* By Larisa Alexandrovna at-Largely *
As I have noted, the far-right in anti-Obama hunt for Red October had reached new lows when Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz launched a slanderous campaign against government lawyers who had in the past defended detainees in US custody.
Adding to this blacklisting and targeting is Fox News, who – despite the lynch mob forming around these lawyers – made their identities public.
But now, even well respected human rights and civil liberties organizations are being singled out and attacked in an arrogant, defensive, and bizarre column by Bill Kristol. As you read the snips below, keep in mind the following points:
- Kristol, along with Liz Cheney, are board members of Keeping America Safe – the very group that has launched attacks on the lawyers to begin with. So he is indeed defensive.
- The arrogance Kristol displays in an almost child-like tantrum, claiming he knows something we don’t know, na na na na na.
- The very organizations that Kristol singles out – the ACLU and Human Rights Watch – helped expose detainee abuses which implicate Dick Cheney in serious crimes and raises questions about the true motivations of Liz Cheney and her group (which includes Kristol).
In addressing the closing of Gitmo question, here is what Bill Kristol writes::
Well, get ready for more shock and concern, ACLUers — it’s going to happen. President Obama (aided by his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel), is coming to realize how foolish he’s been to delegate so much authority on war on terror matters to his hapless attorney general and the left-wingers working for him at the Justice Department. He is going to reverse course on the KSM trial — as he has on preventive detention and on the release of photos of alleged abuse by U.S. servicemen, and as I suspect he ultimately will on closing Guantanamo.
Does anyone else find the above entirely bizarre in the level of arrogance and defensiveness?
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