Daily Archives: May 7, 2004

Wanted: Torturer – Good Pay Plus Benefits

Tim Dunlop at The Road to Surfdom, our favorite Aussieblog, has interrupted his exegesis of Joe Wilson’s book to post the text of a CACI job ad. Here’s just part of it:

Interrogator/Intel Analyst Team Lead Asst.Assists the interrogation support program team lead to increase the effectiveness of dealing with Detainees, Persons of Interest, and Prisoners of War (POWs) that are in the custody of US/Coalition Forces in the CJTF 7 AOR, in terms of screening, interrogation, and debriefing of persons of intelligence value. Under minimal supervision, will assist the team lead in managing a multifaceted interrogation support cell consisting of database entry/intelligence research clerks, screeners, tactical/strategic interrogators, and intelligence analyst.

Tim notes, “Might be a good idea to tighten up that ‘under minimal supervision’ clause. Just a thought.” Um, yeah.

There’s more, and it doesn’t get better.

Another First!

First Junior apologized, now Rumsfeld. The right-wing Mighty Wurlitzer will no doubt be as livid with contempt and as scathing in their ridicule of these two obvious signs of gutlessness and pandering to polls as they were of Clinton’s apologies.

Right?

No?

Oh.

How come?

Quote of the Day

Scenes From a Coverup–Billmon

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself.–Justice Louis D Brandeis

Bush Apologizes–A First

Well, I’ll be damned. Karl got Junior to apologize for something. That musta hurt like the dickens. And to Abdullah of Jordan, of all people. Poor Abdullah.

Two weeks ago, on the eve of a scheduled visit, Georgie announces that he’s throwing away the road map to follow Ariel off the edge of the cliff, backing Sharon’s land-grab, and the King has to “postpone” his trip–the King of Jordan making a “friendly” visit to the US is dicey enough, but to go there when the President has just reneged on one of his basic promises to the Palestinians? Uh-uh. No. Bad move.

So he waits a couple of weeks, Sharon’s plan gets rejected by his own party (not because it’s blatant theft and a repudiation of Israel’s previous stance but because they don’t think Sharon is stealing enough land), and he tries again. This time, while he’s here, proof that America has been torturing Arab prisoners gets splashed all over the Arab (and the world) press, and the King still has to go into the Rose Garden and make nice with the Shrub he would have liked to chop off at the roots. The guy just doesn’t have any luck at all. And now he has to go home. Oy.

But give him credit–his presence is what pushed Karl into authorizing that apology and Junior into going back to his original policy on Palestine. The King couldn’t go back to his country with nothing after all this, and he used the terrible position he was in to wrest the public apology Al Jazeera didn’t get out of the man who never apologizes for anything. Not bad, when you stop to think about it. A case of turning rotten lemons into acceptable lemonade, even if the Prez’ apology did seem to be more about the pictures being shown than what the pictures showed. But hey, you take what you can get with this president.

Nice work, Abdullah. An apology for something he’s screwed up is a lot more than we’ve been able to get out of him.

Rush Praises Torturers: "A Brilliant Maneuver", Says Limbo-Large

Hey, man, don’t blame me. He said it. I’m not making this up. Yesterday, Rush-to-Limbo spaketh his wisdom on the Abu Ghraib torturing thusly:

Maybe the people who ordered this are pretty smart. Maybe the people who executed this pulled off a brilliant maneuver. Nobody got hurt. Nobody got physically injured. But boy there was a lot of humiliation of people who are trying to kill us — in ways they hold dear. Sounds pretty effective to me if you look at us in the right context.

There are two blatant lies in that single paragraph, but don’t let that bother you. Let’s look at the Big Picture.

LIMBAUGH: The thing though that continually amazes — here we have these pictures of homoeroticism that look like standard good old American pornography….

Now there’s something we’d always suspected about Rush–he’s a devotee of pornography, and of a particular type. Apparently, he’s intimately familiar with homoerotic, sado-masochistic pornography, familiar enough to know it when he sees it, anyway. One just knew in one’s heart that the man gets his jollies from pictures of naked men with hoods over their heads and electric wires attached to their Cheneys. Now he admits it.

It’s out there, it’s in the open, Be Loud Be Proud: The torturers are Dittoheads. Rush’s People. His Kinda Guys. Those ex-South African pro-apartheid mercs and G-2, School-of-the-Americas graduates are Limbo Lusties. HE LOVES ‘EM! “These are MY PEOPLE!” he screams while massaging his…leg and ogling the pictures for the 40th time. Dittoheads everywhere rejoice.

They’re exploding from the closet in waves. First Bush, now Rush, trapped into truth. The facade is crumbling like a stale cookie. CLAP YOUR HANDS TOGETHER AND GIMME AN AMEN! Somebody up there is watching after all; apparently God has decided to take a hand and cancel that loan on Limbo’s talent. As Michael Feldman said, “It was just a small loan, hardly worth the bookkeeping.”

(From David Brock’s Media Matters)

Sometimes the Good Guys Win

John McKay at archy follows up on the students in Montana who struck their high school rather than see creationism taught side-by-side with evolution in their classrooms.

The short version: They won. Voters rejected the creationist school board candidates 2-to-1. Read the rest. It’ll do your heart good.