Wednesday, October 31, 2001

A truly horrifying account of life in the New Domestic Order.
[via Sam]
Los desaparecidos:
A coalition of civil rights groups on Monday called on the Justice Department to release the names of the estimated 900 prisoners the FBI has arrested or detained since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

maybe their mothers and grandmothers should walk silently in front of the Capitol holding their pictures...for the next decade or two.
[via phil]
Stego and crypto and freedom, oh my!
nyt login:westerbyreport / password:westerby
[via phil]
Be careful out there, you dissident bloggers:

Speaking in support of an organization that the attorney general deems to be terrorist could be forbidden, said ACLU President Nadine Strossen: "Even an editorial that supports [a designated group's] lawful actions comes under the ambit of this legislation."
According to Rummy the dastardly Taliban are telling lies, orchestrating photo ops, and controlling press access in the theater. They stole our warplans:

"We have seen repeatedly things that are not true put out by the Taliban," Mr Rumsfeld said. "We have seen them escort people to things they wanted seen, and we have seen the things they wanted seen, and the lies they have been putting forward, carried across the globe on television and in the press."
[via phil]
Security holes found in XP, and gambling in Casablanca.
[via Phil]

Tuesday, October 30, 2001

laughter during wartime:

a new (to me) spin on this:

The Pentagon has hired a PR firm after accusations that the ‘war on terrorism’ - billed as a ‘new war like no other before’ - is in fact the same old brutal product wrapped up in humanitarian bullshit. A Pentagon source said "people are starting to see for themselves this is just us dropping another shedload of bombs on people who can’t fight back. We need a new angle - something to get the mums and kids on board". The new war will be unveiled next week at a glittering champagne’n’cruise missile launch. One unconfirmed rumour suggests it is to be renamed " the Magical Explosion Experience".

a new my new fighting technique is unfuckingstoppable

a new tom tomorrow's this modern world
Paul Wolfowitz, deranged fanatic secure in D.C. bunker, defends the use of cluster bombs to indiscriminately maim and kill the innocent.
Even Don DeLillo can't escape trivialization as the increasingly banal Salon manages a puffy Paradesque piece long on name-dropping and superficial biography, short on exploration of his magnificent ouevre.
To: MrWatson@ARPANET
Subject: Come here! I want you.
30th anniversary of first email
One of the brighter cousins on our war:

The war against terrorism is a fraud. After three weeks' bombing, not a single terrorist implicated in the attacks on America has been caught or killed in Afghanistan.

Instead, one of the poorest, most stricken nations has been terrorised by the most powerful - to the point where American pilots have run out of dubious "military" targets and are now destroying mud houses, a hospital, Red Cross warehouses, lorries carrying refugees.

Unlike the relentless pictures from New York, we are seeing almost nothing of this. Tony Blair has yet to tell us what the violent death of children - seven in one family - has to do with Osama bin Laden.

And why are cluster bombs being used? The British public should know about these bombs, which the RAF also uses. They spray hundreds of bomblets that have only one purpose; to kill and maim people. Those that do not explode lie on the ground like landmines, waiting for people to step on them.

Regarding those cluster bombs:

The prosecutors of this war are either morally depraved thugs or criminally stupid buffoons. Make no mistake, you're either for the killing of children or against it. Aaaand as if fire from the sky weren't enough, US psy-ops has apparently contracted the halfwit bastard of Lord HaHa and Tokyo Rose to write the drivel relentlessly pummeling these poor humans by radio wave and leaflet.
Verbotenen Bücher:
First Cactus Ed Abbey, now Karl Marx, the airport banned book list grows.
66 who voted no to USG domestic terror campaign:
You done Georgia proud, John Lewis and Cynthia Mckinney. So what the fuck happened to your nascent libertarian conscience, Bob Barr?

Monday, October 29, 2001

Collateral Damage:
EFF tallies 1st amendment casualties to date.
Kubrick from beyond the grave:

A "suitcase nuclear bomb" being detonated by a "potential enemy" in Washington, DC in a sneak attack? Film director Stanley Kubrick suggested just such a scenario in 1994. What seemed wildly implausible before September 11th—like a subplot from the director's apocalyptic classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb—no longer seems so far-fetched. Kubrick's politically-charged essay, which The New York Times refused to publish in 1994, warned of the potential of nuclear attack caused by "accident, miscalculation or madness." Full text of Kubrick letter