Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
The House Judiciary Committee has released a witness list for its hearing to examine "the imperial presidency" of George W. Bush.
Testifying Friday morning will be Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who has introduced several resolutions calling for President Bush's and Vice President Dick Cheney's impeachment; former Rep. Bob Barr, the Libertarian presidential candidate who led the charge to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998; Vincent Bugliosi, author of the just-released book The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder; and 10 other current and former members of Congress, constitutional experts and human rights activists.
Kagro X has much more...
10:00 A.M. in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building
As long as CIA agents could convince themselves they were not deliberately inflicting severe pain or suffering on detainees, they were free to do virtually anything in their questioning of suspected terrorists, including waterboarding. Furthermore, the agents' belief they weren't in fact torturing their captives didn't even need to be "reasonable."
These are the implications of a controversial August 2002 memo from the Justice Department to the CIA that was released Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union obtained several internal Bush administration documents it says authorizes the CIA to torture detainees.
“These documents supply further evidence, if any were needed, that the Justice Department authorized the CIA to torture prisoners in its custody,” Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project, said in a news release. “The Justice Department twisted the law, and in some cases ignored it altogether, in order to permit interrogators to use barbaric methods that the U.S. once prosecuted as war crimes.”
An Argentine ex-army officer has been sentenced to life in prison for the 1977 kidnapping, torture and murder of four leftwing activists.
U.S. foreclosure filings more than doubled in the second quarter from a year earlier as falling home prices left borrowers owing more on mortgages than their properties were worth.
Hullabaloo: Political Participation - The Real Fascism
Scott Horton: New Allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct in the Siegelman Case
Just four days after escaping a federal minimum-security work camp, Internet "Spam King" Eddie Davidson fatally shot his wife and child and wounded a teenage girl before turning the gun on himself.
Navy chaplain faces rape, assault charges.
Photo by Ryan McManus
Vi Två, 17 År
Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg (2000)
Seeing U Fled (live)
Down in Splendour
The Morons Are Winning
The Awkward Stage
Heaven Is for Easy Girls (2006)
My Mind Is a Freeway
Reject All American (1996)
The Ugly Beats
Bring On the Beats! (2004)
Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl
Broken Social Scene
You Forgot It In People (2002)
Wolf Parade EP (2005)
Do What You Gotta Do
Golden Opportunities Mixtape (2007)
The Boxing Lesson
Wild Streaks & Windy Days (2008)
The Wedding Present
Thursday, July 24, 2008
“A World that Stands as One”
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama. July 24, 2008. Berlin, Germany
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Meanwhile, back at the Sausage Haus.
A national group alleged Wednesday that Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., is forcing soldiers to participate in a weekly religious event, a program that has been mentioned in a federal lawsuit in Kansas.
Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater Is Here to Stay
The Douchebag of Liberty involved in hit and run.
Statement from Joe and Valerie Wilson on Novak’s hit and run:
Our sympathies go out to the victim of Novak’s action. Once again Novak has demonstrated his callous disregard for the rights of others, as well as his chronic inability to accept responsibility for his actions.
We have long argued that responsible adults should take Novak’s typewriter away. The time has arrived for them to also take away the keys to his Corvette.
Speaking of douchebags...
Scott Horton has Six Questions for Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias
Juan Cole: A Social History of the Surge
Obama in Deutschland
Is Obama secretly Amish?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Elizabeth de la Vega: Our National Water Policy…Oh, Wait, We Don't Have One
Numerian: Who is Really to Blame for the Financial Crisis?
Yes. A new Church Committee-style investigation would be nice.
Movable Border Wall and Clown Cars
The Secure Border Fence Act passed in 2006, but the Department of Homeland Security only just realized that the homeland has an international water treaty with Mexico that prohibits the building of fences in the Rio Grande Valley’s floodplain.
DHS’ solution? A movable fence, of course. Can’t wait to see which private company gets the fat contract to move the fence before major flooding events. The more I read, the more I expect a Volkswagen to pull up with 17 clowns and Michael Chertoff crammed inside. Would anyone be surprised?
David Zirin: COINTELPRO Comes to My Town
Preznit bu$h to Divorce over Drunkensess and Infidelity
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Radovan Karadzic to be transfered to the UN war crimes court in The Hague.
The judge in the first Guantanamo Bay trial barred evidence yesterday that interrogators obtained from Osama bin Laden's driver, ruling he was subjected to "highly coercive" conditions in Afghanistan. (more at emptywheel)
Scott Horton: The Misdirection
KERNERS ARE GO!!!
John McCain's map of the Middle East. Speaking of McCain, he has a new post up over at Jesus' General.
The Rude One gets tossed out of a right wing bloggers conference.
The Austin American RealEstatesman scrubs front-page Netroots Nation story.
Awesome. Literary magazine Barrelhouse launches new issue with a roller derby theme.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The decline of newspapers is not about the replacement of the antiquated technology of news print with the lightning speed of the Internet. It does not signal an inevitable and salutary change. It is not a form of progress. The decline of newspapers is about the rise of the corporate state, the loss of civic and public responsibility on the part of much of our entrepreneurial class and the intellectual poverty of our post-literate world, a world where information is conveyed primarily through rapidly moving images rather than print.
Tomgram: William Astore, Generation Warfighters
Africom to begin "active security" missions in September.
Larisa Alexandrovna: How the GOP Framed Gov. Don Siegelman
Sam Seder interviews Gov. Sielgelman at Netroots Nation.
Congratulations to Michael Shaw for being awarded the first annual Gilliard Grant of Merit.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Obama is pleased, but McCain certainly is not. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki expressed support for Obama's troop withdrawal plans. Despite a half-hearted retraction, the comments have stirred up the US presidential campaign. SPIEGEL stands by its version of the conversation.
Soldiers recount deadly attack on Afghanistan outpost
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Mother's Milk of Politics Turns Sour
Melissa del Bosque: Pardon the Constitutional Dust
Ronnie Cummins: Netroots Nation at the Crossrads
Dublin 'like Chicago in the 1920s'
It's going to be an interesting fête nationale in Brussels this year.
Luna - 23 Minutes In Brussels from the farewell tour documentary Tell Me Do You Miss Me