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John McCain == Another useful idiot for the B*sh junta

Bush administration lawyers, fighting a claim of torture by a Guantanamo Bay detainee, yesterday argued that the new law that bans cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody does not apply to people held at the military prison.


"Unfortunately, I think the government's right; it's a correct reading of the law," said Tom Malinowski, Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. "The law says you can't torture detainees at Guantanamo, but it also says you can't enforce that law in the courts."

The Imperial policy on torture remains unchanged: Maximum Leader Genius can do whatever he wants to anyone, and there's nothing that US law can do to prevent this. And John McCain, everyone's contrarian darling who will do anything, no matter how demeaning, to have a chance at the White House, will cheerfully support pretend laws that say "Gosh, torture is bad bad bad and we shouldn't do it, but, golly, it would hurt the war on terror™ if there were any limits to Stalin's Lord Emperor B*sh's powers."

"Oh, but wait for the 2006 elections!" Yeah, right. I've been hearing that little hopeful refrain ever since Jan 20, 2001, but the Evil Party has pulled a rabbit out of their hat (either aggressive war, voter fraud, or good old fashioned hatred and bigotry) every single election since then, so I'm not particularly hopeful that the traitorous scum will be marched to the gallows after the polls close on this November 2nd.

(via Yowling from the Fencepost)


I have to admit that I am also not hopeful for a tossing out of the Republicans from their perches of power in Congress this year. The past few election cycles have stung like hell. That said, however, I am not going to give them the satisfaction of letting them walk all over us as they have done in previous election cycles. We cannot play them at their game – myopic nationalism and militarism, greed, and fear do not make for good policies. What we need to do is send a clear message to potential candidates that they can critique, criticize and complain about the Republicans and receive applause and support from their potential constituents. I will not support a half-hearted effort by a candidate, nor for that matter will I support a constituency that hesitates to address the important issues of these most-perilous times. Bush & Company have to be held to account for their actions that have harmed this country, other nations (particularly Iraq) and the world as a whole. If I can help encourage candidates here (in Minnesota) to do that, I think we stand a chance at restoring Congress to a position of strength and give it the necessary encouragement it needs to take on Mr. Unitary Executive.

Kind regards,

Moses Yowling from the Fencepost

Moses Sat Mar 4 01:22:32 2006

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