Thursday, July 27, 2006

Flashing The Hash at the Watergate (part five)

Any member of the press core will tell you that if you shove the head of a baby into an airsickness bag and pop the bag immediately you will completely unsettle anyone near you. The mother will confess immediately every cock she had ever sucked and whether or not she saw what she had seen and testified what she had testified to in a case against a politician. This has been done in the case against the Bush administration. We saw the tale and we were there to report it.

Jack Random and I armed with cameras, starkly open and brutal honesty, we traveled to the tomb of the unknown soldier where we had been told Karl Rove held private conversations as tourists watched two guys in dress uniform flip around rifles in peace time and during war. Rove would appear we had learned with a hat pulled down over his misshapen ears. So there we sat waiting for Rove to appear when we noticed a representative from the Fox network we had photographed once on the balcony of a hotel in Maryland. He watched as he exposed him self to a group of Catholic priests. The Priests stood motionless in the tourist bus windows.

Waiting for Karl Rove had gotten to be a favorite pastime for Jack and I. We would sometimes pay someone to tip off the Secret Service that he had seen a photograph of one of them transporting illegal aliens into the streets of San Antonio and watch as the agent shoved the tipster against the wall. We didn?t do it too often as it usually cost us a couple thousand dollars and once it took the promise of an introduction to a certain celebrity who enjoyed urine in more than a relieving manner.

As Jack listened again to the tape from the hotel I saw a couple of tourists taking a few steps backwards. I watched closely as two agents opened one of the men?s shirts to reveal a listening device. I grabbed the camera from around Jack?s neck as he cussed me loudly. The agent took notice of Rove arriving in a sedan flanked by two women.

The man with the listening device made an attempt to punch the agent in the face and the agent was beating him senseless immediately. Every tourist eyes? went right away to the noise. Rove and the two women made their way past the tomb to section thirteen of Arlington National Cemetery. As they walked we strolled quietly by the violent outburst of several agents now subduing the individual. By the time we were in the wet grass of the cemetery they had the man down to his underwear.

- Chris Mansel

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Pulling the Plug on Dissent

By C. L. Cook, Senior Editor, PEJ News, Victoria, Canada
July 25, 2006

[Editor's note: PEJ is short for Peace-Earth-Justice and Chris Cook is a relentless advocate for all three. If the readers have any doubt that spying and censorship are being conducted for political purposes, perhaps this will convince you. Something is definitely happening. When one voice is silence, the freedom of all is threatened. Do what you can and keep on speaking out.]

[Editor's Update: I am informed the site is back on line -- the explanation is a bit hazy.]

I read of the Moscow Times' decision to sack Chris Floyd with great disappointment, but not surprise. It's clear, the ubermensche rulers of the world brook no dissent. They've gone to a lot of trouble to corner the
"mainstream" media, but controlling newspapers, magazines, radio, television, cinema, and large swathes of internet information isn't enough; as long as there exists a single voice emanating even the smallest of
soapboxes, the paranoid psychopaths currently laying waste to the world will not sleep soundly.

I was unsurprised too to read of the classless manner in which the new editor executed his charge; compassion, understanding, and courtesy are "quaint" old notions, beyond the imaginings of the apparatchiks of our Brave New World birthing.

Though no match for Chris' decade-plus efforts to bring some notion of humanity to the readers of the Moscow Times, and more recently to broader Cyberia, I came home tonight to find my own little soapbox trodden under the boot of authority. PEJ News is a not-for-profit web news site. We're a small group of local activists and allies abroad, trying to emphasize Peace, Earth, and Justice. This month, after thousands of hours of dedication by our completely unpaid volunteer editors, writers, techies, and administrators, we were on record pace, boasting what would have been a near half-million page views for the month of July. But, our progress was abruptly halted.

With neither notification, nor consultation PEJ's "server" pulled the plug. When they finally got back to us, we were informed the site had been harbouring spammers - we're a site with the most stringent ethical guidelines going, recently pulling Google © ads due to that company's knee-buckling performance in China - and that was it. Our tech. dude is yet to be granted access to any of the "evidence" supporting their charge.

The Canadian government recently announced its intent to revisit "freedom of speech" laws in this country. It's a small surprise, considering Canadian "War President" Stephen Harper's enthusiastic support of both America's and Israel's horrendous criminality, he would too follow their lead obediently in further "limiting" citizen's rights in Canada. I wonder too if Harper is aping his friends south of the border, and allowing Canada's spy agencies to pressure communications companies, in an attempt to silence dissenting voices.

We're still waiting for word from our self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner "server;" but for now, as Lebanon burns, and Iraq burns, and Afghanistan burns, and Palestine ever burns, we are, temporarily at least, voices without a box to stand on.

"Steve" down at our "server" invites everyone "Join the hosting revolution." If any are familiar with the work was attempting to do, (and if not, check out my contributions here at Empire Burlesque for a sample of at least one editor there's political philosophy) perhaps you may accept "Steve's" invite. He asks any further contact be addressed here:

Chris Cook is, until recently, a contributing editor to PEJ News, and host of Gorilla Radio, a weekly public affairs program broad/webcast from the University of Victoria, Canada. See