From the Des Moines Register:
Please point out to the Des Moines Register that Iran is years away from having a nuclear weapon, while the US has piles of them, and that promoting another war based on lies is disgraceful.
Feb. 13, 2006 issue - In the latest twist in the debate over presidential powers, a Justice Department official suggested that in certain circumstances, the president might have the power to order the killing of terrorist suspects inside the United States. Steven Bradbury, acting head of the department's Office of Legal Counsel, went to a closed-door Senate intelligence committee meeting last week to defend President George W. Bush's surveillance program. During the briefing, said administration and Capitol Hill officials (who declined to be identified because the session was private), California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Bradbury questions about the extent of presidential powers to fight Al Qaeda; could Bush, for instance, order the killing of a Qaeda suspect known to be on U.S. soil? Bradbury replied that he believed Bush could indeed do this, at least in certain circumstances.
By Barbara Cummings
San Diego is fast becoming known as a very progressive city. There is some event on almost every weekend in some part of the county. Many of these are begun by one or two individuals who have taken the initiative to act out on their own.
At the beginning of the hearing with Attorney General Gonzales about Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance program, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced:
1. Attorney Alberto Gonzales won’t be sworn in, even though the last time he testified under oath he misled the committee about the program. Leahy noted he was sworn the other two times he appeared before the committee. Leahy appealed the ruling of the chair and asked for a roll call vote.
SPECTER: So the question is, should the ruling of the chair be upheld that Attorney General Gonzales not be sworn?
Published Tuesday, January 3, 2006
FBI Reverts To Old Tactics
It was right out of the J. Edgar Hoover Playbook: In times of national crisis, round up the usual suspects. Thus, in the wake of the attacks of 9/11, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft gave the FBI its head to pursue America's enemies, foreign and domestic. And just as in Hoover's days, the agency spent a fair amount of time and effort going after . . . environmentalists, peaceniks, war protesters and the rest of the usual suspects.
By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | Perspective
What President George W. Bush, FOX news, and the Washington Times were saying about Iraq three years ago they are now saying about Iran. After Saturday's vote by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to report Iran's suspicious nuclear activities to the UN Security Council, the president wasted no time in warning, "The world will not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons."
By David Stout, New York Times
Washington - Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales told skeptical senators today that the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program is legal, constitutional and vital to national security in a time of terrorism.
By Robert F. Worth and James Glanz, New York Times
Baghdad - Iraqi and American officials say they are seeing a troubling pattern of government corruption enabling the flow of oil money and other funds to the insurgency and threatening to undermine Iraq's struggling economy.
Why Bush has no constitutional power for warrantless surveillance
Posted by Filius Nullius, Democratic Underground
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O.K., now that the Super Bowl is over, it's time to confront reality again. I'm an attorney, and this is a long, lawyerly piece that most DUers won't read, but here goes anyway. Just so you know, I'm not a constitutional lawyer, but, like most attorneys, I studied constitutional law in law school ... and, yes, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Democracy Now!. Posted February 4, 2006.
Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript from Amy Goodman's syndicated radio show Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman: The son of Caribbean-born immigrants, Harry Belafonte grew up on the streets of Harlem and Jamaica. After serving in World War II, he returned to New York and began a successful acting and singing career. Along with his rise to worldwide stardom, Belafonte became deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement and was close friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King.
By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, WI
The booting of Cindy Sheehan and Beverly Young from the Capitol during the State of the Union Address because of their T-shirts was not an isolated event.
Anti-war activists accused the USA of planning first use of nuclear weapons against Iran, and of currently using uranium weapons in Iraq, and noted that the UN Security Council is responsible for dealing with such threats of war and acts of aggression.
By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
BAGHDAD (AP) - Gunmen and roadside bombs killed at least 11 people across Iraq on Monday, while police found the bullet-riddled bodies of two men in the capital, the latest victims of sectarian killings.
Published on Monday, February 6, 2006 by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin)
When the Senate Judiciary Committee begins the most important oversight hearing in recent congressional history this week, Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold will go after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for what appears to be a deliberate deception of the committee and Congress.
DETROIT: THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Monday, February 06, 2006
By Doug Pullen
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At Super Bowl Sunday:
Crudely made "Impeach Bush" signs greeted drivers headed to downtown Detroit on southbound I-75, but the sentiment was different inside the General Motors Renaissance Center, where football fan and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed autographs (including at least one Terrible Towel), posed for pictures and pressed the flesh with the crowd at the ESPN studio on the ground floor.
By David Swanson
On Jan. 15, 2006, George Stephanopoulos interviewed Senator Arlen Specter on ABC's This Week. On the issue of warrent-less NSA Wiretaps authorized by the president, Stephanopoulus asked Specter what the possible remedies would be if the president's actions were found to be illegal. Specter replied, "...Impeachment is the remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution..."
From US Citizens for Peace
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One of our more patient members actually sat through all the videos
of the Today show and found one of us chanting Stop Stop Stop the
By Norman Solomon
The current flurry of Western diplomacy will probably turn out to be
groundwork for launching missiles at Iran.
Air attacks on targets in Iran are very likely. Yet many antiwar
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By Larry C. Johnson
Valerie Plame was a covert intelligence officer covered by the Intelligence Officer's Identity Protection Act and Lewis "Scooter" Libby lied to the Grand Jury. These two truths emerge from the opinion written by Judge Tatel, of the US Court of Appeals, and released in February 2005. Thanks to a FOIA request by the Wall Street we now have a more complete record, although key parts of his decision are still blacked out. Perhaps most of the media will now realize that they have been fed a pack of lies by the likes of Ken Mehlman, Victoria Toensing, Cliff May and others.
By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
Some prominent conservatives break with Bush.
Washington - As hearings begin tomorrow on President Bush's domestic spying program, increasing numbers of prominent conservatives are breaking with the administration to say the program is probably illegal and to sharply criticize Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's legal theory that a wartime president can override a law.
First IRAQ, then IRAN?
Avoiding the trap of Iran…
By understanding the war in Iraq
— featuring —
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, author of “Sham Dunk: Cooking Intelligence for the President
The March of the Straw Soldiers
New York Times
Published: February 2, 2006
President Bush is not giving up the battle over domestic spying. He's fighting it with an army of straw men and a fleet of red herrings.
The next National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance conference call to organize for the March on the Pentagon will take place on Wednesday, February 8 at 9 PM EST. Dial 1-641-297-5500 to join the call, and then add the access code 18676, followed by the pound sign. An agenda for the February 8 call and the minutes from the previous call are below.
Joseph E. Stiglitz, www.tompaine.com
Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, is professor of economics at Columbia University and was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to President Clinton and chief economist and senior vice president at the World Bank.
By Aziz Huq, www.tompaine.com
Aziz Huq is associate counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He is co-writing a book titled Unchecked and Unbalanced with Fritz Schwarz on national security and the separation of powers, to be published by the New Press.
LINCOLN (AP) — A 23-year-old soldier from Lincoln who dreamed of helping war orphans died in Iraq on Wednesday, his parents said.
Gary Avery said his son, Garrison Avery, was killed along with two other soldiers on Wednesday.
By American Progress Action Fund
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will testify today before the Senate Judiciary Committee and defend the legality of President Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program. One year ago, he appeared before the committee under oath and misled them about the same program. Today he will advance a radical legal theory of unchecked executive power that has already been resoundingly rejected by the Supreme Court. Constitutional expert David Cole explains, "Bush tried this theory out on the Supreme Court in the Guantanamo cases, when he argued that it would be an unconstitutional intrusion on his Commander in Chief powers to extend habeas corpus review to Guantanamo detainees. Not a single Justice on the Court accepted that radical proposition. But that hasn't stopped Bush from asserting it again." Congress has an obligation to move beyond Gonzales's recycled rhetoric and learn the truth.