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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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Hey! It's Hard Work!! Well, maybe we can just Imagine... Walk on the Wild Side! (mp3s)

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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..."
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Katherine Harris implicated

Katherine Harris, who was rewarded for her instrumental role in the Florida debacle of 2000 with a Republican seat in Congress, and who now runs for the Senate, is implicated in the bribery scandals of Republican Rep. Duke Cunningham. A team player in all things apparently.
Latest: she's cancelled all appearances... (story)

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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.
10 Senators voted against the PATRIOT Act
Jim Jeffords, Independent of Vermont, and 9 Democrats: Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Carl Levin of Michigan, Patty Murray of Washington and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

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"Obesity is the terror within" "Unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9-11 or any other terrorist attempt." -US Surgeon General (story)

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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. (story)


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Los Angeles Times Calls for Cheney Resignation
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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
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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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"American journalism is in need of a spine transplant," Dan Rather (story)
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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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Sheen on 911
Charlie Sheen on CNN:
"911 was an Inside Job"
And 82% agree! (ref)

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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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Lara Logan
CBS named South-African born Lara Logan to be the network's Chief Foreign Correspondent. The incandescent Ms. Logan took a break from dangerous missions abroad to join Bill Schieffer at the anchor desk Friday night... Schieffer said: "She's the complete package. She's a terrific writer. She's absolutely fearless... and she talks well on the air without a script."
Here's a clip of Ms. Logan angrily responding to accusations from the Beltway that correspondents in Iraq are only covering the bad news
CBS Profile

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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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Card resigns
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card resigned.

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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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April 2006 Update 6

Bush grabs Hu by the sleeve

China Fiasco
China blogs abuzz... - did Bush do it on purpose? Did they plant that Falun Gong protester who screamed 'murderer!' and appealed to Bush from the top of the press stand to pressure Hu on religious tolerance?
And announcing the anthem of the "Republic of China" [Taiwan] instead of "People's Republic of China"? Did he do it on purpose? (Hu later made a sharply worded statement that the Taiwan issue concerned no-one but China.)
Or... Is the Bush administration coming unglued?

And that sleeve grab... Hu's really pissed as you can see- what's that about? Bush at the China Door Looks disrespectful to say the least. Funny, Hu was going off the podium in the wrong direction, Bush pulled him back. Remember when Bush was last in China, and left the podium and went to a locked door? And did that embarrassingly funny little routine? Was Bush getting back? Did the protocol brief tell Hu to go right when he should have gone left? Was he set up for the sleeve grab? Did Bush make Hu pay for his on-camera comedics last year?

So the question everyone is asking, especially in China- Radical incompetency? or some kind of Texas hardball political theater? I'm not sure myself...

Mr. Hu's delegation, to begin with, didn't get the designation of a full-blown state visit that it coveted, and that India had received. There was no formal state dinner to signify China's status as a first-tier world power; only a state 'lunch'. And the White House inexplicably gave a one-day media pass to that member of the Falun Gong religious sect, who heckled Hu.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville adds: "One can only imagine Mr. Hu's reaction when Mr. Bush, whose country uses more than 20 million barrels of oil a day and has no serious national energy conservation policy, asked China (which consumes 6.5 million barrels daily) to curb its oil appetite... Moreover, the President is in a poor position to exploit China's traditional determination to avoid diplomatic isolation. Instead, Mr. Bush's reckless and unilateral actions, in Iraq and elsewhere, leave him increasingly alone -- and unable to achieve U.S.-led international consensus with which to win Chinese cooperation...Maybe that's why there was such emphasis on lunch and dinner. These days, it's about all Mr. Bush has to offer." (Louisville Kentucky Courier Journal)

For Hu this White House event was probably an awkward necessity; given the Bush administration's record of making a mess of all their internationalas the Veep sleeps initiatives, Hu probably didn't want to stir anything up. Anyway, he'd already met the important people- top management at Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing... and then it was on to Saudi Arabia, then Africa, nailing down oil-supply agreements, bigtime.
Back at the White House, as Hu spoke, the Veep slept, dreams of quail hunting in Isfahan dancing in his head no doubt. Cheney was loudly booed last week when he threw out the first ball of the baseball season. (cheney_booed.mov)


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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 exactly as we say or we will 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 looting in Iraq. "Stuff happens!")

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, and that the nuclear components of our 'force structure' should 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.

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Revolt of the Generals

The Revolt of The Generals

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, dubbed 'Father of the Iraqi Army' called Rumsfeld "incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically... Mr. Rumsfeld must step down"
Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold, director of operations on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2000 to 2002: called the Iraq War an "unnecessary war... orchestrated by zealots"... "the cost of flawed leadership continues to be paid in blood". The decision to invade Iraq, he wrote, "was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions - or bury the results." and: "a fundamentally flawed plan was executed for an invented war, while pursuing the real enemy, Al Qaeda, became a secondary effort."
Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, called on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush officials to resign for making a "series of disastrous mistakes" in Iraq. "We just heard the Secretary of State say these were tactical mistakes. These were not tactical mistakes. These were strategic mistakes, mistakes of policies made back here. Don't blame the troops. They've been magnificent. "
Army Maj. Gen. John Riggs: "everyone pretty much thinks Rumsfeld and the bunch around him should be cleared out." Rumsfeld and his advisers have "made fools of themselves..." Rumsfeld created an "atmosphere of arrogance" at the Pentagon in which military advice on Afghanistan and Iraq was ignored or discounted.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-05: "I believe we need a fresh start in the Pentagon. We need a leader who understands teamwork, a leader who knows how to build teams, a leader that does it without intimidation... We're mortgaging our future, our children, $8 [billion] to $9 billion a month..."
Retired Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack Jr who commanded the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, told CNN that "Rumsfeld should make way for new leadership" and that he "carries way too much baggage with him."

Officers at the Pentagon say an atmosphere of intimidation exists behind closed doors, where Rumsfeld meets with his military advisers. "The Newbolds and Eatons and the public discussion is spilling over from the internal discussion," said one currently serving general. "This has been a rising issue within the military."
General Van Riper Update: White House backs Rumsfeld as generals demand he resign

Latest: #8: Ret. Marine General Van Riper: Rumsfeld must resign (video QT)


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West Point Grads: "We will not serve their lies."

"Our Purpose: To help reclaim the honor of the United States Of America.

West Point Crest"We stand appalled by the deceitful behavior of the government of the United States and, in particular, its widely known malefactors. Lying, cheating, stealing, delivering evasive statements and quibbling not only has demeaned these deceivers and the United States of America, but has placed vast numbers of innocent people in deadly peril. We will not serve the lies.

"The war in Iraq was launched illegally. It has since killed tens of thousands of innocents, causing incalculable damage to Iraq and the Iraqi people, as well as the reputation of the United States of America. We will not serve the lies.

"When we West Point graduates took our commissioning oath of office one past June morning, we swore to protect our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The deceitful connivances of the current administration have resulted in a war catastrophic to our nation's interests: politically, economically, militarily, and morally. We now stand to protect our nation from these deceivers. We will not serve their lies.

"We seek justice for all victims of this illegal war, both servicemen and servicewomen, and the citizens of Iraq.

"To our purpose we invoke the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence whereby we too 'mutually pledge to each other our lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.'"
Website: West Point Graduates Against The War

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"One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed."
- William F. Buckley (Article)
Iraq Latest: Democracy Now interviews John Pace, outgoing UN Human Rights chief for Iraq.

Meanwhile, Bush has lost the troops
The latest Zogby poll has 72% of US troops in Iraq wanting a 2006 exit. (story)
Bush's poll ratings at home have fallen below 35%. Cheney's are at 18%.
(Latest Polls pdf)

The Case for Impeachment - Lewis Lapham, Harper's 2/27

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Francis Fukuyama Twilight of the NeoCons?
Francis Fukuyama, considered an intellectual leader among neo-conservatives, has written a major critique of Bush administration policies, "After NeoConservatism".
Excerpts:
"The so-called Bush Doctrine that set the framework for the administration's first term is now in shambles."
"As we approach the third anniversary of the onset of the Iraq war, it seems very unlikely that history will judge either the intervention itself or the ideas animating it kindly. By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, a training ground and an operational base for jihadist terrorists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at. The United States still has a chance of creating a Shiite-dominated democratic Iraq, but the new government will be very weak for years to come; the resulting power vacuum will invite outside influence from all of Iraq's neighbors, including Iran."
"We need in the first instance to understand that promoting democracy and modernization in the Middle East is not a solution to the problem of jihadist terrorism; in all likelihood it will make the short-term problem worse, as we have seen in the case of the Palestinian election bringing Hamas to power. Radical Islamism is a byproduct of modernization itself, arising from the loss of identity that accompanies the transition to a modern, pluralist society. It is no accident that so many recent terrorists, from Sept. 11's Mohamed Atta to the murderer of the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh to the London subway bombers, were radicalized in democratic Europe and intimately familiar with all of democracy's blessings. More democracy will mean more alienation, radicalization and - yes, unfortunately - terrorism.."
"Neoconservatism, whatever its complex roots, has become indelibly associated with concepts like coercive regime change, unilateralism and American hegemony. What is needed now are new ideas, neither neoconservative nor realist, for how America is to relate to the rest of the world - ideas that retain the neoconservative belief in the universality of human rights, but without its illusions about the efficacy of American power and hegemony to bring these ends about." (article, NYT) / (download pdf version)

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Arab News, Saudi Arabia: "Though the disastrous consequences of America's inept intervention in Iraq hog the headlines, problems stemming from Washington's similar lack of understanding and inadequate planning are now building rapidly in Afghanistan. ... Washington needs to ask itself a simple question: If the Afghan and Iraqi interventions were not power plays but really were undertaken in the name of freedom, democracy and justice, then why cannot the Americans honor those values themselves? International terror is all about barbarity and injustice and oppression. Using those same methods against it cannot defeat it. If the United States wants the world to believe that for all its errors, it has the best of intentions, then it must be seen to be behaving honorably. Currently it is not." (story)

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"American Theocracy" -Kevin Phillips:
"Conservative true believers will scoff: the United States is sue generis, they say, a unique and chosen nation. What did or did not happen to Rome, imperial Spain, the Dutch Republic, and Britain, is irrelevant. The catch here, alas, is that these nations also thought they were unique and that God was on their side. The revelation that He was apparently not added a further debilitating note to the later stages of each national decline."


Salon's review: 'Decline and Fall'
NYTimes Books review:"Clear and Present Dangers"
Democracy Now interview, 3/21
Phillips was author of the prescient "The Emerging Republican Majority" in 1969.

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The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Conflict Resolution 101
Easy to see who's the evil-doer. Now get up and walk back 8 feet and take a look, and tell me again.

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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World Council of Churches
US Conference of the World Council of Churches condemns Bush administration policies in letter to WCC 9th Assembly
"Following the terrorist attacks [of 9/11] you sent "living letters" inviting us into a deeper solidarity with those who suffer daily from violence around the world. But our country responded by seeking to reclaim a privileged and secure place in the world, raining down terror on the truly vulnerable among our global neighbors. Our leaders turned a deaf ear to the voices of church leaders throughout our nation and the world, entering into imperial projects that seek to dominate and control for the sake of our own national interests. Nations have been demonized and God has been enlisted in national agendas that are nothing short of idolatrous. We lament with special anguish the war in Iraq, launched in deception and violating global norms of justice and human rights. We mourn all who have died or been injured in this war; we acknowledge with shame abuses carried out in our name; we confess that we have failed to raise a prophetic voice loud enough and persistent enough to deter our leaders from this path of preemptive war. Lord, have mercy. The rivers, oceans, lakes, rainforests, and wetlands that sustain us, even the air we breathe continue to be violated, and global warming goes unchecked while we allow God's creation to veer toward destruction. Yet our own country refuses to acknowledge its complicity and rejects multilateral agreements aimed at reversing disastrous trends. We consume without replenishing; we grasp finite resources as if they are private possessions; our uncontrolled appetites devour more and more of the earth s gifts. We confess that we have failed to raise a prophetic voice loud enough and persistent enough to call our nation to global responsibility for the creation, that we ourselves are complicit in a culture of consumption that diminishes the earth. Christ, have mercy." ... read the full letter

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ray Mcgovern Retired CIA Agent Returns an Award in Protest

Thursday 02 March 2006
Hon. Pete Hoekstra, Chair
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Washington, DC

Dear Congressman Hoekstra:
  As a matter of conscience, I am returning the Intelligence Commendation Award medallion given me for "especially commendable service" during my 27-year career in CIA. The issue is torture, which inhabits the same category as rape and slavery - intrinsically evil. I do not wish to be associated, however remotely, with an agency engaged in torture...
"...If German officials who were ordered to do such things in the 1930's had spoken out early and loudly enough, the German people might have been alerted to the atrocities being perpetrated in their name and tried harder to stop them. When my grandchildren ask, "What did you do, Grandpa, to stop the torture," I want to be able to tell them that I tried to honor my oath, taken both as an Army officer and an intelligence officer, to defend the Constitution of the United States - and that I not only spoke out strongly against the torture, but also sought a symbolic way to dissociate myself from it.
We Americans have become accustomed to letting our institutions do our sinning for us. I abhor the corruption of the CIA in the past several years, believe it to be beyond repair, and do not want my name on any medallion associated with it. Please destroy this one.
Yours truly,
Ray McGovern

(read full letter)

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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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January-February 2006

Rocky Days Ahead Constitutional Crisis...
It's now out in the open that our president, George W Bush, who once only wanted to be baseball commissioner, now claims the authority to wiretap and eavesdrop on any and all Americans without warrant, to burglarize our homes in secret, to ban whomever he chooses from commercial flights, to imprison American citizens indefinitely without trial or legal recourse and representation at his discretion; to kidnap anyone anywhere in the world and disappear them in secret classified torture prisons hidden around the planet; to wage war on any nation he 'decides' is 'a threat' with no further advice or consent from congress, to abrogate any and all treaties solemnly entered upon by this nation, and to ignore laws of the congress as well as findings of the courts if he so desires, upon his sole authority as 'commander in chief'.
(continued- previous issue)

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Notes toward an
American Renaissance

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Porter Goss Resigns

Bulletin: Cia Chief
Porter Goss Resigns

Intelligence sources told CNN that Negroponte's ongoing gutting of the CIA triggered the resignation. But 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
here's a review of Goss's tenure

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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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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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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)

.   .   .    Claude Allen and Bush

Claude Allen, whom Mr. Bush unsuccessfully nominated to the Federal Appeals Court in 2003, and who was made the President's top domestic policy advisor at the start of his second term was arrested last week, charged with refund frauds at Target and Hecht's stores. The WaPo wrote: "Allen shaped administration policy on such issues as health care, space exploration, housing and education." In between running some 25 scams over the last 6 months... This "deeply religious" fellow is said to earn 160,000 a year! So why's he stealing from Target? Maybe he's just trying to keep up, in his own way, with that fast crowd he's running with? (story)

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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!
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Saddam in court
Saddam takes full responsibility for the Dujail executions, calls on court to drop charges against his subordinates who were only 'following my orders'. "I am Saddam Hussein. I was in charge. It's not my habit to put the blame on others..."
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Condi v. Iran
Condi: Myopia Eternus
"We may face no greater challenge from a single country than from Iran" (report)

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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
"When you are talking about fighting terrorism or extremism, I'm not doing that for the US or Britain. I'm doing it for Pakistan. It's not a question of being a 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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Sandra Day O'Connor
[Pointing to] "the experience of developing countries and former communist countries where interference with an independent judiciary has allowed dictatorship to flourish... We must be ever-vigilant against those who would strongarm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a long of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.." -Sandra Day O'Connor (story)

Meanwhile, Justice Ginsburg told a South African audience that both she and Sandra Day O'Connor had received death threats a year ago. (story)

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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!"
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Evil 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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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 a 11/05 meeting with congressional leaders on the Patriot Act.


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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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