Former NSC Spokesman: ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover ‘Could Make Kids Feel Like Terrorism Is Cool’

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 7:20 am

Most news organizations spent yesterday giving significant attention to the latest cover of an issue of the Rolling Stone featuring a photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man on trial for his involvement in the Boston bombing. The controversy did not merit the kind of attention it received, although the decision by CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Kmart to not allow the issue to be sold in the stores may because it is an act of censorship.

However, to the extent that individuals with histories in government, especially the administration of President Barack Obama, are going on cable news networks to make hysterical claims about what they think the cover might do, that is worthy of comment.

 

Targeted Killings & the Right to Know When Your Government Can Kill You

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 10:10 am

The notion that any presidential administration or Executive Branch agency can keep secret official interpretations of the law is indefensible. A few members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives understand this and are pushing to find out information about President Barack Obama’s targeted killing program that the public has a right to know.

As Democratic Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) says, “Every American has a right to know when their government believes it has a right to kill them.”

Torturers Desperately Try to Justify Their Crimes in Wake of Bin Laden Killing

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 12:35 pm

Much of the aftermath of the killing of Osama Bin Laden Sunday night in Pakistan has consisted of sophomoric chest-thumping proclaiming a twisted version of “justice” that Peterr very eloquently exposed here. There is another trend in the response, however, that is even more disgusting. A number of people involved in the torture program created and implemented during the George W. Bush administration are now trying to claim that Bin Laden would not have been found and killed without torture. Marcy Wheeler was out in front of those claims, debunking them before they came out and has stayed on the task with more details as the torturers continue their spin. The torturers are getting more desperate, and today we have none other than Jose Rodriguez, who ordered much of the torture as head of the CounterTerrorism Center (and then was the one who destroyed videotaped evidence of torture, only to be given a “get out of jail free” card by Barack Obama and Eric Holder), appearing in the press to justify his actions.

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