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BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 4, 3006 -- Part 1

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Subject: Will God Save America?

I just finished reading the article about the "new plan" for trying apparently anyone who the administration thinks is a threat.

Bush seeks expanded military tribunal role (thestate.com)

There's only one thing I can say that really describes what I think: These guys are nucking futs.

Seriously, it is now time for federal law to be amended that all members of the administration (those who stole the election and those who follow behind and say "Heil Bush") that they have yearly mental fitness examinations.

I seriously wonder if they share even even half of one reptilian brain if scans were run on each and every one of them.

Do they care (need I ask?) that we have a Constitution that spells out the guidelines that we are all expected to abide by?

Is it my imagination or is this new "draft" even worse than the first one that the USSC has already struck down?

Nucking futs, I tell you, nucking futs.

Lisa Johnson
Milwaukee, WI


Subject: The Puppet Wants To Be the Puppet Master!!

Buzz,

If You Can Tell Us How This isn't Fascism, Please Do: The White House is seeking legislation that would allow people not affiliated with terrorism to be prosecuted in military commissions -- with far fewer rights than afforded civilians. 8/3

This is completely insane. In my view, law is based on due process and just retribution for crimes committed. I also think that a defendant is supposed to be assumed as being innocent, and it is the job of the prosecution to prove that the assumption is flawed, and the person is indeed guilty without a doubt. What the administration is suggesting robs the defendant from getting a fair trial. In fact, as mentioned in the article, it robs them of their basic rights.

What's even more disturbing is that people who are not directly involved in acts of international terrorism can be persecuted. Honestly, what's next. Thought crime?

The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed—would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper—the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you. -- George Orwell, 1984

Here's an idea, why doesn't W and his band of loonies establish their own Stasi? We already have wire taps, monitoring of calls, bank accounts etc. Who knows what percentage of Americans are already being monitored. I'm glad you called it like it is, Buzz, and I don't even want to turn the boob tube on to see what those pundits on MSM are saying about this. We have heard words like "incompetent" being used to describe W. This is not incompetence, this is pure megalomania. This administration has been all about grabbing power. They have interfered with our lives on a scale that is unimaginable. They have infringed on our rights, they even want to tell us how to live, and when we can die (remember Terri?). From gays, to folks in New Orleans, to poor people, to our soldiers, to the people in Iraq, to those at Gitmo, they have shown no regard for human life. They have shown no regard for human dignity. They have polluted the air we breathe, they are murdering our planet as we speak. Never mind the record temperatures around the world, climate change is a myth.

If thought is merely functioning in the groove of a pattern without understanding the significance of environment, there must be conscious or unconscious fear, and such thought must inevitably lead to confusion, to illusion and false action. -- Jiddu Krishnamurti

Buzz, I think Bush is scared. I think deep down inside he is a very scared man. All his false bravado smacks of it. Without actually having served in 'Nam, he thinks he is some kind of soldier. And with all the crazy sh*t that's going on, he is projecting this fear on us. Freedom requires courage, and freedom requires accountability. Bush has shown neither. This man is taking away our freedoms and rights, because he can't handle it himself. The puppet wants to be the puppet master. The time has come for the American public to demonstrate that we're not puppets. It's time to tell this administration that it is the American public that is his master.

Akhil Bhardwaj
Manhattan, KS


Subject: "We Eat Cheese; We Eat Bread; We're Okay!"

Looking at the picture of today’s political scene can be quite discouraging, but this is NOT my usual political discourse, except for one small retort I couldn’t resist!

Being a new divorcee, after an unpleasant divorce, brings with it a host of unexpected problems and experiences that are not all positive! The tendency might be to give up sometimes and wallow in one’s own self-pity, but this is not about that either. It’s more about appreciating where you are now, and how life will give you a little reminder, now and then, to appreciate the moment and the more positive aspects of your life.

Through my experience, I’d like you to meet George! Nowadays, cabs are expensive, and the treatment one receives not always pleasant. George is a “prince” among cab drivers, and he is the very hard-working exception! George is always polite, his automobile is immaculate at all times, and he is clean, honest, always on time, and keeps his promises to his many grateful customers! Yet George’s workday is very hard and involves many long hours and can be frustrating at times.

On this particular night, George was tired, but at home. Then he got up to leave again, causing George’s wife to ask, “George, I thought you were through for the night, it’s late, where are you going?” “I promised a client I would pick her up at ten o’clock this evening,” he replied, and was out the door!

That client was me. I had attended my political club meeting and it was running late, so I got up to leave. As I ran out the door, there was George waiting and right on schedule. In fact he had come a little early. “Thank you for being here, George,” I said. “You promise me,” he replied,” I promise you!”

On the way home we talked about how life can be difficult with gas, rent, and food all so expensive. “My wife tells me there are always bills to send out that never seem to end,” he said. “We are not homeless, and we are together, I tell her! We have an old Armenian saying, “We eat cheese; we eat bread, we’re okay! Sometimes we eat just bread!”

“Do you understand?” he asked me.

“Yes, I understand, George, more then you know. Thank you for reminding me of all the things I have to be grateful for, and to appreciate what I have now! I eat cheese; I eat bread; I’m okay!”

Here’s hoping you all find your “GEORGE!” There may be one rotten apple George, who tries to dominate the world with his failures and folly of perpetual war, BUT there are many, many good Georges out there!

Sincerely,

Susan Carr
No. Hollywood, California


Subject: Bush EO Authorizing Execution Without Due Process

Bush's lust for military tribunals is just legal fluff compared to his 2001 "Special Finding" authorizing the CIA to kill anyone, anywhere on earth upon mere suspicion, without even a nod to due process -- Google "Kamal Derwish"... Derwish was an American citizen...

By the way, Condi Rice declared that the Derwish killing did not raise a 'constitutional question.' e.g., George W. Bush:

Judge, Jury, and Executioner (12/22/02/alternet)

Bush seeks expanded military tribunal role (thestate.com)

Stan Battles
Phoenix, AZ


Subject: The Crisis in Lebanon and Israel

I urge you to consider that the mainstream media's failure to reflect on the broader context to the crisis leaves Americans in an informational vacuum.

For greater context, I suggest consideration of root causes that are not being widely addressed...

Please consider the following articles:

http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/20060725_israels_wall/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKq38COoTG8&search=Chomsky%20lebanon%20facts

Yours truly,

Demetrius Kappos
Redford, MI

[BuzzFlash Note: We also think Ray McGovern's guest contribution clarifies the US role in precipitating the violence; and Paul Loeb's article provides a reasoned perspective and antidote to propaganda and hate-mongering.]


Subject: 9/11 Live: The NORAD Tapes ... Vanity Fair

How did the U.S. Air Force respond on 9/11? Could it have shot down United 93, as conspiracy theorists claim? Obtaining 30 hours of never-before-released tapes from the control room of NORAD's Northeast headquarters, the author reconstructs the chaotic military history of that day—and the Pentagon's apparent attempt to cover it up. VF.com exclusive: Hear excerpts from the September 11 NORAD tapes. Click PLAY after each transcript to listen

By MICHAEL BRONNER

http://www.vanityfair.com/features/general/060801fege01

SW


Subject: Tyranny

I just learned that the "Injustice Dept.," headed by the shyster Gonzales, is transferring the Alabama secretary of state's election powers (a democrat) to the neocon Governor. How in hell can these criminals continually keep getting away with this crap? Why doesn't the shyster remove election responsibility from Kenneth Blackwell of Ohio, a right-wing nut job and religious extremist degenerate? (of course I know the answer)

Now I understand that they're trying to give total judicial power to Donald Rumsfeld, in which he can charge anyone with any crime and allow hearsay evidence, keep the "victim" from his/her own "trial," not telling the accused what he's being charged with, etc., etc., and etc.

In Mexico they tried to "fix" the election, at least, that was the perception, and the people rose up in defiance by the tens of thousands. Now they're recounting the votes, and they have until September to get their act together.

In this country, no one does sh*t! They just allow these fascist bastards to steamroll over our democracy, bill of rights, and constitution. Pretty soon, anyone who voices opposition to these a**holes, will start disappearing...people like me. I will not be intimidated by the Bush bastards.

We should be storming Washington ... We should round up all the neocons ... Only then will future fascist bastards fear ever doing this to us again. Show the fascists might, and they'll back off because they're all cowards.

NYT Op/Ed Criticizes Republican Power Grab in Alabama HAVA Dispute (BradBlog)

Strong-Arming the Vote (NY Times)

Sheldon Ceresnie


Subject: Dumbya's Concentration Camps Soon To Be Full - Of Us!

From your Fascism Department 8/3:

"MILITARY COURTS Bush seeks expanded military tribunal role The White House is seeking legislation that would allow people not affiliated with terrorism to be prosecuted in military commissions -- with far fewer rights than afforded civilians."

The dumbya brigade has been quietly building all those Halliburton-Kellogg Brown & Root concentration camps ($385 million plus) for all these years. They said they were for "mass immigration emergencies" while I said it was a replay from the 1930's Nazi story.

Feds Schedule $385 Million Concentration Camp To Be Built By Halliburton Subsidiary (Counterpunch)

I have noted that the bush family actively helped Hitler and the Nazis. Take Back the Media has a very good clip of the bush-nazi connection. (I urge you ALL to view it).

Now all the pieces are in place for them to begin taking all of us (True BLUE Patriots) to their witch hunt courts, and will be putting us behind bars for any particular crime they imagine. (see Stalin) Say goodbye to that First Amendment as well as all the others!

At what point will we all stand up? Everyone was so bent out of shape because of Bill Clinton's affair - so where's the moral outrage and impeachment when our entire Democracy is at stake? Where is the media coverage of the 750 plus signing statements attached to laws dumbya chooses to ignore? Where is the outrage when war crimes are committed?

Will you be outraged when they finally come for you?

KJ Lovell
Duncan, OK


Subject: 9/11 and Payne Stewart

I was heading to the post office on Monday morning, October 25, 1999, when I heard of the plight of Payne Stewart's plane. The news reported that his Lear jet, with five passengers aboard had lost radar contact and that repeated efforts by air traffic controllers to reach the pilots had failed. It was then reported that fighter jets from various bases had intercepted the plane and tried to establish contact with the occupants of the plane. The windows were iced over, however, and they could detect no life. They went on to report that they were waiting for the plane to run out of fuel, but that they were prepared to shoot the plane down if it looked like it was going to crash into a populated area. The plane spiraled into a grassy field and we mourned the lives tragically lost.

Loss of Oxygen Cited as Possible Cause of Jet's Wayward Flight, Crash (wanttoknow.info)

Then 9/11 happened and I was left to draw my own conclusions about why four planes that suddenly changed direction and lost radio contact were allowed to proceed to their ultimate path of destruction. If you Google Payne Stewart's death, you will read that our government is trying to classify the details of the flight intercepts from various military bases on that Monday morning in 1999, apparently so that people like me can't connect the dots and be left wondering why two years later the safety measures already in place failed so badly on 9/11.

Judith Shelby
Bellevue, WA


Subject: Why is cuba different from china in the us's eyes?

rice said the usa thinks cuba should be free...why didn't larry ask her about china? they practically own us and we treat communist china completely different than communist cuba. why doesn't someone bring up that fact????????

CNN LARRY KING LIVE: Interview With Condoleezza Rice

karin dicker
los angeles


Subject: Well, Since You Asked ...

In your Aug. 3 article, you wanted to know if someone could tell you if the criminal administration's plan to try ordinary citizens in military courts did not constitute Fascism.

If You Can Tell Us How This isn't Fascism, Please Do: The White House is seeking legislation that would allow people not affiliated with terrorism to be prosecuted in military commissions -- with far fewer rights than afforded civilians. 8/3

Well, believe it or not, nice folks at Buzz, I'm just a sufficiently pedantic smart-ass to do it.

As it happens, your more notable Fascists, i.e., Hitler and his pal Mussolini, after assembling massive military machines, always maintained a healthy wariness toward the power the military represented. Hitler in particular cordially hated the Prussian aristocrats who composed the upper echelon of his officer corps. For that reason, the Fascists had their "criminals" tried in civil courts, whose judges, of course, had sworn an oath of loyalty to "Der Fuehrer" or "Il Duce," willingly or not. So naturally, anyone unfortunate enough to find himself on trial in such circumstances could expect an acquittal the way a death row inmate in Bush's Texas could expect clemency.

Dragging poor, preyed-upon souls into draconian military courts is far more suggestive of Latin American banana republics--where military juntas seem to come and go with some regularity (and a little help from their friends in the CIA.) Or of revolutionary states in their fledgling stage, in which martial law prevails until a legitimate government can be established.

Well, I told you I was pedantic, didn't I? Yes, I do know I'm splitting hairs. That said, I have to ask if you find it as white-knuckle scary as I do that King George & Co. continue to exert such effort turning the Constitution to confetti, constructing internment centers within our borders, etc., when every sunset brings the expiration of their power that much closer? What I find hellishly scary about it is the prospect that they do not intend to relinquish that power...that somehow, they will find a way to bring the totalitarian (okay, Fascist) state whose seedling they've so assiduously nurtured to fruition. In which case, God help us, we'll be looking at the 1930's Redux, and the venue of the government's kangaroo courts will not matter jack squat.

Ellie Remore
Monroe, NY


Subject: George W. Bush

My interest in politics goes back to the time of FDR's third term. Not even the Nixon era, corrupt as it was, can hold a candle to this man who has a tainted election X's 2. He has led us into an unprovoked war which has cost the lives of over 2500 young men and women.

Go to the web site "Faces of the Fallen." There you may look at their young, young faces and weep. Weep for the lost writers, poets, artists and all the talented young people. Is it not a horror?

Why are we there in the first place? To find the WMD? To bring Democracy to the people? Since when can you inflict Democracy on a country? The people must want it and fight for it.

We need a complete change of Administration in Washington, and until we get it we are travelling down the wrong road.

Geri Brandow
Red Bank, NJ


Subject: Isn't This Treason?

"would also allow the secretary of defense to add crimes at will "

White House Proposal Would Expand Authority of Military Courts (raidersnewsupdate.com)

This is outrageous, and if you think they'll just restrict themselves to the prisoners held at gitmo, you are sadly mistaken. All Americans are in danger.

"We know you're guilty. We can't tell you why, but there's a guy, we can't tell you who, who told us something. We can't tell you what, but you're guilty."

A BuzzFlash Reader


Subject: Guerilla News Network Lies About Al Gore

As someone who spent 15 years volunteering on election campaigns when I lived in Florida, I feel compelled to respond to the flat out lie claimed by [film producers] Guerilla News Network about the stolen 2000 election that was referred to in an article posted at BuzzFlash on 8/4/06 about Congresswoman McKinney attending a screening of this film and others.

... Subsequent coverage of these lists by the Miami Herald led to greater scrutiny of the purge list in Florida. It is almost certain if everyone had been allowed to vote who was supposed to, Gore would have won Florida, and thus, the 2000 Presidency. Gore, however, chose not to fight it and asked Senator Boxer not to intervene at the time. [more] (Atlanta Progressive News)

US Congresswoman McKinney Meets Progressive Constituents at Film Screening of "American Blackout," which "chronicles the stolen elections of 2000 and 2004 in the US, as well as the struggles of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in recent years as she has come under attack by Republicans and the mega-corporate media." 8/3

The claim that Al Gore chose not to fight in 2000 and asked Senator Boxer not to intervene is totally false. Al Gore fought for 36 days to save democracy in America. The Gore 2000 campaign followed Florida election law to the letter. For the record, when Senator Boxer challenged the fraudulent vote count in Ohio in 2004, she publically stated that she'd done nothing in 2000. BuzzFlash carried articles in 2004 with this comment from Senator Boxer included. Guerilla News Network's claim has no basis in fact. Anyone who would blame Al Gore for the many illegal acts the Bush election stealers used to steal the 2000 election would blame crime victims for what the criminals who committed the crimes have done.

The truth about Bush's theft of the 2000 election is very ugly and it must be told. Guerilla News Network isn't telling the truth and it must be held accountable for the lie it's now telling. I think it's also important to remember that during the 2000 campaign, Guerilla News Network was busy helping Ralph Nader spread his big lie that there were no differences between Al Gore and Bush the thief. Bush the thief's actions have certainly proven Nader's claim to be a lie beyond all reasonable doubt.

Nancy Kuhn
Scottsdale, AZ


Subject: The End of the Right?

Is conservatism finished?

What might have seemed an absurd question less than two years ago is now one of the most important issues in American politics. The question is being asked -- mostly quietly but occasionally publicly -- by conservatives themselves as they survey the wreckage of their hopes, and as their champions in the Republican Party use any means necessary to survive this fall's elections. -- E.J. Dionne/Washington Post

Please post. Thanks!

A Buzzflash Reader


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