TGIF/Weekend edition - May 15-17, 2009

 

 

Graham: CIA Gave Me False Information About Interrogation Briefings

Huffington Post - 5-15-09

In testimony that could bolster Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that the CIA misled her during briefings on detainee interrogations, former Senator Bob Graham insisted on Thursday that he too was kept in the dark about the use of waterboarding, and called the agency's records on these briefings "suspect."

 

Pelosi accuses CIA of lying in torture timeline
San Francisco Chronicle - ‎5-15-09
(05-15) 04:00 PDT Washington - -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently said her motto is "The best preparation for combat is combat.

CIA denies Cheney request
CNN - ‎5-15-09
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CIA has rejected former Vice President Dick Cheney's request to declassify records of abusive interrogations of suspected terrorists


 

Oh, a horrible day today. Man, stocks were falling like Miss California’s top.- Jay Leno
 


 


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Connect The Links

 

 Finding a "smoking gun" linking Iraq and al Qaeda became the main purpose of the abusive interrogation program the Bush administration authorized in 2002, a former State Department official told CNN on Thursday.
 


 

Crystal-clear Hubble image shows TARP money in middle of black hole.  - Grant "Bud" Gerver, www.seriouskidding.com

 



 

Disturbing News


 

Saudi Arabia held its first beauty pageant over the weekend. And already they’re embroiled in their own scandal. Seems topless photos of the newly crowned Miss Saudi Arabia surfaced today. You could see her entire forehead.- Jay Leno

 


"That Jew"?

 

A Republican Senate challenger in Arkansas called Sen. Chuck Schumer "that Jew" at a campaign event and has spent a week backtracking, apologizing, and digging himself in deeper.

 


 


 

Republican-Shenanigans News


Rove To Testify Today

 

Former Bush administration official Karl Rove is scheduled to be interviewed Friday about why a number of U.S. attorneys were fired in 2006, according to an attorney in private practice familiar with the case.

 


 

 Last night, President Obama hosted a poetry slam at the White House. A poetry slam is when poets stand up and read poems. They try and outdo each other. It’s groundbreaking to have a poetry slam. It’s never happened before. I think Dick Cheney once held a torture slam. “There was a young man from Nantucket. I put his head in a bucket.” - Craig Ferguson

 



My Homage To Feigned Outrage
By Madeleine Begun Kane

The CIA’s under attack
By the Speaker who gave it a smack.
She accused it of lying.
The GOP’s crying:
She’s mean and must take it all back.
 


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Drug officials are saying that because of the bad economy, the international cocaine market is suffering. It’s not just affecting cocaine. It’s trickling down. Today, Obama asked for a bailout of the tiny spoon industry.- Jimmy Fallon
 


 


David Letterman's Top Ten Surprises in the Sarah Palin Memoir

10. She's already completed her 2012 presidential concession speech.
9. Her husband Todd is a person of interest in dozens of unsolved snowmobile hit-and-runs.
8. State troopers have been instructed to taser Katie Couric on sight.
7. "Memoir" is misspelled.
6. Not only can she see Russia, earlier today she saw the astronauts working on Hubble.
5. The entire thing, plagiarized word-for-word from Artie Lange's "Too Fat To Fish."
4. Cover shows her in a passionate embrace with a shirtless Fabio.
3. Sworn in as Governor with her left hand on a copy of "Guns & Ammo" magazine.
2. Claims she had three-way sex with Michael Phelps and a stripper.
1. She voted for Obama

 


 


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Oh, the F.D.A. now scolding General Mills for claiming that Cheerios can lower your cholesterol by 10 percent. They say that would be considered an unauthorized health claim. The F.D.A. also said there is no evidence that Lucky Charms are magically delicious.- Jay Leno

 



 

"I'll tell you how bad the economy is — today I saw a Republican driving a Prius." --Jay Leno
 


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"Dick Cheney, the former vice president, said that President Obama went too far with the jokes at the correspondents' dinner. By too far, does Cheney mean like waterboarding a guy 183 times?" --David Letterman

 


Go-F**k-Yourself News


 

AHNC weekend commentary

Torturous debate over torture puts nation in stressful position

What did Nancy Pelosi know about waterboarding of terrorist suspects and when did she know it?
That is the momentous issue now being postulated by conservative defenders of the Bush Administration and its use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.” CNN anchor Lou Dobbs solemnly picked up the refrain a few nights ago, obviously relishing the chance to take a swipe at a Democratic nemesis on Capitol Hill.
Needless to say, fair-and-balanced FOX News, was all over the story about House Speaker Pelosi and whether or not she lied about knowing of waterboarding by the U.S.
Never mind that the practice was promulgated by Team Bush, and backed up with self-serving legal memos supplied by White House and pet Justice Department lawyers.
Never mind that waterboarding had been previously defined as torture by U.S. legal experts and other Western governments and international bodies.
Never mind that many of the U.S. military brass opposed it because it would lead to mistreatment of American service members if they were captured. And that many law enforcement and intelligence officials opposed it because it does NOT lead to much useful information.
No, the vital, burning question that extremist conservatives want answered is: What did Pelosi know and when?
Better to drag a Democrat into the Bush cabal of torture-backers than to answer the simple question of how and why the U.S. ever engaged in such despicable action in the first place. And who, precisely, should be held accountable?
The path to those answers, of course, is slowly winding back to the office of former Vice President and Grand Inquisitor Dick Cheney. A news report this week stated that Cheney’s office specifically suggested waterboarding for one Iraqi prisoner who had been an official in one of that country’s intelligence agencies.
All of this became further complicated in recent days when President Barack Obama backtracked on a previous commitment to release photographs of the questionable interrogation sessions. Obama now says that he opposes release of 41 photos in particular because they would seriously harm the nation’s international image and possibly threaten security.
Those photographs must be pretty damn chilling. After the leaking to news media over the past several years of photos that showed prisoners being stacked naked in heaps, menaced by guard dogs and placed in stress positions for hours, these photos must be some real hum-dingers.
And of course there is the distinct possibility that some of the photos include U.S. officials participating in or observing the interrogation sessions. Remember the news a while back that then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld witnessed a waterboarding session or two?
AHNC believes that the photos should be released, and it would be better for Obama to do it now than to wait for their inevitable leakage to the media.
Put the national dirty laundry out for the world to view, face the firestorm of international criticism, prosecute those responsible for the illegal activity, and be done with it.



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