You know Greg Palast as the ex-pat journalist that reports for the BBC and reported to the rest of the world how the 2000 election was FUBARed while no one in the US did a damned thing. He’s back.
Armed Madhouse is a complete tour of the greedy, selfish assholes that run our country – and the world – and their plans for the next few years.
Mindmapped for ya. Enjoy.
Mindmap in PNG format (1 MB).
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From David at AfterDowningStreet.org
Congresswoman Barbara Lee and 29 co-sponsors are backing a Resolution of Inquiry which, if passed, will require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."
If the Downing Street Documents are not accurate, this is the White House’s opportunity to prove it.
We need you to ask your Congress Member to co-sponsor. Many, even possibly some Republicans, will co-sponsor this, but they have to be asked.
Please do all three of the following:
Senator Kerry (D – MA) has
sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee pressing for answers on the Downing Street Minutes and related documents. The letter, obtained by RawStory.com, is also signed by Senators Johnson, Corzine, Reed, Lautenberg, Boxer, Kennedy, Harkin, Bingaman, and Durbin.
And looky-here: Oil broke $60/barrell.
Hoping to do a TANG/Rathergate repeat, conservative blogs are harping on rumors that the Downing Street Memo/Minutes might not be authentic.
ThinkProgress has a takedown:
The conservative blogosphere, desperate to discredit the Downing Street Minutes, is abuzz with the ridiculous rumor that London Times reporter Michael Smith – who broke the DSM story – used to work for Mary Mapes at CBS.
It took me a grand total of one phone call to CBS to see if this rumor was true. The answer is no. The Michael Smith who used to work for Mary Mapes is not the same Michael Smith who writes for the London times.
When in doubt, attack reality.
The hearings were pretty good – I caught most of them – looking to see what happens next (if anything):
Yesterday’s public hearing was held in a cramped room in the basement of the Capitol.
– more votes than House members cast all week in any 2-hour period. Ohio Congressmember Marcy Kaptur called it “very interesting timing.” The Republican-led House scheduled 11 votes to be held that same afternoon
As American newspaper editors look back and examine why the controversial Downing Street memo, first published by the Times of London on May 1, received so little coverage in their papers, several of them are pointing to the same culprit: the Associated Press. But Jim Cox, USA Today’s senior assignment editor for foreign news, told Salon that
when the story first broke last month, “we looked to wires for guidance” but for days didn’t see anything.
Could you have possibly opened up a goddamn browser and seen the coverage happening in the rest of the world? What a bunch of asshats.
Prediction: There will be some kind of John Conyers scandal leaked in the next several days to paint him as a traitor or unsavory individual.
Update: Hearings actually moved back to the Capitol. Yay!
This is nice:
Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and other Congress Members will hold a hearing on the Downing Street Minutes and related evidence of efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence.
The hearings are being held at the Democratic National Committee because the Republicans controlling the House Judiciary Committee refused to permit the ranking Democratic Member to use a room on the Hill. Republicans are welcome to attend.
Update: Documents were leaked as PDFs then taken down.
A second document has been leaked – this one a set of cabinet briefings:
The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that
since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal. This was required because, even if ministers decided Britain should not take part in an invasion, the American military would be using British bases. This would automatically make Britain complicit in any illegal US action.
Remember ‘I voted for the $47 billion before I voted against it’ thingy? How about, ‘I started the war before we voted to start it.: My boyfriend Jeremy Scahill over at
President Bush began the invasion of Iraq, the air war against Iraq a year before he actually officially began it… Baghdad Bob, Chemical Ali, these guys were telling the truth. And they were saying
the Bush administration is trying to provoke another Gulf of Tonkin here, by coming in and escalating these bombings. Tariq Aziz, the last time I talked to him, said the same thing. They’re sending U-2 spy planes. They want to us shoot it down. They’re looking for a reason to go to war.
Bit by bit the US media puts a little more attention on the Downing Street Minutes:
At a late afternoon news conference, Reuters correspondent Steve Holland asked Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair about a memo that’s been widely written about and discussed in Europe but less so in the USA. “W
e want what the Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton and Star Wars stories have gotten: endless repetition until people have heard about it,” says David Swanson, one of Democrats.com’s organizers.