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"I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world, not only for its strength, but for its civilization as well. And I look forward to a world which will be safe not only for democracy and diversity but also for personal distinction.
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty."- JFK 10/26/63 Amherst College


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Bush and Hayden
Breaking: NSA Monitoring:
Every Call You Make
Every Mail You Send

USA Today reveals the spy agency has been collecting information on every phone call made in this country... "high likelihood" that this information is being passed on to the FBI and CIA. (email too) AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth have been turning over detailed call histories of all their customers since Sept. 11, 2001, to help the NSA compile "the largest database ever assembled in the world."
And you too can be part of it! Just pick up your phone now, and call... well, anyone!
(USAT article)
The operation was overseen by none other than General Michael Hayden, Bush's choice for CIA Chief
Note: Qwest refused to cooperate, even when the NSA threatened to cut future government contracts (link) Rep. Kucinich has asked the DoJ to investigate.
Update: ABC, NYTimes, Wash.Post reporters' phone calls being tracked
Update: The three telco's have all issued denials, after five days of silence. Time to check on 'classification issues'.
Also note that the Justice Department investigation into the NSA's warrantless domestic spying ended abruptly this week, "because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter." (story)

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Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell from 2002 to 2005:
"As Alexis de Tocqueville once said: "America is great because she is good. If America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." In January 2001, with the inauguration of George W. Bush as president, America set on a path to cease being good; America became a revolutionary nation, a radical republic. If our country continues on this path, it will cease to be great - as happened to all great powers before it, without exception." (story)


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That Giant Sucking Sound
Official: "US needs a net inflow of $3 billion per day to keep the economy afloat..."
(story, NYT)

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Congressman Murtha Rep. Murtha: "Let me tell you, the only people who want us in Iraq is Iran and al-Qaeda.." (story)

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McCain Hugs the Chief
McCain gets religion
John McCain now hopes to pick up the Bush vote in 08.

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"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." -Edward R. Murrow
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"The erosion of freedom rarely comes as an all-out frontal assault, rather, it is a gradual, noxious creeping cloaked in secrecy and glossed over by reassurances of greater security." -Robert Byrd, dean of the Senate.

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"Holding hands is the warmest expression of affection between men, It's a sign of solidarity and kinship." - Samir Khalaf, professor of sociology, American University of Beirut. (... story)

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General Boykin "Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? And I tell you this morning that he's in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this." -Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin
President Bush apparently found this remark sufficient evidence of the man's superior intellect to name him Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Snideness aside, the worry here is that Bush is infiltrating top military ranks with right-wing christian dominionists...(story)

   .   .   . Cheney, Rumsfeld Should Resign
Los Angeles Times Calls for Cheney Resignation
(LAT Ed)
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Politics + Society
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Huffington Post
Truth Out
Cursor
Raw Story
Talking Points Memo
Counterspin
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"Hostile Takeover tells you more about our corporations and politicians than our corporations and politicians think you really ought to know."
-Chicago Sun-Times

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Iraq War Cost
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Pat Robertson on Aliens
"The devil can disguise himself in many forms...if there is life on other planets it is demonic. There is no question that there are demons in outer space."
-Pat Robertson

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"A tormenting thought: as of a certain point, history was no longer real. Without noticing it, all mankind suddenly left reality..." -Elias Canetti

Bush storm
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices." Voltaire

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Kingdom Coming:
The Rise of Christian Nationalism

Read the review at Salon: "Across the United States, religious activists are organizing to establish an American theocracy. A frightening look inside the growing right-wing movement"... by Michelle Goldberg (article at Salon)

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shark as weapon
US Military funds work to implant electrodes in sharks brains and control them as "stealth spies"... (article, New Scientist)

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Pat Tillman

Update March 3: The Pentagon has ordered an investigation into whether Corporal Tillman's death was homicide... (story)
See our earlier piece on the suspicious circumstances of Tillman's death here

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Bush  on SOTU

Bush on the state of the union speech- a must see (quicktime download) .

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Wafah Dufour
Wafah Dufour, Osama bin Laden's niece, has signed up for a reality television show about her life and her as yet unfulfilled 'quest for stardom'. (story)

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Robin Williams: Shakespeare's entire ouvre was written by Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke. MarySidney.com

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"American journalism is in need of a spine transplant" Dan Rather
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evil and stupid
Hey! It's Hard Work!! Well, maybe we can just Imagine... Walk on the Wild Side! (mp3s)

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Sheen on 911
Charlie Sheen on CNN:
"911 was an Inside Job"
And 82% agree! (ref)

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Richard Nixon, referring to the report by the Warren Commission: "it was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated".[sic] (...ref)

Oh, and Oswald was CIA
(view document)

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May 7 2006 Update 2
Rogue President

smirker in chief Boston Globe's Charlie Savage:
Bush has "claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws...
"asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution...
"Bush is the first president in modern history who has never vetoed a bill, giving Congress no chance to override his judgments. Instead, he has signed every bill that reached his desk, often inviting the legislation's sponsors to signing ceremonies at which he lavishes praise upon their work. Then, after the media and the lawmakers have left the White House, Bush quietly files 'signing statements' asserting that the Constitution gives him the right to ignore numerous sections of the bills... "He agrees to a compromise with members of Congress, and all of them are there for a public bill-signing ceremony, but then he takes back those compromises - and more often than not, without the Congress or the press or the public knowing what has happened..."
Bruce Fein, a deputy attorney general in the Reagan administration, said the American system of government relies upon the leaders of each branch 'to exercise some self-restraint.' But Bush has declared himself the sole judge of his own powers, he said, and then ruled for himself every time. 'This is an attempt by the president to have the final word on his own constitutional powers, which eliminates the checks and balances that keep the country a democracy,' Fein said. 'There is no way for an independent judiciary to check his assertions of power, and Congress isn't doing it, either. So this is moving us toward an unlimited executive power.'"

Some examples from the Globe coverage:
March 9, 2006: Justice Department officials must give reports to Congress by certain dates on how the FBI is using the USA Patriot Act to search homes and secretly seize papers.
Bush's signing statement: The president can order Justice Department officials to withhold any information from Congress if he decides it could impair national security or executive branch operations.

Dec. 30, 2005: US interrogators cannot torture prisoners or otherwise subject them to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.
Bush's signing statement: The president, as commander in chief, can waive the torture ban if he decides that harsh interrogation techniques will assist in preventing terrorist attacks.

Dec. 30, 2005: When requested, scientific information ''prepared by government researchers and scientists shall be transmitted [to Congress] uncensored and without delay."
Bush's signing statement: The president can tell researchers to withhold any information from Congress if he decides its disclosure could impair foreign relations, national security, or the workings of the executive branch.

Aug. 8, 2005: The Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its contractors may not fire or otherwise punish an employee whistle-blower who tells Congress about possible wrongdoing.
Bush's signing statement: The president or his appointees will determine whether employees of the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can give information to Congress.

Dec. 23, 2004: Forbids US troops in Colombia from participating in any combat against rebels, except in cases of self-defense. Caps the number of US troops allowed in Colombia at 800.
Bush's signing statement: Only the president, as commander in chief, can place restrictions on the use of US armed forces, so the executive branch will construe the law ''as advisory in nature."

Aug. 5, 2004: The military cannot add to its files any illegally gathered intelligence, including information obtained about Americans in violation of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches.
Bush's signing statement: Only the president, as commander in chief, can tell the military whether or not it can use any specific piece of intelligence.

(Boston Globe story)
New York Times Editorial May 5: "Veto? Who Needs a Veto?"

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Colbert at Correspondents' Association Dinner

Stephen Colbert Hijacks Event, Blisters Bush and the DC Press Corps
In front of everyone from George Bush to Valerie Plame and of course the entire Washington Press Corps[e], Stephen Colbert brazenly took control and delivered a stream of stinging ironic rebuke to all gathered. "I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound -- with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world." Read the Michael Scherer piece on the event. And here's a video / another video source / Colbert's remarks full text / Bush reaction video
"There's no denying the huge supporting role Jon Stewart played in this victory. Both Stewart and Colbert had to use their people-skills over a long period of time to gain access to their marks. Jon Stewart loaded the bases and Colbert hit it over the fence. It reminds me a bit of the tactics of the 'Yes Men'." (Watch the animated tribute to Colbert)

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Lt.General Odom Lt. General Odom in Foreign Policy:
Why America must get out of Iraq now.

"Two facts, however painful, must be recognized, or we will remain perilously confused in Iraq. First, invading Iraq was not in the interests of the United States... Second, the war has paralyzed the United States in the world diplomatically and strategically... Only with a rapid withdrawal from Iraq will Washington regain diplomatic and military mobility." (article Foreign Policy)

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Our previous pieces re Iraq Occupation are still pertinent:
January 2005: Iraq: The Election and Beyond / January 2005: Iran / April 2004: Iraq- A Bad Idea Gets Worse / March 2004: Truth or Consequences / June 2003: Quicksand / May 2003: Bait Taken / April 2003: Hot Potato

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torture nation Torture Nation
Amnesty International Report May 3:
"Although the U.S. government continues to assert its condemnation of torture and ill-treatment, these statements contradict what is happening in practice," said Curt Goering, the group's senior deputy executive director in the United States. "The U.S. government is not only failing to take steps to eradicate torture, it is actually creating a climate in which torture and other ill-treatment can flourish." "The heaviest sentence imposed on anyone to date for a torture-related death while in U.S. custody is five months, the same sentence that you might receive in the U.S. for stealing a bicycle," Goering said. "In this case, the five-month sentence was for assaulting a 22-year-old taxi driver who was hooded and chained to a ceiling while being kicked and beaten until he died." (story)
UN Investigation into US Torture
"The U.N. Committee Against Torture, the global body's watchdog for a 22-year-old treaty forbidding prisoner abuse, asked U.S. officials about a series of issues ranging from Washington's interpretation of the absolute ban on torture to its interrogation methods in prisons such as Abu Ghraib, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba." (story)

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Hookergate: Prostitution in High Places
Indicted Rep Duke Cunningham (R) was one of perhaps 6 congressmen provided prostitutes and hotel suites by military contractors. It also turns out that the military contractors, who did work for the CIA as well, were running nightime 'poker parties' in their 'hospitality suites' at the Watergate and other Washington hotels, with prostitutes delivered for the congressmen and intelligence officials attending... and this has been going on for 15 years. A CIA inquiry is looking at the agency's number three- Dusty Foggo, appointed to the surprise of many by the new director Porter Goss. Harper's broke the story more here and here

A Homeland Security official busted in a child sex sting, a well-connected Washington prostitution network; these are not just public officials with bad morality cases- these are fundamentally cases of national security. People doing this sort of thing are vulnerable to blackmail.

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the impeachment of George Bush
National Lawyers Guild Resolution of Impeachment
Impeachment gains momentum. A little noticed clause in the US constitution allows for state legislatures to to bring resolutions of impeachment to the US congress. Illinois and California are now hammering out their respective resolutions; Vermont has presented it's resolution to the US Congress already. (more)

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Articles of Impeachment
President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have committed violations and subversions of the Constitution of the United States of America in an attempt to carry out with impunity crimes against peace and humanity and war crimes and deprivations of the civil rights of the people of the United States and other nations, by assuming powers of an imperial executive unaccountable to law and usurping powers of the Congress, the Judiciary and those reserved to the people of the United States, by the following acts: (read on...)

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Dubai Deal Double-Take
WASHINGTON (April 28) - President Bush on Friday approved a deal for a Dubai-owned company to take control of some U.S. plants that manufacture parts for American military contractors.
"This was a transaction that was thoroughly reviewed and closely scrutinized," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said in confirming the deal. "In the view of the committee, it does not compromise our national security."
In a bizarre replay of the Dubai Ports Deal Fiasco of March, the plants in question are owned by Doncasters Group Ltd., a British company that is being purchased for $1.2 billion from the Royal Bank of Scotland Group by Dubai International Capital, which is owned by the United Arab Emirate government.
Because the plants make turbine blades for tanks and aircraft, the deal was reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which sent it on to Mr. Bush himself for a decision, a step used only when the potential security risks or political considerations are particularly acute." (story)

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ray mcgovern Veteran CIA Analyst Confronts Lord Rumsfeld
Ray McGovern: "Was that a lie, Mr. Rumsfeld, or was that manufactured somewhere else? Because all of my CIA colleagues disputed that, and so did the 9/11 commission... Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary?"
(clip) (another)

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Lester Crawford Dr. Lester M. Crawford (doctor of veterinary science), Bush's pick for commissioner of food and drugs who resigned after two months, is under criminal investigation by a federal grand jury over accusations of financial improprieties and false statements to Congress; part of the investigation includes allegedly false statements Crawford made to Congress about the approval process for the morning after pill known as 'Plan B'. (Crawford blocked approval. He is now a lobbyist.)

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Moussaoui Moussaou gets life, not death.
"That has been the irony of the Moussaoui case from the beginning. We have prosecuted a marginal character who appeared unmoored from reality, while the real planners of the crime will not be brought before justice in the United States" -law professor Michael Greenberger and terror expert from the Clinton administration. The reason? They've been tortured, badly tortured, for years perhaps, so any testimony is useless. It was more important to get information from them than to 'bring them to justice'. (ref) Hmm. This is likely true, but it could also be covering a deeper reason: maybe they know too much about something to be put on the stand? You gotta wonder... (more on Moussaoui trial)

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non-native workers According to a March 2006 report from the Center for Immigration Studies: "Between March 2000 and March 2005 only 9 percent of the net increase in jobs for adults (18 to 64) went to natives. This is striking because natives accounted for 61 percent of the net increase in the overall size of the 18 to 64 year old population." (CIS report)

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To really understand what has been happening in America in the last decades, and especially since 2000, the books of Kevin Phillips are indispensable, particularly his last "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush", and now this latest, "American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century". Highly recommended


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It turns out that 18 particularly wealthy families have been secretly funding lobbying for estate tax repeal. (story) Not all the hyper-rich are so greedy

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New York Under Water 'The Queen of England is afraid. International C.E.O.'s are nervous. And the scientific establishment is loud and clear. If global warming isn't halted, rising sea levels could submerge coastal cities by 2100. So how did this virtual certainty get labeled a "liberal hoax"?' (Vanity Fair:While Washington Slept)

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Al Gore Climate Change Movie Al Gore, President in Exile - On his movie An Inconvenient Truth, Eleanor Clift says, "By not playing the overt political game, Gore may be putting in place the first issue-driven campaign of the 21st century, one that is premised on a big moral challenge that is becoming more real with soaring gas prices and uncertain oil supplies. A senior Democrat who once ran for the White House himself but harbors no illusions the party will turn to him in 2008 looks at Gore and marvels, 'This guy is running the best campaign I've seen for president.'" (ref)
Al Gore speech on presidential powers, 1/16/06: audio, text)

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Flash Alert! Internet in Danger
Readings: "This is Our Destiny" -Tom Engelhardt
Paul Craig Roberts: Wars, Debt, and Outsourcing / The World is Uniting Against the Bush Imperium / Endgame for the Constitution

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I was sorry to hear that Mexico's Fox reversed himself, and won't sign new drug bill which decriminalised possession of small quantities of a wide range of drugs, after heavy Washington bullying over fears of 'drug tourism'. I imagined millions of Americans emigrating to Mexico; In two years Fox would say "We've got 25 million of your potheads, you can handle 25 million of our migrant workers".(story)

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Rolling Stone: The Worst President in History? Rolling Stone: The Worst President Ever?
RS does a devastating indictment of the Bush Regime by Sean Wilentz in the May 4 issue; it begins:
'Said Abraham Lincoln: "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation."
Said George W. Bush: "History. We won't know. We'll all be dead."
'George W. Bush's presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario. Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.'
(Read the article)

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Bush asks for Guidance

Stage Three: Iran?

The bark-and-bite engine of the Bush administration is gearing up for stage 3 of the Oil War... regime change in the Islamic Republic of Iran, with the world's second largest oil and gas reserves, gateway to the the central asian oilfields as well as neighbor to Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Kazakstan, Russia, and strategically controlling the entire Persian Gulf. Invasion? Impossible (for most people) to imagine- Iran is too big, too well armed, nothing like the dilapidated Iraq the US military swept through 3 years ago. But massive aerial bombardment... ah there's our strength! It is reported widely that US forces are already operating inside Iran, gathering target information and finding tactical allies among ethnic minorities. And though most republicans and some democrats are parroting the old line "the military option is only a last resort if diplomacy fails", we've heard that one before, at a time when the Bush regime had already decided to attack Iraq; and besides, we know well what "diplomacy" means to this government: 'Do as we say or we'll bomb you.' And we wonder if they may be just disconnected enough from reality to think they could do this to positive result, and gain support to boot for the upcoming fall elections. (Lord Rumsfeld says it's all "henny penny"; and whatever that means, he said the same thing during the disastrous post-invasion breakdown of order in Iraq. "Stuff happens!")
One can only wish our policy leaders were chess players. Even a mediocre chess player can track three moves out- if you break off talks with North Korea but don't attack because they have the bomb, you attack Iraq which doesn't yet have the bomb, you ally with Pakistan and reward India both of which got the bomb and violated the NPT, you know you're going to have to deal with Iran. We should have made nice with Tehran already four years ago when Bolton stiffed North Korea, long before Ahmadinejad was elected, back when there still was a pro-western democracy movement in that country. Instead Bush included Iran in the "axis of evil". Dumb move.

But It's not just 'the military option' that's being kept 'on the table'... there's also the nuclear option, as in bunker-busting. That's right, 'on the table' is the option of launching a pre-emptive nuclear war against a non-nuclear country which has not attacked us, in order to prevent that country from ever getting a nuke.
That this is a very, very bad idea has not gone unnoticed- Seymour Hersh for example, in his New Yorker piece, reports several high ranking officers in the US military would resign if a nuclear attack was initiated against Iran, and there are suggestions that this fear is behind the unprecedented 'revolt of the generals'. (NB: Test blast in Nevada: A nuclear rehearsal)

Apparently the Bush administration's policies are steered by people whose brains were formed during the nuclear standoff of the cold war and snap-fossilized upon the collapse of the Soviet Union. For the nuclear taboo which succeeded during the 50 years of the the cold war was indeed predicated on the fear of rapid escalation to 'mutually assured destruction'. The neo-cons closed the book when the Soviet Union collapsed, and drew their lessons. They soon came to a realization that with escalation to MAD no longer an issue, there was no reason to respect the nuclear taboo, that the nuclear components of the US 'force structure' could be integrated with the conventional, both in terms of doctrine and usage permissions as well as logistics and deployment. (Doctrine of Joint Nuclear Operations - download pdf)

What these people ignore is the new and very important reason to respect the nuclear taboo- the nuclear weapon is ideal for asymmetric warfare. This at a time when the US administration has adopted a belligerent attitude to the rest of the world, and while no other military or alliance of militaries could ever take on the US and win, so that the US's most dedicated enemies would be obliged by the fact of our overwhelming power to consider the use of these weapons, ideal for asymmetric warfare, in catastrophic attacks.

We need to reinforce that taboo now, both psychologically but also of course in practical reality on the ground, by tracking and safeguarding the internationalized sources of weapons stockpiles and materials in a far more concerted manner than we have to date.

Here is Ahmadinajad's May '06 letter to Bush

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Twilight of the NeoCons?
This and much more in previous issue

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scholars for 9/11 truth Scholars for 9/11 Truth
January 27 2006 press release: "An influential group of prominent experts and scholars have joined together alleging that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11... These experts contend that books and articles by members and associates have established that the World Trade Center was almost certainly brought down by controlled demolitions and that the available relevant evidence casts grave doubt on the official story about the attack on the Pentagon. They believe that the government not only permitted 9/11 to occur but may even have orchestrated these events to facilitate its political agenda."
"Founders include Robert M. Bowman, Former Director of the U.S. "Star Wars" Space Defense Program in both Republican and Democratic administrations, and a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 101 combat missions; Morgan Reynolds, former Chief Economist for the Department of Labor for President George W. Bush, and former Director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis; and Andreas von Buelow, former assistant German defense minister, and director of the German Secret Service."
Website, Scholars for 9/11 Truth

Update: Scholars for 911 Truth Member Michael Zebuhr killed
"Police said two men in their 20's approached the group, stole Zebuhr's mother's purse and as they left, fired two shots into Zebuhr's forehead for no apparent reason" (story) (latest)

Loose Change
New 9/11 documentary by Dylan Avery. Free viewing online, DVD available.

Here's the Decider-in Chief responding [sic] to 911 doubts: Bush-911.mov

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Over-Loaded Update:
Paul Krugman: "Between 1972 and 2001 the wage and salary income of Americans at the 90th percentile of the income distribution rose only 34 percent, or about 1 percent per year. So being in the top 10 percent of the income distribution, like being a college graduate, wasn't a ticket to big income gains. But income at the 99th percentile rose 87 percent; income at the 99.9th percentile rose 181 percent; and income at the 99.99th percentile rose 497 percent. No, that's not a misprint..." (PK NYT)

"From 1950 to 1970, for every additional dollar earned by the bottom 90 percent, those in the top 0.01 percent earned an additional $162, according to the Times analysis. From 1990 to 2002, for every extra dollar earned by those in the bottom 90 percent, each taxpayer at the top brought in an extra $18,000."
(Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind-NYTimes)

The number of billionaires around the world rose by 102 to a record 793 over the last year, and their combined wealth grew 18% to $2.6 trillion, according to Forbes magazine's 2006 rankings of the world's richest people.

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Blair: Qu'est-ce qu'on s'amuse bien en Europe!
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After his ill-fated elopement with the Bush Crowd, Blair refocuses on his friends in Europe...(et c'est bien plus amusant!)
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Notes toward an
American Renaissance

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Upcoming: Bush, flailing about for a macho move, will send troops to the Mexican border...
Karl Rove to be indicted soon

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Hayden to CIA?
CIA Nominee Michael Hayden tied to bribery, Hookergate target MZM (story at TPM Muckraker)

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Porter Goss Resigns
CIA's Porter Goss Resigns
Intelligence sources told CNN that Negroponte's ongoing gutting of the CIA triggered the resignation. But is there more? Such a sudden resignation suggests he was getting out before something happened... is he implicated in the Hookergate prostitution investigation?
for the latest- TPM Muckraker and warandpiece.com and Sex, Limos, and Government Contracts
here's a review of Goss's tenure

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a damned piece of paper
"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."
"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said, "There's a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

-Reported by Doug Thompson re an 11/05 meeting with congressional leaders on the Patriot Act.

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russ_feingold
Senator Feingold introduces censure motion against Mr. Bush. (statement)

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Publ. date: April 9
"...there exists crucial and little-publicized evidence that lets us understand the secretive, even deceptive, way that the the US launched a war of choice in the Middle East in March 2003." - from the preface by Frank Rich.
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Rumsfeld Must Go
"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is not competent to lead America's armed forces... he has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically and is far more than anyone else responsible for what has happened to America's mission in Iraq... Rumsfeld has put the Pentagon at the mercy of his ego... Rumsfeld must step down." -Major General Paul Eaton (ret.). Eaton was in charge of training the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004.
(statement NYT, IHT)
(about Gen. Eaton)

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Leavitt and Chertoff
HHS Sec. Leavitt's Avian Flu Preparedness Tour
Leavitt, standing in front of a world map emblazoned with "Pandemic Planning. Get Informed. Get Prepared." told the audience, "When you go to the store and buy three cans of tuna fish, buy a fourth and put it under the bed. When you go to the store to buy some milk, pick up a box of powdered milk, put it under the bed." (story) (more on Avian Flu in Life on Earth)

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Mary Carey and Bush
There she was again, porn-star Mary Carey, a guest of the National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser bash for the second year in a row. "I've gotten hit on by lots of drunk Republicans." (story) Jessica Simpson declined the invitation.

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Spader denounces Bush Administration
TV Characters Rise Up
James Spader, on the "Boston Legal" TV show: "Torture, warrantless search and seizure, illegal wiretappings, prison without a fair trial- or any trial, war on false pretenses... we as a citizenry are apparently not offended..."
A great speech!
download quicktime
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Jean Schmidt shame
Rep. Jean Schmidt, the first-termer who shamed herself calling Rep. Murtha a coward for suggesting 'redeployment' in Iraq, has been caught lying about her degree record, and has been reprimanded by the Ohio Elections Commission.

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Musharref- Nobody's Poodle
Musharraf- Nobody's Poodle
"I'm not a poodle of George W Bush. I'm nobody's poodle."- Pakistan's Pres. Musharraf (Guardian Interview 4/27)


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Rachel Corrie
Rachel Corrie's mails home

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"There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar. I found faith. I found God." George W. Bush (...story)

Commander of America
"I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I don't need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation." George W. Bush, quoted in "Bush at War"

war monkey
"I'm a war president." Bush. Meet the Press 2/13/04


"Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president." Bush, campaign speech July 2004

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"When I am talking about war I am really talking about peace" -G.W. Bush (Link)

Joker!
Mr. Bush in New Orleans
"You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on." Bush at a Washington dinner, March 2001

Bush of the  cross
"See, in my line of work, you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
Bush in Greece May 2005 (ref)

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Cinquo de Mayo
Bush: "It's hard work!"
stream - dsl/cable
Download to disk (4.3mb)

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Malignant Genius Cheney
"Am I a malignant genius in the background whom nobody sees come out of his cave? That's a good way to work, in fact."-Dick Cheney to USA Today, 2004

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Bush flips the bird
Bush flips the bird, Washington, 8/05
It's not the first time the POTUS is on tape giving the old "one-finger victory salute"


Bush gives the one-finger salute
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Saint Condi
Saint Condi of Stanford
Still hopes she can
talk her way out of it


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Valerie and Joe Wilson
The buzz: Valerie Plame was outed by Cheney to destroy the CIA's anti proliferation/Iran network so that no-one could credibly dispute claims Cheney wished to make in preparation for an Iran attack.

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Lee Raymond, CEO
Fat Cats
Exxon CEO Lee Raymond, on retiring in December, got a retirement package estimated at $398 million in total. Raymond has been compensated more than $686 million from 1993 to 2005; that's $144,573 per day. Exxon had record-breaking annual profits last year of $36 billion. 1st quarter 2006 profits were up 7% to a further record of $8.4 billion. (Counterpunch- Ralph Nader)

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