The Washington Post
The President Goes to Capitol Hill to Lobby for Torture
Fri Sep 15, 2006 16:18

The Washington Post | The President Goes to Capitol Hill to Lobby for Torture
The Washington Post reports: "President Bush rarely visits Congress. So it was a measure of his painfully skewed priorities that Mr. Bush made the unaccustomed trip yesterday to seek legislative permission for the CIA to make people disappear into secret prisons and have information extracted from them by means he dare not describe publicly."


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William Rivers Pitt | The Absurd Season
William Rivers Pitt writes: "Herein lies the absurdity. It was bad enough in 2004 to have an entire national election turn on issues that had nothing to do with what the country was facing. Today, there appear to be a number of serious issues on the table - Iraq, torture, national security - but these issues are being transmogrified by the GOP into debates that bear no relationship to reality."

Larry C. Johnson | George Bush, Whirling Dervish
Larry C. Johnson begins: "Sid Blumenthal's new book, 'How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime,' provides a great benchmark for evaluating what I believe is a new phase in the Bush Presidency. Sid's collection of essays certainly documents the devious, nasty tactics Bush and his boys have employed during their tenure in the White House to date. However, several events this week suggest the act is wearing thin and may be over."

Missy Comley Beattie | The Insecurity of Immorality
"The betrayal of our troops by the Bush administration is immoral. The betrayal of each of us by a president who talks tough on issues of security but who has done little more than nothing to enforce protection and, instead, invaded a country with no WMD and no ties to al-Qaeda is immoral. Bush's colossal lie and mantra that "Iraq is the central front in the war on terra" is immoral," writes Missy Comley Beattie.

John Dear | Gandhi's 100th Anniversary
John Dear writes: "While many commemorated the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, we also celebrated the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's satyagraha campaign in South Africa. It began with Gandhi's speech to a crowd, a speech that inspired some 3,000 oppressed Indians to profess a vow of nonviolence to resist racist laws: 'The government has taken leave of all sense of decency,' Gandhi said."

Ford Slashes 10,000 More Jobs, 2 Plants
Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it plans to cut 10,000 more salaried jobs, offer buyouts to all of its US hourly workers and shut down two more plants as it expands its restructuring plan designed to rein in expenses and restore the struggling automaker to profitability.

House Backs 700 Mile Fence Along Border With Mexico
The US House of Representatives on Thursday authorized building a fence along portions of the border with Mexico. The Republican-written bill, approved on a vote of 283-138, calls for construction of a fence about 700 miles long, along the 2,000-mile border. Democratic opponents said the measure was a charade designed to help Republicans ahead of the November 7 elections.

Poisons at Large
While the US lags behind the rest of the world in its failure to ratify two key international treaties regulating the production of persistent organic pollutants and export of toxic waste, global poison traffickers break existing laws - and people die.

VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: This Hole in the Ground
Keith Olbermann: "How dare you, Mr. President, after taking cynical advantage of the unanimity and love, and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death, after monstrously transforming it into fear and suspicion and turning that fear into the campaign slogan of three elections? How dare you - or those around you - ever 'spin' 9/11? Just as the terrorists have succeeded - are still succeeding - as long as there is no memorial and no construction here at Ground Zero. So, too, have they succeeded, and are still succeeding as long as this government uses 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans."

VIDEO | Veterans, Military Families Launch Camp Democracy
A Report by Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez
Veterans and military family members, many of whom came directly from Camp Casey, set up camp on the mall in Washington, DC. "Camp Democracy," a 17-day event, will focus not only on ending the war but also on righting injustices here at home and on holding the Bush administration and Congress accountable.

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