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June 24, 2004
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Passenger Privacy Worries Grow

More airlines than previously disclosed gave personal data on passengers to the government for testing a computerized background-check project, acting Transportation Security Administration chief David Stone said Wednesday.

US war crimes immunity bid fails

The US has given up trying to win its soldiers immunity from prosecution at the new International Criminal Court.

But not to worry.

Even though US troops abroad may now be subject to prosecution at the court in The Hague, Washington has already signed bilateral agreements with 89 countries to ensure they do not bring cases against its personnel.

Read that again.

Got it? Unhappy with the idea that USofA soldiers could be held accountable for war crimes or human rights abuses in international courts (if the USofA does not choose to prosecute such cases itself), we've signed agreements with 89 countries. Agreements that we won't bring each others' troops to trial.

I'm just saying. When you find yourself wondering why the UN is a mess, think about this.

The UN doesn't have any real power, any real authority, and any ability to prevent atrocities because countries like the USofA are working pretty hard against such an outcome.

But don't let the idiots get you down. They don't always win.

For instance, it's highly unlikely I'll go see Michael Moore's new movie. I don't want to spend the next six months trying to separate 9/11 fact from 9/11 fiction.

And I love Bradbury's writing. I own easily 30 of his books and have read and re-read them over the years with much pleasure, including Fahrenheit 451.

At the same time, I feel compelled to point out that Mr. Bradbury does not, in fact, own the word, "Fahrenheit. I'm pretty sure it was around and in the public domain for a significant amount of time before his birth.

Getting into a public snit he's not the only one who has used a public word describing a measure of heat to describe…a measure of heat, is more than a trifle absurd.

In that spirit, I suggest you go read David Ehrenstein's post at the Fablog, about what the Marx Brothers did in a similar situation.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:11 PM