Submitted by tnjp on July 12, 2007 - 2:57am.

Former Bush surgeon general says he was muzzled Tue Jul 10, 2007 By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first U.S. surgeon general appointed by President George W. Bush accused the administration on Tuesday of political interference and muzzling him on key issues like embryonic stem cell research.

"Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried," Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as the nation's top doctor from 2002 until 2006, told a House of Representatives committee...

Submitted by tnjp on July 8, 2007 - 5:27am.

Files show talks on 'vote caging' - Discussions with elections chief were prior to '04 election By J. Taylor Rushing, Capital Bureau Chief 7/7/2007
TALLAHASSEE - Internal city memos show the issue of Republican "vote caging" efforts in Jacksonville's African-American neighborhoods was discussed in the weeks before the 2004 election, contradicting recent claims by former Duval County Republican leader Mike Hightower - the Bush-Cheney campaign's local chairman at the time.

"Caging" is a longtime voter suppression practice by which political parties collect undeliverable or unreturned mail and use it to develop "challenge lists" on Election Day....

Submitted by tnjp on July 5, 2007 - 5:03am.

Private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Iraq - New U.S. data show how heavily the Bush administration has relied on corporations to carry out the occupation of the war-torn nation By T. Christian Miller July 4, 2007
The number of U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, newly released figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war effort and the government's capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campaigns.

More than 180,000 civilians — including Americans, foreigners and Iraqis — are working in Iraq under U.S. contracts, according to State and Defense department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Including the recent troop buildup, 160,000 soldiers and a few thousand civilian government employees are stationed in Iraq.

The total number of private contractors, far higher than previously reported, shows how heavily the Bush administration has relied on corporations to carry out the occupation of Iraq — a mission criticized as being undermanned...

Submitted by tnjp on June 1, 2007 - 1:50am.

Friendly Fire - Raising questions about 9/11 gets an Army sergeant demoted for 'disloyalty' By STEPHEN C. WEBSTER
These days, Donald Buswell’s job is not as exciting or dangerous as it once was. For the past few months, his working hours have been spent taking care of some 40-plus wounded soldiers at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston medical center. The work is sometimes menial, even janitorial, but he doesn’t mind. After all, Buswell has been where these men are — three years ago, he too was recovering from wounds received in a battle zone in Iraq.

“I truly consider this an honor,” Buswell told his dad not long ago. Still, it’s not exactly where Buswell expected to be after 20 years of well-respected service in the Army.

Since joining the Army in 1987, he had risen to the rank of sergeant first class, serving in both Gulf Wars, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Korea. He ended up with shrapnel scars and a Purple Heart and, back in the U.S. after his last tour in Iraq, a job as intelligence analyst at Fort Sam Houston.

He couldn’t have foreseen that one e-mail could derail his career and put him on his way out of the Army. One e-mail, speculating about events that millions of people have questioned for the last six years, was all it took...

Submitted by tnjp on May 25, 2007 - 11:53pm.

AP: Marines Fail to Get Gear to Troops By RICHARD LARDNER Friday, May 25, 2007; 2:01 AM
WASHINGTON -- The system for delivering badly needed gear to Marines in Iraq has failed to meet many urgent requests for equipment from troops in the field, according to an internal document obtained by The Associated Press.

Of more than 100 requests from deployed Marine units between February 2006 and February 2007, less than 10 percent have been fulfilled, the document says. It blamed the bureaucracy and a "risk-averse" approach by acquisition officials...

Submitted by tnjp on May 25, 2007 - 11:51pm.

Smart Bombs for Jesus?

Army and Air Force Deny Formal Links To Christian Event By Alan Cooperman Friday, May 25, 2007
After complaints by a government watchdog group, the Air Force and the Army partially distanced themselves yesterday from a three-day evangelical Christian event this weekend at a Georgia theme park.

The Memorial Day weekend "Salute to the Troops" celebration at Stone Mountain Park is sponsored by Task Force Patriot USA, a private group that says its purpose is "sharing the fullness of life in Jesus Christ with all U.S. military, military veterans and families," and whose Web site says "Christ is our Commander-in-Chief."

In recent days, both the Task Force Patriot USA Web site and the newspaper of Robins Air Force Base, Ga., described the celebration as "an official U.S. Air Force 60th Anniversary event."...

Submitted by tnjp on May 24, 2007 - 12:06am.

The Surge is Failing and We're Hurting the Troops by
Larry C Johnson
Some brave soul in the U.S. military sent Pat Lang a memo issued Monday that shows the U.S. ability to support its troops is collapsing and very vulnerable to disruption. Download iraq_food_deliveries.pdf

The memo states:

Due to a theater-wide delay in food delivery, menu selections will be limited for the near future. While every effort will be made to provide balanced meals, it may not be possible to offer the dishes you are used to seeing at each meal. Fresh fruits and salad bar items will also be severely limited or unavailable.

Submitted by tnjp on May 23, 2007 - 9:12am.

Petition: It's time to impeach Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Submitted by tnjp on May 18, 2007 - 6:51pm.

To What Depths of Depravity?

It's something millions of people have asked themselves over the six year reign of terror under the Bush Occupation - "How low will they go?" Well, ask no more to what depths of depravity the Bushies will stoop. All you have to do is watch former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee describing how then WH Counsel Alberto Gonzales and former WH Chief-of-Staff Andrew Card went to former AG John Ashcroft's ICU bedside in attempt to coerce him into rubber-stamping the CrippledChimp's illegal NSA and FBI spying programs...

Submitted by tnjp on May 13, 2007 - 5:49am.

PBS Newshour video and written report below the fold...

Submitted by tnjp on May 12, 2007 - 11:38pm.
If you wanna try and keep score, Slate has an excellent expose' on the various Bushnik and RepubliCon scandals. An amusing interactive flash presentation and much more thorough text version laying out quite a few (if not most) of the myriad scandals dragging down the CrippledChimp and the moribund GOPers...
Bushies Behaving Badly - A guide to GOP scandals By Holly Allen, Christopher Beam, and Torie Bosch Friday, May 11, 2007
Paul Wolfowitz in the World Bank With Nepotism
The World Bank president and "Iraq war architect" allegedly helped his girlfriend get a generous salary package and promotion when she transferred to the State Department. Wolfowitz said an ethics panel approved the deal, but the panel denies it. An investigative committee found that the deal was a conflict of interest. (He apparently helped her career in the past, too.) Wolfowitz critics also allege that he used his position at the bank to promote a conservative agenda on family planning and global warming...
Submitted by tnjp on April 23, 2007 - 2:57pm.

Armed with cleverly worded lyrics, activists from CODEPINK went to John McCain's office in DC to sing their own parody of the Beach Boy's "Barbara Ann" the day after the story broke about McCain's, "Bomb Bomb Iran" fiasco...

Submitted by tnjp on April 21, 2007 - 12:22pm.

Release of PFAW Gonzales Must Go Toolkit
Today Thursday in Washington, all eyes were on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. Some members of Congress who have not yet made up their mind on Gonzales are treating Thursday's hearing as the AG's "day in court" - a last chance for him to defend himself.

But how does one defend an indefensible record?

Now is the time to ramp up our efforts to make it known to Congress, the White House and the public that Gonzales Must Go. That's why PFAW has built a resource page for activists like you to use in your communities and in your own grassroots advocacy.

The resources on this page combine to form a toolkit for activism. From it, you can:...

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