Sunday, November 20, 2005


Senate to make lawbreaking illegal.

From AP:
"WASHINGTON - The White House and senators are discussing the implications of a Senate-passed ban on the torture of suspected terrorists in U.S. custody and what part, if any, of the proposal the administration might find acceptable, the Pentagon chief said Sunday. The Senate's plan would restrict the techniques used to interrogate foreign terrorism suspects and ban "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment of anyone in U.S. custody. Those sections have drawn a veto threat from the White House..."
Doesn't torture already violate the law? Whatever tortured (ouch) legalistic loopholes the administration has tried to create are bogus.
Here's the money quote, though: "The Senate measure also would require U.S. troops to follow interrogation procedures in the Army Field Manual."
Well, since the freakin' commander-in-chief won't make them enforce their own rules, I guess the Senate needs to.
The reason the Senate is doing this is because the Republican majority would never allow what should really be done: A real investigation of the Defense Dept., CIA, and the Armed Services regarding torture, prisoner abuse, and human rights violations. If this were to be done, it would likely be discovered that many existing laws have already been broken, and not just by low level scapegoats.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Liberal Church May Lose Funds Over Sermon

From AP:LOS ANGELES - "The Internal Revenue Service has warned a prominent liberal church that it could lose its tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon a guest preacher gave on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, according to church officials. The Rev. George F. Regas did not urge parishioners at All Saints Episcopal Church to support either President Bush or John Kerry, but he was critical of the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts."
A liberal congregation hears an anti-war sermon on the eve of an election. Fancy that, a Christian sermon on peace. Highly controversial. How many anti-gay, anti-abortion, liberal hatin' sermons were there in the runup to the election? Your guess is as good as mine, but there was an awful lot of chest thumping from the religious right regarding the effect they had on the 2004 election.

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