Sy Hersh: Dem Leadership Cooperating in Secret War against Iran

In Seymour Hersh’s article for The New Yorker, “Preparing the Battlefield“, Hersh claims that the Bush administration has been carrying out secret operations in Iran for some time now, with the funding and cooperation of the Democratic leadership in Congress. 


Bruno Won’t Seek Re-Election

Breaking News Alert

The New York Times

Monday, June 23, 2008 — 7:03 PM ET



Joseph L. Bruno, N.Y. Senate Majority Leader, Won’t Seek Re-Election


Joseph L. Bruno, New York’s Senate Majority Leader, who has

been the state’s top Republican since 2006, won’t seek

re-election in the fall.


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Here’s the list of the Democratic congressmembers who disgraced our party and our nation yesterday:

Gary Ackerman (NY)
Jason Altmire (PA)
Mike Arcuri (NY)
Joe Baca (CA)
Brian Baird (WA)
John Barrow (GA)
Melissa Bean (IL)
Shelley Berkley (NV)
Howard Berman (CA)
Marion Berry (AR)
Dandord Bishop (GA)
Tim Bishop (NY)
Dan Boren (OK)
Leonard Boswell (IA)
Rick Boucher (VA)
Allen Boyd (FL)
Nancy Boyda (KS)
Corrine Brown (FL)
G.K. Butterfield (NC)
Dennis Cardoza (CA)
Chris Carney (PA)
Kathy Castor (FL)
Don Cazayoux (LA)
Ben Chandler (KY)
Travis Childers (MS)
Emanuel Cleaver (MO)
Jim Clyburn (SC)
Jim Cooper (TN)
Jim Costa (CA)
Bud Cramer (AL)
Joe Crowley (NY)
Henry Cuellar (TX)
Artur Davis (AL)
Lincoln Davis (TN)
Norm Dicks (WA)
Joe Donnelly (IN)
Chet Edwards (TX)
Brad Ellsworth (IN)
Rahm Emanuel (IL)
Eliot Engel (NY)
Bob Etheridge (NC)
Gabby Giffords (AZ)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Bart Gordon (TN)
Al Green (TX)
Gene Green (TX)
Luis Gutierrez (IL)
Jane Harman (CA)
Alcee Hastings (FL)
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD)
Brian Higgins (NY)
Ruben Hinojosa (TX)
Tim Holden (PA)
Steny Hoyer (MD)
Paul Kanjorski (PA)
Dale Kildee (MI)
Ron Kind (WI)
Ron Klein (FL)
Nick Lampson (TX)
James Langevin (RI)
Dan Lipinski (IL)
Nita Lowey (NY)
Tim Mahoney (FL)
Jim Marshall (GA)
Jim Matheson (UT)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY)
Mike McIntyre (NC)
Jerry McNerney (CA)
Gregory Meeks (NY)
Charlie Melancon (LA)
Harry Mitchell (AZ)
Dennis Moore (KS)
Patrick Murphy (PA)
Jack Murtha (PA)
Solomon Ortiz (TX)
Nancy “Off the Table” Pelosi (CA)
Ed Perlmutter (CO)
Collin Peterson (MN)
Earl Pomeroy (ND)
Nick Rahall (WV)
Silvestre Reyes (TX)
Laura Richardson (CA)
Ciro Rodriguez (TX)
Mike Ross (AR)
Dutch Ruppersberger (MD)
John Salazar (CO)
Adam Schiff (CA)
David Scott (GA)
Joe Sestak (PA)
Brad Sherman (CA)
Heath Shuler (NC)
Albio Sires (NJ)
Ike Skelton (MO)
Adam Smith (WA)
Vic Snyder (AR)
Zach Space (OH)
John Spratt (SC)
Bart Stupak (MI)
John Tanner (TN)
Ellen Tauscher (CA)
Gene Taylor (MS)
Bennie Thompson (MS)
MARK Udall (CO)
Charlie Wilson (OH)
John Yarmuth (KY)

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One More Reason Why Russ Feingold Should Have Run for President

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
On the FISA Deal

June 19, 2008

“The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation. The House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans at home. Allowing courts to review the question of immunity is meaningless when the same legislation essentially requires the court to grant immunity. And under this bill, the government can still sweep up and keep the international communications of innocent Americans in the U.S. with no connection to suspected terrorists, with very few safeguards to protect against abuse of this power. Instead of cutting bad deals on both FISA and funding for the war in Iraq, Democrats should be standing up to the flawed and dangerous policies of this administration.”

Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) is a member of the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

House Dems Cave in on FISA has a description of what happened to another chunk of our civil liberties by Glen Greenwald.  Read the entire article.  This says it all:

The most succinct summary of what the Democrats just “negotiated” came from Russ Feingold: “The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation.” Numerous other Democratic office-holders and Congressional candidates scornfully characterized this bill for what it is, including Andrea Miller, a Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia, who said: “We have a Democratic majority in the House and yet they seem to be as confused by the meaning of the Constitution as the Republicans.” 

I’m very disappointed to see Reps. Gillibrand and Arcuri, both Dems from New York, voting for this travesty and barking like “Blue Dogs” .

NYCLU: Members of Congress must vote NO on H.R. 6304, the FISA Amendments Act.

The FISA Amendments Act:

– Allows the government to conduct mass, untargeted surveillance of all communications coming into and out of the United States, without any individualized review, and without any finding of wrongdoing.

– Trivializes our system of checks and balances by permitting the government to continue surveillance programs even if the surveillance application is denied by a court. The government can continue to wiretap throughout the appeals process and use whatever it has gathered in the meantime.

– Ensures the dismissal of all lawsuits against the telecommunications companies that facilitated the warrantless wiretapping programs over the past seven years. The bill only requires companies to prove that the government issued requests for information, not that they were legal.

– Does not guarantee access to reports from the Administration about warrantless wiretapping to Members of Congress who are not on Judiciary or Intelligence Committees.