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A Constitution Destroyed: John Yoo and the notorious “Torture Memo”

 When the CIA asked King George the Worst, if they could use waterboarding on prisoners (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/03/AR2010110308082.html), his response was, “Damn Right!”. When asked why he would authorize torture his response was, “Because the lawyers said it was okay”. 

That would be John Yoo who, like Hitler’s many stooges, rushed to find that “robust interrogation” was fine.
 
 We all know there was a memo that justified torture during the reign of King George the Worst, some of us know the author was John Yoo, but very few know details of what the memo said and how it reached its dark conclusions.
Below is a synopsis of his torture memo along with a link where the actual memo can be read in its complete glory. It is most interesting and revealing, to see how torture is rendered to be NOT torture and how torture is justified in spite of Geneva Conventions and other international agreements, by using statement from various Administration officials and giving them the slight additional twist, to make torture, a more acceptable, non-torture and even when there IS the clear, undeniable torture occurring, how Yoo justifies that under cover of exigent situations, “War!” and the Commander-in-Chief’s prerogative (Some of my comments are in parentheses and in blue). Continue reading

November 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Money, Islamophobia and “War!”

Islamophobia is only a new name for a very old and established commodity for control and power…as old as Time itself…FEAR; it is the oldest method for control and also the most lucrative pursuit in history.

We keep children quiet with fear of the Bogeyman; we keep people under control in religion, because of fear of God’s Wrath and Hell; we rise to political power by invoking fear of economic catastrophe, fear of the “other” and fear of being destroyed…while at the same time presenting ourselves as the best savior, so “Remember to vote for me!”.

Fear brings people to power and Fear keeps people in power; Fear is also the shortest way to fame and fortune….FEAR is what galvanizes the opportunists and Fear is what keeps the best amongst us, silent. Continue reading

November 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The “Murderer”, Omar Khadr

CNN reports that “Detainee” (note how we fall for the language framed for us?) is to serve eight more years in prison after pleading guilty as charged. At the trial, the widow of Khadr’s “victim”, Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, a member of a U.S. Army Special Forces, said “You will always be a murderer“.
 
Now that justice and the American way of life, have been served, America can sit back and feel good about itself as the paragon of virtues and righteousness it has always been claiming to be.
That includes you and me. Continue reading

November 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My reactions to prayers this Eid

Eid on the 10th, at least, for some of us; others will have observed their on the 11th. This is because there is a fiercely-held tradition that says the second day of the new moon at the end of the month of Ramadan, is Eid.

 
This would be fine, except that “moon-sighting” means different things to different groups. Some groups insist on actual moon-sighting by a reliable person or persons, within their region, while others insist on a moon-sighting that has been declared in another country (the Old country, or Arabia, depending on the group). The science for predicting the first day of the new moon, is about a thousand years old, yet so many Muslim scholars insist on this “tradition” because, they say, this is how it was done during the days of the prophet Mohammed. Well, yes, but so were so many other things, but I do not see us following tradition there.
 
“Tradition” holds that Dawn prayers (start of the day’s fast) begins when one can just start to tell the difference between a white thread and a black one, indicating first light. Similarly, the end of the day (end of the day’s fast) is when one can no longer tell the two threads apart. In between, the day’s prayer times depend on the cast of the sun’s shadow on objects…does ANYONE hold on to these “traditions”? No, watches have been invented and prayer times are in accordance with clock-times.
How many people still carry on the “tradition” of animal transportation instead of cars?
Cooking with wood fires?
Living without electricity? Continue reading

September 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

1938 Germany or 2010 USA?

I keep telling people we are in 1938 Germany and if all of us do not ACT and fast, the next few years might well become some of the darkest pages of American history.
Below is a review of a book that is about to be released. Substitute just a few words and reality of today is revealed in stark contrast.
 
American Media are colluding with the so-called “conservatives” and the so-called “Right wing” when everyone who uses their brain, knows these fear-mongers are neither, but are self-promoting opportunists…just as history tells us, were in The Fatherland. Continue reading

August 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Captain Mohammed Dreyfus

(First published March 29, 2004). In 1893 Alfred Dreyfus, a captain of the French Army, was accused and tried for treason. In spite of evidence to the contrary, he was convicted and sent to prison in Devil’s Island for the rest of his life. The Dreyfus’ case unleashed a storm of anti-Semitism all over France (he was a Jew) and it was only through mighty efforts of people of good will all over France that he was finally exonerated of all charges in 1906 and then too, only after a change of government. He was re-instated in the army with the rank of Major and fought gallantly in WWI as Lieutenant Colonel.

In 2003 Captain James Yee, a Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, was placed in solitary confinement, in shackles for most of 76 days in a military brig where he was not even told what time of day or night it was so he could pray. No one was told where he was or what the charges were against him and the word “espionage” was widely used by various spokes people; his military lawyers were told to prepare for a death-penalty defense. Continue reading

August 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Burning the Quran

Okay tell me, who had heard of the Dove World Outreach Center (http://www.doveworld.org/) before their leader Terry Jones decided to burn copies of the Quran on September 11, 2010?
 
That’s right, not a handful of people outside of his two-mile radius.
 
Terry Jones…Doctor Terry Jones, who spouts Robert Spencer’s language when describing Muslims and Islam, decided to burn copies of the Quran and suddenly he was propelled into great fame across the ranks of Muzlem-fearing Americans and into Europe. Here’s the best standard for the right to freedom of expression! let us ALL burn the Quran just to show how much we love our great “freedoms”…freedoms to bash Muslims and Islam, that is; similar “freedom” is hardly ever exercised against the more powerful minorities like Jews or Blacks. Continue reading

August 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Muslim Center in New York

Antipathy towards Muslims and Islam has been around in America since before I came to this country in 1974, but back then, it was considered rude to state such negative sentiments in public.

This all changed on September 11, 2001 when a group of people decided to fly commercial airplanes into the Twin towers, resulting in fires which brought the buildings down, killing almost 3000 people in the buildings. The perpetrators were identified as Muslim and overnight, it became an act of patriotism and righteousness, to bash Islam and Muslims. Continue reading

August 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Trip to Pakistan

Finally, after a gap of seven years, I made plans to go to Pakistan! I had long decided to not even think of going to Pakistan unless I could go for at least 4-6 weeks, but an opportunity presented itself that permitted that allowed me to go for only 16 days; it did not take long for me to decide that even though it was the peak of Summer and the time was extremely brief (for me), I would still go. With temperatures ranging from 40-44C (112-120F), I was assured by my family that I would die there; my response was that as long as I had one mango in each hand and one in my mouth, I would die happy. Continue reading

August 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ramadan and fasting

Ramadan starts on August 11, 2010, it is the ninth month of the Muslim year 1431 AH (After Hijri). Ramadan is the holiest month of the year and is the month during which the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar calendar, it is observed with great ceremony. Muslims may not eat or drink from dawn to dusk every day of this month, but there are exemptions.

Under-age children, the infirm elderly and the ill, are exempt from the requirements of fasting while those who are traveling or are menstruating women, may make up afterwards.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan are not merely the acts of going hungry and thirsty; hunger helps to develop an empathy with the person who may be hungry because s-he has no choice. While Muslims must abstain from eating and drinking between dawn and Dusk, it does not give them permission to binge either before or after fasting in order to better survive the ordeals of the day. Islam insists that everything be done in moderation thus; one may eat only until there is still some room in the stomach. Continue reading

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment