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by Geezer Power …8:41 PM PDT

Whose Report Is It, Anyway?

Washington Post

By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Thursday, August 16, 2007; 12:26 PM

The “Petraeus Report” — the supposedly trustworthy mid-September reckoning of military and political progress in Iraq by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker — is instead looking more like a White House con job in the making.

The Bush administration has been trying for months to restore its credibility on Iraq (as well as stall for time) by focusing on Petraeus — President Bush’s “main man” in Iraq — and his report to Congress. But now it turns out it that White House aides will actually write the “Petraeus Report,” not the general himself.

And although Petraeus has a long history of literally and figuratively playing the good soldier for Bush, it appears that the president still doesn’t trust him enough to stay on message under the congressional klieg lights.

Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel wrote in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times: “Despite Bush’s repeated statements that the report will

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Evening Jukebox… Wherever Whenever

by- Suzie-Q @ 8:22 PM MST


Shakira – Wherever Whenever

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by- Suzie-Q @ 8:18 PM MST

Gotta love those Aussies…Mass mooning of Bush/APEC at 3:00 this afternoon. From Bums For Bush (not exactly safe for work)

Bush is coming to Sydney. Thousands of police, total CBD lockdown, draconian new laws to stifle all protest. Just so nothing disturbs Howard’s moment of glory.

APEC’s agenda is more free-market madness, more nuclear power, more warmongers deciding how best to [common expletive] the world over.

Is this the future we want? Let’s tell Bush what we really think about his visit. Only 4000 cheeks are needed to make the biggest moon in history – a world record Australia can really be proud of.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Tik Tak

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:00 PM MST

Good Afternoon Justice Bloggers!

Happy Friday!  🙂

I dedicate this song to all the children in the world!  May their future be bright!  (Let’s make darn sure it is!  😉 )

Have a great weekend!


DJ Chuckie- Tik Tak

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Demonizing Islam and Muslims in America

Sudhan@21:00 CET

Who Are The Fanatics?

 

By Paul Craig Roberts

President Jimmy Carter was demonized for pointing out in his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, that there are actually two sides to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Distinguished American scholars, such as John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt have suffered the same fate for documenting the excessive influence the Israel Lobby has on US foreign policy.

Americans would be astonished at the criticisms in the Israeli press of the Israeli government’s policies toward the Palestinians and Arabs generally. In Israel facts are still part of the discussion. If the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, could replace Fox “News,” CNN, New York Times and Washington Post, Americans would know the truth about US and Israeli policies in the Middle East and their likely consequences.

On September 1, Haaretz reported that Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, which represents 900 Congregations and 1.5 million Jews, “accused American media, politicians and religious groups of demonizing Islam” and turning Muslims into “satanic figures.” [Jewish leader urges US Muslims to condemn violence, Reuters, September 1, 2007]

Continued . . .

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The Chaser Lampoons APEC Security

by Geezer Power …11:50 AM PDT

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A funny thing happened on the way to APEC…

by Geezer Power …10:49 AM PDT

The Age

Tony Wright
September 8, 2007

THOSE naughty boys from The Chaser did a great deal more this week than humiliate a multimillion-dollar security apparatus. They put humour back into what had become a largely humourless business: protest.

They have, indeed, succeeded in challenging authority — the kernel of all protest — in a way that the thousands of citizens who will gather today in the streets of Sydney under the frightfully earnest Stop Bush Coalition banner could hardly dream of achieving.

Australian governments have spent close to $170 million to keep APEC leaders isolated from mere mortals on the basis that any one of them could be a terrorist.

There are about 3500 NSW police and 400 Australian Federal Police patrolling the streets, waters and skies of Sydney. Another 1500 military personnel, many of them armed to the teeth, are on the streets and perched on rooftops. This doesn’t include the hundreds of security officials, Secret Service agents, bodyguards and assorted other tough guys who have flown in with the 21 APEC leaders.

The security operations are not limited to Sydney, either. As The Chaser team prepared its assault on Thursday, a swarm of police stopped and searched a convoy of mini-buses and cars at Tarcutta, half-way from Melbourne down the Hume Highway. The police reportedly said their task was “APEC-related”. Those searched all happened to be members of the Socialist Party, bound for Sydney and, perhaps, mayhem.

The Socialist Party is one of a number of protest groups that have been involved for months in a weighty debate about whether today’s big anti-Bush demonstration should be billed as “peaceful”.

Security officials have been monitoring the debate — much of it played out on the internet. A sample from the group known as Resistance suggests just how humourless the protest movement has become. Perfectly straight-faced, two members of Resistance — an organisation that champions the right of Iraqis to kill Americans — posted a long discussion on the matter back in May, cogitating about how the Stop Bush collective could best “assert our right to protest in the context of a crackdown on civil liberties”.

“A central debate in the collective has been around the question of whether we should explicitly publicise the protest as a peaceful demonstration,” the Resistance authors declared.

The authors said members of the International Socialist Organisation and student-based left group Solidarity had stated they believed describing their protest as peaceful “would be to capitulate to the government and media fear campaign and exclude those who are planning to use other tactics at the protest.

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Bush Makes A Million Screw-Ups In 10 Minutes

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:58 AM MST

President Bush Junior screwed up even more than normal during brief remarks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Sydney. Foreign journalists were, as usual, horrified and amused by the bumbling and buffoonery.

  • Bush immediately referred to APEC as “OPEC,” and then excused his idiocy by bizarrely claiming Australian Prime Minister John Howard had invited Bush to next year’s OPEC summit.
  • Which is impossible, as neither the USA nor Australia is a member of OPEC.
  • Then he thanked Howard for the “Austrian troops” in Iraq.
  • “Then, speech done, Bush confidently headed out — the wrong way. He strode away from the lectern on a path that would have sent him over a steep drop. Howard and others redirected the president to center stage, where there were steps leading down to the floor of the theater.”
  • Also, he was late and people only applauded when he left.
  • Also, the South Korean president became completely enraged when Bush Junior refused to say the Korean War was over.

Bush has bad day at Sydney Opera House

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Judge Strikes Down Part of Patriot Act

anthony with acknowledgments to Geezer Power @ 15:37 BST

From Raw Story

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero today stated that a section of the updated USA PATRIOT ACT “offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers,” and struck down the provision in the law allowing the government to secretly obtain personal records, the Associated Press reports.

Marrero ruled that the National Security Letter provision of the Act, permitting the FBI to demand the private information and then gag those who received the order, violated the the 1st amendment to the Constitution protecting free speech and also threatened separation of powers. “In light of the seriousness of the potential intrusion into the individual’s personal affairs and the significant possibility of a chilling effect on speech and association – particularly of expression that is critical of the government or its policies – a compelling need exists to ensure that the use of NSLs is subject to the safeguards of public accountability, checks and balances, and separation of powers that our Constitution prescribes,” Marrero wrote.

If the ruling is to be upheld, such NSLs must be subjected to full judicial review.

“As the court recognized, there must be real, meaningful judicial checks on the exercise of executive power,” said Melissa Goodman, a spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union, the organization that first challenged the law in December 2004. “Without oversight, there is nothing to stop the government from engaging in broad fishing expeditions, or targeting people for the wrong reasons, and then gagging Americans from ever speaking out against potential abuses of this intrusive surveillance power.”

The ruling is a setback for the Bush Administration whose broad claims to secrecy are coming under growing scrutiny.

LINK TO THE AP STORY HERE.

FULL TEXT OF THE ACLU PRESS RELEASE AT THIS LINK.

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Mexican Rigs Hitting U.S. Pavement Today

by- Suzie-Q @ 5:33 AM MST

Congressman: Bush ‘hell-bent’ to green-light foreign truckers

Trucks owned by Mexican trucking companies and piloted by Mexican drivers are scheduled to hit the pavement of U.S. roadways as early as today, according to an Oregon congressman.

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., late yesterday said what critics call the Bush administration’s “stealth plan” to allow Mexican long-haul rigs to run on roads throughout the United States is being launched.

“The Bush administration has indicated to me that tomorrow (Friday) they will open the U.S. border to 100 Mexican-domiciled trucking companies,” DeFazio said. “This is a sad day for America.”

DeFazio’s anger was evident in his statement.

“This administration is hell-bent on opening our borders,” DeFazio said, “but has failed to require that Mexican drivers and trucks meet the same safety and security standards as U.S. drivers and trucks.”

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