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Wednesday, 27 September 2006 06:59

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 27, 2006


Subject: President Bush Supports the Troops by Supporting Torture

Well the President and his Republican controlled rubber stamp Senate have done it again. The Senate has come to agreement to continue letting the President use torture as a means of interrogating suspects. If and when the new interpretation of the Geneva Conventions is put into law, this will put our troops and civilian intelligence personnel in even more danger. Does the President actually think that when our men and women in uniform are captured that they will not be treated in the same manner that we have treated the prisoners in Abu Ghraib and or Guantanamo? And by changing the way America interprets the Geneva Conventions just gives our enemies in the war on terror the green light to torture our soldiers and civilian intel personnel.


Republicans controlling the "Do-Nothing Congress" have utterly failed in their responsibility to fairly pass necessary spending bills, according to Rep. David Obey (D-WI), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee.


The WorldCom Before The Storm

by Tony Peyser

Joe Ely, one of the great talents on the roots rock scene,
Once sang about "driving to the poorhouse in a limousine."


I nominate Keith Olbermann for an Emmy!


President Will Allow Entire Controversial NIE Report To Come Out

by Tony Peyser

Hold on --- that headline doesn't get to the heart of it:
The truth is that Bush wants to just release part of it.


1//RIA Novosti (Russian News & Information Agency), Russia--RUSSIA TO DELIVER 80 TONS OF FUEL TO IRAN NPP - ATOMSTROIEXPORT (Russia and Iran signed Tuesday a supplementary agreement on the delivery of 80 metric tons of nuclear fuel to a nuclear power plant in southern Iran in March 2007, the head of Russia's nuclear exporter said. Russia is helping Iran build the plant at Bushehr, 400 kilometers (250 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran. The NPP is being constructed under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog. Sergei Shmatko, the head of Atomstroiexport, Russia's nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly, said the supplementary agreement also stipulated a date for the plant's commissioning. "We have signed a supplementary agreement to the contract for the construction of the Bushehr NPP," Shmatko said. "The agreement stipulates that the date for the power generating launch will be November 2007, and that the plant will be commissioned in September 2007." ... . Iran's vice president and head of the Atomic Energy Organization, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, arrived in Moscow Monday for talks with Kiriyenko on the plant. Traveling to Moscow Monday, Aghazadeh said he intended to propose that some of the work at Bushehr be carried out by Iranian specialists. He also said the implementation of his proposal would help accelerate the plant's commissioning, adding that Iran was capable of completing its construction alone.)


Yesterday, September 26, the mainstream media was too busy covering the tragically bizarre behavior of a president unhinged from reality to focus on the facts. Bush basically threw a tantrum, claiming that a National Intelligence Estimate by his 16 top intelligence agencies didn’t say what it said.

by Brent Budowsky

In his latest farewell address, Tony Blair made a statement that reveals more than anything the poisons that have been injected in our politics today.

Tuesday, 26 September 2006 07:06

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 26, 2006


Subject: Show Me the N-I-E

Ooh la, la. GOP tough on National Security? Well how come they don't have the courage to tell the truth about Iraq. There's another NIE circulating around on Iraq:

by Evan Frisch and Arianna Siegel of the Rockridge Institute

The "Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006" (H.R. 4844) passed by the House of Representatives last week challenges us to think about the meaning of the words "election integrity," just as it would challenge citizens who wish to exercise the right to vote. The Act would impose increasing burdens, which by 2010, would require all voters to provide proof of citizenship in order to apply for a state-issued voter ID. Only a birth certificate, a passport, or a certificate of naturalization would be acceptable proof, documents that a great many Americans do not possess. As we examine the hurdles that this legislation would impose, particularly upon Americans who have already faced unfair barriers to voting, let us also set forth a positive vision of what real election integrity would mean. The chasm between this vision and the House bill reveals much about the values that divide progressives from conservatives.

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