"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Friday, June 20, 2008

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IAF apparently held major drill for strike on Iran: 'NY Times' 20 Jun 2008 Israel carried out a major military drill during the first week of June that US sources say was apparently a rehearsal for a potential attack on Iran's nuclear sites, the News York Times reported Friday. More than 100 IAF F-16 and F-15 fighter jets took part in the exercise, which was carried out over the eastern Mediterranean and over Greece, the officials said.

U.S. Says Exercise by Israel Seemed Directed at Iran 20 Jun 2008 Israel carried out a major military exercise earlier this month that American officials say appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. More than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters participated in the maneuvers, which were carried out over the eastern Mediterranean and over Greece during the first week of June, American officials said.

Cancel FOX News; Ban It From Your TV Today.

And More

Senator John McCunt (No Misspelling…really)

It is time to act against the networks most unfair and unbalanced “News” network…FOX! America had had enough of this. Send the message to racist Roger Ailes to stop the racism. Let him know you have had it with him and that you are going to act against the network and all its sponsors.

It is time to hold FOX accountable for its arrogance and editorial tabloid “journalism” that passes for news.

Demand Fox stop race baiting and fear mongering

Right now, Fox News is trying to paint Barack Obama as foreign, un-American, suspicious, and scary. They're trying to send Americans the message that our country's first viable Black candidate for President is not "one of us."

We've seen this before from Fox. They won't stop until it becomes too painful to continue--until the public calls them out and advertisers start getting worried.

Now is the time to draw a line in the sand by putting Fox on notice that their behavior won't be tolerated. In less than a minute, you can help us do that. Then invite your friends and family to do the same. Just click here:

Demand Fox stop race baiting and fear mongering

After Senator Obama won the nomination, he and his wife gave each other a "pound" in front of the cameras. Fox anchor E.D. Hill called the act of celebration a "terrorist fist jab."1 Then last week, a Fox News on-screen graphic referred to Michelle Obama as "Obama's baby mama"2--slang used to describe the unmarried mother of a man's child. It was a clear attempt to associate the Obamas with negative cultural stereotypes about Black people, an insult not only to Michelle Obama but to women and Black people everywhere.

Last month, a Fox guest pretended to confuse Obama's name with "Osama," associating him with terrorism, which has happened before on Fox. But then she goes further, stating that the assassination of both Osama and Obama would be a good thing.3,4 It is unconscionable for an organization that calls itself a news network to advocate for the assassination of a presidential candidate.

After each of the incidents mentioned, Fox issued some form of weak apology. But what does it mean when you slap someone in the face, apologize the next day, then slap them again on the third? It means the apology is meaningless.

Now is the time to call out Fox for these attacks and their fake apologies. The first stop is Fox. Next will be their advertisers and the FCC. If we don't push back now, we will see more of the same from now until November. Please join us to demand that Fox answer for its behavior:

Demand Fox stop race baiting and fear mongering

These aren't one-time incidents--they're part of a pattern that continues no matter how often Fox is forced to apologize. Fox has a clear record of attacking and undermining Black institutions, Black leaders, and Black people in general.5,6 Their team of producers and on-air personalities uses innuendo to prey on fear and racist stereotypes that ridicule the progress, politics and personalities of Black America.7

But this pattern grew even more noticeable when Barack Obama became a serious presidential contender. Fox's smears against Obama are part of a larger effort, working together with anonymous emails8, outrageous statements by right-wing pundits and officials9 and fear-mongering ads paid for by local chapters of the Republican party10. These tactics have deception at their core, and they're designed to take advantage of the racist fears and prejudices ingrained in our society.

Fox plays a very specific, key role in this effort. It uses its position in the media to inject racist attacks on Obama into the mainstream political conversation. Because Fox paints itself as a news network and has a large audience, it's able to give credibility and exposure to unfounded rumors and bigoted, extremist statements.

Stopping Fox will take a sustained effort, but we've done it before11. Once you've signed the letter to Fox, you'll be the first to hear about future racist smears and how we can fight them. Please join us:

Demand Fox stop race baiting and fear mongering


1. "Fox News' E.D. Hill teased discussion of Obama dap: "A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab?" Media Matters, June 6, 2008

2. "Fox News in trouble again over Obama smear: 'baby mama'" Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2008

3. "Dems cancel debate over Fox Chief's Obama joke," CNN.com, March 10, 2007

4. Liz Trotta on Fox News Channel, May 25, 2008

5. "Fox Attacks: Black America," FoxAttacks.com, June 2007

6. "Fox Attacks: Obama, Part 2," FoxAttacks.com, June 2007

7. "Fox News and its problem with African-Americans," ColorOfChange.org overview, March 2007

8. "SMEAR: Obama's Books Contain Racially Incendiary Remarks," FighttheSmears.com, June, 2008

9. "Schlussel: Should Barack Hussein Obama be president "when we are fighting the war of our lives against Islam"?," Media Matters, December 20, 2006

10. "Tennessee GOP Smears Obama With Alleged Ties to Anti-Semitism and Farrakhan," TPM Election Central, February 27, 2008

11. "Obama, Clinton to skip Fox-backed debate," MSNBC.com, April 10, 2007

"The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation."

Steny Hoyer's warrantless wiretapping bill is obscene because it gives complete immunity to the telcos that have spied on us illegally since 2001, as well as the Bush Administration officials who illegally asked them to break the law. And it lets them continue spying on us by creating Big Brother with a figleaf of meaningless "protections."

FRIDAY: House Vote on Warrantless Wiretapping

First, I want to thank everyone who called their Representative on Thursday to oppose $165B more for Iraq. We lost, but we gained 9 anti-war votes since May. (Scroll down for our next effort to bring our troops safely home.)

Now I must ask you to pick up your phone again and call your Representative right now to demand a NO vote on warrantless wiretapping. The vote will be Friday around noon, but please call no matter what time you get this. (The Congressional switchboard is open 24x7x365 and each office has voicemail.)

Steny Hoyer's warrantless wiretapping bill is obscene because it gives complete immunity to the telcos that have spied on us illegally since 2001, as well as the Bush Administration officials who illegally asked them to break the law. And it lets them continue spying on us by creating Big Brother with a figleaf of meaningless "protections."

On May 14, Democrats defeated a similar immunity bill 213-197. There is absolutely no reason for any Democrat to change his or her vote now except corrupt greed for telco campaign cash.

So call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your House Representative (not Senators) by name, or find your House Representative's name and direct dial by entering your address on the right side:

After you call, share your Representative's response with your neighbors by logging in to Democrats.com. (If you've never created a Democrats.com login, be sure to provide your voting address so we can find your Congressional District.) Then click:

Look in the "Congressional District" section for a post on "Warrantless Wiretapping Vote." If you see that post title, click the link and add a comment about your call to your Representative. If you do not see that topic, please create a post with that title by clicking the [Post] link right next to "Congressional District."

Wexler Looking Forward to Willing Witness in McClellan
By davidswanson
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT by Meg White. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) is hoping for a change of pace when it comes to the testimony of a top Bush Administration official before the House Judiciary Committee Friday morning: ...AfterDowningStreet.org - Impeach... - http://www.afterdowningstreet.org

Out of Iraq: Next Steps

On Thursday, we lost the Iraq funding vote by 268-155 because 188 Republicans (all but 4) and 80 Democrats (including "leaders" Steny Hoyer, Jim Clyburn and Rahm Emanuel) voted YES. But your calls made a big difference because we got 9 more NO votes than we did on May 15.

Now the battle moves to the Senate for another vote early next week. So please call both of your Senators and tell them to vote NO on the Iraq $165 billion. If you don't have time to call, sign our petition:

Calls and emails are very important, but what really scares Congress is fear of losing an election. So now that the House has voted, we must defeat as many of the 268 pro-occupation Representatives as we can - both in primaries against pro-war Bush Democrats this summer and in general election races against Republicans in November.

Our first primary target is Bush Democrat John Barrow (GA12), who has voted with George Bush on every issue we track, including Iraq, Iran, habeas corpus, and wiretapping. His district is 45% black, yet he votes like a southern rightwing Republican. Barrow's primary opponent is State Senator Regina Thomas, who has a long progressive record and is "adamantly opposed" to the occupation of Iraq.

The primary is July 15, and Thomas has an excellent chance of winning in a district where 70% of Democratic primary voters are black and energized by Barack Obama. I hope you'll contribute to Regina Thomas (and other anti-BushDemocrats) using our new Bush Democrat Actblue page:

Kucinich's 35 Articles of Impeachment - 5 Co-Sponsors and Growing...

On June 9, Rep. Dennis Kucinich made history on the floor of the House by reading 35 Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush, now H.Res. 1258.

In just six days, over 25,000 of you emailed your Representatives to co-sponsor the 35 Articles:

The first three co-sponsors were Robert Wexler (FL19), Lynn Woolsey (CA06), and Barbara Lee (CA09). On Thursday, they were joined by Tammy Baldwin (WI02) and Maurice Hinchey (NY22).

The charges presented by Rep. Kucinich are so serious that every Member of Congress should demand Judiciary Committee hearings by becoming a co-sponsor.

Here's what you can do to persuade your Representative:

Camp Obama Professes Surprise at Reaction to Solis Doyle Hire
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
Internet fundraising accomplishes what all those rules about who can give how much and when sought but never achieved. Cheers to the vox populi.

Obama Praises Former Clinton Campaign Manager
Washington Post, United States - Jun 17, 2008
By Anne E. Kornblut DULLES, Va. -- Patti Solis Doyle is "a terrific, experienced campaign hand" who will bring valuable experience to his campaign, Sen. ...

Obama snubs Clinton with job for former staffer
guardian.co.uk, UK - Jun 17, 2008
Hillary Clinton's camp was seething yesterday over what it sees as a snub by Barack Obama in appointing a former staffer with whom she has fallen out to a ...

US Election 2008: Barack Obama hires former Hillary Clinton guru ...
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom - Jun 17, 2008
By Tim Shipman in Washington Barack Obama has hired Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager to boost efforts to win three key groups of voters: women, ...

Obama delivers 'deliberate' snub to Clinton
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia - Jun 17, 2008
By David Nason in New York THE hostilities of the Democrat primary process were reignited yesterday when dumped former Hillary Clinton campaign manager ...

Obama to Clinton - Forget About Being Vice President
Kansas City Star, MO - Jun 17, 2008
By Steven O'Hern, Reader Advisory Panel 2008 Barrack Obama made a strong statement about who is not going to be his running mate when he appointed Hillary ...

A message for Clinton in hiring of her former aide?
USA Today - Jun 17, 2008
A sure sign that Hillary Rodham Clinton won't be Barack Obama's choice for the vice presidential slot? A sure sign that she will? Neither? ...

New hire seen as signal Clinton not VP choice
Globe and Mail, Canada - Jun 17, 2008
AP WASHINGTON -- US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has hired Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle as chief of staff ...

Al Gore endorses Obama; Clinton suffers a hit
Los Angeles Times, CA - Jun 17, 2008
'Take it from me: Elections matter,' the former VP says. Meanwhile, Obama picks a fired Clintonite as chief of staff for a future running mate -- a strong ...

Obamanology: Interpreting Patti Solis Doyle's Hiring
Atlantic Online - Jun 16, 2008
There's a straight reading of her hiring; there's a political reading of her hiring, and then there's a conspiratorial reading of her hiring. ...

Report: Exams prove abuse, torture in Iraq, Gitmo

Pentagon: Over 1000 Nuclear Weapon Parts Missing?

Many people have raised the specter of nuclear WMDs being sourced from nefarious sources-- from errant former Soviet states, from N. Korea, Iran or Pakistan> It may be that to those fears must be added the threat that American nuclear weapon technology may be circulating in the black market as well.

Recently, the Air Force has faced serious lapses in Nuclear weapons security. A bomber carried six nuclear bombs across the US without anyone in charge knowing about it, and nuclear nose cones were unintentionally shipped to Taiwan without anyone discovering the error for 18 months.

Recently, Defense secretary Robert Gates fired the civilian and military heads of the Air Force as a result of an investigation by Admiral Kirkland Donald into the above incidents and the general state of Nuclear weapon technology inventory security. Donald concluded that both of the above incidents had, according to the Financial Times, "'common origin' which was 'the gradual erosion of nuclear standards and a lack of effective oversight by air force leadership'."

Apparently, according to a closed, classified briefing the Pentagon made to congress, the nuclear security problem is much worse.

Yesterday, the Financial Times ran an article, by Demetri Sevastopulo headlined, "US N-weapons parts missing, Pentagon says."

Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater is Still in Charge, Deadly, Above the Law and Out of Control

(Companion Link) Should private mercenaries be outlawed? (Vote Here)

By JC Garrett
Sneaking FISA Through The Back Door

Jefferson never would have believed that future generations of Americans would give up their liberty without at least actually getting some real security in return. But in no way does this bill make Americans more secure. The Hoyer/Bush FISA deal allows mass, untargeted surveillance of Americans' communications, and contains blanket immunity for telecoms. Keith Olberman: "This is not F.I.S.A., this is C.Y.A."

By Mark Biskeborn
Culture Of Deception
It's us, the working class that has to wake up and smell the coffee in politics and voting.

By John R Moffett
$165 Billion For Iraq, $2.7 Billion For The US
Congress is starting a debate on the budget bill, which has $165 billion in funding for the war in Iraq, but only $2.7 billion for emergency spending in the US.

What Does Treason Have to do with Impeachment?

The saying that has been appearing and re-appearing with such regularity recently is, "This is not the America I grew up in? What is happening?"

This was the saying stated by Bill Moyers in a recent interview. By no coincidence, Bill Moyers has been targeted for dismissal from Public Broadcasting System for years by Bill O'Reilly for "left wing bias" and falling outside the "fair and balanced" standard he has presumably operates under at Fox News.

O'Reilly and his allies are also upset over the numerous articles criticizing the Bush-Cheney neoconservative corporate enterprise.

The more objective alternative would be to turn the Internet over to the tender mercies of Clear Channel, which has provided the broad perspective of Rush Limbaugh on the one hand all the way across the political spectrum to O'Reilly and Sean Hannity on the other.

Dennis Kucinich upset the corporate establishment June 11 by daring to introduce before Congress no less than 35 articles of impeachment against George Bush. He had earlier demonstrated the audacity of transgressing even further by introducing articles against Bush's resident keeper, Dick Cheney.

The latest effort, as was its predecessor, was referred to the Judiciary Committee, constituting a presumed graveyard governing impeachment. A June 12 Boston Globe headline announced:


This response constituted a mild beginning for what followed. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel denounced local congressman and Kucinich impeachment articles co-sponsor Robert Wexler for wasting the public's time with such trivia. The editorial ended by suggesting to Wexler and others that it was time to "move on to the real issues."

I wonder what the Founding Fathers would say if they were here to speak. When none other than Alexander Hamilton, a champion of a strong executive, recommended that impeachment be included in the U.S. Constitution.

Could Hamilton and his colleagues been envisioning a trial to remove a chief executive for lying on an affidavit of a civil suit for engaging in an extra-marital affair?

How peculiar it was that our high-minded corporate media failed to criticize the aforementioned blatantly partisan and thoroughly ridiculous action aimed at Bill Clinton, when the time was ripe to tell Republican Senate and House members to "move on to the real issues."

There is no doubt increasing nervousness on the part of the neoconservative political establishment and their media toadies when citizens become as intelligently outraged as Patrick Burns of Seattle did in a letter to the editor in the June 17 Seattle Times.

Burns denounced Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's "off-hand dismissal of justice applied even to he who holds the highest rank" and called that act "an outright rejection of the notion that this nation is a land of laws and process, equally administered, in favor of political farce where law is an oppressive weapon applied discriminately against most of the rest of us. Some people of higher rank in Pelosi's eyes are elevated above the law because litigation is too cumbersome, too difficult, too distracting in the Democratic Party's pursuit of magisterial power."

What if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson suddenly re-appeared in Bush-Cheney America?

Washington was the Founding Father who, in his Farewell Address, cautioned the citizenry to "avoid foreign entanglements." Jefferson was our third president with John Adams sandwiched in between, and earlier in his life he exercised such vigilant concern over individual liberties as to lobby for and ultimately include in the Constitution he penned the first ten amendments constituting a Bill of Rights.

What would Washington and Jefferson say if they learned about secretly removing a citizen of a foreign nation to a nation bereft of constitutional safeguards and interrogating ruthlessly without any specified time frame?

What about snooping through libraries to determine what people have been reading without any warrant or explanation why such information is being gathered?

How about refusing to allow terrorist suspects right to counsel and indefinitely torturing them, including waterboarding?

What about scrapping the nation's search and seizure laws, protective safeguards under the Bill of Rights, and replacing them with an all-powerful executive that breaks into homes and removes evidence, then is also empowered to arrest, and then hold indefinitely while denying right to counsel or trial by jury?

How about invading a foreign nation on a baseless, easily disprovable lie that America was threatened by weapons of mass destruction, refusing to allow a UN team investigating that very charge the opportunity to finish its report before subjecting that same nation to a bombardment that made Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like pre-game warm-up drills?

What about holding secret meetings where the individual in charge holds more power than any vice president in history and is effectively providing access to unceasing enrichment in the nation being invaded during subsequent occupation?

Oh, and this is the same company he served as its CEO and that continues to enrich him while in office while he ostensibly "serves the people." This nation will be divided up among the vice president's corporation along with several selective others.

To simplify matters this entire process would be carried out without any competitive bidding.

Would Washington and Jefferson have found that, contrary to detractors, that Kucinich was addressing the "real issues" of America by introducing articles of impeachment against Bush and Cheney?

Could it also be that they, given the foregoing, would consider such actions treasonous?

Should we also conclude based on the record that acts of treason have been committed in a nation where the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law have been replaced by neoconservative corporate dictatorship and unceasing, unchecked power residing in a lawless federal executive?

Ghosts Haunt the GOP Attack Machine
KDBC - el paso,TX,USA
And Collins's group only had raised only about $8000 more than it spent this cycle as of March 30, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis. ...
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Poll: Obama pulls even with McCain in Va.
Richmond Times Dispatch - Richmond,VA,USA
"I literally know not a single political analyst in the country who is doing anything other than guessing how big a landslide Mark Warner will have. ...
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Impeach Bush. Please
By calvinlawson
But maybe not; we brought impeachment charges against Clinton for having sex outside of marriage and LYING about it. Gasp! Lying about cheating on your wife; a heinous crime to be sure, but let us compare it to the charges that could be ...
Stranger in a Strange Land - http://calvinlawson.wordpress.com

working link to tomorrow's10:00 a.m. e.d.t. house judiciary committee business meeting on the u.s. attorney firings.


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