May 18, 2004
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Subject: "seriously flawed"
Excerpt, Newsweek magazine, "The Roots of Torture":
Subject: The gestapo meets Russert
Being a dyed in the wool political junkie I was tuned in to "Meet the Press" when Semi-Colin's gestapo assistant took the camera into her own hands and attempted to end Semi's interview.
Dear God, what is going on with the thugs in this administration?
This was one of the most bizarre TV events I've ever witnessed. Semi-Colin tried to act as if it was no big deal but you could tell he was a bit shaken.
What's next, a violent overthrow of NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC and/or any other news outlet that attempts to shed light on the truth of the Bush Administration's screwups, lies, deceptions and crimes?
This gang of incompetents is finished. Yesterday was a brief peek at the frustration they're experiencing since the truth is coming to light.
All I have to say is good riddance to bad rubbish.
We're taking our country back!!!
Subject: The Sarin Saga: From Anniston To Iraq
I've linked below three stories on the Sarin Saga. One is the Sarin Incinerator opening in Anniston, Ala, in Feb. of this year, after trace amounts of the gas was found there last Aug.
Another is the story leaked by members of the Iraqi Governing Council to a newspaper in Iran about US and British troops planting WMD in Iraq about 2 months ago.
And now this strange story today about US troops mysteriously finding the Sarin-laced weapons today.
Does anyone smell a rat? I would bet that the Sarin gas composite is the same that is found in Anniston, and it is in the same type of weapon that is found in Anniston. If the world community was allowed to do an independent survey of the weapon found today, would we see a "made in the USA" marking on it? Or "stockpile in Anniston, Ala." logo on it?
Of course they detonated it before anyone could do an inspection, making any detailed analysis of the origin a lot harder. But I bet UNSCOM still could determine the place of origin, but we know the Bush Cartel will never allow them to inspect it. The media will trumpet Bush as the great "War President" and un-informed citizens will just accept this "finding" as fact.
God help us all!!!
Thursday, February 5, 2004
The $1 billion facility, which is destroying thousands of rockets, land mines and other weapons containing nerve agents, was shut down earlier in the day after an alarm detected what the Army said were minute traces of the nerve agent. Army officials said the leak injured no one at the facility in Anniston, Alabama, and posed no threat to residents in the town or surrounding communities. "The level was so low you could work (in there) in street clothes," Army spokesman Michael Abrams said. "We can resume operation while we continue to review what happened." The Anniston depot and incinerator is located less than 100 miles from the heavily populated cities of Atlanta and Birmingham. About 110,000 people live within 30 miles.
April 21, 2004
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A small amount of the nerve agent sarin was found in a shell that exploded in Iraq, the U.S. army said Monday in the first announcement of discovery of any of the weapons on which Washington made its case for war. Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt told a news conference the substance had been found in an artillery shell inside a bag discovered by a U.S. convoy a few days ago. The round had exploded, causing a small release of the substance, he said. "The Iraq Survey Group has confirmed today that a 155 (mm) artillery round containing sarin nerve agent had been found. The round had been rigged as an IED (improvised explosive device) that was discovered by a U.S. force convoy," he said. "A detonation occurred before the IED be could be rendered inoperable," Kimmitt said, adding that two members of an explosives team had been treated for exposure to the substance. Kimmitt said the round, designed to mix the sarin in flight, belonged to a class of ordnance that the ousted government of Saddam Hussein claimed to have destroyed before the 1991 Gulf war. "It is a weapon that we believe was stocked from the ex-regime time, and it had been thought to be an ordinary artillery shell set up to explode like an ordinary IED... when it exploded it indicated that it actually had some sarin in it," he said.
Subject: "Roots of Torture" deserves better billing
After reading the Newsweek report "Roots of Torture," I had to sit and calm myself down. I've disliked what the Bush Administration has been doing since before it got into power, but I always held up hope that Bush had *some* moral values. I had always held up the hope that he wasn't leading very closely - that he was being led around. Reading that report, with its substantiated allegations of direct involvement by the President of the United States, left me sick. This man is supposed to represent us in the world. This is the "compassionate conservative" who swore an oath to uphold the laws of this country. That the article impeaches the Justice Department, DoD, NSC, CIA, and White House counsel along the way just adds to the depths of this problem. I believe this report deserves to be stuck at the top of your page for weeks, in big bold letters. It is the final link in the chain that shows just how immoral, corrupt, and callous this entire administration can be - all the way to the top.
Subject: Bush and Bin Laden
I wonder if this is only obvious to me, or has someone else looked into it?
From my brief review of Janet Reno's public testimony before the 9/11 Commission, it seems very likely to me that 1) she authorized a "kill order" on Osama Bin Laden before she left office, and 2) that the Bush administration failed to attempt to execute on that order because of the Bush family's business and personal relationships with the Bin Laden family.
I guess that makes it a trifecta. CBS refused to show MoveOn's advertisement and refused to broadcast "The Reagans" (at the administration's request, of course). ABC's parent, Disney, refused to release Michael Moore's recent documentary, and now this. Some "liberal" media we have here, eh?
Subject: POW's ripped off againHas anyone looked into CNN's Paula Zahn episode last week regarding the refusal to pay POW's their due from the Gulf war?
A veteran was interviewed stating that Congress had approved a 1 billion dollar pay-out to the vets. Prior to any receipt of funds the Bush Administration vetoed it saying that that money was needed for the rebuilding of Iraq. The veterans association is now in the appellate court trying to have Bush's ruling overturned.
Not surprisingly, the transcript from that portion of the show has not been made available.
So basically, if he can't have you killed, he'll just steal from you.
I'll bet most of the supporters of troops aren't aware of this crap.
Keep up the good work.
I just read your "Hypocrite of the Week" column. I think you should give those 45% diehard Bush supporters the truth, especially the God-fearing evangelicals--that their "president" was born under the sign of the 3 sixes and may be the Anti-Christ (with or without the horns). Then you may have an answer to the question you asked:Of the supposedly rock solid 45% of Americans who will vote for Bush -- even if he grows devil's horns -- how many of them are Neo-Confederate white males, how many are Stepford-Christians, how many are ignorant, and how many are just plumb stupid? (BuzzFlash editorial, 5/15/04)
George W. Bush was born on July 6, 1946, at 7:2 6 am,
in New Haven, CT. The legend is that a charismatic man would
rise to great prominence, declaring himself to be a man of God, but
that he would actually be the Anti-Christ and people would know him
by his being born under the sign of the three sixes. This Anti-Christ
would start "the End of Days" by bringing war to the Middle East. Etc. Etc. Last
year columnist Maureen Farrell, in one of her terrific essays, linked
to a web site dedicated to this proposition. (There are also
several excellent articles on www.alternet.org regarding this topic,
including a history of how most of what is considered part of the
Book of Revelations was actually introduced by a 19th century zealot.)
If there are two Americas, which there does seem to be, then these were defining moments. Either you see an anti-democracy serial liar, engaged in surreal "in your face hypocrisy," or you see an "entitled knight" engaged in the bloody crusades, where non-believers were slaughtered as an army of God ravaged its way across Europe and the Middle East. And it doesn't really matter what he says or does, because his fate and the fate of the nation are in the hands of Jesus. (BuzzFlash, 5/15/04)
Most Progressives do not want to rely on religious
dogma to excoriate our adversaries, especially when so many other
real life examples are documented every day. But just
as BuzzFlash has rightfully told Kerry that nothing will be fair
about this election, and that he must answer even the most ridiculous
charge against him, I think Progressives should hold the Evangelicals
to the standards of what they say and believe. They believe
in the Anti-Christ prophecies; sales of the book series about the
end of times is just one indication of how much they believe this.
But we'll have at least part of the answer about the 45% who support Bush, no matter what.
Subject: Sensationalized headlines
CompuServer, FOX news, MSNBC, and other news networks are making a big to do over the "Sarin" gas found in Iraq (bomb exploded). For example, in large type on CompuServe's Homepage they have the following:
"CHEMICAL WEAPON EXPLODES N IRAQ: SARIN GAS USED!"
These headlines were accompanied by a close up, and very clear photo, of a muslim holding a RPG on his shoulder -- the focus point being the tip of the RPG.
Fox (no surprise) is taking this and running with it (on all morning). But when one takes a look at the facts a different picture emerges:
warhead was an old one, perhaps from the 1980's.
not an expert on Propaganda tenets, but it strikes me that when something
like this, which is not news at all, becomes headline news and the
talking point of the day -- we have surely lost our way. What
nonsense. For the article on this breaking news go to:
Subject: CNN Reporting Sarin Nerve Gas FALSE POSITVE
CNN just reported that the supposed Nerve Gas found could be a False Positive as happens many times in the field. This was reported by a SENIOR Defense Member. Developing....
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: NBC denies 1 minute of Russert/Bush interview
Protecting us from stupid utterances of GW Bush is a fulltime job for a script editor. It would be easier just to give his speechwriters and delivery coaches a hand.
If they aired it internationally, what is the freaking big deal? We are still seeing replay after replay of Bill Clinton saying he did not have sexual relations with that woman, ad nauseum, and he didn't look very presidential, either. I shall venture a guess. NBC supports killing as many American soldiers and as many Iraqis as necessary for no verifiable reason, but they don't support consensual oral sex between adults for any reason.
NBC Blocking Use of Bush TV Footage for Film Critical of War in Iraq
Speak up or they assume you agree!!!
Subject: New movie coming soon
This Memorial Day weekend, Hollywood is releasing a movie that's making the Bush administration very nervous. In fact, they'd rather you didn't see it at all. Why? Because it's a disaster movie about global warming. The movie's name is "The Day After Tomorrow" and it's more sci-fi than sci-fact, and I'm betting that everybody will be talking about it AND asking ''Could this really happen?'' This is a chance for millions of Americans to see the real dangers of global warming and expose President Bush's foot-dragging on the issue. It's also a fun movie to see with friends over the holiday weekend. So here's the plan: On Memorial Day weekend, grab a few friends and go see "The Day After Tomorrow" -- the movie the White House doesn't want you to see.
Maybe you've already seen the previews for "The Day After Tomorrow": tornadoes whip through Los Angeles and Manhattan is frozen over as global warming triggers an Ice Age across North America. Nearly 20 million Americans are expected to see this movie, with as many as 7 or 8 million over Memorial Day weekend alone. Because the movie capitalizes on our real-life concerns over climate change, audiences are likely to walk out of the theater asking themselves: "Could it really happen?"
The right wing has already cranked up its PR machine to discredit the movie as a"fright flick" propaganda cooked up by climate change conspiracy theorists. Never mind that they're relying on stone-age science, or that they're light-years behind the curve on the public's acceptance of global warming as a real environmental threat. But then ask yourself WHY would they be so hell-bent to say such a thing. If it's a scare tactic then the average John Q is gonna pick up on it real quick. We can't afford to wait until the day after tomorrow to address the climate crisis and neither can the White House.
P.S.: You can see the movie trailer at: http://www.dayaftertomorrowmovie.com/
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Yahoo! News Story - US says Iraq bombing bears hallmarks of Zarqawi
Considering that the elusive Zarqawi is most likely dead, isn't it interesting how he can be everywhere at once, pegleg and all and never be caught yet conveniently blamed for everything wrong under the sun. Breaking News: Zarqawi is responsible for global warming and cancer too! Osama Bin Laden anyone?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Disney has refused to release this film, other distributors also seem reluctant and - if Moore is to be believed - the White House wants to stop it being seen. The reason is if viewers take the film at face value, they will think George Bush is a fraudulent and possibly corrupt president who went to war in Iraq because of a half-baked motivation of grudge, greed and thirst for power.
Imagine such a preposterous conclusion!
Subject: Is This Unreal Or What?
If Osama doesn't, will the DubyaCabal attack Washington in October in order to declare martial law before elections? From your posting of the 'Washington Whisper'- "I can tell you one thing," adds [an unnamed "top administration official"] sternly, "we won't be like Spain," which tossed its government days after the Madrid train bombings.
But at the end of the same column was another show-stopper. "The Bush Meter" states "President Bush 's science adviser has some advice for anybody planning to pitch a project in the Oval Office: Tell it straight because the boss has a great BS meter. "He gets angry when people hide things or try to distort information that could be relevant to a decision."
The refusal of NBC to allow Mr. Greenwald access to footage of "Meet The Press" has invoked me to start a boycott effective immediately of their show and reveals the GOP shading of NBC along with "Hardball" and Joe Scarborough show. What happened to the old NBC ?
Subject: Barbara's Daily BuzzFlash Minute
What can I say? This woman makes me proud to also have the name of BARBARA! She is right on all the time. Couldn't express it any better myself. THANK YOU BARBARA.
Subject: history repeats itself
When Bush decided to go to Iraq to "save" the Iraqis from the evil dictator Saddam Hussein, he repeatedly described the evil torture and the deaths of civilians as a good reason to oust him. With this rhetoric he hoodwinked our nation into getting into this war. While we were cheering his decision to get Saddam, he carefully changed the rules. No, we don't need to use the Geneva Conventions to protect the prisoners in Iraq, they're all terrorists, Al Qaeda sympathizers, Muslims, and they're all in this together. And we believed him and sent our brilliant young soldiers to save the world from the axis of evil.
Now here we are, with history repeating itself, as many imagined it would. Power corrupts infinitely -- that axiom goes for Americans, too. We are now the ones who are maiming and killing civilians. That's right, 90% of the Iraqi people killed in Iraq were civilians. Children, mothers, grandfathers. We don't even count the injured ones, but since none of them has body armor, I imagine the numbers are high.
Our children who were sent to Iraq to "get terrorists" have become the very thing they set out to stop. Both perpetuators of this kind of violence and their victims are damaged in this kind of war, perhaps permanently. This is not something an "I'm sorry" is going to fix. Any religious Muslim man (or woman) damaged by the kinds of torture that we have all seen in the last couple of weeks is going to suffer irreversible harm. And believe me, their families will not be pro-American. And what of our children? How will they deal with the guilt and self-loathing that participating in these kinds of war crimes produces? Sadly, I think I know the answer to this one, too. I see the future every time I pass another homeless Viet Nam vet begging for money on the street
I am going to try to remember all these people I think I need to answer...First of all, Mitch...please do not let this get you down...I am telling you this, and it gets me down all the time, so go figure...But we need people like you!!!
And, to whomever it was who quoted Kate O'beirn??? She is just an older Ann Coulter, and that explains her!!!
And, many thanks to Wiley Woman, I know I am not alone in being "almost alone in my feelings. " I am getting some silent people too, and Ii know they just do not want me to ask that question again..."Why did we go into Iraq"? I do that damn thing every time!! ( Maybe, they wonder, too!)
To Bob Rossi....that is a really weird name 'Matt Gobush?" But, knowing Lieberman he may be working for the Man...or the weasel in the White House (Matt GoBush).
And, now Mike Black...I agree...dig man dig...everything about that Berg thing bothers me....
Collette Miller....I have a feeling that everyone in this administration is blackmailing everyone else. I am quite sure, Powell will get out of serving another term..if God Helps us all...he has that chance. Did anyone ever notice the many relatives of relatives who are in this administration? Michael Powell and his FCC job....he is more a true repub, than his Dad....And then there is Scott McClellan and Mike McClellan...look like twins, and that ain't good.!!!
I guess Ari Fleischer is long gone...smart...smart!!!
To M. Cesena, Mexico: I agree with you...and you have a better name for it. BS101. These letters that I got from a relative who likes to pretend that she had two personalities, sound exactly like the ones you got. What the heck is getting into these rightwingers...I know they are desperate, but hey...that desperate??
Thomas Parson...a real good bumper sticker that would make a lot of people wonder is: "Just shut up and drink the KoolAid"...I am not even sure anyone would ask.
And lastly, not leastly....to Pissed off Patricia...and Barbara from NYC....I am jealous also...I watched him at the Kennedy Center (he is still the only one who can fill all five tiers) and go on to get a standing O...for 5 minutes...and it thrilled me to death. Helen Thomas introduced him as the best president we had ever had...how very true!!!!! (Incidentally, this was not even in person.)
Love you all and this life-saving website......
Subject: BUSH HAS LEFT THE BUILDING AGAIN
FOUR ALARM CRISIS: WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR BUSH TO STAY IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND BE WORRIED. HE'S NOT WORRIED, WHY SHOULD I BE WORRIED???????????
I know we don't need him there but, you would think he would try to act like he's in control of the situation. He's off raising money and joking. The joke's on the voters. LOLOLOL
Subject: Withhold of "Meet the Press" Video Clip from Robert GreenwaldDear "Meet The Press":
I understand that NBC is withholding a clip from Tim Russert's 2/8/04 Oval Office interview with President Bush that has been requested by Robert Greenwald for the theater version of his "Uncovered Iraq" movie. As a member corporation of the publicly held GE conglomerate, I seriously regard you to have a duty to democracy in the United States which would constrain you to honor Mr. Greenwald's request. I must say I have my doubts that you hold this duty as seriously as I do. It has been reported that an agent-to-agent conversation regarding the clip contained the sentence "Unofficially, we don't think it makes the President look good." Not looking good, indeed.
Please cooperate with Mr. Greenwald, or suffer further erosion of the public perception that impartiality plays any part in content selection for NBC "products."
Thank you for your attention,
Subject: Why do you suppose...
On all the networks all day today, when the topic of "gay" marriages came up, every single station (FOX, MSNBC, CNN) showed the two males who were mix race (a black and white man)...why do you suppose that occurred?
Oh, never mind...
Subject: young people
I see letters complaining that the young people of the U.S. are not out there fighting to get bush out of office. But most of the young people I know are working 12-hour days and sometimes 2 jobs and trying to go to a community college class. Many of them have had to re-think their plans because of parental job loss or their own. Tuition has gone up and they have found themselves in a squeeze. This keeps them from organizing, but all the young people I know are anti-bush!!!!
Subject: A good debunking
5/17 mailbag, someone mentioned the Iowa National Guardsman email
that many of us have received from our pro-republican friends. I
found the email suspicious and did some research. Snopes.com,
with their Urban Legends, linked me to orwelliantimes.com, who debunks
much of the email claims. I have included the link [which loads slowly]
... for your convenience. Everyone should copy it and send it to
those who sent the Ray Reynolds email. The idea is to let them know
that they have been had:
From ~ Cathy
Subject: Mail bag It's Time To Outsource Bush!!
It's time to outsource Bush due to the record deficits, we as a country clearly need to look at some bold ideas to cut costs to balance the budget. We need to downsize government and the time has come to outsource the White House.
My proposal is simple. Fire Bush and his entire cabinet. From now on, all presidential decisions will be made by 30 advisors in India. Once a day "John," who is the only one of the 30 people who speaks English, will be the liaison to the United States and will call us. John will then tell us of how to run the executive branch of the government. Of course John is not his real name but an Anglo name to make us feel comfortable. I admit this is a radical idea and some may say that the office of the President is too important a job to outsource to India. Well hell-let's look at the facts. Consider the White House record of being completely wrong on Iraq's WMD, the country losing 2 million jobs, the government running up a record deficit, and current Bush job approval rating of 42%. Let's face it. George W. Bush wasn't doing a good job anyway. By getting rid of Bush, we certainly aren't losing anything valuable or essential to good government.
From now on, all required speeches such as the STOTU will be spliced together from old footage already taped. All we have to do is splice together some typical Bush words -"Freedom, Terrorists, 9/11" and put "God Bless America" on the end and 99% of the country will accept the speech and recognize it as Bush live saying the typical Bush things.
Some may say we need someone in the White House in case there is a national emergency. Again-let's look at the facts. Before 9/11, Bush ignored the CIA warnings that bin-Laden was determined to attack on mainland U.S. On 9/11, his only actions were saying he ordered national emergency procedures--which was a lie because no emergency procedures were started--and flying around the country in Air Force One. He didn't do anything. As Bush isn't protecting the country in national emergencies anyway, by getting rid of him, we aren't losing anything essential to national security anyway.
And lastly some say that it will be hard on George if we fire him. Quite frankly, Bush's own chairman of economic advisors said that outsourcing is good for the economy. So chances are this is an idea that Bush will approve of and easily accept. It's been 3 1/2 long hard years. A lot of us have lost our jobs. Let George W. Bush be the next one losing his job and outsourced to India.
Subject: IT'S A FIGHT, SENATOR KERRY, NOT A COTILLION
This Reuters article by Portland, Oregon, reporter Patricia Wilson worries me:
Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry, who has barely mentioned Iraq on the campaign trail this week, said on Monday he wanted to give President Bush "some space to get things done." "I'm trying not to talk about it in politics," he told reporters aboard his campaign plane en route from Topeka, Kansas, to Portland for a rally with Howard Dean, a former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination. "I want to give the president some space to get things done and see what happens," Kerry said. "I wish the president would lead. He needs to lead, lives are at stake. He needs to be really bold."
John Kerry feels he can afford to sit back, put his feet up, and offer George Bush advice?
This is what concerns me most about Senator Kerry. He still doesn't seem to grasp the Big Ugly Picture about how to deal with these amoral warmongers and political thugs who currently populate the White House. "Give the president some space?" "See what happens?" "Wishes the president would lead because he needs to be really bold?" Uhh, hello? Talk about the pot calling the kettle beige. This is precisely the advice I want to offer John Kerry! "It's time for YOU to be bold, Senator Kerry. It's time for YOU to show some leadership ability, because while you're playing it low key and giving Rove and the Vulcans all of this space, they're simply using the lull to focus their steel-pointed media boots on the space between your legs! Then they come out swinging like a biker gang in television attack ads while you fend them off by bobbing around with elbows bent in a stiff posture hearkening back to the more civilized "Marquis Of Queensberry rules of fisticuffs."
As much as I loathe the Bush Administration individually and collectively, even I have to wonder at times if Sen. Kerry is truly The One to lead us out of Bush-bondage back to the promised land. When I see how disconnected and removed he seems to be from the ugly realities of exactly who and what he's up against, I'm tempted to duck and cover and hope for a bolder contender to emerge in 2008. But instead of suffering through four more years of being Bushwhacked, what I really want is for Senator Kerry to take off the gloves and show the world that he can go knuckle-up with the bad asses, both foreign and domestic.
Being a gentleman and a scholar is great, but it all changes when someone pulls a knife.
Subject: THIS IS WHY BUSH ALLOWED THE TORTURE
There is an old proverb variously written but goes something like this:
"Choose your enemies wisely, because they are the ones you are going to resemble the most."
"Choose your enemies wisely, for you will become them."
"Choose your enemies carefully, because one day you will resemble them."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Time Sensitive Joe Scarborough BlunderDear BuzzFlash:
I happened upon Joe Scarborough doing what he calls his "Real Deal" segment. He gave a rant to the effect "Chattering liberal elites, who wanted to do this war at no cost, they're unwilling to pay the costs of establishing Democracy. This is not about saving American...er, Iraqi lives..."
You know this will not be on his transcript, and I hope someone somewhere can capture this clip and distribute it. Apart from his blatant contempt for American lives, think of the assertion he tried make: Liberals are wrong because they care about Iraqi lives! When it is precisely the disregard for Iraqi lives that has led us to this terrible pass. Another BushCo agitprop liar, hypocrite, and moron.
Please someone get this and show it. It was on MSNBC on Monday night, May 17, 2004.
Subject: SARIN NERVE GAS - CONVENIENT TIMING FOR BUSH'S PLUNGE IN THE POLLS
Could it be yet another convenient distraction? Isn't it strange that it took more than A YEAR for the "terrorists" to use Sarin nerve gas? What on earth took them so long? Can it be another ploy by the Bush white house to get the nation's focus away from the heat George Bush is in?
I have become very skeptical when I hear any kind of news from this administration. So far, they have a terrible record when it comes to their credibility. Something smells fishy, and it may be coming from the white house!
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: Cartoonist Thomas Burns correctly sums up the uselessness of that Sarin discovery.]
Nerve gas in Iraq? Yes, Dubya's poll numbers are extremely low, so it's time to bring out the weapons of mass destruction that the Bushies have steadily flown into Iraq and planted in strategic places. Sarin? You betcha, the war is going so badly that even neo-cons are asking questions, ... so is it time to bring out Osama? Maybe, so watch out. I don't put anything pass this lying group of thieves. The October surprises are already happening and John Kerry is asleep at the wheel! Somebody please awaken him.
Subject: The War Crimes Act of 1996 passed by the US Congress..Section 2441
article excerpt: " The War Crimes Act of 1996 passed by Congress that bans Americans from committing war crimes....defined in part as 'grave breaches' of the Geneva Convention....the law applies to 'US Officials' and the punishments include the death penalty"...
Can a president or any other official simply declare that a self-designated class or group of individuals are 'not' covered under the rules of the Geneva Conventions or the above congressional act and then simply proceed to violate these laws without fear of arrest & prosecution? That's the case that WH counsel Gonzales is trying to make.....
Major Global Cabal Arrests & Major Global Announcements Soon...........
www.paoweb.com ...Sheldan Nidle Updates.....
Subject: opinion: Praise the protesters as true patriots!
Do John Kerry's antiwar efforts make him a true American hero?
Are Americans Who Protest this War and the Vietnam War Patriots?
Does It Take Courage to Protest?
YES YES YES! In fact John Kerry is a Double patriot. Of course soldiers who knowingly put their lives on the line and follow orders to fight for their country are brave and patriotic, but so are the Americans who see their government's mistakes and errors before most, and have the bravery and courage to speak up against things like an unjust war. John Kerry knows both sides of this particular sword.
And if you want "Brave" try speaking up against a war in the same town where you live and work and send your kids to school. For those who protested and organized against the Viet Nam war... who worked hard for years against that war, there are no veteran's benefits, no free health care, no recognition or gratitude from fellow citizens, no jobs handed out at the local fire department or police force, and no college tuition from a grateful country. Only harassment and prosecution and FBI files as recognition, and the occasional taunting of the regressive right wing every four years is payback. And most unfortunately, no organized cover comes from the other side... those Democrats and intellectuals and liberals who are still out there somewhere who could now stand and speak up... Hiding probably.
Nevertheless, protest in America happens because its the right thing to do, and a duty. I have tried to teach my own sons this truth, and I know only the most perceptive and bravest of Americans understand that truth and act on it purely out of love of country. And when its over, perhaps the only benefit is that satisfaction of having done what's right, and maybe that should be enough, but I don't think I'm going to be quiet about it any more. And I think more and more people agree with me about that, including John Kerry.
Maybe next time, when this is all over and the intelligent educated people are once again in charge, we should really push hard for a national redefinition of terms like "bravery" and "patriotism," because a lot of really good Americans who are truly brave and patriotic have a HUGE vote of thanks coming.
Subject: Justice Dept. part of problem ....
"Defense spokesman Larry DiRita said that "no responsible official of the Department of Defense approved any program that could conceivably have been intended to result in such abuses." But a NEWSWEEK investigation shows that, as a means of pre-empting a repeat of 9/11, Bush, along with Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft, signed off on a secret system of detention and interrogation that opened the door to such methods. It was an approach that they adopted to sidestep the historical safeguards of the Geneva Conventions, which protect the rights of detainees and prisoners of war. In doing so, they overrode the objections of Secretary of State Colin Powell and America's top military lawyers—and they left underlings to sweat the details of what actually happened to prisoners in these lawless places."
Complete article at: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4989481/
Newsweek reports that the Justice Department is likely to investigate three deaths that occurred during CIA interrogations, possibly with an eye toward charges of homicide. War-crimes charges, for willful violation of the Geneva Conventions, are not out of the question. Rumsfeld and Cambone could conceivably face perjury charges; if the latest news stories are true, their testimony before the armed services committees—taken under oath—will certainly be examined carefully.
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How can Dept. of Justice be allowed to investigate results of its own ill conceived system of detention and interrogation in Iraq???
Nate Roth, San Mateo, CA
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