This story mat not be so much manifest media bias as creeping bias that the writer isn’t aware of. An example of how Conservatives and the Bushies have framed the public debate, Bush’s Veto of Bill on C.I.A. Tactics Affirms His Legacy
President Bush on Saturday further cemented his legacy of fighting for strong executive powers, using his veto to shut down a Congressional effort to limit the Central Intelligence Agency’s latitude to subject terrorism suspects to harsh interrogation techniques. (emphasis mine)
Its is difficult to see how torturing someone could be described as being “strong”. Whether its an innocent taxi driver or someone caught in the act once a subject is arrested he has been removed from the battle field. They’re under guard by people well trained in the use of restraint. They are usually moved in handcuffs and leg shackles. They can be man handles easily enough, it takes very little in the way of what most people would think of as strength or courage to subject these subjects to torture. Torture is a base act not an act of strength. Bush would make a great right-wing radio shock jock, his and Cheney’s favorite propaganda toll is the simplistic, frequently false and usually unsupported assertion,
“The fact that we have not been attacked over the past six and a half years is not a matter of chance,” Mr. Bush said in his radio remarks, echoing comments he made Thursday at a ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. “We have no higher responsibility than stopping terrorist attacks,” he added. “And this is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a proven track record of keeping America safe.”
Little noted in the media and as of today has gone without comment from the pundit crowd. Bush thinks his highest responsibility to not to carry out his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”, but to stop terrorist attacks. Bush asserts that terror attacks have been stopped and could have only been stopped by torture, but offers no proof and since he has lied about everything from the National Intelligent Estimate to domestic surveillance to his promise to punish those responsible for leaking a covert CIA operatives name we’re once again asked to just trust him.
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, disputed that assertion on Saturday. “As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I have heard nothing to suggest that information obtained from enhanced interrogation techniques has prevented an imminent terrorist attack,” he said in a statement.
Like many people I’ve been disappointed by Senator Rockefeller’s desire to grant Bush his request for telecom immunity, but he is has also been a very consistent critic of the administration’s refusal to cooperate with Senate oversight of national intelligence matters. Without said oversight there is little difference between Bush and the way the old KGB operated under the USSR.
Republican presidential nominee to be McCain is on record of being against torture before he was for it. More Straight Talk From John McCain
The mistreatment of prisoners harms us more than our enemies.
In my view, to make someone believe that you are killing him by drowning is no different than holding a pistol to his head and firing a blank. I believe that it is torture, very exquisite torture.
To carve out legal exemptions to this basic principle of human rights risks opening the door to abuse as a matter of course, rather than a standard violated truly in extremis .
Many of my comrades were subjected to very cruel, very inhumane and degrading treatment, a few of them unto death. But every one of us–every single one of us–knew and took great strength from the belief that we were different from our enemies, that we were better than them, that we, if the roles were reversed, would not disgrace ourselves by committing or approving such mistreatment of them. That faith was indispensable not only to our survival, but to our attempts to return home with honor. For without our honor, our homecoming would have had little value to us.
Now McCain is pro torture because he can’t get the wing-nut vote without tossing out some scrapes of raw meat. Another example of McCain the straight shooting maverick.
Bush’s democracy building continues its usual track, Double bombing kills at least 54 in Baghdad. That sound you heard was everyone at The National Review packing their bags to move to the neocon paradise of the Middle-East or to enlist so that current deployments are shorter or maybe none of the above.
If Bush or a Whitehouse spokesperson’s lips are moving they’re lying, Court Order Sought in E-Mail Controversy
A private group told a federal court that the Bush administration made apparently false and misleading statements in court about the White House e-mail controversy.
The group asked the judge on Thursday to demand an explanation regarding alleged inconsistencies between testimony at a congressional hearing last week and what the White House told a federal court in January.
“This evidence demonstrates defendants’ blatant disregard for the truth and the processes of this court,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington told U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy in court papers.
CREW wants the judge to compel the Executive Office of the President to explain why it should not be held in contempt of court.
The Bushies will simply claim they are trying to protect and expand executive power. Another way of saying that they see the presidency not as an executive office of a three branched government, but as a despot who is answerable to no one.
“Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace.” ~ Benito Mussolini