By Onnesha Roychoudhuri, AlterNet
As the trial of Enron's Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay enters its second week, journalists are again pointing to the connections between the Bush family and administration and the former corporate Goliath. It's certainly not difficult to unearth the laundry list of ties between Bush's tight-knit Republican circle and the company that cheated Americans out of over $1 billion in retirement funds and some 4,500 jobs.
Director Launches Internal Investigation Into Who Gave Sensitive Information to the Media
By BRIAN ROSS and RICHARD ESPOSITO
Feb. 7, 2006 — - The director of the CIA has launched a major internal probe into media leaks about covert operations. In an agencywide e-mail, Porter Goss blamed "a very small number of people" for leaks about secret CIA operations that, in his words, "do damage to the credibility of the agency."
Boxer urges Sheehan to not challenge Feinstein
- Zachary Coile, San Francisco Chronicle
Washington -- California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer today urged anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan not to challenge the state's senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, in the June Democratic primary.
Peter Rothberg at the Nation has a blog about the White House Memo.
Lab Officials Excited by New H-Bomb Project
By Ian Hoffman, Oakland Tribune
For the first time in more than 20 years, U.S. nuclear-weapons scientists are designing a new H-bomb, the first of probably several new nuclear explosives on the drawing boards.
By Marjorie Cohn, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was called before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to explain why George W. Bush's program of warrantless spying on Americans is lawful.
By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/
It's pretty easy to trace the war crime of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay back to the Oval Office. The memos are all there.
Published on Monday, February 6, 2006 by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin)
By Michael Brune
Our president almost came clean in his State of the Union speech last week when he finally admitted that "America is addicted to oil." That addiction threatens our national security, our environmental health and our way of life.
Tuesday February 7, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Lithonia, GA: President Bush, joined by First Lady
Laura Bush and Secretary Rice, attends the funeral service of Coretta
Scott King at 12:00 PM. [POTUS Schedule]
Congress is full of followers. But to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney, we need real leaders.
That's why ImpeachPAC is endorsing Chris Owens in the open race for Brooklyn's 11th Congressional District.
New Orleans - Shortcomings in aid from the US government are making New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin look to other nations for help in rebuilding his hurricane-damaged city.
Nagin, who has hosted a steady stream of foreign dignitaries since Hurricane Katrina hit in late August, says he may seek international assistance because U.S. aid has not been sufficient to get the city back on its feet.
By RAW STORY
White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan got in a heated row with a White House correspondent at Monday's press briefing over President Bush's warrantless domestic spying program, RAW STORY has learned.
By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Former President Jimmy Carter criticized the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program Monday and said he believes the president has broken the law.
Asked directly by the U.S. Senate, Alberto Gonzales won't say
By James Ridgeway, The Village Voice, NY
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to say today whether the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program had opened first-class mail. Gonzales is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is holding hearings into the legality of President Bush's spying on Americans.
By Missy Comley Beattie
The plan was to attend a dinner party Friday night with my husband. On Thursday, I received an e-mail from Dede Miller, Cindy Sheehan’s sister, saying Cindy wanted me to deliver her message at the Bush Step Down Rally in DC on Saturday. I called my husband at his office and he said, “Go. It’s important.
Democrats.com Offers $1,000 Reward to Any Reporter Who Will Ask Follow-Up Question to Bush
At a White House press conference on June 7, 2005, Steve Holland of Reuters asked President Bush and Prime Minister Blair the $1,000 question: (1)
From the Des Moines Register:
Please point out to the Des Moines Register that Iran is years away from having a nuclear weapon, while the US has piles of them, and that promoting another war based on lies is disgraceful.
Feb. 13, 2006 issue - In the latest twist in the debate over presidential powers, a Justice Department official suggested that in certain circumstances, the president might have the power to order the killing of terrorist suspects inside the United States. Steven Bradbury, acting head of the department's Office of Legal Counsel, went to a closed-door Senate intelligence committee meeting last week to defend President George W. Bush's surveillance program. During the briefing, said administration and Capitol Hill officials (who declined to be identified because the session was private), California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Bradbury questions about the extent of presidential powers to fight Al Qaeda; could Bush, for instance, order the killing of a Qaeda suspect known to be on U.S. soil? Bradbury replied that he believed Bush could indeed do this, at least in certain circumstances.
By Barbara Cummings
San Diego is fast becoming known as a very progressive city. There is some event on almost every weekend in some part of the county. Many of these are begun by one or two individuals who have taken the initiative to act out on their own.
At the beginning of the hearing with Attorney General Gonzales about Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance program, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced:
1. Attorney Alberto Gonzales won’t be sworn in, even though the last time he testified under oath he misled the committee about the program. Leahy noted he was sworn the other two times he appeared before the committee. Leahy appealed the ruling of the chair and asked for a roll call vote.
SPECTER: So the question is, should the ruling of the chair be upheld that Attorney General Gonzales not be sworn?
Published Tuesday, January 3, 2006
FBI Reverts To Old Tactics
It was right out of the J. Edgar Hoover Playbook: In times of national crisis, round up the usual suspects. Thus, in the wake of the attacks of 9/11, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft gave the FBI its head to pursue America's enemies, foreign and domestic. And just as in Hoover's days, the agency spent a fair amount of time and effort going after . . . environmentalists, peaceniks, war protesters and the rest of the usual suspects.
By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | Perspective
What President George W. Bush, FOX news, and the Washington Times were saying about Iraq three years ago they are now saying about Iran. After Saturday's vote by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to report Iran's suspicious nuclear activities to the UN Security Council, the president wasted no time in warning, "The world will not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons."
By David Stout, New York Times
Washington - Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales told skeptical senators today that the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program is legal, constitutional and vital to national security in a time of terrorism.
By Robert F. Worth and James Glanz, New York Times
Baghdad - Iraqi and American officials say they are seeing a troubling pattern of government corruption enabling the flow of oil money and other funds to the insurgency and threatening to undermine Iraq's struggling economy.
Why Bush has no constitutional power for warrantless surveillance
Posted by Filius Nullius, Democratic Underground
Added to homepage Mon Feb 06th 2006, 03:17 PM ET
O.K., now that the Super Bowl is over, it's time to confront reality again. I'm an attorney, and this is a long, lawyerly piece that most DUers won't read, but here goes anyway. Just so you know, I'm not a constitutional lawyer, but, like most attorneys, I studied constitutional law in law school ... and, yes, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Democracy Now!. Posted February 4, 2006.
Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript from Amy Goodman's syndicated radio show Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman: The son of Caribbean-born immigrants, Harry Belafonte grew up on the streets of Harlem and Jamaica. After serving in World War II, he returned to New York and began a successful acting and singing career. Along with his rise to worldwide stardom, Belafonte became deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement and was close friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King.
By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, WI
The booting of Cindy Sheehan and Beverly Young from the Capitol during the State of the Union Address because of their T-shirts was not an isolated event.