A known known

Raymond Nat Turner | 2021


“…there are known knowns. There are things

we know that we know. There are known

unknowns—things we do not know we know…”

—an infamous War Criminal


We know “extraordinary rendition” wasn’t 

Gladys and Marvin dropping smash hit

versions of “Grapevine” the same year…

We know “enhanced interrogation” wasn’t 

probing philosophical conversations regarding 

Grand mysteries of life…


In a dark, damp, dank, demonic den of depleted

uranium shrouded in white phosphorus clouds 

belching fracking fluid; A devilish war criminal

WMD dances around gaslighting Dr. Goebbels and

Empire’s death rattle. The stench of sulfur swirls 

up into his flared nostrils. Alas, he’s home!


Bloodthirsty thug in Brooks Brothers suit; Architect 

of Terror on War; Walking war crime; he arrives on a 

Hellfire Missile—Fallujah, Bagram, Abu Ghraib tags

on his baggage. Unapologetic for The Hague leg of his

journey, he’s the latest ghost detainee housed in the

Hitler-Hoover wing for the worst of the worst.


War criminal crème de la crimson, his place is cemented

in the pantheon of war criminals. For continuity he leaves

behind warlocks like Ol’ Schmo, Raytheon’s Craven Raven,

The Drone Ranger and Warlike Rice Women, Ladee Blu, et. al.

Now he can devote himself full-time

to stress positions, 20-hour interrogations, weaponizing phobias


After the war criminal’s laid to rest—and off the news cycle;  

after boots are gone from the ground, Ol’ Schmo will keep on

sending and sending and sending shareholders drones “over

the rainbow” to Afghanistan/Pakistan. And Congressmembers

sporting red, white and blue Wehrmacht jackets will keep

Huffing and puffing hot air…floating war profiteer balloons…


And now…A Moment of Silence—wet, cold, Wikileak, foghorn loud—

for Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Pakistan millions slaughtered on the 

watch of a cunning sadist-torturer-mass murderer; devil of death…


© 2021. Raymond Nat Turner, The Town Crier. All Rights Reserved.







World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.