DID RIGHT-WING SHOCK JOCKS MOTIVATE KNOXVILLE KILLER?
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet
Hateful talk about one’s enemies undermining the nation leads to hateful acts in response.
RIGHT-WING PATHOLOGIES REVEALED AFTER ADKISSON SHOOTING AT UNITARIAN CHURCH
By John Dolan, AlterNet
When Free Republic forum posters learned that the gunman was from their own demographic, out came the conservative madness.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED II: THE CORPORATE MEDIA TRIES TO SELL US THAT WE’RE WINNING IN IRAQ
By Jurassicpork, Brilliant at Breakfast
So how have we beaten or won over the insurgency that we’d created by disbanding the Iraqi Army?
Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Report on al-Qa’ida Bombers, Bank Accounts, and Bleedout: al-Qa’ida’s Road in and Out of Iraq
July 22, 2008 (126 pages. PDF):
“The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (CTC) launched the Harmony Project in order to release and analyze documents from the Department of Defense’s classified Harmony Datbase. The Harmony Project unearths and releases documents that reveal the inner-functioning of al-Qa`ida, its associated movements, and other security threats. Harmony documents released by the CTC are always accompanied by an analytical report, but the primary purpose of this process is to make these primary sources available to other scholars. Rather than the final word, CTC Harmony reports should be considered an invitation to further scholarship.”
CBS’ Reid didn’t note that experts, including Energy Dept., have rebutted assertion that expanded offshore drilling “will bring prices down”
CBS’ Chip Reid stated, “[Sen. John] McCain says he now supports increased offshore drilling, as do 73 percent of Americans, because, he says, more oil supplies will bring prices down,” and went on to claim, “[Sen. Barack] Obama says offshore drilling harms the environment, and looks to the past, not the future.” But Reid provided no indication that Obama has directly rebutted the suggestion that “increased offshore oil drilling … will bring prices down” by pointing to the conclusion of “most experts, even within the Bush Administration,” that doing so would not affect gas prices for many years.
BP profits soar on record oil price
29 Jul 2008
Record crude prices and soaring natural gas prices helped BP on Tuesday to report a 28 per cent rise in second-quarter profits to $9.46bn (£4.74bn), from $7.37bn a year ago. Replacement cost profit, which excludes gains from the value of the company’s crude oil inventories, was up 6 per cent to $6.85bn for the quarter. It rose 23 per cent to $13.44bn for the second half.
From: CLG News
BP boss warns of more pain for consumers from oil prices –Mr Hayward unveiled another set of bumper profit figures as BP benefited from the soaring oil price.
29 Jul 2008
The chief executive of BP, Tony Hayward, has warned that the long term trend for oil and gas prices spells more pain for consumers. Earlier this year, Mr Hayward said that the era of cheap energy was over, at least for the medium term. Today he added: “Events are playing out even faster than any of us expected.”
From: CLG News
Perle Linked to Kurdish Oil Plan
29 Jul 2008
Influential former Pentagon official Richard Perle has been exploring going into the oil business in Iraq and Kazakhstan, according to people with knowledge of the matter and documents outlining possible deals. Mr. Perle, one of a group of security experts who began pushing the case for toppling Iraqi president Saddam Hussein about a decade ago, has been discussing a possible deal with officials of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan regional government, including its Washington envoy, according to these people and the documents.
From: CLG News
Iraq Oil Report – ‘U.S. State Dept investigates Iraqi oil contracts’
The State Department’s inspector general is investigating Iraqi oil contracts after four Democratic senators complained that department employees may have encouraged lucrative oil deals between Iraq and several Western companies, Christine Simmons writes for the AP.
Any backstage meddling would have violated Bush administration policy, which has been to discourage such deals until Baghdad passes a [...]
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Iraq Oil Report – ‘Neocon, Perle exploring Iraqi oil business’
Influential former Pentagon official Richard Perle has been exploring going into the oil business in Iraq and Kazakhstan, write Susan Schmidt and Glenn R. Simpson for The Wall Street Journal.
Perle, one of a group of security experts who began pushing the case for toppling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein about a decade ago, has been [...]
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National Security Archive Update, July 29, 2008 – Concludes Some Missing E-mail May Not Be Preserved on Back-Up Tapes
Magistrate Judge Affirms Recommendation that Court Order White House to Preserve E-mails on Workstations and Portable Media
Concludes Some Missing E-mail May Not Be Preserved on Back-Up Tapes
For more information contact:
Sheila L. Shadmand (Jones Day) – 202/879-3939
Meredith Fuchs – 202/994-7000
Washington, D.C., July 29, 2008 -
Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola of the U.S. District Court today denied a motion by the White House to reconsider his earlier recommendations and reaffirmed his recommendation that the court order the Executive Office of the President (EOP) to search individual workstations used between March 2003 and October 2005 and preserve any e-mails located on those workstations or on portable media used by EOP employees.
In finding that the White House must search and preserve e-mails saved on individual workstations, the magistrate judge’s report recognizes that some e-mails sent or received between March 1, 2003, and May 22, 2003, may not be preserved on existing back-up tapes. In making that finding, he rejected the EOP’s assertions that “substantially all” such e-mails have been saved on those tapes. The magistrate judge declined to order EOP to make forensic copies of workstations that may contain relevant e-mails, however, in light of the fact that the passage of time makes it unlikely that relevant data will still be recoverable from the “slack space” on the workstations.
Magistrate Judge Facciola also determined there was no need for expedited discovery at this juncture because the court’s inquiries already have revealed that “there likely are e-mails not currently being preserved on back-up tapes” and additional information has been made available through ongoing congressional inquiries.
“We are pleased that despite the White House’s plea for reconsideration, the Magistrate Judge stood his ground and recommended that the White House be ordered to locate and preserve emails that may be missing from backup tapes but were saved on individual workstations and portable media devices,” commented Sheila Shadmand, counsel for the Archive. “Each of the Judge’s recent rulings in our favor has brought us one step closer to ensuring that the documentary history of this Administration is not forever lost.”
The National Security Archive originally filed its case against the Executive Office of the President and the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and restore missing e-mail federal records in September 5, 2007. A subsequent lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has been consolidated with the Archive’s lawsuit.
Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today’s posting and a complete chronology of the White House e-mail case.
Study Finds Fewer Immigration Judges, Even Though DOJ Promised More
Monday, July 28, 2008
Greetings from TRAC. Despite a Justice Department promise to seek funds for a substantial increase in Immigration Judges, the number of these judges today is below what it was in 2006, according to a special new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). To view the report go to:
In a report issued on Monday, the Justice Department’s Inspector General concluded that a major reason the promised increase in Immigration Judges did not occur was illegal political interference in the hiring process.
During the summer and fall of 2006, in a series of press releases, background statements and other documents, the Justice Department said that obtaining funds to hire 40 new immigration judges was a key component of its broad 22-point program “to improve the performance and quality” of the Immigration Courts. The Administration’s call for changes in the courts was triggered by a series of highly critical appellate level court decisions and studies that found inexplicable disparities in the processing of asylum requests by individual judges.
As the presidential campaign has intensified, the effectiveness and fairness of immigration regulation has become subject to increasing debate. The decline in the number of special judges who interpret and administer the nation’s immigration laws has occurred at the same time as the Justice Department and Congress were boosting Border Patrol staffing. From FY 1998 to FY 2007, for example, the number of Border Patrol agents has almost doubled, increasing from 7,890 to 15,003.
TRAC’s analysis, supported by a two-year grant from the Carnegie Foundation, is the first in a series of studies examining other Justice Department efforts to improve the performance of the nation’s Immigration Court system that currently is dealing with over 350,000 matters a year.
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Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
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Borowitz Report – Frequent Flyer Shocker
Obama Leads McCain in Frequent Flyer Miles
Next Trip to Iraq Will Be Free, Aides Say
In what some political insiders are calling a major victory for the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) easily surpassed his G.O.P. rival, Sen. John McCain, in total frequent flyer miles for the month of July.
While polls show the two candidates locked in a close electoral race, Sen. Obama’s impressive frequent flyer mile haul this month may put the contest for the most miles out of Sen. McCain’s reach.
“Right now, we are feeling very good about the frequent flyer miles committed to Barack Obama,” said Obama strategist David Axelrod. “John McCain would basically have to fly to Antarctica and back four times just to be in shouting distance of us.”
Mr. Axelrod said that one benefit of Sen. Obama’s impressive pile of frequent flyer miles was tangible and immediate: “With the miles already committed to him, Barack Obama can take his next trip to Iraq for free.”
In the McCain camp, aides went to great lengths to send the message that they were unconcerned about Sen. Obama’s daunting frequent flyer mile lead, even while privately admitting that the Arizona senator’s recent itinerary may have worked against him.
“Obama was flying to Afghanistan, Jordan and Germany, racking up tons and tons of miles,” one aide said. “John basically went to Wilkes-Barre and Altoona.”
But the aide was dismissive of Sen. Obama’s impressive edge in frequent flyer miles, arguing that mileage rewards were “meaningless” to the McCain campaign: “If John really needs to fly somewhere, he can just take Cindy’s jet.”
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October 22, 2008 at 8:00PM
Countdown to ’08
Andy hosts “Countdown to the Election, with special guests Joy Behar (The View) and Jeffrey Toobin (CNN, bestselling author of “The Nine”)
Location: 92nd Street Y in NYC
For tickets go to www.92y.org
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Deb Milbrath: … do-nothing congress
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