Are your bellies stuffed, Dearest fellow American readers?
Prissy supports the troops and she fed some today! Fortunately, they were not in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Some of the young at Prissy's Thanksgiving this year that are not soldiers, don't plan to be drafted into Dubya's service. They've heard what it's like in Iraq and believe college is much better option than getting shot at.
By the way, Prissy didn't just call the troops on the phone, Dubya...and the turkey for them wasn't part of a fake photo op.
The president spoke with two members each from the Army, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy, said White House spokeswoman Jeanie Mamo. He asked them to send greetings to their parents.
Overlooking National Guard duty again, Mr. Bush?
IHT November 14, 2006 Document shows Bush guided CIA on detention
The contents of the documents were not revealed, but one document, as described by the ACLU, is "a directive signed by President Bush granting the CIA the authority to set up detention facilities outside the United States and outlining interrogation methods that may be used against detainees."
The second document, according to the group is a Justice Department legal analysis "specifying interrogation methods that the CIA may use against top Al Qaeda members."
National Public Radio Listening in on Detainee Hearings
At his tribunal, Nechla heard the accusations against him: that he is a suspected terrorist with ties to an Algerian armed Islamic group, and that he is suspected of having links to al-Qaida. Other allegations against Nechla include having an alias.
Nechla asks for four witnesses to appear at his hearing. Three are other Guantanamo detainees with whom he was arrested. The fourth is his supervisor at the Red Crescent Society in Bosnia. The tribunal president says there's been a problem locating the supervisor in Sarajevo.
The military panel questions Nechla about his schooling, his friends, work and the organizations he belonged to. The panel asks him if he was associated with al-Qaida or had ever traveled to Afghanistan. Nechla professes his innocence regularly to the military officers, and he challenges them on the tribunal process. Only a small fraction of the detainees who went before the tribunal have been found not to be enemy combatants.
"So I just want to ask, have you found anyone innocent yet?'" Nechla asks through a translator. "And if you haven't, there's no need for these tribunals. Just say everyone is an enemy combatant."
AZ Star Terror trial policy challenged Eight former attorneys general file court papers against Bush decision
Some of the eight attorneys named in the document are now in private practice and represent detainees at the military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Most served under President Clinton, though the list includes former U.S. Attorneys W. Thomas Dillard and Anton R. Valukas, who served under President Ronald Reagan.
"The existing criminal justice system is more than up to the task of prosecuting and bringing to justice those who plan or attempt terrorist acts within the United States — without sacrificing any of the rights and protections that have been the hallmarks of the American legal system for more than 200 years," the attorneys wrote.
Oakland Tribune-here comes the first big hit! Burlingame attorney prepares for Plame case Arguing lawsuit for Valerie Plane and Joseph Wilson could be his highest-profile action yet
At his office last week, Cotchett picked up a 5-inch- thick binder that he had just received from the defendants in the case. It contained motions to dismiss the lawsuit based on executive privilege.
Leaning forward in his chair, Cotchett assessed the magnitude of the case.
"It's going to be the case of the next year," Cotchett said. "It's going to be the case that everybody watches, because it involves fundamental constitutional issues. It goes right to the heart of our national security."
In the suit, the Wilsons charge that their rights under the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution were violated, because they were allegedly punished for exercising their right to free speech and treated unequally under the law.
According to the complaint, Libby and his codefendants destroyed Plame's career by "intentionally or at least with deliberate indifference ... eliminating the secrecy of her status that was essential to her continuing to perform in her job."
And wham for the second big hit...ReutersRumsfeld okayed abuses says former U.S. general
Karpinski, who ran the prison until early 2004, said she saw a memorandum signed by Rumsfeld detailing the use of harsh interrogation methods.
"The handwritten signature was above his printed name and in the same handwriting in the margin was written: "Make sure this is accomplished"," she told Saturday's El Pais.
"The methods consisted of making prisoners stand for long periods, sleep deprivation ... playing music at full volume, having to sit in uncomfortably ... Rumsfeld authorized these specific techniques."
The Geneva Convention says prisoners of war should suffer "no physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion" to secure information.
News.com AU Spy poison drama sparks contamination alert
"He fought this regime and this regime got him. If we let this go, if we go about our business as usual, this regime will get to all of us," said Walter Litvinenko, who still lives in Russia.
- In Moscow, Mr Putin stunned British diplomats when he said Mr Litvinenko did not die a violent death.
The brits are not the only ones stunned by such a callous statement.
The Nation The Odd Attack on Dean
Amid Democratic postelection celebrating, there was a bizarre outburst: a malicious attack launched by James Carville against Howard Dean, chair of the Democratic National Committee, demanding his ouster. Carville's freakish initiative was bogus in every way. He has the same influence in party affairs as any other talking head on CNN--that is, none. In a year when the Democrats achieved their first real Congressional victory since 1992, Carville accused Dean of losing seats by not devoting more money to close House races.
The Ragin' Cajun was promptly stuffed. Don Fowler, former state party chair of South Carolina, observed: "Asking Dean to step down now, after last week, is equivalent to asking Eisenhower to resign after the Normandy invasion." Senator Harry Reid, the new majority leader, rallied to Dean too. "I didn't support his running for the chair of the DNC," Reid said. "I was wrong. He was right: I support his grassroots Democratic Party-building."
Carville's reckless foray, joined by pollster Stanley Greenberg, is worthy of comment only because the two are picking a fight that reflects the deep, potentially explosive fault-line in the party: the battle for control between old and new. Carville speaks for yesterday's failed politics--the Clinton years. Dean represents a more promising future with his aggressive efforts to rebuild a fifty-state party that grows from the grassroots up.
Admit DLC wing, you don't like Dr. Dean because the only interests he represents are for We the People...and that certainly isn't who the DLC represents. Just ask Paul Hackett how the DLC treats those who won't play for pay...
The real problem in Iraq-flashback Jan 2005 UK TimesEl Salvador-style 'death squads' to be deployed by US against Iraq militants
Hit squads would be controversial and would probably be kept secret.
The experience of the so-called “death squads” in Central America remains raw for many even now and helped to sully the image of the United States in the region.
Then, the Reagan Administration funded and trained teams of nationalist forces to neutralise Salvadorean rebel leaders and sympathisers. Supporters credit the policy with calming the insurgency, although it left a bitter legacy and stirred anti-American sentiment.
John Negroponte, the US Ambassador in Baghdad, had a front-row seat at the time as Ambassador to Honduras from 1981-85.
TruthOut via MyWay News White House Hopefuls Vary on Iraq Policy
"I believe victory is still attainable," the Arizona Republican says. "But without additional combat forces we will not win this war."
In carefully scripted language, McCain then adds: "If the country does not have the will to do what it takes to win in Iraq - send in more forces - then US troops should not be made to serve more tours of duty."
"As troubling as it is, I can ask a young Marine to go back to Iraq," he said last week. "What I cannot do is ask him to return to Iraq, to risk life and limb, so that we might delay our defeat for a few months or a year. That is more to ask than patriotism requires."
"It would be immoral, and I could not do it," the former Vietnam prisoner of war added.
Yeah, John and we "won" Vietnam too. John still will not face the fact that superior fire power and resources will not beat down the truth; which is that we shouldn't be there.
DW World, Germany "There Is Good and Evil in Every Nation"
You worked for the German Foreign Service in Shanghai during the war, and then you were posted as a radio attaché to Tokyo, where you stayed until shortly after the Japanese surrender. Having witnessed Japanese aggression in China, how did that make you feel about Japan?
The Japanese are difficult to understand. Many could not admit that their own countrymen committed such atrocities, but they wanted to know about it. The Rabe diaries were published in Japan, and the book was enormously successful. Probably because it was a day-to-day account of what happened, and it did not condemn the Japanese as a people.
There was one chapter of the Rabe diaries that appeared in German, but was dropped by the American publisher and never translated into English. I describe the bestialities that were committed in the name of Imperial Japan as part of the human condition. Perhaps Rabe summed it up best, "There is good and evil in every nation. The brave and the criminal. In war unfortunately, criminality always rises to the surface."
Ireland Online 160 die in Baghdad bomb attacks
Leaders from all main communities, including Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Sunni Vice President, made a televised appeal for calm, a step last taken in February when the bombing of a major Shi'ite shrine, blamed on al Qaeda, launched a wave of sectarian bloodshed that has not abated. Two men scream in anguish as they wait to collect the remains of their brother who was killed in today's attack
"We call for people to act responsibly and to stand together to calm the situation," a joint statement read.
A further 257 people were wounded in the series of blasts in the capital's Sadr City slum, police said.
The blasts came at the same time as gunmen surrounded and fired on the Shia-run Health Ministry in one of the boldest daylight assaults by militants in Baghdad. Mortars later crashed down on a nearby Sunni enclave in an apparent reprisal attack.
The french papers did not once refer to the attacks in Baghdad as being perpetrated by al-Qaeda...
International Herald Tribune Oil prices fall in response to U.S. supply increase
LONDON: Oil prices fell for a second day Thursday in response to rising U.S. supplies of crude.
Light sweet crude for January delivery fell 38 cents to US$58.86 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 1515GMT.
Trading was expected to be thin as the Nymex was closed for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.
Toronto Sun Spy leaves egg on U.S. faces
Mohamed worked his triple-cross as U.S. authorities were -- Lance argues -- distracted with inner-politics, their own lives, the mob and even a horiffic murder. But more than he does with anyone else, Lance points an accusing finger at celebrated U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who directed the FBI's elite bin Laden squad, which, Lance argues, allowed Mohamed to remain an active al-Qaida agent.
Lance writes Fitzgerald and other top officials ignored important al-Qaida-related evidence, including proof in 1996 of a liquid-based airliner bomb -- a precursor to last August's plot revealed by British intelligence.
Lance pinpoints how, in 1991, the FBI, knowing of a New Jersey mail box store with direct links to al-Qaida, failed to keep it under watch. Just six years later, two of the 9/11 hijackers got their fake IDs at the same location.
Mohamed himself had come to the FBI's attention in 1989, when the agency's Special Operations Group photographed a cell of his trainees firing AK-47s at a Long Island shooting range. The bureau would drop that investigation -- as it would in many other cases involving the terror spy.
Apparently, Peter Lance thinks Fitz should have been willing to use illegal methods of evidence collection. Maybe Lance is helping boost Scooter's defense fund, since they are chums...perhaps Lance has a problem with Fitzgerald's "sexiest man" status. Now we all know how often the "antler issue" comes into these sorts of things...
Prissy could have held that against Fitz too-she was looking for substance, not style in the special prosecutor handling the CIA leak case. Who was this Patrick Fitzgerald?
Well, the sexiest man status does not impress when one is looking for intelligence, credibility and performance. However, a reading of Fitzgerald's previous cases more than prove his substance and dedication to justice. His long history of solving difficult cases is very impressive-as are his writing/argumentative skills. So knock off the "did I insult her Fitzie" stuff, Peter...
To be fair, Lance has uncovered more information about Able Danger. Let's hope some good can come out of the tedious research he claims to have done for his book.
Prissy thinks he just put Fitz on the cover of his book to garner some free attention, bound to have the opposite effect when Fitz convicts Peter's friends...
Just because Lance claims to have used copious documentation, doesn't mean he didn't use the Cheney cherry-pick method. What does that mean? Well, just ask dead-eye Dick about his "pre-war intelligence" reports...
And timing is everything-here comes Peter's book to question special prosecutor Fitzgerald's remarkable abilities- just at the time when Scooter's trial is about to begin? Hmm...
Prissy believes she has figured out what Fitz' strategy is on this case, but it is in part based on the element of surprise and won't give anything away. He may be maddenly slow to us-but his method is intentionally and agonizingly slow to those criminals in his sights. And when Fitz is done with Scooter- Prissy has a feeling that a pardon will not be a question-or an answer.
Booman Tribune Peter Lance, Crisscrossed by Larry Johnson
Here’s the truth—there is not one document, piece of court evidence, or retired FBI agent that supports the claim that in the year prior to the bombing of the US Embassies in East Africa Ali Mohamed was recorded stating his intent to attack those embassies. Not one. You see, clever Peter uses the benefit of hindsight to insist that law enforcement officers and prosecutors only had to look and listen to see the threat. If they had listened to wiretaps they might have heard something. If they had kept tighter rein on Ali Mohamed he might have spilled the beans. Yes, and if Peter was not such a cheap shot artist he might have written a book worth reading.
Peter’s venom spewed at Patrick Fitzgerald is particularly crazy. Consider the following claim by Lance: How was it that Fitzgerald, the man Vanity Fair described as the bin Laden "brain," possessing "scary smart" intelligence, had not connected the dots and ordered the same kind of "perch" or "plant" to watch Sphinx that the Bureau had used against Gotti? >
Well, for starters, prosecutors in the United States are not like prosecutors in France. Fitzgerald and other junior prosecutors do not have the luxury of waking up each morning and deciding on their own to follow a hunch. Moreover, they normally don’t direct Federal investigations. The investigative part is handled by FBI agents who run field offices. They collect evidence until they have a case put together that enables them to secure an indictment or an arrest warrant and then the prosecutor gets involved. Once again, Peter misses a basic fact that anyone who has watched Law and Order already knows.
What we do know about Patrick Fitzgerald is that he succeeded in putting terrorists behind jail without violating the Constitution or torturing a soul. He deserves better than to be attacked by a lightweight like Lance. If you are planning to buy Peter’s new book I suggest you get a big box of Kosher or Sea Salt. You’ll need to take more than a grain of salt to get thru Peter’s mess.
Speaking in the House of Commons during Question period, Graham said Harper and his staff "refused to tell the press about meetings and actions" during the Asian trip.
"Canadians have the right to know what's going on," the Opposition leader said, "and to be informed by a free press."
Reporters travelling with Harper in Vietnam had said they only learned about a meeting between the prime minister and President Hu Jintao of China in an e-mail sent 12 hours later. The usual practice on foreign trips of briefing a "pool reporter" who shares information with all media outlets was not followed.
Dubya and Putin rubbing off on the conservative Harper? Prissy hears they too, don't care much for media they cannot control.
Der Spiegel Firemen Turn on Police in Paris Demonstration
Firemen and police usually stand united as fellow civil servants. Not in Paris, where a stand-off between thousands of fire fighters and their police counterparts resulted in injury, property damage and chaos in the French capital.
A demonstration of firefighters in Paris turned violent on Tuesday. And vulgar. Police say fifteen officers were wounded and two are in serious condition after protesters hurled flares, street signs and other heavy objects at them. A police vehicle, another car and several trash cans were also set ablaze. Thirty-five firemen have been taken into custody.
Interesting case NEWS & VIEWS
On July 27, 2006, we filed suit in federal court in Wichita, Kansas against the Department of Defense for war crimes and the wrongful death of Major Jack G. Farr in Viet Nam 41 years ago. We attached evidence to show that he and 45 other pilots were sent on an intentional suicide mission by LBJ for the sole purpose of escalating the war in Viet Nam. The suit also brings claims that we have been illegally spied on without good cause and without a warrant. For the past two years, we tried numerous times to resolve these matters through our government leaders, including Congressman Todd Tiahrt, Senator Pat Roberts, Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales, and President Bush when he came to Kansas last year, all to no avail. A copy of this lawsuit is posted at www.assocforhonestattys.com, click on "Supporting Documents - Case # 3."
British authorities said large quantities of polonium 210, a radioactive isotope, had been discovered in Alexander Litvinenko's body. Police were studying how it got there and experts searched for traces of it at several locations.
"You may succeed in silencing one man. But a howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life," the ex-spy said in a statement read out by friends in front of the London hospital where he died overnight of organ failure.
"May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people."
The dead man's allegation that Moscow sent agents to murder him, in what would be the first such killing in the West since the Cold War, overshadowed Putin at an EU summit in Helsinki. Putin said there was no evidence his government had killed him.
Prosecutors in Rome have launched an investigation into claims that Silvio Berlusconi tried to electronically rig Italy's April general election. The claims are contained in an investigative report released today in video form with a weekly political review, Il Diario.
The election marked the first time that electronic voting machines were used in Italy, not to do the initial counting but to collate results arrived at by manual counting at the different polling stations.
Italian prosecutors, Prissy has some friends you may want to talk to about those voting machines...
Foreign Policy in Focus The List: Who Will Replace John Bolton? The list of potentials, see the site for complete bio's
The Front-Runner-Jim Leach, Republican congressman from Iowa,Paula Dobriansky, U.S. under secretary of state for global affairs and democracy,Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq,Lincoln Chafee, Republican U.S. senator from Rhode Island,Dennis Hastert, Republican congressman from Illinois, and John Bolton, of course...
Why he won’t: Bolton is wildly unpopular, not just among U.N. bureaucrats and U.S. Democrats, but among some Republicans, too. Confrontational, abrasive, and not afraid of using intimidating tactics, he hasn’t made many friends during his tenure in New York. The incoming chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Delaware Democrat Joe Biden, says he sees no point in considering Bolton’s nomination again.
Well now Joe, dumping Bolton is something we can both agree on. Bolton is such a kook, no surprise Dubya likes him...
The forgotten war-Afgahnistan Children of War
Must see, pictures taken by an American soldier in Afgahnistan last week. Another country laid to waste, the only progress being demonstrated is damaged infrastructure...Thank you to the Coastie mom who sent these from Ohio Military Families Speak Out
Joanna Francis blog Israeli Snipers Killing U.S. Troops in Iraq?
Israelis freely move among US and UK troops in Iraq, and have access to top-level US intelligence. Until July 2003, the head of all US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan was General Tommy Franks, a Zionist Jew. (He is now on the board of directors for Bank of America.) On November 7, 2006 another Zionist Jew became a principle liaison between Mossad and US forces in Iraq: Major General Richard F. Natonski of the Marine Corps. His title is Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations.
Because of this access, the “insurgents” (i.e., Mossad agents) know exactly where US vehicles will be and who will be inside them. This allows them to target for maximum false flag effect.
For example, on July 23, 2005, a detachment of 19 female US Marines was sent to Fallujah to check Iraqi women for bombs. An IED blew up their truck. Two of the young American women were killed, five were critically wounded, and four were captured. The bodies of the four captured women turned up later in a garbage dump with their throats cut. Americans were outraged. Islamic clerics insisted that only Israelis could be so cold-blooded. And who was in charge of US forces in Fallujah at the time? None other than Major General Natonski, the Mossad liaison.
Americans are supposed to believe that rag-tag “insurgents” use IEDs powerful enough to kill three US troops per day, on average. An American soldier even set up a blog on how “Intel” is betraying and targeting US troops. But sometimes Mossad bomb-makers accidentally blow themselves up in Iraq.
While Prissy doesn't care for the term "Zionist Jew", we can and should read this article with a grain of salt. File it for later. Israeli government should be aware most Americans are suspecious of the false flag MO, by now. We've heard it so many times; is it prejudicial rumor or gut-wrenching truth? Should it be true, it is only a matter of time until perpetrators are caught in the act...
The Defense Department tightened its procedures earlier this year to ensure that only material related to actual terrorist threats — and not peaceable First Amendment activity — was included in the database.
The head of the office that runs the military database, which is known as Talon, said Monday that material on antiwar protests should not have been collected in the first place.
“I don’t want it, we shouldn’t have had it, not interested in it,” said Daniel J. Baur, the acting director of the counterintelligence field activity unit, which runs the Talon program at the Defense Department. “I don’t want to deal with it.”
Mr. Baur said that those operating the database had misinterpreted their mandate and that what was intended as an antiterrorist database became, in some respects, a catch-all for leads on possible disruptions and threats against military installations in the United States, including protests against the military presence in Iraq.
Military personnel spying on own their parents anti-war activities...Hey kids, why not just call home and ask why your parents wish to save your lives? We didn't raise you to be law breakers, you know.
In Gaza, Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas confirmed the offer of Palestinian factions to halt their rocket fire into Israel in return for Israel ending its military operations in both the West Bank and Gaza. “The ball is now in the Israeli court,” Mr. Haniya told reporters after Friday prayers.
The factions making the overture included Islamic Jihad, which has previously rejected any cease-fire with Israel.
Israel called the offer a media presentation, but said the government was open to a more serious, formal proposal. “Israel would respond favorably to a full cease-fire in the Gaza Strip on both sides,” said Miri Eisin, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. “We want to see quiet in the Gaza Strip. If there is a formal proposal, we’ll respond.”
Dubya likes Olmert for the same reason he liked Sharon...all bullies.
NY Daily News First Twin's purse pinch in Argentina
The Secret Service declined to comment on the purse snatching, and the First Lady's office refused to talk about what the girls were doing in South America at a time when families tend to get together for Thanksgiving.
The White House generally clams up on matters involving the twins, but recent reports said Jenna has been living and working in Panama as an intern for UNICEF, sparking speculation Barbara may have joined her younger-by-minutes twin for a little vacation a little farther south.
Shopping for the new place in Paraguay? Just speculation, of course. See below
Upside Down World Paraguay Revokes U.S. Military Immunity (sort of)
On October 2, the Paraguayan government announced its decision to revoke U.S. immunity as soon as their current contract expires in December 2006. The US military has carried out military exercises in Paraguay since July 2005. Since then the troops have enjoyed technical and administrative immunity, exempting them from trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Thomas Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said that the US will not continue to provide military support without immunity for its soldiers. However, on October 3, 2006 President Bush signed a waiver allowing for military aid in countries that have refused to sign immunity agreements with the US military. The waiver affects 21 countries, including Paraguay.
Historically, Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte Frutos and President George W. Bush have enjoyed what Brazilian President Lula calls a "political matrimony." (quote from Ultimahora) Paraguay´s decision represents a political alliance with the countries in the MercoSur trade block, which includes Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela.
Orlando Castillo, director of SERPAJ, a human rights organization based in Paraguay, stated that Frutos´decision does not necessarily represent an ideological shift of Paraguay´s center-right government. Castillo explained that regional solidarity would require major reforms in all sectors of the Paraguayan government. Furthermore, military representatives from the CIA, DEA, and FBI will continue to hold immunity in Paraguay.
Perfect for the whole family? Also from Upside Down:
The gangs all here
The Governor of Alto Paraguay, Erasmo Rodríguez Acosta has admitted to hearing that George Bush Sr. owns land in the Chaco region of Paraguay, in Paso de Patria. Acosta says that rumor has it that Bush owns near to 70 thousand hectares (173,000 acres) as part of an ecological reserve and/or ranch. However, the governor said he had no documents to prove the rumor. Acosta said that some stories credited the land to the Fundación Patria, which Bush would be a member of. The spokespeople of the organization were not available to comment. Supposedly, Timothy Towell , the U.S. Ambassador in Asunción (the capital of Paraguay) is the present administrator of the land. First accounts signaled that Bush had acquired 40,000 hectares (99,000 acres) in the Chaco zone of Fuerte Olimpo, near the Bolivian Border. A spark of the interest in this property may have been Jenna Bush's private visit to Paraguay with Unicef, which started Saturday, October 7, 2006. Supposedly Jenna will travel to the ranch to ''observe'' several indigenous villages are located on the property.
Quotes of the Day
For Prissy's british friends..."Americans have different ways of saying things. They say "elevator", we say "lift" ... they say "President", we say "stupid psychopathic git."--Alexai Sayle
"Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy."--Peter Ustinov
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.--Ronald Reagan
"I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law."--David Dinkins, former New York City Mayor
"I'm glad I'm not Brezhnev. Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin. You never know if someone's tape recording what you say."--Richard Nixon