Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Shrub becomes burning Bush...

Speaking of burning, you hear about the guy who tried to set himself on fire in front of the White House? Officials say that can't imagine why he'd do that...

Oh, let's see... a global war on Islam... could that have anything to do with it?

And then, (burning) Bush - I'm hoping that'll catch on - replaced Powell for Rice. That's like exchanging your dog who barks too much for a rabid wolverine!

What else?

Turns out the odds that (burning) Bush was elected was somewhere in the order of 1 in 250,000,000!!! (Thanks to Bob Harris.)

And then this from the Sunday Times of London:

US accused of "torture flights"

An executive jet is being used by the American intelligence agencies to fly terrorist suspects to countries that routinely use torture in their prisons.
The movements of the Gulfstream 5 leased by agents from the United States defence department and the CIA are detailed in confidential logs obtained by The Sunday Times which cover more than 300 flights.

Countries with poor human rights records to which the Americans have delivered prisoners include Egypt, Syria and Uzbekistan, according to the files. The logs have prompted allegations from critics that the agency is using such regimes to carry out "torture by proxy" — a charge denied by the American government.

And then this from Military.com:

The Pentagon has begun work on its own military Internet, designed for the wars of the future, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The system's goal is to give American commanders and troops a moving picture of all foreign enemies and threats.

Air Force Under Secretary Peter Teets told Congress the "Internet in the sky," would allow "marines in a Humvee, in a faraway land, in the middle of a rainstorm, to open up their laptops, request imagery" from a spy satellite, and "get it downloaded within seconds."

The network has been christened the Global Information Grid by the Pentagon. The first connections for the system were installed six weeks ago, but it could take two decades and hundreds of billions of dollars to build the network and its components, the Times said.

You can fuck "planning for peace", folks.

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