Archive for August 6th, 2008

By- Suzie-Q @ 4:45 PM MST

John Dean Confirms Suskind’s Book Focuses On Impeachable Crimes

Crooks and Liars- By: Nicole Belle on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 2:00 PM – PDT

I don’t know that the revelations from Ron Suskind’s new book The Way of The World are truly bombshells, so much as confirmation of what we in the liberal blogosphere have always said: the Bush administration wanted to go to war in Iraq and were willing to do whatever they had to to sell it to the American people.

But what is key to me is that there is very little left to which people like Nancy Pelosi can hold on to claim that there is no proof of criminal wrongdoing on the part of the White House. John Dean–no stranger to impeachment proceedings–has been saying that this administration is worse than watergate for years. On Tuesday’s Countdown, he confirms that Suskind’s findings absolutely signal impeachable offenses on the part of the administration and why it is critical that Congress find their spines and pursue it:

OLBERMANN: The big picture question. As I‘ve been saying, you saw enough in Bush in malfeasance by the end of 2003 to have titled that book “Worse than Watergate.” Suskind says in his that just the Iraq part is worse than Watergate. Do you concur with his assessment?

DEAN: Well, I do and I base mine largely on the excessive secrecy which he has only added more detail and information about and the consequences of that secrecy. And, of course, in Watergate, nobody died as a result of Nixon‘s so-called abuses of power nor was anybody tortured. So, we‘re playing in a whole different field and on a different level. So, I think he is right, it is worse.

OLBERMANN: The devil‘s advocate question in this one, John, is-the Bush administration ends in six months, presumably-why is simply, you know, getting the shovel, the historical shovel out and covering this up with as much clean and sanctified dirt as we can not enough? Why is forgetting this man and his presidency not enough?

DEAN: Keith, I think it‘s more than a devil‘s advocate question. It really is the central question in the 2008 campaign. If we have another Republican administration, we‘re going to see more of the same that this sort of material that‘s revealed by Suskind.

Full transcripts below the fold, including Olbermann’s exclusive interview with author Suskind


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anthony @ 00:004 BST

David Edwards and Muriel Kane, RawStory. Wednesday August 6, 2008

A Pennsylvania man has died after being tasered by local police, and the Civil Rights section of the FBI’s Pittsburgh office has now opened a preliminary investigation. Although the cause of death has not yet been determined, witnesses insist the man was kicked and beaten by police officers after he was forced to the ground and handcuffed.

Residents in Swissvale, PA had called police after they observed 37 year old Andre Thomas knocking on doors in the middle of the night and yelling that someone was trying to shoot him.

According to Allegheny County Police Assistant Supt. James Morton, when the officers arrived Thomas “was like yelling and screaming and acting really erratically, and they didn’t know what the situation was. So they asked him just to calm down and so forth and he made a movement towards them. So they had to tase him.”

However, witnesses insist that Thomas was then brutalized by police, with one telling KDKA News that “after he was tased and handcuffed, one officer used a football-type kick and stomped him in the head.”

Another woman recounted to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette what she saw after four officers forced Thomas to the ground. “‘They killed that man. They killed him. They killed him,’ she added, her hands trembling. The woman said she saw one officer stomp on Mr. Thomas’s upper back, holding his foot there while the subject lay on the sidewalk with his head hanging over the curb. Another officer ‘reared back and punched him in the head with all his might,’ she said.”

Thomas vomited, then lay motionless. An ambulance arrived and he was was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel. Police allege Thomas was conscious at the time, but he was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital.

Andre Thomas’s father, Dennis Thomas, now says, “I want to know what happened, what the particulars of the incident were that caused my son’s death.”

This video is from KDKA News 2, broadcast August 5, 2008.

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The Post 9/11 Anthrax Came From A US Military Facility!

GEF @ 5:58 PM ET


The Curious Tale of Bruce Edwards Ivins

This 2003 photo provided by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases shows Bruce E. Ivins participating in an awards ceremony.” (Wikipedia)
August 4, 2008

ACCORDING to media reports, Dr. Bruce Ivins committed suicide on July 29, 2008 by intentionally ingesting an overdose of Tylenol mixed with codeine. A whirlwind of spin surrounds this story, with the eye of this storm centering on a woman named Jean Carol Duley, a counselor who may be the very same Jean Carol Duley still listed as a student at Hood College in July 2007. Is it likely the military (who runs Fort Detrick, where Ivins worked) would permit him to meet with any counselor who had only recently graduated? Nope, you can bet that persons with Ivins high clearance would never have been allowed to interact with civilians in a closed-door, ‘therapy’ session.

During her meeting(s) with Ivins, kept notes (or so we’re told — and of course all of this assumes Duley really did meet with Ivins and not a ’stand-in’). A copy of one such note has appeared at the online site, The Smoking Gun. This handwritten note can be viewed at here, but the content is this (note that the content is transcribed verbatim from Duley’s handwritten note, complete with misspelling of her own professional title ‘theripist’:

client has a history dating to his graduate days of homicidal threats, actions, plans, threats & actions toward theripist. Dr. David Irwin his psychiatrist called him homicidal, sociopathic with clear intentions will testify with other details FBI involved, currently under investigation & will be charged with 5 capital murders. I have been subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury August 1, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

On July 24, 2008, Duley allegedly filed a complaint against Ivins with the Frederick County District Court. In the complaint, Duley claims that on July 9th, Ivins had harassed and stalked her, and that Ivins “had committed” (her words) to “FMH” (presumably Frederick Memorial Hospital) and subsequently transferred to Sheppard-Pratt Hospital for psychiatric care on July 10 and July 11. She then claims that Ivins signed himself out of Sheppard-Pratt, despite a pending commitment hearing. Duley does not list her home or work addresses, filling in ‘confidential’ in the appropriate boxes, despite asking for a restraining order that would keep Ivins 50 feet or more away at all times.

Ok, let’s dissect this document. We have a woman who is a recent graduate at the very least, who claims to have counseled a high-profile, longterm microbiologist who works for the military on anthrax projects. This woman claims this same high-profile scientist divulged secret plans to wipe out his fellow workers. Duley claims the scientist then began to harass her and stalk her, and that she feared for her life enough to swear out a complaint (note the date of the complaint is fifteen days after the activity began). Let’s not forget, Duley is a ’social worker’ not a physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist. She is a recently graduated social worker! A little digging, shows Duley to be no stranger to local police, having been listed as ‘defendant’ in no less than eight cases in the state of Maryland, including at least one DUI and a drug charge back in 1992. She is also listed a plaintiff in two cases, one described as domestic. I don’t wish to rush headlong into conjecture, but the very notion that Ivins would have engaged in ‘counseling’ with this woman stretches credulity! It’s doubtful that Duley would have passed a background check!

Now that we’re warmed up, let us dive into the note revealed at The Smoking Gun. Several items here catch my eye:

1. Duley claims that the “client has a history dating to his graduate days of homicidal threats, actions, plans, threats & actions toward theripist.” — How would she know this? Did she have unprecedented access to government documents? It’s unlikely that Ivins would have told her this. Note again, that Duley couldn’t even spell therapist correctly.

2. “Dr. David Irwin his psychiatrist called him homicidal, sociopathic with clear intentions…” (presumably this Dr. Irwin). I did a search for Dr. David Irwin and found a psychiatrist who graduated 42 years ago and did a residency at Walter Reed. Today, this Dr. Irwin practices at Shady Grove Psychiatric Group in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Now, if Ivins was truly under Irwin’s care, why would Ivins spill his guts to a low-level social worker? And how would this same social worker know about Irwin’s diagnosis without access to Ivins’ medical records (an event that should have tripped the government’s radar).

3. “…will testify with other details FBI involved, currently under investigation & will be charged with 5 capital murders.” — Say what? How does Ms. Duley know what the FBI is up to? And if she did know, then why didn’t she call the FBI rather than file a complaint with the District Court of Maryland?

4. “I have been subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury August 1, 2008 in Washington, D.C.” — This one line conveniently sets up a major defense for the ’suicide’ theory. A cursory reading might lead one to believe Ivins panicked, and that he believed all the guts he’d spilled to Ms. Duley were about to indict him for 5 murders.

Pardon me if my head spins a bit, and I pause to keep from retching up my lunch! How is the American public buying this load of black-ops manure? In the meantime, Ms. Duley has gone underground. I ask ‘why’, since the man who had threatened her is now deceased. She should be all over the public airwaves as a national heroine! Social worker unravels Anthrax Mystery!

Instead, she’s gone to ground.

Now, let’s look at another news item that is connected, but isn’t getting much air play:

Emergent BioSolutions announced in late July that it had sought and won a government contract to produce anthrax vaccines. For those who don’t know, Dr. Bruce E. Ivins had spent his life’s work trying to determine the precise methodology behind anthrax infection, specifically looking for the toxin that killed. He isolated this very toxin, the Lethal Factor, in 1988 and built upon that work to find a vaccine that would protect animals and humans alike. Ivins co-owned two patents for the anthrax vaccine which Emergent BioSolutions will now sell to us all. Media heads are claiming this provided Ivins with a motive for the 2001 anthrax attacks; that he would reap a huge financial windfall from vaccine sales. Wrong. Ivins worked for the government, and as such his income was limited to no more than $150,000/year profit from any research. Like academics conducting research under government grants, Ivins was a captive scientist.

There are rumors afloat across the internet that Ivins had been helping VaxGen (later purchased by Emergent BioSolutions) to perfect the vaccine for human trials. Is it possible Dr. Ivins knew too much?

Conveniently dead, Bruce Ivins, a family man and church-goer, is being blamed for a vast array of evils. The ‘evidence’ gathered by the FBI is paltry at best, and their investigation surfaced only after the court settlement with Dr. Steven Hatfill. Coincidence?

As for social worker in absentia, Ms. Duley, well she is likely to remain underground for now. Maybe she’s practicing under a new name somewhere as a ‘theripist’.

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citizen soldiers

by- Betmo @ 5:12 PM EDT

the neocons don’t know what to do with americans these days. there are fewer and fewer people who actually believe anything coming out of washington these days- with good reason. this administration has used propaganda and untruths and made them in to art forms via a bought and paid for press. they have used staged photo ops, forged documents, secrecy, bullying and blackmail for their coup d’etat- and they have been successful for the most part.

but there is one thing that they forgot- not all of us are morons. there are some of us who seek the truth and remember history. there are some of us who actually believe in the tenets of the constitution and the freedoms that they have afforded millions. there are some of us who are not simple enough to believe news taken at face value. and we are a thorn in their sides. we, who utilize technology and reach out to other countries and other peoples and share the ideas and truths that this country was founded on- we are viewed with suspicion and fear. we are most assuredly on a list of theirs somewhere but we will continue to do the right thing- simply because it’s the right thing to do.

people like robert rouse- left of centrist- scare the bejesus out of them. thank you robert 🙂

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By- Suzie-Q @ 1:30  PM MST

Justice Department Subpoenas Its Former Lawyers In Civil Rights Probe

August 6, 2008 12:27 PM

Huffington Post- Murray Waas

A federal grand jury has subpoenaed several former senior Justice Department attorneys for an investigation into the politicization of the Department’s own Civil Rights Division, according to sources close to the investigation.

The extraordinary step by the Justice Department of subpoenaing attorneys once from within its own ranks was taken because several of them refused to voluntarily give interviews to the Department Inspector General, which has been conducting its own probe of the politicization of the Civil Rights Division, the same sources said.

The grand jury has been investigating allegations that a former senior Bush administration appointee in the Civil Rights Division, Bradley Schlozman, gave false or misleading testimony on a variety of topics to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sources close to the investigation say that the grand jury is also more broadly examining whether Schlozman and other Department officials violated civil service laws by screening Civil Rights attorneys for political affiliation while hiring them.

Investigators for the Inspector General have also asked whether Schlozman, while an interim U.S. attorney in Missouri, brought certain actions and even a voting fraud indictment for political ends, according to witnesses questioned by the investigators. But it is unclear whether the grand jury is going to hear testimony on that issue as well.

One person who has been subpoenaed before the grand jury, sources said, was Hans von Spakovsky, who as a former counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights was a top aide to Schlozman. An attempt to reach Spakovsky for comment for this story was unsuccessful.
Earlier this year, Spakovsky withdrew his name from nomination by President Bush to serve on the Federal Election Commission after repeatedly claiming a faulty memory or citing the attorney-client privilege to fend off questions from senators about allegedly using his position to restrict voting rights for minorities — and that he hindered an investigation of Republican officeholders in Minnesota accused of discriminating against Native American voters.


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anthony @ 21:28 BST

David Edwards and Muriel Kane, Raw Story. Wednesday August 6, 2008

Author Ron Suskind says his sources are under “enormous pressure” to change their stories after revealing to him that the Bush administration had ordered the CIA to forge a letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence connecting Iraq to the 9/11 hijackers.

On Tuesday, former CIA official Robert Richer, who is one of Suskind’s sources, sent a statement to news outlets in which he wrote, “I never received direction from George Tenet or anyone else in my chain of command to fabricate a document from Habbush as outlined in Mr. Suskind’s book.”

Richer’s statement also quoted Suskind’s other source, former CIA officer John Maguire, as saying, “I have no knowledge to the origins of the letter.”

Suskind told NBC’s Meredith Vieira on Wednesday morning, “It’s interesting. … Rob Richer talked to me, and actually other reporters too, yesterday morning. He was fine, he’d gotten the book Monday night, read it. And then something happened yesterday afternoon.”

“It’s one of these instances where you’ve got a few people whose testimony could mean the impeachment, ostensibly, of the president,” Suskind explained. “It’s enormous pressure on both men.” (more…)

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by Geezer Power…11:15 am

Here’s the latest load of crap from the JREF nerds, as they pool their energies and (cough) intellectual expertise to prove that the government story is absolutely correct in every way shape and form.

These nerds are government shills. Their job is to spread disinformation and debunk anyone who is getting anywhere close to the truth. Take your shoes off and come on in, but be careful where you step.

Now Richard Guage is an intelligent dude and knows what he is talking about in this so called interview, but that doesn’t count on Hardfire. I don’t know if he is a gambling man, but one thing a gambler doesn’t want to do is get into a game of poker in a strange town. All of the good old boys setting around the table are in cahoots. They may dress like hicks and wear overalls, but you don’t have the chance of a fart in a toranado of winning. I think you will see what I mean as you watch Mark Roberts, (aka Gravy on jref), actually start interviewing instead of having an open discussion.

Be sure to read their disclaimer at the bottom of the journal.

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Your vote could depend on what you drive

by Geezer Power…10:44 am

McCain’s Oil Money Gusher Spreads Cross Country

Huffington post

Posted July 31, 2008

On Sunday I wrote about the spike in donations to John McCain from Texas oil executives following a June 16 speech in which he reversed his longstanding opposition to offshore drilling.

In fact, no fewer than 85 Texas-based donors connected to the oil and gas industries gave $1,214,100 to McCain in June, with 73 percent of those donations occurring in the second half of the month. But it wasn’t just Texas oil donors getting into gear. Our new report, It’s A Gusher, released today by my organization, Campaign Money Watch, reveals that oil executives from around the nation cheered McCain’s policy reversal by opening their checkbooks.

The most egregious example? Within about a week of McCain’s reversal on offshore drilling, ten Hess executives or family members from New York and New Jersey maxed out to the RNC by writing identical $28,500 checks, for a total of $285,000.


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How The GOP Robbed This Country Blind

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:45 AM MST

How Washington’s Right-Wing Wrecking Crew Robbed Us Blind

By Thomas Frank, Tomdispatch.com. Posted August 6, 2008

Conservatives have turned a vast government built for our protection into a device for exploiting us.

Washington is the city where the scandals happen. Every American knows this, but we also believe, if only vaguely, that the really monumental scandals are a thing of the past, that the golden age of misgovernment-for-profit ended with the cavalry charge and the robber barons, at about the same time presidents stopped wearing beards.

I moved to Washington in 2003, just in time for the comeback, for the hundred-year flood. At first it was only a trickle in the basement, a little stream released accidentally by the president’s friends at Enron. Before long, though, the levees were failing all over town, and the city was inundated with a muddy torrent of graft.

How are we to dissect a deluge like this one? We might begin by categorizing the earmarks handed out by Congress, sorting the foolish earmarks from the costly earmarks from the earmarks made strictly on a cash basis. We could try a similar approach to government contracting: the no-bid contracts, the no-oversight contracts, the no-experience contracts, the contracts handed out to friends of the vice president. We might consider the shoplifting career of one of the president’s former domestic policy advisers or the habitual plagiarism of the president’s liaison to the Christian right. And we would certainly have to find some way to parse the extraordinary incompetence of the executive branch, incompetence so fulsome and steady and reliable that at some point Americans stopped being surprised and began simply to count on it, to think of incompetence as the way government works.

But the onrushing flow swamps all taxonomies. Mass firing of federal prosecutors; bribing of newspaper columnists; pallets of shrink-wrapped cash “misplaced” in Iraq; inexperienced kids running the Baghdad stock exchange; the discovery that many of Alaska’s leading politicians are apparently on the take — our heads swim. We climb to the rooftop, but we cannot find the heights of irony from which we might laugh off the blend of thug and Pharisee that was Tom DeLay — or dispel the nauseating suspicion, quickly becoming a certainty, that the government of our nation deliberately fibbed us into a pointless, catastrophic war.


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Sudhan @16:10 CET

The 1945 attack was murder on an epic scale. In its victims’ names, we must not allow a nuclear repeat in the Middle East

When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter past eight on the morning of August 6, 1945, she and her silhouette were burned into the granite. I stared at the shadow for an hour or more, then walked down to the river and met a man called Yukio, whose chest was still etched with the pattern of the shirt he was wearing when the atomic bomb was dropped.

He and his family still lived in a shack thrown up in the dust of an atomic desert. He described a huge flash over the city, “a bluish light, something like an electrical short”, after which wind blew like a tornado and black rain fell. “I was thrown on the ground and noticed only the stalks of my flowers were left. Everything was still and quiet, and when I got up, there were people naked, not saying anything. Some of them had no skin or hair. I was certain I was dead.” Nine years later, when I returned to look for him, he was dead from leukaemia.

In the immediate aftermath of the bomb, the allied occupation authorities banned all mention of radiation poisoning and insisted that people had been killed or injured only by the bomb’s blast. It was the first big lie. “No radioactivity in Hiroshima ruin” said the front page of the New York Times, a classic of disinformation and journalistic abdication, which the Australian reporter Wilfred Burchett put right with his scoop of the century. “I write this as a warning to the world,” reported Burchett in the Daily Express, having reached Hiroshima after a perilous journey, the first correspondent to dare. He described hospital wards filled with people with no visible injuries but who were dying from what he called “an atomic plague”. For telling this truth, his press accreditation was withdrawn, he was pilloried and smeared – and vindicated.

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a criminal act on an epic scale. It was premeditated mass murder that unleashed a weapon of intrinsic criminality. For this reason its apologists have sought refuge in the mythology of the ultimate “good war”, whose “ethical bath”, as Richard Drayton called it, has allowed the west not only to expiate its bloody imperial past but to promote 60 years of rapacious war, always beneath the shadow of The Bomb.

The most enduring lie is that the atomic bomb was dropped to end the war in the Pacific and save lives. “Even without the atomic bombing attacks,” concluded the United States Strategic Bombing Survey of 1946, “air supremacy over Japan could have exerted sufficient pressure to bring about unconditional surrender and obviate the need for invasion. Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts, and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey’s opinion that … Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.”

Continued . . .

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