Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Bush to Kill War Crimes Act

Bush officials have not acknowledged that one of their real motives for gutting the War Crimes Act is to protect themselves from being prosecuted for their own crimes. Bush again using his position of power to protect his closest friends.

The Bush Administration's legislation would remove the prohibition on "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment."

Gutting the War Crimes Act would also leave the military "bad apples" at the bottom subject to prosecution but would let the civilian "bad apples" at the top evade all responsibility.

As a letter signed by sixteen members of Congress recently said, such legislation "would harm the reputation of the United States as a leader promoting and protecting human rights." What would be more deserving of scorn than a country that lets potential war-crime defendants repeal the very law under which they might be prosecuted? Read the full article at The Nation

How can we stop changes from being made to the War Crimes Act? Take Action

Al Qaeda's ‘No. 2’ in Iraq Arrested 2 Months Ago

The arrest of al-Qaida's 'number 2' in Iraq actually took place in June 19, and not a few days ago as originally announced. Now we should question the actual impact the capture will have on the group, which doesn’t appear to have lost any of its capabilities since June, when it also lost its leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

So very interesting. What else happened in the past, but we still don't know?

Full Article at Yahoo! News

Europeans See U.S. as Threat to Global Stability

europeAdults in five European nations express reservations about the role of the U.S. in world affairs, according to a poll by Harris Interactive published in the Financial Times.

30% of respondents believe the U.S. is the greatest threat to global stability. Iran is second on the list with 23%, followed by China with 15%, Iraq with 14%, North Korea with 8%, and Russia with 2%.

In Spain, 44% of respondents place the U.S. as the main perceived threat. 36 per cent of respondents in Britain—and 28 per cent of respondents in France—feel the same way. In Italy, Iran was the first country on the list with 31%. The U.S. and Iran are tied with 24 per cent in Germany’s sample. Via Angus Reid

In Britain alone, 36% said America is the biggest threat to global stability. HELLO?! Shouldn't this be some sort of clue to the Bush Administration? Then there is how the majority of the U.S. feels about the loss of American lives in Iraq.

Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher is a completely necessary and hilarious show that airs on HBO every Friday at 11pm/10c. You can also get the podcasts and listen to previous episodes. He also adds "New Rules" which are quite funny, like this one - New Rule: Stop whining about the French. It takes a lot of guts to stand up to the Bush administration and that's more than I can say about the Democrats!

Watch this intro skit (The New NSAT&TBC) poking from "Real Time with Bill Maher":


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5 Yrs. after 9/11, Dramatic Partisan Split

A 58% majority of the U.S. says the Iraq War has not been worth the loss of American lives, while 36% say it has. Also, 65% of Republicans think, wrongly, that there was a connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks. Zogby Poll Via AMERICAblog