Deny the last eight years. With extreme prejudice.

CIA to close it’s secret world network of illegal prisons – I just LOVE how matter of factly Central Intelligence (or as they advertise on Death Guild Radio – “the National Clandestine Service”) just acknowledges secret detention (and whatever else) facilities on three continents (at least). Of course, the GovMonkeys immediately turn around and insist “no one should be prosecuted” because, essentially ‘it was legal then’. Which is the shakiest arguement I’ve heard since creationism. Double bonus points for – per their own words – operating these facilities for the last three years on taxpayer dollars even though they haven’t been in use.
Um…uh-huh. Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure.
Oh, but don’t stop sweating yet, Leon Panetta states that the CIA retains the power to detain suspects “on a short-term transitory basis”. which is, of course, up to them to define.
But hey, they’re not subcontracting anymore! We should all be happy. You know, because the CIA isn’t hiring mercenaries anymore. Hully gee thanks Mr. Panetta. Could I get a side of STFU with that?

Ah, turnaround time. Why? Because President Obama has asked for an additional 83.4 billion dollars in war funds. So much for that economy thing. Really, outspending the other side worked so well for Bush (well, in fairness, it is the only way we won the cold war).

President Barack Obama asked the U.S Congress on Thursday for an extra $83.4 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this year, citing threats from al Qaeda and a resurgent Taliban.
The request, to cover the rest of the 2009 fiscal year which ends on Sept. 30, comes on top of more than $822 billion that Congress has approved to fund the wars since September 2001, Obama said.
“We face a security situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan that demands urgent attention,” he said in a letter to Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, urging lawmakers to approve his request swiftly.
“The Taliban is resurgent and al Qaeda threatens America from its safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border.”

Ah, yes, the Taliban is resurgent. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. First of all, if the media can identify that the actual Taliban has just changed names and returned to legitimate government and continued on business as usual (Business as usual? Yep. This is what she’s denying.) why can’t the government?
Somehow Mr. Obama I don’t believe you are planning on rolling into Afghanistan and replacing that nonsense with a just government. I think you’re just going to continue throwing the word Taliban around as a synonymous buzz word for Al-Queda and continue on same as before. Which amounts to doing a whole lot of nothing.

A lovely little piece over on Wired.com about how the promise of a ‘panopticon society’ is coming at least somewhat full circle. Little Brother is watching you

Extensive networks of fixed cameras throughout Britain remain the preserve of the authorities, but these are essentially dumb systems monitoring empty streets in the hope that something significant will happen when they’re pointing in the right direction. An informal network of passersby with camera phones creates a crowdsourced, peer-to-peer network of citizen surveillance.

I can’t wait for phones that feed live footage into a video stream. Even though that will be, I think, the final death knell for traditional journalism (and of all the products of our 20th century derived technical society, journalism – while hardly perfect – is one of the least broken of our cultural artifacts, and yes I say that with a gleam in my eye.)

Since I’m over at Wired, and don’t want to end this on a hideously bad note, I just have to pimp out the Tesla Roadster – please check it out, it’s a moral imperative.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on April 9, 2009.

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