More on Minot

via: BuzzFlash

Dave Lindorff : More Questions About the Minot Nukes

The Pentagon has been stonewalling on my requests for answers to key questions. For two weeks, a public affairs office has been declining to respond to my question about whether the six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles flown by a B-52 from Minot AFB to Barksdale AFB were programmed for specific targets, and, if so, what those targets were or even whether the team that investigated the incident checked to see if they were targeted.

The Air Force and Pentagon have also declined to explain whether U.S. nuclear weapons in storage in U.S. bunkers have been provided with the same alarm and motion-detection sensors that the National Nuclear Security Agency helped to install on the nukes being stored on Russian bases.

Clearly if such devices are standard on U.S. nukes, as several Air Force active and retired personnel have assured me is the case, then there is no way those weapons could have been removed from the Minot bunker by “mistake” as claimed the Air Force’s official report on the incident.

The Pentagon has also refused to state whether the missiles were fueled up or not. Continue reading…

I intend to keep following this story.

Special Comment on Countdown Tonight

via: Crook and Liars

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Here’s a preview:

Water-boarding, he said, is torture.

Legally, it is torture.

Practically, it is torture.

Ethically, it is torture.

And he wrote it down.

Wrote it down somewhere, where it could be contrasted with the words of this country’s 43rd President: “The United States of America does not torture.”

Made you into a liar, Mr. Bush.

Made you into, if anybody had the guts to pursue it, a criminal.

KUCINICH IS DOING IT!! Tomorrow!

via: Raw Story

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced he would move to force a vote next week on his resolution calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.

“The momentum is building for impeachment,” Kucinich said in a statement on his Web site. “Millions of citizens across the nation are demanding Congress rein in the Vice President’s abuse of power.

Kucinich said he plans to introduce a privileged resolution, which would have priority for a House floor vote, on Nov. 6. A vote on the measure would be required within two days.

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Conyers to file contempt report; says White House has one last chance

via: Raw Story

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) will file a report today holding that two White House officials are in contempt of Congress for their continued refusal to honor subpoenas in connection with the controversial firing of US attorneys last year — but he’s offering them one last chance.

In a Monday letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding, Conyers wrote that he would be officially filing the report, a move which would allow the full House to later vote on the measure, but would stop the contempt process there if the White House would agree to a final compromise offer. Continue reading…

I am getting really tired of all these ‘one more chance(s)”. These turkeys broke the law. They need to be charged with “Inherent Contempt” and have their butts hauled before the House (or to jail) to force them to comply. Show that Congress has the Constitution behind them, Congress has teeth, and that these subpoenas mean something. It would go a LONG ways to restoring the faith of the American public in the balance of government. It would also take the smirk off Bush’s face, and send him a loud, clear message that he and his administration are NOT above the law. Maybe it might even reel in the behavior of this president and his rampant abuse of power. It would CERTAINLY bring up the public approval ratings of Congress (beings I know how much those things seem to matter to those in Congress – apparantly FAR more than doing their Constitutional duties).

Congress, stop talking about doing something, JUST DO IT!

UPDATE: The White House response:

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino told reporters Monday that an effort to bring a contempt citation to a vote was “futile.”

“I’m just amazed that the Democrats actually think they’ve accomplished so much on behalf of the American people that they can now waste time again on another diversion,” she said. “I don’t know if they’ll actually have a vote on the House floor or not. If they do, I guess we’ll just take it from there. But it’s been very clear that this is a futile attempt on their part, because they know that it won’t go anywhere.”

Come on you guys.. Use the INHERENT CONTEMPT option. It is TIME! Contact the House Judiciary and tell them to use INHERENT CONTEMPT! If this president, in his total disregard for Congress – is going to go around Congress, it is time for Congress to bypass this President.

Inherent contempt

Under this process, the procedure for holding a person in contempt involves only the chamber concerned. Following a contempt citation, the person cited is arrested by the Sergeant-at-Arms for the House or Senate, brought to the floor of the chamber, held to answer charges by the presiding officer, and then subjected to punishment as the chamber may dictate (usually imprisonment for punishment reasons, imprisonment for coercive effect, or release from the contempt citation.)

This administration is obstructing justice. It is about time that they were called on it. This isn’t so much about the firing of the US Attorneys, but what this administration is covering up with the firings of the US Attorneys. Americans wants the truth to come out, then we can deal with it.

Europe calling – Monday

 

(Castelluccio, Italy)

Is war with Iran really inevitable? Yesterday’s Guardian tries to make a case for ways to avoid it, but doesn’t sound very optimistic about it really. (Impeachment proceedings against Vice-President Cheney may be the ticket to keep him focused away from Iran.)

Most headlines in Europe deal, of course, with Pakistan and Musharrafs attempt to stay in power at all costs. Journalists and lawyers are among the first to bear the brunt of the State of Emergency, while Islamists are not easily deterred and fuel the crisis. There were even rumours that Musharraf himself has been arrested by his second in command. This, however has been promptly denied. The latest developments indicate, that elections will be held in January, this seems to be mainly due to pressure from the US, who can ill afford such an outcome to their Democratization of the Middle East.

“What if Iraq hadn’t happened?” asks Tim Watkin in “The Guardian” and triggers a lively discussion. It has happened, however, so the exchange of thoughts may be considered moot by some.

The Dollar has lost 34% against the Euro since 2001, mainly due to the spending frenzy during the Bush administration. Small wonder, that celebrities like Gisele Bundchen insist on getting paid in Euros.

Banks all over the world are getting a thrashing at the stock markets for their continued gambling in the global credit casino for the last years. UBS, Barclays and Citi are among the more prominent victims of asset backed securities that turned into half-assed securities.

Despite all the woes of the world, I wish you all a good start into the week!

Muse’s Monday Morning Montage

Is it another step meant to strangle the free press? Mother Jones writes “Postal Service Says Killing Small Periodicals is a “Win-Win”“. The United States Postal Service intends to do this with a recent rate hike on small periodicals that will put many small publications out of business.

Raw Story has an interesting article on the “U.S. Army: Five million acres needed for training facilities by 2011” . That is about the size of New Jersey. So which state(s) will have to cough it up?

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