Party Over Country

Bush Aides Say They’ll Cooperate With Probe Into Intelligence Leak (washingtonpost.com):

“But the aides said Bush has no plans to ask his staff members whether they played a role in revealing the name of an undercover officer who is married to former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, one of the most visible critics of Bush’s handling of intelligence about Iraq.”

Party over country. Every single f*&king time.

Party Over Country

There have been some who doubted that the Bush administration operates to benefit The Party rather than the country. The latest news in the scandal over the “outing” of a covert CIA agent will show them they have been wrong about that. This story, Bush Administration Is Focus of Inquiry (washingtonpost.com) reveals that “two top White House officials” outed an undercover agent whose job was to stop weapons of mass destruction from coming into the U.S. They did this because her husband had embarrassed Bush by revealing that his claim that Iraq was close to having nukes was a lie.:

“Yesterday, a senior administration official said that before Novak’s column ran, two top White House officials called at least six Washington journalists and disclosed the identity and occupation of Wilson’s wife. Wilson had just revealed that the CIA had sent him to Niger last year to look into the uranium claim and that he had found no evidence to back up the charge. Wilson’s account touched off a political fracas over Bush’s use of intelligence as he made the case for attacking Iraq.

“Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge,” the senior official said of the alleged leak.

Sources familiar with the conversations said the leakers were seeking to undercut Wilson’s credibility. “

The investigation — if The Party doesn’t block it — might reveal how many of her foreign contacts have been imprisoned or executed as a result of this leak. It might reveal how many WMD purchases occurred because of this leak.

However, The Party controls the White House, the Congress, the Justice Department, much of the Federal Court System, and almost all other agencies of our government that might otherwise be able to bring some oversight and accountability — and the press has mostly ignored what has been going on — and they have been successful at blocking every investigation, even things as big as investigations of intelligence failures that led to 9/11. Let me repeat that: The Party has successfully blocked every inquiry into possibly unethical or criminal or other embarrassing activities. They have operated with absolute impunity. Even things as small as an inquiry into who met with Cheney’s energy task force (remember how they forced public the records of Hillary’s health care task force?) Even investigations of Bush’s insider trading at Harken Oil, and the cover-up by his father’s SEC. Even of their involvement with Enron. Even of the no-bid contracts awarded to contributors and cronies. Even of Cheney’s continuing ties to Haliburton. Even of their hiring of felons, convicted of crimes of subverting our government. This list could go on and on…

Party over country. This time, absolute proof.

Arnold

Robert Scheer found this quote in an article interviewing Arnold Schwarzenegger, at Salon.com | Family values, down the toilet:

”As we were rehearsing, I saw this toilet bowl,’ says Schwarzenegger, an impish smile crossing his face. ‘How many times do you get away with this — to take a woman, grab her upside down, and bury her face in a toilet bowl? I wanted to have something floating in there,’ he adds. Apparently, he was vetoed. ‘They thought it was my typical Schwarzenegger overboard,’ he says. ‘The thing is, you can do it, because in the end, I didn’t do it to a woman — she’s a machine! We could get away with it without being crucified by who-knows-what group.’ (Note to California’s Democratic strategists: The soccer-mom set is now yours for the taking!)’ “

So Arnold relishes the opportunity to “get away with this.”

Republicans!

VOTING MACHINES ALERT!

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If you try to go to Black Box Voting’s web page you see this, apparently put up by their ISP:

NOTICE


Due to a dispute with Diebold, Incorporated, and its wholly owned subsidiary Diebold Election Systems, Inc. (collectively ‘Diebold’), which is claiming links to certain materials that do not reside on the blackboxvoting.org website constitute copyright infringement, blackboxvoting.org has been temporarily disabled.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause visitors and journalists to the blackboxvoting.org site and hope to have this matter resolved shortly.

In the interim, send questions or information requests to webmaster@gatorgraphics.net.”

This is BIG NEWS and should be circulated widely!

Apparently Diebold has gotten Bev Harris’s website provider to shut down her page!

Update – Bev is up at Blackboxvoting.com!

Another Voting Machines Story

Global Eye — Vanishing Act:

“Who’s behind these private companies? It’s hard to tell: The corporate lines — even the bloodlines — of these ‘competitors’ are so intricately mixed. For example, at Diebold — whose corporate chief, Wally O’Dell, a top Bush fundraiser, has publicly committed himself to ‘delivering’ his home state’s votes to Bush next year — the election division is run by Bob Urosevich. Bob’s brother, Todd, is a top executive at ‘rival’ ES&S. The brothers were originally staked in the vote-count business by Howard Ahmanson, a member of the Council for National Policy, a right-wing ‘steering group’ stacked with Bushist faithful.

Ahmanson is also one of the bagmen behind the extremist ‘Christian Reconstructionist’ movement, which openly advocates a theocratic takeover of American democracy, placing the entire society under the ‘dominion’ of ‘Christ the King.’ This ‘dominion’ includes the death penalty for homosexuals, exclusion of citizenship for non-Christians, stoning of sinners and — we kid you not — slavery, ‘one of the most beneficent of Biblical laws.’

Ahmanson also has major holdings in ES&S, whose former CEO is Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. When Hagel ran for office, his own company counted the votes; needless to say, his initial victory was reported as ‘an amazing upset.’ Hagel still has a million-dollar stake in the parent company of ES&S. In Florida, Jeb Bush’s first choice for a running mate in his 1998 gubernatorial race was ES&S lobbyist Sandra Mortham, who made a mint installing the machines that counted Jeb’s votes.”

Afghan Massacre

There is a documentary available describing what may have happened to 3,000 Afghan prisoners. There is a five-minute trailer for the documentary online at Afghan Massacre – acftv.

This film exposes the deaths of thousands of Afghans who had surrendered to Americas Allies after the siege of Kunduz. Eye witnesses tell of the disposal of the bodies in an operation controlled by American Special Forces.

BuzzFlash interviews the producer-director of this documentary.