“Torture Works” vs. “I Make Up Stories”

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Dick Cheney has been trying to tell us that torture works (okay, he still refuses to use the word “torture”, but in the interests of accuracy and clarity, I will substitute the word “torture” for any other euphemism they may utilize), that we gained valuable intelligence from its use, and that “it saved lives.” Did it, Dick? Did it really save lives? Or did it cost lives? American lives? Americans in uniform? Did your insistence on the use, and staunch defense, of a series of illegally-authorized interrogation techniques, which were based on methods known to elicit false confessions, actually end up getting one or more of our soldiers killed?

Thanks to the ACLU, we now know that Dick Cheney was lying through his gritting teeth when he said we received valuable intelligence through the use of torture, particularly in the case of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad (also, and more conveniently, known as “KSM”.) He claimed that intel “saved lives.” Given Dick’s well-documented history of spreading falsehoods, I have every reason in the world to believe that not only was this statement a lie, it was actually the opposite of the truth. I have reason to believe that people died because of the information we gained through torture. And the reason is a very simple one. KSM himself said, in his statement at his “Combatant Status Review Tribunal Hearing” (Pg 15):

I ah cannot remember now…I be under questioning so-many statement which been some them l make up stories just location UBL. Continue reading

Hostages Found Dead at Jewish Center in Mumbai

Nov. 28 – The bodies of five hostages have been found at the besieged Jewish centre in Mumbai after Indian security forces stormed the building.

Just before before dusk, commandos blew up an outer wall of the centre as they made their final assault on the building where gunmen were holding several Israeli hostages. At least 13 foreigners are among more than 120 people killed in a series of coordinated attacks on India’s financial capital.


CNN Reporter Threatened:

In the second day of the siege in Mumbai, some members of the media are finding themselves in the middle of local anger. CNN’s Sara Sidner is the network’s New Delhi correspondent. Sidner was reporting about the situation at the Taj Hotel when several locals began interrupting her live shot. Sidner would later report, “As we were standing outside a large group of people came around, many of them young, with the smell of alcohol on their breath, frankly. They were standing very, very close and suddenly chaos erupted.”

Update: Israeli experts say Indian forces acted prematurely in Mumbai
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McCain Proud Of Terrorist Flier Sent To VA & MO

This is another reprehensible lie that John McCain is mailing to the states of Virginia and Missouri.  

The Washington Post has the full details of this particular flier. 

Sen. John McCain this week gave his personal stamp of approval to one of the toughest pieces of direct mail in the 2008 campaign. The brochure features a picture of what is either a plane about to crash into a building full of people or an airport departure gate, along with the words: “Terrorists Don’t Care Who They Hurt.”

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Maher: “Joe the Plumber”, McCain, Campaign Smears

Bill Maher has a panel of guests, Martin Short, Ben Affleck, and Bernie Sanders.  The panel weighs in on “Joe the Plumber”, talks about how John McCain use to be, and all the Campaign Smears.

Sunday News Highlights

U.S. Believes Nuns have a Habit for Terrorism

Two Roman Catholic nuns jailed for non-violent action against nuclear weapons were also listed as terrorists by US authorities. Link.

Tax rebate, Food Stamp Money possible in Aid Plan

After consulting with Barack Obama, Democratic leaders are likely to call Congress back to work after the election in hopes of passing legislation that would include extended jobless benefits. Link

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers Put the Smack-Down on AIG

Okay, this is about a day late, but what the hell, it’s still funny. On Thursday, Saturday Night Live aired a special 30-minute midweek episode. Link

Alaska Pollock Fishery near collapse: Greenpeace

Stocks of Alaska pollock, a staple of the U.S. fast food industry, have shrunk 50 percent from last year to record low levels and put the world’s largest food fishery on the brink of collapse. Link

Fox News’ Faux Documentary sets New Low

Sean Hannity’s Sunday report, ‘Obama and Friends: The History of Radicalism,’ relied on innuendo and guilt by association to label the Illinois senator a dupe of the shadowy forces of the left. Link

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Mandela a terrorist..?

Is there anyone left anywhere who ISN’T on the U.S. Terrorist Watch List..?

USA Today

Nobel Peace Prize winner and international symbol of freedom Nelson Mandela is flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the situation “embarrassing,” and some members of Congress vow to fix it. More…

UPDATE: I should have added this earlier..

As of February 27, 2008, there were over 900,000 names on the U.S. Terrorist Watch List. The ACLU actually has a Watch List Counter.. They say the list grows by 20,000 names a month.