November 17th, 2005

yellow_elephant

Live Nude Girls....

Those who have known me for a while, will of course find it amusing that I am stumbling over my 'issues'. There was this time when I learned that some of my email correspondents were VVAW - and I had to work out where my emotional reactions were to their being active 'anti-war types' while on active duty... and the issues of what is acceptable conduct. Which will clearly be an ironic way to deal with the transition from the intellectual assent to the ideal of Supporting C.O.Y.O.T.E. as a way of supporting 'collective bargaining' to end the various 'management abuses' that were operable when C.O.Y.O.T.E. formed. But noting that FOF work in the 'porno industry' - well... Hum....

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yellow_elephant

The Official American Position On Torture is Which Again?

The United States warned Iraqi officials Thursday against allowing Shiite militias a role in the security services following allegations of torture of Sunni Arabs by the Shiite-led Interior Ministry. The official in charge of the ministry said torture claims were exaggerated.

Sectarian rhetoric sharpened four days after U.S. troops found up to 173 malnourished detainees — some showing signs of torture — in an Interior Ministry building in the capital's Jadriyah district. Most were believed to be Sunni Arabs, the main group in the insurgency.
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In a statement Thursday, the U.S. Embassy said Iraqi authorities had given assurances that they will investigate the conditions of detainees found Sunday night and that the abuse of prisoners "will not be tolerated by either the Iraqi government" or U.S.-led forces.

"We have made clear to the Iraqi government that there must not be militia or sectarian control or direction of Iraqi security forces, facilities or ministries," the U.S. statement added.

Prominent Sunni Arabs have complained for months about abuse by Interior Ministry forces, whom they claim have been infiltrated by Shiite militias. The Sunnis called for an international investigation after the Jadriyah detainees were found.

[ cf YahooNews ]
Has anyone in the "american officials" actually checked in with the Current American Administration as to which of the positions on the need to retain the right to extract information by any means possible is the actual current american policy on the use of information retrieval experts to keep those who need to know well enough informed as to take such actions as would be appropriate without leaving anyone actually legally liable for being informed of the information that was being retrieved.

I'd hate to think that there were democrats who were opposing the president....

Or that persons were willing to send the wrong signal to the enemy on the american policy on information retrieval.
yellow_elephant

Upgrading to Zyklon-B

I wonder if americans are less concerned about 'gassing' them with Carbon Monoxide, than with say, a 'chemical warfare agent'. Hence the ongoing debate about using fire weapons as a 'chemical warfare agent' is less worrisome to americans because, simply getting them to die a slow painful death is less problematic than killing them more cost effectively....

Or is it the happy hope that some how, since it is only the sort of natural toxic chemical fumes that are created in the average fire, that it's not like some special military style of fire, and hence, well.... or are we suppose to take the happier and more optomistic thought, that since the fire weapons can be avoided if the people will come out into the open where we can kill them with more conventional body ripping weapons like bullets and shrapnel, that it is not like we have to worry about the ones who die from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - because they could have come out and been gunned down...

Hopefully the americans will be able to help me out on this little issue.
yellow_elephant

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming

U.S. occupation officials gave a man with a federal fraud conviction control of millions of dollars for Iraqi reconstruction. Now the man is charged with accepting kickbacks to steer contracts to a businessman.

Robert J. Stein Jr., 50, of Fayetteville, N.C., used some of the kickback money to make a restitution payment for his earlier conviction and his wife used some to pay federal taxes, according to a federal affidavit.
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The allegations against Bloom and Stein have their roots in audits performed by Inspector General Stuart W. Bowen Jr.

Mitchell said Bowen is working on more than 50 cases involving Iraq reconstruction, and has referred up to a dozen to the Justice Department.

"This is the first case and there will be more," Mitchell said.

[ cf SeattleIntelligencer ]
Clearly we have to get to the root of How Hillary Clinton caused all of this evil to happen.

What sort of people BUT democrats would know anyone who had been convicted of Money Launder, Fraud, etc, etc, etc...

I mean, do folks think that this is some sort of UN Weapons For Oil Programme Or WHAT?