Cheney lied to keep innocents jailed at Gitmo

By Jim Stanford on April 9, 2010

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How this man fishes the Snake River instead of being shackled in The Hague continues to elude me.

What would you do if you saw Dick Cheney on the street? Think, there goes a doddering ogre of an old man, and leave him be?

Or get in his face about, say, an article like this:

No less of a conservative news source than the Times of London reports that Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush knowingly imprisoned hundreds of innocent people at Guantánamo Bay because freeing them would have undercut their phony justification for the Iraq war.

The Times report was based on a signed statement by Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, in a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee.

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Teddy Roosevelt, where are you?

By Jim Stanford on January 21, 2010

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Square Dealer.

Back-to-back bummers the last two days. I haven’t felt like this since, well, Bush was president.

Today’s Supreme Court decision overturning the century-old ban on corporate donations to political campaigns means, in the words of an erudite friend, “Corporations are going to go from mostly owning politicians to completely owning them.”

To fully understand the implications, read this.

The ban in question was passed under Teddy Roosevelt, who said: “All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law.”

We could use a Bull Moose wielding a big stick.

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you lie!

By Jim Stanford on September 10, 2009

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Bush and Cheney, chummy with Rummy.

Chummy with Rummy: 935 falsehoods and counting.

Just making sure you’re still tuned in.

Ah, today’s GOP: first, the dripper, and now the heckler.

The hypocrisy of the right knows no bounds.

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how to poach an inauguration and come back with the goods

By Jim Stanford on January 26, 2009

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Gonzo journalist, January 1981. Click to enlarge.

Gonzo journalist, January 1981.

Way back before presidential inaugurations became must-go events drawing 3 million people, Walt Farmer scored a press pass to cover one of his political heroes being sworn in, Ronald Reagan.

It was January 1981, and security wasn’t the anal cavity search it is today. Walt had a friend who worked in the Capitol photo office and was able to wrangle some sort of assignment for a San Antonio newspaper.

With his credential, Walt exercised one of the fundamental principles of journalism: Act like you belong, and go as far as you can until somebody kicks you out.

He brought back a remarkable collection of photos, which he recently posted on his Web site, The Astro Cowboy.

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the countdown is on

By Jim Stanford on January 20, 2009

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Bush last day.Remarkably, we have made it through the last 1,460 days, and Barack Obama’s inauguration is here at last.

The Bush presidency wouldn’t have been complete, however, without one last disaster.

No sooner had I signed off on yesterday’s post about “live blogging” than the server that hosts this site, somewhere in California, crashed horribly. We were down until late last night, along with thousands of other Web sites.

My apologies for any confusion. Let’s hope today goes smoother as we try to catch up to real time and usher in a brighter future for America.

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