A Postscript On MSM Treason

June 30, 2006

Joking and amateur psychology aside, it seems the lefty MSM undermines our war on terror because they hate the administration and don’t care how many people they get killed. That treason goes back even further than I’d thought. The only good news is that these papers will be sued into extinction if people die as a result of their actions.

Opinion Journal highlights the nature of the villains:

…Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr….in a recent commencement address apologized to the graduates because his generation “had seen the horrors and futility of war and smelled the stench of corruption in government.

“Our children, we vowed, would never know that. So, well, sorry. It wasn’t supposed to be this way,” the publisher continued. “You weren’t supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land. You weren’t supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights,” and so on.

Sulzberger’s rag build on the work of his predecessors at the Chicago Tribune, who not only gave the Nazis the excuse to declare war on the US, but really did sink ships:

In the 1930s and into World War II, the Tribune was implacable in its opposition to FDR and his conduct of the war. During the war itself, his newspaper also exposed secrets, including one story after the victory at Midway in 1942 that essentially disclosed that the U.S. had broken Japanese codes. The government considered, but decided against, prosecuting McCormick’s paper under the Espionage Act of 1917.

That was a wise decision, and not only because it would have drawn more attention to the Tribune “scoop.” Once a government starts indicting reporters for publishing stories, there will be no drawing any lines against such prosecutions, and we will be well down the road to an Official Secrets Act that will let government dictate coverage.

Their conclusion is right – think how the Clinton government would have used an official secrets act to hide his sexual predation.

Since Congress and the administration aren’t applying sanctions to the MSM, that leaves the third branch of government – the law. Families of the victims the next terror attack on the US or UK should sue the NYT and LAT. To death.


Avoid The UK/US Extradition Train Wreck!

June 28, 2006

Three Brit citizens are to be extradited to the US under a treaty the US hasn’t ratified. This is detestable to Brits, who set great store by fairness and distrust US justice. Much of the blame lies with Blair’s government, but the US needs to quickly and smartly to keep its biggest ally.

The story (my ellipsis):

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg turned down a last-ditch plea by (three) bankers for an order blocking their removal to the US pending a hearing of their application to the court for permission to appeal.

(They) must now leave Britain for America by midnight on July 17 (where they face) jail for two years while the case is assembled because they are viewed by the US as “fugitives from justice” after their legal battle (against extradition).

The men are charged with wire fraud in the UK for Enron while employees of the UK’s biggest bank. They haven’t been charged in the UK, but are being extradited under this treaty:

The U.S.-U.K. Extradition Treaty (Treaty No. 108-23) was transmitted by the President to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in April 2004. Once ratified, the Treaty will replace the 1972 Extradition Treaty and the 1985 Supplementary Treaty. This new Treaty seeks to modernize and streamline the extradition relationship between the two States Parties.

The treaty was ratified by the Brits in 2003, but hasn’t been ratified by the US, I believe because the IRA’s supporters in Congress fear that it will be used by the Brits to extradite IRA murderers from the US.

I can’t judge the guilt or innocence of these men, and don’t subscribe to the UK MSM view that US justice is corrupt, arbitrary and brutal. US prosecutors do play hardball, and I have come across a Federal judge who was possibly corrupt. But the Brits are no better – prosecutors and pols victimize Brit soldiers, and unelected Brit judges are often despotic.

Still, the perception is there, and it could have been avoided by just charging and trying the men in the UK. That’s because:

Extraditable Offenses. Article 2(1) defines an offense as an extraditable offense if the conduct on which the offense is based is punishable under the laws in both States by deprivation of liberty for a period of one year or more or by a more severe penalty.

I assume the case wouldn’t have gotten this far unless Brit judges had ruled that the offense was punishable under the laws of the UK, so why not try the defendents in the UK? Federal prosecutors and witnesses would have been just as able to participate.

There are the usual two explanations for this disaster.

Incompetence by the Brit Home Office, which its new political boss described as ‘not fit for purpose’ after a string of errors including failure (!) to deport foreign criminals.

Fraud by the lefty UK and EU ruling elites – Home Office, EU secretarat, Brit & EU criminal justice systems – to set the US up. The deportation, incarceration and trial give the UK MSM a three-year license to bash the US and the EU court ample opportunity to ride to the rescue.

I’d very, very strongly advise the US to release the men on bail back to the UK, to publicly request the Brits to try them, and to ratify the treaty immediately.


The Diet Of Lies

June 28, 2006

The MSM doesn’t just undermine our safety by treason – it undermines truth, the foundation of our freedom.

Here’s AP on Gore’s movie:

Scientists OK Gore’s movie for accuracy

The nation’s top climate scientists are giving “An Inconvenient Truth,”Al Gore’s documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy…

And here’s the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works:

In the interest of full disclosure, the AP should release the names of the “more than 100 top climate researchers” they attempted to contact to review “An Inconvenient Truth.” AP should also name all 19 scientists who gave Gore “five stars for accuracy.” AP claims 19 scientists viewed Gore’s movie, but it only quotes five of them in its article. AP should also release the names of the so-called scientific “skeptics” they claim to have contacted…

Here is a sampling of the views of some of the scientific critics of Gore:

Professor Bob Carter, of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University in Australia, on Gore’s film:

“Gore’s circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention.”

Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, wrote:

“A general characteristic of Mr. Gore’s approach is to assiduously ignore the fact that the earth and its climate are dynamic; they are always changing even without any external forcing. To treat all change as something to fear is bad enough; to do so in order to exploit that fear is much worse.”

Gore’s film also cites a review of scientific literature by the journal Science which claimed 100% consensus on global warming, but Lindzen pointed out the study was flat out incorrect…

“…A study in the journal Science by the social scientist Nancy Oreskes claimed that a search of the ISI Web of Knowledge Database for the years 1993 to 2003 under the key words “global climate change” produced 928 articles, all of whose abstracts supported what she referred to as the consensus view. A British social scientist, Benny Peiser, checked her procedure and found that only 913 of the 928 articles had abstracts at all, and that only 13 of the…913 explicitly endorsed the so-called consensus view. Several actually opposed it.”

AP’s dishonesty is as damaging to our societies as the treasonous acts of the NYT and LAT.


An Apology To America’s Psychopaths

June 27, 2006

On Sunday, Depleted Uranium erroneously placed America’s psychopaths in the same category as the employees of the New York Times. It has since been brought to our attention that the latter individuals are merely stupid. We unreservedly apologize to America’s psychopaths for the public contempt that we have brought upon them.

Following our post, the perpetrators published their defense of their publication of state secrets, and that was demolished here. That demolition needs no improvement, but the argumentative tricks used in the defense reveal the minds at the NYT to be second-rate, not psychopathic. Here are their ploys.

Ad Hominem

“Conservative bloggers”, “TV and radio pundits”, “elementary”.

False Assertion

“It’s an unusual and powerful thing, this freedom that our founders gave to the press.”

The founders gave the press the same freedoms as the American people:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Straw Men

This refutes arguments that have not been made – there are three straw man infractions in their defense.

Selective Example

The defense implies that since the Bay of Pigs might have been avoided given prior publicity, all leaking of military secrets is justifiable. But then two US newspapers triggered Nazi Germany prematurely to declare war on the US in 1941, causing the deaths of many Americans.

Inconsistency

The NYT did censor an earlier Swift story. In that one, the wartime comrades of a presidential candidate said they considered him a liar, coward and a traitor. This had news value – whether true or false – but the NYT suppressed the story.

Passive Voice

A secondary argument against publishing the banking story was that publication would lead terrorists to change tactics. But that argument was made in a half-hearted way.”

Undermining Qualification

Leaking the NSA surveillance of al Qaeda’s international phone calls did no harm because:

…to the best of our knowledge the eavesdropping program continues to operate much as it did before”.

I wouldn’t hire anyone displaying these mediocre talents.


British Crime And Punishment

June 27, 2006

Blair’s criminal justice system is tough on people who don’t pay their taxes, but kind to rapists, murderers and thieves. That’s because he’s refused to build more prisons, a policy that his successor will have to reverse if he wants to survive.

The non-taxpayer (my emphasis):

A pensioner was jailed for three months yesterday for refusing to pay her council tax in protest against living conditions in her crime-plagued street, dubbed “Crack Alley” because of the drug users who congregate there.

She will have to serve the full three months because there is no remission on non-payment of fines.

Fair enough, she’s adopting the ancient Anglo practice of breaking the law to draw attention to an injustice, and should be happy to serve her time. But the lack of remission is odd, given this:

…for all…prisoners sentenced to more than 12 months, release is now automatic at the halfway point (of their sentence).

It gets worse:

The combination of early release and home detention curfew under tagging means that a prisoner sentenced to three months will spend just one month in custody. A 12-month sentence lasts three months. Somebody sentenced to two years will spend just seven and a half months in jail. An offender sentenced to four years’ imprisonment will spend just one year and eight months inside.

Blair won’t build more prisons, so he’s had to prioritize jail time for people who erode the state’s finances – an arguably justifiable objective. But that’s forced the criminal justice system prematurely to release murderers, rapists and thieves to prey on the community.

In consequence:

America’s crime rate…has now fallen to the level it was at 50 years ago: (the British) crime rate is 10 times higher than it was in 1955.

Blair’s successor will have to build a lot of prisons if he wants to survive the wrath of the victimized voters.

Don’t worry about the old lady – she seems splendidly tough and will I’m sure make the best of her jail time and shame her useless council into cleaning up her street.


EU Funneling For Tunneling

June 26, 2006

The Israelis will likely kill the Hamas leaders for invading Israel, killing two soldiers and kidnapping another. And there’s no chance now that they will pull out of the West Bank – it would be suicidal to give up the tunnel-proof Jordan and give tunnelers access to over half of Israel’s land border. We can thank the EU for this.

Hamas leaders aren’t happy – they’re bolting for cover (my emphasis, WSJ, $):

Hamas’s official charter calls for the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic state…

The Qassam Brigades in Gaza are now led by a fiery man named Ahmed al Jaabri. Mr. al Jaabri apparently takes his orders from Senior Hamas members say he has little if any contact with Hamas politicians…

This is the old IRA political wing/armed wing trick – Adams ran (and runs) both wings. A covert unified command gives maximum political and military leverage, plus deniability for the benefit of the useful idiots.

The result was clear from the weekend operation the Qassam Brigades were part of — a strike they termed as retaliation for a string of Israeli military operations in Gaza. The tunnel the militants dug ran some 800 meters, just under half of which was beneath Israeli territory. The militants who emerged from the tunnel were armed with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other explosives.

In all, the operation lasted about 10 minutes, according to Israeli officials. The surviving militants escaped back into Gaza with the Israeli soldier by blowing a hole in the security fence and walking through.

The tunnel will have taken months to complete, so had nothing to do with recent Palestinian collaterals.

Digging and spoil removal had to be done in absolute silence, without electrical gear (Israel has surface arrays of acoustic and MA detectors), and the entry point and spoil removal system had to be shielded from visual & radar detection by Israeli drones and satellites. That takes serious money and EU help to transport it (my emphasis):

…in recent weeks Hamas ministers have smuggled some $30 million into Gaza, which has slightly relieved the economic hardship there and enabled the PA to pay $400-$500 to its workers…Israel had given the Egyptians and European monitors at the Rafah crossing information that the money was being brought in, but that they did nothing to stop it.

A top EU official said last week that the European monitors were there only to supervise the crossing, not to take police-type action like the confiscation of suitcases filled with money.

It’s odd to see the EU – which intervenes in member states at every opportunity – taking such a relaxed view of its duties. Maybe that’s because it was directly involved in the actual funding of the terrorists (my emphasis):

The EU is to resume its subventions to the Palestinian Authority (PA) – despite having recently passed a series of laws against financing terrorism, and despite the fact that Hamas, which runs the PA, is on its own list of designated terrorist organisations.

Eurocrats are aware of the awkwardness, and are trying to find a way to stay within the letter of the rules, perhaps by funneling the donations through NGOs.

So the EU’s Funneling For Tunneling has undermined any future Palestinian state. What a shame.


Anglo Saxon Attitudes

June 26, 2006

The English have developed firm stereotypes for each of the many nations they’ve fought, and of course for themselves. Sadly for multiculturalists, the World Cup is confirming these simplistic views.

In US v Italy, the Italians team showed the stereotypical Latin combination of brutality, excitability and unreliability – one of them smashed his elbow into an opponent’s face and begged not be punished, then 10 of them chaotically tried to defend themselves against 9 Americans and were saved only by a German ref. The technically outclassed Americans showed consistent and intelligent aggression. Many Italians aren’t stereotypical Latins, but plenty are – try asking the Carabinieri for help. And not all Americans are intelligently aggressive, but plenty are – hence their demolition of al Qaeda.

The English team and its fans have shown their national mixture of incompetence, brilliance, and violence.

The Germans exhibited their traditional underestimation of the English:

The German hordes who stood outside David Beckham’s hotel chanting “You’re only here for the weekend” (in English) were…proved wrong by the England captain yesterday…

Lacking preconceptions of Portuguese character, I found this incident helpful in placing them firmly in the violent Latin category:

Portugal captain Luis Figo will be available to face England in next Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen after Fifa ruled out taking disciplinary action against him for his headbutt on Holland’s Mark van Bommel.

Going forward, the English expect the French team to surrender to the Ivory Coast, the Mexicans to play only 6 men (the others having attached themselves to the US team), the Argentinians to devalue goals scored against them by 70%, the Swiss to bill the Ukranians for their time spent playing them, the Australians to refuse to accept defeat, and the Brazilians to pinch the trophy.