The Fraud that is Liz Cheney

There is little to be surprised about when it comes to the Cheney clique. I always can predict the garbage that will come out of the mouths of Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, Frank Gaffney, Ron Christie, Mary Matalin, David Rivkin, and others associated with the disgraced former Vice President. These tools are entirely without compunction when they distort the public record and pitch to our base fear instincts as a way to maintain some pseudo moral high ground.These people are not the center of my ire. They are liars. Their credibility is zero to none. There is almost nothing Dick Cheney says that isn’t parroted by his draft deferment daughter, Liz Cheney. I don’t expect her to change her tune. This isn’t going to be an examination of how Liz Cheney is wrong because the facts do that well all by themselves. No, my comment is entirely focused at CNN and ABC News for giving this blathering fool the space to talk in the first place.THIS WEEK with George Stephanopolis has been quick to invite Liz Cheney to sit on their panel along side veteran reporters or politicians and give her equal voice as if she’s got something, equal, to say just because the nepotism that placed her in the State Department is its own endorsement of her credibility on security and foreign affairs.CNN occasionally honors the Cheney the younger to stand up for her cowardly lying father by placing her up against James Carville. The combination never changes much. I remember her “debating” James Zobgy who looked at her as if she were nuts. (I mean how do you feel good about debating an zombie wingnut?)Liz Cheney has launched “KeepAmericaSafe.com” as a bully pulpit on America’s “War on Terror”. Then this ‘organization’ is used to prop up the validity of Liz Cheney as a spokesperson. This is just like Judith Miller publishing an article in the NYTimes handed to her by Dick Cheney’s tool only to have Cheney do a call back for credibility. Might work on the ill-informed, but it insults my intelligence. The truth is, you can start a dot com by purchasing a name for about $10. If you seek to add privacy, you can do that for about $10. You can then get cheap hosting with few frills (won’t need them for this effort) for $10 or so….What’s our total? $30? Lets say, you go with deluxe sign up, $25 to $100. We total that up for a year’s expense…$20 for domain and privacy, $120-$1200 for hosting (high end of $100 is unjustified so the real total is $120-$200).To get the layout, either pay lots of money or hire a zealot.In many years of activism, I’ve never found it hard to give or get free labor for a cause we believe in. Not everyone will do all things, but they will likely contribute freely to a poster painting, web development, or publication. Some of the ideologues love to write copy so they can propagate their ideas of perfection to everyone. The Cheney clan is made up of almost nothing BUT ideologues and zealots so it shouldn’t be hard to do this.If they are paying anyone beyond this, for what we’ve seen so far, then where is that money being spent?If they are paying staff, who is the staff, what are they paying for?Is this a 501(c)3 style organization or just another “think tank” sans office?Truth is:This is another canard.This is another Weapon of Mass Distraction. No Traction, All Dis.Nobody should say Liz Cheney can’t have an opinion. But her opinion isn’t there because she earned a right to the table. In the game of princes and pawns, Liz got access solely because her cowardly father won’t answer to his messages. His rantings are unchecked. He never faced a national referendum on his insanity. His continued cowardice is in the form of a ignorant Sourcrat who is now welcome to the Sunday talk show tables.Yes, FoxNews has brought Liz Cheney on, but who cares. Fox News has no credibility for these matters as far as I’m concerned.But ABC and CNN are really dragging bottom in continuing to allow this tool to talk at the table.

Eric Holder announces KSM to go on trial

Italian Court convicts CIA agents for their role in rendition of cleric

As of today, there are 23 agents who are international fugitives after an Italian court ruled in the abduction of a cleric in Milan.

NYTimes Article:An Italian judge sentenced 23 Americans to up to eight years in prison on Wednesday for the abduction of a Muslim cleric, in a symbolic condemnation of the CIA “rendition” flights used by the former U.S. government.

Updates coming as they roll out…

FBI Interview with Dick Cheney- Thank you C.R.E.W. and Melanie Sloan

First, here are the documents that have been released by the FBI detailing the interview with Dick Cheney:Cheney Interview TranscriptFBI Outline NotesFBI Interview NotesBIG THANKS: To Melanie Sloan and the hard workers at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) for their tireless effort to keep accountability and access a priority. Without their effort much of what we know would be hidden and our work would be infinitely harder. We thank you CREW.There are few aspects of the Cheney story as well as I know the CIA leak case. At first this case eluded my attention because I was more focused on the Iraq war, the lies that led to them and who was in a position of the most gain from this catastrophic historical decision. I remember early on that many in the media were more focused on Karl Rove than Dick Cheney. Names like I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby were unknown to the general population, but Karl Rove..was a known turd. Blossoming from there we learned more about how reporters gain access to the powers of our government and are subsequently or consequently used by those powers to feed the media cycle specific memes and directions for the general masses to chomp on while the oligarchic powers enjoy playing out their various ideologies on the world stage.Take for example the story of Judith Miller who was used to foster the case to go to war on Iraq. She’d publish what the White House would say, then the White House would refer back to their interview with her and say, “see..the New York Times said”…It is ironic that she would also become the face of the oppressed “journalist” by being thrown in jail to force her to testify. Dick Cheney used her via Scooter Libby to manipulate the public into views that the raw facts might not have yielded. Could we have seen a war with Iraq if the New York Times was publishing articles that remained in doubt about WMD? The NYTimes relation to the same Dick Cheney who blasted the NYT for leaks about wiretaps and other programs is something that journalists should study as fundamental ethics for the next 10,000 years. He hated them?There were several meetings between Judith Miller and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby regarding the Joe Wilson article and clearly Libby met with her 3 times in the days after Wilson’s op-ed, “What I didn’t find in Africa“, published. All of these were intended to foster a story, false at the root, about the case for Iraq. The story that follows is one of the biggest betrayals of national trust in modern times. We will not understand many of its consequences for many generations, I assume.We should still ask the questions about the motivation to invade Iraq. The CIA leak case is only one of its aspects but we can learn much about manipulation and lies through this case because it became such a public spectacle. We are going to be representing the case in detail soon on this website complete with documents and archival news coverage. During this, I ask that you consider whether it is at all possible that Dick Cheney could forget the key details that he tells the FBI he “cannot recall”. I ask that you consider whether a person so intent on pushing a nation to war by toying with the reporters’ drive for a scoop can so easily forget how he was Right In The Middle Of The Action?Dick Cheney is a bald face liar about the CIA leak. I’m not going to make bones about it. He lied to the FBI. His case for forgetting was a legalistic avoidance tactic that doesn’t even fool idiot gumshoes on TV.  Because he was not under oath doesn’t mean he didn’t lie or mislead without consequence. But we’ll consider the consequences after we represent the evidence.Coming next, we’ll go back to the sworn testimony and evidence presented in the United States v Libby case and see if Dick Cheney’s memory can be restored.

Spanish Judge continues investigation into Cheney admin torture

Andy Worthington has a good new article on Judge Baltasar Garzon’s investigation of John Yoo, Alberto Gonzales, Donald Rumsfeld and others who set up the U.S. Guantanamo interrogations. Read Article The investigation is being defined within the “universal jurisdiction” and whether a judge in Spain has the authority to investigate foreign leaders. Before this notion cements it is key to note that the United States policy abroad clearly demonstrates that the policy has been for universal jurisdiction so long as it is in the interest of the United States. When justice calls for toppling, trying, or even executing foreign leaders, the United States has been involved in all aspects. There seems little room for credibility to anyone criticizing Garzon for this endeavor.If Eric Holder were to avoid prosecution despite evidence then the United States would be in violation of its treaties to investigate war crimes. If the accused are found innocent before a jury, then the jury has spoken. But don’t let the elephant in the room, the screaming lobby of people who call investigations politically motivated or somehow illegitimate, go unnoticed. These people who do so are almost 100% on record as favoring universal jurisdiction by their advocacy of toppling Saddam Hussein for what they didn’t approve of. He had never attacked the United States but he was a bad guy and that was enough for this same gaggle to launch a war. They would topple Iran using the same universal jurisdiction.There may be no end to the shame the obstructionists of justice would subject this country to in order to prevent accountability by U.S. officials. There can be no moral high ground when U.S. officials or citizens commit crimes and face no prosecution. Nor is there justice when low level tools of these programs (torture, wiretapping, etc) get used and discarded to prevent culpability of the crafters and executors of such programs. When you have too many bad apples you need to investigate the tree.

Cheney gets his wish, sorta

http://www.cheneywatch.org/documents/torture/cia-ksm-docs08242009.pdfThe documents Cheney requested are now released, redacted of course, and they do little to foster his view. Reading over the reports above, its clear to see that normal interrogation techniques were clearly productive. There is no portion of these reports, unredacted portions, that defend Cheney’s views on torture as necessary and fruitful.If you see anything in these that demonstrates this, we’d love to know. Its a busy news day.

CIA Inspector Report released

http://www.cheneywatch.org/documents/torture/cia_oig_report.pdfHere is the long awaited report. Many new details have been released. We are reading the document and will elaborate the details here. And we will publish the news coverage related to this story. Stay tuned….

Documents By Chronology:

Documents By Chronology:The attacks on September 11, 2001 were the catalyst for the “war on terror”– and for a legal revolution in assertions of broad powers for the Commander-in-Chief. In this chronological library of 34 documents, it is possible to chart the decision-making that led to interrogations of prisoners in U.S. custody that were “at a minimum, cruel and inhuman treatment and, at worst, torture,” in the words of the former general counsel of the United States Navy, Alberto Mora.

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Get Active!

Let your voice be heard.  Write:Whitehouse: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/U.S. Senate: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfmU.S. House of Representatives: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtmlU.S. Department of Justice:  http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/ American Civil Liberties Union:  http://www.aclu.org/Get involved:   http://www.aclu.org/safefree/torture/index.htmlSubmit evidence of torture: http://www.aclu.org/accountability/action.html Petitions against torture: http://www.democrats.com/iraq-torture-petition Donate:ACLU:  http://action.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FJ_donationhomeInfo and activism: www.IndictBushNow.org

SCOTUS hates accountability regarding CIA Leak Case

Today we learn that the Supreme Court of the United States will not hear the appeal filed by Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson in their case against Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, Richard Armitage, and others. The decision marks yet another example of the unaccountable government you live under in the United States. The illusion of “checks and balances” is gone. The President can do no wrong, this is the tacit approval of the SCOTUS decision.

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The Tyranny of YouTube

Well friends we have enjoyed many months of service at YouTube under our ‘youtube.com/cheneywatch’ address. This afternoon we had the account suspended for posting the latest JibJab video that was aired at the Radio and Television Correspondence Dinner last Friday night, June 19th. Barack Obama spoke right after and was then followed by John Hodgman. We posted the video because it was in context of the evenings events, all of which was aired on the cable news networks during the broadcast. While we understand that JibJab seeks to protect its rights, the lack of appeal, the lack of ability to respond with respect to a removal request, and the blatant work by YouTube to avoid being contacted leaves us to ask…Why Use YouTube?

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Whitehouse Condemns Nation’s”Descent into Torture”During Bush Years

Sheldon Whitehouse laid the truth on the Senate floor the other night:

Full text from Sen. Whitehouse site at Senate.gov

June 9, 2009

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I wish to now change the subject and speak about an incident that is not part of anybody’s proud heritage and that is the evidence we have recently heard about America’s descent into torture. I know it is an awkward subject to talk about, an awkward subject to think about. On the one hand, we, as Americans, love our country, we hate the violence that has been done to us, and we want more than anything to protect our people from attacks. On the other hand, torture is wrong and we have known it and behaved accordingly in far worse circumstances than now.

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Remarks of US Senator Carl Levin at the Foreign Policy Association

Thank you, Tim, for that introduction, and my thanks to the Foreign Policy Association for inviting me to be here tonight. It is an honor to speak to the members of an organization who have added so much to our nation’s foreign policy debate over the years.With Video

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The Truth About Richard Bruce Cheney

(Thanks to our friends’ site: NoQuarterUSA.net for heads up on this.  Thank you to Steve Clemons for allowing us reprint the full text with Col. Wilkerson’s and Steve Clemons’ express permission from The Washington Note.)This is a guest post exclusive to The Washington Note by Col. Lawrence B. Wilkerson, who is former chief of staff of the Department of State during the term of Secretary of State Colin Powell. Lawrence Wilkerson is also Pamela Harriman Visiting Professor at the College of William & Mary.Last night I was on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC at the top of the hour. But before I came on, through the earpiece I listened to the five minutes that Rachel sketched as a lead-in. Most of it was videotape from the last few days of former Vice President Dick Cheney extolling the virtues of harsh interrogation, torture, and his leadership. I had heard some of it earlier of course but not all of it and not in such a tightly-packed package.

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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity memo to Obama

From NoQuarterUSA.netMEMORANDUM FOR: The PresidentFROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)SUBJECT: TortureThis memorandum is VIPS’ first attempt to inform you on a major intelligence issue, as we did your predecessor; thus, some background might be helpful. Five former CIA officers established Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) in January 2003, when we saw our profession being corrupted to justify an attack on Iraq. Since then, our numbers have grown to 70 intelligence professionals, mostly retired, who have served in virtually all U.S. civilian and military intelligence agencies.In our first Memorandum for the President (George W. Bush), dated February 5, 2003, we provided a same-day commentary on Colin Powell’s U.N. speech. We warned the president that “an invasion of Iraq would ensure overflowing recruitment centers for terrorists into the indefinite future [and that] far from eliminating the [terrorist] threat, it would enhance it exponentially.”

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Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon continues inquiry

Reuters is reporting that Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon is going to continue with investigation of the Cheney/Bush Administration officials involved with torture at Guantanamo. Earlier in the day, the Spanish Attorney General moved to dismiss the charges.This is on the heels of the Obama Administration’s grand failure to keep the promise of accountability and his legal obligations to investigate crimes. He’s placed political expediency above the law again. Eric Holder announced that the administration would not seek to charge CIA officers who engaged in the “enhanced torture techniques” so long as they were doing so in “good faith” to the legal opinions rendered by the OSC.Can you imagine how defense lawyers can utilize this sort of formula now for their rape and murder cases? If they can just find various areas where “moving forward” is more valuable than “dwelling on the past” they’ll be able to get any of their defendants off. Further, they could always go for an equal protection claim that shows their client received a greater sentence than Officers who tortured and killed detainees.Let us not forget we have accusations of deaths in custody including the accusation of murder committed at Bagram Air Base.Did the United States ever really have integrity? Was it an illusion to begin with? Or is this just an aberration and an anomaly the US character?

Secret Torture Memos released

Secret Torture Memos have been released by the Obama Administration. These memos show the administration did willfully violate U.S. law and international laws and treaties by seeking to give legal cover for interrogation techniques that clearly cross the line into illegal treatment of detainees.Here are the memos by Jay Bybee and Steven G. BradburyMemo OneMemo TwoMemo ThreeMemo FourThe repeated calling of detainees as “terrorists” does not finalize their legal path. They have not been adjudicated and thus are simply suspects. Torturing suspects is a violation of our fundamental standards of law.Now the Obama Administration is telling the CIA that they will not be prosecuting the officers who were “just following orders”. Apparently Obama’s constitutional law background doesn’t understand this change in legal standards. From now on, anyone who is given an illegal order can simply hope to have a memo stating it was legal.This muddying of the legal waters isn’t only a US problem. The Spanish chief prosecutor has said he would not recommend proceeding with prosecution of US officials. The nature of the investigation isn’t in the hands of the prosecutor but the judge and it will be a couple more days before we hear what he will recommend. Stay tuned…

Red Cross report now available – Danner on Maddow

Mark Danner appeared on Rachel Maddow to discuss the now released report from the International Red Cross Available hereDanner’s journalism is top notch. Thanks Mark.

Larry Wilkerson on Rachel Maddow covering the Cheney Administration

Larry Wilkerson appeared on Rachel Maddow with amazing insight to the Bush/Cheney administration:

Mark Danner’s appearance on Washington Journal

Mark Danner appeared on Washington Journal. Unfortunately I didn’t know until he was about half way through. He’s a solid reporter and knows his beat.But one of the key sections was responding to a caller who rattled off the pablum of the Bush apologists regarding the Geneva Conventions.Here’s Mark Danner’s recent articleand

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Will Canada arrest George Bush when he visits today?

Will Canada arrest George Bush when he visits Calgary today?Canada has laws regarding people suspected of war crimes visiting their country.Stay tuned to see if they’ll act on them with war criminal suspect George W Bush.

Ari Fleischer prolongs Cheney Bush lies about war

Former White House spokesmodel Ari Fleischer has continued his duty as lying mouthpiece for the Cheney Bush administration’s campaign to launch war on Iraq. Fleischer has been making the rounds to revise history and spit shine the turd legacy of the Cheney Bush administration.But this week he visited Chris Matthews and tried to pull this on someone who pays attention. Now frankly, Matthews is often too close to these topics to keep his eye on the ball, but he did do a great job of keeping the truth up while Fleischer tried to conflate evidence to provide a final outcome that is utterly horseshit.Now when he visited the D.L. Hugley show he found someone who is more comedian that reporter or political wonk, and Hughley let him go with little question. But Matthews didn’t do so. Then today Matthews noticed the final statement that Fleischer made that Saddam Hussein wouldn’t hit the U.S. “again”. This implied Saddam was involved in 9/11 which he wasn’t.Question:Should Fleischer be tried for his part in spreading these lies?

Shoe Throwing Journalist gets 3 year prison sentence

alzaidi The Iraqi journalist who fired away 2 shoe shots at disgraced former president George W Bush has been sentenced to 3 years in Iraqi prison. Muntadar al-Zaidi has become a folk hero for his actions which clearly tell us what many think of the Cheney Bush war on their country. So much for “greeted as liberators” and the parades of hope and freedom promised by Herr Cheney. al-Zaidi has filed an appeal.

Al-Zaidi yelled, “Long live Iraq!” as the sentenced was announced.We’ll keep you posted.

Seymour Hersh: The Bush Administration ran”Executive Assassination Ring”

Seymour Hersh is reporting that the Cheney Bush Administration were operating an “Executive Assassination Ring” under the “Joint Special Operations Command” which reported directly to the White House. Hersh is planning on writing an article on the revelation and spoke of it Tuesday night at the University of Minnesota.Hersh: Bush Admin Ran “Executive Assassination Ring”Mr. Hersh claims the operation involved sending agents to countries and executing suspects on a “target list”We’ll follow this story and keep you posted.

Follow Up With Your Local D.A. Now That They Have The Bugliosi Book On Prosecuting Dick&W

From http://www.peaceteam.net

From We want you to know that we are gearing up for actions on many critical and substantive issues, health care, mass media issues, real food safety and more, and we will have much more on all these soon.However, this week there is a special priority. We told you that another activist group was sending copies of the Vince Bugliosi Book, “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder” to each and every local county district attorney in the country, nearly 3,000 books in the mail which were due to arrive at their destinations on or about Feb. 21, so they should be there by now.

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Truth and Consequences hearing

On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, Patrick Leahy convened a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the creation of a “Truth and Consequences Commission” to hear the abuses and remedies of the George Bush and Dick Cheney administration. Joining this panel were Thomas Pickering, Ret. Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, John Farmer, F.A.O. Schwarz, David Rivkin and Jeremy Rabkin.

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Karl Rove Deposition Still On for Monday, Feb. 23

A staff member for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said today that the deposition hearing scheduled for Monday, Feb. 23, for Karl Rove, the infamous former political adviser to President George W. Bush, is still on at this point. The Obama administration had sought a two week delay to weigh in on whether former Bush White House officials must testify before Congress about the politics involved in the firing of at least nine U.S. attorneys across the country, as well as the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. For more, including the details of an investigative reporter’s allegations of a cover-up by the Obama White House in seeking a delay, read the full story in the progressive Locust Fork News-Journal run by investigative reporter and former New York Times free-lancer Glynn Wilson. Permalink: Karl Rove Deposition Still On for Monday(source: http://www.democrats.com/rove-deposition-due-monday )

Majority of Americans believe Cheney and Bush must face investigation

While the Obama administration keeps talking about ‘looking forward’ and not ‘looking back’, a vast majority of Americans support investigation, including criminal investigation, for Dick Cheney and George Bush.A new Gallop Poll shows a majority of Americans want to have an investigation into the wrong doings of the Bush administration, with more showing interest based on the politicization of the Justice Department followed by wiretaps without warrant, then torture. And while the Gallop poll interprets this as no mandate, of those who want an investigation into the politicization of the justice department (71%), 57% of them want a criminal investigation, For torture and wiretaps 63%, of those who support any investigation 60% want criminal investigation.

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The Case for Prosecution of Dick Cheney, George Bush and Co.

There is rarely joy to be found in prosecution. This process of holding someone accountable is loaded with frustration from the get go. But without holding people accountable for their actions, we might as well scrap any pretense of justice or rule of law.In the past 8 years we have seen violations of the fundamental standards of American values, whether they were ever real or simply imagined. In the name of national defense the administration and their enablers in the Congress eroded the fundamental constitutional standards that define this democratic experiment. The Bush Administration lobbied to go to war on a country that had never attacked the U.S., authorized torture of detainees, allowed extraordinary rendition of suspects, wasted billions of dollars to hide its crimes and mistakes, wiretapped citizens, journalists, soldiers calling their families, non-profits, politicized the Department of Justice, outed a CIA officer and her colleagues operations, threatened countries who didn’t run lock-step, and continuously lied about these actions when directly asked to own up to them.

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