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Friday, February 26, 2010

America the Beautiful is Turning into America the Barbarian

Even after General Petraeus joined all of the experts saying that torture doesn't work, decreases national security, and is bad for our country, the Democrats are scrambling to be as pro-torture as the Republicans.

As Raw Story reports today:

Democratic leadership in the House was in disarray last night after having to withdraw the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act, moments before it was to have been voted upon, as the result of a controversial anti-torture provision.

The amendment was added in the House Rules Committee late on Wednesday and had not previously been vetted in committee. It would have criminalized the most extreme forms of "enhanced interrogation" and provided stiff sentences for intelligence officers or medical professions who engaged in them.

Republican opposition caused the Democrats to attempt to remove the provision from the bill on Thursday by a unanimous consent agreement. When the Republicans refused to go along, the Democratic leadership was forced to pull the bill entirely.

In the wake of the debacle, there was confusion as to how the provision had gotten into the bill, and Democratic leaders appeared to be attempting to distance themselves from it.

The American Prospect had reported earlier that the amendment was proposed by House Intelligence Committee Chair Sylvestre Reyes (D-TX). After the withdrawal of the bill, however, Politico cited Democratic sources as saying that "House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter attached the provision to the bill Wednesday over the objections of other House leaders." One source told RollCall (reg. req.), "No one wanted it in there," and Rep. Jane Harmon (D-CA) insisted, "It's a mystery how that language got in there."


The amendment would have banned the most extreme forms of "enhanced interrogation" -- including waterboarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation, prolonged isolation, and forced sexual acts -- and imposed sentences of up to fifteen years, or even life if a detainee died as a result of such treatment.

Instead of revealing the truth that torture doesn't work, Democrats and Republicans are both pandering to the lowest common denominator. See this, this and this.

America the Beautiful is turning into America the Barbarian before our very eyes.


  1. The US Foreign Policy is dictated in Tel Aviv. The US economy is in the crapper because of continued support for the terrorist sponsering apartheid theocracy of Israel. It is bad enough that Israel murdered 3000 Americans on 911 and blamed it on a fictional organization they names AL KIDDING; but now they want us to go into Iran too???

    How many more Americans need to dies in support of an Apartheid state like Israel. What Ever happened to taking care of Americans first?

  2. You might enjoy this one if you haven't already seen it Mr W...related to what you are writing about.

    Zero Point Of Systemic Collapse
    By Chris Hedges
    12 February, 2010
    Address :

  3. This is an excellent blog, but the first comment on this post really needs to go, it's alex jones stuff.

  4. WOW !!! You mean these A-Holes actually took the time to read what was in the Bill ? OK whats really going on here ?


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