Archive for August, 2003

28 Pages Later?

(I know, it’s a holiday weekend. But some things I just can’t let lie.)

It’s been theorized by many that the 28 pages that were taken out of the 9/11 report had…unflattering…information about the Saudis. Even so, the Saudis wanted it made public [ed. note: originally linked to, but I don’t have enough data to find a new source] so they could refute accusations. Fair enough — it’s hard to refute rumors and innuendo.

Well, maybe this is some of the stuff that was in those pages. The article discusses Gerald Posner’s book, Why America Slept. This bit is about the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, a "leading member of Osama bin Laden’s brain trust." FTR and IMO, Time is worth the free registration. Also FTR, "cia" and "isi" were lower case in the original, and I chose not to edit that.
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The Blood of Patriot Acts and Tyrants

Progressives have complained loud and long about John Ashcroft and his attacks on Constitutional liberties. Now, the Right is starting to speak out more strongly. [ed. note: story originally linked to]
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More Wishful Thinking

From the NY Times:

Bush Declares Violence in Iraq Tests U.S. Will, Aug. 26

He [Bush] made the case that failing to take the fight to terrorists wherever they are would expose the United States to attacks at home. "Our military is confronting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan and in other places so our people will not have to confront terrorist violence in New York or St. Louis or Los Angeles," he said.

Yet another example of Foreign Policy Made E-Z

Particularly the second-to-last panel. Do these mushheads actually believe that someone who wants to lay some 9/11 style hurt on the US is going to go to Baghdad instead?

The Bush Faith-Based administration at work.

(by Morgan, 28 Aug 2003 4:52 PM)

The Progressive Giant Awakes (And it’s about time)

I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve. –Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

Even today, Admiral Yamamoto — a leader of the Japanese from a generation of Japanese widely despised in America for the attack that inspired his prescient comment — is generally respected by Americans who know of him. Aside from being against Pearl Harbor, the 20th Century’s most infamous pre-emptive strike, he was a man of honor and insight. That didn’t stop him from fighting America’s forces with every tool at his disposal, of course.
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I finally have our Cafe Press story ready, with "Anyone But Bush Again ’04" merchandise (ed. note: since closed). Half the proceeds will go towards booting the squatter out of the Oval Office, the other half to helping one family (us) survive the Bush economic policies. More details on the site.
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Piping Up

Something from over the weekend that I wasn’t able to get to. I increasingly wonder how these people keep their heads from imploding. [ed.note: original news link gone, but it’s on that page further down the column from “”High court to revisit online porn law.”]

Bush Bypasses Senate to Appoint Scholar
Aug 23, 9:29 AM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush bypassed the Senate and appointed an outspoken Middle East scholar to a federal think tank over the objections of Democrats and others who say he is anti-Muslim.
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Some Days The Good Guys Win One

A lot of bloggers (including your humble host) have covered the outrageous harassment of Al Franken, namely Faux News’ utterly baseless lawsuit regarding his book, Lies and the Lying Liars et. al.

Well, it seems the judge agrees with us:

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said Fox’s claim was “wholly without merit, both factually and legally.”

Read more on the Justice Log, 8/22/2003 08:30 PM.

Fiction Writers, Beware

Yet another story of life in the New American Century. Watch out, Steven King and Tom Clancy!

Write a Story, Go to Jail, by Kim Zetter (on
02:00 AM Aug. 22, 2003 PT
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A Bit of an Oldie

Here’s one I posted to several email lists about at the time, but didn’t put here because I was in a blogging lull :-). From the Washington Post, 27 July 2003 U.S. Adopts Aggressive Tactics on Iraqi Fighters:

Col. David Hogg, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division, said tougher methods are being used to gather the intelligence. On Wednesday night, he said, his troops picked up the wife and daughter of an Iraqi lieutenant general. They left a note: "If you want your family released, turn yourself in." Such tactics are justified, he said, because, "It’s an intelligence operation with detainees, and these people have info." They would have been released in due course, he added later.
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"Nothing to Fear," or "Crying Wolfowitz"

(Read that like the announcer from the old "Rocky & Bullwinkle" show, it sounds better that way :-).)

These say it better than I could. Go. Read.

Then Register and Vote.
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