House Republicans want to know: Do you feel safer?
In a remarkable video just released by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and ranking intelligence committee member Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), images of Obama “bowing” to Saudi officials and shaking hands with Hugo Chavez are interspersed with footage of the Pentagon exploding and terrorists doing bad things. All of it is back-dropped by frightening music.
For eight years the Right has been more then clear. They’re frightened little weenies and do not understand how one threat out of all the threats that face Americans everyday from street crime to tornadoes we should all adopt their particularly high level of paranoid delusions. They’re so paranoid that American laws must be trampled and traditions of justice ignored. No reaction, including torture is extreme enough. Since 9-11 2001 an average of 3000 Americans have been murdered every year. In other words Americans have perpetrated a 9-11 on themsleves every year. That is certainly a small number in proportion to a national population of over 320 million people, but we still try murdereres, rapists, arsonists and kidnappers. We do not tototure them. After eight years of Republicans claiming they were the big daddies that made us safe, despite lying us into one war and squandering victory in another, now we must be more afraid then ever because our current president seems a little more level headed. Part of the reason Republicans lost, and lost big in the last two elections is because Americans are a little fed up being told they must live their lives cowering in fear by people that were in charge on 9-11. A party whose policies have gotten more innocent people killed then died on 9-11. Rice: Al Qaeda A Greater Threat Than Nazi GermanyRICE:
I’ll tell you something, unless you were there in a position of responsibility after September 11, you cannot possibly imagine the dilemmas that you faced in trying to protect Americans. And I know a lot of people are second guessing now, but let me tell you what the second guessing that would really have hurt me: If the second guessing were about 3,000 more Americans dying because we didn’t do everything we could to protect them.
If you were there in a position of authority and watched Americans jump out of 80 story buildings because these murderous tyrants went after innocent people, then you were determined to do anything you could — that was legal — to prevent that from happening again.
It’s hard not to read this as an admission by our former Secretary of State that terrorism works — or at least it worked on her, to the extent that it induced her to embrace interrogation methods that previous American administrations prosecuted as crimes.
When Rice was a child Chicken-Little and the boy who cried wolf were her heroes. Now. in order to justify her admitted panic she is glad to invoke the most shrill, addle brained comparisons to justify her and her administration’s utter ineptitude.
Two former military officers, both psychologists, were paid $1,000 a day by the Central Intelligence Agency to supervise the torture and waterboarding of US detainees, according to a report published late Thursday.
[ ]..“Associates say the two made good money doing it, boasting of being paid a $1,000 a day by the CIA to oversee the use of the techniques on top al Qaeda suspects at CIA secret sites,” ABC notes.
“The whole intense interrogation concept that we hear about, is essentially their concepts,” according to Col. Steven Kleinman, an Air Force interrogator.
But, the network’s reporters add, “it turns out neither Mitchell nor Jessen had any experience in conducting actual interrogations before the CIA hired them.
“They went to two individuals who had no interrogation experience,” one military officer was quoted as saying. “They are not interrogators.”
Leave it to Republicans to find a way to make torture an entrepreneurial enterprise. One can imagine the mid-term campaign ads, If You’re Against Torture You’re Anti-Business. Survey: Support for terror suspect torture differs among the faithful
* 742 American adults surveyed on use of torture against suspected terrorists
* 54 percent of those who go to services at least weekly say it’s often or sometimes OK
* In survey, people unaffiliated with any religious group were least likely to back torture
White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it.
Do they know that Saint Ronnie was against torture,
No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture. . . Each State Party shall ensure that all acts of torture are offences under its criminal law.
Michael Goldfarb wirting at the Weakly Standard,Posted by Michael Goldfarb on April 30, 2009 08:33 PM,ABC’s Shame
ABC runs a report showing the names and faces of two CIA contractors who may have had a role in the waterboarding of KSM and Abu Zubaydah.
Anyone that commits crimes that have the Weekly Standard stamp of approval should not be reported This is exactly the official line of the Soviet press when it was run by government stooges. If the government does it, and a Republican is running the government at the time loyal subjects of the regime shall not question or disobey, they will execute their orders in the name of protecting the state. No questions of legality are permitted, if Bush the premier orders it , it is legal and good.
WordPress has gone bug crazy – paragraphs suddenly make themselves, whole paragraphs are suddenly linked to the last link. the last Bold becomes applied to everything that follows, block quotes swallow up previous and following text. Plus half a dozen others. And are we really going to go forever with Obama as a misspelling on spell check, but not McCain.