Archive for June 24th, 2007

Late Night Jukebox… Waterloo

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:42 PM MST

Good Evening Justice Bloggers!

I just received this email from Matt Garthoff:


Was cruising and found your blog. I think my latest video is something you might enjoy. It’s up at Truthdig, Andrew Sullivan, FDL and a few others.
Please share with your audience if you like. Thanks,

Excellent work Matt! Thank you for letting me know about this awesome video.  Also, I hope you will blog with us. 😉


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Isikoff: ‘A New Cheney-Gonzales Mystery’

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:14 PM MST

Michael Isikoff is reporting “a new Cheney-Gonzales mystery” in the current issue of Newsweek. It has recently become known that Cheney’s office has refused to comply with an executive order requiring annual reports on security measures, claiming that the vice president is not part of the executive branch. The government official responsible for enforcing the order, J. William Leonard, complained about this last January to Attorney General Gonzales, asking for an official ruling, but he never received a response.

Isikoff asks, “Why didn’t Gonzales act on Leonard’s request? His aides assured reporters that Leonard’s letter has been ‘under review’ for the past five months—by Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). But on June 4, an OLC lawyer denied a Freedom of Information Act request about the Cheney dispute asserting that OLC had ‘no documents’ on the matter, according to a copy of the letter obtained by NEWSWEEK. Steve Aftergood, the Federation of American Scientists researcher who filed the request, said he found the denial letter ‘puzzling and inexplicable’—especially since Leonard had copied OLC chief Steve Bradbury on his original letter to Gonzales.”

Congressional investigators have now become interested in the matter, according to Isikoff, and Rep. Henry Waxman has told Newsweek that he plans to investigate the Justice Department’s handling of the issue.

Link to full Newsweek story


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by- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 PM MST

BAGHDAD, Iraq _ Despite major ground-air offensives to the north and south of Baghdad, the deadliest place for U.S. troops remains the capital.

U.S. forces launched their largest assault of Baqouba, the provincial capital of Diyala about 35 miles north of Baghdad, five days ago. Since then, 29 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq — 22 of them in Baghdad, nearly all by roadside bombs, according to a tally on icasualties.org.

One U.S. soldier, Army Spec. Darryl Linder, 23, of Hickory, N.C., has been killed in the Diyala offensive so far.

But the small number of enemy captured or killed, and persistent U.S. casualties in the capital relative to those in major military campaigns in the provinces, raises questions about the efficacy of such operations.

Meanwhile, Iraqis huddled around televisions Sunday to watch Iraq’s High Tribunal condemn Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as “Chemical Ali,” and two other former Saddam Hussein henchmen to death for their roles in a 1988 campaign that killed tens of thousands of Kurds in the northern part of the country. Another two were sentenced to life in prison, while the charges against a sixth defendant were dropped.

Four Iraqi security officials touted the success of the Diyala campaign at a press briefing Sunday, saying about 57 insurgents have been killed and about 46 detained. The numbers are remarkably small considering 10,000 U.S.-led forces descended on the Diyala area, where al Qaida in Iraq imposed a strict, often brutal, brand of Islamic law.

Iraqi and U.S. military officials conceded most of the enemy fighters got away. Last week, these same officials talked of enclosing al Qaida forces to prevent them from escaping.


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Evening Jukebox… Breathless

by- Suzie-Q @ 6:58 PM MST

The Corrs- Breathless

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A Cancer On The Body Democratic

by- Mentarch … 18:52 EDT

(Updated below) (Update II)

Alternative title: The Root Of All Our Problems – In Real Life And In The Blogosphere.

Democracy is slowing rotting away. There is not only a cause for this wasting disease, but as well a potential cure – if we commit ourselves with courage, diligence and determination to apply such a cure.


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Afternoon Jukebox…Travolta Sings

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:05 PM MST

This is for the guy with the slicked back hair…. Uber Highwayman!  😉

Travolta Sings

(You need to double click the video to take you to youtube.)

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Bush: Plan Has Permanent Ban For Illegals

by- Suzie-Q @ 12:09 PM MST

Uses radio address to lobby for Senate’s ‘amnesty’ idea

President Bush today offered the promise of a future permanent ban on illegal aliens in the United States – if the U.S. Senate moves forward with a compromise “comprehensive” immigration reform package that was killed earlier.

“Right now, our laws are ineffective and insufficient. For example, crossing the border illegally carries weak penalties. In addition, participation in illegal gangs is not enough to bar admission into our country,” he said on his weekly radio address.

“And when we cannot get other countries to accept the return of their citizens who are dangerous criminals, in most cases our government can only detain these aliens for six months before releasing them into society,” he said.

“This is unacceptable. The bill before the Senate addresses these problems. Under this bill, those caught crossing illegally will be permanently barred from returning to the United States on a work or tourist visa.

“Under this bill, anyone known to have taken part in illegal gang activity can be denied admission to our country. And under the bill, we will be able to detain aliens who are dangerous criminals until another country accepts their return,” he said.

However, it also grants legal status to the estimated 12-20 million illegal aliens already within the United States, and that has generated considerable opposition among Republicans and even some Democrats.


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The Insidious Lies by Alberto Gonzales!

by GEF @ 1:45 PM EDT

Ashcroft contradicts Gonzales wiretapping testimony.

In sworn testimony to Congress in 2006, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that there had “not been any serious disagreement” over President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. But today, former Attorney General John Ashcroft — who almost resigned in protest over the program — told a House panel that in reality, the administration was “sharply divided over the legality of President Bush’s most controversial eavesdropping policies.”

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Gonzales’ stonewall won’t stand

Los Angeles Times
Published Saturday, June 23, 2007

Whether or not Alberto R. Gonzales maintains his Rasputin-like survival in high office, Congress is rightly determined to find out how much of his responsibility the AWOL attorney general abdicated to the White House in the matter of eight fired U.S. attorneys – and whether justice was obstructed in the process.

Go Read It–>


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by GEF @ 12:32 PM EDT


Brown Succeeds Blair As Labour Chief


Jun 24, 11:17 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Treasury chief Gordon Brown, replacing Tony Blair as leader of Britain’s Labour Party, vowed Sunday that the country’s foreign policy will recognize that defeating terrorism “involves more than military force.”

Brown, who will succeed Blair as prime minister on Wednesday, also pledged sweeping domestic reforms to tackle poverty and improve health care. The woman elected Sunday as his deputy, Harriet Harman, has called for the government to apologize for mistakes over the Iraq war.

Go Read It—>


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by- Suzie-Q @ 9:04 AM MST

Please Welcome Dr. Nasir Khan, as an author, to the Suzie-Q blog!

Nasir Khan is a historian. He holds a doctoral degree in History of Ideas. He is the author of, Development of the Concept and Theory of Alienation in Marx’s Writings (1995) and, Perceptions of Islam in the Christendoms: A Historical Survey (2006). He has written numerous articles on international affairs and the issues of human rights.

Nasir Khan was born in Kashmir and now he lives in Norway. He has been a peace activist in his life. He opposes war and violence in settling disputes between nations and people. He believes in peaceful co-existence of all nations and people. In his academic work he has tried to side with the weak and the oppressed in a world dominated by those who wield economic and political power, practice power politics, use misleading propaganda to further their aims and violate basic human rights. He also believes that all conscious members of society have a moral duty to stand for and further the cause of peace and human rights throughout the world. There are countless millions of people in the world who are victims of state oppression and super-power terrorism. They need our help and our support.

He blogs at Dr. Nasir Khan (Sudhan) and we are honored to have him as part of the Justice Team!

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