Glenn Greenwald on CIA Interrogation Probe, Obama and Why the Media Failed on Covering Torture
Attorney General Eric Holder has opened an inquiry into CIA torture. On Monday, Holder appointed veteran federal prosecutor John Durham to look into whether CIA interrogators and contractors should be charged for the torture and abuse of foreign prisoners. Holder says he ordered the probe in response to a Justice Department recommendation to reopen nearly a dozen prisoner abuse cases that the Bush administration had closed. Holder says he was further influenced by the 2004 CIA report on the prisoners’ torture and abuse, which he released on Monday. We speak with political and legal blogger for Salon.com, Glenn Greenwald. [includes rush transcript–partial]
More than 100 Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries have welcomed Iran’s involvement to vote on a proposal, which bans attacks on nuclear installations.
“More than 100 NAM members supported Iran’s proposal to be presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) general conference in September,” Fars news agency quoted Iran’s IAEA envoy Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh as saying on Monday.
Soltaniyeh also pointed out that the Egyptian envoy that holds the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) formally announced the support in a letter to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei on Monday.
It is becoming more and more obvious that the alleged healthcare “reform” that the America public is going to get out of Congress and the Executive branch is no real reform at all, but welfare for the insurance, pharmaceutical and entrenched medical industries. Congress and the President have sold out and it is becoming more and more obvious to everyone, even diehard conservatives and dyed-in-the-wool Democrats.
President Obama seems incapable of leading, and is trying to appease everyone and in the process is making no one happy, least of all those that elected him for “change you can believe in.”
Obama inherited a mess, a disaster with two wars, the worst financial crisis the world has ever known, the torture tactics of the previous administration, the erosion of constitutional rights, et cetera, et cetera.
“[I]t may have been won by the North, but in truth the South never emotionally conceded. The Town Hall mobs, the birthers, the teabaggers, are all part of that long line of ‘coded’ agitators for the notions of white entitlement and ‘conservative values.’ Of course, this conservative viewpoint values cheap labor and unabated use of natural resources over technological and economic innovation. It also – and this is its hot molten core – fundamentally believes that white people are born with a divine advantage over people of other skin colors, and are chosen by God to lead the heathen hordes. . . Of course, when you start stirring the pot of race — in order to preserve the status quo of entrenched power and wealth – you emerge with a stew of hate boiling over and ready to explode into full-fledged violence. . . The America that Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh so nostalgically yearn for is a bait and switch: what they want is the ‘old-fashioned’ white entitlement values of the Confederacy and the short-lived Constitution of the Confederate states.”
The response was overwhelming to the article I published earlier this week criticizing the people who have been protesting the Obama administration’s health care proposals by disrupting town hall meetings, etc. (Click Here)
Using uncharacteristically harsh and personal language I even called them “cowards” and asked where were they when the government was throwing trillions of dollars in bailout money at the crooks responsible for the financial meltdown.
Well, I got an earful. About half the people who wrote to me agreed with what I was saying, including readers from Canada and Australia which have publicly-funded health care systems that seem to work. The other half did not, vociferously so. I got told to move to Russia (I don’t plan to), cursed at, and lectured about the evils of socialized medicine.
“My vote against this misbegotten war (Iraq) is the best vote I have cast in the United States Senate since I was elected in 1962.” — Senator Ted Kennedy
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Kennedy family and the people of Massachusetts on the death of Senator Edward Kennedy.
I was invited to visit with the Senator in September of 2005 right after my first foray into presidential vacation adventures. I walked into an office on Capitol Hill that was a mini American History Museum. The Senator displayed his own art, memorabilia from the Kennedy family and even framed child’s artwork from his children and various nieces and nephews.
Gathered around a large marble fireplace (unlit in the September Washington DC heat) and surrounded by his Portuguese Water dogs, we talked about loss and war and peace.
America went through a terrible year. The levees broke in New Orleans. When bodies floated in the streets, the Republican Congress saw an opportunity for more tax cuts and consolidation of the corporatopia they had created for their moneyed donors. The Democratic Party was clueless, written off, politically at death’s door.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich D-OH today made the following statement in response to news reports that the Obama Administration plans to add increased oversight to the rendition program.
“Extraordinary Rendition is an illegal practice hailing from the misguided policies and practices of the previous administration,” Kucinich said. “As such, I am deeply concerned by the Obama administration’s decision to continue the practice of extraordinary rendition. As a democracy it is imperative that we end the use of the inhumane and immoral practice of extrajudicial detainee transfers to places where the potential use of torture as a part of detention and interrogation exists.
Tonight on Air America: Greg Palast joins Crooks and Liars’ John Amato, guest host of “Clout!” on your local progressive station or streaming live on AirAmericaRadio.com at 9pm Eastern.
There’s another floater. Four years on, there’s another victim face down in the waters of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Ivor van Heerden.
I don’t get to use the word “heroic” very often. Van Heerden is heroic. The Deputy Director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, it was van Heerden who told me, on camera, something so horrible, so frightening, that, if it weren’t for his international stature, it would have been hard to believe: Continue reading →
Therefore each of us must adopt an attitude of giving in relation to all other men. This attitude must include activities involving the economic life of individuals, nations, and the world. Economics is not just a search for efficiency or profits.
Such are among the lessons to be derived from Pope Benedict XVI’s recent encyclical, Caritas In Veritate, “Charity in Truth.” The Pope writes,
“Charity in truth places man before the astonishing experience of gift. Gratuitousness is present in our lives in many different forms, which often go unrecognized because of a purely consumerist and utilitarian view of life. The human being is made for gift, which expresses and makes present his transcendent dimension.”
Rest in Peace, Senator. Sympathies and condolences to his family and friends. ~DS
Aug. 26, 2009
‘Liberal Lion’ of the Senate Led Storied Political Family After Deaths of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy
Sen. Ted Kennedy died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.
The man known as the “liberal lion of the Senate” had fought a more than year-long battle with brain cancer, and according to his son had lived longer with the disease than his doctors expected him to.
“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” the Kennedy family said in a statement. “He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it.”