Keith Olbermann Special Comment: 11/05/07 genre: Six Degrees of Speculation & Video-Philes

In light of the recent revelations related to Daniel Levin, former acting assistant attorney general for the Bush administration in 2004, Keith Olbermann cuts to the chase in a lengthy Special Comment and clearly accuses George W. Bush of criminal acts that warrant trial and imprisonment.

Apparently Levin, in his effort to evaluate the process of waterboarding as an interrogation technique and to determine whether he considered it to be a form of torture, actually went to a military base and had the procedure performed upon himself. After doing so, he argued that it would have to be considered torture unless administered under intense supervision and in a very limited fashion...a statement which apparently led to his eventual dismissal by Alberto Gonzales.

Olbermann argues that in light of the President's intentional denial that the United States employed torture as well as the ongoing efforts to deceive the American public, the nomination of Michael Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General should be rejected.

This particular Special Comment is one of the harshest offered by Olbermann since he first initiated the segment...and given the topic, his outrage seems fully justified.

Keith Olbermann Special Comment - Part One

Keith Olbermann Special Comment - Part Two


1 On November 6, 2007 at 12:06 AM, Jenny wrote —

Thank you so very much, Mr. Olbermann, you have siad so often, what we the people would like to have the voice to say. But with the Democrats that are in Washington now--there is really no hope--and I can only hope--the people of NY and the state of California--will vote out the spineless wonders they have. I know Feinstein's husband has aready gotten lucretive contratcs because of the way she votes--my gosh--how much money do these people need? Schummer is all talk and nothing behind it. I as so proud of our Sen, Feingold--at least he tries--but has no other Democrat to back him up. He is NOT voting for Makasey--he tried to censure the President--no luck finding a fellow Democrat there either. I am now an Independant--I can no longer vote for the Democrats--forst time in my life--and I am 71 years old. If only Ron Paul could get some traction from the media--but what am I saying--they are bought and paid for by the big guys. I used to kie MSNBC--then it turned so right wing--but you are a breath of fresh air--thank you--thank you for all you do--with the guts I wish more then one senator would have.

2 On November 6, 2007 at 4:01 AM, Francis Ingledew wrote —

Jenny--it's as good to hear from you as from Keith Olbermann. Your passion encourages me. And how much I share your perceptions and feelings. I emailed Shumer to express my disgust; I was about to copy the letter to send to Feinstein, but felt too depressed. She seems beyond reach, apparently compromised, like so many Democrats, by having too much staked in the current status quo. Either that, or she and they are true believers, almost impossible as this may be to believe of intelligent and moral beings. This issue and the issue of immunity for telecoms have left me also backing out of the Democratic camp as too shameful; no more funds for them.

It's always good to feel a bit of company!

Oh, and Mr. Olbermann, you've been matching the words to what we are seeing and going through for some time. How can one be anything else but disgusted, outraged, struggling for words strong enough? Don't weary of it!

Francis Ingledew

3 On November 6, 2007 at 4:28 AM, deke33 wrote —

Keith does tell it like it is. One wonders where is our erstwhile media? Are they so embedded with this administration that they don't probe and simply accept the administration's talking points as Gospel? Is the media lazy? inept? both?.

4 On November 6, 2007 at 6:07 AM, Edward Taylor wrote —

Congratulations to Keith for his courage. There is a book "Administration of Torture" by American Civil Liberties Union attorneys Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singt (Columbia University Press) which I call to everyone's attention. The book specifically details systematic abuses of prisoners, including torture.

5 On November 6, 2007 at 7:56 AM, Helen Rainier wrote —

KO's Special Comment is a segment that I always look forward to with great anticipation. His very simple of speaking to truth is eloquent and powerful and articulates my own beliefs to a T. It is always good to have affirmation that your own thought process and subsequent conclusions are shared by others.

This was another masterful statement of truth and clarity.

6 On November 6, 2007 at 9:05 AM, Allen wrote —

I am a little confused by this seasons political debates. What exactly is a real republican? A decade ago the answer to that question for voters in North Carolina was “Jessie Helms" . Jessie advocated a balanced budget, smaller government ( which I understood him to mean less intrusion into our everyday lives), A strong defense ( meaning our armed forces Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, and not the private security firms “rent-a-cops" that today guard our diplomats in Iraq).

I watched a Mitt Romney TV add where he proclaimed that he would give up our constitutional guaranteed freedoms in order to not be killed by a terrorist.

Has "Give me liberty or give me death" been rendered passé by this years batch of “real republicans“?
All of the North Carolinians that I am privileged to know, would fight to the death to defend our rights and freedom including those of Gov. Romney .

Mayor Rudy Giuliani insinuated that he used “enhanced interrogation" to get his convictions of high profile Mafia figures in New York city.
Mayor Rudy and his republican rivals all use the example of a top Al-Quada Sheik who was water boarded. They say he gave them information that stopped several imminent terror attacks on America.
Because of national security concerns they can’t tell us exactly what or where these terror threats are, only that you and I should trust their veracity, even though history has proved that, torture renders whatever the torturer wants to hear and not necessarily the truth.
My question is; if water-boarding works so well, then why is Osama Bin Laden still on the loose? These terror guys give up secret plans to attack America, but they won’t give up the address of public enemy #1?

Does changing the name from torture, to enhanced interrogation, make “the rack", “thumb screws“, "water-boarding" or any of the other techniques used by Torquemada during the “inquisition ( or the Nazi’s in WW11 any less painful? Does the name change make torture less repugnant to the average American citizen?

I believe Jessie’s view of a strong defense includes the defense of our economy. Good paying jobs are the back bone of a strong economy. This theory was proven by Henry Ford almost a hundred years ago. The guy making the automobile needs to make enough in wages, to buy that automobile, in order for the economy to expand.
So how is NAFTA or CAFTA. helping North Carolinians.
Our dollar has lost 44% of it’s value in the last seven years and the our national debt went from almost paid (balanced budget) to more than the debts of all the proceeding American presidents combined.
This massive national debt is the root cause of the mortgage crises faced by many middle class Americans today. Last years gallon of milk was $2.50 to 2.89 today it is $4.00.

These may be the values of this years batch of “real republicans" but are they the same American “family values" shared by the citizens of North Carolina? What would Jessie do?

Skip Roth

7 On November 6, 2007 at 9:40 AM, mossydog wrote —

Skip Roth, as liberating as you may think your words sound, conflating anything about Jesse Helms with the words freedom, liberty or any other pandering euphemism that Helms may have used to get his racist and fascist ass elected is naive at best and deep cynical psyops disinfo at worst.
On another note one can look into the lifeless eyes of Diane Feinstein to know that all humanity has left this cynical AIPAC controlled traitor. Chuck Schumer is just a used car salesman more interested in brinksmanship and being a player than serving his country. He is another stealth Republican in the Democratic party run by AIPAC.

8 On November 6, 2007 at 9:51 AM, Eileen Dannemann wrote — have an elegant use of the english language, a passion energy and force for the Truth and obviously from this show a spiritual and metaphysical understanding of human nature. Congratulations. I will now watch your show with a whole other level of awareness. Thank you.

Can someone "edit" the section that starts at about 3:00 on video part 1 and put it on you/tube? Where Keith O, quotes from Daniel Levin book...more or less here is the section:

Upon being Waterboarded, David Levin, acting Attorney General three years ago had himself "waterboarded" in order to examine if the technique was or was not indeed "torture"

This is what he said (more or less)

"He knew those doing it meant him no harm. He knew he would be rescued. He knew he would not die.But still with all that assurance he could not stop the terror screaming inside from him. He could not quell thehorror. He could not convince himself that that which is at the core of each of us...that entity that exists behind all those embellishments we strap to ourselves like "purpose" and "name" and "family" and "love". He could not convince his being the he wasn't drowning".

9 On November 6, 2007 at 12:26 PM, willymack wrote —

Could this be the start of something good? Could the MSM finally be weary of supporting a criminal masquerading as our president? I certainly hope so.

10 On November 6, 2007 at 12:26 PM, Liberal from PA wrote —

Bravo to you, Mr. Olbermann! I'm an avid viewer of your commentaries and this one has to be one of your best. As usual, you state what the majority of us are thinking about our current administration and the direction this nation is being driven.

Yes! There are many in the administration who should not only be impeached, but sent to prison! Over and over again our courts, international treaties and laws have proclaimed them for what they are - crimminals. And yet, our congress just waves them by and gives them a free pass to continue with their illegal activity. Thank you for being direct and brave by addressing this fact when others refuse to do so.

11 On November 6, 2007 at 3:59 PM, Jeanne Robertson wrote —

Thank you from some one who is shocked and distressed by the indifference to human suffering any human suffering. We are all victims and all tortured what we do to one we do to all.. we are all connected.. and what Washington DC calls fair, is not.

Thank you for your brave commentary... keep it up

12 On November 6, 2007 at 4:59 PM, agitator wrote —

Nancy Pelosi is the problem, not the solution.

Her "impeachment is off the table" promise has made the new Democratic Congress look like a bunch of impotent, neutered, know nothings.

What's worse, she as the elected leader of our US Congress, has made all of us in the USA look like weak imbeciles.

Thanks to Pelosi, Bush merely has to say "NO" to every effort by Congress to investigate or supoeana his underlings. They've been neutered.

If Hillary's name is even close to being the Democratic Presidential candidate, I'm voting for Ron Paul.

13 On November 6, 2007 at 5:56 PM, james wrote —

thanks keith.

14 On November 6, 2007 at 7:52 PM, agitator wrote —

I've had it up to here with the pro AIPAC DLC NY and San Francisco Democrats.

Make me less cynical please. Tell me again, Mukasey's Jewishness had nothing to do with Schumer and Feinstein's vote to support him even though he's waffled on the torture issue.

Oh....and Richard Blum (Feinstein's husband) has made many fortunes off of this war on terror.

15 On November 6, 2007 at 10:01 PM, William F. Browne wrote —

Again, Keith Olbermann! You've hit it on the 'bush.' Sorry! But your 'Special Comments'
inject the sanity into the Bush Regime's madness
that so much of our so-called 'leadership' in the
Congress mislay day-after-day!

What Edward R. M. was to CBS in its time of
need for our Country, you come close at MSNBC
when our Country so needs such 'common sense' now.
Thank you!

Bill Browne

16 On November 7, 2007 at 8:01 AM, Linda wrote —

Keep speaking truth to power Keith, you are the rare public voice We, the People, have right now. Thank you for being the vocal moral banner bearer for the USA and TV media. Thank you for having to put up with the close minded and hate filled who fail to see the light of what is being done to our country and to our very souls. Thank you for speaking out for the quiet majority whose voice has been silenced in modern television media, may God bless you and protect you. I love a man who isn't afraid to be righteous for moral's sake!! Rock on Mr. Olbermann, Rock on!

17 On November 7, 2007 at 10:45 AM, Romelee Brightwell wrote —

I SEE TWO SENATORS let us down again I watch your program all the time if not home RECORD IT.KEEP UP THE GOOD REPORTING.

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