News…

First of all today is the 13th anniversarry of one of my heros, Abbie Hoffman, being murdered (“suicide”) by the US government for his political views and actions.

Well, looks like the US is just a puppet to Israel after all… and before you want to make a lot of noise about terrorist-this and terrorist-that, just look at the numbers and realize which “side” is losing civilians like crazy? If you and your community were facing certain death and genocide, would you be willing to condone suicide attacks? It is standard practise in war to sacrifice soldiers. That's the horror of war. Oh, and as I've said before, I disagree with his conclusions, but Pat Buchanan's retelling on recent events is generally very to the point and dead-on

U.S. soldiers posed for 'souvenir photos' with Lindh – While doing this they'd scrawled obscenities on him, and so on… So basically what happened is that a bunch of jackass soldiers went a long way to making the case for invalidating any interrogation that happened during that period because of their unprofessional conduct. Good going… of course, Amnesty International has labelled the US as “a safe haven for torturers” in a recent press release. Not that anyone cares. Or how about when earlier this week US special forces allowed their Afghan trainees to severely beat a Boston Globe translator in front of them?

BTW, I found this article pointing out that if anyone invented modern terrorism, it was General William T. Sherman in his March to the Sea that started it all quite interesting… And then terrorism continued as a valid strategy, and still continues to be standard practise in war for everyone.

More details on how Israel currently outguns the US. I've already mentioned that Israel carries far less debt than the US per capita, and can fly double the fighter missions and can mobilize 50% more troops… This article also points out that the souped up F-15 and F-16s that the Israelis use can also outfly the American jets, and that Israel has a monstrous well-trained and experienced army that by many counts far outnumbers US troops… So even if the US wanted to stop Israel, there's not a whole lot they can do… Given this latest lesson learned from Israel, I think the US should be very careful about it's dealings with South Korea, who recently told North Korea that if it didn't capitulate, it would become a US nuclear target.

Not that it's a big secret, but Israel has been killing quite indiscriminately in Jenin, attempting to hide it from the media, and has been burying the bodies with bulldozers in mass graves… High courts told them to stop, but I doubt it'll make much difference… PS. After all those links, maybe I should link an alternate view as well.

More locally, adding to the list of reasons I can't enter the United States, Ashcroft has added his list of “suspected terrorists” to the major law enforcement databases… Involved with PETA? ELF? ALF? Various anti-globalization movements? Make sure you don't get pulled over or you may well find yourself in a world of pain.

“When national security is threatened, there are times when the United States cannot afford the luxury of adhering to the Constitution”

Florida Solicitor General Tom Warner
Thursday, April 11th, 2002 (more)

I was also wondering, now that MSNBC as branded itself as “America's NewsChannel“, how long will it be before Windows is branded “America's Operating System”? The open source movement was long ago tagged as unamerican, and I've seen that brought up a number of times, often with criminal prosecution threats, in the past six months.

The death of the Freedom of Information Act is pretty scary too, but what scares me even more is that now the FBI is going after reporters and lawyers as well, harassing them, intimidating them, and subpoenaing their records… Thank god I just live in the land of insane recording media taxes.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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