Archive for December, 2007

I agree…

I tried to take the hiloidays off from political worries. I made it through Bhutto, but then I ran across this Newsweek piece [below], and my blood reached a boil. I don’t like Wexler’s delivery, but I agree with his message. It’s time to start Impeachment Proceedings against Cheney. Even if they fail, the information […]

to those who voted for the vice president: hang your heads in shame…

Challenging Cheney A National Archives official reveals what the veep wanted to keep classified–and how he tried to challenge the rules By Michael Isikoff | Newsweek Web Exclusive Dec 24, 2007 J. William Leonard learned the hard way the perils of questioning Vice President Dick Cheney. The veteran National Archives official challenged claims by the Office […]

the answer here is only “yes”…

‘At least six identifiable crimes’ possible in CIA tape affair … "Just when you think this scandal can’t get worse, it does," the George Washington University Law School professor told CNN’s John Roberts. "I mean, this is a very significant development because it shows that this was not just some rogue operator at the CIA […]

urged caution in destroying the tapes…

White House Lawyers Told Of Videotapes CIA Chief Says They Urged Caution in Destroying Tapes CIA Director Michael V. Hayden told lawmakers privately last week that three White House lawyers were briefed in 2004 about the existence of videotapes showing the interrogation of two al-Qaeda figures, and they urged the agency to be "cautious" about […]

uh oh…

Why would George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and their morality challenged legal team go so far out on a limb in order to approve and defend Torture and other deviations from the Geneva Conventions? The first report of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse was on 60 Minutes in late April 2004. The Iraq War had […]

moral compass?

Bush Lawyers Discussed Fate of C.I.A.Tapes At least four top White House lawyers took part in discussions with the Central Intelligence Agency between 2003 and 2005 about whether to destroy videotapes showing the secret interrogations of two operatives from Al Qaeda, according to current and former administration and intelligence officials. The accounts indicate that the […]

my p.t.s.d…

Hard-liners for Jesus As Christians across the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it’s a fitting moment to contemplate the mountain of moral, and mortal, hypocrisy that is our Christianized Republican Party. There’s nothing new, of course, about the Christianization of the GOP. Seven years ago, when debating Al Gore, then-candidate George W. […]


from Senator Henry Waxman to Attorney General Michael Mukasey December 3,2007 Dear Mr. Attorney General: I am writing to seek your assistance in the Oversight Committee’s investigation into the circumstances sulrounding the leak of the covert identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson. As the recent disclosure from former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan […]


I suppose everyone that blogs about the political situation of the current moment has a personal reason for doing it. Mine are multiple, but one is that as a retired person living in the mountains, I’m no longer in the urban and university environment where there are a lot of people to talk to about […]

Achilles Heel?

Judge Orders Hearing On CIA Interrogation Tapes A federal judge has ordered a hearing on whether the Bush administration violated a court order by destroying CIA interrogation videos of two Al Qaeda suspects. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy rejected calls from the Justice Department to stay out of the matter. He ordered lawyers to […]