I'm preparing a series of stories that will assemble loosely under the topic of 'regulation'. More precisely, it's related to the 'mis-regulation' that informed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and which carved out protection for 'fracking'. Remember that Dick Cheney's Task Force secretly collected the industry wishlists to guide his National Energy Policy, in 2001, which guided the legislative formation of EPAct 2005..
So, did you hear that he officially has no pulse now?
That doesn't seem to surprise many people, does it?
The official explanation is that a device -- a pump of some type -- was installed into his heart (?!?) after he'd experienced worsening conditions of congestive heart failure (CHF). The truth is, he hasn't ~really~ had a pulse in decades. This is just the best new way to disguise that.
(Make the jump for more heartless cruelty at Dick's expense, but on ePluribus Media's nickle...er, servers.)
DisbarTortureLawyers Campaign To File OPR Report Today To Supplement Fifteen Disbarment Complaints
Ilene Proctor PR
Friday, the Department of Justice issued it’s long awaited report on
the actions of the DOJ lawyers who authored the infamous legal memos
authorizing torture. The report consists of two parts: the first is a
300-page report from the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility
finding that the attorneys, specifically John Yoo and Jay Bybee,
engaged in “professional misconduct.” The second is a 69-page cover
letter from career DOJ staffer David Margolis finding that the lawyers
exercised “poor judgment.” The OPR finding would under normal
circumstances require transmittal to the state bar for disciplinary
proceedings. However, Mr. Margolis, a 17-year employee of the DoJ who
was in a supervisory position when the legal memos were written, has
specifically refused to allow the OPR report to be transmitted.
However, he did state that “[t]he bar associations in the District of
Columbia or Pennsylvania can choose to take up this matter, but the
Department will make no referral.”
Today, DisbarTortureLawyers.com campaign attorney Kevin Zeese will file
the DOJ/OPR findings with the various state bar disciplinary
committees. These committees are already reviewing the complaints he
filed last summer against 15 of the most culpable torture lawyers as
part of a a campaign to ensure accountability for their heinous
actions. He is asking that disbarment proceedings proceed quickly in
light of these new reports.
I just came across this little blurb on CNN regarding the "party crasher" incident at the White House:
It was unclear whether the Salahis would accept the committee's invitation to testify, according to the committee's chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi.
"Late this evening, I was informed by the Salahis' counsel, that their clients, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, may not appear before the Committee tomorrow as requested," Thompson said in a statement released Wednesday evening. "If the Salahis are absent from tomorrow's hearing, the Committee is prepared to move forward with subpoenas to compel their appearance."
Really? Prepared to move forward with subpoenas to compel their appearance?
BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
While viewing America's solemn commemoration of the eighth anniversary of 911, I began to reflect upon its many ironies. The very first thing that came to mind was Dick Cheney's claim that Bush administration policies have kept us safe. My second thought was he must think we're crazy - and too many of us are.
When one looks upon the trauma, anger, and pain still etched upon the face of America eight years after the loss of 3000 of its citizens, one can only imagine what the Iraqi people are feeling after the documented murder, by name, of over 101,552 innocent men, women, and Iraqi children. Only after we begin to recognize the gravity of the atrocity that we committed in Iraq will America begin to understand that we will never be safe until we make the people responsible for that carnage accountable for their actions.
Originally posted 2009-04-29 22:38:30 -0500. Promoted by carol.
Those extra 2 docs that "justify the policies of the past", that Cheney is so interested in, looks like one of them was already released.
I didn't believe the "A to Z" Confessions of the the "9/11 Mastermind" then. I'm not inclined to believe them now.
But you be the judge.
Obtained: Cheney’s Request Form Detailing The Two CIA Torture Docs He Wants
The Plum LineGreg Sargent's blog
Looks like Cheney may be after a doc that supposedly details what top Al Qaeda official Khalid Muhammad revealed under torture.
Klalid M. wasn't he the dude, with the frumpy sleepware, and the wild hairdo?
About a year ago, a book came out in England that made a fascinating prediction: at some point in the future, the author wrote, six top officials in the Bush Administration would get a tap on the shoulder announcing that they were being arrested on international charges of torture.
If the prediction seemed improbable, the background of the book’s author was even more so. Philippe Sands is neither a journalist nor an American but a law professor and a certified Queen’s Counsel (the kind of barrister who on occasion wears a powdered horsehair wig) who works at the same law practice as Cherie Blair. Sands’s book, “Torture Team,” offers a scathing critique of officials in the Bush Administration, accusing them of complicity in acts of torture. When the book appeared, some scoffed. Douglas Feith, a former Pentagon official, dismissed Sands as “a British lawyer” who “wrote an extremely dishonest book.”
Last week, Sands’s accusations suddenly did not seem so outlandish. A Spanish court took the first steps toward starting a criminal investigation of the same six former Bush Administration officials he had named, weighing charges that they had enabled and abetted torture by justifying the abuse of terrorism suspects. Among those whom the court singled out was Feith, the former Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy, along with former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; John Yoo, a former Justice Department lawyer; and David Addington, the chief of staff and the principal legal adviser to Vice-President Dick Cheney.
Sands, previously, was involved in prosecuting former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, as was the Spanish judge presiding over the Bush torture case.
Just some added info for your research purposes taken from a bunch of previous posts on this topic in my archives:
There are no principles left on the right, only tactics and bluster, as if John Bolton himself has taken over the GOP diplomacy wing. At this point, looking back on all the facts I collected at the Bush Treason Blog, which proves conclusively that the entire Bush administration committed treason, repeatedly: I don't really care what they say. When you say as much shit as the right wing has said in the last few decades, it renders your speech meaningless. We are for x except when we're not. We're against y except when we're not. Now we're going to do that which we told you not to. Then we're going to tell you not to again.
I often tell myself I could be a better conservative than them. It wouldn't be hard. I have libertarian bones, like most Americans. We want the government to protect us and leave us alone, that delicate balancing act that, in a world of nanotechnology, is going to get harder and harder to perform. But it's really not that tricky. Conservatives should be reality based, do what would actually make us safer (which is more like Ron Paul's position than John Bolton's).
Promoted. -- GH
"The only good union is a dead union!" Osama bin Laden stated in prepared remarks today.
DATELINE MUSCAT, OMAN: Another shocking revelation of anti-Union plotting and scheming today, but this time it was not CEO's of TARP Bailout recipient banks.
The attendees? Senior Al Qaeda management, including Osama bin Laden,
Ayman al-Zawahiri and over two dozen more senior managers. It marked a
historic first time for so many senior managers from Al Qaeda to be in
one place at the same time. Under normal circumstances and for security
reasons, Al Qaeda leaders are not allowed within 50 miles of each other
but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Set in the sleepy seaside town of Old Muscat, a city that has seen
better days. Over the centuries, Muscat has served as a seat of
government and a door way to trade between Asia, Africa and Eastern
Europe. The walls of the old city look out over the bay like bleached
bones, preserved in the salt and dry air. The people that remain here,
do so stubbornly, like the wild trees and bushes that eke out their
existence along the rocky shoreline, sandwiched between ocean and
desert, buffeted by wind and heat. The old market is still here, but
only locals trade there. Dubai, with its glimmering towers and huge,
modern port facilities has rendered Muscat into merely a side trip for
the curious. The Al Qaeda leadership meeting here, would very much
like to avoid becoming another Muscat.
event horizon: the boundary of a black hole beyond which nothing can escape from within it
-- Merriam-Webster Online
After five years and change of turned corners and dead enders and last throes, is it possible that we're approaching an event horizon in our Middle East miasma? Stuff seems to happen faster than anyone can deny it occurred these days, and from the sound of things, it won't be too long before we're committed to getting out of Iraq in smart fashion or sucked into staying there until kingdom come.
originally posted 2008-04-28 10:19:13 -- as DEFuning says in the comments, this one is scarily prescient. -- Cho
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld created the Office of Strategic Influence shortly after the 9/11 attacks to bolster support for the Bush administration’s war on terror. Air Force Brigadier General Simon P. Worden, OSI’s director, envisioned the organization as having "a broad mission ranging from 'black' campaigns that use disinformation and other covert activities to 'white' public affairs that rely on truthful news releases."
The furor over his establishment of what amounted to an Orwellian Ministry of Truth caused Rumsfeld to disband the OSI in February 2002, but he later promised that when it came to manipulating public perceptions to suit his agenda, “I'm gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have.”
There’s one nice thing you can say about Rumsfeld: he keeps his word.