Remember when the Bush administration along with their Congressional Republican hand maidens decided that in order to make their absolutely dismal job creation record look a little better they decided that flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant would from hence forth be classified as a manufacturing job. It looks as though they have taken the same
scientific casual approach to defining terrorism, Audit: Anti-terror case data flawed
A November 2001 federal crackdown on security breaches at airports, for example, yielded arrests on immigration and false document charges, but no evidence of terrorist activity. Nonetheless, the attorneys’ office lumped them in with other anti-terror cases since they were investigated by federal Joint Terrorism Task Forces or with other counterterror measures.
Other examples, according to the audit, included:
_Charges against a marriage-broker for being paid to arrange six fraudulent marriages between Tunisians and U.S. citizens.
_Prosecution of a Mexican citizen who falsely identified himself as another person in a passport application.
_Charges against a suspect for dealing firearms without a license. The prosecutor handling the case told auditors it should not have been labeled as anti-terrorism.
“We do not agree that law enforcement efforts such as these should be counted as anti-terrorism,” the audit concluded. Even if those cases were not taken into account, the audit said, the U.S. attorneys’ office had overstated statistics in all other categories it reported.
Not that there isn’t real terrorism in the world, The Iraq Effect
Our study shows that the Iraq War has generated a stunning sevenfold increase in the yearly rate of fatal jihadist attacks, amounting to literally hundreds of additional terrorist attacks and thousands of civilian lives lost; even when terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan is excluded, fatal attacks in the rest of the world have increased by more than one-third.
Also undermining the argument that Al Qaeda and like-minded groups are being distracted from plotting against Western targets are the dangerous, anti-American plots that have arisen since the start of the Iraq War. Jihadist terrorists have attacked key American allies since the Iraq conflict began, mounting multiple bombings in London that killed 52 in July 2005, and attacks in Madrid in 2004 that killed 191. Shehzad Tanweer, one of the London bombers, stated in his videotaped suicide “will,” “What have you witnessed now is only the beginning of a string of attacks that will continue and become stronger until you pull your forces out of Afghanistan and Iraq.” There have been six jihadist attacks on the home soil of the United States’ NATO allies (including Turkey) in the period after the invasion of Iraq, whereas there were none in the 18 months following 9/11; and, of course, the plan uncovered in London in August 2006 to smuggle liquid explosives onto U.S. airliners, had it succeeded, would have killed thousands.
The Iraq effect has been to push people that were ambivalent about the west or that simply didn’t like western culture to hatred and from hatred to action. The Right seems to enjoy this spectacle. The Iraq war and the current escalation pushed events toward a self fulfilling prophecy. Bush keeps pushing, the insurgents fight the push, the true jihadists get a few more recruits with each passing month which provides the Right with another excuse for another push which keeps us back on the circular treadmill. Eurasia has always been at war with Oceania. Perpetual war that benefits the Right with war profiteering, the ideological satisfaction of killing people and our dead become a stack of martyrs they hide their misanthropy behind.
Bush Kept On Plame Leakers Despite Promises
When the New York Times publishes a leak that shows that BushCo is breaking the law that’s a bad leak. When Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and Richard Armitage leak highly classified information that exposes not just Valerie Plame, but all the intelligence assets associated with her that’s a very good leak. Any child could see the pattern, exposing the gravest presidential wrong doing is bad, using leaks to punish those that expose administration propaganda is perfectly alright – evil done in the name of the right-wing casue is not really evil or something like that. The story doesn’t stop with the good leaks versus the bad leaks where only the Right gets to decide what exactly what constitutes a bad leak and what constitutes a good leak. Bad leaks or what a rational person can easily see as any leak of information that exposes the criminal conduct of Bush and his minions and is downright unpatriotic. One the other hand when they decide the leak is good, like letting every cut-throat from Moscow to Cairo know a CIA agents identity, well that as American as an apple pie and Lynn Cheny’s lesbian soft porn novels.
While America obsessed about Brittany’s shaved head, Bush offered a budget that offers $32.7 billion in tax cuts to the Wal-Mart family alone, while cutting $28 billion from Medicaid.
“It’s no small irony that the government inevitably and invariably ends up promoting precisely that which they would most like to repress.” – Jock Sturges