David Kirkpatrick

March 2, 2009

CIA destroys evidence of war crimes

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:52 pm

This is just shameful. Large parts of the Bush 43 years will forever be seen as some of the darkest days in U.S. history. Our president utterly failed the American people and the moral fabric of our nation.

From the link:

 The Central Intelligence Agency destroyed 92 videotapes documenting the harsh interrogations of two Al Qaeda suspects in C.I.A. detention, a greater number of destroyed tapes than the government had previously acknowledged.

The revelation came in a letter filed Monday by federal prosecutors who are investigating the destruction of the tapes by the agency’s officers, which occurred in November 2005.

It had been previously known that officials of the agency had destroyed hundreds of hours of videotaped interrogations, but the documents filed Monday reveal the number of tapes for the first time.

The tapes had been held inside a safe in the C.I.A. station in Thailand, the country where two Al Qaeda suspects — Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri — were interrogated.

The filing of the documents on Monday, submitted to a court in New York as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, comes as federal prosecutors are wrapping up the investigation into the matter.

November 18, 2008

Cheney, Gonzales indicted

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:24 pm

On prisonor abuse charges.

This is most likely the beginning of the floodgates. A day of reckoning is looming fast for a large portion of the Bush 43 regime.

From the link:

A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County’s federal detention centers.

The indictment criticizes Cheney’s investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and “at least misdemeanor assaults” on detainees by working through the prison companies.

Gonzales is accused of using his position while in office to stop an investigation into abuses at the federal detention centers.

(via: the Daily Dish)

July 8, 2008

Updating the War Powers Act

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:23 pm

You don’t think this effort might be a push-back against the Bush 43 regime’s insane power grab for the executive branch, do you?

Even though this nation spiraled out of control under the whims of Cheney/Addington/et.al. after 9/11 when this cabal realized it could actually implement some of the crazier ideas of the post-Nixon neocons in regards to foreign policy and executive power, its nice to see our system slowly working its hardest to bring things back into balance. Torture is now being called torture and not “harsh-“, or even worse, “enhanced-interrogation” and the gang leaving power in DC is beginning to understand the jokes, asides and whispers about possible war crime charges — at least on the international front — are a real possibility.

I do hope whoever is in the Oval Office come January takes the time to flip this sordid rug over and expose the rest of the Bush administration’s sins.

From the NYT link:

Two former secretaries of state have declared the War Powers Resolution of 1973 obsolete and proposed a new system of closer consultation between the White House and Congress before American forces go into battle.

Their proposal would require the president to consult lawmakers before initiating combat lasting longer than a week except in rare cases requiring emergency action. Congress, for its part, would have 30 days to approve or disapprove of the military action.

The plan would create a new committee of Congressional leaders and relevant committee chairmen, with a full-time staff with access to military and intelligence material. The president would be required to consult with the group in advance of any extended strike.

Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and James A. Baker III oversaw a year-long study of the longstanding tension over war powers between the executive and legislative branches. In a report to be released on Tuesday, they concluded that the 1973 law, which was passed in the waning days of the Vietnam War and which aimed to limit the president’s ability to commit American forces to war unilaterally, never served its intended function and must be replaced.

April 20, 2008

War criminals in the Bush 43 regime

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:43 pm

Here’s a voice of reason from a member of the US military and a true patriot.

From the Daily Dish link:

“Haynes, Feith, Yoo, Bybee, Gonzalez and – at the apex – Addington, should never travel outside the US, except perhaps to Saudi Arabia and Israel. They broke the law; they violated their professional ethical code. In future, some government may build the case necessary to prosecute them in a foreign court, or in an international court,” – Larry Wilkerson, former army officer and chief of staff to Colin Powell, US secretary of state at the time the torture program was set up.

January 29, 2008

Negroponte admits use of waterboarding

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:06 am

John Negroponte, the former Director of National Intelligence, admitted the United States used the waterboarding torture technique in 2002 and 2003. Various administration officials have danced around the subject of whether the US government actually waterboarded anyone we took into custody, but none have ever come out and directly confirmed using the interrogation technique.

Negroponte, in an interview published last Friday by the National Journal, had this to say, “We’ve taken steps to address the issue of interrogations, for instance, and waterboarding has not been used in years. It wasn’t used when I was director of national intelligence, nor even for a few years before that.”