Monday, August 21, 2006

Surviving Treason

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"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.

An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist."” - Marcus Cicero, speaking to Caesar and the Roman Senate

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Yahoo News see TruthOut article bottom same topic

Calendar studied in CIA leak case

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has investigated whether Bush administration officials intentionally revealed Plame's identity as a one-time CIA covert operative to punish her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, for criticizing the administration's march to war with Iraq.

When contacted at home Monday night, Woodward declined to discuss his meeting with Armitage or the identity of his source in the CIA leak case. Instead, he referred to his statement last year that he had a "casual and offhand" discussion about Plame with an unidentified administration official in mid-June 2003.

A person familiar with the information prosecutors have gathered, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the material remains sealed, said Woodward's meeting with the confidential source was June 13, 2003.

The calendar released to the AP is the first confirmation that Woodward and Armitage met during the key time in the CIA leak case that was the focus of Fitzgerald's probe.

Yahoo News Teacher's radical 9/11 views raise red flags

Those sort of defenses seem like a cop-out to Steve Nass, the Wisconsin state representative who has led the charge against Barrett and gained 61 signatures from other legislators for a resolution calling for his dismissal.

"I have no problem with discussion on unpopular ideas in the classroom, but substantiate what you're talking about," Representative Nass says. "This isn't academic freedom. This person can't substantiate his views."

The legislature is on recess until January, but if Barrett is rehired, Nass says he'll introduce a proposal to cut funding to the administration.

Barrett says he's surprised at the uproar, which began when he aired some of his views on a popular state radio show. He understands that they are divisive, although he points to a recent Zogby poll showing that 42 percent of Americans believe they were not told the whole truth about 9/11 as evidence of growing acceptance. He disagrees that they're unsubstantiated, citing experts who have looked into Mr. Wellstone's plane crash, Bin Laden and what could have caused the Twin Towers to fall.

Well, Prissy doesn't know about the Wellstone plane crash-but only a fool rejects a premise without looking at the evidence. Representative Nass would be one such fool.

Haaretz- Israel Colleges in north: One-fifth of students cancel enrollment for 2007

Colleges in the north said that around 20 percent of students who intended to start studying in October canceled their application after the war in Lebanon, Israel Radio said on Sunday.

Heads of six colleges in the Galilee called on the government to help students and award them with special scholarships to fund their studies.

According to the college officials, the students had to cancel their applications because many of them could not find summer jobs to support their tuition, after rocket fire left streets and shops deserted in the Galilee.

Tell Prissy how war accomplishes what in these modern times? Bombing us back to the stone age?

Randy's Rag, a Canadian reader and Prissy's friend and fellow blogger. The Sheriff Runs for Cover Rag's Magazine- No Sacrifice Is Too Great For Others To Make. - The Bush Credo

Neo-cons generally tend to be "philosophically" opposed to anything that doesn't fit their ideology, like warming and evolution. Unfortunately, science and reality trump ideology and denial won't make the real world go away. Harper would like people to think his non appearance is the result of a scheduling conflict with his trip to the NWT - the fact is this conference had been planned for years and his trip couldn't have been planned until he became temporarily "acting" Prime Minister. As Dr. Keith Martin, liberal foreign affairs critic and surgeon said in a statement:

" is reprehensible that with 40 million people infected worldwide, and 14 million orphans, Stephen Harper and his new Conservative Government have chosen to stick their heads in the sand and ignore this problem.

BBC Flashback- Now didn't Dubya warn us "'bout terrists" again, today? Prissy guesses it comes and goes with him...Bush dismisses al-Qaeda warning

US President George W Bush has brushed aside demands from Osama Bin Laden's deputy that the US leave Iraq, saying the US would "complete the job" there.

Ayman al-Zawahri warned that there would be further violence unless the US and its allies withdrew from Iraq.

His comments were made in a videotape broadcast on the Arab satellite television network al-Jazeera.

Mr Bush dismissed Zawahri's ideology as "dark, dim and backwards" and said Iraqis wanted to live in freedom.

Scotsman Israeli attack leaves truce in tatters as peacekeepers arrive

The ceasefire in war-torn Lebanon was last night on the brink of collapse after Israeli special forces clashed with guerrillas deep inside the country and only a handful of United Nations peacekeepers trickled into the region.

Israeli jets and commandos launched the first major attack on Hezbollah since the 34-day war between the two sides was halted by a UN-imposed truce on Monday. Three guerrillas and one Israeli officer were killed. Click to learn more...

The Lebanese prime minister Fouad Siniora described yesterday's attack as a "naked violation" of the ceasefire as the first troops to reinforce the international peacekeeping force in the country arrived.

NW Herald Dying soldier feels 'lucky' to say goodbye

I could have gotten killed while I was over there and not gotten to say goodbye to my family," said Spanton of Bloomington. "This way, I'm lucky. How many people get to say goodbye to their kids, their wife and their family? You don't like the short time frame, but it's at least a time frame."

Spanton lived with the risk of dying every day while serving with the Special Forces in Iraq, where he says he was shot at by insurgents, sent to mine fields to disarm explosives, and once had a rocket-propelled grenade pass within feet of him.

The former ROTC instructor returned home safe on Memorial Day, but within days, he was hospitalized with a mysterious illness. Doctors later diagnosed him with cancer of the liver bile ducts and now say he has six months to live.

CNN Bush: Leaving Iraq now would be a 'disaster'

"A war is not a time of joy," he said. "These are not joyous times. These are challenging times and they're difficult times. And they're straining the psyche of our country. I understand that."

But defeat is unacceptable, he said.

"Chaos in Iraq would be unsettling in the region," he said. "Leaving before the job is done would be a disaster."

"I hear a lot of talk about civil war. I'm concerned about that, of course," Bush said, citing Iraq as part of what he called "a global war on terror."

Hey Dubya, try "I was wrong to have convinced the American people that attacking Iraq was the right thing to do. And as a result of my reckless actions, which in reality met long held goals, I apologize for ruining the middle east for generations yet to come." But he'll never say all that.

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Yahoo, from August 10, 2006 Bush seeks political gains from foiled plot

While some Democrats have opposed some steps in the war on terrorism, and more and more are calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, no major figures in the party have called for a wholesale retreat in the broader conflict.

But Bush's Republicans hoped the raid would yield political gains.

"I'd rather be talking about this than all of the other things that Congress hasn't done well," one Republican congressional aide told AFP on condition of anonymity because of possible reprisals.

"Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big," said another White House official, who also spoke on condition of not being named, adding that some Democratic candidates won't "look as appealing" under the circumstances.

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia Lebanon troops needed urgently: Bush

"The need is urgent," Mr Bush said of the peacekeeping force. He urged that they "deploy as quickly as possible to keep the peace".

The Lebanese Government has estimated the damage from the war will cost $US3.6 billion to repair. A donors' conference is expected to be held next week in Stockholm and a second meeting may be held to plan rebuilding Lebanon's shattered infrastructure. "America will do our part; it will assist the new international force with logistic support, command and control, communications and intelligence," Mr Bush said.

Speaking of Dubya's wonderful diplomatic skills...from Ottawa RadioIran Will Ignore U.N. Deadline

The country's supreme commander Ayatollah Ali Khameni says Iran will continue to pursue nuclear technology. The U.N. Security Council had given Iran an August 31st deadline to halt enriching uranium, or face the threat of economic and political sanctions.

However, Khameni says he has already decided to continue uranium enrichment for use in nuclear energy.

CNN Poll: Opposition to Iraq war at all-time high

Just 35 percent of 1,033 adults polled say they favor the war in Iraq; 61 percent say they oppose it -- the highest opposition noted in any CNN poll since the conflict began more than three years ago.

Despite the rising opposition to the war, President Bush said the U.S. will not withdraw from Iraq while he is president.

"In this case, it would give the terrorists and extremists an additional tool besides safe haven, and that is revenues from oil sales," the president said. "Leaving before the job is done would be a disaster," he said. (Full story)

What a press conference-Dubya back peddling on the "unAmericans" against his war. How long does he think he can continue to defy us?

Truth Out Indictment Still Sealed, Fitzgerald Still Busy By Jason Leopold and Marc Ash

A two-month investigation undertaken by Truthout into the circumstances that led to Karl Rove's alleged exoneration in the leak probe has once again put the spotlight back on Sealed vs. Sealed, the heading under which 06 cr 128 was filed in US District Court between May 10 and May 17.

During numerous interviews with Truthout, sources with direct knowledge of the behind-the-scenes legal wrangling in the CIA leak case said the indictment specifically relates to the 2½-year-old leak probe. Other sources who have also been involved in the investigation confirmed this information.

The sources said that it was Karl Rove who led Fitzgerald's office to additional documentary evidence that was not turned over to the Special Prosecutor's staff in the early days of the investigation.

With Rove cooperating, the probe has once again shifted, and the focus now is on another high-level official in the executive branch: Vice President Dick Cheney.

Dearest Readers it is coming, oh yes- the day will come.

Fitz, Prissy greatly admires your bravery. There is no doubts here about any case you and your staff have put together is less than ironclad. The world will look forward all of this coming out into the open for public scrutiny.

Quotes of the Day

He's senile...that poor old man. "Terrorists are waiting for the Democrats here to take control, let things cool off and then strike again." -- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), quoted by the Salt Lake Tribune.

There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.-- Louis Pasteur

Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.-- Plato, The Republic

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.-- William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)