Talking the President’s Progressive Achievements #5 Torture Policies.

by Terry Gresham

What has Obama done?  What happened to HOPE? Where has he been the last 8 of years? How is a nation to survive? Where is this guy taking America?  Is there anything that this President has contributed to the great institution called America? Are average citizens safe in this country? How are we to get good leadership these days?   Is Obama out to make me look bad?  What?  What?  What?  Why?  Why?  Why?

These questions and more will be discussed in an Okieprogressive segment called:  Talking the President’s Progressive Achievements.

Segment 5:  Repaired Relations with Allies and Rebuilt America’s Standing in the World

What the heck has he done now?

President Obama ended illegal Bush era torture policies.

Executive Order 13491 — Ensuring Lawful Interrogations


“By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to improve the effectiveness of human intelligence gathering, to promote the safe, lawful, and humane treatment of individuals in United States custody and of United States personnel who are detained in armed conflicts, to ensure compliance with the treaty obligations of the United States, including the Geneva Conventions, and to take care that the laws of the United States are faithfully executed, I hereby order as follows”– President Barack Obama  (read more @

The Obama administration in 2009 stated it would abide by the Geneva Convention.

The executive orders, while expected, represented a clean break with Bush administration policies and won quick praise from human-rights groups…In perhaps his most far-reaching and potentially controversial move, Obama ordered that the CIA immediately cease using any interrogation techniques that are not already authorized in the U.S. Army Field Manual. He also ordered the CIA to close, “as expeditiously as possible,” any secret detention facilities overseas and begin immediate compliance with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, which prohibits “humiliating and degrading” treatment of prisoners. – Micheal Isikof, Daily Beast

During the Bush years, I felt that intelligence gained by any kind of torture should have been looked upon with the highest suspection. If I had been handed information by a torturer, just that act would have been looked at as nonprofessional to say the least.  I would have said to myself, a torturer can conger anything out of thin air from a person under duress.  George Bush did not think like me. For a head of state to even let the torturer have a say in the Oval office was beyond fathomable, yet indeed it occurred.

I might add that this issue was one of my main reasons for voting for Obama.

President Obama ordered an end to the torture January 22, 2009.

UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. torture investigator said President Barack Obama has ended harsh interrogations that were commonplace during the Bush era but an independent probe is needed of U.S. practices since 2001.

The UN investigator reiterated calls by other U.N. officials for the Obama administration to investigate reports from reams of leaked military documents showing U.S. troops killed Iraqi civilians or ignored prisoner abuse by Iraqis.(CBS/AFP/Getty Images)”There is a major difference between the Bush and the Obama administration,” Manfred Nowak told reporters on Tuesday. “To my knowledge, the torture practices under the Bush administration are not anymore continuing.” – Louis Charbonneau

I don’t know about anybody else but I’m mad as hell. In the last couple of years here in Oklahoma, I haven’t done for my country anything matching this  ending illegal Bush era torture policies.

Damn  that Obama!  Curses!  In comparison, I ain’t done squat.

Well, that concludes this installment of …

Talking the President’s Progressive Achievements.

Tune in next time to take a look at President Obama’s:

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Ending U.S. combat operations in Iraq
  • Repaired relations with allies
  • Results on Environmental Policy
  • Leveling the playing field for workers
  • Landmark Wall Street reforms
  • Innovation and reform in public education
  • LGBT Equality
  • Equality for women
  • Fighting for working families
  • Health insurance for 32 million
  • Cutting health costs for small business
  • Regulating big tobacco
  • Ending Bush torture policies
  • Nuclear arms reduction
  • Ordering closure of CIA detention facilities
  • Getting a seat on UN Civil Rights Council
  • Doubling fuel efficiency standards
  • and more

Night Y’all,

Terry Gresham

See also:

Talking the President’s Progressive Achievements #1  Wall Street Reform

Talking the President’s Progressive Achievements #2  Credit Card Reform

Talking the President’s Progressive Achievements #3  Wall Street Reform

Talking the President’s Progressive Achievements #4  Women’s Equality


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