Friday, August 05, 2005

If You Haven't 

read this interview with Sibel Edmonds -- stifled FBI whitleblower -- please do. Goodness.
CD: Hmm, well I know you can't name names, but can you tell me if any specific officials will suffer if your testimony comes out?

SE: Yes. Certain elected officials will stand trial and go to prison.

Very hope-inspiring.


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

More On Profiling 

In re my Profiling/ Subway Searches Post, this piece of news made its way around today: apparently a (Jewish) NYC Assemblyman is actually calling for racial profiling. For security purposes. I mean, like, introducing legislation to promote this tactic.
Dov Hikind charged that it's "insane" to look for bombs in the bags of "75-year-old grandmothers," adding, "The FBI and authorities have a good idea of who is going to commit terrorism. They all look similar, but everyone is terrified of using the word 'racial.' "

Instead, he argued, police should be stopping and searching "people of Middle Eastern descent," with particular focus on young men and women. "Every case of recent terrorism has been committed by individuals [from a] Middle Eastern country," he said.

"There are certain things you do in wartime that you don't do in peacetime," said Hikind, noting that he has voted against racial profiling in the past.

Conceding that racial profiling by police currently is illegal, he said he will introduce legislation to remove that prohibition, adding he hopes Muslims will support it.

Ho! Whoa, that sure takes it to a new arena, doesn't it? What concerns me is not that Dov is a Hawk on this matter -- the anti-Arab racism from Jews is much more acceptable to us than the reverse -- but that he uses the wartime dialogue. Local Democrats echoing BushCo's rhetoric is always a little disquieting. And that this sort of thing could become (not likely, I know, but still...) official policy, rather than the generally-accepted, we-all-know-they-do-it laissez faire kind of racism. Legal racism. Is troubling.


Rove Redux 

Looking through some old posts, I found this little ditty. Memories...

There will be more on Turdblossom soon.


The Final Countdown 

It's the final countdown and it does involve a group called Europe.
Iran pulled back from an earlier announcement it planned an imminent resumption of ultra-sensitive nuclear activities, amid warnings that such a move would spark an international crisis.

Top nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani said Iran wanted to resume contested uranium conversion activities by Saturday after officials earlier suggested it hoped to restart the process Wednesday, ending a nine-month freeze.

Rowhani expressed his indignation over a warning by Britain France and Germany that they would call "in the next few days" an emergency meeting in Vienna of the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors, the body that would send the Iranian nuclear dossier to the Security Council.

"The three European ministers have said that if we restart (the Isfahan plant) this would mean the end of negotiations. This is a threat, this is unacceptable," said Rowhani. "There is no judicial or political logic to send the issue to the Security Council, this would mean that the Europeans have given in to US pressure and they must assume the consequences," he said.

However it remains to be seen what the future holds for the talks between Iran and the European Union, which saw the nine-month-old suspension of conversion as a key goodwill gesture from Tehran.

The hard on for Iran has been raging for years, and recently the Dick itself spoke up on the topic: the VP has drawn up plans to nuke the crap out of Iran should another "9-11" occur on this here American soil.

This is not, not, not good. The last time a group of neocons got together to draw up plans for a "9-11", well, we got 9-11. And the rest is history. But will it also be the future?

The Rove situation has become unconscionable. If it opens up, it also tears away the scab covering up the lies that got us into Iraq (where Americans celebrated their 1800th casualty today!). We know that the way BushCo deals with lies is to lie more, so we can expect more of that. (Despite the latest report from the National Intelligence Estimate, a new asshole for which BushCo is trying to tear.)

So how long before the invasion of Iran? People are unhappy with the way things are going in Iraq, they're unhappy about the Rove affair, they're unhappy with what they want to do with Social Security, there's real turmoil over the Supreme Court and Bolton, and people are, generally, unhappy with Bush. Has there been a better time? And what would constitute "another 9-11" ? We've seen it happen in London. Could it be something tangential like that? An attack on Israel? Or are they ready to implement the shadow government and risk it Big Time on the American people?

It's the Final Countdown. I just wish there was a bit more synthesizer


Jug Plug 

Our good friends, The Flanks, just got a nippy little write-up in the Gothamist. Go see it


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