Remember when Ronald Reagan said: “Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.” Well it seems Rush doesn’t want us to have it either. He wants the US to move to the Stalinist model of no legal accountability and torture as commonplace. He wants to turn us in to the people in the Middle East we are seeking to defeat.
Now Limgaugh has found a way to make money off torture, human rights abuses and the degradation of America’s image abroad. He has found it acceptable to sell “Club Gitmo” shirts on his Web site, complete with the image of a diving board and swimming pool (water + board, get it?).
“Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.” – Ronald Reagan
Last Saturday, March 21, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly sent two of his employees to stalk, harass, and ambush ThinkProgress.org Managing Editor Amanda Terkel. Upset over a ThinkProgress report that noted O’Reilly’s insensitive comment towards a rape victim, O’Reilly dispatched his producer Jesse Watters, along with a cameraman, to stake out Amanda’s home in Washington, DC, follow her for two hours across state lines, and ambush her while she was on vacation in Winchester, VA. O’Reilly then used a small portion of highly-edited footage he obtained from Watters’s ambush interview to falsely claim that Amanda was bringing “a lot of pain and suffering” to rape victims. Unfortunately, Amanda is just one of roughly 40 different victims of these kind of ambush tactics. Indeed, O’Reilly has hired producers whose primary job is to track, harass, and intimidate anyone whom O’Reilly perceives as an opponent or an enemy. That’s not journalism — that’s a mafia-style intimidation operation, and we need to put an end to it. ThinkProgress has launched a campaign asking O’Reilly’s major sponsors to issue a clear statement opposing O’Reilly’s Harassment Machine. Please consider joining this campaign here.
UPDATE: UPS just pulled their ads and more power to them.
Thank God for an intelligent lucid President to guide us through the worst crisis the US has seen in years. Imagine our straight-C former President faced with the same challenges…
In an interview with CNN‘s John King yesterday, former vice president Cheney declared that President Obama’s decisions to close Guantanamo and end torture, among other policies, “raise the risk to the American people of another attack.” When King asked whether Cheney thought Obama “has made Americans less safe,” Cheney replied, “I do.”
This stands in stark contrast to the analysis of the US intelligence community. In reality, torture made Americans — both at home and those serving overseas — less safe. Former FBI special agent Jack Cloonan testified that the Bush-Cheney policies had convinced him that “revenge in the form of a catastrophic attack on the homeland is coming.”
The delusional demagogue defended the Bush administration’s torture and detention policies as “essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that” prevented new attacks after 9/11. “And now he [Obama] is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack,” Cheney said.
In February, Cheney told Politico that Obama’s adherence to the Geneva convention and his refusal to use torture meant “there’s a high probability” of a nuclear attack on America, and he accused Obama of being “more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States.”