Can you even imagine the response of the USA right-wing if Democratic party members had undermined a Republican president in a negotiation with a foreign government? Calls for impeachment would have been their mildest response. The Rude Pundit explores the topic in a way that I can’t improve upon. So go read his article on the subject.
The sooner we marginalize GOP congressional representatives like Tom Cotton the better. These assholes really need to get a job better suited to their abilities such as shoveling shit in a horse stable. Honestly, when the GOP does stunts like these I am sorely tempted to wonder if they should be tried for treason.
As reported by FAIR, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, the only time the word “torture” is acceptable is when a country other than the USA uses “harsh interrogation tactics”. I already knew this given that I have listened to NPR nearly every morning for the past ten years. But to see it documented so clearly made me retch. Sorry, NPR, but you’ll never get another donation from me.
I gave up on OPB several years ago when they started promoting hucksters like Deepak Chopra on a regular basis. Yet I still clung to the hope that NPR would, most of the time, provide straight news. Yes, I frequently gagged when I heard NPR give, without any critical questioning, someone from the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, or other right-wing institution a few minutes to spout lies and nonsense. This latest revelation regarding their taking sides (i.e., the side of war criminals) while claiming to be impartial guarantees I will never give them another penny.
P.S., The ACLU talks about the CIA agents who raised concerns or refused to participate in what was clearly torture, not “enhanced interrogation”.
Having recently finished reading James Risen’s book “Pay Any Price” I was already predisposed to spit on James Mitchell, war criminal and the American equivalent of Josef Mengele, if our paths ever crossed. But after reading his whine I’m inclined to think something more proactive is needed:
Mitchell told Kelly that this ordeal “is like being caught in a bad spy novel.” He said that those who released the CIA report knew the results they wanted beforehand. “They didn’t give us a chance to explain anything,” he said. Now, Mitchell said that interrogators are getting death threats, and he fears for his life. “I do not mind giving my life for my country, but I do mind giving my life for a food fight for political reasons between two groups of people who should be able to work it out like adults.” Mitchell alleged that no one from the Senate committee has ever asked him a single thing about the interrogations. “Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has the opportunity to address the charges against him, but I don’t,” he said. Mitchell told Kelly that he feels horrible because this report puts Americans at risk. “It shows al Qaeda and the al Qaeda 2.0 folks, ISIL, that we’re divided and that we’re easy targets, that we don’t have the will to defeat them because that’s what they know. In fact, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told me personally, ‘Your country will turn on you, the liberal media will turn on you, the people will grow tired of this, they will turn on you, and when they do, you are going to be abandoned.'”
As Charles P. Pierce points out he should have his professional license burned in front of his face. I’d go further and suggest he should then be consigned to cleaning toilets at a prison for the rest of his life.
Charles P. Pierce has once again eloquently stated what should be obvious but sadly is not. The short summary is that the founders of our nation quite clearly understood that it was extremely important government not be allowed to torture people.
I wouldn’t post this if the nitwits at Fox News and Meet the Press hadn’t recently argued that torture is okay if it is done by Americans who are scared. It is a shame that the Christian hell doesn’t exist because it is where former vice-president Dick Cheney, Whitehouse legal advisor John Yoo and pretty much everyone else associated with the George Bush presidential administration deserves to spend a few years. Not eternity. For only morally bankrupt individuals believe that being punished forever is an appropriate response to finite crimes.
P.S., Reading the comments to the article I mentioned above I followed this link to Antonin Scalia’s defense of torture. Holy shit. Antonin Scalia might be more evil than former vice-president Dick Cheney. He’s certainly more dangerous in as much as he is a sitting US Supreme Court justice whereas Cheney is no longer one step away from being president (although he still has too much influence in our national media).
Why am I not surprised that ISIS apparently used America as an example for how to treat prisoners by waterboarding them. Mission Accomplished!
That president Obama has condemned waterboarding as torture while at the same time pardoning Americans who committed that heinous act has to be a sick joke.
h/t The Politics Blog by Charles P. Pierce