Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Canadian Government Warns Its Citizens

Canadian citizens who plan on traveling outside of Canada have received a dire warning from their government. Canadian diplomats have been given a list of primitive barbaric countries that practice torture, and they’ve been duly warned that if they get arrested for any reason in one of these countries, they could be tortured. These backward third world countries include:

Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Israel, Iran, the United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Mexico.

And in one of these countries — I forget which one — the authorities won't even admit that they torture prisoners. There's a popular radio host who actually insists that these torture methods are “nothing more than a fraternity prank.”

Even more pathetic is the fact that millions of clueless Neanderthals actually believe everything this asshole says.

How dumb can people get? Whichever country that is, their education system must be pitiful.

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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Blogger J. Marquis said...

Yet another proud accomplishment for Dubya and Dick.

January 20, 2008 at 6:10 AM  
Anonymous rockync said...

I have been pretty outspoken on this topic around the blogs and the debate usually degenerates into a circular debate of "what do you mean when you say...?" The fact is we are either Americans who believe in upholding our constitution and laws and extending them to all people within our scope of control. Neocon arguments aside, ie Gitmo isn't "technically" American soil or these are not prisoners but "enemy combatants", as a patriotic American, I cannot support the blatant disregard for our laws and ideals shown by the current administration. I don't see how any "good American" can argue otherwise.

January 20, 2008 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J: Yup, Dick and Dumbya have given us many things to be proud of.

Rockync: That's very true. We're either a nation of laws or we aren't. I'm tired of wingnuts hiding behind "oh, the Constitution doesn't apply to him because he's an enemy combatant, not a soldier" or "Gitmo doesn't count because it's not on American soil." If we make one exception we'll soon be making a thousand exceptions.

January 20, 2008 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger spaceneedl said...

tom, not so fast. as seen on thinkprogress.com...

Canada removes U.S. from ‘torture list.’

Last week, CTV revealed that the Canadian government had put the United States on a “torture watch list.” Under heavy pressure from the United States, the Canadian Foreign Minister now has ordered the manual to be rewritten because it “wrongly includes some of our closest allies.” Amnesty International Canada criticized the move, stating, “When it comes to an issue like torture, the government’s main concern should not be embarrassing allies.”


January 20, 2008 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Spaceneedl: Yes, I knew about that followup to the story. I didn't include it in the post since Canada only removed Israel and the U.S. from that list because of pressure from their "allies." With friends like that, Canada doesn't need enemies.

If Canada didn't take our name off that list, we would've had to waterboard a few of those punks to prove to them that we don't torture.

January 20, 2008 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

We "strong-arm" them to get our name taken off the list. Perfect.

January 20, 2008 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger spaceneedl said...

the takeaway is, the bush administration is strong-arming other governments to tacitly endorse torture.

some, like canada, do so against their better judgement. others, who already torture at our request, are now happily sharpening their blades.

January 20, 2008 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Candace: Yup, that's pretty funny (but not ha ha). Sort of a variation on that old joke about "the beatings will continue until morale improves."

January 20, 2008 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Spaceneedl: That's true; good point. At least Canada initially had the U.S. on that list. Like you said, the other countries are "happily sharpening their blades." And the U.S. can continue being all righteous and saying "we don't torture" while we're quietly shipping suspects off to those other countries for "questioning."

January 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger anna said...

Whenever I think about these "enemy combatants", I can't help but see a Nazi concentration camp in my head.

But that kind of stuff isn't going to create future generations of terrorists.

January 20, 2008 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anna: Yes, "enemy combatant" sounds like a name that the Nazis would have thought up. Same with "Patriot Act" and "Homeland Security."

January 20, 2008 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the satire Tom. By the way I heard the president of this country does not know the definition of sovereignty? Yes??? No??
Isn't this the same Canada that O'Reilly and Coulter suggested get bombed? I'm sure this decision to take the US and Israel off the list was made after the Canadian gov't visited Gitmo and Palestine and saw that these "enemy combatants" were treated like world class citizens. I mean they did visit these places right?

January 20, 2008 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Jen Clark said...

I came over here to tell you that Bush and friends bullied Canada into taking us off their "They Torture People, Watch Your Ass" list, but it looks like spaceneedl beat me to punch.

Canadians = wimps. That's all I've got

January 20, 2008 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Jolly Roger said...

We are in the clutches of a monkey with a low IQ. And what's worse, he's infused himself with chemicals in the tradition of a lab monkey. What did we expect,really?

January 20, 2008 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: Thanks. I doubt if Bush would know or care what sovereignty means. I know the rightwing mouthpieces hate Canada for not sending their armies to every corner of the world and for having that evil Socialized Medicine.

Whoever made that original list was probably warned that they'd be waterboarded if they didn't take Israel and the U.S. off the list.

Jen: I guess Democrats and Canadian officials are in the same category. They say the right things but they don't back them up.

Jolly Roger: Yup, a drug-addled monkey with a low IQ, that's who's in charge. Talk about the animals running the zoo.

January 20, 2008 at 11:37 PM  
Anonymous brettbum said...

I'm surprised China has placed the US on a human rights watch list yet.

January 20, 2008 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Brettbum: It wasn't China; it was Canada who compiled the list.

January 21, 2008 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

I hate to say it but we belong on that list.

I can easily see a brown looking Canadian diplomat getting whisked off to Gitmo after an 'unfortunate misunderstanding' with DHS

January 22, 2008 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

PoliShifter: Damn right we belong on that list. I think the "pressure" we exerted to get our names taken off the list should be even more embarrassing. "Tell me I'm not a bully or I'll break your face."

January 22, 2008 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get Real Like the US would torture White People from Western Countries


January 22, 2008 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Well, you never know. Plus, some Canadians are members of swarthy ethnic groups :)

January 22, 2008 at 5:18 PM  

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