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American Monsters

American Monsters

We at harikari.com have been ranting about our country’s illegal policies for detention and torture since the blog was launched in 2005.  Continuing investigations have uncovered evidence supporting claims that many of the several hundreds of prisoners incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay and who knows where else have been tortured, beaten, and even killed by agents of the U.S. Government.  Subsequent releases of hundreds of detainees that were held without the right to habeus corpus proved that the overwhelming majority of…

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Yes, Waterboarding is Torture, so says Erich “Mancow” Muller

Yes, Waterboarding is Torture, so says Erich “Mancow” Muller

Everybody who doesn’t know already wants to know if waterboarding is torture.  They simply aren’t satisfied with what our own courts have decided or what Jesse Ventura said on the Larry King show not long ago: Larry King: You were a Navy S.E.A.L. Jesse Ventura: Yes, and I was waterboarded [in training] so I know…It is torture…I’ll put it to you this way: You give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the…

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Abu Ghraib Torture Photos Five Year Anniversary

Abu Ghraib Torture Photos Five Year Anniversary

On April 28, 2004 we first saw this photograph taken by a member of the U.S. Military stationed at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq. Thank you George W. Bush. Thank you Dick Cheney. Thank you Donald Rumsfeld. Thank you Jay Bybee. Thank you John Yoo. Thank you Stephen Bradbury. Thank you.  Thank you all for this sensational icon of American insolence.

Torture is Immoral and Illegal and Torturers Must be Prosecuted

Torture is Immoral and Illegal and Torturers Must be Prosecuted

Today’s New York Times reports on the Torture Memos that the A.C.L.U. was able to obtain through a successful lawsuit against the U. S. Government.  The NYT story confirms what we knew all along:  “Torture” was defined in memos written by lawyers in Bush’s Justice Department and signed by Jay S. Bybee, Steven G. Bradbury, and John Yoo.  The Bush Administration relied on the legal opinions expressed in the memos to authorize torture, or what they called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”…

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Krugman on the Need to Investigate Bush

Krugman on the Need to Investigate Bush

Today’s column by Paul Krugman exactly mirrors my thoughts about how government officials must be held accountable for their wrongdoings in order to deter their successors from doing the same things.  Without checks on our elected officials, especially in the Executive Branch, we cannot preserve our democracy. From the column: By my count, at least six important government agencies experienced major scandals over the past eight years — in most cases, scandals that were never properly investigated. And then there…

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Nice Rant Professor Green

Nice Rant Professor Green

Here is a part of a rant by David Michael Green posted on CommonDreams.org that you really should read: Regressives like to call people like me Bush-haters, and so it is important to address that claim before proceeding, because the entire intent of hurling that label at the president’s critics is to undermine their credibility. If you simply hate the man, they imply, you’re not rational, and your critiques can be dismissed. But it isn’t that simple – not by…

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What Did He Know and When Did He Know it?

What Did He Know and When Did He Know it?

Just as you suspected and knew all along, President Bush knew about the outing of Valerie Plame before it happened. How did he know?  Because he planned it with Dick Cheney. How do we know they did it? Their former humble servant Scott McClellan says so: In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recounts the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby were “not involved” in the leak involving…

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Ascendancy of the Dark Lord

Ascendancy of the Dark Lord

Tomorrow our glorious leader will take it up the ass instead of us. President Bush will undergo a “routine” colonoscopy Saturday… Snow told reporters Friday that Bush will have the procedure done at his Camp David, Md., mountaintop retreat. The last time Bush had colon and rectal cancer surveillance was on June 29, 2002. Doctors then advised him to have another colonoscopy in five years. … Snow said that because president will be under the effects of anesthesia, he once…

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The Tyranny of King George

The Tyranny of King George

Selections from the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to…

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