Fuck Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein

This week, Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein engaged in acts of serious aggression against their own constituents, and the American people in general. They both invoked the 1917 Espionage Act and urged its use in going after Julian Assange. For good measure, Lieberman extended his invocation of the Espionage Act to include a call to use it to investigate the New York Times, which published WikiLeaks’ diplomatic cables. Reports yesterday suggest that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may seek to invoke the Espionage Act against Assange.

Naomi Wolf, HuffPo

Wolf follows this opening paragraph with a brief history of the Espionage Act and its victims, and goes on to explain why the invocation of the Act and the more general tendency to equate criticism of the government with “treason” is a threat to a free society.  The fact that she even feels compelled to explain something so obvious is really all the commentary that’s needed, and wouldn’t really be worth commenting on, except to agree, if it weren’t for the nice little turning of the tables at the end, where she describes the Senators’ invocation of the Espionage Act as “traitorous.”

Exactly.  As long as we’re still paying lip service to that quaint notion of a government “of the people, by the people,” etc., let’s call Lieberman and Feinstein’s actions what they are—treason against the citizens of the United States.  I think both should be put on trial and, if convicted, sentenced to ten years at Gitmo, and forbidden from ever holding public office again.  Also, in Lieberman’s case, since he’s such an odious little turd bucket, I think a bit of corporal punishment might be in order as well.  I propose a good beating, with a large rubber dildo, on national TV.

Heroically Defending Our Freedoms

This is a perfect parody of the self-parodying rationalizations that the warmongers trot out whenever they’re faced with the task of explaining why the US government absolutely must kill lots of people in Iraq and Afghanistan (and Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen…), people who’ve done nothing to harm any of us over here in the land of the free, and who, for the most part, probably couldn’t give two shits about the United States–except for the fact that there are all of these guys running around in camo with American flag patches on their sleeves and shooting at them for some reason:

Literally tens of Americans were shocked this week to discover that the United States military likes to kill people. Unsettling news, yes, particularly for those of us who had assumed in good faith that one million Iraqis had accidentally slipped on a banana peel one morning and fallen into a pile of mislaid cruise missiles, but before we leap to all sorts of unsightly conclusions, calling Our Boys “mass-murderers” just because they happen to enjoy the occasional mass-murder, let’s remember that in the fog of war with the eggs and the omelettes and the War Is Hell, who can say what’s right and wrong, what’s good and evil, who’s an unarmed pregnant woman and who’s a ticking time bomb threatening to produce future foreigners? Our troops have a job to do, after all – defending our country from those countries who would defend their country from our country – and if we hounded and nit-picked them after every little massacre, gang rape or atrocity, they’d hardly get any killing done at all.

The Medium Lobster, Fafblog