Friday, August 24, 2007

We Could Be Under Emergency Rule:

That All Depends on Your Next Move, Your Honor

Here's a trick which is, quite simply, Rovian in its gall and temerity.
Pakistani Court Authorizes Return of Musharraf Rival

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In a sign of just how precarious the political situation has become, a government lawyer asserted during Thursday's hearing that the country was already under emergency rule, and had been since a 1998 move by Sharif's government that the lawyer insisted had never been overturned. Chaudhry, looking anxious, asked Attorney General Malik Mohammed Qayyum whether that was true. Qayyum said he would need to look into it.
I can easily picture the look on the bespectacled Chaudhry's "anxious" face upon hearing that assertion. The cat has already been locked 0ut of the Court one time, and his recent spate of rulings against Musharraf's government must surely have him periodically glancing sideways for the government muscle-men who could, at any minute - especially if Pakistan were to find itself, spontaneously, under retro-active emergency rule - haul him off in one of those all too frequent, and quite possibly permanent, disappearing acts.

As we in the States have begun to become so intimately reacquainted with experiencing, governments with major paranoias - real or substantially psycho-circumstantial - can and will find a means to interpret anything in any way that suits their purpose.
After a brief recess, Qayyum told the court that he had heard from "the highest level of the government" and that, for the moment, the country was not under any emergency.

[Back to the bottom-line]
Like it wasn't obvious already? Oh! That's right. As with the government Spying programs in the United States, you know, the ones which aren't really subject to the F.I.S.A. courts which were established specifically to overlook them, the law is simply a general guide-line which the rulers may use or ignore depending entirely upon what works for them.

Oh. Well, right then.

Good luck with that, eh. . .

6 comments:

  1. As we in the States have begun to become so intimately reacquainted with experiencing, governments with major paranoias - real or substantially psycho-circumstantial - can and will find a means to interpret anything in any way that suits their purpose.

    If there's anybody fool enough to disbelieve this, they've been getting a schooling from Bush Inc these many months.

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  2. I got in a STOOPID argument with someone yesterday, over "Socialism" and teh Homeless. {sigh}

    Ya know, I'd think I'd learn not to get into such stuff with folks who use those key word indicators showing that they're simply sold on an ideology and in no way or form willing to discuss what the known facts actually are. They've got their anecdotes and stereotypes and that's all they need "thank you very much".

    I just hate fightin' with 'em when I have to work 'round them every day. I know their "good" attributes. Unless it really IS deadly earnest, I'd really rather let it go. {sigh}

    Ahhh, well. I didn't feel good about it and was able to immediately say as much to a couple o' sympathetic observers of the spat. Let's just say that the incident was fueled by Mountain Dew (NOT my normal drink) and a frustrating PC problem on which I'd been working just prior to taking teh bait.

    Maybe I have learned. I think, maybe so.

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  3. Whats the big deal? If you haven't done anything wrong, then you wont mind someone spying on you, will you???

    ;-)

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  4. you mean they're actually above the law? if they were subjected to the same laws or standards, they'd all be in jail or exile. i don't see such things happening anytime in our existence.

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  5. thats's right, raf. law? teh law's 4 pussies, eh!

    {sigh}

    O/T: gots me right arm in a sling so am i typing 1 hanfrfed. ;-) will be slow or brief (chill peops! lol!) in replyin' 4 a while. mighht post a explanation wen it stops hurting quite as much.

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