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Archive for September 15th, 2007

Afternoon Jukebox… World On Fire

by- Suzie-Q @ 3:35 PM MST


Sarah McLachlan – World On Fire

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CIA Bans Water-Boarding in Terror Interrogations

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:50 PM MST

The controversial interrogation technique known as water-boarding, in which a suspect has water poured over his mouth and nose to stimulate a drowning reflex, has been banned by CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden, current and former CIA officials tell ABCNews.com. (Image above is an ABC News graphic.)

The officials say Hayden made the decision at the recommendation of his deputy, Steve Kappes, and received approval from the White House to remove water-boarding from the list of approved interrogation techniques first authorized by a presidential finding in 2002.

The officials say the decision was made sometime last year but has never been publicly disclosed.

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Get Down…Vote for Mike Gravel

by Geezer Power …11:26 AM PDT

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George W. Bush, President for Life?

Sudhan@18:30 CET

By William Blum / September 13th, 2007

Okay, Bush ain’t gonna get out of Iraq no matter what anyone says or does short of a)impeachment, b)a lobotomy, or c)one of his daughters setting herself afire in the Oval Office as a war protest. A few days ago, upon arriving in Australia, “in a chipper mood”, he was asked by the Deputy Prime Minister about his stopover in Iraq. “We’re kicking ass,” replied the idiot king.[1] Another epigram for his tombstone.

And the Democrats ain’t gonna end the war. Ninety-nine percent of the American people protesting on the same day ain’t gonna do it either, in this democracy. (No, I’m sorry to say that I don’t think the Vietnam protesters ended the war. There were nine years of protest — 1964 to 1973 — before the US military left Vietnam. It’s a stretch to ascribe a cause and effect to that. The United States, after all, had to leave sometime.)

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by Geezer Power …9:03 AM PDT


Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn Political Action, in Manhattan yesterday.

Behind an Antiwar Ad, a Powerful Liberal Group

By MICHAEL LUO and JEFF ZELENY
Published: September 15, 2007

There is no mistaking the influence of MoveOn.org, with its 3.2 million members and powerful fund-raising apparatus, within the Democratic Party.

This liberal activist group has come to occupy a prominent seat at the table among the party elite, so much so that Republicans leaped at a chance to hold Democrats and their presidential candidates responsible for MoveOn’s positions after it ran an advertisement attacking the credibility of Gen. David H. Petraeus.

MoveOn, which has raised tens of millions of dollars for Democratic candidates since its inception in 1998, clearly enjoys friendly relations with Democratic Party officials. Its leaders have met several times over the year with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to discuss policy and strategy on ending the Iraq war.

MoveOn representatives also take part, as co-founders of a coalition of antiwar groups together under the umbrella Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, in a daily conference call with the Democratic leadership staff on Capitol Hill to coordinate efforts.

Despite conservatives’ efforts to lump together the grass-roots organization and the party and to force individual Democrats to take responsibility for MoveOn’s wordplay on General Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, as “General Betray Us” in its advertisement in The New York Times, the relationship between the two is often complicated and, at times, shows visible fractures.


Antiwar Ad Prompts Dispute

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
Published: September 15, 2007

An advertisement by MoveOn.org in The New York Times on Monday has become the focus of a rancorous political dispute that has now rippled through the presidential campaign.

The full-page, black-and-white advertisement questioned the integrity of Gen. David H. Petraeus, the American commander in Iraq. It ran on the first day of General Petraeus’s highly anticipated testimony before Congress on the progress of the war.

Republicans seized on the advertisement, saying it was unpatriotic because it suggested that General Petraeus, a decorated four-star general, should be called “General Betray Us.” They have used what MoveOn has acknowledged was inflammatory language to denounce the group as an extreme left-wing organization. And they have tried to lash the advertisement to the Democratic presidential candidates because MoveOn has ties to the party and is influential with its core voters.

In response to the MoveOn.org advertisement, another appeared in The New York Times yesterday, this one paid for by Rudolph W. Giuliani, a Republican candidate for president and former mayor of New York. It attacked Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, a leading Democratic candidate for president, suggesting that she was part of “orchestrated attacks” on the general with MoveOn.org. It said she “continued the character attack on General Petraeus and refused to denounce MoveOn.org’s ad.”

On Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton criticized the report on the war, but not the general’s character. Asked later about the MoveOn advertisement, she avoided answering.

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9/11 First Responder Heard WTC 7 Demolition Countdown

anthony @ 08:30 BST

Former Air Force Special Operations for Search and Rescue expert witnessed officials attempt to conceal planned nature of demolition

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Thursday, September 13, 2007

A 9/11 first responder has gone on the record to describe how he heard a demolition-style countdown precede the collapse of WTC 7, eyewitness testimony that dovetails with other EMT’s and rescue personnel who were also told that Building 7 was going to be “brought down”.

Earlier this year, we reported on the testimony of an anonymous EMT named Mike who told Loose Change producer Dylan Avery that hundreds of emergency rescue personnel were told over bullhorns that Building 7, a 47 story skyscraper adjacent the twin towers that was not hit by a plane yet imploded symmetrically later in the afternoon on 9/11, was about to be “pulled” and that a 20 second radio countdown preceded its collapse.

That account was backed up by another ground zero rescue worker who went on the record with her full name. Volunteer EMT Indira Singh described to a radio show how she learned that WTC 7 was going to be “brought down” and the context was clear that it was to be deliberately demolished.

In addition, former NYPD officer Craig Bartmer described hearing bombs tear down the building as he fled the collapse.

Now another ground zero first responder has shed more light on how he heard the countdown moments before attempting to escape the collapse of Building 7 as a stampede ensued. (more…)

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Were War Critic Soldiers Killed To Send Message?

anthony @ 08:20 BST

Two soldiers who wrote op-ed that contradicted Patraeus report die in strange accident, while another is shot in the head in case that bears chilling resemblance to Pat Tillman story.

Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet | Friday, September 14, 2007

The mother of a soldier who died in an apparent vehicle accident shortly after writing a New York Times op-ed critical of the war in Iraq is demanding to know the truth about what happened to her son, while another author of the piece was also shot in the head in a case that bears a sinister resemblance to the murder of Pat Tillman.

Like Tillman, 28-year-old Sergeant Omar Mora enlisted shortly after 9/11 in the belief that he was fighting to protect his country from terrorists.

However, after the invasion of Iraq Mora became increasingly skeptical of the true agenda behind the war and in August he, along with six other active duty soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division, wrote a stinging New York Times op-ed that slammed the occupation as “flawed,” “absurd,” and concluded that the sentiment of the Iraqi people renders the ultimate withdrawal of American troops inevitable. (more…)

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