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- bill 6-14-2004 7:48 pm [link] [add a comment]

I'm excerpting this from a Counterpunch article about Bush's responses to questions about torture after the G-8. It's great reporters (Europeans at least) are hammering the little man:

It was European reporters who seemed most interested in pressing Bush on the torture issue, and who were not at all impressed with his continuing assertions that he was telling people to act in terms of the law. Bush has no knowledge of history, but European reporters do, and all of them at the G-8 press conference were no doubt aware how assiduously Hitler got laws passed to authorize everything he did. Hitler's government and its actions were all legal; it was a defect in moral vision that undergirded their atrocities.

Nothing about the torture questions appeared in the New York Times or any of the other major US newspapers, but European papers were full of it. Neither did the US press report that after Bush spoke, Jacques Chirac said that in the war on terrorism we should not "forget the principles on which our civilization rests, such as human rights."

Here are the torture parts of Bush's G-8 press conference:

First time Bush was asked about legalizing torture:

Q Mr. President, the Justice Department issued an advisory opinion last year declaring that as Commander-in-Chief you have the authority to order any kind of interrogation techniques that are necessary to pursue the war on terror. Were you aware of this advisory opinion? Do you agree with it? And did you issue any such authorization at any time?

THE PRESIDENT: No, the authorization I issued, David, was that anything we did would conform to U.S. law and would be consistent with international treaty obligations. That's the message I gave our people.

Q Have you seen the memos?

THE PRESIDENT: I can't remember if I've seen the memo or not, but I gave those instructions.

Second time Bush was asked about legalizing torture:

Q Returning to the question of torture, if you knew a person was in U.S. custody and had specific information about an imminent terrorist attack that could kill hundreds or even thousands of Americans, would you authorize the use of any means necessary to get that information and to save those lives?

THE PRESIDENT: Jonathan, what I've authorized is that we stay within U.S. law.

Third time Bush was asked about legalizing torture:

Q Mr. President, I wanted to return to the question of torture. What we've learned from these memos this week is that the Department of Justice lawyers and the Pentagon lawyers have essentially worked out a way that U.S. officials can torture detainees without running afoul of the law. So when you say that you want the U.S. to adhere to international and U.S. laws, that's not very comforting. This is a moral question: Is torture ever justified?

THE PRESIDENT: Look, I'm going to say it one more time. If I -- maybe -- maybe I can be more clear. The instructions went out to our people to adhere to law. That ought to comfort you. We're a nation of law. We adhere to laws. We have laws on the books. You might look at those laws, and that might provide comfort for you. And those were the instructions out of -- from me to the government.


- tom moody 6-14-2004 6:43 pm [link] [3 comments]

licensed car services by zipcode
- dave 6-14-2004 12:23 pm [link] [add a comment]

Fafblog. Hilarious.
- jim 6-12-2004 7:17 pm [link] [add a comment]

Yeah, I saw a red headed pheasant rooster in my front yard today, so what of it.?
- jimlouis 6-12-2004 7:02 pm [link] [4 comments]

nike + gawker = art of speed
- dave 6-12-2004 3:19 pm [link] [add a comment]

david berkowitz has a website.
- dave 6-12-2004 10:06 am [link] [add a comment]

a real american hero dies.
- dave 6-11-2004 9:41 am [link] [4 comments]

Dubya: I think that shiznit's fair be like that, yo' ass know, that da enemy didn't lay down its arms like we had hoped."

Tom Brokaw: And yo' ass wuz not greeted as liberators like Vice President Cheney be like that yo' ass would be."

Dubya: Well, I think we've been -- let me just -- I think we've been thanked by da muthas of Iraq n' shit. And I think yo' ass'll hear mo' of that from muthas like (my puppet) Prime Minister Alawi 'n da foreign minister, who both has repeatedly, ‘Thank yo' ass fo' what yo' ass've done, 'n by da way, help us, know what I'm sayin'? ’

shizzolated bartcop
- mark 6-09-2004 4:13 am [link] [add a comment]

Venus begins its transit across the sun in 16 minutes, hold onto your hats.
- jimlouis 6-08-2004 8:51 am [link] [add a comment]

willie, dylan, kid rock, keith, etc.



- bill 6-06-2004 12:15 pm [link] [1 comment]

reagan is dead.
- dave 6-05-2004 8:14 pm [link] [38 comments]

Tom Clancy on Deborah Norville Tonight:

NORVILLE:  And Paul Wolfowitz. 

CLANCY:  Is he really on our side? 

NORVILLE:  You genuinely ask that question?  Is he on our side?

CLANCY:  I sat in on—I was in the Pentagon in ‘01 for a red team operation and he came in and briefed us.  And after the brief, I just thought, is he really on our side?  Sorry. 

- jim 6-04-2004 10:42 pm [link] [2 comments]

"Bushido--The Way of the Armchair Warrior":
http://www.newyorker.com/shouts/content/?040607sh_shouts

(mea culpa--I don't know why the font turned large all of a sudden--Could it be the heroic scale of the Bushido art?)
- bunny 6-03-2004 8:01 pm [link] [add a comment]

Yum
- joester 6-03-2004 6:52 pm [link] [add a comment]

seattle sonics
- steve 6-03-2004 1:57 pm [link] [2 comments]

scapegoat. spelled : T, e, n, e, t.



- bill 6-03-2004 1:54 pm [link] [1 comment]

Brody Dalle
You are Brody Dalle.You are a hot punk rock chick.
Tough as nails,Intelligent and fun. You've had
some hard times are empathetic yet. You can be
loud and attention getting but also aloof. You
make commitments but surprise everyone with
snap decisions that drastically change your
life.

Which punk rock goddess are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

[via bikenerd]

- sally mckay 6-03-2004 1:45 am [link] [1 comment]

get your spell on
- dave 6-02-2004 8:44 pm [link] [1 ref] [8 comments]

My name is Shake-Zula, the mic rulah, the old schoolah, you wanna trip, I'll break it to ya. Frylock and I'm on top rock you like a cop, Meatwad you're up next with your knock-knock. Meatwad make the money see, Meatwad get the honeys G. Drivin in my car, livin like a star, ice on my fingers and my toes and I'm a Taurus. Cause we are the Aqua Teens, make the homeys say ho and the girlies wanna scream.

Anyone else as hooked on this show as me?
- joester 6-02-2004 4:05 pm [link] [2 comments]

I Me Me My



- bill 6-02-2004 2:13 pm [link] [10 comments]

snake
- sally mckay 6-02-2004 1:30 pm [link] [2 comments]

interesting animation
- mark 6-01-2004 9:02 pm [link] [9 comments]

cdb


- bill 5-31-2004 4:03 pm [link] [add a comment]

Bush keeps Saddam's handgun mounted like a trophy at the White House. The soldiers who captured Saddie the Baddie had it mounted and gave it to Junior as a gift. [via daily kos]

- tom moody 5-30-2004 5:58 pm [link] [2 comments]