Oil Madness: Remember the Cheney-Oil Industry Cabal?

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Oil barons are inappropriately lining their coffers with mountains of dollars from American citizens by generating oligopolistic cartel conditions on the price of refined oil and gasoline. Yesterday, Exxon posted a first-quarter profit of $8.4 billion and is on track to outpace the most profitable year in its history. Dems and other outraged Americans should beat on the oil and gas industry and immediately suspend all tax giveaways that we have arranged for an industry that is sucking away a…

Porter Goss: Director of the Central Harrassment Agency

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(CIA Director Goss Swearing Oath We Think He Has Forgotten) Dear CIA Director Goss: You were once a member of the U.S. Congress. You represented constituents and swore an oath to defend and protect our system of government, our Constitution. A secrecy-obsessed national security bureacracy may be a necessity on some fronts, but democracy requires that it be limited. Attempting to squelch retired CIA personnel from speaking to the public or media is absolutely outrageous and inconsistent with our form…

FIFTH TIME to Grand Jury for Karl Rove

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Karl Rove is back before the Valerie Plame case grand jury this morning — being reported everywhere. What would a Rove indictment be worth in terms of Bush approval rating points — now at 32%. Lots of folks have already jumped out of the Bush Kool-Aid ring (Tony Snow actually said that he would work for Bush but wouldn’t “drink the kool-aid“), so the hard core Bush advocates are getting condensed. My bet is that if a Rove indictment comes…

European Parliament Greens Go After Europe’s CIA Collaborators

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(European Parliament Member Cem Oezdemir) Cem Oezdemir, a former German Bundestag Member and now a Member of the European Parliament, will be coming to Washington soon to press the matter of the CIA’s kidnappings, rendition program, and secret prisons in Europe — which may still be operating there. A European Union report has been released that states that “European governments condoned the abduction, transport and detention of terrorist suspects by the United States on European territory.” Regrettably, the European Parliament’s…

Sharansky Must Want Invite to Spring Fling at White House

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Natan Sharansky must be sad that April has rolled along and Dubya has not invited him over to the Oval Office for lunch and a chat. So, Sharansky has written as obseqious a letter to the President as one can imagine via the Wall Street Journal. It turns out, however, that the way Sharansky describes Bush in his opener is pretty accurate: There are two distinct marks of a dissident. First, dissidents are fired by ideas and stay true to…

Big Personnel Moves in Progressive Foreign Policy Circles

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(Joseph Cirincione) Wow. I’ve just confirmed that nuclear non-proliferation giant Joseph Cirincione is moving out of his long-time nest at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is moving to the Center for American Progress. Cirincione is easily the country’s leading progressive voice on nuclear non-proliferation and is widely respected on defense policy issues. He was one of the key personalities in the recent film, “Why We Fight“, directed by Eugene Jarecki. (Jon Wolfsthal) Recently, Cirincione’s brilliant deputy, Jon Wolfsthal…

Bush Should Polygraph Staff on Plame Outing: Dana Priest’s Sources were Multiple and Were Most Likely in Europe

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Senior CIA official Mary McCarthy has denied leaking information to Dana Priest about the CIA’s secret Eastern European prisons. She has argued that she did not have access to intelligence about these prisons, though seems to be admitting to unauthorized discussions with journalists. A couple of comments. First, just for the record, many CIA officials and analysts have contacts with journalists. Heck, many journalists during the Cold War were doing the bidding of the CIA. But more importantly, the CIA…

Lawrence Wilkerson: Straight Talk that America is Losing its Americanness

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Yesterday, former State Department Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson offered another installment in his own “straight talk express” in an article that appeared in the Baltimore Sun. He opens with a powerful blast that articulates what true nationalists in this country are feeling: In January 2001, with the inauguration of George W. Bush as president, America set on a path to cease being good; America became a revolutionary nation, a radical republic. If our country continues on this path, it…