BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX -- DC.
THE SENATE IS SUBPOENING KARL ROVE AND HARRIET MIERS AND TWO FLUNKIES -- ONE FROM EACH -- TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHY THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THOUGHT THEY COULD CIRCUMVENT THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS FOR APPOINTING U.S. ATTORNEYS AS WELL AS THE CONSPIRACY TO FIRE 8 ATTORNEYS AND TO KEEP THE REASONS FOR THAT FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE CONGRESS.
IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THESE REPORTERS, WHITE HOUSE PET TONY SNOWJOBS DISMISSED IT AS AN ATTEMPT TO HAVE A "SHOW TRIAL" AND REVEALED, FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHAT HE SAYS WAS A DEAL SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY OFFERED.
ACCORDING TO SNOWJOBS, WHEN THE OFFER FOR "COZY, SIT DOWN, LIKE ON THE VIEW, JUST THE SENATORS AND KARL AND HARRIE, WAS OFFERED, LEAHY SAID THAT KEEPING THIS FROM THE PUBLIC MADE IT LIKE THE GUANTANAMO TRIALS ALBERTO AUTHORIZED. HE SAID TO ME, 'ARE YOU SUGGESTING THE SENATE IS ALLOWED TO TREAT KARL ROVE AND HARRIET MIERS THE WAY THE PRISONERS AT GUANTANAMO ARE?' AND I JUST GASPED! THAT'S TORTURE!"
WHEN THESE REPORTERS NOTED THAT IT SOUNDED LIKE SENATOR LEAHY WAS ASKING A QUESTION AND NOT MAKING A PROFFER, SNOWJOBS INSISTED, "YOU DIDN'T SEE HIS EYES! HIS EYES!"
SNOWJOBS QUICKLY RAN OFF CRYING.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Starting with news of war resisters. Joshua Key and Kyle Snyder are among the war resisters who have sought asylum in Canada. Several weeks ago came news that the police of Nelson, BC -- on the orders of the US military -- took Kyle away from his home, handcuffed, wearing only a robe and boxers while bragging that he was being taken back to the US. Though there were efforts to obscure what happened, Joci Peri had already admitted that the arrest resulted from orders/request by the US military. That was then. Today, the Globe and Mail reports that on March 13th, "three plainclothes officers visited the home of a Toronto family . . . looking for Joshua Key. Mr. Key, 28, is a former combat engineer with the U.S. army who fled to Canada four years ago. According to the group, the officers identified themselves as being with the Toronto police and said they wanted to ask Mr. Key some questions about allegations he mae in his autobiographical book, The Deserter's Tale." The War Resisters Support Campaign sees the two issues as related and feels the Canadian police are yet again doing the bidding of the US military.
In his new book The Deserter's Tale, Key shares his thoughts on life in Canada:
Although some Canadians have disagreed with me, and one man in British Columbia even threatened to put me in a boat and drag me to the American border, most of the people I've met in this country have treated me well. Yet it remains to be seen whether I will be allowed to stay in Canada. Just as this book was going to press, the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board rejected my application for refugee status. However, I am appealing that decision in court and will not give up my fight until I have explored every avenue to make Canada a permanent home for my wife, our children, and myself. I also believe the other men and women who have deserted the American armed forces because they do not wish to serve in Iraq should be allowed to stay in Canada. I believe that it would be wrong for Canada to force me to return to a country that ordered me repeatedly to abuse Iraqi civilians and that was later found to be torturing and humiliating inmates at Abu Ghraib prison. I don't think it's right that I should be sent back to do more of the same in Iraq, or that I should serve jail time in the United States for refusing to fight in an immoral war.
Some thirty years ago, under the leadership of the late Pierre Trudeau, the Canadian government welcomed draft dodgers from the Vietnam War. The current Canadian government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has not looked favorably on such refugee claims made by recent deserters of the American army. My case is unusual because I am the first deserter in Canada to argue that I went AWOL after being ordered to take part in a steady stream of human rights violations in Iraq. Still, I am not optimistic about my future, and it is challenging to live in shadows of doubt. At some point soon, I could be told to pack my bags and leave. Any day now my family could be completely torn apart.
The excerpt is from pages 226-228 and no where in the passage does Key worry about Canadian police doing the bidding of the US military because he shouldn't have to. The Canadian police is not supposed to do the bidding of the US military nor is extradition possible due to someone going AWOL from the US military.
Snyder and Key are part of a movement of resistance within the military that also includes Ehren Watada, Darrell Anderson, Dean Walcott, Joshua Key, Agustin Aguayo, Mark Wilkerson, Camilo Mejia, Patrick Hart, Ivan Brobeck, Ricky Clousing, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Jeremy Hinzman, Stephen Funk, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Corey Glass, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Katherine Jashinski, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake and Kevin Benderman. In total, thirty-eight US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at Center on Conscience & War, The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline, and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters.
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