it doesn't take a lawyer to know right from wrong

| | TrackBacks (0)
Confronted with the question of whether waterboarding constituted torture, President Obama's nominee for CIA director pleaded ignorance, saying "I'm not a lawyer."

John Brennan is met by protesters as he arrives for hearings on his confirmation as CIA chief. Photo: Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images
CodePink protesters disrupt confirmation hearings February 7, 2013. Photo by Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein did her best to secure the appointment of "torture czar" John Brennan by distracting from a proper accounting of the candidate's history with good-guy/bad-guy notions of American exceptionalism:

"When people hear 'American', they think someone who's upstanding... Mr. Awlaki is not an American citizen by where anyone in America would be proud."

New Yorker editor Amy Davidson poses whether attributions of "proud" and "upstanding" are a legitimate basis for judging fundamental questions of legal rights and due process.  

0 TrackBacks

Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: it doesn't take a lawyer to know right from wrong.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

UC Berkeley Billboard

press conference, protest, photos, video, reports

Donations via PayPal
are not tax deductible.

Events & Calendars

War Criminals Watch Events

Important Reading

Physicians for Human Rights
Broken Laws, Broken Lives

NLG White Paper

The President's Executioner

Detention and torture in Guantanamo

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry published on February 6, 2013 9:32 PM.

who is suspect to Obama's kill list? was the previous entry in this blog.

critics "just say No" to Larry James is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.