The gang at Fox News pulled out all the stops today to make sure conservatives believeÂ that the Senate torture report is nothing more than a political distraction.
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, headed by Democrat Dianne Feinstein, today released a 500-page report on torture conducted under the George W. Bush administration. The examples are gruesome, upsetting, and disturbing, as these tweets from journalists describe:
So, Dick Cheney was a big time liar http://t.co/xPTTBusb1R
â€” Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) December 9, 2014
Report: “At least five CIA detainees were subjected to ‘rectal rehydration’ or rectal feeding without documented medical necessity.”
â€” Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) December 9, 2014
CIA didn’t file crime reports when certain classified info was published by the press–because they leaked it. pic.twitter.com/CydHbrgmiN
â€” Ujamaadam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) December 9, 2014
Acc to Feinstein, $80 million of your tax dollars were paid to torturers. 80 fucking million
â€” Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) December 9, 2014
“CIA medical officers discussed rectal rehydration as a means of behavior control.” Absolutely sickening. pic.twitter.com/DP8ZNiOo1a
â€” Matt Ford (@fordm) December 9, 2014
Horrific. Detainee waterboarded until completely unresponsive, “bubbles rising through his open full mouth.” pic.twitter.com/Mne32cYXLY
â€” jennifer bendery (@jbendery) December 9, 2014
Bush himself expressed discomfort when shown pic of detainee in diaper chained to ceiling & forced to defecate on self, sez Intell Rpt.
â€” R Jeffrey Smith (@rjsmithcpi) December 9, 2014
GOP defends torture while Republicans try to strip funding for school lunch programs. it’s like a bad dream sometimes…..
â€” Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) December 9, 2014
CIA reports said intel obtained wasn’t useful. Contemporaneous reports to POTUS said otherwise pic.twitter.com/3k1MR4EAxy
â€” Marc Ambinder (@marcambinder) December 9, 2014
Some excellent redaction work in this CIA report. pic.twitter.com/3tPTZSmhDi
â€” Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) December 9, 2014
Compare/contrast: 1. How we treat people who steal a pack of cigarillos 2. How we treat people who systematically engage in torture
â€” Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 9, 2014
So, of course, the folks over at Fox News are furious that this report was released, and practically everyone over at the network is more angry than we’ve seen in some time. And, of course, they’re spinning that anger into an embarrassing rejection of reality.
At the Fox News website, here’s the graphicÂ currently on display:
Meanwhile, the Fox News cable TV operation is where the real fireworks begin.
Raw Story’s David Edwards did an excellentÂ job putting together this video that highlights the Fox News hysteria:
A few quotes, via Raw Story:
Fox News National Security Analyst K.T. McFarland:
â€œWhy go after it now unless the motivation is completely political?â€ she remarked. â€œCongress is changing hands, the Senate is going from Democrat to Republican hands. And are the Democrats in the Senate just â€” theyâ€™ve been evicted from the house, are they just trashing the place before they leave?â€
Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters:
…Â the American people did not need to know about torture at the CIA because â€œpeople do nasty things in the dark especially after a terrorist attack.â€
â€œThe Senate Democrats, theyâ€™re just trying to get one last shot in at Bush before they go into the minority!â€
Fox News’Â Out NumberedÂ host Andrea Tantaros:
â€œThe United States of America is awesome, we are awesome,â€ she said. â€œBut weâ€™ve had this discussion. Weâ€™ve closed the book on it, and weâ€™ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how weâ€™re not awesome.â€
â€œThey apologized for this country, they donâ€™t like this country, they want us to look bad. And all this does is have our enemies laughing at us, that we are having this debate again,â€ Tantaros added. â€œBecause they believe if we can just shame ourselves and convince the world how horrible we are, and put us on a moral equivalency with all these other countries then maybe they will stop beheading Americans and putting our heads on sticks. Theyâ€™re fools.â€
Image via WikimediaÂ
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‘Boldly Ignorant’ Ted Cruz Slammed by Retired NYPD Detective for His Suggestions to Protect Kids
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” a retired NYPD detective expressed disgust with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his attempts to dismiss the idea of new gun laws to protect children in schools and instead is insisting America needs to turn schools into fortresses.
In interviews and appearing at the NRA convention this weekend in Houston, Cruz has vociferously disregarded the easy availability of high-powered weapons and instead focused on a door that was left open at the elementary school where the shooting occurred.
After host Phang shared a clip of the Texas Republican making his case, she asked former law enforcement detective Marq Claxton his thoughts on what Cruz was proposing.
Calling the controversial senator “boldly ignorant,” he proceeded to rip Cruz’s proposal apart.
“Marq, I was a prosecutor for half my career, I never prosecuted somebody for leaving a door open. How absurd is this proposal by Ted Cruz that the solution is to make sure that we don’t have too many doors at our schools?” host Phang asked.
“Ted Cruz’s statements were boldly ignorant and dismissive of the clear obvious danger that is faced by so many people in society because of the prevalence of violence and gun violence in particular,” he replied. “It really shows just how so many political electeds lack the fortitude to move forward and do the right thing: save lives.”
“Instead of sloganeering, Mr. Cruz and his other elected colleagues really should be working on legislation that provides, or minimizes the risk of damage, and could quite possibly and probably save lives,” he continued. “That is some additional gun restrictions, some background checks, there are other things that are out there that will undoubtedly be effective and save lives, and prevent these gun violence deaths.”
Watch the segment below or at this link.
‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”
“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”
“I was misled … the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I’m absolutely livid about that” — Greg Abbott on his initial false statement portraying Uvalde first responders as heroes pic.twitter.com/dUIdxnicjm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
Critics aren’t buying his claims.
Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.
“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.
“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.
“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.
Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”
Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.
“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.
Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:
.@GregAbbott_TX responding to a question on long rifles “it seems like only in the past decade or two we have had school shootings.” Governor, the assault weapons ban ended in 2004. See the connection? You have actively helped to sell millions of weapons since then.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 27, 2022
And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”
“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then. He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”
“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”
‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns
The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.
Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”
That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”
“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.
“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”
Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.
“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.
“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”
“I’m sorry to interrupt your press conference… you have to do something” pic.twitter.com/OiRI1OQZWQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
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