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August 22, 2009


Good Lord, indeed. We ration health care by income, we spy on our own citiens, and now this. You'd think the Bushies would have the decency to at least be embarrassed, but the response to Tom Ridge's revelation of political motivation in the use of terror alerts (as if we were supposed to be surprised) has elicited only the usual "Of couse we did no wuch thing. Mr. Ridge must havemisunderstood."

And no one will be punished.

in for a penny, in for a pound

Robert Mueller, the head of the FBI, has launched a scathing attack on this mockery of justice.

Oh, wait, not this mockery of justice. Apparently this was OK, it was a Scottish judge following the rule of law in Scotland that was sufficiently mockworthy of justice for Mueller to get worked up about it.

He assumed office on 4th September 2001, and kidnapping, extra-judicial prison camps, torture: those apparently do not rouse Mueller's ire as a "mockery of justice".

Bah. Fraternity pranks!

This seems familiar.

Jes: "extra-judicial prison camps"

No points for this step, I trust?

"but good lord"

Besides, never seen this film? If it's good enough for Sean Connery, it's good enough for anyone!


Apparently this was OK, it was a Scottish judge following the rule of law in Scotland that was sufficiently mockworthy of justice for Mueller to get worked up about it.

Considering the horrors our own government has unleashed on the world with impunity, I'm finding it really hard to get worked up about the Lockerbie bomber being allowed to go home to die.

Since it was straight out of the Jack Bauer "24" playbook, a lot of people who should be outraged by this will not be (including a nephew of mine who loves that show).

Straight out of the Pinochet/Videla playbook.

Hate to say it, but I am neither surprised nor shocked anymore.

Disgusted? Yes, continuously. But neither surprised nor shocked.

I hope when all the history has been written, professors will teach the history of the previous administration as truly disgusting as it was.

On the other hand (playing off Randy's post above) there are still an awful lot of GOP apologists for Pinochet...

I can hope, can't I?

Straight out of the Pinochet/Videla playbook.

When practiced by Iranian radicals holding US embassy personnel hostage in '79-'80, a source of mighty US outrage....

The power drill is especially disturbing since that became a favorite of 'extrajudicial killings' in Iraq. Many corpses found in Iraqi streets showed signs of the use of that very instrument (and I doubt that too many Iraqis read American Psycho).

...or watched http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frightmare_%28film%29>Frightmare (1974).

Given the number of actual homicides during the interrogation process, mock ones do not surprise.

"To be a human being among human beings, and remain one forever, no matter what misfortunes befall, not to become depressed, and not to falter--this is what life is, herein lies its task."

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in a letter to his brother, December 22, 1849. Written immediately after experiencing his own mock execution in Semyonovsky Square. (cf.)

I'm thinking three backlit individuals in masks (how else shall we achieve facelessness) and robes, each with a power drill in front of them, sitting at a slightly elevated table as granny is led before them.

She'd probably drop her tatting and keel over from sheer fright and we can call it natural causes.

It will be reported at Redstate as "mock death panels".

Followed by mock outrage.

If it "worked" on "24," the CIA pigs tried it at Gitmo/Baghram, etc...

The most serious crimes were at the top, and the culture of impunity is most poisonous at the top.

These lurid details, which really aren't particularly shocking in light of what we already know and have known for years (Joe's point) should not distract us from the outrageous Obama/Holder plan to enshrine the Yoo/Bybee memos as "law" by restricting prosecutions to those who "went outside" them.

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