Monday, April 30, 2007


The same old questions:
Who do you trust?
Who do believe?
Former C.I.A. Director George Tenet said that he warned Condoleeza Rice of impending Al-Qaeda attacks.

He maintains that in the summer of 2001, he sought a meeting with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice at which he presented a briefing. As he recalled to "60 Minutes," "Essentially, the briefing says, there are gonna be multiple spectacular attacks against the United States. We believe these attacks are imminent. Mass casualties are a likelihood." He told "60 Minutes" that his message to her was: "We need to consider immediate action inside Afghanistan now. We need to move to the offensive." Rice has denied that she received any such specific information or suggestions from Tenet.

By Juan Cole
April 30, 2007

If it's not denial then it's the Gonzo reply:
But when Ms. Mushroom Cloud Lady Rice is under oath next month, maybe she will sing a different tune.

Apr. 25 - U.S. Democratic lawmakers voted to subpoena Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify about administration justifications for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
On a party-line vote of 21-10, the House of Representatives' Oversight and Government Reform Committee directed Rice to appear before the panel next month.
Republicans accused Democrats of a "fishing expedition." But Democrats said they want Rice to explain what she knew about administration's warnings, later proven false, that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger for nuclear arms.
© Reuters 2007

If all of this was not so tragic it would be funny.
But it is a tragi-comedy of epic proportions.
Ignore the warnings for the 9-11 attacks.
How stupid!
And wrong!
How impeachable.

Another Historic Step On Impeachment

Sparked by an insurgency among delegates, the California Democratic Party has taken an historic step forward on the issue of impeachment. In a resolution affirmed by the full state party convention Sunday, the Democrats called on the U.S. Congress to use its subpoena power to investigate misdeeds of President Bush and Vice President Cheney – and to hold the Administration accountable “with appropriate remedies and punishment, including impeachment.” The delegate insurgency was coordinated by Progressive Democrats of America and its allies.

While Speaker Pelosi had declared impeachment “off the table,” the Democratic Party rank-and-file has demonstrated its commitment to putting the issue “on” the table. And it’s no longer just the rank-and-file: Even among the members of the convention’s Resolutions Committee (appointed by the California Party chair), the impeachment resolution was the top vote-getter (tied with one other resolution).

Coming on the heels of mass actions and resolutions across the country in support of impeachment, and Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s introduction of Articles of Impeachment against Cheney, this action by the powerful California Democratic Party builds on the pro-impeachment momentum.

The resolution refers to Bush and Cheney having acted in a manner “subversive of the Constitution” by. . .

  1. using false information to justify the invasion of Iraq
  2. authorizing “the torture of prisoners of war”
  3. “authorizing wiretaps on U.S. citizens without obtaining a warrant”
  4. “disclosing the name of an undercover CIA operative”
  5. suspending “the historic Writ of Habeas Corpus by ordering the indefinite detention of so-called enemy combatants”
  6. “signing statements used to ignore or circumvent portions of over 750 Congressional statutes”

The resolution ends by calling for “vigorous investigation” and “appropriate remedies and punishment, including impeachment.”

This action represents the successful culmination of PDA’s one-month, eleven-city barnstorming tour across California – aimed at putting impeachment and ending the occupation of Iraq at the top of the Party’s agenda.

April 30, 2007

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