This is pretty damning. Journalist releases something USA and Yemen lied to their people about. Wikileaks then verifies it. Yemen imprisons journalist as if he’s a terrorist for saying something America doesn’t like. Local leaders and Amnesty International get mad.
Pardon is drafted up. Obama then literally called Yemen when they had the pardon written up, in order to ensure that this journalist stay in jail and the pardon disappear. Which happens after the phone call.
This is direct action. This is not Congress’s fault, this is not Obama being a puppet of vast machinery he has no control of.
And oh, we still have secret prisons just like under the Bush Administration. Obama just tricked Obama-supporters into thinking he stopped Bush’s practice. He did not. As usual, Obama continues Bush’s practices, but more secretively.
And at this point, is The New York Times even worth wiping one’s ass on? This is the paper that knew we were being wiretapped by the government, and sat on the story for a year. Among many other things, New York Times is now, to me, the least reliable major newspaper in existence.
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