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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Who controls the torture debate – not us!

The thing that fascinates and angers me the most is the fact that, even in the aftermath of the Bush administration the media is STILL playing the same game!

The torture debate is STILL being confined to the same hegelian dialectic as it always was, namely, did we benefit or didn’t we.

The larger issue isn’t whether or not we gained from torture, the larger issue is NOT whether or not we SHOULD have or SHOULDN’T have tortured…the larger issue isn’t even whether or not torture was legal or not.

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Dreaming of compromise on casinos could save Philadelphia’s progressive moderate alliance in the June 19 election

The Progressive-Moderate alliance that swept Obama into office is in trouble in Philadelphia. The FOP’s attempt to drive judge Craig Washington out of office is bringing conservatives to the election booth, and progressive candidates are reluctant to mention the issue, even though this kind of pressure could make other judges think twice about challenging a police officer,
http://www.phillytrib.com/tribune/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3795:race050509&catid=19:the-philadelphia-tribune&Itemid=48

Whether or not to have casinos in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods is what is on many people’s minds, but casino issue is not being discussed as a June 19 election issue. Judges facing election aren’t supposed to express bias, and none of the other candidates are mentioning casinos either. Although Seth Williams, who was once a meticulous, and many considered fair assistant DA, made tolerant comments on civil disobedience

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Release the photos… let’s not keep the bad parts of our past hidden.

I am upset that Obama, who, by the way, I supported during the election and continue to support as President, has caved to those who would hide the torture we conducted in Iraq by not releasing the photographs documenting those activities.

The idea that our position in the world and the opinions of us held by other countries would suffer if these pictures were made visible is a crock. We’re in the age of the Internet. Everyone in the world knows what we did and trying to hide the fact actually makes us look worse.

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Has Pelosi made torture a bi-partisan scandal?

Is "torture" a bipartisan scandal?

The torture debate just got more torturous. Calls from prominent Democrats to investigate members of the Bush administration for authorizing torture are being answered with calls to investigate prominent Democrats who may have been briefed about "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as waterboarding.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has been one of the most prominent officials calling for a "truth and reconciliation commission" to probe alleged Bush administration misdeeds in the course of waging the war on terrorism after 9/11.

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Obama restores tribunals

President Barack Obama will restart military tribunals for a small number of Guantanamo detainees, reviving a Bush-era trial system he once assailed as flawed but with new legal protections for terror suspects, U.S. officials said.

The changes to the system, which will affect a small number of detainees, will be announced Friday.

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Rove set for interview in U.S. Attorney firing probe

Former top Bush White House aide Karl Rove, who has said he will cooperate with an investigation into the firing of U.S. attorneys, is scheduled to be interviewed by a special prosecutor, a lawyer familiar with the probe says.

The investigation is being conducted by a special prosecutor into whether Bush administration officials or congressional Republicans should face criminal charges in the dismissals of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006.

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Torture becomes losing issue for Democrats

Not that the Democrats need any help from the sidelines but they ought to give up on the torture issue. It isn’t working for them.

The Bush administration is gone. No one on the other side, with the exception of former Vice President Cheney, is speaking up on behalf of brutal interrogation techniques, many of which has since been outlawed.

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Dick Cheney: Attack-dog-in-chief

When he was vice president and often holed up in an "undisclosed secure location," Dick Cheney was all but invisible. Now that he’s out of office, he seems unavoidable.

While former President Bush has remained silent back in Texas, Cheney, in selected interviews, has been almost incendiary. Democrats are delighted because he’s unpopular generally — approval ratings around 30 percent — and a divisive figure within the Republican Party, which seems too cowed to rein him in.

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Barack Obama: Our comedian-in-chief

So there stood President Obama, wilting in heavy robes in 100-degree heat at the Sun Devil Stadium, joking about not receiving an honorary degree in exchange for giving the commencement address. Arizona State University decided his body of work wasn’t impressive enough.

After insisting the controversy was much ado about nothing, Obama said he did "learn to never again pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA bracket. And your university president and board of regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.”

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Obama stokes the fires at Notre Dame

The pro-life forces seem determined to make President Obama’s scheduled graduation address at the University of Notre Dame on Sunday as unpleasant an experience as possible and you can bet that if the Secret Service had its way it would bag the appearance.

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