Spy Czar, Rumsfeld in a Turf War

By Doyle McManus and Peter Spiegel, Los Angeles Times

Washington - After a little more than a year in his newly created job, John D. Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, has won an initial battle to establish authority over the vast US intelligence community - Porter J. Goss, who resisted Negroponte's moves to limit the autonomy of the CIA, is gone.

But Negroponte faces a larger and much more difficult challenge: a struggle with Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's Department of Defense, which runs more than 80% of the nation's intelligence budget and is busy expanding its role even further.

Break the Law, Get Promoted

Top CIA Pick Has Credentials and Skeptics
By Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti, New York Times

Washington - Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who senior administration officials said Friday was the likely choice of President Bush to head the Central Intelligence Agency, has a stellar résumé for a spy and has long been admired at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

But General Hayden, the principal deputy director of national intelligence, would also face serious questions about the controversy over the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program, which he oversaw and has vigorously defended.

Some Come Drumming

By Will Strong

Some think it’s in vogue
for a state to dictate –
to fully bully, dominate
& be an outright rogue.

Some think that it’s o. k.
a president has his way–
why even o. k. for him to
lie, to wiretap and spy.

Some think that war lets
the poison flow outward.
Yet they somehow forget
poison also goes inward.

Some don’t seem to blink

OUR NATIONAL DEBATE ABOUT THE PRO-ISRAEL LOBBY'S INFLUENCE ON U.S. FOREIGN

[1] Haviv Rettig's 5-5-06 Jerusalem Post article, "Bush: U.S. Must Ensure Israel's Security" [When Mr. Bush spoke before the American Jewish Committee conference in Washington on 5-4-06, the audience applauded wildly when he declared, in the context of Iran, that "the United States has a strong and inalienable obligation to ensure the security of Israel." However, Mr. Bush was conflating U.S. national-security interests with Israel's. Realistically, Israel has the obligation to ensure the security of Israel. And Israel can do so because its first-rate military has more than 400 nuclear warheads.]: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1145961282236&pagename=JPost/...

HEBRON: Israeli settlers ordered to leave occupied apartment building

CPTnet

On Thursday 4 May the Israeli High Court ruled that the Israeli settlers,
who occupied the three-story Palestinian building close to the Avraham Avinu
settlement on 6 April 2006, have until 11:00 a.m. (08:00 GMT) on Friday 5
May to leave. After that the Israeli police will evict them. The settlers
had claimed that they had purchased the building legally. The Palestinian
homeowner denies that he sold it.

Libby Lawyer to Argue Bush's Role in Leak

By James Vicini, Reuters

Washington - The lawyer for former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby said on Friday he would argue that his client revealed intelligence on Iraq after Vice President Dick Cheney authorized it and President George W. Bush declassified the information.

At a hearing on what documents the prosecution must turn over to the defense, lawyer Theodore Wells also said he believed there may be testimony or statements by Bush and Cheney that the disclosure of the intelligence was authorized.

Stop blast for kids' sake

"We've been down this road before during the nuclear tests of the Cold War. This government killed innocent Americans who were lied to, told that the tests were safe, that they had nothing to fear from the clouds that rained poison on them. "
The Spectrum, UT, May 6, 2006

I've got a beautiful grandson. He's only 2 1/2, so the only parties he's acquainted with are birthday parties.

He hasn't voted in an election, he has no influence. He's an innocent boy, dependent on those older and, supposedly, much wiser.

Speaking the Unspeakable: Is the Bush Administration Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity?

National Campus Speaking Tour
May 19, 2006
University of Washington
Kane Hall
7PM
Admission: $7.00, $5.00 w/ student ID

"Speaking the Unspeakable: Is the Bush Administration Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity?" - will bring a panel of prominent whistleblowers, eye-witnesses, victims and experts to give testimony that paints a clear picture of the full scope and nature of the Bush administration's actions, cuts through the fog of official obfuscation and disinformation, and clearly establishes the culpability of the administration at the highest levels.

Speaking the Unspeakable: Is the Bush Administration Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity?

HEAR THE EVIDENCE FOR YOURSELF.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Tuesday, May 9th at 12:30 pm
McCormick School at the Technological Institute
Lecture Room 2
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, Tuesday, May 9th at 7 pm
Social Sciences, Room 122
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago
Sponsors at the University of Chicago include: Stand Up! for Progress; Students for Human Rights; Young Democratic Socialists; Environmental Concerns Organization; Susan Gzesh, Director, Human Rights Program; Bruce Lincoln, Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School; Locke Bowman, Director, MacArthur Justice Center; the MacArthur Justice Center; World Can't Wait - Chicago; Bush Crimes Commission

THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION’S WAR CRIMES, AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

War, torture, devastation of the global environment and global health programs, abandonment of New Orleans
COME HEAR THE EVIDENCE
THURSDAY, MAY 18, 6:00 PM : UCLA -- MOORE HALL, ROOM 100

Ann Wright resigned from the U.S. diplomatic corps in March, 2003 in opposition to the war
on Iraq. A retired U.S. army colonel and career diplomat, she served in Somalia, Sierra Leone,
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and reopened the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in December 2001.

DECISION ON HOME OFFICE APPEAL AGAINST BRIAN HAW

Dear Supporters of Brian Haw and the right to protest near Parliament,

1. DECISION ON HOME OFFICE APPEAL AGAINST BRIAN
2. BE PREPARED TO JOIN BRIAN IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE IF EVICTION LOOKS
LIKELY
3. FIRST CONVICTION FOR 'ORGANISER' OF UNAUTHORISED DEMONSTRATION
4. MARIA WINS HER APPEAL - A VICTORY AGAINST SOCPA
5. SIGN THE PETITION SUPPORTING MALCOLM KENDALL-SMITH
6. CAMPAIGN AGAINST ARMED FORCES BILL

Iraqis cheer crash of British helicopter

Irish Examiner, Ireland

A British military helicopter crashed in Basra today, and Iraqis hurled stones at British troops and set fire to at least one armoured vehicle that rushed to the scene. Clashes broke out between British troops and Shiite militias, police and witnesses said.

Police Captain Mushtaq Khazim said the helicopter was apparently shot down in a residential district in the city.

Taliban claim helicopter kill

The Taliban claim to have shot down a US helicopter in Afghanistan, killing all those on board.

An Aljazeera correspondent in Afghanistan said Muhamad Hanif, a spokesman for the Taliban, claimed that his movement had brought down the US Chinook.

The US-led forces said the 10 colaition soldiers on board were all killed, but denied that the Chinook, which crashed near the Pakistan border, had been brought down by the Taliban.

10 U.S. Troops Die in Afghan Copter Crash

10 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash in Remote Afghan Mountains
By JASON STRAZIUSO

KABUL, Afghanistan May 6, 2006 (AP)— A U.S.-led coalition military transport helicopter crashed while conducting combat operations in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan, killing all 10 American soldiers on board, a U.S. military spokeswoman said Saturday.

The CH-47 Chinook crashed late Friday while on a mission in support of Operation Mountain Lion, an offensive to root out Taliban and al-Qaida militants near the border with Pakistan. The crash was not the result of hostile fire, said Lt. Tamara D. Lawrence, a coalition spokeswoman.

Missile downs British helicopter in Basra

euronews.net

At least four Britons have been killed in a helicopter crash in Basra, in southern Iraq.

The casualties were confirmed by Iraqi firefighters at the scene. A British army spokeswoman says the helicopter crashed after being hit by a missile.

British troops sealed off the area, and were met by cheering crowds and a hail of stones. Many civilians were seen filming the aftermath with their mobile phones.

Flyer That Was Handed Out at Atlanta Event Where Ray McGovern Confronted Rumsfeld

From World Can't Wait:

DONALD H. RUMSFELD
Secretary of Defense
________________________________________
Donald H. Rumsfeld was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense on January 20, 2001. Before assuming his present post, the former Navy pilot had also served as the 13th Secretary of Defense, White House Chief of Staff, U.S. Ambassador to NATO, U.S. Congressman and chief executive officer of two Fortune 500 companies.

Watchdog Says U.S. Creating 'Climate of Torture'; UN Hearings Begin Friday

Published on Friday, May 5, 2006 by OneWorld.net
by Haider Rizvi

UNITED NATIONS - The Bush administration's efforts to plead innocence to charges of using torture before a key United Nations committee have been complicated by a new report from an influential human rights group suggesting otherwise.

The United States continues to use torture against prisoners in and outside the country, Amnesty International, a London-based human rights group has charged.

Bush Administration Refuses to Talk Directly with its Main Foes

Published on Friday, May 5, 2006 by Knight Ridder
by Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel

WASHINGTON - Last month, the chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea wanted to meet privately with his North Korean counterpart, hoping he could persuade Pyongyang to return to talks on eliminating its nuclear weapons program.
But the meeting between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill and North Korean Vice Premier Kim Kye Gwan on the sidelines of a conference in Tokyo never took place.

Iraq: The Assassination of Academics : The Jalili Report

By Sarah Meyer

A conference recently took place in Madrid which focused on the 190 murdered academics and 224 murdered health officials in Iraq since the occupation. CEOSI (Statewide Campaign to End the Occupation and Restore the Sovereignty of Iraq) hosted the conference. CEOSI was supported by the respected BRussels Tribunal. Both of these organizations have taken an interest in collating information concerning the criminal assassination of highly esteemed intellectuals in Iraq. A petition, URGENT APPEAL TO SAVE IRAQ'S ACADEMICS can be found at http://www.brusselstribunal.org. The final resolution of the Madrid conference may also be found here, along with a wealth of information which world leaders and Mainstream Media ignore – to the detriment of “democracy and freedom.”READ MORE

Political Passivity Undermines U.S.

Parallels with the predicament of late Imperial China
By Emanuel Pastreich & J. Eric Marler

A distinguished historian wrote thus about a world power that had slipped into irreversible decline as a result of its citizens turning inward and its elite refusing to concern themselves with the fate of the nation:

"When intellectual irresponsibility and moral degradation fell to this level, it meant that scholars had become oblivious to their duties to the society and had lost track of the importance of the unity of knowledge and action. The society was deprived of real leadership. That the general decline of morality in the government was due in part to this very intellectual delinquency is an unavoidable conclusion."

Quit Using Our Name, West Point Warns Grad

Published on Friday, May 5, 2006 by the Syracuse Post-Standard (New York)
Former cadets against Iraq war use alma mater to describe group.
by Mike McAndrew

There's a West Point Barber Shop, West Point Pizza and West Point Florist.

But the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is warning a Manlius man that his new organization West Point Graduates Against the War better stop using the words "West Point" in its name.

Half of British voters want Blair out by year-end: Poll

zeenews.com, India

London, May 05: Half of Britain's voters want Prime Minister Tony Blair to quit by the end of the year as they increasingly see him as arrogant, untrustworthy and wrong to support the Iraq war, a survey said today.

Blair, serving his third straight term, has pledged to stand down ahead of the next general election, due by may 2010 at the latest, with his Finance Minister, Gordon Brown, seen as his virtually undisputed heir apparent.

Bye Bye Jack, Ya Ol' Warmonger You

Rice calls Straw, says they will stay close friends

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called her close friend, outgoing British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, on Friday after he was dumped from the Cabinet.

"It was, from her perspective, I think, a bittersweet call," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, adding that Rice counted Straw as both a close personal friend and colleague whom she could rely on.

Why Did Goss Resign?

By Larry C Johnson

Today's surprise announcement by Porter Goss comes on the heels of press
stories that members of Congress received sexual favors from prostitutes
allegedly procured by Brent Wilkes, an entrepreneur implicated in the
bribery of Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Wilkes, we are told, hosted
poker and hooker parties at the Watergate Hotel. Wilkes also happened to be
an old high school buddy of the CIA's number three man, Dusty Foggo.

South Korean Forces Clash With Protesters Over Future U.S. Base

More than 200 people are injured as a coalition of activists joins area residents in the most violent anti-American demonstration in years.
By Barbara Demick, LA Times Staff Writer
May 5, 2006

SEOUL — After a day of fighting that left more than 200 people injured, South Korean forces Thursday evening secured the site of a future U.S. military base with water cannons, helicopters and bulldozers.

But the surprisingly violent clashes could set the stage for strained relations between American forces and the community where the U.S. military plans to build its new headquarters.

More than 3,000 South Korean soldiers and riot police officers, many armed with truncheons, clashed with about 1,000 demonstrators at the site in Pyeongtaek, 40 miles south of Seoul, beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday.

The protesters had barricaded themselves in a shut-down elementary school in an attempt to stop the clearing of the site. By nightfall they had been evicted, the school demolished and the site roped off by 18 miles of razor-wire fencing.

American "Peace Mom" on cross-Canada tour to protest Iraq war

By Xinhua

She camped 26 days outside the Texas ranch of U.S. President George W. Bush to protest the Iraqi war last August.

This April, she and her supporters pitched their tents outside the ranch again, just to demand a reasonable answer as to why the U.S. troops are fighting and dying in Iraq.

But now, she is shifting her mission to a new direction.

Cindy Sheehan, the American anti-war icon, is on a cross-Canada tour. She urges the nation, which once sheltered so many U.S. Vietnam war dodgers, to give sanctuary to more American soldiers who have dodged service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Capps supports exploring grounds for impeaching Bush

Capps explains why she is one of 36 co-sponsors
San Luis Obispo Tribune
Jeff Ballinger
jballinger@thetribunenews.com

House Resolution 635
Rep. Lois Capps issued a statement this morning explaining her support of a House resolution exploring grounds for the impeachment of the president.

In that statement, Capps criticizes President George W. Bush’s mismanagement of the war in Iraq, the wiretapping campaign, and the response to Hurricane Katrina. Capps’ district includes the coastal areas of San Luis Obispo County.

Speaking Events

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April 4: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next: An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing. 6-8 p.m. at 5th and K Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.
 

 

April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

 

April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont

 

June 16-18: David Swanson and many others speaking at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.



August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.



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