Apology Up Front
This post is not super-coherant.Sorry, we finally had to put my editor to sleep. First,of course Muslims are pissed. Remember when Korans were desecrated in prison?They don't do Maplethorpe,ok? they don't think that shit is funny.
Let's instead get upset about Cuban terrorists Bosch and Posada living free and unrepentent in Miami (see post of 1/28 A Fouler Apposition for my opinion on Miami) thanks to the efforts of the CIA,Congresswoman Lleana Ros-Lehtinen,CongressmenLincoln andMario Diaz-Balart, Gov. Jeb Bush and that great fighter of terror brother George. Don't get me started about Rep.Connie Mack.
While we got George in the crosshairs (figuratively,NSA listeners) ,It seems he told a group in Memphis not to worry their pretty little heads about all those complicated problems in the world. "Thats what you pay us for"he reassured them.
Now Im old as dirt but I remember when people were innocent until proven guilty, that is, they didn't spy on you or lock you up until they could show probable cause. A vague suspicion didn't cut it. (you lawyers, back me up here). Bush claimed in the SOTU that if he could have spied on the two known terror suspects they could have "connected the dots and prevented 9/11". If he had told any judge in the universe he wanted to spy they would have given him a warrant.Under FISA he could have spied for 72 hours WITHOUT a warrant. If he suspected they were terrorists and he had been warned they would strike why in the HELL didn't they watch them, grab them?
Collateral damage: I remember also when it was better to let a hundred guilty people go free than to lock up one innocent man.Something to do with Justice.Righties are over there trying to parse the word "accidental" when it comes to dead civilians in targeted missle attacks. It is one thing to argue it is a "lower order" of terrorism when a few unintended kids get whacked. But The Israeli Security Forces intentionally murder non-combatants. Do you need me to source that? Just ask.
The more I think about it ,the more I like the idea of human/animal hybrids.