30 June 2005

On the phone to Honeywell

Last week, I wrote of Honeywell's plan for Census Adjustment by globalization here in this humble little space on the vast world wide internets. I emailed Jon Talton, business columnist for the Arizona Republilc, a copy of my article, of which the contents were primarily composed of the leaked information on future Honeywell labor plans. Well, today, Mr. Talton has published a column extolling Honeywell as a model of prescient business acumen. The headline is titled State Needs Foresight that Honeywell Has.

I read the article and reread it another three times, because it left me baffled and confused. At first glance, I really wasn't sure what the point of it was, as Talton seemed to dash around some salient truths, and appeared to be an attempt to dissemble in a less than noble PR manner. Well, then I figured, maybe this is just like one of those official wishy washy Arizona Republic editorials, where a great deal of verbiage is spewed out, but no stand is taken, or position announced in clear light. But, as a high tech professional, it was hard not to take offense at even the initial paragraph in Mr. Talton's piece.

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week deepened the paranoia among Honeywell employees in Greater Phoenix. In an interview with new aerospace CEO Robert Gillette, the Journal reported that the company plans to shift thousands of jobs, perhaps 5,000, to low-wage countries in Central Europe and Asia in the next few years.

Paranoia? Extreme, irrational distrust? Really? I worked as a programmer at Honeywell for a year and remember well my first day on the job where I heard the CIO proclaim on how his wish was to replace all the American programmers at Honeywell with cheaper offshore workers. The group that I worked saw its job function outsourced first to Mexico, and now India. It was broadcast overtly, that the desire was to move most all technical work to offshore locales. Thus, Talton's choice of the word paranoia is most interesting, or should I say becoming, as it's clear where his perspective lies.

More puzzling verbiage continued.

The rough ride that America faces from globalization has been rattling Arizona semiconductor and information-technology jobs for several years. The displacement usually came slowly in small job cuts and moves offshore. Now Honeywell is facing up to the implications of globalization, and Arizona will not be immune.

Honeywell has already announced that 225 to 235 jobs will be cut from its Deer Valley plant. So even if Arizona operations remain a vital part of the company, a lean-and-mean restructuring logically would mean fewer executive and middle-manager jobs here. That would continue a quiet trend of the state losing these high-paid corporate jobs, with their decision-making power, and failing to replace them.

Um, fewer executive and middle-manager jobs? How about a lot fewer engineering and programming jobs? An economy is not built upon the small numbers of executive jobs, or even the middle management jobs which inevitably get axed after so called globalization campaigns eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of decent paying jobs that in turn fuel an economy.

Talton peppers his commentary with vague blurbs on keeping jobs, but then shockingly concludes his column with the nascent admonition on how other Arizona businesses, government and universities should be copying pages out of Honeywell's census adjustment playbook.

Keeping the jobs should be a priority, especially considering that Arizona is not attracting new Intels, Motorolas or Honeywells. We've also been failing to seed enough tech upstarts, much less grow them into the corporate leaders of the future.

I hope business, university and political leaders are already on the phone to Honeywell.

Ho, where, pray tell, do all these displaced professionals seek work then? Or are they simply added to the lower rungs of the labor pool, to compete for jobs at Wal-Mart and McDonalds, only to suffer the same fate of tragic displacement again, when advances in automation and robotics render those jobs obsolete?

Talton at times has written some lucid columns on the various states of economic affairs, but I find articles like this one to be incredulous. Especially when next week, I'll read a missive on education and how our youth are not pursuing careers in engineering and science. Duh, how can any informed writer not connect the dots between destructive hits to the job pool and motivation to study for a career in said fields of knowledge?

Where do you even begin combatting the head-in-the-sandism, brazen propaganda

Bumps in the Road

Journalist Christopher Allbritton, on the ground in Iraq, has a different take than Donald Rumsfeld's assessment.

News flash: Iraq is a disaster. I've been back one day, and the airport road was the worst I've ever seen it. We had to go around a fire-fight between mujahideen and Americans while Iraqi forces sat in the shade of date palms on the side of the road, their rifles resting across their laps. My driver pointed to a group of men in a white pickup next to me. "They are mujahideen," he said. "They are watching the Americans." Indeed, they were, and so intently that they paid no attention to me in the car next to them. We detoured around two possible car bombs that had been cordoned off while Iraqis cautiously approached.

29 June 2005

Rove Republicans prepare for war

A twelve-step program.
  1. Deploy 101st Fighting Keyboarders
  2. Cut taxes for the $300,000-and-up income bracket
  3. Tell citizens to continue shopping
  4. Cut taxes on capital gains
  5. Begin “fixing” intelligence and facts
  6. Undermine Secretary of State with humiliating U.N. presentation
  7. Repeal estate tax
  8. Alienate remaining international allies
  9. Distribute magnetic “support the troops” ribbons
  10. Prepare U.S.S. Lincoln for critical photo op
  11. Dispatch preparatory rose-petal-cleanup detail for Baghdad, Mosul, Basra, Najaf, Fallujah, etc. 
  12. Blame failure on liberals

28 June 2005

If Miller and Cooper have to serve as much as one day behind bars while Novak remains free, Americans will have witnessed a gross miscarriage of justice

What won't be so clear is the motive behind the injustice and prosecutor Fitzgerald needs to tell the public exactly what purpose he is serving.
By now, the details are familiar to many Americans. Conservative columnist Robert Novak reported that Valerie Plame, the wife of an outspoken critic of the Bush administration, was an active CIA agent. It is against the law to publish the names of active agents, yet to date Novak has curiously paid no price for his obviously illegal disclosure. Novak wrote that he got his information from a high-level member of the administration. That person's intent, apparently, was to use the press to embarrass the CIA agent's husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, as punishment for having written (in a newspaper column) that the White House lied when it said Saddam Hussein had obtained illegal "yellow cake" plutonium from Niger.

Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine were given the same off-the-record information as Novak, but – obeying the law – they didn't use it. Cooper later wrote about it, but on the basis of Novak's column rather than the source's tip.

The federal prosecutor in the case, Patrick Fitzgerald, has targeted Miller and Cooper but kept his hands off Novak. He won't explain why, and neither will Novak. And the Supreme Court, as is its custom when it decides not to take up a case, offered no explanation for its decision.

What's even more mysterious is that Fitzgerald told the Supreme Court he has wrapped up his investigation of the leak, yet Miller and Cooper remain in his sights because they didn't obey his demands that they tell him the name of their source, even though they did nothing with the source's information.

Robert Novak thus far, has been immune to prosecution, yet he was the one that blew the cover of Valerie Plame with his published article, but remains scot free. It looks as if this Department of Justice case is predicated not on justice, but as a political hammer to be heaved at foes of the administration.

How America Lost Iraq

Aaron Glantz's How America Lost Iraq is a compelling read, and offers a detailed examination of the war from an unembedded reporter's perspective. Glantz starts his volume off by expressing his belief that Saddam Hussien was an evil tyrant in need of action for regime change, and feuded with his leftist editors who desired an anti-war, non mainstream media perspective of the American invasion. Initially, his interviews with Iraqis revealed support for Bush's overthrow of the Hussien government. Many Iraqis, but not all, were thankful for Saddam's ouster.

However, the goodwill earned quickly dissipated as the United States bumbled the occupation and transformed infuriated Iraqis into a majority who oppose the American occupation. The 2004 campaign in Fallujah was the big turning point that enacted a metamorphisis of the insurgency from fringe elements to a significant segment of the Sunni and Shia population. In the north, rival Kurd tribal factions enjoy their status, and in many respects have implemented same sorts of controls Hussien imposed on the nation at large. Huge money flows to contractors and foreign mercenaries, yet the social situation deteriorates for Iraqis, as they pull their children out of school, and unemployment rises to obscene levels.

A cycle of violence is lodged in perputuity, American forces are heavy handed in retribution that pushes innocent Iraqis into sympathy for the insurgency. Every civilian caught in the cross fire and deemed colatteral damage hardens the hearts of natives. Women and children are picked off by snipers, ambulances riddled with bullet holes, and in one shocking account, shieks shot in the head at a human rights office. Roundups and detention of Iraqis, with no probable cause, and no information given to the family on where suspects are taken and what the charges are, enrage many. Understandable that our forces must exercise caution in a dangerous locale, but from the perspective of the Iraqi native, the American occupation has wrought a great wrong.

Mr. Glantz has penned a recent article stating that immediate withdrawl may be the only way to avert a civil war. As in his book, he describes how the Bush administration hired a North Carolina company called Research Triangle International (RTI) to appoint new political leaders for the country.

A final note — regarding general Iraqi dislike of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, but disapproval of American persecution of him — due to the history of his family, specifically that they were martyrs who suffered and died speaking out against Saddam Hussien.

26 June 2005

Construction Time Again

The blogging software that powers AZplace was just upgraded to version 3.2. Yes, I realize it doesn't look any different, but hey, that's a good thing, at least for the time being. I'm really not sure myself the difference between version 2 and version 3, but I suppose I'll deduce some conclusions in the coming days. The upgrade process was smooth, and a rudimentary initial evaluation has uncovered no glitches as of yet.

On the flip side, I've disabled anonymous comments, at least temporarily, until I can implement some sort of Turing Test for anonymous posters. I really do not want to confine comments to registered members only, but this virtual locale has become innundated with spammer post bots. There did exist a process to dynamically sift through the rubbish and add violators to a blacklist, but I had to disable it as it collided with some other server issues this last week. Plus, it's really not an eloquent solution to address comment spam — a better approach is to prevent the bot attack in the first place before it even strikes once. So, hopefully, I can roll something out soon. In the meantime, if you wish to comment, you must register a AZplace account.

23 June 2005

Security of financial information held at foreign call centres

It's feeble as this Sun undercover reporter discovered.
CROOKED call centre workers in India are flogging details of Britons’ bank accounts, a Sun probe has found.

Our undercover reporter Oliver Harvey was sold the top secret information on a thousand accounts, and numbers of passports and credit cards.

Harvey, who paid a total of 5,000 US dollars (£2,750) for the information and was asked for another £275 to be sent later, was told details usually cost £4.25 but he was getting a special deal.

Kkaran Bahree, who said he got the details from a network of call centre workers in Delhi, also boasted that he could get up to 2,000 account details a month.

I've been warning the public of this for the past five years, ever since I encountered firsthand at American Express, the migration of information technology jobs to foreign locales, and where your personal data is freely available to a third world nation where bribes still prevade much of daily business details.

Again, I implore Congress to pass legislation to make it a crime for American companies to allow viewing of critical personal data, including social security numbers and credit card account numbers, by foreign personnel.

Answers to many common Social Security-related questions

Social Security Q&A

Of particular interest (not that the other content was devoid of significance), was this piece on how other privatized social security schemes and 401K programs stack up to the existing social security setup.

Chile’s system is one that President Bush often mentions. His proposal is likely to be similar because one of his advisors, José Piñera, designed the system in Chile for the Pinochet military dictatorship. Under that government, workers were encouraged to opt out of the system of pension insurance and into private accounts. Over the past 25 years, the return on stocks in Chile has averaged over 10%—a higher return than we can expect in the U.S. stock market over the next 25 years. Yet, even with that extremely high rate of return, the average Chilean retiree relying on private savings will receive a benefit less than one-half as large as someone who had remained in the old system, and that benefit lasts only 20 years. If a retiree is "unlucky" enough to live longer than that, he will simply run out of retirement income. Those in the old system not only receive a higher benefit, but the benefit lasts as long as they live, and continues to provide benefits to their surviving spouse.

A recent survey shows that 90% of Chileans who opted for the private accounts wish they had remained in the old system. The only people who have benefited by the new system are the wealthiest top 2% of the population.

The United States’ Social Security system is the most efficiently run insurance program in the world, with overhead of only 0.7% of annual benefits; for every $100 paid into the system, $99.30 is paid out in benefits to retirees. In the British and Chilean systems, at retirement, workers convert their private accounts to annuities provided by private insurance companies. In the United States, overhead for annuities provided by private firms averages about 20%; for every $100 paid in, $20 gets siphoned off. And almost no annuities are indexed for inflation.

How can Americans not view this as a massive transfer of financial wealth to bankers and brokers, at the expense of American workers?

22 June 2005

Honeywell's Plan for Census Adjustment by Globalization

Against the backdrop of information technology job erosion, one of Arizona's largest employers is about to embark on an escalation of replacing higher priced American employees with lower cost foreign employees. Rob Sanchez has the nitty gritty, and I encourage all to sign up to receive his excellent Job Destruction Newsletter that is keeping tally on the assault of the American high tech professional.
Honeywell executives have decided that revenue spent for engineering must go below 15% of their total expenditures. In order to cut costs they will "globalize" their engineering departments. This globalization process will focus on cutting the cost of labor by using the following methods:
  • Replacing current Honeywell workers with L-1 visa holders. These L-1 visa holders will come mostly from Russia, Czech Republic, and India.

  • Whenever possible all positions in engineering and its support functions will be outsourced to overseas locations.

  • All new IT jobs will be required to be outsourced offshore.

  • No external hiring will be allowed, and transfers of employees within Honeywell will be discouraged until the job terminations are complete.

  • Open job positions will be "backfilled with globalized engineers at a lower cost." Managers that refuse to go along with this process will be replaced with more cooperative ones.

  • American subcontractors are currently being eliminated and replaced with foreign companies.

» read more

21 June 2005

George Bush not only lied to them about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but also about the very process that led to war

On 16 October 2002, President Bush told the American people that "I have not ordered the use of force. I hope that the use of force will not become necessary", but we know now that this statement was itself a lie.
…the president, by late August 2002, had, in fact, signed off on the 'execute' orders authorising the US military to begin active military operations inside Iraq, and that these orders were being implemented as early as September 2002, when the US Air Force, assisted by the British Royal Air Force, began expanding its bombardment of targets inside and outside the so-called no-fly zone in Iraq.

These operations were designed to degrade Iraqi air defence and command and control capabilities. They also paved the way for the insertion of US Special Operations units, who were conducting strategic reconnaissance, and later direct action, operations against specific targets inside Iraq, prior to the 19 March 2003 commencement of hostilities.

President Bush had signed a covert finding in late spring 2002, which authorised the CIA and US Special Operations forces to dispatch clandestine units into Iraq for the purpose of removing Saddam Hussein from power.

The fact is that the Iraq war had begun by the beginning of summer 2002, if not earlier.

And there's more troublesome news in this Scott Ritter article — namely that the same sequence of events is being repeated with Iran and that the CIA is using terrorists to do battle in Iran.

Bush continues to lie to the American public about Iraq.

In his June 18 weekly radio address last Saturday, Bush again lied to the American people when he told them that the US was forced into invading Iraq because of the September 11 attack on the WTC.  Bush, the greatest disgrace that America has ever had to suffer, actually repeated at this late date the monstrous lie for which he is infamous throughout the world: "We went to war because we were attacked, and we are at war today because there are still people out there who want to harm our country and hurt our citizens."

Whoever the "people out there who want to harm our country and hurt our citizens" might be, they were not Iraqis, at least not until Bush invaded their country, killed tens of thousands and maimed tens of thousands more, detained tens of thousands others, destroyed entire cities, destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and created mass unemployment, poverty, pollution and disease. 

I cannot state it more strongly, this administration must be impeached. Now.

18 June 2005

The torturer is the enemy of all mankind

Senator Dick Durbin's statement on the Guantanamo Bay detention center has generated a vicious uproar in conservative circles. Durbin's comments have been cherry picked to summarize that the main thrust of his remarks is to call US Military personnel Nazis. But considered in full context, Durbin's charges address how torture is the antithesis of everything America is supposed to stand for.
When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here -- I almost hesitate to put them in the record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:

On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold....On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.

Erik Saar, former US Army linguist, who served at Guantanamo Bay, described the practices employed, but more importantly, how his writing was vetted by the Pentagon, so we're really not getting the complete picture of affairs:

Were dogs used?

Dogs were used on occasion, yes, ma'am.


That's another thing that because the Pentagon vetted the book, I really can't speak outside of the scope of what I have written, unfortunately.

Were you concerned about that use of dogs?

To be honest with you, ma'am, one of the things I was trying to explain in the book is that, you know, I went to Guantanamo Bay with one expectation, and I had no reservations whatsoever about any techniques we were going to use and about the lack of a system of justice for the detainees, but really, what my experience was was that over time, I came to the conclusion by the time I left Guantanamo that we're making a drastic mistake here, and what I saw as a whole was inconsistent with who we are and the values we represent as a nation.

Basically, this argument boils down to whether you are pro-torture or pro-human-rights/anti-torture. It saddens me greatly to see torture celebrated and trivialized, that the detainment of individuals with no charges and no trial is a valid act. Or that checks and balances should be completely discarded and prisoners should be executed, no matter if they are guilty or if they just happened to net a reward bounty for some war chief in Afghanistan. And the bloodlust and thirst to revel in the mental and physical torture of untried "enemy combatants" should dishearten any Christian in America.

17 June 2005

Senator Narcissus?

A glimpse of the office wall belonging to a popular Arizona Senator.


  1. Excessive love or admiration of oneself. See Synonyms at conceit.
  2. A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.

She's One of Us!

Benson's view, in today's Arizona Republic.

The President has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people

Long time CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former Air Force Colonel Karen U. Kwiatkowski, former US diplomat and Army colonel Ann Wright, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, Cindy Sheehan and others testify in a hearing held by U.S. representative John Conyers regarding the Downing Street Memo. It is an inquiry into whether or not President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war.

The hearing didn't receive a great deal of mainstream media attention (though here's a NY Times article on the matter), but there's been a huge public outcry over the developing story that President Bush's "fact fixing" over the justfiication over a preemptive war — over one million page hits a day for

There's actually more than one memo, and here's a nice breakdown of seven Downing Street documents and how they point to Bush having decided well in advance to go to war. Justin Raimondo examines the importance of these documents, that goes beyond the headlines.

You're going to have to start thinking about data retention if you don't want people to think you're soft on child porn

U.S. government pushes "surviellence society" as they instruct ISPs to become internet watchdogs.
The U.S. Department of Justice is quietly shopping around the explosive idea of requiring Internet service providers to retain records of their customers' online activities.

Data retention rules could permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or chat-room activity months after Internet providers ordinarily would have deleted the logs--that is, if logs were ever kept in the first place. No U.S. law currently mandates that such logs be kept.

15 June 2005

A receipt comes out and the transaction is done

RFID tags are the future and this large scale adoption of the technology for retail sales is going to be replicated all over.
Pizza Pizza's rollout is the largest quick-service food segment application of RFID technology in North America, but it won’t be the last. Where consumer throughput and transaction speed are a must, and modest ticket averages are common, RFID appears to be the wave of the payment future — a wave that could grab a large share of the market from comparably slower forms of cashless payment, such as credit and debit cards.

"When you look at a line at a McDonald’s or Wendy’s, that extra 2 to 3 seconds saved per customer is very important," said Paul Barron, editor of Louisville, Ky.-based "And even though credit card companies are going to no-signature-required transactions, I think RFID is going to be the natural evolution of cashless payment … . It drives repeat visits and increases customer loyalty because people will go where it’s fastest."

I am surprised that supermarkets and retailers like Wal-Mart haven't already embraced this technology. It will eliminate jobs, as all that will be required is to move the cart forward and a detailed sales receipt can be forthcoming in a matter of seconds. All the personnel that will be required is monitoring of machine uptime (and a good bit of that task can be automated) and security.

10 June 2005

Imagine the howls if a similar level of blatant bribery and corruption had occurred in the Clinton Administration

But this is normal today.
Buried in the 700-plus page energy bill currently under debate in the U.S. Senate is a provision that provides hundreds of millions of dollars worth of federal loan guarantees for a power project apparently to be built by four former Enron executives. One of the former executives is Thomas White, former head of Enron's retail and energy trading in California during the energy crisis who later served as President Bush's Secretary of the Army.... The federal loan guarantee makes taxpayers responsible for repaying the loan if the company defaults, or if the project ends up not being economically feasible after its construction.

Meanwhile, the Justice Dept has unilaterally reduced the major federal civil judgement against the Tobacco industry by 90%.

Then there is the matter of the mainstream media cleaning up George W. Bush's verbal gaffes. Dan Quayle got butchered for mispelling potato, yet Bush now has media lapdogs who eagerly correct his embarrasing bouts of misspoken zen.

Liberal media bias, my arse…

5 June 2005

The most humanitarian thing that anyone can do for those trying to sneak into the country in June, July and August is to turn them away

E.J. Montini comments on the "human rights" marchers is dead on. He writes the best way to do good would be to shut off the border crossings.
If the Minutemen and the human rights marchers were to meet at the border these days, it might be possible for individuals who usually face off across an ideological boundary to join forces and save lives.

Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you

GoDaddy head Robert Parsons 16 rules of success.

2 June 2005

Our young people are simply too precious

Let us ask their forgiveness for sending them to a war that should never have happened
Nothing young Americans can do in life is more honorable than offering themselves for the defense of their nation. It requires great selflessness and sacrifice, and quite possibly the forfeiture of life itself. On Memorial Day 2005, we gather to remember all those who gave us that ultimate gift. Because they are so fresh in our minds, those who have died in Iraq make a special claim on our thoughts and our prayers.

In exchange for our uniformed young people's willingness to offer the gift of their lives, civilian Americans owe them something important: It is our duty to ensure that they never are called to make that sacrifice unless it is truly necessary for the security of the country. In the case of Iraq, the American public has failed them; we did not prevent the Bush administration from spending their blood in an unnecessary war based on contrived concerns about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. President Bush and those around him lied, and the rest of us let them. Harsh? Yes. True? Also yes. Perhaps it happened because Americans, understandably, don't expect untruths from those in power. But that works better as an explanation than as an excuse.

The "smoking gun," as some call it, surfaced on May 1 in the London Times. It is a highly classified document containing the minutes of a July 23, 2002, meeting at 10 Downing Street in which Sir Richard Dearlove, head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, reported to Prime Minister Tony Blair on talks he'd just held in Washington. His mission was to determine the Bush administration's intentions toward Iraq.

The Bush administration has proven itself to be utterly irresponsible in the use of power

Is it just the unintended consequences of a harebrained policy?
The U.S. government gave the slave trade a boost by offering money for al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. Afghan and Pakistani warlords simply rounded up people who looked Arab or foreign and sold them to the Americans as captured fighters. The "fighters" apparently included relief workers, refugees, and Arab businessmen. The tribunals looking into the classification of Guantanamo prisoners as "enemy combatants" have uncovered numerous examples of hapless victims of a naive U.S. government too flush with money.

The Bush administration, of course, denies that it bought its detainees, as it denies everything. However, on May 31, 2005, Michelle Faul of the Associated Press reported that in March 2002, leaflets and broadcasts from helicopters in Afghanistan enticed Afghans to "Hand over the Arabs and feed your families for a lifetime." One leaflet said: "You can receive millions of dollars. This is enough to take care of your family, your village, your tribe for the rest of your life, pay for livestock and doctors and school books and housing for all your people."

Najeeb al-Nauimi, a former Qatar justice minister, leads a group of lawyers representing 100 detainees who were sold to the naive Americans. He says a consortium of wealthy Arabs are buying back fellow citizens kidnapped by Pakistani gangs before they can be sold to the Americans.

Money was tossed about in Afghanistan to warlords who in turn, sold their countrymen out.

The gross affront to justice here should invoke a revolting sentiment in all Americans who value liberty and justice.