File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0110, message 103

Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 12:04:11 +0100
Subject: terrorism


And there I was thinking that the purpose of democracy was the 'rule of 
law' - enlightenment dawns - it really is just about power and terror...,3604,578464,00.html


President Bush has formally ordered the CIA to destroy Osama bin Laden and
his network and conduct "the most sweeping and lethal covert action" since
the agency was founded in 1947, it was reported yesterday. 

The investigative reporter Bob Woodward said in yesterday's Washington Post
that the agency had been given an extra $1bn (700m), mainly to fund the new

"The gloves are off," according to an anonymous official quoted by Woodward.
"The president has given the agency the green light to do whatever is
necessary. Lethal operations that were unthinkable pre-September 11 are now
under way." A direct attack on Bin Laden is presumed to be included - if
anyone can find him.

The CIA has been barred from conducting political assassinations since 1976,
when its history of attempted murders of foreign leaders (mostly bungled, as
demonstrated by the longevity of Fidel Castro) was revealed to widespread
Congressional and public derision.




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