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  • Illinois Senator Asks Pope to Curb Dominican Cardinal's Criticism of Gay US Envoy

    12/17/2015 12:19:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has written to Pope Francis, criticizing "hateful" public remarks by Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo about the openly homosexual US ambassador to the Dominican Republic. The Illinois lawmaker said that the ambassador, James "Wally" Brewster, has shown "patience and professionalism" in the "mean-spirited attacks" by the Dominican cardinal. He appealed to the Pope to stop the cardinal's "intolerant public statements."
  • House Republicans sidelined, Durbin says

    10/13/2013 7:22:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies ^ | October 13, 2013 | AUSTIN WRIGHT
    House Republicans are no longer a part of negotiations to end the standoff in Washington, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday. “We’ve reached the point where House Republicans and their leadership have stepped to the sidelines,” the Illinois Democrat said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” knocking the House GOP for what he characterized as shifting demands. “They’re not part of this,” he said. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), meanwhile, blamed President Barack Obama for the standoff over reopening the government and raising the debt limit. “The president has refused to negotiate,” Portman said. “It’s unbelievable.” Portman also echoed other Republicans...
  • Trayvon Martin's Mother to Testify in Senate on 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

    09/14/2013 5:26:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | William Bigelow
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, announced on Thursday that a central witness in the September 17 Senate hearing targeting “Stand Your Ground” laws will be Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother.
  • Dick Durbin: Are bloggers and tweeters entitled to constitutional protection?

    05/26/2013 4:57:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 144 replies ^ | May 26, 2013 05:53 PM | Doug Powers
    Dick Durbin: Are bloggers and tweeters entitled to constitutional protection? Share By Doug Powers • May 26, 2013 05:53 PM **Written by Doug Powers Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has in the past had a very subjective and abstract view of the Constitution, and on Fox News Sunday he once again wondered which people might be “entitled” to constitutional protections and which people might not: “You’ve raised an important point and I heard Sen. Graham call for special counsel,” Durbin said. “I’m not ready to do this at this moment. I would like to know if Holder has any conflict in...
  • Sen. Dick Durbin responds to letter (DICK IS A LITTLE THIN-SKINNED)

    12/06/2012 10:26:40 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 22 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 5, 2012 6:38PM | Sen. Dickhead Durbin (D-Ill.)
    Senator responds This week, a letter writer criticized what he felt is my position on taxing the rich, reducing the debt and protecting the safety net. Let me set the record straight. I do believe the wealthy should pay their fair share. I voted for a bill raising taxes on those making more than $250,000 and protecting middle-income families from income tax increases this summer. That bill is being held up in the House of Representatives by the Speaker. I support closing tax loopholes, limiting deductions and elimination of some of the carve-outs and giveaways in our tax code —...
  • Web tax on tap - Feds look to bail out strapped state coffers

    04/17/2011 6:37:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies ^ | April 17, 2011 | MARK DeCAMBRE
    The e-tax man cometh. As early as this week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told The Post he will propose sweeping legislation to tax all online purchases -- in a move aimed at closing state budget shortfalls. Such a tax would plow more than $1 billion in tax revenues into the state coffers for the 2012 budget, according to some estimates. William Fox, University of Tennessee economics professor, says that based on his own estimates, New York lost about $865.5 million in tax revenues in 2010 -- almost enough to close that year's $1 billion budget deficit -- based on its...
  • Dick Durbin holds Muslim rights hearings

    03/29/2011 9:45:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Dick Durbin holds Muslim rights hearings By: Scott Wong March 29, 2011 11:33 AM EDT Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said it wasn’t a response to Republican Rep. Peter King’s hearings this month on post-9/11 Islamic radicalization and terrorism — but it sure felt like it. Durbin’s hearing Tuesday on anti-Muslim bigotry – the first congressional hearing of its kind – was an opportunity for Democrats to present Muslim Americans in a different light: as a people facing growing discrimination and intolerance. Durbin noted that King previously said there are too many mosques in the country. And former House Speaker...
  • Durbin to host hearings on protecting Muslim civil rights

    03/23/2011 8:00:59 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Durbin to host hearings on protecting Muslim civil rights By Daniel Strauss - 03/23/11 09:50 AM ET Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) plans to hold hearings on protecting American Muslims' civil rights, his office announced Tuesday night. The hearings come a few weeks after Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) held controversial hearings of his own on the radicalization of American Muslims. Those hearings were widely criticized by Democrats who worried that they unfairly singled out Muslim Americans. But an official with knowledge of the matter said that Durbin's hearings are not meant to counter King's. Instead, it comes "in response...
  • Next in line? (Turban Durbin speaking in Omaha May 15)

    04/26/2010 2:35:11 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 6 replies · 247+ views ^ | 4-26-10 | Don Walton
    Next in line? Score one for Nebraska Democrats. They've snared Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois as headline speaker at their Morrison-Exon Dinner on May 15. Durbin could be the next Senate majority leader if Sen. Harry Reid doesn't survive a tough re-election test in Nevada this November. And, of course, if Democrats maintain control of the Senate. If Reid goes down, Democrats are likely to choose between Durbin and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz, a graduate of Chadron State College who was born in West Point, will also address the dinner to be held at...
  • Welcome to the Terrorists-for-Jobs Exchange (Durbin: Bring Terrorists to Illinois)

    11/17/2009 4:33:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 652+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/16/09 | Kevin McCullough
    Welcome to the Terrorists-for-Jobs Exchangeby Kevin McCullough, Updated November 16, 2009 Shouldn't the voters of a state that have the chance to weigh in on whether or not terrorists should be housed in a prison in their state? It appears that officials in three states--Illinois, Montana, and Colorado--are salivating over the hope of landing a federal contract to house some of the remaining Gitmo detainees. The reason for such desperation appears mostly to be driven by desperate economics. Amid reports this weekend that President Obama's home state of Illinois is hoping to sell a prison facility to the federal...
  • Sauerberg: Durbin Hates America

    07/20/2008 7:33:51 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 23 replies · 135+ views ^ | Kevin Robinson
    GOP Senate challenger Steve Sauerberg called Dick Durbin's patriotism into question during a taping of a radio broadcast to air Sunday morning on WBBM 780-AM. Noting Durbin's opposition to a constitutional amendment banning flag burning, Sauerberg said the founding fathers "never had to deal with ultra-liberal Americans who hate their own country." When asked if he was referring to Durbin, he said "I think he’s an ultra-liberal. Whether he hates his own country, I cannot determine for the gentleman,” but that he "wonders a lot" about Durbin's patriotism. Sauerberg also attacked Durbin for a speech he gave in 2005 condemning...
  • Senate Democratic Leaders To Call On Clear Channel To Renounce Limbaugh's Attack On Our Troops

    09/28/2007 8:11:17 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 113 replies · 185+ views
    United States Senate Leader Harry Reid ^ | Friday, September 28, 2007 | United States Senate Leader Harry Reid
    Press Release of Senator Reid Senate Democratic Leaders To Call On Clear Channel To Renounce Limbaugh's Attack On Our Troops Democrats Ask Colleagues to Join in Condemning 'Phony Soldiers' Comment Friday, September 28, 2007 Washington, DC—Senate Democratic leaders will send the following letter early next week to Mark P. Mays, CEO of Clear Channel Communications, calling on him to publicly repudiate Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of troops who speak out against the Iraq war as “phony soldiers.” The leaders are waiting to send Clear Channel this letter in order to give their colleagues – including those who have recently spoken...
  • Durbin Gets Eyeful at Guantanamo

    07/13/2006 3:54:25 PM PDT · by Krankor · 53 replies · 1,361+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/13/06 | Lynn Sweet
    The Pentagon took an extra security precaution for Monday's trip to the Guantanamo detention center by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a strong critic of the prison: It made sure Durbin brought along a Republican. Durbin toured the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay with Sen. George Allen (R-Va.). The Defense Department worked with Durbin's office for more than a month to make sure the day trip was not just a quick in and out. Some congressional delegations observe only part of the extensive prison operation. Durbin, who has a top secret plus clearance, signed up to see it all. The...
  • Durbin says Guantanamo should be closed by end of 2006

    07/11/2006 2:11:54 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 750+ views
    Durbin says Guantanamo should be closed by end of 2006 AP July 11, 2006 - Senator Dick Durbin said today the United States should immediately begin phasing out operations at its detention facilities on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The Illinois Democrat just returned from a fact-finding trip to the base. Durbin says the goal should be to close the prison camp by the end of 2006. He says despite the best efforts of American troops, Guantanamo has become a powerful, negative symbol around the world for failures of the Bush administration. Durbin spoke on the same day...
  • SENATOR'S WORD(Sen. Durbin in bed with Rconquista group LA RAZA--Encourages more demonstrations)

    04/24/2006 6:26:29 PM PDT · by NRA2BFree · 76 replies · 2,460+ views
    La Raza ^ | 04/14/2006 | Jorge Mederos
    "Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) recommends that the dynamic of applying pressure via massive demonstrations should not be stopped because the reform to the immigration system is at risk of getting stuck in the senate, but he opposes the boycott." Jorge Mederos La Raza In an exclusive interview during a visit to the offices of La Raza, Senator Durbin – a member of the Judiciary Committee – predicted that the issue will not die, but at the same time he warned of new risks of losing the political momentum for approval of a measure with the potential of legalizing some 12...
  • Enemy of the State Returns (Dick Turbin)

    04/22/2006 5:15:55 PM PDT · by slowhand520 · 11 replies · 766+ views
    Enemy of the State Returns - Saturday, April 22, 2006 @ 9:17:09 AM Having apparently recovered from the national backlash he suffered after comparing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to a Nazi death camp (and the intellectual thrashings he suffered at the hands of John Roberts and Samuel Alito) Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois wants to return to center stage. The strong rumor is that he will introduce a "no confidence" resolution aimed at Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as soon as the Senate returns next week. (It has apparently escaped Durbin that we don't have a parliamentary system of government in which...
  • Sen. Durbin: U.S. Deserves Honest Leaders ["a culture of corruption that is preventing government..]

    01/14/2006 9:05:29 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies · 891+ views
    Sen. Durbin: U.S. Deserves Honest Leaders 50 minutes ago America deserves honest leadership in Washington to replace the current Republican-dominated government, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Saturday in the Democrats' weekly radio address. The concentrated power of the current GOP-controlled Congress and executive branch has produced "a culture of corruption that is preventing government from dealing with the real needs of our nation," Durbin said. In his broadcast, Durbin made several references to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who was slain in 1968 and would have turned 77 on Sunday. Durbin said that in his last book,...
  • Report: Justice Department Probing Durbin, Rockefeller CIA Leak

    12/22/2005 10:33:26 AM PST · by shield · 194 replies · 6,097+ views ^ | July 23, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into whether Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Jay Rockefeller and Ron Wyden leaked details about a secret "black ops" CIA satellite program last December in a move that may have seriously compromised national security, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Jed Babbin said on Saturday. "The CIA made a request to the Justice Department to investigate and possibly bring criminal charges against these three [senators]," Babbin told WABC Radio host Monica Crowley. "My information is that investigation is ongoing." Rockefeller is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Durbin is the No....
  • Durbin was source for [Turley] column about Roberts (Update: Durbin looking more foolish)

    07/27/2005 7:09:24 AM PDT · by leftcoaster · 43 replies · 1,734+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/27/2005 | Charles Hurt
    Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin acknowledged yesterday that he was the source for a newspaper column that reported earlier this week that Judge John G. Roberts Jr. said he could not rule in a Supreme Court case where U.S. law might conflict with Catholic teaching. But the Illinois Democrat maintains that the column by George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley incorrectly captured the private conversation that the senator had with Judge Roberts in his Capitol office Friday. When the column appeared Monday, Mr. Durbin's office clarified that "Judge Roberts said repeatedly that he would follow the rule of...
  • Durbin: Pro-Life Stance Would 'Disqualify' Roberts

    07/24/2005 10:06:46 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 78 replies · 2,205+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/24/05 | Limbacher
    The Senate's number two Democrat said Sunday that if Judge John Roberts doesn't recognize that the Constitution's right to privacy covers the Roe vs Wade abortion decision, it would "disqualify" him from serving on the Supreme Court. Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" if President Bush had "the same right" to appoint pro-life justices that President Clinton had to appoint pro-choice justices, Durbin at first insisted, "I'm not looking for a litmus test." "As important as reproductive rights and women's rights are, I just basically want to know that if the next case involving privacy and personal freedom came up,...
  • IL Family Institute Urges Senators Not to 'Bork' Judge Roberts, Says Durbin's Credibility Is Shot

    07/20/2005 10:52:39 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 580+ views
    US News ^ | 7/20/05
    Illinois Family Institute Executive Director Peter LaBarbera issued the following statement regarding President Bush's superb selection of federal appeals court Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court: "President Bush has made an excellent choice in Judge Roberts. Bush had a mandate to choose a conservative judge who favors judicial restraint over an 'evolving,' pliable Constitution, and he has fulfilled that mandate. Even as we urge Sen. Dick Durbin (D) and other Senate liberals to refrain from trying to 'Bork' Judge Roberts, we recognize that pro-abortion groups like NOW and NARAL have tremendous influence in the Democrat Party, and they...
  • REPORT: One UK Homicide Bomber Was Recent GITMO Release

    07/07/2005 1:28:58 PM PDT · by Minus_The_Bear · 28 replies · 1,461+ views
    The following is report from the website Homeland may or not be accurate.... 7 July 2005; 12:54 ET: Preliminary reports from a source inside the Pentagon indicate that one of the operatives involved in this morning's bombings in London was recently released from the prison at Guantanamo. DEVELOPING…
  • UAE, Italy, The Vatican, Iraq condemn London blasts [Pope describes attack as anti-Christian]

    07/07/2005 7:53:55 AM PDT · by Wiz · 16 replies · 703+ views
    CAPITALS, July 7 (KUNA) -- The UAE, Italy, The Vatican, and Iraq all condemned the explosions that rocked the city of London on Thursday. UAE's Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed has been qouted by the UAE news agency as saying "The UAE strongly condemns these terrible crimes and expresses its complete solidarity with the British government in whatever measures iy taked in the face of these crimes." While it said it had no information on whether any Italians had been among the victims of the London bombings, the Italian Foreign Ministry said...
  • TV ads to blast DURBIN for Guantanamo comments

    07/02/2005 2:25:59 PM PDT · by Impeach98 · 80 replies · 4,406+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07/02/2005 | Sam Singer
    TV ads to blast Durbin for Guantanamo comments Senator's aide calls spots a `cheap shot'By Sam Singer Washington Bureau Published July 2, 2005 WASHINGTON -- More than two weeks after citing Nazis and other brutal regimes in criticizing U.S. tactics at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) remains under fire from critics who claim the lawmaker's subsequent apology was insufficient. Move America Forward, a group affiliated with the conservative political public relations firm Russo Marsh & Rogers, is planning a national ad campaign that scolds Durbin for his June 14 statements and what the organization refers...
  • Durbin urges 'moderation' in new court nominee

    07/01/2005 11:37:17 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 58 replies · 1,558+ views
    ChicagoBusiness ^ | July 1, 2005 | By Greg Hinz
    IL senator threatens possible filibuster if nominee too far rightThe number two Democrat in the U.S. Senate Friday urged the president to nominate someone of “independence, balance and moderation” to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
  • Memo to Sen. Durbin: Let's talk about real torture

    06/29/2005 6:54:19 PM PDT · by vannrox · 15 replies · 992+ views
    International World Tribune LINK ^ | June 29 2005 | By James H. Warner
    For 5 months 'I stayed in the box' As a Marine Corps officer, I spent five years and five months in a prisoner of war camp in North Vietnam. I believe this gives me a benchmark against which to measure the treatment which Sen. Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, complained of at the Camp of Detention for Islamo-fascists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Durbin used the FBI Memo before in Feb 2005

    06/22/2005 7:05:49 AM PDT · by Dog · 209 replies · 6,733+ views
    Freeper OXENINFLA/Congressional Record | February 02, 2005
    EXECUTIVE SESSION -- (Senate - February 02, 2005) Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, after every war, history is written. There are stories of courage, compassion, and glory, and stories of cruelty, weakness, and shame. When history is written of our war on terrorism, it will record the millions of acts of heroism, kindness, and sacrifice performed by American troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other nations. And it will record as well the stunning courage of Iraqi men and women standing in line last Sunday, defying the terrorist bullets and bombs to vote in the first free election of their lives. But...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 06-21-05 ("Durbin Caves")

    06/21/2005 6:01:41 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 97 replies · 1,723+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | June 21, 2005 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Oh how the mighty have fallen. A few days ago the DUmmies were in ecstasy because Senator Dick DUrbin wouldn’t apologize for his idiotic remarks comparing the pampered treatment of the terrorist Gitmo detainees to prisoners of the Nazis and Soviets. However, much to their great anguish, Durbin has offered a sort of apology for his stupidity a few hours ago. It wasn’t much of an apology but it was enough to set off extreme DUmmie rage at their former hero, Durbin, as you can see in this THREAD titled, “Durbin Caves.” As usual the DUmmie frustration as they...
  • Durbin Apologizes on Senate floor for his remarks

    06/21/2005 2:51:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 467 replies · 14,571+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/21/05 | Dick Durbin
    Durbin apologizes for his remarks last week. developing nothing follows. :)
  • The many faces of Sen. Dick Durbin

    06/21/2005 8:23:33 AM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 13 replies · 979+ views
    The Southern Illinoisan ^ | June 21, 2005 | Jim Muir
    Will the real Dick Durbin please stand up? After spending the past week with his foot wedged firmly in his mouth about comments he made likening American troops to "Nazis," it seems Durbin can't seem to make up his mind exactly where he stands. First, he was non-apologetic, then he was apologetic, then he was defiant and finally he shifted into damage control mode and blamed his comments on - you guessed it - his political foes. During a week when the state of Illinois received yet another political black eye, let's take a look at the saga that I've...

    06/21/2005 7:15:13 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 143 replies · 6,961+ views
    CSPAN ^ | 20 JUNE 2005 | AliVeritas
  • Keep Gitmo open, 58% of Americans say in poll

    06/21/2005 6:43:09 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 44 replies · 664+ views
    NYDailyNews ^ | 06/21/05 | KENNETH R. BAZINET
    Keep Gitmo open, 58% of Americans say in poll BY KENNETH R. BAZINET DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - A new poll yesterday showed most Americans want the prison at Guantanamo Bay to remain open, giving a boost to President Bush's defense of human rights conditions at the lockup for suspected terrorists. "Many of those folks being detained, in humane conditions I might add, are dangerous people," Bush told reporters. "The fundamental question facing our government is what do you do with these people?" A growing chorus of critics have called for Guantanamo to be closed amid reports of torture...
  • What should the Senate do about Durbin FreeRepublic poll discussion thread.

    06/21/2005 6:04:07 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 96 replies · 1,133+ views
    FR | 6-21-05 | self
    Title says it. What are your thoughts? I voted that Durbin ought to be removed from office but I doubt that they will do more than talk a lot.
  • Durbin Update

    06/20/2005 9:41:13 AM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 52 replies · 2,048+ views
    Power Line ^ | June 20
    I called Senator Dick Durbin's office this morning at (202) 224-2152 and, after being on hold for a while, laid out the reasons why I think Durbin should resign from the Senate. His staffer told me that as of this morning, he is standing by his statement comparing American soldiers to the Nazis, the Communists and the Khmer Rouge. There was one caveat, however: the staffer told me that Durbin never actually said "American soldiers," and that there are also contract interrogators at Guantanamo Bay. I asked whether Durbin was trying to claim that everything bad about Gitmo was the...
  • Letter to Senator Durbin from Commander Paul Galanti, USN ret, (POW)

    06/19/2005 5:44:30 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 69 replies · 2,496+ views
    A Collection of Thoughts ^ | June 16, 2005 | Commander Paul Galanti, USN ret, (POW)
    Senator Durbin, As one who was held in a North Vietnamese Prison for nearly seven years and whose definition of torture and bad treatment is somewhat at variance with yours, I deplore your senseless comments about alleged "barbaric treatment" at our terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo. Your remarks comparing Guantanamo to the regimes of Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot are outrageous. I tried to think of why a rational human being could make such an outlandish statement but I keep coming up short. I thought I'd seen it all when Howard Dean performed his infamous scream in Iowa but your...
  • A slander on our troops

    06/18/2005 6:08:50 PM PDT · by Laverne · 21 replies · 850+ views
    Toldeo Blade ^ | June 18, 2005 | Jack Kelly
    IN A speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, the assistant Democratic leader likened the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Nazi, Soviet, and Cambodian concentration camps. What's giving America a black eye is the slander of our troops by Mr. Durbin, Amnesty, and others. Americans should be outraged, but not by the conduct of our soldiers
  • ADL calls on Durbin to apologize (Dick Dirtbag Alert)

    06/17/2005 5:23:10 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 17 replies · 775+ views ^ | June 17, 2005 |
    The Anti-Defamation League has called on Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin to apologize for comparing alleged abuses at Guantanamo Bay to torture and killing by the Nazi regime. "Whatever your views on the treatment of detainees and alleged excesses at the Guantanamo Bay facility, it is inappropriate and insensitive to suggest that actions by American troops in any way resemble actions taken by Nazis in their treatment of prisoners," wrote ADL head Abraham Foxman in a letter to the Illinois lawmaker. [See video of the remarks here.]
  • Durbin issues non-apology on Website

    06/17/2005 3:01:29 PM PDT · by Republican Red · 64 replies · 1,575+ views
    "More than 1700 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and our country’s standing in the world community has been badly damaged by the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. My statement in the Senate was critical of the policies of this Administration which add to the risk our soldiers face.” “I will continue to speak out when I disagree with this Administration.” “I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings: our soldiers around the world and their families...
  • Durbin blames media for 'Nazi' flap

    06/17/2005 8:51:24 AM PDT · by Commander Salamander · 66 replies · 2,769+ views
    UPI ^ | June 17, 2005 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says right-wing media misrepresented comments he made about abuse of terror suspects, which he compared to Nazi abuses. Durbin late Tuesday read what he said was an e-mail message from an FBI agent regarding alleged prisoner abuse. Durbin said if it didn't identify the source of the information "you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime." Several high-ranking Republicans responded Thursday. Sen. John Warner, R-Va., said, "The danger the loose comments such as that, comparison which have no...
  • Rush: Don't Apologize, Senator Durbin - You've Told Us Who Democrats Really Are

    06/17/2005 9:07:49 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 59 replies · 2,089+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | June 16, 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's go ahead and listen to Senator Durbin again. You need to hear this. We got the audio for this in the final hour of the program yesterday, and just in that period of time – as we always say, "show prep for the rest of the media." It was all over the place last night, websites and all over, people are outraged. Durbin's office is being swamped with phone calls. We had phone calls on this program after the audio aired. People are just livid, and particularly the parents of soldiers serving in the United States,...
  • GOP to Dems: Denounce Durbin Remarks

    06/17/2005 9:29:10 AM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 87 replies · 1,579+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, June 17, 2005
    WASHINGTON — GOP leaders called on their Democratic counterparts Friday to denounce the comments of Sen. Dick Durbin (search), who earlier this week blasted the Guantanamo detainee camp. House Republicans sent House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (search) a letter asking her to publicly condemn the No. 2 Senate Democrat's comments. "Does the speech made by Senator Durbin also reflect your views as the House Democratic Leader? If not, we respectfully request that you publicly renounce Senator Durbin's comments. These sorts of irresponsible comments send the wrong message to our soldiers," stated the letter signed by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert,...
  • Furor Over Senator's Gitmo Remarks

    06/17/2005 9:48:07 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 717+ views
    AP ^ | 6/17/05
    The White House and Senate Republicans on Thursday assailed a Democrat for comparing American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, Soviet gulags and Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. It is "beyond belief" that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin would compare the treatment of dangerous enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay to the death of millions of innocent people by oppressive governments, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "I think the senator's remarks are reprehensible. It's a real disservice to our men and women in uniform who adhere to high standards and uphold our values and our laws," he said. Sen. John Warner,...
  • White House rips Durbin's remarks

    06/17/2005 9:53:23 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 34 replies · 869+ views
    Sun Times ^ | 6/17/05 | Nedra Pickler
    The White House and Senate Republicans on Thursday assailed Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin for comparing American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, Soviet gulags and Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. It is ''beyond belief'' that Durbin would compare the treatment of dangerous enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay to the death of millions of innocent people by oppressive governments, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. ''I think the senator's remarks are reprehensible. It's a real disservice to our men and women in uniform who adhere to high standards and uphold our values and our laws,'' he said. 'Egregious misjudgment' Sen. John...

    06/17/2005 10:25:03 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 45 replies · 2,060+ views
    various sources | June 17, 2005
    DURBIN: 'On one occasion the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. On another occasion the air conditioner had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room,...
  • Floor Statement by Senator Richard J. Durbin on Guantanamo Bay<br> June 14, 2005

    06/17/2005 10:41:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 8,310+ views
    The State Journal-Register Springfield, Illinois ^ | June 14, 2005 | Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois
    Floor Statement by Senator Richard J. Durbin on Guantanamo Bay June 14, 2005               Mr. President, there has been a lot of discussion in recent days about whether to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.  This debate misses the point.  It is not a question of whether detainees are held at Guantanamo Bay or some other location.  The question is how we should treat those who have been detained there.  Whether we treat them according to the law or not does not depend on their address.  It depends on our policy as a nation.             How should we...
  • Durbin tried to rewrite his quote last night.

    06/17/2005 6:15:18 AM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 120 replies · 4,522+ views
    Senate Rocord [Page: S6716] ^ | 6-16-05 | Dick Durbin
    (6-16) Mr. DURBIN. What I have said is, if you were asked, without being told where this might have occurred, as I said here directly in the RECORD, you might conclude that it was done by one of those repressive regimes because that was the kind of heavy-handed tactic they used, the kind of inhumane treatment in which they engaged. You would be surprised to learn that according to the FBI, it was something that occurred at Guantanamo in a facility under the control of the United States of America. WRONG!!Anyone see the word "MIGHT" in his original quote? (6-14)...
  • `Nazi' comment disgraceful (Boston Herald Editorial on Dachau Durbin)

    06/16/2005 9:24:53 PM PDT · by ambrose · 62 replies · 1,742+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/17/05
    `Nazi' comment disgraceful By Boston Herald editorial staff Friday, June 17, 2005 The second highest ranking Democrat in the Senate has compared American servicemen and women to Nazis on the floor of that body. Has political debate sunk so low that a comment that hideous can be made by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) without repercussions? Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) lost his leadership position for the lesser if still odious offense of praising Strom Thurmond's presidential campaign which had taken place decades earlier. ``If I read this ... and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what...
  • Gitmo called death camp

    06/16/2005 3:36:39 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 202 replies · 3,614+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/16/05 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Senate's No. 2 Democrat has compared the U.S. military's treatment of a suspected al Qaeda terrorist at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay with the regimes of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Pol Pot, three of history's most heinous dictators, whose regimes killed millions. In a speech on the Senate floor late Tuesday, Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, castigated the American military's actions by reading an e-mail from an FBI agent. The agent complained to higher-ups that one al Qaeda suspect was chained to the floor, kept in an extremely cold air-conditioned cell and forced to hear...
  • Sen. Durbin stands by Guantanamo remarks

    06/16/2005 2:48:20 AM PDT · by M. Thatcher · 95 replies · 2,271+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 15, 2005 | MEGAN REICHGOTT
    CHICAGO - Sen. Dick Durbin refused to apologize Wednesday for comments he made on the Senate floor comparing the actions of American soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, Soviet gulags and a "mad regime" like Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot's in Cambodia. Durbin's comments created a buzz on the Internet Wednesday, fueled by sound bites of his speech on radio talk shows. By Wednesday afternoon, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna asked Durbin to apologize. "Senator Durbin's comments come as a great disservice to our military personnel in Guantanamo," McKenna said in a statement. "They are also a great disservice...