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What "We Now Know"

By The Reverend Published: February 10, 2010

Mitch McConnell (R-KY), minority leader of the Senate, opposes Barack Obama's presidency so much he is willing to smear his former Dear Leader, George W. Bush.....

The leading Republican in the Senate said Sunday that the previous Republican administration had been mistaken in ever trying alleged terrorists in civilian federal courts.

"We now know that was a mistake," declared McConnell.

What does the old Kentucky hound dog mean when he says "we now know?" What is it that we've learned recently that would cause McConnell to state that we "know" something "now" that, contextually, we didn't know before?

What we actually "now know", is that Bush-Cheney carried out a lawless, outside-of-the-Constitution, plan meant first: to scare Congress and the American people into accepting the invasion and occupation of Iraq using 9-11 as justification....second: to cover-up the fraud-crime of Iraq by instituting a torture regime in America's first-ever secret prison in Guantanamo for the purpose of coercing phony confessions out of detainees falsely implicating Saddam Hussein with 9-11, and.....third: to sufficiently scare Americans, keep them in a state of fear, in the hopes that Republicans would maintain Karl Rove's "permanent GOP majority."

That's what "we now know." The ongoing appearances on the teevee of Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani and other neo-con usual-suspects spouting, "keep Gitmo open", "trying suspects in civilian courts endangers Americans", "torture works", "we're at war", "everything has changed since 9-11", etc......are nothing but attempts at post-game cover-up of the numerous crimes carried out during neo-conservative rule.

That's what "we now know."

Republicans have demonstrated recently that they will vote against their own conservative policies simply because Democrats may be given credit for legislation passed. We've now witnessed this phenomenon with tax cut provisions in the stimulus bill, Pay-Go provisions in raising the debt ceiling and the very same practice by Bush of trying "terrorists" in civilan courts.

Zacarias Moussaoui and John Walker Lindh are two prime examples of namebrand "terrorists" taken into custody during George W. Bush's presidency. They were arrested, Mirandized, given lawyers, tried in civilian courts, convicted and are both now serving prison sentences inside SuperMax prisons.....and newsflash.....those SuperMax prisons are on U.S. soil. Prisons from which NO ONE has ever escaped. Prisons which pose absolutely NO threat to U.S. citizens.

"federal facilities on American soil currently house 216 international terrorists and 139 domestic terrorists. Some of these miscreants have been locked up here since the early 1990s. None of them has escaped. At the most secure prisons, nobody has ever escaped."

Those facts and figures haven't just been made publicly available in the last few weeks. Outside of neo-conservative tinged wingnuttery, we've known about these facts for years and years.

What we "now know" is that the U.S. has been trying, convicting and securely incarcerating on U.S. soil, so-called terrorists for decades. We "now know" that not one incarcerated, so-called terrorist has ever escaped from their secure incarceration. And we also "now know" that trying so-called terrorists in civilian courts does not, in any way, increase any threats to American civilians.....

Former Navy lawyer: "There is no increased threat posed to the United States by bringing some of the detainees to the U.S. for trial." In an October 29 NPR interview, Charles Swift, an attorney who took the case of a Guantánamo detainee to the Supreme Court in 2006, said that "[a]nyone knowledgeable about al-Qaida operations will tell you that there is no increased threat posed to the United States by bringing some of the detainees to the U.S. for trial." Swift added that "[Suspected terrorists] Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, Yaser Esam Hamdi and Jose Padilla were held and, in Hamdi and al-Marri's case, eventually tried in the United States without any consequence."

All of this leads me to this conclusion: what we "now know", is that Republican objections to how Obama is handling the "terrorist" situation have no credibility, are often hypocritical, and are meant only to keep Americans properly scared.

Mitch McConnell "knows" what he is doing......and sadly, all he and the other GOP dead-enders can do is continue on with the fraud that Leaders Bush and Cheney started.



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