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Call that humiliation?

No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians clearly are a very uncivilised bunch

Terry Jones
Saturday March 31, 2007
The Guardian

I share the outrage expressed in the British press over the treatment of our naval personnel accused by Iran of illegally entering their waters. It is a disgrace. We would never dream of treating captives like this – allowing them to smoke cigarettes, for example, even though it has been proven that smoking kills. And as for compelling poor servicewoman Faye Turney to wear a black headscarf, and then allowing the picture to be posted around the world – have the Iranians no concept of civilised behaviour? For God’s sake, what’s wrong with putting a bag over her head? That’s what we do with the Muslims we capture: we put bags over their heads, so it’s hard to breathe. Then it’s perfectly acceptable to take photographs of them and circulate them to the press because the captives can’t be recognised and humiliated in the way these unfortunate British service people are.

It is also unacceptable that these British captives should be made to talk on television and say things that they may regret later. If the Iranians put duct tape over their mouths, like we do to our captives, they wouldn’t be able to talk at all. Of course they’d probably find it even harder to breathe – especially with a bag over their head – but at least they wouldn’t be humiliated.

And what’s all this about allowing the captives to write letters home saying they are all right? It’s time the Iranians fell into line with the rest of the civilised world: they should allow their captives the privacy of solitary confinement. That’s one of the many privileges the US grants to its captives in Guantánamo Bay.

The true mark of a civilised country is that it doesn’t rush into charging people whom it has arbitrarily arrested in places it’s just invaded. The inmates of Guantánamo, for example, have been enjoying all the privacy they want for almost five years, and the first inmate has only just been charged. What a contrast to the disgraceful Iranian rush to parade their captives before the cameras!

What’s more, it is clear that the Iranians are not giving their British prisoners any decent physical exercise. The US military make sure that their Iraqi captives enjoy PT. This takes the form of exciting "stress positions", which the captives are expected to hold for hours on end so as to improve their stomach and calf muscles. A common exercise is where they are made to stand on the balls of their feet and then squat so that their thighs are parallel to the ground. This creates intense pain and, finally, muscle failure. It’s all good healthy fun and has the bonus that the captives will confess to anything to get out of it.

And this brings me to my final point. It is clear from her TV appearance that servicewoman Turney has been put under pressure. The newspapers have persuaded behavioural psychologists to examine the footage and they all conclude that she is "unhappy and stressed".

What is so appalling is the underhand way in which the Iranians have got her "unhappy and stressed". She shows no signs of electrocution or burn marks and there are no signs of beating on her face. This is unacceptable. If captives are to be put under duress, such as by forcing them into compromising sexual positions, or having electric shocks to their genitals, they should be photographed, as they were in Abu Ghraib. The photographs should then be circulated around the civilised world so that everyone can see exactly what has been going on.

As Stephen Glover pointed out in the Daily Mail, perhaps it would not be right to bomb Iran in retaliation for the humiliation of our servicemen, but clearly the Iranian people must be made to suffer – whether by beefing up sanctions, as the Mail suggests, or simply by getting President Bush to hurry up and invade, as he intends to anyway, and bring democracy and western values to the country, as he has in Iraq.

· Terry Jones is a film director, actor and Python
www.terry-jones.net

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Am I missing something here?  Were the soccer hooligans just bored this week?  People were actually this upset over…. Volleyball?????

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A man has died and at least six people have been injured in a mass brawl between rival women’s volleyball fans near the Greek capital Athens.  

A pitched battle took place between fans of Olympiakos Piraeus and Panathinaikos in the Peania area. It was at a spot away from the stadium.

Witnesses say about 300 fans fought with clubs, knives and stones.

Police detained 18 people. Greek media reports suggested the fans had arranged the fight ahead of the match.  

The Greek news website Ekathimerini says a 22-year-old who was driving by at the time was stabbed in the leg by hooligans who attacked his car.

Doctors said the 25-year-old who died had head injuries and stab wounds.

Three shops and two cars were damaged in the fighting.

"They were jumping on our car for five minutes, they were asking for our cellphones and stabbed our driver," one witness was quoted as saying.  

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Authorities in New Jersey are considering making it an offense to send text messages while driving.

Under existing state laws, it is an offense to use a mobile phone while using the highway, but police may only pull someone over if they are breaking another road rule.

The proposed laws would allow police to stop someone just for using their phone, and offenders would be liable for a fine of between $100 and $250. Other states are understood to be considering similar measures.

Democratic Assemblyman Paul Moriarty said the bill had been drafted following research that found one in five drivers was happily crafting SMSs while motoring along the state’s highways. Among the 18to 24 age group, the figure rises to one in three, according to the survey which was carried out by Nationwide Insurance.

OK, now I can barley text message while sitting at my desk with the help of the T9 mode.  I text at a whopping 3 words a minute.  Is this really an issue?  Do people really text while driving?  The biggest question is WHY am I getting news for my home state from the UK??????????  I looked at all the online NJ websites and found nothing…. sigh

Holy crow!  This is supposed to be a kid’s book.  Yes, granted a LOT of adults, including myself, love the series.  At 784 pages, that’s most likely 12 – 1300 pages when it hit’s paperback.  Huummmmm perhaps it should have been split into two books….

 

images.jpg I just came across the trailer for 28 Weeks Later up at the apple site. The orig 28 Days Later was a REALLY awesome zombie flick. After watching the trailer, it looks like the sequel will be just as good…. I sure hope so, I have seen too many soso sci-fi / horror movies lately and a good one would be a nice change of pace…..

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_42727327_tolkien_203.jpg According to many sources, there is a new JRR Tolkien book that is going to hit the stores in April. I have heard rumors of this many times over the last several years, but now it’s real! Christopher Tolkien has spent 30 years working on The Children of Hurin, which was started by his father in 1918. This book is set in between The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I can’t wait!!!!!!

I just hit this…… maybe it’s time to go back to work, huh?  Maybe the tubes are just clogged 🙂

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Awesome!  Lots more fun Doctor Who to come!!!!!

Doctor Who will return for a fourth series in 2008, executive producer and writer Russell T Davies has confirmed.

Speaking at the premiere of the third series in London, Davies said: "Series four is officially existing. I’m very excited, but we have known for ages."

But he refused to say whether the star of the hit sci-fi show, David Tennant, would return in the lead role.

The third series, which co-stars Freema Agyeman as new assistant Martha Jones, starts on BBC One on 31 March.

Her character replaces former assistant Rose Tyler, who was written out at the end of the second series after Billie Piper decided to leave the show.

LOL!  This is awesome 🙂  LINK

"Ninety percent of everything is crud"…… agreed!

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