I am presently traveling and visiting family out West and was intending to take a December moratorium from blogging. But the issue of the US torture program and the continuing "official" obscene rationalizations and minimizations of it pulled me back to at least post some excerpts from a blog I originally posted on correntewire 7/5/10 and re-posted on correntewire and open salon on 9/2/11 entitled “War Criminal Named Obama Smells Sweeter than One Named Bush?”
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Richard Phillips in “David Hicks seeks to overturn Guantánamo “terrorism” conviction” reveals that former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Australian citizen David Hicks has lodged an appeal with the US Court of Military Commission Review to overturn his 2007 conviction of “providing support for terrorism.” It is expected that the commission will NOT quash Hicks’ conviction. His American lawyer from the Center for Constitutional Rights will then appeal the case to the US federal district court. Read more about Australian David Hicks: Survivor of Gitmo’s Sadistic Abuse
I know what Lincoln and MLK will be doing on Obama’s inauguration day.
Rolling over in their graves.
I’ll once again be fighting the urge to vomit.
Obama’s cynicism, hypocrisy and egotism really are insufferable. One bible isn’t enough for the “wonder boy” -- and he is a boy in all his arrested emotional development.
He has to have both Lincoln’s and MLK’s bibles?
Methinks thou art selling thyself too pathetically and shamelessly hard, Barack! Read more about Insufferable Hype & Egotism: BOTH Lincoln’s & MLK’s Bibles?
It is tempting to focus on the bizarre and titillating details of what Pepe Escobar calls a “bedroom farce” or Arthur Silber calls a “cheap slut scenario” given as the explanation for CIA Director General Petraeus’ resignation last week.
I am sure I am not the only citizen who feels “played” once again by a craven administration and corporate media. The sirens of cognitive dissonance are blaring, not only with the timing of the resignation, so close after the election and a week before Petraeus was to give testimony in Congress over the details of the Benghazi attack in Libya. Read more about Petraeus Affair as al-Qaeda-Linked CIA Cover-Up
One of the oldest excuses for war is that the enemy is irredeemably evil. He worships the wrong god, has the wrong skin and language, commits atrocities, and cannot be reasoned with. The long-standing tradition of making war on foreigners and converting those not killed to the proper religion "for their own good" is similar to the current practice of killing hated foreigners for the stated reason that their governments ignore women's rights. Read more about The Art of Demonization
... what did Mahatma Gandhi actually think of the idea of Israel, and of the fate of the Jews of his time?
As it turns out, M.K. Gandhi engaged in sustained conversation with Jewish intellectuals of his day—many of whom were dismayed by the great man's insistence, for example, that Jews in Germany should have willingly "offered themselves to the butcher's knife."
WSJ "Opinion Journal" today:
"Democrats and Cannibals
The Kos kids try but fail to devour party moderates."
BY KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL Friday, August 17, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT
And what else do we know 'bout good ol' Henry Cuellar? Read more about Murdoch Effect Already Working at WSJ
Council of Europe: Bush prison camps confirmed in Poland, Rumania, used torture, led to Military Commissions Act
Today's report from the Council of Europe's investigator, former Swiss prosecutor Dick Marty, can be found here, along with a timeline of the investigation, and supporting documentation in the form of flight logs for the "extraordinary renditions" to and from the prisons. Read more about Council of Europe: Bush prison camps confirmed in Poland, Rumania, used torture, led to Military Commissions Act
Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking: "Another one?" But this one really is a Clusterfuck--work with me here. From McClatchy, a little detail about life in the Imperial City: Read more about Clusterfuck in the Green Zone shows the nature of Republican evil
[I'm saying "cities" instead of "the country," because the cities are the part of the country that's in danger. All the ports are in danger from loose nukes and dirty bombs, and nobody's going to lob a nuclear weapon into some Republican stronghold like the middle of Wyoming.]