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Archive for July 26th, 2007

Dick Cheney, checking his list, checking it twice…

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2007

Jason Leopold, t/o:

 A new wrinkle over the apparent politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) emerged on Tuesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing when a freshman Democratic lawmaker revealed the contents of a May 2006 memo. The memo, signed by embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, granted Vice President Dick Cheney extraordinary authority to review active federal civil and criminal investigations at the DOJ.


Why would Dick Cheney need to review active investigations?

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70% of US intelligence run by corporations; CIA near collapse

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2007

Welcome to the USSR.

Democracy Now interviews journalist and novelist R. J. Hillhouse, whose blog is

R.J. HILLHOUSE: Well, what I found is, as you said, private corporations have completely penetrated the intelligence apparatus of the United States. …[I]n the response to me by the Director of National Intelligence that was published in the Washington Post, they admitted that without private corporations they would be unable to function. So what we’re seeing is basic responsibilities of government have been handed over to the private sector…. There are layers of responsibility that have been handed to private sector, so the government has actually very little control in some of what’s going on in terms of espionage. There’s management layers, and private corporations actually run other corporations that are doing espionage work, the entire gamut of everything from the NSA, what is being done in pattern analysis with phone calls. Internet traffic is handled by some private corporations. Actual gathering of intelligence on the ground, running of covert operations on behalf of the CIA, it’s all in private hands….

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Developments in Haiti

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2007

The UN occupation in Haiti continues. It is grim. It illustrates that countries like France, Brazil, and Canada can be just as viciously repressive as the United States when the eyes of the the nation are not on them. Thanks to many gutsy Haitians and a very few gutsy journalists, some news leaks out. The following comes via Haiti Action.

Mr. Cojones himself, Kevin Pina, has produced “We Must Kill the Bandits.” You can watch the trailer here and read a summary here. One key take-away: organizations calling themselves Haitian human rights organizations have been part of a disinformation campaign that has successfully misdirected Amnesty International and other “good guys.” 

Posted in abuse of power, Haiti, world news | 12 Comments »

Cats As Comforters

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 26, 2007

Is It Spring Yet?

I suppose everyone has by now heard about Oscar, the cat who curls up next to hospice residents who are about to die, giving them purrs and comfort in their final hours.

I was curious about him and other cats that did the same, so I went poking around the Internet toobz and found this anecdote in the comments thread from AOL’s version of the story:


ezmci 12:03:58 PM Jul 26 2007

During the first year of his life, my oldest male cat, Milo, worked with me in pet-assisted therapy at a “warehouse” hospital for the indigent with severe brain and spinal injuries. He would curl up with his little head against the face of one elderly patient, Henry,who no longer had arms or legs, also considered demented and was living out his days face-down on a stretcher-bed. Henry had been a paitent there in this condition for over 20 years. I took instamatic photos of Henry and Milo and gave them to the nurses to put where he could see them. After several months, one evening during a session, Henry uttered the first words the staff had ever heard him say: “I love you, Milo.”

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Yeah, They Really Debunked Him But Good, Eh?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 26, 2007

The presence of a black Muslim congressman who is far more articulate than they are is blowing the teeny widdle minds of local conservatives. You can tell because they’re doing their best to keep alive the faux-outrage over Ellison’s accurate remarks likening Bush’s politically-motivated exploitation of 9/11 and Hitler’s politically-motivated exploitation of the Reichstag Fire.

But wait! Are they really the same thing? Intrepid City Pages reporter Matt Snyders gives us the run-down:

• Hitler suspended many articles of the Weimar Constitution in order to gain power, whereas the Bush administration is merely ignoring a few aspects of the Constitution for our own protection.

• In the wake of the Reichstag fire, the German government did away with habeas corpus so they could arrest enemies of the state without trial, whereas the Bush administration has done away with habeas corpus so they can detain terrorists without trial.

• The Reichstag Fire Decree allowed the German government to wiretap citizens’ phones and read their mail, whereas our own government is able to wiretap our phones and read our email.

• Hitler enacted his provisions as part of an intentionally misleading, Orwellian-titled government decree (the Order of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State), whereas the PATRIOT Act’s name is merely derived from a coincidental acronym.

So there you have it. Ellison is obviously way off-base here.

He forgot to mention that the Bush-approved “enhanced interrogation techniques” come almost literally straight from the Gestapo handbook.

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