Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WTF, NYT? / Co-Cobags of the Day


I'm not going to link to this editorial, or waste your time with any quotes from same. Here's an MMfA post that details just how feeble John Yoo's torture memos were.

So New York Times, you get a Co-Cobag of the Day Award. My opinion that the Times is marginally better than the Washington Poop is no longer valid.

Next on our list: Florida Republican Congressman Jeff Miller.


Here's Scott Horton: Silencing the Lawyers.

A total of 779 prisoners have been held in Guantánamo in connection with the war on terror. Five hundred seventy-nine were released, most by the Bush Administration, a quiet recognition of errors made in the decisions to detain them. A large number of those still detained are contesting their imprisonment through habeas corpus—under which the government must make a minimal showing that it has a reasonable basis for holding the prisoner. In roughly three-quarters of these cases so far (36 out of 50 decided), which are being heard before largely Republican-appointed, conservative federal judges in Washington, the court has found that the United States has no reason to hold the prisoner.
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In the late fall of 2001, military operations in Afghanistan were successful, and Taliban and Al Qaeda leadership figures had fled to two last redoubts—the city of Kunduz in the northeast, and the Tora Bora region along the Pakistani frontier. But for reasons known only to him, Vice President Dick Cheney ordered a halt to the bombardment of Kunduz and opened an air corridor to allow the Pakistani military to airlift the Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders out of Kunduz. The maneuver was ridiculed by one U.S. military official present at the time as “Operation Evil Airlift.”
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With that fact now becoming painfully apparent, you’d think that Congress would be calling for an investigation into how original plans for Gitmo were botched—specifically how the Al Qaeda and Taliban figures for whom it was built evaded capture in the face of one of the most powerful military forces ever fielded in Afghanistan.
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Instead, influential Republicans in Congress are crying out for an investigation of the lawyers. Florida Republican Jeff Miller has secured a provision in the current defense appropriations act (PDF) requiring that the Defense Department’s inspector general “conduct an investigation of the conduct and practices of lawyers” who represent clients at Guantánamo if there is some reason to believe that they “interfered with the operations” at Gitmo or “violated any applicable policy of the Department.”
Enjoy your Co-Cobag of the Day Award, Congresscumbag Miller. You've earned it.

P.S. Video for M.B.


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9 comments:

M. Bouffant said...

As well as stalling the capture of any & all of them by handing it to the local war & drug lords.

Accountability: It's for Democrats.

Another Kiwi said...

Holy fuck, I'd never heard of the "Evil Airlift" before.
Cheney is a traitor.

Brando said...

For all the talk about standing firm (so very firm!) against the terrorists, all of these violations of civil liberties and basic decency have been done out of fear. It's just despicable.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Why is Cheney not in the Hague? His crimes against humanity (hell, make that the whole of life on the planet) make Milosevic look like a piker!

Genocide, that mofo is guilty of geocide!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Uh, geocide makes it sound like he's killing rocks- make that Gaiacide.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Uh, geocide makes it sound like he's killing rocks- make that Gaiacide.

Smut Clyde said...

That man's Saunders-of-the-River moustache deserves its own wankery award.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I figured it was the most flattering picture out there, S.C.
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M. Bouffant said...

Sleep all night
Sleep all day
Nothing good on tee vee
Anyway

Zzzzzz ...