Special comment: “And screwed you are”

This is post #2,000 on Cannablog. Have we made progress since post #1,000?

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What kind of Christian are you (if you claim to be one)?

Ellroon @ Rants from the Rookery:

Look carefully at what you have become. You are endangering the life of a 12 year old boy.

You say you are good Christians? What Christian would support and encourage torture? What Christian celebrates war? Mocks injured children, soldiers and worse yet, belittles the wounded? What Christian declares intolerance to other beliefs a Christian ideal? What Bible are you reading from? This is not the Christianity I recognize.

And what kind of patriot are you?

You say you are patriots? What patriot hates his fellow citizens and demands the country change to fit his specific ideals? What patriot declares that this nation built on the dreams of immigrants should deny all other immigrants the chance to come here? What patriot states that diversity is a weakness not a strength?

Much more, read on

America tortures

President Jimmy Carter speaks to Wolf Blitzer on CNN:

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Speaking of illegal orders…

Associated Press (h/t NTodd @ Dohiyi Mir):

Army snipers hunting insurgents in Iraq were under orders to “bait” their targets with suspicious materials, such as detonation cords, and then kill whoever picked up the items, according to the defense attorney for a soldier accused of planting evidence on an Iraqi he killed. Gary Myers, an attorney for Sgt. Evan Vela, said Monday his client had acted “pursuant to orders.”

“We believe that our client has done nothing more than he was instructed to do by superiors,” Myers said in a telephone interview.

Which is no defense if it was a manifestly illegal order.

“To prevent the enemy from learning about our tactics, techniques and training procedures, we don’t discuss specific methods targeting enemy combatants,” said Paul Boyce, an Army spokesman.

Boyce also said there are no classified programs that authorize the murder of Iraqi civilians or the use of “drop weapons” to make killings appeared to be legally justified, which is what Vela and the two other snipers are accused of doing.

That sounds manifestly illegal.

“Operation Iraqi Freedom, it turns out, was never a war against Saddam ­Hussein’s Iraq. It was an invasion of the federal budget.”

Non equus circum.

Chris Dashiell:

The Bush administration is a danger to the security of the United States. Nothing could be clearer. Every day this regime stays in power constitutes a threat to our safety—yours, mine, our families, our communities, our country. Even if you discount the subversion of our Constitution and our tradition of liberty, even if you ignore the shameful policies of secret prisons, torture, and lawless detention—just on the basis of national security alone, the impeachment of George Bush and Richard Cheney must be initiated, if only to slow down the destructive machine that threatens our very lives.

Not proven

I think that Larry Craig should be permitted to withdraw his plea and have his day in court.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Melissa McEwan @ Shakesville:

Prosecutors say [Marcus Huffman] was on patrol March 18 when he met the woman after she was turned away from a club because she appeared intoxicated. Huffman is accused of offering her a ride, driving her to the substation and raping her.

Special Assistant Attorney General Erik Wallin said prosecutors have a video showing Huffman entering the substation with the woman, then leaving separately before the woman did.

In addition, prosecutors say they have recovered Huffman’s semen from the woman’s boxer shorts.

The 19-old-woman then went to a relative’s home where she called 911 to report the rape. Among the three officers who responded was Officer Marcus Huffman.

He was also the senior officer handling the complaint, and, according to RI Attorney General spokesman Michael Healey, “He later filed a report which we allege failed to include important facts, among which were any mention of the incident involving him and the victim.”

Please read the rest.