John Kerry’s Form 180…Grim Milestone Alert

Yesterday, a grim milestone passed without fanfare, without media attention, and without an announcement from the junior senator from Massachusetts…..

One thousand days. And still no Form 180 from Senator John F. Kerry.

Meet the Press 1/30/05 transcript

MR. RUSSERT: Many people who’ve been criticizing you have said: Senator, if you would just do one thing and that is sign Form 180, which would allow historians and journalists complete access to all your military records. Thus far, you have gotten the records, released them through your campaign. They say you should not be the filter. Sign Form 180 and let the historians…

SEN. KERRY: I’d be happy to put the records out. We put all the records out that I had been sent by the military. Then at the last moment, they sent some more stuff, which had some things that weren’t even relevant to the record. So when we get–I’m going to sit down with them and make sure that they are clear and I am clear as to what is in the record and what isn’t in the record and we’ll put it out. I have no problem with that.

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: But everything, Tim…

MR. RUSSERT: Would you sign Form 180?

SEN. KERRY: Yes, I will.

Update: Deer Hunting — Kerry Style

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Comment posted by Ross
at 11/2/2007 8:19:34 AM

Which reminds me. With Hillary’s history in finding and retrieving records (Rose Law firm billing records), not to mention the criminal action by her foreign policy adviser, Sandy (socks) Berger in lifting documents from the National Archives, I’m certain that, barring sealing the Clinton Library and Massage Parlor records with crime scene tape, her archive department will be doing some filtering of their own.

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at 11/2/2007 5:01:19 PM

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Comment posted by dave drake
at 11/3/2007 4:44:11 PM

thanks for the link nuke!

Mukasey nomination stalls on definition of torture

Waterboarding. Torture or not?

When President Bush nominated Judge Michael Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as the U.S. attorney general, Democrats applauded.

And then Mukasey started talking. During confirmation hearings a couple weeks ago, Mukasey refused to say whether he thought that waterboarding amounted to torture.

Umm, wrong answer, came the reply from Democrats who control the Senate judiciary committee.

So Mukasey followed up with a letter this week describing waterboarding as personally “repugnant” and “over the line.” But he hedged on whether the practise is actually illegal.

Americans can be forgiven for being confused on the matter. Congress has banned the U.S. military from using the technique, which involves simulated drowning of an interrogation suspect. But the CIA has used waterboarding at least three times, and Mukasey’s refusal to declare the practise illegal is viewed as an attempt to protect the agents involved from prosecution.

At the Heritage Foundation this afternoon, President Bush weighed in….

“As a price for his confirmation, some on that committee want Judge Mukasey take a legal position on specific techniques allegedly used to interrogate captured terrorists.

“As Judge Mukasey explained in a letter to committee members, he cannot do so for several reasons.

“First, he does not know whether certain methods of questioning are, in fact, used, because the program is classified. And therefore, he is in no position to provide an informed opinion. He has not been read into the program and won’t until he is confirmed and sworn in as the attorney general.

“Second, he does not want an uninformed opinion to be taken by our professional interrogators in the field as placing them in legal jeopardy. Finally, he does not want any statement of his to give the terrorists a window into which techniques we may use and which ones we may not use. That could help them train their operatives to resist questioning and withhold vital information we need to stop attacks and save lives.”

Last year, Steve Harrigan of Fox News gave a very dramatic first-person report on the subject. Here is the video.

And, here is a link to the FoxNews report on their website

Harrigan says it’s more about fear than pain. “The thing that impressed me was just how quickly you can recover. They took me to the brink, where I was ready to submit and tell them anything….and then just minutes later I’m standing beside that pool, feeling fine.” Harrigan concludes, “This seems like a pretty efficient mechanism to get somebody to talk, and then still have them alive and healthy within minutes.”

Update: The Admiral of Chappaquiddick will vote against Mukasey…

“Judge Mukasey appears to be a careful, conscientious and intelligent lawyer and he has served our country honorably for many years,” Kennedy said in a Senate speech announcing his opposition. “But those qualities are not enough for this critical position at this critical time.”

Kennedy said Mukasey’s unwillingness to say that waterboarding is torture increases the chances that it will be used against U.S. troops.

Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

Comment posted by no2liberals
at 11/2/2007 9:24:42 AM

I had heard that Sen.Chucky Schumer supported Mukasey, and that many donk votes would follow his.
As for water boarding, or any interrogation method that gets results, as opposed to those that don’t, it just reveals the lack of seriousness about defeating an enemy that wants us dead.
I chuckled at the last episode of the South Park trilogy “Imaginationland,” when the press was asking questions about the pending ‘Nuking” of imaginationland, and the immediate hippy protests.
There will always be those that are opposed to any idea that might be too severe in a civilized setting, without regard to the lack of civility in war.
On another note, I was at the airport yesterday, and as is my custom, when I see a uniformed member of our armed services, I always approach them, and thank them for their service, and for all that they do for us. Sometimes they will talk, and in this case a lone G.I. was the one I was addressing, and I talked with him for a few minutes, asking him if he was coming home, or going to the sandbox. He was returning, to complete his 18month deployment, and when I talked with him about how things are going there, and the improvements in the last few months, he smiled, and was clearly upbeat, his morale was supremely excellent, as he smiled and talked freely. I told him it was his and his brothers at arms, that have made things better, and the Iraqi people are now taking up the slack. He seemed a little surprised that some ol’guy here in the states would know that, but he nodded in agreement. I told him to keep up the good work, and stay safe.
I believe, if he had been asked, that if water boarding was an option to getting real time intel from a terrorist, he would have said “certainly.”

Comment posted by Nuke
at 11/1/2007 11:50:32 PM

ain’t that the truth.

Comment posted by Texas_JAM
at 11/1/2007 11:39:32 PM

I say it’s alright to put a terrorist through water-boarding. Now if we could just have them only do that to people they capture (instead of beheading them)….

Comment posted by Swampwoman
at 11/2/2007 8:33:29 PM

The Gates of Vienna had a nice report up on the counterjihad summit.

Tastes like chicken?

Labor leader, Kevin Rudd, is picked by many to become Australia’s Prime Minister next month.

Frankly, I hope John Howard can hang in there a bit longer.

This video isn’t going to help Rudd.

Rudd, who was elected Labor leader in December last year, has previously told journalists he was scratching his chin.
Heh. Maybe so. But it sure looks like he’s munching ear wax to me.


Comment posted by no2liberals
at 11/1/2007 7:15:35 PM

Thanks for the heads-up.
I really don’t need to see that, sitting here feeling kind of puny, with a belly full of lasagna…tired…whupped.
That’s the kind of image that could not only make me blow beads, but climb on a tower and start picking people off.

The invisible Army tank

How about this?

The UK Daily Mail is reporting that the Army has begun tests have on a new tank, an Invisible one. Here is a picture of it.

Nice, isn’t it? What’s that? You can’t see it?

Well, that’s because it’s invisible……

New technology that can make tanks invisible has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence.

In secret trials last week, the Army said it had made a vehicle completely disappear and predicted that an invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012.

The new technology uses cameras and projectors to beam images of the surrounding landscape onto a tank.

Now you see it: How the tank might look with background images beamed onto the side

The result is that anyone looking in the direction of the vehicle only sees what is beyond it and not the tank itself.

A soldier, who was at the trials, said: “This technology is incredible. If I hadn’t been present I wouldn’t have believed it. I looked across the fields and just saw grass and trees – but in reality I was staring down the barrel of a tank gun.”


Here’s an open thread for Thursday.

Comment posted by no2liberals
at 11/1/2007 5:05:35 PM

I want one!
/make mine a ‘vette


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