Democratic Leadership and Other Oxymorons
Oh holy fucking shit.
No wonder neither Reid nor Pelosi has shown enough spine to investigate, why impeachment has been pulled off the table, why they’ve allowed Republicans to continue obstructing and subverting.
They knew we – as in our country – was using torture.
They knew we were torturing suspected terrorists – in 2002.
From the Washington Post:
In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.
Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said. [my emphasis] [snip]
With one known exception, no formal objections were raised by the lawmakers briefed about the harsh methods during the two years in which waterboarding was employed, from 2002 to 2003, said Democrats and Republicans with direct knowledge of the matter. The lawmakers who held oversight roles during the period included Pelosi and Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and Sens. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), as well as Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan).
Read that list of names: Pelosi, Jane Harmon, Bob Graham, Jay Rockefeller. Jane Harmon was the only one to raise an objection, in a classified letter to the CIA.
But Pelosi, Rockefeller, Graham? Those are Democrats who approved of torture.
Let me repeat that: They approved it.
They had no questions. They made no comments. At least, not until the program was revealed, and then they all jumped to disapprove – if by “disapprove” you mean “made press statements that condemned the practice but then did nothing to ensure it was stopped.”
But, later surges of conscience aside, the fact remains: Democrats approved of torture.
I can only echo what BradRocket said:
Why do I even bother voting for Democrats again? I mean, WTF. It would be nice, really really nice, to have at least one goddamn party in this doomed nation that stands fully against torture. Jesus H., you horrible assholes. Don’t you have any damn principles? Don’t you have any ethics? Have you ever, at any point in your miserable lives, taken a principled stand on any issue?
Again, I feel sick. Favoring torture is now a bipartisan issue. David Broder must be very pleased.
As sick as I feel right now, it also makes me wonder… Why?
Why did they allow bills that condoned torture, stripped out rights, and make the president the defacto king, to pass – with nary a word to the people or the press?
Why didn’t they stand up and say, “Hell, no” when asked to approve the torture of human beings, to strip our Constitutional freedoms, to give the President unlimited power to use as he chose?
In a word: power.
Imagine next year.
One Democrat will be President. I don’t know for sure which one, but it will be a Democrat.
Imagine that Democratic president with all the powers of King George and crew.
Yeah. Let that sink in, Republicans.
One Democrat, probably Hillary, will have all the power King George currently enjoys.
The ability to kidnap and torture anyone suspected of being a terrorist. (And by “terrorist” I mean “brown” and/or “Muslim.”)
The ability to listen in on all Americans’ phone calls. The ability to capture all Americans’ emails. The ability to ignore laws passed by Congress by making signing statements, the ability to ignore her own Executive Orders without notice, without creating a new EO to supersede it. The ability to determine the law is, regardless of the actual laws in place. The ability to tell the Department of Justice – the agency tasked with protecting and defending the laws – that it is bound by the President’s legal determinations.
The power to rape, rob, pillage, and murder, if she so chooses, because the President decides what the law is, and tells the Justice Department what the law is.
Imagine Hillary with all that power. Or Obama. Or Edwards. Or … Kucinich.
This country is fucked.