Solarbird (solarbird) wrote,

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cleaning out tabs: courts, marriage, and torture

Pathetic lulz: anti-gay Family Research Council okay with gay Supreme Court justice as long as they hate themselves. And that's not even The Onion! Meanwhile, Mr. Obama's about to expel yet another gay Arabic linguist. Also, marriage opponents in Maine have filed their anti-marriage referendum. They'll need 55,000 signatures by mid-September to get onto the ballot. Locally, the fundamentalist right is working on a similar anti-civil-unions referendum to overturn equal-in-theory civil union law here.

In the US, the more religious you are, the more likely you are to support the use of torture, with weekly church attendees supporting torture by a clear majority. The non-religious are the least likely, by far, to support the use of torture. Meanwhile, you have Condi Rice defending the use of torture as "legal" and "right."

And an already-well-known story - to anyone paying attention - that now-Speaker of the House Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WVA) both were briefed in 2002 and 2003 on the use of torture. I've talked about this before, but somehow it magically became news last week. Meanwhile, the GOP is issuing threats that any investigation into the Bush administration's torture programme will be directed against Democrats as much as they're capable of managing. My response to that would be Good. More on Democratic Party complicity here.

The Salt Lake Tribute wants Judge Jay S. Bybee impeached for his authorship of CYA memos designed to provide false legal cover for torture, noting correctly that:
In its damning totality, the memorandum is an indictment of Bybee himself, evidence that he is morally, ethically and legally unfit to serve on the federal bench. His continued presence there is an affront to the integrity of the judiciary, to a nation founded on laws and ideals protecting human dignity, and to all Americans who once believed their government would never indulge in the same human rights violations we have long condemned in other countries.
This is particularly interesting since Mr. Bybee is a Brigham Young University graduate.
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