US Military Head Encouraged Torture

Gen. Sanchez, torturer
Lt General Ricardo Sanchez, a fan of torturing innocent civilians

America’s leading civil liberties group has demanded an investigation into the former US military commander Iraq after a formerly classified memo revealed that he personally sanctioned a series of coercive interrogation techniques outlawed by the Geneva Conventions. The group claims that his directives were directly linked to the sort of abuses that took place at Abu Ghraib.

When he appeared last year before a Congressional committee, Lt General Ricardo Sanchez denied authorising such techniques. He has now been accused of perjury.

“We think that the techniques authorised by Gen Sanchez were certainly responsible for putting into play the sort of abuses that we saw at Abu Ghraib,” Amirit Singh, an ACLU lawyer, told The Independent on Sunday. “And it does not just stop with Sanchez. It goes to [Defence Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld, who wrote memos authorising these sorts of techniques at Guantanamo Bay.”

In the September 2003 memo, Gen Sanchez authorised the use of 29 techniques for interrogating prisoners being held by the US. These included stress positions, “yelling, loud music and light control” as well as the use of muzzled military dogs in order to “exploit Arab fear of dogs”. Some of the most notorious photographs to emerge from the Abu Ghraib scandal showed hand-cuffed, naked Iraqi prisoners cowering from snarling dogs.
(Source: The Independent)

So, let me get this straight…

We must support Bush and Blair’s crusade against terrorism because these evil Islamists want to destroy our Western society? They want to remove our basic civil liberties, bomb our cities, torture us and shoot our children dead in the streets?

Surely this is exactly what the US and UK are doing in Iraq?

Here you have the commander of all US military forces in Iraq telling his troops to torture innocent civilians. Why do I say innocent civilians? Because none of the “insurgents” ever held by US forces received any form of legal trial or counsel. They were simply abducted by US stormtroopers and banged into prisons where they were tortured, often to death.

These values, abduction, terror, torture are the core values of the US military and its top commanders. These values are the values of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and the rest of the PNAC neo-Nazis.

These are the values of George W. Bush and Tony Blair.

Spim, Spam and Capitalism

A U.S teenager has become the first person to be arrested on suspicion of sending unsolicited instant messages–or spim.

Anthony Greco, 18, was lured from New York to Los Angeles under the pretence of a business meeting. He was arrested upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport last Wednesday.

Greco allegedly sent 1.5 million messages advertising pornography and mortgages. According to reports, the recipients of the messages were all members of the online networking service.

In a further twist upon the scam, Greco had allegedly threatened to share his methods for spamming members of the group if didn’t sign an exclusive marketing deal that would have legitimized the messages he was sending via the service.
(Source: C Net)

I just found a link to the above article when I signed in to look at my MySpace messages. It clears up some recent weirdness I’ve been having on there. I kept getting notifications for friends requests or emails but when I logged in, nothing!

Spimmers, spammers, whatever the name it’s the same thing at the base: good, old-fashioned capitalism. Spam is the raw face of capitalism. Every pharmacy ad, every online poker scam, every offer to give you bigger genitals, it’s all pure selling.

Think of the bandwidth taken up by spam. I would say that 95% of all my email is spam nowadays. Every time I check my email, this is the kind of sight that greets me:

Bloody SPAM!

Like planned obsolescence, spam is an emblem of the waste of capitalism, the sheer inefficiency and frittering of resources it’s based upon. The only reason capitalism can keep lurching on is that it never pays the true costs of production, whether that’s holes in the ozone layer or the publicly-subsidised military industrial complex.

Capitalism poisons our rain and rivers but who has to pay to have their water made fit to drink? The individual. The polluters never pay the costs.

Think of all the spam floating around the net, imagine the server loads it produces. Translate that into CPU cycles, time, electricity, fossil fuels burnt. And that’s not even factoring the time and effort people have to spend to combat the ever-rising tide of capitalist shite. Why isn’t spam targeted by governments? Because it’s business, stupid, and businesses can do whatever they like in this world. They’re untouchable, even when they kill their customers as part of their business model.

Occasionally, minnows like Greco are netted but the big fish swim free.