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John Yoo on torture: Rectal violation is not allowed, crushing a child's testicles is no problem


When CNN host Fareed Zakaria asked him about CIA techniques like "forced rectal feeding", "threatening to rape the mothers of prisoners" and "people with broken limbs being forced to stand for hours and hours," Attorney Yoo said that would be against the rules (if it in fact it happened):

"Those are very troubling examples. They would not have been approved by the Justice Department. They were not approved by the Justice Department at the time...They were not supposed to be done and those people who did those are at risk legally because they were acting outside their orders."

But during a December 2005 symposium in Chicago, Yoo argued that under his theory of the "unitary executive" and virtually unlimited presidential power as Commander-in-Chief, President Bush could legally order those tortures and much worse. Yoo was asked:

"If the president deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him?"


Continue reading below about John Yoo's balls here:

Hayden Uses The Sgt. Schultz Defense


Gift Guide For Torture Apologist

Damning Report Claims Mexican Federal Police Participated In Disappearance Of 43 Students

Mexico's federal police collaborated with local forces in the September attack on 43 students whose disappearance and presumed killings have led to mass protests in the country, according to an investigative report published Sunday in the Mexican magazine Proceso.

Federal authorities also likely tortured key witnesses who offered critical testimony for an investigation by the Mexican attorney general's office into the disappearances, the lead reporter for the Proceso story told The Huffington Post.

The Proceso investigation is based on leaked government documents that are not publicly available, as well as a report by the state government of Guerrero, where the students' college was located and where they were attacked. The magazine published an abbreviated version of its story on Saturday, as well as a newswire version on Sunday. The full investigation was published Sunday in a print version of the magazine, only available in Mexico.

Both the newsire and early version of the Proceso investigation sharply contradict the version of events put forth by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, at a time when a widespread protest movement has questioned the government’s handling of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the missing students.


Cheney to Lead Torture-Pride March: 'We’re torturers and we’re damn proud of it—join us’”

Cheney to Lead Torture-Pride March

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” on Sunday, former Vice-President Dick Cheney told host Chuck Todd that he was “sick and tired of Americans being ashamed of our beautiful legacy of torture” and that he was organizing the first “National Torture-Pride March” to take place in Washington in January.

“This is a chance for all of us torturers to say, ‘Look at us, this is who we are,’” Cheney, who will be the Grand Marshall of the parade, said.

The former Vice-President said that he was organizing the march to inspire “the millions of American kids who want to be torturers when they grow up but are afraid they’ll catch hell for it.”

“We’ll be there to say, ‘We’re torturers and we’re damn proud of it—join us,’” Cheney said.



Karl Rove: CIA waterboarding not torture because victims don’t totally drown with raised legs

“Take, for example, waterboarding,” Rove continued. “In waterboarding — unlike World War II, where the Japanese attempted to drown people by basically pouring water in their mouths — here the feet were elevated so there’s little or not chance of any fluid getting into the lungs. And very careful standards set in place so these would help break the the resistance of the detainee without placing their life in danger.”



Peace Out.....

from One Pissed Off Liberal:


You mean people like this?

Discussing the toll enhanced interrogation techniques have on interrogators, former CIA director Michael Hayden, appearing on ABC’s This Week, said: “I would be very, very disappointed if this did not take a human toll on our CIA interrogators.”

“After all,” continued Hayden, “although that person across the table from you was a terrorist, he’s also a human being. I would not want people in the room doing this who are not affected by it.”


You mean people like this?

I don't hate myself. I hate wingnuts like you.

Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) had strong words for the political leaders and media personalities self-flagellating in response to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture” report, released last week.

“We have to stop this self-loathing,” said King, discussing the report on CNN’s State of the Union. “To me, the burden is on us to me the burden is on us, the burden is on people in positions of influence to stop hating ourselves, and to stop hating those who do the job.”


Cheney's Christmas Tree

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