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The Patriot Facts is dedicated to providing Americans with important food for thought about the Bush Administration by drawing attention to under-reported stories, hidden agendas, apparent and proven corruption, cover-ups, and false or misleading statements made by President George W. Bush, his cabinet officials and aides. We want everyone who voted for Bush to have complete understanding -- as a responsible, informed citizen -- of what they endorsed with their vote.

The Patriot Facts is a non-partisan project and will make no political endorsements of any kind or advocate any cause. This site was simply created in the hopes of countering, in some small way, the kowtowing of the press in post-Sept. 11 America, which has encouraged pure propaganda by never questioning sound-bite falsehoods like "they hate our freedoms" (terrorists don't give a damn about what our citizens do inside our own country) and by completely abandoning the concept of the follow-up question when politicians (any politicians) spin their answers to what are, all too often, already softball questions to begin with.


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Catch Bush officials (and others) in hundreds of lies
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FRAMING:
HOW THE RIGHT IS WINNING THE WAR OF WORDS

With survey results, it's all in the way you phrase the question.
A propaganda primer

STRAIGHT FROM THE NEO-CONS' MOUTHS
Dig around this site and discover how the president's advisers have been planning to attack Iraq since 1998 and other scary plans of Straussian Neo-Conservatives
The Project for a New American Century
(Detailed profile of the PNAC)

Iraq on the Record Database
Visit this searchable collection of specific misleading Bush Administration quotes about the threat posed by Iraq.
Iraq vs. Vietnam Scorecard

 
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BUT HERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS TO OTHER GREAT RESOURCES ON THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION (SOME MORE ACTIVIST THAN OTHERS) AND UNDERREPORTED NEWS STORIES:

 • Fact-tracking
BUSHWATCH.COM
Similar concept to ThePatriotFacts.org, but more of a pool of information rather than links to news.

 • Fact-tracking
THEBUSHPRESIDENCY.ORG
This in-depth site tracks everything Bush has done since taking office.

 • Good resource
THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
Level-headed progressive examination of current events and issues.

 • Gotcha!
CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS QUOTE-CHECKER
Catch Bush officials (and others) in hundreds of lies, checking statements against documented facts. Very well-researched information!

 • Turning over the rocks
GREG PALAST
Hard-charging investigative journalist who publishes in Britain because American newspapers are too chummy with the government to print his volatile stuff.

 • Fact-tracking
OUTRATGEDMODERATES.ORG
More high-quality Bush scrutiny.

 • Good resource
DOCUMENT LIBRARY at OUTRATGEDMODERATES.ORG
Every hard copy you ever wanted to download of declassified government documents, many proving Bush administration corruption and lies.

 • From the Right
AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE
Republicans like Pat Buchanan also say Bush has to go, and they say it often.

 • Good resource
PROJECT CENSORED
Keeps track of under-reported news stories.

 • Scary & True
FRAMING: HOW THE RIGHT IS WINNING THE WAR OF WORDS
With survey results, it's all in the way you phrase the question. A propaganda primer from a Berkeley language prof.

 • Scary & True
THE PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY
Straight from the Neo-Conservatives' mouths: Dig around this site and discover how the president's advisers have been planning to attack Iraq since 1998 and other scary plans of Straussian right-wing hawks.
(Read a detailed profile of the PNAC)

 • The Real Cost of War
MILITARY FAMILIES SPEAK OUT & BRING THEM HOME NOW
You think the war in Iraq is just? Explain it to these people whose family members are serving, suffering and dying.

 • Funny & Sad
THE COMPLETE BUSHISMS
Tracking every stupid thing the president says.

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 • Terrorism  • Human Rights
REPORTER EASILY FINDS GITMO DEFENSE WINTNESSES THE U.S. SAYS COULDN'T BE FOUND
The US government routinely failed to give detainees at Guantanamo Bay access to witnesses who might helped them prove their innocence, saying it could not locate witnesses for the defense. But a reporter found one detainee's witnesses in just 3 days.
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Guardian)
More here... (Boston Globe)


 • Terrorism  • Human Rights
SUPREME COURT: BUSH USURPED POWERS WITH GITMO PRISONER ORDERS
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying in a strong rebuke that the trials were illegal under U.S. and international law.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Religious Agenda
EVANGELICALS OF ALL STRIPES SEEKING TO HASTEN 'END TIMES'
Among them, Americans who presume to know what God is thinking and want to bring about the end of the world.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Corruption  • Constitutional Rights
HOW BUSH SIGNS LAWS THEN DISREGARDS ANY PART HE DOESN'T LIKE
By placing statements in the Federal Register, Bush has sidestepped new laws over 700 times.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Gate)


 • Iraq
INSURGENT ATTACKS ON U.S. CONVOYS DOUBLED IN PAST YEAR
An average of 30 attacks weekly show just how well things are going over there.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • 9/11 Investigation
U.S. INTEL IDENTIFIED 9/11 HIJACKERS MONTHS BEFORE ATTACK
A U.S. military intelligence team identified four Sept. 11 hijackers, including ringleader Mohammed Atta, as likely members of an al Qaeda cell in the United States over a year before the 2001 attacks, a former team member and a Republican congressman said on Tuesday.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)

WAS THERE A COVER-UP? FORMER 9/11 COMMISSION MEMBERS DEMAND INVESTIGATION
"The issue is whether there was in fact surveillance before 9/11 of Atta and, if so, why weren't we told about it? Who made the decision not to brief the commission's staff or the commissioners?" said Republican John F. Lehman.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Terrorism  • Homeland Security
WHITE HOUSE STONEWALLING TERROR-READINESS INVESTIGATION
Bush aides are ignoring requests from 9/11 Commission members who are looking into nation's ability to prevent attacks.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Conservatives
MODERATE REPUBLICANS BEING PUSHED ASIDE
Ultra-conservative agenda becomes priority at Republican Party's summer meeting, where keynote speaker rails against public schools, home-wrecking feminism, and Civil Rights.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Iraq
BUSH APPROVAL RATINGS PLUMMET EVEN FURTHER
Americans' approval of President Bush's handling of Iraq is at its lowest level yet - 38%. Fewer than half now think he's honest AND the president's confidence is seen as arrogance by a growing number of people.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Terrorism  • Human Rights
SECRET MILITARY EMAILS INDICATE GITMO TRIBUNALS MAY BE RIGGED
Two senior prosecutors have complained in confidential messages that the trial system had been secretly arranged to improve the chance of conviction and to deprive defendants of material that could prove their innocence.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Foreign Policy
BUSH BYPASSES SENATE, APPOINTS ANTI-U.N. BOLTON AS AMBASSADOR TO U.N.
"It's a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton's credibility at the U.N."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Propaganda  • Quotes
REPUBLICAN HYPOCRISY ON WAR
In the late 1990s, Republicans were jumped all over President Clinton for getting U.S. troops involved in preventing genocide in Kosovo. Here are a few of quotes about that conflict -- many of them similar to statements they now consider unforgivable when spoken about the war in Iraq.
Inform yourself with the full story here (ThePatriotFacts)


 • Foreign Policy
BOLTON CAUGHT LYING TO CONGRESS - BUSH TO SNEAK HIM INTO U.N. SEAT ANYWAY
John Bolton, Bush's anti-U.N. choice for U.N. ambassador, has been caught lying to congress in an investigation of faulty pre-war intelligence. But the president still plans to bypass congressional hearings and appoint him while lawmakers are in recess.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Terrorism
WITH 'WAR ON TERROR' FAILING MISERABLY, WHITE HOUSE DECIDES TO CHANGE ITS SLOGAN
Since the word "war" implies something with a clear goal of success and a definable end, the new PR strategy is to now say we're in a "global struggle against violent extremism," which is nice and vague.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Courts
SUPREME COURT NOMINEE TRYING TO HIDE MEMBERSHIP IN SECRETIVE SOCIETY OF RIGHT-WING ACTIVIST JUDGES
Federalist Society paperwork lists John G. Roberts as a member, but he refuses to answer questions about his involvement in the group.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)
MORE: Roberts refuses to address Federalist questions (CBS)


 • Corruption  • Homeland Security
PLAME'S IDENTITY WAS CLASSIFIED, PER STATE DEPT.
Proof that Rove and other White House leakers committed a felony -- and treason -- by helping make her name public.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Corruption
ANOTHER CONFESSED CRIMINAL ADDED TO BUSH PAYROLL
Robert Earl, who helped in the failed Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, is now chief of staff to Gordon England, acting deputy secretary of Defense.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Corruption
PLAME CASE PROSECUTOR NOW LOOKING INTO PERJURY, OBSTRUCTION CHARGES
The special prosecutor in the CIA leak investigation has shifted his focus from whether White House officials violated a law against exposing undercover agents to determining whether evidence exists to bring perjury or obstruction of justice charges.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Corruption
WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT KNOW, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?
With Bush's closest adviser revealed as a major leak in the treasonous outing of a CIA agent, investigations being into just how much he knew while claiming to be ignorant of the source.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Terrorism  • Human Rights  • Defense Dept.
BUSH CAMP TRYING TO BLOCK REPUBLICAN LEGISLATION AGAINST PRISONER TORTURE
Cheney attempts to intimidate backers into abandoning legislation that would bar the U.S. military from engaging in "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of detainees or hiding prisoners from the Red Cross.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Iraq  • Human Rights  • Defense Dept.
MILITARY STILL TRYING TO COVER UP DETAILS OF ABU GHRAIB ABUSE
Lawyers for the Defense Department are refusing to cooperate with a federal judge's order to release secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Iraq
INSURGENTS BECOMING MORE SOPHISTICATED, SHOW NO SIGNS OF DEFEAT
Despite months of assurances that the forces were on the wane, the guerrillas and terrorists battling the American-backed enterprise here appear to be growing more violent, more resilient and more sophisticated than ever.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Civil Rights
HOUSE VOTES TO MAKE PATRIOT ACT PERMANENT
Your library, business and medical records can be searched without your knowledge, your web surfing can be tracked, searches that once required a judge's OK can be conducted on the whim of the CIA or FBI, and you don't even have to be a terrorism suspect. 257 House members think this is just ducky and the Patriot Act needs no revisions at all.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Corruption  • Security  • Most Troubling
CIA AGENTS RIP BUSH FOR FAILURE TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ROVE
"What has suffered irreversible damage is the credibility of our case officers when they try to convince an overseas contact that their safety is of primary importance to us," said Jim Marcinkowski, a former CIA case officer, in a congressional hearing.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Corruption
BUSH FLIP-FLOPS ON PROMISE TO FIRE LEAKER
On Sept. 30, 2003, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, "If anyone in this administration was involved in (the leak), they would no longer be in this administration."

On June 10, 2004, Bush was asked if he stood by "your pledge to fire anyone" involved in the leak. He said, "Yes."

On July 18, 2005, Bush flip-flopped: "If someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration."

Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Corruption  • Most Troubling
GRAND JURY TESTIMONY: ROVE, LIBBY WERE PERSONALLY INTENT ON DISCREDITING WILSON
After former ambassador's report that didn't gibe with Bush's fictions about Iraq nuclear ambitions, these top aids got personally involved in undercutting the writer. When asked at one point why he was pursuing the diplomat so aggressively, Rove reportedly responded: "He's a Democrat."
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Corruption  • Most Troubling
TIME's COOPER REVEALS ROVE WAS HIS FIRST SOURCE, IMPLICATES LIBBY TOO
The reporter whose grand jury testimony has unraveled a series of White House lies about who leaked the name of a CIA agent has now explained in detail: Bush's top adviser was the first to tell him the woman's identity, and Cheney's Chief of Staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby talked too.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)

MEANWHILE BUSH STAFF HAS NOTHING TO SAY, STILL HIDING BEHIND 'ONGOING INVESTIGATION' CLAIMS
After two years of passionately denying Rove and Libby had anything to do with the leak, suddenly the White House insists they can't talk about grand jury investigations.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Iraq
NOW THAT THE U.S. HAS 'FREED' IRAQ, WOMEN IN BASRA CAN ENJOY RIGID FORCED PIETY
At Basra University these days, it's not uncommon to see armed religious extremists scrutinizing female students to make sure their dresses are the right length and their makeup properly modest.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Christian Science Monitor)


 • Defense Dept.
BRASS REFUSES TO PUNISH GITMO CHIEF, DESPITE RECOMMENDATION OF MILITARY INVESTIGATORS
Military investigators who looked into FBI accounts of Guantanamo Bay detainee abuse urged that a former commander of the prison for foreign terrorism suspects be reprimanded, but U.S. Southern Command declined to do so.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Corruption  • Most Troubling
WHITE HOUSE BACKPEDALS DESPERATELY ON KARL ROVE'S TREASON
Spokesman Scott McClellan claims the White House doesn't comment on ongoing investigations, but reporters point out he had no problem talking about this very same leak of a CIA agent's name before Rove was revealed as the source.
More transcript here (Raw Story)
Watch video of this briefing here (Crooksandliars.com)
Watch video of McClellan's previous statements here (Crooksandliars.com)
A comparison of White House quotes, then and now (NY Times)


 • Corruption  • Most Troubling
LIES ABOUT ROVE'S TREASON BEGIN TO UNRAVEL
Here's what Karl Rove's lawyer told Bloomberg News on July 3, 2005:

[Karl Rove] did nothing wrong, did not disclose Plame's identity, and did not reveal any confidential information.
But according to TIME reporter Matt Cooper's shorthand e-mail about his interview with Rove:
[I]t was, KR [Karl Rove] said, wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on wmd issues who authorized the trip.
Inform yourself with the full story here (ThinkProgress.org/Bloomberg/Newsweek)


 • Terrorism
HOW WELL IS BUSH'S 'WAR ON TERROR' STRATEGY WORKING?
1) 'al Qaeda in Europe' kills dozens, injures hundreds in London attacks
        Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)
2) 'al Qaeda in Iraq' kills Egyptian diplomat on the same day
        Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)
3) Terrorist attacks in Iraq before US invasion: zero. In 2004: 866.
        Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
4) CIA has "an excellent idea" where Osama bin Laden is, but we're not going after him
        Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters/Time)


 • Constitutional Rights
REPORTERS INVITED TO TOUR GITMO PRISON, THEN DENIED ANY USEFUL ACCESS
CNN shown comfortable cells, but their pictures and video are censored, and they're not allowed to talk to prisoners, especially those who shouted out "We take the torture in here!"
Inform yourself with the full story here (CNN)


 • Constitutional Rights
HAS THE U.S. GOV'T BEGUN HOOVER-TYPE SPYING ON AMERICANS AGAIN?
A new unit of the California National Guard has apparently been investigating peaceful protesters, just like during the Vietnam War, and covering it up.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Corruption
DESPITE ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS OF CORRUPTION, MILITARY PONIES UP ANOTHER $5 BILLION TO CHENEY CHUMS AT HALLIBURTON
Logistics company with direct ties to White House "wins" no-bid contract for more work in Iraq.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Courts
REPUBLICANS TRYING TO SPEED UP EXECUTIONS
Right-wing lawmakers are sick of checks and balances designed to make sure the U.S. doesn't execute anyone who is innocent and would rather hurry up and kill convicts as fast as possible.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Courts
BUSH APPOINTEE WILL HELP DECIDE NATION-CHANGING SOCIAL ISSUES
On the docket for the next session of the Supreme Court: Abortion rights, physician-assisted suicide and gay rights.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Iraq
IRAQ BY THE NUMBERS, JUNE 2005
For starters...
890 - American soldiers killed in the last year (up from last year).
12,0000 - Iraqi civilian deaths (the official count anyway).
70 - Average daily attacks by insurgents as of May 2005 (up from 40 in 2004).
27-40% - Unemployment in Iraq (no change from a year ago).
9.4 - Average hours of electricity per day nationwide (down from last year).
Inform yourself with the full story here (ThePatriotFacts)


 • Iraq
2 YEARS OF IMPORTANT QUOTES ABOUT IRAQ
Including...
"Saddam Hussein has got weapons of mass destruction."
"Our mission (in Iraq) is very clear: disarmament."
"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended...the United States has prevailed."
"Bring 'em on."
"He has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons."
and
"We never said there were stockpiles."
Inform yourself with the full story here (ThePatriotFacts)


 • Misc.
POLL: 42% FAVOR IMPEACHMENT IF BUSH IS PROVED TO HAVE LIED ABOUT REASONS FOR IRAQ WAR
Survey also finds president's approval rating still slipping after his televised address this week.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Zogby)


 • Misc.
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN INTRODUCE BILL TO CREATE PRIVATELY-OWNED TOLL ROADS
"The time has come for this," Sen. Jim Talent, a Missouri Republican who co-sponsored the proposal, said in a telephone interview. The move would also bring lucrative fees to Wall Street banks and others for underwriting and trading tax-exempt debt.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Foreign Policy
A NEW "BRING 'EM ON": BUSH GETS THANK YOU FROM IRANIAN HARD-LINERS FOR HELP WITH ELECTION
Extremists get a big boost in polls after U.S. President opens his big mouth to criticize Iran's election process.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Canoe)


 • Defense
RECRUITING CANNON FODDER EARLY: MILITARY PROGRAMS MOVING INTO MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Students as young as 11 are being to march in formation, carry weapons, obey orders unquestioningly in "junior ROTC" school programs funded by the Department of Defense.
Inform yourself with the full story here (In These Times/AlterNet)


 • Environment
BRAZIL HAS CUT THE CORD ON FOREIGN OIL, MANY CARS RUN ON ETHANOL NOW
South American nation got smart during the last oil crisis and started finding solutions. Now leads the world in low gas prices, low tailpipe emissions. This ain't rocket science, people.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Homeland Security
IMMIGRATION CURBS WREAK HAVOC ON AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY
Strawberries rotting on the vine in Oregon because of a shortage of immigrant workers. Republican lawmaker's suggested solution: repeal child labor laws.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Eugene Register-Guard)


 • Constitutional Rights  • RARE GOOD NEWS
HOUSE VOTES TO WEAKEN UNCONSTITUTIONAL PATRIOT ACT PROVISION
The sweeping Section 215 - often called the "library provision" - that greased the wheels for the government to obtain business records, library records and other "tangible things" for investigations has been rebuked by the House of Representatives in a 238 to 137 vote.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Iraq
MORE BRITISH MEMOS SURFACE SHOWING BUSH'S EARLY DETERMINATION TO ATTACK IRAQ
In March 2002, the Bush administration had just begun to publicly raise the possibility of confronting Iraq. But behind the scenes, officials already were deeply engaged in seeking ways to justify an invasion even though there was no proof of any weapons programs or al Qaeda links, as later claimed. Read the memos for yourself...
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)
 • More details at downingstreetmemo.com
 • and at afterdowningstreet.org
 • and in Salon.com's excellent, in-depth coverage and analysis


 • Most Troubling
REPUBLICANS TRYING TO APPEAL 22nd AMMENDMENT SO BUSH CAN RUN 3RD TERM
Introduced February 17, HJ RES 24 would end term limits with just 14 words: "The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is repealed."
Inform yourself with the full story here (House of Representatives)


 • Misc.
REPUBLICAN-CONTROLED HOUSE PANEL WANTS DEEP CUTS FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Subcommittee plans to eliminate within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Bye bye Big Bird and the only news broadcast in American that doesn't lead with Michael Jackson stories.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Iraq
ANOTHER TOP-SECRET BRITISH MEMO CONCLUDED U.S. LACKED ADEQUATE PLANNING FOR IRAQ
Another 2002 document shows that not only had the Bush Administration already decided to go to war (while lying about peace efforts), but that "little thought" had been given to "the aftermath and how to shape it."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)
More details at downingstreetmemo.com


 • Terrorism  • Pure Propaganda
BUSH PUSHING FOR PATRIOT ACT RENEWAL BY LYING ABOUT RATE OF TERRORISM CONVICTIONS
President, Attorney General claim 200 people have been convicted in terrorism cases. The truth: just 39. Of the 400 people charged with terrorism-related crimes, at least 180 have no terrorist connections whatsoever.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)

THE TERRORISM CASE THAT WASN'T - BUT STILL IS
18 Middle Eastern men charged soon after 9/11 because they obtained licenses to carry hazardous materials never applied for those licenses, but that hasn't stopped Bush from claiming this case as a "successful" prosecution of terrorists.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Constitutional Rights
REPUBLICAN HEADING PATRIOT ACT HEARINGS CUTS OFF CRITICS, CLOSES TESTIMONY
James Sensenbrenner interrupted witnesses, shut down hearings on the renewal of the Patriot Act when critics cataloged US abuses of human rights that have occurred under its regulations.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
More details (Washington Post)


 • Human Rights
CARTER CALLS ON BUSH TO SHUT DOWN ABUSE-SCANDALIZED PRISONS
"The U.S. continues to suffer terrible embarrassment and a blow to our reputation...because of reports concerning abuses of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo."
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Environment
BUSH OFFICIAL ALTERED REPORTS ON GLOBAL WARMING BEFORE PUBLICATION
Documents acquired by the New York Times through the Government Accountability Project show White House stooge Philip Cooney (a former top oil industry lobbyist and most definitely not a scientist) made significant changes to climate research reports so as to diminish the severity of scientific conclusions. Cooney now refuses to comment.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Misc.
BUSH'S APPROVAL RATING PLUMMETS
52% disapprove of how Bush is running the country (the worst approval ever for a president in the first year of a second term), 66% say we're blowing it in Iraq, 52% say US is not safer. (So why is the press still treating him with kid gloves?)
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Justice Dept.
AFTER WINNING HUGE CASE AGAINST TOBACCO INDUSTRY, JUSTICE DEPT. ASKS FOR ONLY 8% OF SETTLEMENT
Three years after John Ashcroft tried to shelve racketeering case to appease political pals, only to revive it under public pressure, the government wins its case, but reduces demand to fund non-smoking programs from $130 billion to $10 billion -- with no explanation offered.
Inform yourself with the full story here (MSNBC/Washington Post)

FEDS ALSO LEANED ON WITNESSES TO EASE UP IN TESTIMONY
Justice Department's lead trial lawyer asked key prosecution witnesses to remove suggestions for a ban on marketing cigarettes to kids.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Misc.
HEY GANG, LET'S HAVE A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED BOOK BURNIN'
Far-right rag Human Events preaches the "Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries."
Visit the thought police here (Human Events)


 • Pure Propaganda  • Anti-Bush Conservatives
KNEE-JERKED REACTIONARY REPUBLICAN WHO COINED 'FREEDOM FRIES' DOES A FLIP-FLOP
After making a big stink about France's refusal to back the U.S. attack in Iraq, Walter Jones (R-NC) now concedes we went to war "with no justification." As for his demand that french fries and french toast undergo name change, he says "I wish it had never happened."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Guardian)


 • Pure Propaganda  • Defense
FAMILY OF EX-NFL STAR WHO DIED IN AFGHANISTAN ENRAGED OVER ARMY LYING ABOUT HIS FRIENDLY-FIRE DEATH
Military spin-doctors painted Pat Tillman as a hero shot while leading a charge against the enemy. But long after his highly publicized funeral, his family was told the truth.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Constitutional Rights  • Most Troubling
CONSTITUTION? WHAT CONSTITUTION? 43% OF AMERICANS THINK THE PRESS HAS TOO MUCH FREEDOM, 22% SAY GOV'T CENSORSHIP SHOULD BE ALLOWED
53% say news organizations should be prevented from printing stories with unnamed sources, and just 14% of the public can name "freedom of the press" as a guarantee in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Editor & Publisher)


 • Civil Rights
BUSH DRAGGING FEET ON CREATION OF BOARD DESIGNED TO PROTECT RIGHTS UNDER PATRIOT ACT
Bipartisan group of senators calls attention to president's lack of action on naming members of group that would keep tabs on privacy, civil rights violations.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Religious Agenda
REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD ALLOW PREACHERS TO ENDORSE CANDIDATES FROM PULPIT
Southern politicians want tax-exempt status to remain for ministries that cross the line between church and state.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Human & Constitutional Rights  • Defense  • Terrorism  • Iraq
A CHRONOLOGY OF U.S. WAR CRIMES AND TORTURE, 1975-2005
An brief but thorough run-down of systematic double-standards in U.S. defense and foreign policies for the last 30 years -- and a good quick reference for recent Bush Administration violations of U.S. and international law.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Counterpunch)


 • Iraq
LEAKED TOP-SECRET BRITISH DOCUMENTS PROVE BUSH, BLAIR PLANNED IRAQ WAR IN 2002, THEN WENT LOOKING FOR EXCUSES TO ATTACK
Tony Blair quoted in memo: "If the political context were right, people would support regime change. (The key issues would be) whether the military plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to give the military plan space to work."
Inform yourself with the full story here (London Times)
Text of the actual documents (London Times)
80 members of congress demand answers from Bush (The Raw Story)
More details at downingstreetmemo.com


 • Constitution
ULTRA-CONSERVATIVES INTRODUCE BILL TO STRIP POWERS FROM U.S. COURTS, INSTILL BIBILCAL LAW ABOVE THE CONSTITUTION
A sample of the text (cutting out all the jabberwocky): "...the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review...any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government...concerning that entity's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government."
Here's the text of the bill (US Senate)
Here's an analysis (Znet)


 • Environment
BUSH STRIPS PROTECTIONS FROM AMERICA'S LAST 58.5 MILLION ACRES OF UNTOUCHED FOREST
Fragile areas set aside as preserve by Clinton will now be open to logging, mining, new roads, etc.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Iraq
MARINE WHO SHOT INJURED, UNARMED IRAQI SOLDIER IS LET OFF SCOT FREE
Commander concludes that man already bleeding and slumped against a wall in infamously gory videotape "posed a hostile threat justifying (the marine's) use of deadly force."
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Terrorism
SUPPOSED AL QAEDA KINGPIN WHOSE CAPTURE BUSH TOUTED IS EXPOSED AS A NOBODY
Newspaper investigation reveals Abu Faraj al-Libbi, captured in late April, is a middle-ranking soldier in the terrorist organization, not its #3 leader.
Inform yourself with the full story here (The London Times)


 • Misc.
BUSH'S LABOR DEPT. LACKEYS THREATEN UNIONS AGAINST FIGHTING SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES
After using the Social Security Administration itself to sell plan for gutting the service, Republicans are trying to tell labor organizations they can't use pension money to fight for their rights.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Human Rights  • Terrorism
GROWING EVIDENCE SHOWS U.S. SENDS PRISONERS TO OTHER COUNTRIES FOR TORTURE
Seven months before 9/11, the State Department listed a litany of horrors inflicted on prisoners in Uzbekistan. Now the former Soviet republic is a primary destination for captured "enemy combatants."
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Social Security
BUSH'S SOCIAL SECURITY PLAN INCLUDES HUGE BENEFIT ROLL-BACKS, FORCES AMERICANS TO PLAY THE STOCK MARKET
Complicated 'progressive indexing' will reduce payments to retirees by 28% to 49% over the next several decades.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)
See a graphic showing how deep the cuts go (SF Chronicle)


 • Budget
CONGRESS APPROVES 2006 BUDGET IN WHICH MILITARY GETS MORE MONEY THAN EVERYTHING ELSE COMBINED
War in Iraq gets "supplimental" $50 billion. Big losers include Medicaid, environment, deficit. Winners? Wealthy taxpayers, for one.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Constitutional Rights
ALABAMA REPUBLICANS GET THEIR CENSORSHIP ON
A bill an Alabama lawmaker very much in bed with the Bush Administration would ban any book that contains any mention of homosexuality and any book written by a homosexual author, regardless of content.
Inform yourself with the full story here (CBS)

To quote: No public funds or public facilities shall be used by any state agency, public school, public library, or public college or university for the purchase, production, or promotion of printed or electronic materials or activities that, directly or indirectly, sanction, recognize, foster, or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of the state of Alabama.
Here's an interview story with the bill's sponsor, who wonders aloud why theaters "can't do something else" instead of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" or "A Chorus Line" and proves himself a well-educated man by refering to "Hamlet" as "Hammet."


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