Friday, April 4, 2008

Misc. Updates

1. On March 28th the McCain Too entry bemoaned the fact that Senator McCain seemed to be one with President Bush, who mistakenly believes that his oath of office (and highest priority) is to preserve, protect and defend the United States, when in actuality it is to “.. preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States.” Now the infamous Yoo OLC memos have been released, see Part I & Part II, and it is apparent that the same thought process is involved. In essence it argues that a) since the President’s paramount duty is to protect and defend the US, and b) it’s an armed conflict (war), anything goes in furtherance of these goals. Amazing how dropping just three words so completely changes the focus of what it is all about. Also amazing is thesethree missing words seem to be unrecognized, as opposed to the volumes of ink spilt to decry the President’s extra “sixteen words in his 2003 State of the Union speech.

2. On March 24th the Priorities?!? entry mentioned the government's snooping. Some more information re NSLs here and at the included links: NSLs and the National Surveillance State

3. The January 2nd post, Pakistan & Benazir Bhutto referenced the ninth report of the UNIIIC on Lebanon. On March 28th Daniel Bellemare issued the 10th United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission report on the years-old assassination of Rafik Hariri in Lebanon...

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