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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Elliot D. Cohen

Amid public outcry, in 2003, Congress defunded the Bush Administration's Total Information Awareness (TIA) project, a massive Orwellian technology-driven surveillance and data mining initiative. Now, it is attempting to pass through the FISA Amendments Act of 2007 (S. 2248), a bill that would effectively give legal standing and retroactive legal immunity to a major component of this project.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Harvey Wasserman

Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and Graham Nash are again singing the praises of solar energy. But it's a hard song for reactor backers now desperately seeking more than $50 billion in federal loan guarantees.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

One or more of the Democratic candidates for president have to challenge the American people, and perhaps even chastise us, about our fear. We have allowed the George Bush Bandwagon to pound on our fears like punk rockers at a brass and percussion concert. Shame on us! The music is horrible, but still they are allowed to play on!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg

While most people are lamenting the violence in Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan, and Iraq, apparently it's not enough bloodshed for Vice President Dick Cheney.

Last month in a caravan of 15 sport utility vehicles and an ambulance -- no jokes, please -- Cheney made his way to Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club about 70 miles north of New York City, near Poughkeepsie, for a day of controlled bloodletting.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Bill Christofferson

On Friday, Nov. 16, antiwar activists will take the "Anti-Torture Train" to San Jose, Calif., where more than 20 groups are sponsoring a march, picket, and news conference in front of a corporation that organizers say profits from illegal kidnappings and torture by handling the logistics for the CIA's so-called "extraordinary rendition" flights -- torture flights.

Wednesday, 07 November 2007 06:49

Cindy Sheehan: Traitors?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Cindy Sheehan

"America is a nation without a distinct criminal class; with the possible exception of Congress" -- Samuel "Mark Twain" Clemens

Wednesday, 07 November 2007 00:54

Michael Winship: Why We Want Our Words' Worth

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

Groucho Marx said, "Who needs writers? Give me a competent director and two intelligent actors, and at the end of eight weeks, I'll show you three of the most nervous people you ever saw."

Groucho got it. The Hollywood studios and networks apparently do not.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Glenn W. Smith
The Rockridge Institute

As Thanksgiving approaches, we should pay homage to the 17th Century Blackwater-like private security firms who made the very first Thanksgiving possible. That's the message from Serviam, a magazine committed to the unstinting defense of private profiteering in every realm of human endeavor. By the magazine's stuffed-turkey logic, we should give thanks for all the profiteering and the accountability-killing privatizing that dominates what was once a public sphere. From health care to a mercenary army, profit is alpha and omega, while the moral fabric that holds us together is being ripped apart by pirates. Yes, even our health has been blackwatered. Thank-yous are hardly in order.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Stephen Crockett

You cannot honestly say you are supporting American soldiers if you support the use of torture techniques such as waterboarding. By any objective definition, waterboarding is torture. The technique is a type of simulated drowning of a prisoner who has their limbs bound.

Tuesday, 06 November 2007 06:49

Peter Michaelson: Eight Epitaphs for Bush

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson

Let us now propose some epitaphs for George W. Bush. In all probability, his official epitaph will exhibit his final lie, something perhaps to the effect of, "From a little Shrub, a mighty Bush," or a more enchanting "Heaven-Sent." But it's the unofficial epitaph -- our heart's remembrance -- that will take his true measure.

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