Monthly Archives: November, 2002

A XMAS CAROL

On the twelfth day of fascism

John Ashcroft gave to me

Twelve digital implants

Eleven years protesting

Ten less amendments

Nine internment camps

Eight surveillance cameras

Seven TIPsters tipping

Six snoops a-sniffing

Five Carnivores

Four airport friskings

Three wiretappings

Two detained Muslims

And a Department of Homeland Security

Another Century of War?

A foreign policy that is both immoral and unsuccessful is not simply stupid, it is increasingly dangerous to those who practice or favor it. That is the predicament that the United States now confronts.

Communism no longer exists, American military power has never been greater, but the U.S. has never been so insecure and its people more vulnerable. After fifty years of interventions in the affairs of dozens of nations on every continent, interventions that varied from training police and armies to supplying them with lethal equipment and advisers to teach them how to use it, after two major wars involving its own manpower for years, America’s sustained, intense, and costly efforts have only culminated in greater risks to itself. There is more instability and violence in the world than ever, and now it has finally reached its own shores–and its political leaders have declared it will continue. By any criterion, above all the security of its own citizens, the U.S.’ international policies, whether military or political, have produced consummate failures. It is neither realistic nor ethical. It is a shambles of confusions and contradictions, pious, superficial morality combined with cynical adventurism, all of which has undermined, not strengthened, the safety of the American people and left a world more dangerous than ever.

A recent post to the invaluable nettime-l mailing list linked to this fascinating read. Before clicking on the link, try to guess the author’s identity from the below:

The Clinton administration would like the Federal government to have the capability to read any international or domestic computer communications. The FBI wants access to decode, digest, and discuss financial transactions, personal e-mail, and proprietary information sent abroad — all in the name of national security. To accomplish this, President Clinton would like government agencies to have the keys for decoding all exported U.S. software and Internet communications.

This proposed policy raises obvious concerns about Americans’ privacy, in addition to tampering with the competitive advantage that our U.S. software companies currently enjoy in the field of encryption technology. Not only would Big Brother be looming over the shoulders of international cyber-surfers, but the administration threatens to render our state-of-the-art computer software engineers obsolete and unemployed.

Don’t think I saw Lummox Taranto, Chuck Johnson, and their unoriginal followers – all deploying the “Our Friends the Saudis” headline with wearying regularity – link to this one. Some quotes:

“We’re treating all Saudis as if they’re terrorists. Our inability to distinguish between who is a friend and an enemy turns everyone into an enemy. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”



Suddenly the [Saudi] people who have spent the most time embracing and defending the United States feel abandoned.

“Does that mean one must leave the Republican Party in order to fight for liberty? Maybe so…”

American Indians Hold Thanksgiving Day of Mourning: “The greatest single acts of terrorism to date were not perpetrated by Osama bin Laden, but by the US military when it dropped atomic bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

Shhh! American Prisoners Being Held In Afghanistan: “Guerrillas have captured five more American soldiers in Afghanistan. This is an extension to the list of 40 American soldiers who have been missing for more than a year now.” (via LibertyThink)

Kissinger named to head 9/11 probe

“Dr. Kissinger will bring broad experience, clear thinking and careful judgment to this important task,” Bush said at a signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “Mr. secretary, thank you for returning to the service of your nation.”

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