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Saturday, June 25, 2005
CIA living in opulence while fighting the war on terror
So 13 CIA agents who kidnapped a alleged terrorist in Italy now have arrest warrants out for them. Aside from the exciting political implications this has, I find their hotel bill about as telling as anything. Turns out they managed to spend over £80,000 ($140,000) on five star hotels and food alone while hatching their plan. The agents were apparently also making constant calls back to Langley on their cell phones which were on all the time. So much for a low profile...

And what happened to the alleged terrorist? From the New York Times:

"Mr. Nasr was released from custody in Egypt 14 months later, in April 2004, and he phoned his wife in Milan and an associate to say he had been subjected to electric shock treatments, the investigators said. He also described the route that he was taken shortly after his kidnapping, providing an important clue to the Italian police. Besides complaining about hearing loss in one ear, Mr. Nasr also said he could barely walk.

Shortly after placing the calls, he was rearrested by the Egyptian police and has not been heard from again."

There you have it ladies and gentleman, a conclusion that's sure to bring a smile to every freedom loving American's face.

In Other News

Animal rights activists made the front page of the Guardian by firebombing the house of a man who worked for a law firm that once raised money for a pharmaceutical company that formerly was a client of Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Aside from absurdity of their target, I've also decided that I think it's important to recognize this action for what it is: terrorism. I've started reading Loving Without Giving In: Christian Responses to Terrorism and Tyranny by Ron Mock from George Fox. He starts out the book by laying out a clear definition of terrorism which includes five things: violent, lawless, politically motivated, civilians as intented targets and operating through fear.

The first four are fairly obvious, but the fifth item is the one that is most striking in this case. The statements of SHAC and ALF activists make it clear that the goal is to strike fear into the hearts of anyone who does business with Hutingdon Life Sciences.

I think it's important for those of us on the left to be clear on our definition of terrorism, especially as we're criticizing the "war on terror." We can't just ignore those who are using terror just because they may be broadly "on our side."

So there's my news rant for the morning. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

P.S. Lanny, I don't think it was you who messed up the blog, because I temporarily unpublished your posts and it didn't fix anything. Unfortunately, I don't have the energy to review our ginormous template to figure out what the problem is...

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