"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Bush told a Grand Rapids audience Wednesday, of the self-professed 9/11 mastermind. "I'd do it again to save lives."
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President Obama says "We can't go backwards"
Ex-President and Unindicted war criminal George W. Bush is basically saying "Why not go backwards, look at the wonderful legacy I have left you!"
Yeah, those were WAR CRIMES, the kind Reagan forbid and made illegal under US law, but, now that you have reminded us that the only thing in your legacy that you want to remind us of is how torture worked in your book, I say we encourage George W. to keep talking. Keep reminding us of that legacy, Georgie, cause you sure didaheckuvajob.
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Today the trial of Splitting the Sky commenced. Splitting the Sky attempted a citizens' arrest on credibly accused war criminal George W. Bush on March 17, 2009, and was arrested and jailed for doing so by police. Try as its representatives might to disguise their motivations with the kind PR spin doctoring we witnessed in the court today, the Calgary Police, the RCMP and its contractors were under the Harper government's strict political orders to protect the Alberta home turf of the current minority government that came to power as the holder of the Bushite franchise in Canada. Some have termed this historic proceeding as "The Trial of Splitting the Sky versus George W. Bush." From what I witnessed firsthand on day one, the government attempt to manage this highly volatile convergence of law and politics was an exciting affair.
For those of you that might try to point out the lack of the word "alleged" in front of the "Bush War crimes" part of the title, this has already been dealt with legally as Canada had already documented some war crimes of the Bush administration previously in court leading to their placing the USA on its torture watch list:
You have to love the dry humor in this YouTube documenting how the media does (or doesn't do) its job these days:
Charlie Brooker - How To Report The News
More How To Open Thread stuff form fitted below the fold.
THE DECLINE OF AMERICAN CHARACTER
THE "CRINGING WIMP" GENERATION
For years we hear little else, "But he kept us safe." The "but" refers to bankrupting the country, stealing elections, suspending Constitutional Rights, poisoning the air and water and turning the country over to racketeers from oil, drug, insurance and crooked financial services..........
Hat-tip to Lady SaraBeth of Delphi Forums for the heads-up.
Our own intrepid Susie Dow has been writing about this sort of thing for months, along with some pieces by Jim Staro, Jan Barry, Connecticut Man, Cho and others. It's still happening. It's still not acceptable. But hopefully, this is the start of some degree of accountability. Via CNN:
Five American security contractors have been detained in connection with the killing of another American contractor inside Baghdad's Green Zone, sources told CNN on Saturday. James Kitterman's bound and blindfolded body was found last month in a car in the heavily protected district. The 60-year-old Houston, Texas, resident owned a construction company that operated in Iraq. full story
For those who are interested, we have a short compilation over the fold of some recent coverage on the stories of civilian contractors missing or killed in Iraq.
Explain the logic of why the GOP wants Pelosi to resign again...? Why not just engage a commission to investigate torture to find out exactly what happened, who knew what and when did they know it? Why aren't the GOP pundits and Congress-critters -- both current and former -- naming any of their own and demanding an investigation of everyone and the entire program?
I've seen screeching by insane, unbalanced right-wingers and headlines claiming that the GOP is loudly proclaiming that Pelosi could have objected to the process. That, of course, begs a pertinent question: Which (R) individuals objected? What were they told, and when? Where are calls for their resignations? Why is the GOP so silent on their own involvement and complicity? Why are their pundits and their rabid base of supporters not interested in a full and complete investigation?
And what's so objectionable about criticizing the CIA -- weren't they involved? Haven't they been involved in conspiracies and cover-ups before?
This is a guest post by Mark Karlin, cross-posted from The Buzzflash Editor's Blog.
For many years now, BuzzFlash has been recording and documenting the acts of homicide and war crimes that have resulted from the Cheney/Bush/Rumsfeld policies on torture and killing of sometimes randomly singled out Arabs. Face it, the trio of war criminals had a policy that if innocent Arabs got caught up in the web of torture and war, that was their problem. So what would be a crime of murder if committed in the United States was an "act of protecting America against terrorism" in Iraq, Afghanistan and the CIA "black holes."
Even if many of the tortured and dead were just so more wrongfully abducted and arrested "collateral damage."
Originally posted 2009-04-29 22:38:30 -0500. Promoted by carol.
Those extra 2 docs that "justify the policies of the past", that Cheney is so interested in, looks like one of them was already released.
I didn't believe the "A to Z" Confessions of the the "9/11 Mastermind" then. I'm not inclined to believe them now.
But you be the judge.
Obtained: Cheney’s Request Form Detailing The Two CIA Torture Docs He Wants
The Plum LineGreg Sargent's blog
Looks like Cheney may be after a doc that supposedly details what top Al Qaeda official Khalid Muhammad revealed under torture.
Klalid M. wasn't he the dude, with the frumpy sleepware, and the wild hairdo?
The first photos of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal were shown on CBS's ''60 Minutes II.'' The photos had been taken by U.S. military personnel responsible for detaining and interrogating Iraqi prisoners arrested following the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, Torture at Abu Ghraib American soldiers brutalized Iraqis. How far up does the responsibility go?, who helped break the story.
Originally re-posted 2009-04-22 20:56:14 -0500. First printing appeared on the old Journal, linked to below. Promoted to help ensure that the information is readily accessible. -- GH
On December 16, 2006, Danse Macabre: The Return of Ja(a)far [Donald Rumsfeld] was posted on the old ePluribus Media Journal. It was a long piece that drew several analogies all keyed to variants of "Jafar" and running the gamut from Disney to Arab history to the Joint Army-Air Force Adjustment Regulations and back.
In light of the recent most-excellent exposé by Zwoof on DailyKos and the current flurry of activity regarding the torture memos, I'm going to re-post it again, this time in two parts. Tonight, first three sections, including The Art: The Story of Aladdin and Life Imitates Art: Donald Rumsfeld as "Jafar"; tomorrow, the final sections, including Turning the Corner: the Last Throes of Donald Rumsfeld, Rudy Jaafar -- "Time for Arab History to Follow its Course" and JAAFAR -- Joint Army-Air Force Adjustment Regulations (along with all footnotes and appendix).
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"The Return of Ja(a)far" examines the return of Donald Rumsfeld to the role of Secretary of Defense, a sequel that -- like the Disney flick of similar name -- should have gone straight to video. It tells how some of the same characters who were bit players in a previous mess (the Nixon Administration) keep coming back to attempt to recreate a grand scheme on the level of players much more evil and out of their league, a league playing at the level of the Kissingers, Nixons and "Poppy" Bushs. True to GWB form, they continue to fail spectacularly upwards.
Image credit: Jose Guadalupe Posada, calavera del catrin
Along the way, we'll learn why Ja(a)far isn't always bad, and that, sometimes, he can be more of a "what" than a "who."
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
- George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905
US (Spanish-born) philosopher (1863 - 1952)
Throughout human existence, there are many instances of the saying "art imitates life" and its corollary of life imitating art. For, as long as humanity has had the capacity of self-expression coupled with curiosity and a sense of wonder, our instinct to depict our hopes and dreams or to record our history has found an outlet from cave walls to papyrus, from blackboard to whiteboard and from paper to electronic media. Our darkest points of history, the stuff of which nightmares are made, coexist alongside tales of humanity triumphant and dreams of a better tomorrow. History demonstrates that major themes often repeat, bringing fresh wisdom or reintroducing lessons yet unlearned to each new age. Sometimes, the cycles appear to repeat quickly, as though the lesson had been incomplete.
Such a lesson was recently manifested in the form of Donald Rumsfeld, who returned to the role of U.S. Secretary of Defense in 2001 more powerful than he was during his earlier time in the same role (1975-1977).