Posts Tagged ‘CIA’

The Oldest Profession

This tart briefly removed Gen. Petraeus’ penis from her mouth to do this interview, and it certainly shows. (h/t to my man Glenn Greenwald, formerly of Salon but now at the Guardian, for spotting this little treasure):

Sharia Law at the WaPoo

In a more than usually desperate excuse for a column, even for the WaPoo, chickenhawk David Ignatius thinks he’s come up with a genius idea for resolving the simmering dispute between the oft-allied military dictatorships of Pakistan and the US over the sticky wicket of mercenary Raymond Davis, whose “diplomatic immunity” led him to think [...]

Conclusion of my Teach-in to End Torture and Human Rights Abuses Report

I’m late in providing this because professor Cassel was talking fast and my notes were insufficient to provide an accurate reporting of all the legal details on why America can still legally abuse detainees due to: limitations in international treaties/laws; congressional bills like the Patriot and Military Commissions Acts; classified documents and directives; DoJ and [...]

I Spilled Some.

That was the rather laughably unlikely explanation an ex of mine once gave for the astonishingly rapid disappearance of a half gallon of gin, but it was admittedly delivered tongue-in-cheek.  Not so laughably, however,  we now are hearing from the CIA, in its heavily redacted document dump, that quite a lot of detainees were simply [...]

If Holder investigates CIA excessive torture, will it lead to more investigation?

(Just after posting this I learned that Digby substituting today for Glenn Greenwald has written about this same issue. She is looking at, “The bad apple approach doesn’t solve the political, legal or moral problems. Indeed, that seems so clear that you have to wonder if this isn’t being done to serve some other purpose.” [...]

the perfect moment

Well, it seems that for at least the dozenth time, the Government is going to wait a bit longer to release the torture documents it’s been sitting on, like a proud and protective hen, for all these years.  The only difference is that all this determined sitting is supposed to prevent, rather than promote, any [...]

Mr. President: When are you going to stop beating your wife?

How did such a smart guy fall for that centuries old question with no safe answer when it was used by the US military and CIA while Obama was deciding whether or not to release some 2,000 detainee torture photos?  I have no way of knowing if this tricky question was used on him before [...]