Jun 28, 2006

The Big Apple...

says "Bite Me!"

GOP bill targets NY Times

85 Comments:

Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

"In an open letter responding to these criticisms, Times Executive Editor Bill Keller wrote that a free press was the key check on government’s abuse of power."

And we are fighting like crazy to get our free press back!!!! It's still very iffy...

***********************************

Hello Team Fitzie! We need you...

To our Eastern bloggers...Hope it stops raining for you soon!

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Kentucky Woman said...

It's time for the NY Times to spill the beans, no holds barred, on these criminals.

The GOP is biting the hand that is 'feeding' them.

11:45 AM  
Blogger teak said...

http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com/
2006/06/
bush-lynch-mob-against-
nations-free.html

11:50 AM  
Anonymous just say no to fascism said...

The New York Times Rule!!!

The Times will stand tough against the Fascist GOP.

This is just more bullshit from the Repuglicans.

11:59 AM  
Blogger basheert said...

Isn't it just amazing what Congress is up to these days? Bush Autographs the American flag (which constitutes defacement) and they waste time voting on a non-bill to make flag defacing illegal which fails.
They vote on the anti-gay marriage amentment, which fails.

These idiots are spending OUR money, wasting THEIR time.

The NY Times still has credibility. Send Bill Keller an email of support. They are being targeted by Karl Rove obviously.

Interesting that the LA Times and WSJ published the story and no one is pursuing them.

And BushButt told the world after 9/11 that we were going to "follow the money". Far as I can tell, he's the biggest leaker we have.

Please send Congress and the Senate home in November. We need some people who care for our country, and who are willing to work, not just use the Treasury to collect unlimited war dollars for themselves.

12:16 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL, 6/28/06:

Editorial
Patriotism and the Press
E-MailPrint Save

Published: June 28, 2006
Over the last year, The New York Times has twice published reports about secret antiterrorism programs being run by the Bush administration. Both times, critics have claimed that the paper was being unpatriotic or even aiding the terrorists. Some have even suggested that it should be indicted under the Espionage Act. There have been a handful of times in American history when the government has indeed tried to prosecute journalists for publishing things it preferred to keep quiet. None of them turned out well — from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the time when the government tried to enjoin The Times and The Washington Post from publishing the Pentagon Papers.

As most of our readers know, there is a large wall between the news and opinion operations of this paper, and we were not part of the news side's debates about whether to publish the latest story under contention — a report about how the government tracks international financial transfers through a banking consortium known as Swift in an effort to pinpoint terrorists. Bill Keller, the executive editor, spoke for the newsroom very clearly. Our own judgments about the uproar that has ensued would be no different if the other papers that published the story, including The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, had acted alone.

The Swift story bears no resemblance to security breaches, like disclosure of troop locations, that would clearly compromise the immediate safety of specific individuals. Terrorist groups would have had to be fairly credulous not to suspect that they would be subject to scrutiny if they moved money around through international wire transfers. In fact, a United Nations group set up to monitor Al Qaeda and the Taliban after Sept. 11 recommended in 2002 that other countries should follow the United States' lead in monitoring suspicious transactions handled by Swift. The report is public and available on the United Nations Web site.

But any argument by the government that a story is too dangerous to publish has to be taken seriously. There have been times in this paper's history when editors have decided not to print something they knew. In some cases, like the Kennedy administration's plans for the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, it seems in hindsight that the editors were over-cautious. (Certainly President Kennedy thought so.) Most recently, The Times held its reporting about the government's secret antiterror wiretapping program for more than a year while it weighed administration objections.

Our news colleagues work under the assumption that they should let the people know anything important that the reporters learn, unless there is some grave and overriding reason for withholding the information. They try hard not to base those decisions on political calculations, like whether a story would help or hurt the administration. It is certainly unlikely that anyone who wanted to hurt the Bush administration politically would try to do so by writing about the government's extensive efforts to make it difficult for terrorists to wire large sums of money.

From our side of the news-opinion wall, the Swift story looks like part of an alarming pattern. Ever since Sept. 11, the Bush administration has taken the necessity of heightened vigilance against terrorism and turned it into a rationale for an extraordinarily powerful executive branch, exempt from the normal checks and balances of our system of government. It has created powerful new tools of surveillance and refused, almost as a matter of principle, to use normal procedures that would acknowledge that either Congress or the courts have an oversight role.

The Swift program, like the wiretapping program, has been under way for years with no restrictions except those that the executive branch chooses to impose on itself — or, in the case of Swift, that the banks themselves are able to demand. This seems to us very much the sort of thing the other branches of government, and the public, should be nervously aware of. We would have been very happy if Congressman Peter King, the Long Island Republican who has been so vocal in citing the Espionage Act, had been as aggressive in encouraging his colleagues to do the oversight job they were elected to do.

The United States will soon be marking the fifth anniversary of the war on terror. The country is in this for the long haul, and the fight has to be coupled with a commitment to individual liberties that define America's side in the battle. A half-century ago, the country endured a long period of amorphous, global vigilance against an enemy who was suspected of boring from within, and history suggests that under those conditions, it is easy to err on the side of security and secrecy. The free press has a central place in the Constitution because it can provide information the public needs to make things right again. Even if it runs the risk of being labeled unpatriotic in the process.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had the guts to chain myself to the front door of the Times, I'd do it. Alas, I'm not that gutsy.

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS!!!

jamie in ny

12:20 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

You can send support email to Bill Keller @:

executive-editor@nytimes.com

12:25 PM  
Blogger teak said...

Everyone should listen to President Kennedy's speech about the media's duty to their nation about evil-doers. All Americans should ask questions...ask about 9/11, the wars...sometimes people are like 'Evil Al' at DailyKos and "play" both sides of the fence to fool people.

Now, why would they do that...like in Iraq? Maybe the dead cry out for answers.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the media's duty to their nation about evil-doers."

I hope that's in the journalist's contracts, worded just like that. "you have a duty, young man, to the nation about the evil-doers." "YEs sir, I understand"

j in ny

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Krispy Kremes said...

Two events later...


and 35 of Nature's God-sent
creations pinnacle into the
zenith of learning, to serve
and exhibit the purpose of life itself.

The quotes are:

"The opponents — 30 Democrats, 3 Republicans and an independent — asserted that the amendment would amount to tampering with the Bill of Rights in an effort to eliminate relatively rare incidents of burning the flag. THEY SAID IT VIOLATED THE VERY FREEDOMS GUARANTEED BY THE SYMBOLISM OF THE FLAG"

http://www.nytimes.com/
2006/06/28/washington/
28flag.html?hp&ex=
1151467200&en=
013a623a5632d9ea&ei=
5094&partner=homepage



...and....



"Editors start from the premise that citizens can be entrusted with unpleasant and complicated news, and that the more they know the better they will be able to make their views known to their elected officials. Our default position -- our job -- is to publish information if we are convinced it is fair and accurate...The question we start with as journalists is not 'why publish?' but 'why would we withhold information of significance?'"


http://news.yahoo.com/s/
huffpost/20060628/
cm_huffpost/
023914


...it is the first, of three 'liftoffs'...NASA being the third.

All are, or will be spectacular, breath-taking and successful.


And I? (Finally got my "crispy cremes" spelling right!) :)

12:33 PM  
Anonymous just say no to fascism said...

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS...

ALWAYS!!

12:51 PM  
Anonymous t said...

Go NYT! I'm going to go justice blogg now...

Nice apple ;-)

1:08 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Basheert,

Thanks for the email address. I just sent an email off to NY Times.

back to work...

1:12 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Group files for injunction to halt evoting in Colorado, California

RAW STORY
Published: Wednesday June 28, 2006

A group is asking courts in Colorado and California to grant injunctions halting the use of certain electronic voting systems, RAW STORY has learned.

Voter Action will file a motion for a preliminary injunction today to halt the use of Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting systems in Colorado's November elections. This comes on the heels of a complaint filed by the nonprofit on June 1 against the use of DRE's made by Diebold Election Systems, Sequoia Voting Systems, ES&S, and Hart InterCivic in upcoming state elections.

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/
Group_files_for_injunction_to_halt_0628.html

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tensions Running High Between Hillary And Dem Senate Leader Reid
Wed Jun 28 2006 09:35:50 ET

The exceedingly intense rivalry between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Charles Schumer (N.Y.) embroiled just about everybody in the Senate Democratic leadership Tuesday, including Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and his spokeswoman, ROLL CALL reports.

Apparently, Clinton and her staff felt snubbed when party leaders organized a news conference in which they vowed to block efforts to give Members of Congress a pay raise until Congress approves an increase in the minimum wage. Clinton has introduced legislation along those lines, but she was not involved in planning the leadership’s news conference to trumpet the issue.

ROLL CALL's Mary Ann Akers: Although Clinton, a close adviser of Reid’s, was ultimately invited to attend the news conference, she was not told about the event until just hours before it began Tuesday.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Barack Obama chastised fellow Democrats Wednesday for failing to "acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people" and said the party must compete for the support of evangelicals and other churchgoing Americans.

1:28 PM  
Blogger SpaceCommand said...

JFK on secrets and the free and open society is a great video. Watch it now!

While you are at it also watch the Helen Thomas on Stewart video.


Her favorite President is John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Compare the words of JFK with the current White House diatribe on the New York Times for reporting 10 year old news.

1:30 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

Whatever happened to politicians who actually "spoke" without a specific reason being to collect money?

We no longer have "statesmen" - we have sock puppets and panderers.

People get NEWS from Limpballs who take weekend jaunts to the sex slave capital of the world...and get caught with illegal prescriptions (I did NOT say illegal drugs!).

Thank heavens for blogs, and places like Rawstory. The truth is out there...I have to believe it.

SOB!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld most of a bitterly contested Texas congressional map engineered by then-Rep. Tom DeLay to help solidify Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

1:34 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

Cat Killer speaks (it's all CNN's FAULT!!!):

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Video_Frist_blames_CNN_for_Republican_0628.html

1:36 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

A Few Fristies:

As for Bill Frist, the millionaire Tennessee sawbones, everything you need to know about this unpleasant man was contained in one short paragraph of a profile of Frist by Michael Kranish in the Boston Globe Sunday magazine for Oct. 27, 2002, when Frist was in Boston, first at Harvard Medical School and then at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"Frist is an animal lover who said his decision to become a doctor was clinched when he helped heal a friend's dog. But Frist now found himself forced to kill animals during medical research. And his new dilemma was finding enough animals to kill. Soon, he began lying to obtain more animals. He went to the animal shelters around Boston and promised he would care for the cats as pets. Then he killed them during experiments. 'It was a heinous and dishonest thing to do,' Frist wrote. 'I was going a little crazy.'"

So now the U.S. senate is going to be led by the cat world's answer to Dr. Mengele! A man who can do that is capable of any infamy. Can't you just picture this oily Tennessean cooing and clucking over the tabbies and tortoiseshells at the shelter, solemnly wagging his head as the shelter staff counseled him on proper cat procedures, then dragging the poor creatures into his lab and torturing them to death? I call on the Humane Society to demand that Frist publicly apologize for this appalling, indeed ineradicable stain on his character, and pay substantial reparations out of the vast fortune that has accrued from the Hospital Corporation of America, founded by his father and brother.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous waterflake said...

Good day folks,

Those Powers get creeper by the day, how much more untill we realize it's all been here before, only half a century back!

- Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials

“Of course people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger.”

Now doesn't anyone think that is scary? It's like todays governments use history books as a script to gain power.

1:48 PM  
Blogger the tin man said...

Oh. I thought this was going to be about something else...

In The Land Oz apple trees can talk and throw their fruit at you.

I advise you not to try to pick any.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

"Bush Autographs the American flag (which constitutes defacement) and they waste time voting on a non-bill to make flag defacing illegal which fails."

Ok, this was in an editorial by the Washington Post.. guess what? It's gone. It was an AP story as well that could be found on Yahoo! News... gone again!

Does anyone still have the photo and the story, so at least some of us can save it to have the truth since this has now apparently been removed from all my usual sources?

2:43 PM  
Blogger teak said...

http://mediamatters.org/
items/200606270010

Faux news and various pedophiles and shrill BushCo. mouthpieces.

3:12 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

Bush signing flag! I saved it in photobucket...

[IMG]http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/basheert/bushflag.gif[/IMG]

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/basheert/bushflag.gif

not sure which one will work here.

3:16 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

Sorry - I can't get it to READ right..it's a .gif file.

It's on Firedoglake or Americablog. The original picture is there.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous just say no to fascism said...

Bill Frist is a creepy corrupt cat killer!!!

Just say no to Fascist cat killers!

3:33 PM  
Blogger teak said...

http://www.uruknet.info/
?p=m24237&hd=0&size=1&l=e

Snip...
And as we all know, desperate times call for desperate measures. If slander and hate don't do the trick, if they are ineffective in cowing Establishment opposition, then the next step is the criminalization of dissent. Thus the not-so-subtle hints from Torturer General Alberto Gonzales about pursuing leakers -- and the leaked-to -- with federal charges. And thus the current trial balloons in the media about charging the NYT with treason. These are serious threats; but just in case they're not enough, we're also getting the increasingly open call for violence against Bush opponents, for the "outraged public" to "take the law into their own hands." These calls are couched -- for now -- as "concerns" about "what might happen" if Bush's opponents continue their "provocations;" they are being phrased -- for now -- as warnings of a fate that the commentators hope will not come to pass. But as the Regime's position grows more precarious, these "concerns" will give way to incitements. Indeed, you can already see this happening with people like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin -- hatemongers with ready and frequent access to the mainstream media.

What is BushCo. hiding?

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Coulter is the WOMAN!!!!

3:44 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

They are hiding THIS - now we know what Limpballs was doing with that mislabeled viagra script:

Limbaugh was in town to emcee a Heritage Foundation forum on the TV show, "24," which is the darling of conservatives for, among other things, its endorsement of torturing terrorists.

"Went over to the White House and I chatted with the president in the Oval Office, was just the two of us for about 15 minutes, and he said to me, 'Where are the "24" people?' I said, 'They're still over at the media gaggle, they're right behind me.' . . . I am not going to divulge the contents of the discussion. These things are off the record. It was pleasant and highly informative, by the way, on a couple of things."

Afterward came lunch with Karl Rove, and several hours just hanging out in his office. "Now, I've been in Karl's presence not a lot, three or four times, but never for this length of time. I can't tell you how brilliant and educated and informed the guy is."

3:44 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

teak:
You're right of course. The blogs are a huge obstacle for the BushCos. Ideally they will try to find a way to stifle dissent.
The US is now a fascist state as freedom is now only a word that applies to loyal rich Repiglicans.

What is actually funny is that some of the boneheads don't realize that the naked emperor would toss them out with his clothes. Bushco cares about NO ONE - loyalty is simply a word.

There IS a reason that Halliburton is building those concentration camps within the U.S.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

www.globalresearch.ca/
index.php?context=viewArticle&code
=THE20051008&articleId=1061 -

http://www.orbwar.com/Default.htm


DOD's money hole.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Viagra and Limballs is a young woman's worst nightmare! I hope I can sleep tonight.
SARAH

4:12 PM  
Anonymous helen thomas said...

Tony Snow is a Big Bully Douchebag!

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Rush Blue Dick Dog said...

I truly hope there is a war between bucket-head Bush and the media.
Maybe then the media will find some balls to defend themselves and publish the truth to the american people. I hope it gets as ugly as a pug is cute. I really want to see the political blood spilled all over the WH and the congressional floors.

On a stupid note; maybe in some strange way, the hatred for Bush might bring the american people back to ONE.

RobertM

4:29 PM  
Anonymous geraldo rivera said...

I'm a no-talent ass-clown and I will be fired from Fox soon.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Miles O'Brien said...

"Kitty Killer are you fiddling while Rome is burning?"

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Kitty Killer said...

off-camera in his whiney voice, "Miles O'Brien has just been added to my hit list, just behind Garfield..."

4:50 PM  
Anonymous kiswrite said...

Excellent NYT Editorial: "Patriotism and the Press"

The fact that the government is trying to prosecute the NYT for the "SWIFT" story is a big red "NIXONIAN" flag. The free press risking being labeled UNPATRIOTIC in order to give citizens the unvarnished truth is PATRIOTISM at it's BEST.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No new target letters, no new indictments and no black Wednesdays for Neocons.

Fitz has more time for afternoon naps and eating Krispy Kreme dougnuts.

6:52 PM  
Blogger teak said...

http://www.buzzflash.com/
contributors/06/06/con06276.html

by Greg Palast

The Right Wing has gone hog-ass wild over The New York Times' "shocking" report that the Bush Administration is actually tracking terrorists' money transfers. Oh my!

The fruitcakes are in flames! "Stand them in front of a firing squad or put them in prison for the rest of their lives," says one pinhead on Fox TV.

For what? The stunning news that the government is hunting the source of al-Qaeda's cash? "Osama! You must stop using your ATM card! Condi Rice is reading our bank statements!"

Somehow, I suspect bin Laden already assumes his checkbook is getting perused.

It is worth noting that the fanatic screeching for a "firing squad" is a guy who claims to be a former CIA agent. No one can confirm his claim of course, but this character, Wayne Simmons, has made his career blabbering away juicy intelligence secrets to sell himself as an "expert," stuff far racier than the Times' weak report. Well, hypocrisy never stood in the way of the Foxes in the news house.

You want to talk "treason"? OK, let's talk treason. How about Dick Cheney telling his creepy little hitman 'Scooter' Libby to reveal information that led to the naming of a CIA agent? Mr. Simmons, do you have room in your firing squad schedule for the Vice-President?

And no one on Fox complained when the Times, under the by-line of Judith Miller, revealed the secret "intelligence" information that Saddam was building a bomb.

Yes, let's talk treason. How about this: Before the 9/11 attack, George Bush's intelligence chieftains BLOCKED the CIA's investigation of the funding of al-Qaeda and terror.

The "Back-Off" Directive

On November 9, 2001, BBC Television Centre in London received a call from a phone booth just outside Washington. The call to our Newsnight team was part of a complex pre-arranged dance coordinated with the National Security News Service, a conduit for unhappy spooks at the CIA and FBI to unburden themselves of disturbing information and documents.

The top-level U.S. intelligence agent on the line had much to be unhappy and disturbed about: what he called a "back-off" directive.

This call to BBC came two months after the attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Towers. His fellow agents, he said, were now released to hunt bad guys. That was good news. The bad news was that, before September 11, in those weeks just after George W. Bush took office, CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) personnel were told to "back off" certain targets of investigations begun by Bill Clinton.

The agent said, "There were particular investigations that were effectively killed."

Which ones? His reply was none too comforting: Khan Labs.

On February 11, 2004, President Bush, at an emergency press briefing, expressed his shock -- shock! -- at having learned that Dr. A. Q. Khan of Pakistan was running a flea market in fissionable material. But, we knew that from the agent's call -- nearly three years earlier. As the intelligence insider told us, the Khan investigation died because the CIA was not allowed to follow down the money trail ... to Saudi Arabia.

Apparently, the Saudis, after Saddam Hussein attacked Kuwait in 1991, switched their funding for an "Islamic bomb" from Iraq to Pakistan. Dr. Khan used the Saudi loot to build and test his bomb -- then sell off the blueprints and bomb-fixings to North Korea and Libya. This was, one might say, a somewhat dangerous situation. But Bush's spymasters made it a policy to "See No Saudi Evil" -- so the investigation died.

What You "Ought Not to Know."

Closing the agency's eyes to the Khan bomb was not the only spike. That same week in November 2001, unhappy FBI agents "accidentally" left an astonishing dozen-page fax on the desks of our NSNS colleagues. It was marked, "199-I -- WF" and "SECRET." more

Don't you just love Greg?

6:59 PM  
Blogger Roger Rancourt said...

Hah hilarious!!!!


The New York times VS the neocons!!!!

Lets see, MY BETS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES to take these traitorous scum down!!!!!

:-D

Whole conspiracy exposed...!

Neocons totally naked....shut down the vote fraud!!!!

Hmmm...

More good news from the home front!!!! And Texas wins a victory for minority voters...

Some of the redistricting has been undone.....take that!!! Lets have a new black friday soon and send out indictments!!!
>8-D

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Declaring that "loose lips" kill Americans, a top congressional Republican leader said on Wednesday the House of Representatives would debate a resolution condemning the U.S. media for exposing details of secret intelligence programs.

The move heaps more criticism on The New York Times and other newspapers that reported last week on a secret program by the U.S. Treasury Department that monitors private bank records in an effort to track terrorist organizations.

"What we're talking about is people who are leaking classified information. It's not news. It's classified information our government is using to fight terrorists," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Illinois.

"Loose lips kill American people," he added.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

The Mayor and New York Times shown by New York is the Big Apple. NYT was right to release the information as all the deals Bush is doing is behind closed doors and only a few know what's going on. I know the investors are watching their money now that Cheney is looking to buy out companies with his spying and easdropping.
The Mayor really gave it to the Bush Administration/FEMA/Homeland Security by telling them NY will take care of all the people in NY and they wont do what the govenment did in the Katrina mess. I guess NY says all people are equal unlike Bush.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hastert's greedy loose flabby buttocks probably sink more than Times ever could if they tried.Imagine the size of the turds that fat shit drops?

This is such bullshit. Bush flew Usama family out of the country.

"I'm not worrying about him." (Usama)

7:52 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

I know I am late getting on the blog. Just a very busy day. Finally got a lot of things accomplished today. It is really ashamed of what is happening to the NY Times. This is all an abuse of power by the Gerbil to silence the newspapers and journalists. I hope all of the honest newspapers, reporters, and journalists on the internet really lock arms and fight the Administration of the free press! I hope the New York City citizens fight back also. But, I applaud NY Times to printing that article. The American people had the right to know the truth!

8:52 PM  
Anonymous ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha said...

Anon at 8:52

That is so gross!! And probably true!

Thanks for the nightmare!

9:03 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Folks,

More in the news:

1. Not good for the Gropinator for his reelection:

From Thinkprogress:

Chevron-Funded Schwarzenegger Sells Out The Environment

"The governor’s opposition might have something to do with the nearly $2 million in campaign contributions from oil companies he’s received since 2002. Chevron gave a total of $600,000 to his campaign and paid for his trip to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. Chevron also reportedly enjoyed “considerable influence” over the content of the Governor’s major reform proposals in 2004, which included significant benefits for the oil industry."

2. Another Gerbil Administrstion connection to Abramoff:

From TPMmuckraker:


Interior Official Tied to Abramoff Will Plead Guilty
By Paul Kiel - June 28, 2006, 3:04 PM
It looks like the Abramoff investigation is finally starting to crack open the Department of the Interior.
Despite the fact that the Interior was Abramoff's playground, federal prosecutors working the Abramoff case hadn't taken down a single Interior official to date.
But the Legal Times reports that's changed: Roger Stillwell, "the desk officer for the Mariana Islands at the U.S. Department of the Interior who dealt closely with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff," is expected to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge.

Here is the document:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/stillwell-info/?resultpage=1&

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann Coulter Rules!!!!!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Illinois is the MAN!!!!

9:11 PM  
Anonymous t said...

"Loose lips kill American people," he added.

He forgot to add "especially ones who out undercover operatives for political gain." that jerk


I see where the repugs have a new pro-Iraq war tribute-surely the people are done with this war. Teak I saw the article about the draft also on Global Research-revived Feb 2006 by Rangel- Hell no, I won't go!

9:14 PM  
Anonymous kiswrite said...

spacecommand...

The JFK video was incredible, thanks!

RE: article by Tom Henegan / cloakanddagger.com

Man subpoenaed to testify in Plame leak case found in Chesapeake Bay over weekend. Another "Hit" by BushCo. A few weeks ago it was the publisher of Washingtonian magazine, Phillip Merrill. I agree with Henegan, it's time for the US Military to arrest the "Thief in Chief".

"Loose Lips Kill American People" House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill)

9:15 PM  
Anonymous mAnn Coulter said...

Anon @10:07 pm

I'm an @ss who speaks out of her @ss. Now get lost you sheep... and wannabe Kitty Killer...I want nothing to do with you and your ilk...

9:15 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Folks,

More in the news. This certainly would not make the local news:

The Most Damning News that Won't Make Your Local News
by emptywheel
The Senate Dems just held a hearing on pre-war intelligence, an attempt to make up for the fact that Pat Roberts has all but cancelled the Phase II investigation. As witnesses they had:
• Carl Ford ("John Bolton is a Kiss Ass Kick Down Kind of Guy" and former head of INR) [Bolton comment corrected per jonnybutter--got my ass kissing and my down kicking confused]
• Larry Wilkerson (Powell's Chief of Staff and the guy who put together Powell's UN speech)
• Wayne White (INR's principal Iraq analyst)
• Paul Pillar (who worked at the NIO and told Bush Iraq didn't have nukes)
• Joseph Cirincione (former intell)
• Michael Smith (Downing Street Memo reporter)
• Rod Barton (who wasn't allowed to discredit the mobile weapons labs)

http://thenexthurrah.typepad.com/

9:16 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Hello SPB,

Good to see you around...my heroes today are NY Times, Miles O'Brien, and Justice Bloggers...wassup SP...

9:26 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

Let's all use our brains now...Classified information can be FOUND at:

www.swift.com

And they also hold a yearly convention and have a slick mag.

CLASSIFIED INFO?

Idiotic Administration Doublethink (as if these assholes could think once?)

When is a secret not a secret?

Rethugs are cat killers and obviously, morons, as well as little bleating sheep.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Ladies and Gentleman, I want to introduce to you the new 21 century version of Dumb and Dumber!

From TPMmuckraker:
Curt and Pete's Excellent Adventure
By Paul Kiel - June 28, 2006, 10:48 AM
Did Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) decide to go find the WMDs in Iraq on his own? And bring Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) along for the ride?

Instead, Gaubatz said, Weldon latched onto the idea as a "personal political venture" and discussed a Hoekstra-Weldon trip to Iraq, under the guise of visiting the troops, that would detour to Nasiriyah.
Once there, Gaubatz said, the congressmen planned to persuade the U.S. military commander to lend them the equipment and men to go digging by the Euphrates for the cache Gaubatz believed to be there.
He said that Weldon made it clear he didn't want word leaked to the Pentagon, to intelligence officials, or to Democratic congressmen.
As Gaubatz told me: "They even worked out how it would go. If there was nothing there, nothing would be said. If the site had been [scavenged], nothing would be said. But, if it was still there, they would bring the press corps out.

You really want to hit these two knucklehead with a brick and tell tham that this ain't scavenger hunt! If the professionals couldn't WMD, do you really thin that these with Congressman can find them? Or are they looking for votes? And they must include the Congressman Rick Scrotum who knows EXACTLY where the WMD after using his telescope in Pennsylvania. Amazing? Scrotum uses a telecope to discover WMD and Frist used a video to diagnose Terri Schiavo. What idiots!

9:29 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

http://www.internetweekly.org/
2006/01/cartoon_bottom_of_the_
bottle.html

9:31 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

SPB:
While in a way I agree with you, perverse little ME really doesn't CARE what happens to these little glory-seeking Thugs trying to pander to their base and seek their own version of the 72 versions for the TRUTH!

I am way beyond caring what these sophomoric deadheads who managed to buy their way into office does. Not to mention if they manage to get themselves killed in the process. There are many yet unmarked graves in Arlington Cemetary and as far as I am concerned (just a very personal opinion), the elected officials in Washington deserve a final resting place much more than our brave children who are being sent to their death for the Bush War Machine.

Sorry - tired tonight and just sick about the state of my country!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

A Single Person Could Swing an Election

From the Washington Post:

"The experts thought about all the ways to do it. And they concluded in a report issued yesterday that it would take only one person, with a sophisticated technical knowledge and timely access to the software that runs the voting machines, to change the outcome.

The report, which was unveiled at a Capitol Hill news conference by New York University's Brennan Center for Justice and billed as the most authoritative to date, tackles some of the most contentious questions about the security of electronic voting.

The report concluded that the three major electronic voting systems in use have significant security and reliability vulnerabilities. But it added that most of these vulnerabilities can be overcome by auditing printed voting records to spot irregularities. And while 26 states require paper records of votes, fewer than half of those require regular audits."

Say NO to Voter Fraud!!!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Hello Chimpcoulter!

It is good to see you. I think that your choice are heroes are very good especially the Justice bloggers. It is the every day folks that make a difference in people's lives, serve others, and shape the children of the future. For sure, the media has been asleep at the wheel and failed to give more recognition to everyday folks and moms and dads that are making a difference in this country.

9:34 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

Again sorry - just because the current Rethug Groupies are seeking those missing 72 virgins, doesn't mean I care what happens to them.

And no I don't.

While I as yet don't wish death upon anyone, I find myself (a pacifist) coming very close to what seems to me to be a real moral conflict.

But I don't care whether they put themselves in harms way. How do we get the REAL war criminals to actually risk their lives?

Egad ... stepping off of my podium now!

9:35 PM  
Blogger teak said...

So this SWIFT has it's own website? Flipping BushCo. and neocons!

www.swift.com

9:37 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Good one, SPB, except the telescope might not reach Iraq. I suggest that he use Harry Potter's magic wand and use the phrase: Up from the dirt, WMD, says I. And then those votes will come puring in. And Scrotum might even be elected as the nest President and Harry Potter as Vice President!

9:39 PM  
Blogger basheert said...

teak:
You've got it - they aren't in hiding at all...they are out there for all to see and not the least bit confidential.

This is all smoke and mirrors.

My question at this point is WHAT are these people smoking? This is not even a story...oh wait, it's a Rovian Flag.

Isn't it interesting that Limpballs went to the DR right after having dinner with Rover? How twisted and sick IS that???

9:39 PM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

SPB -- Everyday folks...my favorite too...good night Justice Bloggers...you are the best...and Keep going Team Fitzie...we support you whole-heartedly!!!

9:42 PM  
Blogger teak said...

Does all this stuff loop back to the Cold War and the Reagan years? Besides Dick, Don and the various geezer evil-doers?

Could you give just a yes or no, I wanta know.

9:47 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Delay: Valerie Plame was not a CIA agent
By: John Amato on Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 at 6:35 pm

http://www.crooksandliars.com/posts/2006/06/28/delay-valerie-plame-was-not-a-cia-agent/

9:47 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

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9:54 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

Hey, SWIFT is hiring! Just kidding. . .

Actually, I'm bothered that it seems to be a Belgian company, so all our tax dollars left the country to hire those people. Then again, it is corporate so the price might have been more efficient compared to a government-run operation.

9:56 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

SPB:
My question is...if Plame was not a CIA Agent as DeLay claims, then why was her identity leaked to reporters that she WAS a CIA Agent?
Huh? What a bunch of spin and crap from DeLay!!!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

Yes Teak, I agree. I told a few folks a while back that I think some of these guys running the country now have not changed their calendars to 2006 from 1990.

Yeah, Saddam was a real threat in 1990.

They also seem to think it is still 1979 with Iran.

9:59 PM  
Blogger teak said...

Why did Bush have to de-classify?

10:00 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

S-Q,

The Gerbil called Valerie Plame a CIA agent. The following people on T.V. and in print referred to Valarie Plame as a CIA agent: Darth Cheney, the little soldier, Porkrind, Gonzo, Ashcroft, Ari Flescher, Tenet, and Porter Goss. From day one, all of the above have identified Valerie Plame in her job as a CIA agent. As of today, the only person who says that she wasn't an agent is a Congressman who had to quit and is now under indictment. And this is the same crook who being interviewed by another crook, Tweety! It doesn't matter if Ms. Plame was doing office duties or in the field! A CIA agent is a CIA agent!

10:01 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

"Why did Bush have to de-classify?"

Teak, You need to go back to Waterflake's website where I wrote an article on her site of the timeline. That will tell you why the Gerbil declassified the NIE documents.

Hint: Novak wrote the article with Plame's name on July 14, 2003 and Plame was still an active CIA agent.
The Gerbil declassified the NIE documents on July 18,2003. Four day after Novak's article.

10:05 PM  
Blogger teak said...

I know Roger knows what I'm talking about---he has posted the name before, I just don't know if this is the truth or more crap.

I would post something, but someone might get upset.

This has to do with something starting before 1990, occurred during the Reagan years and after with various Presidents.
*****

I know Plame was an agent. Bush would not have de-classified unless to cover his arse.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Teak:

The Gerbil is covering not just his arse but his buddies, Porkrind and Darth Cheney. These two perople played a key role in discrediting Wilson for politcal agenda. And Cheney is really the person who is running the WH not the Gerbil. The Gerbil is just a prop to be used as the sitting President. John Dean explained very well about Chney's character in a Truthout.org article.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Folks,

Here is what Fitz is up to:


NATION IN BRIEF
Wednesday, June 28, 2006; Page A26
Anonymous Jury Requested In Hamas-Related Case

________________________________________
CHICAGO -- Justice Department lawyers asked a federal judge yesterday to empanel an anonymous jury in the case of three men charged with sponsoring terrorism by funneling money to the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas.
In papers filed by the office of U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve that, because the defendants and others are accused of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering -- all on behalf of Hamas -- jurors hearing the case might be intimidated.

Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. The attorney for Muhammad Salah, one of the defendants, did not respond to messages seeking comment.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/27/AR2006062701361.html

10:18 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

SPB:
Is this connected to any of the other cases? Like you always say, "connect the dots" ?

10:37 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

S-Q--That case lists Chicago, which is where Fitz works. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve is in the Northern District.

Sometimes things are easy and there are no dots to connect. . . :-) regarding the whereabouts of Fitz.

The money laundering in regards to terrorism, however, is loaded with dots to connect.

11:12 PM  
Blogger teak said...

Thanks for the link, SPB.

cloak and dagger.de has a new briefing...interesting.

11:25 PM  
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9:43 PM  
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