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 »
Obama embraces torture.
I told you. I damned well told you. Rendition is back, you pro-torturing, posturing, hypocritical Leftist fools: Obama preserves renditions as counter-terrorism tool The role of the CIA’s controversial prisoner-transfer program may expand, intelligence experts say. Under executive orders issued by Obama recently, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that | Read More »
Gitmo Trial to Proceed
Apparently, one of the military judges in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility has denied the request by President Barack Obama to suspend tribunals there for 120 days. The judge, Colonel James Pohl, wasn’t persuaded by the administration’s arguments: “The Commission is unaware of how conducting an arraignment would preclude any option by the administration,” said Pohl in a written opinion, portions of which were read | Read More »
Obama’s Rendition Exception.
I’m not nearly as sanguine about this as Ed was: EXCLUSIVE: Loophole allows terrorist detentions President Obama’s executive order closing CIA “black sites” contains a little-noticed exception that allows the spy agency to continue to operate temporary detention facilities abroad. [snip] Current and former U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition that they aren’t identified because of the sensitivity of the subject, said such temporary | Read More »
Obama votes ‘present’ on torture
This is like a broken record. On every major issue it seems like Obama is waffling. Let the parsing being! From WaPo Inquiry Into Interrogations Unlikely President-elect Barack Obama has privately signaled to top U.S. intelligence officials that he has no plans to launch a legal inquiry into the CIA’s past use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques, agency director Michael V. Hayden said | Read More »
Newsweek: Maybe BushChimpHitlerCo Got War on Terror Right
Newsweek’s Stuart Taylor and Evan Thomas take a look at Obama’s promises to roll back the ‘excesses of Executive Power’ that were the hallmark of the Bush administration (at least in the eyes of liberals like the writers at Newsweek). They conclude that Obama might not be able to take us back to September 10, because those ‘excesses’ might just be necessary to keep us | Read More »
Obama refuses to rule out investigation of the left’s alleged ‘crimes of the Bush administration’
President-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:
Up yours, nutroots! Part I.
You’ve all read the posts. As users of the internet and interactors (grant me the license to make up a word) with various types of unhinged nutroots posters, you’ve had the pleasure of reading stuff like this: Pure, 100% nuttiness. Accept no substitutes. **We Americans have been known all over the world for our generosity, kindness, and compassion. When there have been major catastrophes such | Read More »