Interview of Jane Mayer, “The Dark Side” Author

If Bill Moyers’ interview was not enough, follow this link to an interview by David Letterman.

Between Moyers, Jon Stewart, Keith Olberman, and David Letterman, sometimes you get some actual news by watching television.

The book, “The Dark Side” tells you about the good guys and the bad guys related to the program of torture carried out under the official policy of our United States.  Yes, of America.

Be Ashamed, Be Very Ashamed

I hate watching Bill Moyer’s Journal.  It makes me despair for the country.

Follow this link to see this week’s show.

The coverage of the US torture scandal should make us all ashamed.This country’s leaders no longer seem to care about humanity, law, and justice.  The American people can’t seem to get excited over the issue either.

Sometimes I wonder what it would take to get people upset. Does using medical doctors the way the Germans did in World War II concentration camps ring any bells? Can we be more active protesters than were the German citizens of that time period?  As yet, we don’t face the physical dangers that they did if they protested.  Will the deteriorating economy lead us to accept the kind of government that the Germans accepted in the 1930s?

In an only vaguely related matter, when I tried to raise a ruckus over the FISA bill, some of my liberal but cynical friends said to calm down that it was just politics.

The piece with Fritz Hollings on the corruption of our government was also disturbing, even though it is not quite so close to the issue of our fundamental humanity.

Taliban ambassador wielded power within Guantanamo

Follow this link to this central part of the McClatchy story and an index to the other parts of the story.

This part of the story does not match the tone of the other parts that I have posted.  I have provided this link so that there can be no accusation that I am hiding the parts that don’t adhere to the party line.  Whatever conclusions you come to, I want you to have the whole story.

Bush officials committed war crimes

Follow this link to another article from McClatchy.

Here is the introduction to the news story:

The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing “war crimes” and called for those responsible to be held to account.