Monthly Archives: March 2009

Electronic voting, anyone?

(c)2004-06 Rand Careaga/salamander.eps

source (also of many other Diebold pseudo-ads) here (“Diebold Variations”).

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Spanish judge accuses six top Bush officials of torture

The Guardian (UK), 3/29/09

Legal moves may force Obama’s government into starting a new inquiry into abuses at Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib

Criminal proceedings have begun in Spain against six senior officials in the Bush administration for the use of torture against detainees in Guantánamo Bay. Baltasar Garzón, the counter-terrorism judge whose prosecution of General Augusto Pinochet led to his arrest in Britain in 1998, has referred the case to the chief prosecutor before deciding whether to proceed.

The case is bound to threaten Spain’s relations with the new administration in Washington, but Gonzalo Boyé, one of the four lawyers who wrote the lawsuit, said the prosecutor would have little choice under Spanish law but to approve the prosecution.

“The only route of escape the prosecutor might have is to ask whether there is ongoing process in the US against these people,” Boyé told the Observer. “This case will go ahead. It will be against the law not to go ahead.”

The officials named in the case include the most senior legal minds in the Bush administration. They are: Alberto Gonzales, a former White House counsel and attorney general; David Addington, former vice-president Dick Cheney’s chief of staff; Douglas Feith, who was under-secretary of defence; William Haynes, formerly the Pentagon’s general counsel; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, who were both senior justice department legal advisers. Continue reading

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Political realism 101

“I promised, but I did not promise to keep my promise.”

— Levy Eshkol, prime minister of Israel, 1963-69 (source here).

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Tell Obama: End the Afghan War Now — Don't Escalate It!

On Friday, President Barack Obama announced his plans to escalate U.S. military actions in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including increasing the number of troops going to the region. This is bad news as it sinks the U.S. further into a quagmire in the “graveyard of Empires.”

On the positive side he also made some good statements on increasing diplomacy and economic aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the emphasis is clearly on military operations. Continue reading

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