Monthly Archives: March, 2009

Predicting the Past

Twenty years ago, as a management developer, I taught a form of employment interviewing called “behavioral questioning”. In this method, the interviewer does not ask, “What would you do under “X” circumstances?”, but would say, “Think of an instance in which “X” happened and tell me how you handled it.” The theory supporting that technique is simple: the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

Within this framework, however, often the best candidate will respond by describing a situation that s/he handled badly, then will relate what s/he learned and how s/he would handle it differently or did handle it differently in similar circumstances..

Applied to the 2008 campaign circus, as well as to its aftermath, we might be looking at different scenarios entirely . . . [more]

Ex-Saudi envoy Prince Bandar ‘disappears’


Ex-Saudi envoy Prince Bandar ‘disappears’ , father seriously ill

Keys to the kingdom: Inside Saudi Arabia’s royal family

The crown prince is seriously ill, and Saudi Arabia’s normally secretive royal family is openly clashing over who will take the throne, reports Hugh Miles

The Independent on Sunday

A dispute over Saudi Arabia’s royal succession burst into the open yesterday, revealing a power struggle in which one of the most senior princes in the oil-rich kingdom is reported to have disappeared. The prospect of instability in a country that is not only the world’s largest oil exporter but also a key Western ally at the heart of the Middle East will cause serious concern in Washington, London and beyond.

Rumours are rife over the position of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, 60, son of the heir to the Saudi throne, who has not been seen in public for weeks. Prince Bandar is better known abroad than almost any other member of the Saudi royal family, not only for his extravagant lifestyle, but because of his daring foreign policy initiatives during 22 years as the Saudi ambassador in Washington, where he played an important role after 9/11 and during two Gulf wars. His absence from public life comes at a sensitive time in Saudi Arabia: his father, Crown Prince Sultan, is gravely ill with cancer, throwing the succession to King Abdullah into question.

One theory in political circles in Riyadh is that Prince Bandar was seeking to oust King Abdullah before Prince Sultan dies, thus placing his father on the throne. Other rumours claim that Prince Bandar is ill, or that he angered King Abdullah by dabbling in Syrian politics without authorisation. The Saudi embassy in London could not be contacted for comment last week, but this weekend political tensions in the kingdom came dramatically to the surface.

On Friday night King Abdullah unexpectedly announced the appointment of one of his half-brothers, Prince Nayef, the 76-year-old interior minister, to the post of second deputy prime minister, which had been left vacant. This was immediately taken as an indication that he would become crown prince when Prince Sultan dies or becomes king. But yesterday Prince Talal, another senior figure, publicly demanded that the king confirm that the appointment did not mean Prince Nayef would automatically become the next crown prince. Such public disagreement among senior Saudi royals is highly unusual.

As, said elsewhere, “If anything could shake up world politics and the existing power structures of the world right now, this would be it.”

This oughta shake shit up…

Also see, The Bush-Saudi Connection

Could a Massive "False-Flag" Cyberattack Be On The Horizon?

in light of recent news that a Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries, I wonder if it’s China, or our own control freaks, or both, either way the PTMB (powers that make believe) WILL USE IT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE.

Happy Ostara!


ABC special: Does Satan Exist?

Yes, yes Satan does exist. This very “face off” proves it. The fucking pain of it all to watch the whole thing. Can you do it? Watching this shit may be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life! Hell may very well be nothing more than a bunch of right wing retards telling you about their life stories and how they overcame it by the use of 2mg Jesus (TM).

Beware, again. Watching this WILL BE PAINFUL!

haha.. this tells you all you need to know about American, on so many different levels.

P J Harvey and John Parish Black Hearted Love

P J Harvey and John Parish Black Hearted Love

PJ Harvey & John Parish A Woman A Man Walked By EPK part 1 (2009)

PJ Harvey & John Parish A Woman A Man Walked By EPK part (2009)

This is a great and blistering album, it has a bifurcation that I don’t understand, yet, but like alot.

Abu Ghraib Torture Suit Against Defense Giant CACI Goes Forward


In a blow to defense contracting giant, CACI International Inc., U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ruled on March 18 that a lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of torture victims held at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq can proceed.

Denying CACI’s motion to dismiss the former prisoners’ claims, which allege multiple violations of U.S. law, including torture, war crimes and conspiracy, Judge Lee ruled that “[t]he fact that CACI’s business involves conducting interrogations on the government’s behalf is incidental; courts can and do entertain civil suits against government contractors for the manner in which they carry out government business. CACI conveniently ignores the long line of cases where private plaintiffs were allowed to bring tort actions for wartime injuries.” According to CCR:

The Court also rejected CACI’s effort to shield itself from accountability by invoking the political question doctrine. The Court found “the policy is clear: what happened at Abu Ghraib was wrong.” The Court reasoned “While it is true that the events at Abu Ghraib pose an embarrassment to this country, it is the misconduct alleged and not the litigation surrounding that misconduct that creates the embarrassment. This Court finds that the only potential for embarrassment would be if the Court declined to hear these claims on political questions grounds. Consequently, the Court holds that Plaintiffs’ claims pose no political question and are therefore justiciable.” (“Court Rules Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Can Sue Contractor CACI, According to Legal Team for Former Detainees,” Center for Constitutional Rights, Press Release, March 19, 2009)

According to CCR, CACI employees “not only participated in physical and mental abuse of the detainees, but also destroyed documents, videos and photographs; prevented the reporting of the torture and abuse to the International Committee of the Red Cross; hid detainees and other prisoners from the International Committee of the Red Cross; and misled non-conspiring military and government officials about the state of affairs at the Iraq prisons.”

Filed in January 2008 under the Alien Tort Statute, the suit originally included defense contracting giant L-3 Services (the former Titan Corporation) but were “dismissed without prejudice” last year. This means the plaintiff would be allowed to bring a new suit on the same claim.

While CACI believes “it is improper for the courts to allow lawsuits against either the government or contractors by aliens detained as enemies during wartime,” Washington Technology reported, the court shot down their argument.

The insider tech publication averred, “CACI sought immunity against the lawsuits and claimed that the actions of its contract interrogators at Abu Ghraib were beyond judicial review. But court martial and other testimony of the soldiers convicted of abuse linked CACI personnel to the abuse.”

The giant defense firm claimed in a 2008 book, “Our Good Name,” that after five years of numerous investigations no CACI employee or former employee has been charged with misconduct in connection with CACI’s interrogation work.
True enough as far as it goes, the Bush gang sought to cover their tracks by crafting a legal smokescreen meant to conceal state policies that can only be described as torture in Iraq, Afghanistan, indeed on a planetary scale, and engaged in a systematic cover-up meant to shield high administration officials from the consequences.

Despite a pledge to be a “change administration,” the Obama national security team has reprised many of the same policies of their predecessors. While the administration has issued orders requiring strict adherence to antitorture statutes, vowed to close the Guantánamo Bay Detention facility, has dropped the term “enemy combatant” from its lexicon and is considering to kick the phrase “global war on terror” to the curb, the substance of their policies retain many features of the previous regime in Washington.

Federal prosecutors will not charge Spitzer. He was a ‘John’ on his own time…

No Evidence That Ex-Governor Used Public or Campaign Money for Prostitution

haha… that’s because he knows where the bodies are buried… see below

Salam pax’s homepage reports Hinterland Travel is offering tours of Iraq!

Hinterland Travel

Look, I’m all for it. Bring on the tourists, it’ll be fun. But this piece on the BBC is just a bit odd. The footage is filmed in front of Saddam’s old parade ground which is in the middle of the green zone. Normal folk, or should I just say it.. Iraqis, have no way of getting there unescorted. And they talk of visiting the ancient city of Babylon.. the last I heard is that an US army unit uses it as a base……..And just in case you were wondering.. yes, I am a little bit jealous. Sour grapes and all that.

the travel agent even offers an the afghan road tour, of khyber pass!

“Tours of Iraq”? Jesus fucking Christ, is there no depravity we wont stoop too? Of course, that response is rhetorical, these craven jackals always go lower, there is no bottom for them. Case in point: Imagine, “There’s culture shock, and then there’s the culture shock of moving to a country that started a war in your home.”

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