"Torture, I believe, appeals to the president and the vice president precisely because it’s a violation of both law and tradition. By making an illegal and immoral practice a key element of U.S. policy, they’re asserting their right to do whatever they claim is necessary."* RAW:
"British Army expert casts doubt on 'liquid explosives' threat, Al Qaeda network in UK Identified.* wapo ed via froomkin:
Lieutenant-Colonel (ret.) Nigel Wylde, a former senior British Army Intelligence Officer, has suggested that the police and government story about the "terror plot" revealed on 10th August was part of a "pattern of lies and deceit.""
""Mr. Bush's real objection to Common Article 3 is not that it is vague. It is that it will not permit abusive practices that he isn't willing publicly to discuss or defend.""* froomkin
""Though he said this session was supposed to be off the record, (right-wing talk-show host Mike) Gallagher described it at some length, including Bush's observation to the right-wing radio jocks that the War on Terror has to be about right versus wrong, 'because if it's about Christianity versus Islam, we'll lose.'""* via holden:
"Jim Dornan, one of the former managers of Rep. Katherine Harris's beleaguered Republican Senate candidacy in Florida, has told associates he was startled by how aggressively the FBI questioned him Sept. 6.* scarborough (via fdl):
Dornan was interrogated for an hour and a half by federal agents as part of their inquiry into Harris's political contributions from defense contractor Mitchell Wade, who has pleaded guilty to bribery in another case. Dornan described the FBI as pressing him hard about Harris."
"Of course, the mere suggestion makes some Republican loyalists shudder. Being a faithful follower of Brother Bush has long been synonymous with loving Jesus, supporting the troops and taking a stand against sodomy. But no more. Many of the conservatives who put Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich in power are counting the days until Bush goes to Crawford for good…."* amy:
"In Mexico City, hundreds of thousands of people crowded the central plaza this weekend for a massive conference of supporters of former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. With a show of hands, the crowd voted to establish an “alternative government” to oppose the administration of Felipe Calderon. Calderon was named president-elect earlier this month after Mexico’s top electoral court rejected Lopez Obrador’s claims of voting fraud. Lopez Obrador addressed his supporters on Saturday."i hope someone is the US is taking notes.