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Friday, August 31, 2012

MittOmaRackney common-positioned unmentionables

More on torture and other critical issues criminally silent in DemR’pub-candidate rhetoric
What they won't talk about and why
Editing by Carolyn Bennett

Glenn Greenwald today on Democracy Now’s special “Breaking with Convention: War, Peace and the Presidency” programming

Look at the policies that incur the most expense, Greenwald said, policies “that have the most effect on the citizenry ─

[t]he drug war

[t]he primacy of the national security and  

[t]he surveillance state to operate with total secrecy,

[t]he war on whistleblowers,

[t]he posture of endless [foreign] wars,

[t]he supremacy of Wall Street and our nation’s oligarchs in shaping policy through their lobbyists and funding ─

Not a scintilla of daylight between the monopoly parties. Critical issues common-positioned, rendered unmentionable.

The issues listed by Greenwald are unmentioned in the 2012 run for the presidency because, he says (and I agree), neither of the two candidates (Democratic or Republican) can criticize the other because “they essentially have the same position.”


Critical domestic and international issue

Any talk of torture or the torture cases currently being covered by some press organizations is “inconceivable” as long as only two candidates are allowed to be heard, Romney and Obama ─ because these candidates hold “exactly the same views on the issues.”

The current president and his administration have consistently shielded former President George W. Bush officials and CIA officials from  any kind of accountability.

Early in his tenure President Obama said that anyone who complied with the permission slips given by Justice Department lawyers that legalized torture, who worked within those [permissions of torture] would be completely shielded from wrongdoing as would be the lawyers and the officials who ordered techniques of torture.

Last year, the Obama government said they were closing the books on all of those (at least a hundred torture) cases except two (an Iraqi detainee murdered at Abu Ghraib and an Afghanistan case where a detainee unclothed froze to death after being beaten and chained to a floor).

Now, the Obama administration has announced that even these two cases—clearly murder—will be shielded; thus demonstrating a complete whitewashing for any and all accountability.

While in office, the Obama government “has aggressively protected the previous administration” and perpetrators from “all forms of accountability”: exerting pressure and otherwise obstructing justice when Spain and Germany conducted international investigations of torture cases and when “victims of the torture regime tried to hold their torturers accountable in a court of law.”

Greenwald suggests that “the only hope” for discussion of critical issues facing the nation and related foreign relations is to allow inclusion in televised presidential candidate debates and give media coverage to at least some of the third-party candidates so that they will challenge the monopoly candidates (DemR’pubs) who are wrapped in a conspiracy of silence on deeply critical issues and their common positions on them.

Sources and notes

“Glenn Greenwald on the Justice Dept.’s Rejection of CIA Torture Prosecutions After 3-Year Probe,” August 31, 2012, http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/31/glenn_greenwald_on_the_justice_depts


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