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Bachmann Thinks The ACLU Runs The CIA

Bachmann Thinks The ACLU Runs The CIA

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has said some pretty outrageous things, but in Saturday’s Republican debate, she may have outdone herself. If Rep. Bachmann is to be believed, President Obama is allowing the American Civil Liberties Union to run the Central Intelligence Agency.

Oh how I wish this were true.

This latest unhinged statement was prompted by a question to Herman Cain, who was asked whether he would allow torture as policy if he were elected president. Cain gave conflicting answers, including an embrace of waterboarding that received wide audience approval. But Bachmann was not going to be outdone.

If the ACLU were in charge of the CIA, it’s safe to say the practice of indefinite detention would come to an end. If the ACLU were in charge of the CIA it is safe to say the ongoing practice of extraordinary rendition would end. And if the ACLU were in charge of the CIA then the issue of whether or not waterboarding constituted torture would be moot.

With the current field of Republican nominees one expects a certain enthusiastic embrace of unchecked executive power, but to suggest that the Obama administration has gone “soft” on terror is flatly absurd. Instead, the Obama administration has demonstrated a troubling enthusiasm for continuing the failed policies of the Bush administration, proving the maxim that once rights are ceded they are nearly impossible to get back.

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8:18AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Us in Kazakhstan are the very much happy politicians in USA are even more stupid than politicians in our most beautiful country of the world.

11:40AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

I want one... ONE of you god damn bachmann/T-bagger supporters to even TRY to explain the ignorance if this Witch... Come on... Just try to justify her ignorance and stupidity!

6:13PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Evidently she is an idiot with a voice---so what and who cares anymore.

She is wasting money for she has no chance or a clue!

3:21PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Oh Michelle Bachmann and Kelly W.

Ok go with your assessment of the situation. Let's assume that the above article is sensationalizing Bachmann's stance on the ACLU and the CIA. But Bachmann is still wrong.

The ACLU is well within their right to request that the government release the CIA reports on torture. Guess what? So can you Kelly. That's your right as an American. And most likely they will have to release said reports. Why? Because we live in America, it's the law. Pretty inconvenient huh? This is what's known as oversight. Oversight is a good thing. This is how you keep the government honest.

America should not torture. We no longer have the right to complain about torture when other countries do it to us. We have joined them. Waterboarding is torture. If it isn't then let me do it to the first Conservative willing to step forward. BTW - Sean "Loyalist" Hannity still hasn't taken up Keith Olbermann's waterboarding challenge. What a wuss!

1:08PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Just when I think that there couldn't be any more stupid comments from the "Tea Party" folks, Michelle steps into it again. If you don't know something, Don't pretend you do!! Don't Assume, it makes an A** out of you and me. Mostly you1

10:33PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Bachmann doesn't have ACLU, CIA?

6:53PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

It is arduous to express, how beyond caring I feel, what Michele Bachmann has to say.
Her lack of knowledge or concern for our country is on the far side of belief.

She can no longer be taken seriously, especially, when she and her husband had no problem taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm grant money, while all the while raging against subsidies.

Does anyone remember, when Sean Hannity offered to be 'water-boarded' to prove that it wasn't torture? Apparently, someone considerably, more intelligent than he, talked him out of it.
Gee, wouldn't it be nice to hear Ms. Bachmann make that same offer? Don't hold your breath.......
Sorry for the pun.

6:00PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Now you know why Bachman has no chance. She is a complete imbecile,and the republican's who are stupid enough to support her are complete morons.

5:56PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Yes, Gary, because I said Bachmann was so great, right? I don't jump on the liberal band wagon and of course I am a troll. You guys are hilarious.

5:55PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Yes, Gary, because I said Bachmann was so great, right? I don't jump on the liberal band wagon and of course I am a troll. You guys are hilarious.

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