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February 11, 2009

"I Love You, Barack," and the Guardian Shows Its Love, Too

Watch the woman off to the left.


Speaking of "I love you, Barack...."

The left-wing Guardian is endorsing a defense claim that gets Barack Obama off the hook for endorsing torture-renditions. See, the thing is, the eeeevil military is keeping torture evidence secret from him.

US defence officials are preventing Barack Obama from seeing evidence that a former British resident held in Guantánamo Bay has been tortured, the prisoner's lawyer said last night, as campaigners and the Foreign Office prepared for the man's release in as little as a week.

Clive Stafford Smith, the director of the legal charity Reprieve, which represents Ethiopian-born Binyam Mohamed, sent Obama evidence of what he called "truly mediaeval" abuse but substantial parts were blanked out so the president could not read it.

In the letter to the president [PDF] , Stafford Smith urges him to order the disclosure of the evidence.

Stafford Smith tells Obama he should be aware of the "bizarre reality" of the situation. "You, as commander in chief, are being denied access to material that would help prove that crimes have been committed by US personnel. This decision is being made by the very people who you command."

It is understood US defence officials might have censored the evidence to protect the president from criminal liability or political embarrassment.

"It is understood"? It is? What kind of passive-voice nonsense is that? Who understands this?

I note that I never heard "It is understood" that the military might hide evidence of torture from the President when Bush was in charge.

I guess I'll take it, though. If we can have four years of sweet, sweet torture with the left engaging in apologism for it and giving The Torturous One a pass, I guess I can't complain.

More: Henrietta Hughes gets to live rent-free in a home thanks to the charity of an almost-certain Republican.


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