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October 3, 2006
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readers' comments about some of the latest developments in the news:
I am not
writing about one of your posting, but rather about the almost total
lack of coverage of the fact that Bush has created a habeas corpus
loophole. Nowhere do I see it truly covered for the outrage it is. I
have seen a couple mentions of how the definition of enemy combatant
is overly inclusive. That is not nearly so bad as throwing out habeas
out habeas corpus means that Bush can declare anyone he doesn't like
as an 'enemy combatant" and there is never any judicial review. No
recourse. So it does not matter whether the person actually intended
to blow up something here in the US or if the person just combed his
hair in a way that Bush doesn't like. He can declare them both enemy
combatants and those two people are in jail for as long as Bush likes.
truly, truly outrageous. We have now become a police state, and the
news doesn't cover it with blaring headlines. This is huge. He has
just flamed the Constitution. Bush can then put any political
opposition figure including Howard Dean, Harry Reid, you, me, my
neighbor, a mistaken pick up in jail, and we will languish there for
as long as Bush likes.
please write something with huge, huge headlines. This is incendiary
The Republicans and the Bush administration have been running
campaigns of pompous, puritan rhetoric for years; with claims of
bringing real values back to the Capitol and the Nation.
Those GOP values are turning out to reveal themselves as "Liars and
Deniars," and the more that is revealed, the more there is to
GOP values... the values of Abramoff, Delay, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld,
Rice, and the now publicly disclosed "naughty email values" of Foyer
of Florida. The GOP has such unspeakable values that the media
often cannot bring itself to speak of them. Maybe that's why there
is so much secrecy in the Bush White House.
Fairview Park, OH
The guy who writes Consortium is sometimes a bit over the top,
more than a grain of truth in what he says. As opposed as I am to
policies these days, I cannot say that all that is going wrong in
country can be laid at the feet of only one party or one person--as
article tends to infer. However, I do find it intriguing that the
information about the emails and Instant Messages was held back for
some time after leadership received it. I do suspect that the
power is a progressive disease . . . .
Grace, Mercy and Peace,
I have never seen anything more hypocritical than the Republicans
Congress and White House. For eight long years they hounded
President Clinton and his brilliant wife for peccadilloes that many
of them were engaging in, only in more serious and life-ruining
I think this should be shouted from the housetops and not allowed to
die out for a long time to come. Serious infractions against moral
and ethical conduct in Bush's background have never been called to
proper attention of the people because of the sycophantic press and
other factions and I think now, for the sake of the country, it is
time to clean house. Thanks for your very informative
This also reminds me of the scandal of the Catholic Priests who
were protected for years over the molestation of the young boys &
girls by the men who were also tagged as GAY when we both know that
GAY is not the real deal here... there is a big difference between a
molester of children & a gay person.
Gay people are either born gay and prefer the same sex.. they do not
have sex with children. child-moslesters have sex with children ..
which is a crime.
now the Republican party are acting like the Pope.. who just moves the
guilty priests around from one church to another .. where they
continue to molest.
now another question, why do they continue to blame booze as the
reason they molest? is it a safe house for them to hide?
Now with the newest school shooting it takes this crime off the
air.........for how long?
long enough to have the American Goldfish to forget? will the
media elite allow this to happen?
did you ever see the film Conspiracy Theory? where the CIA picks up
people and brainwashes them .. with a code word they instantly drop
what they are doing and go out and kill... then even if they get
caught .. they have know idea why they did it.. just some lame
excuse .. like the guy that killed John Lennon or the guy that shot
Reagan.. the list is endless for attempted assassinations .. or
I am not paranoid.. but I do believe that these kind of things do
the kind of press that this school today is getting we should be
hearing about the pages in the GOP & the cover-up from the GOP .. it
goes to the heart of the votes that were passed giving GWB a blank
check for TORTURE .. I think if all this news broke before the VOTE
.. those 12 democrats who crossed over just may have not done so if
they knew this before hand.
Also if we do take over both houses in congress.. can we undo all of
GWB's evil doings and take back his powers ? beginning with
impeachment & would not leader of the Democratic party of the House
become President ?
I think they were holding back the report of the Iraq info & the
report of the pages along with other news that broke until after the
BLANK CHECK FOR BUSH until the vote was done.. how bad are they?
I keep thinking about Hitlerís disastrous Stalingrad campaign. Maybe
time to remind folks of some history? It does seem like there are
some comparisonís with Bush.
Oh, my heart aches.
"The big question, whether the American people will view Bush's
III' as a necessity or as a mad rush to destruction," is almost
matter in the hands of corporate mass news media, and we know where
stand, and, coincidentally, they know where we stand, and that is,
corporate media are confident we'll do nothing to rein in their
and bias in favor of the adminstration, preferring to complain and
about "spiineless democrats," etc.
I keep hearing that the new torture
law will make our troops less safe. Since Bush can pick up
anyone, even citizens, and lock them away forever, couldn't any
other country do the same with our citizens that happen to be
traveling in their country? Shouldn't American tourists now be
concerned that they might be detained by any country forever?
What argument would we have that they be tried or released when we
don't do it?
This is my first visit to your site. Thank you for keeping your
archived stories available to the public.
I remember well the sick feeling I had on the day of Reagan's
first inauguration, hearing about the release of the hostages. I
knew they had to have done something devious to bring this about,
and knowing that President Carter and Vice President Mondale were
weeping in their limousine as they learned more about the release
just killed something in me.
I was a journalism student back then and like nearly everyone else
I knew, rabidly anti-Reagan. Listeneing to the pundits eulogize
him during his state funeral made me wonder if we have developed
amnesia. I worked for a television production company,
McNeil-Lehrer-Gannett Productions (producers of the NewsHour on
PBS) during his administration and what I recall is the
Iran-Contra sleaze, and white, middle-class people being homeless.
I found your website and the story about the October Surprise and
George H.W. Bush's role in it from Gerald Plessner's site, and I
think I linked to his from Crooks and Liars. I've been checking
on a few left-of-center/progressive websites that I read daily and
I haven't seen this item picked up yet, but it would be political
dynamite if there were a document a la The Smoking Gun that would
confirm this story. Can you imagine the perp walk hysteria that
would surround a former president being charged with treason? Can
you imagine Ann Coulter's apoplectic face? Perhaps you'd rather
I, too, fear for this country because of the resurgence of the
Imperial Presidency. I thought we stomped on that monster in
August, 1974, but apparently I am wrong.
Thanks for doing what you do and I will send a comment to the
Huffington Post about this event.
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