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  •  Which was in complete contravention (25+ / 0-)

    of the Presidential Records Act, preventing the release of Ronald Reagan's papers. Wonder who in the W Administration wanted hide what they did when they worked for St. Ronnie.

    Looking back through the Bush years for his Positive Accomplishments is, for me, like picking through my toddler's diaper for the undigested corn. - Thers

    by MadRuth on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 01:05:24 PM PST

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    •  Which brings us to the dereliction of duty (23+ / 0-)

      of our legislative branch.  In the end, we need integrity in at least two of our branches of government or the government will not act according to the will of the people.  As important as prosecutions for torture are prosecutions for subverting the constitution.  I'm not holding my breath.

      Two irrelevant questions: Is slavery profitable? Is torture effective?

      by geomoo on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 01:10:02 PM PST

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    •  Rush says Clinton at risk (4+ / 0-)
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      Yup..he reminded his listening audience that there could be some embarassing transparency resulting in this order to ..Clinton. Of course he forgot to remind the audience that for Bush, semen stains won't be what him and Cheney will have to worry about.

      Suddeny I have a yearning for spring..along with naming "everything that could swing in a breeze from a rope".

      •  Except for the fact (2+ / 0-)
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        that the Bushies selectively released Clinton's papers, even though, according to the Presidential Records Act, they should have been protected.  When Clinton's people asked that evidence in the records that contradicted the Bush smear talking points be released, Bush declined, citing - you guessed it - the Presidential Records Act.

        Looking back through the Bush years for his Positive Accomplishments is, for me, like picking through my toddler's diaper for the undigested corn. - Thers

        by MadRuth on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 05:09:04 PM PST

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    •  Robert Gates, for one. (4+ / 0-)
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      Robert Parry over on has a story up about his search for certain records about Robert Gates, who was Bill Casey's deputy, Director of DI, which restructured the analysis section from specific expertise to more geographically oriented and assisted in the CIA painting the Soviet Union in the darkest terms possible, while ignoring the real state of Soviet affairs. This eventually to their great surprise when the Soviet Union fell.

      That Casey-Gates grouping, even though the principals were gone (Casey died, Gates left CIA), would remain relatively intact even through the Clinton years into the Bush43 era. (This last is from Parry's 1999 book Lost History.) This group essentially politicized CIA and greatly diminished its ability to ever fulfill its actual mission. George Tenet still operated with many of the Casey-Yates group.

      Parry was really after the details surrounding a date in April, 1989 revolving around Iran/Contra which were never brought into the light of day. But FOIA's to the Bush administration when Gates was nominated for SecDef dragged on forever, and followups took just as long. Parry never got all the information he requested. Now he can and this is great news.

      Hopefully, some other newshounds will take up the trail. There's lot of gold in them there hills. And that core group, however much of it that remains in CIA and whatever direct allies it may have, needs to be tossed out. Obviously, if CIA is to remain, it must be turned into a functional department able to fulfill it's specified mission. In addition it needs safeguards like the Presidential Records Act, to keep it ever from being politicized again. One step would be a strong whistleblower law, with teeth that bite all the way to the top of CIA. This will require strong ethical and moral direction and fortunately our current president has just those qualities in abundance.

      The truth is we are tortured by the truth.

      by walkshills on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 06:44:21 PM PST

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