Category Archives: Intelligence

One Of The More Powerful Critical Pieces On America I’ve Read In A Long Time

Charlie Pierce has written an extremely powerful piece, “The Cynic and Senator Obama,” in this month’s Esquire. Whatever you may think of it – it’s an important criticism, made more moving by Pierce’s love for an America lost (and feared forever lost). I got there via Ezra Klein’s post, which is also well worth a […]

Dick Durbin Letter Seeking Criminal Waterboarding Investigation Gets Answer – Attorney General Says “No”

When he went through confirmation hearings, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said about waterboarding, ‘if it’s torture, then it’s torture’ – which was both meaningless and obscene. After Michael Mukasey was shamefully confirmed as Attorney General, he said in U.S. Senate hearings that he “would feel” that waterboarding was torture if it were done to him. […]

(Small) Promise Of A Second Chance In Life – Colin Powell

GOP Presidential Candidate Tommy Thompson said he would ask Colin Powell to serve as his Secretary of State. I guess that’s a major step up from Powell’s last government position in the Bush Administration. He did such a good job in his last post, something involving his ability to recognize “conclusive” evidence, and then employing […]

In Honor Of The Sick ‘Austin Mayor’ – “Maybe Because Popcorn Explodes?”

Austin Mayor is sick today (and apparently has been for at least a few days). I’m actually home sick today too – though feeling better. In solidarity with da Mayor, and hoping he feels much better soon, here is today’s blog entry. You may never look at popcorn, a flea market or the Apple and […]

FBI Proves Russ Feingold’s Point By Answering A Question By Begging The Question

From a Judiciary Committee FBI oversight hearing Tuesday, as reported in The Boston Globe: [Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold said,] “‘The Boston Globe reported on Sunday that the president has used signing statements to reserve the right to break the law more than 750 times.” …. ‘How can we know whether the government will comply with […]

Moveon.org Starts Petition In Support Of Feingold Censure Of President Bush

Moveon.org is trying to support Senator Russ Feingold’s resolution to censure President George W. Bush for authorizing illegal wiretapping by offering a petition to senators. Sign the petition! Then call your senators and let them know you’re serious about holding President George W. Bush accountable for illegal wiretapping – and that the censure is a […]

Censuring The President Of The United States

Today Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold introduced a resolution to censure the President of the United States for “authorizing the illegal wiretapping program and then misleading the country about the existence and legality of the program.” The link also provides evidence of Senator Feingold’s charges. Here are developments and what some members of Congress and others […]

Feingold Shows How The Patriot Act Reauthorization Falls Short – Call Illinois Senators

[Cross-posted at Feingold for Illinois] Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold lists why the Patriot Act agreement with the White House fails to protect our freedoms. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has largely signed on to this revised, but insufficient, Patriot Act deal. Call Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Barack Obama and tell them to reject this deal. […]

Russ Feingold Demands Answers On Data Mining

[Cross-posted from Feingold for Illinois.] The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has Senator Russ Feingold’s statement made yesterday on the federal government’s possible data mining of American communications : “One element of the NSA’s domestic spying program that has gotten too little attention is the government’s reportedly widespread use of data mining technology to analyze the […]

Bush Administration To Appoint Director of Newly Formed Indeterminate Security Detention Committee

(AD) January 11, 2005 — In tandem with the announced Guantánamo Bay prison expansion to accommodate permanent prisoners, who will stay without legal charges, the Bush Administration today announced the appointment of Franz Kafka (bio) to the newly created Pentagon position of Director of the Indeterminate Security Detention Committee. The newly created post will oversee […]