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Posts Tagged ‘Dick Cheney’

Is “Fear” The GOP’s Only Weapon?…

Posted by italco on January 1, 2010

 

Political furor over the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 has thrust national security back to the center of American politics, with Republicans and the White House scrambling to blame each other for intelligence lapses and present themselves to voters as tougher on terrorism.

GOP opinion leaders such as former Vice President Dick Cheney have seized on the attack to question President Barack Obama’s grasp of foreign affairs. Republican Party officials have sent fund-raising appeals that take aim at Mr. Obama’s response to the episode.

Republican strategists said in interviews that they saw an opportunity to regain the traditional advantages on security issues that failed them in the past two national campaigns, as the economic downturn and public opposition to President George W. Bush’s policies in Iraq took primacy in voters’ minds. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126239113219413017.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLTopStories#articleTabs%3Darticle

Wasn’t “fear” the weapon of choice to take us into Iraq?

Wasn’t “fear” the weapon of choice during the 2004 and 2008 elections?

I have noticed this tactic being used in GOP politics throughout my entire life and have finally come to realize that this party of “NO” is also the party of “FEAR”.

VP Cheney, you and the GOP have lost credibility with the american voters. 

Try getting behind our President and help us re-build our country. Leave your personal agenda at the door.

The GOP has had many opportunities to step up to the plate and join the rest of America. It is obvious you can do nothing to stop the Democrats from achieving their goals. I would think you would want to be part of the solution instead of always being the Party that does nothing but vote NO.

President Obama is the President Of The United States of America. Isn’t it time to show some support?

“Fear” isn’t going to work anymore and your “NO” vote has no teeth.

Now what you going to do? Lie to us some more?

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FBI and CIA Combine Anti-Terror Efforts!

Posted by italco on May 31, 2009

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I have never understood the separation of the CIA and the FBI. It always seemed to me that America would be much safer and much better off if the Justice Department and the CIA worked in harmony with one another. I am glad to see we have a President who agrees. After all, we are all on the same side. Why have two agencies working separately and not sharing vital information with the other. A combination of resources only makes sense.

Upon taking office in January, President Obama shut down the CIA’s secret “black site” prisons and forbade the use of coercive interrogation techniques.
That opened the door for an increased role for the FBI, which for the last year has deployed more agents and analysts overseas to work alongside the CIA, U.S. military and foreign governments. The initiative would mean even broader incorporation of the FBI and Justice Department into global counter-terrorism operations. Many national security officials said it is a vindication of the FBI, which before Sept. 11 had played a leading role in international terrorism investigations.
 
FBI agents for years had used non-coercive interrogations to thwart attacks, win convictions of Al Qaeda operatives and gain an encyclopedic knowledge of how the terrorist network operates. But they withdrew from questioning important suspects after the bureau opposed the tactics being used by the CIA and military — often by inexperienced civilian contractors. The harsh interrogations provided such bad information that U.S. agents spent years chasing false leads around the world, former FBI agent Ali Soufan testified before Congress two weeks ago. “It was one of the worst and most harmful decisions made in our efforts against Al Qaeda.”
 
Before Sept. 11, the FBI model of “informed” interrogation — knowing everything about a suspect to get them talking — was the preferred method of intelligence and military interrogators. Even veteran CIA agents said that abandoning that approach after Sept. 11 was counterproductive. “To use a contractor to ask the questions and not let the FBI guy who’s collected all the evidence and knows all of the intelligence about these guys, it makes no sense at all,” said former CIA counter-terrorism case agent Robert Baer.
One intelligence official said the FBI’s expanded role in the global fight against terrorism was a natural outgrowth of the Obama administration’s new priorities. “It stands to reason because, by executive order, the CIA is out of the long-term detention business,” the official said, referring to Obama’s closing of overseas prisons. Richard Clarke, a senior counter-terrorism official in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, said the turnabout was long overdue. http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-fbi28-2009may28,0,3584591.story 

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VP Cheney Wrong?….NO!!!

Posted by italco on May 30, 2009

Just Another Lie

I will go on record to say that I do not believe that former VP Cheney is an evil man. I do not believe in the conspiracy theory that he and the past administration staged the 911 attacks in order to further there war agenda.

I do believe we were lied to about Iraq, I do believe the no bid contracts were handed out to help his friends at Haliburton, and I do beleive the past administration put this country at risk when they by-passed the Geneva Convention laws on tourture. http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/91.htm

This being said, why does former VP Cheney find it necessary to defend their wrongful acts. Why does he Lie? Why did he lie in the past? President Obama isn’t attempting to bring up charges against anyone…leave it alone and go away.

This is my note to former VP Cheney;

Sir, you lost credibility over the Iraq war and the weapons of mass destruction. You lost credibility over the no bid contracts. You lost credibility when you messed up the Katrina disaster. You lost credibility when you decided you were above the Geneva Convention…please Sir, you have caused enough damage.  Please retire and go away. You and the the rest of the “hate” squad are destroying the republican party. Put your country first for once. Follow in the footsteps of President Bush and retire! Please !http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/23108.html

“Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says former Vice President Dick Cheney’s claims — that classified CIA memos show enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding worked — are wrong. 

Former VP Dick Cheney has been a vocal defender of Bush-era interrogation techniques.

Levin, speaking at the Foreign Policy Association’s annual dinner in New York on Wednesday, said an investigation by his committee into detainee abuse charges over the use of the techniques — now deemed torture by the Obama administration — “gives the lie to Mr. Cheney’s claims.” http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/29/levin.cheney/

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Conservatives…death of the RNC

Posted by italco on May 24, 2009

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I was bored and decided to check and see if I could find any life in the Republican Party. Of course, I found the usual suspects who seem to want to insure the RNC dies in Coulter, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, Cheney and Rove (the “hate” squad base) but was surprised what I found going on over there.

It seems there are a few who want the Grand Ole Party to revive and continue on. It seems there are many moderate and conservative republicans that agree with the sentiments of Colin Powell but are to “fearful of ridicule” to speak out. The Republican party has hope of reviving in the hands of Colin Powell. Here is a level headed man who is showing no fear of the hard hitting conservative “hate” squad base.

“I think the Republican Party has to take a hard look at itself and decide what kind of party are we,” Powell said. “Are we simply moving further to the right and by so doing opening up the right of center and the center to be taken over by independents and be taken over by Democrats.”

As for Limbaugh – whose name Powell pronounced as “Lim-bow” – the former secretary of state said he was an “entertainer” but who had such influence over the party that officials had to live in fear of offending him. He lamented that RNC Chairman Michael Steele had “to lay prostrate on the floor” apologizing to Limbaugh after criticizing him and that other GOP members of Congress had to be similarly repentant after taking on the radio host.

I also found two unlikely sources who are backing up Powell and disagreeing with the “hate” Squad base (Tom Ridge and Newt Gingrich).

“Former Homeland Security Secretary and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge  joined in the criticism of Limbaugh Sunday. “I think Rush articulates his point of view in ways that offend very many,” Ridge said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s a matter of language and a matter of how you use words. It does get the base all fired up and he’s got a strong following. But personally, if he would listen to me and I doubt if he would, the notion is express yourselves but let’s respect others opinions and let’s not be divisive.”

Ridge also split with Cheney on the vice president’s claim that Obama’s policies were making Americans less safe. “I do not” agree with that, Ridge plainly told CNN’s John King, adding, “Yeah, I disagree with Dick Cheney.”

“Powell also found a less likely ally in former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said on “Meet the Press” that “I don’t want to pick a fight with Dick Cheney, but the fact is, the Republican party has to be a broad party that appeals across the country,” adding, “To be a national party, you have to have a big enough tent that you inevitably have fights inside the tent.” “I think Republicans are going to be very foolish if thy run around deciding that they’re going to see how much they can purge us down to the smallest possible space.” http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/22902

The longer the republican party follows the likes of the “hate” squad, the less likely they will regain any kind of voice in our democratic system. I am afraid America is headed for a one party system unless the Republican party stops fearing the conservative “hate” squad base and puts their country before their “fear of ridicule”.

 

 

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End Corruption In Congress! “Beat The Drum”

Posted by italco on May 14, 2009

 

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“Beat The Drum”

It is time to end corruption in government!

How can “We The People” make a difference?

First, We need to demand that accepting gifts is an not an acceptable practice. This is where corruption starts. We must end the practice of accepting gratuities as common place in congress and our government agencies.

Then, We need to vote wisely in 2010, pick the candidate based on ethics not on just their moral values.

Open secrets is a web sight that will let you view any and all contributions received from any politician in congress. Go here and research those you will be voting for in the up coming 2010 elections http://www.opensecrets.org/elections/index.php.

Another great website is “Congress Merge”. This website allows you to click on your state and view the contact info on any candidate that is up for re-election, their phone numbers, and their voting history http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm this is an absolute must when making an informed decision on the candidates in your voting area. Another resource sent in by blogger ( Ann Nonomus) http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ is an excellent tool in canidate research.

We can get involved in our Party!! Go to your party website and help them out. http://www.gop.com/ / http://www.democrats.org/ /or any one of the political parties that participated in the 2008 election http://2008election.procon.org/viewresource.asp?resourceID=001570

We can also, Demand our ethics laws to be enforced; 

Beat The Drum…lets force them to be ethical.

Write to your White-house http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

The House of Representatives https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Senator’s http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

The congressional Oversight Panel http://cop.senate.gov/contact/

The Office of Government Ethics http://www.usoge.gov/contact_us/contact_oge.aspx

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                    TITLE 5–ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL
                CHAPTER XVI–OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS
PART 2635_STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH–
                      Subpart G_Misuse of Position
Sec. 2635.702  Use of public office for private gain.
     An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the
employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations. The specific prohibitions set forth in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section apply this general standard, but are not intended to
be exclusive or to limit the application of this section.
    (a) Inducement or coercion of benefits. An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office in a manner that is intended to coerce or induce another person, including a subordinate, to provide any benefit, financial or otherwise, to himself or to friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.

Corruption isn’t going away on it’s own, Demand ethics reform in Congress!!

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Don’t Be A Dick, Cheney!

Posted by italco on May 13, 2009

 

 

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney may have largely stayed under the radar during his time in the Bush administration, but he is not going softly into that good night, seemingly launching a one-man campaign to fight for his legacy and — in his view — the safety of the nation.

He took his case to the airwaves again Tuesday, and lashed out at the Obama team’s decision to soon hand over 44 photos showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan to the American Civil Liberties Union as a judge had ordered. Cheney said releasing the photos would only make the country less safe.

The photographs are part of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act court case by the ACLU for all information relating to the treatment of detainees. Courts had ruled in favor of releasing the photographs into public view even though Bush administration officials argued that releasing the photographs would violate the Geneva Conventions, which protect prisoners of war and detained civilians “against insults and public curiosity” and it would also violate U.S. obligations toward detainees and could even prompt outrage against the United States. http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=7574605&page=1

Where have you been VP Cheney? The outrage was going on the entire time you were in Office! Now, you want to protect the detainees? You are just trying to cover your own ass. Go back to sleep, sir. You were and are, continuing to be an embarassment to your party and this country. Don’t worry, President Obama will clean this one up for you too.

UPDATE: President Barack Obama is seeking to block the release of hundreds of photos showing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan being abused, reversing his position after military commanders warned that the images could stoke anti-American sentiment and endanger U.S. troops. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_pentagon_abuse_photos

No one wants to create problems but we need to be careful we are not doing this just to cover up past administrators mistakes. Our troops have my toal support!

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He Chose Who?

Posted by italco on May 10, 2009

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I am completely at a loss. I love the republican party even though I am a registered Democrat (moderate).  Colin Powell would win, hands down, in just about any election he ran for office in. I admire this man.

VP Cheney, You would pick Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell to lead the republican party????  I would love to debate you on that.

I find your remarks offensive to the service Colin Powell has done for our country. I remember the first Iraq war…General Colin Powell was a hero to me and millions of other Americans. What exactly is Rush Limbaugh’s credentials? I am certainly thankful you no longer make the decisions for this country. Thank you for your service as VP but you are dismissed. You may go away now.

Thank you President Obama, you could not have come at a better time.

 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090510/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_cheney

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