Archive for war crimes

Congressional Suicide -- Bye, Bye GOP

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Congressional debate

Where does a moral obligation stack up to US interference in another nation's civil unrest?

Who are we to tip the scales?

Does the use (assuming it is provable) of chemical warfare make a Syria attack justified for America?

Reacting with our military is a vague interpretation of the War Powers Act. There's the most nebulous and tenuous link to our national security with the actions within the Syrian borders as it relates to the US. You really need a "liberal" interpretation to justify such actions.

But morally, can we just stand by and say nothing? Do nothing? Turn the other cheek along with a blind eye to our fellow man? The Syrians are our bothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Can we really live with ourselves if we do nothing?

There are international rules of engagement signed in Sanremo, Italy in 2009, where chemical warfare is banned. It backs the Geneva International Convertions on War from 1949.

Chemical weapons: An Absolute prohibition under international humanitarian law.

So, in another seemingly political GOP move, the president's stated intentions to retaliate against Syria has draw broad criticism, especially from the Tea Party right wing of the Republican party. They demand consultation. And now, in what might be seen as a King Solomon move, Obama is giving Congress the rope to hang themselves.

broken congress

Why? Because they deserve it. They are so factious that the Republican party is about to destroy itself from within. This will be nearly as deadly a war effort as the gassing by Assad. Boehner is caught in the middle with his d**k in his hand. If the House supports Obama, the right will go batsh** and primary every congressperson who supports the president.

If the grand old party don't support the president's proposed actions, they seem weak in the face of the public, and their reputation as being strong in defense will take a huge hit.

The worst thing they can do is seem to support the president. Backing his request to attack in some limited way would be perceived as doing just that.  They're damned if they do, and damned if they don't.

stake through vampire

Obama couldn't ask for a better wedge to drive between the GOP and into their hearts at the same time. Those blood suckers are about to get the punishment they deserve for jerking us around.

This debate, whenever it happens (supposedly around September 9th) might be the most exciting must-see TV since Jack Bauer in 24 or Martin Sheen in The West Wing.

Ultimately, Obama will act as he wants -- which will be taking the moral road. But by the time Congress gets through, they'll surely be destroyed. There won't be a safe Republican seat in the House. As for the Senate, they're going to give Obama what he asks for. It will be close, but its decisions like this that we elected Obama to  make. If you take away the president's powers to authorize strikes in our national interest, the next president will be powerless. Wishful thinking Republicans don't want that to happen to their next president.

If George W. Bush weren't an un-indicted war criminal for lying to justify Iraq's war, we wouldn't even be having this upcoming debate. Obama would have acted already. He would have had Great Britain at his side and other countries as well. We're still paying the price for Republican lying. Now it's going to come back and destroy them. Funny how what goes around, comes around.

You reap what you sew. And Obama shrewdly, in turning this mess over to Congress, has just signed their death warrants.

In order to seemingly exert their efforts to discredit the president, the Republicans have forced Obama's hand, and that may come back to bite them. They may have actually destroyed their own party while trying to take down the duly elected president. The old and certainly tired adage of "beware what you ask for because you may get it" is now heaped on the Republicans.

They didn't want Obama to have the right to make a moral judgement and unilaterally take action on the horrific acts of Assad in Syria, gassing his own people in a genocide similar to Saddam Hussein's in Iraq and not falling too far short of the atrocities of Hitler gassing millions. Forget the comparisons by numbers. Genocide is genocide.

Get ready for CSI Washington -Congressional Suicide Infighting. Coming September 9th to Capitol Hill and a TV screen near you.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

That Ayers guy who Pres. Obama was "pallin' around" with? He wants to try Obama for war crimes.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

friendship

October 2008:

AssociatedPress:

At a campaign stop in Carson, Calif., Governor Sarah Palin lashed out at Senator Barack Obama's ties to controversial figure Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground.

January 2012:

Three Years Into Obama’s Presidency, Hannity Is Still Complaining About Insufficient Media Coverage Of Bill Ayers

June 18, 2013:

The Hill:

Bill Ayers believes President Obama should be put on trial for war crimes at The Hague, the Weather Underground co-founder told Real Clear Politics in an interview posted Tuesday.

Ayers told the website he "absolutely" believed the president was engaged in terrorism for his use of drone strikes in fighting the war on terror.

"Absolutely. Every president in this century should be put on trial, every one of them," Ayers said. "For war crimes. Absolutely. Every one of them goes into office, an office dripping with blood, and adds to it. And yes, I think these are war crimes. They are acts of terror."

Ayers also said he would give the president a "failing" grade, while admitting that he liked him personally more than other recent presidents.

Oh well then, as long as he still likes him.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

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

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

abu13

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.

______________________________________________

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.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Senate investigation: Torture doesn't work

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

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:

______________________________________________

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.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

VIDEO: Zelikow memo re-exposes Bush to legal liability for torture

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

What does it take to go after BushCo for war crimes, already?

Added: In case anyone needs more convincing as to why Bush and his gang of thugs need to be investigated fully, follow some of these links:

*****

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.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

VIDEO: #OccupyNashville infiltrates Donald Rumsfeld dinner

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

on Nov 17, 2011

Occupy Nashville Infiltrators tell their story of infiltrating a $125-dollar-a-plate dinner for Donald Rumsfeld's book tour in Nashville, TN.

Here's the news report:



Southern Beale's comment says it all:

A lot of people raked in tons of money off the blood and torture that is our Iraq military misadventure. That just turns my stomach. Hey, Heritage Foundation: if this is the “heritage” you’re so proud of — war profiteering, torture, lies and fearmongering that forced the nation into a needless war so ExxonMobil can grab Iraq’s oil — then I have nothing but contempt for you.

H/t: @Litzz11

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Video- Dick Cheney: Obama should "apologize"

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

With his devil spawn by his side.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare