Saturday, January 05, 2013

Glenn Beck Bans Mention of President Obama's Name On His Talk Show Meanwhile Maddow Reports On Shell Oil Rig Aground & Obama Fails To Close Gitmo

Glenn Beck's anger over Obama's re-election has resulted in him jumping on the Crazy Train  vowing never to mention by name President Obama on his talk show.

President Obama gave into the oil industry to allow deep sea oil drilling in the artic which environmentalist have argued is a recipe for disaster.

Maddow Shell Oil Rig aground off of Alaska and Shell's Experts Are At A Loss about what to do. They are just making stuff up as they go along.
The Oil rig has some 150,000 gallons of oil on board which may end up in the Artic waters.

Guantanamo prison still operating even though Obama in 2008 said he would close it down . Obama administration and some his supporters are blaming others such as the Republicans for his failure to shut the facility down. Like Bush before him Obama is afraid of being embarrased by the treatment these prisoners have endured since first being captured being denied their basic rights, being psychologically and physically abused tantamount to torture ,. Obama is still the kidnaping, torturer ,assassinator Commander in Chief who like Bush bends the law to suit his own purposes.

What is really galling about this is the hypocrisy of President Obama and his staff  as they continue to make public statements condemning other governments such as Syria , Libya etc. for committing the same crimes and abuses of citizens rights as those committed by the USA.

But this isn't a valid excuse it is rather for political reasons and that Obama may prefer to keep the prison operating. Obama was also against renditions but we know he has continued to use renditions in defiance of International Law.

 Groups Decry Obama’s Failure to Close Guantanamo By Jim Lobe IPS via Information Clearing House, Jan. 4, 2013
... Human rights groups are denouncing President Barack Obama’s failure to veto a defence bill that will make it far more difficult for him to fulfill his four-year-old pledge to close the Guantanamo detention facility this year.
Obama had threatened to veto the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) precisely because it renewed, among other things, Congressional restrictions which he said were intended to “foreclose” his ability to shut down the notorious prison, which has been used for the past 11 years to detain suspected foreign terrorists.
But, for the second year in a row, he failed to follow through on his threat and instead signed the underlying bill, which was passed by both houses of Congress last month and authorises the Pentagon to spend 633 billion dollars on its operations in 2013.
“President Obama has utterly failed the first test of his second term, even before Inauguration Day,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “He has jeopardised his ability to close Guantanamo during his presidency. “Scores of men who have already been held for nearly 11 years without being charged with a crime – including more than 80 who have been cleared for transfer – may very well be imprisoned unfairly for another year,” Romero added.
“The administration blames Congress for making it harder to close Guantanamo, yet for a second year, President Obama has signed damaging congressional restrictions into law,” noted Andrea Prasow, senior counter-terrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch (HRW). “The burden is on Obama to show he is serious about closing the prison.”
Obama’s signing of the law comes amid a growing debate – both within and outside the administration – about when and how to end the so-called “Global War on Terror” – especially its most controversial components – that Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, initiated shortly after the Al-Qaeda attacks on Manhattan’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon on Sep. 11, 2001.
Last month, the Pentagon’s general counsel, Jeh Johnson, addressed precisely that topic in a speech to Britain’s Oxford Union, asking, “Now that the efforts by the U.S. military against Al-Qaeda are in their 12th year, we must also ask ourselves, how will this conflict end?”
While he didn’t offer any specific answers, he indicated that a “tipping point” could be reached when Washington concluded that the group and its affiliates were rendered incapable of launching “strategic attacks” against the U.S.
On taking office four years ago, Obama ordered an end to certain tactics, notably what the Bush administration referred to as “enhanced interrogation techniques” that rights groups called “torture”, and “extraordinary rendition” to third countries known to use torture. He has since relied to a much greater extent on drone strikes against “high-value” suspected terrorists from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen and Somalia.
Some former Bush officials have raised the question whether Obama’s use of targeted killings – which Bush also used but not nearly as frequently – was morally or legally more justifiable than their use of “enhanced interrogation”. Some have even suggested that the administration has preferred killing suspects to capturing them, especially if their capture would require it to send more prisoners to Guantanamo, something Obama pledged not to do.
The administration has sought to justify that tactic – which a growing number of critics consider counter-productive at best, and illegal under international law if carried out far from the battlefield – in general terms but has shied away from spelling out the specific circumstances under which it is deployed.
Drone strikes are believed to have killed more than 1,500 people in Pakistan and more than 400 in Yemen since Obama took office, according to the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which claims that a not-insignificant proportion of the deaths have included civilians.
The administration is reportedly working to tighten rules regarding the use of drone strikes, particularly by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which has enjoyed greater freedom in deciding when to attack suspects in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia than the U.S. military has had in Afghanistan.
Particularly controversial was the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen and alleged Al-Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki, in Yemen in 2011

 and so it goes,  GORD.

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