Bremer Claims He Was Used as Iraq 'Fall Guy'

By Edward Alden and Guy Dinmore, The Financial Times

Paul Bremer, former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, says that senior US military officials tried to make him a scapegoat for postwar setbacks, including the decision to disband the Iraqi army following the US invasion in 2003.

In Ambush Lasting Seconds, US Reporter in Iraq Becomes Hostage

By Ellen Knickmeyer, The Washington Post

Baghdad - The call came from reporter Jill Carroll's cell phone, from a young, wary-sounding Iraqi man who said he had just picked up the phone from a sprawled body on a Baghdad street. "The person this phone belongs to was just killed," the caller said.

How to Quell the Conflict: Insurgent Scenarios

By Tom Hayden, www.thenation.com

Iraq's armed national resistance is willing to support an honorable American troop withdrawal and recognize "the interests of the US as a superpower," according to a Baghdad source with intimate knowledge of the insurgents. He was interviewed this week in Amman, where he had driven twenty hours from Baghdad for conversations.

Why Russert Didn't Want to Testify in Plame Case

By Editor and Publisher

NEW YORK Lawyers for NBC News reporter Tim Russert suspected in the spring of 2004 that his testimony could hurt I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and Russert resisted testifying at the time about private conversations with Libby, according to court papers released Monday, The Washington Post reports today.

Conyers and Others To Hold Democratic Hearing On Domestic Spying Program

Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-225-1294

A Formula for Slaughter, The American Rules of Engagement from the Air

From Tomdispatch today: Michael Schwartz's "A Formula for Slaughter, The American Rules of Engagement from the Air" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=48180 -- a grim but exceedingly important account of what a planned intensification of the American air campaign (as part of a draw-down of ground forces) in Iraq might actually mean.

National Security Agency mounted massive spy op on Baltimore peace group, documents show

By Kevin Zeese, www.rawstory.com

Click here to see NSA documents

The National Security Agency has been spying on a Baltimore anti-war group, according to documents released during litigation, going so far as to document the inflating of protesters' balloons, and intended to deploy units trained to detect weapons of mass destruction, RAW STORY has learned.

Anti-War Group Has Documents Proving NSA Spied on Them

By Kevin Zeese, www.democracyrising.us

Interview with Maria Allwine of Baltimore's Iraq Pledge of Resistance

The Baltimore-based chapter of the national Iraq Pledge of Resistance is an anti-war organization working for peace by challenging people in power, educating the public and getting citizens to take action. In the interview below, Maria Allwine of the Pledge, describes how the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on them. These allegations, which have not been reported in the media despite attempts to get coverage, are based on documents received by the pledge in litigation with the government.

Most Popular Idea at Last Weekend's Out of Iraq Events? Impeachment.

By David Swanson

A long list of peace organizations put together over 150 town hall forums last Saturday on the topic of getting out of Iraq. Reports, and audio and video, from dozens of these events have been posted at www.afterdowningstreet.org. What I gather from reviewing the reports, and from the two events I attended, is that the most popular topic was not the horrors of war or any legislation to end it, but the demand to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

Bush Proposed Bombing Media Outlet; Christopher Hitchens Sobers Up -- Which Is More Surprising?

The Bush Bombshell
Did the president propose to take out Al Jazeera?
By Christopher Hitchens, www.slate.com

Bad idea up the flagpole?

Tomorrow morning, in a court in London, two men will appear to face charges under Britain's Official Secrets Act. The first man, David Keogh, a former employee of the Cabinet Office, is accused of unlawfully handing a confidential memorandum to the second man, Leo O'Connor, a researcher for a former Labor member of Parliament, Tony Clarke.

Napalming the Messengers

al-Jazeera bomb plot leak pair committed to Old Bailey

LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) - A Cabinet Office civil servant and a former parliamentary researcher appeared in court today charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act.

Forum on ending Iraq war draws 100 people to Salida Senior Citizens Center

By Kirsten Laskey, The Mountain Mail, Salida, Col.

That the Iraq war has turned sour and the only remedy to the bitterness is to end the war was argued during the Salida Town Hall Forum for Ending the War Saturday at the Salida Senior Citizens Center.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday January 10, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush makes remarks on the war on
terrorism to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 10:15 am ET at the Omni
Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. At 1:05 pm, Bush participates in a

State Senator Supports Conyers' Bills

From Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo

Dear Congressman John Conyers,

I am a proud supporter and most appreciative of your leadership effort to proceed with legislation that would both censure President Bush and Vice-President Cheney and initiate formal proceedings to ascertain the appropriateness of formal impeachment actions by the House of Representatives. I fully endorse House Resolutions 635, 636, and 637.

Bush Advisor Says President Has Legal Power to Torture Children

By Philip Watts

01/08/06 "revcom.us" -- -- John Yoo publicly argued there is no law that could prevent the President from ordering the torture of a child of a suspect in custody – including by crushing that child’s testicles.

Abduction of American Reporter in Iraq Blacked Out By U.S. News Outlets

By Joe Strupp, Editor and Publisher

NEW YORK The abduction of a Christian Science Monitor reporter in Iraq on Saturday was not disclosed by major U.S. media outlets for nearly two days after the Monitor requested that the incident, and the reporter's name and affiliation, be withheld. A translator was killed in the incident and the reporter, now identified by the Monitor as Jill Carroll, is still being held.

Fitzgerald Maintains Focus on Rove

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

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is said to have spent the past month preparing evidence he will present to a grand jury alleging that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove knowingly made false statements to FBI and Justice Department investigators and lied under oath while he was being questioned about his role in the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity more than two years ago, according to sources knowledgeable about the probe.

Merkel bashes Guantanamo ahead of US trip

By STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

KEHL AM RHEIN, Germany, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Angela Merkel kicked up political dust by saying the U.S. should close down their military prisons in Guantanamo Bay, just days before her first official trip to Washington as Germany's new chancellor.

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Iraq War/Peace Forum

January 10th, 6:30-9:00pm
Agenda
6:30 -- 7:00 – Dinner & Networking
7:00 – 7:05 - Introductions
7:05 – 7:15 - Iraq Veterans facts and figure
7:15 – 8:05 - Panel Discussion
8:05 – 8:10 - Bill Black’s 5-minute Speed Seminar on framing the Anti-War Message

Bush Wore Wire for Alito Remarks

By Bob Fertik

On Monday morning, Bush spoke a total of 250 words to the media on behalf of Sam Alito.

Enough of his excuses: Blair must be impeached over Iraq

By Michael Rose, The Guardian

The only way parliament can regain the trust of disaffected voters is to admit that it was wrong to support the war

Wars are won when the people, government and army work together for a common cause in which they genuinely believe. Whereas the people may be initially uncertain about military intervention, politicians will often be the strongest advocates - blinded by the imperatives of their political views. It will invariably be military commanders who are most cautious about using force - for they understand better than most the consequences of engaging in war.

ConvictBushCheney.org Demands Criminal Prosecution

(Washington, DC) - ConvictBushCheney.org (CBC) is compiling clear and convincing evidence of High Crimes and War Crimes committed by George W. Bush, Richard Cheney and the Bush/Cheney Administration. Drawing upon investigations by experts and respected organizations, mainstream media reports, and other reliable sources, CBC publishes evidence of torture and abuse of detainees; spying on US citizens; willful deception and other misconduct during the run up to war; leaking classified information and other improper acts in retaliation against administration critics; and other facts which constitute grounds for indictment and conviction of Bush and Cheney.

Rumsfeld Displays Understanding of Plight of Prisoners at Gitmo

From Seattle Times

Human rights activists have criticized the United States for the indefinite detention of the roughly 505 detainees held at Guantánamo. Former prisoners have stated they were tortured there, and the ICRC last year accused the U.S. military of using tactics "tantamount to torture." The military has denied torture has occurred.

MARCH 20TH - PENTAGON ACTION

NCNR (National Coalition for Nonviolent Resistance), the ones who organized the action at the White House on September 26th, are now planning an action of nonviolent resistance at the Pentagon in commemoration of the 3rd year of the war on Iraq.

Letter from a Nonviolent Resister

President George Bush committed a felony, punishable by five years in prison.
Authorizing the use of wiretaps without a court order on United States citizens,
as President Bush did in 2002 and 30 times thereafter, violated a federal law.

MPs Leaked Bush Plan to Hit al-Jazeera

By David Leigh and Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian UK

Transcript of meeting with Blair passed to US contact. Official and aide already charged over document.

Two Labour MPs have defied the Official Secrets Act by passing on the contents of a secret British document revealing how President George Bush wanted to bomb the Arabic TV station, al-Jazeera.

Egypt 'Has Proof' US Questioned Suspects in Romania

Agence France-Presse

A fax sent by the Egyptian foreign ministry to its embassy in London stated that more than 20 Iraqis and Afghans had been questioned at a US-run base in Romania, a Swiss newspaper reported.

US Troops Seize Award-Winning Iraqi Journalist

The Guardian UK

American troops in Baghdad yesterday blasted their way into the home of an Iraqi journalist working for the Guardian and Channel 4, firing bullets into the bedroom where he was sleeping with his wife and children.

Video of Moran, Murtha Town Hall

By Todd Smyth

CSPAN has excellent video coverage of the Rep. Jack Murtha Town Hall hosted by Rep. Jim Moran in Arlington, VA this past Thursday. It was rebroadcast Sunday noon time and it was great to watch even though I was there. They only seem to update the online schedule one day ahead.

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