'78 Law Sought to Close Spy Loophole

'78 Law Sought to Close Spy Loophole
By David G. Savage
The Los Angeles Times

Saturday 17 December 2005

Civil libertarians say the latest revelations add to their frustration with the Bush administration. "If we are a nation of laws, then the president must be bound by the rule of law," said Lisa Graves, senior counsel at the ACLU in Washington. "This is clearly in violation of FISA and a violation of the Constitution. The president, no matter who he is, does not have the power to decide which laws he will follow."

A Soldier's Mom Speaks the Truth

(Editor's note: This was posted in an earlier thread by Judy. We've decided her heartfelt words deserved a thread header of its own. Judy, we wish the same as you do. We wish the best for your son as well as everyone else's sons or daughters serving in this occupation.)

I don't mean to be critical of you and I am sure you have had many replies of that nature to the above referenced subject. But you have been fooled by President Bush, his Administration and the mainstream media as have many other Americans. Please take the time to read this even if you don't take the time to investigate further.

My son is in the Air Force and I am very proud of him. He is a fire-fighter and rescues planes that crash. He is a true hero. He fortunately is back from Afghanistan and will be sent off in January to somewhere in Egypt. I fear every minute for his life. I do not blame our troops for what they do. They are all brave heroes. But they are also victims of this war and our government. My son knows I am angry at the President but not at him. But he believes in what he is doing, so I remain proud of him. All I can do is pray that some how, somewhere, someone can end all of this and bring them all home safe where they all belong. The American Troops need to start coming home NOW!

The Secret Government

The Secret Government
Democratic Underground

If you've taken the time to explore some of the vast amount of reliable, verifiable information on WantToKnow.info, you have very likely come to the conclusion that there is a powerful shadow or secret government which manipulates global politics behind the scenes. Government bureaucracies are known for their inefficiency, yet it is their very well-organized and hierarchical military and intelligence services through which those involved with the secret government are able to implement their secret plans.

George W. Bush has come full circle.

George W. Bush has come full circle.
Edited on Sat Dec-17-05 06:39 PM by Prisoner_Number_Six
Democratic Underground

If true, and I have no doubt it is (in spirit if not in fact), the recently leaked *bush statement that the United States Constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper has brought him full circle- in fact, it takes him all the way back to the Presidential Oath Of Office.

Senate Turns Down Patriot Act Extension

Senate Turns Down Patriot Act Extension

POSTED: 12:46 pm EST December 16, 2005
UPDATED: 2:37 pm EST December 16, 2005

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Friday refused to reauthorize major portions of the USA Patriot Act after critics complained they infringed too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.

Jean Schmidt's first 100 days, Freshman lawmaker fails to shake image of insult to decorated colleague

Jean Schmidt's first 100 days
Freshman lawmaker fails to shake image of insult to decorated colleague

By Malia Rulon, Enquirer Washington Bureau
and Howard Wilkinson, Enquirer staff writer

WASHINGTON - In her first 100 days, Rep. Jean Schmidt argued the need for spending restraint, fought for private property rights and voted to continue President Bush's tax cuts.

The coming exit strategy

By tom hayden

The peace movement is struggling with success, as measured by public surveys favoring withdrawal alongside confusion about what’s next. The Democrats seem paralyzed by their anti-war past while hiding behind John Murtha. Meanwhile, events on the ground and assessments by US military commanders seem to be pushing the US down the path of an exit strategy, perhaps sooner rather than later.

Add torture denials to long list of lies

By Gale Wilwerding, Davenport
Quad City Times

“We do not torture.

Dear Bushmen

By Hannes Klöpper, C6 Magazin

Dear Bushmen,

I'm against this war. Why, you may ask. There is a brutal dictator who, in possession of weapons of mass destruction, poses a threat to the democratic world.

Spying Scandal Draws Heat

Lawmakers call on Bush to explain his post-9/11 order allowing a secret agency to monitor U.S. citizens without first getting a warrant.
By Maura Reynolds and Greg Miller, LA Times

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress demanded Friday that President Bush and his administration explain his decision to permit the country's most secretive intelligence agency to spy on American citizens in the United States after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks without first obtaining warrants.

Time For Apologies

By Hollis Martin

I have spent a great deal of time ruminating over the devastation of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other areas of the world we have plundered into and where we have left our remnants of death scattered about. I watch and listen to the various groups activating antiwar rallies to try and end the devastation, and while they are good and well meaning, I also believe personally that the era of such protests is now ending. It is time to be newly creative once again but in ways that allow us to speak out FOR something, not AGAINST it. While being against something expresses how we feel, it still carries a negative edge. I think now more than ever, this country is craving positive feelings, something good to be speaking out FOR! In a time when everything in the world seems so bleak, we need our hopes raised by having a cause to feel positive about. I would like to share my idea with you about how to do this.

Bush Gesture to McCain: Less than Meets the Eye

By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

In deciding not to follow through on his threat to veto Sen. John McCain’s amendment against torture, Bush actually surrendered very little. Torture is still in the eyes of the beholders in the defense and intelligence communities.

Columnist Novak Out at CNN, In at Fox

By E&P Staff

NEW YORK After 25 years at CNN cable news, columnist Robert Novak, now embroiled in the Plame/CIA leak case, will be exiting on Dec. 31, and joining Fox News.

"We appreciate his many contributions and wish him well in future endeavors," said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., in a statement this morning.

Caroling at Karl Rove's House!

This Saturday Night at 6:00 pm...An official DAWN (DC Anti-War Network) Endorsed Action!

Everybody is invited! Join Us!

These favorites will warm your heart! Sing along to:

"I'm Dreaming of a White Christian"

"Cruel, inhuman, and degrading"

Eli Stephens
Left I on the News

So Bush is going to sign a bill prohibiting "cruel, inhuman, and degrading" treatment. I'll still wait to see the actual wording. For example, just what is a "prisoner"? Does it have to be someone who is officially "arrested" or "captured"? That would rule out all sorts of people who are simply kidnapped off the streets and spirited off to secret prisons. Do they have to have made it into "the system" to count? That would rule out people like Nazem Baji, executed by U.S. forces in the field while handcuffed. Or the prisoner who was executed in the mosque because a soldier claimed he was "f**king faking he's dead."

It's Your Life: An Open Letter to Young (and Less Young) Americans

Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By David Michael Green

The Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky once said, “While you may not be interested in war, war is interested in you

George Bush Comes Clean; What the President Really Could Have Said at Annapolis

By David Michael Green

Text of President Bush’s speech at the U.S. Naval Academy, Wednesday, Nov. 30, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions:

Thank you. Thank you. Please be seated. Thanks for the warm welcome.

VIDEO SPECIAL | Dahr Jamail: Reporting on Iraq

A Film By Sari Gelzer

Dahr Jamail shares the stories of Iraqi civilians he interviewed while spending 8 months in occupied-Iraq as an independent journalist.

Iraqi Vote Draws Big Turnout of Sunnis

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Jonathan Finer
The Washington Post

Anti-US sentiment is motivator for many.

Baghdad - More than two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Sunni Arabs belatedly joined in force to build a new Iraq, walking to polls by the hundreds of thousands Thursday for national elections that drew a robust turnout from across the country's sectarian and ethnic divides.

Spying on Americans and John Bolton

Posted on TPM Cafe
By Larry Johnson

The revelation that the National Security Agency was allowed to conduct non-FISA intercepts of American citizens should bring last summer's hearing on John Bolton's nomination to the United Nations back into focus. As Legal times noted in September of this year, "During the confirmation hearings of John Bolton as the U.S. representative to the United Nations, it came to light that the NSA had freely revealed intercepted conversations of U.S. citizens to Bolton while he served at the State Department. . . . More generally, Newsweek reports that from January 2004 to May 2005, the NSA supplied intercepts and names of 10,000 U.S. citizens to policy-makers at many departments, other U.S. intelligence services, and law enforcement agencies."

Counting Iraqi Casualties: Why didn't the press ask?


Throughout the Iraq War, the mainstream media have shown little interest in documenting or quantifying the suffering of Iraqis. But a recent comment by George W. Bush provoked an unexpected round of discussion of the topic.


By Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey

"Americans and Iraqis continue to die while House Republicans play political games," said Rep. Woolsey.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) led 17 Members of Congress in protesting today's Republican measure, H.Res.612, because it calls for a continued, open-ended presence of American troops in Iraq. "I congratulate the Iraqis for their successful election, but we must have an open debate on Iraq on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, said Woolsey. "Americans and Iraqis continue to die while House Republicans play political games."

DC Dems Failure on Iraq

By David Sirota

Yesterday, I wrote a long piece about how there is not one shred of actual hard data to sustain the assumption being peddled in Washington that pro-exit-strategy Democrats will be punished for their positions by voters. I also made the point that not being pro-exit-strategy is a recipe for disaster. Now today, we get a pristine example of exactly what I am talking about, from the local paper in a congressional district that is considered one of the Democrats' top potential pickups in 2006. This story shows exactly how the Republicans are capitalizing not on Democrats who are concrete in their support of an exit strategy, but how the GOP is feasting on Democrats who try to have it both ways and split the difference, as the "strategists" in Washington are prescribing. Just read the article's subheading - sadly, it says it all.

No elections will be credible while occupation continues

Iraq's current political process will not solve the crisis. Only a US and British pullout and a UN sponsored poll can do that

Harith al-Dari, The Guardian

Iraq has a long history of civilisation that has contributed both knowledge and wisdom to humanity. For many centuries, Islam also immunised Iraq against religious or sectarian strife and protected its population from the oppression that peoples of the ancient world had been subjected to. Generation after generation of Iraqis succeeded in maintaining peaceful coexistence among their diverse sects and races, despite the hardships and challenges they faced. It is by virtue of this cohesion that Iraq managed to rise up again and put its house in order in the wake of every calamity.

Welcome To The Surveillance State

By the American Progress Action Fund

The Bush administration is trying to jam through a permanent extension of the PATRIOT Act before Congress adjourns for the year. But Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) has assembled a bipartisan coalition advocating a more deliberative approach -- a temporary, three month extension until the Senate can resolve remaining concerns that certain provisions give "government too much power to investigate its citizens." An effort by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) to block a permanent extension of the act this year appears to have enough votes to be successful. But it does it matter? The New York Times reported that in 2002, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on Americans and others in the United States in ways that "go far beyond the expanded counterterrorism powers granted by Congress under the USA Patriot Act." The program has revived a domestic spying operation at the NSA not seen since the 1960s when the agency routinely eavesdropped "on Vietnam War protesters and civil rights activists."

Kucinich Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Allow Iraqi Parliament To Vote On The Future Of US Occupation

Kucinich Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Allow Iraqi Parliament - Not US House of Representatives - To Vote On The Future Of US Occupation

Kucinich/Paul Legislation Would Have Sovereign Iraq Vote On The Future Of US Occupation

Radical Proposal for Iraq: A Democratic Vote on Whether to End Occupation

Rumor has it Congressman Dennis Kucinich will introduce this resolution:

Expressing the sense of Congress that the new permanent Council of Representatives of Iraq should debate and vote on whether or not the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq is desired by the Government of Iraq.



In Washington politics, things are seldom what they appear to be -
especially when devious Machiavellians are running the White House.
And we often end up getting a fairy-tale version of reality because

Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in US after 9/11, Officials Say

By James Risen and Eric Lichtblau
The New York Times

Washington - Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.

Kerry Calls for Impeachment ... And Then Gets Backed Down

By Donnie Fowler, Huffington Post

The Washington DC crowd must be all atwitter with fear. Another Democrat has dared to call for real accountability by the White House ... at least until the handlers got to correcting the record. According to DC political newsletter "The Hotline" (published by the National Journal), John Kerry on Wednesday night said that if Democrats retake the House, there's a "solid case" to bring "articles of impeachment" against President Bush for allegedly misleading the country about pre-war intelligence.


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