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Bush vs. The United States (Part 1)

George W. Bush is not the leader of the United States. He is our enemy. We should have wanted posters offering a reward for his capture. He has committed crimes against the United States environment. He has committed crimes against our military. He has committed crimes against the future of the United States and it’s people.
Is it true that Bill Clinton brought a certain level of shame to the oval office? Yes.
Was he a perfect president? No. Reagan and Bush senior had flaws too.
The difference is that this is a corrupt government that lies and kills at will.

Crimes against our environment

Bush oil and gas drilling policy forces taxpayers to pay a heavy cleanup price (12/26/04)
Bush oil and gas drilling policy forces taxpayers to pay a heavy cleanup price (12/26/04)
BLM makes environmental cleanup optional for oil and gas companies (08/05/05)
National forest rules rewritten to help timber industry (12/22/04)
Bush administration officials accused of downplaying danger of water diversion to fish populations (12/19/04)
Bush administration impedes progress at international global warming talks (12/18/04)
Interior Department official sides with industry over wildlife protections (12/18/04)
White House developing regulatory "hit list" at behest of industry (12/17/04)
White House institutes controversial 'peer review' process (12/17/04)
Outgoing EPA head approves increased use of cancer-causing pesticide (12/16/04)
Federal court blocks EPA plan to cripple Clean Air Act (12/24/03)
Another senior EPA official resigns in protest to Bush administration policies (12/23/03)
Bush administration streamlining oil and gas permits (12/23/03)
White House abandons plans to weaken Clean Water Act protections (12/16/03)
Smart enforcement or no enforcement? Bush lets polluters off the hook (12/09/03)
Timber! Bush signs bill allowing lots more logging (12/04/03)
EPA exempts oil and gas industry from stormwater pollution rules (12/30/02)
Bush administration backtracking on policy of 'no net loss" of wetlands (12/26/02)
Judge deals setback to Bush oil drilling plans in Utah (12/23/02)
Bush administration weakens federal program for cleaning up dirty waters (12/21/02)
These are a tiny fraction of the headlines demonstrating the open hostility the Bush administration has shown towards the United States environment in favor of oil and energy companies.
He has a very lengthy "Rap Sheet"

Crimes against our military

Monday 01 August 2005
After the grotesque torture photographs emerged from Abu Ghraib prison in April 2004, Bush said, "I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated." He vowed the incidents would be investigated and the perpetrators would "be taken care of."
Bush seemed shocked to learn of torture committed by US forces. But then someone leaked an explosive Department of Justice memorandum that had been written in August 2002. The memo presented a blueprint explaining how interrogators could torture prisoners and everyone in the chain of command could escape criminal liability for war crimes. It said the President was above the law. That memo set the stage for the torture of prisoners in US custody.
Now we learn that, in early 2003, several senior uniformed military lawyers from each of the services voiced vigorous dissents to the policies outlined in the Justice Department's 2002 memo.
Maj. Gen. Jack L. Rives, the Air Force deputy judge advocate general, wrote that several of the "more extreme interrogation techniques, on their face, amount to violations of domestic criminal law" as well as military law. In fact, Rives added, use of many of these techniques "puts the interrogators and the chain of command at risk of criminal accusations abroad." Rives was talking about the well-established concept of universal jurisdiction, according to which any nation has the authority to prosecute any person for the commission of war crimes.
The tactics proposed in the 2002 memorandum also troubled Rives because he felt the new interrogation policies threatened to undo progress the military had made since the Vietnam War. Accusations of war crimes committed by US forces during Vietnam damaged the military "culture and self-image," Rives wrote. Post-Vietnam military programs that emphasize compliance with the laws of war have "greatly restored the culture and self-image of US armed forces," according to Rives.
Moreover, Brig. Gen. Kevin M. Sandkuhler, a senior Marine lawyer, wrote that military lawyers believed the harsh interrogation system could have adverse consequences for American service members. These might include diminished "public support and respect of US armed forces, [as well as loss of] pride, discipline, and self-respect within the US armed forces." The interrogation regime could also jeopardize military intelligence-gathering and efforts to obtain support from allied countries.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidates led up to Veterans Day by attacking President Bush's treatment of former service members and outlining their own plans for improving benefits.

The Democrats argue that veterans and members of the military face hardships that have been perpetuated by the commander in chief.
"When I hear about how we're not giving our veterans their due and when I hear about how we're shortchanging our soldiers, I take it personally," Gen. Wesley Clark said in a speech prepared for an appearance Monday in Arizona.

POW Shoshana Johnson has had to fight the Pentagon for benefits.

Over the last year and a half, President Bush has staged more than a third of his major public events before active military personnel or veterans. His rowdy “Hoo-ah”s and policy pronouncements—even when they have nothing to do with military matters—are predictably greeted with rabid applause.

But those easy and unquestioning crowds at military bases and American Legion halls will be increasingly hard to come by as soldiers and veterans start to notice the string of insults and budget cuts inflicted upon them.

Even more than his father, and Ronald Reagan before him, Bush is cutting budgets for myriad programs intended to protect or improve the lives of veterans and active-duty soldiers. Bush’s handlers have worked hard, through the use of snappy salutes and fly-boy stunts, to present the service-ducking former National Guardsman as the soldiers’ friend. But though Republicans enjoy widespread military support, Bill Clinton was the only president of the last four to cut weapons programs instead of veteran benefits.

Consider the following:

With 130,000 soldiers still in the heat of battle in Iraq and more fighting and dying in Afghanistan, the Bush administration sought this year to cut $75 a month from the “imminent danger” pay added to soldiers’ paychecks when in battle zones. The administration sought to cut by $150 a month the family separation allowance offered to those same soldiers and others who serve overseas away from their families. Although they were termed “wasteful and unnecessary” by the White House, Congress blocked those cuts this year, largely because of Democratic votes.
This year’s White House budget for Veterans Affairs cut $3 billion from VA hospitals—despite 9,000 casualties in Iraq and as aging Vietnam veterans demand more care. VA spending today averages $2,800 less per patient than nine years ago.
The administration also proposed levying a $250 annual charge on all Priority 8 veterans—those with “non-service-related illnesses”—who seek treatment at VA facilities, and seeks to close VA hospitals to Priority 8 veterans who earn more than $26,000 a year.
Until protests led to a policy change, the Bush administration also was charging injured GIs from Iraq $8 a day for food when they arrived for medical treatment at the Fort Stewart, Georgia, base where most injured are treated.
In mid-October, the Pentagon, at the request of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, announced plans to shutter 19 commissaries—military-run stores that offer discounted food and merchandise that helps low-paid enlisted troops and their families get by—along with the possiblility of closing 19 more.
At the same time, the Pentagon also announced it was trying to determine whether to shutter 58 military-run schools for soldiers’ children at 14 military installations.
The White House is seeking to block a federal judge’s award of damages to a group of servicemen who sued the Iraqi government for torture during the 1991 Gulf War. The White House claims the money, to come from Iraqi assets confiscated by the United States, is needed for that country’s reconstruction.
The administration beat back a bipartisan attempt in Congress to add $1.3 billion for VA hospitals to Bush’s request of $87 billion for war and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In perhaps its most dangerous policy, the White House is refusing to provide more than 40,000 active-duty troops in Iraq with Kevlar body armor, leaving it up to them and their families to buy this life-saving equipment. This last bit of penny-pinching prompted Pentagon critic and Vietnam veteran Col. David Hackworth to point to “the cost of the extraordinary security” during Bush’s recent trip to Asia, which he noted grimly “would cover a vest for every soldier” in Iraq.
Woody Powell, executive director of Veterans for Peace and a veteran of the Korean War, says these White House efforts should be viewed as attacks against American soldiers.

The Human Cost of Occupation
Edited by Michael Ewens :: Contact American Military Casualties in Iraq

Date Total In Combat

American Deaths Total In Combat
Since war began (3/19/03): 2096 1686
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) 1959 1578
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 1629 1381
Since Handover (6/29/04): 1230 1053
Since Election (1/31/05): 658 577
American Wounded Official Estimated
Total Wounded: 15704 15000 - 48100

Remember this:
Specialist Thomas Wilson, a scout with a Tennessee National Guard unit scheduled to roll into Iraq this week, said soldiers had to scrounge through local landfills here for pieces of rusty scrap metal and bulletproof glass - what they called "hillbilly armor" - to bolt on to their trucks for protection against roadside bombs in Iraq.

"Why don't we have those resources readily available to us?" Specialist Wilson asked Mr. Rumsfeld, drawing cheers and applause from many of the 2,300 troops assembled in a cavernous hangar here to meet the secretary. Mr. Rumsfeld responded that the military was producing extra armor for Humvees and trucks as fast as possible.

A few minutes later, a soldier from the Idaho National Guard's 116th Armor Cavalry Brigade asked Mr. Rumsfeld what he and the Army were doing "to address shortages and antiquated equipment" National Guard soldiers heading to Iraq were struggling with.

Mr. Rumsfeld seemed taken aback by the question and a murmur began spreading through the ranks before he silenced them. "Now settle down, settle down," he said. "Hell, I'm an old man, it's early in the morning and I'm gathering my thoughts here."

This is when he essentially says, Deal with it. We're not perfect.

Next we will examine G.W. Bush's crimes against the poor and elderly, our future economic strength, the constitution and civil liberties, world opinion and credibility, our sense of security. New Orleans.

Why is this criminal allowed to walk free among us?

He's our President.

Posted by Andre M. Hernandez at November 22, 2005 10:10 AM