Tag Archives: Bush

More on torture

Yesterday, I said that it wasn’t actually Obama’s decision whether or not to prosecute former Bush officials or CIA interrogators for torture. The Justice Department is supposed to make those decisions free from political influence. Obama now agrees that it’s the DoJs decision. **** A commenter at Andrew Sullivan’s blog has the right questions for Dick […]

The case for torture prosecutions

On Friday when Obama authorized the release of the Bush era Justice Department memos that provided a pseudo-lega cover for torture, he said investigations (and, by extension prosecutions) for those responsible would not happen, despite the wishes of 61% of Americans: … In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried […]

Excusing war crimes

Obama complied with the ACLU’s request to release the Office of Legal Counsel memos that authorized the Bush administration’s “enhanced” interrogation torture techniques. Here are the damning documents which I suggest you read: 18-page memo, dated August 1, 2002, from Jay Bybee, Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA. [PDF] 46-page memo, dated […]

Roundup for Thursday 4/16/2009

Check out this cool BMW ad that was put up in response to an Audi ad across the street: **** Joe Klein on the alleged divisiveness of Obama: Given the fact that Obama had to take dramatic action, at home and abroad, to start lifting the country from the mess Bush made almost everywhere–and also […]

Obama betraying civil libratarians

Senator Obama in 2006: This is an extraordinarily difficult war we are prosecuting against terrorists. There are going to be situations in which we cast too wide a net and capture the wrong person. . . . But what is avoidable is refusing to ever allow our legal system to correct these mistakes. By giving […]

Quotes of the Week: "Going Galt" edition

“I’m going to put people in my place, so when the history of this administration is written at least there’s an authoritarian voice saying exactly what happened.” – George W. Bush **** “Now that I’m more or less finished with my taxes, I can proclaim without reservation that I have, for the 34th consecutive year, […]

The monstrous case of Binyam Mohamed

This is a story that deserves to be known to every American. From Greenwald: … first, the U.S. abducted [Binyam] Mohamed and refused to provide him with any access to lawyers or the outside world.  Then — with no due process afforded — we shipped him around for the next couple of years to various countries […]

Obama fearmongering?

The newest rightwing meme is that Obama is engaged in Bush’esque fearmongering while pushing for the economic stimulus bill that’s likely to pass the Senate tomorrow. What’s at issue are statements like this from Obama: A failure to act and act now will turn crisis into a catastrophe and guarantee a longer recession, a less […]

Fighting Israels battles for them

Here’s some disturbing news from a few weeks back that I wasn’t aware of: A memorandum of understanding signed Friday in Washington by Tzipi Livni, Israel’s foreign minister, and Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state, enhances security cooperation. It draws in NATO and regional allies into the effort, apparently through enhanced monitoring of regional […]

Mental health break: Kudos to Obama & shoe throwers

Obama has been doing some good stuff these last couple of days. He’s ordered Gitmo closed as well as the CIA’s semi-secret “black sites”. He’s overturned an executive order by Bush that would have prevented many of the Bush era documents from being released publicly, it also limits himself and future Presidents from putting those […]