Judge says White House logs are public..

via: Raw Story

Judge Rejects Bush Secrecy Claim, Says White House Visitor Logs Are Public Documents

White House visitor logs are public documents, a federal judge ruled Monday, rejecting a legal strategy that the Bush administration had hoped would get around public records laws.

The ruling is a blow to the Bush administration, which is fighting the release of records showing visits by lobbyist Jack Abramoff and prominent religious conservatives.

The records are created by the Secret Service, which is subject to the Freedom of Information Act. But the Bush administration has ordered the data turned over to the White House, where they are treated as presidential records outside the scope of the public records law.

U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth said logs from the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s residence are subject to public records request.

I wonder if that includes Jeff Gannon… Its about time for a little transparency..

More from TalkingPointsMemo (TPM).

King Abdullah Pardons Gang Rape Victim

From Al Jazeera, via ThinkProgress:

The young Saudi woman who was kidnapped and gang-raped by a group of men, and was later sentenced to 200 lashes and a prison term, has been pardoned by King Abdullah.

This pardon apparently does not mean the King disagrees with the young woman’s sentence, but that he acted in the “interests of the people.”

Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Sheik, the Saudi justice minister, told Al Jazirah newspaper that the pardon does not mean the king doubted the country’s judges, but instead acted in the “interests of the people”.

The girl’s sentencing had triggered international outrage.

“The king always looks into alleviating the suffering of the citizens when he becomes sure that these verdicts will leave psychological effects on the convicted people, though he is convinced and sure that the verdicts were fair.”

Well, at least this woman won’t be further victimized by the Saudi judicial system.  Who knows what consequences Saudi society will have for her?

King Abdullah can sleep well tonight, knowing that he didn’t cave to international pressure in this case, but acted to clear up any misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the judge, and to preserve justice for all.

Justice?  **snort**

Read the article here.

Monday Morning Menagerie

Another Monday morning and you now have 8 shopping days left before Christmas!

Congress plans to defy the Justice Department an investigate the destruction of the CIA interrogation tapes Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) says we are in a Constitutional crisis.

Raw Story has a synopsis of a lengthy Sunday’s New York Times article revealing new details of the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program, the lawyer for an AT&T engineer alleges that “within two weeks of taking office, the Bush administration was planning a comprehensive effort of spying on Americans’ phone usage.”

Lieberman endorses John McCain today. No big surprise there.. Mr. ‘Kyl/Lieberman Amendment’ embraces John “Bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb Iran” McCain. Three guesses who McCain would pick as his running mate (and the first two guesses don’t count..).

Wexler’s Goal Of 50,000 Signatures For Cheney Impeachment Surpassed In 24 Hours!

Sometime today, Chris Dodd will take the floor in the US Senate and begin talking — a filibuster — and what he has to say touches on the most important issues facing this country. More from Firedoglake. Crooks and Liars is asking you to send letters that Chris Dodd can read on the Senate floor as he filibusters. Atrios has a list of phone numbers of senators who are supporting Dodd.

AlterNet has the Top Ten Environment Stories of 2007. ThinkProgess posts Top 10 Ethics Scandals of 2007 (according to CREW).

Manila Ryce looks into why Dennis Kucinich was excluded from the Iowa Debate. There is also a petition there you can sign to keep Kucinich in the debates.

On Global Research this morning there was an article by Stephen Lendman called Police State America – A Look Back and Ahead .

According to the BBC, Russia has delivered its first shipment of nuclear fuel to a reactor it is helping to build at Bushehr in Iran.

Rudy is sinking like a rock. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.. That just made my day. :-)