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Live Earth

Posted by MEC on July 7, 2007

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The American gulag

Posted by Charles II on July 7, 2007

I commenting on Susie Madrak’s post, I mentioned that it is policy at the highest levels of government to keep employees insecure, in a state of fear about their medical care and jobs. Read this by Lyndsay Layton of the Washington Post (via t/o) and consider:

From a cramped motor home in a Montana campground where Internet access is as spotty as the trout, Richard Barlow wakes each morning to battle Washington.

Once a top intelligence officer at the Pentagon who helped uncover Pakistan’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, Barlow insisted on telling the truth, and it led to his undoing.

He complained in 1989 that top officials in the administration of President George H.W. Bush – including the deputy assistant secretary of defense – were misleading Congress about the Pakistani program. He was fired and stripped of his security clearances. His intelligence career was destroyed; his marriage collapsed.

Federal investigations found Barlow was unfairly fired, winning him sympathy from dozens of Democratic and Republican lawmakers and public interest groups. But for 17 years, he has fought without success to gain a federal pension, blocked at every turn by legal and political obstacles also faced by other federal intelligence whistle- blowers….

A 1998 law instead allows employees of the CIA, parts of the Defense Department, the FBI and the National Security Agency to notify their agency’s inspector general that they intend to disclose a matter of “urgent concern” to congressional intelligence committees. But there is no remedy if they suffer retaliation for using this legal channel.

Welcome to the American gulag archipelago: there are no guards and no walls, because there is no need when everyone knows what they’re supposed to do.

The deepest tragedy is that Barlow thinks that this is just the result of bureaucracy. I would guess it’s the result of an order by Cheney and quiet collusion by most Democrats. After all, look what happened to Fred Whitehurst, the guy who Time featured on their cover for blowing the whistle on malfeasance in the FBI lab.

A nation that loves the truth does not do such things.

Posted in abuse of power, government malfeasance, speaking truth to power | 2 Comments »

Welcome Eschaton Readers!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 7, 2007


And thanks to Avedon Carol for the linkage.  :-)

While you’re here, may I recommend this amusing story of how, contrary to Fred Thompson’s carefully-cultivated “smart tough guy” image, he was Nixon’s cabana boy whose water-carrying was repaid with contempt by Tricky Dick and his inner circle?

I love this choice excerpt on loyalty to the Republican Party (aka Nixon) — change the names, and it could have come from Bush’s Oval Office:

Five days later, Buzhardt reported to Nixon that he had primed Thompson for the Dean cross-examination.

“I found Thompson most cooperative, feeling more Republican every day,” Buzhardt said. “Uh, perfectly prepared to assist in really doing a cross-examination.”

Later in the same conversation, Buzhardt said Thompson was “willing to go, you know, pretty much the distance now. And he said he realized his responsibility was going to have be as a Republican increasingly.”

Posted in abuse of power, Fred Thompson, Nixon, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

And maybe some dejeneur sur l’herbe

Posted by Charles II on July 7, 2007

Wes Clark, Jr.

Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 01:29:35 PM PDT Enough of seeing the Constitution trashed?  Enough of the corruption?  Enough of the war?  Enough of the gutless response of our elected Democratic representatives?

I don’t think our reps read our e-mail or listen to our phone calls.  Hell, they didn’t even listen to the 2006 election in which we told them to stop the war.  Scooter Libby is the last straw and I’m not going to take it anymore.  I’ve had enough

Gen. Clark will be in downtown LA [note added: Sunday, July 8th] . He invites you and me to go to your own downtown site to protest from 12-1 local time.

A picnic lunch would be nice.

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Interesting, That Agence France-Presse Carried This…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 7, 2007

…but not, apparently, AP:

 WASHINGTON (AFP) – Nearly half of the US public wants President George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate for Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday.

The survey by the American Research Group found that 45 percent support the US House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Bush, with 46 percent opposed, and a 54-40 split in favor when it comes to Cheney.

The study by the private New Hampshire-based ARG canvassed 1,100 Americans by telephone July 3-5 and had an error margin of plus or minus three percentage points. The findings are available on ARG’s Internet site.

Posted in Bush, Dick Cheney, impeachment | 9 Comments »

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