Going After Bad Guys, Or Becoming Bad Guys?

December 5, 2006 at 11:18 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Drugs, King George, Mexico | Leave a comment

I stumbled across this article called The House of Death in the Observer, a British paper. Glenn Greenwald gives a rundown of the lengthy article. When you read the article and Greenwald’s comments, you wonder why this hasn’t gotten more press yet.

Apparently in their attempts to go after a Mexican drug lord, the Justice Department, with the approval from the Attorney General, Mr. Gonzales, recruited an informant, to infiltrate the cartel and get enough evidence to nab the drug lord. Well this informant apparently was commanded to kill someone by the drug lord. He did so, all while wearing a wire for the Justice department. It would seem about the time for the Justice department to let him go, as a failed informant, and perhaps arrest him and try him for murder. Right? Apparently, the Justice department continued using him, even after he murdered 11 individuals for this drug lord. He was even told to go take out a DEA agent, who survived, and complained to the Justice department. Apparently the Justice department fired this DEA agent for his complaints. The murdering informant is now in a jail awaiting deportation to Mexico. Read the whole article. It should send chills into your spine about just how low our government is apparently willing to go to fight bad guys. If our government goes so low as to keep supporting a murderer, how can our government be good anymore? Does it not become the bad guy?

The Crumbling Case Against Padilla

November 19, 2006 at 9:20 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Drugs, King George, Torture, War on Terror | 1 Comment

Who here remembers the pomp and circumstance with which Attorney General John Ashcroft announced via a press conference from Russia no less, the capture and detainment of one Jose Padilla, an American citizen. According to Mr. Ashcroft, Mr. Padilla was suspected of planning to plant a radiological dirty bomb somewhere in the United States. He was not accused, but he was labeled by the Bush administration as an “enemy combatant,” thus supposedly no longer protected by the Constitution. He was therefore held incommunicado for the past three years. Well, apparently the case against Mr. Padilla was unconstitutional through the military system, so before the Bush administration could be humiliated yet again in front of the Supreme Court, they moved him to the criminal system. Doing this however let the events that took place in secret start coming out, such as the facts that he was apparently tortured and drugged against his will. Now all the accusations against him are basically being thrown out, and he might soon be a free man. As Andrew Sullivan says:

So an American citizen, detained without due process for three years, accused of terribly serious crimes, and allegedly tortured, may not be found guilty, after all. And people wonder why many of us have concerns about the way the Bush administration has handled military detainees.

Is this really America?

Drugging Our Children

October 20, 2006 at 3:22 am | Posted in Drugs | 8 Comments

Dude, what is with our nation and its love of pharmaceutical drugs? Apparently now there is talk about giving Ritalin to preschooers! How early do we want our children to be hooked on drugs? How early do we want our society to rely on drugs as a crutch, without apparently caring about the side-effects of changing the chemical composition of our bodies? We take drugs to get us to go to sleep, meanwhile we drink coffee and sodas—filled with caffeine—all day long and then wonder why we can’t sleep. We feed our infants fake meals instead of breastmilk, designed specifically for the child’s needs and then wonder why they don’t grow up well. We eat plenty of foods, so much so that we are now overweight, and then wonder why we need to rely on drugs to fix the consequences of overeating when we could be just fine if we but excercise. I’m done ranting. I think this direction is bad for America. We need to get to a more natural state.

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