A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Dear Chairman Leahy and Chairman Conyers:
Yesterday, President Bush asserted that the White House would give Congress "unprecedented" access to information regarding the Administration's recent dismissal of U.S. Attorneys. This statement is misinformed. As you continue discussions with the White House regarding your investigation of the U.S. Attorneys matter, I wanted to bring to your attention relevant precedent.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Ann Davidow
Will the American people continue to be taken in by a government that has failed them at every turn? On the four-year anniversary of the war in Iraq, the president trotted out once again the false premises upon which this country's pre-emptive strike was based. One would have thought some level of accountability, or even a touch of shame for mistakes made, would have caused him to refrain from reiterating baseless connections as the war entered its fifth year.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Every day, the explanations for the firings of the eight U.S. attorneys are becoming less about competence and more about corruption. Some new statistics show that the prosecutors were in fact leading the nation in output:
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson
Public exposure to scenes of torture on TV is the psychological equivalent of smoking cigarettes or eating mercury-tainted fish. Whether it's intentional or not, TV torture serves as a method of indoctrination. It disguises an especially degenerate form of brutality as a necessary evil to protect national security. In the process, our collective mental health is undergoing shock treatment.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"Executive privilege" does not give you the right to circumvent the law and cover up criminal behavior, George! Now we all know you don't want the sun to shine on your political maneuverings at best, criminal actions at worst, but better America finds out everything, you and yours been up to since stealing the office of the presidency, now rather than later! And then, just maybe, we'll have a country left to salvage!
At his press conference, the president's
Favorite word was "reasonable"
I thought "Thank you, Jesus! on realizing
That it rhymed with "treasonable."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff
After a year of running around flogging my book The Case for Impeachment (St. Martin's Press, 2006), I've had to give a lot of thought to a question I have heard over and over from radio hosts to ordinary people concerned about the fate of the country and our Constitution: Why haven't the Democrats already impeached the president for all these crimes, abuses of power, and assaults of the Constitution?
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
Someone who is deeply linked to the Christian right, and to the current Administration, has turned around and started what has become the world's most powerful private mercenary army. These guys are like neo-Crusaders. To have them on the government payroll to the tune of $750 million, operating in a Muslim country, should be frightening to everyone who understands that.