Sue Ellen Wooldridge, the 19th-ranking Interior Department official, arrived at her desk in Room 6140 a few months after Inauguration Day 2001. A phone message awaited her.
“This is Dick Cheney,” said the man on her voice mail, Wooldridge recalled in an interview. “I understand you are the person handling this Klamath situation. Please call me at — hmm, I guess I don’t know my own number. I’m over at the White House.” Continue reading →
The CIA has released its so-called “family jewels” — nearly 700 pages of documents detailing some if its most infamous and illegal operations dating back to the 1950s. These include assassination plots against foreign leaders, drugs tests on unwitting citizens, wiretapping of U.S. journalists, spying on activists, opening mail, break-ins at the homes of ex-CIA employees and more. We speak with John Prados of the National Security Archive, an independent research institute that filed the original Freedom of Information Act request for the “family jewels” 15 years ago. [includes rush transcript – partial] Continue reading →
By Manila Ryce
Published Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
Vice President Cheney has transcended the laws of our country. Rather than being part of the legislative AND executive branch, he has declared himself as neither. Bush put Cheney in charge of a “shadow government”, which I suspect is just a fancy name for the corporate masters controlling policy. Colbert speculates that “as head of the ‘shadow government’, Cheney was given ‘shadow powers’ at a ‘shadow constitutional convention’ that wrote a ‘shadow article II’ that made him our government’s fourth branch.” And what evil lurks in the heart of Cheney? Only the shadow knows.
I was set out to write about Father’s day and the thousands of fatherless Iraqi children.The thousands of killed fathers, the thousands of fathers trying desperately hard to feed their families, daily putting their lives at great risk, in a country gripped by demonic violence. The exiled fathers, selling scraps in Amman and Damascus, bearing the brunt of daily insults. Or the unemployed fathers, feeling torn inside watching their kids go hungry. Or maybe the head bent down father, slouched posture, hiding scars beneath a worn out shirt. The father that has been imprisoned, humiliated, tortured and sodomized, unable to look his children in the eyes… Continue reading →