ObamaCo heaps praise on foreign journalists—while stomping ours, and nailing whistleblowers

White House Pours One Out for All the Dead Journos, Waterboards the Living
By Mobutu Sese Seko

The most recent article from The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill profiled the imprisonment of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye. For covering American cluster bomb strikes in Yemen and the radicalization of Yemeni citizens and their support for Al Qaeda, Shaye has been beaten and tortured, imprisoned for two years and, at America’s request, seen a presidential pardon from Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh indefinitely tabled.

You’d think that more bloggers would be furious about this. Extending a blithe imperial hand across the globe to support the torture and imprisonment of journalists is exactly the sort of half-assed fascism they were rabid about back when George W. Bush was exporting America’s headaches to our Dracula in Cairo, Hosni “Drown People in Barrels of Shit” Mubarak.

You’d think that, but you’d be wrong. The Obama administration’s boot-stomping journalists and whistleblowers is one of those polite misdeeds seemingly everyone prefers to ignore, like walking onto an elevator only one man is occupying and noticing that someone has farted. In fact, this topic was brought up in an even more dramatic fashion three weeks ago. And nobody really cared.

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