Monday, December 17, 2012
Human rights court: CIA 'tortured, sodomized' terror suspect.
Also: 4/20/2013, a Cannabis Cliff?
The CIA torture-'n'-sodomizing news item.
In a society where words and ideas get twisted in Orwellian ways, the term "terror suspect" is equated in the mind of the average sheep/boob with "terrorist." What else could explain how the American People rationalize or plainly ignore morally outrageous actions committed by their own government? There's a cognitive bias - I forget what it's called right off-hand - in which people will condone actions by their in-group which they condemn when committed by the out-group. The psychologists apparently have a tendency to reduce massive cognitive deficits such as this to "cognitive bias," though as a philosopher and moralist I leave open the very real possibility that this can be reduced to willful evasion or malice in many instances. Some of the more vile right-wing nationalist types will chant "American exceptionalism" and "God bless America!" while all this goes on; a God-blessed America wouldn't dare torture, now, would it? Hence the (willful?) cognitive blinders when the evidence pops up and stares them right in the face. Many others would rather just not be inconvenienced with facing up to this reality and doing something about it.
However you cut it, it's fucking disgusting. What would Jefferson think?
On a related note, Greenwald breaks down the new film directed by Katheryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) about the CIA's (Orwellian obfuscation coming) Enhanced Interrogation Program. What an inconvenient time for this human rights court to issue its ruling! The fucks in Washington are thinking, "Okay, how do we go into damage control?" and not "How do we hold our leaders and officials accountable for their acts of torture?" That's just how fucks in Washington think these days.
Meanwhile, the fucks in Congress keep cannabis illegal and DOMA the law of the land, for no good reason whatsoever in both instances. We've got crazy ignorant fucks from a gerrymandered majority (of course, the honest and common sense thing to do about drawing up congressional districts would be to assign that responsibility to an independent entity) running the House science committee. We've got yet another stupid "fiscal cliff" coming in good part because the Republicans are being dishonest fucks about the economic effects of their preferred tax policies, and refuse to take a hint from the fact that voters rejected the plutocrats' open and unabashed efforts to buy the presidency outright. (Can you just imagine how fucks like Hannity and the rest of the talking heads at the official propaganda outlet of the GOP would react if Dems suppressed a study like that?) Isn't it high time the fucks were run out of town, or something? Who the fuck keeps electing these fucks, anyway?
Reader, what do you think? What does your conscience tell you ought to be done?
Speaking of political cliffs, should 4/20/2013 be designated as the Cannabis Cliff, I wonder? The scenario churning in my mind for a while now has involved massive crowd of stoners showing up at all the major monuments in D.C., paying tribute to the real patriots who founded this nation, and lighting up en masse. Wouldn't fucking matter whether the rascals in Congress got around to doing the sensible thing by then, or not. It would just be a deadline playing upon the Cliff theme - a favorite in D.C., as we know too well - and then, on 4/20, no matter what, a shit-ton of cannabis goes up in smoke right across the street from the rascals. Maybe the cool political leaders would join their fellow patriots out on the smoking areas. (An alternative scenario is playing upon that same Cliff theme by setting that as the legalization deadline and then let the political brinksmanship ensue; the threat to light up en masse would be the pro-freedom side's bargaining chip in that case. But why not light up even if it's legalized, in celebration? Yet another alternative scenario - if this idea cannot be implemented in that time - is for various people around the country to smoke out in front of their local federal courthouses and turn it into a legal spectacle in which the outrageous drug laws are challenged on Ninth Amendment grounds. Then the drug laws can be unequivocally exposed as the travesty that they are in the full light and court of public opinion.) Can you just imagine the glorious spectacle of a massive billowing cloud of fragrant, aromatic dank smoke engulfing the Washington Monument? 4/20/2013 is a weekend day, by the way. And it could be observed and celebrated as a national holiday every 4/20 weekend thereafter (perhaps as an adults-only event since a sound legalization policy would involve a responsible-cannabis-use educational program; yes, one day out of 365 the kiddies wouldn't get to access the monuments but they would learn an unbelievably valuable lesson in freedom and citizen action, and they could always plan around that day; perhaps even better yet: leave it up to the parents whether to bring their kids along?). National Dank Day it could be called. Free fucking country and all that. Now the question is whether Jon Stewart, the Hollywood Crowd, true 'tea party' patriots, and sympathetic supporters could get on board with arranging this very thing to happen. The cynical cable news networks could make a huge theatrical production out of it, don't you think? I think the scenario would be fucking AWESOME. Anyway, just throwing some ideas out there for the time being. Maybe the good guys in the game of 4/20 chicken could throw in other eminently reasonable demands, like having CIA torturers and sodomizers, and their enablers, actually being held accountable for their actions. Nice idea regardless, innit?
(Obviously I have way too much time on my hands sitting around and thinking up shit like this. The availability of trees doesn't help any, either.)