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)

10 years ago today

Chimpy and the banner

“Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.”

…and of course Commander Codpiece was wrong again, terribly, tragically wrong. From invading the wrong country, to fighting the wrong war, to having no exit strategy, to, well, infinity.

Hysteric Historian Proposes Historic Hysteria

Baby Jeebus with a firecracker! What the hell is University of Texas historian Jeremi Suri doing proposing we preemptively bomb (nuke? Yes.) North Korea? Did some of the stupid leak over from Chimpy’s Liberry and coloring book emporium at SMU?

One would think that a historian would, you know, remember some history? I can only conclude that Jeremi Suri is aiming to write the definitive court history of Chimpy’s Reign of Error, probably with contributions from the whole, doomed PNAC crowd and special forward by Rummie and Cheney.

(NYTimes)

Opaque transparancy

NYTimes:

The White House on Wednesday directed the Justice Department to release to the two Congressional Intelligence Committees classified documents discussing the legal justification for killing, by drone strikes and other means, American citizens abroad who are considered terrorists.

[snip]

…”Today, as part of the president’s ongoing commitment to consult with Congress on national security matters, the president directed the Department of Justice to provide the Congressional Intelligence Committees access to classified Office of Legal Counsel advice related to the subject of the Department of Justice white paper,” said an administration official who requested anonymity to discuss the handling of classified material.

The official said members of the Intelligence Committees would now get “access” to the documents.

Please note that access to the documents means that members of the Intelligence Committees only get to read it, take no notes, no trascripts, and the document goes back to being secret. Oh, and they cannot discuss what they learned about it. And We the People are never to learn about it?

Bitch, please.

That’s not transparancy, that’s making members of the Intelligence Committees co-conspirators.

Wasn’t this the same routine that Chimpy allowed his coterie of toadies and minions to read John Yoo’s justification of the War Crime of torture?

I’m not a policy wonk, and I’m not sure it would matter to me if I was allowed to read it. There is nothing about the Drone Strikes that I like. This is a terrible policy and if it is not illegal it should be made explicitely illegal.

This is as morally repugnant to me as Torture was under Chimpy. I don’t want the President to have an enemies list, let alone justification to kill civillians–including US Citizens–at will, without due process, trial by a jury of his peers, etc. This is not who we are supposed to be.

The always excellent Jon Perr has a piece up at his site that might appeal to the more legal-wonk out there. Worthwhile reading.

We Shall Never Forget


A Tengrain photoshop

Today marks a sad day for us, a turning point, really, where the US started down a slippery slope. You see, it was on this date in 2001 that Chimpy received the briefing entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack US” (or words to that effect). The rest is history.

This image was taken on that day, and might actually be Harriet Miers giving Chimpy the memo (that was part of her job).

Please reflect for a moment on this.

Simple little words, that if understood and acted upon could have saved our souls and thousands (millions?) of others.

While there are those who say our national tragedy began with the stolen 2000 election (and I will not argue that point), I would say our fate was sealed on this day, eleven long years ago.

If only…

…the US Left could get the media’s attention. Sigh.

Anyway, this protestor made it into Tony Blair’s testemony about phone hacking and his relationhip to Rupert Murdoch to yell about war crimes. So much material to work with in that one.

(Raw Story)

Willard’s Wingmen

I’m guessing that if you are a certain Robotic preznint candidate for a certain party known for being Hawks (*cough*Willard*cough*cough) and you find yourself under attack for not being sufficiently hawkish from an allegedly leftist party lead by a certain Kenyan Usurper Hawaiian Devil Baby Marxist-Socialist-Commie (cough*Obama*cough*cough*) and you defend your position by saying that you and even Jimmy Carter would have made the same decision, well, it seems only reasonable that some of the dead-enders from the last junta would jump in to help:

“I think what offends people is that instead of recognizing it as a national triumph and having everybody share in it, that the Obama administration has tried to make it look like the president did everything, including fast-roping out of the helicopter and pulling the trigger.”

John Bolton

And of course, the one-time most popular GOPer and “rock star” had to pipe in, too:

“The special operators who have every right to “spike the football” are too professional to do so. The White House might follow their lead.”

Donald Rumsfeld

So while Willard 2.0 tries to tack to the center, it is really cool of these guys to remind us about what a clusterfuck they created while defending The Mechanism.

Keep f***ing that chicken, boys.