Saturday, December 31, 2005

George W. Bush as the New Richard M. Nixon:

"George W. Bush as the New Richard M. Nixon" and additional articles follow my brief comments. Pay particular attention to the article on the changes made in the line of succession at the Pentagon/DoD.

For those who think the news about Bush authorizing the spying on U.S. citizens is new, got news for you, this has been going on for so long that it has only emboldened the Bush/Cheney cabal to take it to new heights. Here’s a good piece from Pacific News Service on this very thing: “Bush Domestic Spying is Old News”. Don’t get me wrong, it tickles me to death that the Bush cabal has gotten its “bell rung”; Bush himself has got to be held to account, period. Impeachment is only the first step. Trial and jail has got to be the second step for Bush, and the entire cabal around him and Cheney. That would then just leave our dysfunctional congress to deal with.

Please give your support to and for: The March for Millions of Veterans—2006”.

I for one am more than just a little fed up with the political rhetoric from congress while they do absolutely nothing to address the problems veterans are facing with an under funded V.A. They won’t fund the V.A.; at the same time the Transportation Safety Administration wants to scour veterans medical records to look for “mental defectives” —can’t let the crazies on planes, don’t ‘cha know.

A little "Bush & family" hard at work: "The Exotic Adventures of Neil Bush" and "Bush Money Network Rooted in Florida, Texas"; Also see, "The Bush Family Coup". To simply state that we need some serious change in Washington, D.C. is a gross understatement to say the least. -- Jack


George W. Bush as the New Richard M. Nixon: Both Wiretapped Illegally, and Impeachably; Both Claimed That a President May Violate Congress' Laws to Protect National Security
Friday, Dec. 30, 2005

On Friday, December 16, the New York Times published a major scoop by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau: They reported that Bush authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on Americans without warrants, ignoring the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

It was a long story loaded with
astonishing information of lawbreaking at the White House. It reported that sometime in 2002, Bush issued an executive order authorizing NSA to track and intercept international telephone and/or email exchanges coming into, or out of, the U.S. - when one party was believed to have direct or indirect ties with al Qaeda.

Initially, Bush and the
White House stonewalled, neither confirming nor denying the president had ignored the law. Bush refused to discuss it in his interview with Jim Lehrer.

Then, on Saturday, December 17, in his radio broadcast, Bush admitted that the New York Times was correct - and thus conceded he had committed an impeachable offense.

There can be no serious question that warrantless wiretapping, in violation of the law, is impeachable. After all, Nixon was charged in Article II of his bill of impeachment with illegal wiretapping for what he, too, claimed were national security reasons.

These parallel violations underscore the continuing, disturbing parallels between this Administration and the Nixon Administration - parallels I also discussed in
a prior column.

Indeed, here, Bush may have outdone Nixon: Nixon's illegal surveillance was limited; Bush's, it is developing, may be extraordinarily broad in scope. First reports indicated that NSA was only monitoring foreign calls, originating either in the USA or abroad, and that no more than 500 calls were being covered at any given time. But later reports have suggested that NSA is "data mining" literally millions of calls - and has been given access by the telecommunications companies to "switching" stations through which foreign communications traffic flows.

In sum, this is big-time, Big Brother electronic surveillance.

Given the national security implications of the story, the Times said they had been sitting on it for a year. And now that it has broken, Bush has ordered a criminal investigation into the source of the leak. He suggests that those who might have felt confidence they would not be spied on, now can have no such confidence, so they may find other methods of communicating. Other than encryption and code, it is difficult to envision how.

Such a criminal investigation is rather ironic - for the leak's effect was to reveal Bush's own offense. Having been ferreted out as a criminal, Bush now will try to ferret out the leakers who revealed him.

John Dean’s Full Article May Be Read

Justice Deptartment Opens Inquiry into Leak of Domestic Spying

Military Service Chiefs Demoted in Line of Pentagon Succession

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (AP) - The three military service chiefs have been dropped in the Bush administration's doomsday line of Pentagon succession, pushed beneath three civilian under secretaries in the inner circle of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

A recent executive order from President Bush moved the Pentagon's intelligence chief to the No. 3 spot in the succession hierarchy. Mr. Rumsfeld is No. 1, and the second spot would be the deputy secretary of defense, but that position is vacant at the moment. The Army chief, who long held the No. 3 spot, was dropped to sixth.

The changes, announced last week, mirror the administration's new emphasis on intelligence gathering versus combat in 21st-century wars.

The line of succession is assigned to specific positions, rather than the people holding those jobs.

But this version of the doomsday plan moves up the top three under secretaries, who are Rumsfeld loyalists and who previously worked for Vice President Dick Cheney when he was defense secretary.

Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said the changes were recommended because the three under secretaries have "a broad knowledge and perspective of overall Defense Department operations." He said the service leaders were more focused on training, equipping and leading a particular military service.

Thomas Donnelly, a defense expert with the American Enterprise Institute, said the changes would centralize power and make it easier for the administration to assert political control.

"It continues to devalue the services as institutions," Mr. Donnelly said.

The first to succeed Mr. Rumsfeld remains the job of the deputy secretary, a position now vacant because the Senate has not confirmed Mr. Bush's nominee, Navy Secretary Gordon R. England.

It is expected that Bush will eventually move Mr. England into the No. 2 Pentagon job without Congressional approval through what is known as a recess appointment.


Blogger Scott said...

Republicans have done a great job creating cynicism and apathy. So many people have been turned off to the process by Bush and Co., that its created the perfect minority-rule opportunity. My bet is that people have just about had enough and the sleeping giant will awaken to cast a vote in 2006. Beware the populist backlash. Visit for a Christian liberal perspective.

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