"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Do You Feel Safe?

It has been rather amusing to watch the contortions the Bush administration has to go through in order to explain away the latest findings from the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report that confirms what analysts had predicted prior to the invasion of Iraq. It was well understood by intelligence professionals at the time that Iraq would become a terrorist training camp following an unprovoked US attack on the country and they advised against it. These men and women, however, were told to "get with the program" or find other employment. And so, four years later here we are as William Blum so eloquently explains in his latest essay (25 Sep 06).

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