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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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anthony @ 15:40 GMT

migrants

JAMES SLACK | UK Daily Mail | Wednesday February 13, 2008

More than 860 immigrants pour into Britain every day – a figure which does not even include those entering illegally.

Official statistics reveal that the immigrant population has leapt by almost 2.4million since Labour came to power a decade ago.

They were released as the Government faced accusations of “fiddling the figures” after claiming the number of migrants from outside the EU was over half.

The figures show an increase of 316,000 immigrants – or 865 a day – for 2006 alone, the latest period for which figures are available.

At the same time, 715,000 British citizens have packed their bags and left – including 126,000 in 2006. (more…)

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Corporations Rush to Build Gov’t Domestic Spying Network!

GEF @ 8:08 AM MST

Is this why the GOP are so in a hurry to pass the FISA Surveillance Act including Telecom Immunity ??

Looks like Corporate immunity is the plan they’ve had all along! It’s all about money and shielding Corporations from lawsuits in regards to New World Disorder tracking schemes and compromised information liabilities.

Lockheed wins Big Brother contract

Grant Gross, IDG News Service

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has awarded Lockheed Martin a US$1 billion contract to build a next-generation biometrics-based identification system.

The biometric collection system and database, which has raised concerns of privacy groups, would include imaging of irises, faces and other identifying characteristics, the FBI said in a news release late Tuesday. Lockheed Martin will design, develop, test and deploy the Next Generation Identification System over the 10-year life of the contract.

The new system will expand on the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), primarily a fingerprint-based identification system operated in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the FBI said.

“IAFIS has been a fantastic tool in support of criminal justice and the war on terror,” Thomas E. Bush III, assistant director of the FBI’s CJIS Division, said in a statement. “[The new system] will give us bigger, better, faster capabilities and lead us into the future.”

The American Civil Liberties Union has raised concerns about the biometric database, saying it’s part of the U.S. government’s efforts to collect more and more information about residents.

The new system will expand fingerprint capacity, doubling the size of the FBI’s current database, and will also include palm prints, iris and facial recognition, Lockheed Martin said in a news release. The system will be designed to be flexible enough to accommodate future biometric technologies, the company said.

Among the companies working with Lockheed Martin on the contract will be Accenture and BAE Systems Information Technology.

Lockheed Martin will provide program management and oversight as well as development of biometric and large systems, the company said. Accenture’s responsibilities will include interoperability and change management. BAE will work on external interface requirements engineering and security design.

The FBI contract was awarded through an open bidding process. Northrop Grumman and IBM also bid on the contract.

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anthony @ 13:30 GMT

Daily Mail | Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Princess Diana could have been murdered by security services in a plot that mirrored plans to kill Slobodan Milosevic, a former MI6 spy told the inquest into her death yesterday.

Richard Tomlinson said the way Diana died bore an “eerie similarity” to assassination plans he was shown in 1992.

He said documents shown to him by an MI6 officer suggested three ways that the Serbian President could be murdered.

One way was to kill him “in a staged car crash, possibly during one of his visits to the ICFY (International Conference on the former Yugoslavia) in Geneva”.

It “even provided a suggestion about how this could be done, such as disorientating Milosevic’s chauffeur using a blinding strobe light as the cavalcade passed through one of Geneva’s motorway tunnels”.

Witnesses to the events of August 31, 1997, claim to have seen a “bright white flash” in the Alma tunnel in Paris moments before the crash in which Diana and Dodi Fayed died. (more…)

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