Tag Archives: Cheney

The torture story goes on

Just keeping you peeps up to date. Dick Cheney is not providing plausible deniability for his former boss. Here is Cheney speaking about the “enhanced interrogation program”: SCHIEFFER: Did President Bush know everything you knew? CHENEY: I certainly, yes, have every reason to believe he knew — he knew a great deal about the program. […]

Connecting the dots: Torture … Iraq War

It’s now beginning to look like one of the big reasons we began to torture was to find a link between Al Qaeda and Saddam’s Iraq. From McClatchy: A former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the interrogation issue said that Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld demanded that intelligence agencies and interrogators […]

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 […]

Obama hearts Cheney

Yesterday, George Stephanopoulos, of ABC’s This Week, interviewed President-elect Barack Obama. Stephanopoulos basically got Obama to admit that he was giving significant campaign pledges and planned to follow the doomed path of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Just to piss off his most die-hard supporters, he also threw in a few good words for Dick Cheney. On […]

Roundup for Friday 12/19/2008

Bush is going to hook Chrysler and GM up with a $13.4 billion loan. Seems like a reasonable short term deal that will buy time for the incoming administration and Congress to address the issue more comprehensively. Paul Krugman thinks the Madoff scandal is a microcosm of the financial industry as a whole. The essence […]

Please, don't overreact

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Mumbai, India I feel a mix of outrage and horror at the violence and sympathy for the victims. I’m sure many of you have felt similarly, and I’m certain that Indians have the experienced the same emotions but magnified. Bin Laden created the same atmosphere in America […]

Can we start the war crimes tribunal yet?

Back when the Abu Ghraib torture scandal broke, most intelligent human beings realized that the blame didn’t rest solely with Private Lynndie England. The news of “extraordinary rendition” and CIA black sites cemented the fact that torture wasn’t an aberration of U.S. policy, but it was U.S. policy. Last week, thanks to ABC, we learned […]