Archive for February 16th, 2008

Huckleberry..Errr.. Huckabee.. Jokes About Waterboarding…

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:30 PM MST

Huckabee: ‘Running For Office Is Sort Of Like Being Waterboarded’

This morning, CNN ran a story “tracking the strain furious campaigning puts on the human body” for the presidential candidates. During the segment, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee joked that his campaign schedule is not providing enough time to sleep and that, for him, is “like being waterboarded”:

HUCKABEE: I’m finding just out how long I can go sleep deprived. You know, running for office is sort of like being waterboarded, I think.

A recent CNN article on the same subject also noted Huckabee’s comments and added: “He was only half-kidding.” But waterboarding is torture, illegal under both U.S. and international law, and certainly nothing to joke about.

Unfortunately, Huckabee is not the first Republican presidential candidate to compare lack of sleep and torture in jest. Last year, former New York City mayor (and current waterboarding supporter) Rudy Giuliani called liberals “silly” for describing “sleep deprivation” as torture, joking that “on that theory, I’m getting tortured running for president of the United States.

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Evening Jukebox… Always On The Run

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:15 PM MST

Guns N’ Roses & Lenny Kravitz- “Always On The Run” — Live In Paris

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Brent Wilkes: A War Profiteer, A Lecher And A Liar

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:15 PM MST

Prosecutors Seek 25 Years for Duke Briber, “War Profiteer”

From The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Federal prosecutors say Brent Wilkes is a war profiteer, a lecher and a liar whose decade-long bribery of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham netted him $46 million.

For that, and for orchestrating the largest congressional bribery scheme in history, they say the Poway defense contractor should be sentenced to 25 years in prison….

They blasted his once-high-flying lifestyle, belittled his claims of innocence and branded him an “overgrown frat boy” fueled by greed and avarice.

At minimum, Wilkes should receive no less than 16 years and eight months in prison, prosecutors said. That would be exactly twice the length of the sentence Cunningham received after pleading guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion.

Wilkes should get a longer sentence because he was the “architect” of the scheme and his profit was fatter and lack of remorse far greater than Cunningham’s, prosecutors said. They describe the disgraced former Republican congressman from Rancho Santa Fe as “a broken old soldier” and Wilkes as an “unrepentant war profiteer.”

Prosecutors said Cunningham should be blamed for his role, but in a footnote said, “There can be little doubt Wilkes was the spider, and Cunningham the fly, in this web of corruption.”

The metaphors abound. Cunningham the broken old fly, Wilkes the unrepentant spider.

Earlier, probation officials had recommended a 60-year sentence for Wilkes. But it will be up to the judge on Tuesday.

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Lieberman: Approves Of Waterboarding But Not Hot Coals

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:00 AM MST

Lieberman Supports Waterboarding: ‘It’s Not Like Using Hot Coals’

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman reluctantly acknowledged Thursday that he does not believe waterboarding is torture, but believes the interrogation technique should be available only under the most extreme circumstances.

Lieberman was one of 45 senators who voted Wednesday in opposition to a bill that would limit the CIA to the 19 interrogation techniques outlined in the Army field manual. That manual prohibits waterboarding, a method where detainees typically are strapped to a bench and have water poured into their mouth and nose making them feel as if they will drown.

The Senate passed the measure. […]

“You want to be able to use emergency tech to try to get the information out of that person,” Lieberman said. Of course, Lieberman believes such authority has limits. He does not believe the president could authorize having hot coals pressed on someone’s flesh to obtain that information.

The difference, he said, is that waterboarding is mostly psychological and there is no permanent physical damage. “It is not like putting burning coals on people’s bodies. The person is in no real danger. The impact is psychological,” Lieberman said. Lieberman said that his position on waterboarding differs from that of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who he has endorsed as a presidential candidate. As a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam, McCain was tortured. McCain, he said, believes waterboarding is torture.

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Cuba demands US gives back Guantanamo Bay

Sudhan @11:05 CET

Herald Sun, Australia, Feb. 15, 2008

CUBA has demanded the US return Guantanamo Bay to the island nation and denounced the “war on terror” prison, where six detainees could face the death penalty.

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque claimed today that suspects held in the US naval base in the southeastern tip of Cuba have been subjected to torture and face unfair legal treatment.

Cuba rejects “the violation of human rights, unjust incarceration of prisoners held there without charges, and their appearance in courts without guarantees and in which they are convicted in advance,” he told reporters.

He did not directly refer to the case of six detainees facing charges that carry the death penalty.

“We demand again the closure of the indecent Guantanamo prison, the return of the territory illegally occupied to our fatherland,” Perez Roque said.

Continued . . . 

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