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Friday, October 30, 2020

Is Bush above the law?

President George W. Bush has long believed he and those who work for him are above the law and not subject to the rules that govern the rest of America.

And that is exactly what the Justice Department is arguing in its latest claim that records in the White House Office of Administration are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

At issue is whether or not the law can ever be used to force the Bush Administration to be open and honest with the American people.

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Judge orders White House to release reports

A federal judge ordered the Bush administration to issue two scientific reports on global warming, siding with environmentalists who sued the White House for failing to produce the documents.

U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong ruled Tuesday that the Bush administration had violated a 1990 law when it failed to meet deadlines for an updated U.S. climate change research plan and impact assessment.

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Pentagon shuts down spying database

The Pentagon said on Tuesday it would close a controversial database tracking suspicious activity around U.S. military bases that critics complained had been used to spy on peaceful antiwar activists.

Officials decided the TALON program would end on September 17 not in response to public criticism but because the amount and quality of information being gathered had declined, the Pentagon said.

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CIA report faults Tenet for 9/11 weaknesses

Mistakes and missed opportunities by the Central Intelligence Agency failed to follow up on the growing threat of al Qaeda and left America open to attack on September 11, 2001, an investigation within the CIA concludes.

The damning report condemns former CIA director George Tenet for abandoning his own declared war on the terrorist organization and diverting agency resources away from the effort to prevent an attack on American soil.

The report lays much of the blame for American vulnerability to the attacks directly on Tenet.

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Iraq spirals out of control

A retired American general is admitting what President George W. Bush will not.

Southern Iraq is out of control and getting worse and there appears little the military can do about it.

As the war escalates and the White House continues to claim otherwise, the death toll mounts and the situation becomes more and more hopeless.

Yet Bush stubbornly sticks to his failed Iraq strategy and shows no sign of bending to the will of the American people or the face of reality.

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Helicopter crash kills 15 soldiers in Iraq

While the White House propaganda machine churns out pap claiming progress in President George W. Bush’s failed Iraq war, another 15 American soldiers die in that civil-warn torn country.

This time, an apparent mechanical problem cost soldiers their lives in the crash of a Blackhawk helicopter — the deadliest chopper crash since January 2005.

As the carnage continues in a war with no end in sight, more and more Americans are left to ask: How much is enough? How many more must die in a failed war fought on lies and hidden political agendas?

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Bush claims history will exonerate him

President George W. Bush claims history will prove him right on the Iraq war. The test of time, he says, will show the war as necessary in his so-called war on terrorism.

Bush evens uses Vietnam as a comparison, saying we were proven right there as well. That, some would argue, is rewriting history in real time.

And historians say what history will prove about Iraq is what most Americans now believe: That Bush’s failed war will go down as the biggest foreign policy screw up in modern times is not all time.

For Bush to believe otherwise is the height of delusion by a delusional President.

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The loss of freedom of speech

Professors John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard University are two very senior scholars who are currently taking very intense heat.

Next month, their book “The Israel Lobby” will be published. They argue that the United States is too closely allied with and too accommodating of Israel. Predictably, their viewpoint has generated very hostile criticism. Several organizations that had scheduled appearances by the authors have canceled under pressure, including at least one East Coast academic institution. That is regrettable.

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Hedge-fund con artists

The recent market meltdown had much less to do with bad subprime loans than advertised. It was caused more fundamentally by excesses at hedge and private equity funds. Those contraptions, invented by the sinfully wealthy barons of Wall Street, have lied to themselves and their investors about the efficacy of their schemes. Now they are quiet in their sins as bad home loans take the rap for a global meltdown that the U.S. housing market is not large enough to cause.

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The return of big labor

After the 2004 elections some pundits declared big labor dead, killed by its own inability to influence elections.

Organized labor spent millions trying to defeat George W. Bush and put Democrats back into power.

It failed. Nobody wanted to look for the union label.

That was then, this is now. Big labor is back and it is looking to flex its muscles in 2008.

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