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Posted on Nov 9, 2007

Michael Mukasey has been sworn in as U.S. attorney general, a day after 53 senators decided that a man who doesn’t know what torture is should have the job. But the real blame—for anyone who objects to the confirmation, that is—should be reserved for Democrats Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, who made Bush’s day when they gave Mukasey the green light.

New York Times:

“The Department of Justice needs Judge Mukasey at work tomorrow morning,” said Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee. “The Department of Justice has been categorized as dysfunctional and in disarray. It is in urgent need of an attorney general.”

But Democrats said Mr. Mukasey’s refusal to characterize waterboarding, a technique that simulates drowning, as illegal torture disqualified him from taking over as the nation’s top law enforcement official.

“I am not going to aid and abet the confirmation contortions of this administration,” said Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont and chairman of the Judiciary Committee. “I do not vote to allow torture.”

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By karim29007, November 17, 2007 at 7:17 am Link to this comment


The wars, the killings, the genocides the destructions, appointments!,....., are just the SYMPTOMS.

So long as this enemy within is in control of the country, such well organized network of ZIONISTS do pretty much as they desire.

With the nation in GRIP OF FEAR AND denial, the redundant and deposed constitution, it is incredible
how far this cancerous network has penetrated the very basic and fundamental fabrics of the society that touches everybody’ way of life.



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By boggs, November 11, 2007 at 11:26 am Link to this comment

This is another red flag sent up to the american voters warning us that the politicians do not care what the constituents back home want. They want what is good for Israel and by gosh thats how they will vote. If you thought they were in Washington to serve you, then get over it! They certainly are not!
Lets do what we can to make sure the following democrat senators lose their seats….They are all advocates of torture, along with Bush and Mukasey.
Bayh, IN
Carper, DE
Feinstein, CA
Landrieu, LA
Nelson, NE
Schumer, NY

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By DennisD, November 10, 2007 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment
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This was once a great country, the envy of most of the world. Look at us now. We’ve been sold out at every level of our government. They’ve made themselves rich while doing nothing for the average citizen in the last 40 plus years except pile up debt. These politicians have destroyed this country and must honestly wonder among themselves just how the hell they keep getting reelected.

Either vote these parasites out or throw them out by any means necessary. And I mean any means.

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By lawlessone, November 10, 2007 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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Shame on the voters of their states for putting them in office.  More shame for not recalling them from office once it was discovered they are closet Republicans. 

It brings to mind a “joke.”  Question: What is the difference between a terrorist and a torturer?  Answer: Not every terrorist is a torturer, but every torturer is is a terrorist. 

And, we know where 54 are.  Fifty-three are casting votes in the Senate and one now can be found putting family photos on a desk in the largest office at the federal Department of Injustice.

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By David Dixit, November 10, 2007 at 11:57 am Link to this comment
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SHAME on you all, politicians and voters of America…

This is yet another sickening act by a country that has become unrecognisable.

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By Robert Stevens, November 10, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment
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Senator Reid?  Senator Schumer?  Senator Feinstein?

Are you kidding me!

These are US Senator, for God’s sake!  They couldn’t have reached this seat of shame without having compromised and sold their souls repeatedly.

Being US Senators they are, a fortiori, G*d d*amned CROOKS!

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By QuyTran, November 10, 2007 at 10:43 am Link to this comment

King George gets two new “hunting dogs” that are Diane Feinstein and Chuch Schumer who know how to lick emperor’s cowboy boots smoothly !

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By Marshall K, November 10, 2007 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

Don’t forget that the presidential candidates that are also senators chose the be absent when the vote came up for this puke.  Obama and Clinton could have used their influence, leadership and votes to try and stop the confirmation, but instead were doing what?
Obviously their words speak louder than their actions.  They do not strike me as leadership material.

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By dick, November 10, 2007 at 9:25 am Link to this comment
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The Israel Lobby strikes again, and their supporters Feinstein, Schummer, and Mukasey acted as wanted.

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By thomas billis, November 10, 2007 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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Well it is official the United States condones torture.Finally a renaissance of the Spanish Inquisition.As Torquemada said “someday I will be vindicated”.So from Torquemada who unfortunately could not be here today thank you to Schumer and Feinstein.So it is okay for us to torture and bad for the Germans and Japanese during WW2.Two countries leaders we put on trial for some of the stuff we have okayed.Someday our children will be “torture denyers"because it is too horrible to contemplate.I hope that Schumer and Feinstein have the guts to call John McCain and tell him the torure he was put through in the Hanoi Hilton is legal and fine.Finally the ticking time bomb scenario to make policy is absurd on his face and would not deserve a response except so many politicians use it to justify torture.First it is a 1 in a million that it would happen and 2nd if the scenario did occur the people involved would do what they had to do and would face the consequences which if they were right would be nothing.Codifying torture will only give the morons in the intelligence community a green light to take short cuts in real interrogation which to a man people who do this for a living say it is the only interrogation that works.Stop watching Jack Bauer in 24 and read about thde real world.

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By Robert, November 10, 2007 at 7:51 am Link to this comment


“The Bush administration has made the tortures used during the ‘dark ages’ in Europe look like child’s play. But, an administration that backs every evil move made by Israel, a country many times condemned by UN resolutions apparently has the same lack of morals.

The latest method of torture is one known as boarding’..

The name sounds like a water sport… nothing is further than the truth.

To add insult to injury, so to speak, a new Attorney General was confirmed last night in the United States… one that refuses to denounce torture, water boarding in particular. This appointment in effect is an official endorsement of same.

The following AlJazeera article brings us up to date on the new appointment….

New US attorney general confirmed  

Human rights groups have opposed Mukasey’s appointment [AFP]

Michael Mukasey, a retired judge who has refused to denounce interrogation methods viewed worldwide as torture, has been confirmed as the new US attorney general by a divided senate.
Mukasey’s election on Thursday by 53 to 40 votes was split mosty on party lines. Democrats opposed him due to his resistance to declare simulated drowning unlawful.

He has been appointed as the country’s chief law enforcement officer after his predecessor Alberto Gonzales resigned under pressure in September.
Gonzales had been critcised as a political tool of the Bush government.


Mitch McConnell, the senate Republican leader, defended Mukasey, saying: “Tonight, a clear bipartisan majority of the US senate voted to confirm Judge Mukasey because he is one of the most qualified candidates ever nominated to the position of attorney general”.
Waterboarding furore
Mukasey had been given initial support from senators who saw him as a fair and independent-minded nominee.
But the former judge was criticsed after he told the senate judiciary committee at his confirmation hearing last month that torture violated the US constitution, but he was unsure if waterboarding was unlawful.
In a follow-up letter Mukasey said that he finds waterboarding “repugnant”, but would be unable to determine its legality until he examined classified US interrogation policies.
Harry Reid, the senate Democratic leader, expressed doubts concerning Mukasey: “Judge Mukasey’s answer to the waterboarding question was important in itself, but it also raised for me serious doubts about whether he is prepared to be the truly independent voice that the justice department so desperately needs.
“If he cannot stand up to the president on such a question of profound importance with a clear legal answer, how can we be sure that he would be more than just another mouthpiece for an administration that treasures secrecy and loyalty above all?” Reid asked.
Mukasey’s confirmation promises included the enforcement of any new laws that specifically bans waterboarding.”

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By purplewolf, November 10, 2007 at 4:37 am Link to this comment

I knew the dimmos would cave. And Muckman had already given Bushit the go ahead to override the Constitution-which he has-no surprise here either.We all know Bushit would not allow anyone in his inner circle of yes men that might even half think of saying no to the dictator. And just because he was a judge for 18 years doesn’t mean he knows what he is doing or that he is an honest person and will uphold the laws of the land.Especially when he up front has basically cleared Bushit of no wrong doing.We’re doomed.

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By G.Anderson, November 10, 2007 at 12:16 am Link to this comment

We live in a very dark time. Darker still than the second world war. A time that is just beginning, though it appears to be ending.

President Bush has become a dictator, the first in our history, simply because he can do what ever he wants, no matter how crazy, because our country has grown so weak.

Soon, he will bring more war; he doesn’t really even need to justify what he will do.

No one, no family rich or poor, will be untouched by the horrors he unleashes on the world.

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By Louise, November 9, 2007 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

I’m curious. When a republican takes the oath of office, particularly a Bush favorite, do they black out the part about “to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” ?

Come to think of it, I can think of a few dems who must do the same thing. And at least one independent.

Maybe that’s an absolute must when working for Bush and crew. Learn how to repeat oath without learning it. Certainly without meaning it. I guess it all comes down to one thing. Maybe even might explain why our damn dumb dem leaders happily go on “supporting” this administration.

It isn’t whether or not you understand the Constitution. It’s how masterfully you understand the lie.

Oh, and yes they do, support this administration I mean.

When someone accepts criminal behavior and refuses to do anything about it, even though they have the legal power to do something about it, they become part of the crime.

They now share ownership of the torture, the war, the collapsing economy, and all the rest.

Maybe Nancy needs to hide under the table with that Impeachment.

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By rowdy, November 9, 2007 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

THAT FUCKING PIG FEINSTEIN IS NOW IN FAVOR OF GIVING TELECOM’S IMMUNITY. thermonuclear holocaust. it would be glorious.

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By jbart, November 9, 2007 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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The more I see & hear….It just keeps getting “curiouser and curiouser”.  In other words, “what a trip” !!

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By null, November 9, 2007 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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I think it’s hilarious that Americans actually think they have a say in what’s going on in politics. It’s hilarious that they actually think their vote counts for something and can change the direction of the country. Utterly clueless. I have to commend those in power who do such a fine job of keeping Americans divided (Liberal vs. Conservative) all the while so they can achieve whatever goals they want. The American People have no say in future events. Nada. It’s all just a smoke screen used to prevent “the serfs” from finding out what’s really going on. The more divided we are, the more they achieve whatever they want. The US government has been broken for a long, folks.

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