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Bush and Cheney Have Confessed to Authorizing Torture – Now Even the New York Times Is Calling for Their Prosecution
Authors of White House torture manual, from left: Pres. Bush, Vice Pres. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenent

Authors of White House torture manual, from left: Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Tenent

In an editorial today, the New York Times called for prosecuting Dick Cheney, George Bush and their subordinates for war crimes:

Hey, Job-Seeker Liz Lauten – Fellow GOP Mean Girl Carly Fiorina Is Staffing up for a Presidential Run

From the 2010 U.S. Senate campaign in California, at minute 04:00, GOP candidate Carly Fiorini dishes on Sen. Barbara Boxer, “What’s with that hair? Soooo yesterday.”

Here is more hope for the tens of people who’ve been worried about tea-party operative and infamous cyber-bully Liz Lauten’s employment prospects. National Journal reports that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorini is running for president in 2016. The good news for Lauten, potentially, is that Fiorini, an infamous GOP mean girl herself, is hiring.

Hey Tea Party, Cuban Protesters in Miami Can’t Spell, Either

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But then, English is their second language. What’s your excuse again?

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Oh yeah, now I remember.

Memo to Dick Cheney: George Washington Ordered Execution As Penalty for Torturing Prisoners
Washington: 'Should [punishment for torture] extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt '
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During a recent interview, former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney proudly assumed responsibility for the U.S. government’s program of torturing prisoners in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. “I’d do it again in a minute,” Cheney asserted.

Cheney is undoubtedly emboldened by the fact that there is no chance that he, the president he served or their minions will ever face justice for ordering the torture of prisoners, actions that were, by even the lowest standards of decency, war crimes.

Cheney and the others will escape justice, largely because the current president chooses to allow it, despite the fact that torture is illegal in this country and worldwide, under provisions of an anti-torture treaty signed by Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1984. There is also precedent for trying officials accused of torture. As was noted earlier, in 1946, the United States and its allies executed Japanese officials who ordered waterboarding of prisoners during World War II.

But the roots of America’s abhorrence to torture go back even farther, all the way to the founding. In fact, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington ordered that soldiers under his command who were found to have tortured prisoners could face execution.

Wealth Gap Is Now Largest on Record

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More evidence that Pres. Obama is terrible at being a socialist:

This is Going to Piss Off Ted Cruz’s Dad

Not to mention little Marco Rubio. But America’s policy toward Cuba makes no sense, and these reforms are long overdue. There will be a hew and cry from the old guard in Miami, from FOX, and from the far rightwing, but since when have they been on the sensible side of issues?

The Terrorists Are Winning: Polls Find Growing Support for America As a Torture State
Scene from the Tokyo Trials in 1946 in which Japanese officials were tried for war crimes, including waterboarding  -  seven officials were sentenced to execution

Scene from the Tokyo Trials in 1946 in which Japanese officials were tried for war crimes, including waterboarding – seven officials were sentenced to execution

In its report on the torturing of terrorist suspects by the U.S. government during the Bush-Cheney administration, the Senate Intelligence Committee revealed a long list of abuses:

Detainees were forced to stand on broken limbs for hours, kept in complete darkness, deprived of sleep for up to 180 hours, sometimes standing, sometimes with their arms shackled above their heads.

Prisoners were subjected to “rectal feeding” without medical necessity. Rectal exams were conducted with “excessive force.” The report highlights one prisoner later diagnosed with anal fissures, chronic hemorrhoids and “symptomatic rectal prolapse.”

The report mentions mock executions, Russian roulette. U.S. agents threatened to slit the throat of a detainee’s mother, sexually abuse another and threatened prisoners’ children. One prisoner died of hypothermia brought on in part by being forced to sit on a bare concrete floor without pants.

In a facility codenamed COBALT, but referred to as the “Dungeon,” the United States created a chamber of horrors:

There Are (at Least) 23 Good Reasons Why Jeb Bush Should Not Run for President

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Jeb Bush has made his intentions about running for the high office his father and brother occupied. Mother Jones magazine offers a scathing list of 23 reasons he should probably reconsider.

As the magazine puts it: “From questionable business dealings to allegations of philandering, the former Florida governor’s past is an opposition researcher’s dream.”

Forbes: ‘Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing’

Enumerati

  • 21%

    Mitt Romney’s lead among the GOP presidential field, followed by Sen. Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee at 11%, Jeb Bush at 10%, Ben Carson at 9%, Gov. Scott Walker at 8% and Sen. Marco Rubio at 5%, according to a new Fox News poll.

  • $889 million

    Amount the Koch brothers’ political operation intends to spend in the run-up to the 2016 elections, Politico reports. “The spending goal, shared with donors at a Monday morning session at the Rancho Mirage Ritz Carlton, reflects the sweeping ambition of a private conservative political network that in many ways has eclipsed the power of the official Republican Party. The $889 million spending goal dwarfs the $404 million the Republican National Committee spent during the 2012 election and the $188 million it dropped during last year’s midterm campaign.”

  • 50%

    President Barack Obama’s job approval rating less than a week after his State of the Union speech, according to Gallup Daily tracking conducted Friday through Sunday. This is the first time the president’s rating has returned to that level in Gallup’s ongoing three-day rolling averages since June 2013.

  • 27.7%

    The percentage of U.S. adults who are obese in 2014, according to Gallup. That is up more than two percentage points since 2008 and is the highest obesity rate Gallup and Healthways have measured in seven years of tracking it.

  • $500,000

    Amount Republican Jeb Bush is telling donors they they must raise by March 31 to join his “national executive committee,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “A pledge form for Mr. Bush’s newly formed Right to Rise political committee offers other levels of membership: donors who collect $250,000 by March 31 can join the ‘national committee,’ $100,000 to join the ‘state executive committee’ and $50,000 for the ‘state committee.’”

Poetic Justice

The White is the president’s home.
It’s where secret service agents roam.
But that crash on the swale
Proved a cautionary tale:
One should never ever drink and drone.

Verbatim

  • Mitt is a patriot and I join many in hoping his days of serving our nation and our party are not over.

    — Jeb Bush, on Facebook, after Mitt Romney announced he would not run again for president.

  • Steve Scalise, let me tell you something, this is the way I view it now: I mean this guy is a sellout. I mean he’s a sellout. He’s not David. He used to say that he was David Duke of course without the baggage, whatever that means… I might have to run against Steve Scalise because you know, I really might. I mean, I’m definitely going to consider it because its so disgusting to me to see…he got elected on false pretenses.

    — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, saying he might run for office against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), BuzzFeed reports. Scalise faced questions earlier this month about a 2003 appearance he made before a white supremacist group founded by Duke and called the appearance “a mistake I regret.”

  • I’ve been a member of this committee for many years and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place. You know, you’re going to have to shut up or I’m going have you arrested.

    — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), giving harsh words to protesters who shouted criticism at 91-year-old Henry Kissinger at a hearing, CNN reports. He added, to a smattering of applause: “Get out of here you low-life scum.”

  • Our message cannot be a bunch of Democrats running around saying we have no message. That’s not a good message.

    — Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), quoted by the Washington Post.

  • She’s very interesting. And I’m sure she’d do great.

    — Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), telling the Washington Post that his former vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, would be a viable White House contender if she chose to run.

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