Tortured Terror

April 16, 2013

tumblr_mbb4h4cx8M1rgxbgpo1_500Clear and a bit chilly here on California’s northern coast this early Tuesday, though, when that wind kicks up later in the morning, the environment will get downright cold.
Yesterday was kind of a shit day, huh?

Authorities still have no clue to who and why of that Boston marathon bombing — although in reports this morning from CBS News has countered police searched an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere, of a ‘person of interest,’ and were seen leaving ‘…carrying brown paper bags, plastic trash bags and a duffel bag.’

No matter the cause or what, the people who did this are murderous assholes, and whether foreign or home-grown, these shitheads are indeed ‘terrorists.’

(Illustration found here).

President Obama in his reaction didn’t mention the word ‘terrorist,’ and CNN made a huge note of that, the horror was obvious. Two bombs in a crowded venue can’t be anything else, but — right?
And so far the limited evidence indicates locals.
From the Christian Science Monitor:

One thing is clear: The bomber or bombers were not highly skilled.
The explosive devices were relatively crude compared with those produced overseas by Al Qaeda or other radical Islamist terrorist groups, RAND Corp. terror expert Brian Jenkins told Los Angeles television.
They were much smaller than the powerful truck bomb that Timothy McVeigh used to devastate the federal building in Oklahoma City in April 1995.
In that sense they were analogous to the pipe bombs that killed two and injured 100 in 1996 at Atlanta’s Centennial Park during the Olympics.
The fact that the target was an event of great significance to Boston but not particularly significant to the wider world could indicate that the bomber was a local or at least a native of the United States.
The explosions occurred on April 15, tax day, which could be a further indication of a domestic connection.

And I agree with John Cole at Balloon Juice that the cable/news outlets are way-interested in ‘bomb porn,’ and US peoples must keep their personal and collective sense about them. The feelings, however, will be high the next few days as this country sits on the edge of the seat trying to understand how horrible shit like this happens to innocent people.

Meanwhile, down in Costa Mesa, just south of Los Angeles, a 52-year-old guy — ‘diagnosed with a mental disorder, possibly schizophrenia,’ blew himself up in his home.
And the neighborhood became reminiscent of Boston — from the LA Times:

Many of the homes in the neighborhood remained empty Monday as police patrolled the streets south of the 405 Freeway near Harbor Boulevard and investigators in white hazmat suits crept through the overgrown brush in the frontyard of the Bermuda Drive home.

Police also discovered a 17,000-word essay online, apparently written by the guy, which covered many weird subjects, such as: The essay claimed that the government was behind the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and John Lennon, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the death of Righteous Brothers singer Bobby Hatfield.

And one disturbing essay deserves another.
Just in time to balance Monday’s festivities, a report to be released this morning from a nonpartisan, independent panel found deep-stink shit with US interrogation and detention programs after Sept. 11, 2001.
From the New York Times:

The sweeping, 577-page report says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.”

The use of torture, the report concludes, has “no justification” and “damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary and potentially increased the danger to U.S. military personnel taken captive.”
The task force found “no firm or persuasive evidence” that these interrogation methods produced valuable information that could not have been obtained by other means.
While “a person subjected to torture might well divulge useful information,” much of the information obtained by force was not reliable, the report says.

The panel found that the United States violated its international legal obligations by engineering “enforced disappearances” and secret detentions.
It questions recidivism figures published by the Defense Intelligence Agency for Guantánamo detainees who have been released, saying they conflict with independent reviews.
It describes in detail the ethical compromise of government lawyers who offered “acrobatic” advice to justify brutal interrogations and medical professionals who helped direct and monitor them.
And it reveals an internal debate at the International Committee of the Red Cross over whether the organization should speak publicly about American abuses; advocates of going public lost the fight, delaying public exposure for months, the report finds.

And it’s not just George Jr. and his crowd of crazies: While the Constitution Project report covers mainly the Bush years, it is critical of some Obama administration policies, especially what it calls excessive secrecy. It says that keeping the details of rendition and torture from the public “cannot continue to be justified on the basis of national security” and urges the administration to stop citing state secrets to block lawsuits by former detainees.

Hypocrisy pisses off a lot of people.
But motherfucker in drag, that’s no excuse for yesterday. Tortured logic of terror.

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