These are the words of Senator John McCain from the Senate floor. Via his website:
“Mr. President, I rise in support of the release – the long-delayed release – of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of the so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ that were employed by the previous administration to extract information from captured terrorists. It is a thorough and thoughtful study of practices that I believe not only failed their purpose – to secure actionable intelligence to prevent further attacks on the U.S. and our allies – but actually damaged our security interests, as well as our reputation as a force for good in the world.
“I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name; how these practices did or did not serve our interests; and how they comported with our most important values.
“I commend Chairman Feinstein and her staff for their diligence in seeking a truthful accounting of policies I hope we will never resort to again. I thank them for persevering against persistent opposition from many members of the intelligence community, from officials in two administrations, and from some of our colleagues.
“The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless.
“They must know when the values that define our nation are intentionally disregarded by our security policies, even those policies that are conducted in secret. They must be able to make informed judgments about whether those policies and the personnel who supported them were justified in compromising our values; whether they served a greater good; or whether, as I believe, they stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good.
“What were the policies? What was their purpose? Did they achieve it? Did they make us safer? Less safe? Or did they make no difference? What did they gain us? What did they cost us? The American people need the answers to these questions. Yes, some things must be kept from public disclosure to protect clandestine operations, sources and methods, but not the answers to these questions.
“By providing them, the Committee has empowered the American people to come to their own decisions about whether we should have employed such practices in the past and whether we should consider permitting them in the future. This report strengthens self-government and, ultimately, I believe, America’s security and stature in the world. I thank the Committee for that valuable public service.
“I have long believed some of these practices amounted to torture, as a reasonable person would define it, especially, but not only the practice of waterboarding, which is a mock execution and an exquisite form of torture. Its use was shameful and unnecessary; and, contrary to assertions made by some of its defenders and as the Committee’s report makes clear, it produced little useful intelligence to help us track down the perpetrators of 9/11 or prevent new attacks and atrocities.
“I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence. I know that victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it. I know they will say whatever they think their torturers want them to say if they believe it will stop their suffering. Most of all, I know the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights, which are protected by international conventions the U.S. not only joined, but for the most part authored.
“I know, too, that bad things happen in war. I know in war good people can feel obliged for good reasons to do things they would normally object to and recoil from.
“I understand the reasons that governed the decision to resort to these interrogation methods, and I know that those who approved them and those who used them were dedicated to securing justice for the victims of terrorist attacks and to protecting Americans from further harm. I know their responsibilities were grave and urgent, and the strain of their duty was onerous.
“I respect their dedication and appreciate their dilemma. But I dispute wholeheartedly that it was right for them to use these methods, which this report makes clear were neither in the best interests of justice nor our security nor the ideals we have sacrificed so much blood and treasure to defend.
“The knowledge of torture’s dubious efficacy and my moral objections to the abuse of prisoners motivated my sponsorship of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, which prohibits ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ of captured combatants, whether they wear a nation’s uniform or not, and which passed the Senate by a vote of 90-9.
“Subsequently, I successfully offered amendments to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which, among other things, prevented the attempt to weaken Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, and broadened definitions in the War Crimes Act to make the future use of waterboarding and other ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ punishable as war crimes.
“There was considerable misinformation disseminated then about what was and wasn’t achieved using these methods in an effort to discourage support for the legislation. There was a good amount of misinformation used in 2011 to credit the use of these methods with the death of Osama bin Laden. And there is, I fear, misinformation being used today to prevent the release of this report, disputing its findings and warning about the security consequences of their public disclosure.
“Will the report’s release cause outrage that leads to violence in some parts of the Muslim world? Yes, I suppose that’s possible, perhaps likely. Sadly, violence needs little incentive in some quarters of the world today. But that doesn’t mean we will be telling the world something it will be shocked to learn. The entire world already knows that we water-boarded prisoners. It knows we subjected prisoners to various other types of degrading treatment. It knows we used black sites, secret prisons. Those practices haven’t been a secret for a decade.
“Terrorists might use the report’s re-identification of the practices as an excuse to attack Americans, but they hardly need an excuse for that. That has been their life’s calling for a while now.
“What might come as a surprise, not just to our enemies, but to many Americans, is how little these practices did to aid our efforts to bring 9/11 culprits to justice and to find and prevent terrorist attacks today and tomorrow. That could be a real surprise, since it contradicts the many assurances provided by intelligence officials on the record and in private that enhanced interrogation techniques were indispensable in the war against terrorism. And I suspect the objection of those same officials to the release of this report is really focused on that disclosure – torture’s ineffectiveness – because we gave up much in the expectation that torture would make us safer. Too much.
“Obviously, we need intelligence to defeat our enemies, but we need reliable intelligence. Torture produces more misleading information than actionable intelligence. And what the advocates of harsh and cruel interrogation methods have never established is that we couldn’t have gathered as good or more reliable intelligence from using humane methods.
“The most important lead we got in the search for bin Laden came from using conventional interrogation methods. I think it is an insult to the many intelligence officers who have acquired good intelligence without hurting or degrading prisoners to assert we can’t win this war without such methods. Yes, we can and we will.
“But in the end, torture’s failure to serve its intended purpose isn’t the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn’t about our enemies; it’s about us. It’s about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It’s about how we represent ourselves to the world.
“We have made our way in this often dangerous and cruel world, not by just strictly pursuing our geopolitical interests, but by exemplifying our political values, and influencing other nations to embrace them. When we fight to defend our security we fight also for an idea, not for a tribe or a twisted interpretation of an ancient religion or for a king, but for an idea that all men are endowed by the Creator with inalienable rights. How much safer the world would be if all nations believed the same. How much more dangerous it can become when we forget it ourselves even momentarily.
“Our enemies act without conscience. We must not. This executive summary of the Committee’s report makes clear that acting without conscience isn’t necessary, it isn’t even helpful, in winning this strange and long war we’re fighting. We should be grateful to have that truth affirmed.
“Now, let us reassert the contrary proposition: that is it essential to our success in this war that we ask those who fight it for us to remember at all times that they are defending a sacred ideal of how nations should be governed and conduct their relations with others – even our enemies.
“Those of us who give them this duty are obliged by history, by our nation’s highest ideals and the many terrible sacrifices made to protect them, by our respect for human dignity to make clear we need not risk our national honor to prevail in this or any war. We need only remember in the worst of times, through the chaos and terror of war, when facing cruelty, suffering and loss, that we are always Americans, and different, stronger, and better than those who would destroy us.
God Bless Him for standing up for what is right.
God help us, if we ever do forget this war.
This is a bunch of crap and if this is done, then the justice system in this Country is totally corrupt.
The time has come for the US to release so he can live the rest of his life as a free man, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday night, after Pollard was hospitalized on Friday after losing consciousness.
On Saturday evening activists working on behalf of Pollard’s release issued a statement saying that his wife Esther was told that he was not in danger, and would shortly be returned to the prison under the supervision of the infirmary there. He will apparently need surgery in the near future.
Netanyahu told Kerry “that after 30 years in prison the time has come for his release to live the rest of his life as a free man.”
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued a statement saying that the reports of Pollard’s hospitalization, following his loss of consciousness, “underscore the need for immediate action for his release. It is regrettable and inexplicable that the Parole Board denied his application after serving 30 years, much of it in solitary confinement, far beyond anyone accused of a comparable crime. “
Pollard’s request for parole was denied last month. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel.
Jonathan Pollard was a spy, working for the Government of Israel. He was caught, convicted and sentenced to life in Prison. For this crime, he should die in prison for it. Now, why do I say such a thing. This is why:
Allow me to remind my readers that John Demjanjuk was an innocent man, who viciously accused by the Germans, under pressure from Israel and various Jewish groups; of being a Nazi camp guard. The truth is, as rightly pointed by Pat Buchanan:
Not until paragraph 17 does one find this jolting fact: “No evidence was produced that he committed a specific crime.”
That is correct. No evidence was produced, no witness came forward to testify he ever saw Demjanjuk injure anyone. And the critical evidence that put Demjanjuk at Sobibor came — from the KGB.
Eventually, The Jews got their man and he died in a nursing home in Germany. However, this little tidbit comes up as well via Wikipedia:
In early June 2012, Ulrich Busch, Demjanjuk’s attorney, filed a complaint with Bavarian prosecutors claiming that pain medication Novalgin (known in the U.S. as Metamizole or dipyrone) that had been administered to Demjanjuk helped lead to his death. Busch asked prosecutors to open an investigation of five doctors and a nurse on suspicion of manslaughter and causing bodily harm.
Now, can someone please explain to me why this pollard guy should even be released? Why? Because he is a Jew? Please. Our Justice system is supposed to be one that gives no regard to race, color, creed or social standing. If this is truly the case; then this spy ought to die in prison, just like anyone else convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
(Cross Posted at Before its news)
Just a few things that I feel the need to announce to my readers….
Well, to be honest. I plan to continue on writing. Just because Bush is gone, Obama is about done and possibly a Republican will be going into the white house, does not mean that I will automatically go into defend the so-called “Conservative” President. I am a man on principles and I usually do not compromise them at all. I will write against the President of the United States, whose principles go counter to mine; regardless of which Party that President happens to be from. I wrote against Bush in 2006, and after that as well. I also wrote against Obama and still do to this day.
So, anyways, that was the announcement.
Michael Brown’s death, whatever the grand jury decided, is an irreversible tragedy, horrible for his mother and father.
But what happened last week was not a tragedy but a national disgrace, a disgusting display of adult delinquency.
Monday night we witnessed in Ferguson a rampage of arson, shooting, looting and vandalism, with police and National Guard ordered not to interfere. Stores and shops, the investments of a lifetime for their owners and the livelihood of their employees, were firebombed and pillaged as police looked on.
For a week, mobs blocked highways, bridges and commuter trains from New York to Oakland. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was disrupted. On Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, moms and their kids at malls had to climb over unruly protesters to do their Christmas shopping. The civil rights of law-abiding Americans were systematically violated.
And where were the president and his attorney general?
Neither Barack Obama nor Eric Holder has yet to stand up and declare, unequivocally, that, in America, the full force of law will be used to halt, prosecute and punish those guilty of mob violence, no matter the nobility of the “cause” in which it is being committed.
America is a democratic republic, a free society of 320 million. That society and that republic will not survive if a precedent is set that masses of people can organize and attempt to shut it down when what happens within that system displeases them.
Make no mistake. The Ferguson riots of recent months were like neighborhood cookouts compared to Watts in ’65, Detroit and Newark in ’67, and Washington, D.C., and a hundred other cities after the 1968 assassination of Dr. King. But the reaction of our political, media and moral elites seems even more irresolute than that of the liberals of the 1960s.
Only three weeks in office, Eric Holder called us “a nation of cowards.” Observing his and his boss’ performance in the wake of the Ferguson riots and other rampages, the same word comes to mind.
So, Sadie loses because she is a moral Christian white girl and they give it to a no talent jackass, who’s biggest accomplishment was being the fresh prince’s rich sidekick? Nice, real nice. The thugs in Ferguson won this one. …and they wonder why I loathe black people? I’m just saying.
Sadie was, as always, unlike the black thugs in Ferguson, a class act. Sadie Robertson will one day go on to be something great and will be an awesome wife and mother to a very lucky man. As for the free prince sidekick; he will be what he is now, a has-been actor that was really only known for one good show. Lord knows, he has milked that little gravy train for all it is worth.
Update: Also too: Before anyone says it, I know good and well what I wrote here. This guy was an elected official. I’m not, I am a writer, there’s a difference. Besides all that considering what happened to my cousin in 1994; blacks should be glad I am not out murdering them at random, if it were not for Jesus, I would be.
Those are the last recorded words of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man, who decided that it would be cute to try to football tackle a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson, who also happened to be a white man.
A grand jury was convened, and the decision took a very long time. All the facts were considered. Witnesses were questioned, inconsistencies and outright lies were discarded. The facts are that this black man of 18 years of age and crazed on THC, attacked a white officer and was shot dead. Officer Darren Wilson was doing his job and because of that, was not convicted.
So, why is it that Ferguson last night basically went up like a match stick and is threatening to do so tonight? The simple answer is this here: Cultural Marxism. Cultural Marxism is embedded deeply into the community and into the psyche of good part of the black race. There are exceptions to this rule; but not very many at all. It is not only in the black race, but also in the good majority of the Latino races as well, especially among Mexicans.
These Marxist uprisings or as they are commonly called, “Protests” are springing up all over the country. In fact, even here in Detroit there are protests, on the freeways. Think about that for a second: People here in Detroit are actually taking the freeways here in Detroit, risking getting killed, and getting arrested, to supposedly “Protest” about a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri doing his job.
This which is happening now, underscores my issue with the black race in general; and that is that if a white police officer or even a white person kills a black man or woman; it is considered a national story and a horrible crime. However, if a black man or police officer kills a white man, it is seen as no big deal. Let us just be real about this whole thing, shall we? If the police officer in Ferguson were black and this 18-year-old kid were white — you would have never heard about it in the media.
However, because this whole story fits the liberal progressive and Cultural Marxist narrative, it is a national news story. This is what gives that racial grievance-mongering crowd oxygen into their movement. The sick and insidious part is that the current President of the United States of America and the United States of America Attorney General have basically given these thugs the wink and a nod to carry out these Marxist uprisings. This is also what happens when you have a Democrat Governor and a Democrat Prosecutor who declined to convict, knowing full well that this decision would spark riots and uprisings across the Country.
However, the tide is turning. Americans are seeing what they elected in 2008 and in 2012. Republicans made some serious gains in many important places; even in Illinois, which is very shocking. It is expected that the Republicans will do well in 2016 and maybe then, we can get this Nation back on its rightful track.
This is, if we even make it to 2016.
(cross-posted at Beforeitsnews.com)
As I rule, I do not like to toss around the race card. However, this guy has zero business in the nevada legislature. I mean, I think it is every man’s right to think what he feels; but that sort of hatred has no place in public business of any sort; whether it be local, state or federal.
Conservatism or more specifically, Republicanism and white nationalism are not compatible at all. Something that I have written about in the past.
The Nevada Assembly just made a huge blunder.
Update: Steps down. Smart move.
This is unreal. I support this woman and all; but she is dead wrong here. This is nothing more than straight up Jewish bigotry. Maybe Charles Foster Johnson was right about her after all.
Read it and follow the link: (Opens in new window or tab)
If 50 non-Muslims petitioned Walmart for anything — anything! — do you think Walmart would immediately cave? Neither do I. But when it comes to Muslims and the cruelty of halal slaughter, Walmart knew they would be facing headlines: “Islamophobia at Walmart!” “Walmart racist!” And who knows? Maybe even a visit from Obama’s DoJ would have been in their future. “Walmart Just Bowed To Islamic Sharia Law To Appease Angry Muslims,” Mad World, November 13, 2014 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):As America veers towards Islamic Sharia law in order to cater to the demanding minority of Muslims, citizens are seeing not only an attempt to include and appease Muslims, but an infringement upon the rights of the majority.With such a vocal group as that of Islam in the U.S., major corporations are making a shift toward including the brutal slaughter that is halal, and the newest addition to the list of Muhammad-approved businesses is the largest superstore yet.
This is what I wrote in her comments over there; I am posting them here, for when she deletes them, like she is prone to do.
But yet, it is perfectly OK for Walmart to have Kosher meals? Pamela, you are now starting to sound like David Duke. If you are going to have Jewish friendly meals, you have to provide those that are friendly to Muslims. That’s the way it works. Too bad that you have allowed your Jewish bigotry to cloud your judgement.
It is too bad that a sad event like 9/11 caused many upstanding and well-heeled Jews to become outright bigots. Radical Islam is an issue; I do agree with that. But, this above is not fighting against that —- it is fighting against an entire culture of people and that is something that I do not support. Just like I do not support David Duke and his ilk. Defending White culture is one thing; but unmitigated and blind hatred towards an ethnic group, I do not.
The Story via The Blaze:
Glenn Beck on Monday revealed the true extent of his health issues, saying he can no longer keep what has happened a secret from his friends, his staff or audience, whom he considers to be his family.
If you have sensed a change in Beck — maybe you even thought he was losing interest in his program — Beck said it is because he was told he may only have several functional years left, and his health conditions were causing such excruciating pain that it was difficult to do live programming.
“Tonight’s show is not for the casual fan or, really, anyone in the press,” Beck said. “This is a one-on-one between friends. No one in the media ever does a show like this, because it is crazy. … But I believe that by not talking with you openly, it destroys everything of real meaning and value — namely, our trust.”
“I have never lied to you, but I have omitted a few really important facts because — they scared me,” Beck admitted, beginning to swallow back tears. “I didn’t have any answers, and the answers I was being given at the time meant … the end of our time together.”
Regardless of what you think of Glenn’s politics; this is a very moving story. Being this bad off and not really knowing what is going on, really stinks.
That right there, is the left of today. The left does not seem to care about who they leave classless comments about and how that might hurt someone. Because you have to know that, if this was a popular liberal media figure and this sort of thing was happening to them; and Conservatives made fun of it, there would be outcry that would deafening. Having said all of that; seeing the left is not too concerned about a man on the right almost died from this sickness, I am just going to say this and I will deal with the fallout, if any at all. I truly hope that President Barack Hussein Obama DIES with a bad case of ASS CANCER! I really do. Because the way I see it, turnabout is fair play.
Now, go chew out that, you freaking bunch of idiot communists!
The video starts at around 01:01:00:
Believe it or not; I actually agree with this: (Via CNSNews.com)
I know, shocking isn’t it? Well, it is the truth. You want to know why I happen to believe that? Well, this ad here for starters:
The story from Mlive.com:
Update: Peters gave his acceptance speech about 10:15 p.m. He was introduced by outgoing U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, who said he is overflowing with pride to have Peters follow him in the Senate. Peters said he has been “always humbled by the prospect to represent the great state of ours.” He said he was driven by the people he met across the state and that “everybody who works hard and plays by the rules should get their piece of the American dream.”
DETROIT, MI — Michigan has selected its new U.S. senator: Democrat Gary Peters has won Tuesday’s election, according to The Associated Press.
Peters was expected to beat former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, a Republican. With 9 percent of precincts reporting, Peters leads Land 53 percent to 43 percent, as of 9 p.m.. Track more incoming results in this race here.
The three-term U.S. congressman has led in most polls since April, with the lead in the past few weeks growing into double digits.
“We always knew this would be close in Michigan because it’s about the direction of our country,” Land said.
“We were never in the lead,” Land added. “I enjoyed watching him spend over $3 million to get better ID. But that’s the reality, it was always going to be a close race in Michigan.”
In that ad above, Lynn comes off as a smug, condescending bitch; who has some sort of an axe to grind with men in general. Which is most likely why she never did well in the election. If Lynn would have stayed above the fray and would have just ignored that sort of nonsense, she most likely would have won the election.
This should be a point of reference to all women that think about entering Republican politics; do not make statements or make videos that are condescending towards men, or you will not be elected to your office that you seek to obtain. Which is why I happen to believe that progressive feminism and Conservatism are incompatible.
In a spirited race, Democratic incumbent Ann Kuster beat Republican Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district. According to the Associated Press, with roughly one-third of the votes counted, Kuster was leading 55.9 percent to 44.1 percent.
Polls leading up to the election had showed Kuster leading Garcia by 7 to 10 points.
The race attracted considerable national attention because of Garcia, whom the Republican National Committee held up as a rising star within the Party. Garcia presented herself as a departure from your grandfather’s GOP, which she said had been perceived in the country as “being populated mostly by old, white men.”
I was not aware of the statement made about “old white people” and I think it is just as offensive as the statement made about her, by a Democrat. I think that Marlinda’s chances of winning might have been hampered by that; not to mention, New Hampshire is a very liberal state — as is most of the northeastern seaboard anymore.
I wish her the best and hope that she does try to run for office again; I just hope that she keeps race out of it.
The story via WXYZ-TV:
Incumbent Rick Snyder has been re-elected as Michigan’s governor based on returns from key precincts around the state of Michigan, 7 Action News pollsters say.
Snyder defeated Democrat Mark Schauer after a tight race early in the polls.
In key precincts, Snyder defeated Schauer with 53 percent of the vote to 46 percent.
This is very good news. I voted a straight Republican Party ticket, as I simply do not trust the democrats to run this state again. Jennifer Granholm ruined that for me.
Let’s hope that Republicans pick up enough seats to take back the Senate, so that we can get back to running the Country.
It is a bunch of bunk. Check out, no other, than retiring Tom Harkin, a Democratic Party Senator’s true feelings on women.
Retiring Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says that Iowa voters shouldn’t be fooled because Joni Ernst is “really attractive” and “sounds nice.”
“In this Senate race, I’ve been watching some of these ads,” Harkin said at the Story County Democrats’ annual fall barbecue last week honoring the retiring senator. “And there’s sort of this sense that, ‘Well, I hear so much about Joni Ernst. She is really attractive, and she sounds nice.’”
“Well I gotta to thinking about that. I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rogers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa.”
If the democrats want to fight against so-called sexism; they should try doing that in their own party. In a moment of rare candor, Mika from Morning Joe says the following: (H/T HotAir.com)
It is amazing as to just how the Democrats and some Republicans, have become so removed from the real world anymore. It is truly a site to behold. As Mika said, could you even remotely imagine, if a Republican had said that? His career would be over in politics. But, yet, the Democrat does not suffer any repercussions. In fact, some liberal bloggers are cheering his comments on, you can see that below in the link roundup.
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