Wednesday Evening News Roundup
Politicians continue to amaze me. It seems to me that politicians have the ability to smile and promise one thing while knowing that they are going to do nothing. Just two days ago, Joe Lieberman (laughingly called an Independent from Connecticut) supported waterboarding. Now it seems that he’s changed his mind. Waterboarding may indeed be a bad thing. Can someone explain to me why Connecticut reelected Joe Lieberman?
Marcy Wheeler has done the homework that we would’ve expected most newspapers would do. She has read all four torture memos and synthesized that information with what is known from the 9/11 commission report. She’s done a truly remarkable job and should be congratulated (she will be on my radio show this week). Wheeler has a series of extremely long posts which really help to draw a clearer picture of what happened in the Bush administration. As we all suspected, key players include VP Cheney, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales. (check out these links – here, here and here)
A newly declassified narrative of the Bush administration’s advice to the CIA on harsh interrogations shows that the small group of Justice Department lawyers who wrote memos authorizing harsh interrogation techniques were operating not on their own but with direction from top administration officials, including then-Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
At the same time, the narrative suggests that then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and then-Secretary of State Colin Powell were largely left out of the decision-making process. (more… )
I think Gov. Rick Perry’s craziness will come back and bite him… even in the very conservative state of Texas.
Radio talkshow host Ed Schultz has been working to find his groove on TV. He had an outstanding rant on Dick Cheney yesterday.
It appears that Atty. Gen. Eric Holder will appoint a special prosecutor to look into torture. President Barack Obama may have played this perfectly.