Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey goes further: Khalid Sheik Mohammed "broke like a dam" under harsh techniques, including waterboarding, and his "torrent of information" included "the nickname of a trusted courier of bin Laden," perhaps the one who is central to the movie's narrative.
I'm not as much concerned with the military aspects of the operation as I am the political. But then, the movie and this shocking, Hollywood orchestrated 're-heat and serve' waterboarding controversy should be sufficient to re-focus my political focus and questions.....if only I would go see the movie, which I will not.
While al Qaeda still considers Iraq a major battleground, al Qaeda does not have the resources it had seven years ago. Back then, al Qaeda had over 30,000 active members, now it has less than 2,000. Back then Iraq was the major front for al Qaeda and over a hundred volunteers (most for suicide bomb missions) entered Iraq (usually from Syria) each month. Now only one or two volunteers come in each month, and usually not via Syria. More al Qaeda members leave Iraq each month, to Syria mainly, as well as Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Africa and other places where al Qaeda groups still survive.
The Second Amendment is obsolete, some say. The idea that the United States could ever turn tyrannical is pure paranoia, some say.
Well, let's look at that.
Rounding up people and sending them to concentration camps (whether called "reservations" or "relocation centers"). Check. (Treatment of Native Americans. Japanese-American "Relocation Centers" during World War II).
Illegal medical experiments involving infecting people with diseases, not treating them, and observing the effects done on people without their knowledge or consent. Check. (Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment--and particularly interesting how that was "explained" to the victims as they were getting free health care from the US Government.)
Arbitrary searches of American citizens' households aimed at the seizure of property without either probable cause or any kind of warrant. Check. (post-Katrina gun Confiscation)
Laws passed allowing the indefinite detention of American Citizens without due process of law. Check. (NDAA 2012)
American citizens going about their daily business being stopped and searched again without probable cause or any kind of warrant (or even the "reasonably articulable suspicion" for a "Terry Stop"). Check. (TSA, not just at Airports, but at bus terminals, rail and subway terminals, highways, even High School Proms.)
"Can't happen here?" It has and is happening here.
"Unfortunately for America and those who believe that our nation is immune from reverting into a totalitarian dictatorship, one of the key aspects of the original 1948 legislation, also known as the Smith-Mundt Act then, has now been swept aside by both political parties as a rider on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2013. The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) issued a gleeful and innocent sounding press release on January 3rd which stated in part:
The defense authorization bill that the President signed last night includes a provision that reduces restrictions on the dissemination of materials within the United States that were originally intended for audiences overseas. This means that news and information programs produced by BBG journalists for people in more than 100 countries can also be made available for broadcast within the United States; many already are available worldwide via the Internet. The provision was originally known as the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act when it was first introduced in Congress in 2010 and re-introduced last year."
Does the fancy wording PROHIBIT BBC from reporting it?
If not, Good.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
01/13/2013 16:50 Comments ||
AFAIS the US is intent on anti-Constitutionally surrendering sovereign Power-n-Authority to the future OWG + OWG NAU, but widout haven't having to ask the American People or Electorate iff they want OWG, NAU, Socialism or even to legally or popularly amend the US Constitution.
Everyone about talking about bring foreign workers to CONUS to takeover the jobs from AMericans + US Corporations - NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT BRINGING US WORKERS TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO WORK.
Americans will have few to no jobs or $$$, but yet under OWG + OWG NAU Americans [interim?] the USA are still expected to dominate + payout scarce $$$ to support the quality-of-life of other sovereign? countries.
AMERICANS = NO JOBS OR $$$ WHETHER ON THE LEFT, CENTER, RIGHT, FAR OR "ULTRAS", OR INDEPENDENT.
Iff the People or Electorate are lucky, they'll be asked circa 10-15 years or more down the road after OWG + OWG NAU, etc. is PDeniably already in place. IOW, THE PEOPLE OR ELECTORATE HAVE TO SUFFER FOR 10-15 YEARS OR MORE BECAUSE OUR GOVTCRITTERS DON'T WANNA LOSE THEIR JOBS OR BE HANGED FROM THE NEAREST HIGH TREE, FOR DECEPTION = MISREPRESENTATION, MANIPULATION, + VIOLATING THE US CONSTITUTION.
Alas, History says that economic chaos or anarchy isn't enuff by itself - thusly IMO the real sign of any "Civil War II" occurring in the US will be in 2014 iff US State-local Govts vote to formally secede from the Federal Union of States as back in 1860 + 1861, as extended from what occurs this year in 2013 vee the US-World economy + IRAN, CHINA espec CHINA [NE Asia = East Asian military conflict? Limited to Full Nuclear Confrontation].
Lest we fergit, 1990's CLINTONISM + OWG-NWO > "THE USA MUST BE RESTRAINED OR CONTROLLED" = THE US MUST ACCEPT OWG GLOBALISM + SOCIALISM [Commie-Socialist World Order = CWO-SWO] OR THE US WILL BE DESTROYED".
lEST WE FERGIT II, SAME > "THE US-N-ONLY-THE-US MUST 'ABSORB' OR 'TOLERATE' A MAJOR TERROR OR "ROGUE" NUCLEAR STRIKE, + N-O-T RESPOND TO SAME WID OVERWHELMING MILITARY OR NUCLEAR FORCE".
Our Mainstream "SACRED NATIONAL COMMUNISM", as perverted + corrupted by "Arrogant Fascist Capitalist Male Brute" GOP-Rightists. IOW, POST-COLD WAR 1990'S WASHINGTON = USA WAS A DE FACTO COMMUNIST GOVT + COUNTRY, JUST WID "FASCIST" = "LIMITED COMMUNIST" = NATIONAL SOCIALIST OR ANTI-GLOBALIST SOCIALIST/LIBERAL COMMUNIST DISSENTERS.
Iff the above was not a recipe for Martial Law, Authoritarianism-Totalitarianism, + despotic SOcialism in America = Amerika, I don't know what is.
GEE WHIZ, WEREN'T OUR POLITICOS BACK IN THE 1990'S NICE FOR N-O-T TELLING AMERICANS THE US IS ALREADY SSSSSSSSHHHHHH ....CCCCCCCCCCC A COMMUNIST-SOCIALIST COUNTRY, "JOB DESCRIPTION" + "REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY" NOTWITHSTANDING.
D *** NG IT, its only been a mere 12 years going on 13 going on ... since POTUS Billary!
The US is ...
> Anti-Sovereign or soon will be - OWG NAU 2015.
> "Birther-ist" - OWG AMerika led by National + OWG Leaders whom may have little to no ties or allegiance to the OWG Mighty USSA = OWG Weak USRoA [USRoNA] Global SSR.
> NO GUNS-N-NO-FREEDOMS, or soon won't have any.
OWG + OWG NAU 2015 [interim?] = SSSSHHH...CCCCCC MORE SOCIALISM, NOT LESS. Iff Amerikans were complaining before, theirs + US State-Local Govts' pecking order just got much Much M-U-C-H MMMMUUUUUUCCCCCHHHHHH LOWER, N-O-T HIGHER.
All dats missing is "SOLYENT GREEN IS PEOPLE"!
Oh wait, NASA-JPL wants to recycle human + other waste into something edible for Space Travel - OOOOOOOOPPPPPSSSSSSIES, MY BAD.
there are lots of other celeb enviros to worship
Posted by: lord garth ||
01/13/2013 7:14 Comments ||
The dazed and confused have trouble with their global warming icon? The Jonestown People's Temple syndrome--just the Koolade is missing. Ah, what can go wrong with global warming and socialism? Never mind; just a rhetorical question.
Its called being so very wrong, not the oops left the milk out wrong, but people getting hurt wrong. Could have woke up when he come on as a sex offender, but y'all thought you were the line chef when you were merely eggs the whole time. Teach others the folly of worshiping men and consider that there are other personalities taking you for easy marks.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.