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Basis of Domestic Surveillance Was ‘Flawed,’ Report Finds

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 12th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

Basis of Domestic Surveillance Was ‘Flawed,’ Report Finds

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Former President Bush’s infamous warrant-free domestic surveillance plan, instituted after 9/11 to monitor potentially suspicious communication between parties within and outside of the U.S., has deservedly gotten a bad rap—and it’s about to get worse, thanks to a congressionally mandated report released Friday.

CNN:

The report, though not critical of the program’s objectives, sharply criticizes the legal advice provided to the White House by the Justice Department.

Among other things, the report cites a Justice Department conclusion that “it was extraordinary and inappropriate that a single DOJ attorney, John Yoo, was relied upon to conduct the initial legal assessment” of the surveillance program.

“The lack of oversight and review of Yoo’s work … contributed to a legal analysis of the [program] that at a minimum was factually flawed,” it says.

The report says Yoo largely circumvented both his boss, Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 12th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

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Did Santorum Tip Off Ensign?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 12th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

Did Santorum Tip Off Ensign?
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Will the Democrats Come Through?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 12th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Will the Democrats Come Through?


Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 12th, 2009 4:35 am by HL



Obama Hatred

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 12th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Obama Hatred
Every once in awhile–heck, make that at least once a week–Charles Krauthammer writes something about President Obama that sets a new record for outlandish commentary. The former speechwriter for Walter Mondale turned neocon has become convulsed, more than almost any…


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Rove digs in: Obama trying ?to avoid oversight? by appointing czars.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 12th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

Rove digs in: Obama trying ?to avoid oversight? by appointing czars.
Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that former Bush adviser Karl Rove made his critical views of President Obama’s various “czars” known on Twitter. Rove called them a “giant expansion of presidential power.” Rove, though, was actually the “domestic policy czar” in the Bush White House, serving as just one of many czars in that administration. In response […]

Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that former Bush adviser Karl Rove made his critical views of President Obama’s various “czars” known on Twitter. Rove called them a “giant expansion of presidential power.” Rove, though, was actually the “domestic policy czar” in the Bush White House, serving as just one of many czars in that administration. In response to various messages from other Twitter users, Rove has been digging in today, saying that Obama is trying to skirt “oversight” and “transparency” by appointing the czars:

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Of course, Rove was never actually approved by the Senate either. As Steve Benen points out, Bush had so many czars that “it quickly became the butt of jokes. Newsweek satirist Andy Borowitz suggested in 2007 that the White House needed a ‘lying czar’ to ‘oversee all distortions and misrepresentations.’”


Probe of Alleged Torture Weighed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 12th, 2009 4:32 am by HL

Probe of Alleged Torture Weighed
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is leaning toward appointing a criminal prosecutor to investigate whether CIA personnel tortured terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001, setting the stage for a conflict with administration officials who would prefer the issues remain in the past, according to…

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Cheap Collateral Damage of Sex Scandals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 12th, 2009 4:29 am by HL

Cheap Collateral Damage of Sex Scandals
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