Jun
06

DOJ Refuses to Appear for Hearing: Will Conyers Ask DOJ to Compel Itself to Appear?

Tag: Impeachment

So, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on abuse of the "state secrets" privilege and asked someone from the Department of Justice to appear and testify. The DOJ told Conyers, not exactly in these words, to go Cheney himself. Now, given that a member of Congress would need a spine surgically implanted before taking the obvious step of sending the Capitol Police to pick up a witness, any witness, for example Jay Bybee, Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice, or the groping Judge from Texas who's being impeached (WHY oh WHY couldn't Cheney have groped somebody??), and given that every committee either blows off noncompliance or asks the DOJ to handle it or takes it to court, what are the chances of DOJ being compelled to comply with the "invitation" to talk about the practice of claiming "state secrets"? And what are the chances of the branch of government that craves absolute power voluntarily complying with the unwanted requests of the branch the craves subservience and humiliation? Let's face it: the Capitol Police exist only to lock up protesters, and the protesters are protesting a body with no power and no desire to fight for power.

Jun
05

Stop the War Supplemental

Tag: Peace and War

The House is about to vote on another supplemental spending bill for continued and escalated wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We're not accustomed to winning in our efforts to block war money, but the Democratic leadership has delayed the vote out of concern that we will.

Jun
04

A New Beginning: If Only

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo probably did a world of good. It was packed with truth telling and noble sentiments. But imagine how much more good would be done if all the best parts of it corresponded to reality.

If we treated people around the world with "respect," would we continue occupying their nations against their adamant desires? If we truly "seek no military bases" in Afghanistan, why are we building them on such massive scale? And why are we locking up hundreds of people there whom Obama hopes to keep outside the rule of law and never bring to trial (or at least he's fighting for that power in court and recently declared that he possessed it), people who will not all die any time soon?

Jun
04

Judge Declines to Show Up for His Own Impeachment

Tag: Impeachment

By David Swanson

A judge gropes and harasses his female employees, lies about it to investigators, is tried and convicted, and is on his way to prison. The U.S. House of Representatives springs into action, activating something none of us even knew existed during the entire eight-year hell of Cheney-Bush: the House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Judicial Impeachment. And what did Judge Groper do on Wednesday? He chose not to show up, as requested by Congress, for his own impeachment hearing.

Jun
03

Baucus Tells Single-Payer Advocates No

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

Senator Max Baucus met Wednesday with advocates for single-payer healthcare, including Senator Bernie Sanders, and told them that he might drop criminal charges against 13 people arrested for speaking up in his hearings, but that he would not include any supporters of single-payer health coverage in any future hearings. According to one report, Baucus suggested that he'd been mistaken to exclude single-payer but asserted that the process of creating healthcare reform legislation was too far along now to correct that omission.

Jun
03

America's Future Moves Forward

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

Every year in Washington, D.C., the Campaign for America's Future (CAF) convenes the largest conference of activists positioned anywhere to the left of wherever the center has drifted off to. Labor and community groups and civil rights groups play a big role, most of them strictly loyal to the Democratic Party. The focus is on domestic issues, and the approach is an inside strategy of nudging and honoring those in power. You can sense my cynicism, and yet this year I was very pleasantly surprised.

Jun
02

America's Future Now Day 2

Tag: Civil Rights

I'm blogging Day 2 of the America's Future Now conference here.

Jun
02

Dick Cheney, Jerrold Nadler, and David Swanson

Tag: Impeachment

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Jun
01

America's Future Now?

Tag: Political Ideas

I'm blogging the America's Future Now conference here.

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