I listened to the words of Sen. Russ Feingold in High Crimes? Go here.
the video at Youtube and believe me he had a lot to say that was very sobering and right to the point. I noted down a number of things below.
Interview on Meet The Press:
Britt Humes from FOX stated that his guess was that there will be noticeable progress in the War in Iraq when the September Report is released. He also said that we may now be winning the war.
I asked myself what is the magic with September? Is there something going on, that we don’t know. Some magical event that is supposed to occur at that specific time. Think back over all the latest news broadcast and you will realize that every time President
Bush speaks lately it’s always with reference to September. I hope its not another “ Surge” like the last one. Has anybody bothered asking the troops what they thought of that “ Surge “? There are a few soldiers from Apache Company who have some choice words about that event. Go here.
Juan Williams contends that we are not winning the War in Iraq.
The points Sen. Feingold made were
of The Bush Administrations outrageous attacks on the rule of law.
From the illegal terrorist surveillance program.
The administrations attitude about torture.
Frances Townsend, WH Homeland Security Advisor said on CNN:
“ We have not, we do not and will not ever use torture ”.
Ironically this statement may very well be true when she says “ we “. The question I asked myself here is have other countries used torture on the behalf of the U.S., for the U.S. and if so on who’s orders, by who’s authority, and on who’s behalf? It is quite obvious from all the reports throughout the past years that this in fact was the case with the Secret prisons abroad and clandestine flights with prisoners to foreign countries.
I ask myself this question,” of the prisoners that have been released has anyone bothered to question them and find out what really happened during their incarceration? Does the U.S. government, through foreign governments exert some sort of control to keep them from disclosing their experiences in Guantanimo Bay or other prisons? It would be interesting to track down some of these former prisoners and ask this very question regarding their treatment while incarcerated, be it in the U.S. or on foreign soil.
When asked if we were being limited by the new limits on interrogation Frances Townsend said ( on FOX )“ we looked at it over a period of time and asked what we needed for it to be legal ( implying that it had not been legal? )”
On CNN she said that ,“ it’s a different program that we have today ” when asked by Wolf Blitzer if some of the techniques used earlier were no longer being used? Again the implication that in fact torture was being used when she had categorically denied its use on an earlier interview! Right away one has to ask well what is the story, were prisoners being tortured or not?
In one interview she denies its use in another she says the techniques are different!
I can understand Sen. Feingolds concerns especially with the ambiguous nature of the answers given where nothing is explicit, concrete and sounds more like political rhetoric than an answers.
Then again we all are familiar with the Lies! You have only to check out the multitude of archive video that is on the net for verification the majority of which are news archives!
In the interview with Mike McConnell, Director of National Security, on Meet The Press he said, “ I can report to you it is not torture, the techniques work. You are not subjected to heat or cold. Yet he admitted that he would not want a U.S. citizen to go through the enhanced process” . This reminds me of a comment I once heard where an individual said of a woman that she was slightly pregnant. Come on! There is no such thing. She is either pregnant or not! The same applies here. Either they were tortured or they were not tortured, period! Again the usual realm of plausible deniability, technicality with words, political rhetoric, unclear debatable responses!
Sen. Feingold went on to say,” That what he is proposing is a moderate course so as not to tie up the Senate and the House in an impeachment trial. He would want resolutions that would make sure that the historical records show how the administration has weakened our country militarily and against Al Qaeda.
Sen Dick Durbin, Majority Speaker (D) Illinois , said “ No “ when asked by Wolf Blitzer on CNN if he has confidence in Frances Townsends and the administrations handling of Homeland Security. He said that significant steps forward have been made but that we have recommendations from the 911 commission to do specific things to make America safer and they have given a report card, to this administration, year after year , a failing report card. The administration has failed to enact the laws to enact the appropriations necessary to make these recommendations the law.
Now that was refreshing, no minced words there! Right to the point.
Frances Townsend insist that it is true that the United States is safer today than it was in 911. REALLY!
Sen. Feingold went on to say that, ”this administration has assaulted the constitution. We need to have on historical records some kind of indication that what has happened here, is in the words of Director McConnell, disastrous”. This administration has done the greatest assault on our constitution, perhaps in American history. The American People are outraged at the way they have been treated. They are outraged at the dishonesty that they have been subjected to. We deserve better than the way we have been treated “.
As for Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) here are a few of his words.
“The President has done a lot of things that are very, very negative. The President already has the mark of the American people that he is the worse President that we have ever had.”
Boy, talk about a mouth full! The burning question now is, Will the Censure take place?
If you ask me the only ones who would go against the censure are those that have a vested, profitable interest in the continuance of both wars.