The White House is missing as many as 225 days of e-mail dating back to 2003 and there is little if any likelihood a recovery effort will be completed by the time the Bush administration leaves office. And the nation yawns. Who could have predicted such mendacious obstructionistic bunk from the Bush/Cheney Administration? If the DC District Court can hold Toni Locy in contempt, I wonder if perhaps they can find some maximum hurt contempt provisions for a few of the White House Mafiosi too?
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Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.
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As several of you have noted, there has been a rather significant event at the Gitmo Show Trials. Lt. Colonel Diane M. Zierhoffer, a US Army psychologist who ordered the illegal torture of a juvenile, Mohammad Jawad, invoked her right not to incriminate herself and refused to testify in the case of Mohammad Jawad.
First off, a mea culpa. I thought Judge Bates would mostly refuse to get involved in the contempt issue at this point, which he easily could have done. I was wrong. That said, the dark hats of Miers, Bolten and Bushco predictably want to delay until the next of never on the appeal. But the white hats of Conyers’ House Judiciary Committee have a response to that. And there is another facet to this equation that has been bugging me. Despite how good Bates’ decision is, why did it not address the refusal by the DOJ to prosecute a duly constituted and valid on it’s face contempt citation referred by the United States Congress?
The FISA pigeons have come home to foul the roost. The passage of the FISA Amendments Act was a designed gutting of the 4th Amendment, and now what was left of the body of American’s right to individual privacy is bleeding out. The Bush/Cheney Justice Department has proposed new domestic spying measures that build upon the already enacted broad surveillance powers to form essentially a complete police state.
John McCain is an angry, mercurial, petulant and self serving man that believes that John McCain is entitled to say, do or take whatever John McCain wants and John McCain needs. That doesn’t sit real well with Jackson Browne, who is suing McCain for stealing his music. When McCain gets furious, veins start bulging in his neck and he turns red with anger. He won’t ever be Jackson’s friend, but lets hope that Browne causes another patented redneck explosion.
“Have you no sense of decency, … at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” These prophetic words were spoken on June 9, 1954 by Joseph Welch, attorney for the United States Army, at the nadir of the shameful McCarthy hearings. George Bush, being a failure as a student of history, and Dick Cheney simply disdainful of it, our government has deigned to repeat history by persecuting, oppressing and causing the death of people, many of them innocents, common citizens and bystanders, all over the globe. Was Bruce Ivins yet another one of them?
Via the Washington Post, the verdict has been rendered at long last in the Cobell litigationA federal judge ruled Thursday that American Indian plaintiffs are entitled to $455 million in a long-running trust case, a fraction of the $47 billion they wanted. The Native Americans have been screwed once again by the white man.
The Bushco Torture Brigade is on a bad luck streak in dancing school. Four beatdowns by the Supreme Court on the legality/Constitutionality of their torture and trial program is beyond bad. But wait, there’s more; and it’s not good for Bushco’s cherished show trial dreams. Not even one full day into the show, and even the hand selected military judge, Keith Allred, is sending Bushco up the proverbial creek without their torture evidence paddle.
What we can accomplish through, and obtain from, Barack Obama in return for our support and votes? Here is my suggestion. I would like a full and definitive pledge to open and transparent government.
Remember the condescending caterwauling by the Republicans when the Clintons were winding down and leaving office? Of course you do. Heavens to Betsy, they were going to plunder the country right down to stealing the “W”s off all the keyboards and typewriters. So, what is George Bush up to as the sun sets on his catastrophic presidency? As Mr. Haney (Bush) and Fred Sanford (Cheney – It’s the big one Lynne, it’s the big one!) perpetrate their parting scams and thefts and move back to the scrubbrush of Texas, let’s make a list of what they are doing.