t r u t h o u t | 11.08
BREAKING | Bush Announces Rumsfeld Resignation
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t r u t h o u t | 11.08

BREAKING | Bush Announces Rumsfeld Resignation
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, architect of an unpopular war in Iraq, is resigning after six stormy years at the Pentagon.

BREAKING | Testor Wins Montana, One to Go
Tester's win gives Democrats at least half the US Senate, but the party still needs a victory in a tight Virginia race to gain control.

Robert Parry | American Voters Just Say No
Robert Parry writes, "By a surprisingly decisive margin, American voters rejected George W. Bush's designs for transforming the United States into a one-party government run by an all-powerful executive waging endless war abroad and throttling Constitutional liberties at home."

Dean Baker | Pushing a Progressive Agenda for the Democrats
Dean Baker writes: "The Democrats have scored an important electoral gain for the first time in 14 years. It is now incumbent on progressives to ensure that this victory is not squandered. In addition to maintaining pressure for a hasty withdrawal from Iraq, there is a long list of economic items that we should be pushing the Democrats to support. At the top of the list must be the demand to carry through on one of the Democrats' key campaign promises: reforming the Medicare prescription drug benefit."

Norman Solomon | Saddam's Unindicted Co-Conspirator: Donald Rumsfeld
Norman Solomon writes, "Saddam Hussein has received a death sentence for crimes he committed more than a year before Donald Rumsfeld shook his hand in Baghdad."

Democrats Make Gains as President Suffers Backlash
Democrats took a clear advantage in early results from America's bitterly contested Congressional midterm elections, gaining two Senate seats and making strides in the House of Representatives, where the Bush White House was last night braced for a loss of the 12-year-old Republican majority.

The New York Times | Post-Election Job Number One
The New York Times editorial staff write: "Whatever this election accomplished, it did nothing to end the rancor and distrust that define current American politics. Yet, as the campaign went on (and on) there was one issue on which people from both parties appeared to be finding common ground: Donald Rumsfeld has to go."

Democrats Oust GOP in Governing Six States
Democrats won open governor's seats in five states Tuesday and knocked off the Republican incumbent in Maryland, tilting control of the majority of governorships to Democrats for the first time since the 1990s.

Iraq Charges 57 Police With Torture
Sectarian violence persisted in Iraq despite a move by the Interior Ministry to charge 57 members of the Shiite-dominated Iraqi police force, including a general, in the alleged torture of hundreds of detainees at a prison in east Baghdad.

South Dakotans Reject Tough Abortion Ban
South Dakotans rejected a toughest-in-the-nation law that would have banned virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest - defeating one of the most high-profile state measures facing voters Tuesday.

VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: Where Are the Checks, Balances?
"Bush has been 'making it up' for too long, and the people have let him," says Keith Olbermann. "And whatever your motives of the moment, we the people have, in true good faith and with the genuine patriotism of self-sacrifice (of which you have shown you know nothing), we have let you go on making it up as you went along. Unchecked and unbalanced."

VIDEO | History in the Making in Tennessee
A Report by Sari Gelzer and Scott Galindez
When voters go to the polls in Tennessee, they will have the option to elect the first African-American senator in the South since reconstruction. We spent time in Memphis, where we discussed the election with local civil-rights leaders. We also looked into preparations for protecting voters' rights in Tennessee.

VIDEO | TO Election Report: On the Ground in Missouri
A Report by Sari Gelzer and Scott Galindez
With one day to go in a race that could decide the balance of power in the Senate, voters in St. Louis, Missouri, as in the rest of the country, are concerned about the war in Iraq, but the issue that is dominating the debate is stem cell research.

Sen. Stevens is 'the secret senator'

Robert Gates - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Biography, Dr. Robert M. Gates, President, Texas A&M University," Texas A&M University. (2003); Center for the Study of Intelligence. "Robert Michael Gates ...

Involvement in the Iran-Contra Scandal

Owing to his senior status in the CIA, Gates was close to many figures who played significant roles in the Iran/contra affair and was in a position to have known of their activities. The evidence developed by Independent Counsel did not warrant indictment of Gates for his Iran/contra activities or his responses to official inquiries.

Gates was an early subject of Independent Counsel's investigation, but the investigation of Gates intensified in the spring of 1991 as part of a larger inquiry into the Iran/contra activities of CIA officials. This investigation received an additional impetus in May 1991, when President Bush nominated Gates to be director of central intelligence (DCI). The chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) requested in a letter to the Independent Counsel on May 15, 1991, any information that would “significantly bear on the fitness” of Gates for the CIA post.

Gates consistently testified that he first heard on October 1, 1986, from the national intelligence officer who was closest to the Iran initiative, Charles E. Allen, that proceeds from the Iran arms sales may have been diverted to support the contras. Other evidence proves, however, that Gates received a report on the diversion during the summer of 1986 from DDI Richard Kerr.[1] The issue was whether Independent Counsel could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Gates was deliberately not telling the truth when he later claimed not to have remembered any reference to the diversion before meeting with Allen in October.

Grand Jury secrecy rules hampered Independent Counsel's response. Nevertheless, in order to answer questions about Gates' prior testimony, Independent Counsel accelerated his investigation of Gates in the summer of 1991. This investigation was substantially completed by September 3, 1991, at which time Independent Counsel determined that Gates' Iran/contra activities and testimony did not warrant prosecution.

Independent Counsel made this decision subject to developments that could have warranted reopening his inquiry, including testimony by Clair E. George, the CIA's former deputy director for operations. At the time Independent Counsel reached this decision, the possibility remained that George could have provided information warranting reconsideration of Gates's status in the investigation. George refused to cooperate with Independent Counsel and was indicted on September 19, 1991. George subpoenaed Gates to testify as a defense witness at George's first trial in the summer of 1992, but Gates was never called.


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