Keep em in the dark and feed them bullshit.


The Shrub used this time-honored method of madness when he unveiled his new proposal. Even the poor little congressional assistants didn’t have a snowballs chance in hell to inform their bosses what was in this proposal, the Shub’s minions kept it all under wraps. The gist of it is this: to make Military “Commissions” powerful enough to try individuals that are NOT terrorist’s or members of terrorist cells. To quote the WaPo article I read, this proposal would include people: “not directly involved in acts of international terrorism, according to officials familiar with the proposal.”

Now, you might be asking yourself..WTF is this shit? I know I did..But this, my dear reader, is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Yes, it gets better..or worse,depending on your POV or possibly your party affliation..

“The plan, which would replace a military trial system ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in June, would also allow the secretary of defense to add crimes at will to those under the military court’s jurisdiction. The two provisions would be likely to put more individuals than previously expected before military juries, officials and independent experts said.”–Now, before you draw the blinds, shut off your computer and sit nervously looking towards the front door of your humble abode, let me alleviate your fears as best I can.

To paraphrase someone famous, I have heard Timothy Leary and Kurt Cobain named as authors, and frankly I don’t give a shit who said it: “Just because your paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t in fact, out to get you”.

I don’t care if they are or aren’t out to get me. I figured I would get my 15 minutes of fame, afterall, I am nothing if not a loud-mouthed broad with an evil wit and wisdom that could surely get my ass out of hot water by speaking the truth in open court for all the world to hear.

Then I read the rest of the WaPo writeup about what else is in that fucking proposal.

“Under the proposed procedures, defendants would lack rights to confront accusers, exclude hearsay accusations, or bar evidence obtained through rough or coercive interrogations. They would not be guaranteed a public or speedy trial and would lack the right to choose their military counsel, who in turn would not be guaranteed equal access to evidence held by prosecutors.

Detainees would also not be guaranteed the right to be present at their own trials, if their absence is deemed necessary to protect national security or individuals.”

Bear in mind, that I almost swallowed my tongue when I saw the above quoted information in the WaPo article. This lovely piece of Big Brotha bullshit was created by “civilian political appointees”. Oh yeah, thats who should be writing our rules and regulations regarding rules of law..political appointees..not lawyers or legal scholars..

After I took a double dose of the ball and chain’s tranquilizers, I read on..as you should too.I hoped for a sane legal voice in this sea awash in insanity and political fucking appointees. There was a small ray of light from the military lawyers. They got all lawyer’d up and had this opinion of the Shrubs “rough draft”:

“They objected in particular to the provision allowing defendants to be tried in absentia, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to describe the deliberations. Another source in contact with top military lawyers said, “Their initial impression is that the draft was unacceptable and sloppy.” The source added that “it did not have enough due-process rights” and could further tarnish America’s image.”

I was not so worried about American’s Image at this point in my reading as I was spending the rest of my natural life in America’s version of Siberia for making fun of the Shrub and his minions, or taking them to task for fucking up the world for the rest of us that live here under the guise of the GWOT or Christian beliefs..to me, dear reader these two things are interchangeable. But I digress..

Surely, I mused..no one in their right..or left..mind would approve of this heinous piece of batshit. Then I found my trusty TomPaine.com newletter in my inbox. They had an OpEd about this new “fresh hell” being served us by the Shrub’s minions. You can read it here.But let me give you this little observation:

It won’t make you feel warm and fuzzy either my dear reader. Let me leave you with this final quote from the WaPo article. Its from John D. Hutson, the Navy’s top uniformed lawyer from 1997 to 2000 and its his assessment of the “proposal”:

“We know you’re guilty. We can’t tell you why, but there’s a guy, we can’t tell you who, who told us something. We can’t tell you what, but you’re guilty.”

It puts this “proposal” in perspective doesn’t it? The perspective that Big Brotha is alive and well and living at 1600 Penn. Ave. The title of the TomPaine piece:

We’re All Enemy Combatants Now.

What part of Canada is the warmest? Anyone know? I do know I love the UK too..Eric Clapton was born there.

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About Dusty, hells most vocal bitch

I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

Posted on August 5, 2006, in your guilty. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the astute commentary, dusty! I’m going to use bushy’s prop as a point of analysis in my critical thinking classes this fall. I can’t wait for the first naive student to regurgitate my favorite right-wing sentiment: “If you’re not guilty of anything (or have nothing to hide), why would you object?”

  2. <>What part of Canada is the warmest?<>Thanks for adding that line and making me smile, because everything that came before it depressed the hell out of me.I was born during the Truman administration, but I’ve never seen an admin so hell bent on making this country America in name only. Not even close.

  3. Blue..I get friggin insane when someone says that line. They are stupid ignorant people that miss the point. And obviously want to miss it.I know what you mean Anthony..I had to add a touch of smirk at the end..it was so fucking depressing to write.

  4. fuckin’ A … it does feel like we could wake up with tanks in the streets here on bush’s watch … maybe that’s the benefit of iraq … as long as the military is engaged in that clusterfuck over there … we are relatively safe from martial law here due to staffing shortages …

  5. i was thinking of fleeing too- but the western world is starting to adopt laws similar to ours. i am thinking of joining bz at ‘intrepid flame’ and his family in kuala lumpur. i think that they at least let folks live peacefully. at any rate- i am not putting my family in danger. if this shit goes down- i am so done. haikus only for me. i am already planning on how to live without gas and electric and what i could pack into one bag to take with me to the internment camp. no lie.

  6. I’m staying..Because I would much rather die on my feet than live on my knees!FIGHT,FIGHT,FIGHT!!

  7. Sappho..If you stay, we can wage a fight together girl. I stood up to these assholes during Vietnam and I will do it again..I got a glock and damn well know how to use the sumbitch..fuck those candy-ass bastards..bring it on boyz..lets see what your fucking made of..and if you can get your army to fight its own people..

  8. Dusty…you are after my own heart!!I have a beautiful arsenal myself, & I practice often!Not only will I stay, Dusty, but I will look you up, & fight by your side, Zapatista-style!!!Your radical, militant in arms,Sappho

  9. P.s…Just read your here in Cali, too! Anywhere in the Los Angeles area??If so, we could really raise some hell! Check out my postings on the anti-MinuteKlan protest I attended here in L.A. last month. The bruise that the LAPD’s baton gave me has just healed & I’m ready to roll!!

  10. hmmm, I am a Buddhist with bad attitude , and my arsenal includes Mentos and Diet Pepsi…would that help?any room in the Tent for me??? ( I got a tough dog and cat too , and Mr6-6- sign us up- I ain’t leaving…)And Sappho good for you , good to know that there are Strong Hearted Brave Souls Everywhere…and that Includes the Dusty…and yeah, this post depressed the Fuck out of me…and I am so tired of dummed down assholes not realizing WHAT we as a Country have lost (actually WHAT has been effectively stolen by a pack of criminals???!!)

  11. enigma4ever:There is more than enough room in the tent for you! And I’m sure your Mentos & Diet Pepsi will make excellent diversion tactics!! Thanks for the kind words!

  12. I’ve read this many other places, including in WaPo, but you of them all put it in the best…no, I mean the worst…I mean…Nevermind! Yours is the greatest! Thanks.

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