- Heather McNamara: Veronica, what're you doing tonight?
Veronica Sawyer: I don't know, mourning, maybe watch some TV. Why?
Let us reflect, shall we?
- If you, an American citizen, are accused -- not convicted, accused -- of something our fearless leaders class as "terrorism," you may spend the next few decades rotting in a wire box without ever getting a trial, and possibly without ever speaking to a lawyer:
Rumsfeld said the 660 or so men held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base are imprisoned not as punishment but "to keep them from going back and fighting again and killing people." He said most would be held until the global war on terrorism is over -- a fight that Rumsfeld has said could last years, if not decades.
The defense secretary said he expects some suspects to be tried before military tribunals but prefers that most continue to be imprisoned indefinitely.
Details can be found here, but to summarize, if you if you book a ticket through Galileo, the company will send your information to the federal government, which will then open up a file on you, run a criminal background check, and determine, based on whatever information you've accumulated, if you're a "threat." They will then assign you a threat color for when you get to the airport. If you're "Green," then you'll pass through security as normal. "Yellows" will undergo additional background checks. "Reds" will never be allowed to fly again.
The government isn't legally obligated to tell you how you've been classified or why. The Transportation Security Administration doesn't even require that any of the private databases they use to "screen" people contain accurate information, just as the Justice Department has exempted their warrant database from being accurate.
This War on Terrorism is Bogus: a good summary, though this article doesn't say anything I haven't read before -- but it is notable in that it appeared in the mainstream British press, and was written by a Member of Parliment and former Minister. On this side of the Atlantic, this sort of thing seems to still be considered "crackpot conspiracy theory."
Before [Cheney/Rumsfeld's "Project for the New American Century" document] is dismissed as an agenda for rightwing fantasists, it is clear it provides a much better explanation of what actually happened before, during and after 9/11 than the global war on terrorism thesis. [...]
The PNAC blueprint of September 2000 states that the process of transforming the US into "tomorrow's dominant force" is likely to be a long one in the absence of "some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor". The 9/11 attacks allowed the US to press the "go" button for a strategy in accordance with the PNAC agenda which it would otherwise have been politically impossible to implement. [...]
In late September and early October 2001, leaders of Pakistan's two Islamist parties negotiated Bin Laden's extradition to Pakistan to stand trial for 9/11. However, a US official said, significantly, that "casting our objectives too narrowly" risked "a premature collapse of the international effort if by some lucky chance Mr Bin Laden was captured".
Update: A rare mention of such issues in the US press:
Why Don't We Have Answers To These 9/11 Questions?
No event in recent history has been written about, talked about, or watched and rewatched as much as the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. [...] So, why after 730 days do we know so little about what really happened that day?
No one knows where the alleged mastermind of the attack is, and none of his accomplices has been convicted of any crime. We're not even sure if the 19 people identified by the U.S. government as the suicide hijackers are really the right guys. [...] There are dozens of unanswered questions about the 2001 attacks, but we've narrowed them down to 20...