ISSUE: Nothing to hide (except everything they're hiding)

By RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK

Whether or not you have "nothing to hide" isn't the point. The thousands (perhaps millions) of Americans who were illegally spied on didn't have anything to hide http://tinyurl.com/8btut

Statement by Former Vice President Al Gore

Contact: Trevor Fitzgibbon, 212-584-5000 x210; Jessica Smith, 202-822-5200 x249

The Administration's response to my speech illustrates perfectly the need for a special counsel to review the legality of the NSA wiretapping program. The Attorney General is making a political defense of the President without even addressing the substantive legal questions that have so troubled millions of Americans in both political parties.

Douglas Barber Commits Suicide

Basham Radio
2301 E. Sunset Road #8022
Las Vegas, NV. 89119
(702) 798-1103
http://www.dougbasham.com

bashamradio@cox.net

Last month, on December 16, 2005, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Spc. Douglas Barber was my guest on my radio talk show. He said he'd been diagnosed with PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) and despite receiving some help from the V.A., was still having trouble getting his life back together.

COST OF WAR: Suicide Isn't Painless...

By www.bradblog.com

May America 'Never Forget' What Has Gone on Here...
Today's disturbing emails, informing me of the suicide yesterday of U.S. Army Specialist Douglas Barber, have reminded again how important it is that we all continue working to assure this Administration and their co-conspirators in both the Congress and the Media, are held accountable for their criminal actions.

Is NSA Snooping China Business Blowback?

By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/

As far back as the Nixon administration, American business and politicians of both parties have repeated the mantra that doing business with the police state of China was a good thing because with the wonders of free enterprise inevitably would come other freedoms.

Petition calls for troop withdrawal

By REBECCA BARRETT, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Citizens will present a resolution for Corvallis officials’ consideration

A petition with a thousand signatures urging the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq will be presented to the Corvallis City Council tonight.

Wrong people on trial after US plot to bomb Al Jazeera

By Simon Basketter, http://www.socialistworker.co.uk

The attempt to cover up George’s Bush’s plan to bomb the Arabic television channel Al Jazeera means that two men will face trial next week for allegedly breaking the Official Secrets Act.

Is Bush Stupid -- Or Is America?

By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com

Many Americans believe George W. Bush is uninformed, simpleminded and, in a single word, stupid. But there is a different way to look at the evidence and conclude that while Bush may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, it is he who thinks the American people are the real dullards.

Bush's Warrantless Spying: Does the President Really Know Best?

From Tomdispatch today: "Bush's Warrantless Spying: Does the President Really Know Best?" by Elizabeth de la Vega http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=50038

Former Federal Prosecutor de la Vega, who regularly writes on the Plame case and other legal matters for Tomdispatch, considers the Bush administration's "unitary executive theory" of power, a fancy explanation for why its Constitution-breaking scheme for creating an unfettered presidency was, in fact, deeply constitutional -- and then explores the nature of the law-breaking that lies behind it in the case of the President's authorization of warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency.

BUSH CRIMES COMMISSION SCHEDULE

International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration
305 West Broadway, #199, NY, NY 10013 212-941-8086 www.bushcommission.org

FRIDAY EVENING, January 20, 5:30 – 9 pm, Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue

Bill O'Reilly Forced to Talk About Impeachment

Brad Friedman of www.bradblog.com reports:

Just after the bottom of the first hour of today's O'Reilly show (after a *superb* interview with Jonathon Turley, in which Turley made a great case for the impeachment of Bush, despite O'Reilly's best effort to minimize what Turley was saying! I hope to be posting that complete interview at BRAD BLOG if I can get a copy of it).

Waxman Releases Report on Republican Congress's Failure to Investigate Bush Wrongdoing

News from Congressman Henry A. Waxman
Contact: Karen Lighfoot, (202) 225-5051

In a pair of new reports issued today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman examines the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to investigate wrongdoing by the Bush Administration and the very different approach toward oversight taken by the Republican-controlled Congress during the Clinton Administration.

Women's Anti-War Petition Circles the Globe

By Haider Rizvi, Inter Press Service

NEW YORK - Eminent female writers, artists, lawmakers and social activists in the United States are reaching out to women leaders across the world in an attempt to forge a global alliance against the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

NSA Spying Evolved Pre-9/11

By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

In the months before 9/11, thousands of American citizens were inadvertently swept up in wiretaps, had their emails monitored, and were being watched as they surfed the Internet by spies at the super-secret National Security Agency, former NSA and counterterrorism officials said.

Impeachment Lunch Break Wednesday in DC

Open to the Public
Taping of Radio Show at Institute for Policy Studies on topic of Censure and Impeachment
With Marcus Raskin, John Cavanagh, David Swanson, and (invited) Rep. John Conyers

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 12:30pm-1:30pm

The New Fascism

By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

American who advised Pentagon says he wrote for magazine that found forged Niger documents

By Larisa Alexandrovna, www.rawstory.com

A controversial neoconservative who occasionally consulted for the Bush Defense Department has confirmed that he was a contributor to the Italian magazine Panorama, whose reporter first came across forged documents which purported that Iraq was seeking to obtain uranium from Niger.

NY Times' Nonresponses to FAIR Alert

http://www.fair.org

On January 11, FAIR issued an action alert on the New York Times' decision to hold its explosive story on the NSA's secret wiretapping for over a year, and executive editor Bill Keller's refusal to answer questions about that decision. In the days that followed, FAIR activists called and emailed Keller's office, and several received responses from Keller and his assistant, Diane Ceribelli.

War's Stunning Price Tag

By Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz, Los Angeles Times

Last week, at the annual meeting of the American Economic Assn., we presented a new estimate for the likely cost of the war in Iraq. We suggested that the final bill will be much higher than previously reckoned — between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, depending primarily on how much longer our troops stay. Putting that into perspective, the highest-grossing movie of all time, "Titanic," earned $1.8 billion worldwide — about half the cost the U.S. incurs in Iraq every week.

Against Laundry Lists and the Exhaustively Debated, Politically Correct, 58-Point Platform

What is an Antiwar Movement?
By JoANN WYPIJEWSKI, www.counterpunch.org

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are hopeless hacks, claims Lenni Brenner here on the CounterPunch site a couple of days ago. They should be avoided by any pure and peace-loving activist, but then Brenner argues that Louis Farrakhan, who believes white people were created by an evil spaceman, who is profoundly sexist and anti-Semitic, who was involved in the murder of Malcolm X and thinks up-from-the-bootstraps bean-pie businesses is the economic panacea--this guy should be embraced and invited to antiwar rallies. Why? Because he hates Israel and lots of black people listen to him. Really? He's a charlatan, a crank, his MMM was a bust, but he can bring them out? People listen to him? He'll bring out the black masses?

"Shallow Throat": Do Dems Have a Death-Wish?

By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers

"Shallow Throat" joined me at a mostly-deserted park in Virginia, bursting with anger. I didn't even have to ask a question before the rage exploded out:

"I can't believe your Democrat friends are blowing it once again! The Bushies are imploding in one scandal after another, it's dictator-time, the Republicans are tarred by the Abramoff corruption brush, more attacks on Mideast countries are coming soon, Bush ordered spying on Americans with no court permission, impeachment momentum is in the air -- and the Dems have let the President off the hook once again! How many times are you going to push that boulder up the steep hill to the top and then let it roll back down again? Do you liberals really have a death-wish?"

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday January 17, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush today meets with Belgian Prime
Minister Guy Verhofstadt at 9:10 am, and with the National Commander of
the American Legion at 9:55 am. [MSNBC.com, 1/17/06]

Emergency Cong. Probe Needed/Impeachment Fuel Immense, Deadly, Iraq Oil Profits Await ExxonMobil, Others, Courtesy U.S. Govt.

By Nick Mottern, coordinator, www.ConsumersforPeace.org

The Bush government is pushing Iraq to sign oil agreements with multi-national oil companies like ExxonMobil that would give firms extraordinary profits ranging from 42% to 162%, compared to the 12% minimum that is normally considered profitable.

10 Things Martin Luther King Would Have Done about Iraq

By Juan Cole, http://www.juancole.com

Every year we honor Martin, and we hear again his stirring speech, "I have a Dream." But in many ways, that speech is among the least challenging of his charges to us, however hard and unfulfilled it remains. He dreamed other dreams, of the end of exploitative materialism and relentless militarism, of an America devoted to social justice and creative non-violence, which our mainstream media do not dare repeat over and over again.

RESOLUTION TO IMPEACH BUSH AND INVESTIGATE CHENEY, ET AL.

The following resolution is coming before the California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting on January 27-28.

RESOLUTION TO IMPEACH BUSH AND INVESTIGATE CHENEY, ET AL.

WHEREAS, (1) the Downing Street Memos show that President George W.Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, CondoleezzaRice, and various others began planning and executing the illegal waragainst and occupation of Iraq months before seeking Congressional and UNapproval; (2) in furtherance of this planning, (a) intelligence wasshaped to fit these plans, (b) illegal bombing runs were made againstIraq and various other potentially illegal operations and actions weretaken with the express intent to provoke Saddam Hussein to take militaryaction and decline to cooperate with the UN and other internationalentities, and (c) false statements to the American people were made byBush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and others with the apparent intent todeceive Congress and the American public in order to allow the BushAdminstration to carry out its plan for an unnecessary war; (3) as adirect result of the above actions, the U.S. and U.K. began an unapprovedwar of aggression against Iraq, killing thousands of American and Iraqimilitary forces, wounding tens of thousands more, and killing or woundingpotentially hundreds of thousands of civilians, women, children and otherinnocents; (4) that the U.S. has invested hundreds of billions of dollarsin this potentially illegal war, to the detriment of the national debt,all citizens of the U.S. and all government programs for which this moneymight otherwise have been appropriated, and to the benefit solely of themilitary contractors and supplier corporations who have been shown to beovercharging and otherwise cheating the people and the government of theU.S, and (5) these actions on the part of the Bush Administration fit thedefinition of high crimes and misdemeanors, and

Forum Planned in New Jersey

By Paul Surovell, chairperson, South Mountain Peace Action, a local affiliate of NJ Peace Action in Maplewood and South Orange, NJ.

SMPA is sponsoring a public forum on February 8th in Maplewood that will discuss the main withdrawal proposals in Congress, and some citizen group proposals, as well as the Administration's "National Strategy for Victory."

An Army Death, and a Family Left In the Dark

'Friendly Fire' Incident In Iraq Remains Murky
By Josh White, Washington Post

Army Spec. Jesse Buryj was in the gun turret of a Humvee that night, guarding a traffic circle in Karbala, Iraq. The soldiers were on edge -- they had been warned about a car bomb -- so when a dump truck came barreling into the intersection, they opened fire from all sides. But the truck kept coming and crashed into Buryj's armored vehicle, sending the 21-year-old hurtling to the ground.

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