Subject: GOP Senator "Defending" the Geneva Conventions
Lindsey Graham is much in the news these days as a defender of the Geneva Conventions:
After the Supreme Court struck down the administration’s earlier plan for military tribunals in June, [Senators Graham, McCain, and Warner] joined with top military lawyers to form the chief bulwark against what they said were efforts to undermine military law and the 60-year-old protections of the Geneva Conventions.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
How long you wanna bet it'll take Karl Rove to cook up a story that this is either Bill Clinton's or Osama's fault? "NASA delayed the planned landing of space shuttle Atlantis ... Landing had been scheduled for Wednesday morning ... concerns that something crucial floated out of the craft prompted the delay, space shuttle communicator Terry Virts told the crew."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
New York State has another year to go before we start using them new-fangled, electronic voting machines. But if a look at what's happening in other parts of the country is any indication, we are blessed by the delay. Under current circumstances, we should be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
George Bush is presently engaged in yet another attempt to get Congress to pass the US equivalent of the March, 1933 Nazi-German Enabling Act (which gave Hitler dictatorial powers under the cloak -- yes, this is the one Hitler used -- of "dealing with matters of national security"). The main piece of legislation is the one that would allow the Georgites to unilaterally amend the Fourth Amendment on their own authority to permit warrantless wiretapping when they say that it is justified to do so. It has already been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee (see BuzzFlash, Sept. 13, 2006). I have read the Constitution numerous times and I find nothing in it that permits such actions, other than going through the Constitutional amendment process itself. But Bush wants to be able to amend the Constitution on his own and the Republican Congress appears now to be giving him that power.
Let's begin today a national letter writing campaign sending hundreds of thousands of letters to every newspaper in America, calling for front page coverage of the dangers of another Constitutional crisis from another questionable election, and editorial campaigns to prevent this travesty while there is still time.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky
Thomas Paine and his fellow traitor to the Crown and champion of democracy George Washington must be standing at the Gates of heaven and pounding the table while they call down to us with outrage about what we do.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
Karl is doing in Washington precisely what he’s been doing since he came to Texas ... which is that he finds out who the players are -- the people with the money who want political power and influence -- and then he uses them. ... There’s no way Rove would let Abramoff go around Washington flinging money hither and yon without some sort of design and guidance about where that money needed to be placed. This is a complex and intricate relationship ... and the White House has thus far been successful at covering it up. -- James Moore
Subject: Beyond Daddy's Help
All of Dad’s horsemen
And all of Dad’s men
Couldn’t put Dub-yah together again.
The President has finally hit a place in the road where he can no longer count on history to repeat itself. Throughout his career to date, when the situation got this bad, he could count on Daddy’s name, Daddy’s business connections, or Daddy’s political associates to bail him out, buy him out, or set him up with a nice new situation.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//Azzaman in English, Iraq--IRAQ, IRAN TO DEVELOP OIL FIELDS STRADDLING INTERNATIONAL BORDERS - MINISTER (Iraq and Iran will develop oil fields straddling their international borders, according to Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani. Some of Iraq's largest, but still undeveloped oil fields are located close to the borders with Iran. The gigantic field of Majnoun, believed to be holding massive reserves, is situated very close to the international borders. Experts say portion of reserves maybe located on the Iranian side. ... The minister said Iraq would pump crude oil to Iranian refineries to further bolster bilateral relations. Previously, Shahristani had accused Iran of extracting crude oil from joint oil fields without Iraqi permission.)