Friday, April 2, 2010

Sue The Inglorious Basterds? - 2

Some federal courts have stopped playing footsy with the deluded rants of the federal Department of Just Us.

The press and some publishers, however, are still suffering from some delusional hangover as shown in a recent, ongoing case involving a former Bush II propagandist and unapologetic Cheney type neoCon.

The lies of former Bush II speech writer Marc "Cheney Wannabe" Theissen are being proudly published and advertised in the MOMCOM media, however, at the same time they are being exposed by court documents:
In recent months, former Bush speech writer Marc Thiessen has been on a public relations campaign promoting his book, "Courting Disaster," in which he defended the torture of Zubaydah, claiming that he reviewed classified intelligence that revealed Zubaydah's torture produced actionable intelligence that thwarted imminent plots against the United States.


The Justice Department has now backed away from the Bush administration’s more extreme claims in a 109-page court document filed in US District Court in Washington last September in response to 213 discovery requests from Zubaydah's attorneys in his habeas corpus case, which demands evidence to support his continued detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


For instance, the document refutes Bush’s direct statements about Zubaydah, including a claim that he was one of al-Qaeda's "top operatives plotting and planning death and destruction on the United States."

For the first time, the government officially admitted that Zubaydah did not have "any direct role in or advance knowledge of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001," and was neither a "member" of al-Qaeda nor "formally" identified with the terrorist organization.


The government's retreat also could add to the mounting criticism of US Appeals Court Judge Jay Bybee, who in August 2002 as head of the Office of Legal Counsel signed memos authorizing the torture techniques that were applied to Zubaydah and other "high-value" detainees.

At the time, Bybee asserted, based on information he received from the CIA, that Zubaydah "is one of the highest ranking members of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization," "has been involved in every major terrorist operation carried out by al-Qaeda," and was "one of the planners of the September 11 attacks." Bybee approved the harsh interrogation as necessary to thwart pending attacks on US interests, which the CIA claimed Zubaydah knew about.
(Truthout). The nightmare that went on for eight ghoulish years of the Bush II administration must not be forgotten.

There must be accountability for war crimes.

Voting the "neoCon bastids" back into office is not one of the ways of dealing with madness; indeed, that in and of itself would be a touch of madness (of The Stockholm Syndrome type).

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