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I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Firestorm over torture memo
From Capitol Hill Blue:
Firestorm over torture memo
Lawmakers and rights groups on Wednesday blasted the US government's tactics in the "war on terror" saying a 2003 legal memo had given the military a green light to use torture in interrogations.
The Justice Department memo, dated March 14, 2003 and released on Wednesday, was sent to the Pentagon as it struggled to set guidelines for interrogators.
It argued the US president's wartime authority exempted them from US and international laws banning cruel treatment.
"Today's news that the Justice Department gave legal cover to the military to use torture and other cruel and inhuman interrogation techniques shocks the conscience," said Democratic Senator Joseph Biden.
"This memo created the lawless atmosphere that led directly to the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib. Those who wrote it and those who approved it should be held accountable," the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee added in a statement.
The 81-page legal opinion was written as the Pentagon sought to draw up a list of approved interrogation methods for use on detainees at the US "war on terror" prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
"If a government defendant were to harm an enemy combatant during an interrogation in a manner that might arguably violate a criminal prohibition, he would be doing so in order to prevent further attacks on the United States by the Al-Qaeda terrorist network," the memo says.
"In that case, we believe that he could argue that the executive branch's constitutional authority to protect the nation from attack justified his actions."
But veteran Democrat Senator Edward Kennedy said the memo showed that the administration of President George W. Bush had "abandoned the rule of law and adopted arguments that could be used by other nations to try to justify the torture of American troops.
"To protect our own soldiers, this administration needs to repudiate not merely withdraw these shameful and shoddy arguments."
Rights groups were equally critical of the memo.
It "shows that the Justice Department gave virtual carte blanche to the Pentagon to engage in torture," said Amrit Singh, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, which had sought the document's release.
Singh said the memo and a similar 2002 opinion for the CIA undermine the Bush administration's argument that abuses such as the scandal in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail in 2003 were abberrations.
"These memos just go to show that it was the policies of the Bush administration that was driving this abuse," she said.
Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, called the memo "incredibly disturbing."
"It's an attempt to write away the legal restrictions prohibiting action like torture, maiming and assault," Daskal said.
But the Pentagon denied mistreating detainees.
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