At Last (updated)

‘Saying that “our ideals give us the strength and moral high ground” to combat terrorism, President Obama signed executive orders Thursday ending the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret overseas prisons, banning coercive interrogation methods and closing the Guantánamo Bay detention camp within a year… As Mr. Obama signed three orders in a White House ceremony, 16 retired generals and admirals who have fought for months for a ban on coercive interrogations stood behind him and applauded.’
Good news for humanity, that. But it’s amusing that the New York Times remains as supine and craven as ever. Even Obama calls torture torture. The New York Times stormtroopers still type ‘coercive interrogation methods’ instead. Have they spent too many years sucking war criminal cock? Anyway, here’s the link to the full article.
Update: More importantly, read what Andy Worthington, the author of The Guantánamo Files, has written on the Executive Order on the Closure of Guantánamo, the Executive Orders on Interrogations and Detention Policy Options, and the Presidential Memorandum on the Detention of Ali al-Marri, in his clear and informative article ‘For Detainees, Obama Off to Good Start‘ – remember that the al-Marri memo in particular affects every U.S. citizen.
Update: Andy Worthington interviewed about the latest Guantánamo news on Antiwar Radio – mp3.

Barry Kavanagh writes fiction, and has made music, formerly with Dacianos.

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