Tag Archives: war

bush’s soopifyin’ speechifyin’

i mean…what do you do with that? bush! the dems “response” to the “most important bush speech” of the year? the term? the what?
it was so dumb. all i can say is it was dumb dumb dumb and the response was predictably dumb as well.
dumb people are in charge.
we are all so….

Blackwater wages war on families

This is pretty despicable. This country is in deep shit if this move is allowed to stand.

The following article is by the lawyers representing the families of four American contractors who worked for Blackwater and were killed in Fallujah. After Blackwater refused to share information about why they were killed, the families were told they would have to sue Blackwater to find out. Now Blackwater is trying to sue them for $10 million to keep them quiet.

Raleigh, NC — The families of four American security contractors who were burned, beaten, dragged through the streets of Fallujah and their decapitated bodies hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River on March 31, 2004, are reaching out to the American public to help protect themselves against the very company their loved ones were serving when killed, Blackwater Security Consulting. After Blackwater lost a series of appeals all the away to the U.S. Supreme Court, Blackwater has now changed its tactics and is suing the dead men’s estates for $10 million to silence the families and keep them out of court.

Following these gruesome deaths which were broadcast on worldwide television, the surviving family members looked to Blackwater for answers as to how and why their loved ones died. Blackwater not only refused to give the grieving families any information, but also callously stated that they would need to sue Blackwater to get it. Left with no alternative, in January 2005, the families filed suit against Blackwater, which is owned by the wealthy and politically-connected Erik Prince.

Blackwater quickly adapted its battlefield tactics to the courtroom. It initially hired Fred F. Fielding, who is currently counsel to the President of the United States. It then hired Joseph E. Schmitz as its in-house counsel, who was formerly the Inspector General at the Pentagon. More recently, Blackwater employed Kenneth Starr, famed prosecutor in the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal, to oppose the families. To add additional muscle, Blackwater hired Cofer Black, who was the Director of the CIA Counter- Terrorist Center.

After filing its suit against the dead men’s estates, Blackwater demanded that its claim and the families’ existing lawsuit be handled in a private arbitration. By suing the families in arbitration, Blackwater has attempted to move the examination of their wrongful conduct outside of the eye of the public and away from a jury. This comes at the same time when Congress is investigating Blackwater.

full story here: http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/53460/

wanna get scared? A Tale of Blackwater

This is a must read.

Chomsky on Iran/US

very worthwhile read:

ouch ouch and right on

just found this — a little late, but the sting is just as strong.


good commentary from Garrison Keiller

Garrison Keillor’s article written for the Baltimore Sun and reprinted by CommonDreams.org is worth reading. http://www.commondreams.org/views07/0104-20.htm
In one paragraph, he gives us a brilliant, succinct analysis of Bush the Lesser.

Here we have a slacker son of a powerful patrician father who resolves unconscious Oedipal issues through inappropriate acting-out in foreign countries. Hello? All the king’s task forces can gather together the shards of the policy, number them, arrange them, but it never made sense when it was whole and so it makes even less sense now.

We have yet much to fear from this administration. Mr. Keillor has a bit more confidence than I in the new crop of critters just elected. He says:

The earnest folk in Congress are prepared to discuss policy issues, to plant their butts in hard chairs and sit through jargon-encrusted reports and long, dry perorations thereupon. They’re trained for that. That’s one good reason they’re there and not you or me. But to address the war and the White House, you’re talking pathology.

Yes, it’s going to take more than hard work and good judgment on the part of our congress critters to deal with this insane war, but honestly, if what I saw last night on ABC World News is any indication, this bunch will be towing Shrubs line, complete with hooks and sinkers, and the men and women who will be surging over to Iraq when (not if) this congress gives The Decider everything he requests will be left out on the sands of Iraq without boat, paddle or the creek needed to get stranded in.

will we ever give peace a chance?

Got this in the mail today. Some very good thoughts on the devastating bombing in Lebanon. Please feel free to share this with as many people as you can.

While the Bombs Fall
By Starhawk

While the bombs fall in Lebanon, I’m teaching a two-week course in permaculture: regenerative, ecological design, with a schedule so demanding that I find it hard to check email every day, let alone watch the news. But it comes in, between lesser messages about leaks in the watering system in the garden and flight cancellations: pictures of dead children on the road. I feel horrified, angry, frustrated, powerless…all the things I’m used to feeling about the situation, but more so. I try to write something in the spare moments when my teaching partner Penny is covering rain catchment or graywater systems, but all I keep writing, over and over, is “Killing children is wrong.” That sees so self-evident and banal that I can’t quite bring myself to send it out. Or rather, it doesn’t seem to add much to a discussion in which the decision makers are so convinced that killing our children is very, very wrong, but killing their children is the Path of Righteousness.
please, read more…

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