The Case for Impeachment By Scott Horton

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By Scott Horton
Harper’s
February 3, 2008

As the final eleven months of the Bush Administration are being counted off in Washington, the accepted wisdom is that impeachment must be taken off the table. The end is now so close by—what’s the point? Moreover, the American people would, we are told, view it as an act of over zealous partisanship, and would strike back at the polls. But these responses reflect a misunderstanding of the role that impeachment has historically played in the American democracy, and the English roots of impeachment as a constitutional device. They see in impeachment a measure which is purely ad hominem in nature, and avoid the much more important institutional aspect.

I predict that before Bush leaves office, the case for his impeachment will and should be given a more careful hearing. It must not be pursued as a partisan remedy to force a transfer of power. Rather it should be used as an institutional remedy. Polling now shows that a large majority of Americans believe that President Bush and Vice President Cheney have committed serious transgressions against the Constitution which would merit consideration of the impeachment process. Impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney for their attempts to hijack the Constitution would make a clear statement about abuse of power. It would also serve to put reasonable constraints on the conduct of their successors–who are likely to be Democrats. This is a step which genuine Conservatives and Republicans who adhere to their party’s former understanding of a government with an executive of carefully limited and checked powers should welcome and embrace.

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The Expanding Police State: Operation Falcon Raid By Mike Whitney (audio; 11.07; article)

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01.09.08

There’s only one way to make sure that the machinery of state-terror is operating at maximum efficiency; flip on the switch and let er rip. That was thinking behind the massive roundup of 10,000 American citizens in what was aptly-christened Operation Falcon.

Award winning journalist Mike Whitney

First broadcast on 11/07/2007

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The Secret Raids of Alberto Gonzales

Operation Falcon: 10,000 Swept Up

By Mike Whitney
05/18/05 “Counterpunch

There’s only one way to make sure that the machinery of state-terror is operating at maximum efficiency; flip on the switch and let er rip. That was thinking behind last month’s massive roundup of 10,000 American citizens in what was aptly-christened Operation Falcon.

Operation Falcon was a massive clandestine dragnet that involved hundreds of state, federal and local law-enforcement agencies during the week of April 4 to April 10, 2005. It was the largest criminal-sweep in the nation’s history and was brainchild of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his counterpart in the US Marshal’s office, (Director) Ben Reyna.

The secret-raids “produced the largest number of arrests ever recorded during a single initiative,” Reyna boasted.

The details are mind-boggling. Over 960 agencies (state, local and federal) were directly involved acting on 13,800 felony warrants and spending nearly $900,000 on the operation. As the conservative Washington Times noted, “The sweep was a virtual clearinghouse for warrants on drug, gang, gun and sex-offender suspects nationwide.”

It’s clear that the Marshal’s office knew where the vast majority of the suspects were or they never would have had such stunning success rounding them up; which, of course, begs the question, “Why did they wait to apprehend alleged’ murderers, when they already knew where they were hiding?”

According to the press releases, which celebrated the dazzling display of law enforcement, the raids netted “162 accused or convicted of murder, 638 wanted for armed robbery, 553 wanted for rape or sexual assault, 154 gang members and 106 unregistered sex offenders.” (CNN)

Okay, that’s roughly 1,000 criminals; what about the other 9,000? Traffic tickets, late child-support payments, jay-walking???

“We’re really amazed. We had no idea we’d apprehend more than 10,000 bad guys,” said one federal law enforcement official who asked not to be identified. “We didn’t know what to expect, but the response from law enforcement personnel everywhere was truly amazing.” (CNN)

The media’s approbation does little to disguise the real purpose of Operation Falcon. (which is an acronym for “Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally.”)

The Bush administration is sharpening its talons for the inevitable difficulties it expects to face as a result of its disastrous policies. With each regressive initiative, the governing cabal seems to get increasingly paranoid, anticipating an outburst of public rage. Now, they’re orchestrating massive round-ups of minor crooks to make sure that every cog and gear in the apparatus of state repression is lubricated and ready to go.

Rest assured that Attorney General Gonzales has absolutely no interest in the petty offenders that were netted in this extraordinary crackdown. His action is just another indication that the noose is tightening around the neck of the American public and that the Bush team is fully prepared for any unpleasant eventualities. They want to make sure that everyone knows that they’re ready when its time to thin out the ranks of mutinous citizens.

(Note: to date, the US Marshall’s office has issued no public statement to the press as to whether the 10,000 people arrested in operation Falcon have been processed or released.)

Mike Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at: fergiewhitney@msn.com

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Police State America – A Look Back and Ahead by Stephen Lendman

Constitutional scholar: ‘At least six identifiable crimes’ possible in CIA tape affair by David Edwards & Jason Rhyne (link)

Time to impeach: http://www.wexlerwantshearings.com

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David Edwards and Jason Rhyne
Raw Story
Wednesday December 19, 2007

White House involvement in the CIA’s decision to destroy videotapes documenting severe interrogation techniques of suspected terrorists could constitute as many as six crimes, according to constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley.Turley appeared on CNN to discuss a new report from the New York Times, which indicates that four White House attorneys, including then-White House counsels Alberto Gonzales and Harriet Miers, participated in discussions with the CIA about whether or not the tapes should be destroyed. The talks also reportedly included David Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former counsel and current chief of staff; and former senior National Security Council lawyer John Bellinger.

“Just when you think this scandal can’t get worse, it does,” the George Washington University Law School professor told CNN’s John Roberts. “I mean, this is a very significant development because it shows that this was not just some rogue operator at the CIA that destroyed evidence being sought by Congress and the courts. It shows that this was a planned destruction, that there were meetings, and those meetings extended all the way to the White House.”

Turley went on to say that the high-level discussions, particularly those involving Miers and Gonzales, were “a hair’s breath away from the president himself.”

Asked whether “through inference” the talks might have extended to the Oval Office, Turley suggested the possibility existed.

“I think it’s more than an inference at this point, which is one of the reasons there’s a call for a special prosecutor,” he said. “There are at least six identifiable crimes here, from obstruction of justice to obstruction of Congress, perjury, conspiracy, false statements, and what is often forgotten: the crime of torturing suspects.

Added Turley, “If that crime was committed it was a crime that would conceivably be ordered by the president himself, only the president can order those types of special treatments or interrogation techniques.”

The Times reports that a former senior intelligence official told the paper that there was a “‘vigorous sentiment’ among some top White House officials to destroy the tapes.” Other officials said that there was no White House push for their destruction.

US District Judge Henry Kennedy, who in 2005 ordered that the US preserve “all evidence and information” regarding torture and other abuses, has scheduled a Friday hearing to investigate the destruction of the tapes.

“Judge Kennedy is obviously not taking the advice of the Justice Department, that told him not to interfere,” Turley said of the upcoming hearing. “Courts don’t understand when the government destroys evidence — particularly evidence that was sought by Congress and other courts. So it’s not going to be a good day for the Justice Department.”

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Michael Ratner on Missing CIA Tapes, Torture and the Supreme Court (video) h/t: After Downing Street

Olbermann: Where Does the Buck Stop? + Conspiracy Theories + Gonzo But Not Forgotten + Funding Fight + Worst (videos)

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Nov. 20, 2007

Where Does the Buck Stop?

Keith gives his report on the latest revelations about the Scott McClellan book. David Shuster weighs in.

Conspiracy Theories

Keith discusses the potential legal ramifications from McClellan’s book with John Dean in Countdown’s continuing series on broken government.

Gonzo But Not Forgotten

Alberto Gonzales was met with protesters when he appeared for a speaking engagement at the University of Florida in Gainsville. Eugene Robinson from the Washington Post weighs in.

Best Person

Funding Fight

Jack Murtha and David Obey gave a press conference today where they slammed the Pentagon for not being truthful with the American people. Richard Wolffe weighs in on the fight over the funding.

Worst Person

And the winner is….the Pentagon. Runners up Tom DeLay and Glenn Beck.

Olbermann: Fear Factor + Gonzales May Be Prosecuted + Worst (videos)

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OCTOBER 22, 2007 KEITH OLBERMANN

The Fear Factor

Alberto Gonzales May Be Prosecuted!

Worst Person

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And the winner is…….Tom Gross. Runners up Glen Beck and Bill O’Reilly.

Countdown with description/commentary by Clyde1952

Mon. Oct 22, 2007 – Part One of Five

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Once again, better really late than not at all. The reasons for the delay are that I was late getting back from an appointment so I started my video capture late, and then to make it worse there was a technical glitch either by MSNBC or Dish at the end cutting off about two minutes. So I decided to wait for the replay at 9:00 p.m. PST. and just redo it.

Keith goes on the air tonight in his newly refurbished digs along with some brand new nifty graphics between segments. So be sure to check it out.

In Part one we have Darth Cheney drawing his light saber and waving it toward Iran again. So what else is new? And we got Bush asking for more money for Iraq to the tune of $46 billion simoleans. Bringing the score for this year to:
Iraq – $196.4 billion
Schip – $0

Well what can you expect? I hear Blackwater needs a few more bucks for their company picnic and the Halliburton Executives need a vacation in Tahiti.

And Bush says he will buy the troops the body armor they need this time for sure. He really really honestly truly will, Scouts honor, cross his heart and all of that crap. Richard Wolfe joins Keith.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75BgSIbxrXI

Part Two of Five

In the second half of the opening segment, a couple of The Shrub’s lackey’s are questioning why Bush won’t discuss the Israeli air strikes against Syria with them or the American People. They want to know why Bush has shaped this story for our National “Stenographic Press Corp.” Have you noticed that every once in a while Republicans will do something like this, and then just as quickly reattach their lips back to Shrub’s derrière? I guess it’s their way of briefly coming up for air and putting on lip gloss so to speak.

Also, Valerie Plame is speaking out about Shrub and company leaking her identity. It seems there’s this matter of a pension letter that confirms her status as a covert operative. So, will the Bush administration go to similar lengths to justify war with Iran? I hate to use this tired old cliche but it’s all I’ve got: Is the Pope Catholic? Does the Bear crap in the woods?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHcP-wfkCjw

Part Three of Five 

There was a whole lot of Holy Buttkissing going on as the Republican Candidates headed over to the values convention to snooker the religious right all in the name of St. Jim Bakker, St. Jim Swaggert, St. W.T. Grant, St. Ted Haggard, St. Paul Crouch, the Blessed Jan Crouch, St. Benny Hinn, St. Pat Roberson, and the late but great St. Jerry Falwell. So let’s open our bibles to the Gospel of John, Chapter 11, Verse 35 and read: “Jesus Wept.”

Craig Crawford joins Keith and the Almighty for a discussion of current biblical events.

Oddball: A guy shown picking his ear and eating the wax. This is about a 10 on the gross scale. A guy is levitating outside the White House.

Best Persons: Peanut the Parrot, saved a family by imitating a smoke alarm, the Sux Airport, and finally William J. Notaro, who flew from Tampa to Charlotte with three bullets in him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjvSEsuAypY

Part Four of Five 

A segment on the California wildfires. Yep, it’s a mess out here where yours truly resides, but have no fear. I’m way out of the way of that stuff.

According to Huffington Post, almost 250,000 people have been evacuated. I think Sean Penn and Tea Leoni got ousted from their digs too, but I don’t think they’ll be taking up refuge at Quaalcom Stadium.

Governor Turdimator has declared a state of emergency.

Keeping Tabs:
Another chapter in the never ending story of Ellen DeGeneres and her pets.
Kid Rock eats at the Waffle House. Kid Rock gives knuckle sandwiches at the waffle house. Kid Rock has his dessert at the county jail.

Worst Persons: Bronze: Glenn Beck, who said the people losing their homes in California hate America. Silver: Billo – who claims a school giving out birth control is because of his book coming out. Keith has some funny comments here. Gold: Tom Gross of the National Review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HslyUgxkttw

Part Five of Five 

So, who will it be in the final segment? More Britney? Nah. Will it be more Ellen and her doggie problems? Nah. Why, it’s a story about J.K. Rowling who penned a few books about some wizard kid named Potter.

You’ve probably heard by now that Dumbledore is gay. So if all the so called black magic and spell casting weren’t enough for the extreme far right Religious Whackos to go nutso about, now there’s something else for them to whine about on Sunday. Oh, wait. It gets worse.

Rowling says that the book also challenges the young not to accept the word of those in power, because they might not always be telling the truth. Hmmm……I wonder what gave her that idea? I can’t think of anybody who fits that description, can you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op-JmQwGPL0

Mukasey Defends Bush Admin on Post-9/11 Measures, But Vows Independence (link)

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Thursday, October 18th, 2007
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Attorney General Nominee Michael Mukasey Defends Bush Admin on Post-9/11 Measures, But Vows Independence

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The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee appears set to back Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey, following his first day of confirmation hearings. On Wednesday, Mukasey defended many of President Bush’s most controversial post-9/11 policies, including holding prisoners without charge and denying them habeus corpus. We get reaction from Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. [includes rush transcript]


Confirmation hearings began on Wednesday for Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey. And after a day of questioning, the Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee appears set to support his confirmation. President Bush nominated Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales after Gonzales quit in August amidst a series of scandals involving the firing of U.S. attorneys and for approving a secret warrantless domestic surveillance program. Mukasey is a retired federal judge who handled several high-profile cases, including the 1995 trial of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the “Blind Sheikh,” and the initial detention of Jose Padilla. On Wednesday, Mukasey defended many of President Bush’s most controversial post-9/11 policies. He said the President has the right to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge. He refused to recommend the closing of the military prison at Guantanamo. And Mukasey said he does not believe prisoners at Guantanamo should be allowed the right of habeas corpus.Meanwhile, Mukasey was harshly critical of a 2002 Justice Department memo on torture, which he described as “worse than a sin.” Mukasey promised to maintain independence from President Bush’s White House. He told Senator Arlen Specter that he would resign if he couldn”t dissuade the president from taking action that he determined to be illegal. In a moment we will be joined by Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. But first we turn to Wednesday’s hearings.

  • Excerpts of Michael Mukasey’s confirmation hearings.

To talk more about the Mukasey nomination, Attorney Michael Ratner joins us here at the firehouse. He is president of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

  • Michael Ratner. President of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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Mike Mukasey Attorney General Senate Confirmation Hearing (videos; links)

Mukasey Attorney General Senate Confirmation Hearing, Day 2 (videos; links)

Report details secret Bush administration memos authorizing torture by Joe Kay

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by Joe Kay
Global Research, October 7, 2007
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Since 2005, the Bush administration has produced at least three secret orders and memoranda justifying extreme interrogation methods banned under international law as forms of torture, according to a newspaper report published on Thursday.

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The Daily Show: That’s Al Folks by Manila Ryce (video link)

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By Manila Ryce
Published Wednesday, September 19th, 2007, 4:05 pm

The Daily Show – That’s Al Folks

I was planning on posting Jon Stewart’s interview with Alan Greenspan, but it ended up being extremely disappointing. It became a boring lesson in economics, and the war was not discussed at all. Instead, I’ve decided to post this clip concerning Alberto Gonzales’ last day on the job. The party animals at the Justice Department sent him off with an unintentional roast, rivaling the Emmy’s. Such an unforgettable event was surely wasted on someone who’s “done more to promote short-term memory loss than any Hispanic-American…”

President Bush settles on Gonzales replacement

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The Associated Press
Sept. 16, 2007 03:17 PM

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Jose Padilla Makes Bad Law by Michael B. Mukasey h/t: The Smirking Chimp

Bushed, Bleary and Bamboozled by Glitzqueen (aka The Other Katherine Harris)

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by The Other Katherine Harris

Glitzqueen’s blog post

Sept. 1, 2007

In this time of truthiness, facts no longer fall at our feet like overripe pears; they’re fireflies to be chased in the dark or, if they seem overt, they quaver away as mirages do when we near them. Nothing we’re told is more than a clue — and usually one isolated from its proper context.

After struggling to interpret the latest barrage of events and announcements, I’m exhausted. No doubt that’s how the Masters of the Universe want us to be. They’ve created not only an economy in which any seeming rise in working people’s declining incomes is attributable to their taking extra junk-jobs and far offset by real inflation — which, unlike the “core” inflation they measure, recognizes that we require shelter and food — but also a media empire so guileful that sleuthing the news to grasp its actual import has become an adjunct job for any with sufficient energy and will in reserve.

Let’s imagine how some recent stories would have been presented, had anybody cared to save us time and trouble, starting with the simplest examples …

KARL ROVE RESIGNS should be subtitled: Rove has such heinous plans for the coming election that they can’t possibly be seen to originate within the White House.

TONY SNOW RESIGNS should be subtitled: Right-wingers fed up with Bush administration lies will be daft enough to begin believing Snow-Job again, once he’s back in media.

ALBERTO GONZALES RESIGNS should be subtitled: Gonzo hopes the fury over his crimes will blow over, if he gets out of town. Maybe he’ll be the first of the crew to take up residence on Shrub’s enormous new spread in Paraguay, where all Americans are guaranteed protection from criminal charges.

Now for beefier matters …

AP WRITES: REPUBLICANS SEEK SEN. CRAIG’S RESIGNATION – Republicans called for the resignation of Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho and party leaders ousted him from his committee leadership posts amid the fallout over his arrest in a men’s room and his guilty plea …


In truth, this reaction means sex sting fallout can be allowed to destroy Larry Craig, but not David Vitter, because Craig can be replaced now by a Republican governor’s appointee, whereas the governor of Vitter’s state is a Democrat.

THE (LONDON) TIMES WRITES: SARKOZY TALKS OF BOMBING IF IRAN GETS NUCLEAR ARMS – President Nicolas Sarkozy called Iran’s nuclear ambition the world’s most dangerous problem yesterday and raised the possibility that the country could be bombed if it persisted in building an atomic weapon. The French leader used tough language towards Tehran in the first broad survey of his plans for extending Gallic influence in the world … Sarkozy told the annual gathering of French ambassadors Iran was the crossroads of the Middle East’s troubles and its nuclear aims “are without doubt the most serious crisis that weighs today on the international scene”


Toward getting at reality in this case, we have to wonder what was in the Kool-Aid at Kennebunkport, don’t we? In line with the reference to “extending Gallic influence in the world” and being aware of serious economic probs in France now, my speculation is that Shrub offered Sarko something equivalent to the deal that’s been so monstrously lucrative for his Brit pals in Iraq.

CNN MONEY WRITES: WALL STREET THANKS BERNANKE, BUSH – Stocks jumped Friday, ahead of a long holiday weekend, after Ben Bernanke pledged the central bank will keep financial markets stable and the Bush Administration offered help to consumers hurt by the subprime mortgage crisis...


Whoa! Neither Bush nor Bernanke has done jack-shit about the subprime mortgage crisis. They don’t even seem to know what it is. Bernanke’s recent flood of funds into the banking system will benefit only borrowers with sound credit. Banks now have tens of billions extra to play with (that we’ll all pay for in further inflation) and a lower discount rate, in case they want more for short-term lending. None of that has anything to do with the subprime situation, nor does Shrub’s proposal of FHA aid for distressed mortgage-holders “with good credit”. The creditworthy do NOT have subprime loans; they’re in the alt-A or prime class of borrowers who took adjustable rate mortgages from stupidity or short-term greed, not because they had to. Yes, some are in trouble now and more will be soon, as their interest rates escalate, but this is a plan to refinance no more than 160,000 homes over the next two years, while the crisis involves at least two million potential foreclosures. Predictably enough where Shrub and His Thugs are concerned, they’re directing FHA help toward those in least need of it: the top 8 percent, whom they no doubt define as those most likely to vote Republican unless losing their homes ticks them off. Left out are the remaining 92 percent of mortgagees in trouble, who DO have subprime loans because of shaky credit and who face even steeper interest charges when their rates on ARM contracts reset. So far we’ve seen only the first wave of resets. Another huge one will follow next month and yet another in March. Even if Shrub suspends stamping his feet and holding his breath to resist help for these families through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, how in hell could they assist 1.8 million? And what about investors holding all that paper? What do you bet few on Wall Street give a rat’s ass about them, either? The financier class has already made its money on the deals, passing them along to such others as pension funds. There’s still a financial hurricane brewing and most will be left to weather it in Katrina mode, although banks will have enough borrowing power to bail out their nearest-and-dearest — as Barclays has already begun, says the (London) Daily Guardian today.

Amid these clouds of obfuscation, one recent article stands out for crystalline clarity: the (London) Daily Mail’s The EU Constitution Is Back and More Dangerous Than Ever! I strongly recommend it, both as an example of journalism that actually tells a full story and as an implicit warning to us, who are being drawn into a similarly threatening web of alliances without any similar exposure to the matter.

Beyond all that, well, I’m just too tired to go on. Clearly, we need the Labor Day weekend this year more than ever.

American Nightmare: Gonzales “wrong and illegal and unethical” by Greg Palast

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by Greg Palast
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

“What I’ve experienced in the last six months is the ugly side of the American dream.”Last month, David Iglesias and I were looking out at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where his dad had entered the US from Panama decades ago. It was a hard moment for the military lawyer who, immediately after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired Iglesias as US Attorney for New Mexico, returned to active military duty as a Naval Reserve JAG.

Captain Iglesias, cool and circumspect, added something I didn’t expect:

“They misjudged my character, I mean they really thought I was just going to roll over and give them what they wanted and when I didn’t, that I’d go away quietly but I just couldn’t do that. You know US Attorneys and the Justice Department have a history of not taking into consideration partisan politics. That should not be a factor. And what they tried to do is just wrong and illegal and unethical.”

When a federal prosecutor says something is illegal, it’s not just small talk. And the illegality wasn’t small. It’s called, “obstruction of justice,” and it’s a felony crime.

Continued…

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Gonzales Resigns — But the Torture, Spying, and Round-Ups Continue by Sunsara Taylor

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by Sunsara Taylor
The Smirking Chimp
Aug 28 2007 – 8:44am
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George Bush is still commander in chief pushing forward new horrors by the day. The Democrats — the majority in Congress and the line up of viable presidential contenders: Hillary, Barack and Edwards — are not challenging his fascist program in any of its essential features.

Gonzales called the Geneva Convention ban on torture — a crime against humanity!! — “quaint” and is rightly hated for this. But the Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together to approve the Military Commission Act last October giving George Bush the right to decide when the Geneva Conventions apply. This came after the photos of Abu Ghraib. This came after the conscience of the world was shocked by the photos of human beings stripped naked, stacked up in pyramids, terrorized by dogs, raped and forced to perform sexual acts on each other, religiously violated. These photos were snapped with the sportsmanship and brazenness of southern Good Ol’ Boys who knew the law would never come for them — and for good reason. Even Hitler never came out and openly admitted, and made legal, torture!

In a recent New Yorker, Jane Mayer quotes an expert familiar with C.I.A. interrogation protocol, “It’s one of the most sophisticated, refined programs of torture ever… At every stage, there was a rigid attention to detail. Procedure was adhered to almost to the letter. There was top-down quality control, and such a set routine that you get to the point where you know what each detainee is going to say, because you’ve heard it before. It was almost automated. People were utterly dehumanized. People fell apart. It was the intentional and systematic infliction of great suffering masquerading as a legal process. It is just chilling.”

Gonzales is leaving office, but this torture is continuing as you read, and will continue until the people drive out the Bush regime. If you’re against this, you’ve got to visibly Declare It Now by wearing orange — spreading loud, visible, resistance to the Bush regime’s program.

Gonzales lied about Bush’s illegal wiretapping and is rightly hated for this. But the Democratic majority in Congress and the Republicans came together recently to change the laws to make intrusive, unwarranted wiretapping — and likely much more — perfectly legal. Chuck Schumer and other Democrats can try to claim Gonzales’s resignation as a victory — but surely this cannot be counted as a victory for those who don’t want a police state!

Think about it: the President was caught not only breaking the law by spying on people without warrants, but also LYING repeatedly about it. So was the Attorney General. But rather than impeaching and removing the whole batch of liars — the Democrats changed the laws, made such spying legal and now call it a victory because they get to be the ones presiding over the whole criminal affair! Further, the new domestic spying law is so expansive that headlines last week suggest it probably includes the right of the government to conduct physical searches!

Gonzales is gone, but this spying is continuing as you read and will continue until the people drive out the Bush regime. If you’re against this, you’ve got to visibly Declare It Now by wearing orange — spreading loud, visible, resistance to the Bush regime’s program.

Gonzales was involved in the selective firing of several United States Attorneys for political reasons and he is rightly hated for it. While Gonzales personally is not a Christian fascist, what trickled out in this scandal is the extent to which all levels of government have been packed with theocrats loyal to George Bush and his hateful brand of Christianity. Monica Goodling resigned, but she was only one of more than 150 graduates of Pat Robertson’s Regent University who are working in the Bush Administration. Pat Robertson, don’t forget, blamed 9-11 on feminists, the ACLU, abortionists and gays. Worse, Pat Robertson advocates overhauling the penal justice system to correspond to the biblical model — where “habitual criminals” (note: not even “violent” criminals) are executed.

And none of this is being challenged, and in fact it is being conciliated with, by the Democrats. As bad as the voter-caging (systematic disqualification of voters likely to vote Democratic) that these attorney firings were in the service of, the Democrats do not represent any alternative in the interests of humanity. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are all bending over backwards cozying up to and ceding ground to those who want to make this country into a theocracy. All of them have opposed gay marriage. None of them have taken on the lunacy of George Bush and so many of the Republican presidential candidates denying the fact of evolution. And none of them have taken on the frontal assault on women’s right to abortion and birth control without which women cannot be free. All of them refused to filibuster the nomination of the Supreme Court justices these Christian fascists were celebrating — Alito and Roberts — and now we’ve seen the effective reversal of Brown V. Board of Education, the beginning of the criminalization of abortion, and there is much worse to come.

Gonzales is gone, but this theocratic remaking of U.S. society is continuing as you read and will continue until the people drive out the Bush regime. If you’re against this, you’ve got to visibly Declare It Now by wearing orange — spreading loud, visible, resistance to the Bush regime’s program.

Finally, just look at who is being buzzed about to replace Gonzales: Michael Chertoff!

This is a man who presided over the mass murder of residents of New Orleans through criminal negligence during Hurricane Katrina! This is the man who, as immigrants were already being rounded up, detained and deported — often leaving small children orphaned and un-provided for — said to the media, it’s “gonna get ugly.” [emphasis added] These ICE raids have continued and, as Chertoff promised, they keep getting uglier.

Now is the time for an “orange uprising.” There are political vulnerabilities revealed in this resignation, but the program won’t be reversed unless people resist in massive and growing numbers to drive out this regime. The Democrats aren’t stopping Bush’s program and the 2008 election is not only too far away to mean anything to those being tortured today, it is promising to provide no alternative!

Anyone who doesn’t want to be remembered with more disgust than the “Good Germans,” will step out as part driving out the Bush regime that is continuing the fascist measures Gonzales helped implement.h/t: dface

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