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President Bush, seeking to salvage the nomination of Michael Mukasey as attorney general, on Thursday defended the former judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding as illegal torture.

Bush said it was unfair to ask Mukasey about interrogation techniques on which he has not been briefed. "He doesn't know whether we use that technique or not," the president told a group of reporters invited into the Oval Office.

(I'm sorry, why does he have to be "briefed" about waterboarding in order to say whether or not it's illegal, or, to be more clear, torture? That's not a hard question to answer. "Burning people with cigarettes, is this right or wrong? Holding people in secret detention and ignoring habeus corpus, right or wrong?")

Further, Bush said, "It doesn't make any sense to tell the enemy whether we use those techniques or not."

(Uh ... isn't he really saying he doesn't want to admit it to the American people?)

Asked whether he considers waterboarding legal, Bush replied, "I'm not going to talk about techniques. There's an enemy out there."

(Yep, that's right, there's an enemy ... the American people who should rightfully be outraged by having a government that tortures people. The article continues ...)

[Bush] said he was concerned that some people "have lost sight of the fact that we are at war with extremists and radicals." (end article quote)

Wow, he got one thing right! But what he MISSED is that the extremists and radicals we are at war with are the nutty freaking NeoCons that are running the White House! JESUS!

Did you know when I was back home I was afraid to publish this stuff not friends locked for fear it would make it more difficult for me to travel internationally?



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Nov. 1st, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
Christ. They don't normally make the attempts to terrify you into submission so...blatant. Wow.
Nov. 1st, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
33 seconds of solid fucking gold.

Saddam killed the Mandelas.

Who knew?
Nov. 2nd, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Finally got round to trying to watch this, and it's no longer available!
Nov. 2nd, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's just I needed to refresh the page. Oops!
Nov. 1st, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
He's an idiot. I would think he'd want the world to know about waterboarding and rendition, to scare potential anti-American radicals. "Fuck, they're crazy, those Americans! I don't want them to send ME to Syria to have my airway restricted."
How can we keep our torture techniques secret? It's all in Seymour Hirsch's articles in the New Yorker.
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Nov. 1st, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy I've never metioned the word "fetish" online. Shit! I just did... oh nos! ;P
Nov. 1st, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
I've felt a lot psychologically better since I left. The trend in politics at the time was a major reason ( it was right after 911 that I left).

I think it is strange because part of me feels like I should have stayed and fought using rhetoric on the people who spout such garbage, but unfortunately it has become cultural... What do you do when _everyone_ at your office is saying things like, "Let's nuke the middle east; we'd be better off without it." and truly meaning it? Where do you even begin?

It is strange but being away and being able to walk into pretty much anywhere and say exactly how I feel without there immediately being an overwhelming sense of oppression and partisanism makes a huge difference to me. I think us expats freely expressing our disdain and disgust probably does more for America's positive image than most anything else. So yay for expats!
Nov. 2nd, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
Personally, I love the part where Bush is implying that the legality of "extreme interrogation" techniques depends on whether we're using them (by saying that, since Mukasey hasn't been briefed on the classified information about whether waterboarding is used or not, he's not in a position to give an informed answer to questions... about whether waterboarding is legal or not).

I also love where he's saying that, because there have been no major attacks in the US since 9/11, people have become complacent that we're not in as much danger.... uh, no, actually Mr Bush, your opponents are saying that we're in *more* danger, thanks to you and your hamfistedness.

But don't forget! Terrorists! Bombs! Ruthless killers after *your* sons and daughters! All of this means that we must not question a word out of Bush's mouth!

(Pardon me while I go off in a corner and vomit now...)
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