Friday, June 04, 2004
More Anti-Terrorism Madness.
Four artists have been served subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury that will consider bioterrorism charges against a university professor whose art involves the use of simple biology equipment.
The subpoenas are the latest installment in a bizarre investigation in which members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force have mistaken an art project for a biological weapons laboratory (see background below). While most observers have assumed that the Task Force would realize the absurd error of its initial investigation of Steve Kurtz, the subpoenas indicate that the feds have instead chosen to press their "case" against the baffled professor.
The artists involved are at a loss to explain the increasingly bizarre case. "I have no idea why they're continuing (to investigate)," said Beatriz da Costa, one of those subpoenaed. "It was shocking that this investigation was ever launched. That it is continuing is positively frightening, and shows how vulnerable the PATRIOT Act has made freedom of speech in this country." Da Costa is an art professor at the University of California at Irvine.
Meanwhile, via Cursor
, experts say it is only a matter of time
before terrorists use a dirty bomb. Excerpt:
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) records point to "a dramatic rise" in the smuggling of radiological substances, the raw material for this bomb, the British science weekly says in next Saturday's issue.
"In 1996, there were just eight of these incidents, but last year there were 51," the report says. "Most cases are believed to have occurred in Russia and elsewhere in Europe. Smugglers target the radioactive materials used in factories, hospitals and research laboratories, which are not guarded as securely as those used by the nuclear industry."
It only gets scarier. Thanks to pResident McRetard and Co there "are still 1,000 radioactive sources that are unaccounted for in Iraq." Perhaps 9-11 wasn't their fault, but the next one sure the hell will be. (And the Dems aren't helping either. Spineless fucking sock monkeys.)
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Bringing Troops Into Iraq Under The Table.
The Iraqi Colonial Government (err, sorry, "Coalition Provisional Authority,") has earmarked an additional $500 million of Iraq's oil revenue for private mercenaries in Iraq
. Let's see, at a thousand bucks a month each, that's about 40,000 soldiers-of-fortune that will be kicking around Iraq for the next year. No, of course you don't get that many, you have to divide by two in order to account for Halliburton's price-gouging. Duh.
And, of course, private mercenaries don't get added to the Coalition War Dead Site
. If it weren't for all the "civilian contractors" we'd have already topped 1,000 dead in Iraq. Why aren't they being counted anyway? They are
the second biggest member of the "Coalition of the Willing" (20,000+ troops.) They are
performing military jobs (security, distribution, etc.) They have
taken more casualties than all the other coalition members combined (200+ dead.)
And in related news, the military announced today that the stop-loss program will be extended again
, affecting anyone 90 days or less from gone. I guess that extra 20,000 troops last month
wasn't enough. Nor, I assume, was the 4,000 troops taken outta S. Korea
. Anyone else want to tell me about how military recruitment is just peachy lately? Not enough positions for all the volunteers, so I've heard again and again.
They just gotta limp by until they can bring back the draft
next year though.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
A Perfect Example Of Why Voting Is Meaningless.
This is fucking criminal:
"Florida's 2000 felon purge program resulted in over 50,000 legal voters being disenfranchised," said Leon County elections supervisor Ion Sancho in a written statement. "When asked for assurances that the [2004 felon list] was 90 percent accurate -- the minimum level local supervisors of elections requested for such a list -- we were told that it was better than the 2000 list, with no data to support its accuracy." [Link]
90-fucking-percent!?!?! I'm pretty sure that it's illegal to deny any
eligible voter their right to vote. It's not my preferred form of governance though, so maybe I could be wrong. Anyone want to set me straight on this? It's your bloody "Democracy."
Ha. What fucking good is your precious Constitution anyway? Not worth the government it empowers, is it? I'm tellin' ya: Ya can't trust anybody with power. Can't. Proven every day. Why won't you listen? Do you think any of your "elections" are legitimate? Ha.