This heartfelt stupidity wasn’t merely a mistake. It was criminal. Conspiracy to commit torture is a violation against the Geneva Conventions and two separate criminal codes.
What on earth does Barack Obama need another two months for to decide whether to release the memo? How hard is it for Obama to choose whether to tell us the truth? How long does Obama need to figure out whether to keep his promises of a government of openness, accountability, and respect for constitutional rights?
If we aren’t even given full information about what went on with torture under Bush, how can we know that torture has actually stopped under Obama? Given Obama’s efforts to keep military interrogations undocumented, and hisopposition to justice for those who have been tortured, I don’t see how he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
This memo shows that some people within the military tried to oppose the use of torture. When they were given an order to take part in activities they knew to be illegal, they resisted. That’s what real good faith looks like.
Lest you think that the effort to weaken 4th Amendment protections against warrantless search and seizure began with the Protect America Act of 2007 and FISA Amendments Act of 2008, let’s go all the way back to 2001. On September 25, 2001, Deputy Assistant Attorney
The U.S. Secret Service, now part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has issued its guidelines containing restrictions for people who plan to attend the January 20, 2009 Inauguration of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States and for those who
Democrats have been gutless cowards refusing to stand against torture, but Republicans have been the cheerleaders of torture. That’s not the difference I would like to see, but it is a difference, and it’s enough of a distinction that I can’t ignore it.
Almost all of the 18 pages of the memo remain censored, and with that much material withheld, it’s impossible to say for sure what the memo really told government interrogators to do to their prisoners.
The existence of another secret White House memo giving the President of the United States justifications for violating U.S. law and the Constitution has been discovered. This memo, exposed by a footnote in another anti-Constitutional White House memo that was forced into public view by