Anyone Else Tired of the Bushit?
Bush "we dont' torture" speech in Panama. Meanwhile Cheney pleads with GOP star Senator McCain to add an "exception" to his ammendment on the current defense bill outlawing ALL torture, to exempt CIA from non-torture requirement "just in case". Bush has also threatened to veto this bill if McCain refuses. Great column on McCain, and this ammendment in the WP on it here.
Once again: Bush has threatened to veto the bill forbidding torture, and putting us back in line with the Geneva Conventions. Just wanted that to stand out in one sentance.
He has yet to veto a bill in during his Presidency.
Okay, let's move on:
America's perception around the world continues to shine as:
Guantanamo inmates are about to lose all rights, after the Surpeme Court ruled they had rights. This due to a slippery ammendment slapped onto a recently passed defense bill by Lindsey Graham:
The amendment was tabled by Lindsay Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and passed by 49 votes to 42. It reverses the Supreme Court's decision in June last year which affirmed the right of detainees to bring habeas corpus petitions in American federal courts.
As a result, about 200 of Guantanamo's 500 prisoners have filed such cases, many of them arguing that they are not terrorists, as the US authorities claim, and that the evidence against them is unreliable.
None of them were given any kind of hearing when they were consigned to Guantanamo. Instead, the Americans unilaterally declared they were unlawful 'enemy combatants', mostly on the basis of assessments by junior military intelligence personnel, who were often reliant on interpreters whose skills internal Pentagon reports have criticised.
The Supreme Court's 2004 ruling also meant that the handful of prisoners facing trial at Guantanamo by military commissions, which do not follow the normal rules of evidence and due process, have been able to file federal challenges to their legality.
The rest of that story.
Pundits pissed off at Harry Reid for shutting down Congress with Rule 21, demanding final accountability on WH and 9/11. Pundits and WH claim Congress and WH saw same intel on Iraq, so what's the foul? That Bush limited security clearances from most of the Senate:
Security clearances limited from 96 Senators in October 2001. That number again - 96 - out of 100. So, no one actually saw anything except what the WH wanted.
"President Bush issued an order limiting access to classified intelligence only to 8 members of Congress — the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, and chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees."
Ah, let's see. There's so much.
Okay, GOP blocks inquiry into handling of war.
GOP blocks war profiteering ammendment
Aren't you tired yet of the Bushit?