"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) -

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
That's how it goes. Everybody knows.
~~Leonard Cohen~~

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the threat posed by the Islamic Republic goes well beyond the realm of Israel and the Middle East.

In a recent speech to the Hadassah Zionist Women's Organization, Pelosi described Tehran as a major threat not only to Israel but also to the entire world.

"Israel bears the brunt of that threat... and the safety not only of Israel but of the entire world depends on forcing Iran to give up its nuclear capability," she said.

Her remarks were made on the same day that senior pentagon officials revealed the BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS GIVEN THE 'AMBER LIGHT' to an Israeli plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

"AMBER MEANS GET ON WITH YOUR PREPARATIONS, STAND BY FOR IMMEDIATE ATTACK and tell us when you're ready," the senior officials said amid escalating speculation that Tel Aviv and Washington are preparing to strike Iran in the remaining 189 days of Bush's term in office.

In response to Western war-rhetoric, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) recently staged broad military exercises to demonstrate the country's defensive military capabilities.

Kucinich May Get Hearing On Impeachment Resolution

By Molly K. Hooper, CQ Staff

The House Judiciary Committee may let anti-war Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich present his case for impeaching President Bush before the August recess, the panel’s chairman said Monday.

Chairman John Conyers Jr. , D-Mich., said Judiciary will take a broad look at the behavior of the Bush administration, and Kucinich can lay out his arguments as part of that as-yet unscheduled hearing.

Kucinich, D-Ohio, intends to formally offer a resolution on Tuesday (Today) that accuses Bush of lying to Congress in order to get approval to invade Iraq.

Conyers said he wants a public discussion of the issues being raised by Kucinich, but does not plan to take any action on the resolution. “We’re not doing impeachment, but he can talk about it,” the chairman said.

He said such a hearing would continue oversight of the executive branch that has included hearings on the exposure of the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame and the firing of U.S. attorneys.

The resolution that Kucinich has told the House to expect on Tuesday will be his fourth impeachment measure.

An earlier resolution against Bush (HRes 1258) and two against Vice President Dick Cheney (H Res 333, H Res 799) were referred to Conyers’ committee, which took no action on them.

Bush and Cheney leave office on Jan. 20, 2009. (More)

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-TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 118 > § 2441 § 2441. War crimes

I have called for the prosecution of George Bush for 'war crimes' since it became clear that the US attack and invasion of Afghanistan was all about natural gas and pipelines. Before creating this blog, I had long posted those view on NPR's now defunct "How's Bush Doing" discussion forum as well as the likewise defunct "The Opinion". Recently, our lonely voices are joined by distinguished experts, jurists, attorneys and specialists in international law. Adding considerable weight in this area are the opinions of a Nuremberg chief prosecutor who states that there is a case for trying Bush for the 'supreme crime against humanity, an illegal war of aggression against a sovereign nation.'

The extent to which American Exceptionalism is embedded in the national psyche is awesome to behold.

While the United States is a country like any other, its citizens no more special than any others on the planet, Americans still react with surprise at the suggestion that their country could be held responsible for something as heinous as a war crime.

From the massacre of more than 100,000 people in the Philippines to the first nuclear attack ever at Hiroshima to the unprovoked invasion of Baghdad, US-sponsored violence doesn't feel as wrong and worthy of prosecution in internationally sanctioned criminal courts as the gory, blood-soaked atrocities of Congo, Darfur, Rwanda, and most certainly not the Nazis -- most certainly not. Howard Zinn recently described this as our "inability to think outside the boundaries of nationalism. We are penned in by the arrogant idea that this country is the center of the universe, exceptionally virtuous, admirable, superior."

--Could Bush Be Prosecuted for War Crimes?

Bush's war against Iraq was begun upon a series of deliberate frauds. Earlier, Bush had targeted Afghanistan where the US would defend --not freedom --but the interests of US oil barons, primarily a consortium of US oil companies which had planned to build the Centgas Trans-Afghan linking Turkmenistan's abundant gas reserves with markets in Pakistan. The Group was led by Unocal of California and Delta Oil Company of Saudi Arabia. Members of the Taliban actually met with Unocal officials at offices in Sugarland, TX, a Houston suburb, famously primarily as the home district of Tom DeLay who had introduced measure that would absolve Bush of the very war crimes that he most certainly had already planned to commit. [See: How Bush Helped Establish a Corporate 'New World Order'; US 'planned attack on Taliban' [Before 911]; Dick Cheney Made Millions with Saddam Hussein]

Not only is the war against Iraq a war crime prosecutable in US Courts for the violations it represents under the above cited US Codes, Title 18 [op cit], but also in US Federal Courts for the 'mass murder' of some 4,000 US armed forces personnel that have died upon this evil fraud. According to Bugliosi, the penalty is death!

The measure exempting US troops from 'war crimes' was introduced by Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) as an amendment to H.R. 1646, The Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 2001, on May 8, 2001. It passed the House 282-137 on May 10 and introduced as S. 857 in the Senate on May 9 by Senators Jesse Helms (R-NC), Zell Miller (D-GA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Warner (R-VA), Trent Lott (R-MS), Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Frank Murkowski (R-AK) --the usual suspects!

The bill authorized Bush "...to use all means (including the provision of legal assistance) necessary to bring about the release of covered US persons and covered allied persons held captive by or on behalf of the Court [International Criminal Court, ICC, in the Hague]. Some highlights:

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Declaration of Impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney,
By the People of the United States of America

WHEN, in the history of a democratic government the institutions and laws established by the People to guarantee their inalienable rights come to be so weakened, ignored, openly violated and openly contemned by the highest elected officers of that government, in violation of the Constitution, the laws and of their oaths, to such degree that the lawful means of redress, correction, and punishment in such cases has been rendered ineffective, and the corruption of the institutions established by the People, and the seizing and consolidation of power by these faithless and corrupt officeholders, has subjugated democracy and created the imminent threat of the emergence of a fascist tyranny, such that it becomes necessary for the People to assert their role as the sole source of all legitimate government power and to remove the criminal and corrupt officeholders who threaten freedom, a decent Respect for principles of democracy requires the People to declare the causes which impel them to this action.

Like our forefathers, we the People hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men and Women are created equal, that they are endowed, by their nature, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and that to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among the people, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed. We further hold that when the powers granted to government by the People have been corrupted and perverted by the criminal actions of faithless officeholders who have usurped the powers granted by the People to their tyrannical purposes, it is the Right of the People, through the mechanisms of the government they have established, or through extraordinary action to defend that government when it has been threatened by fascist tyranny, to remove such officeholders, undo their unlawful acts, repeal their criminal edicts, and subject them to the justice of the people for their dire crimes.

Prudence does indeed dictate, that the mechanisms long established by the Constitution for the prevention of tyranny and the protection of the rights of the People should not be changed for light and transient Causes. Nevertheless, all Experience hath shewn, that the People and the Institutions of the United States are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to resort to the remedy of Impeachment as set forth in the Constitution

But now a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce the United States to a state of Fascist Tyranny, and the institutions endowed by the constitution with the duty to defend the nation from such abuses have neglected their obligation and our Constitutional Democracy itself is in peril. It is therefore the Right of the People, it is the Duty of the People, to defend the Constitution and their Government, and to remove from office those criminal and treasonous usurpers and subject them to appropriate punishment. The People of the United States of America have been slow to anger and trusted long in the intended working of the remedies set forth in the Constitution, but the threat is now risen to a Necessity which constrains them to take direct action to Impeach George W. Bush and Richard Cheney.

The History of the current illegitimate usurpers of the office of President and Vice President of the United States, and of their entire administration and those they have appointed to office, is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over this Nation.

To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

THEY have blatantly violated the Constitution and the laws of the United States, as well as the provisions of the Geneva Conventions and International Law, by ordering the use of kidnapping, torture, murder, and indefinite detention without charge or process of law, as well as other acts repugnant to the ideals of the Constitution and of Democracy, casting a stain upon the honor of this nation and causing it to fall in esteem among the nations of the world.

THEY have callously made use of a tragic attack upon the United States by a small and powerless group of religious zealots as a pretext to seize and concentrate the power of their offices in violation of the Constitution and Laws, and to stoke the fires of belligerent nationalism, employing the fascist tactic of igniting a patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate an exaggerated threat of “Islamic terrorists,” through a fraudulent, endless Global War on Terror, perverting the natural and proper patriotism of the people by creating and encouraging a bellicose nationalism, even employing the symbols of Nazi fascism by referring to the United States as the “Homeland.”

THEY have subverted the necessary and vital role of an independent press in a democracy, using the fraudulent war and the exaggerated threat of terrorism to censor, directly and indirectly, by threats and by retaliation against news organizations and individuals, and by encouraging policies and regulatory decision making which have weakened impediments to concentration of media ownership and thus allowed and encouraged direct control of the media by powerful corporate interests.

THEY have willfully violated the 1st amendment of the United States Constitution, respecting the establishment of a national or state religion, and interfered with the free exercise of the human right of conscience, by breaching the separation of church and state, providing government funds to religious organizations, allowing religious organizations to perform government functions, and by forcing citizens to submit to religious beliefs in order to avail themselves of government services

They have imposed religious restraints on education and public health, through “abstinence only,” the promotion of creationism and denial of evolution, through limitations on and efforts to censor stem cell and global warming research, and through numerous acts attempting to impose religious beliefs in scientific and environmental policy. THEY have deliberately made a practice of appointing to the judiciary individuals whose agenda and intent it is to impose elements of their faith on the people as law, and they have intentionally turned the administration of justice over to religious believers of one sect of Christianity, allowing and implementing hiring practices favoring unfit and unqualified evangelical Christians in the justice department and US Attorney’s offices, for the purpose of establishing an enduring presence of ideological zealots bent on turning the United States into a theocracy, an end which, though an admitted goal of their faith, is utterly abhorrent to the principles of the founders and to the Constitution.

They have violated the Constitution and the laws of the United States and violated the right of the People to be secure in their persons and their communications, by engaging in a massive program of illegal warrantless surveillance on all forms of electronic communications without cause or suspicion.

They have violated the Constitution and the laws of the United States by engaging in practices and acts designed to deprive the People of the fundamental right of the franchise, by denying individuals their right to vote through voter purges, by organizing campaigns of intimidation designed to prevent individuals from voting, by subverting justice and bringing politically motivated federal criminal charges against voter registration organizations with the intent of intimidating poor and minority voters, by appointing highly partisan and corrupt officials to oversee and administer elections, who have engaged in the manipulation of legal technicalities to selectively disenfranchise voters groups, with the ultimate result that the very legitimacy of their election and reelection to office is deeply tainted, being founded on a corrupt and lawless decision of the United States Supreme Court supported by a majority of nakedly partisan justices stained by irresolvable personal conflicts of interest.

They have engaged in a conspiracy to create and exploit the false and fraudulent grounds for an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack on the sovereign nation of Iraq, in furtherance of which they have engaged in a constant, seven year long series of public lies told with full knowledge of their falsehood, for the illegal and unconstitutional purpose of waging an unprovoked war of conquest in order to plunder the oil reserves of Iraq, in violation of the Constitution and the laws of the United States, of International law, and of basic standards of morality and human decency, with the result that thousands of members of the United States military services have been killed, tens of thousands grievously wounded, and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis killed, wounded, impoverished, or forced to flee and become refugees, and in doing so they have depleted the Treasury, indebted the Nation, and corruptly squandered funds to enrich individuals and profiteering corporations.

THEY have throughout their term of office dedicated themselves not to the people of the United States, but rather solely serving the interests of a small group of the rich and powerful, in their every action in office always working to advance the interest of powerful individuals and corporations and to weaken the power and role of organized labor, and the ordinary mass of the People, to the detriment and harm of the great mass of citizens of the United States, effectively attempting to create a permanent, fascist oligarchy and destroy democracy, in violation of the Constitution and committing treason against the bedrock principles of this Nation and its People.

AT every Point in this procession of Crimes, any resistance or disagreement by the People or their Representatives in the National Legislature have been arrogantly rebuffed and calumniously derided as unpatriotic, weak, and dangerous to the safety of the Nation. The Arrogance of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney as they continue even against the will and desire of the overwhelming majority of the People in their criminal acts has demonstrated beyond all doubt their contempt for democracy and basic human values such as honesty and decency. They have gloried in the blood they have shed and their depraved criminality and have disgraced this Nation in the eyes of the World.

WE, therefore, the People of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, the true deciders in a democracy, do solemnly Publish and Declare, That George W. Bush and Richard Cheney are, and of Right ought to be, impeached and removed from office, and that hereafter as long as they remain in office, should be regarded as illegal usurpers with no legitimate authority, and further, that the effectuation of their removal is warranted and necessary for the protection of this Nation and the perpetuation of the dream of the Founders of a free and abiding democratic government.

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The front page New Yorker cartoon revels that the people at the New Yorker are as obtuse as the Republicans. They didn't realize that the Republicans will take the cartoon as a serious, factual portrayal of Obama.

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Fox-Owned National Geographic Uses Gorillas as Cover for Exploitation of Congo

I Know This Is A Different Matter Except It Only Proves That FOX can and will Fuck Up Anything/Everything!