CIA Director Calls Torturers “Patriots”

I don’t know what the fuck country CIA Director John Brennan lives in, but in the country I live in, people who torture living creatures, particularly fellow human beings, are sick fucks who should be in prison. They are not “patriots.” Brennan, also known as Cunt or The Cunt to his friends, admits that it

Obama’s Torture Fail

Our Nobel Peace Prize President of the United States has failed in many ways, but there’s no greater failure than his unwillingness to pursue criminal charges against those in our government that decided to torture human beings. Both President Bush and Vice President Cheney have publicly admitted that they were not only aware of the

Republicans political posturing over Fast and Furious “issue”

I’ll be honest, until a few days ago, I didn’t know anything about this so-called “Fast and Furious” government program. Here’s what I know now that Republicans are apparently trying to destroy the career of Attorney General Eric Holder over this gun-smuggling, or “gunwalking,” program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In

Bush Tax Cuts Did Not Spur Growth – Not At All

If you listen politicians, pundits and talking heads, you’d think the greatest thing we can do to jump-start the economy is to cut taxes. But if you actually take a minute and look at the data, you’ll see that is simply not the case. New York Times Economix Blogger David Leonhardt broke down the growth

The Iraq War Ending, but Have we Won?

Tomorrow, President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech about the Iraq War. August 31 marks the official end to combat operations in a war that has dragged on for more than seven years. It’s also been seven years since President George W. Bush delivered his famous “Mission Accomplished” speech on May 1, 2003.

U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, 2008

Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq Preamble The United States of America and the Republic of Iraq, referred to hereafter as “the Parties´´: Recognizing the importance of: strengthening

Tea Party Poll Shows It’s No Movement

The mainstream media often refers to the Tea Party spectacle as a “movement.” It isn’t. A CBS News poll shows that Tea Party “members” are actually pretty dumb. Tea Party people believe that President Obama has already raised taxes – he hasn’t. One-third of Tea Party people think Obama favors the poor – that’s code

Friday Night News Dump: Bush Torture Lawyers Get Off

The Obama administration is no different than other administrations in that they dump news on Friday hoping that no one is paying attention. Fortunately, I’m a dork and I love seeing what they try and sneak past us each week.

Dick Cheney Publicly Admits to Torture

The only question remaining now is whether former Vice President Dick Cheney personally participated in waterboarding people. When it comes to torture, hell yes, Cheney was totally on board.

On Sunday, Cheney unequivocally stated the Bush administration tortured prisoners. On ABC’s “This Week” Cheney said, “I was a big supporter of waterboarding.”

Dueling vice presidents: Biden and Cheney square off

On Sunday, Former Vice President Dick Cheney accused the Obama administration of making the country less safe by mirandizing terror suspects, trying them in civilian court and abandoning torture. “It’s the mind-set that concerns me,” Cheney said. On “This Week” he explained, “I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of

Unemployment Under Bush Versus Obama Administration

While data and statistics don’t tell the whole story about our flailing economy and unemployment, but this chart created on Feb. 5, 2010 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is pretty cool. Jobs are being created, even if slower than we’d like.

Potential Lobbying Disclosure Violations Surged In 2009

Lobbying violations were way up in 2009 because new regulations and a bad reputation is pushing lobbyists to drop the title thus triggering more than 1,400 lobbyists to de-register with the feds to avoid the stigma and additional paperwork.

Bush Presidential Record Partially Destroyed

Evidently during President George W. Bush’s White House career millions of e-mail messages were lost. Two advocacy groups sued to have the messages recovered and restored to Bush’s presidential legacy, but it appears some of those e-mail messages are gone for good.

Dick Cheney: The Mind of a Maniac

Dick Cheney defends torture again today on Fox despite documents stating that torture didn’t save lives or prevent any terrorist attacks. Cheney brags about eight years of protecting the US, but he must have forgot that 9/11 happened under his watchful eye.

Transcript of Steven G. Bradbury torture memo

Here’s some of the text I transcribed from Steven G. Bradbury’s memo on torture from July 20, 2007. This is not a complete transcript of the 79-page memo. I’ll add more to this post if I transcribe more of the document. Re: Application of the War Crimes Act, the Detainee Treatment Act, and Common Article

Making the case for torture

The CIA’s torture program during the Bush administration was extensive and had to include a lot of people in the CIA, Justice and the White House was intimately involved in the process. Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has announced an investigation into the program, but one with a very limited scope.

More CIA documents about torture program

Here’s another collection of documents relating to the CIA’s torture program. If you like reading formerly Top Secret documents, this is for you. Letter to Rizzo from OLC Aug. 31, 2006 Letter from OLC to CIA Nov. 6, 2007 Memorandum to Rizzo Aug. 31, 2006 Letter from OLC to CIA Aug. 23, 2007 David Barron

Snippets from CIA torture program report

Here are some of the highlights from the CIA’s Inspector General report on US torture program. And ellipse represents text that has been blacked out of the declassified document. I’ll provide more information as I make my way through the 269 pages of the report, but for now this stuff is pretty interesting. “Senior Agency