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2013-06-08 01:38:59 PM

Dwight_Yeast: MrBallou: The Patriot Act was a misguided panic reaction to 9/11.

Even at the time, it was clear that it wasn't misguided or a panic reaction; it was a very clear and carefully crafted frontal assault on our civil liberties.  Because Bush could do no wrong and because of their hatred of "The Left", covservatives were happy to go along with it.  We tried to warn you it was a bad idea.

You (the American people) made your bed.  Now lie in it, you farkers.


That's what pisses me off.  Homeland Security was already made and set before 9/11 even happened but that definitely catalyzed the process.  Goddammitsomuch i hate people.
 
2013-06-08 01:42:05 PM

Kumana Wanalaia: David Brooks said that running metadata through an algorithm to look for flags is not troubling.  But of course righties need to make hay, so here we are.

Echelon NO CARRIER


I'll just leave this here from a couple of right-wing juggernauts:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/06/ny-times-editorial-board-ob am a-administration-lost-credibility_n_3398666.html
 
2013-06-08 01:42:23 PM
I cannot believe how much people still try to convince themselves that Obama is just a little bit misunderstood.

Liberals put Obama into the WH to stop this shiat. Obama rewards them by farking them over.

Its really not that difficult
 
2013-06-08 01:46:21 PM

Mrtraveler01: Erebus1954: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x258]

Obamacare that is.

Technically it's not a tax for me because I'm not a moron and already have health insurance.


That's just a stupid statement.
 
2013-06-08 01:47:30 PM

cman: I cannot believe how much people still try to convince themselves that Obama is just a little bit misunderstood.

Liberals put Obama into the WH to stop this shiat. Obama rewards them by farking them over.

Its really not that difficult


Why, that reminds me of Ronald Reagan and the Air Traffic Controllers Organization... (PATCO)
 
2013-06-08 01:48:18 PM
I'll bite.


"Hope and Change" = works in theory, isn't living up to promises IRL, still a workable ideal

"trickle down economics" = totally busted in theory, is even worse IRL, can't ever work
 
2013-06-08 01:48:30 PM

Hobodeluxe: not it's not the level of "trickle down"

it's not at the level of "Iraq has restarted it's nuclear program"

it's hard to blame total obstruction hindering his agenda on him. He's given up a lot to get what little he's gotten back.
and despite that he's

1. Passed Health Care Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010). It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America's long-term fiscal problems

2. Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression. Weeks after stimulus went into effect, unemployment claims began to subside. Twelve months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing, and it has continued to do so for twenty-three straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs.
3. Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession. The new law tightens capital requirements on large banks and other financial institutions, requires derivatives to be sold on clearinghouses and exchanges, mandates that large banks provide "living wills" to avoid chaotic bankruptcies, limits their ability to trade with customers' money for their own profit, and creates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now headed by Richard Cordray) to crack down on abusive lending products and companies.

4. Ended the War in Iraq: Ordered all U.S. military forces out of the country. Last troops left on December 18, 2011.
5. Began Draw-down of Afghanistan Troops: From a peak of 101,000 troops in June 2011, U.S. forces are now down to 91,000, with 23,000 slated to leave by the end of summer 2 ...


51.  Killed Space Program.
 
2013-06-08 01:49:43 PM

Vinz_Clortho: Mrtraveler01: Erebus1954: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x258]

Obamacare that is.

Technically it's not a tax for me because I'm not a moron and already have health insurance.

That's just a stupid statement.


I didn't have enough coffee yet when I wrote that.

Basically I'm saying that it's only a tax to people who still fail to get health insurance, even though they are able to get access to it and pay for it.

I already pay for health insurance so I won't be taxed for it.
 
2013-06-08 01:52:00 PM
Whitewater.  Jeez.  Gimme a break, it's only 7 AM here, just finished my coffee and reread what I wrote...

WATERGATE.

Like how every scandal since has been named "--Gate" by Republicans that want to smear somebody else...
 
2013-06-08 01:56:44 PM
While I'd say that hope and change turned out to be a massive heap of horseshiat, I don't think it's fare to compare an attitude with something that is passed on as an economic truism.
 
2013-06-08 02:02:13 PM
No.  I'm still hoping right wing dickbags will change.  It sucks and seems useless, but that's what hope's all about, really.

Vinz_Clortho: 51. Killed Space Program.


See?  i hope this dickbag changes.
 
2013-06-08 02:03:06 PM
The only thing I know is that Fark needs a few more b#llshiat FEATURED PARTNER links.
 
2013-06-08 02:09:08 PM

Mrtraveler01: Ishidan: "This might be a bigger scandal than Whitewater! Than Iran-Contra!" Funny that the scandals that dropped Nixon and slammed Reagan are the apparent benchmarks of internal and international Presidential crime.

My favorite are the ones that say that this IRS and Benghazi stuff is worse than Watergate and/or Iran-Contra in what is a pitiful attempt to minimize how scandalous those scandals actually were.


I agree. Just like my generation loves to put a Nazi label on every little thing they disagree with.
 
2013-06-08 02:10:38 PM
Dear America,

Hope and change?  Please, you libs think we have it so bad and have THE NERVE to think your can make things better?  Are you trying to say hat the status quo doesn't work for everyone, you ingrates?  Well, we'll show you.  We'll stamp our feet and hold our breath and make sure that no one can change ANYTHING.

Love,

The GOP
 
2013-06-08 02:10:45 PM

Infernalist: LouDobbsAwaaaay: Mrtraveler01: LouDobbsAwaaaay: Dems in 2012: Vote for Obama!  He'll become really liberal in his second term!
Reps in 2012: Don't vote for Obama!  He'll become really liberal in his second term!
Reality: Obama becomes even more conservative in his second term.

I didn't think he'd become more liberal because we'd still have the GOP House stonewalling every effort to do so.

If you haven't realized that Obama is governing from the Center yet, then you might be a moron.

The Dem rallying cry in 2012 was "Obama will be tougher in his second term, because he'll no longer have re-election to worry about."  Also the Rep rallying cry, from the "Here comes the Muslin!" perspective.

In truth, he just became more Republican, which is the only trick he's ever really been able to manage.  Repackaging old Republican ideas as new Democratic ideas.

I don't know how fair that is.  He 'is' tougher.  But, there's only so much he can do with the powers given to the Executive Branch.  Which is why so much animosity and disfavor is heaped upon Congress.

I'm not sure what people expected him to do.  Rule by fiat?  Disband the Congress?


I would be okay with telling the 113th that they're all fired and rule by executive fiat until the start of the 114th.
 
2013-06-08 02:45:18 PM

skullkrusher: ghare: Kumana Wanalaia: Alternate Earth: Is Obama weak on intelligence? Why is Obama doing nothing to prevent another attack? Are we less safe under Obama?

And we're done.

if your goal is partisansh... oh,  wait, of course that's your goal.


Ahhhhahhaaa. Yes, sweetie, noticing that you're a nut is "partisan." Noticing reality is "partisan."
 
2013-06-08 02:48:14 PM

o5iiawah: Infernalist: What OWS did was wake up the Democratic Party and make them realize that a good chunk of the American people were tired of being screwed over by the 1% of the country that owns the GOP

Wall street overwhelmingly supported the DNC in the last election.

The same retards that camped out in parks in NYC, and blogged on their Ipads mooching wifi from starbucks were protesting the very financial institutions which helped elect Obama twice.  Which is fine.  I'd rather be a vilified conservative than a mindless liberal who one day wakes up to find out I've been used all along.  The media and civil-liberties loving democrats are just now realizing this.  Waking up sore and hungover, hoping they can tiptoe out of the frathouse without anyone noticing.


But instead, you're just a mindless conservative who pisses in his pants at the slightest whiff of anything dangerous, and willingly sacrifices all his rights for "safety," provided by big daddy government.
 
2013-06-08 02:52:51 PM
Oh no!!!  Put the signal up!  Someone said something mean about Obama.... TO THE KEYBOARDS!!!
 
2013-06-08 02:56:05 PM

Ontos: Oh no!!!  Put the signal up!  Someone said something mean about Obama.... TO THE KEYBOARDS!!!


I am very disappointed at how Obama is continuing Bush-era policies when it comes to civil liberties.

COME AT ME BRO!
 
2013-06-08 02:56:53 PM

Ontos: Oh no!!!  Put the signal up!  Someone said something mean about Obama.... TO THE KEYBOARDS!!!


Ha!  This guy still uses a desktop!
 
2013-06-08 03:32:06 PM

thamike: No.  I'm still hoping right wing dickbags will change.  It sucks and seems useless, but that's what hope's all about, really.

Vinz_Clortho: 51. Killed Space Program.

See?  i hope this dickbag changes.


Typical lib...don't like a comment.  Resort to '5th-grade name calling'.
 
2013-06-08 03:35:31 PM

BMulligan: firesign: "Has fallen to the level as"?
"to the to the"?

...why do conservative trolls always get such a raging hard-on about their point that they can't even think enough to type a simple sentence correctly?

Sloppy language often belies sloppy thought.


See also "could of," "would of," etc.
 
2013-06-08 03:37:47 PM

Vinz_Clortho: thamike: No.  I'm still hoping right wing dickbags will change.  It sucks and seems useless, but that's what hope's all about, really.

Vinz_Clortho: 51. Killed Space Program.

See?  i hope this dickbag changes.

Typical lib...don't like a comment.  Resort to '5th-grade name calling'.


Why should we honor your lies with anything more than they deserve?
 
2013-06-08 03:37:58 PM

Vinz_Clortho: thamike: No.  I'm still hoping right wing dickbags will change.  It sucks and seems useless, but that's what hope's all about, really.

Vinz_Clortho: 51. Killed Space Program.

See?  i hope this dickbag changes.

Typical lib...don't like a comment.  Resort to '5th-grade name calling'.


Typical dickbag...makes a stupid comment, refuses to own it.
 
2013-06-08 04:28:47 PM
Outside thread: 124 commentsOpened thread: 62 commentsGod Bless Ignore!!
 
2013-06-08 04:29:40 PM
Christ, iPad sucks!!
 
2013-06-08 04:32:20 PM
Hobodeluxe:

I will now present the Republican response.  Calibrate your Poemeters, everyone.

1. Passed Health Care Reform:  REPEAL REPEAL REPEAL REPEALREPEALREPEALREPEALREEEEEPPEEEEAAAAALOBBBAAAAMMMAAACAARRREEE!
2. Passed the Stimulus:  Wasting government money on Solyndra.  Free market!  Freedom!  Lower taxes would have done better!
3. Passed Wall Street Reform: More job-killing regulations!
4. Ended the War in Iraq: Cut and ran like a crying libtard baby.
5. Began Draw-down of Afghanistan Troops:  See #4
6. Eliminated Osama bin laden: He couldn't have done it without Dubya laying the groundwork, and information gained by waterboarding.
7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: *puts on Quote Mining helmet and grabs the pickaxe* The government expects to lose $16 billion of its investment.
8. Recapitalized Banks:  ...and?
9. Repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":  *censored due to homophobic undertones*
10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi: No American lives were lost.  Therefore, WHAT ABOUT BENGHAZI?
11. Told Mubarak to Go:  Barack, Mubarak, Obama, Osama, Hussein, Hussein...STUDY IT OUT, SHEEPLE!
12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies: But Gitmo is still open, so no he didn't.
13. Improved America's Image Abroad: But who gives a damn what people from other countries think?  USA!  USA!
14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending:  College?  Loans?  What are those?
15. Created Race to the Top: We're not playing unless you agree to Teach The Controversy.
16. Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards: Hey listen, libtardo.  If I wanna buy a car with a V-24 engine that pumps out one thousand horsepower and goes VROOOM VROOOM VROOOOOOOOOOM when I stomp on that gas pedal, then that's what I'm gonna do!  You can't stomp on Americans and tell us we all gotta drive hippiemobiles!  VROOOOOOOOOOM!
17. Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis: But he did nothing about the bad economy!
18. Passed Mini Stimuli: Kept people on unemployment.
19. Began Asia "Pivot": Ching chong ching chinga chong.
20. Increased Support for Veterans: It's terrible how neglected veterans were in 2009.  Then Barry only wanted to increase government spending.
21. Tightened Sanctions on Iran: But didn't bomb Iran.  Therefore he's a weak leader.  You need to bomb things.
22. Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants: Killed the jobs of hundreds of hard-working power plant operators whose only crime was working for an older plant.
23. Passed Credit Card Reforms: Waste of time, the bootstrappy people would know better than to get into credit card debt. 
24. Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws: Opened the door for every employer who ever hired women to be flooded with discrimination lawsuits.
25. Protected Two Liberal Seats on the U.S. Supreme Court: Do I even need to mock the Republican response to Wise Latina Sotomayor?
26. Improved Food Safety System: More government spending and more regulations!
27. Achieved New START Treaty: We miss Reagan.
28. Expanded National Service: Would you like to know more?
29. Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection: Kissed hippie asses.


OK that's enough of that.  Even I can't keep up this act for that long.
 
2013-06-08 04:36:09 PM

qorkfiend: "Hope and Change" was a campaign slogan.
"Trickle-down economics" is the basis of three decades of Republican economic policy.
"Apples and oranges" doesn't even begin to cover how far apart these two phrases are.


True, apples and oranges do have something in common as they're both fruits.

This is more like comparing roses and potatoes.
 
2013-06-08 04:47:15 PM
You cannot have 'hope and change' when Big Business/wealthy own your Government and your Nation.   Obama can fight for the People and Democracy all he wants, but the richest 2% have the game table skewed their direction.  only if millions of americans have had enough and start marching the streets with consistancy will things change.  the only time the blue bloods are going to give up their racket is if they are forced too.  they  only understand bullets and money.  that is it.  they have no conscience because they know that if they end up ruining this Country, they can always move to their overseas homes.  they know they have the resources to leave.

this is what happens when Democracy goes away.  and no one knows if and how much worse things will get over the next coming decades.  something tells me we'll find out...............
 
2013-06-08 04:50:33 PM

Linux_Yes: You cannot have 'hope and change' when Big Business/wealthy own your Government and your Nation.   Obama can fight for the People and Democracy all he wants, but the richest 2% have the game table skewed their direction.  only if millions of americans have had enough and start marching the streets with consistancy will things change.  the only time the blue bloods are going to give up their racket is if they are forced too.  they  only understand bullets and money.  that is it.  they have no conscience because they know that if they end up ruining this Country, they can always move to their overseas homes.  they know they have the resources to leave.

this is what happens when Democracy goes away.  and no one knows if and how much worse things will get over the next coming decades.  something tells me we'll find out...............


oh, and i forgot:  F*ck the GOP.  it is the Enemy of our fading Democratic Republic.  and it serves its Masters: big business and the wealthy.

i consider the Republican Party my personal enemy.  and if you are smart/informed, you should too.

PS --hey NSA'ers!!    how do you like them apples???
 
2013-06-08 05:12:48 PM

Linux_Yes: You cannot have 'hope and change' when Big Business/wealthy own your Government and your Nation.   Obama can fight for the People and Democracy all he wants, but the richest 2% have the game table skewed their direction.  only if millions of americans have had enough and start marching the streets with consistancy will things change.  the only time the blue bloods are going to give up their racket is if they are forced too.  they  only understand bullets and money.  that is it.  they have no conscience because they know that if they end up ruining this Country, they can always move to their overseas homes.  they know they have the resources to leave.

this is what happens when Democracy goes away.  and no one knows if and how much worse things will get over the next coming decades.  something tells me we'll find out...............


Or when you fill your cabinet with tax cheats and Wall Street crooks.
 
2013-06-08 05:25:19 PM

Nemo's Brother: Linux_Yes: You cannot have 'hope and change' when Big Business/wealthy own your Government and your Nation.   Obama can fight for the People and Democracy all he wants, but the richest 2% have the game table skewed their direction.  only if millions of americans have had enough and start marching the streets with consistancy will things change.  the only time the blue bloods are going to give up their racket is if they are forced too.  they  only understand bullets and money.  that is it.  they have no conscience because they know that if they end up ruining this Country, they can always move to their overseas homes.  they know they have the resources to leave.

this is what happens when Democracy goes away.  and no one knows if and how much worse things will get over the next coming decades.  something tells me we'll find out...............

Or when you fill your cabinet with tax cheats and Wall Street crooks.


Tard fight!
 
2013-06-08 05:38:26 PM
Was the obvious tag occupied?
 
2013-06-08 06:32:06 PM

thamike: Vinz_Clortho: thamike: No.  I'm still hoping right wing dickbags will change.  It sucks and seems useless, but that's what hope's all about, really.

Vinz_Clortho: 51. Killed Space Program.

See?  i hope this dickbag changes.

Typical lib...don't like a comment.  Resort to '5th-grade name calling'.

Typical dickbag...makes a stupid comment, refuses to own it.


Are you 10?
 
2013-06-08 06:39:08 PM

Infernalist: I'm not all that thrilled with the idea that we have to give up privacy in order to attain some security.


many people aren't. and there's the rub.
 
2013-06-08 07:30:26 PM
Only on the Fark Politics tab would the Democrat fanbois be defending their team after what was just revealed because at least they aren't Republicans!

It was bad when Bush did it, and it is bad now that Obama is continuing it.
 
2013-06-08 10:21:06 PM

LasersHurt: It's way, way, way, way harder to convince and prod and push the US government towards self-serving decision that are easy than massive changes which are disruptive.

Hell, on top of that, the people don't want to deal with it. They just want things to be improved through no action or effort of their own.

We're a lazy, ignorant people who have created exactly the government we deserve.


I guess you're right. That's it, I'm voting for McCain!

/in all seriousnesss, "hope and change" is a meaningless bullshiat campaign slogan, like all campaign slogans of any R or D in history. And "trickle down" is a phrase coined by critics of supply side economics, not by supporters of it. Right or wrong, it is a term used perjoratively by the left, not favorably by the right. The more you know....

/DNRTFA
 
2013-06-09 12:08:17 AM

MyRandomName: Bendal: Yeah imagine that. The President isn't all powerful and can't get his agenda pushed through a racist, obstructionist, ignorant and often downright hostile Congress.

OMG, a president has to work with a Congress that may not simply rubber stamp his proposals!  This has never happened before!  Reagan never worked with Tip O'Niel.  Clinton never worked with Gingrich.  Bush II never worked with Ted Kennedy!  This has never happened before!!!

Liberals really are an uninformed bunch.


JOBS JOBS JOBS!

/13 bills passed by this congress.
//no jobs bills
///JOBS JOBS JOBS
 
2013-06-09 01:20:07 AM

Ishidan: Hobodeluxe:

I will now present the Republican response.  Calibrate your Poemeters, everyone.

1. Passed Health Care Reform:  REPEAL REPEAL REPEAL REPEALREPEALREPEALREPEALREEEEEPPEEEEAAAAALOBBBAAAAMMMAAACAARRREEE!
2. Passed the Stimulus:  Wasting government money on Solyndra.  Free market!  Freedom!  Lower taxes would have done better!
3. Passed Wall Street Reform: More job-killing regulations!
4. Ended the War in Iraq: Cut and ran like a crying libtard baby.
5. Began Draw-down of Afghanistan Troops:  See #4
6. Eliminated Osama bin laden: He couldn't have done it without Dubya laying the groundwork, and information gained by waterboarding.
7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: *puts on Quote Mining helmet and grabs the pickaxe* The government expects to lose $16 billion of its investment.
8. Recapitalized Banks:  ...and?
9. Repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":  *censored due to homophobic undertones*
10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi: No American lives were lost.  Therefore, WHAT ABOUT BENGHAZI?
11. Told Mubarak to Go:  Barack, Mubarak, Obama, Osama, Hussein, Hussein...STUDY IT OUT, SHEEPLE!
12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies: But Gitmo is still open, so no he didn't.
13. Improved America's Image Abroad: But who gives a damn what people from other countries think?  USA!  USA!
14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending:  College?  Loans?  What are those?
15. Created Race to the Top: We're not playing unless you agree to Teach The Controversy.
16. Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards: Hey listen, libtardo.  If I wanna buy a car with a V-24 engine that pumps out one thousand horsepower and goes VROOOM VROOOM VROOOOOOOOOOM when I stomp on that gas pedal, then that's what I'm gonna do!  You can't stomp on Americans and tell us we all gotta drive hippiemobiles!  VROOOOOOOOOOM!
17. Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis: But he did nothing about the bad economy!
18. Passed Mini Stimuli: Kept people on unemployment.
19. Began Asia ...


It's... beautiful
 
2013-06-09 01:25:06 AM

Marcus Aurelius: "Hope and Change" didn't give the wealthy massive tax breaks, so no, no it's not.


Hope and Change renewed the Bush tax cuts for the rich BOTH times that they finally expired.

All they had to do was sit with their thumbs in their ass and let the clock run out and they were gone forever, unless they actively passed them into law again.

Which, of course, is exactly what they did.

Twice.

The last time they made them permanent. Now Billionaires will pay less on their major form of income Capital Gains, than the working poor making only about 35K a year do, and it will never, ever expire. Thanks Obama.

These are the same tax breaks that he claimed offended his conscious when he was running for office.
 
2013-06-09 01:32:06 AM
 
2013-06-09 01:40:22 AM

gameshowhost: Passed Wall Street Reform


Passed the same health care plan Romney passed.

The one the insurance industry paid for.

It's nice that you're so proud of them both being sold out to the same people, though.

Notice the part where John Roberts, the head Republican Supreme Court Justice, saved it when it was ready to go down?
 
2013-06-09 01:41:39 AM

gameshowhost: Began Draw-down of Afghanistan Troops


Tripled the size of the war in Afghanistan only months after taking office.
 
2013-06-09 01:45:13 AM

gameshowhost: Reversed Bush Torture Policies


Refused to prosecute any of those guilty of torture, despite US law and ratified international treaties we are a party to requiring that prosecution be automatic.

Instead, he prosecuted the whistle blower who exposed the practice and ended it.

That guy is sitting in prison right now.
 
2013-06-09 01:52:46 AM

Ishidan: Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis


Protected the Banks responsible for causing the Financial Crisis from criminal prosecution.
 
2013-06-09 02:07:51 AM
Expanded warrantless spying on Americans at every opportunity:

The Obama administration is urging the Supreme Court to allow the government, without a court warrant, to affix GPS devices on suspects' vehicles to track their every move.

along with

The Obama administration is urging Congress not to adopt legislation that would impose constitutional safeguards on Americans' e-mail stored in the cloud.

along with

The Obama administration told a federal court Tuesday that the public has no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in cellphone location data, and hence the authorities may obtain documents detailing a person's movements from wireless carriers without a probable-cause warrant.

along with

The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order

and

The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.

also

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications - including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct "peer to peer" messaging like Skype - to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

The bill, which the Obama administration plans to submit to lawmakers next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with protecting privacy.
 
2013-06-09 02:19:03 AM
 
2013-06-09 02:30:50 AM
Continued the Bush practice of rendition and fought to shut down lawsuits from victims of rendition and torture.

The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration's practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but pledges to closely monitor their treatment to ensure that they are not tortured, administration officials said Monday.

Human rights advocates condemned the decision, saying that continuing the practice, known as rendition, would still allow the transfer of prisoners to countries with a history of torture. They said that promises from other countries of humane treatment, called "diplomatic assurances," were no protection against abuse.

"It is extremely disappointing that the Obama administration is continuing the Bush administration practice of relying on diplomatic assurances, which have been proven completely ineffective in preventing torture," said Amrit Singh, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, who tracked rendition cases under President George W. Bush.


Using the State Secrets doctrine he once claimed to oppose to prevent victims of torture from being able to sue those responsible for their torture.

Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU said of the decision: "Eric Holder's Justice Department stood up in court today and said that it would continue the Bush policy of invoking state secrets to hide the reprehensible history of torture, rendition and the most grievous human rights violations committed by the American government. This is not change. This is definitely more of the same. Candidate Obama ran on a platform that would reform the abuse of state secrets, but President Obama's Justice Department has disappointingly reneged on that important civil liberties issue. If this is a harbinger of things to come, it will be a long and arduous road to give us back an America we can be proud of again."\

dl.dropboxusercontent.com
 
2013-06-09 02:45:05 AM
 
2013-06-09 02:54:54 AM
Continually appointing those from the "too big to jail" banks to head up his administration.

dl.dropboxusercontent.com

We've already made our choice for the best headline of the year, so far: "Citigroup Replaces JPMorgan as White House Chief of Staff."

When we saw it on the website Gawker.com we had to smile - but the smile didn't last long. There's simply too much truth in that headline; it says a lot about how Wall Street and Washington have colluded to create the winner-take-all economy that rewards the very few at the expense of everyone else.

The story behind it is that Jack Lew is President Obama's new chief of staff - arguably the most powerful office in the White House that isn't shaped like an oval. He used to work for the giant banking conglomerate Citigroup. His predecessor as chief of staff is Bill Daley, who used to work at the giant banking conglomerate JPMorgan Chase, where he was maestro of the bank's global lobbying and chief liaison to the White House. Daley replaced Obama's first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who once worked as a rainmaker for the investment bank now known as Wasserstein & Company, where in less than three years he was paid a reported eighteen and a half million dollars.

The new guy, Jack Lew ran hedge funds and private equity at Citigroup, which means he's a member of the Wall Street gang, too. His last job was as head of President Obama's Office of Management and Budget, where he replaced Peter Orzag, who now works as vice chairman for global banking at - hold on to your deposit slip - Citigroup.

Still with us? It's startling the number of high-ranking Obama officials who have spun through the revolving door between the White House and the sacred halls of investment banking.

President Obama may call bankers "fat cats" and stir the rabble against them with populist rhetoric when it serves his interest, but after the fiscal fiasco, he allowed the culprits to escape virtually scot-free. When he's in New York he dines with them frequently and eagerly accepts their big contributions. Like his predecessors, his administration also has provided them with billions of taxpayer dollars - low-cost money that they used for high-yielding investments to make big profits. The largest banks are bigger than they were when he took office and earned more in the first two-and-a-half years of his term than they did during the entire eight years of the Bush administration. That's confirmed by industry data.

And get this. It turns out, according to The New York Times, that as President Obama's inner circle has been shrinking, his "rare new best friend" is Robert Wolf. They play basketball, golf, and talk economics when Wolf is not raising money for the president's campaign.

Robert Wolf runs the U.S. branch of the giant Swiss bank UBS, which participated in schemes to help rich Americans evade their taxes.
 
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