George W. Bush’s presidency, in 24 charts. Good news for George W.
Bush! His approval rating is the highest it's been in years, just as he's set to open his presidential library at Southern Methodist University. Forty-seven percent of Americans approve of Bush, up from 33 percent when he left office as the economy cratered. Bad news for George W. Bush! Bush Admits Approving Torture. When you are trying to acclimate a people to a new normal - in this case, the new normal means routine torture, with international law, and the law more generally, all subject to subordination and disregard as "military necessity" dictates - you start out by denying that you would even think of doing such terrible, illegal things as torture.
For a long time, Bush claimed that he had approved an "alternative set of procedures" that were not, heaven forbid, torture, but that the exact details he couldn't reveal because it would give aid and comfort to the enemy. He assured the American people that all the relevant laws and procedures were being safeguarded. Remember his famous lines? "Extraordinary rendition" and other terms of our times. English is such a wonderfully malleable language, especially the American branch of it.
CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos. CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos Waterboarding Got White House Nod By Joby Warrick Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, October 15, 2008 The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects -- documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.
The classified memos, which have not been previously disclosed, were requested by then-CIA Director George J. Tenet more than a year after the start of the secret interrogations, according to four administration and intelligence officials familiar with the documents. Although Justice Department lawyers, beginning in 2002, had signed off on the agency's interrogation methods, senior CIA officials were troubled that White House policymakers had never endorsed the program in writing. Timeline: How Obama Compares to Bush on Torture, Surveillance and Detention. Rumsfeld in heated conversation with Al Jazeera. The war we can't win—By A.J. Bacevich. When democracy fails. When democracy fails By Ralph Peters Democracy is the most humane and desirable form of government yet devised by humankind.
From Afghanistan to Ukraine, democracy's recent successes have exceeded expectations. It deserves American support wherever it has a chance of taking hold. How the Bush Family Makes a Killing from George's Presidency. Have been on a blogging and vlogging hiatus for quite a few years, mainly focusing on working and very occasionally doing TV segments with the Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
But with all of this wild news lately, felt a rant (in the video above) was in order… Related URLs are given below. Guantanamo, Drone Strikes and the Non-War Terror War: Obama Speaks ‘Island outside the law’: 11 years later, Guantanamo defies closure as hunger strikes and force-feedings multiply Birth Defects Plague Iraq, But Cause Unknown 'Obama Must be Taken Before ICC for the War on Terror' - Noam Chomsky. Thinking About Torture: Or is it really all that it is cracked up to be? The hyper-political confirmation hearings of Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales are not the best jumping off point for high-level thinking about human behavior and values, but after several years of proceeding on automatic pilot the nation will take what it can get.
First, dispense with the word games. The various legal opinions the Bush administration turned out on what has broadly become known as the torture topic were concerned with one thing: making sure that the Bush administration's treatment of detainees could not be taken as a violation of the Geneva Convention. The convention exists to prevent mistreatment of prisoners of war. The extent to which you think mistreatment constitutes torture is the extent to which you think the Bush administration was concerned about torture. Bush Authorized Domestic Spying. President Bush signed a secret order in 2002 authorizing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in the United States, despite previous legal prohibitions against such domestic spying, sources with knowledge of the program said last night.
The super-secretive NSA, which has generally been barred from domestic spying except in narrow circumstances involving foreign nationals, has monitored the e-mail, telephone calls and other communications of hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of people under the program, the New York Times disclosed last night. The aim of the program was to rapidly monitor the phone calls and other communications of people in the United States believed to have contact with suspected associates of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups overseas, according to two former senior administration officials. Authorities, including a former NSA director, Gen. Michael V. The White House made no comment last night.
CIA Acknowledges 2 Interrogation Memos - washingtonpost.com. Dan Froomkin - Bush Gets His Way - washingtonpost.com. Pay no attention to the news stories suggesting that the White House caved in yesterday.
GRISWOLD v. CONNECTICUT, 381 U.S. 479 (1965) Britain Accused Over CIA’s Secret Torture Flights - Empire? - Global Policy Forum. UK airports are believed to be operational bases for two executive jets used by the CIA to carry out 'renditions' of terror suspects.
IndependentFebruary 10, 2005 Britain's intelligence agencies have been accused of helping America in a secret operation that is sending terror suspects to Middle Eastern countries where prisoners are routinely tortured and abused. Survey shows no tolerance for Torture. Survey shows no tolerance for Torture Enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5 states, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment". The Swift Report: Good News for Gonzales: New Poll Shows Most Americans Think 'Some Torture' OK. President Bush's candidate for attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, got a boost today with the release of a poll indicating that most Americans back his position on torture: it's ok to induce physical agony in individuals suspected of crimes, if it is for a good reason.
Support for torture highest among viewers of Fox News Channel. The Harris Poll - Two in Five U.S. Adults Believe that Torture of Prisoners by Americans Still Prevalent in Iraq and Afghanistan. FOX News Polls - Poll: Steady Support for Action Against Iraq. A majority of the public continues to support the United States taking military action to disarm Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein, and there is evidence of growing impatience for the action. A FOX News poll conducted this week finds 71 percent of Americans support using U.S. forces to disarm Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and 20 percent oppose.
ABCNEWS.com : Poll: Torture Methods Opposed. In U.S. Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates' Deaths. Weekly Standard: Against Rendition. Question: Mr. President, under the law, how would you justify the practice of renditioning, where U.S. agents . . . [send] terror suspects abroad, taking them to a third country for interrogation? . . . Answer: . . . We operate within the law and we send people to countries where they say they're not going to torture the people. SO SPOKE PRESIDENT Bush at a press conference on April 28, 2005. Though the Central Intelligence Agency doesn't comment officially on the policy, it is one the Bush administration inherited from its predecessor, which used it principally against Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda.
News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / US must stop 'outsourcing' torture. By Edward J. Markey | March 12, 2005. Legalizing Torture. CIA prisoners 'tortured' in Arab jails. Outsourcing Torture: The Secret History of America's. American Amnesia: Extraordinary Rendition. Introduction of Legislation Prohibiting Extraordinary Rendition. Progress Report, 3/15/05: RENDITION, Extraordinarily Irresponsible. Extraordinary Rendition. Extraordinary rendition. Extraordinary rendition or irregular rendition is the apprehension and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one country to another. During the United States war on terror under the administration of President George W. Bush, the term became associated with US practices of abducting and transferring terrorism suspects to countries known to employ torture for the purpose of interrogation.
The process has continued under the Barack Obama administration, though new rules have been put in place that claim to prevent torture of abducted individuals; in August 2009, U.S. The New Yorker: Fact - Outsourcing Torture. Dojinterrogationmemo20020801.pdf (application/pdf Object) Torture Guidelines (washingtonpost.com)