Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Habeas the Corpse

May 14, 2007


The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on "Restoring Habeas Corpus: Protecting American Values and the Great Writ" for Tuesday,

May 22, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

By order of the Chairman

Witness List

Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on “Restoring Habeas Corpus: Protecting American Values and the Great Writ”

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226

10:00 a.m.

Rear Admiral Donald Guter, USN (ret.)
Duquesne University School of Law
Pittsburgh, PA

William Howard Taft IV
Of Counsel
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Washington, DC

Mariano-Florentino Cuellar
Stanford Law School
Stanford, CA

David B. Rivkin, Jr.
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Washington, DC

Orin Kerr
George Washington University Law School
Washington, DC
Note: You will not find this hearing on C-Spam, it will be webcast HERE.

I guess what strikes me the most is the fact that a hearing has to be scheduled to supposedly restore something that is specifically granted by The Constitution.

Gonzo and his cereal box law degree managed to FUBAR the law, of course under monkey boys' leadership, now it is up to a committee to straighten it out.

Friggin fascists!


micki said...

Den, I bet if you did an informal survey of 100 people on U.S. main streets, 75% of them would not even know what HABEAS CORPUS is.

micki said...

...and some of those who do know the meaning of habeas corpus, undoubtedly believe the bush administraton hold the power and authority to indefintely detain -- IMPRISON -- citizens and non-citizens without charge. You know...to keep us safe.

For the busheviks, fear is their most reliable renewable resource. To hell with the Constitution.

DEN said...

The incredible stupidity of the American citizen has been proven over and over again.

If not for that stupidity we would not be in the current pickle we are in right now.

micki said...

...well the stupidity and the Supreme Court ruling on the Florida vote count.

Ya better hope and pray that bush doesn't get the opportunity to appoint another 'supreme' before January 2009!

micki said...

Al Gore is on fire.

DEN said...

Geez maybe someone should put him out!

Alan said...

Iraq reality check

Report by British foreign policy think tank paints a complex and ominous portrait of the conflict.

A concise and insightful analysis of the worsening strife in Iraq by the prestigious British-based Chatham House is a must read for Americans trying to understand the situation and the United States' options.

The report, which can be accessed at http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/, is authored by University of Exeter Professor Gareth Stansfield, a Middle East political expert, and titled "Accepting Realities in Iraq." It warns that the country is fragmenting into not one but many civil wars and insurgencies despite the loss of thousands of Iraqi and American lives and the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars. As power drains from the central government to regional and even local groups, the nation is steadily devolving into a failed and ungovernable entity.

In such an environment, the author concludes, surges of foreign troops cannot bring security and have not lessened the number of bombings and civilian deaths or fatalities among coalition troops. Stabilization can only be achieved by political engagement with leaders and organizations credible to local populations. The report cautions that such accommodations cannot be dictated by occupying forces and must be worked out by the increasingly sophisticated and well-armed Iraqi elements themselves.

In the current chaos, the al-Qaida-backed Islamic State of Iraq continues to gather momentum among alienated Sunni. According to the report, the Sadr movement, led by the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has become a force among the majority Shiite population with "substantial popular support and therefore political legitimacy."

The report recommends that non-al-Qaida Sunni insurgents and political leaders be wooed with concessions for the equitable distribution of oil revenues, while the Sadr movement be recognized as an "enduring feature of Iraq's political landscape which should be brought further into the political process."

Unlike some other Shiite groups with close ties to Iran, al-Sadr, Stansfield believes, is primarily a nationalist who has been forced to rely on the Iranians for support against the multinational forces.

The only stable governing entity in Iraq, the Kurdish-ruled semi-autonomous zone in the north, deserves more support than has hitherto been given by coalition forces. According to the report, "Kurdish demands for autonomy need to be more publicly recognized as legitimate rather than seen as a destabilizing dynamic."

The study does not directly address the hot button question of how or when American forces should be withdrawn from Iraq, but it makes a forceful case that the solutions to the conflict will have to come from the Iraqis who actually wield power in the country rather than well-meaning foreigners with unrealistic ideals. After the experience of the last four years, it's hard to disagree with that conclusion.

Alan said...

Then, or also... we have this.

Iraq Study Group's suggestions considered
With funding at issue, officials reconsider some rejected ideas

WASHINGTON — After an initially tepid reception from policy-makers, the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group are getting a second look from the White House and Congress, as officials continue to scour for bipartisan solutions to salvage the American engagement in Iraq.

Alan said...

Comcast prepares for switch
Company gives more details on changeover

For Comcast in Houston, June 19 is a big day — the local cable company now known as Time Warner Cable will finally be known as Comcast.
The two big cable companies have been swapping cities/areas with each other. I have no idea what city Time Warner got for giving up Houston, but the result for me, starting on that June date will be an even FASTER internet. My connection will go from 5-Mbps to 6.
*works for me

Alan said...

To clarify, I've never actually gotten the full 5-Mbps. It's steady right at 4,920-Kbps, or 4.92-Mbps every time I do a speed check.

Alan said...

This story is kinda sorta like the Comey/Ashcroft-in-the-hospital story. State repugs already voted on this once and won, but the head Dem didn't get a chance to vote because he was 'working the floor' or sumshyt. A protest by him, and a few crass words with his friend and hunting partner, the repug speaker, and the speaker rescinded the vote... the result being a tie. THEN, when this other Dem went into the hospital for complications from his liver transplant, the repug speaker was set to call another vote, taking advantage of his absence. Here's what the Dems have done in response.

Lawmaker risks health to stop voter ID bill
A hospital bed was set up for Sen. Mario Gallegos in case he was needed

AUSTIN — Sen. Mario Gallegos spent part of Monday resting in a hospital bed but was ready to spring into action if necessary to stop a controversial voter identification bill.

And the Houston Democrat wouldn't have had to go far.

Colleagues set up a hospital bed for the ailing lawmaker in the Senate sergeant's office, about 100 feet away from Gallegos' desk on the Senate floor in the Capitol.

"If I wasn't the swing vote, I wouldn't be here. I promise you, I wouldn't be here," said Gallegos, who's fighting complications from a liver transplant he had four months ago.

DEN said...

Oh shutup about your FAST connection!

I only have 125K, WEAK!

I am severely jealous!

Alan said...

Ronald Reagan’s Good Rhetoric, Bad Policies, and Vile Followers

Reagan talked a good talk about shrinking the government, cutting taxes and spending. He gave sermons against Communism. He spoke well of liberty, individualism, and limited state power.

He condemned conscription. He brandished the Constitution. He espoused capitalism.

But what did he do?
Good lil' article espousing the fraud of RR.

Alan said...

Den, I thought you were DSL. Even DSL-light should be around 7 or 8-hundred kbps. I bet you are 1.25-Mbps, or 1,250-Kbps.

©A®OL said...

I'm getting my connection thru the air, wireless, and just clocked out at 1,330 kbps. Woo hoo! LOVE IT!!!!

º¿carol said...

Look! Micki got mentioned by David Corn!

"SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER. For our See You in September File (see the posting below), reader Micki sends the following from a CQ Today article on the Iraq war spending bill under construction in the Senate:

Republicans offered to accept a proposal by Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., requiring Bush to produce reports in July and September on the Iraqi government's progress toward certain benchmarks. Unless he certified that they were moving forward, reconstruction aid would be withheld.


Please send other September warnings, and comments, tips, leads, and complaints to cornblog@hotmail.com. The comments section of this blog was deactivated several months ago, due to repeated hack-attacks on the site. A new comments section may appear in the near-future.

Posted by David Corn at May 22, 2007 10:12 AM

DEN said...

Spoke too soon, I hit 256K with 'Speak Easy' server in NYC.


Add four computers to this hokey network and it grinds down to dial up speed, You Tube is not even readable unless I hold it paused to load.

Corn is still using the malicious attacker excuse eh?

ºCºarol said...

You're supposed to test from the server nearest you. San Francisco? I use Chicago.

DEN said...

Carol, it does not matter, still slow, in fact slower by a bit thru SF.

Gerald said...

The earth means the world to me

Alan said...

Add four computers to this hokey network and it grinds down to dial up speed,

Ya mean when all four are turned on? I have another computer in the other room that is wi-fi with this one, but they're hardly ever turned on at the same time. The wireless one is a faster/newer computer, but with wi-fi, it tops out at about 3,800 Kbps, whether this one is on or not. Tho I haven't checked it lately, and can't remember if I've done it since I got the faster g router.

Y'all should check out this site, if you haven't before. It's been around for quite awhile. Scroll down to the "Shields Up" link and let it check your computer security. I had one port that said it was "closed", and ALL others were "stealth". Meaning, hackers can't even see my computer online. A good router will do that, so you're protected pretty much whether you have a firewall or not.

Gibson Research Corp.

He's a legit techie, and isn't trying to hack yer shyt. It'll tell you alot about your computer, including the name/IP address that web sites see when you drop in.

carey said...

Friggin anarchists. That's what they are these monkeys who spout all government is bad and proceed to dismantle gov. agencies for their own wealth and power. Not just monarchists, but anarchists.

I'm sure you've all heard about the presidential directive that gives Pres. ultimate power in case of natural disaster or any other crisis as far as I can tell.

Thom Hartman is calling for activism folks. Call Congress. Two numbers: (877) 851-6437 or (202) 225-3121. Refuse this directive!

Also, John Kerry has a petition out on global warming:


Howdy gang. You guys are funny.

Carey said...

Look! Micki got mentioned by David Corn!

Carol--Micki's been published!!

Alan said...

oh yeahhh, that's showing 'em good ol' republican incompetence

U.S. Government Gave Airtime to Terrorists, Official Admits

Al Hurra television, the U.S. government's $63 million-a-year effort at public diplomacy broadcasting in the Middle East, is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program.

That might explain why critics say the service has recently been caught broadcasting terrorist messages, including an hour-long tirade on the importance of anti-Jewish violence, among other questionable pieces.

Facing tough questions before a congressional panel last week, Broadcasting Board of Governors member Joaquin Blaya admitted none of the senior news managers at the network spoke Arabic when the terrorist messages made it onto the air courtesy of U.S. taxpayer funds. Nor did Blaya himself or any of the other officials at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the network.

micki said...

NSPD-51: National Continuity Policy

Carey -- Is this what Thom Hartmann was talking about?

micki said...

Carey, it seems to me that the directive gives the PRESIDENT, the authority to decide what constitutes a catastropic situation. It also seems to me, but maybe I'm reading it incorrectly, that the PRESIDENT gets to decide how/when/whether/if the legislative/judicial branches are involved -- sounds to me this directive makes the PRESIDENT the Decider-in-Chief as the unitary executive.

Also, I see the Continuity of Government provision from the Clinton years is revoked. What does that mean? Huh?

Carey said...

Do you know how hard it is to process the ongoing, perennial crap that comes out of this White House?? Of course you all do.

It's hard enough when you're on a normal keel (sp?). YES, Micki, that must be it.

They really are, really, as a group, clinically insane.

I'm definitely listening to Randi Rhodes on my walk in a little bit.

Micki, what does that mean, continuity of government? That sounds vitally dangerous, dosn't it. Yet everything they're doing now is catastrophic.

Carey said...


We're being treated to a Ringling Brothers-worthy show of incompetence.

I'll be making punctual, factual and whatnot errors for a while guys. Bear with me. Concentration level is near zero.

micki said...

Jeez Alan! Thanks for posting that! What next from the nincompoops in the WH???????????

It has never been al Hurra's policy to "provide an open, live microphone to terrorists," Blaya assured lawmakers. "It should not have happened."

No shit.

micki said...

Gee whiz, if the brain trust in charge hadn't thrown those Arabic-speaking gays out of the U.S. military, they could have let them monitor the broadcasts for oversight.

But that would have made sense.

DEN said...

"I'll be making punctual, factual and whatnot errors for a while guys. Bear with me. Concentration level is near zero."

We understand and we don't care cause it is better to have you half here than not at all!

micki said...


micki said...

The OY served as an exclamation to my previous comment, not to Den's comment.

micki said...

Oh, Carol. Thank you for the mention!

º¿carol said...

You're welcome, Micki. I see Corn mentioned that he MIGHT start up his blog again. Yeah, right.

And he can quit blaming hack-attacks for shutting down. I don't buy that one anymore. And it wasn't the trolls, who I secretly miss. Hmmm. What does that leave then......

David B. Benson said...

International Herald Tribune today has an interesting article indicating the breakdown of the 1944 Bretton Woods agreements.


DEN said...

Led by Japan, China and oil-exporting countries, non-U.S. investors owned 44 percent of outstanding U.S. Treasury securities at the end of 2006, 18 percent of U.S. agency bonds, 34 percent of U.S. corporate-debt securities and 17 percent of U.S. equities, according to Joseph Quinlan, chief market strategist at Bank of America Capital Management in New York.

Sharing world power,
sharing our future.


º¿carol said...


Friday, May 18, 2007

Posted by Jim Hightower

I know some of you snooty people look down on us Texans – thinking we're just rubes and riff-raff with no class. But let me just point this out to you: Austin is to be the first city in the nation to have a high-rise luxury condo building featuring a 10th floor dog park with – get this – a scented, self-cleaning doggie toilet!!

HA! Take that you snoots!

This automated pooch poop potty consists of an 18-square-inch, stainless steel plate that is scented with a chemical aroma that attracts dogs needing to do their business. I don't know exactly what that aroma is – but I don't really want to know. When a dog does his thing on the steel plate, the pet owner simply hits a specially-issued electronic fob and – zzzzzzt – a scraper slides across to deposit the poop into a flush system.

The designer of this wondrous new canine pooper scooper thinks it'll be a big selling point for the 55-story condo, where units start at half-a-million bucks and rise toward $4 million. He notes that "Owners of condominiums don't want to walk around with a bag in their hands." Well, I'd think not. So, see, not only do we have the classiest dog park in the whole USA, but it's also attracting a higher class of people to live here. I can't tell you how proud this makes us.

Also, we're terribly grateful to the corporate builders of these condos for changing the name of us Austinites. They've named the building the "Austonian." Apparently, Austinite was a little tacky, and Austonian was deemed to have a sort of Bostonian blue blood cachet to it. "Luxury living," says one of the hucksters for this project, "is all about convenience and vision combined with elegance." Yes, and nothing says elegance like a scented doggie toilet.

So we don't need you out-of-state snooty people looking down on us. We're going to have a place where our own snoots can look down on us.

"Austonian will have amenities for people and their pooches," Austin American-Statesman, April 27, 2007
"For half a mil, your dog can poop in luxury," Austin American-Statesman, May 1, 2007

David B. Benson said...

I come to bury Habeas, not to praise him.

With apologies to the ghost of Shakespear...

DEN said...

Habeas the Corpus.

Alan said...

fart engine?

hmmm see what NASA has been up to

Carey said...

On my walk, during fixing dinner, over and over in my head:

I'll be making punctual...errors

I really wrote that, huh? I came back just to check.

There you go guys. I'll be late alot.

DEN said...

I'll wait for dilithium crystals for the flow converter in the matter/ antimatter containment chamber.

We should hit warp 5 and with more time and space, could hit warp 9.

POO POO on methane! HA!!

Beam me up Mr. Spock.

DEN said...

Hell Carey I make errors all the time!

No big deal really.

Relax you are among friends,
go ahead and error away!

Grammar rectumitis poster child right here, (my grammer sux).

Carey said...

This Democratic buckle on war funding will have repercussions with the grassroots of the party, I guarantee that!

DEN said...

Surrender monkeys!

micki said...

Actually, Carey, I thought you were tres clever with the punctual errors comment -- I love wordplay!

micki said...

There's a joke that Bill used to tell about a farmer who grew a really large strawberry and tried to get it insured because he marketed the fruit as a tourist attraction. He called an appraiser (the farmer, not Bill).

I'll shorten it.

The appraiser came out. As it happened, he was up to no good. He cut the berry at the root, and cruelly said to the farmer, "I came to seize your berry, not appraise it!"

With apologies to Dr. B...who is not a ghost, as far as I know...

DEN said...

This song just went through my mind:

Billy Joel – This Is The Time lyrics

We walked on the beach beside that old hotel
They're tearing it down now
But it's just as well
I haven't shown you everything a man can do
So stay with me baby
I got plans for you

This is the time to remember
'Cause it will not last forever
These are the days
To hold on to
'Cause we won't
Although we'll want to
This is the time
But time is gonna change
You've given me the best of you
And now I need the rest of you

Did you know that before you came into my life
Some kind of miracle that I survived
Some day we will both look back
And have to laugh
We lived through a lifetime
And the aftermath

This is the time to remember
'Cause it will not last forever
These are the days
To hold on to
'Cause we won't
Although we'll want to
This is the time
But time is gonna change
I know we've gotta move somehow
But I don't want to lose you now

Sometimes it's so easy
To let a day
Slip on by
Without even seeing each other at all
But this is the time you'll turn back to and so will I
And those will be days you can never recall

And so we embrace again
Behind the dunes
This beach is so cold
On winter afternoons
Ah, but holding you close is like holding the summer sun
I'm warm from the memory of days to come

This is the time to remember
'Cause it will not last forever
These are the days
To hold on to
'Cause we won't
Although we'll want to
This is the time
But time is gonna change
You've given me the best of you
But now I need the rest of you

Billy Joel is a lucid dreamer as so is yours truly.

He would dream and write a song, I dream and write.

micki said...

Oh my!

There was a time when Austin was the ONLY place in Texas, an oasis. (With apologies to Alan and Pande..)

Now, this! Austin has gone to the dogs!

DEN said...

The day seemed like night,

the sky was not bright.

A dimness showed over the scene,

with silence that could be seen.

Many mysteries were about to unfold,

and many I would not be told.

So upon my journey I went,

to view the current events.

With a smile I did see,

a friend close to me.

As I wandered a gaze,

she dissappeared in the haze.

for time would change,

and my sight would rearrange.

Another view would I see,

standing next to a tree.

As I gazed over the fields of green,

I wonder aloud what I could see.

A voice from nowhere had come,

"You have found a place called wisdom."

DEN said...

Time to dream.

Alan said...

The broadbanders should definitely watch this from Olbermann. It's a historical review of how bushco brushed off the Clinton administration's advice and even a game plan on al Qaeda. There's wolfie in there too saying Iraq is the biggest threat to the US, not al Qaeda. It's almost 10-minutes.

sorry bastards

Gerald said...


Gerald said...

Is this Hitler Bush's idea of covert operations in Iran?

Gerald said...

Will this disease spread worldwide? Will this disease kill off hundreds of millions of people in the world? Has the Project for a New American Century found a way to kill off 6 billion people? The PNAC believes that planet, Earth, can only sustain 500 million people.

Mysterious illness haunts Tibetan highlands
By Tim Johnson
McClatchy Newspapers

Bernardo De Niz/MCT
Chobhel, 58, shows how his hands have been deformed since affected by the Kasin-Beck Disease.
PHOTO SLIDESHOW | "Big bone disease" in Tibet

NARME, Tibet - The villagers amble along the dirt alleys in a robotlike waddle, joints deformed and stunted in height. They're in pain as they move, and unable to lift the tools they need to work the fields.

In this sun-baked hamlet near the Lhasa River more than two miles above sea level, some 40 percent of the villagers have an illness known as "big bone disease."

The ailment, which causes loss of cartilage and swelling of joints, has been around for decades, and official say it remains endemic in Tibet, present in 379 villages across nearly half this autonomous region. At least 15,000 Tibetans suffer with severe forms of the illness, in excruciating pain.

What causes the illness, also known as Kashin-Beck disease after the two Russian scientists who identified it, is a medical mystery.

"It's painful. It's a burning feeling. Sometimes I can't sleep at night," said Siri, a 28-year-old Tibetan who goes by one name, as aid workers rolled up his sleeves and pants legs to show elbows and knees swollen to about double normal size.

"You see, he cannot straighten his arms," said Rinzen Wangla, field coordinator for the Kashin-Beck Disease Foundation, a nonprofit group based in Ghent, Belgium, that researches and treats the ailment. "All his joints are affected."

The disease can be calamitous to villages, where ailing farmers no longer can grip their tools. The disease can affect children as young as 3 or hit adults in their mid-20s. Victims never recover. As bone cells accumulate in the joints, they block growth and leave arms and legs much shorter than normal.

"The disease is not reversible. As soon as you get it, you can try to stabilize it or have some pain relief. But the deformity of the joint, you cannot help," Francoise Mathieu, the head of the Kashin-Beck foundation, said in a phone interview from Belgium.

The ailment is present in a crescent across 13 provinces of China, in Siberia and on to North Korea in an area where some 30 million people live. It's particularly acute in Tibet, where poverty seems to foster it. It can be highly localized. While one hamlet can suffer grievously, another across a valley may remain untouched.

Some scientists suspect that the disease is caused by a toxic fungus on the barley that's a staple on the Tibetan Plateau, a nutritional deficiency in the diet or an unknown environmental cause.

"In some villages, you can easily find 80 percent of the children who have the disease," Mathieu said. "It's the poorest villages that are most affected."

Victims, some of whom barely reach 4 feet tall in adulthood, spend much of their lives in mud and brick houses, unable to tend fields or livestock.

"If you don't move, you don't have pain. So they move less and less. It's like chronic arthritis," said William Claus, an epidemiologist with the foundation.

In this hamlet of 180 villagers, nestled in a valley 12,000 feet above sea level, the only signs of the modern era are occasional solar panels on rooftops. Villagers use yak dung to fuel their stoves. No indoor plumbing exists. Four in 10 of the villagers have big bone disease, throwing a burden of care on those free of illness.

Villagers understand little about the sickness, attributing it to malevolent spirits.

"It's from the evils in the ground," said Targyel, the 63-year-old village chief.

The disease spiked during the first chaotic years of China's 1949 revolution, then ebbed and spiked again. Now, as economic progress slowly comes to Tibet's rural areas, some villages are reporting lower numbers.

In the 1990s, Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian-aid group, began treating big bone disease in Tibet but pulled out for lack of funding, leaving the project to a few specialists who started the Kashin-Beck Disease Foundation in 2002.

Working with Chinese health authorities, the foundation launched clinical tests in affected areas, providing nutritional supplements to some youths and offering placebos to others. The supplements contain selenium and iodine, trace minerals that are in short supply in Tibet. The study should conclude later this year, and may yield insight into the disease.

In some affected areas, food is brought from elsewhere to see if there's an immediate environmental trigger for the disease. If the ailment is prevalent, officials sometimes order displacement of an entire village to a new location.

The besieged Chinese health system, which has transitioned from a cradle-to-grave health plan to one based on patients' ability to pay, is focused primarily on major diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis. Big bone disease isn't a priority.

"It is the most neglected disease among the neglected diseases," said Claus, the epidemiologist. "It is like sleeping sickness, maybe Buruli ulcer, or Chagas' disease."

So the Tibetan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a branch of China's Health Ministry, agreed to work with the Belgian group to conduct research.

"We didn't have enough funding ourselves, and they helped us a lot," said the center's director, Sheerorapten, a Tibetan.

But now money is running out for the Belgian foundation.

"It's at a crisis stage," Mathieu said. With a bit of luck, the foundation may be able to conclude its clinical research by the end of this year, but has nothing for further preventative care, she said.


For more information online, go to www.kbdfoundation.org

McClatchy Newspapers special correspondent Fan Linjun in Beijing contributed to this report.