One of the things wrong with Obama

torture by bobster855 *

Lizardbreath: The Shameful Obama Administration:

[Via Grasping Reality with Both Hands: Economist Brad DeLong’s Fair, Balanced, and Reality-Based Semi-Daily Journal]

I did not work to elect Barack Hussein Obama so that his Justice Department could do things like this:

Lizardbreath: US District Judge Colleen Kottar-Kelly just ordered the release (don’t get excited, it’s not going to happen unless the Justice Department decides not to appeal) of Fouad al-Rubiah, one of the prisoners at Guantanamo. Read the opinion — there are a lot of redactions, so you can’t get the details, but we took a middleaged aircraft engineer who flew to Afghanistan for charitable purposes a short while before 9/11, cobbled together some insane story out of interrogations from unreliable informants, and tortured him into confessing to it. If I follow the course of events correctly through all the redactions, we then continued to torture him because the story we told him to confess to didn’t make any sense. And now we’ve asked a judge to keep him imprisoned on the basis of the confessions that the US interrogators found unbelievable.


We continue to hold prisoners we have tortured that not only have no real value but whose continuing imprisonment is an embarrassment to our values. Now a judge has ordered the release of one such prisoner.

I fully expect Obama’s government to continue the detention of prisoners beyond any good reason. We have tortured them and kept them for many years so far. I imagine that we will keep them for a few more. History will not judge this well at all.

*This photo from the National Archives presents Generals Patton, Bradley and Eisenhower being shown how the Nazis tortured inmates at the Gotha concentration camp. I guess I would call this a stress position. The Germans also had defined documents detailing how their “Verschärfte Vernehmung” or ‘sharpened interrogation’ was to be used. The document mentioned was a secret directive from Heinrich Muller.

UPDATE: A very nice discussion of the court case.

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3 thoughts on “One of the things wrong with Obama

  1. That would be a little more credible if they spelled the names correctly. The judge’s name is Colleen Kollar-Kotelly and the defendant’s name is Fouad Mahoud Hasan Al Rabia.

    They probably did that so people wouldn’t be able to search for the truth regarding the case, and the truth is a right-winger’s worst enemy.

  2. Oh, I tend to ascribe things like misspellings to standard inattention of the writer than to any conspiracy. The link at SCOTUSBlog has much more detail. If I had seen it first, that is what I would have written about.

    Que Sera…

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