June 14th, 2007

Chris Keeley

This was an effort by the government to embarrass me and break my spirit," said Barry, 71, adding th

This was an effort by the government to embarrass me and break my spirit," said Barry, 71, adding that the breathalyzer reading should have exonerated him. "I was not driving while impaired. I know better than to be out here drinking heavily."

Barry Cleared of DUI, Other Traffic Charges
Officers Were Unconvincing, Judge Says

By Yolanda Woodlee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 14, 2007; B01

 

D.C. Council member Marion Barry was acquitted yesterday of driving under the influence and three other traffic-related charges after he testified that he had a glass of wine and took at least five different medications on the night of his arrest.

Magistrate Judge Richard H. Ringell said there was not enough evidence to show that Barry (D-Ward 8) was impaired when he was stopped near the White House last Sept. 10. Ringell said he was not convinced by the testimony of three Secret Service officers, who said they thought the former mayor was intoxicated because his eyes were red, his speech slurred and his balance unsteady.

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GOP Lobbyist Named New White House Counselor

GOP Lobbyist Named New White House Counselor
A veteran Republican operative and lobbyist has joined the White House as President Bush’s new chief counselor. Edward Gillepsie will replace Dan Bartlett who steps down this month. Gillespie is one of Washington’s top corporate lobbyists. His firm Quinn Gillespie pulled in nearly seventeen million dollars last year. Don Simon, a former general counsel with the watchdog group Common Cause said: “Someone who is at the top of the corporate lobbying world is going into the top of the White House staff, and it shows the sometimes incestuous relationship between lobbyists and government.”

Iraq War Veteran Discharged for Protesting in Uniform
An American Iraq war veteran has been given a general discharge with honorable conditions after he was reprimanded for wearing his uniform during an anti-war protest. Adam Kokesh is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. The military began investigating him after the Washington Post published a photograph of him at an anti-war protest in March to mark the fourth anniversary of the war.

DePaul Students, Faculty Respond to Controversial Tenure Denials
In Chicago, students and faculty at DePaul University are taking action over an academic freedom controversy that is drawing increasing national attention. Last week the university announced it would deny tenure to Norman Finkelstein, one of the most prominent critics of the Israeli government in American academia. The political science department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommended tenure for Finkelstein, but the college’s dean and the University Board on Promotion and Tenure recommended against it. In another controversial move, DePaul also said it was denying tenure to professor Mehrene Larudee, who was set to become chair of her department. Larudee had the unanimous support of her department, the college personnel committee and the Dean. Critics say she was targeted because she supported Finkelstein’s case. More than fifty people turned out for a demonstration in support of the two professors on Wednesday. Student supporters have held a twenty-four hour sit in at the DePaul president’s office.

    DePaul student Evan Lorendo: “We’ve all had these professors and they’re great people, they’re great members of society. They try so hard for social justice. The way DePaul has totally overlooked them for tenure is absolutely terrible. There’s been outside influence, especially in Professor Finkelstein’s case. Alan Dershowitz from Harvard has been actively lobbying against him. We’re fighting for their tenure and their right to teach and academic freedom.”
Meanwhile the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting DePaul’s faculty association is considering taking votes of no confidence in the school president and other administrators in light of the tenure denials.
Chris Keeley

Congressman John Conyers of Michigan has said: "The release of Michael Moore's “Sicko” is one of the

Ahead of “Sicko” Release, Michael Moore Brings Health Care Campaign to California State Assembly

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/06/14/1413243

Michael Moore's campaign to overhaul the nation's health care industry has officially begun. On Tuesday, the Academy Award winning filmmaker joined 1,000 members of the California Nurses Association in a rally outside the California State House to secure guaranteed health care for all in this country. Moore also testified at an unofficial legislative briefing inside the State House. The organizing coincides with the upcoming release of “Sicko”, Moore's new documentary on the nation's health care system.

 


Michael Moore's campaign to overhaul the nation's health care industry has officially begun. On Tuesday, the Academy Award winning filmmaker joined 1,000 members of the California Nurses Association in a rally outside the California State House to secure guaranteed health care for all in this country. Moore also testified at an unofficial legislative briefing inside the State House. The organizing coincides with the upcoming release of Moore's new documentary on the nation's health care system. The movie is titled Sicko. In a moment we'll hear Michael Moore in his own words but first a few scenes from the movie.

 

  • Trailer for “Sicko.”
On Tuesday Michael Moore addressed over 1,000 members of the California Nurses Association in Sacramento.

 

  • Michael Moore, speaking at health care rally outside California State House.
Anticipation for Michael Moore's new film Sicko is high among supporters of universal health care. Congressman John Conyers of Michigan has said: "The release of Michael Moore's “Sicko” is one of the most important developments in the national debate on our health care crisis since the Clintons attempted to pass universal health care legislation in 1994." On Tuesday Michael Moore addressed California lawmakers at a special briefing.

 

  • Michael Moore, testifying Tuesday before California State Assembly.

AMY GOODMAN: Michael Moore's

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Judge Won't Delay Libby Prison Term

Judge Won't Delay Libby Prison Term

WASHINGTON, June 14 — A federal judge refused today to delay the start of the prison sentence for I. Lewis Libby Jr. in the C.I.A. leak case while he appeals his conviction.

The ruling intensifies the legal and political drama surrounding Mr. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of perjury, making false statements and obstructing justice.

Judge Reggie B. Walton said today that he found no reason to postpone Mr. Libby’s sentence of two and a half years in prison for four felony counts. Defense lawyers had asked that he be allowed to remain free while pursuing appeals.

Judge Walton’s decision means that the defense lawyers will probably ask a federal appeals court to block the sentence. It also sharpens interest in a question being asked by Mr. Libby’s supporters and critics alike: Will President Bush pardon Mr. Libby?

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Judge Won't Delay Libby's Prison Term for Appeal

Judge Won't Delay Libby's Prison Term for Appeal

By Amy Goldstein and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, June 14, 2007; 2:32 PM

 

A federal judge today ordered I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to report to prison within weeks to begin serving a 30-month sentence for lying to federal investigators about his role in disclosing a covert CIA officer's identity to the media.

In ruling that Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff must begin his prison term, probably within six to eight weeks, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton rejected defense attorneys' request to allow Libby to remain free on bond while his attorneys appeal his conviction for perjury and obstructing justice.

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http://www.awakeninthedream.com/warconsc.html

THE WAR ON CONSCIOUSNESS

by Paul Levy

We are truly in a war. It is not the war we imagine we are in, which is the way our true adversaries want it. It is not a foreign war against a foreign enemy. It is a war on consciousness, a war on our own minds. The global war on terror that is being fought around the world is an embodied reflection in the material world of a deeper, more fundamental war that is going on in the realm of consciousness itself.

We have the most criminal regime in all of our history wreaking unspeakable horror on the entire planet, while simultaneously waging war on the consciousness of its own citizens - US. If we aren’t aware of this, we are unwittingly playing into, supporting and complicit in the evil that is being perpetrated in our name.

A government’s war on the consciousness of its own citizens is by no means unique to the Bush administration. Abusing power over others so as to limit their freedom is an archetypal process that has been endlessly re-enacted by governments throughout history in various forms. With the Bush administration, however, the pathological aspect of this process has become so exaggerated and amped up to such a degree that it is just about impossible not to notice its staggering malignancy. With the Bush administration, the underlying evil that has played out in our government over many years is becoming overwhelmingly obvious for all to see. With the Bush administration, the underlying evil that informs systems of government that are based on “power over” instead of “liberty for” is coming out from hiding in the shadows. Instead of being acted out underground, our government is acting out this evil above ground, in plain sight for all who are courageous enough to look. 

Impeaching Bush and Co. ultimately won’t change anything unless we deal with the corrupt powers which control and direct them. George Bush is just a finger-puppet of the hidden hand which animates him. Bush only has apparent power, as he himself is a minion of far more powerful predator-like forces whose nefarious interests he serves. Whether we call it the illuminati, the global elite, a shadow government, or a secret cabal, there is no doubt that there are darker, self-serving forces that have insinuated themselves into and taken over our government. The terrorists that we should be worried about are domestic terrorists who are actually implementing their agendas from deep within our very system of government itself.

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