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. "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.
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.
On the central issue of whether the CIA should continue using interrogation methods on suspected terrorists that many say constitute torture, the White House got its way, winning agreement from the "maverick" Republican senators who had refused to go along with an overt undoing of the Geneva Conventions. The "compromise"? 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". Taking this as our theme, the Gallup International Millennium Survey asked people in countries representing more than 1.5 billion citizens of the world whether they felt this basic right was fully or partially respected in their own country, or not respected at all.
Overwhelmingly, in the more sophisticated democracies of Western Europe and North America more than eight out of every ten believe that Human Rights in respect of torture are respected. 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 By Deanna Swift A poll released this week shows that a majority of Americans share the position of President Bush's nominee for attorney general when it comes to torture: it's ok when done for the right reasons. 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. Support has been at about the same level for the last eight weeks.
This leads to a growing number of Americans who agree, “it’s time to get it over with in Iraq.” A month ago, a slim majority wanted to “stop the uncertainty,” while today over two-thirds agree with the let’s “get it over with” sentiment. Additional delays in military action could reflect negatively on President Bush.
Among those who support an invasion, more than half say a delay would make them feel less favorable toward President Bush. "The public continues to trust the case that the president has made on Iraq," comments Opinion Dynamics President John Gorman. The U.N. ABCNEWS.com : Poll: Torture Methods Opposed. In U.S. Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates' Deaths. Weekly Standard: Against Rendition. Question: Mr. 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. Press Release from Rep. Edward Markey, June 23 2004 Text of bill. 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. The New Yorker: Fact - Outsourcing Torture. ANNALS OF JUSTICE about the “extraordinary rendition” program by which the United States sends suspected terrorists to countries such as Egypt to be interrogated and tortured… Writer tells about Maher Arrar, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen who was arrested at Kennedy airport in 2002 and flown on an executive jet to Amman, Jordan, then driven to Syria where he was beaten by his interrogators… According to Scott Horton, an expert on international law, a hundred and fifty people have been rendered.
Dojinterrogationmemo20020801.pdf (application/pdf Object) Torture Guidelines (washingtonpost.com)