Friday, August 06, 2004

Editor's Picks 8/6/04

Offshore banking is having a good week, reports David Hackworth. According to CPA Inspector General report obtained by Hackworth, up to 8.8 billion dollars of the monies given to Provisional Authority have gone missing.

Pakistan has delivered for the GOP in the war on terror, serviing up a key al Qaida figure according to the Administration's timetable. By they are paying the price for that accomodation. Even the deeply rooted and well-financed ISI may not be able to prevent Pakistan's own fundamentalists from destabilizing, or even toppling, Musharif's regime in response. If that comes to pass, violent fundamentalists may well inherit the Paki bombs.

Abu Ghraib is still on the world's agenda, even if it is being studiously ignored and surpressed by the Adminstration. Now it is apparent that the Pentagon actively supressed some of the worst abuses contained in the full Taguba report. American soldiers engaged in the rape and sodomy of Iraqi prisoners. We also know that the abuses of Abu Ghraib were not isolated incidents of rogue soldiers. The modus operandi of the abuses were spread throughout the secretive military detention system. It just goes to show that human nature makes secret detentions nothing less than an invitation to human rights abuses.

Michelle Malkin recently published a book called "In Defense of Internment: The Case for Being Afraid of Everyone". She uses the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans as the centerpiece for her arguement in favor of current anti-terror internment. David Neiwert gives her a thorough and well-deserved fisking. I'm of the opinion that, besides the human cost, the WWII internments damaged the Consitution's ability to ward off the fascists, who are now working to chip another peice off our rights, is reduced.

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