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Truly the most arrogant presidential adminstration since our founding, the Bush-Cheney war criminal regime and its cast of un-impeached, un-charged, un-convicted conspirators, co-conspirators, and a host of other enablers on both sides of the aisle who held the coats for them, our newly-elected democratic president, in "turning the page before reading the page" and "looking forward not backwards", by winking and nodding at their crimes, even aiding and abetting their escape from the long arm of justice, in effect made a deal with the Devil.

And when anyone deals with the Devil on his terms, there's always, always HELL to pay-with interest.  He's worse than any loan shark that ever carried a little black book of debts, or whoever charged a point for his services. Because the price for accomodation and capitulation usually brings with it not just costs in treasure, but the Devil always gets his dues, his repayment in flesh and blood-and in the end he damns your mortal souls! A deal is a deal. And when he's deals for the House, he always collects! The other half of my opening follows. It was too long...

Wapo reported in a story that one of Bush's helpers paid the president a visit on Friday:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Former SoS Condi Rice, no doubt had other things on her mind than seeking a photo-op standing beside the president, trying to sell her new book. Like making sure the deal they struck stuck, giving them all--["I'm the Decider": GW Bush, "I am my own 4th Branch": Dick Cheney, "We don't condone torture" Condi Rice, "Here's the smoking gun" Colin Powell, "Our troops are fungible": Donald Rumsfeld, Gates, Wolfowitz, Armitage, Reagan's own "Salvadoran option" architect: John Negroponte, "Mr. Let's Bomb Iran and let God sort it out": John Bolton, "The torture memo" 3 stooges: JohnYoo, Jay Bybee & Steven Bradbury, David Addington, AG Gonzales, CIA Director George Tenet, et al]-- a lifetime get out of jail free card was still "unquaint and relevant", not unlike the Geneva Conventions General Article III, the Convention Against Torture(CAT) and the 1996 War Crimes Act, they so vehemently despised, they mollified them and nullified them with the stroke of a pen. Or so they thought.

But this isn't going away, not at least while I still breathe the air of a free man. Not on your life Mister Bush...

This what then SoS Rice said about Bush's use of torture. Look at her demeanor. Watch how her voice and lips tremble and quake in fear, like someone who is about to have the heavens fall upon their heads. Observe and learn:

Rachel Maddow interviews Newsweek reporter Michael Isikoff here in this video from her show on February 16, 2009, where Isikoff shows how very short our memories are.:

Even Obama's AG Eric Holder "agrees" that waterboarding is torture and stated here that 'nobody is above the law", that is unless you happen to be a war criminal named Bush. So why is Bush and his cohorts still getting a free pass? Don't tell me that the evidence proving war crimes is a state secret so vital to our national security, that to divulge its contents would so damage our "fragile" republic's life, that the very proof needed to convict must be hidden from our virgin eyes and ears at all costs.

The opinions from Yoo, Bybee and their boss Steven Bradbury may have been specifically crafted to reach the White Houses desired conclusions. If Isikoff is correct, the memos weren't legal guidance for the White House to follow - they were excuses and legal cover for the White House to get away with War Crimes.

If that's true - It could be prosecuted as "conspiracy" under the 1996 War Crimes Act, a US Statute that Bush tried with all of his power to de-claw in 2005(and he tried again in October, 2007), after the Abu Ghraib abuses of Jan. 13, 2004 became front page news and appearing front and center in everyone's living rooms across the globe:
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WARNING: THESE PHOTOS ARE VERY DISTURBING AND TOO GRAPHIC TO POST HERE:
http://www.antiwar.com/...
http://www.salon.com/...

Retroactive War Crime Protection Proposed
by Pete Yost

"The Bush administration drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from possible criminal charges for authorizing any humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal.
The move by the administration is the latest effort to deal with treatment of those taken into custody in the war on terror.
At issue are interrogations carried out by the CIA, and the degree to which harsh tactics such as water-boarding were authorized by administration officials. A separate law, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, applies to the military. The Washington Post first reported on the War Crimes Act amendments Wednesday.

One section of the draft would outlaw torture and inhuman or cruel treatment, but it does not contain prohibitions from Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions against "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment." A copy of the section of the draft was obtained by The Associated Press.

The White House, without elaboration, said in a statement that the bill "will apply to any conduct by any U.S. personnel, whether committed before or after the law is enacted."

http://www.commondreams.org/...

Ask your self these questions, If they didn't already know they were breaking the law, why else would they be scrambling for a pre-emptive, retroactive pardon? And why would they have asked Obama to give them legal cover for a crime they didn't know they committed? Unless they knew that the torturous acts they performed were war crimes! If you didn't break any laws, why worry, right? Isn't that what they always tell us about secretly warrantlessly wiretapping us?

"The US War Crimes Act of 1996 makes it a felony to commit grave violations of the Geneva Conventions. The Washington Post recently reported that the Bush administration is quietly circulating draft legislation to eliminate crucial parts of the War Crimes Act. Observers on The Hill say the Administration plans to slip it through Congress this fall while there still is a guaranteed Republican majority--perhaps as part of the military appropriations bill, the proposals for Guantánamo tribunals or a new catch-all "anti-terrorism" package. Why are they doing it, and how can they be stopped?"

http://www.thenation.com/...

Here's the only thing that stood between Bush and his crew remaining free to torture and a life sitting behind bars in a 6X9 foot jail cell-or a date with the same judgment he gave Saddam for his crimes against humanity: the gallows!

From TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 118 > § 2441

§ 2441. War crimes

The crime:
A) Torture.— The act of a person who commits, or conspires or attempts to commit, an act specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control for the purpose of obtaining information or a confession, punishment, intimidation, coercion, or any reason based on discrimination of any kind.

The punishment:
(a) Offense.— Whoever, whether inside or outside the United States, commits a war crime, in any of the circumstances described in subsection (b), shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.

Keith Olbermann skewers Bush here saying "The(Bush) presidency is now a criminal conspiracy". And if the fellow kossack is correct, then what does that make anyone who aids and abetts his escape from justice? An accessory after the fact-or a co-conspirator to obstruct justice? KO said:

"It is a fact startling in its cynical simplicity and it requires cynical and simple words to be properly expressed: The presidency of George W. Bush has now devolved into a criminal conspiracy to cover the ass of George W. Bush.

All the petulancy, all the childish threats, all the blank-stare stupidity; all the invocations of World War III, all the sophistic questions about which terrorist attacks we wanted him not to stop, all the phony secrets; all the claims of executive privilege, all the stumbling tap-dancing of his nominees, all the verbal flatulence of his apologists"...

I introduce Exhibit A and B:

Professor John C. Yoo, who is really a war criminal enabler passing himself off as an "attorney at law"--but is nothing short of a blood-sucking fraud and counterfeit legal scholar imo-- who is the co-author with one Viet Dinh, of the insidious Unitary Executive power-expanding, police-state enabling USA Patriot Act of 2001, submitted the two now infamous torture memos giving this president virtual carte blanche to over-step his authority and the Constitution; Yoo himself crossing forever the precipice of common decency by giving Bush legal cover, and turning the US into a war criminal rogue nation.
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But it would appear they aren't as smart as they think they are, and we're not as stupid as they want us to be! Or are they, and we?
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Here he outlines the permissible assaults in graphic detail, explaining how much torture, and the duration of the same is acceptable to which it seems they never found an "unacceptable" way to inflict injury or pain:

"Thirty pages into a memorandum discussing the legal boundaries of military interrogations in 2003, senior justice Department lawyer John C. Yoo tackled a question not often asked by American policymakers: Could the president, if he desired, have a prisoner's eyes poked out? Or, for that matter, could he have "scalding water, corrosive acid or caustic substance" thrown on a prisoner? How about slitting an ear, nose or lip, or disabling a tongue or limb? What about biting?
These assaults are all mentioned in a U.S. law prohibiting maiming, which Yoo parsed as he clarified the legal outer limits of what could be done to terrorism suspects as detained by U.S. authorities. The specific prohibitions, he said, depended on the circumstances or which "body part the statute specifies."
But none of that matters in a time of war, Yoo also said, because federal laws prohibiting assault, maiming and other crimes by military interrogators are trumped by the president's ultimate authority as commander in chief".

So according to Yoo, the president, who took an oath to "faithfully execute" the laws, can ignore those laws whenever he personally sees fit, in order to cover his own ass! What a crock!

"The dry discussion of U.S. maiming statutes is just one in a series of graphic, extraordinary passages in Yoo's 81-page memo, which was declassified this past week. No maiming is known to have occurred in U.S. interrogations, and the Justice Department disavowed the document without public notice nine months after it was written".

Justice "disavowed" it "nine months after it was written"? So they ignored it, trying to make it go away, like it never happened. "No maiming is known to have occurred"? No doubt he meant by anyone who mattered, who could do anything to stop them. Un-freakin-believable! They should've arrested him and hauled him away in cuffs right then and there!

"In the sober language of footnotes, case citations and judicial rulings, the memo explores a wide range of unsavory topics, from the use of mind-altering drugs on captives to the legality of forcing prisoners to squat on their toes in a "frog crouch."
It repeats an assertion in another controversial Yoo memo that an interrogation tactic cannot be considered torture unless it would result in "death, organ failure or serious impairment of bodily functions."

The last time I looked, waterboarding seems to "seriously impair" the "bodily function" of breathing by way of "organ failure", such as  the lungs, which could potentially be fatal, meaning "resulting in death"! Apparently, nobody studies human anatomy or Biology 101 anymore.

"Yoo, who is now a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, also uses footnotes to effectively dismiss the Fourth and Fifth amendments to the Constitution, arguing that protections against unreasonable search and seizure and guarantees of due process either do not apply or are irrelevant in a time of war. He frequently cites his previous legal opinions to bolster his case".

In short, Yoo is saying the president can unilaterally suspend the constitution by his own will! But isn't the stated purpose of war supposed to be to ensure that the constitution is supposedly preserved, and with it the blessings of our liberty?

Doesn't it seem just a little bit antithetical to the concept of "defending freedom" when, in order to defend it, you have to kill it first?

It's sort of like killing the host to save it from the parasite! If I didn't know better, I'd swear Yoo got his law degree out of a box of Cracker Jacks!

"Written opinions by the Office of Legal Counsel have the force of law within the government because its staff is assigned to interpret the meaning of statutory or constitutional language. Yoo's 2003 memo has evoked strong criticism from legal academics, human rights advocates and military-law experts, who say that he was wrong on basic matters of constitutional law and went too far in authorizing harsh and coercive interrogation tactics by the Defense Department.

"Having 81 pages of legal analysis with its footnotes and respectable-sounding language makes the reader lose sight of what this is all about," said Dawn Johnsen, an OLC chief during the Clinton administration who is now a law professor at Indiana University. "He is saying that poking people's eyes out and pouring acid on them is beyond Congress's ability to limit a president. It is an unconscionable document."

Yoo defends the memo as a "near boilerplate" argument in favor of presidential prerogatives, and says its fundamental assertions differ little from those made by previous presidents of both parties. In comments to The Washington Post and other news organizations, Yoo has also criticized the Justice Department for issuing new legal opinions that do not include detailed discussions of specific interrogation tactics, which he views as crucial to defining the boundaries of what is lawful.

"You have to draw the line," Yoo said in an Esquire Magazine interview posted online this past week. "What the government is doing is unpleasant. It's the use of violence. I don't disagree with that. But I also think part of the job unfortunately of being a lawyer sometimes is you have to draw those lines. I think I could have written it in a much more -- we could have written it in a much more palatable way, but it would have been vague."

So by "drawing the line", Yoo is saying in his official capacity as a principal advisor to the Bush/Cheney adminstration, that it is a "boiler plate argument"--meaning it's defensible in a court of law--maybe in a kangaroo court under the MCA, or a show trial in the Third Reich, but not in any other court of the law in the civilized world, but here--that it is perfectly legal for them to "poke people's eyes out and pour acid on them" and that it is "beyond Congress' ability to limit a president".

So in Yoo's own words, it's legal to torture and to suspend the constitutional rights of detainees held in our captivity as long as its in a time of war(which in Bush's case means ipso facto we're always in a perpetual "state of war"), and as long as the Commander-in-Chief gives the orders.

So if the potus is the only one who can legally authorize torture, doesn't it make it just a little difficult for Bush-or Obama, to claim plausible deniability-or for Obama to give-up so much unbridled executive power? i warned you all this was coming if we failed to impeach Bush-Cheney, but no. "Impeachment would interfere with our Dem agenda"!
Pelosi even stated that "the Constitution was worth it only if we succeed"!

"The 2003 memo includes long discussions of the relative illegality of a wide variety of coercive interrogation tactics, including a British technique in which prisoners are forced to stand in a spread-eagle position against a wall and an Israeli technique, called the Shabach, in which a suspect is hooded, strapped to a chair and subjected to powerfully loud music.

Various courts had declared both tactics to be inhumane, but not torture, Yoo noted. This meant that they were illegal under a provision of the Geneva Conventions that the administration said had no relevance to unlawful combatants in its custody."

So the Geneva Conventions aren't totally "quaint or irrelevent" as they first told us after all, just when it applies to "inhumane" treatment, or (in their own subjective opinions) torture to "unlawful combatants in its custody". I guess that means the acts of barbarism the Iraqis were dealt at Abu Ghraib aren't covered, just because Yoo & Bush says so?

"In another passage, discussing the bounds of Eighth Amendment protections involving confinement conditions, Yoo concluded that "the clothing of a detainee could also be taken away for a period of time without necessarily depriving him of a basic human need." Yoo cited the need to prove "malice or sadism" on the part of an interrogator before he or she could be prosecuted.

The interrogation memo was considered a binding opinion for nine months until December 2003, when OLC chief Jack Goldsmith told the Defense Department to ignore the document's analysis".

Gee whiz, I wonder why? You'd think they might be trying to cover their asses...again!

"In his 2007 book "The Terror Presidency," Goldsmith, who now teaches law at Harvard University, said that some of the memos written by Yoo and his colleagues from 2001 to 2003 were "deeply flawed: sloppily reasoned, overbroad, and incautious in asserting extraordinary constitutional authorities on behalf of the President."
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ouglas W. Kmiec, a Pepperdine University law professor who served as constitutional legal counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush said Yoo can be faulted "for not writing more narrowly." It is often better to "brush in hazy gray" rather than "spray paint in black and white," Kmiec said".

http://finepolitics.blogspot.com/...

Sounds like Yoo's contemporaries don't share a very high opinion of his legal acumen: "deeply flawed: sloppily reasoned, overbroad, and incautious in asserting extraordinary constitutional authorities on behalf of the President."

I don't know, but maybe he did get his law degree out of a Cracker Jacks box after all!

Georgetown law professor and former OLC, Marty Lederman writes about the lawyers who advised the principals of Hitler's Reich who faced the war crimes tribunals for doing the very same thing Yoo advised Bush to do here:
What, if Anything, Does the Nuremberg Precedent Tell Us About the Criminal Culpability of Government Lawyers?

"And, surely, the most prominent and substantial historical precedent here is the Justice Case in the Nuremberg tribunals, in which the U.S. itself led the prosecution of several Nazi Ministry of Justice officials -- government lawyers -- for their involvement in the execution of the infamous "Nacht und Nebel," or "Night and Fog," decrees.

The Justice Case is often invoked as an historical analogy for the criminal culpability of Bush Administration lawyers. Like many others, therefore, I have been wondering whether that is in fact a fair analogy. What was it, exactly, that the U.S. prosecutors claimed the German lawyers did to deserve criminal punishment?

Was it, for instance (as some have suggested), that the lawyers advised German officials that the "Nacht und Nebel" decrees were lawful under German domestic law, while failing to also tell their government clients that the decrees would nevertheless violate the laws of war and constitute crimes against humanity?

If so, then perhaps the Justice Case might have a lot to say about our current situation, because...
John Yoo, et al., in effect advised the President that he could authorize torture and like conduct under domestic law, and further informed him that he could, at least as a matter of domestic law, simply ignore the laws of war".

http://balkin.blogspot.com/...

So Yoo, condemned by the words out of his own lips, takes it upon himself to advise the president to march America down heretofore uncharted, because it was forbidden territory, that he can "authorize torture" and "ignore the rules of war"! Hitler had his "final solution". The Japs had their Bataan Death march. And Bush has his Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.

This is but a small sample among the thousands of captured documents that were used as prima facie evidence to prosecute the surviving Nazis and their enabling lawyers at Nuremberg, I am using to help illustrate the mindset of the German Reich, as WWII drew to a conclusion:

TRIALS OF WAR CRIMINALS BEFORE THE NUERNBERG MILITARY TRIBUNALS UNDER CONTROL COUNCIL LAW NO. 10, Vol. III, Case No. 3, The "Justice Case", United States against Josef Altstoetter, et al. (1947); available at the Mazal Library.
TRANSLATION OF DOCUMENT 1964-PS
1942 REICHSGESETZBLATT, PAGE 535

Decree of the Fuehrer regarding special jurisdiction of Reich Minister of Justice 20 Aug 1942.

"A strong administration of Justice is necessary for the fulfillment of the tasks of the great German Reich. Therefore, I commission and empower the Reich Minister of Justice to establish a National Socialist Administration of Justice and to take all necessary measures in accordance with my directives and instructions made in agreement with the Reich Minister and Chief of the Reich Chancellery and the Leader of the Party-Chancellery. He can thereby deviate from any existing law".

Fuehrer Supreme Headquarters 20 August 1942
The Fuehrer
ADOLF HITLER
Reich Minister and Chief of Reich Chancellery
Dr. Lammers

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Now let's start putting the pieces together, and begin to understand that this criminal conspiracy to commit war crimes goes directly to the top of this Bush/Cheney administration.

There's copious amounts of links proving that everyone in the Bush inner-circle knew then, what we in America were lied to about so many times, that torture was authorized by the president on down, with foreknowledge and premeditation, all the way up & down his chain of command. "Plausible deniability"? Nobody in either administration has clean hands now.

Not according to this article Condi Rice chaired the meetings where torture was planned down to the specific CIA agents who would do the dirty deeds:

Sources: Top Bush Advisors Approved 'Enhanced Interrogation'
Detailed Discussions Were Held About Techniques to Use on al Qaeda Suspects

By JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG, HOWARD L. ROSENBERG and ARIANE de VOGUE
April 9, 2008

Highly placed sources said a handful of top advisers signed off on how the CIA would interrogate top al Qaeda suspects -- whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding.

The high-level discussions about these "enhanced interrogation techniques" were so detailed, these sources said, some of the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed -- down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic. The advisers were members of the National Security Council's Principals Committee, a select group of senior officials who met frequently to advise President Bush on issues of national security policy.

At the time, the Principals Committee included Vice President Cheney, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft.
As the national security adviser, Rice chaired the meetings, which took place in the White House Situation Room and were typically attended by most of the principals or their deputies"...

http://abcnews.go.com/...

It is plain to see then, that Bush's top advisors participated in decision-making process. The late, great "Lion of the Senate" Sen. Ted Kennedy spoke out against waterboarding and Mukasey's nomination for AG here, saying "When we fail to reject waterboarding, this is the company that we keep'.

"...Like many of my colleagues and many American citizens, I am deeply troubled by Judge Mukasey’s evasive answers about the legality of certain techniques of torture.

While the nominee acknowledges that torture is unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to acknowledge that the controlled drowning of a prisoner, waterboarding, rises to the level of torture.

What is the big mystery here? Over and over again, civilian and military tribunals have found waterboarding to be an unacceptable act of torture.

My concerns began with Judge Mukasey's answers to our questions about waterboarding. Waterboarding is a barbaric practice in which water is poured down the mouth and nose of a detainee to simulate drowning.

It’s an ancient technique of tyrants.

In the fifteenth and sixteenth century, it was used by interrogators in the Spanish Inquisition. In the nineteenth century, it was used against slaves in this country. In World War II, it was used against us by Japan. In the 1970s, it was used against political opponents by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the military dictatorships of Chile and Argentina. Today, it’s being used against pro-democracy activists by the rulers of Burma.

When we fail to reject waterboarding, this is the company that we keep.

Make no mistake about it: waterboarding is already illegal under United States law. It’s illegal under the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit outrages upon personal dignity, including cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment.

It’s illegal under the Torture Act, which prohibits acts specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering.

It’s illegal under the Detainee Treatment Act, which prohibits cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. And it violates the Constitution.

The nation's top military lawyers and legal experts across the political spectrum have condemned waterboarding as torture. And after World War II, the United States prosecuted -- prosecuted -- Japanese officers for engaging in waterboarding.

What more does this nominee need to enforce existing laws?

It is the job of the Attorney General to enforce our Constitution laws. The Attorney General must have the legal and moral judgment to know when an activity rises to the level of a violation of our Constitution, treaties or statutes. But this nominee wants to outsource his job to Congress. That passing of the buck is completely unacceptable by a nominee who wants to be the highest justice official in our country".

Is anyone listening?
President Obama? AG Holder? Congress? Senate?

Does anybody care?

No wonder Bush is asking everybody, "Miss me yet"? No wonder Cheney crows, "Yeah, we tortured. Whatcha gonna do 'bout it? No wonder Condi Rice walks into the Whitehouse smiling broadly with her new book in hand, and has nothing but kudos and accolades for the same man who promised to investigate and prosecute them if he found that they broke the law, that is until he got elected and assumed power. Now he's singing a different tune called "The Fix, the fix is in"! And I'm not buying the CD!

Originally posted to ImpeachKingBushII on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 11:47 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

    by ImpeachKingBushII on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 11:47:34 AM PDT

  •  That requires the courage to do so... (2+ / 0-)
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    ImpeachKingBushII, nippersdad
    Something that seems to be sadly lacking in our political process today.

    "Ridicule may lawfully be employed where reason has no hope of success." -7.75/-6.05

    by QuestionAuthority on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 11:53:25 AM PDT

  •  The military & CIA are firmly in charge (3+ / 0-)
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    zett, ImpeachKingBushII, Earth Ling

    They have been torturing people since Viet Nam.

    They are not going to stop.

    look for my DK Greenroots diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 11:57:59 AM PDT

    •  why does Obama allow this? (2+ / 0-)
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      ImpeachKingBushII, nippersdad
      1. Does he have a gun to his head?
      1. Is he the dumbest naif on earth?
      1. Is he without morals?

      Some combination of the above?

      I'm thinking 1 and 3, but obviously have no idea.

      Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist. - Kenneth E. Boulding

      by Earth Ling on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 12:10:41 PM PDT

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    •  so let's cut to the chase ok... (3+ / 0-)
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      zett, nippersdad, ThAnswr

      ...basically what you are implying is that our elected government is circumvented and subordinated to a shadow government, one that is not elected by the people? If so, then it sounds like our de jure government has been overthrown by a de facto military coup d'etat since the last 40 years. The tail is in effect wagging the dog? Am I reading you correctly?

      "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

      by ImpeachKingBushII on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 12:48:45 PM PDT

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  •  This is my single biggest problem with (4+ / 0-)

    both our "Democratic majorities" and "Democratic Executive". Change I could have believed in would have actually required some substantive change. I find it very difficult to believe that anyone who could so blithely ignore things like the ramifications of the Geneva Conventions and run interference for war criminals, even compound their precedents, could possibly share my values.

    So far I have not been surprised it turns out that there are, indeed, people above the law. Unfortunately, there appear to be an awful lot of people who like the rule of men and not law on both sides of the aisle.

    "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

    by nippersdad on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 01:10:01 PM PDT

    •  the names of star players have changed... (1+ / 0-)
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      nippersdad

      ...(most of them anyway)but it does appear that the playbook has remained about the same, doesn't it?

      "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

      by ImpeachKingBushII on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 01:22:26 PM PDT

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      •  The cognitive dissonance required (2+ / 0-)
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        zett, ImpeachKingBushII

        to be a Democrat these days must be nearly as bad as that which Republicans suffer under. If I wanted to vote for pro-Wall Street war mongers who had no respect for the rule of law or the environment I had plenty of chances to do so here in wingnut central. :)

        "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

        by nippersdad on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 01:32:33 PM PDT

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        •  It horrible. (3+ / 0-)
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          zett, ImpeachKingBushII, nippersdad

          I've been a Democrat since 1972 and I've held my nose and voted for a few.  

          But this is the first time I feel an actual moral dilemma.  I'm having a really tough time with voting for those who cannot defend civil rights, a woman's right to privacy, prosecute war crimes, who coddle Wall Street criminals, etc.  

          In 38 years of voting for Democrats, I'm having a tough time giving my vote to these amoral, corporatist bastards.  But the alternative is worse.  

          On the upside, at least with the GOP, I know where they stand and who my enemy is.  

          The only thing that will save the sorry asses of the Democrats is the Republicans.

          by ThAnswr on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 02:36:24 PM PDT

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          •  ditto. my situation(dilemma) mirrors yours.... (3+ / 0-)
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            ...I've too have been a Dem all my adult life, since I was 15 in the Young Democrats in 1968. I have so many issues with Pelosi, Reid, and Obama, if you had told me that 10 years ago I would be even thinking about voting repub, I would've probably decked you, lol! I'm part of the loyal opposition to my party today. Not because of any other reason than the one you stated above. I doubt I would ever vote repub, but I never say never. I'm just so angry with our leaders right now, "I don't know whether to take a dump or wind my watch"!

            "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

            by ImpeachKingBushII on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 02:49:56 PM PDT

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    •  The law, when its aim is to keep order, (3+ / 0-)

      rather than serve justice, is a more ruthless and impervious tyrant than any flesh and blood ruler.  

      The problem we have is that there are people who are convinced that "to govern" means to rule and perceive the agents of government to be rulers, rather than servants.

      What we have is any number of punitive pols who look upon public office as an opportunity to punish with impunity.  Their aim is to deprive the population of their rights under cover of law.  Since crime is essentially a deprivation of rights, what we're looking at is legal crime.  

      This is not new.  Despite the founders' high minded words, the Constitution incorporated the deprivation of the rights of some people (people who had been purchases, wives, unemancipated children) as a matter of law.  DADT and DOMA and "stop loss" continue that tradition.  What you're asking is that foreigners who are suspected of crime have their rights recognized.  They should.  But, given how Americans are treated, it's not likely.

      Besides, even at its best, the criminal law relies on intent.  If the perpetrators didn't mean to perpetrate a crime, derived no personal satisfaction and caused no permanent damage (the criterion for an aggravated assault), at most they could be charged with simple assault, witnessed and attested to by a law enforcement officer and, if judged worth while, prosecuted as a misdemeanor.  It would be a farce.

      The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

      by hannah on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 03:33:57 PM PDT

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      •  the system is broken... (0+ / 0-)

        ...checks and balances, separation of powers, unitary executive, signing statements that overthrow the Congress and nullify the electoral process, war crime laws written by our own hands swept aside, torturing assassinating and predator-droning under the color of law, two scales of justice-one for the rich and one for the poor, unenforced laws and laws nullified, corporate personhood, rampant corruption, a useless senate that allows endless filibusters by delay in the interest of "senate comity" and "bipartisanship", thus paralyzing our government. (Stop me any time now)I could continue to beat this dead horse into powder.

        "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

        by ImpeachKingBushII on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 04:04:06 PM PDT

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        •  The system is indeed broken (1+ / 0-)
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          What the hell is it going to take to fix it?  Many of us thought the election of 2008 was a start.  It wasn't.  

          Now what do we do?  

          The only thing that will save the sorry asses of the Democrats is the Republicans.

          by ThAnswr on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 07:34:55 PM PDT

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          •  it starts with us but the buck stops with those.. (1+ / 0-)
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            ...whom we elect. Elected representatives are no better-or no worse than the rest of us poor non-elite, non-privileged working slobs they were elected to represent who have to EARN their keep through life, and have to live or die by the same laws they find too inconvenient or irrelevent to obey because you maintain that they don't apply to you themselves. Just to the "little people" who must be kept marching in lock-step obediance!

            These are some ground rules we should require of good leaders:

            1-There's NO do-overs! Do your job right the FIRST time or get fired, and we'll find somebody who is more than capable among all the Jane and Joe sixpacks who live in the real world to do the job you didn't do!

            2-No quarter given, none expected. The rules of the road(the law) applies equally to everyone regardless of social status or power. If they can't do the time, then don't do the crime. And stick to our principles no matter what.

            3-Failure is never an option and when you fail due to your own incompetence-or because you sold your soul to the corporate lobbyists, you own the resulting fallout.

            4-No excuses solicited or accepted: THE BUCK STOPS WITH YOU!

            5-You can delegate authority but you can never delegate your responsility for your failure to perform your Constitutional duties you swore an oath witnessed and sealed before the American people and almighty God to perform!

            6-A man cannot serve two masters. He will love one or despise the other. He will either alliance himself with corruption, malfeasance, and graft-and love the resulting outpouring of blood money and power. Or he will serve his nation and the people who sent him to Washington from a pure heart to serve his fellow countrymen, a true American patriot who puts nation and people above self. Is there anyone living or serving in public office today who can fit the bill or fill those shoes? I can only think of a mere handful. We need to start demanding more from our elected leaders and stop giving them a pass. They get automatic pay raises. Make them start earning them! Term limits. No cushy retirements and limit salaries. Nobody should get rich as a public servant. They can do their duty and go back home to their regular jobs. No one can serve as a corporate lobbyist for 5 years after leaving office. If they're voting on a law that they or a member of their family could personally profit from, they must recuse themselves(sit down, shut up, and not vote on it!)

            Our Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves after seeing this rampant corruption and shipping of our jobs and industries overseas! Was it better for them that they never left England? Better for us they were never born? Than to be living witnesses to the defeat of the American Revolution by the sleight of hand, the cunning and greed of evil men, who don't even deserve to wash the feet, much less wear the shoes of such great men as Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.

            Accordingly, they need to face the music(pay for their crimes against society and this nation) and stop rewarding them with more trust for committing unspeakable treasons and treachery whose nation's hangmen's timely services were once only reserved for tyrannical Kings-not meant for the progeny of the inheriters of this blessed freedom and liberty they seem to despise by their concupiscence more than preserving our own way of life!

            Charity begins at home. Stop sending billions to nations that hate us. Learn to know when to mind our own business and the difference between elective wars and necessary wars that are bankrupting our treasury and create more enemies for us abroad than friends in the process.

            This is a good start, but it doesn't end there.

            "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

            by ImpeachKingBushII on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 09:57:38 PM PDT

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            •  Yup. (1+ / 0-)
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              Than to be living witnesses to the defeat of the American Revolution by the sleight of hand, the cunning and greed of evil men, who don't even deserve to wash the feet, much less wear the shoes of such great men as Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.

              What would the Founding Fathers have thought of a president who lied to get his country into a war?

              Greed and deceit know no time boundary.  

              The only thing that will save the sorry asses of the Democrats is the Republicans.

              by ThAnswr on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 07:04:00 AM PDT

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              •  from what I've read... (0+ / 0-)

                ...I know that in Washington's case, his one word answer would most likely start with an "R__E" around his neck, and end with a frog-march up the steps to the "G_____S". Treason by anyone, regardless of social status or power held, was not taken as lightly back in his time, as it apparently is these days. And they didn't have to have a house fall on their heads to know a traitor--or a true patriot, when they saw one in action.

                "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

                by ImpeachKingBushII on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 01:26:02 PM PDT

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                •  Many of the Founding Fathers including .......... (1+ / 0-)
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                  ..... Hamilton believed lying to the public was an impeachable offense.  

                  We read "high crimes and misdemeanors" as meaning a high crime must be committed for a president to be impeached. The Federalist Papers say there's much interpretation of the phrase and a crime need not be committed.  Dereliction of duty could be an impeachable offense as could lying which betrays the public trust.  

                  The only thing that will save the sorry asses of the Democrats is the Republicans.

                  by ThAnswr on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 07:54:08 PM PDT

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          •  It was a start. (2+ / 0-)
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            The billionaires coming out of the woodwork are a good sign.  The bleating of the sheep tells us they sense danger.  

            Don't like the image of sheep bleating?  Most often, it's because they're just about to be sheared.  The banksters are having their dough put in the oven by someone else.  Warren Stephens down in Little Rock, Arkansas refers to it as "the federal government allocating credit."  Imagine!  The impertinence of our agents of government allocating our money to creditable people!

            The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

            by hannah on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 04:23:51 AM PDT

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            •  channeling... (1+ / 0-)
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              ...Clarice Starling the FBI agent who couldn't get the sheep's bleating out of her head? Or the serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter? Hmm. Something's missing. Seems like nobody's around to help us sheep, just like when Clarice was a child. Who's going to protect us from the shearers(the gang of lying robbers, thieves and traitors)who've "hijacked America's thread"? Obama? Pelosi? Reid? ANYONE? Maybe the likes of Alan Grayson-but he's only one man surrounded by "a pack of ravening corporate wolves"! To paraphrase Mick Jagger: Who's the champion "coming to our emotional rescue"? Funny, how nobody seems to notice our progressive left wing of the Democratic Party, until election time. I call us "the Democratic wing of the Democratic party".

              "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

              by ImpeachKingBushII on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 01:17:41 PM PDT

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  •  thank you for keeping the truth on the page (1+ / 0-)
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    talking about it here in an election year probably won't go over well with the "Do you want Republicans to win!!!?1!" crowd.

    All other hoped-for outcomes for the betterment of this nation flow from the bedrock of Good Government.

    by zett on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 03:05:02 PM PDT

    •  if we old battle hardened vets don't do it... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...who will? The highest rec'd diaries here on dkos(putting politically correct filter on in 1...2...3...)try to paint the rosiest picture possible on a most untenable face. But reality dictates that one must often face a painful truth. One of my lifelong heroes Patrick Henry put it better than I ever could:

      "Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.

      Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

      I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss."

      "Give me liberty or give me death" speech
      March 20, 1775

      "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

      by ImpeachKingBushII on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 03:17:30 PM PDT

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