Saturday, December 31, 2005


Our Dear Leaders are seriously pissed that word has leaked about the double super secret doings of the Bush administration, particularly their programs of rendition, including a network of clandestine prisons where US officials are "disappearing" those they deem a threat, and, most recently, the leaking of the details of a domestic communications spying program which runs counter to provisions of the US Constitution and a federal law specifically put in place to guard against such abuses.

Vice President Cheney has said the leaks are a threat to our security. Damn right they are.

I can't tell you how insecure I feel knowing that our President believes that he can invoke his powers as commander in chief over something as nebulous as the "war on terror". What excuse will we hear the next time he wants to make an end run around the Constitution? Maybe it's necessary to help us win the "war on poverty" or "the war on drugs"? How about that friggin' "war on Christmas"?

And as far as "disappearing" people and hiding them in prisons in countries that condone and support the use of torture, Mr. Bush should remember that this is not an original idea.

From: The Vanished Gallery

Desaparecidos is the Spanish word for "The Disappeared." For thousands of Argentine families, this word has become a symbol of a long harrowing nightmare.

In a coup on March 24, 1976, a military junta seized power in Argentina and went on a campaign to wipe out left-wing terrorism with terror far worse than the one they were combating. Between 1976 and 1983 - under military rule - thousands of people, most of them dissidents and innocent civilians unconnected with terrorism, were arrested and then vanished without a trace.

In 1983, after democracy was restored, a national commission was appointed to investigate the fate of the disappeared. Its report revealed the systematic abductions of men women and children, the existence of about 340 well organized secret detention centers, and the methodic use of torture and murder. According to former president, Carlos Menem, records of the atrocities were destroyed by the military, following the 1982 Falklands War. The disappeared have not been heard of to this day.

These pages are a humble attempt to bring the voices of the desaparecidos and their loved ones to the world. The vanishing was swift, a burst into a home at night, a few minutes and they were gone - not enough time to be heard. We owe it to them.


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