Sunday, July 6, 2008

The US government of fantasy ...

Are we really this afraid of the boogyman. Does everyone in the US government check under their beds at night and fear what may be entering their closet through an alternate universe?
The FBI team fingerprinted 3,800 fighters. More than 40, Shannon said, had previous criminal records in the agency's database.
Seems the US is fingerprinting the world. Imagine out of almost 4K 'fighters' the US has identified 40 who have criminal records in the US. Are you shaking in your boots yet? From these figures invasions can be fantasized. If we weren't living through it, this could be the plot of a good movie.

The people being fingerprinted had come from the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. One of the first men fingerprinted by the FBI team was a fighter who claimed he was in Afghanistan to learn the ancient art of falconry. But a fingerprint check showed that in August 2001 he had been turned away from Orlando International Airport by an immigration official who thought he might overstay his visa. Mohammed al Kahtani would later be named by the Sept. 11 Commission as someone who reportedly had sought to participate in hijackings. He is in custody at Guantanamo Bay.

The logic in the above quote is just overwhelming. It can't be be questioned nor denied just like the fact that waterboarding is torture if used against certain Americans (Mukasey comes to mind) but not torture when used on those with a different skin shade.

I think 'reporter' Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post has missed her calling as a great novelist:
Post-9/11 dragnet turns up surprises; Record-sharing links foreign detainees with U.S. arrests

The team, led by Paul Shannon, a veteran FBI agent, traveled to the combat zone toting briefcases outfitted with printer's ink, hand rollers and paper cards. The agents worked in Kandahar and Kabul. They traversed the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. They hand-carried the fingerprint records from Afghanistan to Clarksburg, W.Va., home to the FBI's criminal biometric database.

As they analyzed the results, they were surprised to learn that one out of every 100 detainees was already in the FBI's database for arrests. Many arrests were for drunken driving, passing bad checks and traffic violations, FBI officials said.

Beware all Americans who have been arrested for drunken driving, passing bad checks and traffic violations. The US government has postulated an invasion on the startling fact that some foreigners they found in Afghanistan had arrest records in the US for these horrendous offenses. The US government has seen through the vast conspiracy of power, will and capability of these previously fingerprinted foreigners (even without Bushie's help) to bring down the United States. If the US government can discern the danger that foreign drunk drivers, bad check writers and traffic violators pose for the US then what kind of analogies might they use against all the US born who have passed bad checks, been arrested for drunk driving and other traffic violations. They may just decide 'we' would all be safer if these people were also incarcerated for our protection.

Is that really so far fetched given the fantastical nature of this Washington Post article which is providing the fictional foundation for the complete elimination of personal privacy in the United States?

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