(Over the Rainbow Blog Part 4)
By Irving Wesley Hall, www.notinkansas.us
Bush's impending, insane nuclear attack on Iran has provoked an unprecedented rebellion within the top leadership of the United States military. At the same time, depleted uranium (DU) is steadily taking down our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's time for the soldiers to follow the lead of their commanders in order to end the war.
Seeking Accountability for Bloody Attacks:
* Fallujah, Iraq -- 2004
* U.N. Compound in Lebanon -- 1996
MARTI HIKEN, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.nlg.org/mltf
COLLEEN FLYNN, email@example.com
W. GORDON KAUPP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hiken, a spokesperson and co-chair for the National Lawyers Guild
Military Law Task Force, is the plaintiff in a Freedom of Information Act
The Chairmen of the House & Senate Intelligence Committees Dodge Oversight Responsibility; Again!
On December 22, 2005, the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) made public the request by a former NSA intelligence analyst and action officer to report to Congress probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts conducted while he was an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency (NSA) and with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). NSWBC urged the congress to hold hearings and let Mr. Tice testify. Today, more than four months after Mr. Tice’s letters were sent to the chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees and publicized in the media, he has yet to receive a response and be given an opportunity to lawfully disclose his first-hand account of criminal acts conducted by the National Security Agency.
By Alexander Bolton, The Hill
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who chairs the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence, said he wants to divide his panel's inquiry into the Bush
administration's handling of Iraq-related intelligence into two parts, a
move that would push off its most politically controversial elements to a
The inquiry has dragged on for more than two years, a slow pace that
Cindy Sheehan and Ann Wright to Speak in Charlottesville, VA
At 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 17, Cindy Sheehan and Ann Wright will speak on the Iraq War and answer questions at an event in Charlottesville, Virginia, organized by the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, and affiliate of United for Peace and Justice.
Cindy Sheehan is co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and the mother of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, KIA April 4, 2004, Baghdad. In August, 2005, she camped out- side President Bush's home in an effort to ask him for what noble cause her son was sent to die.
By Erik Leaver, www.tompaine.com
Erik Leaver is a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the policy outreach director for the Foreign Policy In Focus Project. He is the co-author of The Iraq Quagmire: The Mounting Costs of War and the Case for Bringing Home the Troops .
When George W. Bush casually let slip last month that the level of U.S. forces in Iraq would be decided “by future presidents and future governments of Iraq," he dispelled any illusions of presidential accountability for the ongoing management of the war. Before the Senate debates spending another $70 billion for the Iraq War this week, they should check in with the U.S. public to see if they support another three years of war without a plan for bringing the troops home.
This is a wonderful video of New Yorkers failing to be met by anyone in Clinton’s office and succeeding at Schumer’s office.
April 26-27, 2006
HUCKABEE in Wilmington, DE: Governor Huckabee attends the Education
Commission of the States at the Spencer Hotel. [Huckabee Schedule]
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in a briefing for
Members of the House of Representatives on the War on Terror at 10:30
AM. [White House Press Release]
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS and FLOTUS participate in a Photo
Michael Schwartz, University at Stony Brook
Check out this very short web page from the FBI about its effort to stop the
terrorists from "using" Universities as resources, and the FBI counter
effort to create an "alliance" with Universities to fight terrorism. This
is the "good guys" in the government talking. Instead of purging the
Universities, as Horowitz and the gang advocate, the FBI wants to make them
By Council for a Livable World
Votes scheduled today on border security
At noon today, the Senate has scheduled a vote on the Gregg (R-NH) amendment No. 3594 and the Reid (D-NV) amendment No. 3604 to add $1.9 billion for border security. The Gregg amendment is co-sponsored by Sens. Frist, Byrd, Domenici, Ensign, Alexander and Sununu. The amendments would fund more helicopters, boats, unmanned surveillance airplanes and personnel for the Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard border patrol efforts. The Gregg amendment would pay for the program by an across-the-board 3% cut in funds in the bill to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including cuts in military personnel, operations and maintenance, Iraqi security forces training, programs to combat Improvised Explosive Devices, the Defense Health Program and the Death Gratuity Fund. The Reid amendment, on the other hand, declares the new money “emergency funding” not needing an offset.
MEDIA ADVISORY FROM U.S. REPRESENTATIVES BARBARA LEE, LYNN WOOLSEY, MAURICE HINCHEY, AND MAXINE WATERS [contacts: Susannah Cernojevich (Woolsey at 202-225-5161); Nathan Britton at 202-225-2661), Jeffrey Lieberson (Hinchey at 202-225-6335); and (Michael Rose at 202-225-2201)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), Maurice Hinchey (D-New York), and Maxine Waters will be co-chairing a second forum on ending U.S. military operations in Iraq and bringing U.S. troops home, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.
By Demetri Sevastopulo, London Financial Times
Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary, yesterday came under more fire after another retired general joined the growing list of retired brass gunning for his resignation.
Retired Lieutenant General Paul Van Riper, a three-star general who retired in 1997, told Fox News that Mr Rumsfeld was not capable of leading the Pentagon effort in Iraq. He is the eighth former general to call for Mr Rumsfeld to step down.
Saturday, April 29, 6pm
Linux Club - via G. Libetta, 15c
An evening with:
Michael Uhl - Vietnam vet and long time anti-war activist.
Gianluca Peciola, Assessore Municipio Roma XI
Francesco Tupone, Associazione Linux Club Italia
Stephanie Westbrook, U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice, Rome
Nella Ginatempo, Bastaguerra
Yarbrough pushes resolution in General Assembly
BY JOHN HUSTON, Westchester Herald, IL
Citing an obscure, 200-year-old rule, a joint resolution has been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly aimed at sparking a federal impeachment process against President George W. Bush.
The call for President Bush's impeachment has its roots in Maywood.
State Rep. Karen Yarbrough, D-7th, introduced House Joint Resolution 125 in the Illinois Legislature last week.
By TIM HARPER, Toronto Star
WASHINGTON—Over the past three years, more than 2,500 U.S. military coffins have returned home to this country and not a single arrival ceremony has been captured by a media outlet.
But despite the policy of U.S. President George W. Bush, now apparently being mimicked by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, hundreds of such photos are available at the click of a computer key and have been published on the front pages of U.S. newspapers. Ultimately, it's done nothing to desensitize Americans to the death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan.
US forces in Iraq have killed 12 suspected militants and a woman in a raid and air strike on a house outside Baghdad, military officials said.
The military says troops came under fire when approaching the house, which it described as a militant hideout.
All the dead men were said to have been wearing vests loaded with ammunition. There was no word on US casualties.
In other incidents, four bullet-riddled bodies were found in Baghdad and one civilian was killed in a roadside bomb.
Mike Scandura, Herald News, MA
FALL RIVER -- The Department of Defense confirmed late Tuesday that 2004 Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate and Army Pvt. Michael E. Bouthot, 19, of Fall River, was killed in action in Iraq on April 22.
According the Department of Defense release, Bouthot along with three other soldiers -- Sgt. Kyle A. Colnot, 23, of California, Spc. Eric D. King, 29, of Washington and Pfc. Jacob H. Allcott, 21, of Idaho -- all assigned to the 1st Squadron, 67th Armored Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas, were killed when an "improvised explosive device detonated" near their military vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad.
"Mr. Bush instituted the policy of not allowing the caskets to be open to the media, and now Mr. Harper has lifted a page from George Bush's book," Ujjal Dosanjh, a member of Parliament and the Liberal Party's point man on defense, said in an interview from Ottawa.
By Doug Struck, Washington Post
TORONTO, April 25 -- A day after Canada's newspapers carried front-page photos of the flag-draped coffins of four soldiers killed in Afghanistan, the Conservative government slapped a ban on news media coverage of the coffins' return home to Canada on Tuesday.
By ELYSE FULCHER, The Daily Evergreen
The past few months have been very telling for the state of our union. The White House press secretary has been dismissed, multiple leaks exposed and the continuing requests for the Defense Secretary’s removal has been ignored by our president. Following a stream of events where honesty, integrity and humility are at question, it’s becoming clearer that our country’s internal problems are possibly more detrimental than we had realized.
By Cindy Sheehan
I have a new friend. She is a 15 year young peace activist named Ava Lowery. She is disgusted with the war and with the Bush regime and she started to use her talents for animation to make cartoons that oppose Bush and the war in Iraq.
She first came to my attention when I read an article about all of the ugly hate mail she is getting on her site for a particularly poignant and brilliant animation she has called: "WWJD." It is a heartbreaking piece that has a child singing: "Jesus loves me" and during the song she shows pictures of dead, wounded, bloody, and screaming Iraqi children. She wanted to show how Jesus loves Iraqi children also which is apparently a frightening concept to the people who practice Bushianity.
Wednesday April 26,
5 PM, Lafayette Park, opposite the White House, Washington, DC
NUCLEAR OPTION OFF THE TABLE
An adhoc group of activists will join
Dr. Jorge E. Hirsch: Professor of Physics, UCSD
To deliver the letter to President Bush
Hirsh has been widely published in progressive and mainstream
publications. See a collection at http://antiwar.com/hirsch/
The Urgency of stopping the US next war in Middle East is upon us.
BEGINNING JUNE 7TH IN SPRINGFIELD, IL
CONCLUDING JULY 5TH IN NORTH CHICAGO
Join with social justice advocates this summer as we challenge the
wars in Iraq and Israel-Palestine and the criminal injustice system in
For 30 days we will walk through our country's heartland, calling for:
* An end to the U.S. occupation of and war in Iraq, with the immediate
withdrawal of all members of the U.S. military from Iraq.
Dear Steve Herrmann, Editor, News Online
I hope all is well at the BBC.
I would like to ask for your opinion about this BBC NEWS website’s article.
'Zarqawi' shows face in new video (BBC NEWS website, Tuesday, 25 April 2006) reads:
“A website has posted a video message which shows unmasked a man who appears to be the Iraqi insurgency's most wanted leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In the tape, the man says holy warriors are fighting on despite a three-year "crusade". US experts told the BBC they believed the recording was genuine.”
By Darren M. Allen Vermont Press Bureau
MONTPELIER — More than a dozen lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a resolution calling for President Bush's impeachment, making the Vermont Legislature the second in the nation to consider such a move.
Introduced by Rep. David Zuckerman, P-Burlington, and signed by 12 other Democrats, Progressives and the body's lone independent, the resolution requests that Congress "initiate impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush" under an obscure set of rules that allows state legislatures to directly seek such an action.
By Evan Derkacz, AlterNet
Forget bird flu, impeachment is spreading across the nation, state by state.
On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Dave Zuckerman (Prog.-VT) dropped the third of three nearly unreported bombshells on the Bush administration. Zuckerman, along with 12 fellow lawmakers, introduced a formal resolution for the Vermont state legislature to call on the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach President George W. Bush.
By Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown
A fellow from a town just outside of Austin wrote a four-sentence letter to the editor of our local daily that astonished me: "I want the government to please, please listen in on my phone calls. I have nothing to hide. It is also welcome to check my emails and give me a national identification card, which I will be proud to show when asked by people in authority. What's with all you people who need so much privacy?"
By RYAN CORMIER, The News Journal, DE
Songs from Neil Young's overtly political new album "Living With War" are scheduled to get their live debut when Crosby Stills Nash & Young open their two-month summer tour in Camden, N.J. on July 6.
Young's album, which will debut online at www.neilyoung.com Friday, is being rushed into stores next month with Young unloading on the Bush Administration with songs like "Shock And Awe" and "Let's Impeach the President."
COMMENTARY: JOHN KELSO, Austin American-Statesman, TX
There was one good thing you could say about Scott McClellan, who resigned as White House press secretary Wednesday.
Perhaps no one had nothing to say better than Scott McClellan. Instead of press secretary, they shoulda called the guy White House news avoidance engineer.
If a press secretary's job is to make sure the public doesn't find out what the president is up to, Scott McClellan accomplished that in spectacular fashion.