Media Coverage of "Emergency" War Spending Blacks Out Any Mention of Amendment Banning Spending on Permanent Bases

By David Swanson

Check Bloomberg, or The New York Times, or Knight Ridder, or as far as I know any other outlet, and you will not find mention in the articles about the spending bill the fact that both houses added amendments banning the use of the money for building permanent bases in Iraq. However, separate short articles do mention this important development in the Oakland Tribune and corporately related newspapers in Northern California, home of Rep. Barbara Lee, who authored the amendment in the House. The Boston Globe today printed an op-ed calling for the U.S. to announce it won't build permanent military bases, yet the Globe has not informed its readers that Congress has effectively done just that (until it's illegally stripped out behind the closed doors of a conference committee).

Tomgram: On Bombing Iran and Other Fantasies of American Power

http://www.tomdispatch.com

[Note to Tomdispatch readers: The following essay was much influenced by Mark Danner's comments on the "preponderance" of American power in an interview I did with him for this site. His latest book, a tiny but important paperback, The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War's Buried History (introduction by Frank Rich), has just come out. It includes three pieces that appeared at Tomdispatch thanks to the kindness of the editors of the New York Review of Books. It is, in my opinion, a must-buy. Tom]

Ray, You Da Man!

Posted on Noquarter.typepad.com
by Larry C Johnson

Leave it to the former Presidential Daily Briefer for George Herbert Walker
Bush to lay the wood on Rummy. Don Rumsfeld would deny that the Sun rises in
the east even if he was strapped naked and spead eagle on a cross facing
Mecca. Perhaps Rummy and Cheney could get together a do a road show. The
working title? Denial Ain't a River in Egypt.

Creative Fears Watch

By David Swanson

Those who favor impeachment but wet themselves in fear when big scary Republicans walk by never cease to amaze with their creative ideas of what to fear from pursuing what they want to pursue: impeachment. Here's an LA City Beat article that's afraid of Cheney (yeah, yeah, that's an old stand by) but also afraid that focusing on Bush would help Republicans who are distancing themselves from him. Now that's creative defeatism! We've lowered Bush's credibility and popularity so far that his own loyal court jesters are looking for palace exits, and therefore we should shut up because we're actually benefitting his court? Amazing.

Rumsfeld Radio on Friday May 5

Catch Ray McGovern and David Swanson on KPFK between 1 and 2 p.m. PT, Friday, May 5, 2006. Ray publicly grilled Rumsfeld on his lies on Thursday.

Grass roots activists call for president's impeachment

http://www.jamestownpress.com

Last week, some 70 concerned citizens from southern Rhode Island towns met in the Peace Dale library to discuss the current state of affairs in the nation.

The meeting was arranged by two local organizations: Jamestown Justice and Peace Advocacy Group, and South Kingstown Justice and Peace Action Group, who appealed to citizens from surrounding communities to meet and discuss the country's current political climate. Speakers addressed topics,including Constitutional violations by the current administration, the war in Iraq, and impending war with Iran, the possibility of using nuclear weapons

I haven't lied about Iraq, says Rumsfeld

By Will Dunham, http://www.iol.co.za

Washington - Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld faced tough questions and hecklers during a stormy speech in Atlanta on Thursday, with a former CIA analyst accusing him of lying his way into the Iraq war.

Rumsfeld, an unyielding defender of the war, denied lying. He told an audience at the Southern Centre for International Studies that the Bush administration gave an "honest opinion" that prewar Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Knight Rider: Murder and Plunder Mean Honors for Armitage

By Chris Floyd

Richard Armitage: First in war, first in subversion, first in the hearts of someone else's countrymen.

For his outstanding service in leading America and Britain into an illegal war of aggression that has murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq, as well as his heroic role in running guns and money to the dope-dealing terrorist bands that sought to overthrow the legitimate government of Nicaragua, Richard Armitage has been secretly knighted by Queen Elizabeth Deuce, as the Guardian reports today:

Cindy Sheehan Urges Canada to Welcome US Deserters

By Howard Williams, CNSNews.com

Ottawa (CNSNews.com) - America's so-called "Peace Mom" arrived Thursday in Canada's capital to urge politicians to give safe haven to U.S. military deserters escaping service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sheehan also called on Canada to pull its own troops out of Afghanistan.

Referring to her past protests outside the White House and outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch, Cindy Sheehan called on ordinary Canadians to pitch tents outside the residence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

A Setback for Democracy

The US-led invasion in Iraq interrupted the Middle East’s gradual movement toward liberalization
By Dilip Hiro, YaleGlobal, 4 May 2006

Democracy interrupted: Countries like Iran try to quell the cultural
invasion

LONDON: An elected Iraqi government is about to take office in
Baghdad – the first since the brief democratic experiment that began
with direct multiparty parliamentary elections in 1953 and ended with

City Urges State to Pursue Impeachment

Dave Meserve, Arcata City Councilmember

The Arcata City Council last night voted (3-2) to send a letter to California State Senator Wes Chesbro and Assembly Member Patty Berg, requesting their support and sponsorship of Assembly Joint Resolution 39, which calls upon the US House of Representatives to initiate the Impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney for high crimes and misdemeanors. AJR-39, introduced by Assemblymember Paul Koretz, invokes Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual and Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature.

Protesters Heckle Rumsfeld On War

Former CIA Analyst Accuses Him Of Lying About Prewar Intelligence On Iraq

ATLANTA, May 4, 2006
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Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld speaks to the Southern Center for International Studies Thursday, May 4, 2006, in Atlanta. (AP)

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"I did not lie." Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, responding to a heckler during a speech on Thursday, May 4, 2006

Lobbying Hitler's Legislature for Peace

By David Swanson

There are now 37 Congress Members backing an investigation into grounds for impeachment related to the war. Rep. Hilda Solis has joined the list of cosponsors of House Resolution 635, introduced by Congressman John Conyers.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/635

This compares to 17 members backing Rep. Jim McGovern's bill to cut off funding for the war.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/end

Fox News Calls for Elimination of Right to Trial by Jury

By News Hounds

In probably one of the most extreme reactions yet to the Bush administration's inability to get the death sentence for an admitted terrorist who wanted it, a Fox News analyst calls for eliminating Americans' right to a trial before a juror of his or her peers. Link With video.

U.S. Department of State Invites You to Attend a Special Briefing for Representatives of Nongovernmental Organizations

Gordon Gray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and David Denehy, Senior Advisor on Iran will brief on:
Iran: Challenges and Opportunity
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
U.S. Department of State • Room 1105

U.S. policy towards Iran is entering an important phase, as the Iranian regime’s policies deepen that country’s international isolation. Iran’s abysmal human rights record, support for international terrorism, interference in Iraq, and nuclear weapons ambitions all pose challenges that the United States and its allies must address – starting with the UN Security Council’s action on Tehran’s continuing disregard for its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. We must also find ways to support the majority of Iranians who seek reform and accountable governance. For a review of these issues, and the overarching challenge of bringing Iran back into the community of responsible nations, please join Deputy Assistant Secretary Gordon Gray and Senior Advisor David Denehy in a discussion of U.S. policy toward Iran.

Congressman Jim McGovern Circulates Letter to Colleagues Urging Support for Ending War Funding

IRAQ: GET OUT NOW
COSPONSOR H.R. 4232, THE END THE WAR IN IRAQ ACT
May 4, 2006

Dear Colleague,

I would like to bring to your attention to an article in today's Los Angeles Times by Lt. General William E. Odom (ret) outlining why the United States needs to get of Iraq now. The arguments he presents are compelling, and are an abbreviated version of an article he authored that appeared in the current issue of Foregin Policy Magazine (http://www.foreignpolicy.com).

Ex-CIA Analyst Condemns Bush 'Manipulation Campaign' on Iraq

Agence France-Presse

A former Middle East specialist of the US Central Intelligence Agency has condemned what he called an organised campaign of manipulation by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq war.

Paul Pillar, a former CIA analyst specialising in counter-terrorism in the Middle East and Asia, said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais that the United States had particularly wanted to prove a link between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.

Report Blames Top US Officials for Alleged Torture of Detainees

By Matthew Schofield, Knight Ridder Newspapers

Berlin - Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees by U.S. forces is widespread and, in many cases, sanctioned by top government officials, Amnesty International charged Wednesday.

The allegations, contained in a 32,000-word report released in New York and London and posted on the human rights organization's Web site, are likely to influence a U.N. hearing on U.S. compliance with international torture agreements that begins Friday in Geneva. Amnesty International sent a copy of the report to the U.N. Committee Against Torture, which is holding the hearings.

Tonight on Hardball

Tonight, it's a Hardball Special Report in our ongoing look at how we went to war in Iraq. Chris talks with Gen. Bernard Trainor (Ret.), author of "Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq," and Gen. Barry McCaffrey, MSNBC military analyst, and asks them why the chorus of anti-Rumsfeld commanders didn't make noise earlier. On Tuesday, Chris talked with two top CIA officers about the run-up to the war. In case you missed that, read about it here:

Stupid Is and Crazy Does

http://daysbreak.blogspot.com

STUPID IS AND CRAZY DOES
Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland
But I think it's all overdone
Exaggerating this exaggerating that

Two U.S. soldiers killed by bomb in Iraq's capital

BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb killed two U.S. Army soldiers in Baghdad on Thursday, the military said.

The Multinational Division-Baghdad soldiers died at about 11:45 a.m. when their vehicle was struck by the bomb in south-central Baghdad. The identities of the soldiers were not released.

At least 2,409 members of the U.S. military have died since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Baghdad bomb kills 10 outside court

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of people waiting outside a heavily guarded court building in Baghdad on Thursday, killing 10 Iraqis and wounding 52 police said.

All were civilians except two policemen who were wounded, police added.

Police first said the attack was caused by a car bomb targeting a three-car police convoy in the area, but later said it was caused by a man with explosives hidden beneath his clothing.

Death toll rises even as leaders seek unity

Iraqis take the first steps toward a new parliament
By RICHARD A. OPPEL JR., New York Times

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - More than 50 Iraqis were killed or found dead Wednesday, as leaders struggled to craft a unified government that they hope can diminish the insurgency and ease violence between Sunnis and Shiites.

One day after the governor of restive Anbar Province escaped an assassination attempt that killed 10 people, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest attacked a police recruiting depot Wednesday morning in Fallujah, the province's second largest city, killing at least 16 young men waiting to be interviewed, Iraqi officials said.

When War-Making Criminals Get What They Deserve

By Cathy Garger

Today the Senate is prepared to vote on a bill that will rack up an additional $67.6 Billion for making war upon Afghanistan and Iraq(). That "supplemental" money, however, will just keep the eager war-makers in just enough Depleted Uranium, Grenades, and Conventional Mines (all types) only to last another five months, till September 30.

That $67.6 Billion winds up coming out to be a cost of $13.52 Billion a month or $450.6 Million A DAY. Apparently, Congress agrees with the President that it is important to find the money to blow up innocent Iraqi citizens.

In the Chaos of Iraq, One Project is on Target: a Giant US Embassy

Published on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 by the London Times / UK
by Daniel McGrory

The question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build themselves the biggest embassy on Earth?

Irritation grows as residents deprived of air-conditioning and running water three years after the US-led invasion watch the massive US Embassy they call “George W’s palace” rising from the banks of the Tigris.

Impeachment in Rhode Island

By Carl Sheeler

Hi again. I'm the anti-war, anti-Bush, Marine veteran, business owner, college professor, middle class, father of five who erected the BE PATRIOTIC IMPEACH BUSH billboard with our US Constitution in the background along I-95 back in early February.

It's been 3 long months since I challenged our state congressmen and general assembly to initiate the impeachment resolution that would go directly to the US House floor. Today we're going to do it again now that the media has provided our progressive campaign more attention and I have been part of a rapidly growing number of anti-war and impeachment alliances inside and outside Rhode Island.

Teachers Union Backs Anti-War Candidates

By Andy Griggs

At its House of Representatives Meeting tonight (5/3/2006), United Teachers Los Angeles voted to endorse two anti-war Congressional candidates in the CA June primary. The vote is unprecedented as the two are running against Democrats who tend to support education issues, but have not so progressive views and voting records on the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act and Homeland Security.

Speaking Events

Jan 19-22: Washington, D.C.: Non-Violent Protest Anti War/Anti Nuke on Inauguration Day and on Facebook

January 29: David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.

February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.

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

May or June: UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va. April 29: possible multi-issue protest in DC.

August 2-6: Democracy Convention in Minneapolis.

Find more events here.

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