Sunday, January 18, 2009

If You Are One Of The 34%...

Just Want To Clue You In To What You Approve Of...
by The Old Hippie Because I Thought Seeing Truth Would Change Your Minds.

{-The Way Many Picture Me-}
 [ The following is via the excellent Crooks and Liars site... ]

The Pentagon claims that 61 ex-Gitmo prisoners had “returned to terror,” but previous Seton Hall Law studies that showed the Pentagon was lying through it's teeth.

Seton Hall now has a new report out examining the evolving claims and hyped allegations entitled Propaganda by the Numbers.  The accompanying press release says:

Professor Denbeaux of the Center for Policy & Research has said that the Center has determined that “DOD has issued “recidivism” numbers 43 times, and each time they have been wrong—this last time the most egregiously so.”

Denbeaux stated: “Once again, they’ve failed to identify names, numbers, dates, times, places, or acts upon which their report relies.  Every time they have been required to identify the parties, they have been forced to retract their false ID’s and their numbers.  They have included people who have never even set foot in Guantanamo —much less were they released from there.  They have counted people as “returning to the fight” for having written an Op-ed piece in the New York Times and for having appeared in a documentary exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival.  They have revised and retracted their internally conflicting definitions, criteria, and their numbers so often that they have ceased to have any meaning— except as an effort to sway public opinion by painting a false portrait of the supposed dangers of these men.

Fourty-three times they have given numbers—which conflict with each other—all of which are seriously undercut by the DOD statement that “they do not track” former detainees.  Rather than making up numbers “willy-nilly” about post release conduct, America might be better served if our government actually kept track of them.”

The study itself notes that  the Pentagon keeps hedging it's bets:

Eighty-two percent (82%) of the publicly made claims catalogued in the Appendix of this report contain qualifying language, including terms such as: “at least”; “somewhere on the order of”; “approximately”; “around”; “just short of”; “we believe”; “estimated”; “roughly”; “more than”; “a couple”; “a few”; “some”; “several”; and “about.”

Why?  Because the Department of Defense "does not keep track of released detainees nor does it follow their post release conduct".  It makes these claims up from data collected which might show Gitmo detainee involvement but having previously claimed as recidivists men who were never in Gitmo in the first place and someone whose only terrorist act after release was to pen an op-ed for the new York Times it's amazing that the mainstream takes them seriously.

When you really, truly, need a statistic pulled out of someone's ass - - - the Pentagon's Geoff Morrell.

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =  <  B e l o w  T h e  F o l d  >  = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 

I'm really tired of redundantly asking, begging, screaming, crying; “What the fuck does it take?!?” to get this nation’s so called ‘citizens’ to stop the “allowing” of the insanely blatantly, and sneering theft ‘of, by, and for’ the-(pathologically sociopathic)-very-few, especially through the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex.

That hasn't changed much since this past “historic” presidential election.  The “citizens” spoke - loudly - in that election - But - It is turning out that, as usual for the last 30 or so years, the elected are openly ignoring we who elected them.

All of the thieves, will go to their graves, in luxury, and you, dear citizens, will “allow” them to, without real protest, without real punishment, without revolt.

But you already know that - Right?  You’ve accepted it - Right?

Sort of like you’ve “allowed” yourself to accept that self-destructive escape - Right?


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