Over at counterpunch there is an excellent article that relates very much to my previous posts about the erosion of civil liberties in America. Quote:
|All those people shouting, 'Down with America!' and dancing in the street when Americans are attacked? We have to kill them."
"'Any demonstration against the government or coalition forces will be fired upon," said Jaburi, the US-imposed regional governor. 'This is a fair warning.'"
"According to Robin Pomeroy of Reuters, demonstrations are illegal in the province surrounding Tikrit. Demonstrators will be sentenced to a year or more in jail. "They are not allowed to go around kissing pictures of Saddam in this city," Lieutenant Colonel Steven Russell told Pomeroy. "It will not happen... We cannot hand out lollipops, it does not work."
In other words, that which happens in Miami will happen to Iraqis..or is it vice-versa. Not that I think folks who think Saddam is a hero are completely sane, but one of the so called hallmarks of democracy is the freedom of assembly and speech. How does one put someone in jail for exercising their "god given" right to freely express his or her opinion? It is far different to put someone in jail for killing, stealing, etc. but not for free speech. Free speech that is not an immediate threat to anyone. This is the kind of behavior that our boy in Zimbabwe.
So with these two "pillars' of democracy removed you're left with what? Press? Perhaps not. Quote:
|Last week Iraq's Health Ministry ordered an abrupt end to the count of civilians killed during the invasion and occupation, according to the Associated Press. "We have stopped the collection of this information because our minister didn't agree with it," said Dr. Nazar Shabandar, the Health Ministry's director of planning. "The CPA doesn't want this to be done."
In other words, there will be no official confirmation of the number of civilians killed by the US, such as those mowed down recently in Ramadi, apparently for nothing more than expressing their support for Saddam Hussein, although the Pentagon would have us believe they were engaged in murder and mayhem or releasing pigeons to signal to comrades.
Is it possible the CPA and the Pentagon don't want you to know the exact number of people killed in Iraq because those numbers are about to escalate dramatically?
Government ministries halting the recording of data? They must have Ward Connerly over there.