Good Job Docudharma!

Just a quick note to thank everyone here, and in the larger blogosphere, for all the hard work we have done on bringing the Bush Torture Program into the national spotlight.


Of course we can never say for sure how much all of our hard work contributed to this success. (Personally….I give us FULL credit!!!) But watching the media today, it is the number one issue.

It is Front Page news around the country, it is leading the news casts.

Matthews is destroying John Ensign (R-Denial) right now. Who is STILL insisting that “the US did not torture.”

Nancy F’in Pelosi has called for a Committee.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz  says we should absolutely prosecute Bush and Cheney if the evidence is there.

And the list goes on and on.

Of course there is still much work to be done, but we have made it over the hump. This is no longer a “fringe” issue. It is, for now, lol, THE issue. We will have much work to do to pushback on the pushback and keep the pressure on. But for now, we can take a deep breath and gather our energy for that fight. We worked hard and our hard work…worked.

I know how much effort YOU have put into this. I know how hard it is to live with this issue day in and day out. I am immensely proud of ALL of us, from the occasional commenter, who sustained us with their interest and energy, to our Loudest Yellers!

Thank you.

Give yourself a pat on the back. You DID make a difference in this crazy world.



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  2. The small voices in the wilderness who demanded to be heard by yelling louder have become one huge symphony.

    And it is most certainly music to my ears.

    Great job with the voice lessons.

    And yes, Thanks to all of you.

    • ANKOSS on April 23, 2009 at 00:08

    After years of cynical and ugly coverups and denials, the evidence is now flooding the media, and the torturers are running to save themselves. You deserve applause, Buhdy, for tenaciously pursuing the torture scandal. Not only have you done a great job on this blog, but you have served as the conscience of DKos on this issue. May justice finally be done so that America can close this sad chapter of our history.

    • Edger on April 23, 2009 at 00:16

    that we were congratulating Ari Melber being one of the first media journalists to write about it and for getting torture a little smidgeon of media coverage, too…

    Now look what he started! 😉

    • TomP on April 23, 2009 at 00:43

    your regulars here for keeping this issue alive here and for battling at Dkos with those who failed to see how important this is.    

  3. There is no question that the momentum is way up there now.  Time to strike while the iron is hot.

    Today, I took some telephone action.

    Called Cong. Nadler’s office to thank him for taking a stand and asking Holder to appoint a Special Prosecutor.  I inquired about the response and the staff person said it has been mostly all positive, except for a few people.  The staff person seemed to feel as strongly as I do.

    Called Cong. Schakowsky’s office to thank her for her stand in asking Holder to appoint a Special Prosecutor.  Again, the staff person was thankful for my call and seemed to feel the same.

    I called my two Senators and Congressman and urged them to join in Nadler’s and Schakowsky’s pleas to Holder.

    I called the Spanish Embassy, in D.C., and thanked them for having taken action and for their consideration of a lawsuit against the six U.S. attorneys.  (202) 452-0100  They asked me to please write them, as well.  [email protected]


    Tomorrow, at 2:30 p.m., Holder will testify before the subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.  There is more action than can be taken in the a.m., per David Swanson.

    Holder to Testify Thursday Afternoon, Receive 250,000 Petitions Asking for a Special Prosecutor

    On Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Rayburn 2359, Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before a subcommittee. It will be webcast. At that time, After Downing Street,, ACLU, FireDogLake, Center for Constitutional Rights, and will deliver petitions to Holder asking for a special prosecutor. Sign here quick! And then please go here to contact members of the subcommittee to ask them to ask Holder why, if waterboarding is torture, the evidence (including open admission by the former vice president) is public, and the Convention Against Torture requires that we enforce our laws, he isn’t doing so. Call them and ask them to ask Holder for a special prosecutor.


  4. holy crap, Keith is kickin it NOW! He’s had some great people on, the guy from McLatchy. yowza. No quarter.

    Im sure rachel will too.

    what a week!

    I want to thank all of you too ,especially, for having such patience with me and being so encouraging.

    buhdy, you da man! ha ha

  5. I am reminded of a parable. A young man once asked Fredrick Douglas what he should do with his life. “Agitate!”, was the response. Well, insofar as I have seen Docudharma does that better than anyone. I am glad I stumbled upon this place.

  6. Just a newbie here but you all clearly are passionate and informed.  Many kudos!

    • geomoo on April 23, 2009 at 04:23

    Did everyone see Al Rodgers’ diary over at dkos.  I haven’t seen any of the mealy mouthed talk there in two days.  Actually, most of the resistors were just protecting their man.  Now that he’s got it straight, I expect the arguments will be much milder ones over such things as which special prosecutor would be best.  Such a good feeling.  In case you missed the diary, or refuse to go there, here’s the gist of some inspiring news:

    Highly decorated retired 4-star General Barry McCaffrey has called for an investigation of the Bush White House:

    Having said that, it’s almost an out of body experience to me to listen to this debate going on [whether these techniques were torture].  

    We should never as a policy maltreat people under our control, detainees.

    We tortured people unmercifully.  We probably murdered dozens of them during a course of that, both by the armed forces and CIA.   [Releasing the memos] was the right thing to do.

    We have to move forward.


    There is prosecutorial discretion.  We shouldn’t in my view go after the CIA officers involved in this.  There is a good argument in my view for reviewing the White House justice council and the Attorney General’s office who okayed this.

    I think as a policy matter we better find out how thing went so wrong.

    Legendary covert CIA officer Robert Baer also calls for an investigation.

    On a more public level, a thorough clearing of the air will go a long way toward discrediting the idea that we either torture terrorists or die.


    A complete investigation into the quality of that information, I suspect, will prove we are going through this national trauma and international humiliation for absolutely nothing.

    Sorry for the copying, but I’m allowing myself to feel the elation this diary encourages.  It’s going to be fun to watch the talking heads fall over themselves to thoughtfully discuss how surprising all this information is.  When they call on Sara Palin to explain why we need her to restore our fundamental non-torturing principles, we’ll know our victory is complete.  I can hear her now:  “Going after those wolves, we always kill them in the traditionally humane America way.”

    Damn, everyone, I’m high.  Two days of devastating news followed by a steady three-day climb.  I’ve been waiting eight long years for this.  I’m heading out for wine.

  7. site has broken some tremendous ground in the short time it’s been on the toobz. Way to go ponies!!!

  8. You guys rocked this!  Course we ain’t done yet.

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