Archive for ‘June, 2008’

DOJ Refuses to Turn Over Bush/Cheney CIA Leak Transcripts to Congress

DOJ Refuses to Turn Over Bush/Cheney CIA Leak Transcripts to Congress

The Justice Department has said it will not comply with a subpoena demanding that FBI transcripts of interviews with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney regarding their possible roles in the exposure of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson be turned over to a congressional committee investigating the matter. Henry Waxman, the […]

Supreme Court Decision Derails Federal Fraud Suit Against Voting Machine Company

Supreme Court Decision Derails Federal Fraud Suit Against Voting Machine Company

Reported by Brad Friedman, from the road… The whistleblower lawsuit against voting machine company Hart InterCivic, as filed in federal court on behalf of former employee William Singer, has been withdrawn following a decision by the Supreme Court that makes pursuing the case nearly impossible, according to the law firm who originally filed the complaint. […]

Veterans Groups to Appeal Judge’s Decision Over VA’s Treatment of PTSD Cases

Veterans Groups to Appeal Judge’s Decision Over VA’s Treatment of PTSD Cases

A federal Judge has ruled that he lacks the legal authority to force the Department of Veterans Affairs to immediately treat war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and could not order the VA to overhaul its internal systems that handle benefits claims and medical services. Two veterans advocacy groups, Veterans for Common Sense […]

U.N. Observer Says Governments Using Terror to Instill Fear in Communities

U.N. Observer Says Governments Using Terror to Instill Fear in Communities

Prof. Hans Koechler paid a visit to Auckland recently to deliver lecture on ‘The Global War on Terror – Contradictions of an Imperial Strategy’. He is President of the International Progress Organisation (IPO) and a renowned international jurist, activist expert on international law, injustice, and power politics, academic and much-published progressive author: Dr Koechler’s clear […]

Bush ‘Torture’ Lawyers Duck Questions

Bush ‘Torture’ Lawyers Duck Questions

Mixing haughty disdain with semantic quibbling, two key legal architects behind George W. Bush’s “war on terror” tactics brushed aside congressional questions about how the administration fashioned its harsh interrogation policies that human rights experts say crossed the line into torture. Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo and Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff […]

Objections By Feingold, Dodd Forces Senate to Delay Vote On FISA Bill

Objections By Feingold, Dodd Forces Senate to Delay Vote On FISA Bill

The Senate delayed until after the July 4th holiday voting on legislation that would hand the White House sweeping new surveillance powers after two outspoken critics of the measure objected to a provision in the bill that would provide retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that agreed to tap into telephone lines and monitored emails after […]

Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment: A Three-Part Guide

Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment: A Three-Part Guide

It is entirely possible to be a reasonably well-informed citizen of the United States and not know that on June 9, 2008, Representative Dennis Kucinich (D. Ohio) took to the floor of the House of Representatives and spent over four hours reading thirty-five Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush. Even worse, it is […]

Conyers Subpoenas DOJ for Plame-Leak Documents

Conyers Subpoenas DOJ for Plame-Leak Documents

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers issued a subpoena to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Friday demanding a wide-range of documents related to several issues the committee has been probing, including unredacted transcripts of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney’s interviews with Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor appointed to investigate the leak […]

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Fund Iraq War Until Mid-2009

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Fund Iraq War Until Mid-2009

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a $162 billion emergency spending bill late Thursday to continue funding the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan well into 2009, without a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops. The bill, approved 92-6, was engineered over the past two months by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority […]

Yoo’s Congressional Testimony Contradicted By Details In His Book

Yoo’s Congressional Testimony Contradicted By Details In His Book

In heated testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee Thursday; former Justice Department official John Yoo downplayed his role in crafting the Bush administration’s brutal interrogation policies. “Decisions about interrogation methods at Guantanamo Bay were made by the Defense Department,” said Yoo, who was a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal […]

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