Court Rules U.S. Can Indefinitely Detain Citizens in Wartime

A federal appeals court ruled today that the president can indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in the absence of criminal charges, holding that such authority is vital during wartime to protect the nation from terrorist attacks.

The decision was written by Judge J. Michael Luttig, who is one of a number of people under consideration by President Bush for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading

John Kerry Offers Major Package of Legislation to Help Small Businesses, Others Devastated by Hurricane Katrina

It is clear that our government failed the people of the Gulf Coast. In time, those responsible will be held accountable for what has gone right and what has gone wrong. Right now, we need to make up for lost time and help any way we can, and that means targeting the fastest relief possible,” said Senator Kerry Continue reading

FEMA: The Red Tape Federal Agency

What on Earth are these people thinking? We’ve had tales from across the country of people rushing to help in the Gulf Coast only to be turned away or left waiting for FEMA to do their job. Here’s yet another, of a trucker turned victim by FEMA… Trucker Stranded With Load Of Water For Hurricane Victims KNBC-TV – LOS ANGELES – A trucker who volunteered to carry supplies to hurricane-ravaged communities has been stranded for nearly one week in Mississippi. Phillip Jacobs, a driver for American Nickell Carriers, remained stranded Thursday night in the Gulfport, Miss., area. He has been communicating with the Ontario company and family members through online messages.

Stories from NOLA

One of our readers asked if we could post some stories from the local Louisiana press. He posted one story that he felt was of significance here. Donnie From Houma, LA has posted his thoughts and feelings about Katrina and the aftermath in the comments of this thread: American’s Want Answers to the Failures to Respond to Disaster in New Orleans. They are significant, in my opinion, because Donnie tells me in our conversation in the thread that he is a registered Republican. At a time when we need to all reach across partisan lines and so many are feeling that the world is spinning out of control, I thank Donnie From Houma, LA, for joining in the conversation at … Continue reading

Michael Brown: You’re Pink Slip is Waiting

Michael Brown, the Arabian horse hustler is one piece of work, but so is the administration that gave him the cushy job at FEMA. It appears that everyone must have thought that he’d never be called upon to do anything there, because clearly the man had NO qualifications what so ever. This only begins to speak of the truth behind the travesty called FEMA, Homeland Security and the Bush administration… Time magazine has revealed that “they found discrepancies in his online legal profile and official bio, including a description of Brown released by the White House at the time of his nomination in 2001 to the job as deputy chief of FEMA.” Hat tip to Bill the PunditGuy for … … Continue reading

Protestors at the White House: Shame on Bush

More than 150 protestors organized today outside of the White House including a few evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. There’s a movement underway to build an encampment of evacuees on the Washington Mall, starting on 9/11, I posted about that last night here. The cries of anger towards the Bush administration are growing louder by the day. With in a couple of weeks thousands of people will mobilize on Washington, DC in a mass protest against the Iraq war (Sept 24 – 26). The LCV is organizing a rally on Sept 20th, Arctic Refuge Action Day. “I want to know what the government is gonna do now … I’m very angry,” said Michelle Augillard, a student who fled her native New … Continue reading

Democratic Leaders to Boycott Republican Led Katrina Committee

Democratic congressional leaders announced today at a press conference that they intended “to boycott a proposed Republican-led congressional committee to investigate the administration’s readiness and response to the storm.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. John Kerry, and Sen. Harry Reid) “I do not believe that the committee proposed by Speaker Hastert and Senator Frist is in the best interest of the American people,” said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Both he and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said they would not appoint members to the panel as currently contemplated. The developments unfolded as the Labor Department reported that an estimated 10,000 workers who lost their jobs because of the storm filed for unemployment benefits last week, the first wave … Continue reading

After Katrina Fiasco, Time for Bush to Go

Gordon Adams, former senior W.H. budget official for national security in the Clinton administration, writes in today’s Baltimore Sun, “The disastrous federal response to Katrina exposes a record of incompetence, misjudgment and ideological blinders that should lead to serious doubts that the Bush administration should be allowed to continue in office.” It just gets better from there, as Adams counts the reasons why, it’s time for Bush to go. Here’s a few quips… When rescue and medical squads are sitting in Manassas and elsewhere in northern Virginia and foreign assistance waits at airports because the government can’t figure out how to insure the workers, how to use the assistance or which jurisdiction should be in charge, it is time for … Continue reading