The Things They Do There, My Stars…

To file under the “does anything surprise us anymore” column is this story from the Guardian:

US troops seize award-winning Iraqi journalist

“Ali Fadhil, who two months ago won the Foreign Press Association young journalist of the year award, was hooded and taken for questioning. He was released hours later.

The troops told Dr Fadhil that they were looking for an Iraqi insurgent and seized video tapes he had shot for the programme [a UK documentary about financial shenanigans in Iraq]. These have not yet been returned.”

They were looking for an insurgent my ass. So now we’re resorting to Gestapo techniques to silence our critics. How very democratic and benevolent of us. I can’t wait till Cheney himself comes to install my personal telescreen. I wonder if I can apply for refugee status in Canada or the EU yet….

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