Monday, March 19, 2007

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Resigning. Bush, Cheney, Gonzales . . . © copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert Schumer Calls For Gonzales' Resignation Eight United States prosecutors were fired. The reasons for their release seemed suspicious. The tales, statements of purpose, the specifics are forever changing. There is reason for concern.Seven U.S. attorneys were fired on Dec. 7, and another was let go months earlier, with little explanation from Justice Department officials, who later told Congress that the dismissals were related to their performance in office. Several former prosecutors have since alleged intimidation, including improper telephone calls from GOP lawmakers or their aides, and have alleged threats of retaliation by a Justice Department official."This department has been so political that I think for the sake of the nation, Attorney General Gonzales should step down," said Senator Chuck Schumer on Sunday March 11, 2007. Senator Joseph Biden, Delaware, and member of the Judiciary Committee chimed in as well. Senator Biden stated, Attorney General Gonzales would be . . . "better off" if he resigned. "There is very little credibility in the Justice Department right now," Biden said. He cited what he said were abuses of power dating to Gonzales' tenure as White House counsel in which he advocated aggressive interrogations of suspected terrorists that pushed the boundaries of the law. "I think Gonzales has lost the confidence of the vast majority of the American people," he said. "I think he's lost the confidence of the Congress." Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the committee, said Gonzales' resignation was a "question for the president and the attorney general." "I do think there have been lots of problems," said Specter, who last week suggested that a Gonzales tenure may have run its course. "Before we come to conclusions, I think we need to know more facts."For years, the flurry of facts, surrounding Gonzales...
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Iraq, Four Years Later. All We Are Saying is "Give Peace A Chance!" © copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert It may have been a January evening; perhaps it was earlier. The year was 2003. I was living in Orange County, California. I saw Gretchen as I exited the pool. She and I were newly acquainted. Quickly we realized we shared a solid belief; war is not an option! On this night, Gretchen mentioned there was a peace vigil at the corner of Anton and Bristol in Costa Mesa. Protestors were gathering across from one of the swankiest market places in the nation, South Coast Plaza. Certainly, Americans would be there, for in 2001, after the Twin Towers fell President Bush and Vice President Cheney encouraged citizens to go shopping. In an afternoon conversation, Gretchen's son spoke of the event. He had been in the past and she was on her way there now. She asked if I would like to join her. I am as far from spontaneous as a person can be. Nevertheless, there are times when principles are more important than habits. Neither of us hesitated. Gretchen did not have to convince me to go. We attended our first peace vigil together. We were there within minutes. That was the beginning of an all too long and all too important series of protests. The Orange County Peace Coalition organized that event and many others. Gretchen and I attended most rallies. We marched; we sat, and we sang, all in hopes of promoting the philosophy, "Give Peace a Chance!" Each of us was present at Coalition meetings. We were willingly part of the peace movement! Gretchen and I pleaded for harmony before the first bombs fell in Iraq. We were appalled by the attacks in Afghanistan. We had read too much.On Monday, October 29th [2001], citing Reuters, The Times of India reported...

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