Monthly Archives: July 2008

Guantanamo interrogation video released on BBC

You can view the video of Canadian officials interviewing a 16 year old and draw your own conclusions. It’s fairly dull viewing and the quality is very mixed. It was supposedly captured by a camera hidden in an air duct. His lawyers have released it now but in this age of data overload, one wonders how more of this type of tape has never found it’s way out.

Reading as harassment?

Imagine you take a book out of a library, a local history piece that outlines how a group of students stood up to a bunch of racists, and when seen reading this book, you are reported to your employer for racial harassment. Couldn’t happen? Try this and this for size. The book is Notre Dame vs the Klan. How the Fighting Irish defeated the Ku Klux Klan, cracking read no doubt for this Jesuit-educated Irish lad and clearly an anti-Klan text to anyone who spends more than a millisecond reading the cover, but really, this is happening on a university campus? Is there more to this than meets the eye? Charges made, charges dropped, now unspecific allegations are hinted. You could not make this stuff up!

Oddly, I was reading Vol 1 of Ian Kershaw’s excellent bio of Hitler while on vacation and come to think of it, some people did give me the evil eye (more than usual), as if to imply that somehow I might be an admirer or worse. I foresee a wonderful new age where you are what you appear to read. So, go click on that link and see what happens — someone is bound to enter your space at just the moment old Adolf’s ugly mug pops up and you will be known for spending your time surfing and worse, you’re a Nazi! Be warned.