But Remember, Obama Is The Fascist

I don’t like the individual health care mandate either, but this is the kind of thing that really makes me mad:

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror, according to a new document obtained by The Times.

The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a signed declaration to support a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee. It is the first time that such allegations have been made by a senior member of the Bush Administration.

Colonel Wilkerson, who was General Powell’s chief of staff when he ran the State Department, was most critical of Mr Cheney and Mr Rumsfeld. He claimed that the former Vice-President and Defence Secretary knew that the majority of the initial 742 detainees sent to Guantánamo in 2002 were innocent but believed that it was “politically impossible to release them”.

I can see defending HCR and being outraged at that story. I can see defending HCR and defending that story. I can see being incensed by both. But decrying HCR as a threat to liberty and either ignoring or trying to excuse that story is unconscionable. If you say you love liberty or the constitution or freedom or America and that story does not bother you? You’re full of crap.

Also, I’d like to hear a response from people like Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol, who’ve accused lawyers representing Guantanamo detainees of aiding terrorists, calling one group of them the “Al Qaeda Seven.” Idiots like those two have been wrong the whole time, but now it’s obvious just how shockingly wrong they were. In other words, even were all the men at Guantanamo guilty, those attorneys did the right thing by upholding the law even for the most despised of suspects. Turns out, though, they weren’t just fighting for an abstract idea of due process, but for actually innocent people.

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