Archive for June 1st, 2005

Congress’s Irony-Poor Blood

At long last, sir, have you no sense of irony?

From NYT:

Citizens who want to keep an eye on the [Patriot Act re-evaluation] process will have no easy task. The most crucial debates of the Senate Intelligence Committee are being kept closed to the public.

(snip)

Now the Bush administration and its Senate allies have come up with another: a proposal to let F.B.I. agents write their own “administrative subpoenas,” without the need to consult prosecutors or judges, in demand of all manner of records, from business to medical and tax data. There is no serious evidence that agents have been hamstrung by the lack of such wide authority.

Freeing agents from getting a judge’s sign-off is an invitation to overreaching and abuse, as is a proposal to let the F.B.I. ignore postal law restraints when antiterrorism agents choose to monitor someone’s letter envelopes and package covers.

Our lives become more and more transparent, as government becomes more and more secretive and opaque. Where are the “administrative subpoenas” for Cheney’s energy task force, or for Bush and Cheney’s testimony before the 9/11 commission?

Just imagine what problems could be solved if everyone in government had to play by the same rules as the rest of us poor schmucks.

6 comments June 1st, 2005 at 09:46am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Energy,Politics,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers

Meet The Overseer

“Hatred, if directed properly, is a powerful tool…. [It] makes the people docile and unimaginative.”

On Supremacy, Chapter XV

Okay, so, I think I’m close enough to the end of my book now to describe it fairly accurately. It’s The Overseer, by Jonathan Rabb, and my mother sent it to me because it scared the bejesus out of her (not that she had a whole lot of bejesus to begin with). The basic premise is that a Swiss monk, a contemporary of Machiavelli, wrote a treatise called On Supremacy that made The Prince look like one of those books that tells you which fork to use with your salad. It has fallen into the hands of a Shadowy Republican Cabal, and they’re using it as a roadmap to take over absolute power of the United States.

Essentially, the way the On Supremacy gameplan works is, there are three spheres: Financial, Educational, and Political, each with its own leader. They are independent of each other, but they are all controlled and coordinated by an “overseer”, who is the only one with the big picture. The takeover itself is to be executed via a series of rapid-fire catastrophes, terrorist attacks, assassinations, and financial crises, using brainwashed operatives created by the educational sphere. The attacks will expose the country’s weakness and decadence, and allow the Shadowy Republican Cabal with its firm steady hand and unerring moral compass to take absolute control. For our own good, of course.

What makes the book scary is that it was written in 1998.

I realized there were too many juicy and alarmingly apt quotes from the book to weigh down a single post with, so I will be posting additional ones here and there as the mood strikes, and possibly some more tidbits about the book.

9 comments June 1st, 2005 at 12:28am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,Republicans


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