What Did the President Not Know, and When Did He Not Know It?

By Brad Friedman, THE BRAD BLOG - The uprising continues...
http://www.BradBlog.com

CHENEY SHOOTING: Plausable Deniability

Why Was Cheney's Roll as Shooter Withheld for Hours from the White House?

What Did the Vice President Drink, and When Did He Drink It?

By Ed Flynn

Apparently Dick Cheney could have possibly been a tad drunk while he was
out shooting at Ducks and associates lately. Can you imagine what
transpired that day? I can and here’s a transcript…

SECRET SERVICE ON RADIO: (radio garble)..Code 86, Code 86…Elmer Fudd is
unleashed…repeat Elmer Fudd has been unleashed…All agents seek cover…

CHENEY:(drunk holding a M-50 Machine gun Shotgun) Geeesh wheeres da ducks?
Come on! Toss one up in the air for meesh…. where’s my whisky? (grabs Jim Beam
Bottle and takes gulp.) FIRE IN DA HOLE!

CHENEY SAYS SHOOTING OF FELLOW HUNTER WAS BASED ON FAULTY INTELLIGENCE

Believed Shooting Victim Was Zawahiri, Veep Says

By Andy Borowitz

Vice President Dick Cheney revealed today that he shot a fellow hunter while on a quail hunting trip over the weekend because he believed the man was the fugitive terror mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Mr. Cheney acknowledged that the man he sprayed with pellets on Saturday was not al-Zawahiri but rather Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old millionaire lawyer from Austin, blaming the mix-up on "faulty intelligence."

"I believed I had credible intelligence that al-Zawahiri had infiltrated my hunting party in disguise with the intent of spraying me with pellets," Mr. Cheney told reporters. "Only after I shot Harry in the face and he shouted 'Cheney, you bastard' did I realize that this intelligence was faulty."

Contractor Fraud Trial to Begin Tomorrow

By Charles R. Babcock, The Washington Post

Case tests reach of False Claims Act.

The first civil fraud case against a US contractor accused of war profiteering in Iraq goes to trial tomorrow in federal court in Alexandria. It pits two whistle-blowers against two former Army officers whose company, Custer Battles LLC, won multimillion-dollar contracts in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

"Terror Plot" Reporting Lacks Skepticism

http://www.fair.org

Networks treat White House allegations as fact

When George W. Bush announced on February 9 that an Al-Qaeda plot against a building in Los Angeles had been "thwarted," many television newscasts took the administration's claims as fact.

Getting Heard

By Linda Smith, Progressive Democrats of America
www.pdamerica.org

I have been known to YELL, after getting off the BART train at my home station, "BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW! It just might shut me up or cure whatever's wrong with me!" I have done this MORE than once.

Who Will Blow the Whistle Before We Attack Iran?

By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t, www.truthout.org

The question looms large against the backdrop of the hearing on whistleblowing scheduled for tomorrow afternoon by Christopher Shays, chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations. Among those testifying are Russell Tice, one of the sources who exposed illegal eavesdropping by the National Security Agency, and Army Sgt. Sam Provance, who told his superiors of the torture he witnessed at Abu Graib, got no satisfaction, and felt it his duty to go public. It will not be your usual hearing.

Presidents Day Tea Party

Monday February 20th 4pm-7pm
St. Martins Episcopal Church
717 Sage rd. Houston, Tx.
(Sage at Woodway in Tangkewood, just North of the Galleria and Weat of Hwy 610)

Gold Star Families for Peace along with Veterans for Peace and Code Pink invite you to join us to tell Barbara Bush... WHILE YOUR SON LIED OUR KIDS DIED...

Thousands Would Die in US Strikes on Iran, Says Study

By Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian UK

Report warns of effects of American or Israeli strikes. Military operations would mean long confrontation.

A surprise American or Israeli air strike on Iranian nuclear sites could cause a large number of civilian as well as military casualties, says a report published today.

Spinning Fear

By Marjorie Cohn, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

The terror's in the room.
-CBS Journalist Edward R. Murrow, "Good Night and Good Luck," 1954

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

U.S. Senate Candidate Sheeler: “Bush lied. People died. It’s time to be tried."

Sheeler wants Rhode Island to lead the Bush impeachment effort. In addition to asking Rhode Island's U.S. Representatives to "show the leadership that over two-thirds of our citizens want" and "support John Conyers, not because he's a Democrat ... it's the right thing." Sheeler has also called for members of the Rhode Island General Assembly to exercise their right under Section 603 of the United States House Rules to initiate impeachment proceedings by transmitting charges to Congress in a joint resolution.

WHITE CHALLENGES REP. DELAHUNT TO IMPEACHMENT DEBATE

Peter White, Independent for Congress
P.O. Box 913
Hyannis, MA 02601

Independent candidate Peter White says that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other members of their Administration should be impeached immediately, and he challenges Rep. Delahunt to a public debate on impeachment.

BREAKING: Outed CIA officer was working on Iran, intelligence sources say

By Larisa Alexandrovna, http://rawstory.com

The unmasking of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson by White House officials in 2003 caused significant damage to U.S. national security and its ability to counter nuclear proliferation abroad, RAW STORY has learned.

Iran: Think First

By American Progress Action Fund

A renewed sense of urgency has returned to the nuclear impasse with Iran. Media reports published this weekend suggest that U.S. strategists are planning for potential military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, and hawkish conservatives eager to take the focus off Iraq have turned their attention to Iran. Yet beneath these sensational headlines, more important developments are occurring. The near-unanimous vote to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear program, and the growth of the international coalition working to convince Iran to shift course, represent serious diplomatic victories. Americans should be focusing on these developments, rather than the "atmosphere of panic and hysteria" being promoted by the right wing. As Matthew Yglesias argues, "The one aspect of the Iran question that does enjoy universal agreement is that it involves difficult, unappealing choices and a notable absence of easy answers. Under the circumstances, it's vital that the public have a clear understanding of what is genuinely at issue here."

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday, February 13, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in a Photo Opportunity
and makes remarks to the 2005 World Series Champions, the Chicago White
Sox at 2:35 PM. [POTUS Schedule]

Key numbers in latest Bush budget request

By Council for a Livable World

$562 billion – total military budget in fiscal year 2006 (including Iraq and Afghanistan wars and Department of Energy budget)

$513 billion – total military budget request for fiscal year 2007 (including war funding thus far requested and Department of Energy budget; it is expected that the Administration will request more war-related funding later) [1] and [2]

Killer Elite: America's Most Secret Soldiers

Michael Smith originally broke the story of the Downing Street Memo. Here's his new book.

Arrest made over Iraq abuse video

Reuters -- A person has been arrested in connection with the release of a video apparently showing British soldiers beating Iraqi teenagers in 2004.

A ministry of defence spokesman said the arrest was carried out on Sunday, but declined to give further details.

Report: US Is Abusing Captives

By Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times

A UN inquiry says the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, which at times amounts to torture, violates international law.

New York - A draft United Nations report on the detainees at Guantanamo Bay concludes that the US treatment of them violates their rights to physical and mental health and, in some cases, constitutes torture.

How You -- Yes You -- Can End the War

By David Swanson

Simple acts and a little courage have worked wonders in the world.  Nonviolent people's movements won democratic reforms in Russia, booted the British out of India, resisted the Nazi occupation in Denmark, drove a dictator out of El Salvador and another out of the Philippines, ended Jim Crow, crushed Soviet power in Poland, toppled military regimes in Argentina and Chile, ended Apartheid, and brought democracy to the Ukraine.  George W. is no match for a force this powerful.

Troops Home from Iraq: Don't Attack Iran

http://www.stopwar.org.uk/March18.htm

Saturday 18th March 2006: Assemble 12 noon Parliament Square

Reasons to demonstrate...

Sgt Kevin Benderman Vigil at Ft Lewis I-5 Overpass

Sgt Kevin Benderman Vigil at I-5 Overpass, Ft Lewis, WA on Feb 11, 2006.

Sgt Kevin Benderman served in Iraq, filed for Conscientious Objector and is serving a 15 month imprisonment at Ft Lewis; learn more and why at Kevin and Monica Benderman website; Kevin Benderman Timeline www.BendermanTimeline.com

CIA chief sacked for opposing torture

By Sarah Baxter and Michael Smith, London Sunday Times

The CIA’s top counter-terrorism official was fired last week because he opposed detaining Al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons abroad, sending them to other countries for interrogation and using forms of torture such as “water boarding

National Security: The Attack on the Constitution And the Use and Abuse of Secrecy

By Jim Marcinkowski, Washtenaw County, Michigan

It is my pleasure to be able to share some of my thoughts with you this evening on matters of national security and the Constitution. I come here not as a Democrat, not as a former Republican, but as an American who is deeply troubled by the direction we are headed as a nation.

Manipulating the Evidence to Start a War

By Adel Safty, ZNet | Iraq

Last November, the US Senate Intelligence Committee was pressured by the Democrats to commence the long-delayed investigation of whether the Bush administration had deliberately distorted the intelligence to justify the Iraq war.

The Bureaucracy Strikes Back, Fallen Legion 3

From Tomdispatch today, Nick Turse's "The Bureaucracy Strikes Back, Fallen Legion 3" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=59061

Oddly enough in recent years, the only significant check-and-balance on the Bush administration has been one the nation's founders could never have imagined -- resistant officials in the federal government and bureaucracy.

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Winter of Our Discontent: 34-day Fast February 15 to March 20 at U.S. Capitol to End the Iraq War
773-878-3815 www.vcnv.org
Contact: Kathy Kelly or Joel Gulledge 773-878-3815 or Mike Ferner 419-729-7273

The SAS men setting up targets for Rummy's killers

By Michael Smith, London Sunday Times

Donald Rumsfeld has built a secret US force to ‘take out’ Al-Qaeda – but Britain’s best are doing the spadework, writes Michael Smith

Donald Rumsfeld was never a man for diplomatic language. On July 1, 2002 in the early months of the global war on terror, the American defence secretary sent a two-line memo to Doug Feith, his under-secretary for policy, asking: “How do we organise the department for manhunts? We are obviously not well organised at the present time.

Senators: Cheney should be probed in leak

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald should investigate Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the CIA leak probe if they authorized an aide to give secret information to reporters, Democratic and Republican senators said Sunday.

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