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... so let's all thank Ashcroft for bringing the issue back to my attention. Between offshore drilling, Constitutional toilet paper, and jackholes threatening to take away my IUD, I find that I haven't lamented much about waterboarding lately.

Ashcroft defends waterboarding before House panel

No wonder Canada considers us a terrorist country.

Christopher Hitchens certainly seems to think waterboarding is torture. It sure sounds pretty fucking hellish to me.

Bleh, I'm going to cut this rant short. I'm becoming a little bit emotionally weary.


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Jul. 18th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
That article by Christopher Hitchens just made me sick because I cannot fathom how *anyone* can believe that it's not torture.



Jul. 18th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
This may sound like a non-sequitur, but it's really not:

Have you read Cory Doctorow's novel Little Brother?

It's a (very) near-future dystopian science fiction novel that's basically a logical extrapolation of where it looks like the US is already going - coupled with some ideas of what to do about it. I think you would really, really like it, although there are parts of it that are hard to read just because they're so upsetting and seem so much like something that could really happen if things keep going the way they are.

The author has actually licensed it under Creative Commons and you can download an electronic version from his web site:


Though I'd recommend buying it just because it's awesome both politically and as a novel, and deserves support. I downloaded it initially, but will probably end up buying a few copies of the print version to give to people.

One of the coolest things about is that a lot of the technology used by the bad guys in the book is stuff that really exists now -- and the descriptions he gives of his teenage hacker protagonist disabling it is very, very detailed and precise. ;-)
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
Not that you need more issues, but have you seen this:


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