Ahmadinejad: “I am not anti-Semitic” by Juan Cole

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by Juan Cole
Informed Consent
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ahmadinejad: “I am not anti-Semitic”
Palestinians should Decide on Two-State Solution

Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul continue to show themselves among the few in Congress with any integrity and backbone. They declined to go along with a resolution charging Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad with incitement to genocide, given his alleged call for Israel to be ‘wiped off the face of the map.’ Continue reading

Leaving No Tracks By Jo Becker and Barton Gellman (Cheney; Angler)

By Jo Becker and Barton Gellman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, June 27, 2007; Page A01

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

With Release of “Family Jewels,” CIA Acknowledges Years of Assassination Plots, Coerced Drug Tests & Domestic Spying (link)

Democracy Now!
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

With Release of “Family Jewels,” CIA Acknowledges Years of Assassination Plots, Coerced Drug Tests and Domestic Spying

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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

The Colbert Report – Cheney is the Fourth Branch (video)

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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.

For God’s Sake, Tell Me Where To Begin? By Layla Anwar (over 18 only)

By Layla Anwar
06/26/07 “ICH

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