January 15th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Pentagon Official Attacks Top Law Firms Over Guantanamo Detainees

Pentagon Official Attacks Top Law Firms Over Guantanamo Detainees

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
The New York Times news story transmitted below is chilling.

The New York Times <http://www.nytimes.com/>
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January 13, 2007

 Official Attacks Top Law Firms Over Detainees


WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 — The senior Pentagon official in charge of military
detainees suspected of terrorism said in an interview this week that he
was dismayed that lawyers at many of the nation’s top firms were
representing prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and that the firms’
corporate clients should consider ending their business ties.

The comments by Charles D. Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of
defense for detainee affairs, produced an instant torrent of anger from
lawyers, legal ethics specialists and bar association officials, who
said Friday that his comments were repellent and displayed an ignorance
of the duties of lawyers to represent people in legal trouble.

“This is prejudicial to the administration of justice,” said Stephen
Gillers, a law professor at New York University
and an authority on legal ethics. “It’s possible that lawyers willing to
undertake what has been long viewed as an admirable chore will decline
to do so for fear of antagonizing important clients.

“We have a senior government official suggesting that representing these
people somehow compromises American interests, and he even names the
firms, giving a target to corporate America.”

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difficult for Libby to claim forgetfulness. "You have the vice president cutting out a section of th

Eight days after Wilson went public with his claims, Plame's identity as a CIA officer appeared in Novak's column.
difficult for Libby to claim forgetfulness. "You have the vice president cutting out a section of the newspaper, circling it and saying, 'Let's find out about this.' You don't rise to the level of being the vice president's chief of staff by letting that kind of thing slip your mind."

At Libby Trial, Power Players Face Uncomfortable Spotlight

By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 15, 2007; A01

When Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff goes on trial Tuesday on charges of lying about the disclosure of a CIA officer's identity, members of Washington's government and media elite will be answering some embarrassing questions as well.

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's case will put on display the secret strategizing of an administration that cherry-picked information to justify war in Iraq and reporters who traded freely in gossip and protected their own interests as they worked on one of the big Washington stories of 2003.

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Merrit was one of the principal defense attorneys in the Timothy McVeigh trial and has been a frequent legal analyst for MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NBC News, Court TV and CNBC since 1996.

Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. ET

Scooter Libby Trial Begins

Jury Selection Starts for Bush Official Accused of Leaking CIA Agent's Name

Jeralyn Merritt
Legal Analyst
Tuesday, January 16, 2007; 2:00 PM

Criminal defense attorney Jeralyn Merritt will be online Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the beginning of the Scooter Libby trial, the defense team's potential strategy and who key witnesses likely will be.

washingtonpost.com: Judge Won't Release Daily Audio From Libby Trial (Post, Jan. 9)

Submit your questions and comments before or during the discussion.

Merrit was one of the principal defense attorneys in the Timothy McVeigh trial and has been a frequent legal analyst for MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NBC News, Court TV and CNBC since 1996.


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Criminals are perhaps the most creative type of species you can find," said Johan Burger, a crime re

Here in Olievenhoutbosch -- despite its bucolic name, meaning "olive tree grove," it is little more than a trading post amid the grassy sprawl of shantytowns and suburbs between Johannesburg and Pretoria -- the attackers were either luckier or more skilled than most.

Criminals are perhaps the most creative type of species you can find," said Johan Burger, a crime researcher at the Pretoria office of the Institute for Security Studies. "It is amazing how they keep finding ways to overcome obstacles."

In S. Africa, Cash Machines Prove a Big Hit With Bombers

By Craig Timberg
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, January 15, 2007; A10

OLIEVENHOUTBOSCH, South Africa -- Hours before dawn on the last day of 2006, a gray van pulled up to the ATM housed in a steel shed just outside T.P.T. Supermarket in this run-down township. The store's security guard, posted about 30 feet away, said he saw four hooded men jump out of the van, stuff something into the front of the cash machine, then run away.

The blast that followed was so strong it jolted people awake in nearby homes, witnesses said. But before anyone could alert the police, the hooded men rushed back and pulled from the smoldering remains a box the size of a small file cabinet. Together they hoisted it into the van and sped off.

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Ms. Coltrane met her guru, Swami Satchidananda, in 1970, and in more recent years became a devotee o

After Coltrane’s death from liver cancer in 1967, Ms. Coltrane took a vow of celibacy. And at first she made music closely related to his, often reflective, minor and modal; on piano or harp she played flowing, harplike phrases over a deep midtempo swing, and she worked with the bassist Jimmy Garrison and the drummer Rashied Ali from John Coltrane’s band.

Alice Coltrane
Ms. Coltrane met her guru, Swami Satchidananda, in 1970, and in more recent years became a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba.

Alice Coltrane, Jazz Artist and Spiritual Leader, Dies at 69

Alice Coltrane, widow of the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and the pianist in his later bands, who extended her musical searches into a vocation as a spiritual leader, died on Friday in Los Angeles. She was 69.

The cause was respiratory failure, said Marilyn McLeod, her sister and assistant.

Ms. Coltrane lived in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles near the Sai Anantam ashram in Agoura Hills, which she had founded in 1983. Known as Swami Turiyasangitananda, Sanskrit for “the highest song of God,” she was the guiding presence of the 48-acre ashram, set among the Santa Monica mountains, where 25 to 30 full-time residents study the Vedic scriptures of ancient India, as well as Buddhist and Islamic texts.

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Mr. Bush calls his critics “irresponsible,” saying that they don’t have an alternative to his strate

The lesson of the savings and loan scandal was that when a bank has failed, you shouldn’t let the owner string you along with promises — you should shut the thing down. We should do the same with Mr. Bush’s failed war.

Mr. Bush calls his critics “irresponsible,” saying that they don’t have an alternative to his strategy. But they do: setting a timetable for withdrawal, so that we can cut our losses, and trying to save what can be saved. It isn’t a strategy for victory because that’s no longer an option. It’s a strategy for acknowledging reality.

The Texas Strategy

Hundreds of news articles and opinion pieces have described President Bush’s decision to escalate the Iraq war as a “Hail Mary pass.”

But that’s the wrong metaphor.

Mr. Bush isn’t Roger Staubach, trying to pull out a win for the Dallas Cowboys. He’s Charles Keating, using other people’s money to keep Lincoln Savings going long after it should have been shut down — and squandering the life savings of thousands of investors, not to mention billions in taxpayer dollars, along the way.

The parallel is actually quite exact. During the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s, people like Mr. Keating kept failed banks going by faking financial success. Mr. Bush has kept a failed war going by faking military success.

The “surge” is just another stalling tactic, designed to buy more time.

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William Christenberry Red Building In Forest, Hale County, Alabama,1983.

William Christenberry Red Building In Forest, Hale County, Alabama,1983.


William Christenberry :
Photographs, 1961 – 2005

January 12 – March 25, 2007

Artist William Christenberry now lives in Washington, D.C. but he grew up in Hale County, Alabama. Since 1961, he has returned there each summer, revisiting the same places in forgotten corners of the region. Through his photos, paintings and sculptures, he documents how the places of his youth have changed – and chronicles the passage of time. This exhibit includes 50 photographs and one sculpture.

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Linda McCartney, Janis Joplin, n.d.

Linda McCartney, Janis Joplin, n.d.

Linda McCartney, Janis Joplin, n.d.


Linda McCartney's Sixties:
Portrait of an Era

January 19 – April 15, 2007

This exhibition, organized with permission of the estate of Linda McCartney, presents fifty-one photographs (platinum prints, Type-C prints and gelatin-silver prints) that chronicle the extraordinary world of which McCartney was a part. The exhibit includes the BBC documentary Behind the Lens and Paul McCartney's art film The Grateful Dead.

Chris Keeley

Michael Moore in His Most Sardonic Mode

Michael Moore in His Most Sardonic Mode

   The source of this fine item, Ed Kane, was educated at Harvard, so
he knows what "sardonic" means. I went to Princeton, and though I
majored in English, I wasn't sure what "sardonic" meant. I thought it
meant something like "sneering," but I wasn't sure. So, being unusually
cautious in this instance, I looked up this word in my twenty-pound
dictionary. It means "characterized by bitter or scornful derision;
cynical; sneering." But the rest of the dictionary entry was more
interesting, given the state of public discourse in our Republic today.
Here's part of the etymology: "alluding to a Sardinian plant which when
eaten was supposed to produce convulsive laughter ending in death."
    Well, look out. This is the Bush Jr. administration. Read it
anyway. Avoid convulsive laughter.

Dear Mr. President: Send Even MORE Troops (and you go, too!) ...from
Michael Moore


Dear Mr. President,

Thanks for your address to the nation. It's good to know you still want
to talk to us after how we behaved in November.

Listen, can I be frank? Sending in 20,000 more troops just ain't gonna
do the job. That will only bring the troop level back up to what it was
last year. And we were losing the war last year! We've already had over
a million troops serve some time in Iraq since 2003. Another few
thousand is simply not enough to find those weapons of mass destruction!
Er, I mean... bringing those responsible for 9/11 to justice! Um,
scratch that. Try this -- BRING DEMOCRACY TO THE MIDDLE EAST! YES!!!

You've got to show some courage, dude! You've got to win this one!
C'mon, you got Saddam! You hung 'im high! I loved watching the video of
that -- just like the old wild west! The bad guy wore black! The hangmen
were as crazy as the hangee! Lynch mobs rule!!!

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Paul Craig Roberts: "Bush Must Go" (COUNTERPUNCH)

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is today's brutally honest analysis from Paul Craig
Roberts, who is unlikely to be returning to his prior job at the Wall
Street Journal editorial page.
If his continuing warnings about the coming attack on Iran are
repetitive, they deserve to be repeated, because the situation is
desperately serious. The 60-day time limit for Iran to suspend its
uranium enrichment program set forth in the recent (rather feeble) UN
Security Council resolution expires next month. Of course, Iran will not
have suspended its program by then. Everything will then be in place,
including a UN Resolution which, along with the "will of the
international community", can be cited as having been "defied" at the
same time that America's infinite "patience" can be cited as having been
"exhausted". (All the diplomatic efforts of recent years in relation to
Iran's "nuclear ambitions", to which the Europeans have incomprehensibly
lent themselves and their prestige, have never been intended to succeed
in accordance with their ostensible objective but, rather, to reach this
point, at which their failure could be used by Israel and the United
States as an excuse to justify and market war.)
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Two Comments on Roberts piece on impeachment

  Think about this re impeachment: if Bush is removed we get Cheney.
That would be worse, so we'd have to impeach Cheney. His removal would
make Nancy Pelosi president. Hey, there's an idea! Think about it. A
Second American Revolution.
    Bob Keeley

Two additional comments:

Will Americans wake up before it is too late and before their worst
nightmare becomes true: a police state or another predatory war against
Iran this time, orchestrated by a cynical and criminal oligarchy running
the show in Washington for obscene profit as usual, under the cover of a
fraudulent war on Terror, because of a puppet President who has lost any
moral compass (if he had one before) and whose blatant lies and empty
words have no relationship with reality.

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Moving closer to Iran war?

Moving closer to Iran war?

From Ray Close

 From Colonel Sam Gardiner (USAF, Retired).
For more on Col. Gardiner, Google him.
Ray Close

14 January 2007
...my thinking as of this morning.

*Pieces in Place for Escalation
Against Iran*

    The pieces are moving.  They’ll be in place by the end of
February.  The United States will be able to escalate military
operations against Iran.

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Henry Siegman's Review of Carter's book--The Nation-issue of 1/22/07

This is a long review, but very much worth reading. It's about more
than the Carter book. Have you remarked that much of the best writing,
the best commentary, on this issue is written by people who are Jews,
proud of that, and not apologetic for presenting their views? This
doesn't surprise me at all, because they of course have a much better
understanding of the whole issue, the whole problem, than outsiders like
many of the rest of us.
   Bob Keeley

This article can be found on the web at


   Hurricane Carter


[from the January 22, 2007 issue]

Former President Jimmy Carter's new book, /Palestine Peace Not
Apartheid/, provoked an uproar even before its publication. The reason
for the controversy was the book's title more than its content, for it
seemed to suggest that the avatar of democracy in the Middle East may be
on its way to creating a political order that resembles South Africa's
apartheid model of discrimination and repression, albeit on
ethnic-religious rather than racial grounds.

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