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Remember the elections of 2006? That sweeping victory of protest against the republicans? Pelosi and Reid were supposed to give them hell, no more vacationing rubber stamp Congress? Apparently the exit polls weren’t the only thing we got wrong in that election. The Senate let by Democrat In Name Only Harry Reid, has passed a FISA bill that would allow for telecom immunity and the president has called on the house to agree to it. The bill had large bi-partisan support, specifically surrounding the telcom immunity issue. (more…)

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The Bush Administration must love the fact that this CIA tape case broke just before Christmas and then got swept under the rug by both the holiday and the groundswell of presidential campaign hyperbolic naval gazing that’s been going since the start of this year. Despite the overall lack of coverage by the news media, the CIA tape case is moving forward on several fronts – a full run down is available on the flipside. (more…)

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President Bush vetoed the sweeping 2008 defense bill after concerns were raised by Iraq over one provision that would freeze Iraqi assets in US financial institutions. The Iraqi government threatened to pull the $20-30 billion it currently has in US financial institutions if the provision were to become law. Now, democrats are contending that the president cannot pocket-veto while congress is in session and may override if the veto is seen to be legitimate. (more…)

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In what started as a trickle, has rapidly advanced to a rising tide, stories of torture and mass disappearances are flooding the news. The stories read like political fictions but are all too real. Countries involvement in torture is nothing new, in fact America’s involvement in torture is nothing new. But, what is new is the extent to which we show up in the regular cast of characters since start of the Bush administration. In stories from Pakistan to Thailand to Morocco, our agents are there, and the jig is up. The CIA tapes are just another tip in a very big, deep iceburg, where it seems everyone is guilty and our so-called enemies are coming out more and more innocent all the time. Full round up on the flipside. (more…)

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It’s clear to us why Pelosi took impeachment off the table. She and her cohorts supported the President’s descent into war crimes and as we reported earlier asked whether or not the torture techniques used were tough enough. (more…)

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The blood is in the water on the CIA tape case, as was broken on Friday, the CIA has destroyed two tapes which contain evidence of waterboarding. This prompted a firestorm of accusations about who knew what, when, and whether or not there is a case to be made about obstruction of justice. Republicans and Democrats alike are looking at investigation vehicles to examine exactly what went on.  A round-up of the weekend coverage here… (more…)

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The Washington Post is running a story this morning that the CIA has destroyed video tapes of its agents using waterboarding against two Al-Qaeda suspects. All the tapes were destroyed in November of 2005 on the order of the CIA’s head of Clandestine Operations. According to the article:

The destruction came after the Justice Department had told a federal judge in the case of al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui that the CIA did not possess videotapes of a specific set of interrogations sought by his attorneys. A CIA spokesman said yesterday that the request would not have covered the destroyed tapes.

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