Friday, October 13, 2006



Lost amid the sports figures crashing into buildings and the Democrats forcing a poor congressman to send naughty messages to young boys, something important actually happened.

For the first time in fifty years, the United States has charged someone with treason.

Glenn Greenwald runs it down with his usual brilliance.

Interesting timing, no?


Anonymous Nemo said...

Robert: Interesting timing, YES! Obviously no pretext, however shallow, is too callous or flimsy for this Republikan junta to trot out during campaign season. (They seemingly don't have TOTAL control over the E-lection apparatus ... yet.) ==== But hey! Where's the "dog and pony" that would typically accompany such a preposterous routine?? ;-).

Sat Oct 14, 01:23:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

from the link
But treason accusations are extremely serious and have a very high potential for abuse.
They seemingly don't have TOTAL control over the E-lection apparatus ... yet

actually, that's what i thought - yes, the question by Glenn Greenwald is very sage: why now? And i guess, nemo got it right - it's election time...

and a totalitarian regime never waives the privilege to imprison people just for fun - and as you know, the American President has claimed this right just some days ago:
S.3930, Sec. 948a. Definitions, (1)
ii) a person who, before, on, or after the date of the enactment of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, has been determined to be an unlawful enemy combatant by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal or another competent tribunal established under the authority of the President or the Secretary of Defense.

persons - no longer just "aliens"

you know, that poor America is so fearful since years that the risk of being killed by hysterical anxiety attacks is thousand times greater than of being killed by a terrorist - so America proves Goebbels perfectly right:
"All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

and here, i fear, is the answer to the question of Glenn Greenwald:

the fear isn't enough any more: oh yes, that poor guy in the small plane crashing in a tower showed it dramatically, how great the fear is - but it isn't enough to guarantee the "manageability" of the elections - so the last step to a dictatorship has to be done: imprisonment of political opposition...

so just imagine: How do you, the President, prepare for using "your rights" to determine each and every person you dislike by a proxy of a tribunal you can establish (according to YOUR definitions of "competence" like the FEMA-boss you, The Decider, promoted without regard of his failures after Katrina)?

You look for the very first American you can accuse - and he must be a clear and undeniable traitor, so that everone has to aggree, that he really did treason...

and if the first traitor is convicted, the limit is lowered, people had made the experience, that America has "public enemies" and that America has to accuse them and to convict them...

then it is much easier - the next time the next culprit will not be that clear a traitor, but i bet, he will be a still be "good example" - and then it will not last very long, that the first member of YouTube will be accused...

you know, the one uploading George W. Bush Saves A Baby or the one with Bush is the Shit...

Sat Oct 14, 07:55:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

OT - but a silver shine on the horizon

Atheist groups are on the rise

The study "reflects a growing backlash against the role of organized religion," said Claude S. Fischer, one of the authors. "People on the political left have reacted against the organization of churches on the right. Their statement is a reaction: `If that's what religion means, then I'm not religious.'"

Sun Oct 15, 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

oooops, sorry, have to add something to my first post:

nd then it will not last very long, that the first member of YouTube will be accused...

forgot MySpace (btw - bought by Rupert Murdoch, the Father Of All MediaHorse):

Sacramento Teen Questioned By Secret Service
"That's where Wilson posted a cartoon picture of President Bush which included the words "kill Bush" and showed him being stabbed in the hand.
She caught the attention of the Secret Service, which showed up on Wednesday to question her about the picture."

you see, the need for some laws to punish such evil evildoers threatening the Divine Leader of America - is GREAT!

Sun Oct 15, 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Again: You filled in a few blanks above that I hadn't even considered -- well done! The recognition of that deliberate process of setting up an "ideal" paradigm, by choosing the very exemplar of would-be "treason", in order to condition (ala Pavlov) public acceptance of later, far more innately *dubious* accusations of same is a brilliant insight on your part! (The strategy is also vaguely reminiscent of how the arrest of a *Communist* as perpetrator of the Reichstag fire was cynically exploited by the Third Reich to "justify" the rounding up of ALL German Communists.) ==== Twins we are, it seems, tragically so! Thank you for providing that valuable food for thought. (And as you mentioned recently, I frequently wonder to myself what "year" it is NOW in George Paine's "I Feel like a German in ____". What a shame he seemingly renounced that analogy subsequently. It *was* a profound revelation, for me as well.)

Mon Oct 16, 04:05:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

Again: You filled in a few blanks above that I hadn't even considered

the little-steps-strategy...

just consider worst cases and be the worst cynic you ever met - try to look with the eyes of Konrad Lorenz, think of dogs scrapping for scarce bones, of bullying and boneless chimps, then you mostly will not be disappointed...

actually, wannabe-alpha-chimps are quite sophisticated in intriguing against the incumbents, they mostly use the little-step-strategy, especially when they are a little older (and had failed with more "direct" methods) - and when they notice a resistance, they try to lull others into a false sense of security, such getting them accustomed to the "new way of life" (the "New Rules", as Bill Maher called them)...

George Paine

i often think they have bought him - he underestimated the powerlust of his enemies and (if Brenda was right) their aristocratic attitude: if you can't beat him, buy him, every underling is bribable. I often think if he now attacks the "evil liberals" - i guess, in case he is bought he has to defend himself against his own conscience...

Mon Oct 16, 09:52:00 AM  

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