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Rumsfeld: "Kind of Following the Headlines and the Bullets in the Television"

Donald Rumsfeld, though he "can't read all the articles," said in a press conference last Friday that the media has drawn too much attention to prisoner abuse scandals, noting that in the "Washington Post the other day -- I forget when it was -- just a great, bold 'torture.'" This is unfair, of course, because, as Rumsfeld said, "the implication is that the United States government has, in one way or another, ordered, authorized, permitted, tolerated torture."


And he's right to be upset. The media should not be giving people the impression that the U.S. government authorized torture. The administration's own memos do a pretty good job of that on their own.

More complete excerpt after the jump.

Memo Says Bush Not Restricted by Torture Bans [Reuters/Yahoo]

Defense Department Regular Briefing, June 17,2004 [Defenselink]

I've been kind of following the headlines and the bullets in the television -- the big, powerful hits on torture and this type of thing that we've seen.  Needless to say, I can't read all the articles, and so I'm no expert on what every person says, and I know headline writers and people dramatize things.

But in thinking about it all, and I have to be a little careful -- we know that there's still more investigations going on, and we're going to learn more information, so no one can speak with finality or definitively or conclusively at this stage.  But -- and second, I have to be a little careful about what I say because of the risk of command influence.  But let me just say this:  I have read this -- editorials, "torture" -- and one after another.  Washington Post the other day -- I forget when it was -- just a great, bold "torture."

The implication -- think of the people who read that around the world.  First of all, our forces read it.  And the implication is that the United States government has, in one way or another, ordered, authorized, permitted, tolerated torture.  Not true.  And our forces read that, and they've got to wonder, do we?  And as General Pace said, we don't.  The President said people will be treated humanely, and that is what the orders are.  That's what the requirements are.

Now, we know that people have done some things they shouldn't do. Anyone who looks at those photographs know that.  But that's quite a different thing. 

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Is there ANY good news for the bumblefucking Trump re-election campaign these days? Their polling numbers are in the shitter, therefore Trump is firing the pollsters. Trump's Hitler rally kickoff event in Florida last night was ... whatever it was. Oh, and did we mention that they ain't got no money? Like, of course, not counting whatever Russian money they're not telling us about.

Don Jr. recently called a prominent donor and warned that Trump's money haul is falling behind where Barack Obama was early in his reelection, while Jared Kushner has privately complained to RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel that Trump's war chest is not as big as it should be at this point in the cycle.

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Gabe Sherman has some more bad news about Trump's shithole campaign, and it is that Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the father-daughter billionaire duo who bankrolled much of Trump's "victory" in 2016 -- including funding Breitbart, and also the part of the "victory" that comprised Cambridge Analytica, the data company they owned that may have done some real hinky stuff, possibly with Russia, in order to get Trump "elected" -- have zipped up their checkbooks and decided Trump can go eat dicks for all they care.

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