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Category Archive: torture

May 12 2009

Shoulda Been a Con: Harold Ford Edition

Someone remind Harold Ford that a) torture is a crime and b) repeating the talking points of the party that smeared you with outrageously racist ads is a dumbfuck thing to do: This evening on MSNBC, former Democratic congressman Harold Ford, Jr., adopted many of Cheney’s right-wing talking points to defend torture, saying he was …

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May 09 2009

Reports of Nancy Pelosi’s Knowledge of Waterboarding Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Cons seem determined to play the “but they did it too!” card. Problem is, reality isn’t quite supporting their whines: So, a reconstructed document that is contradicted by reality is the basis for this charge against Pelosi. While it’s possible that she was briefed on waterboarding at that meeting, there’s no evidence to think so, …

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May 08 2009

You Wanna Talk About Nazis? Let’s Do

ZOMG, the fearmongering stupidity never ends: The argument that terrorists represent a graver threat than the Nazis did appears to be gaining traction among current and former Republican officials. The latest to make the claim: GOP Rep Pete Hoekstra, at a press conference today announcing the GOP’s new “Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act,” which …

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May 01 2009

Advice for Bush & Co.: Don’t Plan Any Trips Abroad

Because Spain’s legal community’s wanting to have a little chat about torture: In some countries, they apparently take this sort of thing seriously: In a ruling in Madrid today, Judge Baltasar Garzón has announced that an inquiry into the Bush administration’s torture policy makers now will proceed into a formal criminal investigation. The ruling came …

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Apr 28 2009

We Are Bound by the Convention We Signed

In 1984, Ronald Reagan made this country a signatory to the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Since it appears that some people, our President included, think that prosecuting torturers is optional, it might be a good idea to have a peek at some articles of the Convention, with some particularly juicy bits emphasized: Article 1 1. …

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Apr 27 2009

Cujo Takes Obama to the Woodshed

Go. Read. Now: If you want an example of how disconnected our federal government is from the world that the rest of us live in, you can’t do much better than to contemplate the case of Alyssa Peterson and then contrast it with the behavior of the Congress, the Senate in particular, and the President …

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Apr 25 2009

Rant of the Week

HuffPo’s Jason Linkins puts the Smack-o-Matic 3000 with optional Sarcasm Boost. I had to share with you all. Stupid statement: Via Media Monitor LaRay B., comes video of a segment between Phil Musser and Lawrence O’Donnell, hosted by Norah O’Donnell on MSNBC. The discussion centered on the torture memos, with Lawrence O’Donnell explaining how the …

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Apr 23 2009

It Wasn’t About Saving Lives

It was about getting the answers they wanted: Most of the defenses for torture involve some variation on a Jack Bauer fantasy — to stop the proverbial ticking time-bomb, U.S. officials have to be able to do literally anything to acquire intelligence to save lives. There are all kinds of problems with this, of course, …

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Apr 22 2009

The Will to Prosecute

Looks like torture prosecutions may not be off the table after all: During a press availability Jordan’s King Abdullah, President Obama fielded a couple of questions about possible sanctions against Bush administration officials who wrote torture memos. The president went a little further than Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs were prepared to go. President Obama …

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Apr 20 2009

Prosecutions. Now.

This is what the Bush regime turned us in to: Marcy Wheeler scrutinized some of the Bush administration’s torture memos and discovered a striking statistic. According to the May 30, 2005 Bradbury memo, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 and Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002. [...] [T]two …

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