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“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’m sure regular readers of this blog (both of them!) are tired of my periodic rants about American torture policy. Well, I’m tired of living in a country with a human rights record that can be compared unfavorably with that of communist China, so we’re even.
I do want to write about something else someday, but when something so sickening, so despicable, so grotesque as the torture of a young, and possibly innocent, child is revealed as a possibility in the United States of America, I can’t help but rant. (more…)
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This is how Bush/McCain define peace.
Recent violence in Iraq has proven one thing – The Bush/McCain surge is a failure.
The news recently has been rife with news that the Shiite militias in Iraq are starting their old feuds and the militias are being activated. At the same time, top commanders in the field have made statements that there will be no immediate drawdown of a surge. The last time I checked a surge comes…. and then goes, which was the original plan. After a year of peace by force is now straining and about to burst.
The problem, it once again seems, is who the Bush Administration decided to back. The Prime Minister, a Shiite, bases his coalition around the political part Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). This party has been around for years in various forms. They are important because their armed win is the Iranian trained Badr Corps… Let us think for a moment. Bush backs the Prime Minister. The PM backs SCIRI. SCIRI backs the Badr Corps. The Badr Corps are backed by Iran. Right. I should also mention that the majority of our monies are going to back the PM, his government, and his security forces (which happen to have similar membership lists as the Badr Corps).
On the other side of the fence is Muqtada al-Sadr… the most recent incarnation of the boogeyman – if you believe the media. His power base is in the urban and poor regions of the nation – especially Sadr City in Baghdad. His Mahdi Army is the militia that is taking control of entire town throughout the nation and is clashing with both Iraqi and American troops.
What does this mean for America? It means that over 4,000 troops have died. It means that we have committed ourselves to a intra-Shiite, intra-Iraqi tango being danced with US financing. Iraq is still experiencing terrorist bombs, the Green Zone has come under constant rocket fire, and country is still in fear. This surge has failed. Accept this fact… It is time for the media to recognize this and stop drooling over this Bush/McCain fraud.
If Kyle didn’t have a monopoly on “douche of the time-period,” I would be tempted to label this post “douche of the half-millennium” given that its been more than 500 years since the death of President Bush’s intellectual father TomÃ¡s de Torquemada. Saturday Bush vetoed, and Tuesday the House upheld, a bill that would have banned waterboarding, beating, electrocuting, burning, forced sex-acts (aka rape), withholding food and water and numerous other barbarisms