The Bush Administration‚Äôs FBI sent 18 agents in body armor to the home of a man who revealed details of the National Security Agency‚Äôs warrantless wiretapping program, according to a little-noticed account of the whistleblower published Thursday. Thomas Tamm, a former Justice Department lawyer in the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, revealed details of the wiretapping program to the New York Times in 2004. In 2007, FBI agents raided his Potomac, Maryland home. Full Stor : Rawstory.com….(Continue reading)
Spanish prosecutors have decided to press forward with a criminal investigation targeting former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and five top associates over their role in the torture of five Spanish citizens held at Guant?°namo. Their decision is expected to be announced on Tuesday before the Spanish central criminal court, the Audencia Nacional, in Madrid. Full Story : TheDailybeast.com……(Continue reading)
President Barack Obama is ordering the release of nearly a quarter of a million pages of records from the Reagan White House that were kept from the public during a lengthy review by President George W. Bush. In recent years, historians and open-government groups complained bitterly that the review process President George W. Bush instituted was causing a backlog that was stalling the release of tens of thousands of pages of presidential records. Full Story : Politico.com……(Continue reading)
Less than five weeks ago as the most powerful commander in chief of the world’s greatest superpower, President George W. Bush had access to information that most of us don’t even know exists. Now Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush can’t seem to get the Dallas Morning News to start home delivery. Her friends have to bring her their copy come afternoon. Full Story : LAtimes…..(Continue reading)
Two watchdog groups National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics argue they aren’t seeing “change they can believe in” when it comes to the restoration of lost e-mails from the Bush-era White House. In the period between 2003 - 2005 almost 5 million official email messages were lost in White house. The law makes the preservation of all such official communications mandatory.(Continue reading)
The “War on Terror” is losing the war of words. The catchphrase burned into the American lexicon hours after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is fading away, slowly if not deliberately being replaced by a new administration bent on repairing the U.S. image among Muslim nations. Full Story : Yahoo News…..(Continue reading)
Continuing a White House ritual, President George W. Bush left a note in the Oval Office for President-elect Barack Obama, wishing him well as he takes the reins of the executive branch. Full Story : AP….(Continue reading)
President George W. Bush landed Saturday on the USS George H.W. Bush, a new aircraft carrier named after his father ‚Äî the ultimate honor for a decorated Navy pilot from World War II. Full Story : FOX…..(Continue reading)
Three out of Four of Americans those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey said they’re glad Bush is going; 23 percent indicated they’ll miss him. 28 percent rated Bush as the worst president ever. Only a third of those polled said they want Bush to remain active in public life after he leaves the White House. President-elect Obama is scheduled to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009.(Continue reading)
George Bush, the US president, has had a pair of shoes thrown at him at a press conference in Iraq. Muntadar al-Zeidi, an Iraqi reporter,called Bush “a dog” and shouted out “this is the end” before throwing his shoes. Bush shrugged off the incident and quipped: “All I can report is that it’s a size 10.” Soles of shoes are considered the ultimate insult in Arab culture.
A $162 billion emergency spending bill passed by senate last week signed by President Bush.The bill will pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the remainder of his presidency and into spring 2009. The total cost of the war in Iraq is brought to $400 billion after the bills approval. Since the electoral victories in November 2006, the Democratic-controlled Congress has approved more than $300 billion in emergency spending bills for Iraq and Afghanistan. A new GI Bill that expands education benefits for veterans who have served since the 9/11 attacks, is also part of the bill.(Continue reading)
The US budget for Iraq in FY 2007 came to $4,988 per one Iraqi. This is three times higher than Iraq’s per-person GDP. With the 2007 Iraq war budget US citizen can be paid $121 000 each.¬† zFacts have a price clock in their site with a detailed report of the cost. Until this moment $543,641,450,398 had been spent on Iraq war.
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A legislation passed by Congress that would have banned the CIA from using waterboarding (a controversial interrogation technique) has been vetoed by President Bush. A two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate is required to override veto. The U.S. Army Field Manual prohibits waterboarding and seven other interrogation methods. After CIA Director Michael Hayden told Congress last month that government interrogators used waterboarding on three suspects the simulated drowning technique has been condemned by many members of Congress and human rights groups.(Continue reading)