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Candidate to lead CIA Clandestine Service ran secret 'black site' prison, later approved destruction of torture videos



Oh goody! Just what we need! Go Brennan!

L.A. Times:

The acting chief of the CIA's operations wing ran a secret "black site" prison overseas after the 2001 terrorist attacks and later signed off on the decision to destroy videotapes of brutal interrogations, according to current and former U.S. officials. The woman, who remains undercover, now is one of several candidates that CIA chief John Brennan is considering to head the National Clandestine Service, which conducts espionage overseas and runs the agency's paramilitary operations. [...]

The CIA is preparing to dispute the report's conclusions, sources said.

Via Salon:

[From] Brennan’s December 5, 2005 appearance on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, in which he vehemently defended the Bush administration’s use of rendition — one of the key tools to subject detainees to torture:

JOHN BRENNAN: I think it’s an absolutely vital tool. I have been intimately familiar now over the past decade with the cases of rendition that the U.S. Government has been involved in. And I can say without a doubt that it has been very successful as far as producing intelligence that has saved lives.


In November, 2007, Brennan — in an interview with CBS News’ Harry Smith — issued a ringing endorsement for so-called “enhanced interrogation tactics” short of waterboarding:

Mr. BRENNAN: There have been a lot of information that has come out from these interrogation procedures that the agency has in fact used against the real hard-core terrorists. It has saved lives. And let’s not forget, these are hardened terrorists who have been responsible for 9/11, who have shown no remorse at all for the deaths of 3,000 innocents.

When in doubt, revive and aggravate existing anger over egregious actions (the now-discredited CIA detention and torture programs) by sticking by and promoting those who were a part of them. That's the way to move forward, everyone knows that.

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Anthony Weiner is ba-a-a-ack. But WTF did he tweet?


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Guess who showed up on Twitter? Yes  indeedy, your eyes are not deceiving you, Anthony Weiner is back. But his return wasn't exactly auspicious.

In fact, your guess is as good as mine what that tweet was about. Oh, but I kid the former representative whose previous Twitter misadventures led to his political demise.

Nevertheless, let the fun begin. Pocket tweeting can lead us to all kinds of interpretation!

So, in response to Mr. Weiner, jfieowgq. And I mean that sincerely.

And I'm sure I wouldn't be speaking out of turn if I were to add:

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Video Overnight Thread- Robot puppetry makes 'alien art' at the Tate Tanks


Uh huh. Via.

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VIDEO: Rand Paul tries to add anti-choice "when life begins" amendment to flood insurance bill



Good old Rand Paul (R-KY) is trying to attach an amendment defining when life begins to the Senate’s flood insurance bill. Because, you know, nothing is more relevant to a bill about insuring flooded homes than anti-choice amendments aimed at banning legal abortions.

Harry Reid's had enough:

"This is ridiculous!... I think this is outlandish."

Well, so is the entire Republican party at this point, but I digress.


Nevada Senator Harry Reid tells Congress that a Republican's proposed amendment regarding "when life begins" does not belong on a bill to reauthorize flood insurance programs.

Gee, ya think?

Think Progress:

The National Flood Insurance Program helps homeowners whose houses are destroyed by floods — like those that devastated Minnesota and are currently sweeping Florida — and has absolutely nothing to do with abortion or conception.

By the way, Rand, can you please ask your fellow GOPers this for me? Where are the jobs?


Image of the Day- Sarah Palin Docuslobber Poster: Undefeated


Erp. Gag. OMFG. Via.


President Obama shifts debt-talk tactics, drops call for end to Bush tax rates


KITH Spit  take

I'm getting a headache. The administration is saying there has been no change in policy.

They're right. They're still not playing hardball.

So this is not the right time to demand an end to BushCo tax cuts? When is? Ever? During the 2012 presidential campaign?

Via The Hill:

President Obama, seeking a Republican agreement to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by Aug 2, will not insist that any deal include an end of President Bush's controversial tax rates on the wealthy.

Obama's tactics are coming into clearer focus: they involve seeking higher taxes not on a broad swath of high income earners but on a narrower band of the super rich, such as owners of private jets. This means that those who earn $250,000 have got a reprieve.

The White House said Monday that the president is pushing the GOP to agree to eliminate some tax breaks and for businesses and loopholes for wealthier taxpayers, but is not trying to eliminate the across-the-board rates introduced by President Bush.  [...]

While most didn’t expect the Bush tax rates to be included as part of a debt-ceiling deal, it’s significant the White House is publicly drawing the distinction. [...]

Administration officials said the president has not changed his mind about the Bush tax cuts, but they are not the focus of talks to raise the debt ceiling.


Internal debate over EPA plan to raise radiation exposure limits


How sensible. Why didn't we come up with this before now? In the future, when there's a nuclear accident or attack of some kind, the new wise and rational response will be allowing even more radiation in our water and food supply. It's so obvious! Think how much easier it would be that way, no need to worry as much about levels, or having to put out immediate warnings, or sound alarms as often.

We can all take a deep breath of contaminated air and relax, knowing that what was bad for us yesterday will be perfectly acceptable on New Disaster Day.

Why didn't we think of this sooner?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering dramatically increasing the allowable level of radioactive contamination in water, food and soil after radiological incidents such as spills or "dirty bomb" attacks. [...]

Documents released today by the whistleblower group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility show the plan has sparked concerns within EPA. [...]

"This critical debate is taking place entirely behind closed doors because this plan is 'guidance' and does not require public notice as a regulation would," said PEER Counsel Christine Erickson. [...]

A comprehensive 2005 report from the National Academy of Sciences found there is no safe dose of low-level radiation, with no threshold of exposure below which radiation can be shown to be harmless.