BTVS “A New Man,” S4E12 Anticipated GITMO

Ethan Rayne, played by Robin Sachs (d. 2013), was a recurring human villain in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Seasons 2-4. In his final appearance in A New Man (S4E12, January 2000), when Buffy captures him after his latest round of malevolence, he taunts her by reminding her that the Slayer is not allowed to kill humans. He doesn’t realize that the Slayer has become ensnared in the national security state, personified by Riley (played by Marc Blucas), her new significant other and a high ranking officer in the Initiative, a secret project which, we learn later in the season, is developing a part-demon parts, part-machine, part-human super soldier. Continue reading

More Government-Generated Anti-Arab Bias – Scaring People With Innocuous Arabic Words

In the March 21, 2018 Toronto Star, I read about the heroic FBI’s actions to save us from Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, yet another mentally-ill, substance-abusing Arab Muslim youth. It had all the elements of the other “terrorism” plots, including a confidential informant and deliberate FBI actions to induce the youth into actions which would allow the US government to charge him with more serious offenses. It had the added element of Canadian government cooperation to facilitate prosecution and maximization of punishment. Of course, all of this contributes to a climate of hatred and fear of Arabs in particular and Muslims in general, and, sadly, for all non-whites for many people in North America. But I’ve complained a whole lot on this blog & my other blog about why the War on Terror is in fact a tactic of white supremacy. Continue reading

Turner County, Georgia is Prepared for Terrorism, or Why Didn’t I Get in on the Counter-Terrorism Boondoggle?

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The Martin News reported (or reproduced a Robert Friedman press release) on July 19, 2017:

[Turner County] Sheriff Andy Hester has returned from Israel after an intensive two weeks of public safety and counterterrorism training with the country’s top policing executives. Hester was among a 20-member delegation of senior law enforcement officials from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee who participated in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange’s (GILEE) 25th annual peer-to-peer training program in partnership with Israel.

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Here’s my question: if it would have been dishonest to leave torture out of the film entirely, how is it not dishonest to leave out how generally ineffective it was, how morally corrupting, how totally it enraged the entire Arab world, how often we used it on people we knew little to nothing about, how often it resulted in deaths, or a hundred other facts? Bigelow put it in, which was “honest,” but it seems an eerie coincidence that she was “honest” about torture in pretty much exactly the way a CIA interrogator would have told the story, without including much else.

Bigelow tells Zero Dark Thirty Exactly How CIA Interrogator Would

We’re finally safe at last! #USA #GWOT #Empire #Budget