These poems depict a journey through a dark landscape, where the political and personal are fused into a geography of disinformation, sex, betrayal and deadly technology. Phelan has produced verbal "snapshots" of a subterranean war-- with fronts in Los Angeles as well as Fallujah-- where the only defense is one's integrity and the stakes may be life itself.
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God's on the Internet...All is Right with the World
It was not the border you first knew
an office crowded with dishevelled polylingual backpackers
with dubious papers
the men with stained white shirts
and questionable authority
stamping their visas
after hushed conversations
in which pesos were shoved
urgently across the counter
The border you crossed
had no signs declaring
No small barefoot boys
yanking at your luggage
while pointing to a waiting
taxi, smoke rising from
a grill outside the station
on which something's ribs
baked in eternal torment
You crossed over a long time ago
before the angry government attorneys
before the broken locks and stolen papers
before everyone you knew
fell uncomfortable and silent
You were a very young child
You were frightened of nothing
Your father picked you up in his arms
and showed you the way by starlight
This was before he became
then was denounced
That was when the way was
This office at the frontier
steaming in the equatorial noon
these papers, passports and visas
are at the outer level
of manifestation, paper thin.
You crossed over
a long time ago.
Doctor Who Ran Biowarfare Unit Faces Sentencing
Dr. Wouter Basson, who headed up Project Coast, the biological and chemical warfare unit under South Africa’s apartheid government in the 1980′s, will face sentencing by the Health Professions Council of South Africa on June 5.
Basson (dubbed “Dr. Death” by the South African media) was found guilty in December of 2013 of charges that he “acted unprofessionally” in manufacturing and supplying poisonous substances to security forces during the apartheid era.
Basson was previously charged at the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings that took place in South Africa following the dissolution of the apartheid government. In 1999, he faced charges in Pretoria High Court for murder and fraud, among a total of 67 charges, for allegedly overseeing plans to poison Namibian fighters with muscle relaxants, to infect water with cholera, and to deliver a baboon foetus to intimidate Nobel Peace Prize winner archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu. His trial lasted two years and over 200 witnesses testified against him. He was the sole witness in his defense, which constituted a declaration that everything he did, he did as a soldier.
He was acquitted. Basson currently is a successful cardiologist in Cape Town.
Much of what Basson actually accomplished is still a secret. He was known to have been engaged in genetic research and to be developing a blacks-only bioweapon.
There is evidence that Basson was successful in this endeavor. According to a scientist who worked along side Basson under the apartheid government, this blacks-only bioweapon was to attach onto melanin (darker skinned people have more melanin in their skin). Citing his security agreement with the government, the scientist agreed to speak under conditions of anonymity, and stated he believed that Basson did in fact create this weapon.
Memo Justifying Al Awlaki Assassination Does End-Run Around US Constitution
In response to a Freedom of Information Request filed by the ACLU, the Department of Justice this week released the memo providing legal analysis in support of justification for the 2011 assassination of Anwar al Awlaki, a US national living in Yemen.
Al Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, was a Muslim cleric considered to be in a leadership position in Al Quaeda. He was killed in a targeted drone strike in Yemen, after Obama placed him on the targeted assassination list in 2010. The fact that President Obama had taken the unprecedented step of ordering the assassination of a US citizen was repeatedly highlighted in the press. The ACLU went to court to attempt to inhibit the assassination, albeit unsuccessfully.
The forty-one page DOJ memo, authored by David Barron, is a compelling study in government double speak. Large chunks of the memo were redacted before its release, with approximately ¼ removed from public purview.
First Review is out for EXILE!
The latter sections of Exile highlight why this otherwise personal account is a must-read for all concerned Americans, especially in a post-9/11 world where the gloves have come off and even frayed legal protections have been abandoned completely.
This story unmasks America at a time when her imperial efforts, all in the name of defending and spreading democracy, have resulted in a centralization of power on a global scale hitherto unknown in our history books.
Exile bears testament to the perseverance and faith required to live free during such a time, as the veil continues to lift and reveal something far removed from that which first lured us into its embrace.