Although not as widely remarked as the elimination of habeas rights and the consecration of torture, the recently passed Senate torture legislation includes provisions that would immunize the Bush administration and other US personnel from prosecution under the War Crimes Act of 1973, not just looking forward but retroactively as well, going back to 1996.
Why 1996? Because the War Crimes Act of 1996, signed into law by Bill Clinton on August 21 of that year, makes violations of several Geneva Convention protocols by any US national or member of the US military, here or abroad, a crime.
Bush is a US national, and he has acknowledged violating Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, including but not limited to:
Most of us know David Brooks as the balding goofball on â€œThe Jim Lehrer News Hourâ€ who shrugs his shoulders and giggles gleefully whenever heâ€™s asked a question. Heâ€™s actually a political pundit whose far-right analysis of culture and politics appears regularly on the op-ed page of the New York Times. Like fellow-traveler Tom Friedman, Brooks loves to offer his sage advice to Muslims about how they can improve themselves in the eyes of westerners and, thus, limit the relentless bombing and massacres brought on by a belligerent American foreign policy.Add a comment
Eager, as always, to make both first call at the bar and an early
getaway, the bicameral two ring circus of embezzlers, extortionists,
buffoons, car dealers, and lawyers known as the US Congress stirred
itself last week to raise its right arm and wield its mighty rubber
With Sunday football, Halloween, and elections dangling in front of its nose/trunk like a carrot in front of the proverbial elephant's ass, the 109th convention of bozo millionaires passed the Bush administration's military tribunal proposal-- finally bringing bourgeois theory finally into line with bourgeois practice by abrogating the "principle" of habeas corpus.
Hey there Georgie Boy, long time no speak. From what Iâ€™ve been hearing, youâ€™ve had a rough time as of late. As always, Iâ€™m here to help. So put down that comic book: 9/11: A Graphic Adaptation, and listen up! I have The Solution.
strain on your face. News reporters arenâ€™t giving you the respect you think you deserve. Your hand puppetâ€¦ er I mean right hand man, Tony
Blair, with a little encouragement from outraged Labour
Party MPs, is on the verge of moving out of Number 10 Downing
Street. The courts are starting to tell you canâ€™t sit around listening
in on the party
line anymore. And some smart aleck senators tried to tell you
thumbscrews and swirlies were not acceptable! Obviously they didnâ€™t belong to the same frat
house you did. Good thing you put the kaibosh on that!
The worst of all isâ€¦ Iraq. We always keep coming back to Iraq donâ€™t we? Itâ€™s the big corncob up the POTUS butt. It ainâ€™t working out. Anbar Province is all but lost. In Baghdad, bodies are piling up higher than that mountain of missing left socks in your laundry room.
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Civil war is raging in this little Liberation Quagmire youâ€™ve created.
It was another bad week in Iraq. While
bodies were piling up in the Baghdad morgue and the militia
fighting steadily intensified, the Bush administration was hit
with a rash of PR scandals that are bound to erode public
support for the war. The worst of these is the National
Intelligence Estimate (NIE) which was leaked to the New York
Times and which stated that â€œthe American invasion and
occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic
radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since
the 9-11 attacks.â€
Iâ€™m a big fan of Robin Hood, the 12th century noble highwayman who, from his lurk in Sherwood Forest would prey upon the fatted courtiers of an evil, usurper king and bedevil acolytes of the pretenderâ€™s enablers, Guy of Gisbourne and the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham; all in the name of good King Richard Coeur de Lion, engaged as he was in crusading to free and defend the distant Holy land. So it was with heavy heart I heard this week of the death of all Robin engendered, and the end to the dreams he and his merry men held for an eternal abolishment of the tyranny and despotism King John represented.Add a comment
â€œImagine what it's like to be a young person living in a country that is not moving toward reform. You're 21 years old, and while your peers in other parts of the world are casting their ballots for the first time, you are powerless to change the course of your government.
â€œWhile your peers in other parts of the world have received educations that prepare them for the opportunities of a global economy, you have been fed propaganda and conspiracy theories that blame others for your country's shortcomings.
â€œAnd everywhere you turn, you hear extremists who tell you that you can escape your misery and regain your dignity through violence and terror and martyrdom.â€
- George W. Bush, September 19, 2006 speaking before the United Nations -
Sounds pretty grim. Where in the world does this land void of hope exist?
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â€œImagine what it's like to be a young person living in a country that is not moving toward reform.â€
My fellow Americans, it is
with a heavy heart that I must confess. I have transgressed. I have
committed the most heinous crime of our great land. I have beenâ€¦ hang
on... OK.... the lawyer firm, which represents me, Dewey, Cheatem and
Howe, has plea-bargained my sentence. If I plead guilty, I will not
be charged for high treason for wearing the â€œBush is a
Moron T-Shirtâ€ when last I visited Washington, DC. You see, I must admit that I have
George W. Bush's innumerable sycopants like to potray him as a down-to-earth man of the people:
a man's man, tough and fearless, a good-ole-boy Texas rancher more at
home in the scrub brush and desert dirt than in the clean, carpeted
corridors of power in Washington.
What then to make of the jarring cognitive dissonance that arises from the portrait of Bush evoked by a passing anecdote briefly noted in the Washington Examiner: the president as a prissy, panicky, possibly obsessive-compulsive prig, requiring a servant to stand next to him and sanitize his hands after pressing the flesh with a visitor?
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The Bush War Cabinet is invoking the memory of 9/11 as justification for their systematic shredding of constitutional and human rights. President Bush is now on a national speaking tour to make Americans believe they need to constantly be in fear, and should not question the Administration's policies. Instilling fear into Americans, unfortunately, has worked before, and this War President believes it'll continue to work
Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and the rest of the gang that thinks theyâ€™re a war cabinet supporting the man who thinks heâ€™s a war president used the fifth anniversary of 9/11 to tell the world how great they are. In speech after speech, all meant to boost their neocon candidatesâ€™ chances for re-election in two months, they dominated the news media to proclaim that under their watch there have been no more attacks on American soil. They looked directly into the cameras and told us that because Americans are fighting in Iraq, the terrorists arenâ€™t in New York City. For their part, the establishment media willingly disseminated the PR.
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PEJ News - C. L. Cook - Slithered back recently into the lexicon of the Bush administration, Israel's Ohmert crowd, and their supporters in the corporate media, a new meme to help you better understand what the dated, "War on Terror" really means, and what it demands of the citizenry: "Islamo-Fascism," and its interchangeable synonyms, "Islamic Fascism," and "Islamic Terrorism" are the action phrases of the day, and as with much of the language heard coming from these actors over the past years, the au courant terms describe best their authors' values and methods.
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