• lurkinlil commented on the diary post Thoughts on the Torture Report and the Reaction by Big Al .

    2014-12-12 18:58:10View | Delete

    Very early on for whatever reasons, President Obama was read into and brought into support for whatever the CIA and DoD told him was going on. That included the wars, a continuing strategy of “War on Terror” wars, the introduction of drone assassination, the claim of executive privilege to decide preemptive indefinite detention, the continuation of [...]

  • I think you win the internet today.

  • I was living in Poland in 2002. I think your comment is tasteless, not funny.

  • The SCCI report summary deals with only those prisoners held and tortured by the CIA. I recently saw something that mentioned the fact that there were likely thousands more prisoners held and tortured by the various military.

    This report, going out to the very UN-informed public, says there were 119 prisoners. So the very UN-informed public yawns, says so what, it was not that many. But in fact it was most likely orders of magnitude more. And the UN-informed public is not receiving that information.

    Do you think that the very narrow focus on just the CIA was intentional so as to keep the UN-informed public from being outraged, to prevent or delay mass protest and unrest?

  • Remember, these are just the redacted, “lighter” crimes.

    Slight nit-pick: wouldn’t that be UN-REDACTED ….?

  • “the Department has declined prosecution because the admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt.”

    Well, of course not. The un-admissible evidence, which would be sufficient, would never be allowed because, dontchaknow, State Secrets.

  • Jeff, I echo DW’s thanks and comments @2.

    This report deals with only those prisoners held and tortured by the CIA. I recently saw something that mentioned the fact that there were likely thousands more prisoners held and tortured by the various military.

    This report, going out to the very UN-informed public, says there were 119 prisoners. So the very UN-informed public yawns, says so what, it was not that many. But in fact it was most likely orders of magnitude more. And the UN-informed public is not receiving that information.

    Do you think that the very narrow focus on just the CIA was intentional so as to keep the UN-informed public from being outraged?

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post The Torture Never Stops

    2014-12-10 13:27:03View | Delete

    So this all seems like a sideshow meant to pacify the masses while the ruling class continues on it’s merry way to world domination and WWIII.

    I think there are some possible additional reasons that the torture report summary was released at this time:

    - Udall or someone else was going to read it into the congressional record or some other kind of leak was imminent.
    - It’s too late for this congress/administration to do anything before the repubs take control.
    - A distraction from the increasingly hard-to-ignore solidarity arising between the Ferguson-ites, environmentalists, higher-minimum-wage-seekers, etc. was needed. Too many people were/are beginning to lose or question their fear of scary ‘others’.

  • “most of them [CIA personnel] do not know that when the w post/ny times
    quotes ‘senior intel official’ it’s us… authorized and directed by opa”

    Kevin, now that they [CIA personnel] DO know do you think there will be some who are disgusted enough to engage in some real leaking, ala Manning or Snowden?

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post Thinking About Torture Ahead of the Senate Report

    2014-12-09 12:32:23View | Delete

    A bit off topic but possibly related:

    The AP has a story up (sorry no link) about some Arab states creating a “regional police force“, based out of Abu Dhabi and will be known as GCC-POL. Article says that local media have called it the “Gulf Interpol”. Arab states include Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

    Now, wasn’t there some guy that previously moved his multiply-named security business over there? Suppose he is involved in this? Suppose there is a connection to today’s headlines?

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post Thinking About Torture Ahead of the Senate Report

    2014-12-09 12:00:53View | Delete

    ‘W’ didn’t know (LOL)is being put out there so that other Bushes can run for political office in the future.

    This ‘report’ is being made public in order to distract from the growing civil unrest due to concerns about militarization of the police, lack of police accountability, racism, etc.

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 16:07:33View | Delete

    Dearest (((Jane))),

    Very sorry to hear this. Have known several people, from ages 42 thru 80′s who have had it done. All of them recovered nicely. It does take time and effort, so take all that you need. Hope that you are able to at least comment from time to time. FDL is very important to me. I don’t comment much, but do read everyday.

    It doesn’t rain as much down here in southern Oregon, so if you need a change of scenery (and when you are able), please let me know. I would love to have you as my guest anytime.

  • lurkinlil commented on the diary post Welcome to the Sixteenth Century by masaccio.

    2014-11-30 12:50:32View | Delete

    So much to be thankful for.

  • lurkinlil commented on the diary post Ferguson is every city USA and Wilson is one of many psychopaths with a badge by Masoninblue.

    2014-11-29 09:15:23View | Delete

    Thank you for this post. I think you have hit the nail squarely on the head.

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post Questions from Ferguson

    2014-11-25 15:07:43View | Delete

    I do think the 12 round indicates how much he feared for his life.

    Or how outraged he was that Brown didn’t follow his directions.

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post Questions from Ferguson

    2014-11-25 15:02:52View | Delete

    So if some cop tells me to lie down in the back seat of his patrol car and spread my legs because he wants to rape me, I should do that? If he asks me if I enjoyed it should I lie? I don’t think so. If he tells me to take his gun and shoot myself I should do it quickly? I don’t think so. ALWAYS is a long, long time. I certainly hope that you don’t teach your children to ALWAYS do what cops or strangers tell them to.

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post Questions from Ferguson

    2014-11-25 13:49:16View | Delete

    Dear Peter,

    Thank you for this post. Here are some possible answers to some of your many excellent questions.

    Why was the announcement held until 9pm EST? That put the announcement at the end of hours of tension allowed to build, after dark, and suspiciously smack in TV prime time.

    The announcement was most likely held up until after dark in order to make it easier for the provocateurs to light fires unnoticed, to break windows and urge others to loot, to be able to throw rocks, bottles, etc. and not be readily identified. Much easier to blame the protesters. Pushing the announcement well into prime-time TV ensured the maximum number of people across the nation would get to see the “violence” the authorities had been promising for weeks.

    Why was the prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, whose very title implies his task before a grand jury, seemingly so pleased with the result?

    And

    Given McCulloch’s Personal History, Which Creates the Appearance of Bias, Why Did He Handle the Case?

    Because of his “personal history” and because he is obviously a racist. He had all of the desired qualifications.

    Wilson made the following statements to the grand jury; were they seen by the jury as unbiased or self-serving, or simply truthful?

    Brown had the “crazy” look of a “demon… It looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting at him,” Wilson told the grand jury

    Wilson described Brown as “very aggressive” and was convinced the teen was “gonna kill me.” “It was just like intense,” the officer said. “I’ve never seen anybody look that, for lack of a better word, crazy.”

    Wilson also stated: “He turned, looked at me, made like a grunting noise and had the most intense aggressive face I’ve ever seen on a person.”

    Gag-me-with-a-spoon, this reads much like a Hollywood b-movie script. How could they have listened to this and not laughed out loud? As for the “grunting noise”, Wilson must have incredible hearing abilities. Try hearing someone grunt from well over 100 feet away, outdoors in a city during daylight hours with all the attendant noise, while being totally stressed out from the previous couple of minutes fighting off that “incredible hulk”.

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post Israel Moves to Become Formal Ethnocracy

    2014-11-25 12:59:21View | Delete

    Does this mean there are no democracies in the Middle East now?

    I rather think that there were never any democracies in the Middle East.

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Legend of a Mind

    2014-11-24 00:17:15View | Delete

    Aloha CTuttle! Thanks. Ah Well, guess I will have to wait til the ‘morrow. Thanks for the music.

  • lurkinlil commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Legend of a Mind

    2014-11-24 00:07:18View | Delete

    Anyone ever heard of something called “infinity digital gangster enterprises”? Seems they/it has been hacking Craigslist for the past 6 hours or so. Why would anyone want to hack Craigslist?

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