Sunday, July 31, 2005

INEXCUSABLE TORTURE

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It never seems to end. When Congressman Durbin stood in the House and denounced our gulag system for being evil, the right wingers and the media attacked him and pretended he was attacking the troops and not Federal policies put in place by the Bush team under the guise of the ill named Patriot Act.

He was cowed into retracting these words. And Newsweek had to retract the Koran desecration story even as Bush had to confirm it just one week after the media/right wing storm over what turned out to be the truth.

Now the story breaks open like a puss filled wound, yet again, on several fronts. The inner gangrene is now totally rotting our limbs and there probably will be an amputation some day. I know what to amputate!

From Newsweek
An FBI agent warned superiors in a memo three years ago that U.S. officials who discussed plans to ship terror suspects to foreign nations that practice torture could be prosecuted for conspiring to violate U.S. law, according to a copy of the memo obtained by NEWSWEEK. The strongly worded memo, written by an FBI supervisor then assigned to Guantanamo, is the latest in a series of documents that have recently surfaced reflecting unease among some government lawyers and FBI agents over tactics being used in the war on terror. This memo appears to be the first that directly questions the legal premises of the Bush administration policy of "extraordinary rendition"—a secret program under which terror suspects are transferred to foreign countries that have been widely criticized for practicing torture.
It never ends. The CIA agents who went into Italy to kidnap a man without warrant nor any legal controls, flew him to an undisclosed location to be tortured. This has cause a serious rift in relations with Italy. Whatever information the guy had, it didn't do us any good if it alienated a good ally.
In a memo forwarded to a senior FBI lawyer on Nov. 27, 2002, a supervisory special agent from the bureau's behavioral analysis unit offered a legal analysis of interrogation techniques that had been approved by Pentagon officials for use against a high-value Qaeda detainee. After objecting to techniques such as exploiting "phobias" like "the fear of dogs" or dripping water "to induce the misperception of drowning," the agent discussed a plan to send the detainee to Jordan, Egypt or an unspecified third country for interrogation. "In as much as the intent of this category is to utilize, outside the U.S., interrogation techniques which would violate [U.S. law] if committed in the U.S., it is a per se violation of the U.S. Torture Statute," the agent wrote. "Discussing any plan which includes this category could be seen as a con-spiracy to violate [the Torture Statute]" and "would inculpate" everyone involved.
The dogs again. Over and over, the dogs. Now the pretense that the soldiers at the very bottom were out of control, having fun, disobeying orders, collapses when the dogs come into the story for not one of the soldiers had their own dogs.

All the dogs came from Gitmo. And so did their handlers. And so did their boss, the Generals in charge.

The con artists running America would rather blame the pooches rather than admit they are the criminals here. Oh, and yes, we are criminals. And just today, the Washington Post celebrated Condi for being so clever as to write UN stuff about war crimes but not signing it because she doesn't want us to be put on trial for obvious war crimes!

Way to go.

From Watching the Watchers:
By Lee Russ, Section News
Posted on Fri Jul 29, 2005 at 05:02:56 PM EST

It looks like even more U.S. authority figures are being nailed as liars. The Washington Post today includes a story with the headline The Truth About Abu Ghraib, detailing the evidence that Major General Geoffrey D. Miller lied when he testified to Congress last year that he did not recommend the use of dogs for interrogation at Abu Ghraib, and that dogs had not been used at Guantanamo (where he was formerly the commander).

Evidence form hearings at Fort Meade are described as strongly suggesting that Gen. Miller lied about his actions, and as meriting further investigation by prosecutors and Congress. The Post also reports that there is evidence that the Guantanamo commander was not acting on his own, but was initially acting under rules approved by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Dec. 2, 2002. After strong protests from military lawyers, the Rumsfeld standards -- which explicitly allowed nudity, the use of dogs and shackling -- were revised in April 2003. Yet the same practices were later adopted at Abu Ghraib, at least in part at the direct instigation of Gen. Miller.
Again, the dogs that doth bark at the moon.

General Miller is a war criminal. We hung Nazis and Japanese Generals who ran the notorious prison camps, you know. We were very stern about this matter. And here we are, pretending that the fighters we have trapped in this hell hole gulag system are not fighters so we can capriciously hold them and torture them until they die.

Amazing.

This is America today. Well, the Chinese are happy. We can't finger point at their gulag system, can we?

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IOKIYAR--IMPERSONATING THE SS

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Secret Service tracks dangerous antiwar peaceniks.

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Some time ago, as per usual, when Bush appears in public, being a coward, he had his audience scrubbed of all possible opponents or even people who might not clap loudly enough for Tinkerbell.

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The three scary people that Bush is hiding from.

Ooooh. (OK, the real question is, are they single? Heh.)

From the Rocky Mountain News:
Federal prosecutors have declined to press charges of impersonating a Secret Service agent against a White House volunteer who ousted three people from a speech by President Bush in Denver on March 21.

The announcement was made Friday in a letter to Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar and Reps. Mark Udall and Diana DeGette, all Democrats, who had asked for a Secret Service investigation into the incident.
Evidently, even though this clown breaking Federal laws dressed like a SS agent and acted like an SS agent, didn't quack like an SS agent. So long as he didn't say Valerie Plame's name, it's OK to fool people into believing one is a fake SS agent. Note how our rulers parse everything! The intent of the law, making it very dangerous for people to impersonate any officers, is suddenly heaved off the cliff if the criminal is working for our rulers. Then, the law is fine tuned to death.
The three, Alex Young, 26; Karen Bauer, 38; and Leslie Weise, 39, said they were told by the Secret Service that the man admitted ejecting them because they arrived at the event in a car with a "No more blood for oil" bumper sticker.

U.S. Attorney William Leone said the investigation was "thorough and complete."

"I am certain that the Secret Service would demand, and our office would aggressively prosecute, any person who was found to be impersonating a Secret Service agent if the facts warranted such a prosecution," Leone said in a statement. "This is not such a case."

He added, "Criminal law is not an appropriate tool to resolve this dispute. The normal give and take of the political system is the appropriate venue for a resolution."
What? We are supposed to have a revolution or coup and overthrow the criminals? Is this what he is suggesting? Or maybe take back our government? So it is OK to be a criminal and to fix this, all one has to do is take over the entire government and then arrest them?

OK. Aux la Barricades!

This was a public forum and we enlarged the offending bumper sticker that tagged our three enterprising citizens. Offensive as hell! Talking about oil and all that. Don't look at that listing oil rig!

Ah, but there is much more about this. From the Rocky Mountain News:
Here's the press release the Young Republicans put out last Wednesday, April 27.
-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Kopelman [mailto:dkopelman@technologist.com]On Behalf Of press@dmyr.org
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 4:18 PM
To: dkopelman@technologist.com
Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE Release - Denver Metro Young Republicans


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"Denver Three" Member Harasses Young Republican Chair

Karen Bauer, one of three people removed from President Bush's Social Security meeting posed as a Rocky Mountain News journalist while grilling Jay Bob Klinkerman at a regular meeting of the Denver Metro Young Republicans. Klinkerman is chair of the Colorado Young Republicans, a group unaffiliated with the Denver Metro Young Republicans.

Ann Imse, staff writer for the Rocky Mountain News and photographer Evan Semon, escorted Bauer into the meeting.

"They were waiting in the restaurant area until our meeting began. They then joined our meeting in progress in a private room. They declined signing our guest form or to introduce themselves which is standard at our meetings," said Jude Sandvall, President of the Denver Metro Young Republicans.

It was only discovered after the harsh questioning of Klinkerman that Bauer was not a reporter and that she had shown up with Imse to intentionally confront the Young Republican chair.

"The sad thing is that we have enjoyed a great relationship with the press media in the past. Ann Imse's behavior is beyond our worst expectations in her attempt at deception. I'm truly disappointed with the Rocky Mountain News," concluded Sandvall.

The Denver Metro Young Republicans have been meeting at On the Border Cantina for more than 7 years on the 4th Tuesday every month at 6:30pm. They are independent from any State or National Young Republican organization and have been in continuous existence for more than 40 years in the Denver Metropolitan region.

Please direct all inquiries to press@dmyr.org
Seems our dear little yellow elephants met one of the reporters for the newspaper who was along with one of the victims of the fake SS officer and she was there to ID the man the reporter suspected was the law breaker in question.

When the Young Chickenhawks began to argue with the reporter, they argued with her, too. Then, being weasels, they tried to pretend she was doing what they do all the time: fake it. Pretend to be what she isn't.

This has fallen flat because a real reporter was there and witnessed the whole thing. It is an interesting read.

Here is the letter from Senator Salazar of Colorado asking for an investigation:
U.S. Senator Ken Salazar
Member of the Agriculture, Energy and Veterans Affairs Committees
2300 15th Street, Suite 450 Denver, CO 80202 | 702 Hart Senate Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

For Immediate Release
April 6, 2005
CONTACT: Cody Wertz – Press Secretary
202-228-3630
Jen Clanahan – Deputy Press Secretary
303-455-7600

April 5, 2005

Mr. Dennis S. Schindel
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20220

Honorable Mitch Morrissey
District Attorney
2nd Judicial District
201 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80202

Dear Mr. Schindel and District Attorney Morrissey:

I am writing to request that you investigate a matter related to the alleged impersonation of a Secret Service agent by a political operative at a recent town hall forum hosted by the President.

I understand three Colorado residents were allegedly forcibly removed from a town hall forum on Social Security in Denver at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum on March 2, 2005 – one in a series of such forums hosted by President Bush – by an individual who may have been falsely posing as an agent of the U.S. Secret Service. The three also allege they were threatened with arrest if they did not leave.

I am extremely troubled by these allegations. Both Colorado state and federal laws make it a crime to impersonate a law enforcement officer. Specifically, Colorado law makes it clear that the impersonation of a law enforcement officer or public servant is a crime, §18-8-112 and §18-8-113, C.R.S. Moreover, under federal law, a crime is committed by a person impersonating a federal officer or employee and that crime is punishable by up to three years in prison, 18 U.S.C. §912. Other state or federal laws may apply.

The three Coloradans, Karen Bauer, Alex Young, and Leslie Weise have contacted me regarding their removal from the event. I accordingly ask you to undertake an investigation into this matter and, if the facts so warrant, to prosecute those who have violated either state or federal law.


Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Ken Salazar
United States Senator
You know, the Republican pretending to be an SS officer threatened the three young people with arrest as well as using some minor force to get them to leave the stadium. This is clearly illegal as the Senator notes.

Here is an example of how the law works: From the Secret Service Government site:
Marcos D. Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, William Sims, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Miami Field Office, Michael S. Clemens, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, and Jon Sall, Special Agent in Charge, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Department of Homeland Security, announce that ROBERTO MARTIN was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro on five counts of fraud. Martin previously had pleaded guilty to charges that he falsely impersonated federal agents in connection with a billion dollar fraud scheme. Following a four hour sentencing hearing, Martin was immediately remanded to serve a nine (9) year prison term. In addition, he was ordered to pay $774,625 in restitution to various victims, and a $500 special assessment.

As set forth in the Indictment, ROBERTO MARTIN was charged with participating in a scheme in which he sought to unjustly enrich himself by falsely representing to certain individuals that he worked with the Central Intelligence Agency on an alleged “secret operation” that involved obtaining money that had been stolen from Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and that those individuals could receive a share of the money if they provided the defendants with money to finance the “secret operation.” As part of the scheme, MARTIN claimed that he was a former Cuban intelligence officer who had defected from Cuba, and falsely represented that he was then working for the CIA on an alleged “secret operation” to recover money that he had helped steal from Castro. Previously, Martin’s co-defendant, Christopher Johnson, pleaded guilty to similar charges that he falsely represented to others that he was “Special Agent Chris McClenic” of the United States Secret Service, and that he assisted MARTIN with the alleged “secret operation.” At meetings with participants in the alleged “secret operation,” MARTIN carried a firearm and a law enforcement-style badge case, and Johnson carried a firearm, wore an ear-piece style radio and used a business card from the USSS in the name of Chris McClenic.
He got eight years in the clink for this! It sounds identical to the law breaking of the Young Republican renegade, doesn't it?

Here is another, spooky story about real/fake Secret Service agents harrassing people. From Essential Liberties.com:
The whole strange thing began nearly two years ago, when an acquaintance e-mailed me, wondering why the Secret Service had contacted him to ask if he thought I was a threat to George W. Bush. Me? A pretzel is more of a threat to Bush than I am. At the time, I was writing an unauthorized biography of Microsoft's C.E.O., Steve Ballmer. I fully expected the Beast from Redmond to keep tabs on me -- which, of course, it did and which, of course, Ballmer publicly denied -- but the Secret Service?

Private investigators have been known to intimate that they're with the government, so I called the Secret Service's Seattle office to report that someone might be impersonating one of their agents. No, the officer responded, they had wanted to contact me for the past eight months but couldn't find me. Weird -- my name and number were in the Seattle phone book. I went to their office to find out what was going on.

After a couple of pat-down searches, I sat in a small room with the good cop, Steve, and the bad cop, whom I'll call Cruella. Steve said they had received a report that, on Oct. 12, 2000, I was overheard in a D.C. bar saying, ''I have friends in the C.I.A. who will make sure Bush doesn't enter the White House.'' I responded that except for the facts that I don't have any friends in the C.I.A. (that I know of) and that I've never thought, let alone said, something like that, I was in Philadelphia that day. Unfazed, Cruella opened an inch-thick file. Everything I've ever done wrong in my life flashed before me. (Took about a nanosecond.) She then said, firmly, ''You've been arrested for trespassing on federal property in Washington.''

The jig was up. Brilliant police work. As was widely reported, in 1986 this son of a librarian was convicted of a petty misdemeanor, having been caught red-handed studying after hours in the Library of Congress. Seriously. I helped lead a successful civil disobedience action protesting evening-hours reductions by not leaving when the new hours went into effect.
I know if I dig hard, a number of such stories especially the "fake SS" stories will pop up because the GOP has been doing this for four long years. And will continue doing it. Why the SS wants to reduce their authority and purity in this fashion is obvious.

They are tools of the GOP, too. Unlike the CIA which demanded Rove be investigated, for they knew it was him from day one, the Secret Service will remain silent because they don't work for us, the citizens.

They work for the dictator, Bush.

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CHINA'S SHADOW, CONDI

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The propaganda machine in America whirls on. From the Washington Post:
Now six months on the job, Rice has clearly wrested control of U.S. foreign policy. The once heavy-handed Defense Department still weighs in, but Rice wins most battles -- in strong contrast to her predecessor, Colin L. Powell. White House staff is consulted, but Rice designed the distinctive framework for the administration's second-term foreign policy.

In short order, she has demonstrated a willingness to bend on tactics to accommodate the concerns of allies without ceding on broad principles, what she calls "practical idealism." She also conducts a more aggressive personal diplomacy, breaking State Department records for foreign travel and setting up diplomatic tag teams with top staff on urgent issues.

U.S. foreign policy has always had "a streak of idealism, which means that we care about values, we care about principle," Rice said in an interview last week. "The responsibility, then, of all of us is to take policies that are rooted in those values and make them work on a day-to-day basis so that you're always moving forward toward a goal."
Our "streak of idealism" seems to be pretty bloody, no? And the "goal"? What is this goal?

To any outsider, it looks like the diplomatic/domestic political goal is to put America deeply into hock vis a vis Japan and China and to bankrupt the government so they can no longer provide any social services to Americans, thus reducing them to serfhood?
On North Korea, Rice got the prickly Pyongyang government back to six-nation talks last week on nuclear disarmament by publicly recognizing it as a "sovereign state," then empowering her top aide on East Asia to repeatedly meet privately with the North Koreans -- extended contact forbidden during Powell's era.
OK. I will explain: Powell wanted to continue the Clinton NK iniatives. Bush didn't let him. Now Condi is doing this and it is OK. OK? Geeze.

What a victory for the lady. I wonder how she did this? Since she called him her "husband" not too long ago, I suppose it was the post cloital pillow talk.

But much worse, as I detailed last night, Mr. Tang of the Chinese Central Committee, did all the real work here, getting NK set up, going of to give Bush Sr. his marching orders, then going to Condi and explaining to her what she must do next, then running back to Beijing to alert the other committee members and then back to NK to draw up the treaty of surrender so that it is worded carefully to look as if the USA itself surrendered because we really wanted to surrender. Isn't raw diplomacy fun?
On Iran, Rice agreed to offer incentives -- allowing the Islamic republic to apply for eventual membership in the World Trade Organization and buy badly needed spare parts for aging passenger aircraft -- in exchange for a European pledge to support U.N. Security Council action if talks fail. Powell had trouble just getting the White House to drop language including Iran in an "axis of evil," which implied eventual confrontation.
Powell couldn't get Bush to change his language but a few sessions at night from Condi and voila! Bush drops the Axis of Evil and even the entire War on Terror! What a magician she is! How very amazing. She sure is talented and skilled!

Hahahaha.

My cats have greater skills at manipulating minds.
With India, she brokered a deal to sell peaceful nuclear technology that will cement U.S.-India relations, but which may also risk undermining the treaty to halt nuclear weapons proliferation.
An absolute genius. India makes a nuke and shows it off, we then punish India, India runs off to....China and signs a series of important treaties. Then we go to India and...surrender! Wow.

Surrendering is very easy to do. You sign the dotted line and give up. This is what Condi means by "ideals". The ideal diplomacy is to OK everything and obey one's masters, the Chinese, in this case.
On Sudan, Rice found middle ground between the administration's rejection of the International Criminal Court and U.N. efforts to launch a war crimes investigation into violence in the Darfur region. The State Department helped draft a U.N. resolution supporting an international probe that would pass -- but on which Washington could abstain.
Gads. This is part of the "make them laugh to death" scheme. The ever clever Condi helps draft a UN resolution for war trials and then doesn't vote for it. Oh, how amazed the world's diplomats were at this awful, hypocritical act. Great follow up for Gitmo!
In the interview, Rice said she discovered on her first European trip that, particularly on the Iran issue, "somehow we'd gotten into a position where it was the United States that was the problem . . . that was not a good place to be." So she formulated action that put the onus back on Iran and, later, North Korea.
If Condi doesn't understand how the war criminal President managed to alienate all our allies, then she is a lot dumber than even I thought. What were her actions that "put the onus back on Iran and, later, North Korea"? Well.

She twisted arms in Europe. Every time the Europeans tried to do business with Iran, she interfered. So they went back to jawboning Iran who went to the Chinese and got everything they wanted from the Chinese. The Chinese wanted Iran to go to them and this little scheme worked.

Remember, Mr. Tang is a very busy man and his visits to the Bush clan and with Condi are very important to him and they all listen very carefully to him!

The Chinese are worried about the political climate in America. They have been exposed by various media operations and are worried that American workers will get restive. They will try to assauge this as much as possible while not changing the great plans. This is why we see our rules snapping and snarling at the Chinese, then going off quietly to a restaraunt to eat a hearty meal and toast each other merrily.
Rice has worked hard -- at a pace that sometimes seems like a campaign -- to overcome her image during Bush's first term as a weak national security adviser who struggled to mediate among the strong-willed personalities vying to shape foreign policy. As secretary of state, she has surprised allies with her blunt use of diplomatic tools to make a point.

Rice cancelled a visit to Egypt and temporarily suspended $200 million in aid to signal displeasure with the arrest of a pro-reform politician. She also scrubbed a visit to Canada when it nixed participation in U.S. missile defense, a trip still not rescheduled. During a stop in Saudi Arabia, she publicly told the desert kingdom to enfranchise women. And after a trip through the rocky hills of the West Bank, where she noted new Jewish settlement construction, she cautioned Israel that more building might violate an agreement it made with Bush a year earlier.
Rice is blunt. Hahaha. Great thing for a diplomat. To be blunt. She cautioned Israel. Note how that flew. Note that Sharon continued to not only build but demanded a couple billion more from American taxpayers. Boy, was he impressed! Like the Chinese.

She did and continues to snub Canada. Not that takes great bravery. We all know how belligerent the Canadians are! They have to be kept at bay or they might clock us with a hockey puck or attack us with French only signs!

She also cut funds temporarily that support one of our Middle Eastern dictators. Great. Didn't last long, this obviously half-hearted propaganda gesture. And Saudi Arabia: oh, the women got civil rights there? Huh? Must have slipped under my "civil rights radar." More: in Iraq, women are losing their civil rights that Saddam granted them! And in Afghanistan, they had many more rights under the Soviet Russians than they do under the Americans who really don't like women's rights.
Colleagues have dubbed Rice the "velvet hammer." Philip Zelikow, State Department counselor and a close adviser, said that "one of her gifts is that she knows how to say very direct things to foreign governments in a way that is not confrontational. She is very assertive, very firm, but doesn't leave them feeling sullen and resentful."
Oh, that is why we are so very unpopular. She doesn't make "them" feel sullen and resentful? Who is "them"?

Our puppets? Our nominal allies who greatly resent the way things are being run but are too diplomatic and polite to say so in public? Is this why our popularity in the world is about the same level as North Korea?

The gist of this article is that the world's peoples are once again following America happily and the diplomacy of Rice is responsible for all this. This childish view can be reassuring if one never reads other people's papers or news media and if one ignores tons if existing information. The world has seriously realighned itself and not in our favor at all. At any level. The borders of the USA are so insecure, we had to close our consulate there. From the Associated Press
The United States will close its consulate for one week to assess the security of its employees and consulate visitors in this Mexican border town after a shootout between drug gangs using machine guns, grenades and a rocket launcher.
In a statement from Mexico City late Friday, U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza said "in light of this alarming incident and continued violence along the border, I have decided to suspend all operations except for emergency services for American citizens,'' for one week, beginning Aug. 1.
While the consulate is closed, "we will be gauging what should be a swift and certain response from the government of Mexico, to bring this situation under control,'' Garza said.
We can't secure our own borders. The Mexican government, which is firmly under our thumb, won't secure their own border with us for political reasons. American corporations don't want secure borders any more than they want unionized workers.

Why isn't Condi Rice in Mexico City?

She is too busy going back and forth for the Chinese. She has hard work to do for the Saudis. She knows perfectly well who her real bosses are.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

THE WAR ON ERROR

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Bush declares the War on Terriers is finished.

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I just knew this would happen. Bush said, one day, "I will make our allies hostile," and sure enough, he succeeded. He also said he would "fight the war on terriers and bariffs" and he did exactly that, too. He also admitted that he, like the family friend, Mr. bin Laden, woke up every day thinking what he could do to attack America.

He is our President. Now for a moment of shocked silence.

Today, Karen Hughes proves her worth as she changes the course of history with just a few well chosen words. From the New York Times:
The Bush administration is retooling its slogan for the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, pushing the idea that the long-term struggle is as much an ideological battle as a military mission, senior administration and military officials said Monday.

In recent speeches and news conferences, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the nation's senior military officer have spoken of "a global struggle against violent extremism" rather than "the global war on terror," which had been the catchphrase of choice. Administration officials say that phrase may have outlived its usefulness, because it focused attention solely, and incorrectly, on the military campaign.

Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the National Press Club on Monday that he had "objected to the use of the term 'war on terrorism' before, because if you call it a war, then you think of people in uniform as being the solution." He said the threat instead should be defined as violent extremists, with the recognition that "terror is the method they use."

Although the military is heavily engaged in the mission now, he said, future efforts require "all instruments of our national power, all instruments of the international communities' national power." The solution is "more diplomatic, more economic, more political than it is military," he concluded.
Is this like the Monty Python episode about WWI whereby the British intelligence services tell the soldiers to memorize a really dumb (Ein Hund, ja?) joke that causes the German soldiers to laugh to death but won't hurt the British because they speak no German and thus, can't see the humor. Well, shall we all now laugh to death?

You can bet, I will fight this battle!

Extremists such as the American right wing! They are running around this planet, killing people. They harrass and harrangue us here in America. They make threats on our lives, our homes, they..terrorize us ruthlessly. So, their leader is calling for us to struggle to stop them!

So, here it is: STOP IT! STOP IT, GODDAM IT!

Whew. This war is going to be very hard. Alas, we can't vote these extremists out of office because they wrecked our fair voting system. We can use other means to push them out and defeat these extremists. Of course, we have to storm the Vatican, too. But then, that can be arranged, too.

These anti humanist extremists are a hazard to the entire planet for they want to pollute our air and water and raise the world temperatures to an intolerable degree. They want to cut down all our forests and ship all our jobs overseas and in general, destroy us. This is a war we must fight to the bitter end. To stop fascistic, right wing extremists. We must take this fight to the Supreme Court hearings concerning the extreme right wing religious fanatic, Roberts.

He must be removed from the bench!

We must get rid of DeLay, a very notorious extremist. Orrin Hatch...down the booby hatch! This is going to be fun! We should draw up a list of all American extremists and post it on a "Most Unwanted" site. Fight! Fight the good battle.

Down with all right wing extremists!

Down with Fox TV!

Down with them all.

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CORRUPT POLITICIANS EXECUTED

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Reagan's true nature

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The USA would dearly love to penetrate deep into the Chinese leadership and like they did in Iraq before our misbegotten war, bribe people to betray their own countries. We, of course, supposedly frown on others doing this to us.

The Chinese remain pretty untouchable. There is a reason for this. From Xinhuanet:
Ma De, former secretary of the municipal committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Suihua City, Heilongjiang Province, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for accepting bribes on Thursday.

The Beijing No.2 Intermediate People's Court on Thursday made the first-instance trial.

According to the court verdict, from October 1993 to February 2002, the defendant Ma took advantage of his posts as deputy mayor of Mudanjiang City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, prefectural commissioner of Suihua area, Heilongjiang Province and secretary of the municipal committee of the CPC in Suihua City to seek gains for others after accepting bribes.
They aren't kidding, either. They have famously shot officials accused of betraying the communist party in public, in stadiums.
Ma, himself or together with his wife Tian Yazhi who will be handled in a separate case, accepted and extorted bribes worth of 6.03 million yuan (about 743,500 US dollars), including 5.586 million yuan and 55,000 US dollars. By now, all the illicit money has been recovered.

The court verdict said Ma committed the crime of bribery. The sum of bribery was big and the misdeed was very serious. But considering that Ma has confessed some bribery facts which the prosecuting bodies had not discovered and exposed the clues of other official's bribery behaviors, Ma was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and was deprived political rights all his life with the confiscation of all his personal assets.

Wang Shenyi, former deputy secretary of the municipal committee of the CPC in Suihua City, was sentenced on Thursday 15 years in prison for taking bribe at the first-instance trial by the Beijing No.2 Intermediate People's Court.

The court verdict showed that from May 2000 to August 2002, the accused Wang took advantage of the posts as the deputy secretary of the municipal committee of the CPC in Suihua City andthe Mayor of Suihua City to reduce or exempt tax and fees for others, and allocate public funds to others, after accepting bribes totally worth 1.889 million yuan (about 232,900 US dollars).
Just look at the darn energy bill! It is a potpourie of corruption. Lobbyists poured money into all sorts of creepy politicians especially the Texas gang and got tax cuts and subsidies. Geeze, sounds similar, doesn't it?

The slush funds of the lobbyists in America surge back and forth. The politicians give them huge benefits and a percentage of this returns to the politicians in the form of "campaign donations" which can be pocketed, by the way, if not spent on cheesy attack commercials.

If we had the death penalty for this, we would need to bring in the guillotine and a host of trumbrels to haul the many thousands of politicians and lobbyists and industrialists who have brought our system down into the gutter and are rapidly bankrupting our country, spending wildly while giving each other goodies at our collective expense.

But it is much more dangerous than this!

From the Weekender:
n 1989 (September of 1989 — some dates I do remember) we returned from Santa Barbara where we had helped our daughter get settled at the University of California. Ronald Reagan’s ranch was up the hill from the campus, but I decided not to drop in on him.

Three or four days later, we were at a reception hosted by Ambassador Mike Armacost at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and who do you suppose was there? You guessed it. And he was still tall, tan and handsome.

Ex-president Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy were in Japan. Reagan made a series of speeches here for more money than he earned in eight years at the White House. Good for him.
OK. I didn't find a zillion Google hits for this speech that earned Reagan an absolute fortune. It is as if it fell into a black hole but I did glean this entry. Note the comment of the author. Upon noting that the President of the fricking USA went to Japan and was paid more than his entire eight year's salary! This is greeted with a hearty "Good for him!"

Well, it certainly was good for...him. But not you and I. You see, Reagan was negotiating with the Japanese over currency issues and trade issues and military issues all of which were vital to our survival...and he was double dealing the USA from under the table!

Worse, this was greeted as good news! I will assure you that if any retired Chinese politician runs off to America to collect a huge fee, he would stay because he would be shot as a traitor if he came back to China. They feel very strongly about this matter. Very strongly.

Reagan's betrayal was successful. Next to China, Japan has run the biggest trade deficits vis a vis the USA for umpteen years. They purchase our leaders who don't worry about the money since it is given to them after leaving office. Ask Bush Sr.

The la-de-dah attitude of Americans, "Oh, look, they are getting rich!" is most peculiar but not surprising. When we learned Bush Sr's dad made a fortune helping Hitler even after he invaded Poland and began to bomb England, we thought the nation would recoil from this man.

But it didn't happen. Even the Jewish organizations shut up. Why?

Well, ask Israel. Bush Sr opened the spigots for them and they now suck down a huge amount of money from America. This bribe keeps the peace. And then back to Iraq: the people fighting us there are angry because the guys "running" the place are rank quislings willing to sell their services to a foreign government. I know that these people will all be shot, in the end. This is what happens in most places when one betrays one's people.

Just not here, that is all.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

CRAFTY CAFTA POLITICS


The Texas mob continues to steal from all Americans.

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

From Atrios comes this important story:
From Think Progress.org

Tom DeLay thinks the federal treasury is his personal piggy bank. DeLay slipped “a $1.5 billion giveaway to the oil industry, Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas” into the energy bill.

But this isn’t a normal case of government pork. DeLay has completely dispensed with the democratic process. From a letter Rep. Henry Waxman just sent Speaker Dennis Hastert:

The provision was inserted into the energy legislation after the conference was closed, so members of the conference committee had no opportunity to consider or reject this measure.

The $1.5 billion won’t be administered by the government by a private consortium in DeLay’s district:

The subtitle appears to steer the administration of 75% of the $1.5 billion fund to a private consortium located in the district of Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Ordinarily, a large fund like this would be administered directly by the government.

Hastert and DeLay need to explain themselves immediately. No member of Congress who takes taxpayer dollars seriously should vote for the energy bill until this matter is resolved.
Not content to make oodles of money on the dead and dying soldiers and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, not content to make oodles of money with the high and higher and even higher energy costs, these thieves conspired with Bush to simply pack their stachels with loot as they ravage the remains of the public purse.

We ran up over $2 trillion in debts during this Bush time. This is literally bankrupting America. But the buddies of our rulers aren't going belly up. They are bellying up to the bar to order more drinks on the White House.

Couple this news with the news about CAFTA, another knife in the worker's backs: From the New York Times:
House Republican leaders declared on Wednesday that they had lined up enough votes to secure approval of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or Cafta, the most significant treaty to knock down trade barriers in more than 10 years.

President Bush made a rare trip to Capitol Hill yesterday morning.

After one of the hardest-fought legislative battles of the year, Republican leaders were able to cut enough political deals to overcome fears among many of their own members about foreign competition and push ahead despite opposition from most Democrats, labor unions and the sugar industry's powerful lobby.

"We will pass Cafta tonight," said Representative Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, said Wednesday. "It will be a tough vote," he added, but "we will honor our commitment to our neighbors to the south. We will protect our national security, and we will do it all with very few Democrats on board."
You can bet your booties the booty in the previous bill addressed here is directly connected with industrialists wanting the CAFTA bill. Tit for tits.
But the political effect is likely to loom much larger. To supporters and opponents alike, the pact became a political symbol over how to respond to globalization, competition from low-wage countries and the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States.

The treaty has also been the focus of a power struggle between Mr. Bush, who championed the pact as a model for expanding free trade, and Democratic lawmakers, who had been hoping to hand him a high-profile defeat and to brand him as an ally of powerful corporations with global interests at the expense of American workers.
I bet Friedman is peeing in his pants over this. As for branding our banana republican, Bush, as an ally of powerful corporations: well, duh.

All fascists are. Roberts wants to be a Supreme Court Justice and he is a fascist. Cheney is a fascist. He wants secret meetings so he and the oil overlords can carve out spheres of influence and charge us an arm and a leg for energy.

And we wonder why all empires collapse.

Geeze.

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MURDER MOST FOUL

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King Fahd (took over after relative murdered King Faisal) King Gyanendra (mysterious mass murder of brother's entire family) and King Richard III (murdered his nephews who were to be crowned before he).

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I vividly remember when the Nepal Royal family was machinegunned down while dining. It was on the BBC news. I immediately said, "Did they kill the evil uncle? If not, he did it." When the details came out, it confirmed my fears. Seems all the family members of the evil uncle suddenly had to either leave the room or had urgent business elsewhere and only the king, queen and their children and attendants were in the hall when all were gunned down.

From the BBC news:
The king and queen of Nepal have been killed in a massacre of royal family members by the heir to the throne.

Eleven people - including several members of the royal family - were shot dead late on Friday evening, apparently after a dinner table dispute about a bride for the heir to the throne.

King Birendra's 29-year-old son, Crown Prince Dipendra, opened fire on his parents and other family members before turning his sub-machine gun on himself. Some reports say he is on life support in hospital.
The evil uncle put out a story that the eldest son did it in retaliation for not being able to marry the woman he loved. Oh, how romantic. Yeah, right.

My family happened to know the king and queen and the others My parents spent many years going in and out of Nepal. They talked science and technology with the young king when he ascended the throne many years ago. They talked about opening schools, building universities, creating observatories! Dreams, oh so many dreams. What passed for roads when my parents came bouncing into Katmandu in a WWII jeep looks like the pictures of the same sort of jeep we used to ride up the "old road" at Kitt Peak: steep and nearly impassable with cliffs and ruts and many a flat tire.

This family was very charming. I was so upset about this, I went off to the nearest Buddhist temple to chant and pray all day. The nuns and priests were already in full white and yellow cloth mourning, incense burning. Everyone suspected the evil uncle did the bloody deed.

When the king of Bhutan married an American woman, Hope, my parents were at that wedding. The possibility of a son marrying outside the old clans wasn't really a problem for the royals in the Himalayan kingdoms for the sons ruled and so long as they became Buddhists, which is easy, then all was well. In this day and age, I could not imagine the dotting king and queen of Nepal being excessively cruel to their beloved son. And he certainly, just look at his face!--look like a murderer.

Look at my gallery of faces here. The foul deed marks their faces with deep grooves, every crime etched deeply, the frightened, cold eyes. The same mouth, turned down in disgust, one can see the invisible claws of the Furies not far off. These men fear death for they know they will be judged and judged harshly!

From the BBC news:
Former US Senator Tom Daschle has launched a scathing attack on Nepal's king, who seized power in February.
Speaking in Kathmandu after talks with King Gyanendra, Mr Daschle called for the release of ousted former PM Sher Bahadur Deuba, jailed for corruption.

Mr Daschle said all political prisoners must be freed and urged the king to scrap a controversial corruption body.

As he made his statement, security forces re-arrested a prominent student leader, Gagan Thapa.
Bush and Cheney and our Shadow Government were elated when the prince murdered his family who were liberals and were in intense talks with the Maoist rebels and with the Chinese, dealing with their country's status, and they happily applauded the new king. The bizarre details of all this, like committing suicide with a sub machine gun? Huh? Killing his siblings too? Eh? His mom? No.

The fake story impressed few Nepalese. The king, who promptly attacked the rebels and started heavy handed military operations against the peasants, is wildly unpopular. Demonstrations against his rule only caused him to conspire with Americans to overthrow the tattered remains of the monarchal democracy which my parents worked so hard to help into life.

Now he is the Mussolini of the Himalayas. The Sheik of Mount Everest.

The Fool on the Hill.

Na Nu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo (drumming)

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WE NEED DICTATORS

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I can remember all the way back to last month. As I recall, America's scolding diplomats were running around the planet telling all and sundry that dictators were evil and it was wrong to oppress people and China and North Korea are evil and so is Russia and everyone should imitate us.

We then praised "revolutions" like the Tulip Revolution in Kyzgystan. This revolution was started by demands of the people for better economic conditions. They held an election and what a surprise.

The President was forced to flee the country to Russia and was replaced by a vote of nearly 90% support for the former Prime Minister, Bakiyev. Sort of like Bush fleeing to Beijiing and Cheney taking over, no? From Greenleft.org:
Bakiyev had served as prime minister under Akayev in 2000-02, but had resigned after police fired on opposition protesters. He then moved over to the opposition, leading protests in March that culminated in an opposition takeover of government buildings in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, and Akayev's flight to Moscow. Bakiyev took over as interim prime minister, pending the new presidential elections.

At a July 18, news conference, his first after winning the election, Bakiyev told reporters: “This election can be called a convincing victory of the popular revolution.” He then went on to say that Kyrgyzstan intended to review the presence of US troops on its soil. He made no mention of the presence of Russian troops.
This revolution was no revolution but merely a changing of the guard and the old "new" leader knew Americn troops fighting their fellow Muslims are very unpopular so he had to promise them he would remove them.

Alas, they didn't get their wish. Overriding the desires of his own voters, today, he betrays them.
“The game the Americans are playing has some of the highest stakes going. What they are attempting is nothing less than the biggest carve-out of a new US sphere of influence since the US became engaged in the Mideast 50 years ago.
“The result could be a commitment of decades that exposes America to the threat of countless wars and dangers. But this huge venture — call it an Accidental Empire — could also stabilise the fault line between the West and the Muslim world and reap fabulous energy wealth for the companies rich enough and determined enough to get it.”

“From incidental sums fewer than five years ago”, the report added, “the amount of US investment in the region has jumped to $20 billion... Major investors include ChevronTexaco Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC, and Halliburton.”

The BusinessWeek article explained that key to these companies exploiting the oil and gas wealth of Central Asia is the construction of pipelines that lead south to the Persian Gulf or the Indian Ocean, where it can be shipped by tanks to the energy-hungry Japan and China. However, Washington wants pipelines “that will help its friends in the region and freeze out its enemies — especially the Iranians”.
Just before 9/11, Cheney had a series of secret meetings which he refuses to divulge even today despite many attempts of others to make him cough it up, concerning this region and how we can militarily occupy it and run it for our own profit, or rather, the profit of a clique of powerful men (the Queen of England benefits, too, but she doesn't run it).

From the Chicago Tribune:
Facing pressure from Russia and China to end America's military presence in two Central Asian states, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld won assurances Tuesday from Kyrgyzstan's new leaders that they would not shut down a U.S. base on Kyrgyz soil used for combat and humanitarian missions in Afghanistan.

The U.S. air base at Manas in Kyrgyzstan and its air base at Karshi-Khanabad in southern Uzbekistan have become vital cogs in American anti-terrorism operations in Central Asia.

Serving as important conduits for humanitarian aid and military equipment sent to Afghanistan, they also are seen as part of a shift in Pentagon strategy that establishes within the world's hot spots small, rapid response outposts that can be quickly ramped up during crises. Central Asia, home to numerous Islamic extremist and terrorist groups, is one of those hot spots.

The continued use of those bases was put in doubt by a declaration July 5 by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a security coalition made up of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The group called on the United States to fix a date for its pullout from its Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan bases.
What humanitarian stuff? Huh? I suppose blowing up peasants has been elevated into one of the seven virtues now? Let us be frank: our empire isn't "humanitarianing" anyone. Indeed, since my own childhood, if you want to rile a right winger or neo-con or old-con, just say, "humanitarian". They go bananas!

I put out a leaflet in highschool back in 1967 mocking this. The John Birch Society was deriding "creeping humanism in our schools" so my leaflet urged fellow students to seek out and report anyone seen creeping along the school halls. And to call the authorities if they spotted any creepy people. We took rather a great joy spotting the creepy people starting with my right wing Principal.

Well, the old new ruler of Kyzgystan has been bribed to keep our troops in his country. We will up the millions we pay him for this privilage. We intend to collect a profit by collecting money for oil. Of course, this profit is strictly for Halliburton and other oil soaked entities that are buddies of Bush.

We won't see a penny. Indeed, the great profits they will collect will be coming from us!

Note that once again, world oil prices have gone up. Note how the Texan and Saudi oil barons are weeping for us.

As a footnote---From Xinhuanet:
S Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged Iraqis to finish drafting a new constitution without delay as he arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit on Wednesday.

"We don't want any delays," Rumsfeld told reporters on the flight to Iraq from Tajikistan. "Now's the time to get on with it."

The constitution drafters can call a six month extension on Aug.1 if they can not complete the charter before an Aug. 15 deadline.
OK. After a secret bribing session with a man who you can bet will become an unpopular dictator since he was part of a dictatorial duo just four months ago, now Rumsfeld has to secretly sneak into our province that is in full revolt to snap orders to the Quislings running the place for us, sort of, when we let them which is about as often as we let Karzai run things in Afghanistan.

Imagine the French going to our own Constitutional Convention and at gun point, ordering our Founding Fathers to "finish is quickly or else".

We are so amazingly f*cked.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

KISSY KISSY WITH NORTH KOREA

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Interesting diplomatic news today. Aside from the twin disasters in Asia Minor, the steady beat of death and doom there ever ongoing, never ending. Bolton just might be appointed to represent us at the UN despite Congress not passing him. Way to go, diplomatically. This is a real winner, yes?

Bush, the illiterate, still refuses to hand over important Bolton papers. I suppose he wants our Senators to be equally unread. Then there is the Supreme Court nominee, the inverterate liar, Roberts. Bush won't release many of his papers, either. Unread is unknown! Best to keep that paper trail shredded or burned.

Now we are in the midst of a diplomatic push to legitimisize North Korea and cement their place in the political pantheon.

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Here is the picture proof! Note the jolly faces. Note how the North Koreans look like all the others! You can't tell them apart anymore! Note the grinning American on the end, no longer snarling and calling everyone names and barking orders. Note that Condi Rice isn't there at all! Truly a tipsy-doodle photo!

What? Is this me joking? Alas, no. Since the Chinese won this round vis a vis the American Empire, I will go to their news site for how they see all of this. From Xinhuanet:


The six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue restarted Tuesday in Beijing after a 13-month-long impasse, with the United States promising not to attack the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

US chief negotiator Christopher Hill said at the opening session of the fourth round of the talks that the United States regards the DPRK as a sovereign state and has no intention to send troops to or attack it.

The US statement was of particular concern to the DPRK, who over the past years has repeatedly asked the United States to respect its sovereignty and normalize political and economic relations with it, while offering "definite assurance" of non-aggression against it.

The six nations, China, the DPRK, the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan, have agreed to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but are yet to decide on the approach to the goal.

To find a solution to disputes, the six nations held three rounds of talks in Beijing from 2003 to 2004, but failed to achieve substantial results. The fourth round was originally planned in September last year.

Early this year, the new Bush administration called the DPRK an "outpost of tyranny." In return, the DPRK announced on Feb. 10 it was suspending its participation in the six-party talks on the nuclear issue for an "indefinite period."

The DPRK also declared that it already had self-defensive nuclear weapons.
Guess who was brought to heel here? It wasn't North Korea. Nor was it China. When Bush took the WH in the fake election in 2000, he immediately tried to tweek the Chinese who slapped him silly over the spy plane mess, then he tried to poke at the North Korean rattler and got bit.

Every time Bush and Blair shouted about Saddam having WMD, North Korea would announce they had nuclear weapons. This was deliberate. They played their poor hand and bet their tiny stakes at the table that we would be unable to counter their moves because we wanted to steal oil from Iraq and they were a diversion. This proved to be a correct analysis and the pay off is impressive: we are basically finally surrendering to them, long after the brutal Korean war stalemated. We are finally being dragged to the table to sign treaties with the North Koreans. This is most impressive.
In the past year when the six-party talks were suspended, the US side had bilateral contact with the DPRK for six times under the framework of the six-party talks.

Hill said the US side had made clear its key stance and opinions to the DPRK through those contacts and the United States was ready for "serious" talks under the same framework.

Meanwhile, DPRK's delegation head Kim Kye-gwan said political will and strategic resolution are needed to wipe out the threats of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula and to realize a nuclear-weapon-free Korean Peninsula.

The DPRK is ready for that, he said, adding that the DPRK side would work together with the other five parties to prevent the meeting from going fruitless.

As the host country, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing urged negotiators to take a "flexible and pragmatic" attitude to seek "positive" progress in the new round of negotiation.

A nuclear-weapon-free Korean Peninsula and long-term peace and stability in the region would serve the interests of all parties concerned, Li said.

Noting there might be various difficulties during the talks, he said, so long as all sides worked together there would be success.

"Nothing in the world is difficult for one who sets his mind on it," he quoted a Chinese saying. "China will continue to work with all sides for realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and regional peace and stability."
I recall all the hysterical pleas from Bush and his gang, begging China to fix things up with North Korea. The smug Chinese are smiling broadly as they issue this press release. Like our begging over the value of the yuan, we, the mighty so called empire of freedom, must plead for help from the Chinese. We then slap at them, note that today, Congress is definitely interfering with business. The Unocal offer has utterly unnerved us and we show naked fear, clutching at straws, trying to wrest victory without making a better offer.

The New York Times has a rather disjointed, long article, almost as unreadable as Pravda in the good ole days. From the NYT:
Early this year, American spy satellites detected a spike in suspicious tunneling activity at a highly secretive military site in the mountains of North Korea.

It alarmed some of the government's top nuclear analysts, who saw it as a sign that North Korea might be preparing to make good on threats to conduct its first test of a nuclear weapon. There was even tantalizing talk among some officials in Washington that the North Koreans were so far along in preparing for an underground detonation that they had built a reviewing stand for dignitaries to witness the earth tremble.
Potemkin nuke tests! A cheap way to get attention and saber rattle without either a sword or a baby's shake toy. The North Koreans are no dumber than anyone else. Indeed, it would be hardly possible to be dumber than our own dear neo-cons running foreign policy these days. They knew their quarry well and stalked the USA's neo-cons and bagged them.

Our Pravda press will trumpet this sad six country negotiations as a great victory for our dear ruler and his squadrons of goons. They will prance all over, yelling, "We got peace at last!" and will thump themselves on the back for ending the Korean war at last.

Sort of like Nixon trumpetting his kow tow embassy to Mao as a great victory, too. Note how that turned out in the long run. Heck, our victory in WWII which was total is now reversed.
North Korea's true intentions on testing - whether the activity in the mountainous Kilju region was genuine or an attempt to deceive the world - may never be known. But a review of this spring's divergent assessments, based on interviews with officials from Congress, the administration, American intelligence agencies and foreign governments, reveals how the process of assessing North Korea's weapons is vulnerable to politics and to the imprecision of intelligence. Most of the officials and analysts spoke on the condition of anonymity because the subject concerned classified information and issues of political sensitivity.
Seems like everyone except for former Ambassador Wilson has to use the hoary old, "sources say" these days. DC is filled to the gills with a goofy chorus of shady shadowy non people all babbling away like Hamlet's father's ghost. We can't understand North Korea but they certainly don't need to spy on us with all these motormouthed anonymous tipsters in DC.
The question of whether North Korea would conduct a test had great significance because, many experts and officials fear, such a step could ignite a nuclear arms race in Asia.

If the more urgent view of the test preparations was circulated by the Bush administration as it sought to restart the six-nation talks, the more benign version was promoted by the C.I.A., which is struggling to overcome criticism for overestimating Iraq's unconventional weapons. Although the government overhauled its sprawling intelligence structure in the wake of 9/11 and the Iraq war, the North Korea episode highlights a lingering lack of coordination in assessing even the most serious threats.
This is pure hogwash. The arms race began in earnest in January, 2001, with the installation of Bush in the WH. He then jacked up the foolish "Star Wars" programs and the insane Missile Defense Shield and reanimated nuclear bomb research and began a nuclear shelter building program so Bush and the neo-cons can hide deep in the earth while we all fry.

Declaring war on North Korea, Iraq and Iran is the cause of all this arms building. What on earth did we expect? When we invaded Iraq after the UN certified that Saddam was in compliance with all UN protocols, China and North Korea decided to work in concert to clip our wings as well as pull our fangs.

This worked perfectly.

Now for the real interesting news from China: From Xinhuanet:
The ancient Chinese regarded sexual satisfaction as crucial for both men and women, revealed a Japanese researcher here Tuesday.

In ancient China, men played a dominant role in social issues, politics, families, and sexual affairs. Women were regarded as passive service providers in sex and their role was to satisfy men.

However, for more than 1,000 years, "The Art of the Bedchamber" underlined the pleasure, sensitivity and desires of both men and women, said Sumiyo Umekawa, a professor with the Otsuma Women's College.

Manuals starting from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) noted that females should receive as much pleasure from sexual intercourse as she gave to the man, and introduced practical skills to achieve mutual satisfaction, said Sumiyo, at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science.
In other words, if you are going to be f*cked, at least it should feel good.

Sensitive, no?

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AFGHANISTAN IMPLODING

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Bin Laden's eternal message to the USA.

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I parked the backhoe and finally got free of the poison ivy and flies only to come inside the nice cool house to read more ridiculous news. From the BBC:
At least 1,000 protesters have staged a demonstration outside the main US base of Bagram in Afghanistan.
The demonstrators, chanting "Die America", were angry at the arrest of a number of villagers on Monday night. Some threw stones at military vehicles.

Piles of tyres were burned on the main road near the base, sending clouds of black smoke billowing over the area.

Eyewitness say US troops fired warning shots at the demonstrators. The US military are denying this. Crowds dispersed after being told the Americans would hand the detainees to Afghan authorities.
OK. Just a month ago, old Karzai came to America to beg for us to do as he says, not as we want. He warned us to let him do the chase for bin Laden and the Taliban and to not bother the opium war lords or hold prisoners so we can torture them and mock the Koran.

Bush brushed off everything and sent him home, gloomy and empty handed. Since then, all hell has broken lose. We lost many top troops now in the fierce fighting. Peasants vs the Empire. Sounds like the Wookies against you know who. Why are we playing the bad guys all the time? Why have we lost not only their hearts and minds but lost our own minds?
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The Empire pumping gas into a SUV.
"Afghan and US forces attempted to contact local leaders to involve them in the operation but were unable to do so," a statement said.

Afghan troops used batons to beat back the protesters as they tried to push down the base's outer gate.

It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. The protesters said that the Americans should have consulted local authorities first before arresting the villagers.

"We have supported the Americans for years. We should be treated with dignity," local resident Shah Aghar told the Associated Press news agency.

"They are arresting our people without the permission of the government. They are breaking into our houses and offending the people. We are very angry," he said. Later on Tuesday the US military said the men would be handed over to the Afghan authorities.

"We met with local leaders and we agreed to release the individuals we detained last night into the custody of the local governor," US military spokesman Lt Col Jerry O' Hara told the AFP news agency.
Remember, the people in this part of Afghanistan wanted us to invade. They are our supporters. Our opponents simply shoot to kill now. The fact that they stormed the gates screaming, "Death to America" is a very bad sign. In Iraq, when we gave the natives problems, like when we occupied a school the first month we were there, we shot a number of them dead even when they were unarmed demonstrations.

This is the definition of a powderkeg. These aren't people who will turn and go home. They can't. We are in their homes so they have to confront us and they are confronting us and Congress is debating the appointment of the monumentally stupid Texan, Karen Hughes, to fix all of this with magic PR. I really do pray she is sent over to Iraq and Afghanistan. Put a beard on her and she can pretend to be bin Laden and give "Love America, give them opium and oil!" speeches.

Heck, forget the beard. Just give her a turban.

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Monday, July 25, 2005

LIAR LIAR ROBE ON FIRE

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Roberts does silent photo op.

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

For a whole week we had to endure the stupidest, most craven chorus of right wing Mainstream Media pap about Roberts, rank right winger candidate for the Supreme Court. With nearly no information, they declared that there was nothing bad about this jerk and that there was no way we could fillibuster him or oppose him in any way.

Well, now we have a good reason. Remember Clinton? He was supposed to be impeached for lying. Yes, lying. Lying was very very bad, the Republicans assured us of this. Of course, today, lying is not only OK, it is de rigure.

From Associated Press:
Supreme Court nominee John Roberts declined Monday to explain why he was listed in a Federalist Society leadership directory when the White House says he doesn't recall being a member of the conservative legal organization.

Roberts, nominated by President Bush last week to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, was asked by a reporter about the discrepancy during a morning get-acquainted meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif.

He smiled but didn't reply.

"I don't think he wants to take any questions," Feinstein interjected during the session with photographers and reporters that was part of the meeting in her office with the Supreme Court nominee.

"No, no, no thanks," Roberts added.

Several news organizations, including The Associated Press, reported immediately after his nomination that Roberts had been a member of the Federalist Society. The AP and others printed corrections after the White House said later that Roberts doesn't recall ever belonging to the group.
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, you get hired by the media bosses.

I am happy AP isn't owned by the Moonies or isn't owned by Murdoch. They overlooked this one last refuge for some news. Frankly, I get more news about America from my Commie Chinese source, Xinhua. Heh. Anyway, the real news here is that either Roberts is more brain dead than Terri or he is a liar. Or both.

He was the head of the Federalist's steering committee in DC! And this was a mere seven years ago! And he can't recall? Bwahahaha. Perhaps he suffers from too much drinking and was their drunk driver? He steered them into the guardrails because he passed out behind the wheel? The way they act, they certainly could pass for drunks.

If I sat on a steering committee, I sure as heck would remember that fact for more than a week.

Already, like with the Bolton hearings and the Cheney Oil War meeting notes, the dictator called Bush is trying to prevent any paperwork from leaking out and revealing the true nature of this brain dead idiot. Obviously, if he can't remember a thing, we ought to dig around to refresh his pathetic brain and jolt him into recalling stuff he would rather hide.

This reminds me that this fight is over not only economic issues but my civil rights which, frankly, I hold very dear. I hope my Senators are diligent and hard headed as they tear into this brainless idiot.

We have enough brain dead people in the Supreme Court as it is.

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

PENN STATION CLEARED

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Penn Station before demolition
By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Interesting what doesn't make the news these days. I was reading Chinese financial news for a story that will appear soon when I saw this in Xinhuanews. From Xinhuanews:
Pennsylvania Station, a major train station in New York city, was evacuated and train service disrupted for about an hour on Sunday.

The busy commuter hub was evacuated after someone threw a backpack at an Amtrak agent and said it was a bomb, said Marissa Baldeo, a spokeswoman for New York City Transit. The threat was a false alarm, and service on all lines was restored about an hour later.

The incident came days after a second bombing attack in London,which prompted New York police to start random inspections of subway riders' bags.

After evacuating Penn Station, police sealed the Eighth Avenue entrance with yellow tape and moved everyone across the avenue to the west side.

The service disruption affected Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and the Seventh and Eighth Avenue subway lines.

The incident was over as quickly as it began. One minute, camouflage-clad soldiers were shouting, "Penn Station is closed indefinitely," and the next minute they got the all clear and started letting people into the station.
Looks like a traveler got irritable and lost control and is now in jail. Shuffling through long, tedius lines can set some people off. This is similar to the Brazilian being tackled and shot in the head. Namely, people are on edge and so are the security forces and this is heading towards unpleasant waters.

But what interests me tonight is this story is no where obvious. I looked and looked. I live in NY so I always focus on NY news and yet, it is obscure indeed. Very obscure. Like it is not of any importance or what?

My analysis of this whole stuff is, we don't really want to know, we want to be brave but only via a foolish naivity. Perhaps if we close our eyes very tight and clap our hands over our ears, the boogey man won't blow us up.

More died in Iraq, blown up. Bombs are now going off all over the planet and Mother Earth is still moving, another fairly great earthquake tears at the Nicobar Islands right on the heels of the one hitting Japan. Something we should attend to closely because it will reverberate in California eventually.

Back to Penn Station: it was already destroyed in ths sixties by reckless developers who destroyed a great architectual work of art. Now we tremble at the possibility of further destruction.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

MY CIVIL RIGHTS MATTER

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From the British gay rights blog, Outrage!
By Elaine Meinel Supkis

This picture is a real hanging. These two boys, for they are still teens...were killed in Iran this last week for the crime of being gay. Take a good look at them. They are dead now. A court of mullahs condemned them to death.

I sigh with despair.

A blogger I have long admired, Prof. Kunstler, had his usual bimonthly rant up and I read it with agreement until the very end, the last sentence enraged me. From Clusterfuck Nation:
What I believe will happen: the Jihadi violence will continue, the American public will lose patience with the attrition in Iraq, other flash points (North Korea, Pakistan, Venezuela, Mexico) will make it clear that the US Army is not capable of conducting land operations elsewhere, events will evolve to choke off oil imports to the US as our hegemony slips away, terror events in Europe will continue and provoke a backlash against Islamic imigrants, which will only inflame the Islamic world further, the US will revert to a naval strategy of attempting to protect our interests -- namely access to oil -- which will not be effective, and America will be plagued at home by political recrimation, blaming, scapegoating, and a futile campaign to keep the car-dependent utopia going.

Ultimately, the world will enter The Long Emergency, a horizonless era of conflict, withering global economic relations, and energy starvation -- with plummeting standards of living.

Meanwhile, we are doing nothing at home to prepare for this future, for instance a crash program to restore the American railroad system, or to restore true fiscal discipline to the mortgage industry in order to stem the insane spread of even more car-dependent suburban sprawl (a.k.a. the housing bubble). Where is the Democratic party (my party) on this? Lost in the raptures of sexual and racial pandering.
So, my civil rights and my gay friend's need for civil rights is pandering? Eh? Did I hear right?

My life and death issues like birth control and being able to make a living and to terminate a bad marriage is pandering? My gay friend's struggle to not be beaten to death by strangers or fired from jobs or preserving their home if one is hospitalized and a hostile family then cuts off all contact, is pandering? The right to bear, keep or adopt children? The right to vote? The right to not be blackmailed or raped?

If saving American means enslaving me and my dear friends, well, a big fuck you all. This is not the first time, either, that liberal (white) males have attacked us. Kos has periodically made it pretty clear our petty civil rights problems are a drag and he would prefer we stop yammering about them and knuckle under so white hetero males can associate with us politically!

You know, I really am steamed about that. Why can't we eliminate the rights of white hetero males? Then they can meekly accompany us on our great fight to save ourselves from our economic and cultural follies. Eh? Do I hear moans of "no"?

Welcome to my party, dudes.

I was almost tempted to never go back to some economic blogs I used to enjoy when periodically, the white hetero males running them sigh about us pesky non white or non male or non heteroes who are so demanding. These guys just want me to shut up and go away and this will save the Democratic Party and America.

Well, why can't you all sacrifice yourselves instead of me? "Women and children first" means we get thrown to the sharks first? Huh? What?

Let's look at the progress of women's rights under the untender teachings of "freedom and democracy" America: when the Soviet Union collapsed, starting with Afghanistan and breaking up until a whole bunch of "stans" were created, did this recession of communism free women?

Let's take a look. From Muslim Uzbekistan:
Since beginning of June protest actions of Muslim women whose relatives were imprisoned on religious charges have been gathering momentums in Tashkent, Andijon and Marghilon cities of Uzbekistan, according to reports.

The website of "Birlik" opposition movement informed that the protests in Andijon went off more calmly. However, a little later human tights group "Ezgulik" spread information that although protests supposedly were off calmly from the outside the law enforcement authorities committed brutalities against some of protester Muslim women.

According to "Ezgulik" about 80 women gathered in Navoi square in Andijon on June 1 demanding putting an end to tortures against Muslim prisoners. Reportedly women were beaten up by Andijon police.
Doesn't sound very free. We know there is an insurrection running there now but this won't help the women, the insurgents want to eliminate the tattered remains of former Soviet civil rights!

Let's look at another place: From the BBC news:
You would never know that this beautiful, educated woman, in her traditional voluminous velvet, ankle-length dress of green and gold, was struggling to hold it all together.

Bichalicha smiled warmly and added: "I just try to keep going for the children's sake." I did not dare ask what she would do if her husband did not return. Bichalicha is lucky to find any employment.

After independence, Russian-backed factories and aluminium treatment plants ground to a halt. Those with professional qualifications are not faring well either.

Of the husbands who do return from Russia, plenty bring a suitcase packed full of roubles, but an increasing number of men are also carrying HIV. We met (women) doctors and teachers selling fruit and vegetables in the bazaar because their state salaries are so low.

One of them told me: "I make $40 a month as a doctor but I can't feed my family from that. I'm forced to leave a job I love and trained hard for."
In the Soviet days, many women were trained to be doctors and professors and dancers and all sorts of things. Now they are being forcibly repatriated to a past condition worse than the one of my great grandmother's day!

It only gets much worse! From the PBS Frontline special:
FRONTLINE/WORLD correspondent Petr Lom -- a professor at Central European University in Budapest -- first traveled to Kyrgyzstan to investigate Islamic extremism. But he stumbled across a strange local custom, which he decided to explore.

With his translator and friend Fatima Sartbaeva, a young Kyrgyz woman, as his guide, Lom sets out on a journey of discovery, driving deep into the countryside to a small village just outside the ancient city of Osh.

Petr and Fatima arrive as a wedding is about to begin. Women are busy making traditional Kyrgyz bread for the occasion, and men sit in chairs outside, talking and sipping tea. The groom confesses he has had some difficulty finding a bride, but he is hopeful that "this one will stay."

When the bride does arrive, she is dragged into the groom's house, struggling and crying. Her name is Norkuz, and it turns out she has been kidnapped from her home about a mile away.

Fatima had prepared Petr for this scene, telling him that the custom of bride kidnapping is shocking, but he is still stunned by what he is seeing.

As the women of the groom's family surround Norkuz and hold down both of her hands, they are at once forceful and comforting, informing her that they, too, were kidnapped. The kidnappers insist that they negotiated the abduction with Norkuz's brother, but her sister, a lawyer from Osh, arrives to protest that her sister is being forced to marry a stranger. Ideally in Kyrgyz circles, a bride's family gets a price for their daughter, but Norkuz is 25 -- considered late to marry -- and the women remind her she is lucky she was kidnapped at all.
If the woman refuses, she is murdered and her body dumped in the town square or a river! Is this what American freedom is spreading? We have military bases in all these countries plus Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan, under the Soviets, the women had not only civil rights but economic equality! Now they live in fear and squalor and have virtually no rights at all and we don't give a fig. We pretend we are "uplifting" them when we are not! We never have.

Iraq: same rotten story. Under the "evil" Saddam, women were lawyers and doctors and professor and had civil rights nearly equal to ours here. Now these are being removed, one by one, rapidly. The "constitution" being passed is a horror. It makes thing worse for minorities, for women, for gays, for everyone except the ascendant hetero males of power.

My grandmother fought for her rights. She was one of the first women to get a high degree from a men's university, the University of Chicago. She was a scientist like Madame Curie. She was a suffragette. My mother didn't have the opportunites or the goodies showered upon my father, luckily, he shared everything with her very openly and championed her activities and promoted her.

He was still quite dismayed at my lawsuits, my battles, my physical fighting, my challenging authority, my defiance. He thought, giving my mom privilages would please me.

I wanted all women to have privilages, period. This was a shared thing, not mine alone.

With sexual freedom, control of our bodies, control of our destinies, came great economic activity as well as political activity. This has been squandered by the American people, collectively, because we decided to be an empire that exploits people who are not American. Now we are falling into bankruptcy due to excessive military bills and this is killing us and we are lost little lambies.

Tossing me to the wolves won't save our empire. Tossing all the women on this planet to the wolves won't stop al Qaeda. Nor will it save all those unhappy and uncooperative white hetero males who can't work with me or a gay person because they are too petty and what?

What ails them? And the white hetero women who are their companions? The ones who hate gays, too? What on earth are they afraid of? Will they doom themselves, financially, just so they can hurt us? Huh? If this is the plan, well.

Don't come crying to me!

I will be busy fighting for our sexual civil rights. See you on the streets, everyone!

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BACKSTABBER BUSH

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The CIA-Plame investigation continues even as the psychopaths running America blow smoke trying to persuade everyone that taking illegal drugs and breaking Federal laws is not only OK but good for America. This battle is rather funny to me for I believe the CIA and all the other black bag ops stuff should be stopped because they cause way more harm than good. Thinking clearly, getting to know one's opponents really well, intelligent questioning, an open mind works wonders.

But we want to behave like cannibals and so we slog along as the world blows up in our faces.

Meanwhile, we do have to uphold the pitiful few laws we have. Bad as they might be. To silence a CIA critic who revealed a lot of the dirty laundry, our government passed laws forbidding anyone from revealing agent's sources and work. I assure you, people doing work for the CIA keep it secret from absolutely everyone including pesky, spy prone kids like myself. I had to be very good at my self chosen calling to find out any information at all.

Today, yet another CIA agent is emerging from the Shadows to talk to America about Valerie. The DNC chose him to address the nation this weekend. The Republicans will claim, this negates the message even though the CIA agent, like 99% of them, is a Republican (and you wonder why they are so rotten at finding out information! Heh).

From Atrios, the entire message:
"Good morning. I'm Larry Johnson, an American, a registered Republican, a former intelligence official at the CIA, and a friend of Valerie Plame.

I entered on duty at the CIA in September 1985 with Valerie. We were members of the Career Trainee Program. Senator Orin Hatch wrote the letter of recommendation for me which I believe that helped open the doors to me at the CIA.

From the first day we walked into the building, all members of my training class were undercover, including Valerie. In other words, we had to lie to our family and friends about where we worked. We could only tell those who had an absolute need to know where we worked. In my case, I told my wife.

I knew the wife of Ambassador Wilson, Valerie, as Valerie P. Even though all of us in the training class held Top Secret Clearances, we were asked to limit our knowledge of our other classmates to the first initial of their last name.

So, Larry J. knew Val P. rather than Valerie Plame. I really didn't realize what her last name was until her cover was betrayed by the Government officials who gave columnist Robert Novak her true name.

I am stunned that government officials at the highest level have such ignorance about a matter so basic to the national security structure of this nation.

Robert Novak's compromise of Valerie led to scrutiny of CIA officers that worked with her. This not only compromised her "cover" company but potentially every individual overseas who had been in contact with that company or with her.

We must put to bed the lie that she was not undercover. For starters, if she had not been undercover then the CIA would not have referred the matter to the Justice Department.

Val only told those with a need to know about her status in order to safeguard her cover, not compromise it. She was content with being known as an energy consultant married to Ambassador Joe Wilson and the mother of twins.

I voted for George Bush in November of 2000 because I was promised a President who would bring a new tone and a new ethical standard to Washington.

So where are we? The President has flip-flopped on his promise to fire anyone at the White House implicated in a leak. We now know from press reports that at least Karl Rove and "Scooter" Libby are implicated in these leaks and may have lied during the investigation.

Instead of a President concerned first and foremost with protecting this country and the intelligence officers who serve it, we are confronted with a President who is willing to sit by while political operatives savage the reputations of good Americans like Valerie and Joe Wilson.

This is wrong and this is shameful.

We deserve people who work in the White House who are committed to protecting classified information, telling the truth to the American people, and living by example the idea that a country at war with Islamic extremists cannot focus its efforts on attacking other American citizens who simply tried to tell the truth.

I am Larry Johnson.

Thank you for listening.
Naturally, he is a retired agent. Ones at work can't talk. This story is a quicksand pit for the GOP. From the Boston Globe:

WASHINGTON -- President Bush's lack of action against a top aide involved in the disclosure of a covert CIA operative's identity sends ''the wrong message" overseas, former US intelligence officials said yesterday.

At an unofficial congressional hearing sponsored by House and Senate Democrats, the retired agents said US intelligence gathering had been damaged by the leak of Valerie Plame's name two years ago after her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, criticized the White House's justification for going to war in Iraq.

Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper testified to a federal grand jury that presidential adviser Karl Rove told him that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, but did not disclose her name.

Cooper has also said he discussed the couple with Lewis ''Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.
''What has suffered irreversible damage is the credibility of our case officers when they try to convince an overseas contact that their safety is of primary importance to us," said Jim Marcinkowski, a former CIA case officer.
The many downsides of the Bush backstabbing are painfully obvious to any observer. The GOP wants to pretend that everything is OK despite the many times they betray their friends, co-workers and allies. The betrayal of vital information last year to dim Kerry's acceptance speech is why we see so many bombs going off today all over the place. Al Qaeda slipped the British-Pakistan noose and is on the loose.
(Mr.Marcinkowski) criticized Republican efforts to minimize the damage caused by the leak.
''Each time the political machine made up of prime-time patriots and partisan ninnies display their ignorance by deriding Valerie Plame as a mere paper-pusher, or belittling the varying degrees of cover used to protect our officers, or continuing to play partisan politics with our national security, it's a disservice to this country," he added.
Bush can call off the media attack dogs. They work for his buddies. He and his buddies sit around, yukking it up as their trained poodles attack anyone and everyone, heroes and fellow Skull and Bonesmen like Kerry or personal aides like Powell. These craven men and women gleefully attack just like the anthrax letter sender only sent letters to people Bush personally wanted to either kill or intimidate.

Bush could have stopped the Swift Boat Liars. He could have stopped the anthrax letters, too, I bet. He can stop all the members of the party he dominates and leads. He could order them to sign the lynching apology. He could do many things.

But he doesn't because he is the author of all this. He is the vengeful psychopath who used to blow up frogs and laugh as they died.
White House officials have sought to put the controversy behind them pending the outcome of a federal investigation.
If they want to stop talking about this, they can. It is called "Shut the F. up." But they won't and they can't.

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