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House Passes the Iraq Accountability Act

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:14 PM MST

The Gavel- Pelosi

The House has passed the Iraq Accountability Act, 221-205.

Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha closed debate:

Rep. Murtha:
“I have seen young people that came back from Iraq that are having a hard time adjusting, and they weren’t in the heaviest contact. The psychologists that came before the committee said to me, three months in this situation is a long time. Three months they start getting post-traumatic stress. Predictions are we’ll have 65,000 Americans, not Iraqis, Americans, that are going to have post-traumatic stress. You wonder why we want to bring this to an end?”


Rep. Murtha on Revised Iraq Accountability Act

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by GEF @ 8:57 PM EDT

Congress has Already signed the Continuity of Congress Amendment so Congress essentially made it Easier for Bush to take TOTAL control of Amerika by Staging an Inside Job that Destroys Congress in a Spectacular Nuclear Attack to be blamed on others…How much you want to wager it’s Congress that conveniently gets it?

SOUND FAMILIAR ? ARABS WITH WALMART DO IT YOURSELF NUKES PERHAPS ?
Bush is already telling us what he’s planning!

Nuke Explosion in DC

Bush orders contingency plans for attack on U.S.

From the Washington Post

May 10, 2007

WASHINGTON — President Bush issued a formal national security directive Wednesday ordering agencies to prepare contingency plans for a surprise, “decapitating” attack on the federal government, and assigned responsibility for coordinating such plans to the White House. CLICK STORY

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by- Suzie-Q @ 4:14 PM MST

Raw Story

A former top State Department aide to Colin Powell said today that President Bush and Vice President Cheney are more deserving of impeachment than was Bill Clinton.

Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, said on the public radio program On Point Thursday that “Bill Clinton’s peccadilloes … pale in significance” when compared to the “high crimes and misdemeanors” of Bush and Cheney.

Wilkerson did not directly call on Congress to begin impeachment hearings, and he brought up impeachment in response to a caller’s question. Early in the show, however, he observed, “This administration doesn’t know how to effect accountability, in my opinion.”

Wilkerson’s comments were first reported by pro-impeachment Web site AfterDowningStreet.org.

“The language in [the Constitution] about impeachment is nice and precise -– it’s high crimes and misdemeanors,” he said. “You compare Bill Clinton’s peccadilloes for which he was impeached to George Bush’s high crimes and misdemeanors or Dick Cheney’s high crimes and misdemeanors, and I think they pale in significance.”

Taking a historical view of impeachment, Wilkerson said he believed the Founding Fathers would be surprised that more presidents had not been impeached.

“I do believe that they would have thought had they been asked by you or whomever at the time of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia ‘Do you think this will be exercised?’ they would have said ‘Of course it will, every generation they’ll have to throw some bastard out.'”Wilkerson said. “That’s a form of accountability too. It’s ultimate accountability.”

Asked about the high crimes of the current administration, Wilkerson said the American public was duped into supporting a war in Iraq.

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U2 and Greenday- The Saints Are Coming

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Bush Changed Emergency Shadow Government Plan

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:27 PM MST

WaPo

President Bush issued a formal national security directive yesterday ordering agencies to prepare contingency plans for a surprise, “decapitating” attack on the federal government, and assigned responsibility for coordinating such plans to the
White House
.

The prospect of a nuclear bomb being detonated in Washington without warning, whether smuggled in by terrorists or a foreign government, has been cited by many security analysts as a rising concern since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The order makes explicit that the focus of federal worst-case planning involves a covert nuclear attack against the nation’s capital, in contrast with Cold War assumptions that a long-range strike would be preceded by a notice of minutes or hours as missiles were fueled and launched.

“As a result of the asymmetric threat environment, adequate warning of potential emergencies that could pose a significant risk to the homeland might not be available, and therefore all continuity planning shall be based on the assumption that no such warning will be received,” states the 72-paragraph order. It is designated National Security Presidential Directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20.

The statement added, “Emphasis will be placed upon geographic dispersion of leadership, staff, and infrastructure in order to increase survivability and maintain uninterrupted Government Functions.”

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by- Suzie-Q @ 12:11 PM MST

The Gavel-Pelosi

Chairman Conyers:
“And when we learn this morning, page A1, Washington Post, that another US Attorney in Missouri was forced out contrary to repeated assurances that the eight US Attorneys whose circumstances we’ve been examining for the past few months were the entire list, it makes us wonder when we will get the entire report, truthful report about this matter.”


Judicary Hearing With Alberto Gonzales: Conyers’ Opening

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by- Suzie-Q @ 12:10 PM MST

The Gavel-Pelosi

Chairman Conyers:
“I want to ask how the US Attorney termination list came to be. Who suggested putting most of these US Attorneys on the list and why? Now that’s the question that overhangs everything we’re doing here. If we can answer that, I think outside of the reticence of the White House to cooperate, we would make incredible gains in trying to put this matter to rest…”


Judicary Hearing With Alberto Gonzales: Conyers’ Questioning

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by- Suzie-Q @ 12:09 PM MST

The Gavel-Pelosi

Rep. Watt:
“So you didn’t fire him for that reason but somebody might have put him on the list for that reason, that’s really what you’re saying Mr. Attorney General?”

AG Gonzales:
“I don’t… again… Congressman, I’m assuming that this committee has spoken with every one who provided input and of course the person who was compiling the information, Mr. Sampson, would know better than I because I’m a fact witness…”


Judicary Hearing With Alberto Gonzales: Mel Watt Questioning

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by- Suzie-Q @ 12:08 PM MST

The Gavel- Pelosi

Rep. Schiff:
“In March of this year when Mr. Roehrkasse, your press spokesman said that in none of these conversations, none of these three conversations were corruption cases mentioned, that wasn’t true was it?”

AG Gonzales:
“Well, again, I don’t know whether or not Mr. Roehrkasse was talking about specific corruption cases or as a general category, Senator Domenici did not mention specific corruption cases.”

Rep. Schiff:
“And you don’t think that’s misleading?”


Judicary Hearing With Alberto Gonzales: Schiff Questioning

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by- Suzie-Q @ 12:07 PM MST

The Gavel- Pelosi

Rep. Davis:
“I will ask to put it in the record, Mr. Chairman, a survey done by the University of Minnesota which surveys prosecutions of local elected officials between 2001 and 2006, with respect to partisan affiliation. 85% of the local officials prosecuted were Democrats, 12% were Republicans. 50 % of elected officials in this country are Democrats and 41% are Republicans. Do you have any reason to assert that seven times more Democrats are guilty of federal crimes than Republicans?”


Judicary Hearing With Alberto Gonzales: Davis Questioning

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by- Suzie-Q @ 12:06 PM MST

The Gavel- Pelosi

Rep. Wasserman Schultz:
“Attorney General Gonzales, I have had a really hard time today figuring out what it is you do know. I have sat through this entire hearing and most of your answers have been you don’t know. Now, you know what, I’m 40 years old and I’m reaching a point where I have spottiness in my memory too, but something as significant as the lapses in memory that you seem to have had related to the firing of the US Attorneys…”


Judicary Hearing With Alberto Gonzales: Wasserman Schultz

UPDATE: Chairman Conyers has given the following response to the hearing:

“After hours of testimony, the first and most basic question remains: who created the list of US Attorneys to be fired and why? As I said in the hearing, the bread crumbs are steadily leading toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“We learned from the media today that Todd Graves was the ninth fired US Attorney, and Thomas Heffelfenger of Minnesota may have been the 10th. That begs the question that my colleague, Rep. Sánchez asked earlier, are there any others?

“My request for more information was met with an untenable response: ‘I’ll take that back.’ To whom will Mr. Gonzalez take that back to if he, in fact, is the Attorney General, the one in charge?”

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