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Elizabeth de la Vega | Bush's Real Message: Unprintable
Fri Jul 6, 2007 15:15

Elizabeth de la Vega says Bush's real message to the American people is unprintable; a federal appeals court rejected a suit challenging Bush's spying program; US and NATO have killed more civilians in Afghanistan than the Taliban; Fred Thompson was a mole for the Nixon White House during the Watergate hearings; Krugman asks about the Bush family and sacrifice; Holocaust display opens in Paris; Native Americans provide Al Gore with a DC venue to kick off "Live Earth" tomorrow after Republican lawmakers block use of Capitol Mall; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

t r u t h o u t | 07.06

Elizabeth de la Vega | Bush's Real Message: Unprintable
Elizabeth de la Vega writes: "President Bush has again made it as clear as a Wisconsin lake that he has nothing but contempt for equality and the 'rule 'a law' he is so fond of championing. Yes, a president has the constitutional power of clemency. He may pardon a criminal defendant, thereby wiping out the entire conviction and its consequences, or commute the sentence, thereby lessening it to some degree or entirely. But even this power, broad as it is, can be abused and, in the case of United States v. Libby, President Bush has done just that."

Appeals Court Reinstates Warrantless Wiretapping of Americans
Friday, a federal appeals court ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging President Bush's domestic spying program, saying the plaintiffs had no standing to sue.

Afghanistan: US and NATO Killed More Civilians Than Taliban
Laura King of the Los Angeles Times reports, "After more than five years of increasingly intense warfare, the conflict in Afghanistan reached a grim milestone in the first half of this year: US troops and their NATO allies killed more civilians than insurgents did, according to several independent tallies.

Thompson Was Mole for Nixon White House
According to a former investigator for Democrats on the committee, Scott Armstrong, "Thompson was a mole for the White House. Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was," reports Michael Dranish in the Boston Globe.

Paul Krugman | Sacrifice Is for Suckers
Paul Krugman of The New York Times writes: "The Bushies, it seems, like starting fights, but they don't believe in paying any of the cost of those fights or bearing any of the risks. Above all, they don't believe that they or their friends should face any personal or professional penalties for trivial sins like distorting intelligence to get America into an unnecessary war, or totally botching that war's execution."

Senate Democrats Join House to Block Bush Missile Plan
"The Senate is expected to join the House next week in reducing funds in the fiscal 2008 Defense Authorization Bill for construction of ten interceptor missile sites in Poland and for deployment of an X-band radar in the Czech Republic," reports Walter Pincus in the Washington Post.

Le Monde | By the Grace of Bush
Le Monde's editorialist chooses to focus on how unequally the rain of Bush's mercy falls ...

Window Opens on Holocaust in Ukraine
At least 1.5 million Jews were killed on hills and in ravines across Nazi-occupied Ukraine, most slaughtered by submachine guns before gas chambers industrialized mass death. Researchers are only now peeling back layers of Soviet-era silence about what they call the "Holocaust by bullets." According to the Associated Press, video interviews with Ukrainian villagers, photographs of newly discovered mass graves, archival documents, bullets and shell casings - all will be on display for the first time in a haunting exhibit at Paris's Holocaust Memorial through November 30.

Native Americans Give Gore's "Live Earth" DC Venue
A few blocks from the US Capitol where some Republican lawmakers had tried to prevent the Washington concert from taking place, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will host one of several Saturday concerts highlighting climate change, according to a Reuters report by Jeremy Pelofsky.


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