Wednesday, July 20, 2005
  Rove in Direct Violation of Executive Order 12958
An open letter to the president from Rep. Henry A. Waxman

Monday 18 July 2005
Dear Mr. President:
In June 2004, you said that you would fire anyone found to be involved in the disclosure of Valerie Wilson's identity as a covert CIA agent. [1] Today, you significantly changed your position, stating that you would remove Karl Rove or other White House officials involved in the security breach only "if someone committed a crime." [2]

Your new standard is not consistent with your obligations to enforce Executive Order 12958, which governs the protection of national security secrets. The executive order states: "Officers and employees of the United States Government ... shall be subject to appropriate sanctions if they knowingly, willfully, or negligently ... disclose to unauthorized persons information properly classified." [3] Under the executive order, the available sanctions include "reprimand, suspension without pay, removal, termination of classification authority, loss or denial of access to classified information, or other sanctions." [4]

Under the executive order, you may not wait until criminal intent and liability are proved by a prosecutor. Instead, you have an affirmative obligation to take "appropriate and prompt corrective action." [5] And the standards of proof are much different. A criminal violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald is investigating, requires a finding that Mr. Rove "intentionally disclose[d]" the identity of a covert agent. [6] In contrast, the administrative sanctions under Executive Order 12958 can be imposed without a finding of intent. Under the express terms of the executive order, you are required to impose administrative sanctions - such as removal of office or termination of security clearance - if Mr. Rove or other officials acted "negligently" in disclosing or confirming information about Ms. Wilson's identity. [7]

I have enclosed a fact sheet on Karl Rove's Nondisclosure Agreement and its legal implications, which provides additional detail about the President's national security obligations. I urge you to act in compliance with Executive Order 12958 and your responsibility to safeguard national security secrets.
Henry A. Waxman Ranking Minority Member

[1] Press Conference: President Discusses Job Creation With Business Leaders (Sept. 30, 2003).
[2] Bush: CIA Leaker Would Be Fired if Crime Committed, Reuters (July 18, 2005); Bush: Any Criminals in Leak to Be Fired, Associated Press (July 18, 2005).
[3] Executive Order 12958, sec. 5.5(b)
[4] Id. at sec. 5.5(c).
[5] Id. at sec. 5.5(e).
[6] 50 USC sec. 421(a).
[7] Executive Order 12958, sec. 5.5(b).
Monday, July 18, 2005
  Bush Vows to Attack Leeds
Pointing to last week's bombings in London, President George Bush vowed to keep on the offensive against international terrorism and to 'continue to take this fight to the enemy, and we will fight until this enemy is defeated'.

When told that the bombers where from Leeds, north of London, the president replied, "We absolutely must bring democracy to this outpost of insurgency. We have to save the oil in the North Sea from these terrorists madmen."

British Prime Minister Blair seemed a bit befuddled when told of President Bush's remarks but promised the support of English troops "where ever the fight on terror might lead even if it leads to Leeds," Blair said with his usual sense of dry humor.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
  Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti
A very good friend of mine brought this song to my attention. I am a fan of Joan Baez and have been since she gave concerts for two bucks a ticket (man, that has been a really, really long time ago) and I have never heard her sing this song proving once again that any day above ground is a good day because there is always the chance that it might bring something new and delightful.

Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti
Lyrics by Joan Baez
Music by Ennio Morricone

Father, yes, I am a prisoner
Fear not to relay my crime
The crime is loving the forsaken
Only silence is shame
And now I'll tell you what's against us
An art that's lived for centuries
Go through the years and you will find
What's blackened all of history
Against us is the law
With its immensity of strength and power
Against us is the law!

Police know how to make a man
A guilty or an innocent
Against us is the power of police!
The shameless lies that men have told
Will ever more be paid in gold
Against us is the power of the gold!
Against us is racial hatred
And the simple fact that we are poor.

My father dear, I am a prisoner
Don't be ashamed to tell my crime
The crime of love and brotherhood
And only silence is shame
With me I have my love, my innocence,
The workers, and the poor
For all of this I'm safe and strong
And hope is mine
Rebellion, revolution don't need dollars
They need this instead
Imagination, suffering, light and love.

And care for every human being
You never steal, you never kill
You are a part of hope and life
The revolution goes from man to man
And heart to heart
And I sense when I look at the stars
That we are children of life
Death is small.
Friday, July 15, 2005
The Progressive movement is starting to solidify - at last. Fifty-seven members of Congress have formed the Congressional Progressive Caucus. If your representative is one of the founding members, let them know you are with them. We are getting it together folks. Here is The Congressional Progressive Caucus' first public statement:


The Congressional Progressive Caucus offers the Progressive Promise for all. We believe in government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Our fairness plan is rooted in our core principles. It also embodies national priorities that are consistent with the values, needs, and hopes of all our people, not just the powerful and the privileged. We pledge our unwavering commitment to these legislative priorities and we will not rest until they become law.

1. FIGHTING FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND SECURITY IN THE U.S. AND GLOBAL ECONOMIES.· To uphold the right to universal access to affordable, high quality healthcare for all.· To preserve guaranteed Social Security benefits for all Americans, protect private pensions, and require corporate accountability.· To invest in America and create new jobs in the U.S. by building more affordable housing, re-building America’s schools and physical infrastructure, cleaning up our environment, and improving homeland security.· To export more American products and not more American jobs and demand fair trade.· To reaffirm freedom of association and enforce the right to organize.· To ensure working families can live above the poverty line and with dignity by raising and indexing the minimum wage.

2. PROTECTING AND PRESERVING CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES.· To sunset expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and bring remaining provisions into line with the U.S. Constitution.· To protect the personal privacy of all Americans from unbridled police powers and unchecked government intrusion.· To extend the Voting Rights Act and reform our electoral processes.· To fight corporate consolidation of the media and ensure opportunity for all voices to be heard.· To ensure enforcement of all legal rights in the workplace.· To eliminate all forms of discrimination based upon color, race, religion, gender, creed, disability, or sexual orientation.

3. PROMOTING GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY.· To honor and help our overburdened international public servants – both military and civilian.· To bring U.S. troops home fromIraq as soon as possible.· To re-build U.S. alliances around the world, restore international respect for American power and influence, and reaffirm our nation’s constructive engagement in the UnitedNations and other multilateral organizations. · To enhance international cooperation to reduce the threats posed by nuclear proliferation and weapons of mass destruction.· To increase efforts to combat hunger and the scourge of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases.· To encourage debt relief for poor countries and support efforts to reach the UN’s Millennium Goals forDeveloping Countries.

They said it. They put it in writing. Lets see that they stick to it. No more compromising on poor-house bankruptcy bills, or give-aways to filthy rich energy companies or super-rich citizens. Just tell Bush to "Bring it on!"
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
  At Least We Saved Them From Saddam ...
Iraq suspects suffocate in heat
Nine building workers have died in Iraq after being arrested on suspicion of insurgent activity and then left in a closed metal container. Three men survived the ordeal, police sources said, despite being left for 14 hours in the metal container under the burning Iraqi summer sun.

The twelve men had apparently been caught up in a firefight between US troops and Iraqi gunmen, and were detained after taking an injured colleague to the hospital. Police sources said that the men had been arrested on Sunday after a local resident, thinking they were insurgents, called the police.

The police sent commandos who arrested the men and locked them in the metal container about mid-day. By nightfall eight of the men were dead and three were in a critical condition.
The survivors were taken to a central Baghdad hospital where staff said a ninth man died.

A doctor said one of the survivors had been given repeated electric shocks by the commandos.
The survivors themselves were kept under police guard as they were treated and were taken away without being allowed to speak to journalists.

Recently, press reports have alleged police commandos systematically torture and abuse detainees and much of the recent insurgency violence has targeted police commandos. I can't imagine why.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
  It's All In Where You Stand
"We joke about having transferred from the Marine Corps to the Oil Corps, or the Petrol Battalion, and while we laugh at our jokes and think we're damn funny jarheads, we know we might soon die ... squandered lives with the comedy of combat and being deployed to protect oil reserves and the rights and profits of certain American companies, many of which have direct ties to the White House.”

-- from Jarhead by Anthony Swofford
“I don't worry about anything here in Washington, D.C.”
-- George Bush
Press Conference 5/31/05
Friday, July 01, 2005
  NeoCon = NeoNazi
My name is not Dick Durbin. I will not be apologising for the title of this article. Here is why:

In November 1944 20 Jewish children, ten boys and ten girls, were brought from Auschwitz to the concentration camp of Neuengamme, just outside Hamburg. The youngsters, aged between 5 and 12 years old, came from all over Europe. Plucked from their homes, the children had witnessed the murder of parents, siblings, and relatives. They faced starvation, illness, brutal labor and other indignities until they were consigned to the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

An SS doctor, Kurt Heissmeyer, saved them from that fate. They were transferred from Auschwitz to Neuengamme. The good doctor had important research to do and guinea-pigs were scarce so he decided that children would do just as well. First, Dr. Heissmeyer removed the children's lymph glands for analysis. Then, he injected living tuberculosis bacteria in their veins and directly into their lungs to determine if they had any natural immunities to tuberculosis.They were carefully observed, examined and photographed as the disease progressed. The condition of all the children deteriorated very rapidly and they became extremely ill.

On April 20th, 1945, Adolf Hitler's fifty-sixth birthday, Heissmeyer and SS Officer Arnold Strippel knew the Allied Forces were approaching and that the end of the war was near. In an effort to hide the evidence of their work, they decided to kill the children.

The SS transported the 20 children to the former Bullenhuser Damm School, which had been used as a satellite camp since October 1944. The children were immediately taken to the basement and ordered to undress.

An SS officer later reported: "They sat down on the benches all around and were cheerful and happy that they had been for once allowed out of Neuengamme. The children were completely unsuspecting."

The children were told they had to be vaccinated against typhoid fever before their return journey. Instead of a typhoid vacccination, they were injected with morphine. The twenty children were then hanged by ropes from hooks on the wall, but the SS men found it difficult to kill the mutilated children. The first child to be strung up was so light - due to disease and malnutrition - that the rope wouldn’t strangle him. SS Officer Frahm had to use all of his own weight to tighten the noose. Then he hanged the others, two at a time, from different hooks. "Just like pictures on the wall," he would recall later. He added that none of the children cried.

At five o' clock in the morning on April 21th, 1945, the Nazis finally finished with their grissly work and took a break to drank a cup of hard-earned coffee ...

The truth is the truth especially when it is documented in a congressional vote for all the world to see. The story above is not in the congressional record. It is documented at a memorial located in the basement of Bullenhuser Damm School where the children were so sadistically murdered. The celler has been kept, complete with hooks, exactly as it was on that spring day in 1945. Despite the Nazi's efforts to obliterate all traces of these poor children, they have been identified. Their names follow this article.

Meanwhile, on June 29th, 2005 in Washington, DC the Senate voted to block the Environmental Protection Agency from using studies that intentionally expose people to pesticides when considering permits for pest killers. By a 60-37 vote, the senate approved a provision put forward by Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., that would block the EPA from relying on testing that exposes people to pesticides to approve or deny pesticide applications. So far, there are 24 known instances of the pesticide industry testing their products on human beings - that is 24 known instances.

But, but ... aren't pesticides poison? You bet. Isn't intentionally poisioning people illegal? I guess not.

In 1998, the Clinton administration imposed a moratorium on using human testing for pesticide approvals. Upon seizing power - partly with the help of contributions from the pesticide industry, the Bush administration lifted that moratorium. With this encouragement, the EPA set about developing rules that permit data from human tests on children, pregnant women, newborns, infants, fetuses and newborns of "uncertain viability." [The term "uncertain viability" was recently applied to a six-month old baby that was removed from a breathing tube in Texas despite his mother's pleas for the babie's life. The tube was removed by authority of a law signed into being by then Texas Governor George W. Bush. The baby suffocated within ten minutes of removal of the tube. As you can see, with the application of the Bush Texas law and these new EPA laws, the NeoCons could put these "resources" that are currently being wasted to good use in the medical testing field.]

Boxer's proposal would block the EPA from using data taken from such tests for the budget year starting Oct. 1. It would also bar the agency from conducting such testing. "Let's use this time to throw out this rule that they're drafting which is immoral on its face because it would allow EPA itself to test pregnant women and fetuses," Boxer told reporters. "And let's go back to the basic rules of science and morality."

The pesticide industry said Boxer was deliberately inflaming the issue and manufacturers do not intentionally perform tests on children. However, just recently, Boxer and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., held up the confirmation of EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson until he publically promised to cancel an EPA planned pesticide study in Florida. Over the study's two years, the EPA had planned to give $970 plus a camcorder and children's clothes to each of the families of the 60 children in Duval County, Fla. that would be used in the test. Critics of the study noted that all of the families were from low-income, minority neighborhoods. The camcorders are a nice touch. That way, the families could document the deteriation of the children's health, saving the "scientists" valuable time.

Is this the same thing as cutting out a child's lymph glands, injecting them with tuberculosis and then hanging them at the end of the "experiment"? Perhaps not in scope but the Nazi's didn't start out with such a scope either. In 1935 Germany, no one would have predicted that educated scientists would be hanging children by the neck from hooks just ten years later.

37 United States Senators voted against Boxer's provision. All 37 are Republicans. All 37 are anti-abortion. All 37 are anti-stemcell research (because it harms cells that might become fetuses, don't you know?) All 37 were the most vocal supporters of Bush's so-called "Culture of Life" during the recent Schaivo controversy. All 37 should be given a real close tour of the basement of Bullenhuser Damm School. Maybe then, they could break to drank a cup of hard-earned coffee ...

If your senator is on the following list, call them or email them today. Any representative of the People of the United States who thinks babies make fine subjects for experiments with pesticides needs to find a new occupation.

The thirty-seven who deserve a coffee-break at Bullenhuser Damm School are:

Alexander (R-TN) Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA) Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS) Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT) Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA) Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN) Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID) Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC) Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM) Enzi (R-WY)
Frist (R-TN) Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH) Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT) Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ) Lott (R-MS)
Martinez (R-FL) McConnell (R-KY)
Roberts (R-KS) Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL) Shelby (R-AL)
Stevens (R-AK) Sununu (R-NH)
Thomas (R-WY) Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)

The twenty children who died at Bullenhuser Damm School are:

Alexander Hornemann, 8, the Netherlands
Eduard Hornemann, 12, the Netherlands
Marek Steinbaum, 10, Poland
Marek James, 6, Poland
W. Junglieb, 12, Yugoslavia
Roman Witonski, 7, Poland
Roman Zeller, 12, Poland
Sergio de Simone, 7, Italy
Georges Andre Kohn, 12, France
Eduard Reichenbaum, 10, Poland
Jacqueline Morgenstern, 12, France
Surcis Goldinger, 11, Poland
Lelka Birnbaum, 12, Poland
Eleonora Witonska, 5, Poland
Ruchla Zylberberg, 10, Poland
H.Wasserman, 8, Poland
Lea Klygerman, 8, Poland
Rywka Herszberg, 7, Poland
Blumel Mekler, 11, Poland
Mania Altman, 5, Poland
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Angry, angry, angry ... but still, any day above ground is a good day.