April 18th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Scorpions" war crimes trial in Belgrade

Jasmina Tesanovic, Belgrade: Scorpions Trial, April 13

[Ed. Note: This essay is part of a series of personal accounts from the "Scorpions" war crimes trial in Belgrade. Members of this "anti-terrorist" police unit are accused of atrocities against civilians during the war in former Yugoslavia.)

Jasmina Tesanovic
Belgrade, April 13, 2006

Hague Links

Today' s session was closed for the audience, however we Women in Black managed to get a permit to attend since that is our trade, the judge said.  She judged me from head to foot as I entered her office, seated me and signed the permit, but then once inside she asked us not to write about the testimony of the protected witness A because he asked so.

And I won't, also because all he said I already knew and wrote in the sessions before: I guessed out in previous reports what this link witness from Hague said. It wasn't that hard but his testimony has the impact of evidence, that's why it is important and closed for the public.

His body language is that of a troubled man who is hiding something but saying as much as he can He sounds intelligent and sly. He says a historical phrase, there always is one; a normal person would not execute such order, not that I was normal then, but a normal person would say NO, there have been examples in history of people who did it and got away with it.

Asked as to what is normality for him he explained thoughtfully: a normal person would not go to fight a war, he would stay back home. Once you are there you stop being normal.

[Image: Goranka Matic, Srebenica, 2002.]


posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

The Billboard Liberation Front has "apprehended, rehabilitated, and discharged" another site in San

Billboard Liberation Front hits a Chevron ad in SF

The Billboard Liberation Front has "apprehended, rehabilitated, and discharged" another site in San Francisco.

The advertisement, which had been attempting to sell and distribute petrochemicals, was corrected to promote the U.S. Department of Defense and their private subcontractors operating in Iraq.
Link (Thanks, dolface)

posted by Xeni Jardin 


Chris Keeley

Richard Burbridge

Richard Burbridge

Platinum is a metal more precious than gold. Blond is the hair of an innocent child. Put the two together, 
and you have a phenomenon that can be expensive or cheap but never reasonable. Innocent? Au contraire. 
Platinum blond is experienced. Honey, tawny, ash — all are blonds that could, theoretically, be natural. 
Platinum blond, however, is deliberately fake, and for that reason lies forever outside the safety zone
Chris Keeley

Good Leak or Bad Leak, You Decide

This morning's Washington Post on its front page bragged (mildly, to
be sure) that it had won four Pulitzers as against the three won by the
New York Times. But that still can't make up for the really shocking
Post lead editorial published on April 9 entitled "A Good Leak" that I
circulated earlier. On April 16, one week later, the New York Times
published an answering editorial entitled "A Bad Leak," taking the
contrary position. Here is the text of the Times editorial, which I
believe displays the very big difference between the editorial pages of
these two papers that are our most influential.

April 16, 2006

 A Bad Leak

President Bush says he declassified portions of the prewar intelligence
assessment on Iraq because he "wanted people to see the truth" about
Iraq's weapons programs and to understand why he kept accusing Saddam
Hussein of stockpiling weapons that turned out not to exist. This would
be a noble sentiment if it actually bore any relationship to Mr. Bush's
actions in this case, or his overall record.
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Chris Keeley

Eriksson lived in a gated $5 million mansion in Bel Air, and that he was a convicted felon who had s

Stefan Eriksson was arraigned in the wreck of a rare Ferrari. Stefan Eriksson was arraigned in the wreck of a rare Ferrari.
Photo Credit: By Hans Laetz -- Associated Press

The High-Octane Story of the Felon and the Ferrari

By William Booth
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 18, 2006; C01

On a winter dawn on a razor-straight stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, a lipstick-red Ferrari Enzo crested a hill at a speed that sheriff's investigators would later calculate to be 162 miles per hour.

The car -- if that word is not too lame to describe a 660-horsepower V12 rocket on wheels worth $1.6 million, one of only 400 ever made, described variously as "rolling art" and "the greatest performance road car ever" -- went airborne. Perhaps the Enzo thought it could fly? Alas, it careened into a utility pole, which effectively sliced the vehicle in half, and scattered shredded Ferrari bits over a debris field that measured 1,200 feet.

Now the story gets weird. And like many tales involving purloined roadsters, video games, shadowy Irishmen, Malibu and a mysterious pair of dudes masquerading as Homeland Security agents, this one found its way to the criminal courts building in downtown Los Angeles for the formal arraignment yesterday of Bo Stefan M. Eriksson, 44, formerly of Sweden, now being held on $5 million bail at the Men's Central Jail, charged with embezzlement and grand theft auto.

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