Tuesday, May 11, 2010

502 Cameras, Apparently

Via Jeff Huber


Two new surveillance videos emerged of the bomb suspect, Faisal Shahzad. Police told The Associated Press that one video shows him in a white baseball cap and a dark jacket walking away from the smoking, bomb-laden Nissan Pathfinder parked in the bustling heart of New York City.

The second video shows him buying a weak batch of fireworks in a store in Pennsylvania, according to the shop's owner.

One law enforcement official told the AP that authorities don't believe there are any other suspects in the plot and that several arrests in Pakistan in the past two days were not related.

Once again Americans go nuts over the slightest provocation but this is what makes us so much like the Israeli. The incredibly brutal attack on Gaza by Israel last year is an example of how they and we act in the world. It’s a doctrine of “If they do the slightest thing against us, if they even blink, we will come down so hard on them they’ll never try it again.” And now Hillary Clinton is once again raising that hoary old rag of “They have bin Laden” over in Pakistan, hiding him in fact. Hillary “knows” this to be a fact. Actually, Hillary is probably correct but so what? It’s not like we haven’t been bombing the crap out of Pakistan all along with their government going along for the ride hoping they won’t be eliminated by their American “benefactors.”

Noam Chomsky once wrote that States act like gangsters. If any of the States that we habitually terrify and bully ever step out of line they need to be made an example of so other States don’t get the wrong idea that we’re weak. I think this has a lot to do with our “relationship” to Iran who is seen as thumbing their nose at the mafia (us) which drives our leaders nuts.

I think this whole story regarding Shazam the Magnificent and his attempt at giving Times Square a hot foot has been blown out of all proportion by just about everyone. Personally I’d like to strangle Shazam because all he has done is to have made matters worse. Obama is already escalating the drone attacks killing more Pakistan civilians and using this non-issue as an issue to broaden the powers of the president and the police state. Gee, thanks Shazam, moron.


At May 11, 2010 4:14 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Rob, While I don't think these apparent views of Shahzad disproves the patsy thesis, maybe I haven't been clear that I'm not suggesting a setup is mutually exclusive with blowback, at least as far as the big picture goes. I suppose one of the reasons I've been beating this by now dead horse(sorry) is the reactions of people like JM, who automatically respond that you have to conclusively disprove the official version or accept it wholesale.

11 Sep '01 was obviously blowback, and there are many reasons to believe that millions of people in the Middle East and Muslim world in general gravely mistrust and often hate the West and the US in particular, the US/Western media filter that "protects" us from seeing this notwithstanding.

Also, like you I am alarmed by Lieberman's proposals regarding yanking people's citizenship. Not so much because I think it will have immediate tangible results, but because it's another movement of the Overton Window, whereby something crazy is now part of the supposedly respectable discourse.

At May 11, 2010 5:05 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


I’ve felt all along that it is just too early to be sure of anything regarding this dead horse (beginning to smell too) which is why I tried not commit to any of the theories flying about. I don’t think the video of Shahzad (I call him Shazam because that’s what Gomer Pyle used to say and Shahzad is the Gomer Pyle of terrorists) disproves that he was used by the CIA. But I will say this, if the CIA or whatever agency was trying to scare Americans I think they would have done something more impressive than this, I mean really. There are certainly a lot of unanswered questions.

Personally I believe we should all be skeptical of anything coming out of the White House. The only safe thing to do is to assume everything is a complete lie and work your way back from there. Frankly, I don’t think it’s worth the effort because I don’t there is much of anything there other than a young man went mad one fine spring day back in 2010.


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