September 6th, 2006

yellow_elephant

Where IS the Patriotism?

I was amused to see Blomberg News Feed doing it's New ALERT moment with the president's decision that the CIA must move forward "within the letter of the law". WOW! What a concept.

But in this day and age when we are again re-learning the new and improved histories, since any opposition to the President means one is the sort of Pro-Hitler, Pro-Lenin type.... I mean why not get it up in big letters and Real Patriotically Stirring Moments
Disagreeing with the Greatest Military Leader EVER!!!!
Means that one sent innocent blonde blue eye christian virgin white girls to the Gas Chambers during WWII!!!!!
I mean now that helps forlks understand the IMPORTANCE of being more Patriotically Corrector than THOU!!!
yellow_elephant

When The President Again Stabs Himself In The Back

President Bush says 14 high value detainees kept in secret CIA prisons have been transferred to the custody of the U.S. Defense Department and will be granted prisoner-of-war status.

This is the first time the administration has confirmed the existence of prisons run by the Central Intelligence Agency. In a speech broadcast from the White House, the president said the prisons existed to detain and question a small number of the most dangerous terrorists.

The prisoners are said to include high-profile al Qaida members Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh, who have both been linked to the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the United States. Their change of status means they will be given protection under the international Geneva conventions, which outline humane treatment for prisoners of war.

[ cf Bush Says CIA Detainees Will Get Prisoner-of-War Status]
Is it a Murder/Suicide?

Or is it a desperate cry for help as he works hard on resolving if it is finally time for an intervention and a whole new chance on life after he enters rehab....
yellow_elephant

The Punch Line Of The Joke

President George W. Bush's proposal for trying suspected terrorists captured overseas would allow the use of evidence obtained by coercion and let judges bar defendants from hearings where classified evidence is discussed, a Senate Republican aide who has been briefed on the plan said.

Bush is scheduled to release details of legislation he's seeking to change U.S. law so that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may be brought before military tribunals. The changes are necessary because the Supreme Court ruled on June 29 that Congress didn't authorize the president to set up such trials.

Bush's plan, as outlined to lawmakers, may set up a fight with Congress over the tribunals, with the potentially biggest point of contention being the use of evidence obtained through coercive interrogations. A measure drafted by three Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee -- Chairman John Warner of Virginia, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina -- would bar such evidence.

``One of the most important tasks for Congress is to recognize that we need the tools necessary to win this war on terror, and we'll continue to discuss with Congress ways to make sure this country is capable if defending itself,'' Bush said after a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House.

[ cf Bush Proposes Using Coerced Evidence in Tribunals, Person Says ]
Got Torture???

Why worry about the 'evidence' requirements of the Court?