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September 29, 2006 01:34 AM UTC

Barack Obama is the Absolute MAN

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  • by: Mr. Toodles

Hands down.

Anyway. So the Congress recently passed the new torure bill. Here are two YouTube Links of Barack Obama dressing down the administration and Congress. He is the ultimate rising star, and I hope that someday soon he will be refered to as President Obama

Link to article about bill: http://www.cnn.com/2…
YouTube Video1: http://www.youtube.c…
YouTube Video2:http://www.youtube.c…

Text of Article:

“WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved legislation Wednesday giving the Bush administration authority to interrogate and prosecute terrorism detainees, moving President Bush to the edge of a pre-election victory with a key piece of his anti-terror plan.

The mostly party-line 253-168 vote in the Republican-run House came shortly after senators agreed to limit debate on their own nearly identical bill, all but assuring its passage on Thursday.

Republican leaders are hoping to work out differences and send Bush a final version before leaving town this weekend to campaign for the November 7 congressional elections.

For nearly two weeks the GOP has been embarrassed as the White House and rebellious Republican senators have fought publicly over whether Bush’s plan would give him too much authority. But they struck a compromise on Thursday, and Republicans are hoping approval will bolster their effort to cast themselves as strong on national security, a marquee issue this election year.

House Majority Leader John Boehner of Ohio all but dared Democrats to vote against the legislation.

“Will my Democrat friends work with Republicans to give the president the tools he needs to continue to stop terrorist attacks before they happen, or will they vote to force him to fight the terrorists with one arm tied behind his back?” he asked just before members cast their ballots.

Democrats opposed the bill by about a 5-to-1 margin, with many wanting to tone down the powers it would give the president and the limits it would impose on terror-war suspects’ abilities to defend themselves during trials.

Said Democrat Dennis Kucinich of Ohio: “This bill is everything we don’t believe in.”

The legislation would establish a military court system to prosecute terror suspects, a response to the Supreme Court ruling last June that Congress’ blessing was necessary. While the bill would grant defendants more legal rights than they had under the administration’s old system, it nevertheless would eliminate rights usually granted in civilian and military courts.

The measure also provides extensive definitions of war crimes such as torture, rape and biological experiments — but gives the president broad authority to decide which other techniques U.S. interrogators can legally use. The provisions are intended to protect CIA interrogators from being prosecuted for war crimes.
Presidential powers at issue

With elections just weeks away, the debate over the legal handling of terrorists was often partisan with some Democrats contending the bill would approve torture.

“All Americans want to hold terrorists accountable, but if we try to redefine the nature of torture, whisk people into secret detention facilities and use secret evidence to convict them in special courts, our actions do in fact embolden our enemies,” said Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia.

Others vehemently opposed language that would give the president wide latitude to interpret international standards of prisoner treatment and bar detainees from going to federal court to protest their treatment and detention under the right of habeas corpus. Supporters of the bill have said eliminating habeas corpus was intended to keep detainees from flooding federal courts with appeals.

The bill also gives the president the ability to interpret international standards for prisoner treatment when an act does not fall under the definition of a war crime, such as rape and torture.

“It gives too much leeway to the president,” said Rep. John Murtha, of Pennsylvania, a Democrat. “And I think when you tamper with the Geneva Conventions … you hurt our ability to protect the troops.”

Republicans defended the measure as sound.

“Is it perfect? No,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, of Florida. “Do we have an obligation to pass it? Yes.”

Republicans said time was critical so that terrorists could be brought to justice.

Lawmakers shrugged off multiple disruptions from citizens watching the floor debate from inside the Capitol.

As the House finished its bill, Senate leaders agreed to limit debate on their version of the measure. Four Democrats and Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania were given opportunities to offer amendments in the Senate, but all were expected to be rejected.

“Until Congress passes this legislation, terrorists … cannot be tried for war crimes in the United States and the United States risks fighting a blind war without adequate intelligence,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee. “That’s simply unacceptable.”

One amendment by Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, defeated 54-43, would have replaced the Senate measure with the version maverick GOP senators pushed through the Armed Services Committee two weeks ago before striking a deal with Bush. The White House had promised to block that committee bill, which was written by Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, John Warner of Virginia and others, contending it would force an end to the CIA interrogation program.

Specter’s amendment would strike the provision in the bill barring detainees from filing habeas corpus petitions.”

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4 thoughts on “Barack Obama is the Absolute MAN

  1. Thank god he’s on my side . . . but seriously, I love this guy because when he talks, people listen.  He’s making all the right moves and I think his politics are as grounded and well considered as it comes.  Getting vocal on an issue like this isn’t a hesitation for him.  I remember when McCain tried to come down on Obama a while back, probably just to start shoring up his GOP credidentials for 2008.  Obama pretty much knew what the deal was and took it in stride – he knows how to operate in Congress and still work for his principles. 

      1. He’s everything that’s RIGHT about America.

        It’s time for a new John Kennedy. There was controversy in 1960 about having a Catholic President – but the Democrats were brave enough to nominate Kennedy, and the American public was sophisticated enough to vote for him.

        I am ashamed to say that in 2000, I thought Gore had doomed his campaign when he picked Lieberman as his VP candidate: after all, Americans as a whole were still too prejudiced and narrow-minded to vote for a Jew. Boy, was I wrong: Gore-Lieberman got more a couple million more votes than Bush-Cheney.

        I think Obama already has the gravitas and intelligence to serve as our President in 2008. I would love to see Obama at the top of the ticket in 2008. I think he can win.

        1. He pretty much doesn’t discuss a presidential run yet, but it’s  perenially on everybody’s mind.  He’s smart and ambitious, so he’ll do it right if he does run and announce early. He also knows the inter-party politics have a lot of other people in line for their chance at bat before he gets there, although with all the log rolling that goes on with that sort of thing you never can tell. Let’s hope he decides to throw his hat in the ring before 2024 or something like that.

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