Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Liberal Website Crooks and Liars Acknowledges Bush/Cheney Crimes, Blows Off Obama’s Continuation Of Them
Crooks and Liars rightfully acknowledges war crimes of the Bush administration, but almost completely ignores that Obama has continued them
by Larry Simons
July 13, 2010
Yesterday on the liberal website Crooks and Liars, writer “Heather” penned a story titled, “Andrew Napolitano: Bush and Cheney Should Have Been Indicted for Torturing, for Spying and Arresting Without Warrants” in which she covers an interview conducted by Ralph Nader with FOX News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano on CSPAN2’s “After Words” program.
Heather writes, “Well, this is something you don't see every day. Ralph Nader hosted this interview segment with Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano and discussed his book, Lies the Government Told You. I'm surprised the judge is going to be allowed on Fox after making the statements he did about Bush and Cheney during the interview.”
I agree with Heather that Napolitano said some very damning and truthful things about FOX News’ beloved fellow Republicans Bush and Cheney, but Napolitano has always been very candid and honest with anyone he has exchanged dialogue with on FOX News concerning the Bush administration and the Constitution.
Andrew Napolitano is the best thing about FOX News and I honestly believe the only reason they [at FOX] still keep him around is the fact that he provides the fair-and-balanced concept that they all too often claim they provide but very seldom deliver.
Heather then proceeds to post chunks of dialogue between Nader and Napolitano in which Napolitano makes no secret about the fact that Bush and Cheney committed war crimes by torturing, spying and suspending habeas corpus, which is absolutely correct.
Napolitano even mentions the fact that habeas corpus cannot be suspended by the President…ever, but only by Congress---also correct. The first President to do it?: Abraham Lincoln. This would be another big no-no to utter if he was on FOX, because most, if not all commentators on FOX News are members of the "Lincoln saved the Union" and "Lincoln freed the slaves" cult.
FOX News clearly holds the position that Lincoln was probably our greatest President ever, despite the fact that Lincoln was nothing short of a dictator for suspending habeas corpus [for the entire duration of his presidency]; invading the South without the consent of Congress; imprisoning tens of thousands of political opponents in the North; shutting down over 300 newspapers who were in opposition to his war policies; censoring all telegraph communication; imprisoning a large percentage of the duly elected legislature of Maryland as well as the Mayor of Baltimore; illegally orchestrating the secession of West Virginia; systematically disarming the border states in violation of the Second Amendment and deporting the most outspoken member of the Democratic opposition, Congressman Clement L. Vallandigham of Ohio.
Now, the suspension of habeas corpus continues under Obama without a word in condemnation uttered by the likes of liberal writers like Heather. In fact, Heather briefly mentions Obama in the last paragraph of her story but completely ignores the fact that the very same crimes are continuing in the Obama administration. She writes:
“They go on to discuss how these crimes have gone on unpunished and how the practices have continued under Obama and that as long as our citizens are willing to accept government deception and as long as the Justice Department and the lawyers in this country are not going to pursue these cases in court it's never going to stop. It's a topic that our media is happy to help brush under the rug as well.”
Funny how Heather specifically said the words, “It's a topic that our media is happy to help brush under the rug as well”, since that is exactly what she did by blowing off the fact that Nader and Napolitano went on to mention that Obama is continuing Bush and Cheney's war crimes.
In fact, the interview continues for another SEVEN minutes AFTER the portions of dialogue that Heather provides in her story. She completely omits any specific, explicit, damning information concerning Obama’s continuation of Bush’s war crimes. Her only mention of Obama was in the portion posted above, in which she casually mentions that Nader and Napolitano continued to discuss Obama.
Here’s what Heather omits from her story:
Nader: Is Obama still supervising torture?
Napolitano: As far as I know, yes. As far as I know, people are still undergoing rendition, we still have some of these, uh, black prisons, they call them. I don’t know why that phrase is, but the intelligence community refers to it because they like to deny that it exists, like a black hole. And we still have people in Guantanamo Bay who are being kept without charge, without trial, and the President still claims the power to lock people up and throw away the key.
Recently, this President claimed the power [through his then Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Blair, who has since resigned, although I’m not sure he’s left office yet] to kill Americans on foreign soil if the President thinks that they’re engaged in acts of terrorism. That would be murder.
I wonder why Heather “left this out”? Hmmmmm. Gee, I wonder. Could it be that she simply had no answers or refutations of Napolitano basically spelling out in full detail how Obama is EXACTLY like Bush?
Watch the interview [the same interview that Heather apparently did not watch in its entirety]