Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Their Hypocrisy

Of the Bushbuckers it must be said--to paraphrase Val Kilmer memorably playing Doc Holliday in the otherwise immemorable Tombstone: "Their hypocrisy knows no bounds." On November 7, the L.A. Times reported on a warning sent by the IRS to All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena that it risked losing its tax exempt status because on October 31, 2004, its former rector, Reverend George F. Regas, delivered a sermon denouncing the war of aggression in Iraq. The church's lawyers are careful, but I need not be. This threat is clearly another Bushbucker attempt to stifle free speech. The Bushbuckers are the same crew, after all, who happily court right wing churches, where the preachers sermonize and pass out Republican literature and, in some cases, cast out political apostates, meaning non-Bushbuckers. This politicization of the IRS surpasses anything Nixon achieved, yet it arouses barely a whimper. Bravo, boys and churls who rule the union. Once again, you have distinguished yourselves as craven hypocrites. Party on.

There's more. Cheney's no hypocrite on the matter of torture--he endorses it, as Dana Priest reported in the November 7 Washington Post, but the chief Bushbucker himself excels at hypocrisy, claiming in Panama--notice how he went to a country Poppy beat up on to get some good press on trade--that the U.S. doesn't torture, but it needs to maintain its secret torture chambers and maximum flexibility--that is the ability to torture. That must be why he's working so hard through Cheney to get Congress to amend its act reiterating that torture is not permitted in or by Americans in order to allow appropriate exceptions--not that the Bushbuckers would ever use them--or to drop it completely.

The WP reports today, November 8, that the ethically challenged Senate Majority leader Bll Frist and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert are calling for an investigation into who leaked information on those secret CIA torture chambers to the WP--better to ask why the paper played along and withheld the locations of those prisons. The dynamic duo claim that release of the information harmed U.S. interests. If it did, bravo. U.S. interests should not lie in the torture of prisoners; rather, those practices are antithetical to all we putatively stand for because they make us no better than the people we claim to be fighting and they serve as a rallying point--rightfully so--for those who do hate America. But Frist and Hastert can't be expected to know that; they lack the brains.

The great irony here is that a lot of the information on those CIA torture chambers might have come from a Republican senator or staffer, according to CNN, citing Trent Lott. Indeed, there are Republicans, like South Carolina's Lindsey O. Graham, who recognize that the existence of those secret prisons is the real scandal--see the Washington Post again. They need to be shut down and the people who set them up--including the Bushbuckers who approved them--prosecuted.

Meanwhile, what about Syria? In his blog--Early Warning--for November 7, the Washington Post's William M. Arkin discusses the status of Pentagon plans for invading Syria. It's just a cross border jaunt, after all, and now the Bushbuckers can hang it on the UN's investigation of Syrian involvement in the assassination last February of Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Bushbucker needs another diversion, fast, and Syria is the easiest target. Be prepared.

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