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Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 23:36:57 +1100

Although, I did not see it, I have just heard on the radio, that there was a Four Corners Program on ABC-TV, which alleges that the Australian government knew that there were no WMD in Iraq, and that they also knew that prisoners such as Mamdouh Habib had been tortured and further alleges that Australians may have participated in interrogations that employed torture.

The interview went into considerable detail that showed that our government has been rather "loose with the truth". In particular Senator Robert Hill may have dissembled (to put it politely).

And while on the topic of Mamdouh Habib, Phillip Rudduck, our Attorney General, has previously stated that Habib will not benefit from any interviews (like the Sixty Minutes Interview).

Any payment he received could be confiscated under the "Proceeds from Crime"

Umm ... Minister ... He hasn't been convicted of any crime!

Nor is he likely to be convicted, since all the evidence was gathered under torture.

Not to worry, responds Mr Ruddock, unctiously, oozing his usual cryogenic charm from every pore, the laws of evidence are apparently not so strict for the proceeds of crime legislation.

And he should know! After all he is supposed to be our Attorney General!

Although he would make an excellent Minister of Truth,

Good to see that there is someone out there promoting the benefits of doublethink.

Nineteen Eighty-Four has finally arrived ... only twenty years late.

Our own prime minister is fluent in doublethink and newspeak. Certainly with able deputies like Mr Ruddock, we may soon be able to do away with inconveniences like British Common Law. We can just erect a large piece of granite outside the High Court and carve the famous Orwellian three points into its' surface:

Freedom is Slavery
War is Peace
Ignorance is Strength

Yes and Big Brother is Watching! So I'd better be careful here ... I don't want the thought police to pay me a visit at 4 am, kick down my door and drag me off to room 101, for being slightly critical about the Ministry of Truth.

So what kind of society is it that we are fighting to defend?

Looks like the Students for an Orwellian Society approve.

Of course the problem with that previous link is that it is mostly political satire. And satire is being overshadowed by current events ...

Which reminds me of last century (remember last century?) when Tom Lehrer, declared that "Irony was dead" after Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Lehrer then ceased doing Political Satire.

Poor old Tom Lehrer just couldn't match the satire of real life. When you are a making a living out of satire it's a bit hard to top a real life masterpiece like Kissinger being awarded the peace prize.

Well Tom, sometimes you just gotta laugh ...


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