Dr. Susan Block

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  1. Ernest Gallant
    05 · 6 · 11 @ 8:46 pm

    Simple, outrageous, courageous piece, Dr. Susan, filled with exactly the same questions I asked myself when first getting word of our “heroic” kill. Now some answers in Alexander Cockburn’s Counterpunch Diary:


    Unfortunately, as expected, these answers add up to a “volcano of lies.”


  2. BEllis
    05 · 6 · 11 @ 1:09 pm

    Dr. Suzy: Just a brief note to thank you for one of the most reasoned and sound commentaries re the extrajudicial assassination (bit of an oxymoron, no?) of OBL.


  3. Romeo Guastaferri
    05 · 5 · 11 @ 7:00 pm

    Hello Susan

    Haven’t written in a long while but I still do enjoy your witty insights whenever I can. Especially the stuff you write on Counterpunch, of which I’m a regular reader.

    I particularly enjoyed your last piece on BHO vs OBL, where you appropriately pointed out a fact that I had also noticed and found profoundly relevant, but which seems to have been missed by pretty much everyone else in the media; I’m talking about the eerie similarities between the public demonstrations of joy, chanting and dancing that followed both the 911 attacks and the OBL hit job. Just substitue the Allah Akhbars with USA! USA!

    I’m also somewhat impressed by the integrity and the courage that you exhibit by publicly raising legitimate questions about OBL’s actual involvement in the 911 events. So much propaganda has been dished out on this issue, that the question of his guilt does not even seem to be in question by many, if not most of those on the left of the political spectrum. His guilt seems to have gained almost universal consensus… Yet, as I remember it, OBL actually denied his involvement for a long time (not that he’d demonstrated shyness in the past in claiming responsibility for other acts of terror). From what I’ve read, he stuck to his story for almost 5 years until 2006 where he took responsibility shortly after Zacarias Moussaoui had been convicted to life imprisonment by the US.

    Anyway, as you’ve already eloquently noted, without a trial, we’ll never know… thanks to the ‘courage’ of our Executioner in Chief.

    Keep up your terrific work
    You are an inspiration to freedom-(not to mention sex-)loving people everywhere.

    Romeo Guastaferri
    Laval, Quebec

    PS: Expanding on your BS line… have you heard this one ? : ‘same shit, different a**hole’…

    PPS : Thanks for reminding me about Masturbation Month… I almost forgot ! I might end up trying one of these japanese tenga devices…

    PPPS : W is probably kicking himself right now thinking… Why didn’t I think of that ? We should have told our news corps that the WMD had indeed been found… but then immediately dumped in the arabian sea.. so no terrorist could ever use them again. Yeah, that’s the ticket…


  4. Jim Binder
    05 · 5 · 11 @ 3:33 pm

    I hate to be such a brown-nose but again your article in Counterpunch is practically word for word my thoughts on the matter, especially the part about “Why suddenly so much respect for Islam for Osama’s sake? Why not even a routine autopsy? ”

    Based on all of your writings that I’ve read I have to commend you on your morality.

    As one of my friends says: “stay nice”…

    Jim Binder
    Palm Springs


  5. Randall
    05 · 5 · 11 @ 3:32 pm

    As a high school library guy, I asked a kid what RIP meant … her answer … something torn …

    I rephrased the question as R. I. P. … and she had no idea. So much for our alleged valedictorian …

    I was tempted to ask her about B. S. but refrained …


  6. Imtiaz waris
    05 · 5 · 11 @ 7:23 am

    This explanation comes from a very reliable source in Pakistan.In 2005,the ISI(Intelligence)apprehended someone known as Abu Faraj Al Libbi a Libyan very high up in Al Qaeda,taken to Abbottabad and the ISI had built this home to house him,which they did.
    This home was kept by the Intelligence to house unsavoury people,and I am told OBL died in 2003.
    Since there are no eyewitnesses and no pics,and his body was buried at sea,leaves a lot of doubt of the authencity of his death.
    Obama who has been at best a lousy President has come up with this fairy tale as a last minute resort to get reelected.
    This truly can be a wonderful screenplay for a great action film.With some gratutious sex and Bollywood dancing,we have a blockbuster.


  7. Max
    05 · 5 · 11 @ 4:10 am

    OK…now I think I have the right story! Seal Team 6 went into somebody’s house and assassinated a few un-armed folks. End of story. Great job guys, very heroic!


  8. Max
    05 · 4 · 11 @ 6:00 pm

    Death of a terrorist and unanswered questions

    The Guardian, Thursday 5 May 2011 Article history Your correspondents have rightly been critical of the questionable legality of American action against Bin Laden and Nato attempts to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi (Osama bin Laden and wild-west justice, 3 May). Some 65 years ago US prosecutors and politicians led the way in rejecting the idea of simply identifying and then executing Nazi leaders when they fell into allied hands. Justice Robert Jackson insisted that if the western allies wanted to hold the moral high ground they had to be seen to behave differently from the defeated axis states. The Nuremberg trials gave an opportunity through due legal process for the victor states to demonstrate that the rule of law had to be applied even to the most lawless acts.

    How the wheel of history has turned? Instead we have extra-legal murder squads, concentration camps, torture of suspects, wilful disregard for legal sovereignty. No one will shed tears for Bin Laden or for Gaddafi, but if the rule of law was good enough for the Nazi leadership, responsible for the greatest mass murders in history, it must be good enough for our current conflicts. It is time to put an end to the idea that lynch law is a legitimate form of international justice and to try to base Obama’s limp claim that “justice” has been done on a restoration of international behaviour that respects those rules and sets aside the unconvincing assertion that the western killing is the archway to democracy. Robert Jackson would be turning in his grave.

    Professor Richard Overy


    I found this letter in letters to the editor in Guardian. I must say that I am happy to find some sanity on the other side of the world and to know that not all of society has become crazed with killing.




    05 · 4 · 11 @ 12:37 am

    Probably wouldnt hav been z terrorist he was, if he had wankd pushinup his joy in gratitude 2 z DIVINE, n this goes 4 others 2


  10. Paul G
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 11:18 pm

    Your hunch that the official story has something fishy about it is already being proven correct


    OBL is probably dead but did not die the way they say.


  11. Lyn Jensen
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 6:04 pm

    I do like your (sexual) politics!


  12. Said Al-Jaberi
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 5:48 pm

    I agree. Our world is not experiencing scarcity of BS. Our world needs more of TLC!


  13. Timothy Crawford
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 2:06 pm

    Well thought out and well spoken.


  14. Yossi Vardan
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 2:00 pm

    there are always three sources of information.which one are we ready to consume without any harm to our digestive system?


  15. anonymous
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 7:58 am

    I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy


  16. Michael Rossi
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 7:21 am

    OBL has reeked havoc on our civil rights and with our help has rained death on hundreds of thousands of innocent people in addition he has almost bankrupt the world on this war on terror and we call ourseleves the winners? You tell’m Charlie…winning! Ha Ha. Let’s wipe our ass with a dollar bill…


  17. Imtiaz waris
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 7:14 am

    I want to further comment on what Max has written.It certainly looks like a script to a great film.This conversation took place with a senior ISI official in Lahore sometime ago.
    Is OBL alive/He did not reply When you don’t reply I assume the answer is yes I repeated the question he still did not reply Do you know where he is He burst out laughing I don’t know and even if I knew I wouldn’t tell you Does anyone else know whete he is He shrugged his shoulders I insisted and said Nothing in our wonderful country is a secret,someone must know 3 People know possibly 4 and u can guess who they are I could and Washington They don’t want him alive and your boys can’t kill him His final answer was listen friend why should we kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
    Now the Amrticans have killed the goose themselves.What was the bounty promised and to whom .All this should add to a brilliant screenplay written by the indubitable Max,the brilliant Dr. Susan and the cynic Imtiaz.


  18. ButsuDom
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 4:45 am

    Well said Suzy.


    05 · 3 · 11 @ 4:43 am

    Nicely said your OBL article…I love your ending of mai festivities…Most world medias talks tons of talk, bring in tons of experts to tell us Zway 2 see n hear, but zem hav no PROOFS, NO CORPS, NO ADN


  20. Max
    05 · 3 · 11 @ 2:45 am

    What an utter disgrace befalls a society that celebrates death on a daily basis as if attending a football game. And what utter nonsense that a guy like Osama is living with his wives (where are they now?) in a small village, around the corner from a police station and less than a mile from the Pakastani equivalent of West Point in a mansion with eighteen foot walls surrounded by barbed wire and security cameras, security gates and security guards and no one noticed? What a great story! What an awesome movie! And killed on the same day Hitler was killed this is the stuff of blockbuster movies. Then of course there is no autopsy, no photos, no video, no medical report of any kind, just what seems like a fairytale akin to Alice in Wonderland.

    Gosh what a brave commander-chief we have, he ordered the killing of a guy that lived within his own prison, great show, good for the sagging voter ratings. The LAPD couldn’t have done a better job.

    I say repent my fellow citizens and ask forgiveness from your Gods.


    05 · 3 · 11 @ 2:11 am


  22. Imtiaz waris
    05 · 2 · 11 @ 8:36 pm

    Abbottabad is a small Hill Station Hamlet which allegedly housed OBL in a large mansion just adjacent to ex military retired personel,who normally retire in this quaint town.The Pakistani mentality is very nosy and if such a substantial mansion is at stake,where supposedly OBL and family resided for 5 years,without internet,phone service,and garbage service,and no one inquired who was living there is for me very hard to believe.
    Unlike in USA,in these small towns,bazaars are normally common where you shop for food daily or certainly frequently.If a large family is living there the requisition of food is substantial.I am flabbergasted that merchants did not observe this while selling food items.
    What is even more curious that US Helicopters flew out of a local Pakistani air base and they were not detected,and in the firefight there were no casualities for the Seals.
    This whole thing stinks.
    Even if it were Karachi,the largest city in Pakistan,and someone resided for 5 years in a large mansion they would have been detected.
    In Abbottabad its impossible that neither the ISI the Intelligence Agency of Pakistan and locals were aware of OBL residing there for 5 years.
    The body being thrown in the sea raises further questions, as you say.
    I feel this story has so many holes that whether in fact OBL was killed on May 1st may not also be true.He might have been killed earlier and kept frozen,who knows.
    Last but not least,the Founding Fathers made due process a part of the way to determine the innocence or guilt of an individual.
    OBL was never given this natural right.
    If in fact he is dead,I call it murder. And in Kantian ethics killing can never be justified.


  23. CeeBee
    05 · 2 · 11 @ 5:46 pm

    I’m impressed at how you tied Masturbation Month in with the death of Osama bin Laden. But I’m all for your mantra: MASTURBATION NOT OCCUPATION! Yeah! Great blog.


  24. shin
    05 · 2 · 11 @ 5:43 pm

    I love what you tweeted yesterday: “I hate to see people rejoicing with that MISSION ACCOMPLISHED pride over any fellow human being killed, even Osama bin Laden :P”


  25. Goddess Leesa
    05 · 2 · 11 @ 5:31 pm

    excellent blog! reflect not rejoice I wish that message would just sink in EVERYWHERE


  26. Don aka polybi
    05 · 2 · 11 @ 5:25 pm

    You are not the only one with questions. Those of us who may be known as “truthers” are not big conspiracy theorists but we do want some answers, which are not forthcoming (or forth-cumming, depending).

    Here’s a question: after years of deriding the “liberal/corporate” media, that same media says a guy is dead and suddenly they are the beacon of truth??

    Plus, no eyebrows are raised by a burial at sea with no video/photo record?

    I guess the truth is whatever we want to believe. Whether it’s sex or terrorism.


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