t r u t h o u t | 06.26Bush Administration Stomps on Constitutional RightsMon Jun 26, 2006 18:24
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Subject: Bush Administration Stomps on Constitutional Rights
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 13:15:56 -0700
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Lakoff, Ettlinger, Ferguson: conservatism is weakening our nation; Rhonda Chriss Lokeman: Bill of Rights threatened by the secrecy-obsessed Bush administration; Amnesty International demands Al-Marri's release unless he is formally charged with a crime; millions die as G8 aid fails to be delivered; Senate approves amendment to protect whistle-blowers; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org
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Rhonda Chriss Lokeman | Bush Administration Stomps on Constitutional Rights
Rhonda Chriss Lokeman writes, "As we, the American people, approach the anniversary of our independence from tyranny in 1776, it pays to consider the Bill of Rights threatened by the secrecy-obsessed Bush administration."
Democrats Cite Report on Troop Cuts in Iraq
Senate Democrats reacted angrily yesterday to a report that the US commander in Iraq had privately presented a plan for significant troop reductions in the same week they came under attack by Republicans for trying to set a timetable for withdrawal.
Lakoff, Ettlinger, Ferguson | Bush Is Not Incompetent!
Lakoff, Ettlinger and Ferguson write, "Conservatism itself is the villain that is harming our people, destroying our environment, and weakening our nation. Conservatives are undermining American values through legislation almost every day ... Unless conservative philosophy itself is discredited, Conservatives will continue their domination of public discourse, and with it, will continue their domination of politics."
Three Years On, Lone "Enemy Combatant" Lingers on US Soil
For three years, Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri has been relegated to indefinite isolation in a South Carolina military brig by President Bush. Amnesty International issued a statement on Friday demanding Al-Marri's release unless he is formally charged with a crime, and in the meantime, demands immediate measures to improve his condition, which, according to written complaints, have entailed physical as well as emotional mistreatment.
Sheldon Rampton | American Soldiers' Hatred Breeds "Hadji Girl" Song and Video
America's cultural isolationism and prejudices are exposed by a videotaped recording of a Marine singing about a shootout with an Iraqi family. Sheldon Rampton writes. "The war itself is encouraging these dark aspects of human nature, by bringing Americans and Iraqis together in an environment full of tension, fear, hatred and violence. And if the war itself is creating these evils, how can it hope to end them?"
Failure to Deliver on G8 Pledges Has Left Millions to Die
The huge pledges of aid, debt relief and trade reforms that were promised at last year's G8 conference at Gleneagles have not been delivered, according to a report by Action Aid.
Afghan Leader Losing Support
Many Afghans and some foreign supporters say they are losing faith in President Hamid Karzai's government, which is besieged by an escalating insurgency and endemic corruption and is unable to protect or administer large areas of the country. While the US commitment to Karzai appears solid, several European governments are expressing serious concerns about his leadership.
They were believed to be dead and buried at the same time as class warfare and the proletariat. But now they are back - the working classes - and they are giving nightmares to politicians and to political scientists, ruining electoral prognostics and results over and over again ...
Senate Committee Acts to Restore Protection for Whistle-Blowers
In a breakthrough for advocates of whistle-blower rights, the Senate has approved an amendment that would tighten up protections for federal employees who expose waste, fraud, abuse and threats to public safety.