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June 22nd, 2009

Where Are They Now? Ex-Bush Loyalists Cash In ...by Nick Turse

TomDispatch In May, the U.S. economy lost 345,000 nonfarm jobs, pushing the unemployment rate from 8.9% to 9.4%. According to official statistics, 14.5 million Americans are now looking for work and, as a recent headline at Time.com put it, "The jobs aren't coming back anytime soon." In fact, a team ... continue reading

June 14th, 2009

Confronting the CIA's Mind Maze ...by Alfred McCoy

America's Political Paralysis Over Torture TomDispatch If, like me, you've been following America's torture policies not just for the last few years, but for decades, you can't help but experience that eerie feeling of déjà vu these days. With the departure of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from Washington ... continue reading

May 20th, 2009

Several Bush officials work in areas related to former jobs

By Fredreka Schouten / USA Today WASHINGTON — More than one in four members of President George W. Bush's Cabinet have landed jobs with consulting or lobbying firms in which they can help clients navigate the departments they once oversaw, a USA TODAY analysis shows. Michael Chertoff, who served as ... continue reading

March 15th, 2009

Tales From Torture's Dark World ...by Mark Danner

New York Times ON a bright sunny day two years ago, President George W. Bush strode into the East Room of the White House and informed the world that the United States had created a dark and secret universe to hold and interrogate captured terrorists. "In addition to the terrorists ... continue reading

February 18th, 2009

The Hard Cases

Will Obama institute a new kind of preventive detention for terrorist suspects? By Jane Meyer / New Yorker The last "enemy combatant" being detained in America is incarcerated at the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina—a tan, low-slung building situated amid acres of grassy swampland. The prisoner, known ... continue reading

December 31st, 2008

Gonzales Defends Role in Antiterror Policies

By Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON -- Alberto Gonzales, who has kept a low profile since resigning as attorney general nearly 16 months ago, said he is writing a book to set the record straight about his controversial tenure as a senior official in the Bush administration. Mr. ... continue reading

December 30th, 2008

The Noose Tightens

Rumsfeld, Ashcroft and other top Bush officials could soon face legal jeopardy By Jonathan Tepperman / Newsweek The United States, like many countries, has a bad habit of committing wartime excesses and an even worse record of accounting for them afterward. But a remarkable string of recent events suggests that ... continue reading

July 3rd, 2008

U.S. considers using racial profiling in terror cases

By Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Justice Department is considering letting the FBI investigate Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing, relying instead on a terrorist profile that could single out Muslims, Arabs or other racial and ethnic groups. Law enforcement officials say the proposed policy, which ... continue reading

May 21st, 2008

FBI agents' torture warnings ignored, Justice official says

Report: NSC was deaf to complaints about treatment of terror suspects By Marisa Taylor / Mcclatchy-tribune WASHINGTON — FBI agents repeatedly complained that harsh interrogation techniques used on detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo might violate the law and jeopardize future criminal trials, but administration officials did little to address ... continue reading

May 6th, 2008

House panel subpoenas top Cheney aide

Addington sought for testimony on administration's interrogation practices Associated Press WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to compel a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney to testify to the committee about the Bush administration's interrogation practices. David Addington, Cheney's chief of staff, refused to testify without a ... continue reading

May 2nd, 2008

House Judiciary Committee Expected To Subpoena Cheney Aide

By Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has once again threatened to subpoena the top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney in an ongoing standoff over the legal justifications for harsh interrogation techniques. But unlike previous fights, the aide - Cheney Chief of ... continue reading

April 11th, 2008

Cheney, others OK'd harsh interrogations

By Lara Jakes Jordan and Pamela Hess / Associated Press WASHINGTON - Bush administration officials from Vice President Dick Cheney on down signed off on using harsh interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists after asking the Justice Department to endorse their legality, The Associated Press has learned. The officials also took ... continue reading

April 10th, 2008

Sources: Top Bush Advisors Approved 'Enhanced Interrogation'

Detailed Discussions Were Held About Techniques to Use on al Qaeda Suspects By Jan Crawford Greenburg, Howard L. Rosenberg and Ariane de Vogue / ABC News In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how ... continue reading

November 22nd, 2007

Gonzales' UF talk stirs arrests, no Taser

GAINESVILLE -- (AP) -- Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales endured screams of ''criminal'' and ''liar'' during a speech at the University of Florida on Monday evening. About 730 students and community members heard Gonzales defend his career as White House counsel and head of the Justice Department and give his ... continue reading

October 4th, 2007

Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations

By Scott Shane, David Johnston and James Risen / New York Times WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 — When the Justice Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations. But ... continue reading

August 27th, 2007

US president sees another 'Bushie' go

By Edward Luce and Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times Alberto Gonzales on Monday announced the end of his service to the Bush administration in much the same way that he provided it – without divulging any information. The man who said “I don’t recall” or “I have no recollection” more ... continue reading

August 27th, 2007

US Attorney General Gonzales resigns

By Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press WASHINGTON - Alberto Gonzales, the nation's first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday — ending a nasty, monthslong standoff over his honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department. Republicans and Democrats alike had demanded his resignation over the botched handling ... continue reading

April 19th, 2007

Campaign against alleged voter fraud fuels political tempest

By Greg Gordon / McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON - For six years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department political appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political candidates. The administration intensified its efforts last year as President ... continue reading

April 18th, 2007

Abramoff-Linked Lobbyist Resigns

By Josephine Hearn / Politico.com Amid reports the Justice Department is investigating ties between Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) and jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a key link between the two, Kevin A. Ring, has abruptly resigned from his law firm. Ring tendered his resignation from Indianapolis-based law firm Barnes & Thornburg, ... continue reading

April 14th, 2007

Gonzales Aide Suggested Replacements for Attorneys

By David Johnston / New York Times WASHINGTON, April 13 — A Justice Department e-mail released today shows that the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales proposed replacement candidates for seven United States attorneys nearly a year before those prosecutors were fired, in contrast to testimony ... continue reading

October 14th, 2006

1 man still locked up from 9/11 sweeps

By Martha Mendoza / Associated Press In a jail cell at an immigration detention center in Arizona sits a man who is not charged with a crime, not suspected of a crime, not considered a danger to society. But he has been in custody for five years. His name is ... continue reading

October 3rd, 2006

Rumsfeld, Ashcroft received warning of al Qaida attack before 9/11

By Jonathan S. Landay, Warren P. Strobel and John Walcott / McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before ... continue reading

October 2nd, 2006

Records Show Tenet Briefed Rice on Al Qaeda Threat

By Philip Shenon and Mark Mazzetti / New York Times JIDDA, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 2 — A review of White House records has determined that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, did brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001, about the looming threat ... continue reading

June 1st, 2006

Justice Dept. Is Criticized by Ex-Official on Subpoenas

By Adam Liptak / New York Times Subpoenas issued last month to reporters for The San Francisco Chronicle were criticized yesterday by a former chief spokesman for Attorney General John Ashcroft as a "reckless abuse of power." The former spokesman, Mark Corallo, made similar statements in an affidavit filed in ... continue reading

May 25th, 2006

National Journal: Novak Assured Rove He Would Protect Him

Editor & Publisher NEW YORK - Murray Waas, who has broken so many key stories in the Plame/CIA leak case for the National Journal, has been rather quiet this month, but emerged today with another bombshell. On September 29, 2003, three days after it became known that the CIA had ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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