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AIPAC backed removal of Iran war provision

No kidding? So, let me get this straight: the power of a foreign lobby -- one that has already been proven to have practiced espionage against the US -- prevented the tepid insistence on a Congressional role in expanding an already illegal war?

This is your "opposition party."

An Interview with Sibel Edmonds

This is worth copying from ICH...incredible. Which is to say, all too credible:

What if the FBI Hired Someone Honest to Look into 9-11?

By David Swanson

03/14/07 --
ICH -- Edmonds discusses what she knows, whom it implicates, and what she's been through and what hope there is in the new Congress to start an investigation.Here's the audio.Swanson: This is David Swanson with Sibel Edmonds. It's great to talk with you, thanks for being here.Edmonds: Thanks for asking me for this interview, David.Swanson: So I should ask, I guess, before I start, are you under any gag order? Are there things that you can and cannot talk about?Edmonds: Well - that's a very interesting question, David, because when the government invoked the State Secrets Privilege, it was specifically for the court procedures, so there won't be any court hearings, and as far as the courts are concerned, my case is gagged and classified.Sepa…

TomPaine.com - Damn Right, We're Angry

Exactly.

The broken links in the article can be fixed by getting rid of the first URL (http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2007/03/14/%E2%80%9D) that is mucking up the links. In some cases, the page is still not findable (changed URL; taken down). Oh, well -- the point stands.

ZNet Commentary: CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN TORTURER AND VICTIM, By John Pilger

On Rumsfeld, Alexander Cockburn's new book.

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ZNet Commentary
CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN TORTURER AND VICTIM March 14, 2007
By John Pilger

In Andrew Cockburn's new book, Rumsfeld, the gap between rampant power and its faraway victims is closed. Donald Rumsfeld, US secretary of defence until last year and a designer of the Iraq bloodbath, is revealed as personally directing from his office in the Pentagon the torture of fellow human beings, exploiting "individual phobias, such as fear of dogs, to induce stress" and use of "a wet towel and dripping water to induce the misperception of suffocation". Cockburn's documented evidence shows that other Bush mafiosi, such as Paul Wolfowitz, now president of the World Bank, "…

Shakespeare on Larry Summers

[Spoken by a woman...]

Shall I compare me to a Summers' fray?
Frau's art's as lovely, you distemperate -- !
Rough times did shake Larry's duds of Lay,
And Summers' piece had all too short a fate.
Sometime too hot the eye of Woman shined,
And often was his golden Ego dimmed;
And every time, petard from hard declined,
A glance, and Summers' pride went thus untrimmed;
But the infernal Summers shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that to him ow'st,
For shall breath not pass before think-tank aid
Will make eternal those lines he sowest.

So long as men lust for misogyny,
So long lasts Summers, his fall nowhere be.

Halliburton Relocates: To Titan

Probe reveals seas on Saturn moon By Paul Rincon
Science reporter, BBC News, Houston
The Cassini radar image (left) shows one of Titan's seas is larger than Lake Superior (right)
Nasa's Cassini probe has found evidence for seas, probably filled with liquid hydrocarbons, at the high northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan.

The dark features, detected by Cassini's radar, are much bigger than any lakes already detected on Titan. The largest is some 100,000 sq km (39,000 sq miles) - greater in extent than North America's Lake Superior. It covers a greater fraction of Titan than the proportion of Earth covered by the Black Sea. The Black Sea is the Earth's largest inland sea and covers about 0.085% of our planet's surface. The newly observed body on Titan covers at least 0.12% of that world's surface. Cassini team members argue that this gives them reason t…

"The Goy Who Cried Wolf," Sarah Posner, American Prospect

And Pelosi was supposedly booed in front of AIPAC (check it out on video here; here's Cheney bowing to AIPAC -- oh, hell, here's the "AIPAC" reverse chronological search on C-SPAN) for insisting on an end to the Iraq War...which many (most?) Israeli defense/intel types consider a disaster.

Somehow, the language in the Supplemental that insisted upon the admin coming to the Congress for express, written permission to attack Iran just...disappeared....

Hmmm.

Call your reps, today -- especially if they're on the Appropriations committee.