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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

MID FEBRUARY ROUNDUP WITH FOCUS ON THE AMAZING DICK CHENEY

BETWEEN RUMSFELD WHO LIKE TO BOMB COUNTRIES SUCH AS IRAQ WHICH "HAVE MORE TARGETS" AND CHENEY WHO PROJECTS HIS OWN MURDEROUSNESS
ONTO THE REST OF THE WORLD, ONE CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THE U.S.A. IS GOOD FOR THE WORL, NOT EVEN FOR ITS OWN MAJORITY

There was, of course, no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. . . . But at any rate they would plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and except in darkness, every movement scrutinized. George Orwell
"One morning, in his Supreme Court chambers, Justice William Brennan was giving me a lesson on the American Revolution. "A main precipitating cause of our revolution," he said, "was the general search warrant that British customs officers wrote—without going to any court—to break into the American colonists' homes and offices, looking for contraband." Everything, including
From Wars to Oil Profiteering to Torture to Shooting People, Cheney is Consistent: He Lies. Now We Find Out Cheney's Shooting Victim Was Shot in the Heart and is Back in Intenstive Care.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060214/ap_on_re_us/cheney_whittington
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Molly Ivins: Dick Cheney goes hunting; Accident or not, Cheney's responsiblehttp://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=20358
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Pass It On: Cheney's Guide To Game Birds by Wonkette.com A handy pictorial guide for the vice president. http://tompaine.com/#passiton

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Cheney's Pellets Will Stay in Victim's Face. "Mr Whittington will probably have the pellets in his body for the rest of his life."http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4711372.stm
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What the country has is a totally murderous Vice President, the psysiognomic expression on his face, all that gritted together anger tells the story. Billions have kept him unhappy; last he "bagged" I think it was six dozen captive pheasants in Pennsylvania. How about going skeet shooting... No, the reason he is so heart sick, that his arteries are in such dreadful shape is that he needs serious anger management training. Plus a few good time recreational drugs. The Road Rager as el Jefe! The ultimate angry white man. If you recall Nixon's phlebitis after he was forced to resign, think of the Veep's recent episode with varicose veins. A blue stocking! What a dreadful country to have the likes of him in such a powerful position. Do you recall the vice presidential debate with John Edwards where the president of the Senate claimed never to have met the Senator from North Carolina -- and a day after we had the photos of the two of them at a prayer breakfast? A man who does not recall his prayers is beyond redemption. It is really not an accident that he shot his corrupt Texas hunting buddy, not properly speaking it is, in the case of someone who is blindly trigger angry: not happy!

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Washington's confrontational rhetoric is fuelling the power of Iran's hardline leaders
http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy-irandemocracy/again_3267.jsp
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Intelligence
Ex-C.I.A. Official Says Iraq Data Was Distorted
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By SCOTT SHANE
Published: February 11, 2006
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 — A C.I.A. veteran who oversaw intelligence assessments about the Middle East from 2000 to 2005 on Friday accused the Bush administration of ignoring or distorting the prewar evidence on a broad range of issues related to Iraq in its effort to justify the American invasion of 2003.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/11/international/middleeast/11intel.html
Jack And Dubya "I did not have relations with that man." Track the e-mails contradicting President Bush's claim he doesn't know Jack Abramoff. http://www.tompaine.com/uncommonsense/index.php#7492
US right responds to anti-Muslim cartoon controversy New York Times columnist David Brooks proposes the 'good crusade' http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/broo-f11.shtml
FEMA's Unholy Trinity by Russ Baker, TomPaine.comOne question not asked when Michael Brown appeared today on Capitol Hill was why someone so unqualified got such an important job. A new investigation has the answers. http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20060210/femas_unholy_trinity.php
Changing The Winds Of Surveillance by E. J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post Bush, Cheney and Rove put national security below their goals of increasing presidential power and winning elections. http://www.tompaine.com
Abramoff's political BBQ continues to blaze: Three more congressmembers exposed as linked to him: Republicans Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia, Steve LaTourette of Ohio and Don Young of Alaska.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060211/ap_on_go_co/lobbyist_probe;_ylt=At4tMrh3SRHVt9_e70fDIhes0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--
President Bush's marks on overall job approval and for handling the economy are mired near their lowest levels despite a spike in consumer confidence over the past month, an AP-Ipsos poll found. If the Democrats Blow This, Once Again, It's Time to Conduct a Revolution in the Democratic Party Leadership. In Fact, It's the Only Thing That Will Give the Dems in D.C. a Spine. We'll Have to Import the Talent from the Grassroots.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060211/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_ap_poll;_ylt=AqZnSLS6OAqtbz0HWqZHqLys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3OXIzMDMzBHNlYwM3MDM-
Robert Scheer: Terrorism: a president's best frie! nd; Bush morphs 'War on Terror' into war on common sense 2/11
http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=20346


American Bar Association Denounces Bush's NSA Wiretaps
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-briefs14.1feb14,0,1870850.story?coll=la-headlines-nation
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REPUBLICAN WEDGE ISSUES, 2006 EDITION By Harold Meyerson Warrantless wiretapping and immigrant bashing are what the GOP will run on in ’06. http://taponline.c.topica.com/maaeuvKaboigObOgIFMbaehosu/
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It’s voting season in Latin America, and as controversy in Venezuela and strife in Haiti has revealed, managing the elections is a complex challenge that has rarely been met by regional governments.
http://www.coha.org/NEW_PRESS_RELEASES/New_Press_Releases_2006/COHA%20Research/COHA_Research_06.01_Electoral_Courts.html
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Impeach: Yes, But... by Jamin B. Raskin, TomPaine.comReconciling support for impeachment with the Republican lockdown on our political institutions requires a three-part strategy. http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/02/14/impeach_yes_but.php
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Can You Say "Permanent Bases"?
The American Press Can'tBy Tom Engelhardt

http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=59774

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World press saw shooting as a metaphor for veep's political outlook (LAT)
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-comics14feb14,0,4538 426.story?coll=la-home-headlines
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Study: Sunday political talk shows are leaning more to the right (WM) http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2006/0603.waldman.html
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Voice of America plans to silence many of its broadcasts in English (WP) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/13/AR2006021 301896.html
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Okrent: Poor news coverage allowed Iraq war to happen http://www.mediagiraffe.org/artman/publish/article_438.shtml
Former New York Times public editor Daniel Okrent told a Williams College audience: "The general rolling over on the part of the American press allowed the war to happen. I do believe that is true, and I think the press is extremely chastened by that. I think we all know how bad it was." He also said investigative journalism has declined as a form "because it is frightfully expensive to do" and can tie up teams of reporters for years. "There are very few newspapers that can afford to do that ... and the TV networks don’t feel they are rewarded when they do it." (The 63-minute talk is available for download.)
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NYT.com makes it easier for readers to contact reporters http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=11081
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Insurgents Resurgenthttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0213-08.htm
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MILLER, FITZGERALD FACE OFF AGAIN (NY SUN)Journalist Judith Miller and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald squared off in court again yesterday, with a lot less public attention than last year, when the dogged special prosecutor had the then-New York Times reporter jailed for 85 days to force her to disclose the identity of an anonymous source.http://www.nysun.com/article/27523
YAHOO CALLS ON NATIONS TO STOP WEB CENSORSHIP (BLOOMBERG VIA LAT)The web company will work with other companies, governments, academia and nongovernmental organizations to develop policies for working in countries where content is more restricted than in the U.S., according to a company statement.http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-yahoo14feb14,1,790940.story?coll=la-headlines-business
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Bush-Bashing on the Rise within GOPhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0213-06.htm
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IRAQ WAR CONTINUES ON, UNREPORTED (CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS)Eric Alterman: Obviously, stories are still coming out of Iraq, but as more reporters leave, as they did en masse after the November 2005 bombing of the al-Hamra Hotel in Baghdad (one of the most popular among western reporters), the quantity of the coverage has decreased. NYT: Report finds Iraq is deadliest place in the world for journalists.http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=1418651http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/14/international/middleeast/14journalists.html===
Thom Hartmann Rumsfeld and Cheney Revive Their 70's Terror Playbookhttp://www.commondreams.org/views06/0213-28.htm
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Cheney Violates Hunting Law, But It's Not His Fault. Of Course. There are Those of Us Who Obey the Rule of Law, And Then There a! re Members of the Bush Administration Who Don't.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/cheney_hunting_accident;_ylt=Au9NhDm33Fn1_SlmTwZOSTCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ --===-----------------------------------------Congressional report condemns government response to Hurricane Katrinahttp://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/katr-f14.shtmlPentagon prepares for military strikes against Iranhttp://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/iran-f14.shtmlHaiti: mass protests erupt over vote counthttp://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/hait-f14.shtml
Intelligence Brief: Recognizing Hamas, Iran Welcomes Shi'a Control in Iraq Drafted By: http://www.pinr.com
Report: Thousands Would Die in US Strikes on Iranhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0213-02.htm

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New U.N. Report Says Gitmo Treatment Includes Torture
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gitmo13feb13,0,3215042.story?coll=la-home-headlines
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Tom Noe, prominent GOP fundraiser, charged in Ohio with theft and money laundering in an investigation of a controversial state investment in rare coins that has embroiled Republicans in scandal during an election year.
http://www.cleveland.com/newsflash/cleveland/index.ssf?/ base/news-23/1139843644282920.xml&storylist=cleveland
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Valerie Plame Leak Sabotaged America's Iran-Watching Intelligence Efforthttp://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/001246.php
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This is Brilliant: "Bush and senior aides were told Saturday night by the staff of the White House Situation Room that somebody in the Cheney's hunting party was shot, but he said he was not told until Sunday morning that Cheney was the shooter." They didn't want to disturb the President's bubble bath?
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=
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Third hunter revealed in Cheney hunting party; U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Bush family crony Pamela Willeford.
http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Third_hunter_revealed_in_Cheney_hunting_0213.html
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Cheney's Last Hunting Disaster The last time one of the vice president's hunting trips made the news, the victim was judicial ethics. http://www.tompaine.com/uncommonsense/index.php#7504
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Texas Sheriff Barred From Interviewing Cheney About Shooting Incident http://thinkprogress.org/2006/02/13/sheriff-barred-from-interviewing/
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The Caliphate Myth by Tom Porteous, TomPaine.comA new bad idea is being used to justify the "long war" against terrorism: the revival of the Islamic caliphate. http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20060213/the_caliphate_myth.php
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2006 WP editor won't let comments area become an attack zone http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/11/AR2006021100840_pf.html
Washington Post
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WashingtonPost.com executive editor Jim Brady wonders why people became so angry during the Deborah Howell column http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/14/AR2006011400859 .html flap. "Maybe this level of anger has been out there for a long time, waiting to be enabled by technology. Forget about writing a letter, getting a stamp and mailing it in. Anger now has an easy and immediate outlet," he writes. But "we won't allow our comments area to become a place where people can use whatever vulgar language they want, personally attack Post staffers or bully other contributors to our pages or discussions." Posted at 11:23:45 AM
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New Yorker editor: "I do what I want, what interests me" (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/680598.html) Haaretz.com
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Study: Very few blogs draw large numbers of readers (http://newyorkmetro.com/news/media/15967/) New York Magazine
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Report: U.S. Is Abusing Captives; A U.N. inquiry says the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay at times amounts to torture and violates international law. http://news.ft.com/cms/s/88cbf9a8-9c7c-11da-8762-0000779e2340.html
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The War On Privacy by Nat Hentoff, The Village Voice Rumsfeld warns that the enemy can succeed in changing our way of life. It already has. http://www.tompaine.com
==JOURNALISM UNDER SEIGE (WAPO) Howard Kurtz: Influencing public opinion increasingly means manipulating information and controlling how — http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/04/11/LI2005041100587.html ===Video of eight soldiers beating Iraqi youths will be investigated, says Blair By Terri Judd and Kim Sengupta Published: 13 February http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article345115.ece====Suicide bombings and firefights, Western troops under attack, sectarian clashes between Shia and Sunni, foreigners taken hostage. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article345104.ece===WHY IS KRISTOF PICKING ON O'REILLY? (SLATE) Jack Shafer: Don't get me wrong. Bill O'Reilly deserves it in the shins — http://www.slate.com/id/2135552/?nav=fix ...CUDDLING UP WITH RUPE (GUARDIAN) A young British artist talked News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch into sitting for a portrait — ====EX [?] CIA POLLACK, WHO ENDORSED THE IRAQ WAR ["I BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE Wombats of Mass Distraction..." ah all those a.h. believers] has yet anotherNEW STRATEGY TO GET TO THE GLIMMER OF LIGHT IN THE TUNNELLL http://www.brookings.edu/comm/events/20060215iraq.htm====================Do Bush supporters hate their country?By Jaime O'Neill Sometimes the people who still fervently support George W. Bush seem just plain stupid, and other times it seems they must be dishonest and even malevolent, harboring a hatred for their country... http://www.paradisepost.com/columns/ci_3498492====Bush budget targets 141 programs for elimination or drastic cutbacks http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/gm-f13.shtml ===13 February 2006In light of today's analysis, PINR encourages you to read a past in-depth report on China that is still very relevant: "China's Geostrategy: Playing a Waiting Game" http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=253---The Emerging Cold War on Asia's High Seas Drafted By: Chietigj Bajpaee http://www.pinr.com ===Think the Internet will always be the freewheeling, democratic information superhighway you've grown to rely on? http://www.freepress.net/netfreedom/=threat=================CIA chief sacked for opposing tortureSarah Baxter and Michael Smith, WashingtonThe CIA's top counter-terrorism official was fired last week because he opposed detaining Al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons abroad, sending them to other countries for interrogation and using forms of torture such as "water boarding", intelligence sources have claimed. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2036182,00.html===Katrina Report Spreads BlameHomeland Security, Chertoff Singled Out By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 12, 2006; Page A01 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/11/AR2006021101409.html

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