>> Thursday, May 1, 2008
insane in the mccain brain here:
two great whistle blower stories:
morris davis was the "defense" department's former chief prosecutor for terrorism cases. he argued ON BEHALF of plantiffs from guantanamo bay monday with this bombshell:
"Mr. Davis said that Defense Department general counsel William J. Haynes II, who announced his retirement in February, once bristled at the suggestion that some defendants could be acquitted, an outcome that Davis said would give the process (of trying the 275 guantanamo prisoners) added legitimacy. Haynes said, 'We can't have acquittals,' Davis said under questioning from Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brian Mizer, the military counsel who represents Hamdan. 'We've been holding these guys for years. How can we explain acquittals? We have to have convictions.' "
i guess since we already illegally held and tortured these people for several years, we might as well convict them illegally and put the to death or throw them in jail for what morris davis quoted top pentagon officials, including deputy defense secretary gordon r. england, made it clear to him that charging some of the highest-profile detainees before elections this year could have "strategic political value." the whole dirty story here. remember folks, these are the patriots! i guess that makes us...? oh, and obama, when you are president, give morris davis a medal of honor!
also, via wordsoup:
"General Smedley D. Butler not only won two Congressional Medals of Honor and served in the Marines extensively, but he exposed a plot for a fascist coup that originated on Wall Street aimed at giving American industry total control of government (it involved George Dubya's grandfather). The man should be a hero included in every child's textbook, and his speech "War is a Racket," (given in 1933 & based on his book) should be required reading. Instead, he was demonized by industry and the media, marginalized by history, and our trillion-dollar-war-debt ass now belongs to Halliburton, Exxon, and the epically incompetent grandson of a fascist shitheel."
full text of the book in the link above, or just click on the cover below. a quote follows. remember, this is from 1935...
"Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This was the "war to end all wars." This was the "war to make the world safe for democracy." No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents. They were just told it was to be a "glorious adventure."
and finally, an incredibly well-researched timeline of the manipulation of terror threats by the increasingly awesome, erudite, anit-o'reilly of the REAL no-spin zone, keith olbermann. it's 17 minutes, but you'll be amazed at the audacity of the bush spin machine...