Does Judge Want More Terrorism?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Leftist U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein has ordered the U.S. military to release photographs of detainees being abused from at least seven different sites in Afghanistan and Iraq.

His ruling on Friday gives the government two months to decide whether to appeal before the photos could be released. Naturally, it was the ACLU who brought the case before the court, demanding government transparency and accountability.

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It is believed that there may be anywhere between a few dozen to thousands of such photographs.

Not that I’m necessarily against the release of the photos – I must admit I really don’t care one way or the other, but that aside, I have two questions. Why release them – to what end? And exactly who is this judge and what could be his real motivation for the ruling?

First the Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein. He is a senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School. Who else went to Columbia? Oh that’s right – our esteemed president. Just saying, as a fun factoid.

Hellerstein was personally recommended to progressive President Bill Clinton by the late liberal democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. One of Moynihan’s more famous or infamous progressive quips was: “The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.” Ah – the progressive mantra. I guess so can the judiciary, but to the left, it’s really all the same. read more

Senate Intelligence Report Is Old News

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So the Senate intelligence committee report on CIA “torture” practices has been released. The report is apparently 6300 pages and the summary is 600.

Out of all those pages the only thing we should take from the report is that America, at least under Republican control, is bad.

CNN reported that “The CIA’s harsh interrogations of terrorist detainees during the Bush era didn’t work, were more brutal than previously revealed and delivered no ‘ticking time bomb’ information that prevented an attack, according to an explosive Senate report released Tuesday.”

Well, there you go. It’s just as Rush Limbaugh said – America is the worst, according to Feinstein, the Democrats and the mainstream media. Apparently we need to just stop being so mean to the terrorists. After all, what have they ever done to us – other than blow up our buildings, kill our soldiers and citizens – shoot and behead us. Yeah – there is that.

Yet according to even Leon Panetta, the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” did in fact lead to the capture of many Al Qaeda operatives, and out of the thousands of terrorists captured, a grand total of three were waterboarded.

Those three were Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri. I couldn’t think of three better candidates.

It’s interesting to note that the report was crafted not by Senator Feinstein or any member of the committee. It was written by unelected, unaccountable Democrat staffers who apparently never even interviewed any CIA officials, and assessments made by the staffers are refuted by classified information that is not included in this report. read more