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The realm of the ridiculous

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I guess this is like arresting Al Capone on tax evasion. Julian Assange of wikileaks is now in custody in London and has been denied bail.

Naomi Wolf writes an open letter to Interpol today with one of the all-time great headlines:

Julian Assange Captured by World’s Dating Police

She notes:

I see that Julian Assange is accused of having consensual sex with two women, in one case using a condom that broke. I understand, from the alleged victims’ complaints to the media, that Assange is also accused of texting and tweeting in the taxi on the way to one of the women’s apartments while on a date, and, disgustingly enough, ‘reading stories about himself online’ in the cab.

Both alleged victims are also upset that he began dating a second woman while still being in a relationship with the first.

Of course, the ever alert Chris Matthews, upon hearing of htis for the friggin’ first time last week, sputtered “but this guy’s a rapist! A rapist!” Matthews is great on politics, not so good on anything else.

(It’s still about the banks guys. Wonder when that promised document dump from inside a ‘major US bank’ is coming?)

Are the banks the real reason?

Two facts. Wikileaks is down – no server at present since Amazon axed them (although they’ll likely find another). And Julian Assange is a sexual pervert* being chased by Interpol (are sexual crimes their beat?)

Scott Ritter

(And by the way, does anyone remember Scott Ritter being branded a pedophile after he spoke out about no WMD in Iraq?)

It’s curious to me that all this happened not when he dumped the war documents or when he got the diplomatic documents out into the public – this is all happening in advance of the leak about a ‘major US bank’.

* The of sexual assault charge isn’t new and I honestly don’t know what the charge is or how solid it is. What IS new is Interpol jumping in.

The crazy hits a new high (low?)

We all know of Chuck Norris, the truly strange martial-arts movie star guy. And perhaps you know of World Net Daily, truly the center of the extreme right wing universe and famed for its groundbreaking – and usually laughably false – investigative reporting. Anyone can have a column there pretty much, so long as they meet the bizarro standards of founder Paul Farah. If you go there, have a great time! While they seem to have tried to clean up the home page since last I dipped my toe in those churning waters, it’s still  as inchoherent as the content.

Am I scary or what!

Norris has a column there today – delighfully deconstructed by Michael Isikoff at Newseek. The reason to bother with stuff like this is to understand how truly deranged are the people who believe what they read there – and they want to run your country.

Chucks’  ramblings were apparently occasioned by:

1) the existence of a five man Interpol office in NYC (which was set up in 2004) and

2) an executive order by Obama exempting it from FOA filings because the office exists to collect info on terrorists (and making that stuff public is a bad idea)

NOTE:  White House officials explained that the order is routine and was in the works during the Bush administration. The same status is accorded the FBI and CIA in their criminal files and investigations.

AND MORE FROM ISIKOFF’S REPORT:

Gingrich said that Obama had “quietly” signed an order that lifts “all the constraints” on Interpol and gives it “extra” legal powers to investigate Americans. “This is not within the realm of reality,” says Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general, who formerly served as the Treasury Department’s chief law-enforcement official. What especially worries him, Noble says, is that the comments by Gingrich and others could undermine one of Interpol’s chief missions—helping the U.S. and other countries identify terrorists trying to cross international borders.”

Here’s Chuck Norris, being brilliant:

“Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive Interpol order, and that the feds want to try these 9/11 terrorists in civilian courts rather than military courts?” Norris asks in his bizarre and hard-to-follow rant.

“Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive Interpol order and that he often goes out of his way to sympathize with and advocate pro-Muslim culture, beliefs and issues?”

“Is it merely coincidental that Obama signed this executive Interpol order, and that the following events are converging at this time in American history: the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, the closure of Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility, Obama’s indifference and even defense of Islamic extremists like the Fort Hood shooter or Northwest flight 253’s attempted bomber?”