A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Linda Bilmes, a public policy expert at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, concluded in a paper that total veterans' benefits stemming from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could end up costing more than $660 billion over the next few decades. In response, the numbers she used to form her conclusions were criticized by high-ranking Pentagon officials.
U.S. Federal Court Judge Reggie B. Walton today denied all motions in sixteen cases pending before his court regarding the detentions at the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp on the grounds that the Military Commissions Act (MCA) stripped the court of jurisdiction. In his decision he stated, "Until the District of Columbia Circuit resolves the jurisdictional questions raised by the MCA, it is this court's view that it lacks the authority to take any action in these cases." The denials were without prejudice, meaning that plaintiffs could move to reinstate the motions after the higher court rules on MCA questions. Other judges with Guantánamo cases have reached different conclusions and not denied all motions before them. Walton's decision affects over 200 individuals currently imprisoned at Guantanamo.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Stories like this are the very reason why war is not the answer! "There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff
This is madness!
I wrote last September that Bush was gearing up for war with Iran, as evidenced by the moving up of the deployment date of the carrier group headed by the recently re-fueled and re-armed USS Eisenhower, some of whose crewmembers had leaked that its mission was to attack Iran.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Marjorie Cohn
As Congress and the American people protest the travesty Bush created in Iraq, our president is gunning for a confrontation with Iran. Bush is rattling the sabers and opting for gunboat diplomacy by pledging to "seek out and destroy" Iranian networks "providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies" in Iraq. But he has produced no hard evidence that Iran is supplying forces in Iraq with such weapons or manufacturing their own nuclear weapons.
January 31, 2007
Washington, DC - John McCain's inaugural get-out-the-vote meeting is taking place today in Dedham, Massachusetts according to the Boston Herald. [Boston Herald, 1/29/07] Ironically, while the meeting is supposed to be about getting people out to vote, McCain has hired a slew of political operatives who are famous for questionable tactics, some of which include voter suppression. The hires raise serious questions about how far McCain is willing to go to win the 2008 nomination.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
As one expert in the film argues, if things continue like this, we're going straight into serfdom. Instead of being a serf to the landlord, you're a serf to the bank and to your debt. ... Prices are going up across the spectrum. Interest charges are going up. Adjustable rate mortgages are going up. All of this is squeezing the American consumer and your working people in this country tremendously. And our politicians are not speaking to it. -- Danny Schechter, maker of the film, "In Debt We Trust"