What an interesting piece of writing

David Davis

Here’s old friend Brian Micklethwait at Samizdata. I just wanted to share this bit with those of you who might otherwise have missed it.

10 responses to “What an interesting piece of writing

  1. Rep Ron Paul, Daniel Hannan, Lew Rockwell, Jason Sorens, R.J. Harris, Cody Willard & Shelly Roche, Free State Project, Secession, Nationalization… FREEDOM WATCH!!! 2PM EST TODAY (Wed., Apr. 29th)! http://www.foxnews.com/strategyroom

  2. Good stuff, the only problem of course being the whole science vs religion thing is a false binarism and consists (on both sides) of emotional mis-comparisons, as “between” primates both biological and ecclesiastical. One necessarily implies the other of course…and if you follow the mathematicians, why in both directions at once! In sum, science has the nice new ideas and the church nice old things. Happily, as a muslim student of the Sufis, I for one get to have it all. And that freedom of choice is THE function of Liberty, political, intellectual and moral. Kewl….

  3. With the recent scientific discoveries that conscious animal organisms (including human beings) can — by tacit means — modify their own DNA where modifications will advantage the next generation positively, Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism go Bye-Byes.

    [ FX: “Bye Bye!!!” Good riddance!!!” ]

    Goddamn materialist reductionists: they can then attack liberty as just another “nonsense on stiles” then, just as Mach’s Positivism reduces human volition to an epiphenomen accompanying material events. Psycho-Physical Parallelism…

    Go read Popper & Eccles, “Self and its brain.’, written by the greatest philosopher of science and his friend John Eccles, leading neuroscience researcher and neurosurgeion.

    Simply put: THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC ALTERNATIVE to Interactionist dualism — mind HAS TO inflluence matter, and vice versa.

    Einstein’s General Relativity reduces space-time for an unchanging four-dimensinal Parmenidean Block, where NOYHING ever chages — our consciousness just moves through succesive time-slices, giving an APPEARANCE of change.

    Easy way to tell the BAD GUYS: They all hate spontaneity, human sparkle and xreativity; and they all hate liberty and Popper and me. GREAT!!!

    14 Apr 2000, 08:00

    seattle.general, seattle.politics, wash.politics, dc.politics

    From: Anduril@CIX.compulink.co.uk , Anduril@STARGATE.uk.net

    Date: 2000/04/14

    Subject: The Brilliance of Total Now …

    ——————- * * * * * —————


    “Dim and yellow against the vibration of the purple-blue shudders the faltering light that stands on the tiles of Hidden Lion. And here is Questing the death-hound, here is Elijah for whom Firouz has opened the door, here is Messiah following on Elijah, here is the giant Bohemond foul and stinking with excrement that stains his scarlet cross as he stands on Hidden Lion lifting his sword vertically with both hands and plunging it up and down like a man breaking ground for a post-hole.

    All around him are broken tiles and among them are heaped gold and silver coins that were mortared into the tiles.

    Now I see what I have seen before in the darkness and the brightness in my mind, I see leaping and still — like a butterfy transfixed by lightning — the elegance of Bembel Rudzuk as he attacks Bohemond; I see the great Frankish sword that has been going up and down like a post-hole digger suddely * leap like a live thing * as Bohemond shifts his grip; and now a track of brightness horizontally cleaves the darkness, cleaves the body of Bembel Rudzuk; now in two pieces falls the body of Bembel Rudzuk; now in two pieces falls the body of Bembel Rudzuk to the broken tiles of Hidden Lion…

    ——————- * * * * * —————

    Here before me now is Bohemond. This is the great moment when I shall see the man who has become my world and my Jerusalem. His fouled and stinking mail shirt glitters in the purple-blue luminosity of Total Now, his helmet flashes as if wreathed in lightnings; the iron nasal of his helmet makes other-than-human this face I strain to see — but I cannot, I shall never see it…

    I see instead the face of that veiled owl of my childhood.

    [ FX: “The Owl of Athena flies at dusk…” ]

    ——————- * * * * * —————

    I raise my arm now, I strike with my sword, I see it shatter like shards of ice as the great sword of Bohemond makes a * rainbow * in the night, in the dawn that is coming. I stare into the brilliance, I see the Virgin and the Lion wheeling in the darkness and the light. I see the sun-points dazzling on the sea, the alchemy of the triangualar sail changing from the hot and dry to the cold and the wet…”

    To be continued…

  4. “Brian” is just another Mouthpiece of Sauron’s…

    No friend of ours… Or of Liberty…

    [ “The Last Temptation is the Greatest treason: to Want the Right Things for the WRONG reason…” ]

    ———— * * * * * ————

    BHT (E321) is a useful prophylactic againt the aptly-named “Swine Virus” released by Cheney’s chums to try to frighten us out of prosecuting the lot of them (if they’re not found mysteriously dead shortly…)

    [ FX: Brian Micklethwait speaks… and Anduril leaps like a live thing…” ]

    [ FX: “and the Black Gate opens…” ]

    [ FX: “Terrible Swift Swords…” ].

    ———— * * * * * ————

    Question For President Obama on his Hundredth Day:

    “As a concerned friend, I urge you to ask President Obama the following question about torture and the Rule of Law: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was waterboarded 183 times in 1 month.

    On 28 April 2009, I spoke in precise detail to the Washington DC Field OIffice of the FBI. This Office was the ONLY ONE of 16 FBI Offices I successfully contacted by Telephone and/or email during 2004:

    I filed a formal Statement concerning Ashcroft’s fabricated “Get-out-of-Jail-Free”.’so-called “Legal Opinions” pointing out their GROSS illegality under the War Crimes Act [1996].

    Solzhenitsyn points out that Violence ALWAYS masks itself in Lies; and the Lies can only be maintained by more Violence.

    Faked-up “Confessions” were urgently needed by John Ashcroft and Dick Cheney to close more than 3,000 MURDER cases held open by the FBI, for their own unconfessable purposes..

    On June 3, 2004, the Chief FOIA Officer at the Pentagon told me directly — with a voice like cold polished steel — that as of 9/11/2001: “THERE WAS NO BOEING.” This is corroborated in the highest degree by Jeff Latas and others at http://www.Pilotsfor911Truth.org , formerly President, USAF Air Accident Investigation Board:

    Action this day please by Mr. Michael Heimbach, Counter-Terrorism Officer, FBI



    Tony Hollick


    ———— * * * * * ————

    “The Secret of Happiness is Freedom; and the Secret of Freedom is Courage.”

    — Thucydides, Classical Greek philosopher and General, 2,500 years ago…

  5. Here’s another…

    The Torturers’ Manifesto

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    Published: April 18, 2009

    To read the four newly released memos on prisoner interrogation written by George W. Bush’s Justice Department is to take a journey into depravity.
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    Their language is the precise bureaucratese favored by dungeon masters throughout history. They detail how to fashion a collar for slamming a prisoner against a wall, exactly how many days he can be kept without sleep (11), and what, specifically, he should be told before being locked in a box with an insect ? all to stop just short of having a jury decide that these acts violate the laws against torture and abusive treatment of prisoners.

    In one of the more nauseating passages, Jay Bybee, then an assistant attorney general and now a federal judge, wrote admiringly about a contraption for waterboarding that would lurch a prisoner upright if he stopped breathing while water was poured over his face. He praised the Central Intelligence Agency for having doctors ready to perform an emergency tracheotomy if necessary.

    These memos are not an honest attempt to set the legal limits on interrogations, which was the authors’ statutory obligation. They were written to provide legal immunity for acts that are clearly illegal, immoral and a violation of this country’s most basic values.

    It sounds like the plot of a mob film, except the lawyers asking how much their clients can get away with are from the C.I.A. and the lawyers coaching them on how to commit the abuses are from the Justice Department. And it all played out with the blessing of the defense secretary, the attorney general, the intelligence director and, most likely, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

    The Americans Civil Liberties Union deserves credit for suing for the memos’ release. And President Obama deserves credit for overruling his own C.I.A. director and ordering that the memos be made public. It is hard to think of another case in which documents stamped “Top Secret” were released with hardly any deletions.

    But this cannot be the end of the scrutiny for these and other decisions by the Bush administration.

    Until Americans and their leaders fully understand the rules the Bush administration concocted to justify such abuses ? and who set the rules and who approved them ? there is no hope of fixing a profoundly broken system of justice and ensuring that that these acts are never repeated.

    The abuses and the dangers do not end with the torture memos. Americans still know far too little about President Bush’s decision to illegally eavesdrop on Americans — a program that has since been given legal cover by the Congress.

    Last week, The Times reported that the nation’s intelligence agencies have been collecting private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans on a scale that went beyond the broad limits established in legislation last year. The article quoted the Justice Department as saying there had been problems in the surveillance program that had been resolved. But Justice did not say what those problems were or what the resolution was.

    That is the heart of the matter: nobody really knows what any of the rules were. Mr. Bush never offered the slightest explanation of what he found lacking in the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act when he decided to ignore the law after 9/11 and ordered the warrantless wiretapping of Americans’ overseas calls and e-mail. He said he was president and could do what he wanted.

    The Bush administration also never explained how it interpreted laws that were later passed to expand the government’s powers to eavesdrop. And the Obama administration argued in a recent court filing that everything associated with electronic eavesdropping, including what is allowed and what is not, is a state secret.

    We do not think Mr. Obama will violate Americans’ rights as Mr. Bush did. But if Americans do not know the rules, they cannot judge whether this government or any one that follows is abiding by the rules.

    In the case of detainee abuse, Mr. Obama assured C.I.A. operatives that they would not be prosecuted for actions that their superiors told them were legal. We have never been comfortable with the “only following orders” excuse, especially because Americans still do not know what was actually done or who was giving the orders.

    After all, as far as Mr. Bush’s lawyers were concerned, it was not really torture unless it involved breaking bones, burning flesh or pulling teeth. That, Mr. Bybee kept noting, was what the Libyan secret police did to one prisoner. The standard for American behavior should be a lot higher than that of the Libyan secret police.

    At least Mr. Obama is not following Mr. Bush’s example of showy trials for the small fry — like Lynndie England of Abu Ghraib notoriety. But he has an obligation to pursue what is clear evidence of a government policy sanctioning the torture and abuse of prisoners ? in violation of international law and the Constitution.

    That investigation should start with the lawyers who wrote these sickening memos, including John Yoo, who now teaches law in California; Steven Bradbury, who was job-hunting when we last heard; and Mr. Bybee, who holds the lifetime seat on the federal appeals court that Mr. Bush rewarded him with.

    These memos make it clear that Mr. Bybee is unfit for a job that requires legal judgment and a respect for the Constitution. Congress should impeach him. And if the administration will not conduct a thorough investigation of these issues, then Congress has a constitutional duty to hold the executive branch accountable. If that means putting Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales on the stand, even Dick Cheney, we are sure Americans can handle it.

    After eight years without transparency or accountability, Mr. Obama promised the American people both. His decision to release these memos was another sign of his commitment to transparency. We are waiting to see an equal commitment to accountability.

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  6. David Davis:

    You might like to perform a ‘Google’ search for:

    “Gary Keck” OSD

    Gary (Sworn to defend the United States Constitution from Enemies Within and Without).

  7. David Davis:

    Take a close look at this Web Site:



    “The Eagles Are coming!!!” Remember?

    We just can’t stop the Show now…

    Not even the soi-disant “Swine ‘Flu Pandemic” can…

    By the way: your “friend” Brian Micklethwait describes himself on his Web site as:

    “… a Would-Be Ruler of the World”

    Why would you want to have a “friend” like that, Mr. Davis? Intelligent readers are free to ask…


  8. David Davis:

    “Cat got your tongue?” :)

    The united States Constitution guarantees Freedom of Speech, you should know… :)


  9. westernesse

    Hi, all!

    Well, I sure know Gary Keck!

    We’ve often chatted Transatllantic on the ‘phone, as recently as a week or so ago; and many times back when the Iraq war was nearly being lost because of the absurd wickedness and incompetence of the US viceroy, L. Paul Bremer, formerly MD of the unspeakably evil Henry Kissinger’s “Henry Kussunger Associates.” The idiot fired the entire Iraqi Police forces and military (regardless of any individual merit) and then he put US assets yp to round up tens of thoudsmds of innocent Iraqu men and women and children, and have them TORTURED into becoming informers by showing them hideous slideshows on laptops after he had arranged to exclude the mandatory Judge Advocates Members Interrogation supervisors, so as to get away with terrorizing detainees…so that we (the West) were unkniwungly turned from being liberators to becoming occupiers .

    NSA and CIA Counter-Intelligence concluded in the basis of SIGINT untercepts of Kissinger’s communications, that Kissinger was a Soviet agent. This didn’t seem to bother Nixon.

    Kissinger and Nixon surrendered South Vietnam to Hanoi after posing as hardliners to win a second term for Nixon (“Emperor Palpatine” in “STAR WARS.” according to George Lucas, in his autobiography “Skywalking.”).

    General Giap, NVA Commander, wrote in his memoirs that the Hanoi Politbureau were amazed, because all their Intel stated that American Forces were WINNING the war..


    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund


  10. westernesse

    Just in…

    One Ring To Bind them all…


    have a good day!!!

    [ FX: “Go kick them in the Box, Stella!!!” ]