Before this is over, it will reek as much havoc as y2k. I promise.Comment Posted By BSJONES On 27.04.2009 @ 15:41
OBAMA GOLFED!!Comment Posted By BSJONES On 27.04.2009 @ 15:36
I hope this flu thing does not blow up into something huge like the y2k problem.Comment Posted By bsjones On 27.04.2009 @ 01:56
"There's gonna be pictures that are gonna be coming out which will again authenticate that wrong things were done, but are you gonna prosecute people...?" John McCain
"There I go, turn the page." Bob SegerComment Posted By bsjones On 28.04.2009 @ 01:09
“If the president does it, it’s not a crime” Richard Nixon
“Most people in retrospect believe that Ford’s pardon was right, because we moved on. We have got to move on.” John McCainComment Posted By bsjones On 28.04.2009 @ 00:02
I just watched a movie called Changling by Clint Eastwood. I highly recommend it. Since I've been thinking about the government sanctified use of "techniques", the film took on a special significance for me.
I already question whether it is a good idea to vest the power to perform "techniques" on individuals for state interests. Seeing this film reinforced that perception.
There are huge differences between the circumstances surrounding the use of "techniques" in this film and our best understandings about the use of "techniques" on prisoners in U.S. custody. I thought there were some similarities as well.
Again, highly recommended.Comment Posted By bsjones On 26.04.2009 @ 03:26
I supported term limits for the state legislature. Eventually we got em. Now that we have them (after about a decade) I regretted it. If the people were to clean house by "voting the bums out", I would support that. Unfortunately, as history shows, it doesn't always do much.
I support independent investigation into government conduct because I believe government officials elected and otherwise routinely engage in illegal activity. I would like to see real punishment including jail for those powerful officials that believe they can skirt the law.
I would absolutely love to see government officials held to a higher standard of legal propriety than the population at large. That goes for Bill Clinton, Ted Stevens, and Timothy Geitner. Beltway pundits insist this is not possible because government would suffer from brain drain!! Absolute rubbish. Washington needs more character not more tricksy politicians.Comment Posted By bsjones On 25.04.2009 @ 22:56
One of the great potential benefits of prosecutions would be that leadership from both parties would likely be disgraced and maybe even forced to resign. I would personally look forward to new blood on Both sides of the isle.
The two things I am completely sure of is that Americans are not well served by their Federal Representatives in Congress and that the Executive branch does not operate in a sufficiently transparent way that supports democracy.Comment Posted By bsjones On 25.04.2009 @ 22:18
I was not not advancing an argument in post #35, I was asking for a point of clarification. I got the mistaken impression that because it was "only three terrorists" that experienced the "techniques", that maybe in some way you saw the legitimacy of the "techniques" as tied to how many people experienced them.
It is clear from post #39 that you believe the "techniques" to be moral, effective and justified. It is also clear (from post#18) that you think the "techniques" are completely legal.
The other point was really an aside. I personally believe the number of people who have experienced the "techniques" could be considerably higher than three. This is based on how many times I have heard government representatives of all strips lie in the past about anything and everything. U.S. government policy is based on many things. Two things we see all the time is the government withholding information and government willfully misleading the public as a political strategy for achieving policy objectives. Government lying, misleading, withholding, and misdirecting the public is certainly nothing new.Comment Posted By bsjones On 25.04.2009 @ 22:11
michael reynolds,Comment Posted By bsjones On 25.04.2009 @ 21:09
Somehow the use of "techniques" seems very christian to me....