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"Fiscal conservatives": Shutting Down Gitmo Would Save a 1%er's Fortune

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It's costing the American people about a billion per Guantanamo detainee.

Let that sink in.

President Obama was elected in part on his promise to shut that human rights travesty down, and as we finally look toward evacuating Afghanistan of most American troops, it is past time to close the Gitmo 'detaining' facilities adjacent to Cuba and move forward with justice.

Of course Fvx Nation disagrees. They are unaccountably fond of Gitmo, practice NIMBY religiously and of course oppose anything Obama might even consider.

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Up with Steve Kornacki, MSNBC's weekend early a.m. program, had a terrific panel this morning to hash out the predictably Coiffure On Fire reaction of the Tea-driven GOP to any discussion of Gitmo, non-military courts and sanity.

It included David Corn of Mother Jones and the admirable military vet slash ex-Representative slash cable reporter-pundit and host of his own Sunday show, Taking the Hill, Patrick Murphy. ['Cycle' co-host Krystal Ball is subbing for Steve, so don't think he decided to go on set in drag to celebrate Summer Solstice.]

 

For contrast, Fvx Noise ran endless loops of how dangerous the released, unreleased, hypothetically detained and utterly mythical 'prisoners' are our new greatest threat in the fictional War on Terror. Here 'ya go, Fox:

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John Dean: "McConnell campaign recording sounds like one of Nixon's Tapes." Here's the AUDIO, Ashley Judd's response.

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Oppo research meeting against Ashley Judd. Recorded February 2, 2013 in Louisville, KY. Read the full story here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

Last year, David Corn at Mother Jones helped derail Mitt Romney's campaign by releasing bartender Scott Prouty's secret recording of Romney's offensive, tone deaf "47 percent" comments at a fundraiser.

Presenting David Corn tapes: The sequel.

Back in February, good old family values Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) discussed Ashley Judd's history with depression and how it might be used in a campaign. (As you know, Ashley Judd has said she will not run for Senate.) But oops, his little opposition research meeting was secretly taped, and now he wants to turn the smears into a Watergate Moment.  Team McConnell wants the FBI to investigate

But David Corn said in his Mother Jones report that the recording "wasn't the product of a Watergate-style bugging." In fact, on MSNBC just now, he called the accusations an attempt to distract by McConnell, and also said that the Senator has yet to respond to the substance of his reporting.

Ironically, it's the McConnell audio that sounds Nixonian. Just ask former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean, or rather, read his tweet above.

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The McConnell aides, though, raised the possibility of doing more than calling attention to Judd's well-known history; they discussed how they could make her seem a true weirdo.

Ashley Judd has responded. Via TPM:

"This is year another example of the politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch McConnell and are pervasive in Washington, D.C," Judd said in the statement. "We expected nothing less from Mitch McConnell and his camp to take a personal struggle such as depression, which many Americans cope with on a daily basis, and turn it into a laughing matter."

Here's how they talked about the "weirdo" who they found so amusing. This is the voice of an aide, who David Corn refers to as the meeting leader:

"She's clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it's been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she's suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the '90s."

You can find Corn's entire piece here, including more details, audio, and his response to McConnell's accusations.

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VIDEO-- Hubris: Selling the Iraq War. BushCo saw an opportunity and took it, and took us.

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If you missed this exposé of how the Bush administration snookered this country into a fraudulent war on a sovereign country that never invaded us, then here's your chance. Please take a look and share widely.

Sadly, the Obama administration and many Congress members want to "look forward, as opposed to looking backwards" instead of investigating and eventually prosecuting those who might have broken the law:

Here are a few excerpts from the text:

By the end of 2002, the U.S military is headed to the Gulf. Congress is on board, as are British Prime Minister Tony Blair and most of the mainstream media. The stage is set for war. [...]

We were moving along the path of getting a good inspection going that would probably come to fruition one way or the other, but once you start military forces flowing to the extent that we did for Iraq, it's hard to pull them back.

As the inevitable moves closer, President Bush reargues the case and ups the ante with 16 infamous words in a state of the union address: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

That would be yellowcake, again. But by referring to a six-month-old British white paper, the president does an end-run around a claim discredited by his own intelligence service.

It wasn't a matter of lying about this or lying about that, but rather through the artistry of speech writers and case presenters, conveying an impression to the American people that certain things were true.

It's a real sleight of hand. And I think it's kind to call that disingenuous.

He walked into my office with a sheaf of papers in my hand and he threw them down on the desk and said that's the script of my presentation at the United Nations. it came from the vice president's office. It was junk. It was pure junk. I was in charge of putting it together. [...]

On February 5th, 2003, the moment of truth arrives. The 4,701st meeting of the Security Council is called to order.

The world witnesses Colin Powell deliver the ultimate argument for war against Iraq. [...]

As he is talking about this and showing vials of white powder and so forth, I turned to a woman next to me who had followed this whole case of Curveball much more closely than I, I said, "What the hell is going on?" And my colleague said, "I don't know. I don't know what is going on. What is this?"

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Video- Joan Walsh Thumps Chris Matthews, David Corn Over Dick Armey, "Bunch of Grifters"

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The guys were soooo clueless in this.

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