Archive for February 5th, 2009

Greenwald: Cheney setting up Obama in anticipation of another terrorist attack

Raw Story- David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Thursday February 5, 2009

In an interview with Politico published on Wednesday, former vice president Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration’s use of torture and warrantless surveillance and suggested that unless the Obama administration maintains these policies, it risks a new “9/11-type event” that could “involve the deaths of perhaps hundreds of thousands of people.”

“This argument is setting us up for the future,” asserted MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday evening. “If there is another attack, there’s a reason to keep pushing this legacy … so that there will be a political blowback against Barack Obama, so … the country wouldn’t rally around him they [the] way they rallied around Bush and Cheney after 9/11.”

Constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald, who had previously written about the Cheney interview in his blog at Salon, agreed with Maddow: “That’s what’s so nefarious. It’s setting the groundwork if there is another terrorist attack.”

“Why does it help Dick Cheney politically for him to be scary?” Maddow asked.

“There’s really no more effective weapon for a government to keep a citizenry in submission to whatever it wants than keeping the fear level as high as possible,” replied Greenwald.

Greenwald insisted, however, that it is “inane” for Cheney to argue — and for his supporters in the media to accept — that “there must be something to what they did, because after all they kept us safe” from a subsequent terrorist attack.

“What they’re really saying,” noted Greenwald, “is, ‘During our administration, we allowed one catastrophic terrorist attack on US soil — but don’t worry, because we only allowed one.'”


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Christina Aguilera- Keeps Getting Better

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Bush SEC Holdovers Cite Executive Privilege, Refuse to Answer Questions at Madoff Hearing

David Sirota on yesterday’s hearing about Bernie Madoff:

At a contentious Financial Services Committee hearing today about the failure of the Securities and Exchange Commission to prevent the Bernie Madoff scandal, the SEC’s General Counsel cited executive privilege as reason that he and the SEC’s enforcement branch were refusing to answer congressional inquiries. You can watch the video here – the executive privilege issue comes at about 5 minutes and 15 seconds into the clip.

As you’ll see, SEC officials refuse to answer the committee’s basic questions about the Madoff scandal, and the agency’s acting general counsel, Andy Vollmer (a Bush holdover and maxed-out donor to John McCain’s presidential campaign) explicitly cites executive privilege as his legal rationale for refusing to provide basic information to federal lawmakers.

Congress has a constitutional obligation to engage in basic fact finding, both in order to legislate reforms at the SEC and to publicly expose how our economy was destroyed by sharks like Madoff. Now, Bush holdovers at the SEC are using executive powers – powers that are now President Obama’s – to prevent Democratic lawmakers from doing their job.

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by Geezer Power

The ongoing story of war and profit that the Bu$h crime family just can’t afford to let go of.
General Keane is a Director of METLIFE, Inc. and General Dynamics Corporation.
He is also member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board. Vector today announced that General Jack Keane, USA (ret) has agreed to become a board member. He is also Senior Managing Director and co-founder of Keane Advisors. The really sad thing about all of this is that a whole bunch of defense industries will go broke along with a lot of minor players who are getting rich because of war. This is, of course described in detail from the WW1 viewpoint by Smedley Butler, but what’s going on today will make “War is a Racket” look like a game of monopoly.

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Rove says he won’t comply with congressional subpoenas

Lawyer signals Rove cooperating with Justice Dept.

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove “won’t comply” with congressional

subpoenas, according to a newspaper report of an event held in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Rove spoke Tuesday evening at Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution in Los Angeles, as part of the school’s “First Amendment Week.”

“One man loudly denounced Rove as a ‘traitor’ before he was escorted out,” the Loyola Daily Breeze noted. “A woman held up a pair of handcuffs and said she would like to see Rove wearing them.”

Rove mounted a “sprited defense” of Bush policies: warrantless wiretapping, Guantanamo Bay and so-called harsh interrogations. But among the questions bearing relevance on Rove’s current predicament — one answer stood out.

One questioner asked Rove whether he would comply with Congressional
subpoenas. Rove was subpoenaed last month to testify to the House Judiciary Committee about his knowledge surrounding the firings of US Attorneys and the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Rove “said he would not, and cited Janet Reno, President Clinton’s attorney general, as his authority in resisting Congressional infringements on executive privilege.”

His answer seems to contrast the sentiment of his Rove’s lawyer, Robert Luskin, who told an investigative reporter earlier this week that Rove was cooperating with two Justice Department probes into the US Attorney firings and the Siegelman case.

“I can say that he would cooperate with the [Justice Department] investigation if asked,” Luskin said. He made no such specific commitment to an investigation by the House Judiciary Committee, or the Senate Judiciary Committee, both of which have subpoenaed him to testify on the cases.

Luskin told Raw Story Thursday that while he hadn’t seen the specific remarks, he was “confident that I’ve accurately expressed his position in this matter and it’s consistent with what I have conveyed to [House Judiciary Chairman] Conyers and to the White House.”

Rove also told the Los Angeles crowd that media coverage leading up to the election was “unbelievably tilted toward Obama,” and “not healthy for the system.”

“That coverage is putting a finger on the scale,” Rove said, adding that most members of the national press corps live in Washington and New York and went to schools with a liberal bent.

The following video is Karl Rove’s response to a Loyola Marymount University student when asked about the subpoena issued to him by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers Jr. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009:

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Obama Stimulus Speech: “Time For Action Is Now” (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |  Nicholas Sabloff   |   February 5, 2009 12:27 PM

From the AP:

President Barack Obama says the time for talk on an economic recovery package is over and “the time for action is now.”
Speaking at the Energy Department, Obama made a fresh plea for the stimulus plan that the Senate is debating. He cited the latest bad economic news of jobless claims as another reason for quick action.

He said: “The time for talk is over, the time for action is now.”

He also launched a shot at critics while talking about energy, questioning, “are these folks serious?”

Now, I read the other day that critics of this plan ridiculed our notion that we should use part of the money to modernize the entire fleet of federal vehicles to take advantage of state of the art fuel efficiency. This is what they call pork. You know the truth. It will not only save the government significant money over time, it will not only create manufacturing jobs for folks who are making these cars, it will set a standard for private industry to match. And so when you hear these attacks deriding something of such obvious importance as this, you have to ask yourself — are these folks serious? Is it any wonder that we haven’t had a real energy policy in this country?

For the last few years, I’ve talked about these issues with Americans from one end of this country to another. And Washington may not be ready to get serious about energy independence, but I am. And so are you. And so are the American people.

During his speech Obama also issued a strong critique of the GOP’s economic policies, even though he didn’t utter the party’s name. He told the audience that:

In the last few days, we’ve seen proposals arise from some in Congress that you may not have read but you’d be very familiar with because you’ve been hearing them for the last 10 years, maybe longer. They’re rooted in the idea that tax cuts alone can solve all our problems; that government doesn’t have a role to play; that half-measures and tinkering are somehow enough; that we can afford to ignore our most fundamental economic challenges — the crushing cost of health care, the inadequate state of so many of our schools, our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.
So let me be clear: Those ideas have been tested, and they have failed. They’ve taken us from surpluses to an annual deficit of over a trillion dollars, and they’ve brought our economy to a halt. And that’s precisely what the election we just had was all about. The American people have rendered their judgment. And now is the time to move forward, not back. Now is the time for action.


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Lou Dobbs CNN: 2nd Amendment Gun Restrictions Holder


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universal healthcare


by betmo

people- this is the 21st century. there is no excuse for people dying because they don’t have insurance- the only reason we have such a system is greed, greed, greed. we do not have the greatest healthcare system in the world- far from it. we are near the bottom. there is absolutely no reason that america should not provide every man, woman and child in this country with basic healthcare. no reason. all of us have experienced the drug pushing, misdiagnoses, arrogance, indifference, etc. of doctors and other healthcare providers. we have lived through the drug recalls- although some have died and there is no excuse other than greed. this should not be. our country would do better to understand that socialism is not a dirty word and that a proper blend of capitalism and socialism would insure our ability to live to ‘pursue happiness’ that is our human right according to thomas jefferson. there are millions of stories and i am going to share one i got from my buddy happy in nevada:

kwikkick’s diary

update on kwikkick

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Madoff Victims List Released: See The Full List

Huffington Post |  Nicholas Sabloff   |   February 4, 2009 08:15 PM

A 162-page document containing the full list of people and companies that invested with Bernard Madoff’s firm was released Wednesday in a court filing. The list was compiled by AlixPartners of Dallas, Texas.

More specifics on the document’s contents from the New York Times’ Dealbook blog:

The list includes anyone who responded to advertisements placed by the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of the firm. Not every name on the list is necessarily a victim of Mr. Madoff’s reputed $50 billion Ponzi scheme, but the list includes “everyone who might have an interest in the bankruptcy case,” according to a person briefed on the document.
The list includes trading partners and other customers that have accounts with the brokerage arm of Mr. Madoff’s firm and the investment management division.


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