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Just hours after a federal appeals panel told I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to go directly to jail without passing go, President Bush stepped in to commute his sentence, thus setting the former Cheney aide and star of Plamegate free. Libby will still have to pay a $250,000 fine, so look for him on the lecture circuit.


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President Bush commuted the sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter’’ Libby on Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term that Bush said was excessive.

Bush’s move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That meant Libby was likely to have to report to prison soon and put new pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

“I respect the jury’s verdict,’’ Bush said in a statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.’‘

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By ardee, July 5, 2007 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

Oh dear, and Michael showed such promise too:

#84061 by Michael Shaw on 7/04 at 5:15 pm
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84021 Well ardee all I can say is you are showing your true colors, that you prefer republicans to democrats. No small wonder as to why you want a third party candidate. It makes sense since it’s obvious they are going to have a whole lot of trouble getting in there themselves. You want a republican victory even though that may very well mean a complete end to what little elements in our democracy still survive.

This is intellectual laziness of the highest order,and you should be very ashamed of it.
Michael I thought you were a better man than this, but Ive been disappointed before. As it happens, and for the record, I am a socialist, or rather see the ideal government as being an amalgam of socialism and capitalism, not unlike our Scandanavian brethren. Thus I certainly do not qualify as a GOP sympathiser, though you now seem to qualify as easily frustrated and not as clever as I once considered you to be, so sad.

My posts have carefully deliniated my reasons for leaning third party as well as my thoughts on Nader and the election. Yet you , unable to win a convert, resort to childishness rather than expounding anything more. Insult those with whom you disagree, whitewash the reasons given for third party sympathies, refuse to defend your loyalty to your Party with logic, yeah, thats the ticket….So sad.

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By Michael Shaw, July 4, 2007 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment

84021 Well ardee all I can say is you are showing your true colors, that you prefer republicans to democrats. No small wonder as to why you want a third party candidate. It makes sense since it’s obvious they are going to have a whole lot of trouble getting in there themselves. You want a republican victory even though that may very well mean a complete end to what little elements in our democracy still survive.

I’d like to add to Ernest, I didn’t blame Nader entirely for the loss. I did say however Nader’s votes could have made a difference. He took a whole lot of progressive and liberal votes. I also said the election was stolen. I even said I liked Nader(and I do) and the idea of a strong third party.

In retrospect we could include Gore for losing some votes, but not the election. It took a corrupt Florida(and Ohio) State government and a right wing Supreme court to appoint Bush. My argument stands that now is not the time to be voting for a third party candidate for president. Not Bloomberg, not Nader or whoever else. And frankly I won’t until the neocons have their teeth pulled.

Regardless of our not agreeing, have a happy 4th. Here’s a little something to read about it.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/070407A.shtml

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By cann4ing, July 4, 2007 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment

While I am usually am in agreement with most of Ardee’s and Michael Shaw’s comments, I must respectfully dissent from the view that Nader cost Gore the election.  It is a view that Gore actually lost the elections at the polls. 

Consider President Carter’s explanation why the Carter Center would not think of monitoring American elections, as it does in Third World nations around the globe.  “The American political system wouldn’t measure up to any sort of international standards….”  Those standards require a “nonpartisan electoral commission or a trusted and nonpartisan official who will be responsible for organizaing and conducting the electoral process before, during and after the actual voting takes place…, uniformity in voting procedures, so that all citizens, regardless of their social or financial status, have equal assurance that their votes are cast in the same way and will be tabulated with equal accuracy….”  To this I would add the essential need for transparancy and a means for independent observers to verify not only the equal opportunity for democratic participation but that every vote lawfully cast is duly counted.

Turning back to Florida 2000, the Voter News Service exit-poll proclaimed Gore the winner by a whopping 7.3% margin—some 435,000 votes. Instead of a nonpartisan electoral commission, the electoral process before, during, and after the vote was in the hands of a governor who just happened to be the President’s brother and a Secretary of State who served as a co-chair of the Bush/Cheney campaign, a dual role which Ohio Sec. of State Ken Blackwell would take on four years later.  Where the Carter Center international standards call for a uniformity of voting and vote counting procedures, Florida was a crazy patchwork quilt of disparate voting systems, where people of color living in impoverished countes voted on obsolete and poorly designed equipment that ensured a significant reduction in the number of votes cast that would be counted.

Both affluent and mostly white Tallahassee County and impoverished and mostly black Gadsden County voted on optical scanners.  In Gadsen one in every twelve votes were “spoiled”—discarded without being counted either because of an “undervote” where no vote was recorded for President, or an overvote, where the scanner reads more than one vote for President.  Tallahassee did not lose a single vote.  As explained by Greg Palast, “Gadsen used optial scanners to read the paper ballots.  Any stray mark…and zap!—the vote was trashed….In upscale Tallahassee, they used paper ballots….The difference is as simple as Black and white.  Make a stray mark on a Tallahassee ballot and zap!—the ballot returns to the voter.”

To this, Steven Freeman & Joel Bleifuss add in “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” “Counties and precincts more likely to support Bush disproportionately had technologies where errors would be brought to voters’ attention so they could be corrected.  Counties and precincts with large African American populations…had technologies where ballots would predictably go uncounted.  The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights…study concludes that although blacks made up 11% of Florida’s voting population, they cast 54% of the uncounted ballots.” 

Freeman & Bleifuss reveal that in all the presidential primaries & general elections between 1964 and 2004 there were only six marked by massive discrepancies between the official count and exit-polls.  Each of the six involved discrepancies that favored the mainstream Republican candidate, and in five of the six, the candidate was named Bush.

“The people who cast the votes decide nothing.  The people who count the votes decide everything.”—Joseph Stalin.

“God bless America.  (You just keep praying, and leave the vote counting to us).”—Diebold ad.

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By ardee, July 4, 2007 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

#83958 by Michael Shaw on 7/04 at 10:14 am
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83856 ardee my argument to that would be why place republicans back in power where they can further decimate the constitution and give themselves more draconian authority? I’ll grant you the democrats have failed in their first 100 days but most of that was because of republicans blocking them.

I responded in great length and with great erudition ( hee) and was 169 characters too long so it was all lost….damn! Heres the brief sumup…..

Firstly, when democrats were in the minority for six years they could do nothing, now in the majority and they still can do nothing…except continue the oil subsidies they swore to eliminate. That they could do.

At least when the GOP is in power it pisses people off, this is a good thing. With the Dems you get the same crap but folks feel better because it is not so blatantly obvious..not good enough for me, you betcha!

The Libby investigation was ongoing long before the Dems came to power and they had nothing whatsoever to do with Fitzgeralds case. Besides, he still goes free so what good are they to me? Bush commuted his sentence and he will be pardoned on Bushs’ way out.

You like Nader but wish he hadnt run. I detest him as an egotistical and selfish son of a bitch and voted for him twice. He and anyone else born here and over 35 can run, my vote belongs to me and I cast it for the best qualified candidate, period. As to Florida, well I blame Gore and Donna Brazile and if Albert had just won his own damn state Florida wouldnt have mattered.

If Gore had pursued every legal avenue available to one who should be President but was cheated of the office how very different might the ‘04 election process have been? He failed abysmally in that duty as well.

Mr. Shaw, you are an intelligent and concerned citizen and I thank you for that. But you are, in fact, wedded to a Party that has deserted you and what is left is a myth. This nation needs, and desperately, a third force in our politics, one that shuns the power of corporate money with its long thick strings. What we have now is a Duopoly, a sham of a two pary system.

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By Michael Shaw, July 4, 2007 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

83856 ardee my argument to that would be why place republicans back in power where they can further decimate the constitution and give themselves more draconian authority? I’ll grant you the democrats have failed in their first 100 days but most of that was because of republicans blocking them. I’ll grant you they really pissed me off when they stated they would not impeach. But even if they tried to, the republicans have enough votes to stop them and they realize that. I think they should try to impeach anyway and let the American people see exactly who is preventing it. Look at the timetable for withdrawl. That came right from Baker, not Pelosi. Funny how it got twisted by the right to make it look like democrats were fatalists. The whole idea of the timetable came from the Iraq Study Group! Bush vetoed the bill and republicans in the house blocked the overturn. You can’t blame democrats for that. They nailed Libby, Bush commuted the sentence, they went after Rove and Bush blocked investigations, they went after Gonzales and even though everyone on the planet knows he’s an incompetent scumbag Bush won’t fire him, they are still going after the firing of prosecutors and Cheney says he’s a new branch of government.

Actually part of the 100 day plan involved bi-partisanship and the dems in going that route in my view was a waste of time. I think they know this now. The neocons will never play a bipartsan role. It’s their way or the highway. I would like to point out the dems are acting responsibly when they at least attempt oversight. That’s comething president Bush hasn’t had to deal with up till recently. Investigations are in full swing, supoenas are being issued and will continue to be issued. Do you honestly believe any of this will continue if we allow the republicans to regain control? I don’t! We’d be cutting off our nose to spite our face! That is all a third party presidential candidate would do. Steal liberal votes and recrown the neocons.

Frankly I like Ralph Nader. But anyone who believes he didn’t hurt Gore is not looking at this realistically. I don’t place the entire blame of Gore’s loss on him either. But he didn’t help and now look what we’ve got! Lets not forget that the 2000 election was stolen and Gore should have been the president. Even with the ripoff and the third party vote he still won more popular votes than Bush and Florida was stolen right out from under him. Had the third party at least thrown it’s vote to him instead of sitting on them he would have won hands down. Naders plan to make things so bad in government that people would jump at the opportunity in voting Green backfired. As a result all it would take to make Bush dictator is virtually any event, natural or otherwise. He can declare Marshall law over an earthquake. If there is another terrorist attack he can suspend elections. What good would a third party be to us then?

Frankly I’m not pinning my hopes on anyone, especially a third party that has no realistic chance in winning. I am no fan of the two party system but what you’re talking about amounts to political suicide and capitulation to the neocons. I’d rather take my chances with the democrats instead of playing Russian roulette with a fully loaded pistol. Let’s get rid of the neocons first. Then we can start working on the democrats.

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By ardee, July 4, 2007 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

#83789 by Michael Shaw on 7/03 at 9:49 pm
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Ardee 83750 I agree with much of what you’re saying, even about a third party since right now I prefer the Greens to any of them. However, traditionally and beyond perhaps its only exception in the Bull Moose Party, the third party has only acted in a spoiler category. At this point there is nothing the republicans would like better in the coming presidential elections. That said, I would love to see a good third party candidate emerge out here in California and challenge Diane Feinstein.

Firstly, thank you for your considered response.

As to the role of a third party as ‘spoiler’, what , I would posit, would be spoiled? We have seen, just a few scant months earlier, during the run up to the elections, many promises by the Democrats, talk of a ‘hundred days’ in which much of what this administration has wrought would be overthrown. What is the reality? Excuses, pandering to the same monied interests as own the GOP. What is gained by installing democrats then? I believe many of us live in the past when that party was indeed a bastion of support for the working class, for the middle class but that is no longer the case and it is past time for us to understand the changing dynamics.

You may view, as do so many , that Nader was responsible for the installation of Bush. I certainly do not. Gore was responsible, the Democrats who conceded when all the evidence pointed to a stolen election are to blame for abrogating their responsibilities to us all. As long as we fail to learn from what has come from the Democratic Party since Clinton, neoconservative Democrat that he was, and make no mistake, golden oratory notwithstanding he is as responsible as Reagan for the scourge of NAFTA, GATT, CAFTA and the usurpation of our economy by the transnational corporations.

You may still choose to pin your hopes upon a party that lied to you, as Pelosi lied about killing the massive oil subsidies if given a majority and then left them practically untouched, but I choose to turn from them and seek a new path.

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By Verne Arnold, July 4, 2007 at 4:32 am Link to this comment

#83487 by cyrena on 7/03 at 8:58 am
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#83408 by Verne Arnold on 7/03 at 4:02 am

• The last few questions I have are a very disturbing: Regardless of what you think of the Republicans…why don’t they see what’s going on?  Aren’t they Americans?  Don’t they have families and kids?  Aren’t we American really a decent people?  Is George Orwell the prophet of our future?

Cyrena, thanks!  You really took some time to answer me in your usual, thoughtful, calm way.  Thank you for the time you spent considering my “thoughts” put to questions.

I would add…simply, that time is a luxury many of us (especially the Iraqis) don’t have and maybe, we don’t have that luxury either…I don’t know.

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment

Ardee 83750 I agree with much of what you’re saying, even about a third party since right now I prefer the Greens to any of them. However, traditionally and beyond perhaps its only exception in the Bull Moose Party, the third party has only acted in a spoiler category. At this point there is nothing the republicans would like better in the coming presidential elections. That said, I would love to see a good third party candidate emerge out here in California and challenge Diane Feinstein. But ironically, no one seems willing to oppose her. Not even Ariana Huffington who I think would have a good shot.

The biggest thing you point out…..there are no Roosevelt’s out there. The closest candidate that comes to one is Dennis Kucinich and he’s already been made to look cartoonish and wimpish by the press. Sadly for these shallow, dubious reasons, he doesn’t stand a chance, especially from the DNC.

As much as I grow tired over the two party circus, I believe it is imperative to elect a democrat as president. Not because I favor democrats or see them as saviors, but because they are in fact the lesser of two evils. Meanwhile we slowly but surely whittle down the republicrats and their republican counterparts, replacing them with independents until we are strong enough and they realize that if they don’t play ball, there might be a bigger and better team out there on the field. A strong third party could broker fairness in both parties and make them once again become the servants of we the people, rather than the servants of corporate CEO’s, but alas now is not the time. We aren’t strong enough yet.

A million people rattling the halls of the congress and senate and as you point out, is not a bad thing either. The key is putting the pressure on them and keeping it on them in every possible and constitutionally sound aspect.

Unfortunately we are not doing that. Some of us are but most of us aren’t. The one’s who aren’t will vote for a traditional party candidate because either they like this robber baron situation, have no idea about it or are too damn lazy to check it out for themselves and seek better alternatives.

The American people are enscathed by the two party ideology and this personified manifestation was no accident. The fear of a third column persists to this day from the 1950’s. Third column-third party is all they see. Meanwhile the real third column, the neocons are having a filed day just as they would if Ralph Nader chose to again run for president.

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By ardee, July 3, 2007 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment

#83430 by Gold Star Father on 7/03 at 6:19 am
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#83416 by ardee stated:

What I do not read, sadly, are any concrete and viable methods for the restoration of the rule of law to our country.  I do dismiss, out of hand, all talk of revolution and violence as just sophomoric solution from those either too young to understand reality or unable to think long and hard about difficult solutions to complex problems.

Ardee, I am neither young nor without ability to understand “reality” nor to “think long and hard”.
How long do you propose to think? What is “sophomoric” is the many year whine about the abuses of the bush administration without any reaction other than apathy by the general population of America and the caving in to the president by Congress.

I do not advocate violent revolution, but action by the people as a whole to stop this administration. Stop the Iraq War, stop the abuse of basic liberty, stop the corruption in the White House (including cheney’s office) and the Dept of Justice.  Maybe its time for the people of this country to flood the streets and halls of Washington and not leave until we are satisfied that our Constitution is intact.

Ardee:

Firstly allow me to extend my deepest condolences for your loss of a child and to note that his giving of his life in service to his nation in no way is diminished by the horrific policies that led him there. I visit, every two or three years, a certain wall in our capital and pay my respects to some of my dearest friends, so , while I have not given a child in service to this nation I do understand loss and the ensuing emotion.

I am glad that you agree with me that violence and revolution are not the answers and my reference to sophomoric was to posters in another thread who childishly prattled gleefully about such actions. There is really only one way to retake our government and that is by the will of the people.

You mention taking to the streets in demonstration and I would remind you that, while I agree wholeheartedly with that method of voicing opinion, millions marched world wide in protest of the impending invasion of Iraq, and to no avail. The way, as I see it, and I am certainly no great or perceptive political analyst, to proceed is to try to reengage the public, to overcome the ennui and disinterest, the feeling of powerlessness that has overcome the American people.All power resides with the people ultimately and all solutions must come through them (us).

” The reasonable man adapts to his surroundings, the unreasonable man attempts to change his surroundings to suit himself; and all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

We live in a time in which the voice of the people has taken a back seat to the voice of the CEO, when the government moves on wheels greased with the money given by corporations and thus responds only to the power of that money. We as a antion have lived in such times before, remember income taxes and inheritance taxes were brought into being to end the amassing of all the money by the “robber barons”. Previously, government income came chiefly from tariffs. Even as late as the Civil War about 60% of government revenue still came from such a source.

This current cycle of the new robber barons must be thwarted in the same way that Teddy Roosevelt, and later, his cousin Franklin thwarted those of their eras. our problem is of course that we have no Roosevelt this time around. It is up to us to either take back the Democratic Party from the DLC and the inept leadership in both Houses, yes Reid and Pelosi must go as well, or to move in another direction and support a third party pledged to refrain from corporate funding. This is th eway I have chosen.

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment

82689 Well Will, I take my hat off to you and the great state of Tennessee. California feels the same way!

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

83651 I’m sorry Goldstar Father. I must have read a pasted copy of your statement in his post!

As for a violent, militant revolution, that is something I hope we never see. I do however see the possibilities in that happening if things continue as they are. It is a frightening prospect. That said, I am in full(100%) agreement with you, I stand corrected and if anyone wishes to go to Washington enmass, they can count me in.

I actually went there and lobbied congress over the USA Patriot Act a few years back, but we were only in the hundreds, perhaps a thousand. If a million went there to address our grievences that would make a far greater impact, literally rattle the halls. No doubt a Kent state type massacre might ensue. But that did Nixon little good and it wouldn’t help George W. Bush much either.

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

83658 Bravo!

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By William Hambaugh, July 3, 2007 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment
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Most of the MSM is treating this issue like Bush was obligated to find some sort of “middle ground”. Middle ground for whom or what? What the hell does middle ground mean when an individual was convicted beyond a reasonable doubt of perjury, obstruction of justice etc.? What the hell does it mean when the fool in charge states the sentence was “too harsh” when only 17% of the country thinks Libby should be pardoned? The sentence he recieved is what established law mandates.
I understand that bloggers are now looking up how republican Senators and Reps voted when Clinton was impeached.  Fred Thompson was emphatic that Clinton be punished to the inth degree for essentially the same charge.  He is now backing the full pardon of Libby.  What a low rent son of a bitch. I hope he gets nominated for the rep ticket, we will tear him to shreads.
I’m from Tennessee and remember just how lazy this fat bastard was when he was in the Senate.  He would be another Bush if they were able to steal another election and make him Pres.  Fuck them both and the entire republican party. They are all complict in the degredation of our democracy.
Will

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By cann4ing, July 3, 2007 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

Gold Star Father, as a vet who lost more than a few friends in Vietnam, I share your pain—and your anger.  What is important is that your grief and anger be channeled into accomplishing fundamental change.

There is only one member of Congress currently running for president who has steadfastly opposed this war from the outset and opposed every war funding bill.  The idea that you somehow “support our troops” by providing the funds that permit the Bush regime to leave them in harm’s way is an Orwellian canard.  I urge you to go to

http://www.kucinich.us

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By cann4ing, July 3, 2007 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

The July 3, 2007 article by Paul Craig Roberts, a former assistant secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and an associate editor of the Wall Street Journal should be read by all.  While the article can be read in its entirety at

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2007/jul/03/world-can-now-kiss-city-on-the-hill-goodbye/

especially for its economic analysis. I will simply quote from its shorter political analysis.

“America is being destroyed.  Many Americans are unaware, others are indifferent, and some intend it.

“The destruction is across the board; the political and constitutional system, the economy, social institutions, including the family itself, citizenship and the character and morality of the American people.

“Those who rely on the Internet for information are aware that the Bush regime has successfully assaulted the separation of powers and civil liberty.  Both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney claim that they are not bound by laws that impinge on their freedom of action or interfere with their ideas of the power of their offices.  Bush has issued presidential directives to make himself a dictator by declaring a national emergency.  Cheney asserts that his handling of secret documents is not subject to oversight or investigation or bound by a presidential order governing the protection of classified information.”

We have, of course, received recent reports, ominously reminiscent of those that surfaced in the Summer of 2001, warning of an imminent terrorist attack.  Whether 9/11 was an inside job or the work of al Qaeda, there can be little question that the cabal now occupying the White House would seize on a new attack as an excuse to declare marshall law.

In “The Great Unraveling” (2004) Paul Krugman presciently warned that America’s hard-right was a “revolutionary power,” as defined by Henry Kissinger in his 1957 doctoral thesis, “A World Restored.”

“Lulled by a period of stability which had seemed permanent, they find it nearly impossible to take at face value the assertions of the revolutionary power that it means to smash the existing framework.  The defenders of the status quo…begin by treating the revolutionary power as if its protestations were merely tactical….Those who warn against the danger in time are considered alarmists; those who counsel adaptation to circumstance are considered balanced and sane….But it is in the essence of a revolutionary power that it possesses the courage of its convictions, that it is willing, indeed eager, to push its principles to their ultimate conclusion.”

Congress must awake to the danger, and right soon.  If they do not immediately fulfill their duty as guardians of the Constitution and the rule of law by bringing and prosecuting articles of impeachment, they may find themselves in the same position as the deputies of the German Reichstag at the outset of a national nightmare that began with the 1933 Enabling Act which ceded all legislative power to Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler.

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By Gold Star Father, July 3, 2007 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you Michael Shaw for your comments.  However,  I never said “violent” revolution. Ardee did, without condoning it.  I dream of one on one violence with certain elected “officials”, however that is just me in my grief. Like your follow-up, I suggest a revolution of the people, flooding, as you say, the city of Washington.  We don’t leave until bush and cheney go along with their minions, especially in the DOJ and the VA (I could list the whole alphabet soup), and this terrible war is stopped.
  What else are we, the people of America, going to do? Wait for Congress to act? Ha! Wait for a new president? Very few of them advocate full withdrawl from Iraq.
  Relatively, very few American families have been directly affected by a death in Iraq. However, I can give you all real good advice: don’t wait for it to happen to you. I won’t even try to describe the pain.
  If we really give a damn about our country, we must stop this carnage. We must put an end to this presidency. I lost my son to stupid neo-con war, but we’re all losing our country.

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment

Skruff, I’d also like to add this little detail about commuting as opposed to pardoning goes:

AMY GOODMAN: And how does President Bush wiping out his jail time protect Bush and Cheney?

MARCY WHEELER: Well, in some ways, the commutation is actually worse than a pardon, because with a commutation, Scooter Libby still retains his Fifth Amendment privileges. So if John Conyers tomorrow called up Scooter Libby and said, “We’ve got to talk. I’d like to know exactly what happened when Dick Cheney ordered you to leak something classified to Judy Miller. I want to know whether President Bush actually did declassify it or whether Vice President Cheney was just making that up”—he does that, and Scooter Libby just says, “I plead the Fifth,” and we still don’t get—“we” as American citizens don’t get to understand what our president and what our vice president did to retaliate against somebody who was just exercising his First Amendment speech rights.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/03/1433207

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By PaulMagillSmith, July 3, 2007 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

RE: #83258 by bob on 7/02 at 4:33 pm
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bob, you are out of your mind, and likely as deluded as this administration.

“Plame was never undercover.  The CIA isn’t even allowed to have undercover opperatives within the united states.”

If you do some research you will find Plame WAS an undercover agent.  Do you think agents just walk around wearing a sign “UNDERCOVER”?

As for your comment about the CIA not being ‘allowed’ operatives in the US, you’ve got to be kidding! Nixon used both FBI & CIA undercover people against anti-Viet protest groups in his time in office, and the Bush regime traces back to that illegal mis-use of power (even with some of the exact same players).

With the neo-Con belief they are above the law what makes you think they wouldn’t disobey the laws about CIA operatives?

RE: #83281 by jbart on 7/02 at 5:15 pm
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While I agree with you some people need to be gleaned from the gene pool I take exception to your slam of WASPs. I am one, but if you have seen the philosophy in my previous posts you will also see your negative ‘profiling’ of WASPs inappropriate, offensive, and inaccurate.

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment

Gold Star Father…I truly grieve with you at your great loss and although I agree with 99% of what you are saying, I would like to add I do not beleive in violent revolution but moreso like Gandhi’s approach in peaceful civil disobedience. His nonviolent ideology defeated the greatest oppressor in world history up till now. Men like him, Martin Luther King and others had true courage and conviction. It cost them their lives but their ideology is still with us and that shall never die as long as “We the People” never lose sight of it.

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

83412 Skruff the entire justice system is a sham. If anything, those who serve in office and commit blatant crimes should get twice the sentence as an average citizen would. Politicians have our entire nation in their hands, petty criminals do not. Although I agree to an extent that violent criminals belong in jail moreso than nonviolent criminals, Libby’s actions have enabled the overthrow of constitutional law, hiding acts of treason in the process and enabling an illegal war that has killed hundreds of thousands(or perhaps a million) and permanantly injured even more. That is a hell of a cry more serious than writing bad checks or smoking marijuana.

That said, I believe non violent criminals should be locked up separately from violent criminals.

The truth is there are thousands of people in jail who do not belong there and one of the guys who truly does just walked.

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By George "The Cracker" Bush, July 3, 2007 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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My Fellow Americana

The Vie Pres-EE-dent informalized me of thet boy Scooter Liberacci’s plight.  I am dew-Tee bound to electricutionize criminals and release my friends, as is ma…Sworn…Dew-Tee. 

I have not finished scroo-ing American yet.  There is much work to…Doo. 

I have in-Vie-ted Scoo-Bee Do Libby to re-Joinificize Vie Presee-Dent Che-Nee’s cabi-Net.  We will bee havin’ some Crabs an a Cook-out.

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By Neoconned, July 3, 2007 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment
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And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb….DICK CHENEY

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

83430 Gold Star Father you are absolutely correct. If a million of us flooded DC and demanded an end to this war, it would be over by now. Meanwhile most folks sit at home, bitch and complain to their spouses, drink beer and watch televion. Same goes for gas prices. If enough of us decided to have a sit down strike and refuse to drive, the whole nation would be left at a temporary standstill, forcing those idiots to do something. When we just sit back on our arses we are doing exactly what the powers that be want us to do. It will take action by us in great numbers to get back our country. It will take risk and courage and it will take selflessness, all aimed at the common goal in restoring democracy.

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

We supposedly have a two party system. The truth is we do not. Every politician from both sides of the aisle sit in the same corporately controlled church. I see it as no more than a good cop-bad cop system where the bad cop robs steals and beats our liberty and wellbeing to near death then the good cop steps in, throws us a few scraps from the table making us believe we still have a system. But we still lose and what we gain back comes nowhere near to what we lose. Then the process continues again. As this goes on it is quite clear where we’re all headed. First to corporate feudalism, then to out and out slavery. Right now we’re at the corporate feudal level. How long will it take before we wake up? The next great slave rebellion since Sparticus?

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By DFC, July 3, 2007 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

I, for one, am glad to hear of the commutation.  This outcome fits my preconceived notion of George W. Bush’s and perhaps more appropriately, Dick Cheney’s political gamesmanship with our country and the world.  So much the better for a hastened political melt-down of this Unitary-Executive-War-President-administration.

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

83524 James Claire…..You must be joking!!!

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By Neoconned, July 3, 2007 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man;  666…DICK CHENEY.

...And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast (DICK CHENEY)

...and he spake as a dragon. (DICK CHENEY)

...And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him (GEORGE BUSH)

...And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads (SCOOTER LIBBY)

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By Neoconned, July 3, 2007 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Scooter.  Welcome back Rocco, America is sorry what it did to you.

Gordon Gekko: The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars…..You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth.

Lou: The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don’t want to do.

America the land of the brave and the free?  For the most part, it’s populated by sheep grazing on genetically modified junk food.  With eyes closed and ears shut, we repeat the vain mantra of how great we are.  Everyone is jealous of us.  Yeah, right.

Welcome to the Orwellian nightmare of dictatorship in America.  Incase you didn’t know already. 

Ye shall know from the mark of the BEAST upon him.  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast…...666…...DICK CHENEY.

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By carlito paquito, July 3, 2007 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

Lord Acton words come to haunt us again, “Power corrupts, Absolute power corrupts absolutely”

Is there any doubt the silent bullet has been fired already or is it just us tiny people that see this?

Se Hablar Espanol.

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By jamesclare, July 3, 2007 at 11:36 am Link to this comment

Part 2 - (con’t from Part 1 - jamesclare)
The great irony in this situation is that a majority of the Republicans, after some ‘Democrat’ bashing, will leap at the chance to remove this millstone from their party’s neck and will complete the super majority. They will see their redemption and rehabilitation in this action and actually become the more eager actor. The courage, however, must come from the Democrats in the knowledge that in removing this Executive, they will surely be helping the Republicans. They will be helping the nation more and that should be the only calculus. This will require a determination and strength that the country has not witnessed in Congress for many years. If the strength is found to rein in the Democratic presidential aspirants, who benefit so much from this weakened Presidency and will surely fight this action, the earth will shake underneath the White House. The march up to the White House by Congressional leaders of both parties will be a day for the history books. The weakened Executive will give in to all demands and step down because power will give them no choice, and that they understand. As part of the process, Cheney must be made to step down first and a new VP selected to address the fears of a Cheney or Pelosi presidency. The new VP/President would have to be a Republican and it must be someone like Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is familiar with Iraq, diplomacy and who, ostensibly, has the experience to guide the country. It would be nice to have a promise from him or her not to run, but that is probably not enforceable. Democrats will just have to take their chances, but again, their charge is not re-election but to construct an effective government now. The new cabinet should be bi-partisan so that a unity government is assured and justified public suspicion further ameliorated. The possibilities for this executive branch are breathtaking if it employs the most experienced and pragmatic negotiators, peace makers and war fighters from all parties. Most importantly, America can renew herself before a startled, yet immensely relieved world. No longer will our allies and much of this nation withhold their valuable resources in a desire to see this strange and destructive administration fail. The delight of watching the hated American executive branch twist into oblivion will no longer affect decision-making across the globe. The only logical benefit to our allies and even many of our foes will be to aid rather than abet the situation in Iraq and the entire Middle East, whatever course that takes. Congress will move ahead with a level of respect and support that it will hardly know what to do with and with a common cause in Iraq, rather than half of the government benefiting from failure. As for as the next president; campaigning can resume after the nation’s business is taken care of. How the new government can change the Iraq dynamic is a further item of discussion.

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By jamesclare, July 3, 2007 at 11:32 am Link to this comment

Part 1 - I agree with Cyrena’s post with the following additions. The Democratic Congress is drawing the wrath and contempt of many who voted them into office because they are not taking the courageous path and changing this government. People sense that they can do more, but cannot formulate the exact action required. I can. What is required is a revolutionary, but thoroughly constitutional action, the removal of this executive and its replacement by a functional government. I believe that we do not have another twenty gut-churning months to ignore this issue. It seems that neither party can step outside of the standard mode of operation and conceive of a different way of doing things because of the fear of taking responsibility or losing power. They cannot and will not see that the problem of this war and our dysfunctional executive branch cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges with endless nattering about benchmarks, deadlines, war funding and who will be our next president. The issue is not $0, $50 or $100 billion of funding. It is the fact that we have lost our standing in the world and a great measure of our strength and, because of this, our ability to deal with the issues we face. Our military is strained beyond reason, yet we still have an obligation to try and fix the mess we have made. There is a solution and it is the only one that will make a difference. It has surely been considered and cast aside many times by my timid party. The fact that the unraveling of Iraq and the disintegration of the Bush administration is actually advantageous to Democrats makes a rational unified way forward nearly impossible. This dynamic must be changed. Democratic campaigns are well served by this crippled administration; the nation is not. The Congress must assume the mantle of responsibility given to them by the Founders and stand up to this dysfunctional Executive, not for themselves but for the country, her soldiers and a responsibility that rightly or wrongly has been assumed by all of us. This president and his cabinet should and must be removed. It can be done swiftly as soon as the Democrats make up their minds to do so. It is the only way to salvage something out of the war they, however unwittingly, helped launch. First, to gain any kind of credibility after their weak efforts on addressing this issue, the Democrats must create their own version of ‘shock and awe’. They must demand the Democratic presidential candidates suspend any participation in the presidential race immediately and start focusing on what is best for this country instead of who will be the next president. However improbable this sounds, it is what should be done even though it threatens dreams of future power. The problem is now, not 20 months from now and all the congress should act now. The suspension of the race will suck the wind out of the irrelevant political yammering and focus the talking heads, press and hopefully the nation on the very serious moves that must take place. It will empower the Democrats to move forward as nothing else could. As the congressional Democrats refocus their energy and efforts to that of salvaging our wrecked government and foreign policy, they will be able to enlist more Republicans in their rescue work than any conventional wisdom would allow. It is absolutely possible to attain the resignation of the President and his enablers if it is done ruthlessly and swiftly. The absolute inevitably of impeachment, trial and conviction will be enough. There are several iron-clad impeachable offenses that almost everyone can now recite. Only the absolute certainty that impeachment will be used will ensure that it will not be needed.

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By lawlessone, July 3, 2007 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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Smirk and the Frat Boys play a new tune.

First, there was the insanity defense, which at least was initially motivated out of a concern for leveling the playing field and elementary fairness.  Then came the Twinkie defense and similar absurdities.  Lately, it’s the ever popular, “drink made me do it” defense, usually reserved for celebrities.  Now, we have the Bushie defense. 

Apparently, you can lie, violate your public oath of office and even endanger national security assets, so long as you did it in support of your boss.  Good to know . . . if you are a convicted criminal.

[more irreverences at resistence-is-possible.blogspot.com]

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By Dubya, July 3, 2007 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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Happy Independence Day!

I’m pissing on YOU and your Constitution!

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By Another letter to the nation, July 3, 2007 at 11:23 am Link to this comment
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And the next obvious move for the president must come on January 19,2009 when he should pardon himself, Cheney and Rove.  In no other way can he secure a future free of the fear of the tentacles of justice.  If those tentacles can reach Bobby Cherry, Robert Chambliss, and James Ford Seale who managed to elude them for decades, they can certainly extend far enough to grab treasonous felons.  The Bush team is best at covering their behinds.  It would be wise for them not to leave themselves exposed to future legal prosecution.

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By Lee, July 3, 2007 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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Commute!

Why does the NYT and all other media use the White House’s talking points and verbiage?

It’s called a get-out-of-jail-free-card.

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By Chaseme, July 3, 2007 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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I can almost see it now: bush, cheney, libby and the rest of the administration all dressed in their cloaks with hoods covering their heads to conceal their identity. A dark, damp cave lit with torches carried by each of them.

In the middle of the cave is a smooth circular stone, about the size of a dinner table. And, strapped to the stone is Lady Justice with her cloak hiked up around her waist, exposing all of her privates to this group of savages.

As they all salivate, anxiously waiting to brutalize her, one at a time, she struggles to scream out, but can’t, because strapped to her head and stuffed in her mouth is a red rubber ball that Webster defines as…Complacency.

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By The Old Hooligan, July 3, 2007 at 10:18 am Link to this comment
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And this commutation of Libby’s sentence comes as a surprise to whom, exactly?

Get real. This administration continues to exhibit a near-total disregard for the law (God’s or Man-made, doesn’t matter), a character trait which was apparently encoded into their DNA prior to birth.

Expectations that the Bush White House will -ever- play by the rules is a total waste of valuable time, kinda like planting a cherry tree and then expecting to get a nice crop of peaches in return.

But that’s all ok by me. Even though Republicans are effectively running this Country (into the ground) and I’m a mere Democrat, we can still be friends.

I’ll gladly hug their Elephant and they can kiss my Ass…

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By aaron, July 3, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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There is always a downside to this type of act. Time will tell.

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By cyrena, July 3, 2007 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

For now, the only real solution is to actually work within the system, to the degree that we can, (and keep reading and blogging) because the only reason that bush continues to get away with this stuff is (in part), because even Congress has been in the dark, and even once they began to figure things out, the obstacles have been overwhelming, from cheney locking up all the documents, to the literal PURGE of 47 million professional and semi-professional bureaucrats or other workers within the corporate structure.

Still, as broken as the system is, I don’t see it poisoned completely. The most dangerous part of it has all been at the top, and just getting rid of them, would be a major breakthrough. So, while I agree with Ardee that any sort of “armed revolution” is not the answer, (and I don’t think that many people have that as a serious thought) we also cannot afford to ignore what Barack Obama referred to as a “quiet rage” among ordinary citizens. At the time, he was referring to many of the black communities in our nation, but the fact of the matter is that it can apply pretty much everywhere now. So, while my juvenile and arrogantly nerdish critics can patronize me condescendingly with things like, “well, there have been other large groups of people who have been oppressed, and never resorted to violence”, I would certainly beg to squash THAT naïve assumption, because history has provided too many examples that totally disprove that. And when those events have occurred in this country, they have rarely been “organized” acts of violence, but rather “reactions” to conditions that have long been smoldering, and the slightest thing can set it off. That’s what I see being a larger concern, than any organized “armed” revolution.

But, I also don’t think it can wait another 500 days. So for right this moment, I honestly believe that things are in fact sort of working themselves out, with a lot of help from those few “decent” people still left in the system, that can help bring it about. Politicians are in fact beginning to do a little more, if only because of the self-destructive vindictiveness that cheney always indulges in. These latest antics of him deciding that he’s not part of the Executive branch, has been another shot in his own foot, and I want to believe, (from what I’m seeing) that their days are numbered. More and more have embraced the impeachment resolution, including McDermott most recently, who called on cheney to either resign or be impeached. And, while that might sound like only so much rhetoric, it means that soon enough, the rest of these political scaredy-cats, will in fact be forced to do something themselves.
Recent polls, (for whatever they’re worth, and they do have some use when used with other tools) have continued to show what is nearly universal disapproval of the Mob, on a whole host of issues.

So for now, the best thing might be to just keep on preaching to the choir, and sharing information, as more and more people begin to figure these things out for themselves. There are far more resources to share now, then there were for the first 5 years of this nightmare.

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By cyrena, July 3, 2007 at 9:58 am Link to this comment

#83408 by Verne Arnold on 7/03 at 4:02 am

•  The last few questions I have are a very disturbing: Regardless of what you think of the Republicans…why don’t they see what’s going on?  Aren’t they Americans?  Don’t they have families and kids?  Aren’t we American really a decent people?  Is George Orwell the prophet of our future?

Lots of good questions here Verne, (and yeah, in my opinion, we should ALL be worried) but I have to say that I believe the postings to be important, even if they sometimes don’t seem to do much more than express an outrage that has unfortunately been suppressed for so long, by so many of us just trying to figure all of this out. Because, it hasn’t been an easy thing for most of us TO figure out.

Which brings me to your questions that are in fact disturbing, beginning with, “why don’t they see this going on? (meaning anyone who still appears to support these policies-like Republicans) and that’s the first major problem, that is only just beginning to correct itself. So many people really DO NOT see what’s going on, for a number of reasons, and lots of them really are “decent people” with kids, (consider all of the ones that have already lost kids and families) but yet for many of these people, the truth of things still hasn’t come. My personal analysis blames a large portion of it on this propaganda that is far more prevalent than many people realize, and I know that because I receive so much of it from people that I have always considered to be decent and rational people.

But the Orwellian atmosphere has continued to dominate us now, (collectively) for at least 6 years, with all of the fear-mongering, and the creation of all of these “existential threats” and all the rest of the stuff, that it really has not only prevented many people from figuring out that something is “wrong”, but allowed for all of these fantasy type explanations for what they must obviously “sense” is very wrong, but are unable to put the dots together, to understand why. I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of people are in what is now a permanent sort of post-traumatic shock, and have been for so long, that to really accept the truth of it all, is simply far too painful.
And, I’m not trying to sound like a “Dr. Phil” or some semblance of any, but from a social science, or even an historical context, as a society, we’ve experienced such an unprecedented assault as multiple acts of treason, and there are still too many who cannot wrap their minds around that. So, I don’t think that for ALL, it’s a matter of not caring, but just the ignorance based on the propaganda that is so ruthlessly imposed, giving many of these perfectly decent people, some sort of escape or opportunity for denial. This seems really prevalent among military families, who are brainwashed into a blind patriotic belief, based on this whole made up theme of a “war on terror”.
And then, there are those who are in fact still totally oblivious to it all. They’re the ones who are in fact still complicit in it, even if they’re only just realizing it. So, better to just watch Oprah, and not be “depressed” with all of that bad news, or play a video game. These too, are “decent” people, who certainly don’t like the consequences of these things, but if it’s not THEIR family member dying or coming back as a broken person, and if they’ve never had a reason to wonder what people are like on the other side of the world, (or even across town) they pretty much don’t know or care.

So, I said that to say that while we might all be preaching to the choir, that choir has in fact been relatively small until recently, and the fact that it IS finally growing larger, despite the on-going attempts to keep everybody stupid, is hope in itself.

To be continued.

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By Henry S., July 3, 2007 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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Lying is lying regardless if it is about why we are going to war or whether your doing it to protect VP or The President.  That said they should all be in jail for the 3600 deaths they caused just as a start.

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By jamiedbruce, July 3, 2007 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

I can’t wait to listen to the apologists on Bush letting Libby out of jail. I bet they all wanted Clinton impeached, thrown to the wolves, but not Libby. Oh, no… so now the message to my kid is if you are a conservative (supposedly who Bush is pandering to by deciding to let Libby off), you are for two different justices. If you are not a member of the GOP and you are guilty you must be punished, if you are a Republican you can cheat, lie, and get pardoned. Remember when Clinton pardoned his buddies what the conservatives said? Right, I figured so much… And the Media is always so upset that this country is split in two… oh, poor members of the intelligentsia. By God, that is a good thing. My solution to the problem is send all children of Republicans (who LOVE war) to Iraq and keep them busy, make sure all Republicans get no government healthcare, thus letting the rest of us get insured for free, and do what India did with Muslims when they created Pakistan. Break this country into two sovereign nations. One that is good to its citizens and communities and the other a Darwinian state where all the right wing nuts can go and live in their own hell.

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By Another letter to the nation, July 3, 2007 at 8:48 am Link to this comment
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Never at a loss to find fresh new ways to mock the American people, Bush, Cheney and Rove get high honors for the timing of Libby’s PARDON.  Following on the heels of the family vacation at Kennebunkport, where the Bushes annually flaunt their leisure and wealth, Bush grants freedom to his Scooter on Independence Day weekend—not in honor of our forefathers, but in honor of HIS father who pardoned Caspar—one of many unfriendly ghosts from a too-familiar past.
Meanwhile, his royal subjects can eat cake if they can afford to buy the gas to get to the store for the ingredients, while under the guise of diplomacy George courts Putin to broker deals for his and Cheney’s oil cartel.  Didn’t George just use the same guise on his recent trip to South America?
Americans are paying for their cake all right and it’s not rich enough in arrogant irony unless many-layered and thickly coated in that sugary frosting we’ve come to know so well.

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By Chaseme, July 3, 2007 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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There is one sole right way and there are endless wrong ways of doing things.

If a government is not trying to go the right way, it is criminal. Sabotage must cease!

It has always been one of the ugliest vices of advanced movements. Yet, today it seems a fundamental social vice.

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By joneden, July 3, 2007 at 8:14 am Link to this comment
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If it was just Bush being a God awful president, no problem. But with the constant lying in the media, and a Democratic Party that appears unwilling to bring impeachment charges against these criminals, this looks like a fascist state to me.

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By d.alon, July 3, 2007 at 7:46 am Link to this comment
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President Bush wrote an article explaining his decision. After reading it, I (can’t believe I’m saying this) agree with him.  I think its a fair decision. He was under a great deal of pressure from both sides of this issue, and he actually, for once, made a “bi-partisian” decision. Besides, we all know Libby was taking the fall for Cheney. That’s not right to begin with.

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By GW=MCHammered, July 3, 2007 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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Line-a-Bed spray-n-feather ‘em!

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By Gold Star Father, July 3, 2007 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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#83416 by ardee stated:

What I do not read, sadly, are any concrete and viable methods for the restoration of the rule of law to our country.  I do dismiss, out of hand, all talk of revolution and violence as just sophomoric solution from those either too young to understand reality or unable to think long and hard about difficult solutions to complex problems.

Ardee, I am neither young nor without ability to understand “reality” nor to “think long and hard”.
How long do you propose to think? What is “sophomoric” is the many year whine about the abuses of the bush administration without any reaction other than apathy by the general population of America and the caving in to the president by Congress.

I do not advocate violent revolution, but action by the people as a whole to stop this administration. Stop the Iraq War, stop the abuse of basic liberty, stop the corruption in the White House (including cheney’s office) and the Dept of Justice.  Maybe its time for the people of this country to flood the streets and halls of Washington and not leave until we are satisfied that our Constitution is intact.

What is “sophomoric” is the utter disregard of the thousands of KIA in Iraq and tens of thousands of wounded.  Sophomoric is ignorance of the tens of thousands of Iraqi dead, mostly civilians.  What is sophomoric is to wait out bush’s term and then attempt to fix justice.

I have had to endure the “long and hard” thought about my only son’s death—a waste, yes, a WASTE.  But I have also thought long and hard about the rising arogant abuse that is the bush-cheny administration.

We Americans can go no longer accepting what ever bush decides to do, regardless of his constitutional limitations as president.  If there is any correlation, it is Germany in the 1930’s.  Please let us get our collective heads out of the sand and demand, DEMAND, that bush be stopped.  If Congress is unwilling to do it, we the people have a right, a responsibility, to revolt.

What “solutions” do you advocate?

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By ardee, July 3, 2007 at 5:50 am Link to this comment

I take no pleasure in having predicted this obvious act of commutation by a pResident who neither respects the law or the office he did not earn.

I read the anger, the outrage, the shame that our nation has fallen under the aegis of such disreputable and lawless people.

What I do not read, sadly, are any concrete and viable methods for the restoration of the rule of law to our country.  I do dismiss, out of hand, all talk of revolution and violence as just sophomoric solution from those either too young to understand reality or unable to think long and hard about difficult solutions to complex problems.

Some remain confident that, in about 500 days or so, all our problems will go away as Bush returns to the anonimity he so richly deserves.  I reject this as wishful and pollyannish thinking. Until and unless we come to understand that it is not people but a system gone rancid that is the root cause of our problems we will remain enmired and enslaved under a corporatocracy that actively seeks to destroy all the freedoms that our founders fought so hard to install.

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By Skruff, July 3, 2007 at 5:31 am Link to this comment
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Prison should be a place for violent offenders. Leona Helmsley, Martha Stewart, and even Neil Bush shouldn’t occupy prison cells.

A am no fan of Scooter Libby, and I can not think of another act of GWB whit which I approve, BUT Libby does not belong in jail FOR THIS OFFENSE.  If, however, they try this administration’s partners for war crimes, I would approve of jail for them.

We need to re-think our policies concerning the jailing of individuals… maybe now, with so many “powerful” folks looking down the barrel of this gun, is a good opportunity.

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By Verne Arnold, July 3, 2007 at 5:02 am Link to this comment

There are a lot of posters here I have never seen before…this should be a good thing, but is it?  Most of us are saying the same thing…which is; we don’t like the present situation in America (an admitted understatement).  After much of my own ranting I have some questions.  I’m really worried.  Should I be? 

So…what is the reason we aren’t getting what we want?  We elected a Democrat majority…yes?  What is the reason Bush continues to forge ahead with his plans as though there is nothing in the way to block him?  Outrage aside, do we really understand this dilemma?  Do we see clearly?  Do we need another galvanizing event to push us over the top so that we finally act?  How far can words take us?  Is it worthwhile to preach to the choir?  We can find sympathetic “friends” at these sites but, are we really doing anything?  Or are we striving for ego gratification and a false sense of actually accomplishing something?  The last few questions I have are a very disturbing: Regardless of what you think of the Republicans…why don’t they see what’s going on?  Aren’t they Americans?  Don’t they have families and kids?  Aren’t we American really a decent people?  Is George Orwell the prophet of our future?

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By weather, July 3, 2007 at 4:54 am Link to this comment

When good is made to look bad and bad is choreographed to look good, you’re near the tipping point.

Improve America’s self-esteem:
    Drop-ship Libby into the sands of Iraq w/his Israeli passport and a note from the NYTimes on how easy it is to lie in broad daylight.

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By KnowBush, July 3, 2007 at 4:23 am Link to this comment

Well, so much for “Rule of Law.”  Scooter Libby deserves prison.  He is no scapegoat, and his “years of excellent public service” consist of plotting undemocratic, world-domineering policies.

Is there no one is Washington with any historical perspective? 

Sure, Libby didn’t act alone with the Plame leak and thwarting its investigation, but he also didn’t go against his better nature and just follow orders.

I. Scooter Libby has always been at the forefront of aggressive neoconservative policy.

In 1992, Libby, along with former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, wrote a “Defense Planning Guidance” report, commissioned by then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney.

This DPG called for the U.S. to claim its authority as the world superpower, to intimidate rivals for power, to bypass the United Nations as needed, to build more weapons to ensure global military dominance, and to strike pre-emptively against those who threaten U.S. interests anywhere in the world.

It was shockingly unethical, bullying and began the end of Americans-as-good-guys. It was supposedly shelved after its embarrassingly heartless approach to the world was leaked.

But in 1997 it resurfaced, only slightly edited, as the Statement of Principles of the Project for a New American Century, signed by Libby, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Jeb Bush, Elliot Abrams, Zalmay Khalilzad and more. Though PNAC officially closed in 2006, its personnel and policies still thrive at the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, the Weekly Standard and, yes, the White House.

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By Edward Sullivan, July 3, 2007 at 3:49 am Link to this comment
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What is most galling is the now-familiar smirk on Libby’s face - like Cheney, like Bush, like Roberts, like Gonzales, like…..Gotti.  Guess it just goes with being a ‘made man’

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By eeg, July 3, 2007 at 12:57 am Link to this comment

“The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath .... ”

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By cyrena, July 3, 2007 at 12:54 am Link to this comment

(Unregistered commenter)#83353 by kevin99999 on 7/02 at 10:15 pm


...“I wonder if this GOP moron in the white house has any idea what he is doing to this country… “

Kevin, I’ve been asking myself this question everyday for the past 7 years. And, for a while, it was hard to know. Too easy to assume that he was just too stupid to have any clue to what was actually going on around him. We know that he has no intellect to speak of, so he doesn’t have any reason to know or understand the consequences of any of this unprecedented stuff that he’s done with the Constitution.

So, other people have worked out all of the details of that. Still, he’s not entirely stupid, because this is obviously the agenda that he supports. So in that respect, it doesn’t really come into question whether he knows how much destruction he’s caused, simply because he doesn’t CARE. It only matters they he further his agenda, and cheney takes care of the rest.

That’s the hubris.

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Bush demanded that anyone caught leaking information on V.Plame would face justice by the court of law. Libby was a fall guy for Cheny, Rove ,somebody.  BUT really…WHO leaked the info on V. Plame…no one has seen the court system on this.  I want to know…I want that person placed in jail as a traitor.

Bush’s own politically picked lawyer passed judgement , a jury passed judgement on Libby…go to jail, do not pass jail, lose $200k.  someone will pay that fee…its peanuts.

I hope that we can get on with the next president whoever she / he may be. ANything is better than this administration that has done so much damage to our country, to over 3500 souls lost n Iraq, our standing in the world as others see us.

We are kow seen as a week country and we will be stepped on… the Bush regime has let lose a monster in Iraq that will take years to kill, if that is possible.

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By Robert, July 3, 2007 at 12:31 am Link to this comment

NEXT IN-LINE TO BE PARDONED BY BUSH…“JONATHAN POLLARD” ...PERHAPS 12/2008 OR 01/2009.


I wonder what this “Bush” feels about Israel spying on the U.S., such as, the zionist Jewish anti-American monster, Jonathan Pollard.

Jonathan Pollard is a convicted Israeli spy and a former United States Naval civilian intelligence analyst. Pollard pleaded guilty and was convicted on one count of spying for Israel, receiving a life sentence in 1986 with a recommendation against parole. Israel publicly denied that Pollard was an Israeli spy until 1998, when he was granted Israeli citizenship.

According to Eric Margolis in the Toronto Sun, Pollard provided Israel with the names of Amerivan agents in the Soviet Union. Margolis also alleges that the names were later traded to the Soviet Union by Israel and a number of key CIA agents were executed as a result. Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker claims that “a number of officials strongly suspect that the Israelis repackaged much of Pollard’s material and provided it to the Soviet Union in exchange for continued Soviet permission for Jews to emigrate to Israel.“and that” a significant percentage of Pollard’s documents, including some that described the techniques the American Navy used to track Soviet submarines around the world, was of practical importance only to the Soviet Union”

Pollard’s superiors at the Navy Field Operational Office in Washington, D.C. grew suspicious of Pollard’s conduct. Stacks of classified documents unrelated to his work were repeatedly found in his office. The FBI was soon called in to investigate, and they arrested Pollard in November 1985. Any hopes of keeping the scandal under wraps were dashed when Pollard attempted to avoid arrest by requesting asylum at the Israeli embassy, as originally ordered by his Israeli handlers from Lekem (his controller was Rafi Eitan, former head of Lekem.) The Israeli embassy nevertheless refused to grant Pollard and his wife asylum, and Pollard was subsequently apprehended by the FBI. At the time, Israel publicly denied any connection to Pollard.

There were press reports at the time of the Camp David 2000 Summit that Clinton had offered to pardon and release Pollard as an inducement to then-Prime minister Ehud Barak to enter into an agreement with the Palestinians, but nothing ever came of it. There were also rumors that Pollard was among the many whom Clinton considered for Presidential pardon on his last day in office, January 20,2001.

The lates Israeli request for pollard’s release made in new York on September 14, 2005 was again declined by President Bush. A request on pollard’s behalf that he be designated a Prisoner of Zion was rejected by the High Court of Justice of Israel on january 16, 2006. Another appeal for intervention on Pollard’s behalf was rejected by the High Court on June 8, 2006.

Pollard & Israel’s spying has caused the deaths of many Americans! This zionist monster loyalty was not to America, but to a foreign country…Israel. He needs to pay for his damn spying and the deaths of our fellow Americans; He belongs in prison til he rots. This is only one of many spying affairs by Israel on the U.S.

The people on this forum can watch “Spy Jonathan Pollard” caught on tape. Surveillance video from 1985 shows American stealing secrets for Israel.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15222134/

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By cyrena, July 3, 2007 at 12:29 am Link to this comment

83336 by 911truthdotorg on 7/02 at 8:27 pm

911truthdog, Thanks for this on the latest distraction. I hadn’t seen it, but it’s all standard fare at this point, because this has been the same song and dance over and over.

They don’t even re-writethe scripts on these things, or change one single iota of the theme or MO.

But, I don’t think it can work this time, and certainly not as it did in the lead-up to Iraq, when there were few of us who saw it as the complete hoax that it was.

Fortunately, I don’t think so many of us are falling for that stuff this time around, and especially since it’s been so damn BLATANT, that nearly anybody can figure it out. And that’s the problem. We’re all sitting here watching this in real time, (like especially these on-going tactics to demonize Iran and have an excuse to just “fire-away” on them) and we send all of these publications, and studies by all of the professionals and academics, and military commanders, and policy experts yelling….NO!! Don’t DO IT! This will be the act of destruction, that plunges us into WORLD WIDE chaos, and all the while, we know that cheney is chompin’ at the bit, can’t wait to make the call. (or find a way to get george to do it)

Just as an aside, I did catch a headline that the IAEA pros were scheduled to be in Iran this week. I’ll have to find it, and see what they’re up to.

For the past 3 years now, (or longer) the IAEA has been doing their routine and protocal inspections at Iran’s facilities, and doing what their supposed to do, to keep track of all of this, and make sure that Iran is staying within the requirements of the NPT.

And, they haven’t YET been able to find anything out of order, since it’s NOT “illegal” for them to enrich uranium any more than it is for any other signatory to the Treaty. Still, for 3 years now, the Mob has been doing their best to demonize Iran, and make it sound like their some rouge regime intent on building nuclear weapons to destroy the world. WRONG “rogue state”.

So yeah, this is just more of the same.

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By Michael Shaw, July 3, 2007 at 12:02 am Link to this comment

Palaver! I see! I see!

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By cyrena, July 2, 2007 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment

#83305 by grob on 7/02 at 6:42 pm

Grob, I dunno. I’m inclined to agree with you, EXCEPT….I think this really was more of an order by Cheney. Just another one of his routine arrangements, as the one who decides these things.

•  Libby was no loose cannon.  He was Bush, Cheney, and Rove’s good soldier.

....“We know this because otherwise he would have been fired or forced to resign before the indictment for bringing disgrace and dishonor to the administration.  Bush couldn’t risk firing Libby because, Libby could have blown the whistle on the man giving the orders.  What makes this whole situation unique is the fact that the man benefiting from Libby’s actions has the power to pardon him before leaving office.”....

Of course we know that Scooter served all 3 of them, but it was Dick Cheney that he road to work with everyday, and for all intents and purposes, has been joined at the hip for years. Addington has also been his main guy, and mostly in the real deep shadows, (like all of cheney’s world) until of course Scooter’s indictment and conviction.

Still, a sense tells me that this was just the arrangement that Cheney insisted upon, (since he has the most to hide, and Scooter is still his best friend)

•  Also, if Bush didn’t commute Libby’s prison sentence, is their any reason to believe that Libby wouldn’t have spent his thirty months in prison writing a book about what really went on.  Something Bush could not take a chance on.

Actually, I DID expect him to writea book in there, but not anything that would be useful. I hear he used to writepoetry.

...“Bush had no other choice but to commute the prison sentence.”...


I still think this was cheney’s order, like so many others. Bush tried to delay for as long as he could, because of course it would have been better, if he could have waited until the end of the term, and just sort of “quietly” do it then. But, the Courts weren’t going along with the ridiculous posture that this legally tried and convicted person, should just hang-out in his normal gangster life-style, (on appeal my ass, since when does that prevent a jail term from beginning, and why didn’t they just lock him up right after the sentence was given, like they do on Law & Order, and in real-life courts of the ordinary person?) The jury says “guilty”, and your ass is supposed to go directly to jail.)

Anyway, once it became a thing that was going to happen, (like as soon as they issued his permanent “inmate number”, which was last week) then he had to go ahead and do what dick told him to do.

Cheney saved his guy like we always knew he would.
Still, even with all of that considered, I’m with Dr know-it-all, so I’m thinking Scooter probably needs to watch his back. I suspect him to leave town, like maybe for Greece or Cyprus. Maybe Dubai. We won’t know about it.

Meantime, I’m still amazed at how these guys aren’t even STAND-UP bona-fide gangsters. A genuine mobster would have done the time. So, there’s no honor among THESE thieves, because all this does is wreck georgies “legacy” even more. Could even subject him to a lynch mob.

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By Michael Shaw, July 2, 2007 at 11:51 pm Link to this comment

What I find facinating in all of this is that for nearly a year(or was it longer?) special prosecutor Fitzgerald fritzed about, took his good old time and eventually even ignored the real crime, the outing of a CIA operative. That was quickly removed from the table, perhaps as quickly as the table came to order. It sure did keep us occupied though didn’t it?

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By Palaver, July 2, 2007 at 11:45 pm Link to this comment

Begin immediately referring to the “Libby Amnesty” publicly.  Republicans rail against amnesty for nannies, cooks, gardeners and construction workers while simultaneously promoting amnesty with fervor for themselves and their leaders.  Anyone who is unable to see the irony is contributing to our demise.

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By Michael Shaw, July 2, 2007 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment

83324 IE Pollard. Robert, Bush has already destroyed his legacy.  I doubt that AIPAC would make much of a difference. AIPAC-US relations is no big secret. Also George Bush is the lead neocon. If one of them falls, they all do, thus the pardon of Libby.

I don’t know if he’ll pardon Pollack or not but clearly Libby was a bigger and more immediate potential threat than AIPAC. Also if AIPAC did expose Bush they would also be exposing themselves and Bush could easily cut off their weapons supplies and our funding to them in retaliation. They’re not going to jeopardize that. Sure they want their boy back but not by risking their cashflow and military aid.

Frankly I think we should be worrying about bigger fish like what truthdog is talking about in 83336. For the most lawless, corrupt and dispicable government in our history, I don’t put anything past them. Even nuking Israel!

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By kevin99999, July 2, 2007 at 11:15 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder if this GOP moron in the white house has any idea what he is doing to this country…

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By cyrena, July 2, 2007 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment

#83292 by kinetic stereokid on 7/02 at 5:56 pm

Kinetic, thanks for the excellent post. I feel your anguish, since it was even worse back when it all began, leading up to, and of course as soon as they highjacked our government back in judicial coup of 2000.

Back then, I was right in the middle of it…their like “home base”. It felt like I’d dropped right down into the rabbit hole, (or been snatched). It seemed to take forever, before we even got to this point, to try and counter-act it. This massive dumbing-down and all of these distractions.

Looking back at that time, I can say that at least this part of it, (more awareness through independent media like this) has finally made a difference.

Meantime, give me a bit, and I’ll try to see if I can come up with some stuff you can do.

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By Debra Istvanik-Strotman, July 2, 2007 at 11:05 pm Link to this comment

The gates of hell are wide open awaiting the devil’s favorite deciples. Bush, Cheney and the rest of this trash with money and power will probably offer money, power, and attempt to commute the Devil’s sentence from hell to heaven if only he will help them get into heaven. Bush and his cohorts can burn in hell for their acts against mankind.

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By GW=MCHammered, July 2, 2007 at 10:44 pm Link to this comment
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Where the NeoKonz screwed up is not showcasing an icon; the Nazis excelled with the swastika. Perhaps the BushCo icon should be Scooter and Bush atop a Darth Cheney oil-barrel wedding cake.

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By kikz, July 2, 2007 at 10:35 pm Link to this comment
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it’ll be interesting to see how this plays w/the intel community.

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By Margaret Currey, July 2, 2007 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment
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I am not surprised but to say that the verdict was excess is crazy, he did not even spend one night in jail, if 30 months was too much why not commute it to 12 months?

A lot of first time offenders still go to jail, what about a 17 year old senior who had good grades and got 10 years for having oral sex with a women who consented to the act, talk about justice, whose justice?

Looks like Impeachment would be a good thing to start.

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By 911truthdotorg, July 2, 2007 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

As disgraceful as letting this scumbag off the hook is, this is much more important to consider. Just another distraction from the following:

They’re starting the buildup of lies for another fake terror attack and martial law:

Official Cites Resemblance to Warnings and Intelligence Before 9/11

By BRIAN ROSS, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and RICHARD ESPOSITO

July 1, 2007 — A secret U.S. law enforcement report, prepared for the Department
of Homeland Security, warns that al Qaeda is planning a terror “spectacular”
this summer, according to a senior official with access to the document.

“This is reminiscent of the warnings and intelligence we were getting in the
summer of 2001,” the official told ABCNews.com.

U.S. officials have kept the information secret, and Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff said today on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”
that the United States did not have “have any specific credible evidence that
there’s an attack focused on the United States at this point.”

As ABCNews.com reported, U.S. law enforcement officials received intelligence
reports two weeks ago warning of terror attacks in Glasgow and Prague, the Czech
Republic, against “airport infrastructure and aircraft.”

The warnings apparently never reached officials in Scotland, who said this
weekend they had received “no advance intelligence” that Glasgow might be a
target.

Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff declined to comment specifically on on the
report today, but said “everything that we get is shared virtually
instantaneously with our counterparts in Britain and vice versa.”

Unlike the United States, officials in Germany have publicly warned that the
country could face a major attack this summer, also comparing the situation to
the pre-9/11 summer of 2001.

Copyright © 2007 ABC News Internet Ventures

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, July 2, 2007 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment

Which would you rather be, someone who Bush and Cheney see as a potential rat, or a suicide bomber?
I bet his days are numbered. 
Kinetic Stereokid, I suggest you get yourself a good hobby. Insulate yourself.  Also, consider moving to Vancouver.

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By cann4ing, July 2, 2007 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment

NYC Atty, perjury is also a felony under state law in California.  No doubt it is in your jurisdiction as well.  Libby was also convicted of obstruction of justice.  Odd anamoly that an individual’s sentence can be “commuted” before they even begin to serve it.

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By Robert, July 2, 2007 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment

Ernest canning, Michael Shaw…

I am predicting that before George Bush leaves office, he will pardon Jonathan Pollard, the US/Israeli citizen, who spied on the US for Israel.

AIPAC & Israel have been trying very hard to get him pardoned for years. Pollard will move to Israel with a huge amount of money, property and Israeli citizenship…all already in the bag.

Just watch & see the results. AIPAC, Israel and the Neo-Cons have so much top information on G W Bush & Cheney…they will go for the pardon or blackmail is on top of their agenda.

George Bush will comply and NOT risk being exposed by AIPAC and the other zionist agencies.

It will a horrifying day for Bush if he does not pardon Pollard.

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By hang the traitors!, July 2, 2007 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder if this is how it felt in the last days of Rome?

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By Gold Star Father, July 2, 2007 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment
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Bush’s statement said:

“...Others point out that a jury of citizens weighed all the evidence and listened to all the testimony and found Mr. Libby guilty of perjury and obstructing justice. They argue, correctly, that our entire system of justice relies on people telling the truth. And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable. They say that had Mr. Libby only told the truth, he would have never been indicted in the first place.”

Bush actually said: if a person who serves in government dosen’t tell the truth he must be held accountable? Who is this SOB trying to kid?

Also:

“...My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby. The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged. His wife and young children have also suffered immensely.”

Kiss my ass, Bush. My son died in Iraq and his mother and I and his sisters have suffering all locked up. Libby’s wife and children haven’t suffered shit and never will.

If impeachment doesn’t happen soon, it’s time for revolution people.

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By Frank Cajon, July 2, 2007 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

I look at the Bush Regime and see five hundred days from the end, walled off in a bunker of sorts, above any laws, and deserted by most of even the most ardently misguided of their previous supporters. Spurned by all but extremists among the people, lying to the press, and ignoring the Constitution’s antiquated ‘checks and balances’, the masters of war continue to vicariously fight their distant money-laundering war of attrition at the cost of our children’s futures and our troops’ lives and limbs. They are a party of business-suited criminals who do not go to jail, and purge those who prosecute them, wrap their reactionary agenda in the American flag and who rewriteConstitutional Law to their own ends. Delusionally believing God made them leaders, not the People, this inner circle is somehow superior and answerable to no one.
Ignoring his own generals, the Commander in Chief presses on the unwinnable Eastern Front even as his efforts to create a police state and extinguish individual rights seem finally to be crumbling. In 500 days it will all be over, the bunker will be empty and there is hope for us to be liberated. We have seen too much of this before. Let’s learn from history’s mistakes.

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By P. T., July 2, 2007 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

The Republicans will come up with the $250,000 hush money.

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By DennisD, July 2, 2007 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment
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Hell $250G’s come on, that’s not even pocket change for the GOP. Watch for the full Bu$h Inc. pardon for Libby and the rest of the corporate elite, as the Decider slips out the Out House back door in 09. 
Now that we’ve determined that Congress and the court system are irrelevant to no ones surprise, welcome to the Imperial Presidency.
Scooter you’ve served your Fuhrer well, your Iron Cross is in the mail or are we still calling that the Medal of Freedom.

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By P. T., July 2, 2007 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment

Bush had to commute Libby’s sentence or face the possibility of him singing like a canary.  Libby made Bush an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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By NYC Atty, July 2, 2007 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

Perjury. Funny, but last time I checked, this was a felony under federal law. This is the same crime that millions upon millions of dollars were spent tearing down a President through ridiculous impeachment proceedings that turned up…no conviction. This, mind you, arose out of circumstances in which the President was thinking with the wrong head.

That, apparently, was “Justice” under the GOP.

Fast forward a decade later. We have a Justice Department led by an incompetent GOP lackey. We have law students from 4th tier law schools deciding who should serve in the Department of Justice. While the a majority of the top officials in the Justice Department fall like flies, we have the AG, standing in the rubble with his pants down telling us that he “can still be effective.”

We have a (HIGH RANKING) administration official caught lying in a case where the evidence clearly shows a concerted effort to out a CIA agent for retribution. No, not a situation where Dick Cheney’s “Richard” is being slobbed on in his office—a situation in which administration officials are undermining our foremost intelligence agency. As Judge Walton stated, the evidence was “substantial,” and the verdict supported the conviction. Apparently, the D.C. Court of Appeals saw such little merit in Scooter’s appeal that they wrote a 2 sentence decision denying rehearing of his appeal.

And yet,

The President has the gall to commute his sentence, because, he found it “excessive.”

Hypocrites. Treasonous. Impeachable.

This country’s sense of justice is slipping through our fingers.

TAKE ACTION NOW. CALL YOUR SENATORS, REPRESENTATIVES, WHOEVER…TO GET YOUR VOICE AND OUTRAGE HEARD.

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By grob, July 2, 2007 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment

Libby was no loose cannon.  He was Bush, Cheney, and Rove’s good soldier.

We know this because otherwise he would have been fired or forced to resign before the indictment for bringing disgrace and dishonor to the administration.  Bush couldn’t risk firing Libby because, Libby could have blown the whistle on the man giving the orders.  What makes this whole situation unique is the fact that the man benefiting from Libby’s actions has the power to pardon him before leaving office.

Bush’s commutation of Libby’s prison sentence was to be expected.  How could Bush in good conscious allow Libby to serve a prison sentence, when we all know that what Libby did, he did for Bush.  Even thieves have honor among themselves.  Libby didn’t spill his guts about what really went on.  He was in Bush’s thinking a ‘standup guy’. 

Also, if Bush didn’t commute Libby’s prison sentence, is their any reason to believe that Libby wouldn’t have spent his thirty months in prison writing a book about what really went on.  Something Bush could not take a chance on.

Bush had no other choice but to commute the prison sentence.

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By Dave Raithel, July 2, 2007 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment
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Buy a gun. Learn to use it. Demand clemency for all non-violent first time criminal defendants…

Face down in unmarked graves, bullets to the back of their empty heads: Too good for anyone who defends the fascist cabal in the White House…and without saying, anyone in the White House.

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By steve, July 2, 2007 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment
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The most outreagous thing about all of this is I think most people in the country really don’t care much about this…I mean come on…There is a baseball all star game to be played next week!  Remember all the sadness when Cindy Sheehan decided to return to private life?  Oh yeah there really wasn’t any.  There just doesn’t seem to be much passion out there for anything now other than American Idol and Paris Hilton and whatever I am supposed to be terrified of next.  And Scooter Libby?  He’ll make up the money on the lecture circuit while ordinary Americans seem less and less concerned with all of this as the dumbing down of Americans continues day by day.  Who is talking about Scooter Libby besides everyone on truth dig?

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By windell cotton, July 2, 2007 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment
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Congress it is time. Democrats if you have any balls at all, now is the time. What will you do? History will judge.

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By C.Coen, July 2, 2007 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment
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A total slap in the face of the American people whose sons and daughters are fighting for democracy and justice (according to the president)in Afghanistan and Iraq…. This administration’s ignorance, arrogance, corruption, and total disrespect for the law have no bounds. We must move to impeachment!

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By manny, July 2, 2007 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment
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The Crime boss gave Libby his freedom. We have gangsters in the White House. The rule of law is for the rich and powerful. Today America’s judicial system was mortally wounded. I never thought it would be possible. Words fail me to express the pain I feel for a country that I love so very much.

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By kinetic stereokid, July 2, 2007 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

Ok I understand that everyone is pissed off. I have been sitting here quietly for the past 4 years reading this website and feeling outraged by all the stories that passed by. I don’t know what it is specifically about this case that set me off but I’m feeling very violent and want to bash something to pieces. Obviously not the most productive way to vent my frustrations, especially since I consider myself a pacifist.

I can tell that a lot of us share the same perspectives on many of these stories, mostly in the “I’m getting fucked in the ass” regard. That’s really all that I hear, how bad situations are, how our rights are being trampled on, etc etc. I’m just sick and tired of hearing everyone bitch and moan about all this. I get the picture, I think we all do, nothing’s really changed over the past few years, we just keep getting fucked over again and again and again and our best defense against it is to say, we’ll he’s just an asshole, fuck him. At the end of the day, doing this just leaves me feeling very angry and empty inside. I’m sick of paying for all this bullshit. I bust my ass everyday only to get shaken down for 30% of my paycheck to fund all this corruption and violence. I have blood on my hands, all of us who pay taxes do.

Buying pot funds terrorism?

Well by that token, working a job in America funds destruction and violence, wait no, I think I meant Democracy and freedom. Eye for an eye right? I feel disgusted. What the hell do I do to make a difference? I’m 25, work a 9-5, live in a major city, and am awash in a stinking pile of shit when I try to find some sort of understanding to our country and our people. Some insight, Please….

Scammers and Terrorist recruiters need not apply

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By lawlessone, July 2, 2007 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment
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Bush apparently has decided that Libby, a Bush Administration senior official found guilty of deliberately lying under oath while being questioned about his admitted leaks of a national security secret regarding CIA personnel, should do no jail time for his crimes. 

The Republican campaign ads had it wrong.  Why should Al Queda ever want Democrats to win when they can have a helpful fellow like Bush in the White House?  So much for the supposed promises of Republicans to safeguard our national security and keep convicted criminals behind bars.

It was a nice additional touch of irony that Bush, who routinely ordered the torture of detainees and death sentences for the mentally ill, called the few months to be spent in a cushy prison as “excessive.”

[more irreverance at resistence-is-possible.blogspot.com]

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By Kinetic Stereokid, July 2, 2007 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment
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Ok I understand that everyone is pissed off. I have been sitting here quietly for the past 4 years reading this website and feeling outraged by all the stories that passed by. I don’t know what it is specifically about this case that set me off but I’m feeling very violent and want to bash something to pieces. Obviously not the most productive way to vent my frustrations, especially since I consider myself a pacifist. I can tell that a lot of us share the same perspectives on many of these stories, mostly in the “I’m getting fucked in the ass” regard. That’s really all that I hear, how bad situations are, how our rights are being trampled on, etc etc. I’m just sick and tired of hearing everyone bitch and moan about all this. I get the picture, I think we all do, nothing’s really changed over the past few years, we just keep getting fucked over again and again and again and our best defense against it is to say, we’ll he’s just an asshole, fuck him. At the end of the day, doing this just leaves me feeling very angry and empty inside. I’m sick of paying for all this bullshit. I bust my ass everyday only to get shaken down for 30% of my paycheck to fund all this corruption and violence. I have blood on my hands, all of us who pay taxes do. Buying pot funds terrorism? Well by that token, working in America funds destruction and violence, wait no, I think I meant Democracy and freedom. Eye for an eye right? I feel disgusted. What the hell do I do to make a difference? I’m 25, work a 9-5, live in a major city, and am awash in a stinking pile of shit when I try to find some sort of understanding to our country and our people. Some insight, Please….

Scammers and terrorist recruiters need not apply.

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By Michael Shaw, July 2, 2007 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment

I can imagine the pre-trial chatter.

Cheney/Bush: Don’t worry Skooter, if they convict you we’ll get you off.

Libby: Well that’s a good thing! Otherwise I’ll have to sing like a canary!

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By William Hambaugh, July 2, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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Hell, the 250k is a drop in the bucket. Libby will probably be sentenced to a life of luxury paid for by his right wing friends.  He won’t pay a frigging dime. He will be set up for the rest of his life without having to worry about finances at all.  The probation duties will probably be assigned to his wife, whom I am sure will hold strickly to the terms of the probation. 
This is what conservative republicans are really made of. This act reflects what the republican party stands for. Do we want another republican in the executive branch in 08 to continue this kind of bullshit?  None of them can be trusted except to lie, cheat, steal, and behave in a manner centered on destroying the honor and integrity this country use to stand for. I believe this act by this asshole president officially moves this country to being the premier fascist, authoratarian, imperialist government unlike anyother on earth, now and in history.  Good bye America. We are beyond help now.
Will

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By davidbdr, July 2, 2007 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

Well, Bob, according to this report:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18924679/

“The unclassified summary of Plame’s employment with the CIA at the time that syndicated columnist Robert Novak published her name on July 14, 2003 says, “Ms. Wilson was a covert CIA employee for who the CIA was taking affirmative measures to conceal her intelligence relationship to the United States.”

Plame worked as an operations officer in the Directorate of Operations and was assigned to the Counterproliferation Division (CPD) in January 2002 at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The employment history indicates that while she was assigned to CPD, Plame, “engaged in temporary duty travel overseas on official business.”  The report says, “she traveled at least seven times to more than ten times.”  When overseas Plame traveled undercover, “sometimes in true name and sometimes in alias—but always using cover—whether official or non-official (NOC)—with no ostensible relationship to the CIA.”

I can’t image what seems to be causing so much confusion with all the wing-nuts. Plus, why would she have been outed in the first place if she weren’t working undercover? Seems like that would have been pointless. Stop trying to make excuses for the criminality of the Cheney/Bush administration.

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By jbart, July 2, 2007 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment
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Bob.
Yor comment puts you in a single, unadmirable position, one of “dog licking the water bowl”. Please believe me when I state…you and all you have & love need to disappear. Literally, disappear. The laws of natural selection demands that you, and everyone who has your genetics, needs to be removed from the “gene pool”. BTW- I bet you’re not a janitor. I bet you got a real cushy job. You don’t give a “rat’s ass” about your fellow man. You ONLY care about you & yours. Right, asshole? Comment, if you dare, you sniffling WASP !!!

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By Ron, July 2, 2007 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment
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I guess John Edwards is right. There really is two Americas.

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By John Putnam, July 2, 2007 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment
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This sucks. My VFW card means less to us by the day and a very sad day indeed. Six more americam boys gone.
Fuck Bush, over and over.

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By cann4ing, July 2, 2007 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

Libby knew going in that he wouldn’t spend a day in jail.  He knows too much and could implicate his former boss Dick Cheney, who is the true power behind the throne.  George W. Bush was prepared to do the same thing for anyone who could implicate Cheney in the Plame outing scandal and the lies that were told to Congress about WMD, just as his father made sure that no one who could implicate him in Iran Contra would go to jail.  Like the mafia, these people will take care of their own.  Again, no surprise here!

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By August West, July 2, 2007 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

The Decider has once again followed Cheney’s lead and given the big middle finger to the rule of law.  The trial judge said the evidence against Libby was overwhelming and followed the sentencing guidelines judges are required to apply to crack dealers and Enron executives.  For The Decider to find the prison sentence for obstruction of justice and perjury was “excessive” is simply an excuse for giving Cheney’s number one a pass.  The Decider, when governor of Texas, never found execution to be excessive, even when passing judgment on the condemned who were retarded, had received inadequate assistance of counsel, or who had other mitigating circumstances. 

Ok, congress, now can we impeach and indict?

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By ChicagoGuy, July 2, 2007 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment
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Instead of fighting for democracy in Iraq, let’s start in America. To commute Libby for a crime which should have been treated as treason is morally wrong. Maybe now people will start to think impeachment.

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By Goffredo, July 2, 2007 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment
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Why are there no Democrats with the stones to challenge this administration?  I knew this was going to happen.  And no one is coming on and saying this is BS.
Even Jim Webb who gave that awesome response to that bullshit-ridden State of the Regime speech in January has gone off quietly.  I’m so pissed I could almost buy a country music cd.

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