The US has spent almost two TRILLION dollars trying to eliminate an international terrorist group. Hmmm, maybe I should have asked for a raise.
Where were you when the lights went out... for good?
That could be the logline to the latest JJ Abrams mystery box series - "REVOLUTION" - which is being compared to "Lost." It's a genre show involving a plucky band of survivors on a quest. Cue the Smoke Monster. Like the now-ended ABC disaster, "Revolution" is executive produced by J.J. Abrams. It also co-stars "Lost" alumna Elizabeth Mitchell. But this time it better have a better ending. The showrunner for 'Rev' named Eric Kripke swears it will be all right:
"What I have is the answer to all the questions and I know where the show goes," he says. "I have first season mapped out, some really solid game plan for season 2 and notions for season 3. And all of it god willing -- knock on wood -- in the sense that it all comes to a head and what that looks like. My own particular taste as a showrunner is that I don't like mysteries without answers," he says. "I don't like stories without knowing how they end. I think if an audience is going to make an investment in a series and take an hour out of their busy week to watch this story, we have an obligation as storytellers to know where it's going and not make it up as we go."
"We all want to see the plan": So we can expect the big mystery to FLASH FORWARD and answer why the lights went out or will we be left in the dark?
Or is "Rev" just another a story about the anarchy and formlessness of individual lives in the genre of pseudo-science and science fiction, which creates a contemporary mythology, pulling together literature's grand old themes while also revealing profoundly new themes placing a framework around man's place in the universe?
As the Man in Black learned the hard way in LOST, it's better to stay away from the light.
For nearly four years, the Obama Administration has followed in the Bush administration’s footsteps, invoking national security and a variety of procedural hurdles to shield itself from accountability in courts. In three separate lawsuits that have been churning in the federal courts, the government has used a menu of dodges to block the courts from considering the key underlying question — have they been breaking the law and violating the constitution by NSA's warrantlessly surveilling American citizens — over and over again. And now the Obama Administration wants Congress to extend the broader surveillance powers passed by Congress in 2008.
The latest example occurred last Friday, in a hearing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, CA during a government appeal of the long running case al-Haramain v. Obama. In 2009, a federal court awarded the two plaintiffs—American lawyers who represented the now defunct Islamic charity, al-Haramain—$20,000 each and $2.5 million in legal fees, in what remains the only warrantless wiretapping case decided on the merits.
Justice Department attorney Douglas Letter told Judge Michael Daly Hawkins and M. Margaret McKeown, both President Bill Clinton appointees, that they should dismiss the case outright because the government is immune from being sued for breaching the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act under a concept known as sovereign immunity.
“We think the simplest way here is the sovereign immunity argument,” Letter told the panel. He added that the aggrieved lawyers could sue individual government officials. But under that scenario, the government would declare the issue a state secret and effectively foreclose litigation.
“I’m trying to understand the government’s overall position,” Hawkins said. “The government’s position is you can’t sue the government, you can sue anybody else, but who those people are might be a state secret.”
“Correct, your honor,” Letter said moments later.
The good folks at DHS caved to the right-wingnuts in Congress when it reported the rise of white hate groups were a threat to homeland security. For all the endless chatter — and endless rights erosions — over the threat of Terrorism from Muslims, the reality is that there have been more Terror attacks on U.S. soil in the past decade committed by white, right-wing extremists than by Muslims.
Now that the chickens have come home to roost, perhaps reports like this will awaken right-minded Congress to do something. Right.
If you believe the premise of "Spy the Lie," that the CIA knows a liar when it sees one, then the CIA obviously knew Dick Cheney and the rest of the neo-conartists were lying US into war. According to CIA self-described experts at detecting lying, certain behaviors can indicate deception, such as:
• Reluctance or refusal to answer
• Repeating the question
• Non-answer statements
• Inconsistent statements
• Going into attack mode
• Overly specific answers
• Failure to understand a simple question
• Selective memory
That describes Dick when he was questioned about committing treason in outing a covert CIA agent. (And what is up with that weird-ass smile?)
It also describes Tenet and the brass at the CIA who went along with their lies.
These "experts" should write their next book on spotting cowards and sychophants in the CIA. It takes one to know one and the CIA wrote that book too.