Did Thomas Drake Get iJustice?

By: Friday June 10, 2011 2:47 pm

There’s an interesting discussion at the end of Josh Gerstein’s article on the Drake plea agreement. He points out that after Judge Bennett ruled that the government needed more descriptive substitutions for some of its exhibits, DOJ did not appeal the decision. Experts said it was unlikely that Bennett’s rulings accounted entirely for the government’s [...]

Hillary Picks Cheney Aide to Replace PJ Crowley

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 9:03 am

It’s bad enough that Obama didn’t clear out the Cheney folks burrowed into the permanent bureaucracy. Now the Obama Administration will appoint former Cheney aide Victoria Nuland to replace PJ Crowley as State Department spokesperson. Victoria “Toria” Nuland, the current U.S. special envoy for conventional forces in Europe and a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, [...]

PJ Crowley: “Will My Words Be Credible?”

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 9:11 am

There’s something deeply ironic about the beltway’s most tawdry purveyor of the Village narrative, Politico (“Win the morning™”), treating former State Department Spokesperson PJ Crowley’s investment in a strategic narrative dismissively. Ben Smith seems like he has never heard of something called “a narrative” or, on a larger scale, “ideology” before. Secretary of State Hillary [...]

PJ Crowley’s Acting Replacement Can’t Differentiate Us from China on Human Rights and Transparency

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 7:51 am

Josh Gerstein provides the entirety of an exchange between former State Department spokesperson PJ Crowley’s acting replacement, Mark Toner, AP reporter Matthew Lee, and Reuters reporter Arshad Mohammed. At issue is how State can still claim to be transparent when it won’t explain why it refuses to allow the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to [...]

PJ Crowley Explains Why Manning’s Treatment Is Ridiculous, Counterproductive, and Stupid

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 8:40 am

PJ Crowley has a very important Guardian piece on why he said the treatment of Bradley Manning was ridiculous, counterproductive, and stupid. After explaining that Manning, if convicted, “should spend a long, long time in prison,” and then claiming that the overall narrative of the State Department cables shows a story of “rightdoing,” he describes [...]

Crowley: “The Impact … for Which I Take Full Responsibility”?

By: Monday March 14, 2011 10:36 am

While a number of media outlets have reported one line–”The exercise of power in today’s challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values”–from PJ Crowley’s resignation statement, I wanted to remark on a few things in the larger statement. The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a [...]

The Brothers Daley Cover Up Abuse of Suspects Again

By: Sunday March 13, 2011 6:58 pm

You may have noticed I snuck away for the weekend. Mr. EW and I decided to take the opportunity of Athenae’s book party to head to Chicago for a weekend. In spite of the fact that Athenae’s book was obviously timed to St. Paddy’s Day, in spite of the fact that I’ve been to Chicago [...]

Mr. PJ Crowley, Obama & Firedoglake

By: Sunday March 13, 2011 5:31 pm

Bald faced craven comedy AND a dedicated shout out to Firedoglake during our membership drive, what else could you ask for from a Torturer-in-Chief?

Not Only Won’t Obama Close Gitmo, He’s Now Relying on Gitmo’s SOPs

By: Friday March 11, 2011 10:14 am

As I have repeatedly pointed out, stripping detainees to “demonstrate the omnipotence of the captor” was introduced as a Standard Operating Procedure at Gitmo back in 2002 when they were preparing to torture Mohammed al-Qahtani. Abu Zubaydah’s torturers, like Bradley Manning’s jailers, call it being “God.” That must be the standard procedure that President Obama [...]

PJ Crowley on Manning’s “Ridiculous, Counterproductive, and Stupid” Treatment

By: Friday March 11, 2011 10:03 am

As I noted earlier today, State Department Spokesperson PJ Crowley described Bradley Manning’s abuse as counterproductive and stupid at an event at MIT yesterday. Ethan Zuckerman has a transcript of Crowley’s remarks. Charlie deTar: There’s an elephant in the room during this discussion: Wikileaks. The US government is torturing a whistleblower in prison right now. [...]

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