Heading out to a conference today. Will return to sporadic blogging in a few days.
Commentary on current events and other topics that you did not ask for.
BushCheney’s dispatch of National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border is the third in American history. James Polk sent US forces into disputed territory between the Nueces and Rio Grande Rivers in 1846. Mexico attacked what it believed were foreign troops on its territory and the US took the opportunity to seize the disputed lands along with California and New Mexico. In 1916 Woodrow Wilson sent 6,000 troops to punish Pancho Villa for his attack on Columbus, New Mexico. Now BushCheney is sending the same number to assist the Border Patrol in controlling the border. Unlike 1846 and 1916 (apparently the US only sends troops to the border in years ending with six), this year’s deployment is support rather than engagement. It may yet evolve.
Poverty, injustice, over breeding, overpopulation, suffering, oppression, military rule, squalor, torture, terror, massacre: these ancient evils feed and breed on one another in synergistic symbiosis. To break the cycles of pain at least two new forces are required: social equity-and birth control. Population control. Our Hispanic neighbors are groping toward this discovery. If we truly wish to help them we must stop meddling in their domestic troubles and permit them to carry out the social, political, and moral revolution which is both necessary and inevitable.
Or if we must meddle, as we have always done, let us meddle for a change in a constructive way. Stop every campesino at our southern border, give him a handgun, a good rifle, and a case of ammunition, and send him home. He will know what to do with our gifts and good wishes. The people know who their enemies are.
Whatever I've written so far about BushCheney's telecommunications surveillance is still not as good as Billmon. My thoughts are nowhere near as sharp or clear as his simple reminder that the men who wrote the Constitution knew and feared the Leviathan.
To understand how unlikely data mining is to identify terrorist cells, read this article at defensetech.com. BushCheney's broad data sweep is far more likely to waste limited resources while while doing nothing to reduce the risk of attacl.