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Friday-Sunday, March 9-11, 2007


More on the Libby Conviction


Amid the flurry of commentary on the subject, a few voices were raised in the question: "...but what about the involvement of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove in all this? Where are they?" My response is to wonder if I am the only one who remembers the exact words of Bush when asked about this matter very early on. He said: "If anyone in my administration is involved in this, they will be taken care of" (my emphasis) That is the answer: Bush is taking care of Cheney and Rove and I doubt they will ever be touched.

-Carroll S. Rankin


More Lies

In what appears to be a mea culpa of sorts, both Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted to lying to congress and the
American people. Additionally, they admitted to knowingly breaking the law. Are we so numb to the Bush administration's lying to us that we just don't expect
anything less anymore?


Isn't it funny how these issue these admissions of mis-statements always appear to happen on a Friday afternoon?

Telling us, as Mueller did, that "Yep, we spied on ordinary Americans without a warrant, even though we told congress we never did, and we never would. But we'll
never do it again," is as far as the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation want this to go. After all, if they say they're never going to do it again, that should be good enough for us, right?

These are the two top police officials in the United States! Allowing this admission to go unpunished, let alone unnoticed, in itself, is criminal. We have to show these
people that the most important document ever created by modern man, the US Constitution, can't be ignored by those who swear an oath to protect it. This goes for the President, Vice President and our nation's two top cops as well.

"People have to believe in what we say,"

No we don't, and we shouldn't. we should be asking for the AG's resignation right now.

Must we all be reminded of Bush's statements where he called the FISA law, passed in 1978 in response to the Watergate scandal which tore down the presidency
of Richard M. Nixon, an "old law"? The Constitution was written in 1789. Just what are the president's feeling about it? That old piece of parchment is 218 years old.

The FISA law allows the president to spy on anyone he chooses for three days. He then needs a warrant to continue. Gonzales, in front of the judiciary committee
(when it was run by Arlen Specter and the Republicans) first said that the law was a "wonderful tool," before stating it was "cumbersome and burdensome." What the AG fails to realize, or refused to acknowledge, is that laws are made to be "cumbersome and burdensome" so as not to intrude on our guaranteed constitutional
liberties and freedoms, which he seems to be more concerned with "over there" than "right here".

"agents sometimes demanded personal data on people without official authorization, and in other cases improperly obtained telephone records in non-emergency
"the FBI for three years underreported to Congress how often it used national security letters to ask businesses to turn over customer data,"
-The Associated Press regarding the comments made by the 126-page audit by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine

In truth, the actions of the FBI and Alberto Gonzales could be describes as treason.

"we believe the improper or illegal uses we found involve serious misuses of national security letter authorities,"
-Fine's audit

Questions asked by our Senators, Congressmen and the fourth estate should be "How can we stop this now?" The answer is simple: heads must roll and they must be detached (figuratively speaking, of course) from the bodies of Gonzales and Mueller. Those bucks have to stop somewhere north of the lowest rung on their respective ladders.

"The Patriot Act was never intended to allow the Bush administration to violate fundamental constitutional rights."
-Senator Edward M. Kennedy (DEMOCRAT-MA)

I guess it's all in the interpretation, Senator Kennedy. And the way in which AG Gonzales, who was the president's chief counsel until taking over for the former AG,
John "Crayola Man" Ashcroft, interprets it, anything the president does is A-OK with him. (Wink, Wink - Nod, Nod - Say no more, say no more.)

"a major failure by Justice to uphold the law."
-Rep. Pete Hoekstra (REPUBLICAN-MI)

One wonders what Rep. Hoekstra's stance would have been had the GOP retained control of the House of Representatives. Oh, that's right - there would be no
investigation or admittal of any wrong-doing at all by wither Gonzales or Mueller. Remember, up until now, this administration has had carte blanche to do as it

The president has promised to get rid of anyone in his administration who breaks the . So far, the former Chief of Staff to the Vice President has been found guilty of
lying to a grand jury and the FBI without one question to the Veep himself; and now we have our nation's top two cops telling us their departments had lied as well.
Can't we just give them their Freedom medals and give them a forced retirement party already?

"The attorney general and the FBI are part of the problem, and they cannot be trusted to be part of the solution,"
-ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero

I agree, Director Romero. Get the Guillotine ready.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to, "Good for him. Former Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will be the first one on the "Fox Sux" bandwagon with his decision to not appear on their Democratic presidential candidate debate," David W. Writes:

For the record. It was Obama who was the first Dem to Freeze out Faux News. It happened in January shortly after Fox news did a piece on him claiming that Barack had attended Madrassah while he was growing up in. Afterwards The Obama campaign stopped dealing with Fox.

Just so you know....

In response to his (Robert Chapman's) remark that health care is more expensive than the War in Iraq, Carol Yost suggests that I think health care is too expensive, he writes:

Let me throw out the question: do the proponents of single payer realize the health care industry is 1/6 of US GDP?

That is well over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS, more than twice the total cost of the war in Iraq...

...per year.

Whatever the solution (s) are for the health care mess, we should be sure that we understand the magnitude of it all.

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