The Wall Street Journal reported today that superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, who copped a guilty plea yesterday, “says he has information that could implicate 60 lawmakers.” This is the best news that the moribund prison building industry has had in years. If 60 lawmakers go down in the Abramoff scandal, this could mean that the U.S. […]
Claire Wolfe had some very kind words for Attention Deficit Democracy on her blog this morning. I appreciate her also posting my favorite epigrams from the book. Claire does some of the best hell-raising on the web. The last I heard, her FBI file was almost as large as Charlie Chaplin’s.
Bush took a swing at critics of his warrantless wiretaps yesterday. Speaking after visiting wounded soldiers in San Antonio, he declared, “”The NSA program is one that listens to a few numbers called from the outside of the United States of known al-Qaida or affiliated people.” Except that the program also listens to calls from […]
The Washington Post has another excellent piece today on how the Bush administration exempted the CIA from the Rule of Law after 9/11. Bush issued edicts permitting the CIA “to maintain secret prisons abroad” and “to use interrogation methods that some lawyers say violate international treaties,” among other new powers. John Radsan, assistant general counsel […]
The Bush administration is throwing a snit fit because a formerly submissive federal appeals court is not allowing it to change the rules of the game one more time on the Jose Padilla case. Bush’s Justice Department angrily protested to a federal appeals court this week that “there is no basis for questioning the good […]
Tom Donlan, editorial page editor of Barron’s, has an excellent editorial on Bush’s illegal wiretaps: “Administration lawyers and the president himself have tortured the Constitution and extracted a suspension of the separation of powers.” “Putting the president above the Congress is an invitation to tyranny. The president has no powers except those specified in the […]
The creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — a vast amalgamation of 22 agencies and 170,000 government workers – has been one of President Bush’s biggest bragging points. The Washington Post published the first of a series today on how DHS has been a pathetic farce since the day it was created. In […]