I find myself staring at a smattering of open browser tabs, each a reminder of a subject I had intended to write about this week. Some of these tabs have been open so long now, I get the distinct impression they are purposefully mocking me and daring me to do something about it: you know, like, actually write something. But when I reviewed them this morning, I realized the sources speak perfectly well for themselves. There really is no need for some smart-ass blogger to pretend she has anything to contribute whatsoever. So without further ado, I bring you:
IRIS’S OPEN BROWSER TABS.
A Frontline report, The Untouchables, investigates why there have been no prosecutions of Wall Street criminals.
The Truth About the Deficit : It’s Not Very Big, And There’s Only One Way To Close It. (See also: Deficit Hawks Down, a good piece by Paul Krugman.)
The inquiry will assess the extent of civilian casualties, the identity of militants targeted and the legality of strikes where there is no UN recognition of a conflict.
Some kinds of drone attacks – in particular “double tap” strikes where rescuers attending a first blast become victims of a second – could constitute a war crime…
A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year: Hate Crimes in America (and Elsewhere). I have a love/hate relationship with Rebecca Solnit’s writing. For example, words cannot express the depth of my contempt for her grotesquely ill-informed condescension to lefties who do not partake of the Obama/Democratic Party KoolAid. But this piece is outstanding, and deserves the widest possible audience.
This piece by Julian Assange is from late November, but I had not seen it until recently. It details quite explicitly the machinations of the U.S. government, as revealed by the State Department cables allegedly leaked by Bradley Manning and published by Wikileaks over the last two years. Assange:
It is the case that WikiLeaks’ publications can and have changed the world, but that change has clearly been for the better. Two years on, no claim of individual harm has been presented, and the examples above clearly show precisely who has blood on their hands.
Indeed. When U.S. foreign policy routinely includes war crimes, cover-ups, lies to the citizenry both here and abroad, support for death squads and brutal anti-democratic regimes, corruption, rendition for torture, and the deaths of untold numbers of civilians and children — to say nothing of dead, maimed, and psychologically destroyed American soldiers — the American public should damn well know the truth. As you read it, consider whose interests U.S. foreign policy serves. (SPOILER ALERT: It is not We the People.)
On a somewhat related note, here is a good Citizen Radio interview of former CIA officer John Kiriakou. He has just been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for blowing the whistle on CIA torture, the latest casualty of President Obama’s unprecedented war on whistleblowers. To date, no one who created, directed or participated in the U.S. torture regime has been charged by the DOJ with any crime.
My WordPress stats page (which I cannot link you to) helpfully informs me that one of the week’s top search terms that brought people to the Palace is this:
it’s large phallus thrust deep into her virgin womb
I don’t really know what to say about that, except to point out for the sake of accuracy that a womb is a uterus, where no phallus should be found thrusting. Like, EVAR.
Finally, tomorrow is a travel day for me: I will be heading to London for a week. Longtime Loyal Readers™ may recall my last trip to that lovely city, and the resulting groundbreaking journalism for which the Palace is deservedly renowned. Our fearless and intrepid investigation into the pie-facing of Rupert Murdoch and the British government’s strategic response thereto still stands to this day as one of our proudest accomplishments. Look for upcoming London dispatches — well, assuming the hotel wifi doesn’t suck.