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Cheney indicted!

Posted by Charles II on November 18, 2008

According to David Kurtz of TalkingPointsMemo, it probably will come to nothing, but it’s a nice headline. A Texas Grand Jury has indicted Dick Cheney.

The indictment accuses Cheney and [Alberto] Gonzales of engaging in organized criminal activity. It criticizes Cheney’s investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and “at least misdemeanor assaults” on detainees by working through the prison companies.

Congratulations, Willacy County!

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False Flag Operation

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 1, 2008

Sy Hersh has another world-shaker of a column, with information that he reiterated in a lecture at the Campus Progress journalism conference last month, concerning Dick Cheney’s mulling over a plan to dress up Navy SEALs as Iranians, put them in speedboats, and have them provide the US with an excuse to attack Iran:

HERSH: There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up.

Might cost some lives. And it was rejected because you can’t have Americans killing Americans. That’s the kind of — that’s the level of stuff we’re talking about. Provocation. But that was rejected.

As Kevin Drum says:

If this story sounds familiar, that’s because it is. In one of David Manning’s famous memos describing a prewar meeting between George Bush and Tony Blair, he says that Bush admitted that WMD was unlikely to be found in Iraq and then mused on some possible options for justifying a war anyway:

“The U.S. was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in U.N. colours,” the memo says, attributing the idea to Mr. Bush. “If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach.”

In the end, of course, we didn’t do this. We just didn’t bother with any pretext at all.

A-yep.

Posted in abuse of power, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Dick Cheney, Iran, Iraq war, Tony Blair, WTF? | 1 Comment »

Life’s Little Ironies

Posted by MEC on January 30, 2008

Today is Dick Cheney’s birthday. (Officially, anyway; I remain unconvinced that he was born in the normal sense, and isn’t just a projection of humanity’s collective capacity for evil.)

Today is also the birth anniversary of the late historian Barbara Tuchman, author of The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam, a book about the most devastatingly stupid wars in history. Ms. Tuchman could write a new chapter about the debacle in Afghanistan and Iraq that would make the hubris and incompetence described in the original book seem as nothing.

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Welcome Back To Another Edition Of “Things You’ll Never Hear Or See On The US Evening News”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 26, 2007

This edition is courtesy of the UK’s Guardian (via Digby):

The US vice-president, Dick Cheney, was behind a controversial decision to block California’s attempt to impose tough emission limits on car manufacturers, according to insiders at the government Environmental Protection Agency.

Staff at the agency, which announced last week that California’s proposed limits were redundant, said the agency’s chief went against their expert advice after car executives met Cheney, and a Chrysler executive delivered a letter to the EPA saying why the state should not be allowed to regulate greenhouse gases.

Posted in Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, capitalism as cancer, corruption, cronies, Dick Cheney, energy, environment, global warming, GOP bullying, media | 1 Comment »

Vote for impeachment

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2007

Three members of the Judiciary Committee have called for hearings on the impeachment of Richard Cheney. Our “liberal media” refuses to publish their OpEd (see below). You can vote for impeachment at http://www.wexlerwantshearings.com

A CASE FOR HEARINGS


By Representatives and Members of the Judiciary Committee:
Robert Wexler (D-FL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)



On November 7, the House of Representatives voted to send a resolution of impeachment of Vice President Cheney to the Judiciary Committee. As Members of the House Judiciary Committee, we strongly believe these important hearings should begin.


The issues at hand are too serious to ignore, including credible allegations of abuse of power that if proven may well constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under our constitution. The charges against Vice President Cheney relate to his deceptive actions leading up to the Iraq war, the revelation of the identity of a covert agent for political retaliation, and the illegal wiretapping of American citizens.


Continues here

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NIE: Bush Is Full Of Crap WRT Iran.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 3, 2007

We knew this years ago (at least the IAEA did), but it’s nice to see America’s intelligence agencies officially break free from Bush’s propaganda:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.

Remember, Iran is allowed under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to have nuclear energy for domestic purposes, such as power plants. The amount of fissionable material needed for power generation is much, much smaller than that needed for weapons-making.

Oh, and the whole reason the Iranians have a nuclear program? We gave it to them, twicefirst in the 1950s, as part of the “Atoms for Peace” program under Eisenhower, and again under Ford in the 1970s:

In 1976, the Shah of Iran came to the United States, sent his representatives to intercede and say, “Look, we’ve done an analysis, and we’ve got a finite amount of oil. And right now we need to export it. And if we don’t export it, we don’t make money, etc. We don’t have enough oil to sustain this. We need to come up with an indigenous energy policy that frees up our oil for exportation. We want to use nuclear energy.” And the U.S. government went, “Good idea, Shah. We’re all for it.” That was Gerald Ford.

The chief of staff of the White House at the time was Dick Cheney. The Secretary of Defense was Donald Rumsfeld. So, this argument that both Cheney and Rumsfeld put out today that Iran is a nation awash in a sea of oil, there is no need for a nuclear energy program, they both supported Iran’s goals of achieving nuclear energy in 1976. Not only nuclear energy, but they also supported the Shah when he said, “We cannot allow a nuclear energy program’s fuel to be held hostage by the vagaries of sanctions and war. We need an indigenous fuel-manufacturing capability inclusive of the full uranium enrichment process.” And guess what the U.S. government said in 1976. “No problem, Shah. Good deal.” Of course, in 1979, the Islamists come in and suddenly we change our opinion. The bottom line is, Iran has every right legally to a nuclear energy program, and economically, we’ve already deemed it a responsible way to go.

Posted in Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, dope slaps for Dubya, energy, GOP/Media Complex, Iran, PNAC Platoon | 3 Comments »

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.

Um.

Why would Dick Cheney need to review active investigations?

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Lead-Pipe Cinches of 2007

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 20, 2007

— The revelations of just which Big Energy executives met with Dick Cheney in the spring of 2001 (when Enron and other privatized former public utilities firms gang-raped parts of California and other places foolish enough to dump public energy) will from here on out get far less coverage than John Edwards’ hair-care practices.

— The same media goons that can’t help breathlessly stroking themselves with catty crap about How John Edwards Is Evil ‘Cuz He’s Rich And Cares About Poor People will keep forgetting that GOP candidates Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, neither of whom seem to give a rat’s ass about the poor, are actually richer than Edwards (four times as much, in Romney’s case). As Ezra Klein points out:

To engage in some pop-psychology, my sense is that folks in the press corps are very unsettled by social justice types. No end of folks got into journalism through activism, or as a close alternative to it, and as the mores of the profession took them further and further away from direct work on the issues that once enraged them, they’ve grown somewhat defensively contemptuous of those who took the other path. The poverty activists I know are ecstatic that John Edwards has brought so much visibility to their issues. The media types are aching to point out his hypocrisy, and expose him as a fraud. For the first group, Edwards’ focus on poverty doesn’t call their life choices, and occupational compromises, into question. For the second group, it does, and so there’s an urge to explain it away. If everyone is a fraud, than having turned into a suit is a relatively minor sin.

It also occurs to me that the attacks on Edwards are similar to the attacks on Gore: Namely, the whole how-dare-this-rich-guy-care-for-the-poor thing. (Eeeek! He’s a traitor to his class!) Remember how Michael Kelly mocked the younger Gore’s summers on the farm, choosing to pretend that Gore instead lived a solid-gold, utterly urban childhood? Even though Kelly knew better and had reported as much several years earlier? The attacks on Edwards by the nouveau-riche, arriviste press, so eager to ingratiate themselves with their paymasters, have that same stench about them.

Posted in 2008, big money, BushCo malfeasance, capitalism as cancer, Dick Cheney, economy, energy, evil, GOP/Media Complex, John Edwards, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Mitt Romney, mythmaking, news media, Rudy Giuliani | 1 Comment »

Oh, My Goodness

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 9, 2007

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From Wayne Madsen (subscription only) by way of American Politics Journal, we hear that the records of Pamela Martin and Associates (Debora Jeane Palfrey’s sex-worker outfit) include at least one call from a member of the Bush-Cheney 2000 transition team.

And it gets better:

Perhaps explaining why the major media decided to ignore the escort story after ABC News spiked it, the phone number for a senior executive for CNN’s parent company, AOL Time Warner, appears on PMA records from 1995.

Yeah, that would explain it.

Granted, one has to approach anything Madsen writes with more than a touch of skepticism (for one thing, anyone who calls DailyKos and Democratic Underground “Democratic Leadership Council/AIPAC shills”, as he did just today, needs to loosen the tinfoil lining in his/her hat), but that can be said of most news outlets nowadays. The time when one could trust any news org implicitly is long gone — if it ever really  existed.   (And it hasn’t existed in the US since at least the 1980s, when Mark Hertsgaard wrote On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency.)

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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.

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