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Rep. Wexler Confronts Condi on Bu$hco’s 935 Lies

by Geezer Power …4:14 pm

AlterNet

Posted by Matt Corley
Think Progress February 14, 2008.

Last month, the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism released a study finding that the Bush administration made “at least 935 false statements” preceding the invasion of Iraq. Condoleezza Rice, who served as National Security Adviser at the time, made 56 false statements.

During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) pressed Rice to explain the inconsistencies, asking “isn’t it true that you had intelligence that cast doubt on your repeated claims?” “No, it’s not true,” replied Rice tersely.

Wexler then pointed out that Rice was lying when she said it was “not true” and that there had been “intelligence that cast doubt” on the administration’s pre-war claims:

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House Passes Contempt Citations For Bush Aides

By- Suzie-Q @ 3:00 PM MST

Republican walk-out to protest vote

Democrats passed contempt of Congress citations against two Bush administration figures Thursday after the charges had spent months in limbo.

On a vote of 223-to-32 House Democrats succeeded in passing the contempt charges against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former counsel Harriet Miers, after Republicans walked out in protest.

House Republicans staged a walk-out Thursday afternoon to protest the contempt vote and the failure by the chamber’s majority members to bow to President Bush’s demands on a controversial spying law. (Video below)

“We will not stand here and watch this floor be abused for pure political grandstanding at the expense of our national security. … Let’s just get up and leave,” Republican Leader John Boehner advised his colleagues as they dramatically left the floor Thursday afternoon.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Black Horse And The Cherry Tree

By- Suzie-Q @ 2:45 PM MST


KT Tunstall – Black Horse And The Cherry Tree

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US: Broken Spy Satellite Will Be Shot Down

By- Suzie-Q @ 1:30 PM MST

WASHINGTON — President Bush decided to make a first-of-its-kind attempt to use a missile to bring down a broken U.S. spy satellite because of the potential danger to people from its rocket fuel, officials said Thursday.

Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffries, briefing reporters at the Pentagon, did not say when the attempted intercept would be conducted, but the satellite is expected to hit Earth during the first week of March.

“This is all about trying to reduce the danger to human beings,” Jeffries said.

Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the same briefing that the “window of opportunity” for such a shootdown, presumably to be launched from a Navy ship, will open in the next three or four days and last for seven or eight days. He did not say whether the Pentagon has decided on an exact launch date.

Cartwright said this will be an unprecedented effort; he would not say exactly what are the odds of success.

“This is the first time we’ve used a tactical missile to engage a spacecraft,” Cartwright said.

After extensive study and analysis, U.S. officials came to the conclusion that, “we’re better off taking the attempt than not,” Cartwright said.

He said a Navy missile known as Standard Missile 3 would be fired in an attempt to intercept the satellite just prior to it re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. It would be “next to impossible” to hit the satellite after that because of atmospheric disturbances, Cartwright said.

A second goal, he said, is to directly hit the fuel tank in order to minimize the amount of fuel that returns to Earth.

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Cover Their Ass…

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

Heckuva Job


You really can’t beat P.R. like this:

The most famous journalist you may never have heard of is Sami al-Hajj, an Al Jazeera cameraman who is on a hunger strike to protest abuse during more than six years in a Kafkaesque prison system.
Mr. Hajj’s fortitude has turned him into a household name in the Arab world, and his story is sowing anger at the authorities holding him without trial.
That’s us. Mr. Hajj is one of our forgotten prisoners in Guantánamo Bay.

Here we are in America, where our we have three 24 hour news networks, hundreds of newspapers, periodicals, etc. and, of course, a series of information delivering tubes, and I’ve never heard of this guy, specifically, until today.

Suppose the Iranian government arrested and beat Katie Couric, held her virtually incommunicado for six years and promised to release her only if she would spy for Iran. In such circumstances, Iranian investments in public diplomacy toward the United States wouldn’t get very far, either.
After Mr. Hajj was arrested in Afghanistan in December 2001, he was beaten, starved, frozen and subjected to anal searches in public to humiliate him, his lawyers say. The U.S. government initially seems to have confused him with another cameraman, and then offered vague accusations that he had been a financial courier and otherwise assisted extremist groups.

So he is being held to cover their ass — and make sure he doesn’t tell his story in detail to the Arab world?

Nino Scalia would approve.

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Child of War Turned Peace Activist: Phan Ti Kim Phuc

anthony @ 18:45 GMT

Gimundo.com   |  Kathryn Hawkins   |   February 14, 2008 08:45 AM

It’s one of the most iconic images of the 20th century: A young Vietnamese girl running from her village, naked, her clothes burned away in a napalm attack. Her mouth is wide, her face filled with terror and anguish.

This photo, Vietnam Napalm, by Nick Ut, was taken in 1972, just after American troops accidentally dropped a load of napalm from the sky, demolishing the Vietnamese town of Trang Bang. The stark, disturbing image was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for addressing the realities of the war in Vietnam, and served as a wake-up call to millions of Americans who had not realized the damage that was being done to innocent civilians like that scared, naked child, running down the street on fire.

For millions of people who saw that image, the young girl in the photo would forever remain nameless – no more than a symbolic innocent, ruined by the atrocities of war. Most people wouldn’t know whether she survived, or if she passed away moments after the click of the shutter. Her future, if she had one at all, was bound to be grim.

The reality of the situation may come as a surprise: The young, terrified girl in that photo, Phan Ti Kim Phuc, is now a 45-year old woman. She is a wife and a mother, and is now a Canadian citizen. Most surprising of all, though, is the fact that she has devoted her life to becoming an ambassador for peace, and has established a nonprofit organization called KIM Foundation International, which is dedicated to helping children who’ve been traumatized by war to heal, providing both medical and social services to support their recovery. (more…)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:30 AM MST

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Nat & Natalie Cole- “Unforgettable”

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Al Green – “Love and Happiness”
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Nat King Cole- “L-O-V-E”

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