Sunday, December 31, 2006

Closing thoughts for 2006

A new year. Here's what I'm hoping for from the Democrats in the Congress. Investigations into Bush corruption and law breaking. Accountability from Bush and his cronies. If that means impeachment or criminal prosecutions so much the better.

People keep talking about how President Ford "healed the nation" by pardoning the criminal Nixon. Now, we know it's not true. Ford did it to save his pal Nixon from the shame of being held accountable for his crimes.

Ford, Nixon Sustained Friendship for Decades
"I looked upon him as my personal friend. And I always treasured our relationship. And I had no hesitancy about granting the pardon, because I felt that we had this relationship and that I didn't want to see my real friend have the stigma," Ford said in the interview.

This is incriminating evidence and so far, I've not heard the media bringing it up or correcting all their attributions of pure motives to Ford. Disgusting. Ford deserved to lose the presidency over the pardon, now we have the confession from Ford.

The Ford pardon is possibly why we have this run-amuck occupant in the White House. For shame.

Let's hope the Democrats set a better example than Ford and hold the criminal would-be dictator Bush and his crimianl cronies accountable in 2007.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Travellers in America virtually stripped and assigned Risk Score

Not too long ago I saw a parody where people were required to fly nude. Now, people are being asked to "virtually strip" with high powered X-rays to board planes. Allegedly someone can refuse to be X-rayed and be "patted down" instead, but as we know from the Gilmore v. Gonzales case the government likes to keep some laws secret. Therefore people can have varied experiences at airports when they can't prove what the laws really state.

Check out Crooks and Liars to see a sample image of what the government may now be keeping on you along with your "Risk Assessment Score".

Yes, the feds have been keeping/collecting data on people and assigning them Risk Assessment scores but unlike your credit report, you can't see the score, the data used to compile it, or make corrections. However! The Feds will share it with others.

American Travelers to Get Secret 'Risk Assessment' Scores

The Automated Targeting System (ATS) will create and assign "risk assessments" to tens of millions of citizens as they enter and leave the country. Individuals will have no way to access information about their "risk assessment" scores or to correct any false information about them. But once the assessment is made, the government will retain the information for 40 years -- as well as make it available to untold numbers of federal, state, local, and foreign agencies in addition to contractors, grantees, consultants, and others.

For more information see Epic's article "Customs and Border Protection’s Automated System Targets U.S. Citizens".

Is this America or another mad dash down the path to a new police state?

Update: Senator Leahy is on the case.

Leahy: Terror scores 'overdue for oversight'

"Data banks like this are overdue for oversight," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, who will take over Judiciary in January. "That is going to change in the new Congress."...

"It is simply incredible that the Bush administration is willing to share this sensitive information with foreign governments and even private employers, while refusing to allow U.S. citizens to see or challenge their own terror scores," Leahy said. This system "highlights the danger of government use of technology to conduct widespread surveillance of our daily lives without proper safeguards for privacy."

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December 03, 2006 at 12:45:00 PM

Friday, November 24, 2006

Obama figures out Iraq War isn't popular and is another failed Bush fiasco

I started this post a few days ago, but it still applies.

Two weeks after a dramtic election with voters sending a signal through a bull horn that they want change in the failed Iraq policy, and 2 years after Illinois voters sent him to the Senate to represent them, Barack Obama has finally come out against the Iraq War.

"The time for waiting in Iraq is over. It is time to change our policy."

What took him so long?

This is typical Obama waiting until the coast is totally clear before taking a position. At least the good for nothing Bush fired the good for nothing Rumsfeld the day after the elections. Did Obama think maybe it was all a dream and the Democrats didn't really win?

Obama is not a leader. Sometimes he can be a smooth talker: but you can't figure out if he has a position. Unlike a real leader who... leads. All Obama does is follow the pack. Every thing he's "proposing" someone else beat him to it.

Here's one example.

Obama on November 21, 2006

Obama stopped short of calling for bringing the troops home, instead saying some would be redeployed to northern Iraq, others to other parts of the Mideast and still others to Afghanistan.

Sounds like something John Murtha said more than a year before on November 17, 2005

My plan calls for immediate redeployment of U.S. troops consistent with the safety of U.S. forces to create a quick reaction force in the region, to create an over-the-horizon presence of Marines, and to diplomatically pursue security and stability in Iraq.

Too bad Obama didn't come out and support Murtha on this proposal last year. Too bad Obama's been too busy trying to triangulate a position he can't be held accountable for in order to further his vain, unjustifiable, presidential ambitions.

It's disgusting that some people think we should have an empty suit like Obama running for president in '08.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Democracy still lives in America!

Who isn't feeling like doing the Snoopy Happy Dance? or sticking your thumbs in your ears waggling your fingers and going "Nyah nyah nyah Bush! You lost!"

The Democrats took back the House and the Senate! Then Rumsfeld was fired/resigned. So not only did we get a cake and it was frosted, but we're going to eat it too.

So what this means is that finally Americans have said "Enough!" to Bush and the GOP Rubberstamp Congress. Real oversight. Subpoenas. Hearings. Bush is toast!

I'm looking forward to Congressman John Conyers hearings into Bush's illegal activities. Bush just had his ass kicked by the electorate. Wait till the people find out what he's really been up to. Bush and Cheny may be impeached or forced to resign.

Democracy still lives in America! Hooray!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

GOTV time

I haven't forgotten this blog. Crunch time! If you haven't already volunteered to help GOTV (Get Out The Vote) do it now.
Try Do More than Vote or call up a local campaign.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Time to stop Bush's Fear Mongering and political smearing and get on with being Americans

The whole politicization of 9/11 is sickening. Bush is disgusting. As is every member of his mis-administration. ABC, Disney, and GOP wingnut extremists are sickening with their blatant election-year-hail-Mary-for-the-GOP attempt to blame Clinton for Bush's failure to do anything about the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief entitled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US." (See end of post for the entire, but redacted, PDB from the 9/11 Commission's site.)

Despite the ABC/Disney/GOP Pack of Lies to 9/11 the American people aren't fooled for long as reported by CNN.

"Poll: More Americans blame Bush for 9/11"

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The percentage of Americans who blame the Bush administration for the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington has risen from almost a third to almost half over the past four years, a CNN poll released Monday found.

Asked whether they blame the Bush administration for the attacks, 45 percent said either a "great deal" or a "moderate amount," up from 32 percent in a June 2002 CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

When does it end? We have been dragged into a war in Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, the Taliban is re-taking Afghanistan, and Osama Bin Laden is still free. We are having our civil rights taken away, and the Bush War Crimes Administration is calling Americans who don't goose march with them fascists.

America wasn't founded by cowards. America was founded by people filled with bravery and optimism. It's about time we move on with our lives and leave Bush's fear mongering and un-American dysphoric American future where it belongs: the trash heap of failed GOP fantasies.

Here is the infamous PDB.

The following is the text of an item from the Presidential Daily Brief received by President George W. Bush on August 6, 2001.37 Redacted material is indicated by brackets.

Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US

Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate Bin Ladin since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Ladin implied in US television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and "bring the fighting to America."

After US missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, Bin Ladin told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to a [-] service.

An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told an [-] service at the same time that Bin Ladin was planning to exploit the oper-ative's access to the US to mount a terrorist strike.

The millennium plotting in Canada in 1999 may have been part of Bin Ladin's first serious attempt to implement a terrorist strike in the US. Convicted plotter Ahmed Ressam has told the FBI that he conceived the idea to attack Los Angeles International Airport himself, but that Bin Ladin lieutenant Abu Zubaydah encouraged him and helped facilitate the operation. Ressam also said that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning his own US attack.

Ressam says Bin Ladin was aware of the Los Angeles operation.

Although Bin Ladin has not succeeded, his attacks against the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 demonstrate that he prepares operations years in advance and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Ladin associates surveilled our Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as early as 1993, and some members of the Nairobi cell planning the bombings were arrested and deported in 1997.

Al-Qa'ida members-including some who are US citizens-have resided in or traveled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks. Two al-Qua' da members found guilty in the conspiracy to bomb our embassies in East Africa were US citizens, and a senior EIJ member lived in California in the mid-1990s.

A clandestine source said in 1998 that a Bin Ladin cell in New York was recruiting Muslim-American youth for attacks.

We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a [-] service in 1998 saying that Bin Ladin wanted to hijack a US aircraft to gain the release of "Blind Shaykh" 'Umar 'Abd al-Rahman and other US-held extremists.

Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.

The FBI is conducting approximately 70 full field investigations throughout the US that it considers Bin Ladin-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our Embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group of Bin Ladin supporters was in the US planning attacks with explosives.

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Act now to stop Republicans from endorsing criminal domestic spying programs.

One thing that's happening this week, is the cynical, evil effort by the Republican thugs to retroactively approve of Bush's illegal domestic warrantless spying program by the NSA. The terrorist win if they get us to give up our freedoms. The Republicans with their mindless authoritarian power grab are their accomplices as they shred the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

Call your Senators and Congressperson and tell them you want Bush to stop warrantless spying and to follow the Consitution and FISA as-is.

Here's the Senators' contact info and the Congressmen's and Congresswomen's contact info.

EFF gives suggestions on what to say.

If you're calling a Senator:
"Hello, I'm a constituent, and I want to urge my senator to oppose Senator Specter's S. 2453 bill, which would prevent effective judicial oversight of the NSA domestic spying program. My senator should also oppose Senator DeWine's S.2455 and Rep. Wilson's H.R.5825 if it reaches the Senate. I am opposed to the NSA's wiretapping of Americans' phone calls and emails without search warrants, and I want this program's legality to be judged in our traditional court system."

If you're calling a Representative:
"Hello, I'm a constituent, and I want to urge my representative to oppose Representative Wilson's H.R.5825. My representative should also oppose Senator Specter's S.2453 and Senator DeWine's S.2455 if they reach the House. I am opposed to the NSA's wiretapping of Americans' phone calls and emails without search warrants, and I want this program's legality to be judged in our traditional court system."

For more information on NSA Spying see the EFF's Domestic Spying webpages and the ACLU lawsuit website.

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