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  • Eric Holder’s Hidden Agenda: The investigation isn’t about torture, but about transnationalism.

    08/29/2009 6:40:55 PM PDT · by thouworm · 55 replies · 1,691+ views
    Nice Deb; NRO ^ | 08-28-2009 | Andrew McCarthy
    "I believe the explanation lies in the Obama administration’s fondness for transnationalism, a doctrine of post-sovereign globalism in which America is seen as owing its principal allegiance to the international legal order rather than to our own Constitution and national interests. "Recall that the president chose to install former Yale Law School dean Harold Koh as his State Department’s legal adviser. Koh is the country’s leading proponent of transnationalism. He is now a major player in the administration’s deliberations over international law and cooperation. Naturally, membership in the International Criminal Court, which the United States has resisted joining, is high...
  • New evidence emerges of China forcing Muslims into reeducation camps

    08/10/2018 11:00:14 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 10, 2018 | Emily Rauhala
    First-of-its-kind courtroom testimony here has corroborated allegations that the Chinese government has built a network of internment camps in western China where Muslim minorities are held without charge for “reeducation.” Sayragul Sauytbay, an ethnic Kazakh Chinese national, said she crossed from China’s Xin­jiang region to Kazakhstan without proper papers after being forced to work at a camp where around 2,500 ethnic Kazakhs were being held for indoctrination. “In China, they call it a political camp, but really it was a prison in the mountains,” she told a court last month packed with Kazakh villagers, reporters and a few tight-lipped Chinese...
  • Pompeo reportedly gives Kim Jong Un an Elton John 'Rocket Man' CD at Trump's request

    07/06/2018 8:12:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/06/2018 | Alex Pappas
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly brought a CD with the Elton John song “Rocket Man” to give as a gift to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to the country. Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Friday amid talks between the two countries over denuclearizing North Korea. Pompeo brought two gifts for Kim, including a letter from President Trump and the CD, according to The Chosun Ilbo, a top newspaper in South Korea. Last year, amid escalating rhetoric between the two countries, Trump repeatedly referred to Kim as “Rocket Man” and “Little Rocket Man.” A diplomatic...
  • UK 'knew US mistreated rendition detainees' (Barf Alert)

    06/28/2018 6:11:18 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28th June 2018 | BBC News
    The UK tolerated "inexcusable" treatment of US detainees after the 9/11 attacks, MPs have found. The Intelligence and Security Committee said British agencies continued to supply intelligence to allies despite knowing or suspecting abuse in more than 200 cases. Committee chairman Dominic Grieve said agencies knew of incidents that were "plainly unlawful". The findings have sparked fresh calls for an independent, judge-led inquiry. The two parliamentary reports, published following a three-year investigation, examine how far Britain's intelligence agencies were aware of the mistreatment of terrorism suspects. The ISC said it was "beyond doubt" that the UK knew how the US...
  • Who’s Funding Ireland’s Abortion Lobby?

    10/01/2017 4:54:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/28/17 | David Quinn
    Numerous international groups are trying to influence Ireland into legalising abortionThe great and the good internationally have a big interest in the outcome of Ireland’s looming abortion referendum, planned for next year. They want Irish voters to erase from their constitution the so-called Eighth Amendment, which gives the unborn child the same right to life as every other human being. Abortion is only permitted in Ireland when the life of the mother is at real and substantial risk. This amendment was inserted into the constitution following a referendum in 1983 which passed by a two-to-one margin. Ever since then secular...
  • John McCain helped build a country that no longer reflects his values

    06/17/2018 12:40:36 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 98 replies
    PennLive ^ | June 17, 2018 | Elizabeth Sherman
    Arizona Sen. John McCain - scion of Navy brass, flyboy turned Vietnam war hero and tireless defender of American global leadership - now faces terminal brain cancer. I am a scholar of American politics. And I believe that, regardless of his storied biography and personal charm, three powerful trends in American politics thwarted McCain's lifelong ambition to be president. They were the rise of the Christian right, partisan polarization and declining public support for foreign wars. Republican McCain was a champion of bipartisan legislating, an approach that served him and the Senate well. But as political divides have grown, bipartisanship...
  • Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother Sentenced to Life; Boyfriend Sentenced to Death in Torture Killing Case

    06/07/2018 10:53:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    KTLA ^ | June 7, 2018, | Cindy Von Quednow and Eric Spillman
    The boy's mother, Pearl Fernandez, 34, pleaded guilty in connection with the boy's 2013 death in February. Fernandez's boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, was convicted of first-degree murder on Nov. 15 and a jury found true the allegation that the defendant tortured the victim. ... Gabriel was taken to a hospital in May 2013 when he stopped breathing. He had a cracked skull and broken ribs, with B.B. pellets in his lung and groin. He was declared brain dead and died two days later. Hatami argued that Aguirre and Fernandez worked to keep their treatment of Gabriel hidden by using make up...
  • Formerly Jailed CIA Official Warns Trump: Mueller, Brennan 'Set Out to Ruin People'

    05/23/2018 9:40:19 PM PDT · by bitt · 28 replies
    tucker carlson fox news ^ | 5/22/2018 | tucker carlson
    A former CIA officer who was imprisoned for leaking classified information to journalists said he was initially was cleared of charges until Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan got involved. John Kiriakou said he had "no idea" he was under investigation in 2007 for sharing details of terrorists' interrogations to journalists. Kiriakou said his story should be relevant to President Donald Trump, who is dealing with the same officials in his Russia probe as Kiriakou did. "In 2007, the Bush administration investigated me and determined I hadn't committed a crime," he said. However, Kiriakou said that once President Obama took power...
  • On Torture

    05/19/2018 5:31:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2018 | John C. Goodman
    Is torture always morally wrong? Is it sometimes justified?These are questions swirling around the nomination of Gina Haspel to head the CIA. Critics (mainly Senate Democrats) claim that torture is always wrong, even though some of those senators were aware of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” for years and never once complained about it. In her defense, Karl Rove told Fox News viewers that whatever we do is legitimate if it’s for the defense of the United States.As I explain below, both sides are wrong. But first things first.Zero Dark Thirty. This is Hollywood’s version of Haspel’s backstory. She apparently supervised...
  • Senate Confirms Gina Haspel As CIA Director

    05/17/2018 1:03:19 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 105 replies
    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as CIA director, making her the first woman to lead the spy agency despite the controversy surrounding her role in the waterboarding program.
  • Saddam al-Jamal Captured! And More Tortured Logic

    05/15/2018 5:14:10 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 25 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-15-18 | Wordsmith
    This monster: The ISIS commander behind the brutal execution of a Jordanian pilot who was burned to death in a cage in 2015 is among the four senior ISIS leaders captured last week in Iraq. Saddam al-Jamal is one of the most senior ISIS commanders to be detained so far and was tipped as a future leader of the death cult. He gained a reputation for brutality as an ISIS commander with a taste for personally beheading prisoners. The Jordanian security services believe he masterminded the brutal killing of downed pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh in 2015. Al-Kasasbeh was a Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot...
  • The Tortured Logic of Kamala Harris

    05/12/2018 7:50:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/12/2018 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The question of whether torture is immoral does not have quite the yes or no answer that California Senator and posturing Democratic presidential wannabe Kamala Harris implied it had during the questioning of CIA nominee Gina Haspel. Classic torture is the intentional infliction of excruciating pain and permanent injury. Merely pouring water down the nostrils of a terrorist does not meet that classic definition.
  • Fox Business will no longer book analyst who said torture 'worked' on McCain

    05/11/2018 10:30:34 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 104 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11,2018 | BY AVERY ANAPOL -
    A former Fox News military analyst will not be booked on Fox Business again after saying that torture “worked” on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The network will not book Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney again, a spokesperson confirmed to The Hill. McInerney made the comment during an appearance on Fox Business to discuss President Trump’s CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, who McCain has fiercely opposed over her work at a CIA black site prison. "Sen. John McCain said he's not going to endorse Haspel also in part because she believes in torture, that she thinks it works, even though she laid...
  • The Haspel Obstacle: Enhanced Interrogations Are Not 'Torture'

    05/11/2018 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2018 | Mark Davis
    Many debates over politics and policy begin with a battle over language. Before all sides can hash out their differences, there must be an understanding of what their words mean. From the months following 9/11 right up to the current CIA confirmation hearings for Gina Haspel, the misuse of a vital term has hindered clarity and progress on a key issue. On the first day of her answers before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the word even impeded what should be a clear path to the title she seeks. The word, of course, is “torture.” Since our nation began undertaking special...
  • Fox Business guest says torture ‘worked’ on 'Songbird' John McCain

    05/10/2018 12:52:20 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 94 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2018 | Erik Wemple
    During a discussion with host Charles Payne on Fox Business Network, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney was asked to opine on the criticism faced by Gina Haspel, who was grilled on Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee in her pursuit of confirmation for the top job at the CIA. Having played a role in the CIA’s interrogation/torture program during the 2000s, Haspel waffled a bit as Democratic senators pushed her on the morality of the methods, which are no longer in force. McInerney was riding with Trump on this one: “It’s very simple to me, Charles. If we...
  • Gina Haspel won't say if she oversaw detainee waterboarding

    05/09/2018 9:55:04 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 9, 2018
    Gina Haspel refused to say Wednesday during her confirmation hearing to be CIA director if she oversaw the waterboarding of terrorism suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in 2002. Haspel reportedly became chief of base at a CIA black site in Thailand in October of that year. Nashiri arrived in November and was waterboarded at least three times before being transferred in December to a different facility, according to a Senate Intelligence Committee report. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who was influential in drafting an intelligence committee report partially released in 2014, asked Haspel to give a "yes or no" answer to whether...
  • Is A Former Feinstein Staffer Running Fusion GPS’s Post-Election Steele Dossier Operation?

    02/20/2018 2:15:27 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2018 | Sean Davis
    New evidence suggests that a former top staffer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) may be directing the post-election efforts of Fusion GPS, a Democrat-linked political opposition research firm, to vindicate a series of memos alleging illegal collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials
  • Kanye West: ‘Fake News’ Media Is Like ‘Torture Porn’ For Losers

    05/02/2018 5:46:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/01/18 | Charlie Spiering
    Worldwide cultural influencer and rap superstar Kanye West set himself free in a TMZ interview on Tuesday, saving his most scathing rebukes for the media. “When they refer to fake news because it can be skewed and stuff, it is like the media and the liberals and the echo chamber and all that is having the most sore loss of all time,” West said in a wide-ranging talk with TMZ founder and host Harvey Levin. The Grammy-winner said the media had become toxic especially when talking about President Donald Trump. “It’s like torture porn,” Kanye West said. “We are going...
  • John McCain was tortured as a POW. Will he help sink CIA nominee implicated in torture program?

    04/20/2018 1:42:22 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 50 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 19, 2018 | Chris Megerian
    Activists seeking to derail President Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA are looking to Sen. John McCain to cast the deciding vote against her — assuming he is well enough to return to Washington. The 81-year-old Republican was diagnosed with brain cancer in July and last cast a vote in the Senate on early December before he returned home to Arizona for treatment. He underwent surgery in Phoenix for an intestinal infection on April 15. Haspel's critics are counting on McCain to speak out against her nomination, even if he can't cast a vote on the Senate...
  • Texas Democrat Mark Benavides Guilty of Six-Counts of Continuous Trafficking of Persons

    04/07/2018 1:14:52 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 40 replies
    USSA News ^ | 4/4/2018 | Red Pill
    There’s breaking news coming out of San Antonio, Texas tonight where a formerly powerful Democrat, Attorney Mark Benavides, has been found guilty on six individual counts of human trafficking in a grotesque and sex-filled criminal conspiracy. Mark Benavides, a well-known Democrat who ran for the 186th District Court in 2014, was accused by federal law enforcement of trading his legal services as an attorney for sex from his clients and then recording those manipulative sex-romps, according to local ABC affiliate KSAT 12 in San Antonio. The clients of Benavides were all criminals such as prostitutes and drug addicts, all of...