Rand Paul has called out at least two of the Senate neocons: John McCain and Lindsey Graham:
“They think the whole world is a battlefield, including America, and that the laws of war should apply,” Paul said in an interview on Fox News about McCain and Graham, who had described Paul’s comments about drones as “ridiculous.”
“The laws of war don’t involve due process, so when they ask you for an attorney you tell them to shut up. That’s not my understanding of the way America works,” Paul told Fox. “I don’t think the laws of war apply to America, I think the Bill of Rights do and I think it’s a disservice to our soldiers that our senators up there arguing that the Bill of Rights aren’t important.”
…includes details of each detainee in C.I.A. custody, the conditions under which they were detained, how they were interrogated, the intelligence they actually provided and the accuracy — or inaccuracy — of C.I.A. descriptions about the program to the White House, Department of Justice, Congress and others.
It is time that a full examination of this country’s use of torture is fully and openly investigated. Such an open investigation is necessary for the country as a whole to know what was done in its name and thereby avoid repeating such immoral crimes in the future.
Also yesterday, Khaled el-Masri, a German national who was mistaken for a terrorist and abducted nine years ago, won a hearing in the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that his rights had been violated and confirmed his account that he had been seized by Macedonia, handed over to the C.I.A., and then brutalized and detained for months in Afghanistan. This finding, in a court created by many of our allies, may well provide a trigger for further investigations by such allies even if the US fails to prepare a full recounting of the abuse. Needless to say, the CIA “refused to comment” on the unanimous ruling. More details here.
John McCain, speaking in 2005 in support of the nomination of Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State, notwithstanding the fact that Rice had previously testified (wrongly) that there were indeed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq:
So I wonder why we are starting this new Congress with a protracted debate about a foregone conclusion. . . . I can only conclude we are doing this for no other reason than lingering bitterness at the outcome of the elections. . . . We all have varying policy views, but the President, in my view, has a clear right to put in place the team he believed would serve him best.
And yet, now he says he will do anything to block a possible nomination of Susan Rice for Secretary of State, claiming she somehow lied about Benghazi:
[Susan Rice is] not qualified. Anyone who goes on national television and in defiance of the facts, five days later — We’re all responsible for what we say and what we do. I’m responsible to my voters. She’s responsible to the Senate of the United States. We have our responsibility for advice and consent. (on CBS News)
I will do everything in my power to block her from being the United States Secretary of State. She has proven that she either doesn’t understand or she is not willing to accept evidence on its face. (on Fox and Friends)
In case you are keeping score at home, the number of United States citizens killed in Iraq, a war based on several false premises, currently totals more than 4,488. And more than 33,000 have been wounded. The number killed in Benghazi: 4.
This country does in fact have a serious deficit problem. But the reality is that the deficit was caused by two wars – unpaid for. It was caused by huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. It was caused by a recession as a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street. And if those are the causes of the deficit, I will be damned if we’re going to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the sick, the children, and the poor. That’s wrong.
That is not a practical, top-tier alternative and here’s why. If you look at the topography of Iran. Where are you going to strike? It’s very mountainous. That’s what makes it very difficult.
– GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain, in answer to a question as to whether he would support a military strike against Iran. He apparently thinks airplanes would have trouble with mountains. He is right thought that Iran has mountains.
Well, obviously, before you ever get to that point, you have to build a relationship in that region. And that’s one of the things that this administration has not done. Just yesterday we found out through Admiral Mullen that Haqqani has been involved with — and that’s the terrorist group directly associated with the Pakistani country — so to have a relationship with India, to make sure that India knows that they are an ally of the United States.
– Rick Perry, responding to a question of what he would do if, as President, he recieved a 3 a.m. call informing him that the Taliban had gained control of Pakistan’s Nukes. You can be forgiven if you thought the quote was by Sarah Palin.
Laurie Anderson explains the (non-)solution to our problems: only an expert can do it. This is one song that addresses Oprah, Iraq, torture, and Wall Street financial crimes, while being kick-ass msuically. The version below is live, but the version on the album, Homeland, is even more terrific.
As media coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 ramps up this week, citizens across the United States collectively realized they would rather think about the terrorist attacks of 2001 than about anything else that has transpired in the subsequent decade.