Category Archives: Dick Cheney

Another Day Of Torture

I don’t know about you but I confess to being tortured out about the topic of Torture in this nation. Just about each day another official, another former member of the Bush administration or the current Obama administration issues a serious, profound comment about how torture has saved the very foundation of our society. They apparently believe that the Bill of Rights has one clause which clearly states that water boarding was in the minds of our beloved Founding Fathers. Actually, my life is currently confronting the torture of:

CIA former or current leaders who insist: We tortured in the name of Jesus Christ, just check the Sermon on the Mount.

You folks just don’t know how we saved your lives and prevented Los Angeles from being blown up by an atomic bomb.

What you liberals do not know is that what we did was simply the same thing done every week at college Fraternity places. Just some good old fun and games.

We know things that you will never know and since you don’t know what we know how can you ever know what we know?

We wrap ourselves in the flag of knowledge that Americans can never be told

IF YOU ONLY KNEW!

President Ted Cruz In Action

There are moments in which I have come to believe that Senator Ted Cruz of the great state of Texas is a combination of the following:

Senator Joseph McCarthy

Rudy Giuliani

Select any minister of faith who regards himself as the new Jesus Christ

Adolf, and I do not mean Adolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

The epitome of what happens when one sends a child to Harvard, arrogance!

The Pope

A man who has watched too many episodes of the TV series, “24.”

Bill O’Reilly, the pseudo historian of the fast written book.

Any cute pert blond haired damsel who reads the idiot chart while speaking on TV.

Put them all together and they spell –T E D C R U Z

We Did Not Torture In World War II

During the course of my life, I have read about two thousand books dealing with the topic of World War II. The German army in that conflict had eight million soldiers, excellent tanks and artillery and a powerful air force. I do understand that contemporary supporters of torture believe that al Qaeda and ISIS are the “greatest threat in American history to our survival as a nation.” Of course, neither of these groups has possession of tanks, artillery, planes or ships such as submarines, but, what the heck, they are the “greatest threat.” At no point did the US Army employ torture of prisoners. Of course, there might have been some examples in the field, but torture was NOT an official policy. Teams of IPW -Interrogation of Prisoners of War- talked with German soldiers and used the power of intelligent inquiry to obtain the information we desired. Of course, we also had the “Enigma” program which listened into German communications. But, at no time during the war was the official policy to use torture of prisoners. Ironically, the greatest abuse of people was the Internment of Japanese Americans due to hysteria on the part of American generals on the West Coast. Reality was that Japanese Americans never helped the nation of Japan.

George Tenet, head of CIA from 1997 to 2004 insists that the torture program “was effective in saving the lives of Americans.” His comment stands in contradiction to the US Senate Report. I am certain that Republicans will go to their graves convinced that torture is in accord with the American form of government.

Bye Bye Justice Scalia, Leave The Court!

One continually hears stories about the “brilliant” mind of Justice Anthony Scalia even though his opinions support any and all desires of those with wealth. He has absolutely no interest in the interests of the American people. However, it is clear that he enjoyed watching the TV show, “24″ and the adventures of Jack Bauer. How and why a Supreme Court Justice believes that TV shows depicting torture and abuse of people is in accord with the US Constitution is a mystery. He recently gave a talk in which this Supreme Court Justice argued: “Listen, I think it’s very facile for people to say, ‘oh torture is terrible.’ You post the situation where a person you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill millions.” In such a situation, then one has the right to torture.

When asked if the US Constitution allowed torture, he responded: “I don’t know what article of the Constitution that would contravene.” As a teacher my students and I discussed the Bill of Rights which forbids, “cruel and unusual punishment.” If that does not apply to torture, then what does? Oh, years ago when asked if an anonymous tip could result in halting and searching a car, Justice Scalia commented. “Let the car go, Bye,Bye, L.A.” Such are the words of a brilliant mind!

Tamir Rice Got Murdered

I confess to being a fanatic follower of law and order shows on television. I never miss an episode of “Blue Bloods” and make certain that at least once a day I view an episode of “Law and Order.” I assume watching those shows has made me aware that police are well trained and endeavor to “talk down” a criminal prior to using their weapons. Heck Officer Reagan on “Blue Bloods” would do anything in his power to persuade a twelve year old boy to put down his weapon, and would avoid, even at cost to himself, taking out his weapon and blasting away at the boy. I do realize that TV shows are fiction, but they allegedly derive from actual police events.

The murder, yes, the murder, of Tamir Rice was a blatant abuse of police power. A twelve year old boy enjoying himself with a toy gun was shot down by police who apparently “feared for their lives.” Sorry, most boys at one point or another have played with guns in parks. It is time for police to calm down and follow the example of Officer Reagan and talk down a little boy.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Some fear the unknown, I fear any and all technology.

People these days work hard to become obese.

Honor thyself to honor others.

It is beneficial to know what you do not know.

Teen girls chew and talk.

I assume cafe people used their hands to talk.

Tomorrow will arrive, just have patience.

I buy things in order to be a job creator.

Each day a new idea is born.

Work hard at identifying things to learn.

Nuremberg Trials, 2014!

In 1946, after conclusion of World War II, the Allied nations conducted a trial of Nazi leaders. I wonder how this trial would have been handled by current members of the Republican Party:

Ted Cruz: “I am sick and tired of hearing about what Nazi leaders did a few years ago. What was done, was done. It is time to move on and stop attacking poor Adolf. He loved dogs, he built highways, and he certainly would not allow a bunch of Africans migrate to the white nation of Germany!

John Boehner: “Once again the Obama administration wants to display its anger at Christian people and protect foreigners who seek to undo the good work of decent hard working white people. For God’s sake quit attacking decent middle class people and protecting Gypsies and other lower class people who somehow got hurt. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Why are we attacking job creators such as the Krupp family and Adolf Hitler. He got Germans back to work, a lot more than President Obama has ever done.”

John Brennan: “We have to focus on what Nazi Germany did right rather than focus on what it did wrong. OK, so they sometimes employed enhanced interrogation techniques that led to the death of a few Jews, but what about Nazi success? They were attempting to end Communism from spreading and threatening the American people. Instead of aiding Adolf Hitler, we aided Communists and that is why the world has problems today. Quit harping on a few rogue interrogators and look at the big picture. If not for Adolf, there would not be a nation today of Israel. So how come Jews do not give that man some credit?”

Fox News: We have with us today, a great champion of anti-Communism, of anti-Muslim terrorists. So Chancellor Adolf Hitler, please explain what you were attempting to accomplish before Russians and Americans and English people got in your way?

Adolf: ” I simply wanted to create jobs for Germans. I got the economy back on track. I restored pride in being a German. I halted the spread of Communism which attempted to destroy the free enterprise society and I aided Job Creators to restore the German economy. OK, I admit that along the way our enhanced interrogation methods did lead the death of a few Jews. Please don’t get me wrong, but some of my best friends were Jews. I am sick and tired of these attacks on our camps where we simply were trying to get people back to work. It is time to move on!”

Punish The Torturers??

It is now clear among the most important mistakes made by the newly elected Barack Obama was failure to appoint an outside bipartisan commission to investigate CIA behavior during the Bush administration. As I recall, he did not want to stir up old problems, and preferred to pretend that from now on things would be OK. In the United Kingdom, the Chilcot Commission was created to study the entire process of how Great Britain got involved in the Iraq war. We now must live with the errors of the Obama decision. Senator Mark Udall has called for the firing of CIA officials who participated in torture. CIA head John Brennan just a few weeks ago was arguing that “enhanced interrogation” helped to “thwart attacks, plans, capture terrorists, and save lives.” So, does President Obama retain this man whose comments do not accord with the reality of what actually happened. There is simply NO evidence that “enhanced interrogation” helped to capture terrorists or prevent terror attacks.

Many of those in the CIA who participated in torture are still around. Dick Cheney is going wild yelling that torture saved America and that those who tortured “deserve all the credit.” The ball is now in the court of Barack Obama. If he retains John Brennan then the report was a waste of time since those who tortured remain free from punishment. I wonder if Barack Obama these days wonders if he should have appointed a Chilcot style commission?

Lets Be Indignant Over Torture!

The torture report is now being presented to the American people. Fox News are their pundits are already issuing new hysteria about this horrible report which is really a pack of lies. One Fox News commentator insisted that he continued supporting torture as long as it “was done fairly. Indignation is sweeping the nation from those who have never lost trust in the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld theory of how to conduct a war. They insist that if Americans behave like sadists, then blame the Muslims who began the process of sadism. Who can forget the hysteria weapons-of-mass destruction- al Qaeda,-Saddam Hussein- chemical weapons ready to end the American nation that once was the norm of those who believed in Jack Bauer of 24 and the necessity of torturing in order to prevent Los Angeles from getting blown up? The new Republican norm is a state of INDIGNATION to Senator Diane Feinstein, the new source of unAmericanism. Mitch McConnell insists revealing torture “will significantly endanger American lives.”

As I recall, ISIS was beheading Americans prior to the issuing of this report. Believe it or not, but Muslims DID KNOW all about torture. We just endured the Ebola scare, the Health Care scare, the high taxes on job creator scare, and now we must become frightened because those who tortured and betrayed our basic American values will become known to the nation. Gee, as I recall the infamous Abu Ghraib pictures of torture were revealed during the administration of George Bush. This entire scare process is simply an attempt to transform Americans into frightened people who will support any action that violates the US Constitution. In other words, the good guy are those who tortured, and the bad guys are those who expose the good guys.

Welcome to frightened America in 2014

WHATEVER IT TAKES!

I confess, after watching the infamous TV program, 24, one episode was enough to make me ill and promise never again to observe the great hero, Jack Bauer perform his feats of wonder that resulted in America never experiencing weapons of mass destruction by Islamic fundamentalists. Fortunately, the new US Senate report on torture put to rest the widespread belief in America that nations had to torture prisoners in order to obtain information. How many times did Jack with his face tight and close lipped express, “I’m talking about doing whatever is necessary to stop this warhead from being used against us.?” Of course, the popular “Zero Dark 30″ also argued that, while not very nice, torture was the only way to get the bad guys. The Senate report puts to rest this incorrect concept of how to handle prisoners of war.

During World War II, the bad guys tortured and beheaded, heck, they weren’t even Muslims! We Americans believed that we were the good guys who did not torture the enemy. Actually, there are few reports during the entire period of 1941-1945 or US interrogators torturing Nazi soldiers, but somehow, we did obtain necessary information, and we did actually win the war. Of course, we only had to confront the German army which was the best armed force in the world, unlike today when we confront the “worse threat to our existence” by 30,000 Islamic terrorists lacking planes, artillery or tanks.

Naturally, Dick Cheney still insists the torture is in accord with the US Constitution.