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by Anonymous on Tue, 2005-06-28 16:16
TG writes about Hedley Thomas choking up about the Dr Death story. Remember TG, Hedley was on camera. Do you think he would have choked up if not on camera? How can a top-line journalist write and be objective if he chokes up. To choke up means he is emotional and then that emotion takes over or colours the story. No way, that interference would be picked up by the editor when he was a cadet years ago. Journalists don't feel anything. They just tell you they do because they need to be seen as real people. They have to be credible so people will tell their story to them. No TG to be a good journalist means you are unemotional and tell about the emotions of other people. How many times have we heard "How do you feel about..." beginning from journalists to the interviewed. Journalists don't feel anything. It is just a story. If they knew how people felt with passion and emotion and tears they would be able to write the story without interviewing anyone. In a TV interview if the director does not think the interviewer has nodded his head enough in the interview to show agreement those 'nods' are put in later in editing when everyone has gone home. No TG journalists are not tough guys It is not tough to be without feelings.
by T.G.Kerr on Tue, 2005-06-28 14:17

Doug is more than a guest at Junior Bush's chestbeating demand for more of the nation's young to convert themselves into targets for Iraq's IEDs. Doug is the guest of horror, whose valiant rescue from the clutches of Zarqawi represents the tilting point of the Global War on Terrr. 

To save space, the Prez's speech is available here. Iraq: A bloody mess

Doug is also standing in for Our Leader, who will be there in spirit, but otherwise occupied with affairs of the bowels.

Just remember, you freedom-hatin', unAustralian, dissident freaks - we know where you live, and Prince Phil has a blank cheque. And what's more, our pals will write glowing Bush-licking testimonials, too.

[Doug wonders if he should wear his crotch-grabbing flight-suit, to match the Prez's gear. The one that Greg covets. Maybe not, as there will be a few attention-grabbing Darth Vaders there, for sure. No matter, it's Mission Accomplished, once again.] 

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2005-06-28 14:06
It's common sense that every one should agree that... (am I going to start all my rants with these all embracing words from our PM?)... that the war on terror has given a blank cheque for the mistreatment of anyone within a coo-hee of a rabbit's fart. The declaration of the "War on Terror" was only done to give to the brave Jo Citizens of the western world the impression the US government was going to do something about terrorism... without knowing really what to do except explodes a few bombs in countries where Taliban stopped the supply of heroin... All's back to normal now... In fact all that grandiose declaration means is that all the terrorists are forewarned of what's coming and can take measures to counteract it by scamping or dying more gloriously than what they ever dreamed of, in full knowledge that for one of their own dying two more are coming up the ranks... It's time to put that genie back in the lamp otherwise if will end up being called the 200 year war in the history books of the future...
by John Richardson on Tue, 2005-06-28 13:23

The Guantanamo abuses occurred in front of FBI witnesses at what is considered the showcase of the new worldwide prison system Bush has established to process his captives in the ‘terror war’.


But there are a number of ‘secret prisons’ - including a special enclosed facility at Guantanamo itself - where ‘special’ interrogations are carried out by the CIA without any outside witnesses, The Washington Post reports.


By presidential order, the CIA does not have to say who these prisoners are, how or why or where they were taken prisoner, or what happens to them behind the impenetrable walls.


According to the official documents, FBI agents said that military interrogators and their corporate mercenaries in Guantanamo and Iraq routinely went ‘far beyond the restrictions of the Geneva Conventions prohibiting torture’, but were acting under an executive order signed by Bush authorizing the use of dogs and other aggressive physical and psychological techniques on prisoners.


Bush Signed Secret Executive Order Approving Torture

by John Richardson on Tue, 2005-06-28 13:21

Former US Air Force combat veteran Tim Goodrich stunned the jury by revealing his role in the ‘softening up’ of Iraq months before the US declaration of war. ‘We were dropping bombs then, and I saw bombing intensify’, Goodrich explained to a hushed room. ‘All the documents coming out now, the Downing Street memo and others, confirm what I had witnessed in Iraq. The war had already begun while our leaders were telling us that they were going to try all diplomatic options first’.


Is This What They Call Democracy?


Iraqi and US military testimony was joined by former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Denis Halliday, who argued that the Tribunal has an ‘obligation to demand full international prosecution of US/UK war leaders as war criminals involved in the destruction of Iraq, the lives of its people and their human rights and well being, through unlawful and unjustifiable armed invasion and military occupation’.


History Of US & UK Intervention In Iraq


‘The attack on Iraq is an attack on justice, on liberty, on our safety, on our future, on us all’. 


World Tribunal on Iraq Findings

by T.G.Kerr on Tue, 2005-06-28 13:05

I watched Australian Story, on the nurse-whistleblowers who exposed the management-sanctioned career of Patel, the Butcher of Bundaberg.

Hedley Thomas is the Courier-Mail journalist who got onto Patel's trail of past infamies. Thomas choked up a bit when describing the moment he realised the nurses (and others) were right, much more than right, and they were going to pay a high price for their courage.  (It gave me a few moments of thoughtfulness, too.)  And I thought investigative journos were tough guys! It's good to know there are a few still around.

I recommend Juan Cole (Informed Comment) to keep up to date (by the hour with RSS) on the feverish actions by US media to throw a blanket over Iraq. We do not, cannot, will not, get anything like Cole's kind of coverage of the tipping point in our dailies, because, it's, well, you know, not good for the career path, to disturb the status of the consumers paradise.

After all, thousands of full-fee-paying students diverted away from US universities, after 2001, to avoid the marshals. Now, with the reputation of the Oz tertiary education business on the nose in Asia, it's all the more important to project the image of Oz as a place apart from the real world. Now, remind me, which media mogul has a finger in the tertiary education pie? I expect that Hedley Thomas will be fully employed, poking into the entrails of state Labor governments. If someone like him got loose on the quality of information provided to Australians, where would it end up?

The price is $1.20 for a full-page, glorious colour pic of Warne's bum.

by John Richardson on Tue, 2005-06-28 12:50

The Editor

The Australian                                                                                     June 28, 2005.


So Philip Ruddock wants to know if the US prosecutor has appealed against a US military court’s acquittal of a US marine, for the alleged attempted murder of an Australian student (‘Ruddock probe on US military trial’, Australian, June 27)?


A half competent Attorney-General would know that the US ‘double jeopardy’ rule bars any such appeal & retrial.


Or is this just another predictable example of our government ‘mouthing’ concern until the noise goes away?

by John Richardson on Tue, 2005-06-28 12:48

The Editor

Sydney Morning Herald                                                              June 28, 2005.


So, none of the people interrogated as a result of ASIO / AFP ‘raids’ are to be charged (‘Ruddock accused of raid leak’, Herald, June 28)?


Just more white powder.

by John Richardson on Tue, 2005-06-28 12:13

Great idea but perhaps we could start by 'levelling' the playing field?

Our prime meanster for life & keeper of the picket-fence dream, could set an example of fiscal rectitude for us all by adjusting the superannuation he & his fellow leather-benchers receive, so that it is in-line with the rest of the community - I'm sure our heroic state leaders would rush to emulate this magnanimous gesture. 

And if our fearless leader, architect of reform for everything but the pork barrel, is so certain that an 'IR free' economy will be so good for everyone, how about setting parliamentary salaries as a multiple of the minimum annual wage of all Australians (in the 'olden days', it was common for the annual salary of a CEO to be no higher than 12 times the annual wage paid to the lowest worker), to be adjusted annually.

And whilst we're wandering in the nether world of the 'dreamtime', how about we adopt the US taxation principle where every $ of income can only be taxed once.

Oh, & talking about level playing fields, does anyone know if the champion of the middle earth pays FBT on the value of his occupancy at the Lodge?

by Anonymous on Tue, 2005-06-28 11:09
The US supreme court today rejected appeals from two journalists who face jail for refusing to reveal their sources. Time magazine's Matthew Cooper and Judith Miller, of the New York Times, face up to 18 months in jail for refusing to testify about the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity.