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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 07:27 PM
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Carter Disagrees With Obama’s Position Blocking the Release of Torture Photos
Edited on Mon Jun-01-09 07:43 PM by kpete
Jimmy Carter charges Obama "doesn't want to punish those who are guilty" of crimes

In strikingly strong language, Carter blasts Obama’s position blocking the release of torture photos and on holding Bush-era officials accountable for their “crimes.”

By Jeremy Scahill

The Democratic Party power structure’s least favorite ex-President is speaking out of school again. Jimmy Carter has some strong words about President Obama’s decision to fight the release of thousands of photos that reportedly show further US abuse and torture of prisoners and has weighed in on the debate over prosecuting former Bush administration officials for torture. In an interview to be broadcast tonight on CNN, Carter says this about Obama’s position on the release of new torture photos:

*** Most of Obama's supporters were hoping that he would be much more open in the revelation of what we’ve done in the past. But he’s made a decision with which I really can’t contend that he doesn’t want to resurrect the past, he doesn’t want to punish those who are guilty of perpetrating of what I consider crimes against our own laws and against our own constitution. And the revelation of those pictures might very well inflame further animosity against our country causing some harm to our soldiers, so I don’t agree with him, but I certainly don’t criticize him for making that decision.

Regarding calls for prosecution of former Bush administration officials, Carter says:

***I think prosecuting is too strong a word, what I would like to see is a complete examination of what did happen, the identification of any perpetrators of crimes against our own laws or against international law and then after all that’s done, decide whether or not there should be any prosecutions. But the revelation of what did happen is what I think I would support.

At the Democratic National Convention in Denver last year, Carter was removed from a speaking position at the last minute in a move some considered to be a political snub.

http://rebelreports.com/post/116356736/jimmy-carter-cha...
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 07:30 PM
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1. Thank You Carter for Speaking Up
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Still Sensible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 07:36 PM
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2. I think President Carter said that very well
but I certainly wouldn't say he "blasts" President Obama's position.

"...so I don’t agree with him, but I certainly don’t criticize him for making that decision."

Jimmy Carter actually did "blast" actions during GWB's disastrous 8 years and these quotes in no way remind me of those times.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 07:36 PM
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3. "Blasts" is too strong a word
I saw President Carter on CNN today, and he respectfully disagreed with the current president, but it was hardly a "blast".
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 07:40 PM
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4. Where is the blast?
And, I don't agree with Carter on this statement:

***I think prosecuting is too strong a word, what I would like to see is a complete examination of what did happen, the identification of any perpetrators of crimes against our own laws or against international law and then after all that’s done, decide whether or not there should be any prosecutions. But the revelation of what did happen is what I think I would support.


Prosecuting is too strong a word? Bullshit.
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yowzayowzayowza Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 07:44 PM
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5. How do you get "blasts" outa:
Edited on Mon Jun-01-09 07:45 PM by yowzayowzayowza
"I certainly don’t criticize him for making that decision."?

eta: Good OP title edit.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 08:33 PM
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7. From the original article linked. It was their word.
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ngant17 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-01-09 08:29 PM
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6. Pres. JC was the greatest US President we have ever had so far
and his strength comes from his unyielding sense of ethical standards that are not simply confined to public office. He extends his morality into his private life, and his sense of duty is to his fellow Americans.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 07:26 AM
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8. Has Carter spoken to Maliki recently?????...n/t
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 07:28 AM
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9. That's why Jimmy Carter was our most MORAL President. He made mistakes but he is TRUE to
the People and the Constitution.

Thank-you President Carter - you are a true American Patriot. :patriot:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 07:29 AM
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10. "blasts" - HAAHHAAAAA!!!
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-02-09 07:34 AM
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11. Carter has always been unswerving in his belief in human rights
He's made it his life's work. It would be completely out of character for him to keep silent about our country committing torture. I'm glad and relieved that he's spoken out about it and I support him completely.
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