Friday, June 29, 2007

Candid and Unfettered

Worst 3 months for U.S. in Iraq - 29 Jun 2007 at 10:54am - Insurgents launched a deadly coordinated attack on an American combat patrol, the U.S. military said Friday, killing five troops and making this the deadliest quarter for U.S. soldiers in Iraq since the war began.

Supreme Court to review Guantanamo cases - 29 Jun 2007 at 10:38am - WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, reversing course, agreed Friday to review whether Guantanamo Bay detainees may go to federal court to challenge their indefinite confinement.

Lawmakers push for better veterans care - 29 Jun 2007 at 2:43pm - WASHINGTON -- Congress members on Friday urged a presidential panel to use its sway with President Bush to finally solve years of problems with veterans health care.

Administration has deadline on subpoenas - 29 Jun 2007 at 2:42pm - WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats took the first steps Friday in what could be a long march to court, with the Bush administration and Congress in a legal tug-of-war over executive and legislative branch powers....[White House counsel Fred]Fielding on Thursday explained Bush's position on executive privilege this way: "For the president to perform his constitutional duties, it is imperative that he receive candid and unfettered advice and that free and open discussions and deliberations occur among his advisers and between those advisers and others within and outside the Executive Branch."
So the President reserves the right to be candidly and unfetteredly advised to break the law?

Thought for the day:
"All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume." -Noam Chomsky (1928 - )

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