Category Archives: Torture
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Coach Hoke: “I don’t like twitter. Why would anyone want to know I’m at McDonalds eating a cheeseburger…If I want to talk to you, I’ll call you up and talk.” – At today’s Signing Day press conference.
Maybe all of that Constitution reading has done some good in the US House of Representatives. I had assumed that even if the GOP read the entire document out loud, party members would still find a way to block out or otherwise ignore the parts inconvenient to their ideology, including the commerce clause, the necessary and proper clause, the establishment clause, the supremacy clause, and the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Fourteenth, Sixteenth, and Twenty-Third Amendments. Today’s vote on the renewal of three provisions of the Patriot Act, though, seems to indicate that I may have been too pessimistic. Indeed, 26 Republicans voted against the measure and it failed (narrowly) to pass under suspension of the rules.
All of this to say that it is worth giving credit where credit is due: at least these 26 Republicans do not subscribe to the “Constitution when convenient” legal theories of the previous administration.
As a frequent victim of the airport stop, pat and search
I find this disturbing from my traveler’s perch.
To pose for playboy or get to second base?
Only so long as after there’s a memory erase.
I’ve never said it before, but call me a prude and take me to church.
cross posted at www.limericked.wordpress.com
The details are still sketchy, but it appears that a Syrian man was planning on assassinating the President while overseas, but was caught late last week. US officials are taking this threat “very seriously.” From CNN:
The Saudi paper [al-Watan] reported the suspect, who was carrying an Al-Jazeera TV press credential in the name of “M.G.,” confessed to authorities after his arrest that he and three alleged accomplices plotted to stab Obama with a knife during the Alliance of Civilizations Summit in Istanbul, which Obama attended on Monday evening. The U.S. officials confirmed those allegations, but stressed to CNN that the information provided by the man is still being verified.
Officials were quick to point out that assassination plots are common, especially when the President is overseas:
But the officials strongly cautioned that American presidents are frequent targets of threats that are all watched very carefully, and in this case the alleged plotter did not appear to get anywhere close to Obama during his European tour.
Here are some take-away points from this, however:
1) Mad props to the Secret Service and any other relevant agency.
2) Although we won’t know this for a while, it appears to me that this man confessed freely, and without the use of torture.
3) Terrorist attacks and assassination plots are real, but this president won’t make up fake terrorist plots at key times to aid him politically, unlike W.
If any more information comes out, please post it in the comments! The details are still fairly sketchy.
“First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote, adding later: “The current campaign against terrorism may require even broader exercises of federal power domestically.”
~ Deputy Assitant Attorney General John Yoo in Bush Administration memos released day concerning DOJ policies after 9/11. The memos reveal that the Bush Administration has considered broadly rolling back certain constitutional rights – wiretapping, search and seizure, torture, and our First Amendment Rights.
You can read the memos here.
I thought to do this a little ways in since I have nothing better to do on my spring break. Obama already discussed creating jobs and giving tax cuts to low income families and giving a $2500 tax credit to families paying college tuition.
9:27 – Obama says banks need to start re-lending, otherwise “the recovery will be choked off before it begins”. States the banks are too fearful to lend and need to rebuild confidence.
9:29 – Obama is creating a housing plan for responsible families facing foreclosure that will lower monthly payments and have lower interest rates. Families can refinance and save $2,00 per year on mortgage. He will also act with the federal government to make sure banks have enough confidence, and if they are in trouble, will hold those accountable responsible and help reboot them.
9:32 – Says the country will need government help to get out of recession. “The cost of action will be great, but the cost of inaction would be greater.” He says that problems will continue for years even with help, but will get us out of the mess.
9:33 – Nancy Pelosi is still making random faces and twitching her mouth. Botox must be wearing off there, Nance.
9:34 – Obama asks Congress to join him to help make sure crisis like this will not happen again and to move swiftly to reform our outdated regulatory system. He says theÂ only way to restore America’s strength is to make long-term investments that will create jobs. The camera flashes to a shot of Charlie Rangel, whose mouth was hanging completely open and looked like he had no idea what was going on.Â (more…)
3:03 PM – Welcome to my interpretation of University of Michigan College Democrats – erm, the College Democrats at the University of Michigan – Constitutional Congress 2009. I’d say that I want to make this rhyme, but my capacities cannot think of that many matches for the word “amendments”. Thus far we’ve accomplished the following:
1) Grammar (sort of) corrected
2) We’ve tabled the amendment discussion the procedure of holding open and closed meetings, their difference, etc.
3) Heated debate about whether or not we are going to “hold a meeting” “convene a meeting” “convene in a meeting” or completely abolishing the entire organization as a whole (not a whole group.)
3:05 – Crazy super unlikely situation amendment voted upon. Lindsay wants to practice voting. Is it something about her arthritis?
3:06 – Secretarial duties (not a la Maggie Gyllenhal) but we’re tabling it so we can talk about something else.