Monday, December 19, 2005

is it 2008 yet? 


The president of Mr. Ferrara's institute told BusinessWeek Online that "I have a sense that there are a lot of people at think tanks who have similar arrangements."

Everyone is on the take


The White House needs to tell the Pentagon promptly to destroy the records of protesters as required, within three months. It also needs promptly to tell the NSA to return to following the rules, to get the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before monitoring Americans' communications. The idea that all of this is being done to us in the name of national security doesn't wash; that is the language of a police state. Those are the unacceptable actions of a police state.

Bush is a criminal


In a statement, New YorkTimes editor Bill Keller said that "the administration argued strongly that writing about this eavesdropping program would give terrorists clues about the vulnerability of their communications and would deprive the government of an effective tool for the protection of the country's security. Officials also assured senior editors of the Times that a variety of legal checks had been imposed. ... As we have done before in rare instances when faced with a convincing national security argument, we agreed not to publish at that time."

Fuck the Times


Such submissiveness on the part of the Times harks back to self censorship by the paper in the early 1950s, covering up CIA plans for coups in Guatemala and Iran; also to the paper's behavior in 1966 when it had information about IA shenanigans in Singapore and through south-east Asia. The editors submitted the story for review by CIA director John McCone, who made editorial deletions.

In its Friday story, the New York Times meekly agreed not to identify the "senior White House official" who successfully petitioned them to spike the story for a year. The fact that no one was specifically named allowed Bush to discount the entire story when he went the Lehrer News Hour on Friday evening.

The Times Still Sucks


WASHINGTON (AFP) - US lawmakers said that President George W. Bush may have broken the law by approving the secret monitoring of phone calls and emails within the United States after the September 11 attacks.

But the administration insisted the wire taps, even without a court warrant, were legal and Vice President Dick Cheney criticised those who he said were not committed to "doing everything" to guard against new terrorist attacks on the United States.

Bush is a criminal

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - About 24 top former officials in Saddam Hussein's regime, including a biological weapons expert known as "Dr. Germ," have been released from jail, while a militant group released a video Monday of the purported killing of an American hostage.

Nothing here I guess


Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Evo Morales, the Bolivian coca-farmers leader who won election as president yesterday, pledged to ``change the history'' of his country by challenging the U.S. and promoting production of the leaf used to make cocaine.

``Long live coca, no to the Yankees,'' Morales, an Indian activist who lost a presidential bid three years ago, shouted to several hundred supporters, in a victory speech last night at his campaign headquarters in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Bush makes another enemy
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