Populist Outrage, Take Two

Against the advice of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, but at the behest of the Obama White House, the Defense Department is prepared to turn over to the American Civil Liberties Union almost four dozen photographs depicting detainee abuse in detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan. From a Fox News report:

The Bush administration had refused to disclose the images after the ACLU’s request made in 2003, claiming that the public disclosure of such evidence would generate outrage and would violate U.S. obligations towards detainees under the Geneva Conventions.

The decision to release images comes on the same day that congressional aides said President Obama resisted pressure from Democrats to investigate Bush-era interrogation techniques, though Obama also has been under fire since last week from Republicans and former Bush advisers for releasing memos from 2002 and 2005 justifying the interrogation techniques used by the CIA.

The ACLU says making public additional images of detainee treatment is critical for helping the public understand the scope and scale of prisoner abuse as well as for holding senior officials accountable for authorizing or permitting such abuse.

I’m sick and tired of seeing the complete and total abandonment of common sense, truth and accountability in favor of creating the populist outrage necessary to facilitate the implementation of this administration’s contraconstitutional policies and perpetuation of its ideology.

A little more than a month ago, the Democrats sparked populist outrage over about $200 million in AIG bonuses (after having spent more than $1 trillion between the “stimulus” package and appropriations bill), without disclosing their own role in making those bonuses available, in order to advance counterproductive caps on executive pay, unconstitutional ex post facto punitive taxes on bonus compensation, and an unprecedented power grab by the Treasury Department. Now, we see the same people sparking populist outrage over enhanced interrogations and detainee abuse, selectively disclosing memos and photos so as to avoid informing Americans about the effectiveness of our actions, in order to facilitate the implementation of an otherwise unpalatable détente-at-all-costs approach to foreign policy.

In light of the pending release of photos depicting harsh treatment of terrorists, I’d like to re-release some photos here as well. Where is the long-lost outrage with regard to these?


What in the world is it going to take for the ignorant, liberal lawmakers in our midst to understand that we are at WAR with people who want to kill us? The Democrats, on behalf of their far-left supporters, are waging a war of their own — on the safety and security of the American people, on common sense in general.

Because they have a president elected as a direct result of populist support, they’re conducting their war by deliberated inciting populist outrage. Only through outrage and crisis can their policies and plans seem palatable. You saw it with the AIG bonuses, you saw it with the selectively-released CIA memos, and you’re going to see it with the detainee photos being released.

Political correctness got us into this financial mess, as it started with banks being forced by the federal government to relax lending standards in an attempt to expand homeownership in the name of perceived “social justice.” Because of the increased tax and regulatory burdens now being placed on businesses of all sizes by this administration as a result of the economic crisis, responsible business owners would need to have a screw loose to set up shop in the United States of America.

Now, political correctness is causing us to drop our guard here with regard to national security, as protecting Americans is now lower on the federal government’s priority list than making sure trained jihadists are comfortable. Because of the inevitable prosecution of those who lay their lives on the line, keeping us safe every day, intelligence officials would similarly need to have a screw loose to continue working to protect Americans.

Sadly, we cannot stop Nancy Pelosi from lying through her teeth. We cannot stop the contraconstitutional power-grab. We cannot stop the Democrats’ abandonment of common sense. What we can do is steel ourselves. In the case of the detainee photos, we must make sure that Americans put anything they see in proper context. In the case of what is yet to be seen, we need to mobilize for the elections in 2010.

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  1. PATRIOTS RISE UP says:

    T R E A S O N

  2. CONFIRMATION says:

    ITS OFFICIAL, THIS COUNTRY IS STUPID.

  3. whats_up says:

    So because we were attacked that excuses the behavior of these guards and anyone else involved? Why cant we be outraged that both events occured? Why do we have to pick only one? Why are we making excuses for bad behavior, no matter who is doing it?

  4. KING LOUIS says:

    I’d let you waterboard me all day, with panties on my head, and a German Shepherd nipping at me, rather than be beheaded.

  5. COL. ROGERS says:

    It’s a beautiful day on the battlefield, a beautiful day on the battlefield, would you be mine, could you be mine, won’t you be my neighbor? pus*sies

  6. USAlly says:

    If this thug administration and the puke of a MSM (all bought and owned by George Soros. This is his pet project) feel at liberty to show visuals to convince the American people that this treason is justified, then the American people also have the need to see the balance in the remaining the-rest-of-the-story-memos and the pictures of the enemy’s form of “torture” and war.
    Good Lord, They’re the ones who keep putting this garbage out there, I applaud those who have the guts to post reminders of the alternatives. I want it all to stop too, but it has to come from the “leadership.” And I use that term ever so loosely.
    Let it go already!! Somebody stand up to that creep that thinks he rules $America$ Soros.

  7. Gail B says:

    This Democratic regime is a lot like the Chinese water torture–one drop at a time until the prisoner breaks.

    The Regime has done NOTHING positive for the people of America. It has done NOTHING for the recession. It has done NOTHING to enhance confidence in its agenda. It has done NOTHING to bring the people together. It has done NOTHING to instill confidence in members of the Cabinet. I can see nowhere that anything positive has been accomplished.

    It has enraged patriotic Americans by calling us rightwing extremist terrorists. It is corroding the economic machinery of America. It is conspiring to remove freedom by freedom from the United States Constitution. It is telling the world that America is not a Christian nation. Its leaders have to lie and deny and point fingers to avoid responsibility for their own actions.

    The Democratic Congress is working overtime to alienate the conservative Republicans so that the Democrats can criticize them for not being bi-partisan.

    The Democratic regime seems more to be at war with the American people by not securing our borders, by apologizing to the world for America, and by working hard to control by overreaching power.

    It is indeed sad when the Speaker of the House has to tell a bold-face LIE to the American people when she has been “busted.”

    It is no wonder that Fox News has higher ratings than MSNBC and NBC. People do not want fairy tales; we want the truth. The Democratic regime does not want the American people to know the truth. The Democratic regime wants power; they want the companies who supported their campaigns to receive government contracts (based on lies about “global warming” horse apples.

    And, then we have people like Jeff Schreiber–he has a full-time job, is going to night school to get his law degree, and has a family to care for; and yet he cares enough about his country, about you and me, to take valuable time to research in order to prevent us from being blind-sided by this regime.

    As he said, “The Democrats, on behalf of their far-left supporters, are waging a war of their own — on the safety and security of the American people, on common sense in general.”

    It is beyond my understanding why George W. Bush ran our debt up as he did, but that REALLY cut the Republican conservatism off at the knees. I hope it has not mortally wounded the Republican Party.

    Thank goodness we have others who research as Jeff does. It reminds me of being on the boat again. When conditions are not the best, someone has to stay up and keep watch that the boat stays where it has been anchored, to ensure that the anchor has not slipped and allowed the boat to move to a dangerous location (that happens, folks). At the end of the four-hour shift, the watch changes.

    This is what allows me to sleep at night. When Jeff and others take up research when we are exhausted, I trust the next watch to keep us safe. Folks, we’ve never had an administration to bring this degree of anxiety to the American people. It is like the Chinese water torture.

    Word to verify = daned (almost damned)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting these pictures. It was the first thing I thought about after reading the Fox report. You forgot the pic with the 3 burned bodies hanging from the bridge. Now, if Fox posts any of the interrogation photos, will they post these too? Who do we email, what do we do to get the reminder in front of the American people! Has everyone forgotten?!?! I mean really, what planet do these people come from??? Nancy and her lies! Does she really think WE are all so dumb as to not see through all this! It’s all just getting more unbelieveable by the day what they are getting away with!

  9. Gail B says:

    “If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free … it expects what never was and never will be.”
    –Thomas Jefferson

  10. Claudia says:

    Gee, I wonder if the Libs would have (if they had known) the waterboarding and other tortures that Pearl and Berg underwent BEFORE they were beheaded on TV knowing that their families would be seeing the tape, why didn’t they, these liberal, love all kumbauayaa, feel good people that are ascertaining that everything must be published in the defense of free from torture….. how do they justify themselves by showing all that ARMIES and MILITARIES are trained to do to STOP others from doing what wss done to Pearl and Berg, and have been going on for time infinitium….. THE BEST WAY TO STOP TORTURE IS TO MAKE IT UNDENIABLY the WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN TO A PERSON, (at least in their imagination….) should they possibly get caught being a person who deserves torture.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I guess I don’t have to repeat my comment of last night re:”Common Sense on Interrogations —-”, but this is just more of the same:

    PROVOCATION!

    I am convinced that the Obama administration is doing its best to irrevocalbly divide the country to create chaos. Be prepared for more “heat” (read “outrageous behaviour”) from the Left.

    The goal is not peace and prosperity; the goal is cataclysmic upheaval.

    Old Bob

  12. Gail B says:

    Old Bob–
    Yep! Just like the Chinese water torture or the straw that broke the camel’s back!

    Where a crisis doesn’t exist, CREATE ONE! And don’t let it go to waste.

    Oh, the Regressive Dems are so transparent! I doubt it’s the same brand of transparency that Obama referred to in his campaign, however.

  13. COSBY 2012 says:

    I HAVE DECIDED TO BECOME A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE. HERE IS MY PLATFORM:

    (1) ‘Press 1 for English’ is immediately banned. English is the official language; speak it or wait at the border until you can.

    (2) We will immediately go into a two year isolationist posture to straighten out the country’s attitude. NO imports, no exports. We will use the ‘Wal-Mart ‘s policy, ‘If we ain’t got it, you don’t need it.’

    (3) When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it.

    (4) All retired military personnel will be required to man one of our many observation towers on the southern border (six month tour). They will be under strict orders not to fire on SOUTHBOUND aliens.

    (5) Social security will immediately return to its original state. If you didn’t put nuttin in, you ain’t gettin nuttin out. The president nor any other politician will be able to touch it.

    (6) Welfare – Checks will be handed out on Fridays at the end of the 40 hour school week and the successful completion of urinalysis and a passing grade.

    (7) Professional Athletes–Steroids. The FIRST time you check positive you’re banned for life.

    (8) Crime – We will adopt the Turkish method, the first time you steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more life sentences. If convicted of murder, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for your victim; gun, knife, strangulation, etc. (better to lose a hand than the entire body/nation)

    (9) One export will be allowed, Wheat. The world needs to eat. A bushel of wheat will be the exact price of a barrel of oil.

    (10) All foreign aid using American taxpayer money will immediately cease, and the saved money will pay off the national debt and ultimately lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, we’ll ask the American people if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the decision whether it’s a worthy cause.

    (11) The Pledge of Allegiance will be said every day at school and every day in Congress.

    (12) The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies, sporting events, outings, etc.

    Sorry if I stepped on anyone’s toes

    GOD BLESS AMERICA .

    Bill Cosby

  14. Anonymous says:

    i agree…Treason.

    ~laura

  15. Anonymous says:

    Oh and another thing

    I heard on Hannity last evening that out of the 100 or so who went through the CIA ‘detention’ camps, only 1/3 or 30 were treated with harsher interrogation methods. Of that 30 – hear me…OF THAT 30..only THREE (3) were waterboarded.

    THREE

    T H R E E!!!

    Yeah..let that sink in for a few minutes…

    ~laura

  16. Anonymous says:

    War unleashes the animal in all involved. We did some nasty things in WW2 but they paled in comparison to what was done by both the Japanese and Germans. The moral highground belongs to those who seek to stop the killing. Not to those who began it. What is better for all humanity? America with all its faults, or a world ruled by terror and the absense of all hope. Gods Grace p.s. check out zazzle.com@43rdsfan.

  17. Lilly says:

    Watch what else is going on on Capitol Hill & with BO. Every time he gets the public all p*ssed off about something, they are pushing something through while nobody is paying attention.
    What else is going on???

  18. Anonymous says:

    please, consider it is possible those terror attacks were staged by influental people who wanted to get their agendae proceeded. If you analyse the word “terror” it origins from French out of French revolution and it described horrible attacks on people by the new government…

  19. tm says:

    re: patriots rise up

    Yep. Treason.
    Straight across the board.

  20. Anonymous says:

    http://www.lectlaw.com/def2/t103.htm
    Treason defined by law

  21. Gail B says:

    Anonymous–

    We are NOT AT WAR! Didn’t you HEAR our grand Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Nincompoop Napolitano when she declare that the war on terrorism was now an “overseas” some sort of malarkey?

    And our borders? Why, the Mexicans and undocumented anything and anybody are our GUESTS! We must treat them as GUESTS–provide them with health care, an education, and so on!

    If your child is to attend school in another DISTRICT from the one where he lives, you will pay the other school system tuition. However, our government does not mind reaching into our pockets for funds to educate someone attending our schools from COUNTRY!

    I came in to drink a cup of coffee, Jeff. I really am going back out to overhaul my lawnmower.

    Word to verify–exednend Looks like extend overextended, huh?

  22. LOSING BATTLE says:

    This president and congress are like the carpenter bees dining on my cedar house; bite by bite, each tiny hole after the other, is sure as hell bringing this house down in just a matter of time. And there is nothing I can do to stop them.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Beware! This controversy, as well as the others that are occupying the media, are only diversionary tactics for what’s going on underneath the surface. Hussein is exposing our country and our policies and secrets beyond belief, let alone working below the surface to destroy our Constitution. Beware of the enemy within!

  24. Gail B says:

    Anonymous–Please stop trying to incite something. Republicans and conservatives KNOW what Obama is up to. Jeff has told us to fight this issue by issue.

    We the People need NOT to erupt in an angry, violent protest, even though it appears that is what the Obama Regime is trying to accomplish.

    If we keep our heads (and USE THEM), we’ll come out on top. All we have to do is wait until those who put him in office get their electric bills, try to buy groceries, and receive their tax bills for their salvaged mortgaged homes.

    Chill.

  25. I AM SO SORRY GEORGE says:

    My personal apologies to George Washington for what I am allowing to happen to this country.

  26. MISS PIGGY says:

    I say give em pig-blood transfusions.

  27. Anonymous says:

    this is like LEFTY MATRIX, if those pictures are shown, which actually is naking the inside of the american gov. fight against am. enemies, we should invade the media with pictures from 9/11 and similar catastrophies produced by americans enemies, … now that d.c. is distilling rancor, resentment and inverting the chess game and making the american patriots american´s enemies
    …then i wonder who are america´s enemies and how really are the terrorists

  28. Anonymous says:

    If we keep our heads (and USE THEM), we’ll come out on top. All we have to do is wait until those who put him in office get their electric bills, try to buy groceries, and receive their tax bills for their salvaged mortgaged homes.Yeah … since he hasn’t been much help to his half brothers or aunt or …. to that woman he promised everything to (or at least that what he led her to believe):

    Henrietta Hughes still strugglinghttp://www.winknews.com/news/local/43385017.html

  29. Dee says:

    I agree that these pictures and many others should also be shown. I would rather be made to build a human pryamid while wearing my underwear on my head and looking at a big German Shepherd dog than not having my head at all. Also, the picture of our people being hung up on the bridge needs to be shown.
    BO continues to play the blame Bush game and will do so as long as possible. This makes him look so pure and innocent. I read that he is really struggling over whether or not to have a committee investigate Bush et al. I cannot imagine that it is much of a struggle. If he can continue to make Bush and Cheney out to be the bad guys, all of his worshippers will continue to see him as the “One”. He diverts all negative attention caused by his hurry up agenda away from himself and put it all on the Big Bad Bush. I just hope our country survives the next four years.
    Thank you, Jeff, for all you do. Your articles are very thought provoking and I appreciate all those who comment.

  30. Anonymous says:

    As I remember it, one of the first bans our president lifted was the ban on the torture procedure done on innocent babies…known as partial birth abortion. When this is reversed, will he be charged with murder for allowing it??? And this is done to innocents not even in a time of war. Let’s release some of these pictures…it’s a brutal form of torture and they all DIE.
    To all those at Homeland Security…yes, I am a right wing extremest very concerned with the abortion issue.

  31. JBR says:

    How much more proof do we really need that this administration is hopelessly flawed, terminally inept, and yet, deeply devoted to the cause of bringing America to her knees? All of you who voted for this administration: Is this scenario REALLY your audacity of hope?

  32. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,

    Could you please caption the photos in your “Populist Outrage, Take Two” post? Some of the images, I recognize; others, I do not.

    Thanks for all you do!

  33. Gail B says:

    Anonymous at 11:40 a.m.–

    If your computer does what mine does, when you will put your cursor over a picture, a small window appears at the bottom left corner with enough info to identify the photo or the reason for it. Sometimes a window will open next to the cursor to identify it.

    The pictures in this case are all of terrorism–Daniel Pearl, the USS Cole attack, Hamas attack on Thanksgiving Day, London’s trains, etc.

  34. Gail B says:

    Make that trains in Spain.

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