Marcy Wheeler, AKA emptywheel, nails it:
[Apologies. Blogger dysfunction once again prevents me from uploading images, so the text is the best I can do at the moment.]
The Admin that did not prosecute anyone for illegally wiretapping Americans is lecturing Hong Kong about rule of law.
The Admin that didn't prosecute any torturers is lecturing Hong Kong about rule of law. Expand
The Admin that has not prosecuted a single major bankster is lecturing Hong Kong about the rule of law.
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The Administration that won't prosecute James Clapper for lying to Congress is lecturing Hong Kong about the rule of law.
She's referring, of course, to the Obama Administration lecturing Hong Kong because Hong Kong apparently intends to go through its normal legal procedure to decide whether to grant extradition of Edward Snowden. Reportedly, that could take years to run its course.
Still, the irony of this, and what it shows about our government's priorities, is certainly profound.
Afterword/UPDATE: When we're discussing irony, let's not forget President Obama's nominee for FBI Director:
At the close of his speech, [former Bush Administration Deputy Attorney General James] Comey—much like he did when approving the torture techniques used by the Bush administration—justified rights violations. He said that because of Padilla's military detention and interrogation, "what we have learned confirms that the president of the United States made the right call and that that call saved lives."
James Comey's Indefensible Defense of Indefinite Detention
So, add "nominates a man to be
Attorney General FBI Director who is OK with torture and detention without trial" to the list.
I wouldn't blame Hong Kong citizens for chuckling over this one.
For a rundown of what Comey did during the Bush Administration, the ACLU has compiled a list.
UPDATE (Jun. 24): Just noticed an editing issue in the afterword. James Comey has been nominated to be the director of the FBI, not Attorney General. I got that right once, but not the second time. ;) Hopefully, all I've done is confuse people a little, rather than spreading misinformation.