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Vice President Biden Supports the Israelis

comment by Lawrence Davidson, June 6, 2010

On June 2 while in Iowa for a Democratic Party function, Vice President Joe Biden commented on the Israeli attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla. Biden has always been a strong supporter of Israel so no one should be surprised at the tone of his remarks. What is important here are all the things that our Vice President is willing to set aside to maintain his Zionist credentials. Things like international law, historical accuracy and logic. Here is some of what he said.

“You can argue whether Israel should have dropped people onto that ship or not…but the truth of the matter is Israel has a right to know…whether or not arms are being smuggled in.” I guess Mr. Biden has not noticed that in none of the statements issued by Israel have they claimed that they stopped the Aid Flotilla because they believed it was carrying weapons to Gaza. So that part of our Vice President’s statement is misleading and out of place.

The VP continued, “I think Israel has an absolute right to deal with its security interest.” I want to call attention to this word “absolute.” The truth of the matter, to use Biden’s phrase, is that no country now has any such “absolute right.” We seem to have a Vice President who is unaware of things such as the Hague Conventions which set down limits for the making of war and the Geneva Conventions which regulate the treatment of civilians, prisoners and other non-combatants during war. Indeed, ever since the end of the 19th century and particularly since the end of the World War II, the whole direction of international law has been to eliminate this notion that states have “absolute rights.”

And, of course, a good argument can be made that the Gaza Aid Flotilla was not a threat to Israel’s security interest. Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Cheney's Secret

The Daily Beast, Tuesday 14 July 2009

by: Seymour Hersh

The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh was mocked in March when he referred to Dick Cheney’s secret squad of CIA assassins. Now, he talks to The Daily Beast about the next shoe to drop.

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh raised eyebrows back in March when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that Dick Cheney ran a secret hit squad that he kept hidden from Congressional oversight.

“Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on,” Hersh said at the time. He added: “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.” Continue reading

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The Cheney rendition

Washington, July 12, 2009. Since news broke yesterday that Dick Cheney was singlehandedly responsible for withholding information required by Congress for its mandated oversight of the CIA, all attempts to reach the former Vice President through friends, relatives, and enemies have failed.

Individuals close to his wife, columnist Lynne Cheney, have said that Mr. Cheney has been out hiking the Appalachian Trail, but his close political associates state that they consider the story improbable, since they have never known him to take a walk, much less a hike.

Confidential sources within the CIA now reveal that Cheney is the first subject of special rendition—a secret program that sends individuals abroad, usually to their native country, for enhanced interrogation techniques—since he and ex-president Bush left office.

These sources say the CIA have assurance that Cheney will not be tortured in Hades. “We are sure that Mr. Cheney will be treated with the appropriate care,” they stated. “Head of state Mr. Satan has been very cooperative and even reminded us that he could promise no waterboarding, since water is not available locally.”

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