Kerry Now Says He Supports Filibuster on Alito

Progressive Democrats of America reports that Senator Kerry now supports a filibuster on Alito. Call him and thank him and encourage him to stick with it: (202) 224-2742.

CONYERS AND OTHERS CALL ON CONGRESS TO BREAK LOGJAM AND PASS PATRIOT ACT

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 202-226-6888

Video of Eyes Wide Open

From AFSC

Please take a few minutes to watch the powerful new music video for the title track of bluesman Robert Cray’s Grammy-nominated album, Twenty. The video, now up our Wage Peace Campaign website, features AFSC’s Eyes Wide Open exhibit and takes a strong stand against the Iraq War. It tells the story of a young soldier who struggles with his memories of a senseless war.

ACLU Georgia Uncovers Pentagon Spying Files

By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News (January 25, 2006)
http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/pages/25/index.htm

(APN) ATLANTA–The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia released new documents on Pentagon spying on peaceful protesters, in a downtown press conference today at the Martin Luther King Federal Building. The documents are respondent to their Freedom of Information Act requests to several federal, state, and local agencies, regarding the Pentagon spying which occurred against local peace activists here in Georgia.

New Jersey Activists: Petition for Investigation of Presidential Illegal Actions: A Call for Impeachment

Event: Hoboken Progressives Black Ops Meeting and Petition Signing
Date: January 25, 2006 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: City Bistro – 56-58 14th Street – Hoboken, NJ 07030
Dress Code: Wear Black – We Are Under the Radar – Just Like the President

A New World is Possible

By Cindy Sheehan

And necessary! This is the theme for the World Social Forum that I (and tens of thousands of people from all over the world) am attending in Caracas this week. I know the idea of a world where everyone lives in peace and with justice is very "subversive" but the theme is very close to my heart and soul.

Illegal & Indiscriminate Spying Hurts Our National Security, Here is Why

By Sibel Edmonds

According to numerous reports and audits released by entities such as Inspector General Offices of agencies that deal with national security and various presidential commissions, today, more than four years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, almost all our national security related agencies are in disarray, riddled with incompetence, corruption, and in some cases criminal activities. While most of the real problems facing our national security today stem from gross mismanagement, inefficiency, incompetence and a lack of sensible policies and vigorous oversight, the Bush Administration insists upon blaming these deficiencies on a regrettable and dangerous lack of power in the executive branch. But the kind of power the Administration pursues is the kind of power that would vault the presidency to monarchical status and nullify the Bill of Rights.

NSA Whistleblowers Were Allegedly Isolated, Intimidated

By Sherrie Gossett, CNSNews.com

(The following is the second of a two-part series on the National Security Agency's alleged abuse of employee whistleblowers.)

Third of Saint Patrick's Four Sentenced

http://www.stpatricksfour.org

Remaining Sentencing:
Teresa Grady: Friday, Jan. 27th, '06 11:30 am
Below
1-Article: Mother and Activist, Clare Grady, Sentenced in Federal Court, by Katie Quinn-Jacobs

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, will attend the 74th Winter Meeting of United States
Conference of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]

Renewed Hope

By Amy Branham

Is all lost to us as Americans? Am I doing any good whatsoever with all my efforts to end this war, to educate people about the war and the realities of the Bush Administration? Does it do any good to put a human face on the cost of war? Is our country doomed? Is it too late to do what needs to be done?

GOP group wants death count list removed

ARTEMIS COUGHLAN, Associated Press

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- The death count of Iraq casualties posted in the front window of the Bucks County Democratic Committee irks a Republican group so much that they’ve asked for it to be removed.

US military stretched to breaking point

· Pentagon report says clear strategy is needed
· Rate of deployment 'cannot be sustained'
By Julian Borger in Washington, The Guardian (UK)

The US army is being stretched, by its deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, into a "thin green line" in danger of breaking before the insurgents are defeated, claims a report commissioned by the Pentagon.

Just Between Dictators

Saddam to sue Bush and Blair
By UPI

AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Defence lawyers for Saddam Hussein Wednesday distributed copies of a lawsuit against President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair for destroying Iraq.

Army reaching breaking point, experts warn

By Drew Brown, Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - A pair of reports by outside experts in the last two days warn that the Army has been stretched thin by repeated combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and could soon reach the breaking point.

AG's Memo Raises Questions on Patriot Act, Suggests it's not needed for domestic spying

By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe

A footnote in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's 42-page legal memo defending President Bush's domestic spying program appears to argue that the administration does not need Congress to extend the USA Patriot Act in order to keep using the law's investigative powers against terror suspects.

Women for Peace

From www.woolseyforpeace.org

Ms. magazine has published a great article about women working for peace.

News from the UFPJ Legislative Working Group

From www.unitedforpeace.org

Thanks to everyone who has sent in reports on their visits (or attempts to visit) to members of Congress. You will find a synopsis of those reports below.

Congressional Recess Calendar

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chair of Out of Iraq Caucus, Is Circulating This Letter to Her Colleagues: Help Her!

Send this to your congress member.

January 25, 2006
Oppose warrantless spying on innocent American citizens!
Dear Colleague,

I invite you to join me on a letter to President Bush opposing the National Security Administration (NSA) domestic surveillance program that he ordered without judicial warrant and disavowing his interpretation of prior Congressional authority to do so. The Department of Justice issued a white paper on January 19, 2006, enumerating the President’s legal justifications for the NSA program. The white paper states that Congress specifically gave the President unlimited authority when it passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), on September 14, 2001 and which became law on September 18, 2001.

AG Gonzales' Defense Of U.S. Domestic Spy Program Draws Protests and Criticism from Law Professors, Students

DEMOCRACY NOW!

On Tuesday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared at Georgetown Law
School to deliver an address defending the NSA domestic spy programs. During
the course of his address, nearly 30 students stood up one-by-one and turned

You've Got Jail

By Robert Scheer, www.Truthdig.com

In case someone in the Justice Department is reading this, let me hasten to explain why I just clicked on the Victoria's Secret online catalog photo featuring a certain "Very Sexy Lace & Mesh Garter Belt." AOL made me do it.

British Soldiers Take MoD to Court over 'Medical Negligence'

By Kim Sengupta, The Independent UK

The mental scars suffered by those who have experienced the horrors of the Iraq conflict have been exposed in a series of medical studies and legal actions.

Mild Penalties in Military Abuse Cases

By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times

Observers see a variety of reasons for light sentences, even in interrogation deaths - including shifting rules and CIA involvement.

Denver - Soldiers prosecuted in the abuse or even deaths of detainees rarely have paid a heavy price, an indication of the difficulties the US military has had sorting out right from wrong during the war on terrorism, human rights groups and military lawyers say.

Ambassador lashes out against Bush administration

By Steve Gehrke, Daily utah Chronicle

Joe Wilson will accept both credit and praise for his work as an ambassador in Africa.

But when former Hinckley director J.D. Williams called him a national hero for blowing the whistle on the Bush administration's logic for going to war in Iraq, Wilson said he was only exercising his civic responsibility.

Domestic Surveillance: "You Shouldn't Worry"

By the Saint-Louis Post-Dispatch

It was said of Gen. George S. Patton that when he arrived in Normandy with the Third Army in 1944, “He attacked in all directions at once.

Bush administration launches campaign of lies in defense of government spying

By Joe Kay, www.wsws.org

The Bush administration has initiated a campaign to defend its illegal spying program, employing its well-established technique of brazenly lying to the American people.

Big winner of Bush's Iraq war

By Allister Sparks

I am writing this from Qatar, a tiny peninsula jutting into the Persian Gulf and a good vantage point for observing the turbulent events in the Middle East. And every observer I have spoken to here agrees on one thing - the big winner of George W Bush's war on Iraq is none other than America's arch-enemy, Iran.

RELEVANT SAINT

By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Media Services

He had his day. Now let's drag him out of sainthood and back into controversy and relevance.

Martin Luther King has more to give us in the 21st century than a three-day weekend. Just read the speeches that haven't been chiseled in stone yet.

Vietnam Vet and Civil Resister, Peter DeMott, Sentenced in Federal Court

By Katie Quinn-Jacobs, www.CommonDreams.org

Peter DeMott, a Vietnam veteran and civil resister, began his opening remarks at his sentencing in Binghamton federal court today by asking the court for a moment of silence to remember the dead who had perished in Iraq: both the American and Iraqi casualties. DeMott noted that thirty percent of the Iraqi dead are children. Judge Thomas J. McAvoy granted this request stating, “The Court will join you in a moment of silence because it is a good thing to do. I feel that loss deeply.

PROGRESSIVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO OFFER PROGRESSIVE ALTERNATIVE STATE OF THE UNION

January 31
Democratic National Committee Headquarters
The Wasserman Conference Room, 430 South Capitol Street, S.E.

Ten of the Sixty Two Progressive Caucus Members are in line to become Committee Chairs should the Democrats retake the House in November 2006

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