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August 19, 2007


rally squads...does that mean that the "small group of volunteers" in the squads are rally monkeys? My apologies to fans of the LA Angels.

It sure makes you wonder, doesn't it?

I have always, ALWAYS seen Bushco's attempts to control the surrounding environment at its rallies or events as a great sign of weakness. Ever since it came out several years ago that there had been such a vetting process at the so-called "Town Hall" meetings, and that only persons who had the "right" backgrounds were allowed to attend, it became obvious that the administration fears any dissenting opinions. Initially, I thought it was only because Bush just is apparently not real fast on his feet, but as this has gone on, it appears to me to be fear.

Maybe they have fear with good reason: Although they claim 'constitutional authority' for some of what they do, it is pretty obvious that there is no real substance to it. In the end, at least based on our constitution, their assertions will blow away like dust. We just have to make sure that that happens.

I'm betting Bush skips the opening day of next baseball season too....

What the hell right do they have to redact this material? This isn't national security information. If American citizens are getting probed with microscopes in their rear simply in order to see the POTUS when he is spending their tax dollars to travel about the country and sell policies to them; they have a right to know. This is complete BS.


Actually, I think redacting a good deal of it is fair--because a lot of this material would lay out Secret Service guidelines for securing a Presidntial advice.

That's actually one possible explanation for this redaction--that the Secret Service did most of the redactions, but then BushCo redacted this as they passed it along to the court. Just a suggestion though...

Something else learned from Nixon!
My brother and some of his friends once got tickets to a 'public' function at which Nixon was going to appear. They were refused entrance (even though they had tickets), being told that the hall was 'full'. They stayed in the area, though, and were rewarded by the sight of other people being allowed in. The assumption they made was that they were kept out because they were young males (this was during the Vietnam war) and a bit shaggy-haired.

EW - I thought about that seriously before speaking; but this isn't the Secret Service rule and guidebook, it is that of the WH Political Affairs office from all appearances. For once, I clicked through the link. Because of the wholesale redactions it is impossible to say, but it would appear that the only sections that could possibly contain secure information like you contemplate are VIII, IX, X and XI. It sure appears to me that all the sections before that are "fair game" to quote Cheney and Rove. I think redactions of sections I-VII is just more self serving concealment of the un-American way they manipulate and jerk around the American citizenry. To quote one of my favorite people, that is "Just a suggestion though...".

Trying not to sound unreasonable , but how are these inexperienced people going to divide up the eighty grand windfall ? They will need proper counseling in appropriating the funds accurately , the trickle down effect will reward the appearance of imbalance toward the diminutive sum . They will be well advised to invest in Presscott Industries a subsidiary of Blackrove Heartless Corp . After all it is only an concept they lost an opportunity to exercise , not money .
For a small fee I could get them into another event .

And so the tactic drifts, without glass or compass, north....way north



I wonder which side proposed the settlement. Is it possible that the redaction was about to become an issue itself, and in open court?

Watercarrier - That is a good question. I can flat out tell you that if I were the plaintiff's lawyer, that unexplained, and from what I can discern inexplicable, redacted document would become a heated issue the very second I received it in discovery.

with respect to kontogiannis -

brian tanomaha at balkinization had a very interesting story of his encounter as a young public defender with another cia "crook" about two decades ago.

apparently, cia and crooks go hand-in-hand.

as do cia and preferential treatment by judges and courts.

the doj, of course, is as shameless as ever.

so dmz and dusty and tommy and dick cheney are just part of a long and honorable tradition of defending our nation -

cia style.

> Actually, I think redacting a good deal of it is
> fair--because a lot of this material would lay out
> Secret Service guidelines for securing a Presidntial
> advice.

Except that it mixes partisan Republican political actions with Secret Service procedures. I would have to think that it is grossly illegal and probably unconstitutional to use the Secret Service to advance partisan political actions.


There is no IRAQ anymore. Bush have divided it back to the pre 1920 British model. An article in the NYT by seven 82nd Airborne non coms gives the most realistic evaluation of the American occupation of Iraq, the dissolving of their government the tribal/religious fractionalization and the emergence of a possible Shite state aligned with Iran who were defined as the "Axis of Evil" by the Bush administration. Bushco has caused the political demise of a nation, destroyed the infrastructure and caused 4 million people to be homeless, 600,000 Iraqis slaughtered not to mention the death of 3831 of our brave troops doing their duty. He has elevated nuclear tensions an armed the disarranyed factions. Worse even yet he has destabilized the whole region, caused Americas international and national reputation to be in the sewer with torture and disregard for the Geneva Convention, and wasted our national treasury creating a mountain of debt unparalleled in our history. He has politicized our Judiciary and all branches of government illegally and against the Constitution. In deregulating the economy by appointing industry corporate officials the foxes guarding the hen house, he has pushed the economy to the brink of recession ("It's the economy stupid"). He has brought our military to the breaking point while threatening to start another war with Iran. He has let escape Osama Bin Laden the chief of Jihad terrorism against USA and the instigator of 9/11. He has reduced our liberties and spying on us by satellite and our daily telecommunication which may be available to the RNC we do not know as he has thumbed his nose at Constitutional Congressional oversight by invoking "Executive Privilege" to stonewall thc U.S. congress and has installed an Attorney General and the Justice department as a "Firewall" against 'We the People". We are now more at peril of terrorism than ever and he has ignited the wrath of the 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world. In doing this he has destroyed the reputation of the "grand old party". Republicans of Barry Golwater ilk such as Jon Dean are schocked at their neocon right-wing extremists who show no restraint in stooping to political "dirt tricks". If this administration is not held accountable a signal will be sent to future administrations that "the rule of law" is no restraint against immoral, unethical behavior and crimes against humanity. If extremism of the East is met with extremism from the West then the future of civilization is at the brink of annihilation.
This administration has shown no willingness to stop these actions. Impeachment by the US House of Representative, whether the Senate convicts or not, is now the only way for the American public and the US Congress to get to the bottom of who did what and what were criminal activities. This is an indictment of the far right who has united church and state against the wishes of the founding fathers who understood what devisiveness that has created. If we wish to continue to be controlled by a corporate oligarchy then Impeachment is off the table. If we wish to go back to democratic principals of transparent government by the people then we must Impeach this out of control administration who has abused their power and usurped even more power toward executive dictatorship.

The whole Advance Manual is a b*s document created by the Bush political appointees, espousing their policies. It is not a "government document" but a political document.

If it was a government document, it would have a GAO- control number. But it doesn't. It's just policy, narrated by an anonymous voice, packaged in a book that looks official. It's not official. Prosecution by Federal law if shared with anyone outside of EOP, USSS or WHMO. B*S.

Have a quick read of this diary showing what type of person is creating these documents (and note that he has a quasi-official [but still bogus] ID in that too).

No. In this case and in the Denver Three case, the White House Advance Office wanted their college kids to look like Secret Service Agents. So they could bully anonymously.

It didn't quite work out that way.

It is possible that you may now have your assets seized, as well, for political speech:

Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq

I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find that, due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by acts of violence threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, it is in the interests of the United States to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, and expanded in Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, and Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004. I hereby order:

Section 1. (a) Except to the extent provided in section 203(b)(1), (3), and (4) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(1), (3), and (4)), or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order, all property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,

(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:

(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; or

(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people;

(ii) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in support of, such an act or acts of violence or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(iii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section include, but are not limited to, (i) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order, and (ii) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 2. (a) Any transaction by a United States person or within the United States that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.


This is rampant speculation, but my guess is that the redacted material concerned infiltration of the demonstrators, not just in the "free speech zones" but well before Bush actually appears at the location, the aim being to understand who the actors are, what exactly they have planned, and to gain intelligence on how to counter whatever the demonstrators have planned. This is SOP when a Group Seven or WTO meeting is coming to town. I can't imagine the Bush folks think those events are more important than Bubble Boy on his own.


these guys are just bouncers

bush's bouncers.

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