• Oh dear, HotFlash. It’s satire! But your unwillingness to click on “that fuzzy blonde” because you think she might say something you disagree with will deprive you of that experience.

  • youmayberight wrote a new diary post: Ryan doubts effectiveness of torture

    2012-09-30 16:10:33View | Delete

    In contrast to Gov. Romney, Paul Ryan may well agree with those who oppose torture — at least with some of the arguments raised. The Septebmer 2011  Romney torture memo , on page 4, claimed “there is ample evidence in the public record that enhanced interrogation techniques did indeed generate significant intelligence….” But Ryan today, in response to [...]

  • youmayberight wrote a new diary post: Thank you, Mr. President

    2012-09-04 20:03:08View | Delete

    Dear Mr. President: I cannot express how thrilled I was to read that the Department of Justice has finally put an end to the notion that anyone will be prosecuted for torture committed on behalf of the United States. Finally, as you so powerfully stated a few years ago, we can begin to look forward [...]

  • Well, not really. Here’s part of a Senate floor speech by McCain on May 12, 2011 (http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.FloorStatements&ContentRecord_id=E496ACF5-A37F-1136-F1BE-F15D5E3D93E9):

    “I understand the reasons that governed the decision to approve these interrogation methods, and I know that those who approved them and those who employed them in the interrogation of captured terrorists were admirably dedicated to protecting the American people from harm. I know they were determined to keep faith with the victims of terrorism, and prove to our enemies that the United States would pursue justice tirelessly, relentlessly and successfully, no matter how long it took. I know their responsibilities were grave and urgent, and the strain of their duty was considerable. I admire their dedication, and love of country. But I dispute that it was right to use these methods, which I do not believe were in the best interests of justice or our security or the ideals that define us and which we have sacrificed much to defend.

    “I don’t believe anyone should be prosecuted for having used these techniques in the past, and I agree that the Administration should state definitively that no one will be. As one of the authors of the Military Commissions Act, which I believe prohibits waterboarding and other ‘enhanced interrogation techniques,’ we wrote into the language of the law that no one who before the enactment of the law should be prosecuted. I don’t think it’s helpful or wise to revisit that policy.”

  • I’m actually encouraged by their refusal to call it “torture.” I think that’s a step in the right direction because it shows they are unwilling to admit to torture. Similarly, I’d welcome them referring to war as “enhanced diplomacy” if it was because they didn’t want to be associated with war.

  • youmayberight wrote a new diary post: ‘Son of Sam’ to speak at Minnesota synagogue

    2011-09-16 18:47:13View | Delete

    ST. LOUIS PARK, Minnesota. June 11, 2012 — In a letter to its members, Beth El Synagogue announced today that it is excited about the appearance of David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) at an August 8, 2012, “important fundraiser for… synagogue.” The letter continues, “His appearance coincides with the 35th anniversary of Mr. Berkowitz’s arrest [...]

  • Dear Senators Klobuchar and Franken, and Representative Ellison:   Today is a sad day. It is the ninth anniversary of the John Yoo-Jay Bybee “torture memos,” which were eventually withdrawn after unsuccessfully attempting to define torture out of existence. But it’s our actions in the nine years since that time that truly sadden me.   I [...]

  • You’ve lost me. There are many, many kinds of “physical actions” other than demonstrations or marches. And they often do have a “force” to them. This is a digression from the main thrust of your remarks, but your inability to see your error may well detract from your other comments as well.

  • Boo, unless you meant to quote a different portion of Eternal’s July 8 comment, I hardly think “the force of physical action” is a “call to violence.” If it is, I think Mahatma Gandhi would be surprised.

  • 1. Let’s assume that President Obama really got conflicting legal advice rather than seeking legal opinions until he got the one he wanted. If he genuinely got differing legal views, and if he believes in a system of checks and balances and shared powers between the branches of government, he should have erred on the side of supporting the sharing of power. Now he comes across as just another power-hungry Executive, who doesn’t really believe in our Constitutional system.

    2. Before he joined the Obama administration, Professor of Law Harold Koh was a critic of the concept of expansive presidential powers. Now that he is the State Department legal adviser, he defends the concept. Is that what people mean by being Koh-opted?

  • youmayberight commented on the diary post Congress Members Sue Obama to End War by David Swanson.

    2011-06-15 18:42:45View | Delete

    “War,” “hostilities,” “humanitarianism” — it’s all way above my head. But if, as President Obama argues, using drones to kill people in another country doesn’t constitute “hostilities,” is the word “murder” then applicable?

  • youmayberight commented on the diary post Congress Members Sue Obama to End War by David Swanson.

    2011-06-15 18:34:54View | Delete

    Thanks, David. Irony of ironies: Today, June 15, is the anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John of England. That document, of course, was an attempt by law to limit the arbitrary powers of the king.

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    Having had little success in my previous communications to my U.S. senators about the importance of holding accountable the architects of our torture program, I decided to try a back door approach:
    Subject: Request for advice Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 00:54:16 +0000 Dear Senator Klobuchar:   I realize you are not involved in matters of [...]
  • youmayberight commented on the diary post How not to communicate with a U.S. senator about torture by youmayberight.

    2011-06-01 17:36:02View | Delete

    I couldn’t even find it after I posted it. It was never listed in the “MyFDL Recent Diaries.” I’m only able to comment here now by going to my own diary page. Where did you see it?

  • ThumbnailHaving had little success in my previous communications to my U.S. senators about the importance of holding accountable the architects of our torture program, I decided to try a back door approach:

    Subject: Request for advice Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 00:54:16 +0000 Dear Senator Klobuchar:   I realize you are not involved in matters of justice at [...]

  • Some recent quotes: President Obama: “Gadhafi’s government has violated international norms…and must be held accountable.” U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice: The Security Council Resolution sent “a very powerful message to the leadership of Libya…that individuals will be held personally accountable.” Again, Susan Rice: “When atrocities are committed against innocents, the international community must speak with one [...]

  • Thank you for this post. But maybe our failures fall on us too. Maybe we reach too far in assuming that “he issue of U.S. or British torture is not really separable from issues of war abroad and domestic crackdown on civil liberties at home. Nor is it separable from the economic policies of the [...]

  • youmayberight wrote a new diary post: Congressman Ellison: Do I Matter?

    2011-02-24 23:50:31View | Delete
    Dear Congressman Ellison:   As-salamu-alaykum. I am a Canadian citizen, and I heard you speak today on “The Generosity of Inclusion: Everybody Counts, Everybody Matters.” I submitted a question, but it didn’t get asked. At one point I almost felt like I should jump up and ask it, but I have tremendous fear of your government. [...]
  • youmayberight wrote a new diary post: Congressman Ellison: Do I Matter?

    2011-02-24 23:13:34View | Delete
    Dear Congressman Ellison:   As-salamu-alaykum. My name is Maher Arar, and I heard you speak today on “The Generosity of Inclusion: Everybody Counts, Everybody Matters.” I submitted a question, but it didn’t get asked. At one point I almost felt like I should jump up and ask it, but I have tremendous fear of your government. [...]
  • youmayberight commented on the blog post Look Forward, and Promote the Torturers

    2011-02-09 10:42:24View | Delete

    And here is a part of the statement Ronald Reagan made when he signed the Convention Against Torture in 1988: “The core provisions of the Convention establish a regime for international cooperation in the criminal prosecution of torturers relying on so-called ‘universal jurisdiction.’ Each State Party is required either to prosecute torturers who are found in its territory or to extradite them to other countries for prosecution.”

    His statement at the signing — not a signing statement — is available here: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1079/is_n2137_v88/ai_6742034/.

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