Right wing storymaking is nothing new [Shorter Question Everything]

You’d think that a bunch of people that just love to climb up onto a stack of bibles and shout so much would at least try to tell the truth but you’d be wrong. Lying seems to be the flavour of the day. And it’s such obvious, cowardly lying. In some circles, I suppose you’d call it ‘optics’ but what it really comes down to is that it flat out LOOKS BAD. Whether that lying is your run of the mill lying, or, in today’s SQE, the US lying about what Bales was doing when and possibly with whom, lying about Zimmerman said about a kid he murdered, and lying about anyone trying to defend a murdered kid. These are LEADERS, or people who want to be leaders, that think they are leadership material, that are doing this lying. Is this really the best the US has to offer?

On the question of lying about Bales, there’s a desperate need to lie because if it’s true that this is collective punishment, the US is obviously guilty of a war crime (which isn’t going to come as much of a surprise). This is where this desperation to cover this up is coming from. If the top is blown off this, as a war crime – which is what should happen – then it just may kick that door wide open to investigate all those other US war crimes. There’s desperation to avoid that.

On the murder of a kid in Florida, it’s the same old racist asshats at work. No surprise here either.

So Bales not only managed to get off his base once without notice, but twice? This is the same old, tired, lone gunman hackery that is dredged up every time the US doesn’t want to deal with the notion that it might have a problem on its hands. This time, that problem is a war crime. Will the US be allowed to get away with it, again?: Two U.S. government officials with knowledge of the investigation into Robert Bales, charged yesterday with 17 counts of premeditated murder of Afghan civilians, say the Staff Sergeant returned to his base halfway through the killing spree, the AP reports. [theatlanticwire/Seth Abramovitch/24 Mar 2012]

Lindsey Graham: ‘We All Know There’s A Racial Component’ To Trayvon Martin’s Death: After President Obama weighed in on the shooting on Trayvon Martin, the GOP presidential candidates also rushed to condemn the African-American teenager’s death. But Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were equally as quick to blame Obama for making it a racial issue after the president said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Gingrich called Obama’s remark “disgraceful,” and Santorum accused Obama of trying to “drive a wedge in America” by using race. But on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the attacks by his fellow Republicans are unhelpful. He told Candy Crowley that, yes, there is a racial aspect to the case, but said that doesn’t mean the president would be insensitive if it had been a white teenager: GRAHAM: We all know there’s a racial component to this, and when the president highlights it, I don’t think it adds a whole lot. But nobody suggests that the president’s insensitive to the 17-year-old if he’d been white. I think the criticism by our guys was a little off-base. [thinkprogress/Amanda Peterson Beadle/25 Mar 2012]

No one says ‘fucking goons’. No one.

FBI explanation of missing Oklahoma City bombing tapes not credible, judge says: SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Wednesday continued to question the FBI’s explanation for not producing videotapes associated with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that a Salt Lake lawyer has sought for nearly six years. “It’s quite astounding that documents as important as these went missing and the FBI says, ‘Well, they’re gone,’” U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said during a motion hearing. At issue is whether the FBI adequately responded to Jesse Trentadue’s Freedom of Information Act request for footage of Timothy McVeigh parking a truckload of explosives at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Specifically, the Salt Lake attorney is after a building surveillance tape and dashcam video from the Oklahoma state trooper who stopped McVeigh 90 minutes after the explosion that killed 168 people. The FBI has submitted several declarations from its top records manager to show the agency has searched electronic databases and evidence warehouses without success. But Waddoups said the declarations lack credibility because they do not include firsthand knowledge or details about who, when, where or how the searches were conducted. “That’s not good evidence,” he said. [911truth/Deseret News/Dennis Romboy/25 Mar 2012]

Senators Ask Feds to Investigate Facebook Employment Snooping Problem: Last week Facebook responded to recent reports of employers asking prospective employees for their passwords. Now, US senators Chuck Schumer and Richard Blumenthal have both requested Attorney General Eric Holder investigates the problem. Associated Press reports that the senators want to know if this practice violates the Stored Communications Act (SCA) or the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The SCA provides fourth amendment-style online protection, while the CFAA prevents intentional access to data stored on a computer with authorization. This follows reports that Blumenthal was drafting a bill that would prohibit Facebook login detail requests. Speaking to Associated Press, Schumer offered the following statement:

“In an age where more and more of our personal information – and our private social interactions – are online, it is vital that all individuals be allowed to determine for themselves what personal information they want to make public and protect personal information from their would-be employers. This is especially important during the job-seeking process, when all the power is on one side of the fence.”

[gizmodo/Jamie Condliffe/26 Mar 2012]

Blackwater’s Afghan HQ Is Really Called ‘Camp Integrity’: Academi, once known as Blackwater, operates a 435,600 square-foot “forward operating base” — which is what the U.S. military calls its warzone outposts — called Camp Integrity. Among other things, it’s a hub for information about the sprawling campaign against Afghan narcotics. And it even has its own t-shirt for sale, shown above, on Academi’s online swag store. [wired/Spencer Ackerman/26 Mar 2012]

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