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‘Consequence,’ a Memoir by a Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator...

Of the Abu Ghraib torture photos broadcast by “60 Minutes” in April 2004, Mr. Fair writes:
“Some of the activities in the photographs are familiar to me. Others are not. But I am not shocked. Neither is anyone else who served at Abu Ghraib. Instead, we are shocked by the performance of the men who stand behind microphones and say things like ‘bad apples’ and ‘Animal House’ on night shift.’”




In 2007, Mr. Fair says, he confessed everything to a lawyer from the Department of Justice and two agents from the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, providing pictures, letters, names, firsthand accounts, locations and techniques. He was not prosecuted. “We tortured people the right way,” he writes, “following the right procedures, and used the approved techniques.”

Mr. Fair, however, became increasingly racked by guilt. He begins having nightmares. Nightmares in which “someone I know begins to shrink,” becoming so small “they slip through my fingers and disappear onto the floor.” Nightmares in which “there’s a large pool of blood on the floor” that moves as if it’s alive, nipping at his feet.

His marriage starts to unravel. He drinks heavily despite a heart condition that threatens his health. When his best friend from Iraq, Ferdinand Ibabao, is killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad, Mr. Fair thinks that maybe he, too, deserves to die there. He returns to Iraq for another tour — this time, in a job with the National Security Agency.

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He is still haunted by voices: “the voice of the general from the comfortable interrogation booth, the cries from the hard site, the sobs from the Palestinian chair and the sound of the old man’s head hitting the wall.”

“It is nearly impossible to silence them,” he writes. “As I know it should be.”

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More:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/05/books/review-eric-fairs-consequence-a-memoir-by-a-former-abu-ghraib-interrogator.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=2

Let's reinstate FDR's - Economic Bill Of Rights

Truth.

Why I’m ashamed to be Republican

By T.T. Robinson, April 24, 2016

Noticing the growing pile of rejected dresses, the saleswoman asked me what I was shopping for. I responded, “I know what I want, I just can’t seem to find it. Something conservative but cute, shorter than work length, longer than club length. I’m not opposed to a romper, but don’t really want a skirt. Help.” She laughed and asked me if I was shopping for a specific event. The words formulated in my brain but I couldn’t get them out. I didn’t want to tell her.

I couldn’t wait for the weekend reunion of my colleagues from the Bush-Cheney administration at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, but I didn’t want to say that. “A company picnic,” I said, “Nothing too riveting, but I’ll see co-workers I haven’t seen in a while.” As I looked in the mirror (having found the perfect shirt dress), I thought: Why did I say that? This event was exciting; I was going to see a former president, vice president, first lady and countless friends. When did I become so embarrassed to be a Republican?

I grew up in a conservative, Catholic family. I remember voting for President George H.W. Bush in my school’s straw ballot in the 1980s. I’ve voted mostly with the party over the years. I joined the College Republicans and planned rallies for the troops, went to seminars on entrepreneurship and volunteered for Sen. Jim Talent’s reelection campaign in Missouri. I swear I bled little red elephants. Following graduation, I worked on President George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign in Florida and fell further in love with politics, the party and the process. I worked on the Presidential Inaugural Committee and was honored to receive an appointment in Bush’s administration. We even had a softball league. Some of my fondest memories are from those years; it was an incredible time to be alive. I was (and still am) truly proud to have been a part of it all.

As the years passed, though, I became more liberal on social issues, not understanding why my best friend from college couldn’t marry his longtime boyfriend. I struggled with the line between the right to life and a woman’s right to make her own decisions about what to do with her body. I read and reread the Constitution, studied the Federalist Papers and came to better understand the ideals on which our nation was founded. I quickly learned what it was like to make $30,000 a year in the District (along with the necessity of having multiple roommates).

I shifted closer to the middle, but there was still so much about the Republican Party that I loved. It was the party that fought to give more funding, better equipment and training to my husband — a Navy pilot. The party that pressed for veterans’ health reform. The party that gave us a president who delivered the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program to combat HIV in Africa. The party that encouraged and promoted the growth of small businesses.

But more than anything, it was the people. My colleagues in the Bush administration were compassionate, innovative and enthusiastic. We were men and women of various ages, demographics and backgrounds, woven together by our common belief in a president, a mission and, above all, the importance of character. The hours were long, but the years went fast. At the opening of Bush’s presidential library in Dallas three years ago, I was again surrounded by those colleagues. When President Obama was introduced, every person in attendance rose in thunderous applause. I realized then what made that group of colleagues so special: our respect for the office of the president.

Three years later, at this month’s reunion, tears came to my eyes as I listened to Bush speak about what made our country great. We fought for inclusion, not isolationism. We were patriots, not protectionists, and we worked to advance freedom, not fear.

I was proud to be a Republican. The GOP I worked for, fundraised for and fundamentally believed in put forward candidates who reflected my values. But now? I’m embarrassed to be a Republican because of who is leading in the polls. We’ve become a party that preys on the discouraged, not one that fosters hope. We’re incentivizing anger, not integrity. We tear down others to promote ourselves. If our current front-runner is the GOP candidate, I won’t vote Republican in November. I’m still stuck in that dressing room: I know what I want. I just can’t seem to find it.




and a rebuttal:

COMMENTS:
* So sorry for you - you liked the Republican Party at the Masquerade Ball. Not so much the next morning when the masks are off and demons underneath the masks are visible. The W administration were chicken Hawks that invaded a country for no reason while you played softball.....


MORE:
http://thurstonblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/i-was-proud-to-be-republican-but-now-im.html

"It was never about bathrooms"


http://www.vox.com/2016/4/25/11490498/north-carolina-bathroom-law-transgender

JSU-2016: Michelle Obama ROCKS!



“As I’ve walked this journey with Barack, I’ve gotten a pretty good look at what it means to rise above the fray, what it means to set your eyes on the horizon, to devote your life to making things better for those who will come after you,” Obama said, praising the President’s ability to “stay the course” no matter what “kind of ugliness is going on at any particular moment.” Then she dropped the hammer, condemning the right’s use of “hateful and divisive language” directed at her husband:

“Charges that he doesn’t love our country. The time he was called a liar in front of a Joint Session of Congress. The nonstop questions about his birth certificate and his belief in God.”

She urged the graduating class to follow her husband’s example and address such unabashed hatred with dignity:

“Are you going to get angry or lash out? Or are you going to take a deep breath, straighten your shoulders, lift up your head, and do what Barack Obama has always done — as he says, ‘When they go low, I go high.'”

“That’s the choice Barack and I have made. That’s what has kept us sane over the years. We simply do not allow space in our hearts, minds, or souls for darkness,”
she said.



more:
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2016/04/24/michelle-obama-just-blasted-conservatives-for-their-racist-lies-about-our-president-video/
http://www.wapt.com/news/central-mississippi/jackson/michelle-obama-set-to-speak-at-jsu-commencement/39181082
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WOW! A sitting United States Senator opening soliciting the FBI to commit a crime.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley suggested on Friday that the FBI might leak reports of its investigation into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Grassley, Iowa’s senior senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said an anonymous and unauthorized release of FBI investigative materials could result if officials at the agency believed prosecution of Clinton was stymied for political reasons.

“Is there going to be political interference? If there’s enough evidence to prosecute, will there be political interference?” Grassley wondered aloud during a breakfast meeting with the Des Moines A.M. Rotary club on Friday. “And if there’s political interference, then I assume that somebody in the FBI is going to leak these reports and it’s either going to have an effect politically or it’s going to lead to prosecution if there’s enough evidence.”

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“I wouldn’t be encouraging it because if it’s a violation of law, I can’t be encouraging a violation of law,” he said. “This is kind of my own opinion, this is something I’ve heard.
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http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/22/grassley-fbi-could-leak-clinton-email-investigation/83385362/

If & When

We have some bad news for Charles Koch: Hillary Clinton just isn’t that into you.

. Recently, the evil billionaire backer of the Tea Party announced that Republicans are so terrible, he is forced to admit that Hillary Clinton is possibly better than all of them. Koch told ABC’s This Week that Clinton’s husband was a much better President in terms of government spending than was George W. Bush, who is idolized by many conservatives


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Referencing the Kochs’ climate denial and attempts to suppress minority voters, Clinton explained that she could not accept an endorsement from someone so evil. “Not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote,” she said, linking the interview.




http://www.addictinginfo.org/2016/04/24/hillary-clinton-just-tossed-charles-koch-a-huge-fck-you-after-kinda-sorta-endorsement-screenshots/

Great News: "if (when) he loses, he’ll go into hiding, never to be seen again."

April 24, 2016, 06:58 pm
Trump: 'Don't think you're ever going to see me again' if I lose


“ I’m not sure you’re ever going to see me there. I don’t think I’m going to lose, but if I do, I don’t think you’re ever going to see me again, folks. I think I’ll go to Turnberry and play golf or something.”


http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/277458-trump-if-i-lose-i-dont-think-you-will-ever-see-me-again


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