Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Torture Boy Takes a Page from Joseph Heller

Apparently Torture Boy Gonzalez has agreed to release details of the illegal domestic spying program. What makes this story funny is the following quote from torture boy himself:

"It's important for us that they (congress) understand what we're doing (with the spying program). All they have to do is ask."

Of course, NO ONE in congress knew ANYTHING about the illegal spying on US citizens for months - if not years - after it was instituted shorty after 9/11. Even then, only a few highly placed GOP toadies and the ranking Democrat in the house and senate were let in on the EXISTENCE, but not the workings and/or scope, of the illegal fishing expedition. To make matters worse, they were FORBIDDEN from even acknowledging that the program existed.

So, how exactly was congress **supposed** to ask? It took a FEDERAL judge, an overwhelming electoral defeat, a change of leadership in BOTH the house and senate, AND two weeks of foot-dragging and stonewalling before saying: all they had to do was ask?

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he [Yossarian] observed.
"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.

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