Sonntag, 1. Juli 2007

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Abuse of Executive Privilege

An editorial in The New York Times this morning takes the Bush administration to task for its recent claims of "executive privilege" but, the Times notes, "Congress is finally challenging President Bush's campaign to trample all legal and constitutional restraints on his power. Congressional committees have issued subpoenas for documents and witnesses in two major cases and have asked for the first - and likely not the last - criminal investigation of an executive branch official who might have lied to Congress."

DOT Tried to Stop California Emissions Law

"As the Environmental Protection Agency deliberated on whether to allow California to implement its greenhouse gas law, another federal agency sought to mobilize state and federal lawmakers against the state's petition, documents show," writes Erica Werner, The Associated Press.

Lawmakers Want to Bring Iraq Study Group Back

"Citing overwhelming support, a bipartisan group of lawmakers called on President Bush to reconstitute the Iraq Study Group," according to The Hill reporter Jeremy Jacobs.

Courage Without the Uniform

"Every time a soldier from Oregon dies in the Iraq war, Senator Gordon Smith calls up the mother or surviving spouse, and commiserates. His son killed himself four years ago, he tells them. He knows what it's like to lose a boy. He has made this call 103 times," says Timothy Egan.

When the Vice President Does It, That Means It's Not Illegal

"Who knew that mocking the Constitution could be nearly as funny as shooting a hunting buddy in the face?" asks Frank Rich. "Among other comic dividends, Dick Cheney's legal theory that the vice president is not part of the executive branch yielded a priceless weeklong series on 'The Daily Show' and an online 'Doonesbury Poll,' conducted at Slate, to name Mr. Cheney's indeterminate branch of government."

Cheney: The Caretaker Who Took Over Is EXPOSED


Even as he was being nominated for president, it was known by those pushing him forward that George W. Bush was entirely inadequate to the job, a perennial screw up, good for nothing more than swagger and strut. So it was that Dick Cheney was allowed to install himself as the erstwhile caretaker of Mr. Not Ready To Be President. But what those gaming our election system failed to appreciate was the extent that Cheney would mutate into an even more dangerous and scary screw up that Bush himself, after he took over the entire White House process in a bureaucratic palace coup.


Evidence that even hard right wing conservatives are as petrified as the rest of us about what Cheney might try to do next comes in the form of a four part expose published this week in the Washington Post, detailing the criminal conspiracy that Cheney has made his office the heart of. It is not long ago that such a piece would have been quashed entirely. And you will find a link to this devastating indictment in the "Arguments" section of the action page above where you can vote whether Cheney should be impeached or not

Bruce Fein is a former Reagan deputy attorney general, and an alumni of the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. It doesn't get more right wing than that. Yet, he wrote a piece for Slate Magazine his week calling for the immediate impeachment of Cheney, saying "the vice president has run utterly amok and must be stopped." Go to the action page and follow the link to this article as well.


Some have floated the trial balloon that Cheney may step down for health reasons in the face of all this. We consider it unlikely that Cheney will loosen his death grip on the power he has seized without being forced out. But even if he were to try to stage a voluntary retirement, for the integrity of our constitutional system we must all speak out to make sure he that when he does leave it is under the darkest possible cloud. The faster we get people to speak out the bigger and darker that cloud will become.

Sy Hersh reiterated this week he is convinced that Cheney is obsessed with launching an unprovoked attach on Iran, and is still the driving force behind such a lunatic move. He said in as many words that every day Cheney remains in office, he himself has to grab his butt with both hands every morning to make sure it's still there. The video clip is linked from the action page too. See how it strikes you.


And if there were not enough reasons already to impeach Cheney, more and more keep piling up like dead fish, literally. We now learn that Cheney was the primary villain in wiping out the Coho salmon run, by diverting water to buy the support of a couple rich ranchers in Oregon to swing a race in the Senate there. For your debating illumination, one of our own participants, Professor of Law Emeritus Leonard R. Jaffee, has produced an extensive analysis of grounds for Cheney impeachment which you can read for yourself on the action page along with everything else.

In the third section of his piece Professor Jaffee goes through each and every ground for impeachment of Dick Cheney we can already prove, including the latest scandals. Of ALL votes in the National Cheney Impeachment Polls so far, 99.18 percent have been Yes to impeach. All we have to do is get everyone to speak out who has an opinion, and Congress will change gears even faster than they did on the immigration bill this week, which proves, if nothing else, that if we the people speak out in sufficient numbers, they absolutely WILL act.

Help to build those numbers by casting your vote in the National Cheney Impeachment Poll now.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.


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Gentechnik durch Energiepflanzen befürchtet

Abholzung und Umsiedlung am Rio São Francisco

Allen Protesten und Warnungen von Umweltschützern, Wissenschaftlern, Menschenrechtlern, Fischern, Kleinbauern und Ureinwohnern zum Trotz: Brasiliens Regierung wird den drittgrößten Fluss des Landes, den rund 3160 km langen Rio São Francisco, teilweise umleiten, um – so die offiziellen Verlautbarungen - die Wasserversorgung im Nordosten zu verbessern. Das mit der Umsetzung der ersten Bauphase betreute 2. Ingenieursbataillon des brasilianischen Heeres ist bereits vor Ort in der Gemeinde Cabrobó, und rodet Ufervegetation und Caatinga-Wald auf den ersten Kilometern von insgesamt rund 720 Kilometer Kanalbauten mit einer Breite von 25 Metern. Wie die lokale Tageszeitung "O Tempo" berichtet, wurden bereits die ersten Kleinbauernfamilien aus den Kanalbau- und geplanten Staudammgebieten ausgesiedelt.

Seventh official quits Justice Department

An assistant attorney general at the Justice Department announced her resignation on Friday, becoming the seventh official to quit the department since the Democratic-led Congress launched an investigation in March into the firing of nine federal prosecutors.

From Information Clearing House

US intelligence czar wants power to snoop on all non-Americans

US intelligence czar wants congress to pass a bill that would allow American spies to snoop electronically on non-Americans anywhere in the world by forcing telecommunication carriers to comply in exchange for immunity from prosecution by affected individuals.

From Information Clearing House

Brown must seize the day and break with Bush now

The new man in No 10 was a fervent supporter of the war. The only way to signal a fresh start is by taking Britain out of Iraq.,,2114468,00.html

From Information Clearing House

McCain: "I am going to Iraq on Monday"

Standing on the shattered bodies

Normally VIP visits to Iraq are kept under wraps, at least until the day of the trip. But Senator John McCain Friday night said he's going to Iraq next week.

From Information Clearing House

Playing politics with Iraqi lives: Dems to confront Bush again on Iraq pullout

Pelosi, Reid say House and Senate will vote in July -- won't wait for report on surge.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq condemns U.S. raid; 26 Iraqis killed

Residents, police and hospital officials said eight civilians were killed in their homes and angrily accused U.S. forces of firing blindly on the innocent.

War pimp alert

Deadly US raids kills 26 in Sadr City

"It is believed that the "suspected terrorists" have close ties to Iranian terror networks and are responsible for facilitating the flow of lethal aid into Iraq."

From Information Clearing House

The Fed's role in the Bear Stearns Meltdown

By Mike Whitney

The Bank for International Settlements issued a warning this week that the Federal Reserve's monetary policies have created an enormous equity bubble which could lead to another "Great Depression".

The Peace Envoy

By Gilad Atzmon

What a great day for peace enthusiasts! A new envoy to the Middle East has been appointed for the Quartet, and it's no other than the former British PM, Tony Blair. Blair, the man who gave the Israelis the green light to flatten Beirut.


Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's the Quartet's fifth horseman,,2115414,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Time Is Right for New Pentagon Papers

By Amy Goodman

Of the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Mike Gravel is probably the least well recognized. His dark-horse candidacy may be the butt of jokes on the late-night comedy shows, but that doesn't faze former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg: "Here is a senator who was not afraid to look foolish. That is the fear that keeps people in line all their lives."

Criminality, Immorality, Incompetence and Desperation

By Walter C. Uhler

In order to support their BIG LIE about the grave and growing threat to the U.S. posed by Iraq, the Bush/Cheney regime not only pressured the intelligence community to produce conclusions that supported its own preconceptions about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaida, it also embellished and lied about that intelligence. Moreover, it fabricated damning intelligence where the intelligence community found none.

Imminent Crises: Threats and Opportunities

By Noam Chomsky

Regrettably, there are all too many candidates that qualify as imminent and very serious crises. Several should be high on everyone's agenda of concern, because they pose literal threats to human survival: the increasing likelihood of a terminal nuclear war, and environmental disaster, which may not be too far removed.

Do You Think It Will Be Clinton/Obama in 08?

Informant: Cal

Schwarzenegger gegen Bush

Kaliforniens Gouverneur Arnold Schwarzenegger hat seinen Parteifreund George W. Bush erneut scharf angegriffen und ihm "Klima-Ignoranz" vorgeworfen.

World perceives climate problem as greatest threat

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