Friday, October 5, 2007

Senators, interrupted

"The exhaust pipe on my car was shooting flames out if it Wednesday, Thursday and today, and I'm afraid it will tomorrow, too!"
"Don't you think you should get that checked out?"
"No, I'll just wait until it blows up."

Democratic lawmakers assailed the Justice Department yesterday for issuing secret memos that authorized harsh CIA interrogation techniques, demanding that the Bush administration turn over the documents. But officials refused and said the tactics did not violate anti-torture laws.
Idiots. Time is precious and cannot be foolishly wasted telling everyone when there are repressed sadist games to be played suspects to be interrogated. The laws were changed secretly for a reason. Terrorists read newspapers, too.
One opinion issued by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel in May 2005 authorized a combination of painful physical and psychological interrogation tactics, including head slapping, frigid temperatures and simulated drowning, according to current and former officials familiar with the issue.
Boys will be boys. But should Bush and Co. be worried? Messrs. Eggen and Abramowitz claim that the memos
create an unwelcome complication for the Bush administration as it tries to win confirmation of former federal judge Michael B. Mukasey as the next attorney general.
If I were a member of the Bush administration, I wouldn't sweat it. Paddy is on the case and he
vowed to question Mukasey closely about his views on interrogation policies during confirmation hearings this month.
"Mr. Mukasey, do you think we should torture suspects in custody?"
"I can't answer that because potential suspects might learn how to combat specific techniques."
"But I'm not asking for specifics, merely your view on whether we should or should not torture."
"I can't answer that because then you might not vote for me."
"Your honesty is refreshing, Mr. Mukasey. I think we're done. I'm starving. Anyone up for some Chinese?"

And let's be realistic for a moment. As Francis Fragging Townsend said
If Americans are killed because we failed to do the hard things, the American people would have the absolute right to ask us why.
Damn straight. Ain't nothin' more 'murrikan than combating barbarity with barbarity.

"Yeah. I don't think you'll be getting that memo."

You ungrateful bastards update:
Bush, speaking emphatically, noted that "highly trained professionals" conduct any questioning. "And by the way," he said, "we have gotten information from these high-value detainees that have helped protect you."

So there.


pissed off patricia said...

I watched him lie out his ass this morning when he told the same lie for the zillionth time. Did you notice how his eyes fluttered when he denied that we torture? Totally lying.

Why would bush choose someone to replace gonzo who didn't agree with his torture ideas? That would be suicide. Even, bush the simple, knows that. Criminals are required to hang around with criminals for their own protection.

Randal Graves said...

And when he barely deviates from the script, he becomes the petulant, fraternity dry drunk that he is. "The C-student is the president, heh, heh."

Exactly, and that's why I don't trust Mukasey in the least. Just on principle they should block his ass from the job. But they're so afraid of being seen as obstructionist - which, comically enough is WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT - that they'll cave and confirm his ass.

PoliShifter said...

The media barely covers what happens to our kidnapped soldiers.

Grossly mutilated remains shipped back to family members. Barely recognizable.

Drill holes in ankles.

And what can the U.S. say?

"gee, I wish we'd thought of that technique first...looks like it could work real good..."

Randal Graves said...

It's amazing what being raised a certain way, living within a certain, sheltered milieu can do to a child when he or she grows up. We wanted to expend some rage, we played football or video games or watched some horror movies. These guys want to have those horror movies acted out. They get off on the garbage, but they'd be the first to wimper for mommy if they ever had to endure a fraction of what the soldiers in Iraq do.

Tom Harper said...

"they'd be the first to wimper for mommy if they ever had to endure a fraction of what the soldiers in Iraq do." Too true. There was a video going around the Internet a year or two ago -- it was GW Bush after being captured and tortured by Iraqis. He was pleading and begging for anybody -- the army, Mommy, anybody -- to come and rescue him. It was too funny for words. I don't know who did the voice but it was a dead-on Bush imitation.