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VIDEO-- Protesters to Karl Rove (who lost his temper on stage): "He's not welcomed here!" and "Murderer!"

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Karl Rove was harassed by protesters during speech at UMass

"To put this man on a pedestal and to say, 'We want your voice guiding the younger generation,' I wanted to make sure that there was another voice in the room bringing a different story to the people."

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Via WWLP:

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Several students were escorted out of an event at UMass Amherst featuring Republican strategist Karl Rove. [...]

His speech was sponsored by the UMass and Smith College young Republicans clubs.

And Boston Magazine is reporting that protesters shouted “murderer” and “terrorist” at him. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Robert Rizzuto of The Republican tells us that poor wittle Karl got his feewings hurt:

"If you object to that, I want you to show up the next time Hillary Clinton comes here and tell her you disagree with her vote," Rove yelled back as he completely lost his temper on stage. "It's either that or you're saying those people were hoodwinked and that's an insult to those people including Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, and others."

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You can find more reporting and video footage at CBS 3.

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Military judge restricts more materials in 9/11 trial. UNclassified materials.

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Just now on MSNBC, Alex Witt said this (I'm coming in mid-sentence, but she was discussing the Zero Dark Thirty controversy): "...Enhanced interrogation techniques-- torture-- some will call it that."

SOME? Or anyone but the Bushies and their stellar, upstanding, patriotic Department of Justice that decided to call it something else in order to duck prosecution of Bush and the Waterboardettes? Torture is torture, and it doesn't work, it's illegal, immoral, and just plain wrong on every level.

Clear?

Witt casually tossed off the "some will call it that" as if it were an afterthought, not fact. "Enhanced interrogation techniques" is a Bushian euphemism for torture. That has been well established. Documented. End of story. It's about time everyone reports about it accurately.

Which brings me to the L.A. Times piece I read today:

The military judge overseeing the trial for alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others has ruled that lawyers cannot make public even unclassified materials.

The ruling by the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, follows an order on Dec. 6 in which he directed that any evidence or discussion about harsh interrogation techniques used against the five men also be kept secret. He issued the ruling despite accusations by human rights groups that the government was trying to hide the fact the men were tortured. [...]

In another development, President Obama this week signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which supports overall military operations but also puts on hold his plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay — a pledge he repeated in October during his run for reelection.

Of course, GOP debate audiences cheered waterboarding, which means they were cool with illegally torturing other human beings. So much for the "family values" "pro-life" crowd.

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here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here.

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you’d like to see ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.

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Senate investigation: Torture doesn't work

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There goes another right wing talking point. Reuters has an exclusive report of a years-long investigation that found that torture does. Not. Work:

(Reuters) - A nearly three-year-long investigation by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats is expected to find there is little evidence the harsh "enhanced interrogation techniques" the CIA used on high-value prisoners produced counter-terrorism breakthroughs.

People familiar with the inquiry said committee investigators, who have been poring over records from the administration of President George W. Bush, believe they do not substantiate claims by some Bush supporters that the harsh interrogations led to counter-terrorism coups. [...]

One official said investigators found "no evidence" such enhanced interrogations played "any significant role" in the years-long intelligence operations which led to the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden last May by U.S. Navy SEALs.

GOP debate audiences cheered waterboarding, which means they were all for the illegal torturing of other human beings for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

Family values, my ass:

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here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here.

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you are inclined to help rectify these injustices: Twitterers, use the hashtag #FreeFayiz. We have organized a team to get these stories out. If you are interested in helping Fayiz out, e-mail me at The Political Carnival, address in sidebar to the right; or tweet me at @GottaLaff.

If you’d like to see other ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.

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VIDEO: Former Bush official, Lawrence Wilkerson, promises to testify if someone will "Pinochet" Cheney

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Via Raw Story:

The former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged Tuesday to testify against former Vice President Dick Cheney if he is ever tried for war crimes.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman that he would participate in a trial even if it meant personal repercussions.

“I, unfortunately — and I’ve admitted to this a number of times, publicly and privately — was the person who put together Colin Powell’s presentation at the United Nations Security Council on 5 February, 2003,” Wilkerson said. “It was probably the biggest mistake of my life. I regret it to this day. I regret not having resigned over it.

In this video, starting at about 9:00 Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, blasts what’s left of BushCo:

Additionally, President Obama needs to remember that all crimes happen in the past, and we need to look backward and forward. Setting a bad precedent is as destructive to this country as a commission of a crime, since, under the "looking forward" doctrine, future torture is virtually guaranteed.

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Hey BushCo, about your lie that torture was key to getting Bin Laden...

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Greg Sargent has an exclusive that you should go read for yourself, but the gist is that CIA director Leon Panetta wrote a private letter to John McCain that undercuts the BushCo talking point that, as result of torture, the CIA was able to acquire intel crucial to finding and killing Osama Bin Laden.

...Panetta’s letter, dated May 9th, bears out McCain’s version of events.

To be sure, there are a couple of lines in the letter that conservatives will seize on to bolster their case. But the overall thrust of the letter clearly undercuts their larger version of events.

Panetta and others have already reported that it wasn't a single piece of information gleaned from waterboarding that provided the necessary leads. It was a collaborative, laborious effort to piece together tiny clues from a number of sources that did it.

What the CIA found out-- specifically the courier's nickname-- did not come from a detainee in CIA custody, but "through other intelligence means."  Not only that, Panetta pointed out that, indeed, torture led to false or misleading information, as experts have been saying all along (see videos).

Per Greg:

In the end, we may never be able to establish with total certainty the precise nature of the relationship between torture and the killing of Bin Laden. But for now, Panetta’s account — the most extensive public accounting we now have — simply doesn’t square with claims that torture was key to getting him, which would vindicate Bush’s torture policies.

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VIDEO: "We'll see if Cheney gets questioned now, next time he goes on Fox."

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It's hard to get much more definitive than this. Torture doesn't work. Torture didn't work. Torture will not work. Torture is illegal. Information leading to Bin Laden's demise was not a result of torture.

And yet, as I write this, genius Cliff May is on the MSNBC saying otherwise. He's wrong.

Military interrogator Matthew Alexander is now countering, saying that torture corrupts memory, is simply wrong, it doesn't work, it is immoral, it is cruel, and it is used as an Al Qaeda recruiting tool.

Oh, and there's this: BushCo "admitted to war crimes."

Clear? Clear.

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VIDEO- Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Bush & Cheney “admitted to war crimes.”

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At about 4:50, there's an excellent montage of BushCo hypocrisy as they strutted their "War on Terror"/politicizing fear campaign, this as they accuse President Obama of boasting about actually finding and killing Osama Bin Laden.

Starting at about 9:00 Colin Powell's former chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, blasts what's left of BushCo.

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