I submit to you that a state of lawlessness has been on-going since the day George Bush took office on January 20, 2001. If Congress can't get the Federal Department of Justice to respond to questions and cooperate with investigations that are clearly the job of Congress and the sitting president is part of these cover ups, then who is going to stop this lawless administration?
President Bush quietly has claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans’ mail without a judge’s warrant.
Bush asserted the new authority Dec. 20 after signing legislation that overhauls some postal regulations. He then issued a “signing statement” that declared his right to open mail under emergency conditions, contrary to existing law and contradicting the bill he had just signed, according to experts who have reviewed it.
Israel approved plans yesterday to build 330 new homes in a suburban West Bank settlement north of Jerusalem. The move was denounced by the Palestinian Authority as "a slap in the face of the peace process" and called on the Quartet of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia to "act to get Israel to revoke the decision".
Saeb Erakat, the Palestinians' chief negotiator, said: "This is a provocative action by Israel that demonstrates its intention of further strengthening illegal occupation and colonisation of Palestinian territory."
The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity funds, may soon acquire the $2 billion government contracting business of consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the biggest suppliers of technology and personnel to the U.S. government’s spy agencies.
To carry out its tasks at the intelligence agencies, Booz Allen has hired a dazzling array of former national security officials and foot-soldiers. In 2002, Information Week reported that Booz Allen had more than 1,000 former intelligence officers on its payroll.
Why is impeachment off the table? Why is a real investigation of 9/11 off the table? Why is an investigation of the politicization of the Department of Justice off the table? Why are the Sibel Edmonds charges of nuclear espionage on the part of the State Department and the Department of Defense off the table? Why are we still in Iraq? Because not only do we have only one political party, we have a government of one, and Dick Cheney is its imperial, sole ruler. "Bush the bumbler" is out front taking the hits for The Establishment's agenda, and pretending he's in charge; he is no more in charge than was Alexander Haig at the time of the Reagan assassination attempt.
Of course, Israel has the right to blockade the Palestinian territories and impose curfews for days, for weeks, for months, denying people the basic necessities of life—food, water, medicine, electricity, freedom of movement, their very livelihoods. It does not mean to visit oppressive collective punishment upon the Palestinian population. That’s just the way it is.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has approved the renewed construction of hundreds of an estimated 750 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Givat Ze'ev near Jerusalem, the Housing Ministry said Sunday.
TVNL Comment: Israel just keeps building on land that is not theirs and the US continues to give them OUR TAX MONEY!!! Is it any wonder that the Palestinians want to kill Israelites? The Israelis simply take everything they own away. How are the Palestinians supposed to feel? Israel behaves like Nazi Germany and there is no denying it.
A Philippine general says American intelligence guided his troops in a hunt for militants, but eight villagers were slain.
The human rights commission report recommending criminal and administrative proceedings against troops and officers involved in the operation was written before a Times reporter informed the panel of Rafael's account of U.S. surveillance. The commission gets its mandate from the Philippine Constitution.
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