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Begin with a voice solemnly reading off excerpts from the just released report on the CIA's wrongdoing.  Show imagery of people assassinated, imprisoned or tortured during the period described.  

Cut to a clip of W talking about how he should be trusted with extraordinary powers.

End with a black screen with a stark question being read aloud: "Considering what happened the last time we trusted a President with extraordinary power, why should we trust one again?"

Originally posted to gitaiba on Mon Jun 25, 2007 at 03:04 PM PDT.

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  •  Diary? (1+ / 0-)
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    I think this belongs more in the open thread discussion.

    Interesting 'commercial' nonetheless.

    •  I don't get to very many open threads, so I am (1+ / 0-)
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      grateful for this diary on an important topic.

      "Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you. They are unique manifestations of the human spirit." Wade Davis

      by cfk on Mon Jun 25, 2007 at 04:06:49 PM PDT

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  •  Go for it (0+ / 0-)

    Why is they now releasing the dirty secrets of the old CIA?

    The spin they are putting on this is:  we (the Intelligence community) are getting out into public view the mis- or bad deeds of the long-ago CIA .  We've been asked to do this for a long time by scholars and it's time to come clean.  We really want to show that we are open and transparent.  We're really good guys now.

    The reality is different.  There are a number of motivations behind this voluntary release of information.  After all, nobody forced them to do this.  So why are they doing it?  I believe the reasons are these:

    1.  The project of this administration has been to dismantle what remains of the old CIA with its roots in white-shoe Ivy League types and links to the State Department, replacing it with a more easily-controlled, more secretive military intelligence apparatus.  Note that the lead spook is now military-- Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA.  To discredit the CIA they are releasing evidence of extra-legal, even criminal acts.  Bad CIA.  (Never mind that most of what is being released was already in the public domain, thanks to the hearings of the Senator Frank Church committee in the 1970's.)   One doesn't have to have affection for the CIA to see that what is being substituted could well be worse.
    1.  Another motivation for the current information disclosure of "the Family Jewels," as they are calling it (got to get a sexy title in there, right, spin doctors?) is to justify current clandestine, illegal operations.   See-- we've been doing it for decades.  Nothing really new.  Get used to it.
    1.  Still another motivation is probably diversionary.  Get our attention off the Plame outing and extraordinary rendition (i.e., kidnapping), some of whose practitioners are on trial in absentia in Italy.

    The big question is, what are they doing right now that is unconstitutional, illegal and immoral?  You can be sure they won't release anything about this, any time soon.  Oh where is our equivalent of the courageous Senator Frank Church?

    Of course there's no such thing as evolution. If there were, there wouldn't be a Republican Party.

    by djohnutk on Mon Jun 25, 2007 at 04:52:05 PM PDT

    •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

      As an edit, when asking the last questions, we could show Abu Ghraib pictures, particularly the innocent detainee who died in custody, headlines about secret prisons, and excerpts from the recent SC decision about enemy combatants.

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