By Michael Currie Schaffer
Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com
Philadelphia voters will get a chance to weigh in on the Iraq war this November if City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell gets her way.
And though the vote has no legal power over American foreign policy, it could have an effect elsewhere on the ballot by turning out voters for Democratic senatorial candidate Bob Casey Jr.
Writing on behalf of his One America political action committee, former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards sent an email Saturday seeking signatories in an effort to expand the powers of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate President Bush's role in the strategic leaking of information related to Iraq.
In the form letter on Edwards' site, he writes, "I urge you to extend Mr. Fitzgerald’s charter to include the behavior of the President in this disgraceful affair."
Sunday, April 23, 2006
A SPY SPEAKS OUT
ED BRADLEY, co-host:
When no weapons of mass destruction surfaced in Iraq, President Bush insisted that all those WMD claims before the war were the result of faulty intelligence. But tonight, you're going to hear a different view, from a former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller, a 26-year veteran of the agency who's decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: speak out. He says the real failure was not in the intelligence community but in the White House. He says he saw how the Bush administration time and time again welcomed intelligence that fit the president's determination to go to war and turned a blind eye to intelligence that did not.
Sibel Edmonds will be on NPR's 'To the Point' Show this morning at 10:30 AM EST Re: CIA Whistleblower, Mary McCarthy.
By Maureen Farrell, http://www.buzzflash.com
"I have been pleading with the American press corps for months to ask the Bush administration one simple question, a question designed to expose our true agenda: 'Are we, or are we not, constructing permanent military bases in Iraq?'" -- Sen. Gary Hart, March 31, 2006
"Some analysts believe the desire to establish a long-term military presence in Iraq was always behind the 2003 invasion." -- The Independent, April 3, 2006
By Bob Fertik, ImpeachPAC.org
Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security Advisor to President Carter from 1977 to 1981, is a well-known hawk. But he's right with the progressive movement on Bush's Constitutional power to start a war with Iran.
First, in the absence of an imminent threat (and the Iranians are at least several years away from having a nuclear arsenal), the attack would be a unilateral act of war. If undertaken without a formal congressional declaration of war, an attack would be unconstitutional and merit the impeachment of the president. Similarly, if undertaken without the sanction of the United Nations Security Council, either alone by the United States or in complicity with Israel, it would stamp the perpetrator(s) as an international outlaw(s)
By David Swanson
Joining Illinois, California has become the second state in which a proposal to impeach President Bush has been introduced in the state legislature. And this one includes Cheney as well.
California Assemblyman Paul Koretz of Los Angeles (where the LA Times has now called for Cheney's resignation) has submitted amendments to Assembly Joint Resolution No. 39, calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. The amendments reference Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature.
Louie Free writes about Ed Asner's PSA (at right):
Got it. will begin playing it every hour of every show/every day. we air 8-noon m-f. also now on line: http://www.free.vindy.com
By Josh Marshall, http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com
By now you've probably seen or heard about the 60 Minutes segment with the interview with Tyler Drumheller, the now-retired CIA officer who was head of covert operations in Europe during the lead up to the Iraq War.
I just got off the phone with Drumheller. But before we get to that, let's run down the key points in the story.
First, Drumheller says that most folks in the intelligence community didn't think there was anything to the Niger-uranium story. We knew that in general terms; but we hadn't heard it yet from someone so closely involved in the case itself. Remember, the CIA Station Chief in Rome, the guy who first saw the documents when they were dropped off at the US Embassy in October 2002, worked for Drumheller.
Bush's third term
April 23, 2006
IF PRESIDENT BUSH HOPES the "shake-up" of his administration initiated last week will re-energize his listless presidency, he's bound to be disappointed. A far more audacious makeover is needed — one that sends Vice President Dick Cheney into early retirement.
Second terms are notoriously difficult for presidents. For President Bush, it has been disastrous. His swaggering November 2004 news conference — at which he bragged "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it" — seems from another era. Whatever political capital existed he has squandered with the Iraq war, the Valerie Plame leak inquiry and his ill-advised plan to partly privatize Social Security. His one victory — getting two reliable conservative jurists on the U.S. Supreme Court — is no doubt an enduring one. But there's nothing else.
Tonight's 60 Minutes on CBS added new testimony to the overabundant accumulation of evidence that Bush and Cheney lied about the mythical threat from Iraq (and continue to do so). Today, Senator Kerry admitted an awareness of that evidence, referring to this latest revelation and the famous Downing Street Minutes which were published last May 1. The past year has seen a flood of additional evidence. Here are a few of the highlights.
Impeachment Activism: IFPJ Style
by Daniel I. Fearn
1. Unless Bush is impeached, there will be no justice. Without justice, there is no basis for a lasting peace. So, we must impeach Bush in order to have peace.
2. The peace and social justice movements must remember the justice part of their mission. One can not protest only for peace. Everyone is for peace. George Bush is for peace through superior fire power. The reclamation of our civic society must start with a peace movement that is a peace and justice movement.
PITT: 60 Minutes is going to report Sunday night that the CIA informed both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney that Iraq was not in possession of weapons of mass destruction a full six months before the invasion took place, and that both Bush and Cheney dismissed their analysis because the decision for regime change had already been made. What is your response to this revelation?
KERRY: If it is true, it confirms more and more of what we've heard from the British memos, from the Downing Street memo, from different statements by people in the administration and out, that they had made up their mind to go to war, and that they misled the Congress and the American people.
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
Over the past five-plus years, the American people have gotten a taste of what a triumphant George W. Bush is like, as he basked in high approval ratings and asserted virtually unlimited powers as Commander in Chief. Now, the question is: How will Bush and his inner circle behave when cornered?
So far, the answer should send chills through today’s weakened American Republic. Bush and his team – faced with plunging poll numbers and cascading disclosures of wrongdoing – appear determined to punish and criminalize resistance to their regime.
The Missing Girls of Iraq
Sex trafficking, virtually nonexistent under Saddam Hussein, has resurfaced in Iraq. TIME reports on a seldom-discussed epidemic: girls being kidnapped and sold to brothels
By BRIAN BENNETT/BAGHDAD, Time Magazine
The man on the phone with the 14-year-old Iraqi girl called himself Sa'ad. He was calling long distance from Dubai and telling her wonderful things about the place. He was also about to buy her. Safah, the teenager, was well aware of the impending transaction. In the weeks after she was kidnapped and imprisoned in a dark house in Baghdad's middle-class Karada district, Safah heard her captors haggling with Sa'ad over her price. It was finally settled at $10,000. Staring at a floor strewn with empty whiskey bottles, the orphan listened as Sa'ad described the life awaiting her: a beautiful home, expensive clothes, parties with pop stars. Why, she'd be joining two other very happy teenage Iraqi girls living with Sa'ad in his harem. Safah knew that she was running out of time. A fake passport with her photo and assumed name had already been forged for her. But even if she escaped, she had no family who would take her in. She was even likely to end up in prison. What was she to do? Safah is part of a seldom-discussed aspect of the epidemic of kidnappings in Iraq: sex trafficking. No one knows how many young women have been kidnapped and sold since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The Organization for Women's Freedom in Iraq, based in Baghdad, estimates from anecdotal evidence that more than 2,000 Iraqi women have gone missing in that period. A Western official in Baghdad who monitors the status of women in Iraq thinks that figure may be inflated but admits that sex trafficking, virtually nonexistent under Saddam, has become a serious issue. The collapse of law and order and the absence of a stable government have allowed criminal gangs, alongside terrorists, to run amuck. Meanwhile, some aid workers say, bureaucrats in the ministries have either paralyzed with red tape or frozen the assets of charities that might have provided refuge for these girls. As a result, sex trafficking has been allowed to fester unchecked.
BRIG. GEN. (Ret) JANIS KARPINSKI, FORMER COMMANDER OF ABU GHRAIB, TO SPEAK ON BUSH POLICY OF TORTURE AT MIT and HARVARD LAW
Wenesday, April 26: Harvard Law School, Langdell South 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 27: MIT Room 10-250 7:00 pm
A former diplomat and a retired military officer present evidence of a
torture policy that enjoys the support and leadership of the highest
ranking officials in the Bush administration.
BRIG. GEN. JANIS KARPINSKI, former commander of Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq.
Karpinski: "General Miller and General Sanchez would not have
You know the real threat to national security is fire ants.
When filling out a job application and asked to explain previous convictions, you simply write "google me".
You've ever told a department store clerk you were looking for 'Ann Wright' pants.
You have a favorite patch of cement in front of the White House.
You've ever posed for a photo with your arresting officer.
Your wardrobe includes both suits and tie-dye.
Kerry Would Defeat Bush in New U.S. Election
Angus Reid Global Scan : Polls & Research
April 22, 2006
(Angus Reid Global Scan) – The outcome of the 2004 United States presidential election would be different if a new ballot took place this year, according to a poll by Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times. 47 per cent of respondents would vote for Democrat John Kerry, while 40 per cent would support Republican George W. Bush.
by Eugene Hernandez (April 20, 2006)
Any indie filmmaker would love to have an Oscar winning actress hyping their new film; the presence of a celebrity can command serious media attention. This week, actress and activist Jane Fonda has been making the media rounds, from Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and The View, to an appearance at the IFC Center on Monday. While she is also hawking a paperback version of her recent memoir, Fonda has also been talking a bit about David Zeiger's "Sir! No Sir!", the acclaimed documentary that attempts to set the record straight about the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam.
By Nicolas J S Davies
Since I wrote Burying the Lancet Report . . . and the Children (Online Journal) in December, a number of people have asked me, “What about the other surveys that produced lower estimates of civilian deaths than the Lancet report?” The appearance of inconsistency between different surveys has led most news organizations to adopt the phrase “tens of thousands” when speaking of civilian deaths.
Marjorie Lasky, Medea Benjamin and Andrea Buffa's April 2006 Code Pink report. Download this 20-page report to find out WHY Iraq's women are saying that they're significantly worse off today than they were under Saddam Hussein's regime.
Cries for impeachment mixed with calls for immigration reform
By Nicole C. Brambila, http://www.thedesertsun.com
INDIAN WELLS - More than 100 protesters with signs that read "Bring our troops home" and "Drop Bush, not bombs" lined the stretch of Country Club Drive leading to the fundraiser President Bush spoke at Saturday that raised nearly $2 million for the Republican National Committee.
Portions of this event will be broadcast later on the Mike Malloy Show on Air America. Mike will be discussing the upcoming forum this coming Friday evening.
The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party Presents: Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate & Action
WHAT: "As California goes, so goes the nation." With growing numbers of Americans calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, our state is presented with an historic opportunity to lead the charge. Recognizing the importance of this discussion, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and its co-sponsors are pleased to host the forum "Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action." This forum will reveal surprising legal precedents regarding state initiated impeachment proceedings and present current strategies and efforts taking place in California and across the country.
WHEN: Saturday, April 29 at 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Crest Theater, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA
WHO: Scheduled to appear on the panel are:
• Representative Maxine Waters
• Shayana Kadidal, lead attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, and co-author, Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush
• Elizabeth de la Vega, former lead prosecutor, San Jose and author of an upcoming book on impeachment
• Bob Fertik, President, Democrats.com & co-founder afterdowningstreet.org
• Mike Malloy, syndicated host of AirAmerica Radio, will moderate
• Opening statement by Tim Goodrich, founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Tickets: $10 donation. You may preorder tickets through at the Crest Theater box office, (916) 442-7378 or at tickets.com.
On Tuesday, April 25, the Senate will take up the supplemental spending bill for 2006. The current proposal includes $67 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. How many innocent Iraqis must die, how many young Americans? How much more destruction, pain and hatred before the Congress finds the will to end this war?
Tell your Senators: Not one penny more for the War!
There is growing support in the Senate for an amendment to the supplemental that will prohibit permanent U.S. bases in Iraq.
Tell your Senators: No permanent U.S. bases in Iraq!
Our "not one penny more for war" call-in day to the House of Representatives last month was a great success. The number of Representatives voting against the war funding rose to 71, AND the House approved an amendment against permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq. We want to repeat that success in the Senate. If we are unable to stop the funding request from passing, we can at least make sure that an amendment against permanent bases is attached.
The toll-free number we are using is graciously provided by the Friends Committee on National Legislation - a member group of UFPJ.
Sarah Baxter, Washington
REPUBLICANS are urging President George W Bush to dump Dick Cheney as vice-president and replace him with Condoleezza Rice if he is serious about presenting a new face to the jaded American public.
They believe that only the sacrifice of one or more of the big beasts of the jungle, such as Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, will convince voters that Bush understands the need for a fresh start.
A melancholic mea culpa
A few weeks ago, a small moment – a little line of text – underlined for me how far life in Iraq has slumped. As I was reading a story, the ticker-tape on the BBC News website casually stated: ‘Car bomb in Baghdad; 50 dead.’ There were no accompanying details. When these Iraqi suicide-massacres started to happen in Iraq, I would nervously call my friends out in Baghdad and Basra and Hilla to make sure they were okay. But I soon realised this was antagonising them, driving every bomb further into their skulls – should they store a standard text ‘No, not killed in suicide bomb today’ message and send it out three times a day? So I swallowed hard, waited, and the next day, I looked through all the newspapers for details. Nobody mentioned it. Suicide-slaughters the size of 7/7 are now so common they don’t even bleed into News in Brief.
By Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) _ Cindy Sheehan, who drew international attention when she camped outside President Bush's ranch to protest the Iraq war, is scheduled to begin a three-island speaking tour today.
Sheehan, who became known as ``Peace Mom,'' became the face of the anti-war movement last summer when she went to Crawford, Texas, to confront Bush about the war. During the 26-day vigil that followed, hundreds of people joined her.