RNC Members Want To Escalate The Name Calling. In which, seriously, a group of Republicans are meeting to “rename” the Democratic Party. Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the Democratic party started out calling the party the Democratic Republican Party. The name was shortened to The Democratic Party at a national convention in 1844. As far as I know the Right-wing party has no legal authority to rename any political party. Though should Republicans insist on playing silly games it might have some unintended consequences. The Democratic Party is enjoying a solid majority party identification among voters and most independent voters lean Democrat on the issues. As Democratic programs start to have a positive affect on the economy and foreign policy, much of the public would then start to associate positive attributes, thanks to rightwing Republicans, to socialism. I would prefer that we maintain some form of free market economy or like most Americans a social safety net capitalism that includes looking out for vulnerable Americans with food stamps, Medicare, workman’s comp, etc. President Obama is up to his neck in status quo conservative economic advisors.
On the other hand, maybe President Obama and Democratic leadership will get tired of the insane clown posse biting their ankles. Democrats realizing that the crazy never rest no matter how hard Dems try to be bipartisan, might get fed up enough to teach the clowns a lesson in humility, Obama Resisting Push for Interrogation Panel
The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, and other top Senate Democrats endorsed Mr. Obama’s view on Thursday, telling reporters at a news conference at the Capitol that they preferred to wait for the results of an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee expected late this year..
[ ]…Ms. Pelosi, however, renewed her call for an independent panel to investigate the waterboarding and other harsh techniques approved by the Bush administration, a position shared by many of the more liberal Democrats in the House.
“I have always been for a truth commission, because I think this is very important,” Ms. Pelosi said.
Besides, ironically the president, who would be against the truth coming out. Easy question, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House Republican leader. Boehner was against releasing any torture memos. Now that they have been released and for some reason seem to embarrass Republicans who have made no secret of their fondness for torture and law breaking, Boehner wants more torture related materials released, but only those materials, if there are such things, that show how violating the law was good for America. Some sweat probably dripped into Boehner’s jack boots when President Obama made no assurances that any other released documentation would not validate Boehner and the Right’s claim that torture contains twelve different essential vitamins that build healthy minds and bodies,
The president did not foreclose the release of more documents, officials briefed on the session said. But Mr. Obama suggested to Mr. Boehner that the additional information would not be definitive on the value of the information obtained from the detainees, they said.
Although a full-scale independent inquiry now appears unlikely anytime soon, the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding and other techniques that critics say crossed the line into torture could still be examined by a variety of Congressional panels in addition to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The Right, absent facts, is relying on this recent report of public opinion to continue the cover up the criminal activities of the Bush era, 58% Say Release of CIA Memos Endangers National Security
Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the Obama administration’s recent release of CIA memos about the harsh interrogation methods used on terrorism suspects endangers the national security of the United States. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 28% believe the release of the memos helps America’s image abroad.
I wonder how long those figures would stand if the American public knew how many Americans were killed, maimed or crippled because of the abuse at Abu Ghraib and in Afghanistan.Cover-Up of Abu Ghraib Torture Puts Troops at Risk. It would also help to get America back on its traditional moral course if President Obama would show a little more initiative on the issue, rather then thinking he can some how heal the country by leaving an open wound.
We already know that Conservatives are not only willing, but anxious to tell the most blatant lies about thier immorality and violations of long established law, Fox News figures pick up tenuous claim that harsh interrogations thwarted L.A. plot
Neil Cavuto, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Catherine Herridge joined other Fox News figures in advancing Marc Thiessen’s claim that the use of harsh interrogations techniques on Khalid Shaikh Mohammed “stopped an attack on the Library Tower.” But the Bush administration has said that the attack was thwarted more than a year before Mohammed was captured.
A topic that I covered in more detail in this post. The rightie noise machine and elected pols are lying about toture never occuring, then lying about when it happened and its effectiveness, that should signal to those wavering moderates in Congress that while Republicans would be more shrill then ever should we have add a truth commision and a special prosecutor to their things to whine about list, Republicans cannot win this battle on the facts.
update: The release of the torture memos, then the playing down a truth commission and now deciding to release torture photos sends a real mixed signal to the public, Obama Administration to Release Detainee Abuse Photos; Former CIA Official Says Former Colleagues ‘Don’t Believe They Have Cover Anymore’
In a letter from the Justice Department to a federal judge yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the Pentagon would turn over to the American Civil Liberties Union 44 photographs showing detainee abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Bush administration.
The photographs are part of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU for all information relating to the treatment of detainees — the same battle that led, last week, to President Obama’s decision to release memos from the Bush Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel providing legal justifications for harsh interrogation methods that human rights groups call torture.
Courts had ruled against the Bush administration’s attempts to keep the photographs from public view. ACLU attorney Amrit Singh tells ABC News that “the fact that the Obama administration opted not to seek further review is a sign that it is committed to more transparency.”
Not that Bush has not been already, but I wonder if Obama’s plan is to punish the Bush administration, release by release, using the court of public opinion. Thus saving himself the political battle that would go with more formal proceedings.