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The Bu$hWorld Report--11/1/07

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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld got a surprise when he visited France recently for a talk sponsored by Foreign magazine. Inter Press Service reported (10/26/07) that a coalition of human rights organizations filed a complaint against Rumsfeld after his arrival in France, charging him with ordering and authorizing torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere.

The complaint notes that authorities in both the U.S. and Iraq have failed to sufficiently investigate the culpability of Rumsfeld and other high level U.S. officials in authorizing torture of detainees, and that the United State's has refused to join the International Criminal Court. French law requires that an investigation must take place if a complaint is filed while an alleged torturer is in France.

Although Rumsfeld and others in the Bush Administration do not believe they are answerable to international law (or U.S. law or any other law for that matter), someone took the charges seriously. Rumsfeld was whisked away from a breakfast meeting by U.S. embassy officials, and is believed to have escaped across the border into Germany.

• "The filing of this French case against Rumsfeld demonstrates that we will not rest until those U.S. officials involved in the torture program are brought to justice. Rumsfeld must understand that he has no place to hide. A torturer is an enemy of all humankind."-- Center for Constitutional Rights President Michael Ratner, IPS, 10/26/07

Donald Rumsfeld is believed to be unarmed and is only dangerous when he has someone to do his dirty work for him. If you know the whereabouts of this international fugitive, please notify the authorities immediately.

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Former Tennessee Senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has made what must be the stupidest statement about the Iraq war since Bush's "Bring it on!". At a campaign stop in South Carolina, Thompson was asked if he would bring our troops home from Iraq. He responded:

• "We will not be a safer country, we will not be a safer America if the whole world watches us being defeated by a bunch of kids with improvised explosive devices."--CNN, 10/25/07

We should give that man a paddle and send him over to Iraq to whip those kids into shape. Thompson was a much more formidable candidate before he actually entered the race and started opening his mouth.

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Associated Press (10/26) has quoted a top intelligence official as saying that declassified summaries of national intelligence estimates (NIE) will no longer be released to the public (National intelligence estimates represent the consensus opinion of the United States' sixteen intelligence agencies on some specific subject).

The Bush Administration started making declassified NIE summaries available after they were caught leaking selected parts of an NIE to validate their decision to invade Iraq. Three declassified NIE summaries were released this past year, and the Bush Administration have decided that this kind of openness does not work for them. How can they convince people that the war on Iraq is making us safer, when an NIE comes out and says the Iraq war is creating more terrorists and increasing the threat of terrorism?. How can they say that we can't afford to wait to bomb Iran when the NIE says that Iran is 10 years from developing a bomb (if that is their goal).

According to former CIA analyst Ray McGovern:

• "The latest National Intelligence Estimate regarding if and when Iran is likely to have the bomb has been ready since February. It has been sent back four times-no doubt because its conclusions do not support what Cheney and Woolsey are telling the president and, through the domesticated press, telling the rest of us as well."--CounterPunch, 8/22/07

The Bush Administration wants to go back to the old way of doing things. National Intelligence Estimates will remain secret, and they will leak the parts they want us to know.

This is unacceptable. The Bush Administration has already lied us into one illegal and unnecessary war, and we cannot allow them to do it again in Iran. We can start by letting Congress know that we are paying attention and expect them to start doing their job.

• "The president of the United States didn't have the power to spy on Americans ... operate secret prisons ... suspend due process ... torture ... hide the conduct of the government from the public. It's not like anybody gave President Bush any of these powers--he took them, as a brain-dead Congress just stood there and watched."--CNN commentator Jack Cafferty, 10/24/07

It is actually worse than that. Last Spring, Illinois' own Senator Dick Durbin revealed that he knew the Bush Administration was lying to the American people in their push for war with Iraq.

• "The information we had in the Intelligence Committee was not the same information being given to the American people. ... I was angry about it. (But) frankly, I couldn't do much about it because, in the Intelligence Committee, we are sworn to secrecy. We can't walk outside the door and say the statement made yesterday by the White House is in direct contradiction to classified information that is being given to this Congress."--UPI, 5/27/07

Yes, Senator, yes you can. You can walk right out and tell the truth. No secrecy oath can possibly justify your sitting silent while the President or anyone else attempts to deceive our nation into war. You don't have to divulge secret information, but it is your duty to tell the American people when you know the President is lying about the intelligence that he has been given.

The Bush Administration is now attempting to justify an attack on Iran. We must tell our representatives in Congress, who have access to intelligence information--Do not sit silently again and let these madmen start another war.

• "Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly."--Mohandas K. Gandhi, 1946
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Mick Youther is an American citizen, an independent voter, a veteran, a parent, a Christian, a scientist, a writer, and all-around nice guy who has been aroused from a comfortable apathy by the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush Administration.

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