Archive for ‘March, 2009’

Watchdog Groups in Settlement Talks With White House Over Missing Bush-Era E-Mails

Watchdog Groups in Settlement Talks With White House Over Missing Bush-Era E-Mails

By Jason Leopold Two watchdog groups that sued the Bush administration over the loss of 14 million e-mails filed court papers seeking a stay of their lawsuit while they negotiate a  settlement with the Obama administration to resolve the matter. “There is good cause to grant this motion and stay the case, as the parties […]

Doug Feith: ‘I Was a Major Player’ In Bush’s Torture Policies

Doug Feith: ‘I Was a Major Player’ In Bush’s Torture Policies

By Jason Leopold This story has been updated. We have included a response sent to The Public Record by a representative for Doug Feith who has rebutted the charges.   Doug Feith, the former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, is best known for cooking up bogus prewar Iraq intelligence linking Iraq and al-Qaeda and 9/11. […]

DOJ Watchdog ‘Revising’ Report Crtical Of John Yoo’s Legal Work On Torture

DOJ Watchdog ‘Revising’ Report Crtical Of John Yoo’s Legal Work On Torture

By Jason Leopold Before leaving office, senior Bush administration lawyers secured changes in a Justice Department watchdog agency’s report that reportedly was sharply critical of legal opinions granting President George W. Bush sweeping powers, including the right to abuse “war on terror” captives. In a letter to two U.S. senators, the Justice Department said the […]

Democrats Won’t Renew Calls Made in 2008 For Prosecutor to Probe Bush Crimes

Democrats Won’t Renew Calls Made in 2008 For Prosecutor to Probe Bush Crimes

By Jason Leopold Despite now overwhelming evidence that ex-President George W. Bush and many top aides engaged in a systematic policy of illegal torture, national Democrats appear to be shying away from their recommendation last year for a special prosecutor to investigate these apparent war crimes. Last June, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and […]

An Open Letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger in Support of a ‘Victory Gardening Commission’

An Open Letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger in Support of a ‘Victory Gardening Commission’

By Robert Singer Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 Gov. Schwarzenegger: President Barack Obama has said the country’s economic crisis is the “greatest economic challenge of our lifetime” and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Unemployment has surpassed 8 percent nationally. In California its reached double-digits (10.5 percent). There is […]

Democrats Won’t Renew Demands Made in 2008 For Prosecutor to Probe Bush Crimes

Democrats Won’t Renew Demands Made in 2008 For Prosecutor to Probe Bush Crimes

By Jason Leopold Despite now overwhelming evidence that ex-President George W. Bush and many top aides engaged in a systematic policy of illegal torture, national Democrats appear to be shying away from their recommendation last year for a special prosecutor to investigate these apparent war crimes. Last June, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and […]

New Report Demands Congress Reverse Key Parts of Patriot Act

New Report Demands Congress Reverse Key Parts of Patriot Act

By William Fisher One of the nation’s leading legal rights groups is calling on the U.S. Congress to make major changes in the USA Patriot Act to reverse parts of the hurriedly passed law that have been found unconstitutional or have been abused to collect information on innocent people. On December 31, 2009, three provisions […]

President Obama’s Briar Patch

President Obama’s Briar Patch

By Melvin A. Goodman Alexander the Great couldn’t do; Queen Victoria couldn’t do it; three successive Soviet general-secretaries from 1979 to 1985 couldn’t do it. Both his writings and his first two months in office indicate that President Obama is a man of great confidence and persistence. Unfortunately, he is likely to join his predecessors […]

Bush Was ‘Obsessed’ With Alleged Al-Qaeda Operative Abu-Zubaydah

Bush Was ‘Obsessed’ With Alleged Al-Qaeda Operative Abu-Zubaydah

By Jason Leopold Two weeks before U.S. intelligence agents captured a “high-value” terrorist detainee named Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan in March 2002 and whisked him off to a secret CIA “black site” prison in Thailand where he was tortured, the Department of Justice prepared a legal memorandum for George W. Bush stating he could ignore […]

At Last, A “Good News” Story

At Last, A “Good News” Story

By William Fisher Because mainstream media covers fewer and fewer civil liberties stories by the day, I do what I can to report on this critical subject. Given what the Bush Administration did to trash our Constitution over the past eight years, most of what I write is depressing. And my friends are constantly asking […]

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