Thursday, October 25, 2007

"I get listed -- up hi-igh"

CNN reports today that Bush's "Terrorist Screening Center" (I swear this administration just makes up new subagencies on a daily basis!) has been so meticulous with their research that the "terrorist watch list" has now ballooned to 755,000 names. As the ACLU points out, we are not far from the point where "we all become suspects in the eyes of the Terrorist Screening Center." Of course some of us - people whose names look like they rhyme with "Aladdin", for instance - are likelier to become suspects than others. I wonder if these fools have even one person working there who understands Arabic nomenclature?

Despite these police-state tactics, a Mexican national with tuberculosis -- tuberculosis! -- was able to cross the border into the US more than 20 times without being stopped, and there are other such glaring security breaches in the report. The US govt's combination of blatant despotism and utter incompetence is once again dazzling...

Not that I'm calling for a more effectively-run police state. No Mexico 'security' fence! No secret 'security' watchlists! Over the past 30 years, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush-with-a-vengeance have made it eminently clear that 'security' means protection of rich white guys' political power and corporate profits. It has very little to do with protecting ordinary peoples' lives.

There's only one group I trust to bring about the Security Of The First World!


Steph said...

Hey, what about Ali Baba and the forty thieves - are they not a proscribed terrorist organisation yet? :)

Anonymous said...

s-aladin i think david and fareed are begging for your thoughts on this. a hilarious question that could have been asked every day for the past 60 years.

Saladin said...

@ Steph

Heh. Actually, reading the 1001 Nights in the context of the current imperial venrues in the middle east is heartbreaking -- e.g. the stories are riddled with mentions of "Baghdad, the City of Peace".

@ anonymous

Actually, the Saul Singer piece was the best of the bunch -- but I guess I was in the mood for sick comedy.