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Ben-Veniste

9/11 Panelist Slams ABC?s Fib-U-Drama

On Wednesday?s ?Countdown,? 9/11 commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, above,  added his voice to those criticizing ABC?s credibility-challenged 9/11 ?docudrama,? saying: ?It was quite clear, as the 9/11 commission report states, that Clinton authorized the CIA and the American forces to get Bin Laden?capture or kill?and this miniseries does not depict it accurately.?

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Joe Conason: White House Guilt in CIA Leak Case Remains

The revelation that Richard Armitage first disclosed Valerie Wilson’s identity as a covert CIA operative doesn’t change the fact that it was Karl Rove and Scooter Libby who used that information in an attempt to punish Ms. Wilson for her husband’s criticism of the Bush administration.

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Marie Cocco: The Smoldering Legacy of the World Trade Center

After five years, we must ask: How did the path from Ground Zero somehow lead us to Abu Ghraib? Where did the elemental goodness that inspired us in those first days and weeks after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon go?

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Ellen Goodman: Failures of Imagination

Here is something I never imagined five years ago: that America would lose its status as the good guy in the struggle against terrorism.

Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


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BlackBoxVoting

Diebold Voting Machine Hacked in Four Minutes

Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting recently got her hands on a Diebold voting machine and was able to hack it in four minutes with tools that cost $12.  Harris? handiwork is just the latest demonstration of how vulnerable electronic voting machines are to vote manipulation.

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Bush Transfers High-Value Prisoners to Gitmo

The AP is reporting that the president is transferring 14 key terrorist leaders, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, above, from secret CIA custody to the U.S. military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be prepared for eventual trials. The prisoners will apparently be afforded some rights consistent with the Geneva conventions.

  • Yeah, well, Bush also signed a bill in December outlawing the torture of detainees, and then made a “signing statement” announcing his intention to flout that law. So excuse us for being cynical about the president’s motives and intentions here.
  • UPDATE: Former DOJ lawyer and law prof Marty Lederman says Bush’s new bill actually authorizes “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    ABC's

    Top Former Counter-Terror Official Blasts ABC 9/11 Docudrama

    Roger Cressey, a top counter-terrorism official to Bush II and Clinton, called ABC’s upcoming miniseries “The Path to 9/11” something “straight out of Disney and fantasyland. It?s factually wrong. And that?s shameful.?

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    Valerie Plame
    From MSN

    What Valerie Plame Really Did at the CIA

    The woman at the center of the CIA leak case “was no analyst or paper-pusher;” rather, she was chief of operations on the CIA’s clandestine Joint Task Force on Iraq, which was heading up the CIA’s intelligence hunt for Saddam’s WMD. Thus, her outing by Bush administration officials was a serious breach of national security—not to mention a career-killer.
    The Nation’s David Corn has the scoop in his new book, “Hubris.”

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    Iraq War Backfiring on U.S., Says Ex-Iranian Leader

    Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami said America’s military actions in Iraq have created more terrorists and imperiled the futures of both countries. The greatest danger, he said, lies in a possible U.S. strike on Iran, but he doubts that will happen.

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    UK’s Blair to Resign in 2007, Says Paper

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told aides that he will step down as the leader of his party on May 31, 2007, and resign as prime minister on July 26, according to the British tabloid The Sun. He had already announced he would not seek a fourth term in office, but this is the first news of a specific resignation date.

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Dog growls at detainee
    Associated Press

    Army Finally Bans Torture

    Yielding to pressure from humanitarian groups, Congress and the Supreme Court, the U.S. Army will release a new field manual that affords all detainees protection from torture under the Geneva Convention.  The new document will ban several ?interrogation? methods that have drawn criticism, including simulated drowning and the use of dogs to terrorize detainees.

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    Flickr/YourLocalDave

    Hiding in Plain Sight

    Iraqis have been taking great pains to conceal their identities in order to avoid sectarian violence.  Because personal information, such as a name and province of origin, can hint at whether they are Shiite or Sunni, the fake ID trade is booming and worried Iraqis sometimes even change their license plates.

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    Keith Olbermann

    Olbermann to Bush: ?Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?’

    Keith Olbermann has been on a roll lately, contesting the administration?s ?recent Nazi kick? with a series of essays.  This time the ?Countdown? host went after the man himself, saying: ?Mr. Bush, you are accomplishing in part what Osama Bin Laden and others seek?a fearful American populace, easily manipulated, and willing to throw away any measure of restraint, any loyalty to our own ideals and freedoms, for the comforting illusion of safety.? (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Atta via Disney
    From AMERICAblog

    Bloggers Rage Over ABC/Disney 9/11 Miniseries

    ABC is planning to air a six-hour ?docudrama? on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 that lays the lion?s share of the blame for the Sept. 11 attacks on President Clinton. The progressive blogosphere is in a rage—as evidenced by the satirical photo above—over perceived bias on the part of the filmmakers and ABC/Disney. (Check out the controversy.)

    Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Paul Cummins: Fighting the Wrong Battles in Education Reform

    The co-founder of the trailblazing Crossroads and New Roads schools in Santa Monica argues that if we can?t fund cuts in class sizes and improve educational resources, nothing else we do will matter a whit.

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    Robert Scheer— Afghanistan: High on Opium, Not Democracy

    While Bush was distracted with Iraq, the patrons of terrorism were very much in business back where the 9/11 attack was hatched, turning Afghanistan into a narco-state that provides a lucrative source of cash for the “evildoers” Bush forgot about.

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    Marie Cocco: The Pretense About Jobs

    When it pays better to be old and retired than young and working, we can no longer indulge Bush’s fantasy that the economy is on the right track.

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    Jabari Asim: Lil’ Kim’s Coming-Out Party

    Upon her return from jail on a perjury conviction, the rapper Lil’ Kim almost made us believe that imprisonment had afforded her time to reflect upon the demeaning portrayal of women in the rap genre. Almost.

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    Why the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Resonate

    I (TD managing editor Blair Golson) have studiously avoided blogging about “The U.S. government planned 9/11” conspiracy theories because, frankly, they’re crap they strain credulity; no government it seems unlikely to the extreme that the government could keep a secret like that from leaking* (see editor’s note on the jump). But Time magazine has a good explanation of why 36% of people polled lend credence to these claims: We need grand theories to make sense of grand events, or the world just seems too random.

    Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush reading
    From z.about.com

    Is Our Bush Learning?

    The man who famously asked “Is our children learning?” now claims to be reading books like Camus’ existentialist novel “The Stranger” at a furious pace. Blogger Steve Benen smells a heaping lump of B.S.

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    Facts: Irrelevant Nuisances in Bush’s Drug War

    With a government agency reporting that the White House has wasted $1.4 billion on an antiquated, naive anti-drug campaign, Yahoo’s health expert recommends that Bush pull his head out of the sand in his fight against America’s drug problems.

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    Gladwell Debunks Conservative Pension Plan Myths

    Conservative free-market gospel has it that government should butt out of the economy. To understand the devastation that philosophy has wrought in America?s private pension system, check out this Malcolm “Tipping Point” Gladwell article.

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    White House: U.S. Safer but Not Yet Safe

    The Bush administration released an assessment of its terrorism-combatting efforts to date. It takes credit for thwarting several attacks, but acknowledges many challenges, including an Al Qaeda network far more decentralized and media-savvy than pre-Sept. 11—and thus much more elusive and dangerous.

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    The 800,000-Year Old Horror Story

    The latest study of ice drilled from Antarctica reveals that carbon dioxide levels are substantially higher now than at any time in the last 800,000 years.

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    Condi Ad Absurdum

    Condoleezza Rice equated Iraq war critics with those who advocated tolerating slavery in 19th-century America as a way of ending the U.S. Civil War.

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    In Ads, Republicans Run Away from Bush

    GOP’ers who once bragged in campaign materials about their close relationship with the president have started whitewashing their connections with the now-toxic Bush from their political ads and websites.

    Posted on Sep 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Book Alleges Bush Said Jews ?Going to Hell?

    According to rawstory.com, a forthcoming book alleges that Bush, while still governor, made anti-Semitic remarks to a reporter: ?You know what I’m gonna tell those Jews when I get to Israel, don’t you, Herman?  I’m telling ‘em they’re all going to hell.”  (h/t: Americablog)

    Posted on Sep 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Fertilization
    Wikipedia

    Men Have Biological Clocks Too

    A group of U.S. and UK researchers have suggested that children born to older fathers are likelier to develop autism.  The study of 132,271 Israeli children implies the possibility that men also have time constraints on procreation.

    Posted on Sep 4, 2006 READ MORE


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    latinamericanstudies.org

    Overworked Laborers’ Day?

    OK, we had to do it. Some snippets from a focus on the daily grind by the Washington Post:

  • The Pew Research Center: “Americans believe that workers ... are worse off now than a generation ago—toiling longer and harder for less in wages and benefits, for employers who aren’t as loyal ... in jobs that aren’t as secure.”
  • The Economic Policy Institute’s “State of Working America 2006/2007”: Productivity may have boomed in recent years, but family incomes have stalled.
  • Peter D. Hart Research for the AFL-CIO repeats this pessimistic drumbeat: Fifty-five percent of Americans said their incomes were not keeping up with inflation; 38% predicted that the economy would worsen in the coming year.


  • Also, the origins of Labor Day, My Bad Boss Contesta four-day workweek, labor statistics, quality of life, undocumented workers’ rights.  More labor links? Put ‘em here….

    Posted on Sep 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Elizabteh Dole

    Dole in the Headlights

    Elizabeth Dole was asked by Fox News to name a Democrat who was appeasing terrorists.  She couldn?t, but instead launched into a nonsensical yarn, loosely linking opposition to the long-ineffective missile defense program and the Patriot Act to appeasement.

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


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    flickr/nukeit1

    Officer Recommends Death Penalty for Accused Soldiers

    An Army officer has recommended the execution of four soldiers, should they be found guilty of murder.  The soldiers are accused of improperly shooting three Iraqi detainees during a raid.  No U.S. soldier has been executed since 1961.

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    gene testing
    dw-world.de

    Fertility Clinics Offer Brave New World

    Doctors on the frontier of in vitro fertilization now offer to test embryos for predisposition to treatable cancers and other ailments using the same technique that detects some serious childhood maladies.  As scientists learn more about the code that builds human life, critics warn of an age when the wealthy will be able to buy a healthier brood.

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    More Than 200 Taliban Fighters Die in Afghan Clash

    Two thousand NATO and Afghan soldiers are involved in the largest military operation to occur in southern Afghanistan since NATO took over the area in early July. The explosion of violence in the area has taken the lives of over 200 Taliban fighters and of four Canadian soldiers. A UK reconnaissance plane also crashed, killing 14 people.

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Abortion Rule for Texas Minors: Notarized Parental Consent

    Yep, you read right. The Texas Medical Board now requires minors seeking abortions to provide notarized parental consent forms. (h/t Feministing)

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Puffer
    securityinfowatch.com

    Airport Security Beset by Technology Failures

    The Transportation Security Administration has suspended the installation of trace-detection portals, the machines that detect explosives on passengers.  The move comes amid criticism that the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security have been unable to develop and implement effective airport security tools.

    Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Taliban Resurgence Produces Record Opium Harvest in Afghanistan

    Opium production in Afghanistan is at the highest level ever recorded and shows an increase of 50 percent from last year. The increase in opium cultivation is a result of the resurgence of Taliban rebels.  The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said in a statement: ?The southern part of Afghanistan was displaying the ominous hallmarks of incipient collapse, with large-scale drug cultivation and trafficking, insurgency and terrorism, crime and corruption.?

    Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


    file peeping
    smh.com.au

    Government Admits to Yet Another Domestic Spying Program

    The Education Department has admitted to searching through millions of student loan records on behalf of the FBI.  The government says the operation, known as ?Project Strike Back,? was meant to uncover information on individuals allegedly related to terror investigations.

    Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


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    Weekly Video Roundup

    In this week?s collection of our favorite videos: Bush talks nonsense; a mayor courageously speaks out against the war; Pat Buchanan longs for the white America he grew up in; Stewart and Colbert address the idol-worshipers of television; and Keith Olbermann gives Rumsfeld a Murrow-style smackdown.

    Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Left, Right & Center

    Left, Right & Center

    Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: Campaign Kickoff and Labor Day Blues.

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Blackhawk Down
    ziyue.com

    Oliver Stone on Hollywood and the ?Machinery of War?

    Oliver Stone, speaking at the Venice Film Festival, criticized Hollywood?s romance of war.  ? ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’—these movies worshipped the machinery of war and I think America went back to the concept of war too easily.?

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

    Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel’s Defense Minister Supports War Inquiry

    In a surprising reversal of position, Amir Peretz has called for a full independent investigation into the war in Lebanon.

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Truthdigger of the Week: Mayor Ross ‘Rocky’ Anderson

    Truthdig salutes Rocky Anderson, the Salt Lake City mayor who spoke out against the war and reminded the world that “blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.” Anderson welcomed Bush to his city with a fiery protest speech and these searing lines: “A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president.”

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    $20 Million for ‘Good News’ From Iraq

    According to the Washington Post: “U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.” Your money at work! (Via boingboing)

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Angela Merkel
    es.news.yahoo.com

    The Most Powerful Woman in the World

    Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor and beloved podcaster, overtook Condoleezza Rice as the world’s most powerful woman, according to Forbes magazine.  The No. 3 spot was filled by ChinaҒs vice premier, Wu Yi, also known as the Iron Lady.Ӕ  How did someone known as the Iron LadyӔ lose out to Angela Merkel?

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Pat Buchanan

    Buchanan Misses White America

    While out pimping his book, Pat Buchanan made an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, where he exposed himself with a statement as racist as it was whiny: ?I?d like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.?  (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


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    BBC News

    Mock Bush Assassination Prompts Outrage

    A British TV network is set to air a mock documentary that portrays the imagined assassination of President Bush.  While the White House has refused to comment on the program, one Republican spokesperson said: ?I find this shocking, I find it disturbing.  I don’t know if there are many people in America who would want to watch something like that.?

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    UN Plane in Sudan
    flickr/spangleddrongo

    U.N. OK’s Peacekeeping in Darfur

    The U.N. Security Council has approved plans to create a peacekeeping force in Darfur, but will not deploy the troops until Sudan agrees.  The force of up to 22,500 would “replace or absorb” the 7,000 African Union soldiers whose mandate expires Sept. 30.  (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


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