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  •  I hope you get a big payday (9+ / 0-)

    out of the next administration. You've paid a high price for standing out from the crowd, and at least you should know that some of us appreciate your work a lot.

    This country needs a mountain of lawyers in gear just to undo the wrongheadedness of Bush's November 13, 2001 Military Order. It seems so stupid, so naive now, and it occurs to me that we are still operating under the constraint of that emergency power he invoked.

    I'm not even sure if it is possible for Obama to legally rescind it, or even a part of it, while detainees are still under our "protection." A mountain of legislation will have to written in order to make progress.

    In many ways, it would not be wise for Obama to rescind the order; he may need to invoke them. God bless him that he will use it wisely or not at all.

    Do you think Obama is keeping Mullen and McConnell close and on the hook, in case the administration is called to account for some of the outrageous lawlessness - torture & kidnapping -> genocide??? - that might be examined by a "truth commission."  I hope that under his own executive powers, Obama might be able to order these guys to honor subpoenas and to testify under oath.

    In which case, perhaps Cheney should have been retained, too. ugh.

    It would be so great if Obama just signed the US onto the Treaty of Rome and renditioned them all to Belgium on a bus.

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -Thomas Jefferson

    by ezdidit on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 08:41:33 AM PST

    •  I like your idea of a "Truth Commission" (5+ / 0-)

      The Canary in the Coalmine is available for purchase at

      by Jesselyn Radack on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 09:52:37 AM PST

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      •  Well, that "Truth Commission"... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...might have to go farther back into history than any regular folks would care about. This sort of shit has been ongoing for decades.

      •  That's the current wisdom. (0+ / 0-)

        It's popcorn - or salve for our addled spirits.

        No "commission" that has ever been convened to expose the "truth" about anything has ever accomplished more than resignations or pardons.

        I expect the very same to issue from any examination of some of the very same characters who have already been investigated and whose actions were condemned by other commissions, among them: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Feith, Kagan et al.

        We have to establish a three-strikes rule if we're going to come crashing down with all the force of a toothless commission on them yet again.

        "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -Thomas Jefferson

        by ezdidit on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 01:23:49 PM PST

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    •  I think the root of the problem is Bush's (0+ / 0-)

      Memorandum of Notification to the CIA of Sept. 17, 2001.  I believe it is still classified, but I understand it is at the root of the detainee policies.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 03:53:55 PM PST

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