This drives me up. the. fucking. wall.
I didn't cover this story, for the record. But damn am I pissed off about it.
Summary: The Pentagon is releasing tapes from the trial of the alleged 9-11 mastermind, but they're censored. The part they cut out? The part where he explains why he hates America.
"Why do they hate us?" Remember when that was the big question, after 9-11? Why do those wascally terrorists hate us so damn much?
Well, they're happy to tell us. In the AFP's words, in the suspect's explanation, "he sounds calm and collected, arguing with the panel on points of evidence in a soft, clear voice." So, nothing we could learn anything from, in other words.
Predictably the Pentagon's justification for censoring this testimony is that "could be used by our enemies in a way that could recruit terrorists." Bull. Shit.
The terrorists are not exactly having problems recruiting guys. The US handed them all the tools they need to do so when they invaded Iraq.
No, this was censored because the people in charge don't want us to, you know, understand our enemies. Bush would rather just tell us that they hate our freedoms. But they sure want us to fear our enemies, so the rest of the tape, that's fine.
It all speaks to a profound condescension to and mistrust of an American people that Bush and Co. have always felt are the real threat. In a free society, the public is supposed to be as informed as possible, but apparently, Americans just can't handle hearing this stuff, or they might go crazy and become terrorists. Or, you know, question the government or something, which is the same thing, right?
When Ron Paul suggested in the Republican debates that maybe, just maybe, we should look at the reasons the terrorists might have attacked us on 9-11, he was decried as crazy. Guiliani told him to take it back, and was lauded as a hero. This is the world we live in.
I guess it's too unreasonable and crazy to talk honestly about America's image in the Middle East. I guess it's too unreasonable and crazy for the public to discuss this stuff. Maybe they'd stop supporting the war in Iraq or something.
And that would definitely give comfort to our enemies.