Donkey Punch

October 22, 2007

Your Tax Dollars at Work.

Filed under: Abdallah Higazy, FBI, No Class, Outrage Fatigue, Politics, terror, Torture — t4toby @ 1:58 pm

FBI mistakenly picks dude up.

FBI coerces confession out of said dude by threatening to expose his family to Egypt’s secret police.

Dude confesses.

Reason dude was picked up in the first place turns out to be false.

Dude is let go.

Dude sues the FBI.

Appeals Court sez: Dude, you can totally sue them.

Court publishes decision.

Website sez: WTF? How is it okay for the FBI to coerce?

Minutes later, Federal Court posting disappears.

Website asked to take down its .pdf of the decision.

Website’s all like, “No.”

Redacted version of decision is posted by the Feds.

I tip my hat to Steve Bergstein.

The intertoobz win.

Well, we didn’t win anything, but the moral victory is almost there.


October 4, 2007

The more they become our own…

Filed under: Capitulation, Glenn Greenwald, Hypocrisy, Politics, Torture — t4toby @ 9:03 am


Whether you like him or hate him, you have to admit that Glenn Greenwald is a force of nature.

All of these subversive and grotesque policies — the Yoo/Addington theories of the imperial presidency, torture, rendition, illegal surveillance, black sites — began as secret, illegal Bush administration policies. But the more they are revealed, and the more we do nothing about them, the more they become our own.

And today, he is particularly on point. If you’ve got a few minutes, go read it.