The clock is still ticking on the CIA leak case. When will it happen? The grand jury will expire in about 25 days...Prissy can promise you it is not over.
The cabal remains on message, what else can they do? Others have made plans for the post Bush days.
Look for major changes to occur for our military and its role in Iraq. The generals that have come out as never before in American history, have finally had enough.
If anyone dares decree an order for the Navy to begin another illegal war, Prissy thinks they very well could be arrested. People Prissy talks in the general public, would like to know why it hasn't been done already for hundreds of other violations.
Fitz gave us an indirect answer in his press conference in Chicago, when he said a case investigation concludes when it is ready to do so. That's as it should be...even if we wonder why it is taking so long. It will be airtight when ready-look to his previous cases should you require reassurance.
Prissy's best guess is the more the case was investigated the more hidden garbage they found. It would take a long time to package this mess for the legal process.
Besides, if Fitz for some reason to "sell out" (he won't) he then must fear a Prissy Patriot going one-one-one after his badge, "Gimme that Fitz!"
And that , Dearest Readers, should scare him more than putting away the MOB;-)
Note: Watch for the November 2, 2006, debut of HBO Special "Hacking Democracy" a film about blackboxvoting.org.
Ultimately, Bev Harris' research proved that the top-secret computerized systems counting the votes in America’s public elections are not only fallible, but also vulnerable to undetectable hacking, from local school board contests to the presidential race.
With the electronic voting machines of three companies – Diebold, ESS and Sequoia – collectively responsible for around 80 percent of America’s votes today, the stakes for democracy are high.
One of the executive producers of HACKING DEMOCRACY is Sarah Teale, whose previous HBO credits include "Dealing Dogs" and "Bellevue: Inside Out." HACKING DEMOCRACY was directed by Simon Ardizzone and Russell Michaels; produced by Simon Ardizzone, Robert Carrillo Cohen and Russell Michaels; executive producers, Earl Katz, Sarah Teale and Sian Edwards; edited by Sasha Zik. For HBO: supervising producer, John Hoffman; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.
Prissy would like to thank Robert Carrillo Cohen for reading The Prissy Patriot and his nice email.
Along with flat daddies, how about flat president too?
German counterterrorism official recently told NEWSWEEK the abduction of al-Masri was a case of “mistaken identity” by the CIA; agency officials thought he was someone else.
Grey played a key role in assisting European governments and many Western journalists to discover the CIA’s role in these and other renditions through his investigative efforts. What Grey did was to take scraps of information about planes linked to the disappearances of Islamic militants around the world and vigorously trace the aircrafts’ origins. Local journalists in Sweden, for example, acquired the tail number of a plane believed to have been involved in the mysterious abduction of an Islamic militant in Stockholm in early December 2001. (Ironically this occurred only a few days after Grey interviewed Goss.)
Using the tail number and public databases—including databases maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration—Grey eventually was able to trace the ownership and licensing of the plane to companies and air-transport operations based at an obscure airport in North Carolina. Later, Grey acquired the numbers of other suspected CIA rendition aircraft, including a Boeing 737 passenger jet. He also managed to acquire unclassified flight-plan records tracking the movements, or at least the intended movements, of the suspected CIA planes around the world. By matching the dates of suspected renditions—or known disappearances—of Islamic militants with the flight plans of CIA planes, Grey not only put together detailed chronologies of how specific renditions apparently took place, but also built up a picture of how the agency moved suspects around the world, where they moved them to and how they apparently used sites in unlikely places—such as Eastern Europe—as part of the secret operation. The Washington Post later built on the raw information assembled by Grey to produce its now famous expose of alleged CIA secret prisons in Eastern Europe, which later triggered a major CIA leak investigation under Goss’s tenure as agency director.
Dearest Readers, did you see the pathetic "flat daddies" hawked by the msm? Children of American soldiers who carry around life size photos of their parent in Iraq. Perhaps it does help the children cope a bit better.
The politicians responsible of the need for "flat daddies" should have felt sick with shame when they saw the poor substitute of cardboard fathers for these children.
If we are able to promote representative, representative government, not necessarily democracy, in a number of nations in the Middle East and bring more freedom to the people of that part of the world, it will have been a success," he said.
That distinction is crucial, according to one member of the expert working groups. "Baker wants to believe that Sunni dictators in Sunni majority states are representative," the group member, who requested anonymity, said.
Both option papers would compel America to open dialogue with Syria and Iran, two rogue states that Iraqi leaders and American military commanders say are providing arms and funds to Iraq's insurgents. "Stabilizing Iraq will be impossible without greater cooperation from Iran and Syria," the "Stability First" paper says.
The option also calls on America to solicit aid and support from the European Union and the United Nations, though both bodies in the past have spurned requests for significant aid for Iraq.
Christian Conservatives Bashed by Bush Faith not works for sure
And look what team Fitz did in Chicago, the press conference went really well. A link to it is in the article.
NBC Channel 5 Chicago (remember Fitz has two jobs-DC and Chicago) Team Fitz Indicts Again
When asked at a news conference whether the indictments were related to the upcoming elections, U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said that wasn't his concern.
"We're not going to stop the momentum or take a siesta for election season," Fitzgerald said. "We're not doing it for political reasons, and we're not going to not do it for political reasons."
Fitzgerald said an arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Rezko, but he is not in custody.
Rezko, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen, has been a fixture in Illinois politics ever since Blagojevich won the governor's office. He raised funds for the campaign and contributed more than $65,000 himself, and Blagojevich has called him a friend.
Some funny news CNN, especially for Prissy's Canadian Dearest Readers Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants
"The challenge is that marijuana plants absorb energy, heat very readily. It's very difficult to penetrate with thermal devices. ... And as a result you really have to be careful that the Taliban don't dodge in and out of those marijuana forests," he said in a speech in Ottawa, Canada.
"We tried burning them with white phosphorous -- it didn't work. We tried burning them with diesel -- it didn't work. The plants are so full of water right now ... that we simply couldn't burn them," he said. (but they tried to pp)
And..."A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those [forests] did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hiller said dryly.
;One soldier told him later: "Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I'd say 'That damn marijuana'."
BBC political editor Nick Robinson described Sir Richard's remarks as "quite extraordinary".
He said the new head of British army was "effectively saying we are making the situation worse in Iraq and worse for ourselves around the world by being in Iraq".
The comments "directly contradicted so much of what the government had said", our correspondent added.
Sir Richard might be issuing a "very public warning" to the next prime minister, he said.
In his interview, Sir Richard added that any initial tolerance "has largely turned to intolerance. That is a fact."
Well, Prissy sees the Brits have made it known Tony won't be around much longer-nor will his policies. Interesting they would take the lead, since apparently the younger America doesn't know any better. Thanks, Mother England.
Accuracy in Media Republican Gays are Closeted Dems ?
It seems appropriate to note that one of the few Republicans financially supported by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the pro-Democratic group to which Trandahl made his contributions in 2000, was Rep. Jim Kolbe. Was the first "openly gay" Republican member of Congress a closeted Democrat as well? It's certainly the case that he started acting more like a Democrat once his secret life was exposed. He has, for example, become a prominent advocate of gays in the military and has denounced the proposed federal amendment protecting traditional marriage.
It is also beyond dispute that the current scandalous state of affairs will outlive the Foley scandal unless the secret network of bludgeon and blackmail is exposed.
An investigation of Kolbe, 64, is obviously warranted. He may be retiring from Congress, but his camping trip with 17-year-old male pages seems to be at least as questionable as the Foley Internet messages. Let's hope knee-jerk Republican defenders don't try to defend that trip as just a "friendly" excursion.
It's early in the probe, but we may be looking at emerging evidence of a homosexual recruitment ring that operated on Capitol Hill. It's time to get beyond partisan politics and follow the evidence wherever it leads. Our media should not be intimidated by charges of "gay bashing." They must lead the way in getting to the bottom of this terrible abuse of power.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A new compromise U.S. draft resolution retains stringent economic and weapons sanctions against North Korea but makes clear the measures do not include military force, according to a text circulated to U.N. Security Council members on Thursday.
In an effort to meet objections from China and Russia, the draft resolution, obtained by Reuters, eliminates a blanket arms embargo but bans heavy conventional weapons, like armored combat vehicles, attack helicopters, warships and missiles.
Still, the resolution retains a controversial provision that allows nations to inspect cargo to and from North Korea to prevent trafficking in nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and related materials. But the measure now says such action should be "cooperative" without elaborating.
Henry Rollins writes to the FCC, rather funny. Don't watch if bad language offends you.
"Ney signed papers a month ago admitting to charges of conspiracy and making false statements, acknowledging that he had deprived the public of his honest services.
"The Ohio congressman says he took tens of thousands of dollars worth of trips, sports tickets, campaign contributions, meals and casino chips in exchange for legislation and public statements supporting Abramoff's clients and a foreign businessman.
"With the Justice Department recommending 27 months behind bars for Ney, the congressman may announce his decision to step down when he appears before U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, an appointee of President Clinton.
Hat tip to Night Owl Venezuela: Enchilada of Evil
Besides, it's not clear at all which side the Venezuelan air force would fight on if it came to a war with the US. Nobody noticed this story, but back in August there was a weird little scandal where Venezuelan Customs caught US diplomats smuggling chicken parts and ejector seats into the country in diplomatic bags: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5288214.stm
I have to admit, the notion of smuggling chicken parts into the land of arroz con pollo made me laugh. Talk about Pollo Loco! Maybe they wanted to start a new franchise, Pollo Rumsfeldo, a top-secret program to alter the genetic makeup of Venezuelan poultry to make them more likely to vote for free-market candidates, just in case chickens ever get the vote down there. That would be about par for our secret-agent games down there, given the disastrous coup we tried pulling off a few years ago.
Now the ejector seats, that made a little more sense, although I'd love to see the diplomatic bag the State Department hid them in. I always thought these diplomatic bags were actual bags that overpaid Yalies in the Foreign Service walked through Customs in attache cases chained to their wrists, but any Ivy League grad who could carry an ejector seat past a bunch of scowling Venezuelan cops not only has balls of steel but biceps like the Hulk. So I guess "diplomatic bag" can mean anything you can load onto a C-17.
Anyway, what those smuggled ejector seats really mean is that somebody in the US Embassy in Caracas, probably a "Defense Attache" (ie DIA or CIA agent) has some friends in the Venezuelan air force who asked him to do them a big favor. See, the Venezuelan AF may have to take orders, for the moment, from this Commie loudmouth Chavez, but that doesn't mean they like him.
A four-month long Institute for Policy Studies investigation by freelance journalist Daniel Forbes details political malfeasance, the misuse of public funds and the inappropriate use of government resources in Ohio. The effort has been aided by federal officials, including President Bush's publicly announced nominee to be deputy director of the White House drug czar's office (since confirmed), and a senior U.S. Senate staffer. The drug czars of Florida and Michigan and a senior Drug Enforcement Administration agent also participated in the scheme.
Ohio officials consulted with and enlisted the aid of the wife of the former finance chair of the Republican National Committee, who herself has played a key political role for Jeb Bush, as well as several taxpayer-supported, staunch anti-drug organizations, including the supposedly apolitical Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
The Partnership was slated to produce TV ads to sway public opinion in favor of the Ohio drug-policy status quo. Its four top executives advised the Taft administration during a day-long strategy session hosted by that Senate staffer and held in the U.S. Capitol building itself. A representative of New York-based treatment provider Phoenix House and one from the federally supported Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America also attended.
A mid-October strategy session held at the governor's residence in Columbus was attended by 19 senior officials and private executives from Ohio, Michigan and Florida. (A similar referendum will likely be on the ballot in Michigan; in Florida, proponents have postponed their effort.) Obtained through Ohio's Freedom of Information process, a five-page memo summarizing the day's thinking features such overt political exhortations as: "Beat the Initiative back in the entire country, not just in each state."
Nothing gets in their way, does it?
ITN News UK Terry Lloyd 'unlawfully killed by US forces'
ITV News journalist Terry Lloyd was "unlawfully killed by US forces" when he was shot dead in southern Iraq, his inquest has concluded.
The veteran reporter was killed alongside French cameraman Fred Nerac and Lebanese translator Hussein Osman in the early days of the Iraq war in March 2003. Daniel Demoustier, 44, was the only survivor of the four-man ITN team.
Mr Lloyd got caught up in US and Iraqi crossfire near Basra and was shot in the back.
As he was taken away for treatment, US forces opened fire on the minibus he was travelling in and shot him in the head.
Another case of our bad ones shaming us all, again. Kept dropping the recruiting standards until we get ones who should be in jail. Ones that do these senseless acts, well they will end up there when they return even if they don't get caught for their war behaviors.
Because we have put Iraq into such a state of lawlessness, these horrible incidents will continue until we leave. Thanks again, neocon man.
ITN News UK Army chief defends Iraq pullout comments
Colonel Tim Collins, one of the most senior officers in Iraq in 2003, said Sir Richard had given a "refreshing and very honest insight into what the Army generally feel".
Messages posted on the Army Rumour Service website included: "The most impressive comments I have heard from someone of his seniority for a long time" and "I am thoroughly heartened by this and have the beginnings of a thaw in the cynicism which has dogged my service thinking since 2003".
A Ministry of Defence spokesman added: "We have a clear strategy in Iraq.
"We are there with our international partners, in support of the democratically elected Government of Iraq, under a clear UN mandate."
Colonels, Four star Generals, everyone who has served with distinction-still over ruled by those who have not. Keep speaking out soldiers, it is your duty.
Bishop William Franklin said the diocese was left with no other alternative to settle more than two dozen claims against priests accused of sexual abuse of children. He said the move would ensure the financial health of the church.
"While providing just and fair compensation to victims/survivors, we also believe that the decision to reorganize is the best way in which we will be able to continue the Church's mission," Franklin wrote in a letter to members posted on the diocese Web site.
The Davenport diocese joins Portland, Ore., Spokane, Wash., and Tucson, Ariz. Like those diocese and others nationwide, Davenport has been hit hard by allegations that its leaders either knew or should have known about its priests' misconduct with young boys and girls, yet failed to discipline them.
Since 2004, the diocese has paid more than $10.5 million to resolve dozens of claims filed against priests, including a $9 million settlement reached with 37 victims in fall 2004. Since then, the diocese or former priests under its supervision have been held liable by juries in civil trials
Penny wise and pound foolish...had they not been covering the pedophile priests for God only knows how long, they would not be in this predicament.
For years it was taboo for US leaders to speak with the Palestinian Liberation Organization - so much so that Andrew Young lost his job as US ambassador to the United Nations for doing just that. Kemp remembered Alexander Haig's first Middle East trip as secretary of state, when Mr. Haig's insistence that he wouldn't stop in Damascus became the trip's major topic.
The seesaw tipped by the time Clinton took office when PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, having renounced the doctrine of Israel's destruction, was a repeat visitor to the White House and "official visits to Damascus were almost every hour on the hour," Kemp quips.
In a news conference Wednesday President Bush fielded questions about his refusal to directly engage with Kim Jong Il's regime, saying the Clinton administration's approach "just didn't work."
Clinton administration officials refute this. Ms. Albright said in a statement Wednesday that "through our policy of constructive engagement, the world was safer" because North Korea did not develop new nuclear weapons or proceed to a nuclear test. Former Clinton Defense Secretary William Perry said it's a "lost cause" for the the US to try to deal with North Korea unless it agrees to one-on-one talks
And if you don't talk, they throw tantrums or missles at you...stupid Dubya.
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A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.--Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)
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