I don’t get this idea that if Pelosi knew about torture it makes torture okay.It doesn’t. It just makes Pelosi suck. You do not get a free pass if you knew about it and did nothing as a Democrat. You do not get a free pass if you knew about it and approved as a Republican. You do not get a free pass AT ALL. The stupid right-wing fuckmooks pushing this argument can’t comprehend that this isn’t a partisan issue to those of us who truly give a shit about the rule of law.
If Pelosi knew about torture and did nothing to stop it that doesn’t mean anybody arguing against torture loses the argument and should go home and we should keep torturing. It isn’t about Republicans torturing, it’s about America torturing, and anybody who approved of it and/or knew and didn’t stop it should be drummed out of public life forever.
Any other stupid bullshit need dealing with today? Oh, yeah, there’s this:
The tribunal system — set up after the military began sweeping detainees off the battlefields ofAfghanistan
in late 2001 — has been under repeated challenges from human rights and
legal organizations because it denied defendants many of the rights
they would be granted in a civilian courtroom.
In a statement late Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham,
R-S.C., called Obama’s decision to revamp and restart the tribunals a
step toward strengthening U.S. detention policies that have been
“I continue to believe it is in our ownnational security interests
to separate ourselves from the past problems of Guantanamo,” said
Graham, who has been working with the administration on issues related
to detainees. “I agree with the president and our military commanders
that now is the time to start over and strengthen our detention
policies. I applaud the president’s actions today.”
Graham was an Air Force lawyer and is a member of theSenate Armed Services Committee.
Another member of the panel, Sen.Joe Lieberman,
I-Conn., welcomed Obama’s decision, saying the president “has
reinforced that we are at war, and that the laws of war should apply to
You know, in the reality-based community, when you’ve pleased Linds and Holy Joe, you’re having a pretty shitty week.