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Wednesday, May 16

"Compassionate Conservatism" is Not Dead Yet

It appears that we have some "compassionate conservative" candidates, just like our current president. The anti-American right wing of government continues to serve the dark side.

Audience applauds as Guiliani and Tancredo endorse waterboarding torture: "Both former mayor Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) suggested they would support using the technique. Specifically asked about waterboarding, Giuliani said he would allow “every method [interrogators] could think of and I would support them in doing it.” Tancredo later added, “I’m looking for Jack Bauer,” referencing the television character on "24" who has used torture techniques such as suffocation and electrocution on prisoners."

ThinkProgress also reports that earlier this year, conservative pundits such as Laura Ingraham applauded 24's endorsement of torture saying such lovely things as:
"The average American out there loves the show 24. OK? They love Jack Bauer. They love 24. In my mind that’s close to a national referendum that it’s OK to use tough tactics against high-level Al Qaeda operatives as we’re going to get."
The US Military is not amused by the right wing using the show 24 as a foreign policy play book so
"The United States Military Academy at West Point yesterday confirmed that Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan recently travelled to California to meet producers of the show, broadcast on the Fox channel. He told them that promoting illegal behaviour in the series - apparently hugely popular among the US military - was having a damaging effect on young troops." The Independent
Obviously oblivious to the United States Constitution, Mitt Romney doubly endorses Gitmo: "I am glad [detainees] are at Guantanamo. I don’t want them on our soil. I want them on Guantanamo, where they don’t get the access to lawyers they get when they’re on our soil. I don’t want them in our prisons, I want them there. Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo."

Meanwhile, those who do actually know how the government is supposed to act (two federal appeals court judges) have questioned the corrupt Bush administration which "proposes to limit detainees' lawyers to the evidence presented to the U.S. military tribunal that made the determination. That position drew intense questioning from Judges Douglas Ginsburg and Judith W. Rogers." Both judges "appeared to support giving detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, access to all the evidence against them when challenging their designation as enemy combatants." WP

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