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Support a Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Senator Patrick Leahy

I have proposed the idea of a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate abuses during the Bush-Cheney Administration — so they never happen again. ┬áThese abuses may include the use of torture, warrantless wiretapping, extraordinary rendition, and executive override of laws.

Please sign this online petition, urging Congress to consider establishing a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the Bush-Cheney Administration’s abuses.

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Torturers still in power

DISSENTING JUSTICE

Elena Kagan, Dean of Harvard Law School and nominee for Solicitor General, announced that she believes that the government has the authority to detain indefinitely terrorism suspects because the country is “at war” with Al Qaeda.

This is why we need war crimes trials, to show moral bankrupts like Elena Kagan that torture is wrong.

Obama kool aide

It is just sad when someone will excuse anything, up to and including torture. Sad. Just plain sad.

Pardon me

But a Presidential pardon has no standing before the International Criminal Court.

How the NewsHour legitimizes extremism

In its discussion of the controversy about Rick Warren, the NewsHour invited Michael Cromartie, vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. And what is the Ethics and Policy Center you ask?
Right Web Watch

When he founded EPPC in 1976, Ernest Lefever, then a professor of political science, said that part of the role of a “small ethically oriented center” like EPPC was to “respond directly to ideological critics who insist the corporation is fundamentally unjust.” President Ronald Reagan’s first nominee to direct the State Department’s Office for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Lefever was regarded as a fierce critic of President Jimmy Carter’s human rights policy.

In other words, Lefever was an advocate of the use of torture to prop up allegedly pro-American dictators. Is it too much that the NewsHour limit itself to anti-torture institutions?

Here is what SourceWatch has to say about the Ethics and Policy Center:
The Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, “is one of several [organizations] devoted to improving public appreciation of the role of business in what it terms a ‘moral society.’ It was founded by Ernest Lefever, who expressed his concern that ‘U.S. domestic and multinational firms find themselves increasingly under siege at home and abroad. They are accused of producing shoddy and unsafe products, fouling the environment, robbing future generations, wielding enormous power, repressing peoples in the third world, and generally being insensitive to human needs. We as a small and ethnically oriented center are in a position to respond more directly to ideological critics who insist the corporation is fundamentally unjust.'”

This is a classic example of how the NewsHour uses editorial truthiness to deceive the public. Shame on them. Shame on them. And shame on us for letting them get away with it.

Aafia Siddiqui

What happens when you trash your constitution

Aafia Siddiqui was once considered a brilliant scientist. Then the US government called her the new face of al-Qaida — a Pakistani woman who ranked among America’s top terrorism suspects. Now the MIT-educated mother of three is in custody, claiming her long disappearance was a wrongful abduction by the CIA.

Robert Gates is a very bad man

Obama, Ask the Kremlin about Gates

Nearly 16 years ago, during the last transition from a President Bush to a Democrat, Moscow made an extraordinary gesture to Washington: The Kremlin supplied a summary of its intelligence information about secret U.S.-Iranian contacts in the 1980s.

If Gates is kept on he will, amongst other things, seek to destroy evidence of fraud and torture. It is also very likely he will seek to sabotage Obama.


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