Italy Should Pardon Robert Seldon Lady
I represent Robert Seldon Lady, who faces a six year Italian prison sentence in connection with the 2003 extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian jihadist Imam, Abu Omar, in Milan, Italy. In 2007, Lady was tried in absentia with 23 other American defendants. Italian Intelligence Chief, Niccolo Polari was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The case was brought by the same prosecutor who recently convicted | Read More »
Washington Post deigns to report on renditions again.
The Washington Post is almost believably shocked to discover that the practice of rendition has returned to Clinton-era levels: …it is not known how many renditions have taken place during Obama’s first term. But his administration has not disavowed the practice. Hot Air called this a ‘surprise.’ I know that they’re being sarcastic, because those folks were as aware of the situation with regard to | Read More »
*IF* it turns out to be true that we were operating a secret jail in Benghazi…
…and that is a legitimate ‘if:’ anyway, if it turns out that Broadwell’s revelation last month is correct and that Benghazi was hosting a secret jail* for the purpose of extraordinary rendition then I hope that people will find the following posts to be useful. 01/21/2009. There’s a phrase missing from this Washington Times report on detainee policy. 01/28/2009. Obama’s Rendition Exception. 02/01/2009. Obama embraces | Read More »
The progressive movement’s abandonment of human rights, Part 45.
Here’s the thing: I’ve met Michael Barone. I know that he’s smart. Frighteningly so, in fact. And I know that he pays attention to details, in ways that usually startle the living life out of people who aren’t used to it. In other words, this is an aware guy that we’re talking about. So why the surprise, here? All of which brings to mind the | Read More »
Greenwald, Sullivan’s faux-outrage over rendition.
The quote is from Spider Robinson’s short story “Unnatural Causes” (found in his first Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon story collection, known as, well, Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon), and we’ll be revisiting it in a moment. But first: pro-torture pro-Obama bloggers Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Sullivan have decided that they are very unhappy about Obama’s decision to maintain the Bush administration’s policy of “asserting a broad “state secrets” | Read More »
Human Rights Watch shown to be just another shill for far left
It’s not like we didn’t know this already, but now we have an anti-torture / anti-rendition ‘progressive’ coming out and saying it. Dissenting Justice compares how HRW suddenly did an about-face regarding rendition as soon as Obama said he’d continue it. (H/T Mark Hemingway at the Corner.) Major Flip-Flop by Human Rights Watch: Organization Waiting for Obama to Develop Kinder, Gentler Rendition Program I can | Read More »
Of Panetta And Rendition Policies
Nice to see that more people are asking about this. But will Senators at Panetta’s confirmation hearing do so as well? And if they do, will Panetta answer? Let’s hope, by the way, that the Q&A goes at least a little bit past this.
Obama refuses to rule out investigation of the left’s alleged ‘crimes of the Bush administration’
resident-elect Obama, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” would not rule out political retribution dressed up as investigations of the looney left-wing’s fanciful allegations of Bush administration war-crimes:
What Did Leon Panetta Know About Rendition And When Did He Know It?
Thus far, defenders of Director-designate of Central Intelligence Leon Panetta make the following points in defense of the proposition that he would make a good DCI: In response to arguments that Panetta is not experienced, Panettaphiles tell us that because of his experience as a consumer of intelligence–both as a member of the Iraq Study Group and as Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton–Panetta actually | Read More »