From the Guardian here:
Arpaio, the self-styled “toughest sheriff” in America, systematically abused his powers during his two decades in office before being voted out last November. Most notoriously, Arpaio commanded his police to detain people solely on the suspicion that they were illegal immigrants, even in cases where the “suspects” had violated no state law. This amounted to a blanket invitation to terrorize the domestic population through egregious practices of racial-profiling.
In 2011, a federal district court judge, a Republican appointee, ordered Arpaio to stop a practice that constituted a flagrant violation of constitutional rights. Rather than submit to the federal court order, Arpaio acted in open defiance, placing himself above the federal judiciary and the rule of law.
I have no love for this piece of shit Arpaio but didn’t all the racial profiling and ignoring the rule of law accelerate after September 11th, spearheaded by Bush and Cheney?
Rules banning torture, rules on starting wars of aggression, violating surveillance laws in the name of national security.
These people should be held accountable more than Arpaio who is a small time American fascist.
If you’re outraged by this pardon, where is your outrage for the men who started it all?
From the New York Times:
With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likely to face charges stemming from two graft cases, his critics are asking how long he can stave off what they view as his looming political demise.
Well, this will be a sad day if it comes when Netanyahu drags his murderous, crooked carcass off the world stage.
A world class fucker if there ever was one.
From the New York Times:
The United States spent more than $1 trillion and lost about 4,500 troops in the effort to make Iraq the cornerstone of a Western-facing Middle East. But today, Iran’s influence is paramount.
The only way to curtail American military adventures abroad is to hold those who make failed countries accountable for their decisions and incompetence.
Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld should be in jail for what they did to Iraq.
And by the way $1 trillion would be an awful lot of health care for Americans that need it.
From Reuters here:
“Nowhere has the UN’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel,” Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said in the opening remarks for her appearance on Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“Any honest assessment also finds an institution that is often at odds with American national interests and American taxpayers,” the speech says.
Blah blah blah blah.
Don’t expect any sort of feminine, peace mongering out of the new UN ambassador Nikki Haley. Clearly her vagina is full of cruelty and she’s ready to rock.
I can see how between this piece of shit and the new U.S. ambassador to Israel who is an even bigger piece of shit how it’s going to be 12-18 months until Israel and the Palestinians will be killing each other at a ratio of 50 dead Palestinians for every dead Israeli.
I guess this is what people want. A bloody muscular foreign policy instead of putting Netanyahu in a cage where he belongs.
From CNBC here:
Joe Biden also said it was “dangerous” for President-elect Donald Trump to publicly criticize the U.S. intelligence community.
Biden also said it’s “absolutely mindless” for a president not to have confidence in or listen to the intelligence agencies.
I’m with President Cheese Doodle on this one. There is no track record to have confidence in the CIA. It is a nest of lying vipers and self serving assholes. To see Democrats flock to defend people who should not be defended is pretty sad.
From The Intercept here:
DONALD TRUMP MAY select Jose Rodriguez, one of the primary architects of the George W. Bush torture program, to run the Central Intelligence Agency, according to a law firm with close ties to Trump.
Rodriguez, the former director of the National Clandestine Service, helped developed the CIA black sites, secret prisons operated in foreign countries where interrogators used a range of torture tactics, including the use of “waterboarding,” the simulated drowning technique once used by the Khmer Rouge and Nazi agents to glean information from detainees.
This sadist was passed over in favor of a Benghazi obsessive but we can be sure that Rodriguez will either be in the Spook House or all over tv talking up torture.
And part of the karma for that goes to Obama. Not because he’s black but because he declined to put these assholes behind bars where they belong.
He thought it was best to not prosecute and maybe in the short term it was, but if these guys all had criminal records and were barred from government service we wouldn’t be in this situation now.
From Real News Network here:
Back on September 5th of 2006, Hillary Clinton running to be elected for her senate seat in New York was doing the rounds of this particular location she was speaking to the Jewish Press in Brooklyn where she had this to say about their elections in Palestinian territories in 2006.
HILLARY CLINTON: I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake. And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.
Just kick back and bask in the imperial wisdom of the Pantsuit!