House Tea Party momentarily blocks "PATRIOT" Act renewal; Gulf poisons & seizures; George Bush fears arrest in Switzerland! Hillary: "just too much [drug] money" to Legalize It

It's not all bad news out there. The slip-by-night extension of expiring Patriot Act measures got knocked down mainly by liberal Dems and some Tea Party Republicans (Bachmann of course sided with the corporatist centrist squad behind all of this)...

Bi-Partisan Alliance Beats Back PATRIOT Act Sneak Attack in House Vote | Electronic Frontier Foundation // Extension of Patriot Act provisions fails in House - Politics - Capitol Hill - //

Final Vote Results for Roll Call 26

H R 514 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY 8-Feb-2011 7:04 PM - QUESTION: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

   BILL TITLE: To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011

Thus representing a tangible benefit of Tea Party people over regular Republicans - who knew?!

Toxic nightmares in the Gulf: The aptly named Paul Doom, a young resident of the Gulf region, apparently poisoned by swimming in the Corexit-infested but deemed-safe-for-swimmin waters. Watch this terrible video to the end - filmed by our friend Flux for

Paul was a rebellious youth that just wanted to swim in the Gulf and eat fresh seafood like nothing happened out there. He didn't want to let the BP oil spill dictate his life, so he kept livin' it.

Wheelchair, seizures, paralyzation etc.
Watch this video to the end please.

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Filmed February 5th 2011
via jeffreyd00: After about 30 minutes of multiple seizures an ambulance was called and Paul was taken to a New Orleans hospital. According to his parents, this will be the 15th hospital he will have visited in a seemingly endless search for answers to what they (and many) believe is a bp spill related poisioning.

"My parents throughout the summer had told me not to get in the water," said 22-year-old Paul Doom. Still Doom said he spent a lot of time last summer swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off Navarre Beach where he lives. Today, Doom has no feeling in his left leg and suffers with seizures daily.

He said, "in July, I started getting really bad headaches and internal bleeding. I would have nose bleeds and what not daily." Doom said doctors haven't been able to give him answers. Worried he could have been impacted by the Gulf oil disaster, he traveled with his family from Florida to New Orleans for a forum on the issue.

Bush Swissfail: And even better George W Bush finds bragging about Torture on TV has wrecked his fun Swiss vacations --- for good?! That's a Tangible achievement for justice (derided as nitpicking by the DC crowd). WaPo: Bush trip to Switzerland called off amid threats of protests, legal action! George Bush calls off trip to Switzerland | Law | The Guardian // George Bush Cuts and Runs From Torture Case in Switzerland

Hillary: Too Much Drug Money! This is just too damn good (via Cryptogon) Hillary Clinton: We Can't Legalize Drugs Because 'There Is Just Too Much Money in It' - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine -

201102090037.jpgLast week, while visiting Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Denise Maerker of Televisa, who asked her opinion of proposals to address black-market violence by repealing drug prohibition. Clinton's response illustrates not only the intellectual bankruptcy of the prohibitionist position but the economic ignorance of a woman who would be president (emphasis added):

Maerker: In Mexico, there are those who propose not keeping going with this battle and legalize drug trafficking and consumption. What is your opinion?

Clinton: I don't think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. I hear it in my country. It is not likely to work. There is just too much money in it, and I don't think that—you can legalize small amounts for possession, but those who are making so much money selling, they have to be stopped.

The twist is the role of the Rose Law Firm during Hillary's work there in setting up & handling affairs for assorted drug and covert ops-related shells. The Whitewater scheme was kind of an attempt to cherrypick outlying deals without hitting awkwardly bipartisan larger operations. For documentary evidence of the good ol Arkansas drug smuggling system, see earlier: IRAN CONTRA LIVES: Censored FOIA CIA documents on Mena Arkansas cocaine trafficking: Barry Seal's ghost sez: Silence speaks louder than words!! |

Oldkewl Ruppert: A Witness List for House Hearings on Vol II of the CIA's Inspector General's Report on CIA Drug Trafficking // LA Times: Articles about Iran Contra Hearings - Page 5 - Los Angeles Times etc etc.

All right one more fun development! Centrist Democratic Leadership Council To Close: Politico | Minnesota Public Radio News - Now we only have hyper-corporatist, pro-bank Third Way and the Sorosphere to water things down - fiddlesticks! Kos agrees Third Way is the flag-carrier now. Too bad he needs to loosen up, his school is almost as buttoned down as the full-on suits!

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