News from U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Rick Boucher
CONTACT:Kyra Jennings, 202-225-3072 (Lofgren); Amanda Potter, 202-225-3861 (Boucher)
Washington, DC – Seventeen Members of the House Judiciary Committee today called on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner to convene hearings to investigate the President ordering the National Security Agency (NSA) to engage in espionage of persons inside the United States without obtaining court-ordered warrants. Below is the text of the letter:
Amid serious casualties, he urges pullout plan
Boston Globe - By Scott Helman, Globe Staff
Governor James H. Douglas of Vermont, a Republican whose state has lost more soldiers per capita in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other in the United States, said last week that the Bush administration and Congress should prepare a withdrawal plan to bring troops home from Iraq.
By David Sirota, HuffingtonPost
In his news conference today, President Bush invoked the need for speed in the War on Terror as the reason he is illegally ordering the National Security Agency to conduct domestic surveillance without search warrants. Sounds like a compelling argument, right? In the fast-moving world of information age technology, we can't really afford to make our law enforcers take the time to go get a warrant, right?
Democrats plan sharp rebuke of pre-war intelligence, Iraq war in massive new congressional report
By Larisa Alexandrovna and John Byrne, www.RawStory.com
House Judiciary Committee Democrats, spearheaded by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), are set to release possibly the sharpest congressional critique to date surrounding Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.
The report, titled "The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution and Coverups in the Iraq War," is slotted to be made available to the public Tuesday. RAW STORY acquired a copy of the book’s cover and some additional information about the document today.
According to Democratic aides, the report will focus on alleged manipulation of pre-war intelligence by the White House, specifically covering such topics as the Downing Street Minutes as well as the White House position on the Geneva Conventions and international law as regards its policies toward prisoners of war.
By John Prados, www.TomPaine.com
John Prados is a senior fellow of the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, and author of Hoodwinked: The Documents that Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War (The New Press).
By Aziz Huq, www.TomPaine.com
Aziz Huq is associate counsel in the Liberty and National Security project of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He is co-writing with Fritz Schwarz a book on the separation of powers and national security to be published by the New Press in late 2006.
By Walter Pincus, The Washington Post
Fact sheet details secretive agency's growth from focus on policy to counterterrorism.
The Pentagon's newest counterterrorism agency, charged with protecting military facilities and personnel wherever they are, is carrying out intelligence collection, analysis and operations within the United States and abroad, according to a Pentagon fact sheet on the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, provided to The Washington Post.
WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush vowed on Monday to authorize more eavesdropping on Americans suspected of ties to terrorists and said he believed a probe was underway into who committed "the shameful act" of revealing the covert program.
By Larry Johnson
George W. Bush may have been a mediocre student in college, but he clearly mastered Orwell's works, especially 1984 and Animal Farm. How else to explain his reliance on repeating catch phrases that are misleading and, at times, outright false, while trying to shape and mold American public opinion to support his policies?
By Dave Lindorff, www.thiscantbehappening.net
In an interview last week, George McGovern, former US Senator from South Dakota, outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War and 1972 Democratic candidate for President, told me that President Bush’s announced new policy of pre-emptive war--his justification for invading Iraq--puts America in the same camp as Imperial Japan in 1942.
An Impeachable Offense? Bush Admits Authorizing NSA to Eavesdrop on Americans Without Court Approval
* An Impeachable Offense? Bush Admits Authorizing NSA to Eavesdrop on Americans Without Court Approval *
President Bush has admitted he secretly ordered the National Security Agency
Protesters outside the White House fence last night made enough noise to disrupt the network anchors' parroting of Bush's talking points. Let's remember this and do it every time!
Eli Stephens Left I on the News http://lefti.blogspot.com
On Wednesday, George Bush gave a speech. The media described the speech as one in which Bush "took responsibility for the faulty intelligence.
By Greg Rollins, CPT
As this kidnapping draws out I am reminded of the Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers song that says "the waiting is the hardest part." We fill our days with work - important work - but work that helps us avoid the waiting. If we stop and wait we grow restless, even edgy.
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches
Monday, December 19, 2005 1:19 AM
By Sabah Ali
The Bush Administration uses double barrel propaganda today, with Mr. Bush using a prime time television address to say things like "My fellow citizens: Not only can we win the war in Iraq - we are winning the war in Iraq," and responding to negative news by saying "It does not mean that we are losing." Meanwhile, Mr. Cheney, while on a heavily guarded tour of the "Green Zone" and other locales in Iraq said today, "I think the vast majority of them think of us as liberators."
An Interview with Tony Benn, Written by Kevin Zeese
Tony Benn, was born in London on April 3rd 1925, the son, grandson and father of Members of Parliament. He entered Parliament in 1950 at the age of 25 and retired from the House of Commons in May 2001. He is the longest serving Labor MP in the history of the party. He was a Cabinet minister in the Wilson and Callaghan governments from 1964 - 79 and President of the Council of European Energy ministers in 1977.
Traprock is continuing to add to its audio coverage of virtually the entire London International Peace Conference, held on December 10th, with new audio mp3's, photo albums and video.
By Aaron Nicodemus, The (New Bedford, MA) Standard-Times
New Bedford - A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung's tome on Communism called "The Little Red Book."
Maine's anti-war activists have come up with a plan to make our congressional delegates listen. And they're marketing it to other states
By Sara Donnelly
Last December, 13 anti-war activists gathered in Senator Susan Collins's office in Portland. They read the names of the American soldiers who had died to date in the Iraq War, as well as an equal number of Iraqi civilians who died. They occupied Collins's office for roughly four hours and, before they left, asked the senator to hold a "town meeting" to discuss the war with her constituents.
Watch video or read and see photos:
Published on Sunday, December 18, 2005 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The president took a step toward a police state
The Bush administration is continuing its assault on Americans' privacy and freedom in the name of the war on terrorism.
In light of recent events, I thought it time to update the classic Christmas poem, "The Night Before Christmas," to more accurately reflect the zeitgeist.
The 'Real' McCain
Arianna falls out of love with John – but what did she ever see in him?
by Justin Raimondo, http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=8221
Arianna Huffington's love affair with John McCain – it's over! No, I don't mean that kind of love affair, silly. The glamorous Grecian is pouting and bitterly disappointed because suddenly the man of her dreams is showing his true colors as a two-timing, shift-shaping, canny politician – not the Great White Knight that she once imagined. A pity, that, but one can only wonder why it took Arianna so long to wake up from her self-induced hallucination. Huffington, as usual, goes on about how positively dreadful Meet the Press was last week, dah-link:
By David Sirota
In the last 72 hours since the revelation that President Bush ordered illegal domestic surveillance operations, we have seen how the Republican spin machine has mastered the art of turning any and all controversies into questions of national security. You know the drill: those who are criticizing Bush's orders are billed as weak, soft on national security, or against domestic efforts to stop terrorism. Meanwhile, Bush is portrayed as the tough fighter of terrorism, willing to make the tough choices to defend America's national security. In short, his crimes are portrayed as badges of honor.
"It Should Have Been Unforgettable, The Anthrax Attacks and the Costs of 9/11" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=43459
This piece takes up perhaps the strangest disappearance of our times -- the erasure of the anthrax attacks of 2001 from public and media memory. I return to those attacks (and the anthrax killer or killers loose in "the hills of America" rather than somewhere on the Afghan border) and use them as a "control" case against which to measure the "costs" of September 11th, and the actions of the Bush administration. To give but a few examples:
Dear supporters of Brian Haw and the right to protest around Parliament,
The issue of free speech continues to be in the news and events continue
to be organised to increase the momentum to get the law banning
CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAM IN IRAQ CALLS PRESIDENT BUSH TO WITHDRAW TROOPS, END HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
White House numbers:
By Micheal Stinson
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The story of President Bush deliberately breaking the law to create a domestic spy operation is a lot of different things: it is a tale of power abuse, arrogance, and contempt for the law by an out-of-control president. But it is also a story of how today's major media behave with near total deference to power and its own profit motive. What we are watching, even in the seemingly small details of the coverage, is no less than the media's complicity in helping establish a quasi-legal framework for what was a clearly illegal abuse of government power. It is in the clearest sense the media being used as tools of state power in overriding the very laws that are supposed to confine state power.