Bloggfęrslur mįnašarins, jśnķ 2007

Er Ann Coulter einn af 'leištogum' bandarķskra hęgrimanna?

CoulterAnn Coulter er lesendum Freedomfries aš góšu kunn. Ķ gegn um tķšina hefur hśn skemmt okkur meš innsęi sķnu og greindarlegum yfirlżsingum į borš viš žį aš skynsamleg utanrķkispólķtķk felist ķ almennilegum krossferšum. Eftir 9/11 lżsti Coulter žvķ hvernig bregšast ętti viš ógninni af ergilegum Saudi Aröbum sem voru innblįsnir af hatri į Bandarķskri heimsvaldastefnu:

We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.

Coulter hefur einnig lagt sitt af mörkum til umręšunnar um forsetaframbjóšendur, en samkvęmt henni er John Edwards "totally gay" - sem įtti aš vera "brandari". hahaha. Žvķ žaš er alveg ótrślega fyndiš aš įsaka pólķtķska andstęšinga um samkynhneigš. Demokratar, vinstrimenn, og reyndar sennilega allt fólk sem hefur einhverja örgšu af smekkvķsi er žvķ fyrir löngu bśiš aš afskrifa Coulter sem trśš og aula, en einhverra hluta vegna fęr hśn stöšugt ašgang aš fjölmišlum.

Žaš sem verra er, mikiš af bandarķskum hęgrimönnum hafa įkvešiš aš standa vörš um Coulter. Seinasta dęmiš er Brent Bozell, sem er formašur Media Research Center, sem er einhverskonar hęgrisinnuš hlišstęša Media Matters. Bozell sendi frį sér fréttatilkynningu žar sem hann hvatti bandarķska hęgrimenn og ķhaldsfólk um aš standa vörš um Ann Coulter:

But Ann Coulter is owed an apology from those outlets, including NBC’s Nightly News, The Washington Post and CNN’s American Morning, which have mis-reported her comments. And conservatives, take note: Today it’s Coulter, tomorrow it may be you. The left has demonstrated that it will stop at nothing, including flat-out dishonesty, to undermine our leaders.

Ann Coulter, samkvęmt žessu er ein af "our leaders"? Ķ žessu felst vandinn: Mikiš af bandarķskum hęgrimönnum halda aš Ann Coulter sé einhverskonar "leištogi" eša hugsušur.

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Žį er žaš loksins offisķelt: Engin gereyšingarvopn ķ Ķrak

The dog ate my WMD'sSameinušu žjóširnar hafa loksins komist aš žeirri nišurstöšu aš žaš vęri tilgangslaust aš halda įfram aš leyta aš gereyšingarvopnunum sem Saddam Hussein įtti aš hafa komiš sér upp til aš gefa Bandarķkjunum afsökun til aš gera innrįs og breyta Ķrak ķ helvķti į jöršu. Skv. AP (via CNN):

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Security Council voted Friday to immediately close down the U.N. inspection bodies that played a pivotal role in monitoring Iraq's unconventional weapons programs under Saddam Hussein.

The resolution, approved by a vote of 14-0, terminated the mandate of the U.N. bodies responsible for overseeing the dismantling of Hussein's programs to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and long-range missiles.

En žaš eru žó ekki allir žeirrar skošunar aš žaš sé ljóst aš žaš séu ekki gereyšingarvopn einhverstašar ķ Ķrak:

Russia abstained, saying there was still "no clear answer to the existence of weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq.

Ég geri rįš fyrir aš höršustu stušningsmenn strķšsins ķ Ķrak muni halda įfram aš fylgja Kremlarlķnunni ķ žessu eins og öllu öršu. Flokkurinn og foringinn geta jś ekki hafa haft į röngu aš standa!

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Nż Fox News könnun: kjósendur treysta demokrötum betur komi til heimsstyrjaldar viš alla mśslima allstašar

Hezbollah heilsarŽaš er alltaf gaman aš sjį skoša skošanakannanir Fox news, žvķ žęr innihalda alltaf eina eša fleiri spurningar sem eru svo furšulega oršašar aš aš mašur skilur ekki alveg hvernig nokkrum manni myndi detta ķ hug aš spyrja žeirra. Engu aš sķšur gefa žessar spurningar góša innsżn, bęši ķ žankagang žįttastjórenda Fox og įhorfenda žeirra. Fox kannanirnar innihalda nefnilega oft žaš sem kallaš eru "talking points" republķkanaflokksins, og žaš er gagnlegt aš sjį hvort žau eiga samhljóm meš žjóšinni. Ķ vor spurši Fox t.d.

Do you think the Democratic Party should allow a grassroots organization like Moveon.org to take it over or should it resist this type of takeover?

Svariš var aušvitaš "nei" - en Fox datt ekki ķ hug aš spyrja

"Do you think the Republican Party should allow grassroots organizations like the NRA to take it over or should it resist this type of takeover?"

Nu, eša

"Do you think the Republican Party should allow Talk Radio hosts like Hugh Hewitt to dictate policy on important national issues like immigration"

Bęši eru žó "sanngjarnar" spurningar ef lógķk Fox er fylgt. (Sjį hér Townhall grein varšandi įhrif Hewitt į žingmenn). Ķ nżjustu könnuninni er spurt: Ef allir ķslamófasistar allra landa sameinast ķ einhverskonar allsherjar mśslimabandalag og fara ķ strķš viš hinn stóra Satan - hvorum myndir žś treysta til aš verja frelsi, lżšręši og vestręna menningu, demokrötum eša repśblķkönum?

If there is an all-out war between the United States and various radical Muslim groups worldwide, who would you rather have in charge — Democrats or Republicans?

Nś hefši mašur ętlaš aš žaš vęri bara eitt svar viš žessari spurningu, Giuliani og Mitt Romney, žvķ repśblķkanar hafa sķšan 9/11 stöšugt hamraš į žvķ aš žeim einum sé treystandi ķ žessum "nżja heimi" žar sem ķslamófasistar leynast į bak viš hvert horn, allir mśslimar eša innflytjendur séu hugsanlega terroristar og žaš er einhvernveginn ešlilegt aš spyrja žingmenn hvort žeir vinni meš hryšjuverkamönnum, af žvķ žeir séu mśslimar - eša jafnvel gefa ķ skyn aš forsetaframbjóšendur séu į mįla hjį wahhabķskum klerkum frį Saudi Arabķu.

En Repśblķkanar viršast hafa blóšmjólkaš žessa kś, žvķ kjósendur treysta žeim sķšur en demokrötum til aš heyja žrišju heimsstyrjöldina!

Democrats 41%, Republicans 38%, Both the same 9%, Don’t know 12%

Žessi nišurstaša viršist bena til žess aš "All 9/11, All the time" rökręšutękni og pólķtķk repśblķakana sé bśin aš ganga sér til hśšar.

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Ps. svo langar mig aftur aš minna į Eyjuna.is, sem eru nż heimkynni Freedomfries!


CIA gerši tilraunir meš LSD, ręktaši ópķum, starfaši meš mafķósum

ljósmynd af gólfinu ķ andyri CIAFyrr ķ vikunni var leynd lyft af skjölum CIA frį tķmum kalda strķšsins. Žaš sem er merikilegast viš žessa frétt er aš ķ ljós kemur aš allar vęnusjśkustu og ótrślegustu samsęriskenningar tengdar leynižjónustunni viršast sannar! NYT:

Known inside the agency as the “family jewels,” the 702 pages of documents released Tuesday catalog domestic wiretapping operations, failed assassination plots, mind-control experiments and spying on journalists from the early years of the C.I.A.

The papers provide evidence of paranoia and occasional incompetence as the agency began a string of illegal spying operations in the 1960s and 1970s, often to hunt links between Communist governments and the domestic protests that roiled the nation in that period.

Og hverskonar gleši og sprell skyldu starfsmenn leynižjónustunnar hafa fundiš upp į? Ķ ljós kemur aš leynižjónustan var jafn galin og starfsmenn hersins, sem į tķunda įratugnum ętlušu aš finna upp "hommunarsprengju". Ķ ljós kemur aš starfsmenn leynižjónustunnar hafi hleraš hótelherbergi ķ Las Vegas - fyrir mafķuna. Allen Dulles, sem er öllum įhugamönnum um samsęriskenningar eša Kalda strķšiš aš góšu kunnur, lagši blessun sķna yfir samstarf meš mafķunni - til aš eitra fyrir Kastró. CIA ręktaši lķka ópķum ķ Washingtonfylki. Washington Post fjallar um eiturlyfjatilraunir CIA og ašrar tilraunir meš "mind control":

The CIA was eager to examine the use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs to modify the behavior of targeted individuals, and so it asked commercial drug manufacturers to pass along samples of medicines rejected for commercial sale "because of unfavorable side effects," according to an undated memorandum included in dozens of CIA documents released yesterday.

Another document, dated May 8, 1973, mentions the existence of a 1963 account of agency scientists administering mind- or personality-altering drugs on "unwitting subjects" -- that is, testing hallucinogens such as LSD on people without their knowledge. The document doesn't provide details.

Mikiš af skjölunum sem gerš voru upptęk höfšu žó veriš svert śt, svo žaš er aldrei aš vita hverju öšru CIA fann upp į:

One memo that lists the most damaging secrets contained in "the family jewels" is missing its first paragraph. A separate memo that is supposed to summarize the "unusual activities" of the CIA's domestic branch includes just three paragraphs followed by 17 blacked-out pages.

Ég geri rįš fyrir aš parturinn um hvernig LBJ fékk mafķuna, og OAS, til aš rįša JFK af dögum?

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Könnun NYT/CBS/MTV: Ungir Bandarķkjamenn frekar til vinstri en hęgri

Young AmericansSamkvęmt könnun sem New York Times birtir ķ morgun eru ungir Bandarķkjamenn, ž.e. fólk į aldrinum 17 til 29 įra almennt almennt "vinstrisinnašara" en eldra fólk, og eru almennt mun lķklegri til aš styšja frambjóšendur demokrata. Skv. NYT:

At a time when Democrats have made gains after years in which Republicans have dominated Washington, young Americans appear to lean slightly more to the left than the general population: 28 percent described themselves as liberal, compared with 20 percent of the nation at large. And 27 percent called themselves conservative, compared with 32 percent of the general public.

Almennt viršast yngri Bandarķkjamenn mun frjįlslyndari en eldra fólk. 44% ķ žessum hópi segja aš samkynhneigt fólk eigi aš fį aš giftast, mešan ašeins 28% žjóšarinnar styšur hjónabönd samkynhneigšra, sem er slįandi munur. Afstaša yngra fólks til fóstureyšinga er žó ķviš ķhaldssamara en afstaša žjóšarinnar ķ heild.

Žessi nišurstaša bošar ekki gott fyrir Repśblķkana eša ķmyndašan "pernanent majority" Karl Rove:

By a 52 to 36 majority, young Americans say that Democrats, rather than Republicans, come closer to sharing their moral values, while 58 percent said they had a favorable view of the Democratic Party, and 38 percent said they had a favorable view of Republicans.

Asked if they were enthusiastic about any of the candidates running for president, 18 percent named Mr. Obama, of Illinois, and 17 percent named Mrs. Clinton, of New York. Those two were followed by Rudolph W. Giuliani, a Republican, who was named by just 4 percent of the respondents.

Aš vķsu er žvķ stundum haldiš fram aš ungt fólk sé almennt vinstrisinnašara en eldri kynslóšir. Žessi ungęšislega vinstrimennska viršist žó frekar vera ķ vexti en standa ķ staš - žvķ ef vinstrimennska er ašeins afleišing af hormónaflęši unglingsįranna ętti ungt fólk aš vera jafn vinstrisinnaš nś og į nķunda įratugnum:

The percentage of young voters who identified themselves as Republican grew steadily during the Reagan administration, and reached a high of 37 percent in 1989. That number has declined ever since, and is now at 25 percent.

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Stušningur viš strķšiš ķ Ķrak aldrei minni

Götumynd frį BaghdadSamkvęmt nżrri könnun CNN hefur stušningur viš ķraksstrķšiš aldrei veriš minni. Innan viš žrišjungur žjóšarinnar styšur strķšsrekstur forsetans:
In the poll, which was carried out Friday through Sunday, 30 percent of respondents said they favor the war in Iraq; 41 percent said they oppose it because they think the 2003 decision to go to war was a mistake; 26 percent said they oppose it because they think it has been mismanaged; and 3 percent said they had no opinion.
69% segja strķšiš ganga ķlla, žar af langflestir, eša 44% allrar žjóšarinnar "very badly". Almenningur hefur enga trś į aš įstandiš muni batna - og tveir žrišju hlutar žjóšarinnar vilja aš herinn verši kvaddur heim:
Nearly two-thirds of those polled want withdrawal of U.S. troops to begin — either in part or in total. Asked what the United States should do about the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, just 17 percent said it should send more troops; 16 percent said keep the numbers the same; 24 percent said withdraw some troops; and 39 percent said withdraw all troops.

Žaš sem meira er, meirihluti žjóšarinnar (54%) telur aš strķšiš sé sišferšislega rangt. Žaš er hęgt aš lesa könnunina hér.

Ķ öšrum fréttum: Ķbśar ķ Baghdad geta ekki lengur veitt sér til matar ķ Tigris, en įšur en strķšiš hófst ku žaš hafa veriš stundaš af Baghdadbśum. Įstęšan er sś aš įin er full af lķkum!

so many bodies have been dumped in the river during the sectarian blood-letting that has divided the capital that residents do not go near the water. They would certainly not consume what comes out of it, particularly the large fish that feed off the Tigris riverbed.

Some Islamic religious leaders have even issued fatwas, declaring that fish caught in the river are unclean and unfit for human consumption.

Jei fyrir śtbreišslu lżšręšis!

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Śtskżring Cheney į žvķ af hverju hann žarf ekki aš fara aš lögum

We are this deep, I think...Ķ gęr gaf skrifstofa Cheney śt opinbera śtskżringu varaforsetans į žvķ af hverju hann žurfi ekki aš fara aš lögum um mešferš leynilegra upplżsinga. Fyrsta śtskżring "vara"forsetans var aš hann vęri ekki hluti framkvęmdavaldsins, žvķ varaforsetinn er lķka forseti öldungadeilarinnar. Hann vęri žvķ raunverulega hluti af löggjafarvaldinu...

Samkvęmt bréfi yfirmanns ISOO til dómsmįlarįšuneytisins (sem hęgt er aš lesa hér) hélt Cheney žvķ fram, hann vęri ekki

"[an] entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified information"

Fyrir utan aš vera heimskuleg er žessi skżring ķ beinni mótsögn viš fyrri yfirlżsingar Cheney, sem hefur til žessa neitaš aš lśta eftirliti žingsins eša gefa žinginu upplżsingar um starfsemi sķna, į žeim grundvelli aš hann sé hluti framkvęmdavaldsins, en forsetinn hefur "executive privilige" sem į aš tryggja aš löggjafarvaldiš sé ekki aš seilast inn į valdsviš framkvęmdavaldsins. Dana Milbank į Washington Post:

Cheney has refused to comply with an order governing the care of classified documents; his office concluded that the order does not apply because he is not “an entity within the executive branch.”

That’s quite opposite the argument Cheney made in 2001, when he said that a congressional probe into the workings of his energy task force “would unconstitutionally interfere with the functioning of the executive branch.” Cheney has, in effect, declared himself to be neither fish nor fowl but an exotic, extraconstitutional beast who answers to no one.

Žessi röksemdafęrsla var svo vitlaus aš meira aš segja Dana Perino, talsmašur Hvķta Hśssins įtti ķ mestu erfišleikum meš aš réttlęta hana:

The explanatory task fell to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, whose skin reddened around her neck and collar as she pleaded ignorance during the daily briefing: "I'm not a legal scholar. . . . I'm not opining on his argument that his office is making. . . . I don't know why he made the arguments that he did."

"It's a little surreal," remarked Keith Koffler of Congress Daily.

"You're telling me," Perino agreed.

Žaš fer žvķ eftir žvķ hvašan vindar blįsa hvort varaforsetaembęttiš tilheyrir framkvęmda- eša löggjafarvaldinu. Varaforsetinn viršist lķka sjįlfur hafa įttaš sig į aš žessi skżring héldi ekki vatni. Žessvegna gaf skrifstofa hans śt nżja skżringu ķ gęr:

Vice President Cheney’s office offered its first public written explanation yesterday for its refusal to comply with an executive order regulating the handling of classified material, arguing that the order makes clear that the vice president is not subject to the oversight system it creates for federal agencies.

In a letter to Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), Cheney Chief of Staff David S. Addington wrote that the order treats the vice president the same as the president and distinguishes them both from “agencies” subject to the oversight provisions of the executive order.

Addington did not cite specific language in the executive order supporting this view, and a Cheney spokeswoman could not point to such language last night.

Tony Snow endurtók žessa skżringu į blašamannafundi Hvķta Hśssins:

“Well, keep in mind, what you’re talking about here is an executive order that involves compliance within the executive branch, but it also says that basically for the purposes of the executive order, the President and the Vice President’s offices are not considered ‘agencies’ and, therefore, are not subject to the regulations.”

En žegar reglugeršin, sem Cheney og Snow vķsa til, er lesin kemur ķ ljós aš žaš er akkśrat ekkert sem segir aš varaforsetinn, eša forsetinn, séu undanžegnir įkvęšum hennar. Ekki einn stafkrókur. Reglugeršin gildir um, samkvęmt sjöttu grein, fyrsta liš, a:

"Agency" means any "Executive agency," as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105; any "Miltary department" as defined in 5 U.S.C. 102; and any other entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified informaton.

Žaš er ekkert ķ reglugeršinni sem segir aš forsetinn megi sjįlfur įkveša hvort hann fari eftir henni eša ekki - enda hefur forsetaembęttiš vķst fariš eftir žessari reglugerš hingaš til. Ef forsetinn hefši gert ętlast til žess aš reglugeršin nęši ekki til varaforsetans hefši honum veriš ķ lófa lagiš aš setja um žaš įkvęši. En žaš var ekki gert.

Og ķ žvķ felst vandinn. Bush og Cheney viršast trśa žvķ aš žeir megi velja og hafna hvaša lögum eša reglum žeir fara eftir. Réttarrķki eru hins vegar byggš į žeirri hugmynd aš sömu lög gildi um alla, lķka valdhafana. Og žegar Cheney reyndi aš fį ISOO, sem įtti aš hafa eftirlit meš žvķ aš hann mešhöndlaši leynilegar upplżsingar, lagt nišur, opinberaši hann hitt meginvandamįl stjórnarinnar: Bush og Cheney trśa žvķ aš ķ valdi forsetaembęttisins séu žeir undanžegnir öllu eftirliti.

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Demokratar leggja til aš skrifstofa Cheney verši skorin af fjįrlögum, enda sé hann ekki rķkisstofnun...

Bloggarar og blašamenn elska žessa mynd af Cheney...Eftir aš žaš komst ķ hįmęli aš Dick Cheney hefši haldiš žvķ fram aš hann vęri hvorki hluti framkvęmda- né löggjafarvaldsns hafa fréttaskżrendur og įhugamenn um stjórnmįl veriš aš reyna aš įtta sig į žvķ hvaš Cheney vęri. Demokratar į Bandarķkjažingi hafa įkvešiš aš nota fjįrveitingarvald žingsins til aš fį nišurstöšu ķ žetta mįl: (Raw Story):

Following Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that his office is not a part of the executive branch of the US government, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) plans to introduce an amendment to the the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill to cut funding for Cheney's office.

The amendment to the bill that sets the funding for the executive branch will be considered next week in the House of Representatives.

"The Vice President has a choice to make. If he believes his legal case, his office has no business being funded as part of the executive branch," said Emanuel in a statement released to RAW STORY. "However, if he demands executive branch funding he cannot ignore executive branch rules. At the very least, the Vice President should be consistent. This amendment will ensure that the Vice President's funding is consistent with his legal arguments."

Samkvęmt frétt Roll Call hefur Cheney fengiš nęrri fimm milljón dollara į fjįrlögum hvers įrs til rekstur skrifstofunnar. Hvķta Hśsiš hefur įtt ķ mestu vandręšum meš aš śtskżra stöšu Cheney innan stjórnkerfisins, eša hvaš hann eigi eiginlega viš žegar hann žykist hvorki vera hluti framkvęmdavaldsins eša lögjafarvaldsins:
At a press briefing yesterday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino said that Cheney's assertion that he operates outside of the executive branch of government was "an interesting constitutional question that people can debate" and a "non-issue."
Hvaš į eiginlega aš ręša? Er žetta mjög flókin spurning? Reyndar viršist dómsmįlarįšuneytiš lķka eiga ķ erfišleikum meš aš svara žvķ hvort varaforsetinn sé hluti framkvęmdavaldsins. Žetta fįrįnlega mįl allt, sem Perino, talsmanni Hvķta Hśssins finnst vera "a non-issue" kom upp į yfirboršiš eftir aš Cheney neitaši aš veita the Information Security Oversight Office, aš skrifstofu sinni. ISOO er hluti Rķkisskjalasafnsins, og hefur eftirlit meš žvķ aš leynileg gögn og skjöl sem geyma rķkisleyndarmįl séu varšveitt į samkvęmt reglum sem forsetinn sjįlfur hefur gefiš śt. Samkvęmt žessum reglum į ISOO aš hafa eftirlit meš öllum skrifstofum, deildum eša öšrum sjįlfstęšum einingum innan framkvęmdavaldsins sem starfa meš, eša hafa ašgang aš leynilegum upplżsingum. Styrinn stóš ekki um aš einhverjir bjśrókratar og skjalaveršir fengju aš róta ķ skśffunum į skrifborši Cheney: Cheney neitaši aš gefa upp statistķk! New York times:

...after repeatedly refusing to comply with a routine annual request from the archives for data on his staff’s classification of internal documents, the vice president’s office in 2004 blocked an on-site inspection of records that other agencies of the executive branch regularly go through.

... starting in 2003, the vice president’s office began refusing to supply the information. In 2004, it blocked an on-site inspection by Mr. Leonard’s office that was routinely carried out across the government to check whether documents were being properly labeled and safely stored.

Žetta er frekar einfalt mįl: Cheney, sem varaforseti Bandarķkjanna, er hluti framkvęmdavaldsins, ISOO į aš hafa eftirlit meš mešferš framkvęmdavaldsns į leynilegum skjölum. Eftir aš Cheney meinaši ISOO aš fį aš kanna mešferš į skjölum baš stofnunin žvķ dómsmįlarįšuneytiš um śrskurš ķ žessu mįli. (Ķ millitķšinni reyndi Cheney svo aš fį ISOO lagt nišur, en sś tilraun mistókst...) Dómsmįlarįšuneytiš segist vera aš "skoša mįliš":
In January, Mr. Leonard (yfirmašur ISOO) wrote to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales asking that he resolve the question. Erik Ablin, a Justice Department spokesman, said last night, “This matter is currently under review in the department.”

Dómsmįlarįšuneytiš var spurt ķ janśar sķšastlišnum hvort varaforsetaembęttiš vęri hluti framkvęmdavaldsins eša ekki - fimm mįnušum sķšar hefur Alberto Gonzales ekki getaš gert upp hug sinn!

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Cheney og pyntingapólķtķk bandarķkjastjórnar: lķnan dregin viš aš grafa fanga lifandi...

urr...Washington Post birti grein tvö ķ greinaflokki um "vara"forseta Bandarikjanna, Dick Cheney - og bloggarar hér vestra hafa žegar skrifaš ótal fęrslur upp śr žessari grein, enda af nógu aš taka. Samkvęmt WaPo getum viš t.d. žakkaš Cheney fyrir aš Bandarķkin hafi įkvešiš aš žaš vęri góš hugmynd aš sökkva į sama ömurlega skķtaplan og andstęšingarnir ķ röšum "ķslamófasista", og pynta fanga:

Shortly after the first accused terrorists reached the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Jan. 11, 2002, a delegation from CIA headquarters arrived in the Situation Room. The agency presented a delicate problem to White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales, a man with next to no experience on the subject. Vice President Cheney's lawyer, who had a great deal of experience, sat nearby. ... "The CIA guys said, 'We're going to have some real difficulties getting actionable intelligence from detainees'" if interrogators confined themselves to humane techniques allowed by the Geneva Conventions.

From that moment, well before previous accounts have suggested, Cheney turned his attention to the practical business of crushing a captive's will to resist. The vice president's office played a central role in shattering limits on coercion of prisoners in U.S. custody, commissioning and defending legal opinions that the Bush administration has since portrayed as the initiatives, months later, of lower-ranking officials.

Stjórnin hefur hingaš til “reynt aš sannfęra almenning um aš hśn hafi ekki įtt frumkvęši aš žvķ aš pynta fanga - žvķ žaš lķtur ķlla śt. Blašamenn og fréttaskżrendur hafa helst eignaš Alberto Gonzales žann vafasama heišur aš hafa veriš helsti talsmašur pyntinga innan stjórnarinnar - meš žvķ aš bendla Cheney viš pyntingapólisķuna og einbeittan vilja stjórnarinnar til aš traška į Genfarsįttmįlanum er Washington Post aš fęra sökina nęr forsetanum sjįlfum.

David S. Addington, Cheney's general counsel, set the new legal agenda in a blunt memorandum shortly after the CIA delegation returned to Langley. Geneva's "strict limits on questioning of enemy prisoners," he wrote on Jan. 25, 2002, hobbled efforts "to quickly obtain information from captured terrorists."

No longer was the vice president focused on procedural rights, such as access to lawyers and courts. The subject now was more elemental: How much suffering could U.S. personnel inflict on an enemy to make him talk? Cheney's lawyer feared that future prosecutors, with motives "difficult to predict," might bring criminal charges against interrogators or Bush administration officials.

Stjórnin komst sķšan aš žvķ žeir gętu skilgreint pyntingar nokkurnveginn eins og žeim sżndist hverju sinni, og ķ hinu fręga "torture memo" voru pyntingar skilgreindar žannig: "equivalent in intensity" to the pain of "organ failure ..... or even death." Semsagt, Hvķta hśsiš vildi halda žvķ fram aš mešan fanginn er ekki beinlķnis myrtur į stašnum eru žaš ekki pyntingar. Cheney vildi samt fį aš ganga lengra:

The vice president’s lawyer advocated what was considered the memo’s most radical claim: that the president may authorize any interrogation method, even if it crosses the line of torture. U.S. and treaty laws forbidding any person to “commit torture,” that passage stated, “do not apply” to the commander in chief, because Congress “may no more regulate the President’s ability to detain and interrogate enemy combatants than it may regulate his ability to direct troop movements on the battlefield.”

Af žvķ aš forsetinn er alvaldur keisari?

That same day, Aug. 1, 2002, Yoo signed off on a second secret opinion, the contents of which have never been made public. According to a source with direct knowledge, that opinion approved as lawful a long list of specific interrogation techniques proposed by the CIA — including waterboarding, a form of near-drowning that the U.S. government classified as a war crime in 1947.

Hér eru žį lögfręšingar Hvķta Hśssins beinlķnis aš heimila strķšsglępi! En žaš er meira - mįlsgrein Washington Post lżkur meš žessum oršum:

The opinion drew the line against one request: threatening to bury a prisoner alive.

Hugsa sér: Žaš eru žó einhver takmörk! Vonandi hefur Hvķta Hśsiš lķka tekiš afstöšu gegn žvķ aš fangar séu sošnir lifandi eša žeir neyddir sķšan til aš éta hvorn annan? Žaš sem er ótrślegast er aš Hvķta Hśsiš skuli yfirhöfuš veriš aš velta žvķ fyrir sér hvort ekki vęri ķ lagi aš hóta föngum žvķ aš žeir yršu grafnir lifandi. Žaš sem grein Washington Post leišir žó ķ ljós er aš skiptar skošanir voru innan rķkisstjórnarinnar į įgęti žessarar villimennsku:

On June 8, 2004, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell learned of the two-year-old torture memo for the first time from an article in The Washington Post. According to a former White House official with firsthand knowledge, they confronted Gonzales together in his office. Rice "very angrily said there would be no more secret opinions on international and national security law," the official said, adding that she threatened to take the matter to the president if Gonzales kept them out of the loop again. Powell remarked admiringly, as they emerged, that Rice dressed down the president's lawyer "in full Nurse Ratched mode," a reference to the ward chief of a mental hospital in the 1975 film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Neither of them took their objections to Cheney, the official said, a much more dangerous course.

Žaš žorir nefnilega enginn aš confrontera Cheney - sem vilar ekki fyrir sér aš skjóta vini sķna ķ andlitiš!

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Skuggarįšuneyti Dick Cheney

Cheney ķ Meet the Press - sennilega aš tala um hryšjuverkaógnina og yellow cake śranķum, og mushroom clowds... mašur elskar nefnilega heimsendi!Ķ Washington Post birtist ķ gęr fyrsti kaflinn ķ višamikilli rannsókn blašsins į umsvifum 'vara' forseta Bandarķkjanna Richard Bruce Cheney - greinin er skyldulesning fyrir alla sem hafa įhuga į Bandarķskum stjórnmįlum og įstandi Bandarķkjanna. Žaš er aušvitaš margt forvitnilegt ķ žessari grein, en žaš merkilegasta og ótrślegasta er kannski aš Cheney hefur lįtiš starfsmenn sķna njósna um ašra starfsmenn Hvķta Hśssins! meš öšrum oršum: Cheney rekur alvöru skuggarįšuneyti innan Hvķta Hśssins. Žetta vald hefur Cheney sķšan notaš til aš koma ķ veg fyrir aš ašrir en hann hefšu ašgang aš forsetanum, og til aš tryggja aš sķn sjónarhorn yršu ętiš ofanį. Śr grein Washington Post:

Cheney preferred, and Bush approved, a mandate that gave him access to ‘every table and every meeting,’ making his voice heard in ‘whatever area the vice president feels he wants to be active in.’ ... At the White House, [White House national security lawyer John] Bellinger sent Rice a blunt — and, he thought, private — legal warning. The Cheney-Rumsfeld position would place the president indisputably in breach of international law and would undermine cooperation from allied governments. …

One lawyer in his office said that Bellinger was chagrined to learn, indirectly, that Cheney had read the confidential memo and “was concerned” about his advice. Thus Bellinger discovered an unannounced standing order: Documents prepared for the national security adviser, another White House official said, were “routed outside the formal process” to Cheney, too. The reverse did not apply.

Powell asked for a meeting with Bush. The same day, Jan. 25, 2002, Cheney’s office struck a preemptive blow. It appeared to come from Gonzales, a longtime Bush confidant whom the president nicknamed “Fredo.” Hours after Powell made his request, Gonzales signed his name to a memo that anticipated and undermined the State Department’s talking points. The true author has long been a subject of speculation, for reasons including its unorthodox format and a subtly mocking tone that is not a Gonzales hallmark.

A White House lawyer with direct knowledge said Cheney’s lawyer, Addington, wrote the memo. Flanigan passed it to Gonzales, and Gonzales sent it as “my judgment” to Bush. If Bush consulted Cheney after that, the vice president became a sounding board for advice he originated himself.

Žaš kemur svosem ekki į óvart aš Alberto Gonzales sé ķ innsta hring žessa "rįšuneytis". Ef marka mį grein blašsins ķ dag viršist Gonzales kerfisbundiš hafa stutt Cheney žegar kom aš vafasamri śtženslu hans į umsvifum og įhrifum innan stjórnkerfisins. Og ķ öllum tilfellum viršist ašalatrišiš vera aš Cheney neitar aš veita öšrum ašgang aš upplżsingum um hvaš hann er aš ašhafast - leyniskżrslur sem hann skrifar um viškvęm mįl, t.d. utanrķkismįl, en jafnvel umhverfismįl, fyrir forsetann og fara ekki į ešlilegan mįta ķ gegn um stjórnkerfiš.

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