BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
It’s “ground-hog” day in America! This time around George Bush and the gang have gotten so bold they’re even announcing a “terrorist attack” ahead of time! In some cases the Repuglicans are praying for a terrorist attack! “Homeland Security Michael Chertoff … claiming that the US was at heightened risk of new terrorist attacks.” Chertoff said, he has a ‘gut feeling’ there will be another terrorist attack in the near future. ‘Officials worry of summer terror attack' reads an Associated Press headline today … It was also explicitly expressed in a 2005 GOP memo, which yearned for new attacks that would ‘validate’ the President's war on terror and ‘restore his image as a leader of the American people.’ This past weekend, former Republican Senator Rick Santorum suggested that a series of ‘unfortunate events,’ namely terrorist attacks, will occur within the next year … Last month, the new chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party Dennis Milligan said that there needed to be more attacks on American soil ‘At the end of the day … I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on 9/11,’ Milligan told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell ABC News new intelligence suggests a small al Qaeda cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here." And this is how the Repuglicans protect the American people! Beware of the danger within!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Phil Vargas
As the evidence accumulates, it is becoming more and more evident that our great leader has blundered like no other. By all indications, as the leader of the free world, he has created one of the most fearsome and dangerous climates ever, most especially for all Americans. He has made us the most hated people in the world and himself the most despised leader, worldwide. For nobody is really safe from the next car explosion or suicide bomber. With his delusions of grandeur and the help of all his lying cronies, viz. Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, George Tenet, Karl Rove, Alberto Gonzales, and all the rest, all war criminals, and a complicit Republican congress -- our commander-in-chief has blundered into one disaster after another!
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
First, kudos to CNN for its groundbreaking presentation of presidential candidates responding to citizens' questions. It was a breath of fresh air compared to most television treatment of politics.
By Norman Solomon
Former readers of Mad Magazine can remember a regular feature called "Scenes We'd Like to See." It showed what might happen if candor replaced customary euphemisms and evasions. These days, what media scenes would we like to see?
If Rosa Parks had lived two years longer, what happened today in the halls of Congress might have killed her. It certainly would have broken her heart.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
Journey for Humanity and Accountability, Day 14
I am lying in my hotel bed at the end of a very busy, productive, yet sad day.
About 300 people gathered today and marched the 3½ miles from the entrance of Arlington Cemetery to Congressman John Conyers' office to demand impeachment and accountability from one of the leading figures in American politics for the last four decades.