Scott Horton Interviews Marcy Wheeler

Scott Horton, December 01, 2011

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Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses the McCain-Levin and Udall amendments to the Defense Authorization Act; how the Supreme Court allowed American citizens to be labeled “enemy combatants” and subject to indefinite detention by the Hamdi decision in 2004; why a more restrictive – or revoked – Iraq War AUMF (as proposed by Rand Paul) would more effectively protect citizens than the Udall amendment; why “enhanced interrogation” may be making a (legalized) comeback; and the Obama administration’s opposition to language in the Act that limits Executive power and “flexibility.”

MP3 here. (18:57)

Blogger Marcy Wheeler, a.k.a. emptywheel, grew up bi-coastally, starting with every town in New York with an IBM. Then she moved to Poway, California, home of several participants in the Duke Cunningham scandal. Since then, she has lived in Western Massachusetts, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor, and — just recently — Western Michigan.

She got a BA from Amherst College, where she spent much of her time on the rugby pitch. A PhD program in Comparative Literature brought her to Michigan; she got the PhD but decided academics was not her thing. Her research, though, was on a cool journalistic form called the “feuilleton” — a kind of conversational essay that was important to the expansion of modern newspapers in much of the rest of the world. It was pretty good preparation to become a blogger, if a PhD can ever be considered training for blogging.

After leaving academics, Marcy consulted for the auto industry, much of it in Asia. But her contract moved to Asia, along with most of Michigan’s jobs, so she did what anyone else would do. Write a book, and keep blogging. (Oh, and I hear Amazon still has the book for sale.)

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

Marcy met her husband Mr. emptywheel playing Ultimate Frisbee, though she retired from the sport several years ago. Marcy, Mr. EW and their dog — McCaffrey the MilleniaLab — live in a loft in a lovely urban hellhole.

9 Responses to “Marcy Wheeler”

  1. UPPER HALF SLAVERY — WORLDWIDE

    Throughout the world, the upper half of each and every society has all the power and wealth. So, what we have here is a bill that will hide in dungeons anyone of the lower half of humanity that dares cause trouble for the upper half of Empire USA.

  2. @john ellis
    You know that writing in CAPITAL LETTERS mean shouting? Are you really shouting here?
    In that case what are you shouting about?????
    Don’t you have street protest in Norway where you can shout??

  3. What I don't understand is why engage in any discussion of law in the U.S. when there isn't any law for PTB in U.S.

  4. Worthy of note is that our current president graduated Harvard Law School Magna-cum-Laude. So how is it that he and his staff routinely violate international and national statutes? It is quite apparent that the law applies only to the behavior of the pedestrian citizenry. The elite can start "wars of aggression" based on falsehoods, torture, and detain indefinitely, assassinate American and foreign "suspects" without due process or public intercourse, then retire with a nice pension and helathcare package.
    We have become the self-appointed, yet unlawful "Paladin of moral rectitude in the world".

  5. Newt Gingrich — “the self-destruct button”

    With virtually all our politicians being owned body and soul by the corporate rich, those who are sure to say only what their paid to say, comes now brainwash that CommonDreams.org does so well,

    “Newt Gingrich said, ‘Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods
    have no habits of working, and have nobody around them who works.
    So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no
    habit of staying all day. They have no habit of 'I do this and you give me
    cash' — unless it's illegal."

    “The Hill writes: ‘A former House colleague of Gingrich, noting his
    penchant for controversial statements, told The Hill this week that
    Gingrich’s hand is always 'six inches from the self-destruct button.'" http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/12/02-1

    So, first Newt insults the entire lower half of our society, the impoverished laboring-class, then a “House colleague” tells us it was just a stupid mistake that Newt will have to pay dearly for.

  6. Realty is, we the slow and careful thinking laboring class are not so stupid as to be self-enslave by voting for our next set of dictators. So, the upper half of society is not only the 51% most educated and wealthy, they are the only ones who vote.

    And so, the purpose of above propaganda is to fool the upper half into thinking their politicians and media has the gullible lower half thinking that only the 1% most wealthy are guilty for our slavery.

    For what our War On Terror is all about, this is to ease the stress of a guilty conscience and the fear that vengeance will someday be the payback for all their greed, plunder and brutal imperialism.

  7. CORRECTION
    For what our War On Terror is all about, this is a pleasure pill for the upper half of our Empire, to ease the stress of a guilty conscience and the fear that vengeance will someday be the payback for all their greed, plunder and brutal imperialism.

  8. I do not like Kelly Ayotte one bit. She served as the Attorney General here in NH and aggressively sought to prosecute a man who was charged with killing a police officer and put him on death row. The death penalty has rarely been punishment in recent decades in New Hampshire, but Ayotte made an aggressive push to bring it back and to create a facility to murder indicted criminals. New Hampshire has only one criminal on death row, the man Ayotte aggressively prosecuted, and I am proud to say no capital punishment facility in state. But she wants one! She also hates family planning clinics and has sought to curtail freedom there. Then there's her refusal to prosecute financial criminals here. She's a terrible, corrupt "tough-on-crime" career politician.

  9. Can't buy my vote
    Everybody wants my vote
    Can't buy my vote
    No no no no…

    He'll take care of his rich friends first
    And he'll leave the crumbs for you
    He may not have a lot to give
    What he's got is not for you

    I don't care too much for Gingrich
    Gingrich can't buy my vote

    Can't buy my vote…
    Everybody wants my vote
    Can't buy my vote… no, no, no, no…

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