Thursday, August 24, 2006


If a government program ever needed reform, the "war on drugs" is it.

Fat chance. The country is addicted to the bureaucracy of the war. It keeps prisons in business. It keeps police departments fattening up their ranks. It lets politicians on the stump freebase on tough-sounding rhetoric, cost-free. It is the law-enforcement establishment's bottomless welfare plan, with more dire results than social welfare ever caused those on the dole.

For all its "welfare queen" myths and admitted failures, social welfare programs had their millions of successes, keeping people out of poverty or helping them through bad patches. The drug war is a legacy of victims. Its only true winners are its enablers and dependents -- government and law enforcement -- who, experiencing its futility firsthand, should have been leading the charge for reform decades ago. But they're too addicted to 12-step their way out of it.

Desperate Soundbites

Duh-bya - you make the nation proud.

Can you imagine the courage it takes to live under the worst president ever. Imagine what it's like for all the republicans who voted for you after four years of what can charitably called a nightmare, realizing that it wasn't a dream they really had re-elected you.

Imagine what it would be like if you had a brain. Imagine what it would be like if Dick Cheney had chosen someone who cared about the country instead of taking the job himself. We know George. Sometimes you're frustrated, but rarely surprised. Sometimes you're happy, but mostly, you just tell lies.

The Constitution in Crisis; The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War, and Illegal Domestic Surveillance

By Congressman John Conyers

(This Report is over 350 pages.)

In sum, the report examines the Bush Administration's actions in taking us to war from A to Z. The report finds there is substantial evidence the President, the Vice-President and other high ranking members of the Bush Administration misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq; misstated and manipulated intelligence information regarding the justification for such war; countenanced torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in Iraq; and permitted inappropriate retaliation against critics of their Administration.

The Report concludes that a number of these actions amount to prima facie evidence (evidence sufficiently strong to presume the allegations are true) that federal criminal laws have been violated. Legal violations span from false statements to Congress to whistleblower laws.

The Report also concludes that these charges clearly rise to the level of impeachable conduct. However, because the Administration has failed to respond to requests for information about these charges, it is not yet possible to conclude that an impeachment inquiry or articles of impeachment are warranted.


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