George Bush’s Gift To The World: The End of American Imperialism

Published on Friday, January 30, 2009 by
George Bush’s Gift To The World: The End of American Imperialism
by David Michael Green

George W. Bush was unquestionably the worst American president in the two and a quarter centuries of the country’s existence.
After all, James Buchanan, the previous aspirant to the title, merely did nothing while the South seceded. Hah! You’ll have to do better than that, Jimmy, if you want to wear this crown!

Bush did far better, of course. It would appear to be the one thing in his entire life he actually worked hard at, and the one challenge he was able to meet successfully. This was an astonishingly destructive presidency, that’s true even despite the fact that we don’t really know much about his administration, because in addition to being the worst, it was also the most secretive ever. (I’m sure that’s just a coincidence, too.) Moreover, that’s also even considering that most Americans still vastly underestimate the depravity of Team Bush. As I have argued previously, if you think they were ‘merely’ arrogant bunglers with exceptionally bad politics, you’ve grossly underestimated them. In fact, they were predators who launched their class warfare agenda behind the smoke-screen of national security, faux patriotism and secret government.

Does this record of unparalleled devastation mean that Bush never did anything right in eight years? No, though it’s pretty much the case that he never did anything right on purpose.

Unquestionably, however, Bush did make some positive contributions to American life, even if they were completely inadvertent, and even if they were dwarfed by the swath of destruction he left all across the landscape. Put simply, George W. Bush’s greatest success was that he gave a very bad name to very bad things.

Like the Republican Party, for example. Or conservative ideology. Or theocracy. Or presidents with the last name of Bush. Or emotional midgets who seek the White House as a salve for their personal psychological neediness.

We can be grateful for all these contributions, and I certainly am – though “thanks” is not likely what I would say if I had the pleasure of relating my assessment of Mr. Bush to him directly. More likely it would be something closer to the gracious words Dick “Dick” Cheney had for Patrick Leahy early on in the administration, when the two bumped into each other on the Senate floor. Those remarks were not, shall we say, fit for print in a family newspaper.

But I digress.

George Bush left us many gifts, but perhaps the greatest of them is that he has ruined the sport of imperialism in America, maybe forever.

Admittedly, that may of course be wishful thinking. Woe be unto the world, for example, should there be another 9/11 type of event. Somebody somewhere would have to pay in spades, and they likely wouldn’t be nice white folks.

And god only knows, alternatively, what Americans might be capable of under conditions of real resource deprivation. Considering what we’ve already done while being the richest and most powerful country in the world, it’s scary to think of what we could do with our back genuinely to the wall.

But leaving those unusual situations aside, it must be said that, after Iraq, the fun has really gone out of eviscerating small foreign countries, even those foolish enough to locate themselves on top of our oil.

Imperialism used to be a fairly sporting avocation for gentlemen of a certain class. You could occupy hapless Latin American countries, topple Iranian democracies, and simultaneously sponsor apartheid suppression of whole populations, still having time left by mid-afternoon for a couple belts with the boys down at the club, all in celebration of a good day’s work at the office. It was jolly good fun for all. Except, of course, for all for whom it wasn’t.

Unfortunately, that latter category included more or less the entirety of the southern hemisphere, and not a few in the north to boot. But, so what? We’re Americans! Caring about the morality of imperialism is for pre-dictatorship revolutionary anti-colonialist leaders and washed-up European former empires who can’t get it up anymore.

Truth be told, we’re now closer to being in that latter category than not, and we can thank George W. Bush for that, one of the few contributions of this complete and utter disaster going by the name of the 43rd presidency.

I’d say we’re more than a bit lucky for that outcome, too. Imagine if Iraq had been a success. Imagine if it had been the cakewalk they obviously thought it would be. Indeed, one of the great ironies of American politics is that Iraq probably readily could have been a ‘great success’, at least in terms of what could be marketed as such to a foolish American public.

In that sense, we are really quite fortunate, in a perverse sort of way, that Bush was as much a lazy boob as he was a warmonger. We are lucky that Rumsfeld was as dogmatic about his 21 century military ideas as Cheney was a completely psycho amoral sociopath. For had they simply run an occupation that was as carefully planned and as adequately staffed as the invasion, or had they toppled Saddam and then promptly left, “Mission Accomplished” would have been a lot more than some banner duct-taped onto the bridge of an aircraft carrier.

And that would have been very bad news indeed for the rest of the world. Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba – there’s no telling where they might have gone next, and likely with the full support of the American public, at that point popping the buttons off their jingoistic shirts (made in Thailand, of course), their chests puffed out to the wall.

Americans were already growing dubious of regressive exploits in international adventurism, it seems to me. I remember laughing at the senior Bush, whose first pronouncement after defeating the pathetically under-matched Iraqi military in 1991 was “By God, we’ve licked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!” Yeah, he actually said that. All I could think at the time was, if you have to say it, dude, it ain’t really happenin’. And all I can think now is, out of 300 million people in this country, did we really go to the Bush family twice to staff the presidency?

But, in fact, the Vietnam syndrome had not been licked. That war was a traumatic experience, and it changed public perceptions about the desirability of war itself. On top of which, America was not completely immune to the general Western post-World War II movement away from militarism as a means of settling disputes. Then there’s always been our long-standing vision of ourselves as both peace-loving and anti-imperialistic – however absurd those perceptions often were in light of actual practice. These also provided at least a speed-bump along the road to war in all but the more obvious cases.

Indeed, two things about public opinion and war in America struck me as pretty notable, but not much noted, these last years. One is that there was a surprising – I thought – lack of blood lust after 9/11. I guess part of that was that there was no state enemy to be attacked, as there had been in the past, and part of that was the foregone conclusion that we would be invading Afghanistan. But, really, I’m surprised there wasn’t a far more intense call for revenge. As one measure of the absence of this, consider that Osama bin Laden still has not been captured or killed, almost a decade (!) later, and that nobody seems much to care about that or mention it very often.

The other thing worth noting is that the public was, in fact, dubious about the Iraq invasion, right up until the weeks before. People realized that it was bogus, at some basic level, and they certainly had a hard time connecting it to 9/11. It took a marketing full-court press to eventually garner public support for the war (America’s pathetic excuse for a Congress was a lot easier to roll). It never worked abroad (another reason Americans were a bit slower to come on-board), but in the context of post-9/11 fears, a general tendency to trust the president, and the regressive movement’s prowess at equating militarism with patriotism, the Madison Avenue campaign finally produced a tenuous majority support for the Iraq invasion in the weeks right before it actually went down.

I think it’s slightly encouraging that, even in that context, it still took a real effort to sell the war. It’s also seriously discouraging, on the other hand, that it could be sold, and that it was. But, as noted, this was a tenuous acceptance. Had the war gone well it would have amplified the militarism in the Bush team and the country’s willingness to let them run rampant. Since it went disastrously, it had the opposite effect.

Iraq is probably not the last time America will go to war. But I think it’s fair to say that this country – its nose once more bloodied by a stupid imperial adventure, stupidly prosecuted – will be that much more reticent to repeat the experience. We do learn in America. It is often a painfully slow process, sometimes punctuated by reverse trajectories (can you say ‘creation science’), but we do occasionally exhibit the classic clinical signs of a student who can be taught, however reluctantly and inadvertantly.

And thus we owe a debt of gratitude to the Iraqis, perhaps a million of whom have been murdered, another four or five million dislocated, and countless others wounded – emotionally, if not physically, if not both – for helping us to learn. And the people of Syria and Iran and much of the rest of the developing world owe these Iraqis thanks as well, for giving the US pause from invading other countries at will.

America’s place in the world is likely to be entering a new period now, for several reasons. One is that the low-key successes of the Obama administration will help underscore the sheer lunacy of the Bush years, and all the policies associated with them. Another is that we are rapidly coming face-to-face with the reality that empire is expensive. As our standards of living go from mere steady decline to sheer precipitous decline, you’ll know that we’ve actually turned that corner when mainstream politicians finally have the courage to talk about scaling back expenditures on the obscenely bloated American military machine.

But, in the end, it may truthfully be said that no one did more to discourage American militaristic tendencies than Jingo George, himself, however odd that may seem.

And, who knows? If I ever met him, maybe I could even bring myself to thank him for that, after all.

But only, of course, from above, after I had decked him.

David Michael Green is a professor of political science at Hofstra University in New York. He is delighted to receive readers’ reactions to his articles (, but regrets that time constraints do not always allow him to respond. More of his work can be found at his website,


Has the Neoconservative Moment Passed? – James Woolsey

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Former CIA director James Woolsey rejects the notion that the invasion of Iraq has triggered the end of neoconservativism in American politics, and argues the Iraq War was not a mistake.


James Woolsey discusses the failure of the intelligence community in the run-up to the Iraq war and considers Barack Obama’s selection of Leon Panetta to head the CIA in light of the historical relationship between the president and the CIA director.

He outlines the challenges the intelligent community faces in what he calls America’s war against “theocratic totalitarianism.”

Finally, he asserts that it is imperative for us to destroy oil as a strategic commodity — not only for our security but also for the good of the planet – Hoover Institution

Robert James Woolsey is vice president of the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and an officer in its global resilience practice.

Previously, Woolsey served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and delegate-at-large to the US-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks. He has also been a partner in the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC.

Woolsey is currently co-chairman (with former Secretary of State George Shultz) of the Committee on the Present Danger, as well as chairman of the advisory boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council and a trustee of the Center for Strategic & International Studies and the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. He also serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy.

Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover’s quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover’s television program, Uncommon Knowledge. Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It’s My Party: A Republican’s Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MB.


The Money Masters – How International Bankers Gained Control of America

I wouldn’t call this entertainment, but I guarantee you it’s the best 3.5 hours you’ll ever invest in your education. This amazing 3.5 hour documentary will teach you the entire history of money and banking, how it works and how the central bankers have robbed the wealth of nations, including our own. You’ll discover how bankers create the illusion that they have all the wealth, and how they get governments, corporations and all of us indebted to them, the primary mechanism they use to control virtually everything. You’ll also learn how they are the primary cause of all inflation, start virtually every war, and how they are engineering a world government and monetary system that they alone control…

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“The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching plan, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole…Their secret is that they have annexed from governments, monarchies, and republics the power to create the world’s money”
THE MONEY MASTERS is a 3 1/2 hour non-fiction, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned “central” bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers.

Segments: The Problem; The Money Changers; Roman Empire; The Goldsmiths of Medieval England; Tally Sticks; The Bank of England; The Rise of the Rothschilds; The American Revolution; The Bank of North America; The Constitutional Convention; First Bank of the U.S.; Napoleon’s Rise to Power; Death of the First Bank of the U.S. / War of 1812; Waterloo; Second Bank of the U.S.; Andrew Jackson; Fort Knox; World Central Bank;

Also recommended: “Firewall: In Defense of the Nation State”

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Kay Griggs Kay married Colonel George Griggs, a Marine Corps Chief of Staff, as well as head of NATO’s Psychological Operations. He was also, his wife realized, entirely mind-controlled. Kay, a self-declared Christian, became privy to the real workings of the United States military, leadership training, drug-running and weapons sales, and the secret worldwide camps that train professional assassins. Kay Griggs’ report of world events and the power elite paints a picture that begins to explain the hows and whys of our current global scenario. First 2 hours of the 8 hour interview. [Buy the DVD]
Kay Griggs Talks 1of5 (WMV 48megs)
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Credit Cards Why let laws get in the way of corporate profits? This history of the credit card shows how large banks subverted laws against excessive interest rates and low monthly payments used to seduce us into the huge debt loads many of us fall into. Who benefits? [Buy the DVD]
Secret History of the Credit Card 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
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Orwell Rolls in His Grave – The losing struggle against centralized media control in the US Congress. If 9/11 is such a big lie, why don’t more newspapers and television stations ‘break the story’? Well, a few do, but not many. Why not? One reason – Despite heroic efforts by many Congressmen and Senators to stop it, it now only requires the decision of a few key people to block stories from 99% of US newspaper and television. Do you know that 6 companies now control virtually all of the media, and that they regularly self-censor political investigations by their own reporters? An eye-opening documentary. [Rent the DVD]
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Outfoxed This film concentrates specifically on Fox News and the spinning of lies to support a corporate agenda. [Rent the DVD]
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Outfoxed 1of2 (WMV 48megs)

Fox News – OK to Lie This short 10-minute online video recounts the 5-year struggle of 2 Fox News investigative reporters who refused to lie on television for Fox. Their scoop – Monsanto’s artificial Posilac hormone, an engineered growth hormone for cows, is banned in Europe and Canada. But not in the US. Why not? Fox News viewers will certainly never know, because the reporters lost their case against Fox. Why? Because a Florida appeals court ruled that falsifying news isn’t against the law.
Fox News – OK To Lie (Online Google Video)
Television – We Deal in Illusion: In the following short 2 1/2 minute excerpt from the 1976 movie ‘Network’, Howard Beale (famous for “I’m mad as h*ll and I’m not gonna take it anymore”) describes the problem very well.
Howard Beale – Television is a Godd*mned Amusement Park (Online Google Video)
Sweet Misery The FDA would not approve a poison to put on grocery store shelves and in hundreds of products just because a few political favors were pulled in, would they? [Rent the DVD]
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Unprecedented Voter fraud – well that’s something that occurs only in backward third world nations, right? The evidence presented by this documentary about the 2000 US presidential elections should make you question the nature of democracy. [Rent the DVD]
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Breaking The Silence John Pilger of British ITV channel made this hard hitting documentary about the wars in Iraq and Afganistan, and how 9/11 was used to allow both to happen.
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Bush Family Fortunes by Greg Palast follows the history of the Bush family through oil deals and partnerships, on through election abnormalities that were never investigated by the mainstream media in the USA.
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BBC on Florida Election Results The Florida 2000 presidential election issues are discussed by Greg Palast for the BBC Newsnight show.
Bush Stole The Election BBC Documentary (WMV 47megs)
Bushs Brain is the story of Karl Rove, the top advisor of the president, and how he uses tricks to get his candidates into office by any means necessary.
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Conspiracy of Silence This documentary was created for The Discovery Channel, it involved an investigation into high ranking political figures and a child prostitution ring. The cable companies were convinced to cancel the airing at the last minute and destroy all copies. This video tape work print survived.
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Dick Cheney – The Unauthorized Biography This history of the US Vice President by the CBC channel in Canada reveals the power he has, and who may really be in charge at the White House.
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Enemy Image This incredible documentary studies the changes in the relationship between the media covering war, and the governments desire to control the message the people see. Many incredible interviews here – highly recommended.
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Falluja – The Hidden Massacre This disturbing documentary by Sigfrido Ranucci examines evidence that the US military used chemical flesh eating weapons called white phosphorus on the people of Falluja in Iraq, even though such chemical weapons were banned, as well as being ostensibly the reason we had to remove Saddam as dictator of Iraq.
Falluja – The Hidden Massacre (WMV 44megs)
Fluoride Deception What is Fluoride, and why is it being added to our water supply in most major cities? This interview with Christopher Bryson is a must watch. [website]
Fluoride Deception (WMV 47megs)
Assassination of JFK Jr John Hankey made this phenomenal documentary discussing the issues surrounding the death of John Kennedy Jr in a small plane crash, Fascinating stuff. [website]
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JFK II John Hankey also made this great documentary discussing the issues surrounding the shooting of John F Kennedy in Texas – interesting. [website]
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Money, Banking and The Federal Reserve The Mises Institute created this short history of the Federal Reserve System, a private corporation which controls the money supply and interest rates in the USA. Where does money come from and how does inflation happen? This is information you need to know.
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Monopoly Men This episode of the series Phenomenon Archives studies the shadow government and how the US monetary system allows them to control the country and weaken the control of our elected officials.
Monopoly Men 1of2 (WMV 48megs)
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Panama Deception This Oscar winning documentary covers the secret war in Panama and how the USA controls other countries with military might. Must watch.
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Power Of Nightmares This BBC series studies the power of politics, and how the promise of a better world has turned into a promise of safety from danger to make themselves more powerful, and how these threats are simply illusions. Although 9/11 is glossed over in this documentary, the rest of the information is useful regarding the creation of false threats to strengthen control of government and relieve citizens of their freedoms.
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Race to Zero Point This inspiring video on new energy is the best documentary available on new energy sources which can powerfully transform our world. It provides a thorough, professional examination of the leading theories and practical inventions that tap into zero point energy, now acknowledged by quantum physicists to exist in all space as a potential source of infinite and accessible electromagnetic energy. Respected engineers and scientists explain in understandable terms how amazing new energy technologies and inventions can go beyond alternative energy to solve the energy crisis on our planet, and how they are being suppressed and ridiculed by the media and large corporations. How far will they go to suppress these breakthrough technologies?
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Spin This documentary studies the way news spins the truth around political figures, and how they can choose to lock out certain candidates. It’s only news if it’s on television, right? Lots of interesting unseen footage here.
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Supermarket Secrets A British documentary series Dispatches covers the reality of the modern supermarket culture, how the look of food is more important than it’s nutritional value, how much visually imperfect food goes to waste, how they use our inability to shop for quality food against us, and how the factory farm affects the animals grown for food. Have you ever wondered why so many non-cooking people watch the food channel? Perhaps it is because they are hungry and not getting the nutrition their bodies are crying for. Very important stuff.
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War Party BBC Panorama studies the Neo-Conservative Project for a New American Century (PNAC) and it’s influence over the US government on foreign policy.
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Who Controls the Children This presentation by teacher Peg Luksik studies the influences government wields over the teaching of children in public schools, even though it is forbidden to do so, and how this control creates children who do not question authority, making them easier to manage as citizens and employees. Incredible.
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Why We Fight The BBC presents Why We Fight by Charlotte Street, a documentary on the commerce of war, and how the military industrial complex profits so much from war, that it must create wars to continue the growth of it’s business. A classic must-see film.
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Diseases Don’t Just Happen Doctor Lorraine Day made this instructional video about the origins of many diseases, including cancer, and how they can be linked to nutrition and other factors.
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Why Politicians Can’t Tell the Truth The British series Dispatches covers the election process in Britain, and how the system has changed to use a computer model to target voters in specific regions based on promises that nobody could disagree with, basically making promises they don’t intend to keep, whatever will get them elected, while avoiding the true hard issues that people want them to deal with that will hurt business, cost votors more money and help the environment. Basically it shows that we are offered several identical candidates and no real choice – just like in the USA.
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World Without Cancer There are more people today making a living on Cancer than dying from it. This documentary by G. Edward Griffin presents evidence that Cancer is a food deficiency of the body. The best line in the documentary is this: “The history of science is the history of struggle against entrenched error.” This movie clearly shows that each health invention was believed to be false by the establishment until they had no option but to call it true, much like the Wright Brothers inventing flight but scientists continuing to claim it’s impossibility. Fantastic documentary.
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The Money Masters Who issues US Currency? I bet your first answer is the wrong one. Find out how our money was stolen by international bankers in this amazing historical video. NOTE: Video removed by request of the producers, find it anyway you can, it is very important. [Buy the DVD]

The Money Masters – 1of3 (Online Google Video)

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The Money Masters – 3of3 (Online Google Video)


New DVDs to Rent
These video documentaries are new and still available through online rental services like – please rent these and view them in full quality.
Why We Fight President Eisenhower warned us about the growing influence of the Military Industrial Complex in 1961 and it’s ability to decide which wars to coerce the government into conducting, wars that are good for business. Very powerful. [Rent the DVD]
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Uncontrolled corporate greed toppled the California governor, chose his replacement, and stole billions from the California economy. This is a prime example of corporate control of government via bribes and how the taxpayer eventually pays for it one way of the other. Riveting and very well done. [Rent the DVD]
9/11 By a stroke of chance (or scripting) the French Naudet brothers just happened to be making a film about the nearest firehouse to the World Trade Center and caught the first attack on tape. They were the first on scene and you can see the remnants of bomb blasts in the lobby as they walk in – but a plane had hit that building some 93 stories up? Essential watching for any 9/11 investigation. [Rent the DVD]
Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11 An excellent compilation of a few of the big questions about the attacks with good supporting interviews. [Rent the DVD]
Fahrenheit 9/11 Well before most of us even thought about 9/11 issues, Michael Moore put this “limited” documentary into theatres and DVD players worldwide, causing millions to seek more information he was required to leave out to get major media attention to the issues. [Rent the DVD]

Books To Read
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man How does the USA control the actions of other countries and allow us to put military bases in 760 locations around the globe and suck up all of the resources each country has to benefit large corporations? Read this book now and it will all become clear.


Countdown: Jonathan Turley on Wiretapping, Torture and Rove Subpoena

Keith talks to Jonathan Turley about whether there will be any convictions for illegal wiretapping and torture and whether Karl Rove will honor his subpoena to appear before Congress.

Water torture is torture using water, which can take several forms. Because no external marks are left on victims of water torture, it has been a favoured method of torture in various countries and political regimes.

The torture has notably been used against political prisoners.

Forced ingestion – Water Cure:
In this form of water torture, water is forced down the throat and into the stomach. This happens repeatedly until osmosis causes the cells to explode. It was used as a legal torture and execution method by the courts in France in the 17th and 18th century, was employed against Americans and Chinese during World War II by the Japanese, and was also used against Filipinos by American Forces during the Philippine-American War. The Human Rights Watch organization reports that in the 2000s, security forces in Uganda sometimes forced a detainee to lie face up under an open water spigot.

Water intoxication can result from drinking too much water, and this has caused some fatalities over the years in fraternities during initiation week. For example, a person was hazed to death by Chi Tau of Chico State (Caifornia) in 2005 via the forcing of pushups and the drinking of water from a bottle.

Terror of drowning
Waterboarding refers to a technique involving water poured over the face or head of the subject, in order to evoke the instinctive fear of drowning.

In many cases people had very cold water poured over them, to make a whipping more painful. The water also made it easier to pierce the skin.

Chinese water torture
What is called the “Chinese water torture” was a torture described by Hippolytus de Marsiliis in the 16th century that was supposed to drive its victim insane with the stress of water dripping on a part of the forehead for a very long time. It may also be characterized by the inconsistent pattern of water drips. Supposedly, the desire for the human brain to make a pattern of the timing between the drops will also eventually cause insanity to set in.

In this form of torture used as a Trial by ordeal, a victim would be repeatedly immersed in water, then pulled out and asked to confess to a crime. Those who failed to confess would be immersed again.

Other forms of water torture:

The Falun Gong have accused the Chinese government of using “water dungeons” on jailed practitioners. A water dungeon is simply a pool of filthy water in which a caged detainee is immersed neck-deep for days or weeks at a time. After a few days in a water dungeon the victim will be covered in festering sores and will not be able to move most major muscles for 2 to 3 weeks.
Another instance of a “water dungeon” was the so-called Waterhuis in the Amsterdam Rasphuis. Criminals that were condemned to hard labor had to saw wood in this prison in the 17th century. If they were recalcitrant they were placed in a cellar that quickly filled with water after a sluice was opened. However, they were handed a pump that enabled them to keep from drowning, provided they pumped energetically and continuously. Interestingly, this method of punishment was considered quite humane at the time. The Rasphuis prison was a popular tourist attraction for Englishmen doing the Grand Tour. The description of the dungeon therefore comes mainly to us from travelogues.

Far-Right Obama Critics Get a Reply

Published on Sunday, January 25, 2009 by The Miami Herald

Far-Right Obama Critics Get a Reply

by Leonard Pitts Jr.

”I hope he fails.” — Limbaugh

It is, of course, a calculated outrage.

Meaning, it was spewed by a clown in the media circus to kick a familiar sequence into motion: angry denunciation by bloggers, pundits and supporters of President Barack Obama (the ”he” whose failure is hoped), followed by Rush Limbaugh refusing to retract a word, a courageous truth teller who will not be moved. And, trailing behind, like the folks with brooms trail the elephants in the circus parade, Limbaugh’s devotees, complaining that their hero has been misquoted, misunderstood or otherwise mistreated. “What Rush meant was . . . yadda yadda yadda.”

A calculated outrage.

And knowing this, knowing how frequently and adroitly media are manipulated by self-promoting media clowns who defame conservatism by calling themselves conservative, one is tempted to let the statement pass, to make its way unimpeded to the dustbin like so many other manufactured controversies. But occasionally, it’s necessary to intercept one of them and hold it up to the light.

This is one of those times. Not because what Limbaugh said on his radio program a few days before the inauguration was an outrage — outrage is the point, remember? — but rather, because of what the thing he said says about him and his fellow clowns.

“I hope he fails.”

Do you ever say that about your president if you are an American who loves your country? Would you say it about George W. Bush, who was disastrous; about Bill Clinton, who was slimy; about Jimmy Carter, who was inept; about Richard Nixon, who was crooked? You may think he’s going to fail, yes. You may warn he’s going to fail, yes.

But do you ever hope he fails? Knowing his failure is the country’s failure? Isn’t that, well . . . disloyal?

The irony is that Limbaugh and the other clowns would have you believe they are bedrock defenders of this country, that they love it more than the rest of us, more than anything.

That’s a lie. Limbaugh just told us so, emphatically.

It’s not the country they love. It’s the attention. The ideology, their perversion of conservatism, is but a means toward that end.

Yes, an observer might point out that it’s counterproductive to give them attention while decrying their love of attention. But, as already noted, occasionally the clowns spew something that cannot, and ought not, be ignored.

Ideological division is nothing new to politics. But has ideology ever taken quite the seat of prominence it now enjoys? Have people ever been quite so prone to regard their ideological identity as more important than their national identity? The last 30 years are rare in that regard, if not unique.

“I hope he fails?!”

So that, what? The defamation of conservatism Limbaugh represents will stand vindicated? The Republicans will pick up a few seats in the midterm election? Limbaugh’s ”side” — his word — will score points?

A sense of mission

Is this only a game, then? No lives at stake, no future on the line, no planet in the balance? Just a game?

I hope he bricks this free throw.

I hope he fumbles that pass.

I hope he fails.

And to hell with the country.

The country doesn’t matter. The ”side” does. And Limbaugh’s side seems angry in power and angry out. It’s as if anger is all they really have.

Barack Obama was elected in large part on a promise to carry the nation past anger, past the notion that either party has a monopoly on wisdom, past the belief that ideology is identity. He was elected because people want a sense of mission that makes them feel like Americans again.

If he is successful, Limbaugh and the other clowns will face tough sledding in a radically different world. Small wonder he is so eager to strangle this presidency in its infancy. And need it even be said?

I hope he fails.

© 2009 Miami Herald

Voter Bill of Rights

Voter Bill of Rights


From unreliable electronic voting machines and millions of uncounted ballots, to partisan election officials and 10-hour waits at the polls, it is clear that our electoral system is in dire need of an overhaul. To build a more just, secure, and robust democracy, please support the following 10-point Voter Bill of Rights:

1. Pass a Constitutional Amendment Confirming the Right to Vote

Most Americans believe that the “legal right to vote” in our democracy is explicit (not just implicit) in our Constitution and laws. However, our Constitution only provides explicitly for non-discrimination in voting on the basis of race, sex, and age in the 15th, 19th and 26th Amendments respectively.

Even though the “vote of the people” is perceived as supreme in our democracy — because voting rights are protective of all other rights — Justice Scalia in Bush v. Gore constantly reminded Gore’s lawyers that there is no explicit or fundamental right to suffrage in the Constitution. The Supreme Court majority concluded: “the individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States.” (Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98, 104 (2000))

Voting in the United States is based on the constitutional principle of states’ rights. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the State, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Since the word “vote” appears in the Constitution only with respect to non-discrimination, the so-called right to vote is a “state right.” Only a constitutional amendment would give every American an individual affirmative citizenship right to vote.

2. Guarantee a Voter-Verified Paper Trail for All Voting Machines

Every voting machine in the United States must be equipped to produce, and store, a voter-verified paper and electronic record of every vote cast. Electronic voting machines must incorporate “open source” coding tested by an independent agency before and during the election to guarantee a transparent and fair process. A national standard for voting machines should be implemented to insure that by 2008, every vote cast in federal elections is cast using the same voting technology.

3. Replace Partisan Oversight with Non-Partisan Election Commissions

It is time to overhaul our federal, state, and local election agencies to guarantee fair elections. We must replace the current system of partisan election administration, in which partisan secretaries of state, county clerks, election commissioners, and other partisan officials are able to issue rulings that favor their own political parties and themselves, with a non-partisan, independent system of running elections. We must end the practice of contracting out fundamental election functions, such as the maintenance of voter lists, to private corporations. We must also insure that independent international and domestic election observers are given full access to monitor our elections.

4. Celebrate Democracy: Make Election Day a National Holiday

Working people should not be forced to choose between exercising their right to vote and getting to work on time. While the laws of 30 states guarantee the right to take time off from work to vote, many workers and employers are unaware of these laws. Holding national elections on a national holiday will greatly increase the number of available poll workers and polling places and increase overall turnout, while making it much easier for working Americans to go to the polls. Election Day is already a holiday in Puerto Rico in presidential election years, and many Puerto Ricans celebrate and make Election Day a fun and festive party with a purpose. It’s time for the United States to follow Puerto Rico’s lead.

5. Make it Easier to Vote

Many citizens are discouraged from voting by unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and restrictions. We must simplify and rationalize voter registration so that no one is again disenfranchised for failing to check a superfluous box, as occurred this year in Florida, or for not using heavy enough paper, as nearly occurred in Ohio. We must require voter registrars to sign affidavits promising to submit any registrations in their possession in a timely manner. We must eliminate police intimidation, language, physical disability, extra-legal requirements of personal identification, and other barriers to voting. To ensure that all qualified voters are able to vote, we must follow the lead of states like Minnesota and Wisconsin by replacing restrictive voter residency requirements with same-day voter registration, allowing qualified voters to register at the polls on Election Day itself.

Our current system forces millions of voters to wait up to ten hours to vote. This is unacceptable, and it disenfranchises those who cannot afford to wait. To increase access to the polls, all states must provide sufficient funding for enough early voting and election-day polling places to guarantee smooth and speedy voting. To ensure equal access and minimize the wait at the polls, election authorities must allocate resources based upon the number of potential voters per precinct. We must put an end to the government-backed practice of allowing partisan activists to challenge the voting rights of individual voters at the polls. Instead, the government must invest in campaigns designed to educate voters about how they can exercise and protect their right to vote.

6. Count Every Vote!

Voters must know that their vote will count and make a difference. Every recent presidential election has been marred by the discounting millions of spoiled, under-vote, over-vote, provisional and absentee ballots. This discounting of votes has disproportionately impacted people of color, especially African Americans, and is a fundamental voting rights and racial justice problem. Election officials must ensure that every voting precinct and wards is adequately staffed with sufficiently trained personnel and professional supervision; that old and unreliable voting machines are replaced; that absentee ballots are mailed with a sufficient time for delivery; that every ballot, including provisional ballots, are counted; and that provisional ballots count for statewide and federal contests regardless of where the vote is cast. Election officials should wait until after any recounts have been completed to provide final certification of election results.

7. Implement Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and Proportional Representation (PR)

We must replace our current “first-past-the-post” system with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). Unlike our current system, which forces voters to reject their preferred candidate in favor of a “lesser evil” who may have a better chance of defeating the candidate they most fear, IRV allows them to choose both. In this way, it eliminates the so-called “spoiler” and “wasted vote” effects and gives voters a more democratic set of choices. Under IRV, voters simply rank candidates in order of their preference (first, second, etc.). If a candidate wins a majority of first choice votes, that candidate is the winner. If no candidate gets a majority of first choices, the lowest vote-getting candidate is eliminated, and his/her votes are given to the candidates whom the supporters of the eliminated candidate chose as their second option. Counting continues until one candidate has received a majority. IRV therefore not only allows voters to voice their real preferences; it also ensures that the will of the true majority, not a mere plurality, produces the winner of each election. In addition, IRV makes it possible to conduct the runoff count without the need for a separate and expensive runoff election. Instant Runoff Voting has been used successfully around the world, including Ireland, Australia, and most recently, San Francisco.

The right of representation belongs to all citizens. Our winner-take-all elections award representation to the largest factions and leave everyone else, often the majority, unrepresented. The winner-take-call system unnecessarily restricts choice, polarizes politics and limits political discourse. We must adopt Proportional Representation (PR) for legislative elections to ensure the fair representation of all voters. Millions of Democrats in Republican areas and Republicans in Democratic areas are unrepresented in our system, and the majority of Greens, Libertarians, and other independents are unrepresented at all levels of government. Our system should provide fair representation to all voters, in proportion to their numbers.

8. Replace Big Money Control With Public Financing and Equal Air-Time

In a system where the amount of money a candidate spends is directly related to their likelihood of winning, it is not surprising that voters think politicians are more concerned with big campaign contributors than with individual voters. We must follow Maine’s lead by establishing a nationwide system of full public financing for all ballot-qualified candidates. We must require the broadcasting corporations that license our public airwaves to provide airtime for debates, and free time for all ballot-qualified candidates and parties.

9. Guarantee Equal Access to the Ballot and Debates

In our current electoral system, independent parties and candidates face a host of barriers designed to limit voter choice and voice. Ballot access laws and debates specifically designed to exclude independent party candidates discourage voting and undermine the legitimacy of our elections. In most cases, the established parties have never themselves met the signature requirements they impose on independent parties. We must eliminate prohibitive ballot access requirements, and replace the partisan Commission on Presidential Debates with a non-partisan Citizens Debate Commission.

10. Abolish Electoral College, Enfranchise Ex-Offenders, Enact Statehood for the District of Columbia

It is time to end the safe state/battleground state dichotomy and make all votes equal, no matter the state of the voter. We must amend the Federal Constitution to replace election of the President by the Electoral College with direct election by the voters. At the same time, for so long as the Electoral College persists, we must amend our state laws and constitutions to allocate each state’s electors proportionately to the popular vote.

The permanent disenfranchisement of former felons, a practice that falls outside of international or even U.S. norms, is an unreasonable and dangerous penalty that weakens our democracy by creating a subclass of four million excluded American citizens. The practice has also been used to purge voter lists of hundreds of thousands of citizens never convicted of any felony. Because the criminal justice system disproportionately penalizes African American males, this disenfranchisement is racist in its impact and is constitutionally suspect. Those states that permanently disenfranchise felons must amend their laws and practices to restore full citizenship to ex-offenders.

It is also time to end the disenfranchisement of the over half million Americans who reside in the District of Columbia. D.C. residents deserve the same political rights enjoyed by citizens of our nation’s fifty states, namely full voting representation in both houses of the U.S. Congress, as well as legislative, budgetary, and judicial sovereignty. Washington D.C. is the only existing majority African American federal jurisdiction, and thus, the denial of D.C. voting rights is inherently racist. Furthermore, the denial of D.C. voting rights cannot be defended on the basis of population size; the majority white State of Wyoming has a smaller population. It is time to grant statehood to the District of Columbia.

Additional Information:
The Voter Bill of Rights is a product of the2001 Democracy Summer program and the 2004 No Stolen Elections! campaign.