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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Iraqi agents on trial in U.S., Iraq (Regime of Terror)

Iraqi agents on trial in U.S., Iraq (Regime of Terror)

This may provide some perspective on what the delay is in Susan's case. They very well may have wanted to see what materialized during other trials.


Blogger Gamine said...

So what is happening? is there any news at all? Your last few posts have not sounded encouraging.

1:20 PM  
Blogger JB said...

I'm really at a loss. I feel as if I'm living among a nation of people that has lost their capacity for discernment in a haste to live in fear and under the tyranny of fear mongers.

And how fear mongers love their power.

How many human civilizations practiced human sacrifice: letting priests sacrifice their children as insurance to assauge their own fear of poverty from draught?

I have heard, "When the rights of any are denied, the rights of all are threatened." I'm a veteran and I wonder when I get the country I believe in back.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Gamine said...

Yep, that does not sound encouraging. :-(

So does this mean that they have made a decision and sent her to Carswell? Have you heard from her? Whatever happened to that lawyer who showed interest in her case?

Or are they just doing the usual keeping her locked up indefinitely while the system twiddles its thumbs and takes a few more years to make up its mind (in slow motion)?

I'm not sure which prospect is more depressing. I almost would rather see them at least show some cajunas and make a real decision.

6:23 AM  
Blogger JB said...

Susan's obsession with calling her own shots annoyed Liz Fink. To be fair, a lot of the reason Susan is where she is regardless of whether or not she is guilty of any crime, is because she generally won't take advice from anybody.

I don't want to venture a guess as to why there has been no decision. I just don't know. It just feels to me like it doesn't mean anything special to be an American, anymore. We have become a country that thinks that might makes right, and that assauaging fear is more important that working for justice.

When I was in Bogota, years ago, I read about a judge whose son had been kidnapped and was still missing after 5 years. My impression was that she did the job of being a judge regardless of threats. We, seem to think that fear is reason enough to live by lower standards. Gitmo, Abu Graib, Susan... we prosecute anyone who might be someone we should fear, and do so without trials, bail, or...

Oh well, I waste words and time. We've said it all before. The world is full of people and institutions that talk about values, and her home neighborhood more than others, but where are they? I'm thinking that the Republican party, at least, is less hypocritical, they may not be fair, but I like the notion that they present me with fewer surprising disapointments.

Where are Maryland politicians whose job it is to protect their constituents?

From my current office window, I have a view of the Watergate, the four American flags in front of Kennedy Center, and a bit of Arlington Cementary, across the river. I don't think the ghosts are sleeping well.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Gamine said...

I don't know what to say-- there aren't any easy answers. I keep wondering if I am just being a curmudgeon, or if in fact everything is as bad as I think it is.

I live in the People's Republic of Cambridge and have watched over the years as my left-leaning progressive friends have slowly turned into yuppies whose lives revolve around shopping for organic food, helicopter parenting little Sophie Isabelle or Phineaus Jake, and pumping a lot of money into yoga accessories and handspun buffalo yarn. These are people who used to care, but I guess it is easier now to just shut down, hole up, and look after the tiny bubble you live in because everything else is just too frightening.

I feel for Susan, but dammit I really wish she would get over herself and take some of the advice being offered to her. Meanwhile, yes, I am wondering what the hell has happened to my country.

1:30 PM  

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