TJ students suspended over military protest

By Sarah Breitenbach and David Simon, News-Post

FREDERICK -- Five students at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School were suspended Wednesday pending parent conferences after a protest during a career fair, according to one of the students.

Junior Bob Hayes said he and four other students staged a "die-in" in front of a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting booth at the school about 10:30 a.m. The students pretended to die by falling down in front of the booth and then passed out leaflets protesting the war in Iraq and the presence of military recruiters on school grounds.

Biden's No Permanent Bases Amendment

SA 3717. Mr. BIDEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 4939, making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 253, between lines 19 and 20, insert the following:


Where to Protest Peacefully

Friday, April 28, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush takes to the Rose
Garden at 11:45 am ET to make statement about the new economic growth
numbers. Also, President Bush meets with the President of Azerbaijan at
10:05 am, with North Korean defectors and family members of Japanese
abducted by North Korea at 11:05 am, and with Darfur advocates at 1:15
pm. [, 4/28/06]

Will the Republicans Allow a Real Open Debate on Iraq?

If enough Congress Members sign this discharge petition, it will force a 17-hour debate on the floor of the House with an open rule (amendments can be introduced).

Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, Neil Abercrombie, move to discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 543) entitled, a resolution providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 55) requiring the President to develop and implement a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq; which was referred to said committee on November 9, 2005, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures, to wit:


Justice Through Music PR
Contact: Craig Gillette
(202) 580-5876

Justice Through Music,, a non-profit dedicated to using music to change the world for the better, is coordinating with Neil Young to promote his new historic CD, Living With War. The entire CD can be heard on the JTM site, , including the controversial tune, Let’s Impeach The President.

Pentagon end-run around nuke test ban

By Leslie Feinberg, Workers World

“Divine Strake”—the strange name for a scheduled test blast of 700 tons of explosives on Western Shoshone land on June 2—is nothing but a Pentagon end-run around the ban on nuclear weapons testing. It is scheduled at a time when a wing of the U.S. military and political establishment is considering the use of a new generation of tactical nuclear “bunker-bus ters” that they hope can drill far deeper underground into case-hardened facilities.

Granny peaceniks not guilty in Iraq war protest

Demonstrators' free speech rights upheld in N.Y. case that attracted worldwide attention
Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times
New York -- They came, they shuffled, they conquered.

Eighteen "grannies" who were swept up by the New York City police, handcuffed, loaded into police vans and jailed for 4 1/2 hours were acquitted Thursday of charges that they blocked the entrance to the military recruitment center in Times Square on Oct. 17 when they tried to enlist.

U.S. war casualties

As of yesterday, at least 2,393 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 1,878 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

The British military has reported 104 deaths; Italy, 27; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, Denmark three; El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, one death each.

More Than 30 Dead in Baqubah Assault

By Borzou Daragahi, LA Times

BAGHDAD — Clashes broke out Thursday in the ethnically and religiously mixed Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, with more than 30 people reported killed in intense fighting.

Witnesses said that at least 100 insurgents attacked police stations and checkpoints in enclaves near the provincial capital of Baqubah, leaving at least a dozen dead. Gen. Adnan Bawi, provincial police commander, said the attackers came in six waves in an attempt to take over the city.

US soldier, Iraqi policeman killed in roadside bombs

Baghdad, April 28 (AP): Roadside bombs killed an American soldier and an Iraqi policemen, and the handcuffed, blindfolded and bullet-ridden bodies of two Iraqi men were found on the streets of the capital on Friday, officials said.

Two mortars or rockets also were fired Friday at the heavily fortified Green Zone, where Iraq's Government meets and the U.S. Embassy is based in downtown Baghdad. One landed inside but failed to detonate, and the other exploded nearby on the other side of the Tigris River, the U.S. military said. No casualties were immediately reported.

Journalist duo could face jail time

By The Copenhagen Post

Freedom of the press and national security collide after two journalists used classified military reports to question the government's arguments for joining the Iraq War

Two journalists who printed classified military reports about Iraq's weapon capabilities could follow their source to jail, if District Attorney Karsten Hjorth has his way. The DA said Berlingske Tidende's two journalists, Michael Bjerre and Jesper Larsen, broke the law when they printed classified military reports leaked to them by Major Frank Grevil, Defense Intelligence Service (FE). Grevil, a secret agent who authored the FE's report to the Danish government about Saddam's weapon capabilities, felt the prime minister manipulated his report in the run-up to a parliamentary vote on Denmark's participation in the Iraq War. 'When Anders Fogh Rasmussen says, in reference to the Iraq war, that he 'knows' Iraq has WMD, there are at least ten reports sitting on his desk with information indicating quite the contrary,' Grevil told daily newspaper Information in 2004. Grevil contacted the Berlingske Tidende journalists and offered them classified military reports that cast doubt on the government's proof that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Their articles printed in the February and March 2004 argued that the government presented an incomplete picture of the threat of Saddam Hussein. The paper trail led back to Grevil. The Copenhagen Municipal Court tried and found him guilty and issued him a half-year prison sentence, which the Eastern High Court later reduced to four months.

Students and Faculty Unite Against War

UC Santa Cruz community gathers together for an educational teach-in against the war
City on a Hill Press
Katie Markowicz and Alia Wilson
Voices of opposition to the War on Terror echoed off the granite ruins at the UC Santa Cruz Quarry Amphitheater on Monday, Apr. 24 in a good old fashioned day-long teach-in organized by the UCSC group, Faculty Against the War (FAW).

Former US ambassador Joseph Wilson headlined the event. Wilson’s speech—scheduled two hours into the 10 hour event—elicited a standing ovation.

Protest Bush in Oklahoma!

Student members of Oklahoma State University's Young Democrats are organizing a protest on May 6 during the commencement ceremony at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where President George W. Bush will be speaking. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(PRWEB) April 27, 2006 -- A broad coalition of Oklahoma State University students and graduating seniors are organizing a protest on May 6 during the commencement ceremony in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where President George W. Bush will be speaking. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Local war foes plan protest

Organizers hope to draw crowd to Albany federal building on day before New York City event By DANIELLE FURFARO, Times Union, NY

ALBANY -- On Friday afternoon, just hours before more than 150 local residents will pile into buses to attend a peace rally in New York City, hundreds are expected in downtown Albany for a precursor protest.

Organizers, who hope the demonstration will be one of the Capital Region's biggest since the war began, said public opinion has changed during three years of war in Iraq.

Visit by Rumsfeld, Rice Sets Off Criticism in Iraq

Published on Thursday, April 27, 2006 by the Los Angeles Times

Some leaders worry that the Americans' surprise trip could hurt talks on forming a government. Analysts see an effort to shore up U.S. opinion.

by Louise Roug and Paul Richter

BAGHDAD — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Baghdad on Wednesday to express support for Iraq's new leaders, but drew criticism from Iraqi politicians who said they feared the unannounced visit might do more harm than good.

Hundreds of Detainees Abused, Report Finds

Published on Thursday, April 27, 2006 by Knight Ridder
By Drew Brown

WASHINGTON - Three human rights groups said Wednesday that they had found credible evidence that U.S. troops and government civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had abused, tortured or killed at least 460 detainees.

The researchers said they had found 330 cases of abuse and that only about half of them had been fully investigated, and one-third never were investigated or remained unresolved. The findings are in a report by New York University's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Human Rights First and Human Rights Watch.

Berkeley council calls for impeachment of Bush


With little fanfare, the Berkeley City Council at its Tuesday meeting joined three other California cities in calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

In a resolution that will be sent to U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., the Berkeley council accused the president and vice president of, among other things: defrauding the country and Congress regarding the Iraq war; authorizing torture in violation of the Geneva Conventions; ordering secret surveillance of U.S. citizens; and failing to quickly respond to the Gulf Coast hurricane.

Pressure Grows On Italy to Pull Troops from Iraq

By VOA News

Italy's center-left leader Romano Prodi faced calls from some of his allies to speed up a withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq. The calls followed a bomb blast on an Italian convoy in southern Iraq, which killed 3 Italian soldiers.

Italian Margherita (Daisy) party's Arturo Parisi, right, with center-left coalition leader Romano Prodi at a meeting in Rome
Italy's prime minister in waiting Romano Prodi insisted that the bombing in Iraq, which killed three Italian soldiers would not make him speed up plans to withdraw Italian troops.

Grieving parents urge withdrawal

Schroeder said he feels the lives lost in Iraq, including his son's, have been wasted. But as to whether his son and the others have died in vain, he said, ``they did not die in vain if Americans remain strong enough to tell our leaders don't ever do this again.''

Loss, urgency surround war in Iraq
By Jim Carney, Akron Beacon Journal staff writer

CLEVELAND - Rosemary Palmer and Paul Schroeder watch the last video their son sent home from Iraq before he was killed.

Update: Huntsman also suspicious of proposed Nevada bomb test

By Judy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune

Add Gov. Jon M. Huntsman to the list of Utahns with suspicions about a huge upcoming explosion at the Nevada Test Site.

Speaking Thursday at his monthly news conference, the Republican governor shared a demand voiced this week by Utah members of Congress: that the Pentagon and the Energy Department must do more to prove the June 2 "Divine Strake" won't harm Utahns.

Test Blast In Nevada: A Nuclear Rehearsal

Pentagon apparently looks for an optimal size of a 'bunker buster'
by Robert Gehrke, Salt Lake Tribune

Washington - A powerful blast scheduled at the Nevada Test Site in June is designed to help war planners figure out the smallest nuclear weapon able to destroy underground targets. And it has caused a concern that it signals a renewed push toward tactical nuclear weapons.
The detonation, called Divine Strake, is intended to "develop a planning tool to improve the warfighter's confidence in selecting the smallest proper nuclear yield necessary to destroy underground facilities while minimizing collateral damage," according to Defense Department budget documents.


By Greg Palast

For the past two years, I've nearly disappeared from BBC Television screens and from newspapers so my team could focus on our most important investigation yet. I've put it in a book: Armed Madhouse. The book travels from Beijing to New Orleans to Caracas to Baghdad to New Mexico ... a five-part investigation of global economic piggery so deep, dark and devious you just have to scream or cry -- or laugh.

Rep. Waters Calls for A Full and Comprehensive Debate on the Iraq War

Rep. Maxine Waters

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), the Chair and Founder of the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus, issued the following statement on the announcement that the House of Representatives will hold a debate on the Iraq war:

"I was pleased to see the article in The Hill announcing that Majority Leader Boehner will finally permit the House of Representatives to debate the war in Iraq. This debate is long overdue.


By Ellen Barfield

I was greatly honored to be able to represent Veterans
for Peace at the first public event of the new peace
organization Combatants for Peace, Palestinian and
Israeli former fighters who have renounced violence and
now work together for peace and justice. They have met in
secret for a year, their membership growing to 120 brave
enough to meet former enemies and describe their previous

Robert Fisk: The United States of Israel

Breaking the Last Taboo: The United States of Israel?

Stephen Walt towers over me as we walk in the Harvard sunshine past Eliot Street, a big man who needs to be big right now (he's one of two authors of an academic paper on the influence of America's Jewish lobby) but whose fame, or notoriety, depending on your point of view, is of no interest to him. "John and I have deliberately avoided the television shows because we don't think we can discuss these important issues in 10 minutes. It would become 'J' and 'S', the personalities who wrote about the lobby - and we want to open the way to serious discussion about this, to encourage a broader discussion of the forces shaping US foreign policy in the Middle East."

Tomgram: Judith Coburn, Caring for Veterans on the Cheap

Can anyone be surprised any longer when FEMA reneges on its promise of a year's free housing to Hurricane Katrina evacuees? Or that, in once can-do America, the devastated southeastern coast from which those residents fled in such confusion remains almost singularly unreconstructed as the next hurricane season approaches? Or that the only ones likely to receive relief at the gas pump this summer are the oil companies? Or that the Bush administration is incapable of running a new Medicare drug program as anything other than an experience in chaos? Or that so many functions that once made civil government seem in any way civil are simply disappearing and others are being rebuilt on a military model? Typically, a Senate report on dismantling FEMA suggests replacing it with

Abuse of Presidential Power from Nixon to Bush


Nixon White House Counsel John Dean and Pentagon Papers Leaker Daniel Ellsberg on Watergate and the Abuse of Presidential Power from Nixon to Bush

In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive we are joined by two figures who
played central roles in the fall of President Richard Nixon and the
Watergate scandal of a generation ago, John Dean and Daniel Ellsberg. Dean
served as President Nixon's chief counsel. He exposed the

Biden Asks Congress to Go on Record: No Permanent Bases in Iraq

Senator Biden

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced an amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill that would put the Senate on record as opposing permanent military bases in Iraq and U.S. control of the country’s natural resources.

According to Biden, although American military and political leadership in Baghdad have said that the United States does not have plans for permanent bases, “the Iraqi people remain suspicious of our intentions and are growing increasingly impatient.”

They Paid

They Paid

The President and Congress run up a debt of $8,365,893,627,847.88 as of 03:23:02 PM GMT, 28 April 2006 (Debt Clock at and they send collection agencies after the wounded and the dead of this appalling war. Congress voted for it. Bush started it. And now, they are both enabling it. So, just who does support the troops really? 03:23:02 PM GMT, 28 April 2006 is about

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