Archive for April 22nd, 2009

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

This is very disappointing – Democrats have always the party of religious tolerance:

Sen. Bill Waverly confused a crowd of supporters when he pledged “the phase-out of all voodoo rituals  in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Senate.”

In an impassioned 90-minute speech delivered yesterday at a public park, Sen. Waverly (D-AZ) railed against the “crushing yoke of hex-driven politics” and promised an end to the practice of needling sacred dolls to gain traction with controversial bills.

“It is time we spoke clearly to those who do not wish to hear: Chanting rhythmically while holding a doll’s feet over a candle after it has been blessed by a witch and recreated in the likeness of an enemy has no place in federal American politics,” said Senator Waverly, to scattered applause and widespread murmuring.

Although aides attempted to draw him away from the mike at the 25-minute mark, the Senator refused to vacate the stage or alter the course of his remarks.

“The people of Arizona have shown their faith in me,” he said.  “It is my responsibility to assure that the issues most important to my constituents are not clouded by the questionable invocation of zombies in public affairs, or the feverish worship of snakes.”

The crowd of supporters who greeted the Senator with enthusiasm found their excitement waning as the speech wore on.  Most stopped cheering or even applauding after a few minutes; some wandered off in a dazed state a while after that; a very few watched in morbid curiosity for the duration.

“It was like a car wreck between a clown car and the Keystone Cops,” said Jim Harper, a bus driver and onetime canvasser for the 2006 Waverly campaign.  “Too horrible to laugh, too funny to cry.”

Senator Waverly seemed undaunted by the crowd’s reaction, keeping his tone steady and assured for the length of the speech.

“No longer will Papa Limba steer the ship of state!” he said in a rousing, perplexing finale.  “No longer will the benefaction of Marie Laveau consume the attention of legislators!  I promise you transparency in the ritual sacrifices of all members of Congress!  I promise you a new beginning, one where ritual beads and smoke inhalation do not guide the decisions of your elected representatives!  I promise you no more voodoo!”

He did mean ritual sacrifices by all members of Congress, right?

April 22nd, 2009 at 11:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

It’s Not A Bug, It’s A Feature

As I’ve said before, the fact that torture does not provide actionable intelligence was never a deterrent for the Bush administration, since they were a lot more interested in propagandizable intelligence.  False confessions are what torture gets you, and that’s just exactly what BushCo. wanted:

“There were two reasons why these interrogations were so persistent, and why extreme methods were used,” the former senior intelligence official said on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity.

“The main one is that everyone was worried about some kind of follow-up attack (after 9/11). But for most of 2002 and into 2003, Cheney and Rumsfeld, especially, were also demanding proof of the links between al Qaida and Iraq that (former Iraqi exile leader Ahmed) Chalabi and others had told them were there.”

It was during this period that CIA interrogators waterboarded two alleged top al Qaida detainees repeatedly — Abu Zubeida at least 83 times in August 2002 and Khalid Sheik Mohammed 183 times in March 2003 — according to a newly released Justice Department document.

Jim White actually speculated about this on Sunday, and now it’s confirmed.

Amazingly enough, Zubeida and KSM were able to resist – possibly because they had no idea what their torturers were talking about.  And in the end, it didn’t really matter, since we ended up invading Iraq anyway.

April 22nd, 2009 at 06:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Prisoners,Republicans,Terrorism,Torture,War

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