Monday, April 13, 2009

Big Dan's Big News April 13, 2009

Nobody Expects The Spanish Inquisition!!!

A Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation into allegations that six former high-level Bush administration officials violated international law by providing the legal framework to justify the torture of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. officials involved in the investigation include former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer who wrote secret legal opinions saying President George W. Bush had the authority to circumvent the Geneva Conventions; Douglas Feith, the former undersecretary of defense for policy; William Haynes II, former general counsel for the Department of Defense; Jay Bybee, Yoo’s former boss at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and now a Federal judge; and David Addington, chief of staff and legal adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney., an official close to the case said.

NYTimes: Spanish Court Weighs Inquiry on Torture for 6 Bush-Era Officials Spain May Try American Officials in Terror War Abuses

Newsweek: ‘Holy Hell’ Over Torture Memos

Newsweek: Coming Soon: Declassified Bush-Era Torture Memos

Red Cross: US Medical Personnel Involved in Torture of Prisoners

PDF of the Red Cross Torture Report

If the president releases the Bush torture memos, Republicans are promising to “go nuclear” and filibuster his legal appointments. Scott Horton reports on a serious threat to Obama’s transparency.

Taxi To The Dark Side

Torturing Democracy


Many experts point to the 1999 Financial Modernization Act as a cause of our current financial crisis. Senator Byron Dorgan opposed the act then and predicted our current crisis. More recently he has questioned the $700 billion bailout plan.

Byron Dorgan's Crystal Ball

Noam Chomsky on the global economic crisis, healthcare, the media, US foreign policy, the expanding wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, resistance to American empire, and more.

“As far as policy is concerned, unless [Obama] is under a lot of pressure from activist sectors, he’s not going to go beyond what he’s presented himself as in actual policy statements or cabinet choices and so on: a centrist Democrat who’s going to basically continue Bush’s polices in a more modulated way,” says Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky on the Global Economic Crisis, Healthcare, US Foreign Policy and Resistance to American Empire

Just 53% Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism


The 'Israeli Art Student' Files. Media coverage of Israel's underground in the US – and the 9/11 connection. In chronological order

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