NDAA: Chris Hedges Barks Up the Wrong Tree

Chris Hedges is not suing the president for personal publicity; I’m afraid it’s much worse than that. He’s a committed pacifist with a very respectable record of leadership in the movement, putting his body where his words are. But the cognitive dissonance over NDAA has reached a crescendo with this lawsuit, which will achieve exactly […]

Indefinite Detention


A dialectic has taken hold on the progressive conversation, and I do not like it. The digital left keeps using the words “indefinite detention” because they sound awful, which they are. Indefinite detention is not nice or kind or humane, but it was not invented for the “war on terror.” In fact, it has happened […]

(UPDATE x 2) “My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens”

Via ThinkProgress, the full text of the president’s signing statement on NDAA addresses both of everyone’s favorite sections: Section 1021 affirms the executive branch’s authority to detain persons covered by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note). This section breaks no new ground and is unnecessary. […]

A Christmas Gift to Bill Maher and the Professional Left


By Emilia1956:Happy Festivus, Bill … I know you’re back in a few weeks and you’ll be in Hawaii soon. Stalking the President, are you? Well, here’s something of which those of us pragmatics would like to remind you … it’s a whopping big L-I-E you told this past autumn, and the extent of that lie […]

NDAA: Wheeler vs. the War Machine


It’s really all in the story you tell. This photo of the first openly-gay coming-home kiss depicts two characters. One is a sailor who expects to be paid on time — and for her ship to leave and return on schedule. The other is her girlfriend, who expects to see her partner’s Christmas leave approved. […]

Big Government at Guantanamo


Let’s say there’s a dangerous dog in your neighborhood. Nearby are two agencies, one with a truck that has a cage in the back and experienced professionals who catch dogs all the time. The other doesn’t normally deal with loose hounds, but has lots of guns and explosives. Which would make more sense: calling animal […]

Any Which Way But Loose

ProPublica reports the White House is considering using signing statements to undo all of Congress’ hard work to prevent Gitmo closure: Under consideration are claims that the provisions amount to “undue infringement” on the president’s authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion, or that they are viewed by the White House as an “unnecessary and unwarranted intrusion,” […]

Cheneys Are Exactly Wrong

The first Guanatanamo detainee civilian trial has begun. The defense is simple: Defense attorney Steve Zissou, however, described Ghailani as an unwitting “dupe” for al-Qaida. His client, he said, “ran errands” for longtime friends he believed were legitimate businessmen – not terrorists. Unlike others involved in the plot, Ghailani “did not go to training camps. […]

I Want The Truth

I can handle it: Jay Bybee, who as a senior Justice Department lawyer signed two memos in 2002 authorizing CIA interrogators to torture “war on terror” prisoners, told a congressional panel that more than a half dozen other brutal methods were used by the CIA without legal approval. In a closed-door interview with members of […]

Solving Gitmo

Whodathunkit? There’s a place that actually wants the Guantanamo Bay prisoners: CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Sunday tried to build support and counter criticism of a proposal to sell a prison in rural northwestern Illinois to the federal government to house Guantanamo Bay detainees and other inmates. Federal officials […]

Innocence is No Excuse

Lakhdar Boumediene was arrested in October 2001 for supposedly plotting to blow up a US embassy. A Bosnian court ordered him released for lack of evidence, but the Bosnian government handed him over to the United States instead. After more than seven years of imprisonment at Gitmo, he won the right of habeus corpus in […]