Panelists debated the legality of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and actions taken by the George W. Bush and Obama administrations since the start of them. Topics included the the use of waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques, continued detainment of combatants without due process, and the killings of Osama bin Laden and American al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Awlaki.
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Out of the mirror they stare,
And the international wrong.
— W.H. Auden, 1907-1973
What a murderous, infanticidel, appalling, shameful, ignorant – and arguable, decade-long war crime.
[October 5, 2011] Paul Singer likes to breakfast on decayed carcasses. What he chews down is sickening, but just as nausea-inducing are his new table mates: Ken Langone and the Koch Brothers, Charles and David.
A roundtable discussion was held on September 12, 2011, at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. It featured the people’s lawyer, Ralph Nader; Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, US Army (ret), and ex-Chief of Staff to Secretary of State, Colin Powell; Bruce Fein, adjunct scholar with the American Enterprise Institute; and Michael German, Policy Counsel to the ACLU on National Security, Immigration and Privacy, and also a former Special Agent for the FBI. The event dealt broadly with the “US government’s reactions to 9/11.”
“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion .”
Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist gave debtors’ prison a bad rap. Too bad. I’d say that locking away GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a penitentiary for deadbeats seems like a darn good idea.
Let’s talk about how we ended up in this pickle, bucking up against the “debt ceiling.” From 2001 to 2008, a Republican President took an annual surplus of $86 billion left for him by Bill Clinton and ran up the budget deficit to over half a trillion a year ($642 billion in 2008). Continue reading →
Deftly maintaining an evenhanded tone in tackling a sensitive topic, this two-part documentary first traces the roots, rise and rocky history of the conservative evangelical movement in America. The film then goes on to explore how President George W. Bush’s religious beliefs inform his decisions as the country’s commander in chief. Included are rare archival clips, interviews with leading evangelists and comments from key players in Washington.
Tim DeChristopher is scheduled to be sentenced in a Salt Lake City courtroom by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on July 26. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for fraudulently bidding in December 2008 on parcels of land, including areas around eastern Utah’s national parks, which were being sold off by the Bush administration to the oil and natural gas industry. As Bidder No. 70, he drove up the prices of some of the bids and won more than a dozen other parcels for $1.8 million. The government is asking Judge Benson to send DeChristopher to prison for four and a half years.
I would agree that we have no elected officials who have the courage to tell the truth, but that shouldn’t mean that we citizens should give up on the truth too, just because it is no longer popular to believe in it in this country. If you want to live in a country that lives by the Constitution and the rule of law, then you have to believe in the truth and support the rule of law. Early on in his administration Obama broke the law when he failed to prosecute his predecessor. It’s called being an Accessory After the Fact. It’s a crime. Continue reading →