Saturday :: May 23, 2009

Some Readings for Today


by eriposte

Max Blumenthal who is one of the best independent blogger-journalists on the web today, recently wrote at The Daily Beast about his recent experience in Ni' lin the West Bank - "How I Got Gassed in the West Bank". Do take a few minutes to check out his disturbing report - he also has exclusive videos showing what happened. Max's work is always fascinating because he usually includes video interviews in his examination of issues. Some of his previous work includes this piece "Pro-Guns, Anti-Obama" (where he went to a number of gun shows in the U.S. and documented - on video - some of the anti-Obama paranoia and conspiracy theories), Generation Chickenhawk: the Unauthorized College Republican Convention Tour (the topic of which is self-evident), and "CPAC 2007: The Unauthorized Documentary".

Peter Daou asks "Are Deaths From Terrorism Qualitatively/Morally Different?" at The Huffington Post, while cartoonist Matt Bors has a good take on Dick Cheney.

Egalia at Tennessee Guerilla Women focuses on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in "Sexist Rightwingers Attack Pelosi (Video)".

Glenn Greenwald continues his outstanding coverage of the Obama administration's terrible judgments on national security issues. His latest post is on the egregious "preventive detention" proposal, where he recalls this quote by President Obama's White House Counsel Greg Craig earlier this year:

"It’s possible but hard to imagine Barack Obama as the first President of the United States to introduce a preventive-detention law," Craig said. "Our presumption is that there is no need to create a whole new system. Our system is very capable."

Want some more depressing news? How about this post from CREW (via Corrente), the ethics watchdog that is representing Joe and Valerie Wilson:

CREW learned today that the Obama administration is opposing our request that the Supreme Court reconsider the dismissal of the lawsuit, Wilson v. Libby, et al. In that case, the district court had dismissed the claims of Joe and Valerie Wilson against former Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and Richard Armitage for their gross violations of the Wilsons’ constitutional rights.

Agreeing with the Bush administration, the Obama Justice Department argues the Wilsons have no legitimate grounds to sue. It is surprising that the first time the Obama administration has been required to take a public position on this matter, the administration is so closely aligning itself with the Bush administration’s views.

In fact, the Obama administration has gone one step further, suggesting Mr. Wilson failed to provide any evidence that Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rove or Mr. Libby harmed him. This is particularly ironic because the government had moved to have the case dismissed before the Wilsons had the opportunity to uncover the details of how Ms. Wilson’s covert identity was revealed.

Change I certainly don't believe in.

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