Lewis Carroll's 'The Hunting of the Snark' Meets
by AP Writer M. APUZZO 2:03 PM CDT, June 30, 2008 WASHINGTON
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit cited the 1876 poem, "The Hunting of the Snark," in ruling that the military improperly labeled a Chinese Muslim as an enemy combatant. It was the first time a court has reviewed the military's decision making and considered whether a detainee should be held. The ruling provides guidance to federal district judges, who are about to begin reviewing dozens of such cases now that the Supreme Court says detainees can challenge their detention in federal court. The appeals court said military review panels, known as Combatant Status Review Tribunals, were unable to assess much of the evidence against the detainee, Huzaifa Parhat, and at times treated accusations as evidence. "The big issue now is, can any CSRT decision survive this kind of scrutiny?" Parhat's lawyer, Susan Baker Manning said.
Parhat is one of a group of Chinese Muslims, known as Uighurs, being held at Guantanamo Bay. Their case has become a diplomatic and legal headache for the U.S., which has tried to find a country willing to accept the Uighurs (pronounced WEE'-gurs) even as it defended its decision to hold them as enemy combatants. The Justice Department concedes that Parhat never fought against the U.S. and says it has no evidence he was planning to do so. The case hinges on Parhat's connection to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a militant group that demands separation from China. Parhat says he considers China, not the United States, the enemy.
The U.S. says it has classified intelligence that ETIM is affiliated with al-Qaida, though officials have not identified the source of that intelligence. The judges said there's credible evidence that the source is the Chinese government, "which may be less than objective with respect to the Uighurs." The three member court, which was made up of two Republican judges and one Democrat, was particularly pointed in its criticism of the argument that evidence is reliable because it appears on multiple documents. "The government insists that the statements made in the documents are reliable because the State and Defense Departments would not have put them in intelligence documents were that not the case," the court wrote. "This comes perilously close to suggesting that whatever the government says must be treated as true."
The judges compared the argument to the logic in Carroll's nonsense poem, in which a hapless crew hunts for a creature that is never quite defined. The Bellman, the ship's leader, led his men across the ocean, guided by a map that was just a blank piece of paper. He rallied and reassured his crew simply by repeating himself. "I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true," the Bellman says in the poem. "That the government has 'said it thrice' does not make an allegation true," the court wrote. The court said Parhat deserved a new hearing or should be released -- though it didn't say to where he would be released. The U.S. does not want to send him to China for fear he will be tortured.
CHAPTER I: Down
the Rabbit Hole
The rabbit often appears in folklore as the trickster archetype
and is associated with sexual preoccupation as in "rabbit hole".
ORANGE MARMALADE jar (world) was empty as she fell by. But descent to Hell is always full of distractions and illusory psychobabel ("Do bats eat cats?").
The "Tri-Lateral" table and golden key to illusory world power. (See
"Drink me." Said the wine bottle which made her small. I don't know if Carroll was a pedophile but he knew that Elizabethan kids knew where to get the best laudanum, or "Cake" and he could schmooze as well as any Cheshire Cat.
CHAPTER II: The
Pool of Tears
I'm sorry. I must play the mouse and not reveal how Alice relieves her pool of frustrations with the use of a mere fan.
(Feather fans serve well).
CHAPTER III: A Caucus Race and a Long Tale Carroll mocked the futility of the UK's caucuses.
CHAPTER IV: The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill Alice overcomes her rabbit and flirts with puppy desires.
CHAPTER V: Advice
from a Caterpillar
a creature of transition atop a psychotropic mushroom (I guess the hookah gives it away).
Hegel and his right-left dialectic psychobabel were very much a part of Elizabethan Tea & Cake parties.
CHAPTER VI: Pig and Pepper The port cats of Cheshire were said to assemble on the dockside and await the rats and mice that would leave the spice ships, loaded with spice, tea & "Cake", when they docked ready to take on a cargo of Cheshire cheese making them the happiest PREDATORS in the kingdom.
CHAPTER VII: A
Mad Tea Party
`It's the stupidest tea party I ever was at in all my life!'
Said Alice as she threw the Palin poster in the trash.
CHAPTER VIII: The Queen's Croquet Ground A deceptive house of card props ruled by war criminal despot grey dude Kenny doll Bitch.
CHAPTER IX: The Mock Turtle's Story of useless, stale, misseducation.
CHAPTER X: The Lobster Quadrille useless, stale, misseducation only to prepare one for soup.
CHAPTER XI: Alice could see, as well as if she were looking over their shoulders, that all the jurors were writing down `stupid things!' on their slates, and she could even make out that one of them didn't know how to spell `stupid,' and that he had to ask his neighbor to tell him. `A nice muddle their slates'll be in before the trial's over!' thought Alice.
CHAPTER XII: Alice's Evidence "You're nothing but a pack of cards!" Declared Alice.
NOTE: My next article will be on Governor Jesse Ventura's American Conspiracies primer.