Some Stupid For Your Coffee?

Petunia and Pals wins the Jug of Stupid again as Elisabeth Hasselbeck uses the hostage situation in Sydney to justify torture.

Torture – UPDATED

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Allegedly today the long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report is supposed to be released today, with heavy censorship, you know to protect the names of the innocent-until-never-proven guilty.

Already Wingnuttia’s mighty Wurlitzer is warmed up telling us simultaneously that there was no torture and that this will cause the middle east to blow up again. One side or the other boys, it cannot be both.

One of the sadder and stranger side-effect of this happening now six-plus years after Chimpy and Darth’s Excellent Adventure slunk off into history, is the idea floated by the ACLU that President Obama should issue Presidential Pardons to whole crew.

There is actually some reasoning behind it:

My organization and others have spent 13 years arguing for accountability for these crimes. We have called for the appointment of a special prosecutor or the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission, or both. But those calls have gone unheeded. And now, many of those responsible for torture can’t be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has run out.

Shorter ACLU: the only way to get into the record books that indeed the US tortured prisoners is to pardon the torturers. The statute of limitations was run-out (thanks Congress), and now the rat bastard torturers who have crapped on what little is left of our moral high-ground, they we are giving themselves fist bumps.

Personally, I find pardoning Chimpy & Co. repellant. You set a precedence, and ensure absolutely that it will happen again. My preference would be to release the whole, damn report into the public record, uncensored. Let the people who tortured (water boarded? electric shocked? finger nailed? who knows what?) face the consequences, let them be shunned at all the best village cocktail parties, and let decent people spit on them when they appear in public, point and throw rotted vegetables at them; let their friends be worried that they will be tainted too if seen with these monsters; they tortured people in our name and so they’ve earned our scorn.

UPDATED: The Torture report is here. It’s upsetting to say the least, so you’ve been warned.

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

Liz Cheney has a winning smile.

Liz Cheney has a winning smile.

“This president is an utter disgrace. He’s got a situation where, as your last two reports showed, you’ve got crises erupting around the world. And he is expending more time, more energy, more passion, more aggressive activity in targeting and going after patriots, heroes, CIA officers and others who kept us safe after 9/11.”

“He’s lying about what they did, he’s slandering them, he went to Cairo and did it in 2009. Today he did it from the podium of the Oval Office. It’s a disgrace. It’s despicable.”

–The most important Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in our nation’s history, maybe ever Liz Cheney , daughter of War Criminal (unindicted) Dick Cheney, who quite literally cannot probably cannot leave North America without being arrested.

Anyway, her quibble seems to be with semantics, not with actual deeds and actions.

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what-is-waterboarding.jpgI just want to get this right:

Even before I came into office, I was very clear that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values. I understand why it happened. I think it’s important when we look back to recall how afraid people were after the twin towers fell and the Pentagon had been hit and the plane in Pennsylvania had fallen and people did not know whether more attacks were imminent and there was enormous pressure on our law enforcement and our national security teams to try to deal with this. And, you know, it’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had. A lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots, but having said all that, we did some things that were wrong. And that’s what that report reflects.”

And then President Obama told us that he has full confidence in John Brennan, who, not to mince words, was part of Team Torture and who found no qualms in spying on the Senate.   The only confidence that I have in the CIA or John Brennan is that they are professional liars, they lie for a living and they will lie to us again.

Sure, Obama used the forbidden word torture but he didn’t follow it up with the word indictments. The Bush junta are not patriots, they are war criminals, and they tortured people in our names, which makes all of us accessories to war crimes.

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.

Darth Cheney more like Darth Vader than ever

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Listen to Blam-Blam breath as he lies. Amazing.

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…