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Although it should be no surprise.  What is surprising is the size of the list--more than 10,000 enemies.  This comes to us via Capitol Hill Blue.  

From Capitol Hill Blue:

Bush Leagues
White House keeps dossiers on more than 10,000 'political enemies'

Spurred by paranoia and aided by the USA Patriot Act, the Bush Administration has compiled dossiers on more than 10,000 Americans it considers political enemies and uses those files to wage war on those who disagree with its policies.

The "enemies list" dates back to Bush's days as governor of Texas and can be accessed by senior administration officials in an instant for use in campaigns to discredit those who speak out against administration policies or acts of the President.

The computerized files include intimate personal details on members of Congress; high-ranking local, state and federal officials; prominent media figures and ordinary citizens who may, at one time or another, have spoken out against the President or Administration...

more below the fold.

...White House insiders tell disturbing tales of invasion of privacy, abuse of government power and use of expanded authority under the USA Patriot Act to dig into the personal lives of anyone the administration deems an enemy of the state.

Those on the list include former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, former covert CIA operative Valarie Plame, along with filmmaker and administration critic Michael Moore, Senators like California's Barbara Boxer, media figures like liberal writer Joe Conason and left-wing bloggers like Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (the Daily Kos) and Ana Marie Cox (Wonkette).

"If you want to know who's sleeping with whom, who drinks too much or has a fondness for nose candy, this is the place to find it," says another White House aide. "Karl (Rove) operates under the rule that if you fuck with us, we'll fuck you over."

Rove started the list while Bush served as governor of Texas, compiling information on various political enemies in the state and leaking damaging information on opponents to friends in the press. The list grew during Bush's first run for President in 2000 but the names multiplied rapidly after the terrorist attacks of 2001 and passage of the USA Patriot Act. Using the powers under the act, Rove expanded the list to more than 10,000 names, utilizing the FBI's "national security letters" to gather private and intimate details on American citizens....

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Originally posted to moe99 on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 06:27 AM PST.

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  •  Capitol Hill Blue... (4.00)
    ...isn't a reliable source, IMO.

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 06:22:31 AM PST

  •  Capitol Hill blue is a questionable source. (4.00)

    "When the going gets weird, the Weird turn pro" Hunter S Thompson

    by irate on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 06:22:48 AM PST

    •  oddly enough, (none)
      Here's what they have to say about that. Do you have any specific criticisms you'd like to level?
      •  Interesting... (none)
        especially this piece:

        I don't like liars. I don't like elected leaders who deceive the country they have sworn to serve. I've found in more than 40 years of journalism that most elected officials are dishonest and put their own political interests above what is best for the nation. It doesn't matter if they are Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, left-wing or right-wing. If an anonymous source will help us expose liars of any political stripe I'll use them. I'lll use them as often as it takes to get the truth out.

        And I don't care much for partisans who claim to be journalists while publishing under a political party banner. Truth is non-partisan. It doesn't' subscribe to a particular political philosophy. And truth is not served by an alternative media that looks at things from a partisan political slant. A Robert Novak who writes that all things Democratic are bad is no different from a William Rivers Pitt who claims the same things about Republicans.

        Journalism is best served by those who follow the story wherever it leads and don't let political or philosophical bias sway their course.

        As we all know, every politician can be corrupted; how and when just depends on their personality and the circumstances. It just so happens that now Republicans are really corrupted. I'd take Mr. Thompson's message as a warning to Democrats: "If you do pull this crap too, we'll be on you just the same."

        Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter...

        by Omen on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 09:32:14 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  While I would like to be on this list (none)
    I'm going to have to take this report with a grain of salt: it's Capital Hill Blue, not the most accurate news site. In fact, one suspects they just make a lot of stuff up.

    In the future, everyone will have a blog, and none of them will be read. My unread blog will be Symmachus

    by gracchus on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 06:24:24 AM PST

  •  That's okay, Bush and Rove are on my enemies list (4.00)
    I am part of the proud 10 percent, those brave souls who never ever gave this adminstration the benefit of the doubt.  I know they stole the election in florida in 2000 and that so offends my sense of America and what it means to be part of this democracy that NOTHING they do can change the fact that this eight years of bush should NEVER have been allowed to take place.  
    •  well done theresa (none)
      i was never part of the kool-aid crowd myself.  there was something about 9-11 being caused by freedom-hating people who attacked us because we are a beacon of hope that rang truly hollow.

      it was absolutely excrutiating being in such a small number in the beginning.  it's starting to feel a little better now.

      here's to shifting most of that 90% to our side.

    •  Pre-election... (none)
      I did a blog called The Daily WTF?!?! which culled together the most underreported, forehead-slapping stories of the day. I have always pretty much assumed that the minute it went up, I would be on this list, as well as have my own special file at the CIA.

      "Lies, lies, lies, ye-ah... they're going to get you." --The Thompson Twins

      by modchick65 on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 07:00:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Well, if we're on the list then Karl (none)


  •  It's Capitol Hill Blue (none)
    the panting tabloid of politics.  Alien Babies and the Coyotes who save them from being eaten by Neo-cons are likely on the list.  

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. - Mark Twain

    by Rolfyboy6 on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 06:34:31 AM PST

  •  The point is about GOP opposition research (none)
    It is far superior to our own relatively tin can and string stuff and mostly used in our own internecine warfare. opps research is a critical part of a campaign, something we for the most part feel is creepy. The intelligence / counterintelligence  paradigm in Iraq is most relevent in domestic political actions:

    First off : Is this Shit Right?

    1. Is it Relevent to our mission?
    2. What are are best alternatives?
    3. What are the nintended consequencesetc....
  •  If our mission is to unite a country (none)
    ours or Iraq, it is essential to have political intelligence into constituencies, their mechanisms, key players and potential f@&Knuts that can impede our objective.

    The GOP however must have heard the dictum wrong:

    Whereby  the means undermines the end.

    There's plenty of room for us in aggressive intelligent campaign opps research and while we're belatedly on the right track its astonishing to me how inneffective our "expert" analysis and communications people have been.
    The Rethugs blame the media as part of their message and spin but there's none of that in the locker room as they're lacin' up their cleats to kick our ass on an operational level...

  •  As whacky as CHB is, (none)
    the story does have a certain amount of plausibility. There may not be "dossiers" and such (although history tells us there could be) but I have little doubt that the Busheviks and their flying monkeys in the Wargasm Party know who their enemies are.

    That's a list I would be proud to be on.

    If I worry about the future, will the future change?--Quai Chang Caine

    by Enjoy Every Sandwich on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 07:37:03 AM PST

  •  Using Intel ag Political Enemies Should be Illegal (none)
    This should be illegal.  I find the claims of the need for these Provisions in the Patriot Act dubiouis for any reason.  But they are certainly not meant for use to gain political advantave by the party in power.  We need to contact our Reps in congress and have this law ammended immediately .  There is not justification of this.

    A non-partisan pursuit of high crimes and misdemeanors in the White House

    by HoundDog on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 07:51:09 AM PST

  •  You skipped the most important claim here... (4.00)
    The database of political enemies of the Bush administration is not maintained on White House computers and is located on a privately-owned computer offsite, but can be accessed remotely by a select list of senior aides, including Rove. The offsite location allowed the database to escape detection by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald during his investigation of the Valerie Plame leak. The database is funded by private donations from Bush political backers and does not appear on the White House budget or Federal Election Commission campaign reports.

    Along with the explosive Rolling Stone piece on the Rendon Group it makes me wonder just where these computers might be looked for.

    I sure hope Patrick Fitzgerald hadn't been planning on taking any vacation time in the next few years...

    Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?

    by Xan on Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 08:24:45 AM PST

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  •  I must be on this list too. (none)
    It would certainly explain why I haven't received my $1,000 federal tax refund....yet....
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