It appears a real, actual, indictable felony may have occured when Bush ordered Harriet Miers to defy a congressional subpoena. Via TPM:
Invoking a privilege is one thing, but telling a person not to show up in response to a subpoena — if only to actually invoke the privilege — is quite another. It’s not just worse, it’s a felony under federal criminal law. See for yourself.
18 U.S.C. Sec. 1505 : … Whoever corruptly … influences, obstructs, or impedes … the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation […]Full Story... →
It’ll never happen, but…
An appropriate Special Comment for our nation’s birthday celebration.Full Story... →
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush has commuted the prison term of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, facing 30 months in prison after a federal court convicted him of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.
This is why you give these people no quarter, because they get idiots and their buddies into office and pull this shit. It’s actually quite good news because I’m sure his polling will plummet even further and fundraising among Dems should run even stronger than it is.Full Story... →
Back from my business-enforced sabbatical, and catching up on the news from the past week led me across this gem: George Bush is claiming that the Office of the President is not part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
An executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 ? amending an existing order ? requires all government agencies that are part of the executive branch to submit to oversight. Although it doesn’t specifically say so, Bush’s order was not meant to apply to the vice president’s office or the president’s office, a White House spokesman said.
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KABUL, Afghanistan – The deadliest insurgent attack since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 destroyed a bus full of police instructors at Kabul’s busiest transportation hub on Sunday, killing 35 people and wounding 52, officials said.
KABUL (Reuters) – At least seven children were killed in a U.S.-led coalition air strike on a religious school in Afghanistan, the coalition said on Monday, amid rising anger over civilian deaths from foreign military operations.
It’s as if the world is Willy Wonka and George Bush is Charlie Bucket. Willy turns to Charlie and his grandpa and says:
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David Michael Green has a powerful compilation of facts on the Iraq War that will make anyone but the most staunch wingnut regret our current war. Most of us who have been against the war from the start will know this list. Nothing much new here, but it is good to see it all in one place. A couple of my favorites:
The senior Bush had a chance after that war to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam. He chose not to because, in his own words and those of his National Security Advisor, Brent Scowcroft, […]Full Story... →
Bill Kristol is having a fit – he feels that Libby should be pardoned immediately by President Bush.
Will Bush pardon Libby? Apparently not–even if it means a man who worked closely with him and sought tirelessly to do what was right for the country goes to prison. Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino, noting that the appeals process was underway, said, “Given that and in keeping with what we have said in the past, the president has not intervened so far in any other criminal matter and he is going to decline to do so now.”
So much for loyalty, […]Full Story... →
The phrase “enhanced interrogation” has been used by the Bush Administration to justify the torture of Iraqi insurgents, often with the claim that since they are not uniformed military, they are not subject to the Geneva Conventions. This is not the first use of this kind of this kind of language to defend this kind of act:
The phrase “Versch?rfte Vernehmung” is German for “enhanced interrogation”. Other translations include “intensified interrogation” or “sharpened interrogation”. It’s a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save […]Full Story... →
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