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Rumsfeld Quits!

Rumsfeld Resigns from Department of Defense
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, architect of an unpopular war in Iraq, intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon, Republican officials said Wednesday. Officials said Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, would replace Rumsfeld. The development occurred one day after midterm elections that cost Republicans control of the House, and possibly the Senate, as well. Surveys of voters at polling places said opposition to the war was a significant contributor to the Democratic victory. President Bush was expected to announce Rumsfeld's departure and Gates' nomination at an afternoon news conference.

Administration officials notified congressional officials in advance. Last week, as he campaigned to save the Republican majority, Bush declared that Rumsfeld would remain at the Pentagon through the end of his term. Rumsfeld, 74, was in his second tour of duty as defense chief. He first held the job a generation ago, when he was appointed by President Ford. Gates is the president of Texas A&M University and a close friend of the Bush family. He served as CIA director for Bush's father from 1991 until 1993. Gates first joined the CIA in 1966 and served in the intelligence community for more than a quarter century, under six presidents.

His nomination must be confirmed by the Senate. Whatever confidence Bush retained in Rumsfeld, the Cabinet officer's support in Congress had eroded significantly. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the House speaker-in-waiting, said at her first post-election news conference that Bush should replace the top civilian leadership at the Pentagon. And Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who had intervened in the past to shore up Rumsfeld, issued a statement saying, "Washington must now work together in a bipartisan way - Republicans and Democrats - to outline the path to success in Iraq."

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Re: Rumsfeld Quits!

Although not a fan of Mr. Rummy by any measure, it kinda sucks stlimc carries a story from AP, who need no help distributing their products.

I hope indymedia coverage is forthcoming, especially from dc.indymedia.org (which is currently down??).
 

no longer protected by office

word is that the ctr for constitutional rights will file war crimes charges against rumsfeld by the end of next week

gonna have to act fast & hard to smash the fascists & their enablers

nothing to celebrate over the election outcome, though it does provide an incentive to exert max pressure to hold the dems feet to the fire & force them to hold the admin et al accountable. they certainly won't take on the initiative themselves, but there is a window of opportunity for the next few weeks.
 

Rummy and Gates Reversals!

Audio analysis of Bush announcement of Rumsfeld replacement with Iran Contra insider Gates
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Mr. Gates, new Minister of 'Defense'
This audio file is unretouched reversal from the Bush announcement. It is Mr. Gates speaking about his appointment, first the reversal and then the forward speech. He appears to be saying "Al Gore was a rat, sneaking out from it... that's when they planned the tyranny..."

About reversals:
Speech reversal was pioneered by David John Oates as a method of understanding the human psyche. His theory is that the human mind is capable of revealing the 'true' or 'hidden' thoughts when a subject is speaking. Emotional or improvised speech is most readily deciphered and serves as a means of psychotherapy and motive analysis. His website has multitudes of revealing reversals from celebrities and world leaders that predate the official revelation of deceptive or hidden events.

About the new leader of the Pentagon:
Mr. Gates has some conciliatory attitudes regarding an invasion of Iran, but he was a Reagan era insider and good friend of Bush-I who appointed him DCI of CIA during the Iran Contra debacle. As a reward, he was given a cushy post or two then sent to Texas. He was never subpoena'd in the Iran-Contra investigations even though he clearly had testimony that could have blown the case wide open.

Here is damage control at its best. He's been rousted out, dusted off and provided for your dissembling pleasure. "We'll get to the bottom of this" Gates is just cleanup for the Rummy-boy because the damage has been done. The money has been made and the bases have been built. The Neocon gamble was to get waist deep in the swamp and force the US public to build a boat around them.

Don't let up! Demand that Rummy be tried as a war criminal! Demand an open investigation into 9/11 and the real accounting and conflict of interest issues surrounding the illegal war on Iraq and Afghanistan!
 

get a rope!

time: Exclusive: Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse
www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1557842,00.html

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Just days after his resignation, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The plaintiffs in the case include 11 Iraqis who were prisoners at Abu Ghraib, as well as Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi held at Guantanamo, whom the U.S. has identified as the so-called "20th hijacker" and a would-be participant in the 9/11 hijackings.



Along with Rumsfeld, Gonzales and Tenet, the other defendants in the case are Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone; former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee; former deputy assisant attorney general John Yoo; General Counsel for the Department of Defense William James Haynes II; and David S. Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Senior military officers named in the filing are General Ricardo Sanchez, the former top Army official in Iraq; Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of Guantanamo; senior Iraq commander, Major General Walter Wojdakowski; and Col. Thomas Pappas, the one-time head of military intelligence at Abu Ghraib.

Germany was chosen for the court filing because German law provides "universal jurisdiction" allowing for the prosecution of war crimes and related offenses that take place anywhere in the world.

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