This Is Our Country Too

It's sickening to see what we're getting away with in the name of our "war against terror." Who is going to protect the rest of the world from us?

I was never a fan of the Dixie Chicks' genre so, while I was impressed by the vocalist's remonstrance of teh Decider, I never really followed the story beyond to know the obvious; that a hekkuvalot of ignoramic sheople gave the band a ridiculously predictable hard time about the whole thing.

Well I just saw this video for the first time about 15 minutes ago on Steve Gilliard's "The News Blog". . .

Wow. . . She speaks for herself as well as I could ever hope to manage.

You might also find, as I did, that their song is a perfect accompaniment to the piece by the Editorial Board of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Happy Sunday and Keep Your Hopes for Peace Alive.

namaste y'all.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

War On Terrorism: Protect them from us


It sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel -- one minute, you're walking down the street, the next, you're bound and blindfolded in a van, taken on board a private jet by a "Removal Unit" and flown to another country where you're held prisoner and tortured.

This isn't the work of a nefarious Eastern Bloc government, nor is it the plot line of a futuristic novel. It's the handiwork of our very own Central Intelligence Agency. It's called the "extraordinary rendition" program, and some reports indicate that Jeppesen Inc. (motto: Make Every Mission Possible), a subsidiary of our very own Boeing, made those flights possible.

Although the story broke nearly two years ago in The New York Times, you don't hear much water-cooler talk about it in these parts. Perhaps the details of the story seemed too creepy or outlandish to be considered (flying saucers, anyone?). Overseas, our rendition program has become an issue. European countries, many of which have cooperated with the CIA, have been vocal about it. On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted a report accusing 15 countries, including Britain, Germany, Portugal and Turkey, of either helping or turning a blind eye to the CIA's practice of moving alleged terrorism suspects.

For example, Switzerland allowed the CIA to use its airspace while transporting an Egyptian Muslim cleric abducted in Italy (where 26 CIA Americans and six Italians are set to be tried for the kidnapping). Poland and Romania also were mentioned as countries where secret prisons held the suspects. Human rights violations, anyone? No, not here. What we like to do is to ship our potential torture victims overseas. That way, our hands remain clean. In place prior to Sept. 11, the program's scope expanded substantially after the 2001 attacks. There's no exact count of how many people have been taken in this manner, although Amnesty International's estimates run into the 100's, with 25 specific cases being known.

It's sickening to see what we're getting away with in the name of our "war against terror." Who is going to protect the rest of the world from us?


  1. The dixie chicks have got balls. Good on em.

  2. The fact that these women cleaned up at the Grammys after getting their asses kicked by We're So Easy Big Fat Country Corporate Radio is downright restorative.

    They paid the price alright. And my hero Tim O'Brien probably coulda gotten a new refridgerator from a couple of the hits they almost had before they were swiftly, universally, and unjustly ripped from the airwaves. And death threats! Mothers with BANJOS for chrissake! How bad do you have to feel about yourself to threaten a working mother who plays banjo?! lol...

    That was the point at which I said,"Bluegrass Music shouldn't be political? I don't THINK so."

    Keep on pickin' and grinnin...

  3. I am so proud of them that they stood up for themselves and didn't apologize for something they weren't sorry for... and didn't NEED to be. Yeah, they had a long way to go before hitting bottom, and they definitely didn't get close to that, but they took permanant career damage which could have ended up being a lot worse. Integrity is a good thing, and something hard to keep in that big bad entertainment world.


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