BUSH/CHENEY AND THEIR GOP LOYALISTS ARE SLICING AWAY AT OUR LIBERTIES MUCH LIKE THE NAZIS DID IN 1933
Sarah sent the stunning and alarming piece below, written by Bernard Weiner, Ph.D. Dr. Weiner has taught at various universities, wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle and now co-edits The Crisis Papers. (CRISIS PAPERS)
Not only do the Busheviks pay no attention to modern history, but they seem to have forgotten how our very nation came into existence and why: Our Founding Fathers rebelled against a despotic British monarch, a George who ran roughshod over their rights and privacy and religious beliefs. Learning that hard lesson, they established a system of government that scattered power so that no person or party or religion could easily reinstate authoritarian rule. Politicians and citizens would have to compromise and cooperate in order to get anything done. It's a slow, cumbersome system ("Democracy," said Churchill, "is the worst form of government ever invented, except for all the others"), but the system they devised served this nation well for more than two centuries, making American government a model for much of the rest of the world.
And now, using the fear of terrorism as justification for all their actions, the Bush-Rove-Cheney-Rumsfeld crew within just a few years have moved America closer to a militarist, one-party state, led by a ruler in whom virtually all power is vested. In '30s Germany, this was called the Fuhrer Principe, the principle of blind obedience to the wise, all-powerful Supreme Leader. We've seen other such examples in Stalin's Soviet Union, Kim's North Korea, Mao's China, Saddam's Iraq, etc.
SLICING AWAY AT OUR LIBERTIES
CHENEY WAS SLOSHED WHEN HE SHOT HIS FRIEND WHILE HUNTING, ACCORDING TO SECRET SERVICE AGENTS.
Just great. We have a wet drunk and a dry drunk running our country. Lovely.
Off with the whistle blowers' heads! One secret agent was put on administrative leave and another asked to be transferred to another department. Wonder if Cheney will send the Secret Service agents who told the truth about him to one of our nation’s torture chambers abroad. LS
From Capitol Hill Blues sent by Ken last night.
CHENEY DRUNK WHEN HE SHOT HIS FRIEND WHILE HUNTING
OBSURE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY REVIEWED DUBAI PORT DEAL
Found on Reuter’s UK
Why do we always find the most damning news on British news sources first? LS
The Intelligence Community Acquisition Risk Centre, or CARC, overseen by the office of intelligence chief John Negroponte, was asked by the government committee that vets foreign investments in the United States to look into the ports deal soon after it came to its attention in early November.
U.S. officials approved the sale of British-based P&O to Dubai Ports World of the United Arab Emirates on January 16, giving the Arab-owned firm a green light to take over port operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Miami.
OBSCURE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY REVIWED DUBAI PORT DEAL
REPORTS OF UAE TIES TO BIN LADEN AND COLE BOMBING
Perhaps I was wrong in making the comment above in which I wrote that the most damning news is found in the UK press first. Below is a piece from Raw Story.com, which reveals ties between the UAE, Osama boy, and the Cole bombing.
RAW STORY PIECE ON UAE, BIN LADEN AND COLE BOMING HERE
BUSH SAYS PORT DEAL NOT A THREAT
From the Associated Press
Sure it isn’t. LS
BUSH SAYS DUBAI PORT DEAL IS NOT A THREAT
MOVING BACK TO ABRAMOFF
It seems that Abramoff has had his fingers in numerous pies around the globe. Now the investigation widens to include his dealings in Russia. It is a given that where and when Abramoff is involved, so is one of our GOP lawmakers. Which one will it be this time? DeLay? By the way, the article indicates that Abramoff is registered as a “foreign agent.” Mon Dieu! What these GOP types will do for money. LS
From The Huffington Post.com (The Huffington Post.com
ABRAMOFF HAS TIES TO RUSSIA
CHIPPING AWAY AT OUR LIBERTIES AND OUR DOLLARS
ABRAMOFF SCANDAL ANOTHER ENRON?
Another great find on The Huffington Post in which Catherine Crier draws a brilliant analogy between the crimes of Enron and those of Abramoff and of course, our GOP lawmakers who always seem to be in the mix with the most corrupt lobbyists. It is all about Washington fraud and sleaze at its finest, all at our expense. LS
In the spring of 2001, Ken Lay was at the first of Enron's six meetings with Vice President Cheney as part of the Energy Task Force. Not surprisingly, almost all of Enron's proposals were incorporated into the final recommendations. The GAO, for the first time in eighty-eight years, filed suit to inquire about these meetings. It was rebuffed by a Supreme Court that included Justice Antonin Scalia, who refused to recuse himself despite his recent duck hunting trip with defendant, Dick Cheney.
But others did recuse themselves when the inquiries began. Attorney General John Ashcroft bowed out, although his assistant Larry Thompson, whose former law firm represented Enron, did not. Thompson in fact led the investigation that followed. The entire U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas stepped aside as did many of the judges in Houston. The Enron Task Force was created to investigate, with mixed results thus far.
The current trial is seen as the ultimate test. Will the big guys go down? The answer to that question can be delivered before any verdict is reached in Houston. It is a resounding "No". The Enron chiefs executed the game plan that wreaked such havoc, but Washington officials made it all possible. They welcomed the contributions and lobbyists, hired and appointed the corporate players and passed the rules or exempted the regulations that gave the green light to the game.
CATHERINE CRIER’S PIECE ON ABRAMOFF AND ENRON HERE