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March 27, 2003

I have referred to Richard Perle on this site many times. He is the head of the Defense Policy Board, which advises the president and Pentagon about all things military. His nickname (not given by me) is the "prince of darkness." He's sort of like Henry Kissinger lite, minus the sense of decorum. He is one of the architects of the "let's overthrow the whole Middle East" policy currently favored by the Bush administration (he also argued back in August that the U.S. could successfully defeat Iraq with only 40,000 troops. Compare that with today's headlines).

Anyhow, in some excellent news, Perle is resigning from his post as head demon of the DPB, allegedly because he doesn't want "controversy" about his "business dealings" to affect his furher, Donald Rumsfeld, from his prosecution of the Iraq war. Or, loosely translated into English, "they caught me, I'd better make a run for it."

What "controversies" are we speaking of?

- He is on the board of venture capital company Trireme Partners LLP, a company that "invest[s] in companies dealing in technology, goods, and services that are of value to homeland security and defense."

- He is also a paid consultant for Global Crossing, " the bankrupt telecommunications company" that is trying to "overcome Pentagon resistance to its proposed sale to a joint venture involving a Hong Kong billionaire."

Some people might see those as, y'know, conflicts of interest. People like The Law.

Upon Perle's resignation announcement, Donald "Skeletor" Rumsfeld said, "I should add that I have known Richard Perle for many years and know him to be a man of integrity and honor." And to properly interpret that, we should remember that Henry Kissinger once referred to Rumsfeld as "the most ruthless man I've ever met."

So, dear Richard Perle, you blood-drenched chickenhawk scumfuck, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

[edit]

Sigh. Atrios alleges that Perle resigned as DPB head, but might remain as a DPB member.

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hey sexton,

you seen this website about government signs?

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your old pal,
art

Posted by: art at March 27, 2003 05:40 PM

Ya think it had anything to do with the big New Yorker article a few weeks ago on this blaring, ridiculous, can't believe it was allowed in the first place, conflict of interest? I didn't think anyone in Washington gave a shit what the New Yorker publishes.

Posted by: todd at March 27, 2003 07:55 PM

He resigned , but sadly he is not gone. I will know our country is on the right track when he, and others in this administration, are charged with high treason.

Posted by: at March 30, 2003 01:36 PM

The very first thing that popped into my 'toon head when it was obvious we were on a downward spiral towards "engagement," was a picture of Bush, slapping the intercom:
"Gladys! Get me Kissinger!"
Oh, Henry!? Where are ya when we need ya most?
But no. No Kissyface for Bush, because that would mean negotiation, sanctions, and you know, detente.
And that would mean Bush having to pull out before climax.
And that would mean he would simultaneously combust, turning into: The Burning Bush.

Posted by: Kate S. at March 30, 2003 05:11 PM
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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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