Having heard all of the pugnacious zombie sheep from “the American right” hurl their scripted verbal turds at this woman, I realize that she has tripped the Republikud panic button and is not nearly dumb enough to stray from her potent message and into the political muckraking arena.
She exists high above the partisan wonks firmly established in their respective ideological trenches. Her protest is defined by her single minded purpose of receiving answers to personal questions concerning the wasting of her son for the greed and arrogance of natural resource theft and military industrial profiteering.
She is demanding real, honest and intelligible answers - not the usual regurgitated and flag wrapped proto-fascist groupthink that attempts to keep American people feeling stupid and guilty for rightly opposing the mass murder in Iraq.
The fact that she is an independent upstart not born of any “leftie” group or cause and she has a legitimate stake for demanding answers makes her untouchable (in a reality-based world). Many on the left and even the mushy "centre" now gravitate to her and facilitate her because she speaks for more Americans than are willing to admit it.
Because the questions she demands the right to ask regarding her son’s (and thousands of other Americans) deaths are honest, heartfelt queries that a great many Americans with a far less personal connection to the Iraq war crime are also asking, she has become a direct threat to the flimsy (and frankly racist and greed driven) rationales for American Imperialism held up by the ridiculous bigots on the “right”.
Her appeal is raw and sincere. It is no wonder redneck group-thinkers from the area and around America are coming out of the woodwork to attack her personally.
(See the memorial crosses and American flags run over by some meathead in his pickup truck last night at “Camp Casey” above).
A gold-star mother with no agenda other than the truth is a threat to the vacant and phoney justifications for the criminal slaughter in the Middle East and the disingenuous politician/profiteers who fear mongered and deceived their nation into the conflict.
She has created an accountability moment for not only the coward Emperor on his permanent vacation but for the American people as a whole.
Rational and sane accountability for this war crime has not yet been meaningfully approached by any politician in the U.S.A. and probably never will be.
No Washington type with war-opposing views is willing to grow some balls and weather the propaganda storm and hateful vitriol of the groupthink zombies and their programmers in America, (much like the career conscious lumps in the American media).
They will have to supplement their cowardice with the amazing courage of Sheehan and let her take the heat in the absence of their integrity.
I cannot pretend I have a whole lot of sympathy for the American occupiers in Iraq, having seen (through independent media) the way that certain American soldiers and commanders are conducting themselves and the occupation. I must admit that not every American troop is a brainwashed, racist crusader killing freely without regret or human decency. Unfortunately the many who are represent and smear all others at the end of the day.
The human face of a heartsick mother weeping over the loss of not only her son but the death of her country’s moral compass gives me (and everybody else with a brain) pause for thought.
Sheehan illustrates the fact that many an American soldier is caught in a trap of lies and greed.
Betrayed by those very liars they stand up and sacrifice their lives to protect, many troops are seeing through the brainwash fog and realizing that the Oil War in Iraq is not the reason they pledged their lives for the protection of their nation. Many are becoming aware too late that a tin pot, (American supported) dictator was no threat at all to the “freedoms” of anybody living in the fortunate Western comfort bubble.
I am sure these troops who see the wrong of the occupation are (literally) dying for somebody in America to stand up and state that many lives are being wasted in Iraq while the legitimate threats to world peace and safety are picnicking in the halls of American government and doing business deals with those who would burn the West to the ground with apocalyptic fury if given the chance.
Whether fighting the very people they were sent to “liberate” in Iraq or the CIA funded, trained and maintained (Soviet war era) “freedom fighters” in Afghanistan, anybody who would willingly and unquestioningly sacrifice themselves to protect their nation deserves a hell of a lot better than a contrived enemy, an unthinking public and a duplicitous leadership wrapping their deaths in non-existent glory and empty, self-serving rhetoric.
Thank You, Cindy Sheehan, for standing up and sacrificing your comfort and safety to represent the millions of Americans who want their flag to actually stand for something good in this world.
Heads up you crusty Nobel Peace Prize awarding bastards!
Somebody in Crawford Texas finally deserves one.
Cindy Sheehan speaks out - quicktime video on I.C.H.
15 Aug 2005
The world has already become a surreal dreamscape/nightmare.
At this point - why the hell not Walken?
He could, at the very least, tap dance on our radioactive graves.
Unfortunately the site is a hoax.
"The site, walken2008.com claims to quote the actor as saying, "It's time to get America back on track," and says he will run for the nation's top post in 2008. But his rep told "Entertainment Tonight" Monday that the site is "100 percent not true."
12 Aug 2005
Examples of RFID tags
Did anybody in Canada really need another reason to avoid travel in the Empire?
The RFID “revolution” has met with many a privacy advocate’s scorn and has been labelled by many “religious” types as “the mark of the beast” vaguely described in the often edited collection of rewritten Sumerian and Babylonian morality tales known as the Bible.
Mind you, the radio tag would be placed in a piece of identification not punched into your ear (like a cow), chipped under your skin,
(like a pet) or shoved up your ass,
(like a detainee of the American military or secret police agencies).
Of course this insidious tracking technology is presented as a necessary “security measure” in terrorized America. It is being touted for its expediency as a “convenience tool".
"The new technology could help relieve congestion at border crossings, while also helping authorities weed out potential terrorists, drug dealers and other criminals, officials say.”
No thanks. What they fail to mention is that these “innocuous” little devices can be tracked over great distances via satellite. The idea of being “data based” and tracked within the emerging police state has all of the appeal of Victory Gin or “toilet cams”.
This outrage causes me to recall the revolting situation of Canadian, Maher Arar who was “rendered” while at an airport in New York waiting to connect his overseas flight to Canada. The latest twists in the toothless Arar inquiry are the chilling statements recently made by the U.S. department of “Justice”…
Flyers passing through U.S. have few rights, Arar judge told – CBC.CA
“A senior lawyer for the U.S. government has told a judge hearing a lawsuit over Maher Arar's deportation to Syria that foreign citizens passing through American airports have almost no rights.
”At most, Mary Mason told a hearing in Brooklyn, N.Y., passengers would have the right not to be subjected to "gross physical abuse"
"Mason said the U.S. government is interpreting its powers in such a way that passengers never intending to enter the U.S. connecting to international flights at U.S. airports must prove they are no threat and could be allowed to enter the country.
If passengers are deemed to be inadmissible, they have no constitutional rights even if later taken to an American prison. Mason told Judge David Trager that's because they are deemed to be still outside the U.S., from a legal point of view."
"Someone who's inadmissible is in the same category as the people that the CIA snatches and grabs from other countries," said Barbara Olshansky, a lawyer for the U.S.-based Center for Constitutional Rights, which is suing a number of U.S. officials on Arar's behalf.
"You are fair game for however executive branch wants to treat you."
"Mason said the interpretation means travelers can be detained without charge, denied the right to consult a lawyer, and even refused necessities such as food and sleep"
Don’t go thinking that the American “Justice” Department doesn’t have a sense of humour…
”The U.S. Department of Justice declined to discuss the case or what the new interpretation could mean for Canadians travelling through the United States.
However, department spokeswoman Cynthia Magnuson issued this short statement: "The United States does not practise torture, export torture or condone torture."
9 Aug 2005
That old adage about the worth of a picture in this age of the psyop as reality has never held more truth. Pictures of the Occupation and its pernicious daily chaos are the millions of words never broadcast on the corporate airwaves in North America.
As the people of Iraq live with foreign military occupation and the resulting guerrilla war, so many people are waking to daily lives of burning air, shattered bones and fast death.
The thought of existing in a brutally hardcore military police state while working through the equivalent of multiple 7/7/05 London bombings or worse each day until the occupation ends is just mortifying.
It is a heart stopping, nation-redefining terror apocalypse when it happens in the West but the explosive everyday horror in America’s “liberated” oil colony just does not seem to register as “barbaric” in the minds of Bill and Judy Consumer.
Americans should see these pictures. They should know what is really happening in their name.
Between the flashing strobe of Jessica Simpson’s tits, A really huge truck and the Deluxe Burger Combo the smashed faces and strewn legs of Iraq should appear as some attempt at a sobering balance to supplement the raw lard of the self-pitying Western psyche.
I found the infoshop image link on the great American blog Blondesense.
I also recommend another American blog BagNewsNotes for their consistently insightful (and often humorous) analysis of the power of image manipulation deliberate or coincidental.
To state the obvious, there are some pretty wide awake and eagle-eyed American internet entities presenting an entertaining balance to the dirge of meat-headed bigotry and mirror-blinded flag worshippers who represent Americans about as well as Fundamentalist Islamists represent the Muslim faith.
8 Aug 2005
If it was a car I would light it on fire and push it off a cliff.
"I can't read shit anymore
I just sit back and
7 Aug 2005
“August 6, 2005 — ROBIN COOK DEAD — Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, 59, who revealed just after the 7/7 London transport bombings that Al Qaeda was the name of a CIA database of U.S.-trained Mujaheddin and who was a harsh critic of Tony Blair and the United States for the Iraq War, collapsed while walking near Laxford Bridge in northwest Scotland. Cook, who often walked and was thought to be in good physical health, was flown by helicopter to Inverness where he died in hospital.
Earlier, The Guardian reported “Cook’s former parliamentary private secretary Ken Purchase said that he had heard conflicting stories from media sources, that the ex-foreign secretary was in hospital either because he had collapsed while out walking, or had been involved in an accident.”
Wayne Madsen Report