Thursday, June 19, 2008

Big Dan's Big News June 19, 2008

These hearings are going on right now! Our country is run by criminals and thugs who torture and kill prisoners! Forced sodomy and rape, forced to lay in their own urine, tortured and waterboarded until they are killed. Orders from the top! Not some "low level renegades"!

Judiciary Hearing on Guanatamo: Wilkerson's Opening

Wilkerson: “I knew such things were wrong and I knew that they represented a failure of leadership. What I didn’t know was at what level that leadership failed. So I set out to find the answer and I think I did. Secretary Powell and I also knew what extreme danger to America’s real power in the world could be done by such a failure. America, as you well know, is an idea as much as it is concrete buildings, sweeping prairies, stock markets and land from one ocean to another. Infect that idea, corrode that idea, tarnish that idea and you don’t just diminish perceived power you diminish our real power. You, in fact, do the terrorists’ job for them.”

WASHINGTON: It was in early 2004, the beginning of President George W. Bush's re-election campaign, that Lawrence Wilkerson first printed out a letter saying he wanted to quit as chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell.

"In essence it said, 'Dear Mr. President, I find myself at variance with a majority of your foreign policies and even your domestic policies and therefore I respectfully submit my resignation,"' Wilkerson recalled recently. But the letter remained in a desk drawer for the rest of Bush's first term.

Nearly two years later, Wilkerson, a 60-year-old retired U.S. Army colonel, has finally completed his journey from insider to apostate.

From insider to Iraq war critic. Ex-aide to Powell speaks out bitterly

As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, and a prized Guantánamo detainee wouldn’t talk, the Bush administration’s highest-ranking lawyers argued for extreme interrogation techniques, circumventing international law, the Geneva Conventions, and the army’s own Field Manual. The attorneys would even fly to Guantánamo to ratchet up the pressure—then blame abuses on the military. Philippe Sands follows the torture trail, and holds out the possibility of war crimes charges.

Ron Paul: Osama bin Laden loves what we have done

“Democrats are not going to be lectured to on security by the mayor who failed to learn the lessons of the 1993 attacks, refused to prepare his own city’s first responders for the next attack, urged President Bush to put his corrupt crony in charge of our homeland security, and was too busy lobbying for his foreign clients to join the Iraq Study Group,” Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Karen Finney said in a statement. “Rudy Giuliani, can echo the McCain campaign’s false and misleading attacks, but he can’t change the fact that John McCain is promising four more years of President Bush’s flawed and failed policies on everything from energy security and the economy to the war in Iraq.”

The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing "war crimes" and called for those responsible to be held to account. The remarks by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who's now retired, came in a new report that found that U.S. personnel tortured and abused detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, using beatings, electrical shocks, sexual humiliation and other cruel practices.


Did you see this thing creep up on us, without giving us time to react? No reporting on ANBCBSNNX or in the papers!

Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your House Representative (not Senators) by name, or find your House Representative's name and direct dial by entering your address on the right side HERE...AND TELL THEM TO STOP BLOWING OUR $$$ IN IRAQ!!!
Democrats, and of course Republicans, plan to give Bush $163 billion more of YOUR money for Iraq with no strings attached!

You should be watching Democracy NOW! news on DISH channels 9410 & 9415, and DirecTV channel 275, compare today's show below to what was on ANBCBSNNX today!:

Democracy NOW! Spends the whole broadcast today on the torture hearings.


Special commentary by Big Dan: "If offshore drilling was banned in 1981, then how come prices only skyrocketted in 2008? So from 1981 to 2007, offshore drilling didn't affect oil prices. 26 years. And we're supposed to believe Big Oil and the Republicans, that gas will go lower if they're allowed to offshore drill. Can we see that in writing? Specifics and guarantees? Like, 'We guarantee gas will go to $2/gallon for 20 years, or all Republicans will permanently resign office.' You know why they won't guarantee it? Because they're lying! Here's what will happen: Big Oil will make more profits, keep the money, and gas will still go up. Only, they'll ruin our shores, beaches, and waters, and not clean it up! Remember the Exxon Valdez? Why is no one mentioning the Exxon Valdez? Am I the only one? Why don't we have some leadership in this country, and get off oil instead of offshore drilling? This is a scam by Big Oil to get at offshore drilling rights before their buddies, the Bush administration, leave power!"

It emerged that the Exxon Valdez had dumped 11 million US gallons (41.8m litres) of crude oil and contaminated about 1,300 miles (2,080 km) of coastline.

Around 250,000 seabirds, nearly 3,000 sea otters, 300 harbour seals, 250 bald eagles and up to 22 killer whales died as a result of the spill.

1989: Exxon Valdez creates oil slick disaster

Wall Street banks and other large financial institutions have begun putting intense pressure on Congress to hold off on legislation that would curtail their highly profitable trading in oil contracts -- an activity increasingly blamed by lawmakers for driving up prices to record levels.

What McCain and Bush are not saying is how their friends at the oil companies are sitting on -- get this -- 68 million acres of unused land leased to them by the American taxpayer.


History: The Story of the Story of Everest

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