With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ravitch--a conundrum wrapped in an enigma

It must have been difficult for President Obama to lecture the Chinese about democratic freedoms and "black cells" while the world is reading daily about U.S. renditions, kidnappings, waterboarding, and Gitmo.

Now comes Diane Ravitch, a critic of undemocratic schooling practices who turns around and defends the most anti-democratic abridgment of Constitutional rights ever handed us by Bush and Cheney. Her latest tweets are little more than fear-mongering and spreading baseless alarm, while attacking the Justice Department's attempt to try accused terrorists being held without trials or hearings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Here's some of those tweets:
The terrorist trial will be delayed for years by pre-trial motions and every shred of evidence will be challenged. They may walk.

Obama decision to give KSM and other terrorists a civilian trial is incomprehensible.

They did not commit a "crime." 9/11 was terrorism.

This may be Obama's worst decision.
KSM committed no crime? KSM may walk? Where? In Brooklyn? What happened to Ravitch the small d democrat? Thanks to Obama for (too slowly) getting rid of torture, indefinite imprisonment without trial, hearings, lawyers or habeas corpus. And what the hell is wrong with pre-trial motions and challenging every shred of evidence, anyway? Aren't those the underpinnings of our system of justice?

The best response to fear mongers like Ravitch, Beck and Limbaugh comes from 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser. Check it out and tell me what you think.


  1. Maybe we need to go back and revisit her view of school reform.

  2. Ravitch, what about Gitmo prisoners that are innocent? Some jailed since they were little kids?

  3. Why blame Diane? Yes, she tweeted some stupid stuff. But it's Obama who promised to end the torture and get rid of Gitmo. Now he's backtracking and only trying a few in the courts. He's also covering up renditions and spying.

  4. Can't we blame Diane for saying stupid things AND Obama for backtracking on promises made? I can multi-task.


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