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Cooper Interview
Cooper during a TV interview

Cooper, a kittycat in Seattle, currently has a show up of his photographs at the Urban Light Studios in the Greenwood Collective. The gallery website.

His owners attached a small camera to his collar that would take pictures every two minutes. He wore it once a week for a year. Now, his best pieces can be viewed at the gallery or on the internet. You can even own a Cooper original for only $275!

The Seattle PI story.

John Conyers

For Immediate Release
February 13, 2009
Contact: Jonathan Godfrey (Conyers)
Pedro Riberio (Lofgren)
Ilan Kayatsky (Nadler)
Larry Dillard (Scott)

WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), and Immigration Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Constitution Subcommittee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Crime Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) called on Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to investigate allegations of misconduct by Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Arpaio has repeatedly demonstrated disregard for the rights of Hispanics in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Under the guise of immigration enforcement, his staff has conducted raids in residential neighborhoods in a manner condemned by the community as racial profiling. On February 4, 2009, Arpaio invited the media to view the transfer of immigrant detainees to a segregated area of his “tent city” jail, subjecting the detainees to public display and “ritual humiliation.” Persistent actions such as these have resulted in numerous lawsuits; while Arpaio spends time and energy on publicity and his reality television show, “Smile… You’re Under Arrest!”, Maricopa County has paid millions of dollars in settlements involving dead or injured inmates.

“Racial profiling and segregation are simply not acceptable.” said Conyers. “Media stunts and braggadocio are no substitute for fair and effective law enforcement.” Read the rest of this entry »

Wow, what a shocker. I am shocked, shocked to learn that completely contrary to America’s usual modus operandi somehow detainees in American hands were tortured to death.

How is it possible, with our shining morals, our values voters, our compassionate conservatives, our respect for the rule of law, our culture of life, and our governmental checks and balances that this could ever, ever happen in America?

That unAmerican pinko organization, the ACLU, has dredged this information up.

In a press release, the ACLU summarized the documents as detailing, “[An] investigation of two deaths at Bagram. Both detainees were determined to have been killed by pulmonary embolism caused as a result of standing chained in place, sleep deprivation and dozens of beatings by guards and possibly interrogators.”

Who is responsible for this outrage?

“A large portion of the torture, maiming, and murder of detainees occurred under authority issued under secret rules of engagement in the Pentagon,” wrote Scott Horton, a contributing editor with Harper’s magazine. “Much of this flowed through Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone, a figure who has so far evaded scrutiny in the torture scandal…”

Oh.

Documents uncovered by the ACLU indicating that the US tortured detainees to death.

The ACLU’s catalog of Bush-era torture.

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