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Voter ID is no problem–if you’re a multimillionaire celebrity

Posted by Charles II on September 11, 2012

Thanks to Rachel Maddow for bringing this to attention. Jim Cramer is a well-known CNBC celebrity, the host of Mad Money:

But suppose Jim Cramer’s Dad didn’t have a multimillionaire celebrity son. Think that he would have been allowed to get his ID?

I wonder if this can make the issue intelligible to conservatives who aren’t complete a–holes?

Rachel also noted that media stories have been documenting that so-called “free” ID can cost $50-$100 and take 6 hours. Assuming you’re healthy enough to travel to the DMV and stand in line and you actually do have a birth certificate.

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9/11 Happened Because Bush Trusted PNAC Over The CIA

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 11, 2012

We know from Ron Suskind’s The One Percent Doctrine that George W. Bush contemptuously dismissed any and all attempts by the CIA to warn him about the threat posed by Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, culminating with his curt dismissal to the CIA agents who came out to his Potemkin ranch in the Potemkin town of Crawford, Texas: “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”

What we didn’t know for sure was why Bush was so dismissive of the CIA’s increasingly frantic warnings. Now, thanks to Kurt Eichenwald, we do:

The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.

“The neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon” — ah, that would most likely be Paul Wolfowitz and Doug Feith, the latter of whom has been tagged by no less an authority than General Tommy Franks as “the stupidest fucking man on the face of the earth”. Feith, you will remember, ran the Office of Special Plans, which sucked up any intel without bothering to vet it — and in fact did reverse vetting, only accepting that intelligence data that seemed to confirm OSP’s PNAC-generated theories about Iraq and the Middle East — theories that in large part had their origins in the fevered, scheming brain of one Ahmad Chalabi, a man who among other things has been allied with Iran’s leaders for decades.

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Support Don Siegelman

Posted by Charles II on September 11, 2012

Andrew Gumbel, The Guardian:

The magazine of the American Trial Lawyers Association has described him as “America’s No 1 political prisoner”, and his well-connected friends and supporters include more than 100 former state attorneys general and former Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and John Kerry.

The basic story is that a healthcare executive, who had served on a (non-paying) state hospital regulatory board for three administrations, was appointed to the board a fourth time by Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. That healthcare executive had donated to the non-profit Alabama Education Foundation which was seeking to promote a lottery initiative (to support education) that Siegelman supported (and was opposed by powerful interests represented by Jack Abramoff). Despite the fact that appointing contributors to positions is a normal political practice (and Siegelman had not received a dime), the courts–in the person of Dubya appointee Judge Mark Fuller— called this bribery.

You can sign a petition supporting Don Siegelman’s search for justice here. This is the message I included in my signature:

If someone as senior as Don Siegelman can be jailed on such flimsy charges and with the assent of figures including the Attorney General and the Supreme Court, then I can have no faith in the American justice system. Why should any of us serve on juries or otherwise support the system when it has become simply a tool of political power?

Our courts are deeply corrupt. Until they are reformed, until all of the political appointees are shaken out of the system and replaced by people with a passion to see justice done, this nation will continue to decline. And shame on Barack Obama for refusing to take a stand on this case and Eric Holder for standing on the wrong side.

The full megillah follows below the fold.

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