Thursday, November 22, 2018

Musical interlude....

It is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. of A. I wish I felt more hopeful.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Released CIA report on the torture of Abu Zubaydah....

A 2007 report from the CIA's Office of Medical Services (OMS) was released after an ACLU lawsuit. Part of it describes how Abu Zubaydah was subject to an "amateurish experiment" when he was waterboarded in 2002.

read the rest here.

h/o to Walt

Friday, November 16, 2018

From our friends down under at Justinian

One of Donald Trump's legally-dubious election stunts was to send thousands of US soldiers to Texas and the Mexican border. A probable violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, it was nicely timed to coincide with the midterm elections and intimidate (and deter from voting) Hispanic-Americans.  
Perhaps election interference, a real threat to "national security", should have prompted Bill Clinton to send federal troops (or national guard) to Miami on November 22, 2000. They might have quelled the election-changing "Brooks Brother riot", a faux demonstration by Republican staffers and operatives that prevented the recount of votes, giving Bush lawyers (including Brett Kavanaugh) time to get a temporary stay from a sympathetic supreme court justice.  
That order stopped the recount while Bush was ahead and the recount was never resumed, though it became clear afterwards that Gore actually won the popular vote in Florida, and thus the electoral college. 
The rest, as they say, is history.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Back at the military commission abd al Hadi al Iraqi had to be removed from his latest hearing by ambulance.... because of the torture we subjected him to over the years.
Read more here.