Archive for November 7th, 2007

Pakistan Coup – the Aftermath

Nov 07, 2007 in Pakistan

Here’s part 2 of my previous post, about the recent coup in Pakistan.

The story so far….

Supreme Court is dissolved, with the provincial supreme courts facing the same treatment.  Lawyers are beaten up and arrested en masse.  The Human Rights Commission offices are ransacked, and all who are found inside are locked up and jailed.  Martial law is imposed.  Telephone services, TV stations, all forms of communication are disabled.  For the most part.  People are still able to, however, call out on some cellular services.   I think some people are also able to get some sort of internet access, since I am able to receive Pakistani news via the newspapers’ websites.  All of whom are critical of the current regime.

One would now assume that this now a military police state, where not even a mouse can move without a military officer noticing, right? 

So what’s happening in the rest of the country?

Well in one of the northern provinces in the country, all police and armed forces officers surrendered to Taliban forces.  What the fuck?  Didn’t Musharraf just claim that the Judiciary was to blame for all the terrorists running free and rampant, and that’s why he had to impose a state of emergency?  Anyway, so not only did the Pakistani Armed Forces surrender in the North of Pakistan, but the Pakistani flags have been removed from that region.

It’s like Branch Davidians, taking over Maine,Texas  and all US government officials and armed forces peacefully giving up and handing them the reins.  Then on top of that having all US flags from the state of Texas Maine removed. [I removed Maine, since I figured Dana would say that, well they’re socialist anyway so they can have Maine]….

I’m not making this up.  This is from one of the leading Pakistani newspapers:

The imposition of emergency in Pakistan has not put any pressure on Taliban in Swat district, who have not only imposed Shariah but also removed the National flags from all government buildings in areas under their control.

By they way, I used to vacation there. Those people are peace-loving, and did not welcome the Taliban with open arms, they have been held hostage. It’s terrible and tragic what’s happening there. It’s one of the few regions that has an ancient Christian minority as well as other pre-historic animist religions which have been allowed to prosper since time immemorial. Obviously, all these ancient cultures and traditions will be brutally ravaged.

-aa

Can’t blame this one on the press.

Nov 07, 2007 in Disappointing Dems, Politics

I’m disappointed the headline didn’t read “Democrats cower like abused foster children before the mighty and fearsome Dick Cheney.”

WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Tuesday narrowly managed to avert a bruising debate on a proposal to impeach Dick Cheney after Republicans, in a surprise maneuver, voted in favor of taking up the measure.

Republicans, changing course midway through a vote, tried to force Democrats into a debate on the resolution sponsored by longshot presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.

Whew! Close call, eh, Dems? The Republicans almost forced you to stand up and suggest that Dick Cheney wasn’t the superbest!

I’d write more, but it would just contain words like, “you,” “fucking,” “miserable,” “pantywaste,” “chickenshit,” “craven,” “idiot,” “clam-faced,” “pussy-ass,” and finally the completely justified use of the word, “Defeatocrats,” followed up with the question, “how dare you call yourselves ‘representatives?'” Then I’d follow that up with another string of adjectives resembling the previous one, with some noteworthy repeats.

Democrats won 2006 promising to stand up to Republicans and the Bush administration. Count that as one campaign promise broken. The war, wiretapping, torture, Iran, the Constitution (which encompasses everything else)…Democrat politicians have told voters that as long as there’s a Republican out there who’ll call them cowards for not supporting everything George W. Bush wants, they’ll tolerate all Democrat voters calling them such.

There’s only one option left to us. May the primary challenges be numerous and fierce.

-jb

Dark Secrets

Nov 07, 2007 in Foreign Policy, Legal, National Security, Racism, Straight-up madness, War Crimes, War on Terra, Where's the outrage?!?!, WTF?

If a person gets tortured, but no one sees or hears him, did he really get tortured?

Stephen Gray, and independent British journalist has a very intriguing documentary,that will be aired on PBS.   The documentary is called “Extraordinary Rendition”.  He interviews some of the victims of rendition, all carried out by the CIA.

Up until now we have heard that our gov’t has been outsourcing torture. That it’s not really Americans who are doing it, that they hand the victims over to authorities in countries where torture is common. However:

The dark prison was run by the Americans,” a former inmate, Bisher al-Rawi, tells Grey. “It wasn’t Afghani people flying the aircraft, it wasn’t Afghani people who sort of shackled me and did whatever they did to me. It was Americans.”

Although some of the victims of Rendition are genuine suspects of terrorism, there are countless who are not.  The most famous being Maher Arar, the Syrian Canadian programmer, who was deported to Syria and tortured and then released without explanation or any charges against him.
Amy Goodman interviewed him yesterday about this documentary.

This is what he told her after he had interviewed a victim of rendition in Egypt who was also released without explanation or any charges:

And he also leaves behind dozens of people that he says are still in Egyptian jail, and they all wear a white uniform. The uniform says “interrogation” on it. And that means they haven’t been charged with anything. They are still there, held in secret, without access to any lawyers, and they’re held indefinitely. And they’re all people who have been sent there by the CIA in the rendition program.

If you live in an area where PBS does not air, or if they aren’t airing this program it will be available on their website later this week.

I am really interested in seeing how NeoCons defend this. I guess the same way they defend the Patriot Act and other erosion of our civil liberties…

If anyone saw it when it aired, please leave your comments, I’d love to hear about it.  I missed it.

-aa

Neverland Ranch in foreclosure.

Nov 07, 2007 in Uncategorized

Got $23+ million? That’s what Michael Jackson owes on Neverland Ranch which is currently in foreclosure.

-mg