Thursday, April 24, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Apr 24, 2008

Chicago Sun Times: Blockbuster! Rezko friend: Rove was asked to dump Fitzgerald

(CBS) A government witness claims in 2004, Antoin "Tony Rezko" -- then the target of an investigation that would lead to his indictment and trial -- tried to grease the political skids to get his chief tormentor, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald fired. Rezko discussed efforts among high-ranking Republicans, including Karl Rove, to have Chicago's U.S. attorney fired, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

Rove involved in attempt to remove US Attorney Fitzgerald from Rezko trial, witness may testify


Comedy Central (better than corporate ANBCBSNNX) outs "Message Force Multipliers"

Multiple choice: Of the following, which outlet covered two recent major national security stories -- NBC, CBS, NPR, PBS, or ... Comedy Central?

Summary: On April 22, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart highlighted two recent reports concerning national security that have been largely ignored by most television news outlets and NPR: a New York Times article reporting that "the Bush administration has used" media military analysts, many of whom have clients with or seeking Pentagon contracts, "into a kind of media Trojan horse -- an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks"; and a Government Accountability Office report that found that the "United States has not met its national security goals to destroy terrorist threats and close the safe haven in Pakistan's FATA."


Torturers in the White House: Why Is This Story Being Ignored?

The biggest news of the last week went virtually uncovered by the mainstream, print media. ABC News first reported last Wednesday that top Bush Administration officials, including Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, John Ashcroft, and George Tenet, Colin Powell, and Donald Rumsfeld met to discuss which particular torture techniques should be used against Al Qaeda suspects in U.S. custody.

The group signed off on specific techniques, including sleep deprivation, slapping, pushing, and waterboarding, and gave instruction "so detailed … some of the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed, down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic."

If John McCain is seriously considering Condoleezza Rice as a running mate, the former POW should keep in mind that Rice not only condoned torture, but chaired the National Security Council's "Principals Committee" meetings to plan the details of torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.

Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft was so troubled by the meetings, he was moved to object: "Why are we discussing this in the White House?" he asked, according to ABC. "History will not judge this kindly."

On Friday, ABC added this blockbuster: Bush himself was aware of the meetings. Unlike Ashcroft, he had no compunctions. There was nothing "startling" about the revelations that his top advisers were directing the waterboarding of individual prisoners, Bush told ABC's Martha Raddatz. "And yes, I'm aware our national security team met on this issue and I approved," Bush said.

Why is this not bigger news?

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Documents released last week by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reveal that U.S. Special Forces interrogation teams operating in Paktia province illegally tortured Afghan prisoners. As a result of brutal treatment at the hands of his interrogators, one of the detainees subsequently died.

CIA has 7,000 documents relating to rendition, detention, torture programs, filing shows

McCain dismisses equal pay legislation, says women need more ‘training and education.’


Today's new daily gas record - $3.54

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton Regular Mid Premium Diesel
Current $3.545 $3.738 $3.903 $4.442
Yesterday $3.529 $3.721 $3.885 $4.441
Month Ago $3.234 $3.410 $3.560 $4.265
Year Ago $2.809 $2.961 $3.092 $2.931

Highest Recorded Price:

Regular Unl. $3.545 4/24/2008
Dsl. $4.444 4/22/2008


Other News They're Not Telling You:

The 2008 election will be stolen

2006 Mid-Term Elections: LANDSLIDE DENIED!

EPA Scientists Decry Political Pressure. In Online Survey, Hundreds Complain That Their Superiors Want To Skew Findings

U.S. has 5% of world's population, and 25% of worlds prisoners

"I grew up with your father being the Attorney General," Siegelman told Kennedy, "and the heroic deeds that he did, and you know, you always thought that the Department of Justice was the last place that you could look to for justice and for fair play. But I think Karl Rove learned two things out of Watergate. ... He learned that you didn't have to create a secret plumbers unit within the White House when you had the Department of Justice. If you just appointed the right U.S. Attorneys, you could accomplish the same thing and more. And the second thing I think Rove learned was, you don't leave evidence behind like Nixon did with his tapes. You destroy e-mails."

Former Army Engineer Arrested for Spying for Israel. (bd: What if this guy was an ARAB???) A New Jersey man has been arrested on four counts of conspiracy and espionage for allegedly providing Israel with US military secrets on nuclear weapons, fighter jets and missiles in the 1980s.

'Taser Shock Triggers Fire in Man's Pants'

The North Carolina Republican Party unveiled an ad Tuesday that invokes the most incendiary comments from Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, to attack two Democratic candidates for governor who have endorsed Obama for president. North Carolina holds its primary in two weeks.

Red State/Red Neck teenagers take a vow of chastity at their church and school. Then two weeks later contract gonorrhea and genital warts - of the mouth. But still consider themselves chaste.
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