Shorter James Mitchell:

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“I was just following orders.”

Mitchell, as you may recall, was the psychologist who designed CIA’s post-9/11 torture program, and in essence sold our collective souls to the devil for a pence. If ever there was a war criminal trial for the fiends from Chimpy’s Great Adventure, he would be one of the prime candidates to be locked in the Hague for eternity.

(The Guardian)

In Which ex-CIA Director Hayden Mansplains The Skirts To Us

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Former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden suggested Sunday that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) might have compromised the objectivity of a report on CIA interrogation techniques because she personally wants to change them.

On “Fox News Sunday,” Hayden cited comments Feinstein made last month in which she said declassifying the report would “ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted.”

Hayden suggested Feinstein feels too strongly about the issue on an “emotional” level.

“That sentence — that motivation for the report — may show deep, emotional feeling on the part of the senator, but I don’t think it leads you to an objective report,” Hayden said.

I dislike Dianne Feinstein, she’s an unrepentant hawk who supported every military weapon program and was unwavering in her support of Chimpy’s Great Adventure.

But there’s one thing I do know about her: she’s tough as nails. There is nothing emotional about her. I suspect that she pushed her kids out of the nest with gusto and relish, and so I doubt very much that her emotions have ever gotten the better of her.

So besides the obvious sexism here—and it doesn’t get much more obvious than this—it makes me wonder what is in this report that Egghead Hayden really doesn’t want released? That’s a pretty desperate fourth and forty play.

Could it be… torture? Let’s call it by its real name, not some weasel-speak harsh interrogation technique. It was the policy of the United States to torture prisoners of war in off-shore gulags beyond the reach of our own laws. Blam-blam and Chimpy broke every last shred of decency we had in the world’s eyes, and they continue to walk the earth free.

(WaPo via Crooks and Liars)

Liz Cheney Speaks!

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Liz Cheney, THE MOST IMPORTANT DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS in our nation’s history was on the talkies today (for unknown or unknowable reasons, she keeps getting invited back) and she told a lie so big, bold, and so stunning it deserves the full pull-quote treatment:

As Attorney General (Michael) Mukasey has pointed out recently, when we prosecuted and successfully convicted people after the ’93 World Trade Center bombing, after the East African bombing, what it got us was 9/11 and 3,000 dead Americans.

This continues to support my theory that what the Cheney’s and the other dead-enders fear most is that if their torture-induced confessions cannot be introduced as evidence, that it will lead to the repudiation of their entire methodology for intelligence, and may in fact bring about an indictment of Blam-Blam and the other war criminals.

And make no mistake: Chimpy and Blam-Blam are war criminals. If we had any sort of leaders in Congress (Hello, Nancy Pelosi) who believed in the rule of law, Chimpy and Co. would have been brought up on War Crime charges and indicted by now.

Big Week on the Innertubes for the GOP

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Liz Cheney, The most important deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in our nation’s history and maybe ever, not to be out done by the nominal head of the GOP, that regional party of old white men, Dy-No-Mike, has launched her own snuff porn site, KeepAmericaSafe, which pretty much celebrates all things dark and tortured from the Blam-Blam/Chimpy years.

It is sort of a one-stop shop for all things that have gone disturbingly wrong since the ascension of Chimpy McStagger to this day, because Citizen of Kenya, Language-of-the-Koran-speaking, Closet-Muslim, socialist, magic-negro overlord, re-education camp counselor, and Nobel laureate The Carebear has gone back on pretty much all of his campaign promises that involved the War on Terror, the War on US Civil Liberties, and well, the War on Common Sense.

But I digress…

Working in tandem with her partner Bill Kristol, he of the alien unblinking stare and the absolutely bonkers thought processes, the topics that they cover are:

  • War on Terror
  • CIA Interrogation
  • Gitmo Facility
  • Iran
  • Afghanistan
  • Human Rights and Democracy

(Which one of these is not like the other!)

My favorite part, though, is the hot hunk of the day feature:
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I understand he’s a Scorpio born on Soylent Blonde’s birthday, and he likes long walks on the beach…

The no-win scenario

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Scissorheads –

So once again, we at Mock, Paper, Scissors find ourselves challenged with some serious business, and we have to put down our spitball tubes, walk away slowly from the snark, and otherwise leave our childish ways behind us for just a moment.

You probably do not know (because the press has buried it pretty well) that one of our US soldiers has been captured in Afghanistan by the Taliban. The soldier, whose name is not given, walked off his base and was promptly captured. We only know this because the military tells us this. He (or she) is believed to be the first US soldier to be a prisoner of war in the 8 year old war.

This puts us in a strange position, as The Carebear only just this week validated Chimpy’s policy that he can detain “enemy combatants” indefinitely, and presumably torture them. (I don’t believe in the euphemism of “harsh interrogation techniques” – torture is torture is torture, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein.) And now one of our soldiers is, in effect, in the same limbo world and being held by the Taliban.

And so, suddenly, we are in a no-win scenario:

  • The Taliban, if they choose to treat our US soldier with dignity and respect will have a propaganda tool unlike few others: they will have taken the moral higher ground, and they will no doubt be able to use this to their advantage.
  • The Taliban, if they choose to torture our US soldier, will put the spotlight on the US policies of detaining and torturing prisoners. It will be hard for us to demand that this soldier is treated better than we profess to treat their people.

Knowing that the GOP mouth-breathers are going to latch onto this, I want to say this very carefully: I hope that the Taliban is caring for our guy better than we have been caring for their guys. This is not Blaming America First — as I will no doubt be accused of doing — this is hoping that their policies are more humane than ours.

I also hope that this might finally be a moral beacon to our politicians that when they discover that they cannot be outraged by torture as a policy of the enemy when we do it ourselves. Torture is not American, and we must work to have this repellant policy repealed.

(Hat tip: Tom Belt)