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Rush Holt Offers Amendment to H.R. 2647 (2010 Nat’l. Defense Auth. Act) That Would Require DOD to Videotape Interrogations

By: pmcall Wednesday June 24, 2009 7:50 pm

I just received the following email from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and wanted to pass it along to everyone. Looks like there may be a vote on it tomorrow (Thursday).

Please Call your Congressional Reps. ASAP

Dear Friends:

Rep. Rush Holt is offering an amendment to H.R. 2647 (the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization Act) that would require the Department of Defense to videotape interrogations of detainees in its custody. This amendment will likely be voted on tomorrow (Thursday) so please call your Representative immediately and ask him or her to vote in favor of the Holt videotaping amendment. To reach your Representative you can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to his or her office.

By videotaping interrogations, we can take a small step toward ensuring a permanent end to our use of torture:

Knowing that interrogations are videotaped will send the message to our interrogators that abusing a detainee is not acceptable.

Videotape records of interrogations will enable the authorities to identify and resolve problems that might otherwise lead to the torture or other abuse of detainees.

A permanent record of each interrogation will help to protect U.S. interrogators from spurious allegations of abuse.

Tell your Representative to support the Holt videotaping amendment. Call (202) 224-3121 now!


Rev. Richard Killmer


The Washington Post Lied to Their Readers Today About Max Baucus and His Approach to Health Care Reform

By: pmcall Sunday May 24, 2009 3:15 pm

The super massive Black Hold at the Center of our Galaxy

The Super Massive Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy

Back on May 18, 2009, Perry Bacon Jr. participated as the Washington Post’s representative in their Post Politics Hour discussion. At one point during that discussion Mr. Bacon was asked about single-payer health coverage and this was his response:

Perry Bacon Jr.: The Post is not covering single-payer (like the rest of the media) because the President of the United States has repeatedly ruled it out as an option. I wrote recently about a meeting he had with some House Democrats who were pushing the issue and he again said no

So there you have it – our media corporations are censoring information crucial to the public discussion about health care reform simply because the government doesn’t support it.

Whether this censorship is self-censorship by our corporate controlled media or whether it’s due to government pressure is unknown. But the results are clear – rather than reporting all of the facts to the public, our establishment media is instead tailoring it’s reporting to support the president’s view on health care just like they’ve been tailoring their reporting to fit the president’s view that there should be no criminal prosecutions for torture.

Today the Washington Post continues their policy of not reporting about single-payer

CIA Report Released Today Says Pelosi Knew About Use of Torture

By: pmcall Thursday May 7, 2009 7:03 pm

This is just a short informational diary only.

The Washington Post has a story up tonight about Nancy Pelosi saying that she knew about the use of harsh interrogation tactics.

Memo Says Pelosi Knew About Use of Harsh Tactics

They reference a 10 page memo sent to Congress by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency. The Post does not provide a link to the actual 10 page memo (Reuters calls it a report) that Reuters said was sent to Congress by Leon Panetta but I found what is supposedly a copy of the report on the Human Events website.

I don’t know if this is the real report or not but I wanted to get it to you guys just in case it’s accurate. The person who wrote the Human events piece on Pelosi was Jed Babbin a former deputy undersecretary of Defense under George H.W. Bush. Funny how Human Events just happened to get a copy, huh?

The Post also stated in their piece:

In a carefully worded statement, Pelosi’s office said yesterday that she had never been briefed about the use of waterboarding, only that it had been approved by Bush

Can ‘Saving Face’ Measures Help Bring about Torture Prosecutions?

By: pmcall Wednesday April 1, 2009 11:19 am

Can Allowing Others to Save Face Save The Rule of Law?

Most of us posting at this website are horrified that our country tortured prisoners under our care. Most of us have also written diaries, posted comments, written letters to the editor and made phone calls to politicians demanding accountability for those Bush administration officials and possibly Democratic officials who enabled this to happen. Most of us have also criticized the Obama administration for refusing to initiate a criminal investigation when we all know that one is warranted. And most of us don’t understand why more people aren’t demanding accountability. But maybe it’s not about what most of us do maybe the key to getting Obama to act requires us to take a critical look at what some of us don’t do.

Awhile back I started searching for pieces critical of the Bush torture program that were written by conservatives. I thought if we had more conservatives on record, who were critical of the Bush torture program, that it would make it much more difficult for the traditional media to dismiss people, who wanted accountability for these crimes, as just “liberal score settlers”. I also thought it would prevent "bi-partisan" loving Obama from ignoring this issue. While I found a few conservative pieces here and there I realized that I wasn’t finding very many. And then I started wondering why weren’t there more of these critical pieces?

Unlike some, I don’t believe that most conservatives approve of torture. I think the ones who do are in the minority among conservatives but just happen to be the

Bush Administration’s Craven Misuse of the USS Bataan

By: pmcall Thursday March 5, 2009 7:47 am

I just read a post on the Democratic Underground site where I learned for the first time that the USS Bataan was used as one of the Bush administration’s prison ships.

The US has admitted that the Bataan and Peleliu were used as prison ships between December 2001 and January 2002.

So not only did the Bush administration have these dastardly prison ships but they specifically allowed the USS Bataan’s name to be tarnished for being one of them. Why is the use of the USS Bataan any worse than using another ship for this purpose? Here’s why. Here are some snippets of information about the history of the USS Bataan from their website.

USS Bataan memorializes the valiant resistance of American and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula in the dawning days of World War II.