Waterboarding ban by US Obama administration


This is a video about the United States Bush’s administration’s torture policy; especially about waterboarding.

From Reuters:

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ruled out the use of “waterboarding” as an interrogation technique for terrorism suspects on Monday, calling it a form of torture that the Obama administration could never condone.

Waterboarding is torture … My Justice Department will not justify it, will not rationalize it and will not condone it,” Holder, who his heading a review of the treatment of terrorism suspects, said in a speech to the Jewish Council of Public Affairs in Washington.

Sarah Palin: ‘Waterboarding Is How We’d Baptize Terrorists’ If I Were In Charge: here.

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US protects beluga despite Palin


This video says about itself:

Allya the Beluga whale at an aquarium in western Japan has learned to blow bubble rings. In the wild, some dolphins and whales blow bubble rings by inhaling air through their blowholes and releasing it through their mouths underwater. But thanks to scuba diving equipment, Allya can do it anytime.

Allya clearly loves interacting with her audience. She aims the bubbles at spectators as they peer in through the glass.

From British daily The Independent:

US protects beluga whale despite Palin opposition

By Dan Joling, Associated Press Writer

Saturday, 18 October 2008

The beluga whales of Alaska’s Cook Inlet are endangered and require additional protection to survive, the US government declared yesterday, contradicting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who has questioned whether the distinctive white whales are actually declining.

It was the Republican vice presidential candidate‘s second environmental slap from Washington this year. She has asked federal courts to overturn an Interior Department decision declaring polar bears threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Cook Inlet beluga population in steady decline: here.

Palin, Eric Robert Rudolph vs. William Ayers: here.

Palin and the Afghan war, animation


In this video from the USA

Kevin Sanders calls for a World Court investigation after the US refuses to prosecute soldiers involved in killing civilians in Afghanistan.

There is a new animation by Mark Fiore on the Internet.

It is called Sarah Palin’s Afghanistan.

It is about US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and the war in Afghanistan.

It is here. [2014 update: unfortunately, I can't find it on the Internet any more].

Talking about the US elections: US Republicans target ACORN: the great “voter fraud” fraud.

US election glossary: here.

Talking about Afghanistan; from British daily The Guardian:

Chinook helicopter set off mine that killed Afghanistan soldier, coroner rules

Ministry of Defence shamed in verdict that lack of equipment left soldiers vulnerable

See also here.