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when freedom of speech becomes a crime

from xymphora
Chess genius Bobby Fischer has been arrested in Japan, and is apparently going to be extradited to the U. S. - now get this! - on charges of violating United Nations sanctions because, in 1992, he participated in a chess match in Yugoslavia at a time that country was under U. N. sanctions. Do you think the Americans are going to start enforcing violations of U. N. resolutions (if so, Israel should be very worried)? Do you think John Ashcroft cares about a breach of U. N. sanctions twelve years ago? Do you think the war on terrorism is going to catch up with the fearsome chess terrorists? Are Americans finally going to be freed from the horrors of castling and mating? Or does all this have something to do with what Bobby Fischer said immediately after September 11?:
"This is all wonderful news. It is time to finish off the US once and for all. I was happy and could not believe what was happening. All the crimes the US has committed in the world. This just shows, what goes around comes around, even to the US. I applaud the act. The US and Israel have been slaughtering the Palestinians for years. Now it is coming back at the US."

He also blamed Israel and the 'Jews' for 'bringing' the attack on the World Trade Center. It appears that the neocons are anticipating that even the crooked Diebold voting machines might not be sufficient to steal another election. They have a little 'enemies list', and are going to spend the next six months cleaning up loose ends. You can see part of this in the viciousness of the current attacks against Joseph Wilson, whose grievous error was to point out that the Bush Administration was lying. Fischer is apparently next on the list. Note this article in the Atlantic, which is essentially a hack job inspired by the fact that Fischer committed the unpardonable sin of connecting American-Israeli violence against the Palestinians to the terrorist attacks of September 11. Note also that Fischer was set up by the Americans for the arrest. The excuse for his arrest by Japanese authorities was that he was trying to leave the country without a valid passport. You won't read it in the New York Times, but the reason he didn't have such a passport was that the American government had revoked it. He found out about this when he arrived at the airport. How would the Japanese know about this? Obviously, he was set up to be arrested. It is probable that the Japanese agreed to give up Fischer in return for some kind of favorable treatment to be given to American army deserter Charles Jenkins, who is married to a Japanese woman.