|It's no wonder I'm afraid of this upoming trip.
It starts on a personal level. I am afraid to leave home so soon, and to leave my kitties. Zach has a history of IBS, and he knows something is "up", and Livvie has amped up her growling to even growl at Zach, Gordy and myself, and then there's our newest love. I'm smitten! On the plus side, Kim will be here to care for them until Gordy comes back, and then in a long week, I'll be home.
But I miss them in my heart.
Also, the first time that Annette from WSH asked for something for Mom, I had to mail it instead of bring it (her own white keds) - I let Mom down.
Then there's the fact that I saw 2 episode of "The Ghost Whisperer" where there is a plane crash, then there was my breaking a mirror last night, and finally, today, Alaska (my airline) had a cell phone that was left there, and it shut down SeaTac and flights were late by ~12 minutes.
Is it an omen? The universe talking to me?
Then I had a huge "episode" scant moments ago, I truly had an old type of "anxiety attack" that brings me to me knees...argh!
Now, I'm looking through my mail, and the universe has gone insane.
Old news, Bush has the cojones to veto SCHIP insurance for children, because he says no one wants government in their health, it should be privatized [i.e. the uninsured kids are still uninsured, broke is broke, and Bush wants insurance to flourish - bizness as usual].
And I just read an article online:Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations
Link here for the video and here for the article
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By SCOTT SHANE, DAVID JOHNSTON and JAMES RISEN
Published: October 4, 2007
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 — When the Justice Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.
But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.
The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures.
Mr. Gonzales approved the legal memorandum on “combined effects” over the objections of James B. Comey, the deputy attorney general, who was leaving his job after bruising clashes with the White House. Disagreeing with what he viewed as the opinion’s overreaching legal reasoning, Mr. Comey told colleagues at the department that they would all be “ashamed” when the world eventually learned of it.
Later that year, as Congress moved toward outlawing “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment, the Justice Department issued another secret opinion, one most lawmakers did not know existed, current and former officials said. The Justice Department document declared that none of the C.I.A. interrogation methods violated that standard.
The classified opinions, never previously disclosed, are a hidden legacy of President Bush’s second term and Mr. Gonzales’s tenure at the Justice Department, where he moved quickly to align it with the White House after a 2004 rebellion by staff lawyers that had thrown policies on surveillance and detention into turmoil.
Congress and the Supreme Court have intervened repeatedly in the last two years to impose limits on interrogations, and the administration has responded as a policy matter by dropping the most extreme techniques. But the 2005 Justice Department opinions remain in effect, and their legal conclusions have been confirmed by several more recent memorandums, officials said. They show how the White House has succeeded in preserving the broadest possible legal latitude for harsh tactics.
A White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, said Wednesday that he would not comment on any legal opinion related to interrogations.
This article is by Scott Shane, David Johnston and James Risen
A senior administration official called Mr. Bradbury’s active role in shaping legislation and speaking to Congress and the press “entirely appropriate” and consistent with past practice. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Mr. Bradbury “has played a critical role in achieving greater transparency” on the legal basis for detention and surveillance programs.
Though President Bush repeatedly nominated Mr. Bradbury as the Office of Legal Counsel’s assistant attorney general, Democratic senators have blocked the nomination. Senator Durbin said the Justice Department would not turn over copies of his opinions or other evidence of Mr. Bradbury’s role in interrogation policy.
“There are fundamental questions about whether Mr. Bradbury approved interrogation methods that are clearly unacceptable,” Mr. Durbin said.
John D. Hutson, who served as the Navy’s top lawyer from 1997 to 2000, said he believed that the existence of legal opinions justifying abusive treatment is pernicious, potentially blurring the rules for Americans handling prisoners.
“I know from the military that if you tell someone they can do a little of this for the country’s good, some people will do a lot of it for the country’s better,” Mr. Hutson said. Like other military lawyers, he also fears that official American acceptance of such treatment could endanger Americans in the future.
“The problem is, once you’ve got a legal opinion that says such a technique is O.K., what happens when one of our people is captured and they do it to him? How do we protest then?” he asked.
As a member of Amnesty International, this is frightening, and the thought makes me nauseous as a human being on planet earth. How can this be happening? How can anyone who isn't out of their mind think of, let alone recommend, and finally vote for this -- they must have known this was not a "good" thing, else why keep it secret? I'm horrified and sick physically, spiritually, emotionally and psychically.
And, economically, guess what? For the first time since who knows when, our dollar is on par with Canada. This is not to say anything negative about Canada, it just is that going to Canada prior to now, has always required "buying money" so we wouldn't use our dollar and over pay. Also, one of the things our local PBS station used to do to encourage our neighbors to the north to pledge, was offering the premiums on "par". Are we going to have to say we'll refund you money soon? Egads. This can't be good, but the admin and their party still keep their heads up high and think they are doing good! How ludicrous.
Then with Mom being at WSH and my empathy with her, I'm off-kilter and it's never far from my heart, it isn't easy to suppress and repress even. It's always there, her hurt, my failing her.
The world has gone totally mad, well, more to point, my world has gone nuts. Trust issues are running high. I don't have any terra firma beneath my feet. If you read this, please send kind light please.