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Archive for November, 2005

Meet the new boss

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song
I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Won’t Get Fooled Again, Pete Townshend

Abuse of prisoners in Iraq widespread, officials say

By Leila Fadel
Knight Ridder Newspapers

11/29/05 Mercury News” — — BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi authorities have been torturing and abusing prisoners in jails across the country, current and former Iraqi officials charged.

Amazing how things stay the same, ain’t it?

Whatcha afraid of, Georgie?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Bush’s Shrinking Safety Zone

By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Tuesday, November 29, 2005; 12:42 PM

What does it say about the president of the United States that he won’t go anywhere near ordinary citizens any more? And that he’ll only speak to captive audiences?

President Bush’s safety zone these days doesn’t appear to extend very far beyond military bases, other federal installations and Republican fundraisers.

Just what sort of bubble does our president have himself enclosed in? What is he afraid of?

Maybe this. A valid fear.

“No way that in …the Geneva Conventions”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

And it’s still unclear to me what the status of the Iraqis that we had were. Well, I know that they weren’t being afforded the legal status of enemy prisoners of war. But supposedly, we were treating them as though they were, but we weren’t. I mean, there’s just no way that what we were doing and what was sanctioned by the Pentagon through the IRE, the interrogation rules of engagement — there’s no way that fit in within the Geneva Conventions. …

Spc. Tony Lagouranis (Ret.) was a U.S. Army interrogator from 2001 to 2005, and served a tour of duty in Iraq from January 2004 to January 2005. He was first stationed at Abu Ghraib; in the spring he joined a special intelligence gathering task force that moved among detention facilities around the country.

Read an interview with him here.

Make sure you read the comments section. Enlightening.

Yet another corrupt R

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Rep. Cunningham pleads guilty to conspiracy

By ELLIOT SPAGAT

11/28/05 “Associated Press” — — Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes as part of guilty pleas Monday in a case that grew from an investigation into the sale of his home to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving payments in cash, vacations and antiques.

Cunningham, 63, entered pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for underreporting his income in 2004.

Yet another corrupt republican. Pretty soon, the dems will have a majority simply by standing in one place long enough.

What killed Ted Westhusing?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

A Journey That Ended in Anguish

T. Christian Miller

11/27/05 “Los Angeles Times” — — “War is the hardest place to make moral judgments.” – Col. Ted Westhusing, Journal of Military Ethics

WASHINGTON — One hot, dusty day in June, Col. Ted Westhusing was found dead in a trailer at a military base near the Baghdad airport, a single gunshot wound to the head.

The Army would conclude that he committed suicide with his service pistol. At the time, he was the highest-ranking officer to die in Iraq.

The Army closed its case. But the questions surrounding Westhusing’s death continue.

“We’ve always been at war with Oceania”

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Fox News Host Chris Wallace Claims Bush “Never” Linked Saddam and al-Qaeda

In a stunning display of historical revisionism, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace argued this morning that President Bush never tried to link al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein:

[T]hat specific quote there where you say he couldn’t distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, he wasn’t saying that they were linked at all. He was saying one was as bad as the other, and when he said in that same answer something about that Saddam Hussein would like to use a terrorist network, he wasn’t saying that they would like to use al Qaeda. So you’re making a link there that the President never made.

Go ahead and read what Bush actually did say. And if you have friends or family that watch that swill, enlighten them.

Here we go again

Monday, November 28th, 2005

‘Trophy’ video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers
Sean Rayment

A “trophy” video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.

An incident similar to this is what led to Iraqi’s hanging American contractors from bridges, which then led to our leveling Fallujah.

Here we go again?

Sy gets scary

Monday, November 28th, 2005

From a CNN interview between Seymour Hersh and Wolf Blitzer:

BLITZER: Here’s what you write. You write, “Current and former military and intelligence officials have told me that the president remains convinced that it is his personal mission to bring democracy to Iraq, and that he is impervious to political pressure, even from fellow Republicans. They also say that he disparages any information that conflicts with his view of how the war is proceeding.”

Those are incredibly strong words, that the president basically doesn’t want to hear alternative analysis of what is going on.

HERSH: You know, Wolf, there is people I’ve been talking to — I’ve been a critic of the war very early in the New Yorker, and there were people talking to me in the last few months that have talked to me for four years that are suddenly saying something much more alarming.

They’re beginning to talk about some of the things the president said to him about his feelings about manifest destiny, about a higher calling that he was talking about three, four years ago.

I don’t want to sound like I’m off the wall here. But the issue is, is this president going to be capable of responding to reality? Is he going to be able — is he going to be capable if he going to get a bad assessment, is he going to accept it as a bad assessment or is he simply going to see it as something else that is just a little bit in the way as he marches on in his crusade that may not be judged for 10 or 20 years.

More here. Scary stuff.

I liked him better when

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

he was just stupid, instead of f’n crazy:

Bush Plot To Bomb His Arab Ally
Kevin Maguire And Andy Lines

11/22/05 “The Mirror” — — PRESIDENT Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar, a “Top Secret” No 10 memo reveals.

But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said it would provoke a worldwide backlash.

A source said: “There’s no doubt what Bush wanted, and no doubt Blair didn’t want him to do it.” Al-Jazeera is accused by the US of fuelling the Iraqi insurgency.

Of course, he DID bomb Al-Jazeera, killing reporter Tareq Ayyoub in 2003.

Like I said, I liked Bush better when he just seemed stupid. Crazy? Thats a bit more unsettling.

A must read

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

George W. Bush and his associates must have remarkably short memories. While he has been careful to mouth words of cooperation in the Plamegate case, he has depended on the Republican control of Congress to stonewall on just about every egregious misdeed that has seen the light of day, blocking public hearings into Abu Ghraib, the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, the CIA secret prison system, faux intelligence on Iraq, and Plamegate itself.

Continue reading ‘Worse than Watergate? The mother of all constitutional crises’