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1//The Independent, UK

Tony Blair faces a triple rebellion by MPs and peers over the crime and terror legislation that formed the centrepiece of his final Queen's Speech. Mr Blair declared that fresh measures to tighten anti-terror legislation would be published by Christmas. They will open the door to a Bill in the new year that could extend the 28-day cap on the time police can hold suspects without charge. Mr Blair suffered the first Commons defeat of his premiership when attempts to set a 90-day limit were voted down in the Commons in November last year after 49 Labour MPs defied the Government. ... Labour MPs warned he faced renewed rebellion if the Government attempted to extend the 28-day limit, and Conservatives have said that the Government has failed to "make the case" for an extension.


Rumors Resurface That Bush Has Started Drinking Again

by Tony Peyser

Maybe it's time to do what's best for society
And start having Oval Office tests for sobriety.

Thursday, 16 November 2006 09:03

Peter Rost: Revolution. Or Maybe Not

by Peter Rost

Most people seem to despise Washington, Capitol Hill and our elected representatives, but not necessarily in that order. And on a regular basis we vote the people we despise the most out of office; those are the ones who won the prior election and proved to all of us that they couldn't get anything done. Then we move the people into power who weren't allowed to do anything, but at least they haven't proven that they couldn't get anything done, so we are still happy.

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

So, just like me, you thought that Cheney was finished, huh? You thought that the upcoming report of the "Baker Commission" would set the course for a reasonable withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, primarily because the two original Georgite objectives of the invasion, oil and bases, had been achieved. You thought, like me, that the unceremonious ouster of Rumsfeld and the insertion of the old Bush-I/Baker hand, Bob Gates, signified that the battles had been fought and the Baker wing of the Republican power elite had won. You thought, like me, thought that the Baker folks were probably inwardly happy with the election of a Democratic Congress because dealing with rational people would make it easier for them to achieve their desired aim. Finally, like me, you thought that the next major head to roll might very well be Cheney's. Well, we all have to think again.

by Rory O'Connor

What if I told you that a member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle operated with impunity within the United States for years before September 11? That despite being an ardent and avowed jihadi, he managed to become a naturalized citizen, to join the US Army, to get posted to the Special Warfare Center where Green Berets and Delta Force train, and to work with both the CIA and the FBI? And all the while he was a top al Qaeda operative, hosting its second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri when he traveled to the US in the 1990's to raise money, and training both bin Laden's personal bodyguard and radical Muslims who would go on to assassinate Jewish militant Meir Kahane and detonate a truck bomb at the World Trade Center? Would you take it as evidence that our so-called intelligence community was abjectly incompetent and dysfunctional in the months and years before 911? Or would you see it as further proof that the powers-that-be were the powers behind 911, either "making it happen on purpose?" or alternately "letting it happen on purpose?"

Thursday, 16 November 2006 06:18

DNC: Martinez And Abramoff: The GOP’s New Direction?

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DNC: Martinez And Abramoff: The GOP's New Direction?

Washington, DC - With disgraced former GOP superlobbyist Jack Abramoff headed to jail yesterday, it is clear that Washington Republicans are not ready to abandon their culture of corruption. [AP, 11/15/06] In fact, new Republican National Committee Chairman Senator Mel Martinez, who used to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) earlier in the Bush Administration, also has ties to Abramoff. Martinez was directly lobbied by convicted former GOP Congressman Bob Ney on behalf of Abramoff's clients, who ultimately received millions from HUD. Martinez has also refused to return $250,000 that Abramoff helped raise for his Senate campaign in 2004.

by Norman Solomon

The American media establishment has launched a major offensive against the option of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.

In the latest media assault, right-wing outfits like Fox News and the Wall Street Journal editorial page are secondary. The heaviest firepower is now coming from the most valuable square inches of media real estate in the USA -- the front page of the New York Times.

Thursday, 16 November 2006 05:50

BuzzFlash Mailbag for November 16, 2006


Subject: As Bush Goes To Vietnam, White House Website Displays the Wrong Flag 11/16

No better proof that "A Village in Texas Has Lost Its Idiot."

No better proof that the entire senior Bush Cabal are Vietnam chickenhawks who went AWOL or "had better things to do" in order to avoid the draft.

No better proof that absolute power is now held by one-dimensional COWARDS!


Lott Makes Comeback, Is Now The
GOP's New Number 2 In Senate

by Tony Peyser

Will Trent's praise of Strom
Still be one of his priorities?
Maybe he'll use his minority whip
On some actual minorities.


The only progress made in Iraq and here at home is the progression that goes from bad to worse! Would someone please take the time to sit down and explain that to the witless wonder who calls himself the "decider"! He's a "decider" alright -- he decided to take a month-long vacation and ignore an August the 6th PDB that warned "Bin Laden determined to attack within the U.S. He decided to leave Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden behind and go headlong into a preemptive unnecessary war in Iraq. He decided not to listen to his father or his father's advisors. He decided to incarcerate people that he decided were dangerous without benefit of trial. He decided to ignore the Geneva Conventions and to adopt the torture and abuse methods of terrorists. He decided to spy on American citizens without a warrant, and on and on! Any more of his decisions, and we may all find ourselves in hell!

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