Why I imagine the Left now will oppose leaked intelligence–and re-think torture show trials
Promoted from Diaries – Moe Lane. This is priceless: WASHINGTON – President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists. “High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of | Read More »
How Many Americans Will Die Because of Barack Obama’s Weak National Security Leadership?
Let me say this without reservation, despite the left-wing assault when I twittered it: I do not doubt that more Americans will die at the hands of terrorists under the watch of Barack Obama than under the watch of George W. Bush. Back on January 8th, I wrote General Michael Hayden and John O. Brennan are career guys. They are not partisans. I could not | Read More »
Obama gives Holder the green light for the left’s long-sought show trials
Show trial: a trial (as of political opponents) in which the verdict is rigged and a public confession is often extracted — Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary President Obama was presented with another opportunity to rule out political retribution dressed up as investigations of the looney left-wing’s fanciful allegations of Bush administration war-crimes. Instead of standing by his previous obfuscation that “we need to look forward as | Read More »
Obama’s Interrogation Cop-Out
Barack Obama today offered what might be the single most mealy-mouthed, non-committal, responsibility-dodging answer in presidential history, when asked his views on prosecution of those who oversaw terrorist interrogation under the Bush administration: While the Bush-era memos providing legal justifications for enhanced interrogation methods “reflected us losing our moral bearings,” the president said, he also that he did not think it was “appropriate” to prosecute | Read More »
Getting a Laugh Out of Waterboarding
Jon Stewart must be an incredibly sick individual to work so hard to get laughs out of something he considers to be torture. And his audience too, must be awfully sick to find so much humor in it: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c We Don’t Torture thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Economic Crisis Political Humor
A look ahead
Sometime in the not too distant future… This report has been printed in blue ink according to government specifications as stated in Constitutional Amendment XXXVI or the ‘Blue is Happy’ law, as it is known. Following are the details of what was formally known as an interrogation but which has now been progressively renamed a Constructive Questioning Session (CQS). This CQS was monitored and transcribed | Read More »
Cheney Doubles Down on ‘torture’ memos.
(Via Andrew Malcolm) Former Vice President Dick Cheney has indicated that last week’s disclosure / distraction involving four CIA ‘torture’ memos is critically incomplete, as it fails to give results. He wants the full story released: “One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure,” Cheney tells Hannity, “is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the | Read More »
Via Hot Air (and I love the name Ed came up with for this one), the AP does everything it can to keep the dream from dying, but they’re up against some tough objective reality, here: Spanish AG says no torture probe of US officials MADRID – Spanish prosecutors will recommend against opening an investigation into whether six Bush administration officials sanctioned torture against terror | Read More »
Reason TV: ‘Barack W. Bush.’
If only. While the foreign affairs part of this video is largely true, I have to disagree with it on two key points: First off, the Obama administration has not “stopped torture.” They’ve started it back up again, only they’re going to be handing the job over to countries, in an essentially deniable fashion. And go read up on counter-terror operations conducted by, say, the | Read More »
The World’s Sexiest Torture Apologist
How slick and nefarious are the operatives of the torture and assassination branch of Bush/Cheney/HitlerCo? They’ve infiltrated Hugo Chavez’s Venezuelan regime and replaced Miss Universe with an incredibly sexy fembot duplicate. What other explanation is there for her singing from the Bush/Cheney songbook? A “relaxing, calm, beautiful place” may not be everyone’s description of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States holds about 240 prisoners | 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 »
US negotiating to reoccupy Uzbek air base?
Not being content to embrace and expand a program of deniable third-party torture as a viable counter-terrorism tool, the Obama administration has apparently decided to try to mend relations with the nation of Uzbekistan (H/T: Instapundit): Sources: US considers Uzbekistan as backup base WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is considering resuming military cooperation with hardline Uzbekistan as a potential backup plan given the uncertain | Read More »
Proposal for Pres. Obama: Torture We Can All Believe In
Dear Pres. Obama: Especially since your man for the CIA has been taking a pounding over which interrogation methods he would support, I thought you would find a definition of torture helpful. In a word, if journalists volunteer for it, it’s not torture. A veritable parade of journalists volunteered to be waterboarded just for the experience and to get a good story. They knew, a | Read More »
Outrage over changes to the “It’s a Small World Ride” a welcome break over outrage over Obamanomics
Promoted from the diaries because I needed a chuckle and you might too. And Tankertodd is on the money with this. Water boarding has nothing on “It’s a Small World”. –Erick I had to chuckle when reading this story about Disney Nerd outrage after hearing that Disney is updating the “It’s a Small World Ride” at Disney World. I chuckle because I took a vacation | Read More »
The nuance of the pro-torture Left (HRW edition).
Good term, Wizbang: I like it. Anyway, via Dissenting Justice (via Instapundit) we can see in miniature the… ah, evolution of our opposite numbers on the Online Left’s stance on Obama’s reversion to rendition. Our hypocrites for the day are Human Rights Watch*: April 7, 2008 to at least January 19, 2009: The US government should: ·Repudiate the use of rendition to torture as a | Read More »