Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Paranoia has a win

I see that the Department of Justice made a statement justifying their initial decision to release a redacted  transcript of the Orlando killer's call as follows:
The Department of Justice released a statement later on Monday defending the redaction.
Officials said they wanted to remain sensitive to the victims, their families and the ongoing investigation, while also not providing "the killer or terrorist organisations with a publicity platform for hateful propaganda".
"Unfortunately, the unreleased portions of the transcript that named the terrorist organisations and leaders have caused an unnecessary distraction from the hard work that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been doing to investigate this heinous crime," the statement said, before releasing the full transcript of Mateen's first 50-second phone call.
Seems reasonable enough to me.  But then, they underestimated the amount of nutty right wing Obama paranoia in their own country.

Who would have guessed (certainly, I don't think any science fiction writer ever did) that the trajectory of American history would read "start of the 21st century - first American black president elected - sends 25% of American population nuts."*

*  I'm willing to entertain debate on the precise percentage.   But it's significant, whatever it is.


TimT said...

Doesn't it seem to you that the last two elections in the US seem to have driven the whole population nuts? Politics has probably always been this way - less a rational debate around ideas than a series of futile, but furious debates around symbols - Obama is good/bad because he is 'black, he is good because he offers 'hope' and 'change' - etc.

I suppose I'm suggesting that you need to factor in the insanity of Democrat-supporters into your figures too. it's true at their moment their insanity seems to be of a more proactive and progressive and pragmatic sort - but it's easier for your abnormalities to seem normal when you have been in power for some time, and can expect to be in power for a while yet.

Steve said...

There is, no doubt, a resurgence of absolutely lefty nutty political correctness in some US colleges and unis. ("Trigger warnings" etc).

But, as you suggest, on the scale of things, there is much less potential for that to cause national or international harm, and I'm pretty sure it will pass, as have previous bouts of PC.

Anonymous said...

Steve, have you seen a medical professional about your Trump Derangement Syndrome? It's starting to look as debilitating as your suckhole apologetics for the Lying Slapper in 2013.

Steve said...

Gillard will be remembered as the Prime Minister who achieved quite a lot under difficult intra Party circumstances, and left office with dignity.

Tony Abbott, on the other hand, already has the prize for the biggest goose who ever got the job.