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GOP Worried About McClellan’s Testimony To Congress

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:30 PM MST

GOP insiders ‘fret’ over McClellan’s upcoming testimony to Congress

Think Progress

By Amanda at 4:51 pm

On Friday, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. U.S. News reports that “some Republican insiders” are “worried” about what he might say not only about the Valerie Plame leak scandal, but also on the “workings of the White House and what McClellan calls Bush’s lack of candor about the need for the Iraq invasion“:

But other GOP strategists say McClellan’s experience could underscore one of the weak points of the West Wing — the conversion of the press secretary’s job, at least under McClellan, into what some call a propagandist. “The press secretary has become the mouthpiece and not the fact checker,” says a former senior adviser to a Republican president.

White House officials, who are “concerned” about McClellan’s testimony, are trying to downplay the hearing, focusing instead on the 110th Congress’s “embarrassing lack of accomplishment over the past two years.”

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Evening Jukebox… What is Love?

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:25 PM MST

Haddaway-What is Love?

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GEF @ 5:28 PM MST

The Spin, I’m In: The Republican Money Game Is Done!

WE’RE FU#@#@D!

Well no matter what, the Democrats and Republicans are under pressure from the people to do something about BushCo. We the people are now extremely irate about Iraq, Gas Prices, Food Prices, Housing, and especially about the Economy as…

RBS issues global stock and credit crash alert

And if that article wasn’t bad enough there’s this one…

Central bank body warns of Great Depression

AND this one…

Morgan Stanley warns of ‘catastrophic event‘ as ECB fights Federal Reserve

The clash between the European Central Bank and the US Federal Reserve over monetary strategy is causing serious strains in the global financial system and could lead to a replay of Europe’s exchange rate crisis in the 1990s, a team of bankers has warned. “We see striking similarities between the transatlantic tensions that built up in the early 1990s and those that are accumulating again today. The outcome of the 1992 deadlock was a major currency crisis and a recession in Europe,” said a report by Morgan Stanley’s European experts.

AND this…

Morgan Stanley earnings plunge

NEW YORK: Morgan Stanley on Wednesday said quarterly earnings plunged as the ongoing credit crunch slowed investment banking and fueled trading losses, despite $1.43 billion of one-time asset sale gains. The second-largest U.S. investment bank reported income from continuing operations of $1.03 billion, or 95 cents a share, for its fiscal second quarter, ended May 30, down from $2.58 billion, or $2.45 a share, a year earlier. Net revenue fell to…

So like I said: Pelosi, the Democrats and the Republicans are under great stress to do something about BushCo even if they don’t want to act. We’re mad and we want them to act now. We need to arrest Bush and Cheney for screwing up the Economy with their NAFTA and CAFTA bullcrap, but especially about CIA Plame and War Crimes, and then hold the elections early. That’s the right thing to do.

Kucinich is also putting more pressure on the House Judiciary Committee(which is made up of both Dems and GOPs) to act…

Video: Kucinich Vows More Impeachment Articles On the Way

We’re having a severe economic meltdown in America and everyone in Washington still thinks they can spin their way out of it.. BZZZZZZZZZ!! WRONG!!

The Buzzer just sounded and the curtain is raised on the mighty OZ…Now deal with it!

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Smoking Gun On BushCo. Proof Of War Crimes!

GEF @ 4:38 PM MST

Gen. Taguba on torture: ‘there is no longer any doubt that the current administration committed war crimes.’

When General Taguba talks about this issue will the media listen? Remember when Sy Hersh reported that the General was one of the casualties of the Abu Ghraib?

How Antonio Taguba, who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its casualties.

When we first started talking about torture on C&L and much of the liberal blogoshere we were called anti-American, traitors, unpatriotic and the like. The White House and their media enablers like the Bill O’Reilly’s proclaimed that Abu Ghraib was only a few bad apples. Nothing to see hear so move along little sheep. Well, the evidence is flooding in that refutes this nonsense and now I’d like to ask them something. Who is the traitor to America? Who has been unpatriotic?

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Starr: One thing perhaps worth noting in this report, heidi, is the forward, the preface to the report was written by retired major general Anthony Teguba. He’s the army general that led the investigation into the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. in this report the general says, “there is no longer any doubt that the current administration committed war crimes.”

The only question is whether those who ordered torture will be held into account. pretty tough words from a man very well regarded inside the army when he conducted the investigation into Abu Ghraib. For its part, the pentagon continues to say that it deals with detainees in a humane fashion, that there is no policy towards torture, and if there was any misconduct, any abuse, it was in violation of government policy. but this report clearly a pretty damning indictment if it stands on its own.

I’d like all those that went out of their way to attack us to come out and apologize to us, our country, our soldiers and the victims of this abuse known as torture. Barbara Starr gave this report on CNN. There should be numerous investigations for war crimes on Bush Co. and everyone involved. The sooner the better. (rough transcript below the fold)


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anthony @ 20:45 BST

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Above: The European Parliament Building (aka Louise Weiss Building) designed by the Paris-based team of architects Architecture Studio Europe.

Mike Whitney | Online Journal | Wednesday, June 18, 2008

“Public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals that we dare not present to them directly . . . All the earlier proposals will be in the new text, but will be hidden and disguised in some way.” V.Giscard D’Estaing*, Le Monde, June 14, 2007

Irish voters delivered a knockout punch to European elites and corporatists last Friday by rejecting plans for an EU Superstate.

The so-called Lisbon Treaty was nothing more than a dolled-up version of the failed European Constitution that was defeated by French and Dutch voters in 2005. The treaty was loaded with the typical “democratic” gobbledygook to conceal the vicious neoliberal policies at its heart. If it had passed, the treaty would have paved the way for greater privatization of public services, diminished workers rights, less state control over trade policies and civil liberties, and an aggressive plan to militarize Europe.

Above: The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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By- Suzie-Q @ 12:05 PM MST

Fired US Attorney: ‘I was working for the Sith Lords’

Raw Story

By David Edwards and Muriel Kane | Tuesday, 17 June 2008

David Iglesias, who was one of seven United States Attorneys fired by the Department of Justice for political reasons in December 2006, described his experiences to Jon Stewart on Monday’s Daily Show.

“They wanted us to file politically oriented prosecutions instead of just doing what our normal job is, which is enforce Federal law,” Iglesias stated, explaining that Justice Department higher-ups asked the US Attorneys “to file voter fraud prosecutions when the evidence wasn’t there beyond a reasonable doubt. It wasn’t just me. It was a guy in Missouri and it was a guy in Seattle, Washington.”

“What about the other 86 US Attorneys?” Stewart asked. “Are they doing those cases?”

“I want to give my colleagues the benefit of the doubt, with a couple of exceptions,” Igelsias replied cautiously. He mentioned former interim US Attorney Bradley Schlozman, who “could end up getting indicted” because “he rushed some voter fraud — ‘voter fraud’ — right before the election. … We can’t do that.”

“Talk about this other,” prompted Stewart. “There’s a case in Alabama, with the former governor of Alabama, Siegelman, who’s a Democrat, who was thrown in jail on charges brought up by the US Attorney’s office and then just let go.”

“Which is incredibly rare,” commented Iglesias. “Courts of appeal almost never release somebody while they’re serving time. … The court of appeals over in Alabama let Siegelman out — which tells me, really weak evidence.”

Iglesias then suggested it might be possible to go after the Justice Department officials who were ultimately responsible by “using the model we used against the Mob in the 60’s. You find a small fish, you threaten prosecution, you roll them, they give up the bigger fish.”

“It’s fascinating to know that we’re going to be treating this administration like the Gambinos,” remarked Stewart.

Stewart ended by asking Igleaias, “Is the greatest disappointment for you that you were a guy who believed in what they were doing? … Do you feel betrayed in that sense?”

“I thought I was working with the Jedi Knights and I was working for the Sith Lords,” Iglesias acknowledged, as the audience broke into applause.

“For the audience for this show, you could not have used a better example,” Stewart concluded. “I will see you at Comic-Con 2009.”

This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast June 16, 2008.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Red Red Wine

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

UB 40- Red Red Wine

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Offshore Oil? Bu$h’s true love is in Saudi Arabia

by Geezer Power…10:45 am

Well folks, on Monday George Duhbya Bu$h was in Saudi Arabia talking to his buddy King Abdullah about trading nukes for oil.. Today, two days later all the headlines look like this… “Bush Will Seek to End Offshore Oil Drilling Ban“. Interestingly on March 5th we seen headlines that looked like this…Bush Urges US to “Get Off Oil”. So if your head is spinning like mine is, just remember that all roads lead to Cheney, who is still calling the shots like always and Iran is still the main focus of the Neoconservative agenda.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 AM MST

Documents confirm U.S. hid detainees from Red Cross

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military hid the locations of suspected terrorist detainees and concealed harsh treatment to avoid the scrutiny of the International Committee of the Red Cross, according to documents that a Senate committee released Tuesday.

“We may need to curb the harsher operations while ICRC is around. It is better not to expose them to any controversial techniques,” Lt. Col. Diane Beaver, a military lawyer who’s since retired, said during an October 2002 meeting at the Guantanamo Bay prison to discuss employing interrogation techniques that some have equated with torture. Her comments were recorded in minutes of the meeting that were made public Tuesday. At that same meeting, Beaver also appeared to confirm that U.S. officials at another detention facility — Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan — were using sleep deprivation to “break” detainees well before then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld approved that technique. “True, but officially it is not happening,” she is quoted as having said.

A third person at the meeting, Jonathan Fredman, the chief counsel for the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, disclosed that detainees were moved routinely to avoid the scrutiny of the ICRC, which keeps tabs on prisoners in conflicts around the world.

“In the past when the ICRC has made a big deal about certain detainees, the DOD (Defense Department) has ‘moved’ them away from the attention of the ICRC,” Fredman said, according to the minutes.

The document, along with two dozen others, shows that top administration officials pushed relentlessly for tougher interrogation methods in the belief that terrorism suspects were resisting interrogation.

It’s unclear from the documents whether the Pentagon moved the detainees from one place to another or merely told the ICRC they were no longer present at a facility.

Fredman of the CIA also appeared to be advocating the use of techniques harsher than those authorized by military field guides “If the detainee dies, you’re doing it wrong,” the minutes report Fredman saying at one point.

Beaver testified that she didn’t recall making the comment about avoiding “harsher operations” while ICRC representatives were around, but she said she probably was referring to the need to conduct extended periods of interrogations of detainees without disruption.

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Sudhan @10:00 CET

By Stephen de Tarczynski | Inter Press Service, June 18, 2008


MELBOURNE, The withdrawal of Australian combat troops from Iraq is coinciding with a push to have the man responsible for the country’s participation in the “coalition of the willing”, former prime minister John Howard, indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes.

“Our soldiers have worked tirelessly to ensure that local people in southern Iraq have the best possible chance to move on from their suffering under Saddam’s regime and as a government we are extremely proud of their service,” said Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon in a statement on Jun. 2, the same day that he announced the end of Australia’s combat mission.

Roughly 550 troops are currently in the process of being “extracted” from Iraq, where they had undertaken security operations and the training of Iraqi army personnel in the provinces of Al Muthanna and Dhi Qar since 2005.

The withdrawal — which is not expected to have major implications for Australia-U.S. ties — fulfils “a key election promise” of the governing Labour Party, according to Fitzgibbon. Labour opposed the Mar. 2003 invasion while in opposition.

With some 800 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to remain in and around Iraq — at sea, at coalition headquarters, and as the security detachment to Australia’s embassy in Baghdad — questions have been raised regarding what actually constitutes a withdrawal.

While the opposition coalition has said that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd government’s claim of a withdrawal of combat forces is “pure spin”, Robert Marr, from the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW), argues that the pullout has not gone far enough.

“It is only a part-withdrawal. We’re calling on the Australian government to set a firm timetable for the withdrawal of all of the rest of the Australian troops, except those guarding the embassy, from Iraq,” says Marr.

He told IPS that Australia’s decision to be a part of the coalition of countries that invaded Iraq in 2003 — performed under the auspices of former leader John Howard — is “the worst foreign policy mistake Australia has ever made.”

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