by Brent Budowsky
How can one explain that a senior Republican Congressman is only now forced to resign over a major scandal involving apparent sexual overtures to pages that were reported to Republican Congressional Leaders almost a year ago?
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky
George W. Bush has now made one of the most appalling speeches in presidential history, comparing himself to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman and making charges against his opponents that should not be dignified by repeating.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
As you might have suspected, members of Congress have long had access to the classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), which includes a consensus of 16 intelligence agencies that the war in Iraq is actually increasing terrorism. In an interview, Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) revealed that he knew of the report months ago, but simply did not care enough to read the full document until Bush released a doctored summery of it earlier this week:
Subject: Where Will It End?
The Supreme Court nullified Bush's initial system for torture of detainees (POWs) in June.
It was against the laws of the Geneva Convention as well as the laws of the land. Nevertheless, Bush, Cheney, Frist, and Hastert, (whom all avoiding Vietnam) got it passed.
By the Congress. Where will the violation of moral values and freedoms end? Are we combat veterans, along with other free loving Americans be next, by laws not yet written, to be.
Classified as traitors because we are against torture and what we see as an illegal war?
Colonel Colin J. N. Chauret, USAF Retired Fighter Pilot Active Duty, 31 Years, WWII, Korea & Vietnam
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZ
My God, no conspiracy theories here, we really have fallen into the Fascist abyss! Dissenters really can be deemed the “enemy” and we really can be put into the newest American gulags built for just such a purpose by Halliburton, with no rights to counsel and or trial; all thanks to George Bush and the Repuglican majority in Congress! Look out America , Concentration camps are on the horizon!
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his firm had far more contact with the White House than previously disclosed, according to a new bipartisan report by the House Reform Committee. Republican Chairman Tom Davis has been conspicuously negligent in investigating Bush Administration corruption, but apparently the Abramoff connection was simply too blatant to ignore.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"
As the Bush administration prepares for an illegal and predictably disastrous attack on Iran in the coming weeks (quite possibly with the use of nuclear weapons), and as Congress, the corporate media and the American people carry on as though nothing was happening, it is becoming clear that American democracy and its tradition of constitutional government and rule of law are under attack by two vile and insidious organizations.
BUSH JUDGES CONFIRM OPPONENTS' FEARS
Report Documents Impact of Bush-Nominated Appeals Court Judges
Federal appeals court judges nominated by President Bush are threatening and undermining Americans' rights and liberties, and working to reduce congressional authority to protect those rights and liberties, according to a legal analysis published today by People For the American Way Foundation.
Senate Betrays American Values, Undermines Rule of Law
Fundamental Protections Central to Our System of Justice Thrown By the Wayside as Senate Passes Election-Year Tribunals Bill
//The Globe and Mail, Canada--GREAT LAKES MACHINE GUNS RAISE IRE IN CANADA (The United States Coast Guard has started to patrol the Great Lakes with machine guns mounted on their vessels and is conducting live-ammunition training drills on the U.S. side to prepare officers to combat terrorists flooding across the border from Canada by boat. The automatic-weapon drills started earlier this year but came to light only in the past two weeks after information about the Coast Guard's move to create 34 permanent live-fire training zones in the Great Lakes was published in the U.S. federal register. ... . "It was a big surprise on both sides of the border. At first I thought it was an Internet hoax," said Mike Bradley, the mayor of Sarnia, Ont., who has written a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him to intervene. "The longest undefended border in the world is gone. It's passé. And this is an example of it." Toronto Mayor David Miller chairs a coalition of U.S. and Canadian mayors working to restore and protect the lakes. He said the target practice violates a treaty signed after the War of 1812 that outlaws military weapons on the Great Lakes, tampering with two centuries of peaceful history. ... . "At a time ... when there is interest in restoring the integrity of the lakes," he writes in a letter to the Prime Minister, "it is most disturbing that the U.S. is contemplating exercises that will militarize the lakes, cause pollution and environmental degradation, restrict shipping and recreation, and change the peaceful border between Canada and the U.S.")