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September 6, 2012
15:31 // 2 years ago
April 7, 2012
If your baseline is the Bush years, it’s night and day. If your baselines are a set of first principles, as the ACLU calls for, or as us openness advocates call for, then your situation is: Is the glass half full or the glass half empty?
Tom Blanton, director of GWU’s National Security Archive • Discussing national security powers afforded to the Presidency, and the U.S. government. The impetus of this was the unearthing of a memo, authored back in 2006 by a Bush administration State Department counselor, Philip Zelikow. In it, he insists to the administration that their policy on waterboarding, among other things, amounted to a “felony.” The renewed conversation on American ethics and legal authority has shone a light on the Obama administration, as well, however. While the President publicly condemned waterboarding on his second day in office, his administration still employs extraordinary renditions, and his reluctance to renounce many of the broadened powers his predecessor accrued may set precedent, rendering what was once unique and limited the new functional norm. Says Jameel Jaffer, national security expert for the ACLU: “The administration has clearly disavowed torture, and that is an important and welcome thing. But they’re steadily building a framework for impunity.” source (viafollow)
15:33 // 2 years ago
November 14, 2011
motherjones:

As our mothers used to tell us, “Even a broken watch tells the right time twice a day.”

Hey, GOP candidates, listen to this guy. When he talks about torture, he doesn’t talk about it in the theoretical. He, personally, knows what it’s like.

motherjones:

As our mothers used to tell us, “Even a broken watch tells the right time twice a day.”

Hey, GOP candidates, listen to this guy. When he talks about torture, he doesn’t talk about it in the theoretical. He, personally, knows what it’s like.

11:00 // 2 years ago
November 12, 2011
Herman Cain sees waterboarding as an “enhanced interrogation technique,” not torture, and would support it. He looks super-uncomfortable answering the question on torture. Bachmann, meanwhile, was far more comfortable on agreeing with this; Ron Paul, meanwhile, says it’s illegal, immoral and ineffective. Huntsman came out against it as well.

Herman Cain sees waterboarding as an “enhanced interrogation technique,” not torture, and would support it. He looks super-uncomfortable answering the question on torture. Bachmann, meanwhile, was far more comfortable on agreeing with this; Ron Paul, meanwhile, says it’s illegal, immoral and ineffective. Huntsman came out against it as well.

20:44 // 2 years ago
October 29, 2010

Classy guy reportedly waterboarded his girlfriend for some reason

  • rationalBeing upset that your girlfriend is possibly cheating on you with another guy. Understandable.
  • irrational Allegedly tying her to a couch and waterboarding her. Can we just say, domestic abuse? source
12:14 // 3 years ago