Monthly Archives: December, 2005

Finkelstein at Yale: Image and reality

These are fairly recent posts to Norman Finkelstein’s website. There are three write ups on his talk at Yale in October 2004 and three MPGs of the same. Finkelstein’s talk mirrors the introduction to his latest book, Beyond Chutzpah, which is an exposé of the “misuse of anti-semitism and the abuse of history.” The second part of the book is a denunciation of Alan Dershowitz’s book “The Case for Israel”. The book, Beyond Chutzpah can be ordered here. You could also get Dershowitz’s book at the same place but since it seems to be an almost direct copy of the discredited From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters you might want to cut out the middleman and go straight to source or simply trust Finkelstein and read his exposé of a complete hoax.

Just as an aside, the UK’s Melanie Phillips, uses as an example of resurgent anti-semitism the fact that someone reported going into a bookstore in either Oxford or Cambridge (let’s say Oxbridge) in the UK and asking for a copy of “The Case for Israel” only to be told by the shop assistant that “there is no case for Israel.” I didn’t know that fair comment could be construed as anti-semitism. But then read Finkelstein’s book and you will see that whilst Melanie Pillips is considered a bit loony in the UK, her rantings about anti-semitism are positively mainstream in the US.

"Big Brother is Watching and Listening to You"

“There is no such thing as a little domestic spying, or a limited repression of dissidents. Once this evil process begins, it is almost impossible to halt. Electronic files live on no matter what efforts are made to curtail their use or destroy them. They are every security agency’s most precious asset and stock in trade.”
Eric Margolis

youngfox vandalizes a MoPaul

Escalating secrecy wars. Punish leakers of classified documents severely, says CIA veteran

In a speech to the Institute of World Politics, Bruce, a CIA veteran was also quoted as saying, “We’ve got to do whatever it takes — if it takes sending SWAT teams into journalists’ homes — to stop these leaks.” He also urged, “stiff new penalties to crack down on leaks, including prosecutions of journalists that publish classified information.” The FDDC appears to be a follow-on to the old Director of Central Intelligence’s Unauthorized Disclosure Analysis Center (UDAC).

and guess what? They’re doing it: Justice Dept. Probing Domestic Spying Leak


Boy King wants to play spy?

Covert CIA Program Withstands New Furor

“In the past, presidents set up buffers to distance themselves from covert action,” said A. John Radsan, assistant general counsel at the CIA from 2002 to 2004. “But this president, who is breaking down the boundaries between covert action and conventional war, seems to relish the secret findings and the dirty details of operations.”

He relishes this? He isn’t just looking for little legal circles, he’s looking to keep these programs alive because he likes the idea of playing in espionage. Since when does using your own lawyers who will write opinions giving you legal justification for your actions constitute the “rule of law?”

The US is being set up…..

….for a full dismantling and deconstruction, to be sold off in pieces to the highest bidders. A post and a list of the U.S. Businesses that have been sold to Foreign companies.

America has been carved out like a pumpkin and the seeds spit in our faces.

Brendan O’Neill: Europe must embrace true free speech

In Europe, five years into the 21st century, two writers face trial and imprisonment for something they said or wrote. Both could be incarcerated, not for physically harming another person or for damaging property, but for uttering words that European states deem offensive.

Yet only one has been defended by the international literati, who have described the attempt to curtail his freedom of speech as an act of “anachronistic brutality.” The other writer’s plight has been ignored; worse, many liberals have supported the campaign to punish him for expressing outrageous views.

As such, the two cases cast a harsh light on the debate about free speech in Europe: They suggest we Europeans have a partial, picky attitude to freedom of expression, and thus do not understand the real meaning of this fundamental liberty.

[A story from Europe that is an opportunity for we citizens of the United States to consider whether we understand the real meaning of this fundamental liberty – a liberty much of the world thinks we have, and which to a large extent we do.]

Kenny boy lay speaks!


More important:

ENRON Chief Accountant Flips

Prosecutors are expected to gain valuable ammunition in their case against Enron’s former top two officials when ex-Chief Accounting Officer Richard Causey enters a guilty plea this afternoon.

HUGE: Illegal wiretaps may threaten terror cases!!

In a Virginia case, Edward B. MacMahon Jr., a lawyer for Ali al-Timimi, a Muslim scholar in Alexandria who is serving a life sentence for inciting his young followers to wage war against the United States overseas, said the government’s explanation of how it came to suspect Mr. Timimi of terrorism ties never added up in his view.

F.B.I. agents were at Mr. Timimi’s door days after the Sept. 11 attacks to question him about possible links to terrorism, Mr. MacMahon said, yet the government did not obtain a warrant through the foreign intelligence court to eavesdrop on his conversations until many months later.

Mr. MacMahon said he was so skeptical about the timing of the investigation that he questioned the Justice Department about whether some sort of unknown wiretap operation had been conducted on the scholar or his young followers, who were tied to what prosecutors described as a “Virginia jihad” cell.

“They told me there was no other surveillance,” Mr. MacMahon said. “But the fact is that the case against a lot of these guys just came out of nowhere because they were really nobodies, and it makes you wonder whether they were being tapped.”

Auld Lang Impeachment

I thought I’d help everyone celebrate New Year’s Eve with my Auld Lang Impeachment. Here’s how it begins:

Auld Lang Impeachment — Song Parody (Sing to Auld Lang Syne)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“Bush/Cheney’s wrongs won’t be forgot.
Each one we’ll keep in mind.
These evil men must be locked up
For all their many crimes.

They spied on U.S. citizens.
They lied us into war…”

You can read the rest of Auld Lang Impeachment here, and you can hear me sing it here.

Happy new year!

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