Sunday, June 12, 2005

It's official: having to listen to Christina Arrugala is torture. The only thing that I can think of that's more inhumane is forcing someone to look at her. And of course, I'm talking post-"Genie in a Bottle" video. It's sad to see someone go from that to, well, Orc. Actually, I think I'd still rather fuck an Orc -- no telling what Christina has growing down there.

The Pentagon said Kahtani's interrogation was conducted by "trained professionals," and yielded "valuable information" about al Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden.

Wow, I'll bet it was because of this guy that we were finally able to capture Osama and shut his terrorist network down for good.

"The important thing here to understand is that the people that are at Guantanamo are bad people," Cheney said.

Yes, and they're all such bad people that they were held until they were swiftly convicted of committing a crime. None of them are ever let go after a decision has been made that they have nothing. I know, I know, it's different with these guys than it is with common criminals. And national security is at stake! To quote Captain Picard: "Ahhh, internal security. The age old cry of the oppressor." You always know that you have a strong argument when you play the Star Trek quote card.

The Pentagon described the document in Time as a "compromised classified interrogation log," and said it had notified appropriate congressional committees.

Well, if this is all they had to say, then at least it's some kind of implicit admission that what's going on in terms of torture is just policy. Honestly, I don't know if I'm all that upset about the whole torture thing. I mean, yeah, it's pretty uncivilized, but you know, it could be worse (and I doubt anything worse is going on; stuff like that never escalates). If they'd just cop to it that would make it a bit better. And if nothing else, I'm desensitized to it because we all know it's going on, and it's not like we will or even can do anything real to stop it. We can do the good lil' liberal thing by protesting and sending our letters, but it won't do a fucking thing to put an end to it.

The hypocrisy of it all is definitely irritating. Yeah, when it comes to certain "bad people," we'll bend the rules. We won't afford others the rights and treatment that we give ourselves. That always looks pretty good when you're looking to gain credibility, which of course we aren't. And of course, this opens the door for them to expand these little policies outside of the terrorist prison camps. All they need is some kind of "He's comin' right for us!" type of argument, and off they go.

Right now, I think it'd be a good play for TB to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. It'd be a great PR move, because then people would be all uppity over thinking that they accomplished something. Of course, the prisoners aren't just going to be let go, and they'll be quietly moved somewhere that's lower profile or just totally secret so that shit can continue.

"What did she have down there? An aluminum bat? A piece of rebar?"
- JFR's comment when Arrugala was stopped after setting off an airport metal detector thanks to a piercing you-know-where (and by "you-know-where" I mean her pussy, if you know what I mean)

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