|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
|Keeping America Safe
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
|The Nossiter Net is cast to snare some of the riper rascalities of the day. Comments? Send a letter to the editor.|
|In all the election day hoopla over McRomney and Obinton let’s not forget grim reality: George Bush is still our president. He talks, walks, and looks like a lame duck, but his capacity to harm is undiminished. Hardly a day goes by without indulging in his favorite pastime of damage the country, screw the world. It's a game he calls “Keeping America Safe.”
95% of the twenty billion dollars appropriated for Iraqi reconstruction has been disbursed, with untold billions more still to come. Most of it went to private contractors charged with rebuilding that nation’s infrastructure. As a result the Iraqis are enjoying the benefits of oil riches without electrical power, a riverine landscape unable to supply fresh water, and an ancient tradition of learning where the academies are rubble fields. Hospitals have no medicines, and the schools have no desks. Not to say books. Don’t forget the police headquarters that leaks raw sewage and the prisons with no locks. Or walls.
Patriotic firms like Halliburton and Parsons have reaped vast profits from their government contracts while delivering damaged goods or nothing at all in return. That’s why the president wrote a signing statement last week designed to prevent Congressional investigation of private contractors. This is the way to keep America safe for fraudulent and wasteful contractors.
The president also crafted a signing statement preventing Congress from denying funds for a permanent U.S. presence in Iraq. This is keeping America safe for perpetual war.
When the president decided to ignore the law and snoop indiscriminately on our phone conversations, he had to secure the full cooperation of the telephone companies. Wire tapping on an industrial scale requires the full resources of the telecoms industry. Some potential wire tapping victims, your neighbors perhaps or mine, got a little upset at the idea of George listening to their conversations. So dozens of them decided to sue the phone companies for violating their customers’ privacy. The president is exerting all his power to pressure Congress into immunizing the phone companies from all such legal action. He’s keeping America safe for lawbreaking telecoms.
First, says today’s New York Times, Abdul Hekmati fought our enemies the Russians during their ten year occupation of Afghanistan. Then when our enemies the Taliban took over in the Russian wake, he infuriated the regime by organizing a successful jail break for three of its staunchest opponents. For a time he was coerced into driving a car for Taliban officials. All able-bodied Afghans were required to serve the Taliban for a time, either that or have their ears cut off. Or something equally unpleasant. So how did the Bush administration reward this enemy of our enemies, a man who’s been fighting our battles for over twenty years? We arrested him for being a Taliban driver, shipped him to Guantanamo, and locked him up.
Even though our allies the current Afghan government vouched for Hekmati, pleaded for his release, and assured us of his bona fides, the administration kept him in the cooler for five years. There he died of cancer and his body was buried in an unmarked grave outside of Kabul. His family is afraid to go near it; any kin so inclined might be killed by the still furious Taliban. Or arrested by the Bush administration.
This is keeping America safe?.
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A NOTE TO READERS
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming. No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2008
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