May 21, 2009 archive

Am I a nut? I don’t think so…

While I no longer post on Daily Kos, I do still visit the site to see if there are any diaries posted worth reading.  That is how I caught the diary posted by buhdydharma that was written by TocqueDeville.  There was a paragraph in it that I really got my goat and requires a response.

So no, I didn’t violate the FAQ. And the assumption that I did is merely a projection of truther nonsense on to me. It is a perfect example of the very point I was trying to make in that diary. Why would I, in a diary where I explicitly expressed my support for the ban on 911 CTs, then turn around and propose a 911 CT? I have seen an invasion of truthers and controlled demolition people at one of my physics forums and I would not wish that on anyone.

But, I’m not going to start this essay by responding to that one paragraph, that will come at the end of it.

Senator Specter says CIA has a “bad record” on “Honesty.”

Understatement, perhaps.  🙂

This is surprising, but I’m glad he said this.  Nancy Pelosi has her faults, but the attacks on her for telling the truth about the CIA, i.e., that they lie, are wrong.  It’s misdirection by Republicans to avoid justice for Bush and Cheney (and many others) for violating international law. Pelosi did not shine on this (an understatement) but she is not Bush or Cheney.  She may not have stopped it (and she may not have been able to do so), but she did not create the criminal policies.  

Arlan Specter coming to the rescue.  Well, it’s a start.  Now he needs to support EFCA.

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) took the opportunity Wednesday to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has come under fire in recent weeks over a controversy surrounding when she was told of the use of enhanced interrogation techniques being used by the CIA.

“The CIA has a very bad record when it comes to – I was about to say ‘candid’; that’s too mild – to honesty,” Specter, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a lunch address to the American Law Institute. He cited misleading information about the agency’s involvement in mining harbors in Nicaragua and the Iran-Contra affair.


“Director [Leon] Panetta says the agency does not make it a habit to misinform Congress. I believe that is true. It is not the policy of the Central Intelligence Agency to misinform Congress,” Specter said. “But that doesn’t mean that they’re all giving out the information.”…

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