I'm not likely to be getting back to sleep at this point... but this journal needs to be updated in any case, so... here we go!
1) I want Starbucks.
2) Mmmm, bagels.
3) People sure don't understand diplomacy these days. Well... 8 yrs of Bush, lol, no wonder.
Ok, so. This was a bad thing, but a good thing. Kinda.
It's NOT good that this was leaked, because it does compromise the integrity of the Red Cross, and affects their ability to be able to do their jobs. But, I think it's good that people know what happened.
Unfortunately, the people who need to read this the most (i.e., the kind of people who made fun of Gitmo concerns by saying, "Oh, their rights were violated... how? Because they only had basic cable??") (yes, i have heard people say this, including my die-hard conservative father), are the ones who will most likely refuse to read it and chalk it up to "propaganda." ... just... ugh.
May i present, ladies and gentlemen... ta-da! The leaked Red Cross Torture report.http://www.nybooks.com/icrc-report.pdf
(so what do you think waterboarding is... here is a segment showing a waterboarding demonstration on a former Navy SEAL, with commentary by a former Navy instructor)
This report, coming out before the newly released Bush-era intelligence memos on torture, take the edge off the impact of that release if you've read them. Especially given Obama's handling of this... but more on that below.
Intermission: sports fans... John Madden has retired. But i imagine anyone with the slightest interest in sports has already heard about this, lol.
The very, very, very bad... Obama's defense of Bush policies.
I guess 'first minority president' does not equal 'biggest defender of civil liberties.'
The long and short of this is: Bushies illegally wire-tapped Americans. Lawsuit filed. Obama Justice Department... is trying to have the case dismissed. AND is actually pushing the boundaries further than Bush's did, in regards to excusing the government of respecting people's rights...On April 3, the Holder Justice Department filed arguments in Jewel v. National Security Agency, a lawsuit being waged by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of five people who claim that their constitutional rights were abridged when they were subjected to the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.
But on Friday, that new department sought to have the case dismissed by relying, in part, on a broad reading of a legal principle oft invoked by the Bush department, that the federal government could essentially stop legal proceedings by claiming that any litigation of the case would reveal state secrets.
the article goes on to say:Salon’s Glenn Greenwald almost certainly deserves sole credit for advancing the story thus far, and, it should be said, for pointing out that in addition to the states secrets claim, the Obama administration advanced what he and the EFF’s lawyer in the case see as a totally novel claim. In Greenwald’s words:
…the Obama DOJ has now invented a brand new claim of government immunity, one which literally asserts that the U.S. Government is free to intercept all of your communications (calls, emails and the like) and — even if what they’re doing is blatantly illegal and they know it’s illegal — you are barred from suing them unless they “willfully disclose” to the public what they have learned.
I don't make any secret of the fact that I was a card carrying member of the ACLU (and would still be if I had the extra money for the membership, lol). Hell, I was a libertarian back in college. For me, this is the biggest let-down -- almost bordering on betrayal -- perpetrated by the new administration.
Mr. President... you are wrong, wrong, wrong. That you can speak eloquently, that you are African-American, that you are just plain not-Bush -- that doesn't make you right. You are dead wrong on this one, very wrong, and this is not what I, and many other citizens, voted for.
A complete and total let down.
Meh. Some levity, to make me less pissy: