This Can't Be Happening
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A Tiny Revolution
William Blum/Killing Hope
The Distant Ocean
Welcome to the Sideshow
Mark Crispin Miller
Crooks and Liars
Black Agenda Report
The Raw Story
Iraq Vets Against the War
Blues and Dreams
Bright Terrible Spirit
Thus, the dererrence to future presidents who follow the Bush-Cheney tradition of violating all laws and checks on power will be the knowledge that during the administration following Bush-Cheney some bills were passed criminalizing what had always been criminal activity.
For many ersatz and about-to-be-erstwhile Nobama supporters, the power certainly has not been reality. Not without substantial encouragement, progressives slid happily into the glittering swamp of vagueness with nothing to propel them but hope, and conjured up, variously, a Gandhi, a JFK, a Blessed Savior, a Renaissance Black Man, Jack Johnson with a halo.
Now an International Criminal Court prosecutor wants to bring charges against Sudanâ€™s president, Omar al-Bashir, for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
What confidence can we have in a regime that is incapable of differentiating an Assistant US Attorney General from a terrorist?
Let's consider the Hunt Oil story in a little more detail, since it offers a striking example of the larger problem.
"We cannot allow this extremely painful situation for these five Cubans and their families to drag on," says letter sent to U.S. Attorney General.
"Pure propaganda," said the usual media and blogosphere sycophants. "It's always 'a wedding' being hit, the same old story."
Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, promptly denounced the White House legal reasoning as â€œludicrous,â€ noting that executive privilege covers advice that an aide gives the President, not responses to legal questions posed by a prosecutor about a possible crime.