Category Archives: Islam

Mitchell Enhances His Interrogation

James Mitchell is a psychologist, you know, one of those people who sits and talks with you, poses questions to get your mind thinking of new ways to approach old problems, and views himself as a person who is committed to aiding others attain self knowledge. However, he was hired by the CIA to assist with designing the “enhanced interrogation” procedures which supposedly enabled the American government to capture bad people. A recent report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee argued that “enhanced interrogation” never led to arrests or aided in the war against terrorism. Naturally James does not have much faith in those who dwell in the halls of Congress rather than in the dark rooms of some prison. As he noted, “the people on the ground did the best they could with the way they understood the law at the time. You can’t ask someone to put his life on the line and think and make a decision without the benefit of hindsight and then eviscerate them ten years later.”

Fair enough. However, during WWII when the United States fought against the best army in the world, Nazi Germany, or a hard fighting group of soldiers like the Japanese, we did NOT employ enhanced interrogation methods. Our Intelligence drew upon psychological approaches that avoided torture and their results were outstanding. Sorry James, but during Basic Training in 1951 we were informed on at least three occasions that torture was NOT permissible. We were living in the aftermath of the Nuremberg Trials which sent those who employed torture to jail or to their death.

So, exactly what was not known about torture several years ago??

Online Crime A Crime

I work online writing this blog but spend few hours actually engaged in any sort of interaction with those whose lives is centered in chatting with people who may or may not exist in the world of the Internet. There is something strange about the process of talking with people who may or may not actually exist and sharing your intimate secrets. Mohammad Hasan Khalid was a 15 year old boy who was physically ill and decided that he wanted to become involved in the outside world. He contacted Colleen LaRose whose fictional name was, “Jihad Jane,” and these two teenagers decided to engage in the act of killing a Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilk, who had printed a cartoon in which the head of the Prophet Muhammad had been placed on the body of a dog. Silly, yes, criminal, no. The FBI monitored the two teens as they ranted and planned a crime that never was carried into action. Jihad Jane wound up with a ten year sentence while young Khalid was just convicted and sent to jail.

His lawyer, Jeffrey Lindy, noted that Mohammad was only fifteen when he began to plot something that would nor could ever become implemented. He was engaged in Internet bravado in which young people play at being heroes or villains. As Mr. Lindy noted: “The FBI used a kid who was extraordinarily vulnerable” and they wound up ruining his life, or should we agree the boy was encouraged to ruin his life.

No invention since the birth of humanity has the potential to transform children into villains and murderers. Of course, they never murder anyone, just with their words. Off with their heads!

Boko Haram Goes On Killing

The other day I printed a story about how the Boko Haram in Nigeria had kidnapped over 100 girls from the Governments Secondary School in Borno state in Nigeria. About twenty girls somehow jumped off trucks and disappeared into the dark where local villagers saved them and got them back home. The Nigerian army yesterday claimed at least 100 girls had been recaptured, but now admits the only “recaptured girls” are those who jumped from the truck. The stark truth is the so-called “Nigerian Army” is a collection of disorganized men led by a group of incompetent graft ridden collection of officers who best know how to steal oil in order to make gobs of money. It is estimated close to 30% of the Nigerian oil production winds up in the hands of corrupt officials. Nigeria is led by President Goodluck Jonathan whose only luck is to be the president so that he can ignore how friends –and enemies, steal and rob each day of the week.

My greatest confusion is lack of any comment from Nigerian religious leaders. Not a word,not a declaration of anger toward Boko Haram which kills in the name of the Prophet or of God of of their belief that anyone who desires a modern education is simply an unbeliever. Boko Haram translates into” Western Education is Forbidden.” But, these men drive in trucks made with Western education and blast away with weapons made with Western education and murder in the best Western education tradition. What exactly about Western Education do these nuts dislike?

And, where are the voices of men of God?

Conversation With An Alien

I must confess to having been in constant contact with an alien from the planet of Xul. The Xulian selected me because there was interest on his planet concerning the strange life forms known as “humans” who reside on the planet of Earth. Each month we spend exactly two hours in which the Xulian anthropologist interviews me about some incident on planet Earth. This interaction is then sent to a panel of Xulians who are deciding whether or not planet Earth should be destroyed in order to prevent Earthians from spreading their violent behavior throughout the universe.

We recently discussed the situation in South Sudan.

X I gather this area of the planet has abundant oil and thus people should be able to live in sa prosperous manner.
M Yes, it along with countries like Nigeria or the Congo have plenty of natural resources so people should be well fed and housed.
X But, thousands of these people are starving. Explain.
M One group took over the government of South Sudan and got into an argument with another group while both these groups do not like the government of Sudan.
X What are they arguing about?
M Part of the argument is that some are Muslims, some are Christians and some just want to control the oil in order to get rich.
X Ah, your planet’s continual fighting and killing over this strange concept of a God who created them and now they believe God created some of them, but the others who were created by God insist their ideas about God are correct and thus they must kill those whose ideas about God are not correct.
X OK, I have previously heard this madness. So people who have resources will die.
M About a million will die although they have the ability to ensure none would die.
X Enough, some day we will find this “God” that allegedly created this mess.

Mind Your Legs!

I am a child of the New York City subways, trolleys and buses so the issue of “space” has loomed large in my life. As a teenager, the wonder of being thrust against the body of a woman at rush hours sent a certain part of my body upward in time and space. Ah, to cop a feel of a woman due to her body crashing into mine, was the highlight of my day. The situation in Turkey is somewhat different. Men sit with legs drawn far apart in order to show women they have something in the center which rises with each glance in their direction. This has resulted in a growing mass movement by Turkish women: “Don’t Occupy My Space” and “Mind Your Legs”

Turkish women have gone on the offense and now use their phones to take pictures of the bearded ones with legs thrust apart in order to make their face known throughout the world. I always thought that Turkish men were conservatives who did not wish women to display too much of their bodies, but I guess it is OK to raise the flag between your feet.

Verge Of Civil War?

Russian President Vladimir Putin called German leader Angela Merkel to express his concerns regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine. He expressed his fear the Ukraine was “on the verge of a civil war” and since he is a man who believes in peace, this gentle spirt who displays care and concern for all humans wants to avoid any possibility of violence. After all, in Russia the state only resorts to violence when “militants” take to the streets to protest things like arguing for gay rights or the right of freedom of speech. How else can one respond to such provocative demonstrations of violence than with violence. Merkel informed Putin there was no evidence of possible violence unless men dressed in Russian uniforms, carrying Russian arms somehow wound up in the Ukraine. Putin was shocked, horribly shocked by such violent talk by the head of a nation about peaceful Putinland.

There is no doubt Putin wants violence which would provide the excuse of resorting to violence in order to end violence that he created. We offer some sensible ways to end this tragedy in the making.

Have the UN organize a referendum in eastern Ukraine in which people are offered several options:

1. Becoming part of Russia
2. Remaining part of the Ukraine
3. Greater power to regions but still part of the Ukraine.

All polls indicate that only 30% of the population of eastern Ukraine favors becoming part of Russia.

Anyone Made A Suggestion About You?

The United States government recently informed the government of Australia there is reason to believe that some time last year, two citizens of Australia who were in Yemen died in a drone attack. One, whose name was Christopher Harvard, went by the name of Abu Suhaib al-Australi and was most probably in a camp with other “suspected militants” when a drone came from up high and blasted away down below. The “suspected militant” died due to “collateral damage.” After all, no one can expect a drone to always be perfect. Sometimes, the bad guys must be killed, and if a few innocent ones die in the process. just bad luck. After all, Mr. Harvard could have been driving his car to the supermarket in order to purchase a steak when another car killed him in a crash. No different scenario than being blasted to pieces by accident.

The report given to the Australian government contains statements such as: “suspected militants” or “there was a suggestion they were involved in kidnapping Westerners for ransom.” It is unclear who or what led to “the “suggestion” or exactly what is a “suggestion.” But, someone “suggested” these two men were Muslim militants and since they were in Yemen, the suggestion must have been correct. After all, if someone “suggests” to the police that I robbed the bank it only stands to reason they would arrest me or even shoot me since they had a concrete “suggestion.”

Oh, Them Muslims!

There is one consistent aspect of the American story from day one of creation of this nation. We have always sought a group to depict as “the enemy.” Originally, the Indian was “the savage” who was brutal and had to be exterminated and driven from the land. It required a few hundred years, but eventually they were driven onto reservations and thus ended, “the Indian menace.” Next, came the Catholics with their Pope driven religion, and refusal to accept the Protestant religion. It was not until the election of Catholic John F. Kennedy in 1960 that the era of hating Catholics finally came to an end. Of course, the “Jew” always loomed large in American minds as an evil, Communist or Socialist or blood sucking criminal preying on young girls. It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that Jews were accepted into mainstream America.

Since 9/11, the MUSLIM has become the most prominent evil character in our lives. The New York City Police Department even established a special Muslim unit whose task was to infiltrate Muslim groups, their mosques, their phones, their mail and so on. Muslims were photographed, arrested on “suspicion,” lured by secret agents to make anti-government comments and their clergy threatened with punishment for daring to make a comment not approved by the FBI or the CIA. Finally, the courts of America have cracked down on dragnet approaches to surveillance of Muslims. The New York City Police Department under William Bratton have just announced the special “Muslim unit” is no more.

As of this date, exactly how many “Muslim terrorists” have been identified? Check with the special unit. But, there has not been any significant bombing in New York City since 9/11.

Hank Aaron Hits Home Run

Hank Aaron has aroused the anger of right wing nuts and Republicans for uttering an honest statement concerning the state of racism in America. He agrees that black skinned folk are not being hung from branches of trees, but the assault upon President Obama is vicious and blatantly racial in tone and substance. As he puts it: “The biggest difference is that they(KKK) had hoods, now, they have neckties and starched shirts.” The howls of derision can be heard from the pert blond haired idiot women who preach nonsense on Fox News along with angry white men who are determined to prove that ANY problem in America or the world, is directly caused by allowing some black dude from Africa to become president.

Hank is receiving dozens of hate letters and emails due to his comment.

1. How many prior presidents were charged with being born in another country? Actually, John McCain was born on a navy base in Panama.

2. How many prior presidents were charged with being a Muslim? Of course, he belongs to a Christian church.

3. How many prior presidents were attacked for “hating America?”

4. Obama pushed health care, President Franklin Roosevelt pushed for Social Security and President Lyndon Johnson pushed Medicare. I do not believe Roosevelt or Johnson were accused of being a dictator for these actions.

Boko Haram Again Goes Bonkers

Just about every day comes a new story from Nigeria about the actions of Boko Haram-”Western Education is Forbidden.” In most cases, these escapees from reality attack a school, kill the boys and cut up some girls. Yesterday, they took over a girl school and kidnapped 100 young ladies and no one knows what will happen to these children. President Goodluck Jonathan will issue some statement claiming his army has the crazies on the run, but all too often the army is the agency which is on the run away, and far away, from any military action against the bonkers people. Nigeria is undoubtedly the Number One nation in the world for corruption, inefficiency, and inept management. Its army might have some weapons, but they always make certain to be away from any scene of action.

In reality, this so-called army blasts away at villagers who were attacked and blames them for being attacked. The best luck for the people of Nigeria is to have Goodluck run out of luck as president.