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 as earthquakes, | Read More »
Tortured logic on Gitmo Military Tribunals
Originally published by Mike “gamecock” DeVine, in Examiner.comLast August, Osama bin Laden’s former driver was sentenced to just five and a half years in prison for providing material support for Al Qaeda in the first trial of a terror suspect by a Special Military Commission (SMC) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Salim Hamdan, who could have received 30 years to life, appeared healthy in his open trial | Read More »
Does this count as US torture at Gitmo?
According to this article, we are engaged in “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” and “a violation of U.S. law and basic human rights principles” — get this — for not letting this one extremely violent prisoner starve himself to death. You can’t make stuff like this up.
Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
More random thoughts from an often warped mind…My new favorite television program: “Beyond the Politics,” hosted by Bill Bennett on CNN (that’s right…CNN). I just finished watching the premier episode. A roundtable of intelligent people having a reasonable and rational discussion about deep and important issues facing our country. Good job, Bill. I hope this is a harbinger of things to come.My new favorite author: | Read More »
So I deigned to watch Jon Stewart and Colbert Report back-to-back tonight. Both of them went on and on about torture and, in their usual offensive comic way, how ashamed we ought to be that the Bush Administration committed horrific acts of torture. And this got me thinking to what I might say to either of them had I the opportunity to do so. Three | Read More »
Are you ready for this…The Circus begins
Are you ready for this…The Circus begins