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What Happened To My Republican Friends Since President Bush Was Elected - Where Have All of the Conservatives Gone

What Happened To My Republican Friends Since President Bush Was Elected - Where Have All of the Conservatives Gone

Barry Goldwater

What happened to my Republican friends? Before President Bush was elected we always talked about how the government was the problem and less government is better. We would agree that it is better to not give up our liberty for a little freedom. They seemed to be real conservatives.

But then President Bush was elected. Now they say that if you don’t have anything to hide, then you should not worry about having the government listen in on your conversations. I wonder if they will feel the same way if Hillary gets elected.

Musharraf Says He “War Gamed” Bush Administration – The Pakistan President Angry At Armitage

Musharraf Says He “War Gamed” Bush Administration – The Pakistan President Angry At Armitage

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The President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, has embarrassed the Bush administration for a second time alleging that the CIA had paid Pakistan millions of dollars for hundreds of al-Qaeda prisoners. The Pakistani President indicated he "war gamed" the United States.

The Times of London is serializing Musharraf’s book and has reported that the CIA paid for 369 al-Qaeda suspects. They paid for the prisoners from a fund that was meant for individuals who helped apprehend terrorists, not foreign governments.

This is the second embarrassment for the Bush administration in as many days. Musharraf said he was so angry with the United States after alleged threats made by deputy secretary of state, Richard Armitage that he "war-gamed" the US as an adversary.

Secret Intelligence Report Says Americans In More Danger Because War in Iraq – Iraq Has Become Training Ground for Terrorists

Secret Intelligence Report Says Americans In More Danger Because War in Iraq –  Iraq Has Become Training Ground for Terrorists

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Some critics of the war in Iraq have speculated that the war has put Americans in more danger, but now a recent “National Intelligence Estimate” (NIE) completed in April says the war has made things worse spreading radical Islamic jihadist ideology around the world. The assessment, representing a consensus of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, was intended to be classified but anonymous officials have now spoken to the press concerning the document.

Reports first appeared in the New York Times but later appeared in the Washington Post. The NIE report titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States”, says that war has helped create a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the September 11th attacks.

Bomb Pakistan In To The Stone Age Threat Revealed – Extremists on All Sides

Bomb Pakistan In To The Stone Age Threat Revealed – Pakistan President Says Administration Made Extremist Threat

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Threats made by American leaders are nothing new, so it is no surprise that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has disclosed that former deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage said “Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age” if you do not cooperate with the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.

When prompted for more information on the subject, Musharraf told reporters "I am launching my book on the 25th, and I am honor-bound to Simon & Schuster not to comment on the book before that day." Armitage denied making the comment. But he admits warning Pakistan that it was either with the United States or against us.

Senate Compromise on Torture and Interrogation Act – Waterboarding Hypothermia and Stress Positions Considered War Crimes

Senate Compromise on Torture and Interrogation Act – Waterboarding Hypothermia and Stress Positions Considered War Crimes

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Congress caved into some of the President’s demands concerning a bill giving him the authority to interpret the Geneva Conventions. Both sides say they got what they wanted, but some critics of the compromise say Bush got it his way.

Bush saw a need for legislation after the Supreme Court ruled in June that trying foreign suspects did not meet judicial standards. The President has denied allegations made by foreign critics that U.S. interrogations amounted to torture, and proposed a bill that would have made the conduct legal.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the Senate committee reversed their original decision against the President’s bill. The ACLU condemned the House Judiciary Committee as that panel approved the White House’s proposal on military commissions after an earlier vote to reject it.

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