Nuclear Exchange: Scooter Goes Free, World Gets Screwed by Chris Floyd

Nuclear Exchange: Scooter Goes Free, World Gets Screwed

Written by Chris Floyd
Monday, 02 July 2007

President Bush Commutes Libby’s Sentence (WP)

Scooter Libby kept the code of omerta; now he gets his payoff. He’ll be a well-paid martyr of the militarist Right for the rest of his days. Bush and Cheney will be in the clear for this particular act of treason on their part. And the spread of nuclear weapons around the world will continue, with America’s counterproliferation operations shredded by Scooter and Cheney for Bush’s political gain.

And on the very day that Scooter gets his prize for torpedoing Valerie Plame’s undercover operation, the NYT reports that Pakistan’s A.Q. Khan, proliferator for profit, is now “virtually a free man,” with most of the restrictions placed on him for peddling nuclear death having been lifted by Bush’s close friend and ally, the dictator Pervez Musharraf.

But hey, what’s more important: the vastly increased prospect of mass death in any number of future hot spots all over the world — or the fact that L’il Scooter won’t have to spend any time showering with Negroes and other riff-raff in prison? The President’s answer is clear.

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I really hate these guys. by Michael (Libby)



Olbermann: GEORGE W. BUSH WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD!!! (video; Libby)


Bush spares Libby from prison by Andrew Ward

Letterman Interview with Dennis Kucinich (video)

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Letterman Interview with Dennis Kucinich

Presidential candidate dennis kucinich on the lateshow with david letterman. they discussed his vision of health care for all, peace and his love for his wife, elizabeth. dave says, “well, you’ve got my vote.”


Dennis Kucinich

Israel is Bad for Jewish Ethics By SAUL LANDAU

Weekend Edition
June 30 / July 1, 2007

Meet the New Goliath

Israel is Bad for Jewish Ethics


You can trace the current Middle East conflicts back to Moses, who was deaf. God said: “Moses, take your people to Canada.” Moses heard Canaan.
One group of religious Jews believes Israel is anathema to Jewish ethics. On June 10, a group of Naturei Karta (Guardians of the City) joined a demonstration in Washington DC to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestine and of Syria’s Golan Heights. Back in October 2005, Neturei Karta leader Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss had made the group’s position clear about Israel and the Zionist movement. “The Zionists use the Holocaust issue to their benefit. We, Jews who perished in the Holocaust, do not use it to advance our interests. We stress that there are hundreds of thousands of Jews around the world who identify with our opposition to the Zionist ideology and who feel that Zionism is not Jewish, but a political agenda…What we want is not a withdrawal to the ’67 borders, but to everything included in it, so the country can go back to the Palestinians and we could live with them … ”

Two years ago, I talked to one of the men in black suits, with black hats and the traditional curls of the Hassidic Jews–but they are not Hassidic.

“How can the ethics of Judaism be practiced by corrupt state officials, and most are corrupt in most governments?” He said this before the July 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, meaning before the revelation that the then head of the Israeli army, General Dan Halutz, was busy selling off his stock portfolio on the morning of the invasion for fear that prices would plunge. In addition, as Israel prepared to go to war, two Cabinet officials were charged with pinching the butts of young women staff members.

“Do you realize, that a man who calls himself a Jew,” he continued, “gave orders to Israeli young men and women in the army or police to kill Palestinian civilians, to break their bones [referring to Labor Party Defense Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, who in 1989 urged Israeli soldiers to break the bones of Palestinian demonstrators]. Is such behavior compatible with our ethics? With morality on any level? As long as Israel exists as a state, Jewish men and women will commit unpardonable sins and pollute the religion for future generations. Israeli has fomented a pernicious lobby in the United States and its equivalent in Europe to tell the non-Jewish public that it is a democratic David fighting a fanatical Goliath. This is a lie. No Messiah will ever return to such a terrible place. A state of Israel can exist only after the Messiah Returns.”

I tried to lighten the mood a little, fearing he would explode in anger. I recounted the story of the man shortly after the 1948 creation of Israel who returns home and tells his wife. “The rabbi said all Jews have to move to Israel because the Messiah will soon come there. “Are you crazy?” she retorted, “After we spent all that money fixing up the apartment!”

He didn’t laugh.

“Have you lost your sense of humor?” I asked.

“When it comes to Israel,” he replied, “I see nothing funny.”


Unimpeachably Impeachable By Ray McGovern

Unimpeachably Impeachable

By Ray McGovern

July 2, 2007

Last week’s four-part Washington Post feature on Vice President Dick Cheney removed any doubt in my mind as to whether he and President George W. Bush have committed the kinds of high crimes and misdemeanors that warrant impeachment.

While President George W. Bush bears the ultimate responsibility, the nature of the evidence against Cheney and his closest associates is so specific and overwhelming that it makes sense to impeach and bring him to trial first.

Subpoenas from Capitol Hill are flying downtown into executive office buildings like paper airplanes, but the potential for obfuscation and delay is immense, and the danger to the Republic speaks for a more urgent, simpler approach.

As hundreds are killed each day in the misbegotten war in Iraq with no end in sight, the same officials who brought us Iraq—with the vice president in the lead— are salivating for war on Iran.

There is a blizzard of possible charges warranting impeachment, and that is part of the problem. It’s not only outrage fatigue, it is knowing how to sort through what Thomas Jefferson called “a long train of abuses and usurpations” to select the most heinous, when it is difficult to discern which of them most offends our Constitution and the rule of law.

Suggestion: From the most heinous, select just one for which there is ready proof—one not susceptible of the kind of diddling that has been so prevalent in Washington these past several years.

Why not focus on a high crime that the Bush administration has already admitted to, with claims it is above the law and the Constitution: electronic eavesdropping on Americans without the required court warrant.

This charge has the additional advantage of precedent. It was included in the second (of three) Articles of Impeachment voted against President Richard Nixon by a 28 to 10 vote by the House Committee on the Judiciary on July 27, 1974.

That charge was “electronic surveillance of private citizens” in violation of the law and similar illegalities. Impeachment Article 2 stated that for these abuses:

“Richard M. Nixon has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore Richard M. Nixon, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.”

Similarly, as William Goodman, former legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, has suggested, pride of place among the various possible charges against those of the George W. Bush administration should be given to the crime of unlawful electronic surveillance; namely, failing to take care that the laws were faithfully executed, by directing or authorizing the National Security Agency and various other agencies within the intelligence community to conduct electronic surveillance outside the statutes Congress has prescribed as the exclusive means for such surveillance.

What makes this a no-brainer is that the administration has proudly admitted to sponsoring an electronic surveillance program that violates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978.

On Dec.17, 2005, a day after the New York Times front-paged an article on the administration practice of eavesdropping on Americans without the required court warrant, administration front man George W. Bush bragged about authorizing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens without the court order required by FISA.

The president stated defiantly, “I have reauthorized this program more than 30 times since the September 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for as long as our nation faces a continuing threat from al-Qaeda and related groups.”

By what authority did the Bush administration ignore the FISA requirement for a court order for such eavesdropping? “The authority vested in me by Congress, including the Joint Authorization for Use of Military Force [and] constitutional authority vested in me as commander-in-chief.”

That these arguments are quite a stretch is clear from the adjectives used by respected jurists to describe them. “Ludicrous” is the one most often applied. “The program appears on its face to violate existing law,” wrote a group of distinguished lawyers, several of whom worked in senior positions in Republican as well as Democratic administrations.




Ray McGovern




by Ted Rall

In Tajikistan, U.S. Runs a Distant Fifth in the Race for Hearts and MindsGORDO-BADAKHSHAN AUTONOMOUS OBLAST, Tajikistan — Finally! I waited 43 years and traveled to one of the most remote places on earth to find it, but find it I have: American tax dollars being spent productively. “USA,” the label on the bag reads in Helvetica Bold. “US-AID Flour.” Just like the ’70s, when my little kid heart swelled at the sight of “Gift of USA” food bags being delivered to starving African villagers! Thank God, America still finds time to help poor Third Worlders in between all the bombing and torturing.

As I chewed a nan bread my Pamiri hosts had baked using US-AID flour, I got the warm fuzzies. The struggle for hearts and minds never tasted so good.

It ain’t just flour the Agency of International Development is using to woo the people of eastern Tajikistan (who, by the way, happen to be Ismaeli Muslims). Empty flour bags (“USA”!) patch broken windows. Empty cans of US-AID rapeseed and fortified vegetable oil litter backyards. But it isn’t hard to see that we could be doing more.

There’s poor, dirt poor and Gordo-Badakhshan. Misery comes in so many flavors here — economic, political, even topographic — that solving any single problem wouldn’t be enough.

Bordered by war-ravaged Afghanistan to the south, hostile Uzbekistan to the west, oppressed western China to the east and anarchic Kyrgyzstan to the north, Tajikistan was the poorest of the republics of the Soviet Union. And Gordo-Badakhshan was the poorest and most remote part of Tajikistan.


Ted Rall

How the Pentagon Papers Came to be Published by the Beacon Press (link; Ellsberg; Gravel; West)

Dandelion Salad

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