The Next Attorney General
The one person Bush will not nominate is an intellectually honest, rule-of-law individual who would actually investigate the administration's many misdeeds, and that is precisely who the country needs.
Wisconsin US Atty Defies DoJ and Says He'll Testify Under Oath
Biskupic' readiness to testify on the Thompson prosecution, though of no assistance to the innocent Georgia Thompson now, is commendable, especially when considered against the attitude of the corrupt DoJ that may be the lowest disgrace yet of the Bush administration.
Petraeus Says 'No Decision' as Americans Say 'No War'
The PR managers just want to be able to say next year during the campaign some version that that it (Iraq) wasn't their fault, they are bringing the (some) troops home, the politicians blew it and Bush just listened to the Generals in the field.
National VA Director Pushed US Atty Biskupic to Indict Critical Veteran
U.S. Navy Airman Keith Roberts (1969-71) became the central figure in what is a cautionary, Alice-in-Wonderland tale, after U.S. Atty. Biskupic's and the VA's plotting resulted in Roberts being tried and convicted of receiving disability benefits from the VA (by wire transfer as the VA requires for all payments).
Ray Nitschke and Bush's Iraq-Vietnam Speech
Even as the specter of another grand, foolish military venture dances around Washington scaring many of the testicularally-challenged democrats who appeased Bush on Iraq, Bush knows in his heart most Americans believe him to be wrong.
Jose Padilla's Ideology and His Rights
The distinction between endorsing another's rights and another's views is obvious outside of authoritarian ideologies that view liberty with suspicion.
Thursday, August 16, 2007(3 comments)
Jose Padilla and America's Descent into Fascism
"At many of the points at which the government said 'dirty bomb,' there was no opportunity to respond for the reason that Mr. Padilla was in solitary confinement and no lawyer had been able to talk to him about the charges," says Diane Amann, visiting law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
Although they seek a life sentence, prosecutors introduced no evidence of personal involvement by Padilla in planning
Decider Decides Not to Decide
The too-often-played song from the Bush administration's endless stream is that some other force is responsible for how to decide the dirty problems, even as Bush occasionally squawks that he is the decider.
Friday, July 27, 2007(2 comments)
Nam Vets Fight for Agent Orange Victims
In April 2000, the U.S. Congress authorized the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commemorative Plaque, also known as the In Memory Plaque, to be added to the three-acre Memorial site on the National Mall. The plaque is intended to honor those Vietnam veterans who died after service in Vietnam
Bush's New Exec Order Does What?
Steve Hanson at Uppity Wisconsin writes that "President Bush has signed yet another executive order allowing the blocking of property of - um - well - it sounds like damn near anybody that does anything that blocks our mission in Iraq."
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Aggression Not Standing
Peter Galbraith's piece also reveals the extent to which American imperial assumptions underlie liberal criticism (to say nothing of neocon praise) of the Iraq invasion and occupation.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007(3 comments)
The One True Church
Less than one week after the Roman Catholic Church issued its degree that the Catholic Church is the "one true Church of Christ", the one, true Church agreed to a $660 million settlement in the clergy molestation/rape case in Los Angeles.
Monday, July 16, 2007(5 comments)
Why So Many Americans Are in Prison
Loury does make mention of a population "(s)toked by fear and political opportunism ... ," but in a depoliticized society like the United States where fear and lavish attention to the trivial and meaningless (celebrity, reality shows, sports and so on) continue, I think Loury needs to link the violent prison-industrial complex as a logical outgrowth of our depoliticized culture maintained by the corporate-media.
Outrage: Bush Commutes Libby Sentance
The reaction of the American people to this outrage will be revealing of the extent to which America remains a democratic republic as we head into Independence Day.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Fighting the US DoJ and the VA in Two Courts at Once
Veteran Keith Roberts (1968-71) is fighting his legal battle not just against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but also the U.S. Department of Justice in two different courts and two different cases simultaneously on the same factual and legal dispute in a bizarre case.
Monday, June 25, 2007
US Atty Biskupic and VA Defied US Law to Convict Wisconsin Veteran
In this Karl Rove/Dick Cheney age of politics when the governmental machinery is so politicized that Richard Nixon seems a progressive reformist by comparison, it's not surprising to find the United States Department of Justice ravaging a Vietnam-era veteran diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Innocent Woman Jailed by Bush US Atty Biskupic Seeks Reimbursement
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned the innocent woman's conviction in April, with one judge deriding the US Atty's evidence as "beyond thin," and ordered her freed in an extraordinary decision after oral arguments. Now the innocent is seeking money from the state for her ordeal
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Finkelstein Draws Flood of Support in Wake of Tenure Denial
Finkelstein has drawn praise from Raul Hilberg, considered the dean of Holocaust studies, Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman and Sara Roy, but has drawn criticism from those committed to militarism and misuses of the Holocaust that almost killed Finkelstein's parents.
Thursday, June 14, 2007(1 comments)
TNR Embarrasses Itself Again on Mike Gravel
Mike Gravel, of-course, is the former Senator from Alaska who famously read into the congressional record the Pentagon Papers, that laid out the lies before and during the Vietnam War that ultimately cost some three million lives, and wreaks havoc even today on untold millions more, including 100,000s of Vietnam-era veterans whom the Veterans Administration is trying to shaft on VA beneits. That's a bad thing, TNR.
Free Paris Hilton
The media and indeed much of America got quite a laugh out of reports that Paris Hilton was sent back to jail in tears and emotional distress.
Friday, June 8, 2007
VA Source Blasts Jailed Wisc Vet Case, Alleges VA Retaliation
A source at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee contacted the Madison-based Lee Rayburn radio show after a June 6 broadcast on jailed Vietnam-era veteran, Keith Roberts, and blasted the US Atty Stephen Biskupic's prosecution of the Wisconsin veteran.
Thursday, June 7, 2007(1 comments)
More Dismantlement of Case Against Jailed Wisconsin Veteran
An analysis reveals more corroboration of the account of a Vietnam-era airman who witnessed a colleague's death in a gruesome C-54 aircraft accident in 1969 at a Naval Air Facility in Naples, Italy and is now imprisoned for wire fraud, for falsifying the account.
Monday, June 4, 2007
New Evidence in Jailed Vet Case
Critics and veteran groups accuse the Bush administration of the unprecedented politicalization of the Department of Justice and the VA, and see the indictment and conviction of Keith Roberts on charges of wire fraud (and other veterans) as a consequence of this politicalization that discourages Vietnam-era veterans from seeking PTSD benefits, per the views of the American Enterprise Institute.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007(2 comments)
Military Document Corroborates Jailed Vet's Story
Every veteran who files for PTSD (especially Vietnam-era vets) is now at criminal risk if they cannot prove that their "stressors" exist to the evolving and high standard of the VA in these matters.
Memorial Day, Herb Kohl and Wis SeniorCare
"The drug coverage that seniors in Wisconsin have come to know and depend on is going to stay in place," Senator Herb Kohl said in a statement. "The delegation stuck with it, and we got the job done."
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Marine Betrayed by the VA
"I would have rather been shot on the battlefield than to have ended up with health problems from a shot that my own government made me take."
Friday, May 18, 2007
US Atty. Biskupic Praised Before Being Buried-Almost
The praise of US Atty. Biskupic in late 2004 deepened questions about why senior Justice Department leaders months later added his name to a list of U.S. attorneys who should be replaced for not putting enough emphasis on the priorities set by President Bush.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007(1 comments)
VA Document Contradicts US Atty in Jailed Vet Case
Key document contradicts prosecuting attorney, Timothy Funnell of the US Eastern District of Wisconsin, who repeatedly portrayed Vietnam-era vet as engaging in a "scheme" to "fraudulently" obtain VA benefits motivated by greed.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007(1 comments)
Americans Believe More Often in Civilian Attacks
Three times as many Americans believe that attacks on civilians are sometimes justified (24 percent), as Pakistanis and Indonesians who believe that attacks on civilians are sometimes justified to defend Islam (eight percent).
Urge Tammy Baldwin to Ask AG Gonzales about Jailed Vet
Many Opednews.com readers know that Airman Keith Roberts (1968-74) is battling political forces allied with VA Sec. Jim Nicholson whose department worked with US Atty Stephen Biskupic to imprison this Vietnam-ear vet for 48 months on a ludicrous charge of wire fraud for filin for VA benefits, now under appeal.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Report Issued on PTSD Cost to Mixed Reactions
The VA report came as criticism has mounted over VA Sec. Jim Nicholson's tenure that saw budget shortfalls, a backlog of 600,000 disability cases, staffing shortages at Vet Centers, security breaches, alleged neglect of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) cases, and even the criminalization of the VA benefit process.
Monday, May 7, 2007(1 comments)
Fight Is on to Free Wisconsin Vet
An informal group of veterans are offering advice and support to the jailed vet's family and their attorney. Most of the vets' descriptions of the VA under Secretary Jim Nicholson's tenure and US Atty Biskupic are profane, and on background.
Thursday, May 3, 2007(3 comments)
Vet Imprisoned for Seeking Benefits
In the administration where rightwing think tanks supply the intellectual essence for such government policy as health care and the Iraq war, the veterans' benefits bureaucracy also apparently takes its cue from the right.
Robert Jackson and Prosecutorial Discretion
As the Bush administration has turned the DoJ into a political operation of the White House, and liberal district attorneys around the country (including Madison, Wisconsin, see Brian Blanchard, for example) engage in quests to prove their tough-on-crime bone fides, Robert Jackson speaks to us today with urgency.
Sunday, April 22, 2007(2 comments)
US Atty Biskupic Should Resign
Stephen Biskupic, US Atty for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, should never again be allowed to serve in public office, and should resign effective immediately.
NYT Editorial on US Atty Prosecution of Innocent Woman
Today's editorial in the New York Times by Adam Cohen, "A Woman Wrongly Convicted and a U.S. Attorney Who Kept His Job," blasts US Atty Steven Biskupic (Wis), advancing the story of an ever-increasing US Atty scandal.