Monthly Archives: January 2008

A Special Comment worth it’s weight in Gold..

Hopefully, those wonderful folks at Crooks and Liars will have KO’s Special Comment up shortly..because sista…it was mahvelous!!!

Mukasey’s kid is a lawyer that represents one of the big Telco’s among other things addressed in KO’s SC tonight..its a grand Special Comment folks..simply eye-opening. A short piece of it from MSNBC:

In a Presidency of hypocrisy, an Administration of exploitation, a labyrinth of leadership, in which every vital fact is a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma hidden under a claim of executive privilege supervised by an idiot, this one is surprisingly easy.

President Bush has put, protecting the Telecom giants from the laws…ahead of protecting you from the terrorists.

He has demanded an extension of the FISA law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but only an extension that includes retroactive immunity for the Telecoms who helped him spy on us.

Congress has given him, and he has today signed, a fifteen day extension, which simply kicks the time bomb down the field, and has changed nothing of his insipid rhetoric, in which he portrays the Democrats as ‘soft on terror’ and getting in the way of his Superhuman efforts to protect the nation… when, in fact, and with bitter irony, if anybody is ‘soft on terror’ here it is Mr. Bush.

Its hell trying to watch the Debate and KO tonight..thank god for DVRs.. is the Special Comment. I am now off to watch the second edition of Countdown tonight since the Debate is now over. A big Thank You to C&L for putting it folks rock.

If you think the Telco’s don’t have the Dems in their pocket..think again.

Surely this isn’t a surprise to anyone that pays attention. In an investigative piece for TruthOut, Matt Renner’s opening salvo is this:

A think tank with close ties to the telecommunication industry has been working with a key Democrat in the Senate on a domestic surveillance bill that would provide telecommunications companies with retroactive immunity for possibly violating federal law by spying on American citizens at the behest of the Bush administration.

Well, I’ll be damned..somehow I kinda figured with Rockefeller leading the charge there had to be an ulterior motive involved. Isn’t ‘think tank’ just a code word for special interests these days?

Third Way, a non-profit “progressive” think tank that is funded and controlled by hedge fund managers, corporate lawyers and business executives has advised Sen. Jay Rockefeller on a domestic surveillance bill that includes immunity for telecommunications companies with which Third Way board members have close ties.

Rockefeller is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and has been the leading Democratic proponent of granting immunity to telecommunication companies that allegedly gave spy agencies access to their communication networks and databases without a warrant.

“I think we will prevail,” Rockefeller told the Politico on January 23, referring to the disagreement over retroactive immunity for telecoms, “it’s a pretty bad idea to appear cocky … I’m not pessimistic.”

Democrats connected to Third Way were integral in defeating a bill, supported by a majority of Senate Democrats, which might have prevented the telecoms from getting immunity.

Fuckers…read the’s guaranteed to piss you off my dear reader. If it doesn’t piss you didn’t need those pesky civil rights anyway..

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Just because your paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

The government plays wargames. They use situations where Bloggers and Journalists are the bad guys.

Seriously..they do. The RawStory writeup this morning was a freaking trip to read..lemme tell ya. From the writeup we learn which departments took part in the ‘exercise’-The Homeland Security Department ran the exercise to test the nation’s hacker defenses, with help from the State Department, Pentagon, Justice Department, CIA, National Security Agency and others.

Whoa, all the heavy hitters no? Then the situations they used:

Imagined villains include hackers, bloggers and even reporters. After mock electronic attacks overwhelmed computers at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, an unspecified “major news network” airing reports about the attackers refused to reveal its sources to the government. Other simulated reporters were duped into spreading “believable but misleading” information that worsened fallout by confusing the public and financial markets, according to the government’s files.

Its that damn liberal media don’t ya know? They are plotting the overthrow of the US government. Yeah, we all want to be under the umbrella of the Islamists..oh fuck yeah.

What do these wargames cost? Three million bucks according to the writeup. And, they are planning another one this coming March. The Associated Press has been pushing, via a FOIA request, for two years to get the low-down on these international wargames. The 328 page report was of course heavily redacted.

At least our government is trying to figure it out, I suppose we should be glad about that, right? It was an international affair including “government officials from the United States, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and executives from leading technology and transportation companies“. I have read various writeups that state the ‘next big attack’ will be more a cyber attack than anything else, and with the internet being the main culprit used to bring down American security forces. Richard Clarke’s book lays it all it could happen and what would be the result of a cyber attack on our security systems that are old and not up-to-date. This next to last paragraph in the RawStory writeup was interesting:

However, the government’s files hint at a tantalizing mystery: In the middle of the war game, someone quietly attacked the very computers used to conduct the exercise. Perplexed organizers traced the incident to overzealous players and sent everyone an urgent e-mail marked “IMPORTANT!” reminding them not to probe or attack the game computers.

Gotta be ready for anything from any angle..

Edwards will end it where he began..NOLA

AP states he will not throw his support to either Hillary or Obama today, this per an unidentified advisor to his campaign. His populist message appealed to me more than any of the others besides Kucinich. I now have no idea who I will vote for next Tuesday.

Also, Edwards is calling it a “suspension” of his campaign..for obvious reasons.

A good site that lays out the delegate dance and such is located here. H/T to Washington Independent’s Holly Yeager for pointing it out on their site this morning.

Edit: Here is Edwards goodbye speech.


A new signing statement by Bush.

If he doesn’t like a specific part of a bill he signs..he makes it disappear by issuing a signing statement. The newest of these, via The Progress Report:

Earlier this week, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, which included a statute forbidding the Bush administration from spending taxpayer money “to establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq.”

But Bush quietly attached a signing statement to the law, asserting a unilateral right to disregard the ban on permanent bases in addition to three other measures in the bill. “Provisions of the act…could inhibit the president’s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations…to protect national security,” the signing statement read.

Reacting to the statement, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Mark Agrast said, “On the merits, for the president to assert that Congress lacks the authority to say there shouldn’t be permanent bases on foreign soil is fanciful at best.” Bush’s “frequent use of signing statements to advance aggressive theories of executive power has been a hallmark of his presidency,” writes the Boston Globe’s Charlie Savage, who has authored a book on that topic.

In 2006, the American Bar Association condemned signing statements as “contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional separation of powers.” Bush’s latest signing statement was immediately met with anger on Capitol Hill. “I reject the notion in his signing statement that he can pick and choose which provisions of this law to execute,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) added, “Congress has a right to expect that the Administration will faithfully implement all of the provisions” of the law — “not just the ones the President happens to agree with.”

The Dipshit-in-Chief has issued over 800 signing statements during his reign of terror. John Dean has a pov about this bullshit here. Its worth your time to check it out.

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