This past week former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura made the talk show rounds to promote his book “Don’t Start The Revolution Without Me” that was released in paperback this weeks. He spent the week appearing on shows like Hannity, The View, Fox and Friends and Larry King, he also made an appearrence on the Howard Stern Radio Show . If you missed any of the interviews this week you missed a lot, it was all very entertaining.
Jesse is a very out spoken critic of the Bush Administration’s use of torture techniques like “water boarding” and believes that any type of torture is wrong. He feels America is better than that and doesn’t need to stoop the level of the terrorist.
Being I already posted earlier this week Jesse’s appearence on the Sean Hannity, I had to follow it up with these two:
Ventura on The View
Ventura on Fox and Friends
Fox News Anchorman Shepard Smith has been on a roll the last few days as details from the “Torture Memos” have been discussed and dissected by various members of the media.
Yesterday, Fox News viewers were treated to anchorman Shepard Smith and former New York Times reporter Judith Miller’s repeated and passionate condemnation of torture, at one point Smith declared, “We are America, we don’t torture! And the moment that is not the case, I want off the train! This government is of, by, and for the people — that means it’s mine. That means — I’m not saying what is torture, and what is not torture, but I’m saying, whatever it is, you don’t do it for me! I want off the train when the government starts — I want off, next stop, now!”
Later in the day, while Smith was anchoring the Foxnews.com’s “Strategy Room”, Shepard Smith let loose the F* bomb when reporter Trace Gallagher suggested harsh interrogation tactics might be an effective tool to use to gather information.
I don’t watch Fox News that often but when I do, I generally find myself tuning in when Shepard Smith is on the air. I find him to be more level headed and moderate than many other of his colleagues on the channel, so it is refreshing to see him act this way and I applaud him for his stance, even though he is non committal on what constitutes torture.
Govenor Jon Corzine made an appearance on the MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, where he discussed the ongoing controversy behind the Bush administrations use of torture, as well as other harsh interrogation techniques used on terrorist suspects to garner information.
They also dicussed whether or not Bush administration and/or other government officials should be held accountable for their actions.
Take a look, it was an interesting discussion that I wasn’t expecting. Who knew that the Governor was expert on such things?
The New York Times
April 18, 2009
To read the four newly released memos
on prisoner interrogation written by George W. Bush’s Justice Department is to take a journey into depravity.
Their language is the precise bureaucratese favored by dungeon masters throughout history. They detail how to fashion a collar for slamming a prisoner against a wall, exactly how many days he can be kept without sleep (11), and what, specifically, he should be told before being locked in a box with an insect — all to stop just short of having a jury decide that these acts violate the laws against torture and abusive treatment of prisoners.
In one of the more nauseating passages, Jay Bybee, then an assistant attorney general and now a federal judge, wrote admiringly about a contraption for waterboarding that would lurch a prisoner upright if he stopped breathing while water was poured over his face. He praised the Central Intelligence Agency for having doctors ready to perform an emergency tracheotomy if necessary.
These memos are not an honest attempt to set the legal limits on interrogations, which was the authors’ statutory obligation. They were written to provide legal immunity for acts that are clearly illegal, immoral and a violation of this country’s most basic values.
It sounds like the plot of a mob film, except the lawyers asking how much their clients can get away with are from the C.I.A. and the lawyers coaching them on how to commit the abuses are from the Justice Department. And it all played out with the blessing of the defense secretary, the attorney general, the intelligence director and, most likely, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
The Americans Civil Liberties Union deserves credit for suing for the memos’ release. And President Obama deserves credit for overruling his own C.I.A. director and ordering that the memos be made public. It is hard to think of another case in which documents stamped “Top Secret” were released with hardly any deletions.