Archive for July 2nd, 2007

by GEF @ 11:06 PM EDT

On this evening’s “Countdown” Keith Olbermann interviewed Ambassador Joe Wilson about the President’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence. Wilson held little back, referring to President Bush as “corrupt to the core” and describes how this national disgrace affects his wife, Valerie Plame, the victim of Libby’s crimes, and it’s implications for current and future CIA operatives. Ambassador Wilson also calls on Patrick Fitzgerald to release all information he amassed during his investigation and for Congress to open an investigation to find out what really happened.

The President’s actions are a slap in the face to the Wilsons and the nation. If you would like to help support the Wilsons please visit their website – http://www.wilsonsupport.org/

Patrick Fitzgerald has responded, you can read it below the fold…

We fully recognize that the Constitution provides that commutation decisions are a matter of presidential prerogative and we do not
comment on the exercise of that prerogative.

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Cliff’s Corner: The Week That Was 6/29/07…

by- Suzie-Q @5:54 PM MST

From our very own Cliff Schecter: Cliff’s Corner (from AmericaBlog)

The Week That Was 6/29/07

Another week. More preposterousness to report.

So Ann Coulter and her Adam’s Apple were let off their leash this past week and snarled and whined much like a canine forced to go on vactation with Mitt Romney.

Showing up in a hand-me-down cocktail dress that is sold with a free pregnancy test, the mustachioed minx arrived on Hardball to bring her special brand of death-threat humor to a tv near you (where was Rupert M. with the first invite? Is Fox starting to snooze when it comes to booking their base?).

Now I know it was as much fun for all of us as it was for you, but just remember Ann, if we had the universal healthcare you deride you would likely get some of the help you so desperately need. We can also help you get legal advice when liberals act so “mean to you” and, you know, respond to your hatred. Sadly, however, medical science cannot yet provide a conscience or the ability to convince a man to stay with you past sunrise. Good luck on that stuff, though.

Here are some of the other fun nuggets I learned this week:

1) Rudy Giuliani understood the terrorist threat when Bill Clinton didn’t after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. That is why he never mentioned terrorism. Didn’t know who Osama bin Laden was. And Put the counterrorism center in the only place that had actually been attacked: The freakin WORLD TRADE CENTER.

Rudy do you really want to run on this? You’re to counterterrorism what Lindsay Lohan is to driving or Dick Cheney is to eating vegetables. There is a reason the firemen hate you, you jackass. Let me put this in a way a blunt man like you can understand. Your negligence in not replacing faulty radios GOT THEM KILLED. You get that, America’s “cousin-kissing, serial-marrying, Bernie-Kerik-promoting, Oxycontin-pushing” Mayor?

2) New England Republicans just suck something awful. Hey Sunununununu, you can jam every phone in the Northern Hemisphere this time and you’re still going to get your ass handed to you. 29% support in the polls? 1% of Democrats voting for you (although, in fairness, with the margin of error, it could be like -3%).

And Susan Collins, how does it feel to have Joe Lieberman raise money for you–when he’s not watching protesters almost die in his office–and have progressive groups outraise you to give to a real leader in Rep. Tom Allen? It’s going to be really, really lonely–like Bill O’Reilly when the corner falafel stand is closed lonely–for the New England Republican caucus soon (Olympia and Judd, table for two!).

2) My God, did Norm Coleman smoke an unbelievable amount of pot in college. I think Jeff Spicoli was based on him. Now, of course he is very anti-drug. Even though he put so much THC in his system that he was a walking hemp farm at one point. You want pictures? You’ve got it.

Well that’s it for our fun trip through GOP dementia this week. Tune in next week, when Senators Jim DeMint and David Vitter will have probably erected a wall on the Senate floor to separate themselves from Senators Salazar and Martinez.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 4:28 PM MST

Breaking news reports late on Monday showed that President George W. Bush had commuted the sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former top aide who also served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. An appeal by Libby to stay out of jail pending an appeal of his conviction for committing perjury and other offenses was rejected by a federal court this morning.

Libby did not receive a pardon, but he did have his 30 month jail sentence commuted by President Bush. He remains guilty of the felonies of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements in the federal investigation of the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. He will also pay a $250,000 fine.


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SQ’s Computer is Down

Posted by Basheert @2:49 PM MST

Hi Justice Bloggers!

SQ just called and her computer has been down for about 3 hours, if any of you are trying to reach her. Thought I’d get it out here so you wouldn’t think she’s ignoring you!

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Do The Crime… Do The Time… Go To Jail Scooter!

by- Suzie-Q @ 11:09 AM MST

WASHINGTON — Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby cannot delay his 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled Monday.

The decision is a dramatic setback for Libby, who likely will have to surrender to prison in weeks. The ruling puts pressure on President Bush, who has been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Libby was convicted in March of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity. He is the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.

Libby believed he had a good chance of overturning the conviction on appeal and asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to put the sentence on hold. In a two-sentence ruling, the court refused.


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Anthony @ 18:10 BST

By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 2, 2007

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said yesterday that he will attempt to cite the White House for criminal contempt of Congress if it does not turn over documents related to the firing of nine federal prosecutors.

“If they don’t cooperate, yes, I’d go that far,” Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This is very important to the American people.”

Leahy’s comments raise the stakes in a growing conflict between the Democrat-controlled Congress and the Bush White House, suggesting that the constitutional clash may end up in a court case that could last beyond Bush’s tenure as president.


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by- Suzie-Q @ 8:24 AM MST

Watergate leftovers in the Bush administration learned all the wrong lessons. Dick Cheney, for example, learned how to stonewall, lie and obstruct justice. Outright treason he left to underlings who would take the fall for him. More ominously, however, these “leftovers” learned how to pull off a coup d’etat.

Those too young to remember Watergate are tempted to write that the GOP set the stage for impeachment hardball when they impeached Bill Clinton for lying about an act that was not even a crime. Admittedly, that was absurd. But it stands in stark contrast to the numerous real crimes that had been attributed to Richard Nixon during watergate and the numerous real crimes that will be charged and proven against George W. Bush.

It was, rather, the impending impeachment of Nixon that most surely set the stage for Bush, radicalizing the likes of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. A recent book, The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office lists only ten real crimes that should, by rights, get George W. Bush thrown out of an office that he and a criminal gang of Goppers stole twice.


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by Sudhan@12:00 CET ——————————————-

How Cheney abused his power in war on terror

By Tim Shipman

Vice-President Dick Cheney was personally responsible for American policies that subjected terrorist suspects to cruelty and denied them the right to a fair trial, according to revelations from senior US government officials.

  Dick Cheney now looks like a 'comic book villain'
Dick Cheney now looks like a ‘comic book villain’

The details have laid bare more than ever before the remarkable influence of Mr Cheney in shaping the prosecution of the war on terror which led to the scandals at Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.

The claims that Mr Cheney manoeuvred to circumvent both American and international law came as the vice-president last week faced three new congressional demands that he release information on his activities.

Even his supporters admitted that the disclosures have left Mr Cheney looking like a “comic-book villain” whose contempt for process, including within the White House, has undermined public support for President Bush.

A year-long investigation by The Washington Post uncovered details of how in November 2001 – two months after the September 11 atrocities – Vice-President Cheney went behind the backs of the secretary of state, Colin Powell, and the national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to deny foreign terrorist suspects access to a court.

In a private dinner with President Bush, Mr Cheney presented him with an order written by his own lawyer, David Addington, denying suspects a civilian trial or a court martial and ordering that they could be confined indefinitely without charge.

Within an hour of the meal, the document had been signed by the president, having been whisked straight to his desk on Vice-President Cheney’s orders, without being seen by senior White House staff. Miss Rice was described as “incensed” and when Mr Powell learnt of the decision from television news he snapped: “What the hell just happened?”


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Meanwhile, Back In Canada …

by- Mentarch … 5:33 EDT

Neoconservatism hubris, lies and incompetence are not just the lot of our neighbors south of the 49th parallel.

While many have expounded (rightly so) on the great qualities of Canada and Canadians on this 140th anniversary of our country, the speech given by Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper (a.k.a. Mini Leader) on the occasion of Canada Day-related celebrations highlighted the fact that our Canadian principles are being slowly eroded away by him and his neoconservative Harpies.


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