Tag Archives: Bush administration

William Hartung | The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker: Never Has a Society Spent More for Less

Put another way, preparations for and the pursuit of war will ensure that any future America is dirtier, sicker, poorer, more rickety, and less safe.

Former FBI Agent, Coleen Rowley Talks About 9/11 Intelligence Failures and GWOT

Former FBI Special Agent and whistleblower, Coleen Rowley, joins us to discuss the greatest intelligence failure in American History.

Tomgram: William Astore, “Hi, I’m Uncle Sam and I’m a War-oholic”

Astore: When you define something as war, it dictates the use of the military (or militarized police forces, prisons, and other forms of coercion) as the primary instruments of policy. Violence becomes the means of decision, total victory the goal. Anyone who suggests otherwise is labeled a dreamer, an appeaser, or even a traitor.

William Boardman: USA Police State Celebrated as Defense of Freedom

Boardman: The mindless rush to reinstate government police powers undreamed of in the Constitution was a bitterly comic charade of American democracy. Some now celebrate the USA Freedom Act as “a cultural turning point for the nation.” Others condemn the USA Freedom Act as “a significant weakening of the tools” to protect the country. People on all sides claim to “welcome the debate” on national security.

Rev. Wm. E. Alberts: America’s God Complex

White America, That Is by Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS  Counterpunch.org  May 5, 2015 American presidents reverently end their speeches with the audience-approving Benediction, “God bless America.” What they are really communicating is that God favors America. That, today, America is God’s chosen people. Even more! They are equating America with God. Which— in the magical […]

▶ The Jon Stewart Mysteries Presents: The Case of the Iranian Agent!

Former Vice President Dick Cheney makes an ironic assertion about the legacy and burden of President Obama’s administration.

Raw Story: New York Times calls for Cheney, Bush officials to be investigated and prosecuted for torture

 “These are, simply, crimes. They are prohibited by federal law, which defines torture as the intentional infliction of “severe physical or mental pain or suffering.”  Former Vice President Dick Cheney (ABC TOM BOGGIONI  RawStory.com  December 22, 2014 In a blistering editorial published in the Monday [sic] edition of the New York Times, the editorial page […]

Todd Pierce: Has the U.S. Constitution Been Lost to Military Rule?

Bush officials argued this was due to necessity, but in fact that was fallacious, as the U.S. military is not, and should not be, considered an antiterrorist force. Militaries exist to defend against foreign armies attacking, not to conduct the police work required for counter-terrorism. But as we’ve seen, when a military takes control of a country, occupying it as in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the Israeli occupation of Palestine, it enforces martial law on the civilians living there—in other words, the military operates as a dictatorship, or as our Supreme Court called it, “martial rule.”

Evergreene Digest: A Band-Aid Approach to Fixing the V.A.

Despite promises from the Bush-43 administration that the Iraq War would pay for itself, the price tag keeps soaring with the predictable impact on V.A. hospitals struggling to care for wounded warriors. But the political solution has been to make a change at the top. Veteran Affairs scandal in context Paul R. Pillar, Consortium News […]

▶ Democracy Now! Ex-Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke: Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld Committed War Crimes

Published on Jun 2, 2014 http://www.democracynow.org – Richard Clarke, the nation’s former top counterterrorism official, tells Democracy Now! he believes President George W. Bush is guilty of war crimes for launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this […]

Coleen Rowley: Torture Doesn’t Work. Law Does Work. Why Keep That Secret?!

The Senate Intelligence investigation reportedly demolishes the CIA claims about the value of the brutal interrogation tactics the Bush administration approved. Coleen Rowley  12/20/2013  Huffington Post Most Americans do not know that their government engaged in practices that the civilized world considers war crimes. This lack of awareness is due, in part, to the fact that […]

(Video) Democracy Now!> Senate Set to Confirm New FBI Head Who OK’d Waterboarding, Defends Mass Spying, Indefinite Detention

WAMM’s own Coleen Rowley on Democracy Now! speaking about the Senate hearing on the appointment of James Comey as head of the FBI.  Coleen is a member of the board of directors of Women Against Military Madness. Coleen’s article on questions to ask at the Senate hearing was published in the New York Times OpEd […]

Tom Engelhart> You Were Right When You Waved That “No Blood for Oil” Sign. Iraq Was About Oil

You Were Right When You Waved That “No Blood for Oil” Sign. Iraq Was About Oil There was only one reason to invade Iraq and it could be captured in a single word, “oil,” even if George W. Bush and his top officials generally went out of their way to avoid mentioning it. by Tom Engelhardt   August […]

Alexander Reed Kelly> Privacy by Design

Privacy by Design By Alexander Reed Kelly   July 24, 2012    truthdig.com Furryscaly (CC BY-SA 2.0) NEW YORK—Nicholas Merrill wants to change the world. So he tells me over rice and beans at Lupe’s East LA Kitchen in Soho, roughly a dozen blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood. He is perfectly serious. At 39 […]

Video> Thom Hartmann> So – war criminal John Yoo gets to walk

Published on May 4, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT Now to some news coming out of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. On Wednesday – a three judge panel on the court ruled that former Bush legal advisor John Yoo – one of the men who wrote legal memos giving cover to President Bush to commit the war crime […]

Video> Thom Hartmann> The French judge has a torture confession from Gitmo

Uploaded by TheBigPictureRT on Jan 20, 2012 Our nation’s commitment to torture under the Bush Administration has not just become a national embarassment – it’s become an international problem. A French Judge announced Tuesday that he wants to visit Gitmo – and personally investigate allegations of torture and rape made by three former French inmates who served time […]

America and Oil Declining Together? Tomgram: Michael Klare, Is Washington Out of Gas?

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Is Washington Out of Gas? Posted by Michael Klare at 9:27am, September 15, 2011.   Tom Dispatch Way back then, the signs out on the streets read: “No Blood for Oil,” “How did USA’s oil get under Iraq’s sand?” and “Don’t trade lives for oil!” Such homemade placards, carried by deluded antiwar protesters in enormous demonstrations […]

How U.S. Citizens Are Suing Donald Rumsfeld for Torture

The answer to the question of how Rumsfeld can be sued for the crimes perpetrated by unnamed torturers provides a look at how civil liberties are faring under Obama’s presidency. Rumsfeld must face trial for torture David Szydloski, In These Times By denying the government’s motions to dismiss their complaints, two federal court decisions made […]