Tag: George W. Bush

President Carter: Bush has brought U.S. ‘international disgrace’

Former President Carter urged Nevadans on Thursday to elect his Democratic son, Jack, to the Senate to help combat a Bush administration he says has brought international disgrace to the United States. I’ve been deeply embarrassed as a civil rights advocate that we have had the American government stand convicted around the world as one of the greatest abusers of civil rights, said Carter, the 2002 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. What has happened the last five years has brought discouragement and sometimes international disgrace to our great country, he said.

[George Bush] A war against intelligence

You would think that a consensus report from all 16 U.S. intelligence services concluding that he has blown the “war on terror” would be a really big deal to the president. But that assumes that George W. Bush values intelligence. Clearly, he does not. So the news that a 2006 National Intelligence Estimate concludes the threat of terror against the United States has increased since 9/11, largely thanks to his irrational invasion of Iraq, has not disturbed Bush’s branded what, me worry’ countenance.

[US Human Rights Violations] Bush strikes a deal that lets him keep fighting dirty

Bush seemed to be heading for disaster in November’s Congressional elections, with detainee trials and torture an issue on which he looked vulnerable. Now, along with a broader apparent comeback, he has almost everything he wanted, with Congressional endorsement to boot. Beneath McCain’s rhetoric, the legal black hole dug since 9/11 looks deeper and darker than ever. The chances of Guantanamo’s 450-odd detainees ever getting justice have been substantially reduced.

[US Human Rights Violations] Senate Republicans Buck Bush, Push to Preserve Detainee Rights

McCain vs. Bush: GOP Battle Over Torture, Detainees Sept. 17, 2006 — – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., defended his opposition to White House-approved terror-detainee legislation Sunday, instead supporting a measure that provides for the detention and trial of terrorist suspects that the president has vowed to defeat. “This is a matter or conscience, an American conscience,” McCain told ABC News in an exclusive appearance on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Are we going to be like the enemy, or are we going to be the United States of America?” On Friday, President Bush argued that CIA-led detention and interrogation of

[US Human Rights Violations] Bush defends CIA interrogations amid revolt

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush on Saturday defended his proposals to allow tough questioning of suspected terrorists as necessary to keep Americans safe, despite a revolt in his own Republican Party over the issue. With the U.S. Congress considering legislation on how to try and question foreign terrorist suspects, Bush is pushing a proposal to allow for what he calls “an alternative set of procedures” for CIA interrogations. “As we work with the international community to defeat the terrorists and extremists, we must also provide our military and intelligence professionals the tools they need to

Bush Tells Group He Sees a ‘Third Awakening’

President Bush said yesterday that he senses a “Third Awakening” of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation’s struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as “a confrontation between good and evil.” Bush told a group of conservative journalists that he notices more open expressions of faith among people he meets during his travels, and he suggested that might signal a broader revival similar to other religious movements in history. Bush noted that some of Abraham Lincoln’s strongest supporters were religious people “who saw life in terms of good and evil” and who

European lawmakers demand locations of secret U.S. prisons as world reacts critically to Bush revelations

GENEVA — European lawmakers on Thursday demanded to know the exact location of the secret prisons U.S. President George W. Bush revealed the CIA operated overseas to interrogate terror suspects in what critics elsewhere in the world said was a system tacitly approving torture. The Swiss senator who led a Council of Europe investigation called the admission by Bush of the existence of the secret detention centers “just one piece of the truth.” The international Red Cross welcomed the transfer of high-level terror suspects to the U.S. military prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said it planned

Bush’s ‘Secret’

If memory serves — actually, I looked it up — it was The Washington Post’s Dana Priest who disclosed nine months ago that terror suspects were being interrogated at secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. This brought her lots of outrage, from the Bush administration and conservative critics. (Oh, and there was a Pulitzer, too.) Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert demanded an investigation, and a House committee launched one. Justice was notified as well, and the inevitable leak investigation was launched. The gist of the indictment: How dare a reporter and a newspaper undermine the war on terror by disclosing

Bush officials draft law to retroactively protect against war crime charges

WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush’s administration drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from criminal charges for authorizing any humiliating or degrading treatment of prisoners, lawyers who have seen the proposal said. The move by the administration is the latest effort to deal with treatment of those taken into custody in the war on terror. At issue are interrogations carried out by the CIA and the degree to which harsh tactics such as water-boarding were authorized by administration officials. A separate law, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, applies to the military. The Washington

Analysis: Bush switches on Guantanamo policy

Decision gives detainees protection under Geneva Conventions (07-12) 04:00 PDT Washington — The Bush administration relented Tuesday nearly five years after it began holding foreign prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, pledging that detainees will be accorded basic human rights protections under the Geneva Conventions. The decision was announced with little fanfare. The news was contained in an internal Department of Defense memo, leaked to a London-based newspaper and downplayed by administration officials as no “real change” in policy. Yet the development marked a momentous shift in Bush’s war on terror, which has long drawn a distinction between fighting terrorists and more