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Two Quotes for the Morning… and the stupidity of Rick Santorum

The other day, in a long and meaningful speech based on his own experience, Senator John McCain lashed out at the support of waterboarding by his fellow Republicans.

Rick Santorum has now responded to John McCain’s claim that torture didn’t lead to Bin Laden’s death by insisting that on the subject of torture, McCain has no idea what he’s talking about:

Everything I’ve read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation. And so this idea that we didn’t ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he doesn’t understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they’re broken, they become cooperative. And that’s when we got this information. And one thing led to another, and led to another, and that’s how we ended up with bin Laden.

Perhaps Santorum forgets that McCain was held and tortured by the North Vietnamese and bases his opinion on real experience. McCain has even written that he did not become cooperative under “enhanced interrogation” at all, and in fact gave his tormentors false information to get them to stop.

So in response to the question of what does McCain think of Rick Santorum’s  comment, McCain spokesperson Brooke Buchanan made a one word reply:

Who?

(Source: Justin Elliott in Salon)

Obama’s Turnaround: Military Courts not Federal Courts for 9/11 co-plotters.

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In an about-face on the day President Barack Obama announced his reelection bid, a U.S. official said Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder will order military trials at Guantánamo for confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged co-plotters now held there for the mass murder of thousands on Sept. 11, 2001.

Holder had sought to try the five men in civilian court in Manhattan, a move that produced an outcry from politicians and some 9/11 families who feared that the alleged al Qaeda insiders would turn the case into a forum for promoting their cause.
In announcing the change, Holder made clear that he was reversing course only because Congress had passed legislation that made it difficult to hold civilian trials in the case and that he never doubted that civilian trials would have resulted in convictions.
It was a huge about-face by Obama, a former constitutional law professor.

“I am disappointed with the decision not to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a federal court,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. ” I believe that our justice system, which is the envy of the world, is more than capable of trying high-profile terrorism and national security cases. Federal courts have convicted hundreds of terrorists. The record in military commissions pales in comparison, with only a handful of convictions, and the ground rules still in flux.”
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I have to agree with Senator Leahy… it looks like Obama has once again pulled in with conservatives who were pushing for the military courts instead of standing up for his 2008 campaign promises. Boy, I wish he’d quit doing that.

Quote of the Day


“I’m not scared of what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has to say at trial, and no one else needs to be afraid either. I have every confidence that the nation and the world will see him for the coward that he is.”

 

– Attorney General Eric Holder

What looks like a man but performs like a wuss?

Why, a Repiglican who is trying to scare voters about terrorist trials happening in New York. When Mayor Bloomberg gave his support to President Obama’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo detainees in NYC, Congressman John Shadegg (R-AZ) came out with the following:

It is hard to imagine the insufferable weakness of the Repiglican Party.