Dayen’s Roundup from April 10, 2012

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s news roundup from April 10, 2012, with stories on lawless banking, Trayvon Martin, gun control, JP Morgan, Shaun Donovan, Harold Koh, ALEC, marriage equality, extradition, Ozzie Guillen, Sheldon Adelson, David Cameron and much more.


Jim Webb: We Are Endorsing Assassination of Leaders of Countries We Recognize

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 3:12 pm

If we actively work to assassinate the leader of a country we recognize, we are implicitly endorsing such actions against us.

Obama War Powers Treachery and The Founders’ Remedies

By: Monday June 20, 2011 11:30 am

If our society and political discourse cannot seriously discuss impeachment for the type of executive perfidy demonstrated by Barack Obama in relation to Libya and the War Powers Resolution, and could not discuss it during the Bush/Cheney crimes, then the impeachment provision of the Constitution has no meaning and should be stricken.

DOJ Torture Investigations: Diplomatic Stunt to Forestall International Action

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 1:45 pm

It’s not a surprise that the Obama Administration has been pointing to its own investigations — credible or not — to persuade the international community not to hold our torturers accountable. But it is useful to see how the diplomats and the lawyers first hatched that plan.

Torture? Check. Covering Up Torture? Check. Rule of Law? Nope.

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 5:15 pm

I think it was the timing of the end of the torture investigation that hurts most of all. Just days ago, Harold Koh was boasting of the Durham investigation to the UN. Then Bush started his dog and pony show, including his proud admission to have ordered up torture. All of which made today’s announcement, that no one will be charged for covering up evidence of torture, almost anti-climactic.

Of course no one will be charged for destroying the evidence of torture! Our country has spun so far beyond holding the criminals who run our country accountable that even the notion of accountability for torture was becoming quaint and musty while we waited and screamed for some kind of acknowledgment that Durham had let the statute of limitations on the torture tape destruction expire. I doubt they would have even marked the moment–yet another criminal investigation of the Bush Administration ending in nothing–it if weren’t for the big stink bmaz has been making. Well, maybe that’s not right–after all, Bob Bennett was bound to do a very public victory lap, because that’s what he’s paid for.

Our Unlawful Enemy Combat-Drones and Their Spooky Button-Pushers

By: Saturday May 1, 2010 11:30 am

Our argument about drones depends on a double standard that treats Omar Khadr as an illegal enemy combatant who is not entitled to (allegedly) throw a grenade to defend himself, yet pretends that the non-military spooks who are pushing the buttons of the drones should enjoy the immunity of legal militants.

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