Monday, September 18, 2006

Never-Ending Governmental Deception...

The fact that the U.S. (and other countries, though I can't cite specific examples) uses euphemisms is nothing new. However, it never ceases to amaze me the ways our government can find new linguistic twists to gloss over appalling practices.

The latest example comes courtesy of the CIA (suprise suprise). They defend the use of "alternative interrogation techniques " in a new bill reaching the house floor.

As is so often the case, the government just doesn't learn. Or, seen from a different viewpoint, it knows too much. Instead of actually combating appalling practices on the government's part, they continue to insist upon euphemisms that "hide" the REAL meaning of such phrases behind innocuous word combinations that most Americans won't give second thought to. This is one of the few "pities" of the Oklahoma City bombing. McVeigh was one of the biggest cowards ever, killing the way he did, but few picked up on his use of politics. When he described the 19 dead children in 1995 as "collateral damage," I suspect he was using the term the U.S. government and military TAUGHT him to explain the situation, revealing the corrupt use of euphemisms on the government's part. There is no way you can say I admire or respect a single thing McVeigh did, and maybe I misread him - maybe he really felt the kids were just random victims who ultimately had it coming sooner or later.

But the fact that we have a government who trains the military that the children killed by stray bullets and powerful bombs are "collateral damage," instead of facing up to the immoral and appalling acts it commits, continues to choose linguistic turns such as "alternative interrogation techniques."

Please, America - wake up and learn what our government is doing in our names, and learn how to combat such corrupt and inhumane operations within the state apparatus.