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The Bush Administration is employing private armies to fight in Iraq. These "private military contractors," that is, mercenaries, are often ex-U.S. special forces soldiers with additional paramilitary training operating below the radar. Their legal status in Iraq falls under neither civilian nor military jurisdiction, and they earn far more money than American troops.


[as sent by email to Rep. Conyers' supporters]

On Saturday, I was thrilled to join hundreds of thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., including my good friends at Progressive Democrats of America and Code Pink, in protesting the Iraq War and demanding a cut-off in funds to the immoral war in Iraq. As one who has been part of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements in the 60?s, I can say that the energy and enthusiasm I saw today is entirely comparable.



We Americans are supposed to be proud of this? These people never did anything to the US and, even if they wanted to, they didn't have the needed power to do it. Bush would never attack anyone who had the weapons to attack back. The Iraqis didn't have the weaponry then that they have now. Bush knew he couldn't parachute onto a ship and be a swaggering, pants up the rear, big shot as if Iraq really did have WMD, because if they did have them, they damn sure would have used them ... has the whole world gone blind? Is the truth that hard to see?

by Paul Rogat Loeb

With the federal minimum wage now 28 percent lower, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than it was fifty years ago, Senate Republicans are nonetheless threatening to filibuster its increase. This leaves the Democrats with a choice, which will set the tone for future legislation. They can cave to Republican demands to add questionable business tax breaks, a response Montana Democrat Max Baucus embraces. Or they can use their time, while the debate goes on, to highlight the fundamental issues at stake, hammering the Republicans with their opposition to this most modest step toward helping low-income working Americans. Ted Kennedy did this when he challenged the $200 billion of amendments offered in an attempt to derail the bill, and then asked "When does the greed stop?” 

Monday, 29 January 2007 06:16

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 29, 2007


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Subject: Bush's Iraq Plan

Monday, 29 January 2007 05:06

Larry Beinhart: What Habeas Corpus Is

by Larry Beinhart

What is Habeas Corpus?

It is the right to be brought into court.

It is fundamental to - and a sort of shorthand for - the right to be in a legal system, with laws and judges, evidence and a defense.

by Carol Davidek-Waller

The Bush league sounds like a junta from another planet when it tries to outline and defend its policies to Americans.


New Defense Secretary Robert Gates is primarily just a new face for the Bush Administration's failed war policy, but he is already starting to distinguish himself as marginally better than his arrogant, obnoxious, and vile predecessor. Somebody give this man a medal, ASAP!




At first, it sounded like the protests were against five-year-olds hunting deer. But read closer and you discover the protests against the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners this month in Harrisburg were against banning five-year-olds hunting deer. That's very different.

Last year, Pennsylvania lawmakers made it legal for a child of any age -- yes including your toddler -- to hunt under the supervision of an adult to groom new hunters for the state. (Research reveals if kids don't start hunting young, they never will.) Groundhogs, squirrels, and gobblers were promptly put in juvenile sites.

Plan A is if there’s something to put over
Talk to Tim Russert -- he’s a pushover.
Who knew the way to beat the press
Was just to go on "Meet The Press?"

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