The Null Device
Doom and gloom roundup
Among recent news stories: intelligence "chatter" suggests impending al-Qaeda terrorist attack
, possibly timed to coincide with the US elections (could this be the much-speculated-about October Surprise?). Meanwhile, in Israel, a group of soldiers are being investigated over an art exhibition detailing the brutalisation of Palestinians
; it seems (from the report) to be more a case of them acting as whistle-blowers than Lynndie England Mk. 2. In the United Nations, the US has given up on renewing its immunity from war crimes prosecution
, after realising that they weren't going to get it; however, in Iraq, they are pushing for immunity from prosecution under Iraqi law
, with, of course, the full agreement of the Iraqi people. And in England and Wales, authorities are re-examining more than 100 murders which they suspect of being "honour killings"
; there appears to be a sophisticated infrastructure for such killings, with "bounty hunters" making a business out of tracking down victims.
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