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Why Dick Cheney should be tortured

Posted by James McPherson on March 15, 2009

Dick Cheney, perhaps the most evil chief executive in our nation’s history (yeah, I know–technically the president is the chief executive, but I’m talking about the person really in charge of policy), told CNN today that Barack Obama’s policies increase our risk of being attacked by terrorists.

Aside from the fact that it seems our risk might decrease from having a president who values diplomacy over bluster and who actually reads threat memos more closely than he reads The Pet Goat, Cheney’s argument is typically inane self-defense, perhaps offered as a means of trying to avoid justified prosecution of George W. Bush, Cheney and others for war crimes.

“Cheney said the harsh interrogations of suspects and the use of warrantless electronic surveillance were ‘absolutely essential’ to get information to prevent more attacks like the 2001 suicide hijackings that targeted New York and Washington,” according to the report.

In other words, it’s the old fascist argument, offered at a time when the American public is sick of the whole Bush/Cheney-caused mess, that “we have to strip your civil rights away to save them.” Not the sort of thing that conservatives once stood for, but then these weren’t your grandfather’s conservatives. Thank God they’re not ours, anymore, either.

Apparently CNN didn’t ask Cheney about recent  revelations by one of the nation’s top investigative reporters, Seymour Hersh, that the former vice president personally oversaw a military  “assassination ring” that bypassed the CIA and carried out clandestine murders in other countries.

“It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on,” Hersh reportedly stated. “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.”

I have no idea whether Hersh’s report is accurate. If so, the illegal death squads clearly pose an international threat. I suggest we torture Cheney until he confesses.

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6 Responses to “Why Dick Cheney should be tortured”

  1. zelda said

    Cheney is the epitome of evil incarnate.
    He reeks of it…………
    Ever wonder how these evil guys(he is the worst)get at the top of our political structure?
    SCARY…………
    I hope he pays in some way………..horrible human. I use the term loosely mind you.

  2. zelda said

    I see where Richard Dryfus says Cheney should be in jail.
    People answered in a blog that went on and on bashing Dryfus for the most part.
    He played Cheney in a movie I guess……..not on my A list to see.
    Old Limbaugh bashes all actors that say anything political and calls them all idiots pretty much.

    I guess the Republicans forget about Ronald Reagan eh?

    I think Cheney and Rove and Haleburton(spelling ?) should all be cell mates……….for life.Good old George Bush is a war criminal and corrupted his own country and people.I TELL YOU IT’S THAT DAMN FED THAT MANIPULATED BUSH AND ALL THOSE BASTARDS!Follow the money!Wars make money for these creeps.AND they are gaining MORE control daily!!!!! They are so much in control of our government that it will take a revolution to rid us of them……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And the beat goes on……..

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    The American people are thrilled to have their first African-American president.

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    badnewsfromtheunitedstates.blogspot.com
    ________________
    ‘If only there could be a Ban against invention that bottled up memory like scent & it never faded & it never got stale.’ Off the top of my head, it came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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