• yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-13 09:37:40View | Delete

    Bravo, msmolly.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

    2014-12-12 10:51:31View | Delete

    Lulz. Ya need a prosecution to burn up one of those blank pardons, though.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

    2014-12-12 10:45:07View | Delete

    Im not hopeful that the any global entity will act against the torturers. Saying US is full of war criminals and acting on it are two different things. No, it is up to rabble rousers here to figure out how to get some accountability for war crimes.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

    2014-12-12 10:08:39View | Delete

    Here’s part of a statement about the report from the UN:

    The fact that the policies revealed in this report were authorised at a high level within the US Government provides no excuse whatsoever. Indeed, it reinforces the need for criminal accountability.

    International law prohibits the granting of immunities to public officials who have engaged in acts of torture. This applies not only to the actual perpetrators but also to those senior officials within the US Government who devised, planned and authorised these crimes.

    As a matter of international law, the US is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice. The UN Convention Against Torture and the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances require States to prosecute acts of torture and enforced disappearance where there is sufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction. States are not free to maintain or permit impunity for these grave crimes.
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    It is no defence for a public official to claim that they were acting on superior orders. CIA officers who physically committed acts of torture therefore bear individual criminal responsibility for their conduct, and cannot hide behind the authorisation they were given by their superiors.

    However, the heaviest penalties should be reserved for those most seriously implicated in the planning and purported authorisation of these crimes. Former Bush Administration officials who have admitted their involvement in the programme should also face criminal prosecution for their acts.

    President Obama made it clear more than five years ago that the US Government recognises the use of waterboarding as torture. There is therefore no excuse for shielding the perpetrators from justice any longer. The US Attorney General is under a legal duty to bring criminal charges against those responsible.

    Torture is a crime of universal jurisdiction. The perpetrators may be prosecuted by any other country they may travel to. However, the primary responsibility for bringing them to justice rests with the US Department of Justice and the Attorney General.”

    - See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=15397&LangID=E#sthash.mBVLIJBa.qmEGd3xi.dpuf

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

    2014-12-12 10:00:37View | Delete

    Yes. They are criminally liable for continuing the practice in addition to protecting the previous admin. Criminals, the whole fucking lot.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

    2014-12-12 09:58:17View | Delete

    She should be held accountable with the others. Notice that torture was ok with DiFi up to and until the CIA went after her. Then all of a sudden the CIA is a problem.

    As for Obama refusing to criminalize policy differences…

    Torture is an internationally recognized crime whether there are policy disagreements over its implementation or not. Prosecution of torture is not optional according to international law. This is one more example of American lawlessness.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

    2014-12-12 09:50:13View | Delete

    Yep. Kiriakou. Yet Dick fucking Cheney walks around freely, talking about what a great patriot he and the other torturers are. It is such a moral outrage that it causes fatigue.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

    2014-12-12 09:36:38View | Delete

    Seriously. Journalist Barrett Brown will be sentenced Monday for posting a link, but we can’t prosecute the people who made torture and murder official US policy?

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

    2014-12-12 09:27:23View | Delete

    Anything short of criminal prosecution for the architects of the government torture policy minimizes the enormity of the crime. Tell me again why we can’t prosecute Cheney, Addington, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez, Bush, etc, etc? We ought to immediately force out every public official who stands in the way of prosecuting war criminals. Why do we put up with the decision that there will be no prosecutions?

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-12-08 08:24:36View | Delete

    That said, I’m much more optimistic than you are.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-12-08 08:23:47View | Delete

    Yep. The problem with the last storm is that while it carried a lot of moisture, it was warm, so the precipitation didn’t add much to the Sierra snow pack that stores rainwater.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-12-08 08:04:26View | Delete

    LOL. Mushrooms are fungus. I have trouble eating off chinese menus that translate “mushroom” as fungus, especially black fungus and (IIRC) ear fungus. Mom is deeply into mycology and is going to a mushroom convention and forage in the wet coastal forest to look under logs for assorted delicacies. I’ll pass.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-12-08 07:58:17View | Delete

    Terrifying California snow pack pictures. Good news is that we’ve had a normal rainy December so far and another big storm (up to 10 in of rain) expected Wednesday.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Over Easy

    2014-12-04 12:41:15View | Delete

    Can’t argue with that. However, Europe will suffer tremendously from the loss of South Stream.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Over Easy

    2014-12-04 11:45:29View | Delete

    As much as everyone would like to see oil and gas used less, it is a fact of modern life and a necessary part in the economic machine. Without enough oil and gas at the right price, Europe’s economy will tank.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Over Easy

    2014-12-04 10:11:23View | Delete

    Europe is a big, big loser in all this. they will pay more and have less gas available. That’s what happens when the leaders of Europe follow US instructions instead of looking out for their own interests.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Over Easy

    2014-12-04 09:22:56View | Delete

    WRT oil and gas, we are in a global economic war right now.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the blog post Over Easy

    2014-12-04 09:21:15View | Delete

    I agree. An alliance between Russia and Turkey is a *big* deal. If, in fact, Turkey has shifted its allegiance from NATO/US/EU as May be indicated from the gas pipeline deal with Russia, the whole balance of global power has shifted giving Eurasian Union (that’s Russia/China) control of moving oil and gas around the globe. It also means that Turkey has likely abandoned its alliance with Saudi Arabia in favor of acting as a conduit for bringing gas from Iran’s Pars oil field to market. Saudi Arabia and US lose.

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the diary post Over Easy: Transcripts show #DarrenWilson Lied to the Grand Jury by Masoninblue.

    2014-11-26 12:36:43View | Delete

    For the best for whom? Darren Wilson maybe, but no one else. Is it too much to ask that a police officer be tried for killing an unarmed person? A secret trial with essentially no prosecutor can’t be better than an open trial with a prosecutor, a defense attorney, a judge, and a jury even [...]

  • yellowsnapdragon commented on the diary post Over Easy: Transcripts show #DarrenWilson Lied to the Grand Jury by Masoninblue.

    2014-11-26 12:14:31View | Delete

    … and released the proven incorrect measurement of 35 feet to the media where it was stated again and again. OK, fair enough. The measurements were not in dispute at the time, but someone someone was deliberately misleading the media.

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