In some racial circles (maybe all), the old “they all look alike to me” addage is taken as an insult and a racial slur. The fact that Lott has no compunction about using it, demonstrates how little he gives a damn about the “ragheads” and it proves that the motivation for being in Iraq has nothing to do with freedom (theirs or ours) or “democracy”. So, while our troops are being slaughtered on the altar of the New World Order, these stinkin Neocon dirtbags get away with tons of loot and more and more power accumulated into fewer and fewer hands, while the middle-class sinks into near despair, secret treasonous deals are made with Canada and Mexico and torture becomes the law of the land. This is the New America. It should make you fightin mad and wanting to do something about it. If it doesn’t, then you are complicit with these scumbags.
Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), who famously suggested the U.S. wouldn’t have “all these problems” had Strom Thurmond been elected President, said today that the religious differences among Iraqis makes the conflict very difficult for him to understand:
“It’s hard for Americans, all of us, including me, to understand what’s wrong with these people,” he said. “Why do they kill people of other religions because of religion? Why do they hate the Israeli’s and despise their right to exist? Why do they hate each other? Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me.“
Speaking shortly after a meeting with President Bush and Vice President Cheney, Lott added that Iraq wasn’t among the White House’s priorities.
A group of ethicists is getting $250,000 to ask how much we should use nanotechnology to enhance humans.
Should we implant future nanotech-enabled computers and actuators into soldiers to make them more effective? If nanotech can help kids do better in school, are parents obligated to provide them with it? Does it make a difference if these enhancements are implanted, rather than just worn outside the body?
Patrick Lin, director of The Nanoethics Group, James Moor at Dartmouth University, and Fritz Allhoff at Western Michigan University have been given a quarter-million dollars, in the form of a pair of grants from the National Science Foundation, to try sorting out the answers to these kinds of questions.
In a press release, Lin said, “Today, human enhancement may mean steroids or Viagra or cosmetic surgeries. But with the accelerating pace of technology, some of the more fantastic scenarios may arrive sooner than people think.”
The Nanoethics Group has previously considered subjects such as the potential environmental and health impacts of nanotech.
Pakistan has abducted hundreds of people as part of the U.S-led war on terror, often secretly holding them for months while they are interrogated, the human rights group Amnesty International said on Friday.
Some suspects were held in Pakistani interrogation centers, but many were handed over to U.S. custody and held in Guantanamo Bay, Bagram Airbase or other secret detention facilities, the group said in a report on “enforced disappearances in the war on terror”.
In many cases, U.S. agents paid a bounty of $5,000 to those, usually intelligence agents, who simply declared people terrorists, seized them and handed them over for interrogation with no legal process, Amnesty said.
“Enforced disappearances were almost unheard of in Pakistan before the start of the U.S-led war on terror — now they are a growing phenomenon, spreading beyond terror suspects,” Amnesty researcher Angelika Pathak said.
“The Pakistani government must set up a central register of detainees and publish regular lists of all recognized places of detention so that in future nobody can be secretly imprisoned and face the risks of torture,” she added.
The rights group said the clandestine nature of the war on terror made it impossible to know exactly how many people had been forcibly ‘disappeared’ and tortured or illegally executed, but the number must run into hundreds.
THE US House of Representatives has passed a controversial bill overnight concerning the treatment of detainees held in the US “war on terror,” which has been denounced by human rights and constitutional law experts.
The bill, which President George W. Bush has called a critical tool for pursuing suspected terrorists, was passed in a 253-168 vote.
The sweeping legislation sets guidelines to interrogate war-on-terror suspects and would send several hundred inmates held at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to trial after years of detention.
The draft law allows for secret CIA-run prisons, authorises special tribunals to try the Guantanamo detainees, and forbids “cruel and unusual” punishment of detainees – without further clarification of what falls in that category.
The hard-fought victory was crucial for the Bush administration, as his Republican Party faces the possibility of losing control of both chambers of Congress in November legislative elections.
About six in 10 Iraqis say they approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces, and slightly more than that want their government to ask U.S. troops to leave within a year, according to a poll in that country.
The Iraqis also have negative views of Osama bin Laden, according to the early September poll of 1,150.
The poll, done for University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes, found:
_Almost four in five Iraqis say the U.S. military force in Iraq provokes more violence than it prevents.
_About 61 percent approved of the attacks – up from 47 percent in January. A solid majority of Shiite and Sunni Arabs approved of the attacks, according to the poll. The increase came mostly among Shiite Iraqis.
_An overwhelmingly negative opinion of terror chief bin Laden and more than half, 57 percent, disapproving of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
_Three-fourths say they think the United States plans to keep military bases in Iraq permanently.