Thanks to Claire Wolfe

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. 

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Bush on Spying: Fool or Liar?

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 […]

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Did Bush Personally Choose Torture Methods?

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 […]

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Elective Dictatorship & Lese Majeste

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 […]

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Donlan’s Courageous Barron’s Editorial on Impeachment

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 […]

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“Strength

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 […]

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How Federal Screwups Entitled Bush to Absolute Power

In his radio address last week, Bush justified warrantless wiretaps  by invoking the case of two 9/11 hijackers whom the feds failed to trace before the attacks. Bush declared, ” Two of the terrorist hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon, Nawaf al Hamzi and Khalid al Mihdhar, communicated while they were in the […]

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