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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:20 AM
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Rachel Maddow: Jonathan Turley's Impassioned Case for Prosecuting Torture/Cheney
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MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show - March 23, 2009: Jon Turley makes impassioned case for prosecuting alleged torture.

"It's like a bank robber calling up and asking (the President) to debate bank robbery. The President would say 'listen fellow, that's a crime.' But of course he hasn't said that with Dick Cheney. He can't say that. Instead, he says, you know, 'how long will it take for us to reconcile our values.' These aren't just our values. They're the law. He should be saying 'what you are describing is a crime,' and if he would allow an investigation into well-defined war crimes, Dick Cheney wouldn't be making public statements, he'd be surrounded by criminal defense council.

And yet, the President refuses to allow the investigation ofwar crimes and we just found from the International Red Cross, also, the definitive body on torture, found that this was a real torture program and yet the President is having a debate with the guy over whether it was good policy."

"Cheney's dialoguing."

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GreenTea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:33 AM
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1. This is truly excellent...needs to be watched.
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:38 AM
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2. K & R n/t
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empyreanisles Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:43 AM
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3. Turley is starting to annoy me.
He keeps going on Rachel and Olberman's show claiming Obama is a war criminal because he hasn't dropped everything and decided to make it his #1 priority to prosecute Bush.

I'm not happy about what they did either, but there are more pressing issues looming. Not to mention it is political suicide, especially for the FIRST BLACK President to do this.

Best to wait until his 2nd term when there is nothing to lose.
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:46 AM
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6. That is just not true. War criminal, drop everything, political suicide
What does the shade of his skin have to do with your argument?
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:47 AM
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8. Nonsense.Obama and Holder are already invoking states secrets to avoid prosecuting
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:48 AM
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9. Turley makes it harder for them to continue to cover for Bush which they have already made time to d
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:50 AM
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11. This is precisely what Obama needs, our support to do what is right. nt
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:12 AM
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18. i just totally disagree with that
get the truth out and obama will be a hero to people who are still deluded that the bushies were heroes. political suicide, no way. not only that, but politics should not be the consideration. justice and upholding the rule of law are much bigger issues.
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empyreanisles Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:37 AM
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22. I believe most people think Bush simply made the wrong choices.
If he wasn't actually in the room torturing people, then it is too far removed to put their heads around a "war crime" charge. They had Nixon on tape admitting to Watergate. Clinton, even though his impeachment was a circus, actually DID get the BJ. Bush's crimes are more abstract and hard to distinguish from simply irresponsible executive choices.

I know this sounds bad, but this is exactly how MOST Americans feel, even those that voted for Obama this time.

With regards to the racial angle. I believe furthermore that racial resentment will increase because it will be seen as a black man going out of his way to "punish" a white president. Obama is already "on probation" from many whites who barely got over their prejudices to vote for him. I know it sounds outrageous, but I feel in my heart that we are still not where we should be in race relations.



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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:59 AM
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23. again,
i just disagree. i have to get to work or i would elaborate, but i see that others have brought forth my same argument and quite well. i disagree with just about every point you made and reiterate that politics should be the least of obama's considerations: are we a country of men or a country of laws?
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Brucie Kibbutz Donating Member (704 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:44 AM
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38. Where is your evidence that "many whites" who voted for
Obama have him "on probation" because of the color of his skin? Where is your evidence that whites who voted for the President would resent seeing the Bush administration prosecuted simply because the President is black?
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axollot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 10:02 AM
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46. Thank you....n/t
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rosesaylavee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:51 PM
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54. Bush's crimes are not abstract to the men who were tortured or died.
Have a nice stay here.
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snake in the grass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:31 AM
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21. You are wrong for several reasons.
If Obama decides not to pursue this issue he will be complicit. There is no way to argue around this as Dipshit and Darth have admitted to their crimes. They are known and documented. Obama doesn't have to drop everything to prosecute. He merely has to appoint a special prosecutor and let things take their course. Our POTUS is a very smart man, so I'm sure he understands how to delegate and multitask.

This issue is very pressing, even though you seem not to think so. Our credibility abroad is tattered because of the crimes of the previous administration. Who will ever listen to us again if we can't keep our own house clean? Furthermore, the Republicans, specifically the Neo-Cons, are down but not out and they will not show Obama gratitude if he lets this pass in the spirit of bipartisanship and looking forward. These criminals are a festering pus pocket which needs to be lanced. If their skulls aren't crushed once and for all, they will be back. Once investigations are underway and the people see the extent of the crimes there will be no way in Hell for the GOP to make a comeback. Sure, 20% of our braindead population will continue to support the agenda of these bastards, but 20% is not a danger to the Democrats. We must hammer this message over and over until something other than lip service is done.

I still see President Obama as a compassionate man with respect for the rule of law. I also don't believe he is naive so I can only hope that he is publicly low-key about this matter while privately pursuing it. If not, the next nightmare is pre-programmed.
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cynthia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 09:57 PM
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83. you are right - Obama will be complicit if he doesn't prosecute
Doing nothing says to the criminals that he condones their actions
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snake in the grass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 11:44 PM
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84. I so hope I am wrong.
Until now, Obama has shown himself to be a real power player. He must understand that this issue goes beyond retribution. This eats at the very fabric of the laws with which we govern our republic.
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erebusman Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 10:00 AM
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45. so lets say your neighbor tortured and committed other crimes and you knew
So lets say your neighbor tortured and committed other crimes and you knew about it, and did nothing because his parents were going through a messy divorce.

Does that mean you are in the right?

Or should you be telling the proper authorities to arrest, investigate and prosecute him for his crimes?

And if you don't tell anyone about the crimes, are you also guilty of them?

I think you know the answer, and I'm quite sure Turley knows it. With President Obama's background I'm sure he also knows it, but will he do what is right?

Do we really believe that somehow Obama is going to be seen 'in the wrong' when Cheney is on trial for war crimes? Seriously? Only the the 23 percenters will think that and they already do. I can't stomach keeping the gloves on to make those folks happy, and find it appalling that anyone else could.

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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 11:09 AM
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48. We've been hearing that excuse
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 11:10 AM by sabrina 1
'there are more pressing issues', before each election since the criminal Bush administration took over this country.

'We need a majority' was the excuse in 2006 and then 'we need a bigger majority' after we won. The 'pressing issues' we were told were more important than impeaching the criminals, never did get taken care of as Bush vetoed every bill that gave the people anything, as anyone with a brain knew he would.

Now, we have control of all branches of government, and there's a new excuse??? Sorry, not buying, didn't buy the old ones either.

Clinton allowed the crooks from the Reagan administration to get off without prosecution and that disastrous decision led to them returning to power along with Bush.

Turley is absolutely right and I hope more people join him in demanding that the rule of law is applied to these traitors who practically destroyed this country, as it is to everyone else.

Do you want to apply the same standards to all criminals? Should we let murderers go eg, because they have families and other obligations?

What I'm annoyed by are people who enable these crimes by making excuses why a country like this cannot deal with its own criminals. And the fact that there aren't more Turleys demanding that justice be done.

As far as what people believe, the public was not told the truth. Prosecutions and trials will change the minds of many people when they learn the truth about these criminals. It should have been done long ago.
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rucognizant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 04:01 PM
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60. SLOW DOWN!
6 years ago the only place you could hear Turley was some very progressive group/ protest, etc.played by cspan in the middle of the night! Now he is on prime time.
If you can catch and hold in your mind all the little pieces....................these docs. revealed, that person given a boost...........you can see there is a case building VERY SLOWLY. There is 60 or more years of criminal behavior and malefeasance to put forth. The fact that Obama choose not to attend the Gridiron dinner, and rub elbows with those who, many, have enabled this criminal behavior, instead spending time with his sweet & innocent children........and supportive family is GOOD! A hint, a clue................
There is a huge mass of cognitive distortion to clear away as a result of the propaganda that has been spewed, and firmly rooted in people, for all th ese years.
I had an encounter today in the market, and I am supersensitive to the nuance. A man I worked witih on the 2000 census, told me at the checkout 'You better be careful, or you'll go to jail." It seems I have failed to glue my '09 registration stickers to my liscence plate in a timely fashion.
( They are tucked right in my wallet!) I haven't been more than 15 miles from my home for at least 3 months..............It has been a brutal winter, and I am 70. Not really about to kneel out there in the ice and snow, to do it. ( My knees are a little creaky too, made more so by the cold and damp!) We're a small town, think ANdy Griffin, and I know most of the cops, as I worked in the library for a stint.
You might see in my yearbook." Miss goody 2 shoes, least likely to ever go to jail." But he is apeing this trendy populist TV CRAP! And until wewe get more Peace & Justice oriented people.............a more EVOLVED POPULATION.............Obama has to take it slowly! HE KNOWS, his laughter on 60 minutes, reminded me of Peter Pan........He knows all and has made a choice. He will be pushed by NO ONE! But He'll git er done!
I'm sure COnyers and Waxman are having a field day working on it, Obama doesn't have to.
And no I wasn't an Obamabot! I wanted Kucinich or Dean!
NEVER FORGET.what happened to JFK when he clearly announced his intentions!
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:35 PM
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69. Well, I get your point about 'a more evolved population'!
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 06:37 PM by sabrina 1
But a little more truth from people like Turley ought to take care of that. I don't think the population is dumb, but when TV 'News' is all they have access to, how could they know the extent of the crimes committed by the last administration?

However, you ARE right that just a few years ago, Turley and others like him, could not get a hearing on National TV and people who WERE telling the truth, like Donohue, a top-rated show at the time, were simply censored.

I guess that IS progress, but six years is a very long time to wait for even this small glimpse of the truth and I'm not as confident as you are that Obama is going to go after the previous administration. His statements about 'focusing on the future' rather than 'focusing on the past', when asked about investigating those crimes, doesn't inspire much confidence. But having said that, I hope I am wrong, and you are right.

You better put those stickers on your car, btw, we little people ARE subject to the law, unlike our elected officials ;-)

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antimatter98 Donating Member (537 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 04:06 PM
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61. Obama IS complicit unless he goes for a war crimes investigation of BushCo.
Sorry you are annoyed by the facts. Typical ignorant American.
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Torn_Scorned_Ignored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:29 PM
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63. I believe Turley said Obama
is blocking any investigations. This is different than dropping everything to prosecute Bush. Of course if you have no skin in the game it is easy to have a cavalier attitude toward the idea of Justice, and when it should occur.
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:45 AM
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4. The longer he avoids appointing a SP the more complicit he becomes.
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:46 AM
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5. We already know they are guilty...prosecute them or the law is meaningless
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:47 AM
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7. agreed. nt
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empyreanisles Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:13 AM
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19. If he prosecutes ... 1 term. Guaranteed. Republicans next time
The nation has not moved that far "left" yet. Sorry, but we are going to have contain our bloodlust more.
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olegramps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:43 AM
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24. One term?
As far as I am concerned if President Obama demanded justice and it led to the prosecution of Cheney,et al. and he only served one term then it would be well worth it. If Americans have come to the point where they are more loyal to their party than to the Republic and the laws that upon which it stands the nations future is in great jeopardy.
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Brucie Kibbutz Donating Member (704 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:39 AM
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42. bloodlust?
They tortured people and killed an untold number of innocents in their wars and we're the ones with bloodlust?
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 11:19 AM
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49. That doesn't make sense!
A one term president if he prosecutes criminals who violated their oaths of office?

More likely the other way around.

He will lose a lot of support for the next election if he DOESN'T support prosecuting them. He will definitely lose me and many others I know.

This time, he got the benefit of the doubt, but this is a huge issue to millions of Democrats who trusted him THIS time to do what is right and if he violates that trust, will lose them next time.
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:24 PM
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53. Complete republican bullshit & talking points! Man, have you bought into the bullshit!!
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 01:25 PM by LaPera
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lilgrasskikka Donating Member (21 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:08 PM
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55. COWARD!
go crawl back under a fucking rock, scum.

Dick Cheney is an evil sadist, and an avowed and remorseless criminal.

If you can't prosecute him for his crimes that he has PUBLICIZED, who can you prosecute.

Even from a political standpoint... how can it be political suicide to go after SIMPLY THE LEAST POPULAR VICE PRESIDENT IN HISTORY? He's Less popular than Aaron Burr.

This is the side of the democratic party that makes people despise the party, and doubt the fitness of the people running it to lead the country:

You have a great deal of sulfer in your bearing.

(yellow, and foul)

I'm stunned by this wimpiness. Yet not surprised... and that is entirely the problem.
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GreenTea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:42 PM
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59. Great read on this clown who posts this shit...."Coward" is an understatment, thanks lilgrasskikka
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 03:44 PM by GreenTea
The kind of bullshit fucking plants and trolls post.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:53 PM
Response to Reply #19
66. Are we a Nation of laws or aren't we?
Simple question. Answer it; yes or no.
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empyreanisles Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:15 PM
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67. Yes, we are a nation of laws.
No man is above the law. Even Bush/Cheney. I just think we must balance the need for justice with the pressing immediate need for forward progress.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:26 PM
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72. So, if a serial killer gets caught we should just let him go free
because there's "forward progress" that needs to be made? We can't multitask anymore?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 11:52 PM
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85. Not prosecuting the crime of torture is a crime in itself according to Geneva
which is the law of this land.
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Vickers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 12:52 AM
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79. Cleanup on aisle 3...looks like somebody dropped a load of bullshit.
Welcome to DU! Enjoy your stay!

:hi:
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:48 AM
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10. K&R for Jonathan Turley. nt
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Piewhacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:53 AM
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12. I agree completely with Turley and will kick these till the cows come home!
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:56 AM
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13. It's good, but he's been saying the same exact thing for 2 months!
He's consistent, and I'm sure when the President moves on this,
he will be a happy camper!
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Brucie Kibbutz Donating Member (704 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 02:32 AM
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14. JT is right.
Nail them to the fucking cross.

K&R
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tan guera Donating Member (256 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 02:46 AM
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15. Turley's right
To NOT proscute makes him complicit. And now he's even backing off on a T&R commission.
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Jeroen Donating Member (608 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 02:48 AM
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16. K&R
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:09 AM
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17. i'd like to see this lead the news
every day, every day, until the prosecutions are happening. like the DU thread. just keep pounding it home, just keep getting that information out there. i believe as a people america believes in the rule of law, and the bushies broke it and broke it and bragged about it and broke it some more, and justice demands that they pay.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:19 AM
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20. Why is it that no one with the resources will make a so say,
commercial, infomercial or whatever and get it played EVERYWHERE.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:57 AM
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25. K&R. Saw this. Wow!
I'm so glad that he's on our side, brilliant guy, and incredibly well spoken. Thanks so much for posting this... :applause: :patriot:
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indimuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:06 AM
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26. knr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:08 AM
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27. K&R
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:16 AM
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28. when is Jonathan Turley ever wrong, NEVER.
we will never be able to move on until the BCF is behind bars.
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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:27 AM
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29. Was sitting up cheering in bed
he spoke. I watched one of the repeats early this morning. I sincerely hope that there are a few higher-up members of the Obama administration who watch this show. Turley was outstanding. K&R
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yy4me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:31 AM
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30. Bravo,best presentation yet, JT. What is with you, Mr President?
The American people deserve to know what was done in our name by this monster, Cheney.
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:35 AM
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31. Rec #29
Keepin' the heat on.
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Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:36 AM
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32. K & R + DU this
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veganlush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:48 AM
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33. when the person coined the phrase "offense is the best defense"
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 07:49 AM by veganlush
...it's stuff like this that he had in mind. What Cheney is doing is a brilliant version of that concept. As long as he's on the offensive against Obama the general public, who aren't paying as much attention as we are, and the MSM, continue to see it as more or less a policy difference. Now, if he had left the country after the election to parts unknown, he would look guilty and we'd be after him. :banghead: And how long before the Democrats are perceived as accomplices?
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:54 AM
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34. Right there is the man who should have been the AG...
If Obama does nothing he is part of the problem.
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veganlush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:59 AM
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35. DUers, when you get on the phone to call your rep. and senators,

.to show support of the President's budget,..mention the need for prosecutions of the bush administration. Take 15 minutes today and and call all three of them. If you ask for a response, they'll take your name and address to mail one to you. I recommend asking for a response because I think it's more likely that your message will get through...If all DUers called today, how many calls would that be?
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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:05 AM
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36. This is the number one issue in my book
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 08:06 AM by 90-percent
If the traitors are not held to account, then this will be the pivot point for America's final descent in to global irrelevance.

I guess the Obama admin is using the post WW2 Emperor Tojo model. He was allowed to continue as a figure head in Japan as part of the negotiations to end the war. (Uh, but didn't Japan 'unconditionally surrender'?)

They let him stay on as part of the healing process for Japan's reconstruction.

How can America be a world leader and a beacon of hope for the world if it condones and ignores Nuremberg caliber War Crimes?

This speaks to the core of why all our brave soldiers died in the last 230 years. They died to protect "the American way of Life". A major part of that is our Constitution and rule of law. It's the core principals of what makes us Americans.

Do we as a country stand for the rule of law or do we stand for permitting war crimes?

Is our country honorable or despicable?

If we are the latter, we have no moral superiority to the 9-11 hijackers and their leadership.

-90% jimmy
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:27 AM
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37. Cheney
is taunting the new president. Daring him act on our behalf. Jonathan is right. This makes Obama look culpable. You would think Dick would keep his mouth shut and go spend all the money he made in the 8 years he was president. I do hope Eric Holder is putting a brief together. This should not get swept under the proverbial rug. The country needs a cleansing.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:04 AM
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39. Ja wohl!
Lets get on with this! Obama said something about America not doing what's easy, but doing what's right. Lets do it or it will never happen and the next Con in office will do more of the same.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:13 AM
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40. Until People in our Government Grow Up and Do the Right Thing
people will never take this government seriously... laws be damned. It's a sign of weakness not to hold Bush and Chehey accountable for their crimes.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:34 AM
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41. It is not surprising that Obama is being advised that prosecuting
Bush/Cheney would be unpopular, a major distraction to say the least for any new president. But hasn't this situation developed to this point in time because the Democratic leadership, Pelosi and others did not want to risk any political capital, as they perceived it to be anyway, that now has Obama in this situation?

I say yes, and that does not mean I give Obama a pass, I most certainly do not. Yet, I do see the decisions of Pelosi and others who were not true to their oath, were not willing to educate the public about WHY the use of torture is not only illegal, but brings a greater opportunity for OUR soldiers to be treated as such and that those trained in interrogation practices know that torture is unreliable, that torture is a great way to help recruit for those guys we are fighting to root out.

If they all continue to play politics on this one, I truly hope that scholars like Turley NEVER stop talking about these crimes. If Obama's advisers want public support for a special prosecutor, I hope we can all rally for that support. I guess what I'm really trying to say is, I don't give a damn at this point if Obama appoints a SP for the wrong reasons or not, just as long as he does it!
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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:42 AM
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43. We're a nation of laws
Don't we have ANYBODY out of the 300 million of us that's in a position to enforce our laws besides the President himself?

-90% jimmy
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 10:12 AM
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47. I'm no authority on the power of the Senate and House, but let's say
as a body they could appoint a special prosecutor, would they go against Obama? I have my doubts. Perhaps the Hague will try Bush/Cheney and their filthy lawyers too. I haven't heard any mention from the Obama administration to repeal the MCA of 2006, which among other things, gave retroactive immunity to many of the Busheviks. I do know this much, that immunity does not apply outside the US.
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:29 PM
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73. Kinda Like "Keeping The Powder Dry"?
That policy worked so well. :sarcasm:
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 09:57 AM
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44. Turley is 100% right
If these crimes are allowed to go unpunished it's as bad a crime as the acts themselves.
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kaytrey Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 11:44 AM
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50. Tom Tamm - frmr DoJ who exposed Bush wiretaps wins Ridenhour Prize
At least you can file this under good news: Tom Tamm, the Department of Justice attorney who exposed the Bush scheme for warrantless wiretaps has won the Ridenhour Prize. This ought to help with his legal bills at least but it won't make up for the fact that DoJ still can't say what's going to happen in his case.

http://www.ridenhour.org /

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Reform Donating Member (417 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:29 PM
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57. The illegal wiretapping is no different
Than the wiretapping and ip monitoring that is going on today except one thing, the patriot act 2 and fisa.It's still constitutionally illegal
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 12:00 PM
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51. K&R
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 01:13 PM
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52. K&R!!
:kick:

:kick:
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:27 PM
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56. bingo
Hit the nail on the head.

Cheney is such an idiot. Apparently he did not finish drinking the nice cup of shut the fuck up that John Stewart made for him.
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BelgianMadCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 03:39 PM
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58. Somehow, I see a scathing KO rant on this topic on the horizon. Also, transpose to the bailout
I see some sad parallels.
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 04:31 PM
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62. Turley Is 100% Right
Why President Obama is dragging his feet, I can't even guess.
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:39 PM
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64. Very good stuff
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bluestateboomer Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 05:45 PM
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65. K&R!!
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 06:24 PM
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68. Thank you, Mr. Turley.
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lostnotforgotten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:08 PM
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70. Obama Is A Conciliator - He Will Not Appoint A Special Prosecutor
eom
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:25 PM
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71. Turley was terrific. nt
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Piewhacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 07:39 PM
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74. tipitty tap tap, tippity tippity kick kick KICK!
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 08:37 PM
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75. Just appoint a Special Prosecutor and get out of the way. It does not
have to impede Obama and his agenda.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 10:20 PM
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76. K*R Important stuff. Turley is magnificent.
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 11:06 PM
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77. knr n/t
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-24-09 11:32 PM
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78. AUMF's
Edited on Tue Mar-24-09 11:34 PM by EVDebs
The AUMFs, authorizations for use of military force, made supposedly under compliance with the War Powers Resolution of '73 (and embedded w/in the AUMFs) actually don't comply.

The War Powers Resolution of '73 requires "clear" (translated TRUTHFUL) "situations" and "circumstances". That alone needs to be investigated by Sen. Leahy's Truth Commission. 9-11 was an inside job and with Iraq, that was entirely based upon trumped up WMDs etc. du jour.

Once you go into the investigation that Leahy proposes everything else falls like a house of cards.

Turley seems to forget that those AUMF's language give Bush war powers "as he determines". That is being used as the justification FOR EVERYTHING. Once 9-11 is reinvestigated properly, you will find that the AUMFs were made fraudulently.
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BobTheSubgenius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 01:08 AM
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80. I don't hear the word "deterrence" often enough.
Clinton's legal issues were peanuts compared to this, especially in a larger way than just federal law. Yeah, he lied, but.....jeez. It's not like anyone got waterboarded because of it.

They were peanuts compared to Watergate, etc, as well.....or Iran\Contra. And how much fallout ever came from those? Nixon was leaving in disgrace no matter what, so he had no consequences. ON fell on his sword...a bit. More like a Swiss army knife, and that's part of the problem. "Gee, we're sorry, Ollie. Here - have all this great shit for being such a standup guy."

I have NO thought whatsoever that Obama will ever been in legal trouble over anything he ever does in office, but what about the Presidents after him? No consequences = no deterrence.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 03:55 AM
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81. Well said and I agree.
Bush* would have been fortunate to have been charged with the peanuts that Clinton was, or even Nixon's crimes... "Worse Than Watergate," indeed... x( And North ended up with a TV show. Obama is a lawyer, don't forget... :-) He may take the "high ground," but is also a student of history, not Bush*'s best subject... :-(
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 01:24 PM
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82. kick
up
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