Wednesday, December 07, 2005

 

Fitzgerald Presents New Information to Grand Jury


Fitzgerald plows ahead, more indictments are coming for Republican Traitors.


With the new grand jury, Fitzgerald continues to consider charges against Karl Rove, White House deputy chief of staff, who failed to reveal to the FBI and the grand jury in the early days of the investigation that he had provided information about CIA analyst Valerie Plame


WashingtonPost.com


Sunday, December 04, 2005

 

Bush the Worst President Ever.


# He has taken the country into an unwinnable war and alienated friend and foe alike in the process;

# He is bankrupting the country with a combination of aggressive military spending and reduced taxation of the rich;

# He has deliberately and dangerously attacked separation of church and state;

# He has repeatedly "misled," to use a kind word, the American people on affairs domestic and foreign;

# He has proved to be incompetent in affairs domestic (New Orleans) and foreign (
Iraq and the battle against al-Qaida);

# He has sacrificed American employment (including the toleration of pension and benefit elimination) to increase overall productivity;

# He is ignorantly hostile to science and technological progress;

# He has tolerated or ignored one of the republic's oldest problems, corporate cheating in supplying the military in wartime.

huffingtonpost.com


 

"God help us if we have another attack"


Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House. And now we are "at great risk for more terrirst attacks because Congress and the White House have failed." Heck of a job.



The U.S. is at great risk for more terrorist attacks because Congress and the White House have failed to enact several strong security measures, members of the former Sept. 11 commission said Sunday.


"It's not a priority for the government right now," said the former chairman, Thomas Kean, ahead of the group's release of a report Monday assessing how well its recommendations have been followed.

"More than four years after 9/11 ... people are not paying attention," the former Republican governor of New Jersey said. "God help us if we have another attack."


Added Lee Hamilton, the former Democratic vice chairman of the commission: "We believe that another attack will occur. It's not a question of if. We are not as well-prepared as we should be."

The five Republicans and five Democrats on the commission, whose recommendations are now promoted through a privately funded group known as the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, conclude that the government deserves "more Fs than As" in responding to their 41 suggested changes..............


WashingtonPost.com


Thursday, December 01, 2005

 

Our ALLIES say Iraq is WORSE off now that we are there.


.....But a new public opinion poll to be released tomorrow finds that 77 percent of those surveyed in six countries -- Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all U.S. allies -- say Iraqis are worse off than before the war began in 2003.

On democracy, 58 percent believe the U.S. intervention has produced less democracy in the region, said Shibley Telhami, author of the annual survey, a joint effort by the University of Maryland's Anwar Sadat chair for peace and development, and Zogby International. Almost 70 percent said they do not believe democracy was the real U.S. goal in toppling Saddam Hussein..........


WashingtonPost.com


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

 

Congressional Republican Criminal Pleads Guilty to Bribery. Faces 10 Years.


Yet another corrupt Republican Criminal goes to jail. MANY more to follow!



San Diego-area Rep. Cunningham pleads guilty to bribery, resigns

SAN DIEGO - Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a Vietnam War ace and eight-term congressman, resigned Monday after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and others that went to pay for a condominium in Virginia, a Rolls Royce and other luxury items.

Prosecutors said Cunningham, a Republican, used his influential position as a member of a House Appropriations subcommittee to secure defense contracts worth tens of millions of dollars for people who bribed him........


mercurynews.com



Oh, and by the way, indicted Republican Criminal Tom DeLay said, "“Duke Cunningham is an honorable man of high integrity......"

thehill.com


Monday, November 28, 2005

 

COALITION SECURITY GUARDS KILLING CIVILIANS IN IRAQ. Video Proof.



What in the HELL are we doing?! Gee... I wonder why they hate us so much!!


'Trophy' video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers

A "trophy" video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.

The video, which first appeared on a website that has been linked unofficially to Aegis Defence Services, contained four separate clips, in which security guards open fire with automatic rifles at civilian cars. All of the shooting incidents apparently took place on "route Irish", a road that links the airport to Baghdad.

The road has acquired the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous in the world because of the number of suicide attacks and ambushes carried out by insurgents against coalition troops. In one four-month period earlier this year it was the scene of 150 attacks.

In one of the videoed attacks, a Mercedes is fired on at a distance of several hundred yards before it crashes in to a civilian taxi. In the last clip, a white civilian car is raked with machine gun fire as it approaches an unidentified security company vehicle. Bullets can be seen hitting the vehicle before it comes to a slow stop.

There are no clues as to the shooter but either a Scottish or Irish accent can be heard in at least one of the clips above Elvis Presley's Mystery Train, the music which accompanies the video.

Last night a spokesman for defence firm Aegis Defence Services - set up in 2002 by Lt Col Tim Spicer, a former Scots Guards officer - confirmed that the company was carrying out an internal investigation to see if any of their employees were involved.

The Foreign Office has also confirmed that it is investigating the contents of the video in conjunction with Aegis, one of the biggest security companies operating in Iraq. The company was recently awarded a £220 million security contract in Iraq by the United States government. Aegis conducts a number of security duties and helped with the collection of ballot papers in the country's recent referendum

Lt Col Spicer, 53, rose to public prominence in 1998 when his private military company Sandlines International was accused of breaking United Nations sanctions by selling arms to Sierra Leone.

The video first appeared on the website www.aegisIraq.co.uk. The website states: "This site does not belong to Aegis Defence Ltd, it belongs to the men on the ground who are the heart and soul of the company." The clips have been removed.

The website also contains a message from Lt Col Spicer, which reads: "I am concerned about media interest in this site and I remind everyone of their contractual obligation not to speak to or assist the media without clearing it with the project management or Aegis London.

"Refrain from posting anything which is detrimental to the company since this could result in the loss or curtailment of our contract with resultant loss for everybody................"

telegraph.co.uk


Watch the actual video here:

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LOSING IN AFGHANISTAN: Thanks to Bush, Terrorism is SPREADING!!!


The very latest post was about Losing in Iraq, and the same day we learn we are Losing in Afghanistan -- the opium capital of the world. Is this what Bush calls "winning" the war on terrorism?



Afghans Confront Surge in Violence
Foreign Support Seen Behind Attacks That Mimic Those in Iraq

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 27 -- An onslaught of grisly and sophisticated attacks since parliamentary elections in September has left Afghan and international officials concerned that Taliban guerrillas are obtaining support from abroad to carry out strikes that increasingly mimic insurgent tactics in Iraq.

The recent attacks -- including at least nine suicide bombings -- have shown unusual levels of coordination, technological knowledge and blood lust, according to officials. Although military forces and facilities have been the most common targets, religious leaders, judges, police officers and foreign reconstruction workers have also fallen prey to the violence.

The success of the September vote, which was relatively peaceful despite Taliban threats of sabotage, initially raised hopes that the insurgency was losing strength. But after two of the bloodiest months since U.S. forces entered Kabul in 2001, officials now say the Taliban might have been using that time to marshal foreign support and plot new ways to undermine the Western-backed government.

The attacks have been particularly noteworthy for their use of suicide bombers. Some have struck in waves, with one explosive-laden car following the next in an effort to maximize casualties. That sort of attack has been a hallmark of al Qaeda and a regular occurrence in Iraq. But in Afghanistan, suicide attacks of any kind have been relatively rare, despite a quarter-century of warfare...........



WashingtonPost.com


Sunday, November 27, 2005

 

LOSING IN IRAQ: Iraq is now as bad as it was under Saddam.


Iraq is as bad now as it was under Saddam. Could you think of a more damning statement about the incompetence of George Bush and his administration?

Human rights abuses in Iraq are as bad now as they were under Saddam Hussein and could become even worse, the country's former interim prime minister said in an interview published Sunday.

"People are doing the same as Saddam's time and worse," Ayad Allawi told The Observer newspaper. "It is an appropriate comparison.................."


ABCNews.com


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

 

Never underestimate the power of makeup...


A littly humor today. :)














Monday, November 21, 2005

 

The Retarded President Of The United States.

Eschaton


Saturday, November 19, 2005

 

It's Official -- Bush Is Now As Unpopular As His Dad.

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America's Least Wanted
Another Bush earns his place on a Rushmore for the rejected.
By Bruce Reed
Updated Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at 2:09 PM ET

Friday, Nov. 18, 2005

Sinker: Back in August, when George W. Bush crossed the Mendoza Line with a disapproval rating in the Gallup Poll of 56 percent, he still had four men left to pass for the title of most unpopular president in modern history: Jimmy Carter (59 percent), George H. W. Bush (60 percent) Richard Nixon (66 percent), and Harry Truman (67 percent). I predicted that the way things were going, he could speed past Carter and Bush 41 "within the next month."

I was wrong—it took the president two months. This week's Gallup puts his disapproval at 60 percent, which means father and son share third place on the all-time list.............


Slate.com


Friday, November 18, 2005

 

We TOLD You More Indictments Were Coming!


Read our earlier post:

http://republicancriminals.blogspot.com/2005/11/more-indictments-coming.html


Now read this!

Prosecutor in Leak Case Calls for New Grand Jury

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 - The special prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case said on Friday that he would use a new grand jury in his continuing investigation, a development that seemed certain to extend the political cloud hanging over the Bush administration and could draw new players into the investigation.

The prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, told a federal judge in a court filing that he would begin additional proceedings before a grand jury different from the one that brought an indictment last month against I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

The 18-month term of the previous grand jury expired last month. In his previous statements, Mr. Fitzgerald had left the door open to using a new grand jury in the case.

The prosecutor also made clear in the new court filing that "the investigation is ongoing............"


NYTimes.com


 

Republican Criminals Stealing YOUR Money, This Time in Iraq.



Ex-Official Held in Bid-Rig Scheme
Robert J. Stein Jr., who awarded reconstruction deals for the coalition, allegedly got kickbacks for conspiring with a businessman.
By Paul Richter
Times Staff Writer

November 18, 2005

WASHINGTON — A former U.S. contract supervisor in Iraq has become the first current or former American official to face criminal charges in connection with the multibillion-dollar reconstruction of the country, federal authorities said Thursday.

Robert J. Stein Jr., 50, a former Coalition Provisional Authority official in Hillah, Iraq, was arrested in Fayetteville, N.C., in connection with an allegedly fraudulent scheme to award construction contracts worth more than $18 million. Philip H. Bloom, 65, a New Jersey businessman, allegedly paid Stein at least $630,000 in kickbacks for his part in a bid-rigging scheme in 2003 and 2004, according to documents filed by the Justice Department in Washington.

Stein, who was arrested Monday, and Bloom, who was arrested Sunday in New Jersey, are accused of "conspiring to commit money laundering and wire fraud in connection with a bribery and fraud scheme," the papers say. Both are in federal custody.

The case grew out of an eight-month investigation of the Coalition Provisional Authority's office in Hillah by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, an independent agency created by Congress.

Jim Mitchell, a spokesman for the inspector general's office, said these were only the first charges, and "there will be more." He said investigators were looking at about 50 potential criminal cases across Iraq.

The federal affidavit says that another person who worked with Stein at the CPA has been cooperating with the government. Other public officials were involved in the alleged fraud as well, the affidavit says.

According to the papers, Bloom, who has lived for years in Romania, controls several construction and service companies.

To rig the bidding process, more than one of Bloom's companies would submit fake or excessively high "bids" designed to allow another to win the bid by submitting a more favorable price, the papers say.

Although Stein controlled the disposition of about $82 million in U.S. funds, he was not permitted to award any single contract worth more than $500,000. Several of the winning bids were just below that ceiling.

The contracts were awarded between October 2003 and June 2004 for such projects as the renovation of a public library in Karbala, the construction of the Hillah police academy and related demolition work, and building a Tribal Democracy Center.

To reward the U.S. officials, Bloom allegedly would pay bribes, kickbacks or gratuities out of bank accounts in Iraq, Switzerland, Romania and the Netherlands. The money for Stein and his wife would be sent to bank accounts in the United States, the affidavit alleges.

The papers say the money was spent on cars, jewelry and real estate.

A footnote in the court papers notes that Stein was convicted in a fraud case in 1996, raising questions about how carefully he was vetted before being hired by the CPA. Stein has a military background.

If convicted on all charges, the two men face up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years of supervised release, the Justice Department said.

Mitchell, of the inspector general's office, said the case stemmed from a tip to the organization's hotline. An audit of the CPA's south-central regional office found discrepancies in the financing for the region's reconstruction, he said.

The affidavit also says an Iraqi witness has been cooperating with the investigation.

LATimes.com


Thursday, November 17, 2005

 

Afghanistan insurgence growing stronger -- THAT MEANS WE'RE WINNING!


Afghanistan insurgence growing stronger
U.S. Special Forces soldiers hunting Taliban and foreign fighters in southern Afghanistan say they are encountering a fiercer and more organized adversary than last year, and one that is far from being near collapse........ USAToday.com


"I think these people are the last remnants of a dying cause," -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz


Afghanistan insurgence growing stronger
U.S. Special Forces soldiers hunting Taliban and foreign fighters in southern Afghanistan say they are encountering a fiercer and more organized adversary than last year, and one that is far from being near collapse........ USAToday.com


In most of Iraq, there is steady movement toward reconstruction and a stable, self-governing society. This progress makes the remaining terrorists even more desperate and willing to lash out....." Bush


Afghanistan insurgence growing stronger
U.S. Special Forces soldiers hunting Taliban and foreign fighters in southern Afghanistan say they are encountering a fiercer and more organized adversary than last year, and one that is far from being near collapse........ USAToday.com


You have some remnants -- you have remnants of a regime that we removed, that was an oppressive regime, that is desperate -- more and more desperate every single day, because of the progress we are making on many fronts in Afghanistan. Press Secretary Scott McClellan


Afghanistan insurgence growing stronger
U.S. Special Forces soldiers hunting Taliban and foreign fighters in southern Afghanistan say they are encountering a fiercer and more organized adversary than last year, and one that is far from being near collapse........ USAToday.com


The more progress we make, the more desperate the holdouts of Saddam Hussein's regime and foreign terrorists become. Press Secretary Scott McClellan


Afghanistan insurgence growing stronger
U.S. Special Forces soldiers hunting Taliban and foreign fighters in southern Afghanistan say they are encountering a fiercer and more organized adversary than last year, and one that is far from being near collapse........ USAToday.com


The more progress we make on the ground, the more free the Iraqis become, the more electricity that's available, the more jobs are available, the more kids that are going to school, the more desperate these killers become. Bush


Afghanistan insurgence growing stronger
U.S. Special Forces soldiers hunting Taliban and foreign fighters in southern Afghanistan say they are encountering a fiercer and more organized adversary than last year, and one that is far from being near collapse........ USAToday.com

The closer we come to passing sovereignty, the more likely it is that foreign fighters, disgruntled Baathists or friends of the Shia cleric will try to stop progress. Bush


(credit to Daily Kos for the earlier research)



 

Homeland Security + Bribery + Organized Crime = BUSH!


Bush nominated Bernard B. Kerik as Director of Homeland Security. Heck of a job!



Kerik Is Accused of Abusing Post as City Official

New Jersey officials said yesterday that Bernard B. Kerik abused his position as New York City correction commissioner in the late 1990's by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from a construction company that he was helping to pursue business with the city. They say the company has long had ties to organized crime.

The accusations against Mr. Kerik, who had to withdraw his nomination as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security last year, are in court papers filed by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.

The agency is seeking to keep the construction company, Interstate Industrial Corporation, from doing work on Atlantic City casinos and became interested in Mr. Kerik's role with the company when the ties were disclosed after his nomination failed.

The agency officials said yesterday that Interstate paid another contractor for renovations worth more than $200,000 made to Mr. Kerik's apartment in the Riverdale section of the Bronx in 1999 and 2000.......

NYTimes.com


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