Friday, July 15, 2005
Bush's China Policy Failing, Too
"If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on to the target zone on China's territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons," the official, Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu, said at an official briefing.Yeah, right - a Chinese general's "personal views and not official policy" are announced at a press conference in a country where reading government archives can be considered espionage and the Catholic Church isn't allowed to acknowledge the Vatican's leadership. Any US general making such statements without express permission from the President and the Pentagon would be fired - I expect the Chinese would use a firing squad on the general unless his views had strong political backing.
General Zhu, considered a hawk, stressed that his comments reflected his personal views and not official policy. Beijing has long insisted that it will not initiate the use of nuclear weapons in any conflict.
(Source: New York Times Chinese General Threatens Use of A-Bombs if U.S. Intrudes, July 15, 2005.)
Meanwhile, tensions between China and Japan are rising, too.
Japan's government has awarded a Japanese oil company test drilling rights in a potential flashpoint maritime area also claimed by China.Wow, I'm sure glad the US Armed Forces aren't tied up somewhere like Iraq...
China said the Japanese move would harm bilateral ties, already strained by rows over history and resources.
"If Japan persists in granting drilling rights to companies in disputed waters it will cause a serious infringement of China's sovereign right," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told reporters in Beijing.
(Source: BBC News Japan stokes China sea dispute, July 14, 2005.)
Thursday, July 14, 2005
WaPo Story Links Abu Ghraib to Gitmo Tactics
Abu Ghraib Tactics Were First Used at GuantanamoMore and more, it sounds like the low-rankers at Abu Ghraib were indeed "just following orders." Shouldn't the people giving illegal orders receive at least as much punishment as those who carried out those orders? Or was their only real crime in the Bush league's eyes taking pictures of what they were ordered to do?
By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 14, 2005; Page A01
Interrogators at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forced a stubborn detainee to wear women's underwear on his head, confronted him with snarling military working dogs and attached a leash to his chains, according to a newly released military investigation that shows the tactics were employed there months before military police used them on detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
A central figure in the investigation, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, who commanded the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and later helped set up U.S. operations at Abu Ghraib, was accused of failing to properly supervise Qahtani's interrogation plan and was recommended for reprimand by investigators...
Miller traveled to Iraq in September 2003 to assist in Abu Ghraib's startup, and he later sent in "Tiger Teams" of Guantanamo Bay interrogators and analysts as advisers and trainers. Within weeks of his departure from Abu Ghraib, military working dogs were being used in interrogations, and naked detainees were humiliated and abused by military police soldiers working the night shift.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Rumsfeld's Iraq Mess
In response to questions from The New York Times, the ministry said that 8,175 Iraqis were killed by insurgents in the 10 months that ended May 31. The ministry did not give detailed figures for the months before August 2004, nor did it provide a breakdown of the figures, which do not include either Iraqi soldiers or civilians killed during American military operations.Note, too - these are only the dead from insurgent attacks. The dead from jumpy US troops shooting at innocent civilians isn't included.
(Source: New York Times Data Shows Faster-Rising Death Toll Among Iraqi Civilians, July 14, 2005 [emphasis added])
Maybe Don Rumsfeld shouldn't have dismissed the early throes of lawlessness right after the invasion as "messy." Maybe he should apologise for underestimating the seriousness of the situation, Or, of course, maybe he'll just blame everything on Valerie Plame's husband.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Reporter Calls Fox "News" a "Republican Surrogate"
Q Well, Fox News and other Republican surrogates are essentially saying that the conversation lasted for two minutes and that the subject was ostensibly welfare reform. They're getting that information from here, from Karl Rove.In the first Mummy movie, the heroine tells Benny: "Evil little sidekicks always get their comeuppance in the end." Scotty seems to be finding this out.
MR. McCLELLAN: And again, you're asking questions that are related to news reports about an ongoing, continuing investigation. And you've had my response on that.
Reality always wins - always.
Will Karl Rove Visit Judy Miller's Cell?
Under often hostile questioning, Mr. McClellan repeatedly declined to say whether he stood behind his previous statements that Mr. Rove had played no role in the matter, saying he could not comment while a criminal investigation was under way. He brushed aside questions about whether the president would follow through on his pledge, repeated just over a year ago, to fire anyone in his administration found to have played a role in disclosing the officer's identity. And he declined to say when Mr. Bush learned that Mr. Rove had mentioned the C.I.A. officer in his conversation with the Time reporter.Here's some questions for the next White House press conference:
(Source: New York Times At White House, a Day of Silence on Rove's Role in C.I.A. Leak, July 12, 2005.)
1) Has Karl Rove contacted Judith Miller yet and granted her permission to reveal any relevant confidential conversations to the grand jury?The press corps seems to have decided "it's clobbering time" for all the lies they've been force-fed by W and his Bush League minions. To bad Scotty can't call on Jeff Gannon any more...
2) How does Karl Rove feel about Judith Miller being in jail while he himself walks free?
3) Judith Miller is currently serving jail time because "highly-placed Bush Administration officials" refuse to take responsibility for their own actions. Does the President think this reflects badly on the public's perception of Republican values?
Monday, July 11, 2005
White House Run By Traitors
When questions arose regarding the Bush Administration's effectiveness in the war on terror, they promptly blew the cover of Al Qaeda double-agent Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan.
There's a word for people that betray our country's secrets for personal gain: TRAITOR.
Nigerian Fraud Letter From Iraq
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Don't trust people lacking basic spelling and grammar skills whom you've never met that tell you an obviously criminal conspiracy is "risk free."
For fun and geek points, use ARIN to check the originating IP address of suspect e-mails. This appears in the "internet headers" that Microsoft Outlook doesn't display unless you push the right buttons.Besides, given Custer Battle's reputation it is doubtful they would need any help on something like this...
It won't necessarily tell you who actually composed the e-mail, as spammers sometimes write viruses letting them send stuff from unguarded victims' computers. It will tell you where the e-mail DIDN'T come from in the case of phishers, etc.
Axis of Evil Member Joins Coalition of the Willing
Ready, Willing and Evil?
By Al Kamen (Washington Post)
Monday, July 11, 2005; Page A13
Great news from Iraq last week. Iran appears to have agreed to become the first member of the Axis of Evil to join the ever-dwindling Coalition of the Willing.
The U.S.-led coalition once included three dozen nations, but in the past year, more than a dozen countries have withdrawn or announced plans to leave. Ukraine and Poland have announced they will pull out by year's end, and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said last week that Italy will begin withdrawing this fall.
So the news Thursday that Iraq and Iran have reached an agreement -- the precise contours were unclear -- for Iran to help train Iraqi troops appears to make Iran eligible for inclusion as one of the "willing." After all, a lot of teensy countries made the list while contributing nary a thing.
Another good question for the next White House Press Conference.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Blame the Victim: Britain "Too Free"
LONDON, July 9 - Long before bombings ripped through London on Thursday, Britain had become a breeding ground for hate, fed by a militant version of Islam.According to the New York Times article, freedom cannot prevail unless the British can declare suspects "enemy combatants" and imprison them forever without trial - or extradite folks to places where they were convicted in absentia (without being present to assist in their own defense):
Although Britain has passed a series of antiterrorist and immigration laws and made nearly 800 arrests since Sept. 11, 2001, critics have charged that its deep tradition of civil liberties and protection of political activists have made the country a haven for terrorists. The British government has drawn particular criticism from other countries over its refusal to extradite terrorism suspects.
(Source: New York Times For a Decade, London Thrived as a Busy Crossroads of Terror, July 10, 2005 [emphasis added.])
Before Sept. 11, 2001, British officials monitored radical Islamists but generally stopped short of arresting or extraditing them. After Sept. 11, the government passed legislation that allowed indefinite detention of terrorism suspects. But last year, it was overturned by Britain's highest court, the Law Lords, as a violation of human rights law.How are we ever going to successfully establish democracies dedicated to justice, human rights and personal freedom if we continue to respect those principles ourselves? Oh, wait...
...Gen. Hamidou Laanigri, Morocco's chief of security, said Osama bin Laden authorized Mr. Guerbozi to open a training camp for Moroccans in Afghanistan in the beginning of 2001. Last December, Mr. Guerbozi was convicted in absentia in Morocco for his involvement in the Casablanca attacks and sentenced to 20 years.
But the British government has no extradition treaty with Morocco and has refused to extradite Mr. Guerbozi, a father of six who lives in a rundown apartment in north London. British officials say there is not enough evidence to arrest him, General Laanigri said.
For 10 years, France has been fighting for the extradition of Rachid Ramda, a 35-year-old Algerian, over his suspected role in a bombing in Paris in 1995 staged by Algeria's militant Armed Islamic Group. Much to the irritation of the French, three years ago, Britain's High Court blocked a Home Office order to hand him over, citing allegations that his co-defendants gave testimony under torture by the French.
(Source:For a Decade, London Thrived as a Busy Crossroads of Terror [emphasis added.])