Thursday, January 12, 2006

Prissy's Indictment Wish List...News Update

(Dubya gives speech tipsy bottom of blog page)

They know it is coming. It cannot be avoided. History has not treated its tyrants kindly. Is this who they will be? Prissy's best guesses.

A side note-some of Prissy's police and lawyer friends are with her on this. But what do we know...

Dubya,Rove, Dick, Rummy , Condi-of course.

These folks should really stop calling Cindy Sheehan the "dupe of the left" -these people are all dupes of a right wing greed agenda.

What we would charge, as the cop on the job? Treason is our reason-but some say war crimes, some say the it will be the illegal spying... Accompanied by war planners- Feith,Cambone,Wurmer,Hadley,Perle,. Also possibles such as Ledeen, nearly all business/political associates of Ambramoff, Inc. (we think they knew) Rick Perry TX-gov (he at least should be questioned about DeLay), Kenneth Blackwell (OH-Sec of State-Gov wanna be) this list is ongoing to include those in congress, stay tuned...

Hot Links;article=97494;title=APFN Abramoff helped Israeli wireless company "tap" congress Jan 10, 2006

In a previous scandal in 2001, FBI investigators strongly suspected that two Israeli companies, AMDOCS and Comverse Infosys, which had been allowed to obtain U.S. government telecommunications contracts, were able to use back-door technology to compromise the security of DEA, Pentagon, and White House phones. For more:

Yahoo- USA Today Pentagon to families: Go ahead, laugh (1/13/06)

"We believe our program prevents hardening of the attitudes," says Scott, in one of his wordplay aphorisms that beg for a rimshot. The founder and chief executive of the World Laughter Tour is psychologist Steve Wilson, who calls himself "Cheerman of the Bored."

"The guiding principle is to laugh for no reason. And that's one of the reasons it works so well for military families," Scott says. "There's a lot they have to be stressed over, a lot of worries, a lot of concerns."

For the Pentagon Laughter Squad from The Prissy Patriot:

Though you may mean well, I think your program is about as funny as watching the president search for WMD's for the press... Counterpunch-Cindy Sheehan's Irish Interview-Sheehan to Sheehan By RONAN SHEEHAN

Cindy: Bush has poised the moral climate of my country; they [the Bush Administration] have co-opted Jesus to make it seem like Jesus would be for what's going on in Iraq. It's almost like 1984, you know? "War is peace,' "the Ministry of Truth"--we don't have a free press in our country, they're propaganda tools for our government. To me, the people of America are really good-hearted, and, really, after Camp Casey in August, the perception of this war and the perception of George Bush has changed: he's got a very low approval rating and the war has a very low approval rating. And almost two-thirds of my country agree that this war was a mistake, and they want to troops to start coming home. We're reclaiming democracy and morality. Everything I say comes from my heart--and it's the truth.

Ronan: Yes, it is. It was appalling--everything Bush does is appalling, perhaps, but it was exquisitely appalling that he should have been so frightened by one unarmed woman asking to talk to him.

The world has been "onto" Duyba well before most Americans were. They have seen his kind before...

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The Prissy Patriot is taking a little break for Bring Them Home Now activities and will return Monday, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Be sure not to miss Al Gore's speech on Monday, regarding the current Consitutional crisis in our government. Al is more impressive now than when he ran in 2000. Prissy predicts that if the main stream press does their job, it will cause quite a stir!

More about Al's speech from The Nation Gore to Address "Constitutional Crisis"

With a Congressional inquiry into Bush's repeated violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act scheduled to begin in February -- and with Bush already preparing to pitch an Nixon-style defense that suggests it is appropriate for the executive branch to violate the law when national security matters are involved --

Gore will articulate the more traditional view that reasonable checks and balances are required even in a time of war. And he will do so in a bipartisan context that will make it tougher for Republican critics to dismiss the former vice president's assertion that the Constitution is still the law of the land.

Former U.S. Representative Bob Barr, the Georgia Republican who served as one of the most conservative members of the House, plans to introduce Gore. Barr, an outspoken critic of the abuses of civil liberties contained in the USA Patriot Act critic who has devoted his post-Congressional years to defending the Bill of Rights, refers to the president's secret authorization of domestic wiretapping as "an egregious violation of the electronic surveillance laws."

Count on Gore, who has pulled few punches in the speeches he has delivered in recent months, to be at least as caustic.

Will the Superheroes finally arrive in time to save the Constitution? Stay tuned, Prissy looks forward to keeping you posted!

Good News VIA Raw Story: Jeff Miller, Former CIA general counsel states in his brief regarding NSA wiretapping

He states: On the statutory argument, it is not credible that the 2001 Authorization to Use Force provides authority for the president to ignore the requirements of FISA.

Miller then cites "the Keith" case - in which the court verfies that the Fourth Amendment is clear in allowing us to be secure in our house and papers.

He concludes his brief with telling us he is of the conclusion that such electronic surveillance must only be conducted using the FISA courts to obtain a secret warrant.

He also says the president's argument that he has such responsibilities under the Constitution as his basis for authority is weak, because he "acted in contravention to the existing statutes". Contravention means violation.

Ouch for neoRepublicans. It does not get much more clear than that. The reign is over, cause hey, the president really is not a king-no matter the few who still love him...which is maybe 8% of the population at this point. The VFW's Prissy is in contact with, certainly do not...

Here are debate points for those who say Dubya did the right thing wiretapping Americans.

1. From the Left Coaster- with links to articles.

Bush did not violate the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act)According to everything but the law?

TALKING POINT: Bush's secret, warrantless spying on Americans is consistent with FISA statutes.

FACT: Utterly and completely false. The administration has repeatedly admitted that what they did violates the FISA statutes (and so did some of its legal defenders).

TALKING POINT: The wording of the FISA statute allows the Bush administration to do what they did.

FACT: False.

TALKING POINT: FISA allows unlimited warrantless surveillance of American citizens and U.S. permanent residents ("U.S. persons").

FACT: False.

TALKING POINT: Bush's actions are not scandalous since the administration retroactively informed the FISA court about its spying.

FACT: False.

All links for "fact" answers cited on Left Coaster. Great job. Wish I had time to do similar analysis...More below, about Dubya's out of sight policies.

Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald. For the past 10 years, Glenn was a litigator in NYC specializing in First Amendment challenges (including some of the highest-profile free speech cases over the past few years), civil rights cases, and corporate and security fraud

The next section of FISA -- § 1802 -- allows warrantless eavesdropping for up to one year (provided other procedures are complied with). But it does so only for "electronic surveillance [that] is solely directed at communications" among foreign powers referred to by subsections (1)-(3) -- but not subsection (4). Thus, this authorization to conduct warrantless searches is expressly limited to communications among subsection (1)-(3) foreign governments but does not even arguably extend to subsection (4) terrorist groups.

But that does not stop Al Maviva from arguing that the Administration was allowed to engage in warrantless eavesdropping on terrorist groups pursuant to this section. To argue this, he purports to quote the authorization language of § 1802, but omits from his quotation the part of the statute which entirely negates his argument -- namely, the part which limits this authorization to subsections (1)-(3), but excludes subsection (4). Washington Post-Thursday, January 12, 2006-More Body Armor Is On the Way for U.S. Troops

The forensic study of 401 Marines who died in combat in Iraq from March 2003 to June 2005 showed that 21 died primarily from injuries to the side of their torsos. The study, completed in August 2005 by the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, concluded that those Marines might have benefited from improved protection, such as that offered by the side plates. The findings, if applied to all U.S. combat casualties, suggest that scores of deaths might have been prevented if the new side plates had been worn.

But as Granny says, do not hold your breath. We have heard this song and dance before. Remember this? "And I would -- without getting into the details, just simply say to the parents of the young people that are over there fighting for this country, that -- that they are, walking away, the best trained and the best equipped army on the face of the earth. They have what they need. They're well led. And this outcome is assured. " April 1, 2003-DOD newsbriefing by Rumsfield and General Myers

Was this someone's cruel April fool joke? Perhaps God will forgive them, as so far Prissy cannot...

Can you believe this? Prissy posts Post twice in one General Asserts Right On Self-Incrimination In Iraq Abuse Cases

Miller's decision came shortly after Col. Thomas M. Pappas, the commanding officer at Abu Ghraib, accepted immunity from prosecution this week and was ordered to testify at upcoming courts-martial. Pappas, a military intelligence officer, could be asked to detail high-level policies relating to the treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib.

He also could shed light on how abusive tactics emerged, who ordered their use and their possible connection to officials in Washington, according to lawyers and human rights advocates who have closely followed the case. Pappas has never spoken publicly. Crawford said Miller was unaware of Pappas's grant of immunity.

Unaware? Oh sure.

From CT's My Left Nutmeg Support for Bush, Iraq War Continue to Fall by: Matthew Gertz January 12, 2006

Lost in yesterday's debate over what the new Quinnipiac Poll means for Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont were these key numbers:

Going to war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do, voters say 60 - 35 percent, the lowest Connecticut support for the war in Iraq measured by Quinnipiac University.

Connecticut voters disapprove 61 - 35 percent of the job President Bush is doing, his lowest approval in the state, and disapprove 64 - 32 percent of the way the President is handling the war in Iraq.

From January 4 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,369 Connecticut registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

Maybe this poll is why Joe is thinking maybe he will act like a Democrat-for today, anyway...

From Fire Dog Lake- Great blog. Lieberman Says Filibuster is On the Table

Fearful that grassroots groups like MoveOn and DKos are organizing to oppose him in the upcoming election, Joe Lieberman has been feeling the heat. He's been meeting with the DFA hoping to keep them out of it, and Bill Scher now says that according to DFA reps he is claiming that "filibuster is definitely on the table."

It had better be, Joe. You have made liberals very angry. That is a difficult thing to do-most liberals Prissy knows are very even tempered folks.

The Register-Guard Jan 12, 2006 Former 'enemy combatant' pleads not guilty

Padilla, 35, was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in May 2002 and held at a military brig in South Carolina without criminal charges, initially on suspicion of plotting to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" inside the United States.

Guilty or innocent-the incompetence in this case knows no boundaries. Prissy is disturbed that any American or any person period-regardless of status- to be held in limbo for three years. This is inexcusable. If there was a case against him, why didn't they already present it? At least Padilla would be locked up by legally acceptable standards of imprisonment. As someone who has worked with some really bad inmates and adjudicated youth, it is hard to see how it has been okay for this to happen in the United States of America.

Ed Shultz Radio brought up an excellent point about the Alito hearings. How Alito bolted right out of the room, not bothering to comfort or even wave to his wife. His wife who burst into tears during Alito's questioning. Prissy received a phone call to warn readers about the spin on this one, from one actually watching the hearings on C-Span.

My caller, a very reliable person, said Alito's wife did not weep at the question of whether or not her husband was a bigot. She broke down only when Senator Lindsey Gramm gave his apology to the family for having to endure these hearings...this is typical corporate spin. Gramm should be ashamed of the spin he provided. He used words like "nominees should not be torn apart" blah, blah, blah. Neither should Gold Star mothers like Cindy Sheehan, Senator. Did not hear you waxing on about that, now did we?

As for the Mrs crying in hubby's job interview-Prissy says she should not watch her husband be interviewed if she finds them disturbing. This is the process!

Who amongst us would even consider sitting in on a spouse's job interview? No one would hold it against her if she sat this one out and apparently Sam wouldn't notice any way. She was amazingly well prepared for comments after the day ended for the press corps...almost like the whole thing was...well, that would just be speculation...;_ylt=AoDphM2pfpMDHctsZIEJiMiyFz4D;_ylu=X3oDMTA5aHJvMDdwBHNlYwN5bmNhdA Yahoo-(Biden Gets Brave-PP)Sen. Biden Suggests Scrapping Hearings

Biden defended Democratic senators' questions about Alito's membership in a university group, Concerned Alumni of Princeton, known for its opposition to opening the school to women and bringing in more minorities. Alito's wife, Martha-Ann Bomgardner, was moved to tears during the hearing Wednesday because of questions concerning whether her husband held any bias against women or minorities.

One more news item. Three callers in three different areas of Ohio, tell Prissy that when the recent awful simultaneous deaths of 11 Marines in Iraq was announced only during commercial news, it was not portrayed on their three individual local television news later that evening.

Soldiers are telling Prissy no problem "forgetting" about the war for a while upon their arrival home. In fact, other than an occassional yellow ribbon and Bush/Cheney sticker here in America, the war is an afterthought in the media.

Speaking of Veterans-Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Reminder: The IAVA College Tour is coming to Columbus, OH.

This Monday, our College Tour stops at Ohio State University, where you can hear me and two fellow Iraq veterans talk about our experiences during the war and coming home.

WHAT: College Tour Stop at Ohio State University

WHERE: Ohio Union Ballroom, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

WHEN: Monday, January 16th at 7 pm.

Military Families Speak Out will be welcoming them to Columbus. For more information:

More Iraq pictures-click to enlarge any picture Some of Ohio's finest Guard people

After a desert rain

Army post for soldiers, complete with Burger King

Quotes of the Day

"You know if I had nickel for every time Bush has mentioned 9/11, I could raise enough reward money to go after Bin Laden." --Jon Stewart

Former porn star, California political wannabe MARY CAREY to the Daily Show's Stephan Colbert:

I just think Republicans are very, very wealthy people. And, um, if I want to be wealthy and powerful I should hang out with them. If you play with cripples you start to limp. So I don't want to play with cripples anymore. I want to be up with the NBA players, y'know, which is Republicans.

STEVE COLBERT, wrapping up Carey interview: But today's GOP is not just for pornographers. It also embraces compulsive gamblers [photo of Bill Bennett], drug addicts [photo of Rush Limbaugh], and convicted killers [photo of Don King].