Thursday, March 02, 2006


Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina
"WASHINGTON - In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.

Bush didn't ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: 'We are fully prepared"
Gonzales Seeks to Clarify Testimony on Spying:
"'It seems to me he is conceding that there are other NSA surveillance programs ongoing that the president hasn't told anyone about,' said Bruce Fein, a government lawyer in the Nixon, Carter and Reagan administrations."
Lawmaker: Port deal never probed for terror ties - Mar 1, 2006
"WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A review of a United Arab Emirates-owned company's plan to take over operations at key U.S. ports never looked into whether the company had ties to al Qaeda or other terrorists, a key Republican lawmaker told CNN on Wednesday."
Really Incompetent

Pissing off the Hippies:
S.F. supervisors ask lawmakers to impeach Bush
"San Francisco's supervisors jumped into national politics Tuesday, passing a resolution asking the city's Democratic congressional delegation to seek the impeachment of President Bush for failing to perform his duties by leading the country into war in Iraq, eroding civil liberties and engaging in other activities the board sees as transgressions."
TJ, BF and the rest of the boys planned for a Bush:
Founders Feared The Imperial Presidency:
"Consider this:

– Section 2 of Article II of the Constitution makes the President the “Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States” but Section 8 Article I makes clear that only the Congress can “declare War.”

– Section 2 of Article II permits the President to “make Treaties” and appoint “Ambassadors and other Public Ministers and Counsels” but only with agreement of 2/3 of the Senate.

In their wisdom, the Founders did not give outright power on these critical matters of war and peace to any one branch of government. Instead, they left it up to the elected political leaders to debate and struggle over these questions in the hopes that such debate would be the surest way to end up with sound policy."

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