11.3.06

Port Deal Question: What's the White House Still Hiding?

Port Deal Question: What's the White House Still Hiding?:

"Specifically, Kucinich is demanding that the White House and the Department of Homeland Security turn over to Congress:

1. All documents in their possession regarding the December 13, 2005, Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center document – materials which could show that the Bush administration had been informed of security concerns regarding the UAE firm.

2. All documents in their possession regarding discussions between the White House and Dubai Ports World relating to the Committee on Foreign Investment process for approving the acquisition – materials which could show that the administration worked with the UAE firm to help advance the deal.

3. All documents in their possession regarding discussions between the White House and the Carlyle Group between October 1, 2005, and March 2, 2006 – materials which could shed light on whether the president's enthusiasm for the port deal might have been stoked by contacts with international business interests with which his father remains closely associated."

The Real McCain



The Real McCain

"...McCain has always been far more conservative than either his supporters or detractors acknowledge. In 2004 he earned a perfect 100 percent rating from Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum and a 0 percent from NARAL. Citizens Against Government Waste dubs him a "taxpayer hero." He has opposed extension of the assault-weapons ban, federal hate crimes legislation and the International Criminal Court. He has supported school vouchers, a missile defense shield and private accounts for Social Security. Well before 9/11 McCain advocated a new Reagan Doctrine of "rogue-state rollback."

your cell is ready for you now, mr. bush...

Halliburton contracts for vast new detention camps

Homeland Security contracts for vast new detention camps:

"A Halliburton subsidiary has just received a $385 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide “temporary detention and processing capabilities.

For those who follow covert government operations abroad and at home, the contract evoked ominous memories of Oliver North’s controversial Rex-84 “readiness exercise” in 1984. This called for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to round up and detain 400,000 imaginary “refugees,” in the context of “uncontrolled population movements” over the Mexican border into the United States. His activities raised civil liberties concerns in both Congress and the Justice Department. The concerns persist.

“Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters,” says Daniel Ellsberg, a former military analyst who in 1971 released the Pentagon Papers, the U.S. military’s account of its activities in Vietnam. “They’ve already done this on a smaller scale, with the ‘special registration’ detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries and with Guantanamo.”"

Symbol of Abu Ghraib Seeks to Spare Others His Nightmare


Symbol of Abu Ghraib Seeks to Spare Others His Nightmare - New York Times:

"He was arrested in October 2003, he said, because he loudly complained to the military, human rights organizations and the news media about soldiers' dumping garbage on a local soccer field. But some of his comments suggest that he is at least sympathetic toward insurgents who fight American soldiers.

'Resistance is an international right,' he said.

Weeks after complaining about the garbage, he said, he was surrounded by Humvees, hooded, tied up and carted to a nearby base before being transferred to Abu Ghraib. Then the questioning began.

'They blamed me for attacking U.S. forces,' he said, 'but I said I was handicapped; how could I fire a rifle?' he said, pointing to his hand. 'Then he asked me, 'Where is Osama bin Laden?' And I answered, 'Afghanistan.' '

How did he know? 'Because I heard it on TV,' he replied.

He said it soon became evident that the goal was to coax him to divulge names of people who might be connected to attacks on American forces. His hand, then bandaged, was often the focus of threats and inducements, he said, with interrogators offering to fix it or to squash it at different times. After successive interrogations, he said he was finally given a firm warning: 'If you don't speak, next time, we'll send you to a place where even dogs don't live.'

Finally, he said, he was taken to a truck, placed face down, restrained and taken to a special section of the prison where he heard shouts and screams. He was forced to strip off all his clothes, then tied with his hands up high. A guard began writing on his chest and forehead, what someone later read to him as, 'Colin Powell.'"

10.3.06

Cheney Quotes Racist Anti-Semite to Demonstrate ‘Progress’ In the Middle East

White House Lies About Aide Caught In Shoplifting Scheme

Think Progress Friday Night Surprise: White House Aide Caught In Shoplifting Scheme:

"If we can’t trust the White House to tell us the truth about a simple personnel matter, how can we trust anything they tell us about more substantive issues.

UPDATE: Allen had the highest salary of any employee in the White House, tied with Karl Rove, Andrew Card, and Stephen Hadley, among others. He was earning $161,000 a year.

UPDATE II: Atrios debunks one early right-wing talking point that Allen was some unknown staffer. In fact, he was the top domestic policy adviser and a former Bush Federal Circuit Court nominee. The Washington Post labeled him the embodiment of “conservative values.”"

India Involved in Illicit Nuclear Activities

AFP - The News:

"US President George W. Bush has used India's so-called untarnished non-proliferation record as a basis for sealing a civilian nuclear deal with New Delhi last week.

But the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a private group in Washington, said in a report Friday that it 'has uncovered a well-developed, active, and secret Indian program to outfit its uranium enrichment program and circumvent other countries' export control efforts.'"

Justice O'Connor warns of dictatorship

The Raw Story | Retired Supreme Court Justice hits attacks on courts and warns of dictatorship:

"I, said O’Connor, am against judicial reforms driven by nakedly partisan reasoning. Pointing to the experiences of developing countries and former communist countries where interference with an independent judiciary has allowed dictatorship to flourish, O’Connor said we must be ever-vigilant against those who would strongarm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, she said, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings."

Doctors demand end to Guantanamo force-feeding

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Doctors demand end to Guant�namo force-feeding:

"More than 260 doctors from around the world have called on the US to stop force-feeding hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay.

They say international agreements prevent doctors from force-feeding if individuals have made an informed choice about their protest.

The restraint chairs used to hold inmates while feeding tubes are inserted, which are reportedly used at the US military base in Cuba, are also banned, they say."

Interior Secretary Gale Norton Resigns in Shame

Interior Secretary Gale Norton Resigns - Los Angeles Times:

"In recent months, Norton has become linked to Washington's burgeoning lobbying scandals by her former chief deputy, Steven Griles, who was close to now-disgraced 'super-lobbyist' Jack Abramoff.

A second former close Norton associate, Italia Federici, who worked with a nonprofit organization that promoted energy interests, also was linked to Abramoff. Federici helped him gain access to Griles in exchange for contributions from Indian tribes who had hired Abramoff as their lobbyist.

Abramoff has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an investigation of his connections to members of Congress and the Bush White House"

On Torture and Being "Good Americans"

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On Torture and Being "Good Americans" — A Jewish Magazine, an Interfaith Movement:

"Bush Embraces Torture

To ask what it means to be a 'good American'is not to compare Bush to Hitler or Republicans to Nazis. The question does not arise only when leaders engage in mass murder on the scale of a Hitler or Stalin, which Bush has not. It requires only that they engage in actions that are clearly evil, which Bush has.

Every generation or so an evil arises which is so monstrous, so degrading to the human spirit, so morally bankrupt that even to debate it is a sign of moral corruption. Native American genocide, slavery, totalitarianism, and Jim Crow laws are evils so unspeakable that we cannot understand today how anyone with a shred of decency could have once supported them. Today, torture, a practice far more degrading to us than to our victims, represents such an evil."

Logic out the window at the White House

Tehrantimes.com:

"The biggest pitfall in predicting the behavior of radical groups like the inner circle of the Bush administration is that you keep telling yourself that they would never actually do whatever it is they’re talking about. Surely they must realize that acting like that would cause a disaster. Then they go right ahead and do it.

...

So a “preemptive” American attack on Iran would ignite a general insurrection against the American presence in Shia-dominated areas of Iraq and trigger a global economic crisis. The use of nuclear weapons would cross a firebreak that the world has maintajavascript:void(0);
Publish Post ined ever since 1945, and convince most other great powers that the United States is a rogue state that must be contained. All this to deal with a threat that is no more real or “imminent” than the one posed by Iraq in 2003.

No American policy-maker in his right mind would contemplate unleashing such a disaster for so little reason. Unfortunately, that does not guarantee that it won’t happen"

Racism still rife in US, says China

IOL: Racism still rife in US, says China:

"'As in previous years, the state department pointed the finger at human rights situations in more than 190 countries and regions, including China, but kept silent on the serious violations of human rights in the US,' the report said.

'To help people realise the true features of this self-styled 'guardian of human rights,' it is necessary to probe into the human rights abuses in the United States in 2005.'"

9.3.06

Kite terrorism feared

LexisNexis News - Latest News from over 4,000 sources, including newspapers, tv transcripts, wire services, magazines, journals.:

"PAKISTAN has detained 1000 people for flying kites and warned they could be tried as terrorists after 10 people were killed in a week by strings coated with glass or made from metal.

Days ahead of the annual kite-flying Basant festival in the eastern city of Lahore -- the only 15 days of the year when it is permitted -- police were cracking down to stop more casualties."

International Criminal Court : The Official Journal of the International Criminal Court

“Authorization for abuse came from the very top”

“Authorization for abuse came from the very top”:

"President Bush’s February 2002 directive stating that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to al-Qaeda or Taliban fighters led to pervasive torture in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

According to Wilkerson, the U.S. army chose to ignore the Geneva Conventions when it issued new rules for interrogation in Iraq and Afghanistan. 'That essentially says to the troops at the bottom of the rung that you have a new game,' he said. “You can use the methods that aren’t in accordance with Geneva. You can use methods that are other than when you’ve been taught, trained and told you could use. That . . . is an invitation, a license to go beyond that, especially when you’re also putting on them tremendous pressure to produce intelligence.'

U.S. interrogators discovered that Dilawar was innocent before he died. According to CBS News, the cab driver had been detained only because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. 'And so we killed an innocent man, and that’s something else that got me as I went through this, got me very concerned as to not just what we are doing to perhaps al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda-like terrorists or even insurgents when we come to Iraq, but what we’re doing to innocents,' Wilkerson said."

NeoCon allies desert Bush over Iraq

Independent Online Edition > Americas:

"These are the right-wing intellectuals who demanded George Bush invade Iraq. Now they admit they got it wrong. Are you listening, Mr President?"

8.3.06

Impeach Bush Coalition

Impeach Bush Coalition

State Legislators may request impeachment proceedings against bush...

Iran says won’t use oil weapon in nuclear row, for now

Khaleej Times Online:

"“We will not use the oil weapon now because we don’t want to confront other countries,” he told AFP here on the sidelines of a meeting of the UN watchdog over suspicions that the program is hiding a drive for the atom bomb.

“But if the situation changes, we will have to review our politics and adopt our policy,” he added.

Vaidi, who heads the Iranian delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency, threatened reprisals against the United States which has led calls for UN Security Council action over Teheran’s nuclear activities.

“The United States may have the power to cause harm and pain but it is also susceptible to harm and pain,” he said."

The U.S. Role in Iraq’s Sectarian Violence

Foreign Policy In Focus | The U.S. Role in Iraq’s Sectarian Violence:

"Top analysts in the CIA and State Department, as well as large numbers of Middle East experts, warned that a U.S. invasion of Iraq could result in a violent ethnic and sectarian conflict. Even some of the war's intellectual architects acknowledged as much: In a 1997 paper, prior to becoming major figures in the Bush foreign policy team, David Wurmser, Richard Perle, and Douglas Feith predicted that a post-Saddam Iraq would likely be “ripped apart” by sectarianism and other cleavages but called on the United States to “expedite” such a collapse anyway.

As a result, the tendency in the United States to blame “sectarian conflict” and “long-simmering hatreds” for the Sunni-Shiite violence in Iraq is, in effect, blaming the victim."

Former Guantanamo prisoner publishes book

USATODAY.com - Former Guantanamo prisoner publishes book:

"Begg also said he saw U.S. troops severely beating detainees.

In his book, he writes: 'I heard a scuffle, and then some dull thuds behind cell three.' He said he later saw two American guards, one of whom he knew from Kandahar, 'dragging a limp body past our cell to the medical room. I could see bruises on the detainee's face.' Begg said he later was told the man had died.

He said he also suffered abuse at Bagram. 'Guards tied my hands behind my back, hog-tied me so that my hands were shackled to my legs, which were also shackled,' he writes. 'A barrage of kicks to my head and back followed ... I lost track of day or night.'"

He won't let Iran go nuclear, warns Cheney



Telegraph | News | We won't let Iran go nuclear, warns Cheney:

"The Bush administration yesterday forced Russia to abandon a compromise proposal over Iran's nuclear programme as it stepped up the pressure on Teheran.

In the most hawkish rhetoric from a senior US official in months, the vice-president, Dick Cheney, said Iran would not be allowed to have nuclear weapons and hinted at the use of force if it pressed ahead with its nuclear programme."

7.3.06

Saudi Arabia Breaks WTO Agreement, Continues Israel Boycott

Arutz Sheva - Israel National News:

"Saudi Arabia promised the Bush administration in November 2005 that it would end its economic boycott of Israel. That commitment was made in order to enter the World Trade Organization (WTO), but the Saudi regime continues to bar the entry of any Israeli products or even products with parts made in Israel."

Vermont Town Backs Bush Impeachment

Newsday.com: Vermont Town Backs Bush Impeachment:

"The article, approved 121-29 in balloting by paper, calls on Vermont's lone member of the House, independent Rep. Bernie Sanders, to file articles of impeachment against the president, alleging that Bush misled the nation into the Iraq war and engaged in illegal domestic spying.

The impeachment item came at the end of a roughly four-hour meeting that was devoted mostly to the local affairs of the town of 1,600. Among the other items discussed was whether the town should fix some of the 100-year-old sidewalks in the village."

Abramoff lawyer threatens to release details of ongoing Washington corruption probe

Abramoff lawyer threatens to release details of ongoing Washington corruption probe -- Newsday.com:

YES!!!

"'We will name names. We will provide the public with evidence of what is going on out there,' Lowell said by telephone at a court hearing in Miami. 'It seems to me that is not in the interest of law enforcement.'"

Postcard from Kabul: Rampage Shines Light on Afghan Prison Conditions - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

Postcard from Kabul: Rampage Shines Light on Afghan Prison Conditions - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News:

"The uprising at Policharki is the second high-profile scandal involving a prison in Afghanistan within the span of only a few weeks. Allegations that human rights violations are part of the daily routine have also plagued the United States military's high-security prison at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The prison houses Islamist extremists who Washington considers to be extremely dangerous. "

WSJ.com - Impeachment Proves Risky Political Issue

WSJ.com - Impeachment Proves Risky Political Issue:

"Impeachment advocates are undaunted. 'Just because you can't win a political battle doesn't mean certain battles shouldn't be fought,' says Bob Fertik, a founder of the ImpeachPAC effort. 'If we don't hold a president accountable for lying to start a war, we might as well throw out the Constitution of the United States.'"

Grounds for Impeachment

Grounds for Impeachment | The Progressive:

"Bush has taken our country down a frightening path toward a form of government our founders loathed. And he has done so by cloaking his actions as wartime necessities.

The Supreme Court, back in 1866, warned of this current situation, as Lapham notes in a footnote. In Ex Parte Milligan, it said, “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people; equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.”

Bush acts like a despot.

We can’t let him get away with it.

We can’t let him continue to disgrace the office of the Presidency, violate his oath of office, and trample on our Constitution.

We must demand impeachment."

United Nations: U.S. Aligned With Iran in Anti-Gay Vote (Human Rights Watch, 25-1-2006)

United Nations: U.S. Aligned With Iran in Anti-Gay Vote:

"In voting against the applications to the NGO committee, the U.S. was joined by Cameroon, China, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Senegal, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. Votes in favor of consultative status came from Chile, France, Germany, Peru, and Romania. Colombia, India, and Turkey abstained, while Cote d'Ivoire was absent.

“It is an absolute outrage that the United States has chosen to align itself with oppressive governments – all in an effort to smother the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “It is deeply disturbing that the self-proclaimed ‘leader of the free world’ will ally with bigots at the drop of a hat to advance the right wing’s anti-gay agenda."

US asks court to drop ex-detainees' torture suit

US asks court to drop ex-detainees' torture suit:

"The suit focuses on an order Rumsfeld signed in December 2002, that authorized new interrogation techniques for detainees in the 'war on terror,' including 'stress positions,' 20-hour interrogations, removal of clothing, the use of dogs and prolonged isolation and sensory deprivation.

The suit alleges that when evidence became overwhelming that prisoners were being tortured, Rumsfeld turned a blind eye.

'Secretary Rumsfeld takes the extraordinary position in his brief that ordering torture was 'within the scope of his employment' as Secretary of Defense. Especially in light of recent finds that no one at senior levels has been held to account for gross acts of torture and abuse of detainees, this is a remarkable abdication of the responsibility of command,' said Deborah Pearlstein, a representative of Human Rights First.

The plaintiffs want the court to declare Rumsfeld's actions unconstitutional and a violation of U.S. and international law. They are also seeking monetary damages for their injuries."

6.3.06

Saudi Arabia will host Israel boycott event

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World:

"Despite a promise made to Washington last November to drop its economic boycott of Israel, Saudi Arabia plans to host a major international conference next week aimed at promoting a continued trade embargo on the Jewish state, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The Post also found that the kingdom continues to prohibit entry to products made in Israel or to foreign-made goods containing Israeli components, in violation of pledges made by senior Saudi officials to the Bush administration last year."

Germany's Opposition Parties Force Iraq Spy Investigation

Germany's Opposition Parties Force Iraq Spy Investigation | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 06.03.2006:

"An inquiry could push for an opening of files on many other aspects of German-US security cooperation, including the alleged abduction of a German national to Afghanistan by the CIA, as well as revelations that German security officials accepted a US invitation to question two inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

The fact that two BND agents were in Baghdad at the start of the US invasion in March 2003 was confirmed in the initial report by a parliamentary control committee but there was no evidence that the agents were helping the US war effort."

north korea on bush and the six-party talks

The Hindu News Update Service:

"'The imperialist United States is looking for a chance to militarily attack our republic while creating an artificial deadlock in six-party talks,' the North's main 'Rodong Sinmun' newspaper said in a commentary carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency.

'Military confrontation and tension on the Korean Peninsula are reaching their limits and black clouds of nuclear war are heavily hanging' over the peninsula, it said."

War Crimes Act of 1996

US CODE: Title 18,2441. War crimes

here is a link to the congressional record of the statute.

this statute does apply to bush, cheney, rumsfield, pace and any other u.s. citizen.

as the statute shows, if death has resulted, one would probably be sent to a federal prison to await execution.

ImpeachPAC : Electing a Congress to Impeach Bush and Cheney

CIA sued over 'deletions' in book

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | CIA sued over 'deletions' in book:

"A former CIA member is suing the US intelligence agency for allegedly violating his constitutional right to free speech."

A Nation of Guinea Pigs

Wired 14.03: A Nation of Guinea Pigs:

"How India became the global hot spot for drug trials."

Where Are the Good Americans?

Where Are the Good Americans?:

"Anyone who sees the photographs of the victims of the Nazi concentration camps must wonder how human beings could ever have allowed such things to happen. They must wonder how people of good will could have stood by while their government committed atrocities in their name. In the wake of that nightmarish era, people often asked, 'Where were the good Germans?'

After the publication of the long-suppressed pictures of Abu Ghraib victims and the United Nations finding that torture and abuse are still taking place at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, America has fashioned its own nightmare. We now must ask ourselves, 'Where are the good Americans?'"

Is the U.S. Planning to Attack Iran?

Amnesty: 14,000 detained in Iraq without trial

Telegraph | News | Amnesty: 14,000 detained in Iraq without trial:

"The detention of thousands of prisoners without charge in Iraq could increase the risk of torture in jails, Amnesty International has warned in a new report.

Up to 14,000 people are being held by American and British forces without charge or trial in breach of international law, the human rights organisation said.

More than 200 have been imprisoned for over two years, with nearly four thousand imprisoned for 12 months or more."

The American society heading towards Animal Farm -

The American society heading towards Animal Farm -:

"'The American Government is breaking international law,'

'The U.S. should try all 500 detainees at Guantanamo , who still include eight British residents, or free them without further delay. To hold someone for up to four years without charge clearly indicates a society that is heading towards George Orwell's Animal Farm,' Dr. Sentamu told The Independent."

America 'has failed to learn from Abu Ghraib' - World - Times Online

America 'has failed to learn from Abu Ghraib' :

"'Not only prisoners being held in defiance of international law, but the allegations of torture continue to pour out of Iraq,' she said. 'As long as US and UK forces hold prisoners in secret detention conditions, torture is much more likely to occur, to go undetected and to go unpunished."

Iraq's Crisis of Scarred Psyches

Iraq's Crisis of Scarred Psyches:

"In a survey of just over 1,000 randomly selected people across five Baghdad neighborhoods, completed this month by psychiatrists at Baghdad's Mustansariyah University, about 890 reported having experienced a violent incident firsthand, including all 27 children under 12 in the sample.

Most alarming, according to the physicians who analyzed the data, was that exposure to trauma has grown dramatically more common since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The people in the study recalled 3,504 violent incidents between 1979, when Hussein came to power, and 2003. Since the invasion, they have recorded 6,463."

5.3.06

Two-timing George

Two-timing George : HindustanTimes.com:

"Despite making the spread of freedom the rallying cry of his second term, Bush found it difficult to tour the world’s largest democracy without also visiting his pet dictator in Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, dubbed ‘Busharraf’ at home. By propping up a duplicitous dictatorship and arming it with lethal weapons, Bush only slights India’s democracy. After investing billions of dollars to help keep ‘my buddy’ Musharraf in power, Bush finds his policy has only spurred greater discontent and militancy in terror-exporting Pakistan."

bush timing

Khaleej Times Online:

"The American-led ‘anti-terror’ campaign lies close to the heart of Pakistan’s many woes. Despite almost 70,000 Pakistani troops deployed near the Afghan border, the Pakistan government’s seeming impotence in fighting militancy — which the US uses to justify its own clandestine border operations — appears politically ham-handed, tactically incompetent, diplomatically awkward, remarkably inconsiderate of public opinion and thus, oddly complicit with Al Qaeda supporters. US bombing campaigns along the border with Afghanistan leave civilian fatalities and public disapproval in their wakes. To Pakistani villagers, it looks as if a foreign army is waging war on their territory."

Hindu priests purify Gandhi memorial after visit

Khaleej Times Online:

"Letting dogs into the memorial also drew sharp protests from Hindu politicians and Gandhi’s great grandson, Tushar Gandhi, who called the incident a “national shame,” the Press Trust of India news agency reported. "

Pat Tillman Case: How the Press Was Spun

Pat Tillman Case: How the Press Was Spun:

"Tillman's father said he blamed high-ranking Army officers for presenting 'outright lies' to the family and to the press. 'After it happened, all the people in positions of authority went out of their way to script this,' he told the Post. 'They purposely interfered with the investigation, they covered it up. I think they thought they could control it, and they realized that their recruiting efforts were going to go to hell in a handbasket if the truth about his death got out. They blew up their poster boy"