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02 July 2007


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"richard Carlson, former ambassador to the Seychelles, was standing near his wife when he heard the news from an Associated Press reporter.

"My wife burst into tears," Carlson said"

tucker carlson's dad,

also father of Buckley Swanson Peck Carlson (Executive VP, right-wing PR firm McCarthy Communications)

early career journalist

later career as republican office holder and media

director of voice of america 1986-1991,

director of corporation for public broadcasting 1992-1997

bush 1 appointee as US ambassador to the Seychelles, 1991-1992 - a country of more than 100 islands off the coast of East Africa,

board member of the Institute for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence in Washington, DC

Chairman of the Board of InterMedia, the global research consulting firm which conducts opinion surveys (for clients like the BCC and US government agencies) in 76 foreign countries.

libby defense fund board raised $5 million - the board includes

fred thompson

Ambassador Dennis B. Ross served as Special Middle East Coordinator, from 1988-2000, playing the leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and in dealing directly with the negotiations

Former CIA Director, R. James Woolsey joined booz Allen Hamilton in July 2002, as a Vice President and officer in the firm's Global Assurance practice located in McLean, Virginia.

Ms. Nina Rosenwald
Chairman of the Board of the Middle East Media and Research Institute and Vice President of the Jewish Insitute for Near East Policy.

Francis Fukuyama is Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, and the director of SAIS’ International Development program.

Martin K

I knew about the POTUS ability to pardon criminals, but I didnt know that he could interfer with the actual sentencing. Pony asks wether you are still a nation of Law, and between this and the Padilla case my answer is no. Your president can have anyone locked away as a enemy combatant, and he can free the guilty as he pleases. Without having to tell anyone why. Good night, & good luck.


"Empires are broken down when the profits of administration are so great, that ambition is satisfied with obtaining them, and he that aspires to greatness needs do nothing more than talk himself into importance. He has then all the power which danger and conquest used formerly to give; he can raise a family, and reward his followers."

Samuel Johnson, Letter to John Taylor, January 24, 1784


Is there not some mechanism that stops the President from commuting or pardoning people with whom he has a conflict of interest with? Or is it just wide open? I know Clinton was guilty of this.. but come on.. there has to be SOME form of check in balance there..


Libby was the small fish. Bush really commuted the sentences of Rove and Cheney - Juan Cole


Sidney O. Smith III

Moral outrage.

Patrick "Bulldawg" Fitzgerald sums it up best. According to the media, Fitzgerald said, "It is fundamental to the rule of law that all citizens stand before the bar of justice as equals."

So it looks like "Lina" got it exactly right at the earlier thread "Poor Scooter". Indeed, the Imperial Vice President cut a deal when Colson et al. popped him with a subpoena.

As we speak, I can promise you that the following is happening in all the courthouse holding cells, the county jail cells, and among those wearing orange in the system around the US. You have the incarcerated saying (pardon my French), "That pissant is walking free and I am having to serve 10 years...what kind of */#@ is this?"

Trust me, defense attorneys in front of jurors are mentioning Bush's latest. After all, why should a recidivist shoplifter go to jail if one of the architects of an unconstitutional invasion -- a convicted liar -- walks free while the innocent die in Iraq?

Cynicism in the administration of justice not only poisons society but also leads to chaos. If you don't believe me, check out the work of various historians and social theorists, such as Roberto Unger, who tracked the disintegration of the court justice in the Weimar Republic to the rise of a particular type of fire in the mind called Nazism.

Bulldawg Fitzgerald has it right.

James Pratt

We have seen political sycophancy rewarded and professional competence punished in the Pentagon, Justice Department and CIA. If I were a supervisor in the intelligence community I would worry about the future of my agency and the country. This is an emblematic episode in a process of decadence. Unfortunately, it will probably take a lot of economic pain to motivate the necessary political will to turn this around.

webley webster

Had to be done "Scooter" after all lacks the moral fiber of a Paris Hilton.

TR Stone

To N. Weaver:

Like I said "God told Geotge to pardon Scooter".


Michael, as far as I know, the pardon power is essentially wide open---unchecked in any way, other than "public opinion" and the good sense and public morality of the president, which is clearly non-existent with Bush (or our actual president, Cheney).

Again, Repubs propose one absurd, foolish constitutional amendment after another. Why don't Dems (now in control) propose an actual sensible one: repeal this overly broad presidential pardon power!

We are (supposedly) a nation of laws, with an extremely well developed system of courts and procedure. Why should we continue this anachronistic throwback to the days of all powerful monarchs dispensing "justice" and "clemency"--especially when the historical record by presidents has been mischief and clear abuse of this power, merely to benefit their corrupt cronies, or worse, to frustrate further investigations into executive lawbreaking, as has happened here.


Commenter above noted the news stories suggesting Nasrallah and Hezbollah are now directing terrorist attacks in Iraq.

If this is true - that's a big deal.

Jon Tupper

June 19: George Bush and Ehud Olemrt meet.
July 2: George Bush and Vladimir Putin meet.

No real "news" from either event. However, meetings of such magnitude are not for sharing food.

What "news" came from Yalta and Potsdam?

What's coming from these meetings?

Any clear word on deployments/movements of Aegis equipped Arleigh Burke class destroyers or Marine Expeditionary Units?

Colonel Lang, for a non-military man, can you please state the military chain of command responsibilities? If a command is issued by The President Of the US to launch a tactical nuclear device by whatever vehicle, is an in-the-field military Command Officer locked into obeying that order?

Who has the suitcase, if that is still what the fail-safe device for nuclear command launch sequences is still called?
Does Israel have a similar fail-safe system?

Thank you.
I don't listen to the news.
I do pay attention here, and I admit I have been working and unnable to read the HUMINT postings, which I would have liked to have done. Just because Chain-y's Corporations have a good portion of the money does NOT mean they have all the people in their pocket.


behavior of this governement - is not good for business, and business of America is business --- if the USA is behaving like a banana republic, than it will be treated as such, the consequences will be dire. Kissinger was avid reader of Spengler and he and his ilk would be well adised to re-read Spengler and draw conclusions.
Sic transit gloria mundi - was said in roman times. Now we see the palpable signs of the decline of the american century, american empire, decline of the West. Painful to watch.


The Administration knows its enemies are not in Iraq - where the more the mayhem the longer the war - but in the US.


"Now, one of these DOD programs was something called TALON (Threat and Local Observation Notice), a program to collect information on Americans involved in anti-war protests. This evening I saw this post from Emptywheel which discusses the recently release Pentagon IG report on the program (released June 27th).

There's quite a lot of interest contained in the report. But emptywheel immediately fixes on the key finding, or rather impediment to findings. In the report's words, "all TALON reports were deleted from their database in June 2006 with no archives."

In other words, right about the time the Cunningham prosecutors started seriously looking into this dimension of the case, and around the time information was starting to come out about the DOD's domestic 'surveillance' operations, somehow the entire record of the TALON program, every report that had been collected, was scrubbed."


Don't bother celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks. Just get some lime to throw on the corpse of American democracy.

It's smelling really bad.



"Paris Hilton did more time than Scooter Libby." - Josh Marshall



As commenters note above there seems to be indications of movement toward attacking Iran (while we are conveniently diverted by the Scooter Show). Here is a section from Firedoglake suggesting that once again we are being bamboozled by the press reporting, using the government as their source:

"Late last night CNN started hyping an “exclusive” report claiming Hezbollah involvement in Iraq - at the behest of the Iranians. Michael Ware was the reporter and his sole sources were “US Intelligence.” This morning, we learned the tale was not so “exclusive” since our old friend Michael Gordon ( Judy’s pal at the New York Times) had apparently gotten the same info from a new, fresh-out-of-the-White-House US military briefer – General Bergner*."

This makes me think of Cheney and the saying, 'the dogs may bark, but the caravan moves on.' It seems that so far he has almost single-handedly wrought his will, and if he wants the bombing of the beautiful, ancient country of Iran, it will occur. Am I being melodramatic?

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