How did the argument over torture evolve from what George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and the CIA did to an attack on Nancy Pelosi? Republicans have succeeded in making her the culprit for the war crimes done by the Bushies. She hasn’t helped by lying about her role. Let’s be clear: anyone who participated, was aware of (and did nothing about), or sanctioned war crimes needs to be prosecuted.
I don’t know exactly what the House Speaker’s involvement was. She has made so many statements it isn’t clear. She was prohibited by law from saying anything publicly however. Had Pelosi violated national security law by going public she would have been prosecuted. The Bush Administration threatened to sue the New York Times over reports of war crimes and after watching what they did to Valerie Plame Wilson their cut throat tendencies to anyone who challenged their war crimes would have been dangerous.
Nancy Pelosi, if she knew, could have done nothing other than write a letter to Bush protesting these criminal acts. Od course the Bush White House told her they had been deemed legal by the DOJ. We know now those weren’t actual legal findings. Pelosi isn’t a lawyer and could not have consulted on without violating the secrecy laws. She should have documented her objections to torture in a letter to the President however. The fact she has not produced such a letter implicates her.
I am shocked at the statement put our by Leon Panetta. He said the CIA did not mislead the Speaker. “It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. Our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of [terrorism suspect] Abu Zubaida, describing the ‘enhanced techniques that had been employed.'”
He claimed the CIA doesn’t break the law. The tortured human beings in violation of the law and international treaties but we’re supposed to believe they didn’t violate the laws about lying to Congress? Can you say double speak three times quickly as Panetta just did?
The CIA has no credibility in this. CIA employees and contractors willfully waterboarded Khalid Sheik Muhammad 183 times in one month. That averages more than six times per day. Abu Zubadah was tortured this way 83 times. Whether Nancy Pelosi was fully and truthfully informed isn’t the issue. The Bush Administration and the CIA committed war crimes. That is the issue and it is they, not Pelosi, on whom the spotlight should be shining.
I’ve been sitting on the sidelines watching McCain make a raving fool of himself, but I couldn’t stand to sit any longer. The mere fact that after the global stock market has plunged 500 points, and the country has lost 1 trillion in profits over 4 days, he has the audacity to act as if the economy is a meddlesome issue to be ignored in favor of playing the same games and malicious character assaults is totally shameless. Also, the fact that he has tried to make experience his bumper sticker and yet he has put someone, like Gov. Sarah Palin, with: 1) a phobia for speaking to reporters, 2) with NO experience except for being a mayor of a town with less than 8000 people for 2 seconds, 3) that is also busy participating in Cheney and Rovian tactics of ignoring bipartisan state subpoenas, 4) that is trying to declare that the after the Bush Administration has abused and usurpered executive power under the unitary initiative she can feel free to insult the intelligence of the American people, by openly daring to make an anti-American, monarchical statement that the vice president can increase and expand his or her powers over Constitutionally-embedded and long-established balance of power, 5) that she wants to basically ignore our real problems of solving our economic issues in favor of taking our reproductive and health rights away even in the case rape and incest, tax our health insurance benefits and add 5 more million to the list of the uninsured, and privatize social security and making our elderly vulnerable, 6) and has the inability to directly answer questions- to be one beat away from the presidency is not only heinous, but an outrage- even for the most ardent of conservatives.
It shows his present character that he has put the Country Last. People all over the nation are losing their houses, their life savings, their LIVELIHOOD and all he can think about is trashing his opponent in desperation for not doing well in the polls? He’s trying to skirt the issue by trying to do one cheap tactic after another to hide the reality that he has NO ANSWERS for the economic issues we are suffering from and it’s unfathomable. The reality is that he is desperate and he is willing to say and do anything to continue the same, failed policies of the Bush Administration, Big Oil and the other toxic corporate interest groups that have caused this deregulated mess (and are running and funding his campaign)and have allowed and have encouraged CEOs on Wall Street to take advantage of the middle class and get bailed out while hard-working people get their houses foreclosed on and lose their jobs.
McBush has always said that the economy is not his strong suit, but still said in lock-step with the Bush Administration that the “fundamentals of the economy are strong.” Now he’s confused as to why people are rejecting his old, archaic, failed ideology of deregulation that he has stood for his full 26 years in the Senate. The same ideology that he has always pushed, especially when he got in the way of regulators while being given money by Charles Keating, the extortion criminal that he had connections with and narrowly escaped accompanying in jail for the Keating Five savings and loan deregulation scandal during the late 80’s that, like today’s crisis, had cost taxpayers billions. During the past few days, the approval rate for economic optimism has fallen drastically from 24% to single digits.
The McCain-Palin-Bush team philosophy has failed in its “you’re on your own” bull-headedness. We need to do the patriotic initiative of saving our country that is in trouble right now and at risk of falling into a depression. John McCain, like his economic advisor Phil Gramm who said that we are a “nation of whiners” and that we are suffering from a “mental recession,” is completely out of touch and is too elitist with his 11 houses and countless cars to understand that we have been suffering for a long time before now. Now, it is just more out in the open. The economic crisis has put our families and lives at risk. No bull behind it, we need to reject the character assassination games of the McCain campaign and choose the real candidate that you know feels our pain more and that we trust more to deal with our frightening economic crisis- Senator Barack Obama.
The lies of the McBush-(A)Palin campaign has been shameless. They have tried to display themselves as something other than the complete continuation of the Bush administration. They have persisted in character assassination instead of talking about economic issues that the American people need to hear. They have made fun of community organizers and have used the same old politics to distract and distort. Obama has been clear and concise this whole campaign and has tried to avoid showing emotion in fear of receiving prejudice as an “angry black man.” However, like MLK during the later part of the civil rights struggle in the 60s, it is now time to show righteous anger. What McCain-Palin-Bush have done during these past 8 years is insulting to the intelligence of the American people and they have had enough. Barack Obama should show his righteous anger and say “Enough.” Enough of what the Mccain-Bush Republicans have done to the country and the economy. They have no answers, so now they persist in character assassination and distraction methods. McShame campaign chair Rick Davis has admitted they are not making it about the issues and are trying to make it about character attacks. Now it is time for Obama to say ENOUGH and demand that the issues of the American people are put first. That lies, distortions and dangerous Republican tactics will not take place of real change and the American people’s focus on choosing a different path than the failed policies and corruption of the Bush Administration and the insulting attempts of McCain-Palin trying to continue exactly same policies in a 3rd Bush term. Enough! It is time to end the distractions, smear and 9/11-exploiting scare-tactics of the McCain-Palin campaign and now focus on Obama’s answers to our economic interests.
Obama: get angry about these insulting attempts to distract the public’s attention and focus on our economic issues and ending the failed policies of the McCain-Palin-Bush smear machine.
Bush was warned about 9/11 attack months before it happened- NY Times reported in 2004 that the in the White House daily briefing in August 6, 2001 reported that Al Qaeda was planning an assault on the U.S with explosives and wanted to hijack airplanes. Bush was warned of it. A Congressional committee hearing in 2003 alluded to a “closely help intelligence report” on that month about the threat of attack. An official source confirmed it was a part of Bush’s Crawford briefing. This directly contradicts the White House insisting that the briefing was “historical” in nature, didn’t go into specifics of an oncoming threat and they had little reason to believe Al Qaeda would attack within American borders.
For more of the NY Times expose, read it through this link:
Bill Clinton says US fails at AIDS prevention. When you look at Bush policies of abstinence over safe sex with condoms there is overwhelming evidence to prove he is right. And while I, and the rest of the African American population, hate him for the racist Jesse Jackson remarks that he spouted about relating him to Obama and comments that he spewed in order to scare the white West Virginia/Kentucky Clinton voters from voting for Obama, the first black candidate, during the primary, I believe he’s correct by that statement. Even though he betrayed the African American community in order to scare up votes for his wife, he has something going. Washington D.C.’s African American population, in the same town as the President of the United States, has a massive amount of African Americans that are exposed to HIV, and in Alabama, 80% of African Americans are infected with HIV. Why? Well, there are going to be a lot of whites that are going to flinch at the accusation of other whites being accused of racism, but forget what you learned from the racist regime of Reagan and Bush. Racism covered up AIDS (and crack) as issues that were destroying the black community. Try to dispute it. The African American community knows it’s true; just go to the community and ask any African American in the community. The Reagan/Bush regime didn’t give a f**k about the health of discriminated and disadvantageous groups. However, many whites are too afraid of being called racists to stand up on the sides of African Americans and stand against discrimination, institutional racism, and preferential hiring practices. Leave Barack Obama out of this conversation. The African American community has seen this as a problem for so long, but so many whites wanted to stay out of the conversation of equality that we need in order to protect minorities and other disadvantaged groups. That’s why we are here. We had to keep the problem to ourselves, because there were too many whites that didn’t care about our problems in health care for discriminated groups being treated as second-class citizens. Many whites were too busy running away from our diverse communities in the cities, because of the subliminal fears they had received from the media that perpetuated that all black men are criminals (if a white person does something wrong, do people think all white are criminals? No!). Now, a massive amount of black men and women are dying of AIDS and the Bush Administration ignores it. F**k Bush.
Read this article about Clinton on site, Faith in Public Life:
This morning, Bush proclaimed alleged gains in the Iraq occupation. He boasted about a downturn of violence, saying that violence has been at its lowest since 2004, that rate is holding and the Iraqis are more capable of keeping the country secure. He also said that he expects further reductions in troops, however progress is still reversible. he also peddled tired old rhetoric with saying that the best way to support the troops is to blindly support their long deployment and stay there. The only thing here that is any different is that he mentions that starting on August 1, troops heading to Iraq will do 12-month shift instead of 15 months- but that doesn’t apply to a soldiers already there.
Obviously, with only 5 months to go of his presidency, Bush is desperate to point anything he can manipulate the American people into thinking is progress. he is eager to feed his cronies, McBush and co, the fabled adventures of the so-called surge and the rise of troops in the Diyala Province as the miracle to the decline in violence–completely ignoring the rise in the millions of displaced refugees, the ignoring of the rise of violence/lack of troops in the real Al Qaeda area of Pakistan/Afganistan, and the recent bombing of 56 people in Iraq by female suicide bombers that killed a large amount of our troops. Don’t let them make you forget this with the lack of media coverage on the numbers: 4125 troops having been killed since 2003. Nouri al-Maliki is taking a pro-active stance at trying to make sure that the Bush Administration doesn’t try to subvert the Iraqi people’s will of wanting the troops to go back home. With his legacy at stake and his buddy McSame hanging on the clothes liner waiting to be washed up by Obama, he is pushing these press statements to distract the American people. It may be just me, but maybe the best way to answer the Bush-McSame tag team is to press the remote’s off button.
Look, Nancy Pelosi is right. During her CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer yesterday, she expressed who the real culprits were who caused this national mess. The ‘Oil Men’ have been the hinderers against progress and have given a free pass and a free reign to crooks, high-bid contracting oil giants, cronies, thieves and the ideologue mercenaries- and his neo-con legions to destroy the Constitution by ripping apart the 4th amendment regarding FISA and search and seizure, but also one of our most important Constitutionally-embedded pieces to keep order in this country has been sliced out- balance of power. And they came together and raped the law of balance of power. What did Congress do? Congress folded and crowned our Crony-in-Chief King George! And their approval ratings are at 9%. “But we don’t have a 60 vote majority!” Nancy and Harry [Reid] could have forced the issues down their throats and cut the funding for the invasion. She could have sent the House back over to their stations and vote over and over ’til they’re blue in the face. Of course, to save her skin she ignore her 2006 mandate from the people. Remember right after that she said she was going to go and do the people’s work and in 100 days? How much of a ridiculous disappointment it turned out to be. She was the one that took impeachment right off the table… Anyways, back to the point, The Oil Men, Bush and Cheney and their cronies, are at fault for our economy and gas prices. And they’ve worked 8 miserable years to bring this economy down to the mess it is. Bush and c. has given Halliburton and the Saudis free reign and extended deregulation to oppress the American people. And now they need a wedge issue to take your eyes off wanting change, and it is oil drilling in ANWR- The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! They know what the right thing is to do, and have swore to never do it. And it is to release our national oil reserves that are 99% full. King George refuses to do it, citing it’s only for emergencies..well, look at whose out of touch. With Americans struggling everyday to afford to pay high gas prices and dealing with near-recession high employment this sure is an emergency. Tell the real elitists, the dollar-drinking, caviar-eating neo-cons! Phil Gramm expressed the Bush-McSame feeling that they believe we’re “A Nation of Whiners” and our economic problems are merely “mental.” Let’s send them a message- we want those national oil reserves opened to immediately alleviate our pain at the pump!
Obama is making a trip overseas to shine a beacon on America’s interests, and the reporters are following him. By the Illinois statesman going over to Europe and the Middle East, it shows him in a strong light as a possible commander-in-chief . With the extreme interest of other countries in Barack Obama there is a chance he will get mostly good coverage from the 12,000-mile journey. Of course, there are going to be folks that are going to look at this as mostly a stunt, specifically the Bush-McCain associates and European conservatives. However, the most important thing is that Sen. Obama will very likely get a positive response from the Iraqi people from this, because even though American presidents have been unpopular there for decades Obama’s position in taking troops out of there will raise his popularity there and give him more of a commanding resolve and influence over affecting the troubled situation over there and give towards his national security creds. And that position will give him a strong ground to stand on, because if the majority of the American people want the troops home, and a majority of Iraqis, including the Maliki government, want them to leave…to the point that they have refused to sign on to anything from the Bush Administration that would lead the troops to stay a prolonged period of time there, then it is clear the tide is turning in Barack’s favor.
McBush was the one urging him to go overseas, and now he’s flip flopped about it and calling it a “photo-op.” The McBush campaign is trying to stain Obama’s resolve by trying to say that Obama’s long-standing position of pulling the troops out in 16 months is a premature stand before going over to Iraq. And cronies in the corporate press are trying to peddle the false reasoning like greasy door salesmen pushing broken product on you on your day off at home. Congress’s approval rating is lower than Bush’s, their ratings are between 9%-14%, just because they have rolled over and played lapdog to the Crony-In-Chief over ending the war by giving him a blank check with billions borrowed from China when they could have cut the funding.
Analysts say that this could swing race either way. This could swing it positively towards his way in influencing perception to the world and the American people that he’s ready to lead, or the other way if he does a significant gaffe.
McBush is also unhappy that it will take away from all the attention and oratory snuggling that he’s been getting from the sycophantic pet press. Surprisingly, with all the attention he was getting from them in their yearning to sit on the lap of Good ol’ McDonald McBush, it’s amazing how they’re not able to share the warm, fireside stories to us, the American public, of all the flip-flopping he’s done on issue after issue- oil drilling, economy, environment, Far-Right evangelists, the Bush tax cuts, abortion, campaign finance reform, on torture, ethanol, the Confederate Flag, and on having any principled belief whatsoever. They’re exciting stories too, of all the times when he was for all these different issues before he was against these different issues- and how he’ll say anything to get elected. And how fun it would be for him to nominate a Massachusetts governor who also flip-flops on everything and how Mitt Romney would fit that mold.
In an effort to help his buddy, McSame and destroy the environment, Bush has taken the ban off Off-shore Drilling. This does not come as a surprise in a time where Bush-McCain and Co. have nothing to lose in showing their affection for each other while destroying the Wildlife Refuge and environment to our detriment. Beautiful. And Congress still refuses to put impeachment back on the table. Of course, we are forced to see the world’s biggest tantric sex session between Bush-Mcsame and the rest of the Neo-Cons over off-shore drilling and destroying the future of the American people. It’s time to throw the snakes back in the pit and vote for change.