Saturday, August 30, 2008

saturday reads

Bush quietly seeks to make war powers permanent, by declaring indefinite state of war (The Raw Story)

As the nation focuses on Sen. John McCain's choice of running mate, President Bush has quietly moved to expand the reach of presidential power by ensuring that America remains in a state of permanent war.

Buried in a recent proposal by the Administration is a sentence that has received scant attention -- and was buried itself in the very newspaper that exposed it Saturday. It is an affirmation that the United States remains at war with al Qaeda, the Taliban and "associated organizations."

Part of a proposal for Guantanamo Bay legal detainees, the provision before Congress seeks to “acknowledge again and explicitly that this nation remains engaged in an armed conflict with Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated organizations, who have already proclaimed themselves at war with us and who are dedicated to the slaughter of Americans.”

FISA Court Denies Public Access To Spy Law Proceedings

Who could have anticipated? Blackwater on its way back to NOLA for Huricane Gustav.

Barack Obama's audience for his acceptance speech likely topped 40 million people, and the Democratic gathering that nominated him was a more popular television event than any other political convention in history.

Paul Krugman: Feeling No Pain

Dave Zirin: A People's Historian of Sports

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