I have friends who support President Obama's order to execute Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan as a matter of practical necessity. Their claim is that it would have been impossible to arrest these criminals and bring them to trial. They say that in order to protect the lives of innocent Americans it is sometimes necessary to bend if not break the law, even the highest law of the land which is our Constitution.
On the second day of his presidency, Barack Obama promised, "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." Here is an honest look at Barack Obama in his own words, to ensure his promise of transparency does not fall by the wayside.
Editor's note: Ariel Dorfman is the Chilean-American author of "Death and the Maiden" along with a wide variety of other plays, fiction, poetry and essays. Dorfman is the Walter Hines Page Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University. His new memoir is "Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ).
(CNN) -- Dick Cheney, it has been said, fears that "somebody will Pinochet him."
From Indoctrination Nation Blog:
It displeases me greatly to even speak of Uncle Dicks newest collage of lies, omissions and distortions which I will forgo mention of title at all for fear it may lead to the sales of even one copy of his propaganda, but I could not help but comment upon it after hearing his continued reliance and praise for the "Cheney" Administrations enhanced interrogation program. To this day Cheney delights in that program and continues to spew how successful it was. Here's is his latest quote right out of the book:
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Candidate Obama on Debt in July 2008:
"The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic."
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CDTA former aide to one-time U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says former Vice President Dick Cheney fears he will be tried as a war criminal.
Demonstrators with Amnesty International call for the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into the roles of former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and other officials in the use of torture in U.S. counter-terrorism operations in front of the Justice Department in Washington on August 30, 2011.
Cheney's memoir, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, hit the bookshelves Tuesday, and piles criticisms and attacks on many colleagues during George W. Bush's administration, especially Powell, whom Cheney accused of undermining Bush.
However, Powell's chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, told ABC News Cheney "was president for all practical purposes for the first term of the Bush administration" and "fears being tried as a war criminal."
The fall-out from the 7th Circuit's explosive decision to allow a lawsuit against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to go forward has far-reaching wording. This marks a double-whammy week for Rumsfeld. Days earlier a federal judge in Washington, D.C., that gave the green light to an Army veteran – who also alleges he was tortured in Iraq – to sue Rumsfeld for damages.