29 September 2006, From the AP
House approves warrantless wiretap law
By LAURIE KELLMAN
WASHINGTON – The House approved a bill Thursday that would grant legal status to President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program with new restrictions. Republicans called it a test before the election of whether Democrats want to fight or coddle terrorists.
Rushing Off a Cliff
Here’s what happens when this irresponsible Congress railroads a profoundly important bill to serve the mindless politics of a midterm election: The Bush administration uses Republicans’ fear of losing their majority to push through ghastly ideas about antiterrorism that will make American troops less safe and do lasting damage to our 217-year-old nation of laws — while actually doing nothing to protect the nation from terrorists. Democrats betray their principles to avoid last-minute attack ads. Our democracy is the big loser.
From today’s Investor’s Business Daily:
“Ousted Chairwoman Patricia Dunn was grilled at a House hearing for letting a boardroom leak hunt spin out of control, as private eyes got phone records and spied on directors and reporters. HP’s general counsel quit and took the 5th. Dunn, who ordered the probe, rejected “personal responsibility.” CEO Mark Hurd seemed unscathed. HP rose 2% and kept rising late.”
Book Says Bush Ignored Urgent Warning on Iraq
By DAVID E. SANGER
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 — The White House ignored an urgent warning in September 2003 from a top Iraq adviser who said that thousands of additional American troops were desperately needed to quell the insurgency there, according to a new book by Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter and author. The book describes a White House riven by dysfunction and division over the war.
The warning is described in “State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III,” scheduled for publication on Monday by Simon & Schuster. The book says President Bush’s top advisers were often at odds among themselves, and sometimes were barely on speaking terms, but shared a tendency to dismiss as too pessimistic assessments from American commanders and others about the situation in Iraq.
As late as November 2003, Mr. Bush is quoted as saying of the situation in Iraq: “I don’t want anyone in the cabinet to say it is an insurgency. I don’t think we are there yet.”
Just a quick note to explain why I haven’t been posting so much recently and why that is going to continue for an unknown time period: It’s because I am working on a potentially promising entertainment and social networking hub called BuzzPal.com: The World Is Your Party.
The Spiders (AMEX: SPY): 5:05 AM NYC time, September 21st: Just a quick update on a couple of things: (1) The market, and (2) Why I haven’t been posting as often as usually and why I won’t be posting very much for the time being. Click through to read more.
King of Pain
By PAUL KRUGMAN
A lot has been written and said about President Bush’s demand that Congress “clarify” the part of the Geneva Conventions that, in effect, outlaws the use of torture under any circumstances.
We know that the world would see this action as a U.S. repudiation of the rules that bind civilized nations. We also know that an extraordinary lineup of former military and intelligence leaders, including Colin Powell, have spoken out against the Bush plan, warning that it would further damage America’s faltering moral standing, and end up endangering U.S. troops.
But I haven’t seen much discussion of the underlying question: why is Mr. Bush so determined to engage in torture?