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Haiti Hypocrisy Watch PLUS DoJ Hypocrisy Watch

Posted by Charles II on February 2, 2010

A triple-header here. On DemocracyNow, Scott Horton describes how Eric Holder gave the Yoo/Bybee report, which had already neen delayed by ca. four years, to subordinated David Margolis knowing that Margolis would “rip the guts out of it.” Newsweek has reported that Margolis has done just that, trivializing the charges against Yoo and Bybee of having taken stenography from the White House to retroactively justify war crimes as “poor judgment.” The report has been delayed, Horton thinks, specifically to hinder a civil suit against Yoo and Bybee but that the heat finally got to be too much. Meanwhile, a Spanish court may indict the pair under international law.

Also, a report by Anand Gopal that secret prisons, run by Special Forces, are still using torture and are still denying access to the Red Cross. So, it’s not like the Yoo/Bybee memo is not of current interest. Gopal does say that night raids, in which suspects are kidnapped and deposited into black sites began declining in frequency several years ago and are less common now.

DemocracyNow:

It’s been three weeks since Haiti was hit by the massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated much of the country. The official death toll stands at 170,000 and is expected to rise. Many more were left injured and homeless. A full 21 days after the quake, survivors are still desperate to receive aid, with food, water and medical relief not reaching the areas it is needed most.

In the Haitian town of Gressier, residents blocked roads and seized trucks on Friday to protest the lack of aid. Residents said that trucks with humanitarian assistance have driven through the town on the road to Léogâne, but have not stopped to distribute any in Gressier.

The interview with Bill Quigley is definitely worth listening to.

Posted in Afghanistan, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Haiti, hypocrites, torture | 1 Comment »

Dick Cheney: Still Running The GOP

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 4, 2010

At least he is when Rush Limbaugh’s not around.

Get a load of this (h/t Big Media Matt):

A half-dozen former senior Bush officials involved in counterterrorism told me before the Christmas Day incident that for the most part, they were comfortable with Obama’s policies, although they were reluctant to say so on the record. Some worried they would draw the ire of Cheney’s circle if they did, while others calculated that calling attention to the similarities to Bush would only make it harder for Obama to stay the course. And they generally resent Obama’s anti-Bush rhetoric and are unwilling to give him political cover by defending him.

Cowards, crybabies, or both? How about ethical vaccums, for the hat trick?

Posted in Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Dick Cheney, President Obama, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer | Comments Off on Dick Cheney: Still Running The GOP

Lew Anselem: Yet Another Bush Holdover Undermining Decency

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 29, 2009

This certainly explains a lot — not only is the odious Amselem a Bush holdover at OAS, he’s also got a long history of evil trailing behind him in Latin America dating back over two decades:

Journalist Jeremy Bigwood, who was reporting from Guatemala during Amselem’s tenure there, remembers the diplomat for the same kind of outrageous behavior and statements over the years that he displayed yesterday in Washington. Amselem, according to Bigwood, “would put a positive spin on the extermination of a couple hundred thousand Guatemalan Indians. The guy should be sent to the International Criminal Court for abetting war crimes. He even arranged illegal supplies and airlifts to the Guatemalan Army after US military assistance had been banned. I can’t believe that he would be representing the Obama administration in the OAS.”

Most amazing is that Amselem’s current boss, Secretary Clinton, should already know that he’s a loose cannon because she was, as First Lady in the 1990s, involved with one of Guatemala’s most notorious human rights abuse cases, that of Ursuline nun Dianna Ortiz, who was kidnapped and tortured there in 1989.

In 1995, a US federal judge ordered Guatemalan General Hector Gramajo to pay $47 million dollars in damages to Sister Ortiz and other plaintiffs for those crimes.

Human rights champion Kerry Kennedy has written, “Ortiz’s raw honesty and capacity to articulate the agony she suffered compelled the United States to declassify long-secret files on Guatemala, and shed light on some of the darkest moments of Guatemalan history and American foreign policy.”

Well, guess who pops up in Sister Dianna’s memoirs? Lewis Amselem: and not in a good way. Ortiz wrote:

“…after a U.S. doctor had counted 111 cigarette burns on my back alone, the story changed. In January 1990, the Guatemalan defense minister publicly announced that I was a lesbian and had staged my abduction to cover up a tryst. The minister of the interior echoed this statement and then said he had heard it first from the U.S. embassy. According to a congressional aide, the political affairs officer at the U.S. embassy, Lew Amselem, was indeed spreading the same rumor.

“In the presence of Ambassador Thomas Stroock, this same human rights officer told a delegation of religious men and women concerned about my case that he was ‘tired of these lesbian nuns coming down to Guatemala.’ The story would undergo other permutations. According to the Guatemalan press, the ambassador came up with another version: he told the Guatemalan defense minister that I was not abducted and tortured but simply ‘had problems with [my] nerves.’”

So yesterday was not the first time that Amselem revealed a mean-spirited streak to blame the victims of human rights violations. Most disturbingly, Secretary Clinton – who met with Sister Dianna in the 1990s and expressed sympathy and solidarity – should already know this history.

The good news is that a replacement, Carmen Lomellin, has been nominated. The bad news is of course that the Senate Republicans are holding her and other Obama nominations hostage, as always (and with a nary a peep of protest in the media).

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Charles says: Al Giordano spells in “Amselem.” Google renders a split decision. The OAS agrees with Al.

Posted in Busheviks, Hillary Clinton, Honduras, Latin America, Obama Administration | 12 Comments »

This Big Story Broke Yesterday, But I’ll Bet This Will Be The First You’ll Have Heard Of It

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 25, 2009

I guess the members of the GOP/Media Complex have been so busy haranguing President Obama for speaking honestly about the illegal arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, and/or threatening him with even nastier treatment unless he started bowing down to them (shades of the “White House Travel Office Scandal”, when the press took their perk-dispensing buddy Billy Dale’s side despite his having over $50,000 in office funds stuffed into his private personal bank account), that most of them can’t be bothered to talk about this story (h/t Teddy Partridge) about how in 2002, Dick Cheney wanted to see if he could illegally use US troops on US soil to go after alleged terrorists, instead of letting law enforcement officials handle the job:

Some of the advisers to President George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney, argued that a president had the power to use the military on domestic soil to sweep up the terrorism suspects, who came to be known as the Lackawanna Six, and declare them enemy combatants.

Mr. Bush ultimately decided against the proposal to use military force.

A decision to dispatch troops into the streets to make arrests would be nearly unprecedented in American history, as both the Constitution and subsequent laws restrict the military from being used to conduct domestic raids and seize property.

The Fourth Amendment bans “unreasonable” searches and seizures without probable cause. And the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally prohibits the military from acting in a law enforcement capacity.

That it does.

Of course, that Dick Cheney thinks the Constitution is his own personal roll of toilet paper is not news. What is news, as Partridge notes, is that this story looks to have been released by Bush entouragers as a way of pushing back against this story and this one, both of which make Bush look bad (and at least one of which was Cheney trying to look good by making Bush look bad over the Scooter Libby mess).

Posted in anti-Americanism, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Dick Cheney, evil, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, terrorism | 4 Comments »

In Which Secretary Clinton Bests Several Republican Clowns Without Getting Her Hair Mussed

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 22, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and ably dispatched the best — or rather, worst — the Republicans could throw at her:

I am watching SOS Hillary Clinton’s testimony to the House Foreign Affairs committee on CNN.com whereupon some Republican congressman (Dana Rohrabacher) asked about the wisdom in releasing the torture memos, and went on to quote Dick Cheney’s statement to Fox News that torture works to keep us safe. He continued with Cheney’s claim that there are memos that show that torture techniques work. Hillary abruptly cut the congressman saying acerbically:

“It won’t surprise you that I don’t consider him (Dick Cheney) a particularly reliable source of information … I believe we ought to get to the bottom of this”

It gets even better from there.

Posted in 111th Congress, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, Obama Administration, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, torture, transparency | 1 Comment »

GOP To Dick Cheney: Go Away, Please

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 24, 2009

Because it’s pretty damned hard to make the case that the Republican Party is no longer the party of Bush-Cheney when the nastier half of that pairing keeps flapping his gums in public, doing his best Rush Limbaugh impersonation as he all but accuses President Obama of treason:

Another House Republican lawmaker who requested anonymity said he wasn’t surprised that Cheney has strongly criticized Obama early in his term, but argued that it’s not helping the GOP cause.

The legislator said Cheney, whose approval ratings were lower than President Bush’s during the last Congress, didn’t think through the political implications of going after Obama.

Cheney did “House Republicans no favors,” the lawmaker said, adding, “I could never understand him anyway.”

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Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), who is running for governor, suggested that past leaders should not be seeking the spotlight at a time when the party is rebuilding and redefining itself, after “hitting bottom” in the devastating losses last November.

“Interpret it however you want to, but what I’m saying is: We should focus on the people that will lead us tomorrow, not the people who led us yesterday,” Wamp said. “With all due respect to former Vice President Cheney, he represents what’s behind us, not what’s ahead of us.”

To the delight of some Democrats, Cheney, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele have attracted headlines in recent weeks.

Asked about Cheney’s criticisms of Obama, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs last week said, “I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal.”

Zing!

Posted in 111th Congress, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Congress, Dick Cheney, eedjits, evil, President Obama, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer | 6 Comments »

Feds targeted ACORN in pre-election raid

Posted by Charles II on March 18, 2009

Brad Jacobson, Rawstory hits one out of the park:

Federal agencies were involved in the decision to raid the office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in Nevada last October, just weeks before Election Day, the offices of Nevada’s Secretary of State and Attorney General say.

The allegations raise questions of whether politics played a part in the raid and calls into question assertions by the US Attorney’s office that they were uninvolved. Federal guidelines instruct agencies investigating election fraud to avoid action that might impact the elective process.

[Utah Gov.] Gibbons’ use of the ACORN raid to possibly further a political agenda is similar to other cases of alleged political prosecutions, such as the case of Mississippi lawyer Paul Minor and the use of his indictments and conviction to paint Democrats as corrupt.

Posted in Busheviks, election theft | 1 Comment »

Oh, Andy Card…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 7, 2009

…what was that about your boss the Boy King being so respectful of the Oval Office?

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And that’s over a year before he started bathing the Oval Office carpets in the blood of murdered Iraqis.

You may shut up and go away now.

Posted in Barack Obama, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, projection, propaganda, Silly Republicans, working the refs, WTF? | 1 Comment »

Abu Gonzales rites rights writes

Posted by Charles II on December 31, 2008

Larisa Alexandrovna says that Alberto Gonzales is writing a book about his time in the Administration, which is really remarkable because he has testified under oath to not remember anything that happened.

My comment: It’s a truly original product. Every other page will be blank, making it useful as a diary, datebook, or coloring book for children.

Posted in Alberto Gonzales, Busheviks | 4 Comments »

Republicans: People of the Lie

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 13, 2008

George W. Bush lied us into war with Iraq, lied about taxes, and lies pretty much about everything of consequence and sometimes things that aren’t.

Just as John McCain’s been a rubber-stamp for Bush on Iraq and every issue of importance, he also lies just like Bush — a fact that the national media is only now starting to acknowledge.

But now, perhaps spurred by the realization that McCain’s bypassing Joe Lieberman for Sarah Palin confirms that the GOP is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the religio-racist right, the stories on the lies of McCain, Palin and other Republican figures are finally being published:

McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions (New York Times)

Harsh advertisements and negative attacks are a staple of presidential campaigns, but Senator John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and even some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth in attacking Senator Barack Obama’s record and positions…

McCain Wrong on Palin Earmarks (Los Angeles Times)

NEW YORK — John McCain got it wrong Friday when he asserted that his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had not requested any earmarks, the spending directives lawmakers insert in spending bills that McCain has vowed to eliminate.

Palin, in fact, requested $198 million in federal earmarks in February, including such expenses as $487,000 to fight obesity in Alaska and $4 million to develop recreational trails.

McCain Lambasted for Inaccuracies (Seattle Times)

Sen. John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth in attacking Sen. Barack Obama’s record and positions.

Obama also has been accused of distortions, but McCain is under fire for two headline-grabbing attacks. First, the McCain campaign twisted Obama’s words to suggest he had compared GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin to a pig after Obama questioned McCain’s claim to be a change agent by saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig.” (McCain has used the same expression to describe Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health plan.)

He then falsely claimed that Obama supported “comprehensive sex ed” for kindergartners. (Obama supported teaching them to be alert for inappropriate advances from adults.)

Palin, McCain Contradict Each Other on Spending (San Francisco Chronicle)

In a televised interview Friday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin defended her request for an estimated $200 million in federal projects from Congress – even as earlier in the day her GOP running mate John McCain insisted Palin had never sought money from Congress.

McCain Wraps Distortions Around One Truth (Washington Post)

THE AD

He was the world’s biggest celebrity, but his star’s fading. So they lashed out at Sarah Palin. Dismissed her as “good-looking.” That backfired, so they said she was doing “what she was told.” Then desperately called Sarah Palin a liar. How disrespectful. And how Governor Sarah Palin proves them wrong, every day.

ANALYSIS

This John McCain commercial, which contains two significant distortions, is part of a larger effort to rule criticism of his running mate out of bounds and to paint her as the victim of unfair attacks from both Democrats and the media.

Palin Reviews Are In, and Gibson Got a… (New York Times)

After taking in some of Charles Gibson’s interviews with the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, Paul Begala sounded ready to cast his vote.

“I thought one person on my television screen looked ready to assume the presidency,” Mr. Begala, the CNN commentator, said by telephone on Friday. “It wasn’t Governor Palin.”

Fact Check: McCain on Palin and Earmarks (Dallas Morning News)

For more on John McCain’s incorrect claim that Sarah Palin has sought no earmarks as governor, click here. The Associated Press reports that Ms. Palin “asked for nearly $200 million in targeted spending for the 2009 fiscal year.”

Along the same lines, McClatchy declares a new Republican ad “out of bounds” for its claim that Ms. Palin “vetoed nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending and cut earmark requests by hundreds of millions of dollars.” While technically true, McClatchy says, the ad takes the remark out of context enough that its meaning is distorted.

They even lie about the size of the crowds at Sarah Palin events.  Oh, and when McCain says he won’t raise your taxes, he’s lying there, too.

They are, indeed, the People of the Lie.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, faith-based flim-flams, false prophets, family values, Fundies, John McCain, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

 
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