May 13

UPDATE: (6:20 PM)

Rove to Be Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying, and Possibly Obstruction of Justice


Truthout: Update:

“Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove.

During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.

”Robert Luskin, Rove's attorney, did not return a call for comment. Sources said Fitzgerald was in Washington, DC, Friday and met with Luskin for about 15 hours to go over the charges against Rove, which include perjury and lying to investigators about how and when Rove discovered that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative and whether he shared that information with reporters, sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said.

”It was still unknown Saturday whether Fitzgerald charged Rove with a more serious obstruction of justice charge. Sources close to the case said Friday that it appeared very likely that an obstruction charge against Rove would be included with charges of perjury and lying to investigators.”

Gee…it couldn’t be happening to a more deserving guy!



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Karl Rove to be Indicted!


Truthout Reports:  "Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.

   " Details of Rove's discussions with the president and Bolten have spread through the corridors of the White House where low-level staffers and senior officials were trying to determine how the indictment would impact an administration that has been mired in a number of high-profile political scandals for nearly a year, said a half-dozen White House aides and two senior officials who work at the Republican National Committee.

   " Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources confirmed Rove's indictment is imminent. These individuals requested anonymity saying they were not authorized to speak publicly about Rove's situation. A spokesman in the White House press office said they would not comment on "wildly speculative rumors."     Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, did not return a call for comment Friday. " MORE


May 12

Post/ABC Poll Manipulative, Misleading, and Based on False Statements


By Cheryl Seal


Since 2001, I have identified many patterns of skewing and manipulation in media polls - all aimed at aiding "The Fuehrer."  The latest Washington Post-ABC poll that claims that that 2/3 of Americans are OK with Bush's massive culling of priviate phone records of millions of US citizens is an example of an oft-used tactic I call the "preemptive strike." Most editors and journalists know that that it takes a week or more - five days at the least - for new developments reported in the news to fully register with the public. This is almost a rule of thumb - even the Dubai Ports deal which caused such outrage took a week before people were truly up in arms and the letters to the editor and Congressfolk had really started to pour in.

So whenever Bush is threatened with a major backlash from a breaking story,  a hasty poll will be run the day the story breaks, or the day after -  well before the impact of the story fully registers. A large percentage of people being polled will not even have heard the story yet, and thus will only be connecting with the poll question as asked, not with the question in the context of the latest revelations re: Bush & Co. And then the wording of the Post/ABC poll was VERY much skewed to elicit the answers that would most help Bush. MORE

May 11

Now We KNOW They're Hiding Something!

Bush Administration Blocks NSA Wiretap Investigation 

The Nation reports: "With news reports exposing the National Security Agency's previously secret spying on the phone conversations of tens of millions of Americans, what is the status of the U.S. Department of Justice probe of the Bush administration's authorization of a warrantless domestic wiretapping program?

The investigation has been closed.

That's right. Even as it is being revealed that the president's controversial eavesdropping program is dramatically more extensive – and Constitutionally dubious -- than had been previously known, the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has informed Representative Maurice Hinchey that its attempt to determine which administration officials authorized, approved and audited NSA surveillance activities is over.


In a letter to Hinchey, the New York Democrat who has been the most dogged Congressional advocate for investigation of the spying program, OPR Counsel H. Marshall Jarrett explained that he had closed the Justice Department probe on Tuesday, May 9, because his office's requests for security clearances to conduct the investigation had been denied.

"I am writing to inform you that we have been unable to make any meaningful progress in our investigation because OPR has been denied security clearances for access to information about the NSA program," Jarrett explained in his letter to Hinchey. "Beginning in January 2006, this Office made a series of requests for the necessary clearances. On May 9, 2006, we were informed that our requests had been denied. Without these clearances, we cannot investigate this matter and therefore have closed our investigation."

Who blocked the request? Who blocked the request? The obstruction has come from the very administration that the president asserts is operating "within the laws of our country" and cooperating with appropriate investigations. MORE

May 11

Bush’s REAL Objectives for Massive NSA Database:

Spying on Political Opponents, Insider Trading, Media Preemption


An inside source very familiar with the machinations of the Bush administration and its so-called “intelligence network” predicted several months ago that the scope of the NSA wiretapping would be revealed as far more extensive than anyone realized and for purposes that had nothing to do with national security. The publicly touted justification - “In the name of national security” – was, said my friend, “Just the password that got the Bush operatives into the candy shop.”


The idea, of course, was dismissed as just another outrageous conspiracy theory. Of course the government wouldn’t authorize more than a few thousand very carefully targeted taps! the gullible argued.


But now the other shoe has hit the floor and it is now known that MILLIONS of Americans are now part of the NSA’s private stash of potential inside lines to information. And I don’t mean information on terrorist planning. I mean inside lines into what Bush critics and political opponents are up to, what stories news outlets are planning – weeks ahead of time, and  what hot investments could profit the Bush insiders (i..e,. a novel and very sneaky form of inside trading). In addition, the Bush “cartel,” ever more paranoid and demanding of absolute loyalty from its employees, appointees, and consultants, has been – or was planning to – use the NSA’s inside lines to spy on “its own” to insure absolute loyalty.


There must be people in the NSA who have wondered why certain calls were “flagged” for review when they seemed to have nothing directly to do with national security. If these people care about America, care about what is right “under God and law,” then they MUST come forward. Going to anyone in the Bush administration, of course, would be a joke. Even the justice department, with loyalist Gonzalez in charge, cannot be trusted. Alas, the mainstream media cannot be trusted, either. Look how long the “New York Times” sat on the information about the NSA wiretaps in the first place. 


Instead, I suggest these true patriots willing to blow the whistle contact at least TWO Congresspeople they believe they can trust. By providing the information to two or more people, if one sits on the info, the other may not. And if one refuses to respond, it will be made abundantly clear who they are working for. And it ain’t their constituents.



May 10

New Cheryl Seal Commentary

The Brink of Disaster

Six Reasons NOT to Invade Iran


Before the invasion of Iraq, many of us bloggers pleaded the case against the war, pointing out that thousands of civilians would die, that civil war could be precipitated, that thousands of US troops would die, be maimed, or come home psychologically damaged, that terrorism would increase, not decrease, and that trust and respect for the US would be severely undermined. All of these warnings were ignored, all of them came to pass.


Each of these same warnings obviously apply also to Iran. Yet despite the very recent lessons of Iraq, they are – incredibly enough - once again being ignored or downplayed.


However, there are other, less “obvious” dangers posed by military action in Iran.  Perhaps these reasons may be heeded when the more “clear and present dangers” continue to fall on blind eyes and deaf ears.


Here are six reasons NOT to invade Iran:   READ THE REST


May 7

Declaration of Wrongs

The Democrats’ Best Bet for 2006


Excerpt: “There are things happening in this nation that are quite simply and indefensibly WRONG. Everyone knows they are wrong. And to win in 2006 and regain America's respect, the Democrats must stand up and unequivocally state that these things are wrong and pledge to set things right…..


 What is turning public opinion against the Democrats- and I specifically mean the folks in Congress - is not the same thing that has turned the public against the Republicans. People are repulsed by the GOP because of its "culture of corruption," its hypocrisy, arrogance, its indifference to the everyday man and woman's needs, its indifference to other cultures, the environment, and the future.


What pisses Americans off about the Democrats is that no one in the party seems able to come out and make a clear, unequivocal "declaration of war" on what Bush has done to America. Instead, what America hears is a lot of Democratic "bet hedging." Even now, with all the evidence before us, with only 30% of the public approving of the Iraq situation, the Democrats will not, as a unified body, officially condemn the war and call for a near-future withdrawal. 


I have yet to hear the Democrats state as a party principle that they are "against torture for any reason, any time, anywhere because that is NOT what American is all about." Or to declare that the oil industry has gone too far and MUST BE STOPPED. Period. Instead, the Dems test the waters and poke around the edges of an issue, as if fearful it might bite. “



Just Where Are those Oil Industry Profits Going? 

Neglected BP Plant WORST POLLUTER in US


With annual profits soaring into the billions for the oil industry, you'd think that they would have plenty of jing to spend on things like refinery upgrades - even basic maintenance, for Chrissakes! But nope. The industry is spending LESS, not more on older facilities. Damn the pollution, full speed ahead! Take BP, which posted a net profit for the first quarter of $5.82 BILLION.


AP reports: "The nation's worst polluting plant is the BP PLC oil refinery where 15 workers died in an explosion last year, raising questions about whether the company has been underreporting toxic emissions. BP's Texas City refinery released three times as much pollution in 2004 as it did in 2003...  The increase at BP was so large that it accounted for the bulk of a 15 percent increase in refinery emissions nationwide in 2004, the highest level since 2000. The company is investigating whether it has been accurately documenting pollution, the Houston Chronicle reported on Sunday. There could be more federal fines levied against the energy giant if mistakes are found. BP already faces a record $21.3 million fine from the U.S. " MORE



Now here's a story from April 25 from Reuters: "BP said on Tuesday its net profits excluding exceptional items rose 7 percent in the first quarter compared to last year, thanks to high oil prices and a better refining result than expected....Excluding a $17 million charge for non-operating items, BP's underlying or "clean" net profit was $5.282 billion, compared with an average forecast of $5.21 billion in a Reuters poll of eight analysts and $4.96 billion in the same period of 2005." MORE


May 3

"Climate of Torture"

 Bush Reich's Crimes against Humanity Being Assessed by UN


In a new report released on May 3, Amnesty international accused the Bush Reich of creating a "climate of Torture." Later this week, a UN anti-torture group will assess the US record and determine if it has violated international laws. The Amnesty International report is part of the fact-finding stage of this process. Bush & Co. are sending over two dozen assorted kiss-asses and henchmen off to Geneva to try to convince the UN committee that black is white and night is day to protect their Führer back home. And, of course, the US media will be on hand to spin the story in Bush’s favor.

Says Amnesty International USA Senior Deputy Executive Director Curt Goering: “Although the US government continues to assert its condemnation of torture and ill-treatment, these statements contradict what is happening in practice. The US government is not only failing to take steps to eradicate torture it is actually creating a climate in which torture and other ill-treatment can flourish - including by trying to narrow the definition of torture."

Goering is outraged by the complete lack of respect for life and law shown by the US under Bush. In this sicko regime, anything goes, and no consequences are levied:  “The heaviest sentence imposed on anyone to date for a torture-related death while in US custody is five months - the same sentence that you might receive in the US for stealing a bicycle. In this case, the five-month sentence was for assaulting a 22-year-old taxi-driver who was hooded and chained to a ceiling while being kicked and beaten until he died.” MORE


Oil Companies Have Stolen $100 Billion from Consumers Since 2000


Consumers Union reports on a new study of the oil industry's rape of the public. Here's an excerpt from the Executive Summary:


"This report finds that the oil industry has exhibited a long-term pattern of strategic underinvestment, mismanagement of capacity, and the gaming of gas prices. This is resulting in record breaking costs for consumers at the pump and record profit margins for industry. The resport estimates that as a  result of anti-competitive practices, oil companies have achieved more than $100 BILLION in excess profits, compared to comparable Stamndard and Poors Industrial companies Finally, it points to failure on the part of the [Bush] Administration and Congress to reign in an oil industry bent on profiting from supply and demand pressure.


"Major oil companies have: Achieved more than $100 BILLION in excess profits from 2001-2005 as a result of anti-competitive practices; strategically underinvested in refinery capacity to tighten supplies and gain market power over gasoline prices; carried out a deceptive and misleading PR campaign, telling a huge profit story to Wall Street [and thus fueling the oils future game, which can add up to 30% to the cost of crude] and [then telling] a small profit story on Main Street; and sought to blame factors other than their own behavior for higher consumer gasoline prices [using the media as their willing accomplices and mouthpieces]."



MAY DAY SPECIAL (a commentary by Cheryl Seal)

A Plague of Locusts:  

The Industrial “Revolution,” the Birth of Sanitized Slavery and the Rise of Corporate Empire


EXCERPT: " Through industrialization, workers were railroaded into a life they would never have chosen for themselves or their families - nearly every waking hour spent in noisy, fithy, dangerous factories in exchange for pennies a day. When a young Lancastershire lad named Ned Ludd destroyed a factory loom in a fit of frustration, he sparked a rebellion. Across the textile counties, workers began raiding factories and breaking the hated mechanical looms. In the propaganda of the artistocrat-controlled British press, these desperate workers were dismissed as ignorant  "haters of progress" and were mockingly dubbed  "Luddites." It was during the Luddite rebellion that the British government passed a law that declared that the penalty for damaging a piece of factory equipment was death. It was a landmark choice--one that has haunted the soul of the developed world ever since. It declared, in essence, that a machine was worth more than a man's life."




HUMOR: "Hello, Evildoers! Welcome to the Program!": Inside the Doctor Laura Show  


Now for the first time, we offer you an up close and personal look at the making of the Doctor Laura show, beginning with the crucial prescreening process, followed by the final call of a typical day…. MORE

April 28


Fire All the Higher Ups and Start Listening to the Field Workers


Now here's a typical example of Congressional idiocy! The exact sort of thing that has sunk the approval ratings of this claque of clueless clucks to the bottom of the pond. FEMA's response to Katrina sucked, as we all know. But we all also know that the reason it sucked was because of its "leadership" (and I use the term with a smirk). But guess what many Senators are calling for? To dismantle FEMA. Yep, don't actually address the REAL problem, which was the chain of command - which was f*cked up by Bush and his grandiose Dept. of Homeland Security (the worst thing to happen to national security since Benedict Arnold!). Nope, the philosophy of the Senate is, if your battery dies, push your car off a cliff. That's even stupider than the other typical Congressional strategy - if your left leg is hemorraghing, put a bandaid on your right arm (calling for investigations of gas station price gouging when the oil futures guys collude with the oil companies to keep crude prices skyrocketing). READ THE REST


April 27

Al-Baghdadi Dropped from Latest Pollywood Video, Replaced by Technicolor Al-Zarqawi


Wow, Pollywood's a tough place for a fledgling performer to get ahead. I mean, all the best roles are dominated by veteran players who just keep getting signed for one more big role. Take Abdullah Al-Baghdadi. The poor guy was all set to step into the coveted role of "Top Al Qaeda Mastermind in Iraq” with Al Zarqawi being written out of the script due to lost box office appeal. But then the producers in the Pentagon sent out a memo calling for Al Baghdadi's contract to be canceled. Seems the feedback from Pollywood focus groups was that an Iraq-based Terrorist Mastermind named Baghdadi was just a little bit too obvious.



     So, instead, Pollywood decided to stick with Al-Zarqawi. In this flick, Zarqawi miraculously returns from the dead – always a big draw (look at what it does for sagging soap operas!). Instead of the Bergman-esque minimalism of Zarqawi’s past films, the new flick contains a big action scene in which the Mastermind strolls among his scowling troops and fires off a really big gun. Better still, this new flick, filmed at Pollywood Studios West in Nevada, is in technicolor. You'll recall that until now, all of Zarqawi's work has been in film noir.


The Pentagon producers sent out a new round of memos - this time to their contacts in the media - calling in a few favors. As a result, Zarqawi's new video, "Zarqawi Emerges from the Shadows" has received unprecedented buzz. The Pentagon received an additional bonus from the Zarqawi film hype, getting a chance to increase recruitment to the US military. A line was written into the Zarqawi flick in which the "Mastermind Terrorist" proclaims that he and his followers are figthing against a "crusader enemy." This was a nice tie in to this past month’s "Teen Mania" tour in the US, through which rightwing Christian pro-war zealots Ron Luce, Rick Scarborough, et al. worked  to whip teens into a "modern day crusader" frenzy in hopes they’ll sign up to go "fight the infidels" in Iraq.


For More on Pollywood Studios, see "SUPER TERRORISTS! Pollywood Studio's Latest Production 


April 25

Iraq's Booming Black Market: The Bloodiest War Zone?


Today, I ran across an article from Reuters ("NeoCon News")  that "reveals" the problem of blackmarket trading (they call it "smuggling" in the article to avoid the use of the content-charged word "blackmarket"). But this is OLD news repackaged to look like a new development.  The Iraq blackmarket is certainly nothing new. In fact, business has been booming since shortly after the US troops arrived. Worse, an unknown but probably quite substantial percentage of the violence now occurring is blackmarket related - "turf wars" if you will.


In February 2004 I did a story on the then-already-rampant Iraq blackmarket, including the problem of gas and oil trading:


EXCERPT: “… Everything from gas, cigarettes, videos, and food, to sophisticated military electronics and weaponry and museum loot is now traded on the Iraqi black market. Some dealers are smalltime operators - many are just people trying to survive. But others are part of highly organized, multi-million dollar networks. And, if recent history is any indication, at least a few western corporations are already involved in the action in some way or another....


"... At present, however, the most lucrative black market commodity in Iraq appears to be gasoline and oil. In December 2003, the American Forces Press Service reported that "coalition personnel are working with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil to head off gasoline smuggling, sabotage of the oil industry infrastructure and black-market profiteering. Officials said these continue to be among the greatest problems facing the Iraqi people."

The primary cause of the highly publicized "gas shortage" in Iraq is the diversion of gas supplies by smugglers. To combat the problem, the military has launched an anti-smuggling initiative called Operation Devil Siphon.

"It is perhaps quite significant that the same month that the Pentagon revealed the depth of the smuggling problem, it also revealed that Halliburton had made a cool $61 million by selling gasoline to the military at an outrageously jacked up price ($2.27 per gallon when the going rate was about $1.18). Given Halliburton's established willingness to engage in illegal activities -price gouging of US troops, for starters- I cannot help wondering if the company is making more of a killing off its gasoline supply contract than anyone yet knows -as in selling 'diverted' gasoline it gets for free at a premium. After all, Halliburton not only supplies gas to the troops, it also is contracted (d.b.a. Kellogg, Brown and Root) to restore oil fields and refineries in southern Iraq to pre-war levels, to run pipelines, and to truck propane to Iraqi consumers. The company has certainly had all infrastructure and opportunity it needs to put a nice black market operation in place. I suspect the Pentagon has already uncovered something along these lines, but as it they are dealing with Halliburton, the apple of Dick Cheney's eye, I doubt such revelations would see the light of day for some time to come -if ever.  READ THE ARTICLE



American Woman, Get Away from Me!

"American woman, listen what I say
Don't come hanging around my door
Don't want to see your face no more
I don't need your war machines
I don't need your ghetto scenes
Colored lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else's eyes
Now woman, get away."

-from "American Woman" (Bachman/Cummings/Kale/Peterson 1970)

By Cheryl Seal

(Note: This is an updated version of the original essay, which was published in March, 2002)

      Thanks to Madison Avenue, which mirrors back a fantasy world through endless TV images and the pages of Cosmo, Vogue, and other "women's magazines," and to marketing Czaresses like Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric, American women have been duped into believing they are liberated, empowered, and in control ... that they have come a long way, baby. But the reality is, I fear, very much a case of the "Empresses' new clothes."

      What's really beneath the transparent wardrobe? READ THE REST


April 22


From Jimmy Carter 29 years ago. READ


April 19

Hundreds of Physicists Condemn Bush's Nuke Threats


Thirteen prominent physicists have sent Bush a letter on behalf 1,800 physicists that blasts Bush's nuclear weapons policies.


Excerpt: "As members of the profession that brought nuclear weapons into existence, we urge you to refrain from such an action that would have grave consequences for America and for the world. 1,800 of our fellow physicists have joined in a petition opposing new US nuclear weapons policies that open the door to the use of nuclear weapons in situations such as such as IUran's. These policies......have significantly lowered the threshold for the potential use of nuclear weapons as clearly evidence by the fact that they are being considered as another tool in the toolbox to destroy undersground installations that are "too deep" to be destroyed by conventional weapons. ...


“It is gravely irresponsbile for the US as the greatest superpower to consider courses of action that could eventually lead to the widestp[ead desturciton of life on the planet. We urge you to announce publicly that the US is taking the nuclear option off the table in the case of all nonnuclear adversariest presnt or future and we urge the American people to make theri voices hear on this matter."


To that I would add, I urge ALL JOURNALISTS  with a shred of decency to see that this warning is disseminated to the public. Incredibly, these scientists have been forced to disseminate their information over non-mainstream news outlets - this is outrageous! We can hear all about  Tom Cruise’s baby on the nightly news - but not the threat of nuclear disaster?




April 18

Blast from the Past (Archive):

Religious Delusions and Bush's Ever-Widening War


Here are two articles, one from 2002 and the other from 2003 that explore the possible role religious delusions are playing in Bush's ever-widening war.


2002:  Are extremist Christians and Zionists trying to force the "Rapture"?:

The scary - and very well-funded- crusade to change history by rightwing religious fanatics.  READ 


 2003: Marching on Babylon: Is Bush Acting Out an Elaborate Religious Fantasy thru War? Using the US war on Iraq as a tool for "scripture fulfillment."



April 17

New Cheryl Seal commentary


Bush Wants to Inflict Nuclear Disaster on Tehran  

You think this headline is way too over the top?


Think again. Bush has made it very clear over the past few years that he wants to launch a major military offensive against Iran. When the White House floats the idea of "airstrikes on Iran" via polls and other ploys, most Americans think of scenes from Afghanistan or the Iraq invasion. In the footage most often seen on the news, it always seemed that most destruction occurred in relatively barren locations, or involved tidy "precision strikes" on buildings in cities that didn't REALLY look like cities, by US standards.


    But Bush's plan for Iran is a mega-escalation of all we've seen in disastrous Bush wars one and two. Such a mega-escalation that war number three could easily become Hiroshima revisted. How? Bush plans to use massive bombs called  Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrators (RNEPs, better known as "bunker busters") on Iran's underground nuclear facilities..


 If Bush gets his way and launches his attack on Iran, no one on the planet will have be able to maintain any illusions that Bush is engaging in "humane preemption." Guess where one of the most important of Iran's nuclear facilities is located? In a densely populated suburb of Tehran, a huge city with a population of over SIX MILLION PEOPLE. This facility, the Tehran Nuclear Research Center, is an extremely important component of any nuclear development program in Iran    READ THE REST


April 15

Top UK Scientist Warns 400 Million May Starve if Action on Global Warming Is Not Taken NOW


 Sir David King reports that global temperatures will continue to rise even if stringent limitations on greenhouse gas emissions are instituted. Sir David, the UK's top government scientist and one of the few real heroes left in the world of government science, warned this week that up to 400 million people could starve is more is not done to address climate change.  “If you ask me where do we feel the temperature is likely to end up if we move to a level of carbon dioxide of 500 parts per million — which is roughly twice the pre-industrial level and the level at which we would be optimistically hoping we could settle — the temperature rise could be in excess of 3C and yet we are saying 500 parts per million in the atmosphere is probably the best we can achieve through global agreement." But, added Sir David  “We don’t have to succumb to a state of despondency where we say that there is nothing we can do, so let’s just carry on living as per usual.