Marcy Wheeler


Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses the DC Circuit court’s rejection of Guantanamo prisoner Adnan Farhan Abd Al Latif‘s successful habeas corpus petition; the DOD’s 2006 determination that Latif should be released; the DC court’s assertion that government intelligence must be presumed valid, essentially gutting habeas rights and openly defying the SCOTUS Boumediene decision; the DOJ’s prosecution of former CIA officer John Kiriakou, building on Obama’s record setting witch-hunt of government whistleblowers; and the novel tactic of charging whistleblowers under the Espionage Act (it wasn’t done before because “it’s stupid”).

MP3 here. (19:55)

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.


3 thoughts on “Marcy Wheeler”

  1. If your going to be an Empire — Then you must torture

    An Empire being a terrorist state that uses brutal imperialism to plunder weak and helpless nations, a criminal state that has most of the world aware that it is not fit to exist, surely Empire USA can only survive by torturing its enemies to discover what their future plan of attack may be.

    For we all live a doomed existence and must seek all pleasure and avoid all pain. And as most people feel they deserve more, as the only way they can enjoy pleasure is by taking all that the law will allow, void of morality and integrity they are and at some point torture will get them to confess all their desires and intent.

    For Empire USA is ruled by the 51% most wealthy who are filled to capacity with greed, the most brutal and imperial voting majority the worlds has ever known, and love they so do how torture protects them from all the vengeance filled victims of their greed. For no one enriches themselves upon the misery of another without being fully aware of their greed.

    1. Sounds great but may i just add that the Empires Protectorates ie. Australia, Saudi Arabia etc are often even more brutal than the empire itself in order to get the pat on the head they live for, whilst flexing the muscles they think they have.

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