Help, help we're being repressed
By Jackson Murphy
web posted June 17, 2002
Last week marked nine months since the terrorist attacks in New
York and Washington and the week went off without a hitch.
Well sort of. But there are some who have failed to grasp the
obvious: there is a war going on.
On Friday there was no warnings to report, and it is shameful to
think that we don't even blink when another 12 people die, this
time in a suicide bomber attack in Pakistan. But there was
something worse. The Guardian printed a
statement entitled "We won't deny our consciences" signed,
apparently, by some "prominent" Americans.
"In our name," say these prominent Americans, "the government
has brought down a pall of repression over society. The
president's spokesperson warns people to 'watch what they say'.
Dissident artists, intellectuals, and professors find their views
distorted, attacked, and suppressed."
Suppressed? One signer of the statement, Casey
Kasem, is a disk jockey who happens to voice the
deadbeat sidekick of cartoon canine Scooby Doo. Prominent
American? Barely. Suppressed? You must be joking. Take
another hit off the bong Shaggy!
Sure the usual suspects (Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Gloria
Steinem, and their buddies) signed the thing. But who are they
kidding? Noam Chomsky gets more attention in the media than
Mariah Carey after a post buffet-gorging breakdown. Can it
really be suppression when you have face time on CNN, get
books published, and travel around the world? If this is "being
repressed" where do you register?
Maybe these loons are looking out for American citizens like Jose Padilla, sorry his close friends call
him Abdullah al Muhajir, who is now being held for as long as
the U.S. military damn well pleases. Padilla it is claimed has links
to al-Qaida and is being held in connection to a plot to explode a
"dirty bomb". Here is a man who spent time outside the United
States training to be a terrorist, he came back into the country
and Chomsky and his minions want to roll out the red carpet for
They failed to mention that the justice system has granted Zacarias Moussaoui, the twentieth
hijacker, the chance to represent himself in court. He'd probably
get stoned to death if he stole a loaf of bread in the Middle East;
but here we give him three squares a day, a roof over his head,
and the chance to act like James Traficant by defending
himself. It makes you want to bring third-rate Russian comedian
Yakof Smirnoff back to shriek, "What a country."
So here we have on one hand the U.S. allowing one foreign born
man some civil rights, and he is going to squander them by
getting rid of his lawyers. On the other hand we have a guy who
is an American citizen who has been, at the very least, meeting
with al-Qaida and is going to be safely locked up before he gets
to violate a great many people's rights.
There is good news. Los Angeles based writer Ken Layne figures that this published statement will
benefit the Bush administration: "Anyway, the Bush team has
done a great job with this latest nonsense from the 'prominent
Americans.' I wouldn't be surprised if Congress drops the Sept.
11 investigations out of bored disgust. If you're nostalgic for
October, this will bring you right back, man."
When there are legitimate, and far more serious, complaints to
be made on behalf of the civil rights of the prominent Americans
favorite vacation spots in the radical Islamic world why are they
spreading such ridiculous statements about America's liberty?
The truth is, Chomsky and co. live and die, much like the
environmentalist movement, by framing the issues in their most
frightening and hysterical form. The reality is Chomsky and co.
look increasingly ridiculous doing just that, but we're on to them.
They just don't get it and that is just fine.
Jackson Murphy is a commentator from Vancouver, Canada.
He is the editor of "Dispatches" a website that serves up political
commentary 24-7. [URL: http://www.dispatches.blogspot.com/]
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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