Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Torture: Immoral, Illegal, Ineffective, and A Reason to Kill Americans

Torture? It probably killed more Americans than 9/11.
"The reason why foreign fighters joined al-Qa'ida in Iraq was overwhelmingly because of abuses at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and not Islamic ideology," says Major Matthew Alexander, who personally conducted 300 interrogations of prisoners in Iraq. It was the team led by Major Alexander [a named assumed for security reasons] that obtained the information that led to the US military being able to locate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qa'ida in Iraq. Zarqawi was then killed by bombs dropped by two US aircraft on the farm where he was hiding outside Baghdad on 7 June 2006. Major Alexander said that he learnt where Zarqawi was during a six-hour interrogation of a prisoner with whom he established relations of trust.

Monday, April 27, 2009

War Crimes

Anyone who was involved in torture should be prosecuted. Period. Torture is a war crime.

To prosecute war criminals is justice, not political pandering.

To NOT prosecute war criminals is political pandering. Obama is political pandering, protecting Republican war criminals in the hopes of uniting the country. Obama is wrong.

War crimes should be prosecuted and punished. Not ignored as politically inconvenient.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rich versus Poor

Reading this article angered me a lot. The people described in the article are well and truly rich. They aren't super-rich, but they are rich. They have no notion of what being poor is. If you can afford a second home, you are rich. And frankly, every single person profiled in that first article can afford another $500 a month year in taxes (although they could afford it monthly as well), just give up one luxury item and they've got it. That they think they can't is pathetic. Via FilkerTom.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Teabaggers prep for fight. Apparently these jokers actually think that people want to show up at their rallies and watch them teabag each other. Eeeuwwww.