Monday, April 24, 2006

A tale of three headlines

1) From today's Washington Post: "Inspectors Find More Torture at Iraqi Jails; Top General's Pledge To Protect Prisoners 'Not Being Followed'."

2) From today's New York Times: "Moves Signal Tighter Secrecy Within C.I.A." The article elaborates that Bush's handpicked CIA director (Porter Goss) is trying "to re-emphasize a culture of secrecy that has included a marked tightening of the review process for books and articles by former agency employees."

3) From today's Wall Street Journal: an opinion column by Natan Sharansky, entitled "Dissident President." Here we learn that Bush is "a man fired by a deep belief in the universal appeal of freedom, its transformative power, and its critical connection to international peace and stability .... Now that President Bush is increasingly alone in pushing for freedom, I can only hope that his dissident spirit will continue to persevere."

... Okay, enough with the deadpan. Somewhere, Andre Sakhorov is vomiting at the thought that the term "dissident" could be so inverted and debased.

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