On January 7 The Central Colorado Coaltion on the Iraq War, based in Salida, CO, sponsored a Town Hall Meeting and Debate on the Iraq War along with 163 other town hall forums across the country. The meeting was held at the Senior Citizens Center with a capacity of 155 and filled to the walls.
Dissent of military action in Iraq encouraged at forum
BY TEHANI SCHNEIDER, DAILY RECORD (New Jersey)
MORRIS TWP. -- A panel of five peace activists who oppose the war in Iraq urged fellow anti-war activists to stay unwavering and vocal in their dissent during a forum held Saturday at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
A clandestine National Security Agency spy program code-named Echelon was likely responsible for tapping into the emails, telephone calls and facsimiles of thousands of average American citizens over the past four years in its effort to identify people suspected of communicating with al-Qaeda terrorists, according to half-a-dozen current and former intelligence officials from the NSA and FBI.
Impeach Blair over Iraq: UK general
From correspondents in London
January 08, 2006
A LEADING British Army officer believes Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for his role in the war in Iraq, the Mail on Sunday reported.
By Jonathan Schwarz
The relevant excerpts from State of War appear at the bottom of this post
After the Downing Street Memo was leaked last May, the U.S. and U.K. governments were eventually forced to admit it was genuine. However, they never revealed any background to the memo—most importantly, who did Richard Dearlove, head of British intelligence, meet with in Washington just before the July 23, 2002 high-level U.K. government meeting the memo memorialized? This would go a long way to answering why Dearlove believed "Military action was now seen as inevitable" and "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
State of War, the just-released book by New York Times reporter James Risen, sheds important new light on these issues.
Published on Sunday, January 8, 2006 by the Observer/UK
Hunger Strikers are Tied Down and Fed Through Nasal Tubes, Admits Guantánamo Bay Doctor
By David Rose
New details have emerged of how the growing number of prisoners on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay are being tied down and force-fed through tubes pushed down their nasal passages into their stomachs to keep them alive.
By Jeff Richardson, Education Director, America in Solidarity
Our event in Tacoma, Washington, was totally awesome!
We had over three hundred people in this beautiful church, First United
Methodist on MLK Jr Way, great sound system, lots of enthusiasm, folks
Peace activists hit the street
JOSHUA MOLINA, NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER
About 40 opponents of the war in Iraq rallied Saturday afternoon on State Street as part of a national "Out of Iraq" day of events.
LONDON, January 8, 2006 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for his role in the Iraq war, a leading British Army officer was quoted as saying by Britain's the Mail on Sunday.
By Deccan Herald, India
A documentary drama produced by a British TV channel, to be screened on Monday, has apparently revealed how British Prime Minister Tony Blair had yielded to US President George Bush’s wish that the UK should join its “war on terror
Working together, PDA organized over 150 “Out of Iraq
By Nancy Tronaas, California PDA Activist
Author and media critic Norman Solomon, mother/activist Cindy Sheehan, and actor Sean Penn.
Photo by Bill Lackemacher IV
The Westerly Sun, RI
By Emily Dupuis - The Sun Staff
WESTERLY - On her son's birthday, Stephany Kern liked to tell him how she went into labor during a snowstorm and how, in the rush to get to the hospital, his father put both legs into one pant leg.
By VOA News
A U.S. military helicopter believed to be carrying 12 Americans has crashed in northern Iraq, killing everyone on board.
The U.S. military says the Blackhawk helicopter crashed east of Tal Afar in a sparsely populated area. It says the crash is under investigation. Military personnel found the crash site Sunday - about 12 hours after losing communication with the helicopter.
BY DICK POLMAN, Knight Ridder Newspapers
PHILADELPHIA - One week into the new year, we are already mired in an acrimonious debate over whether George W. Bush - who vows to continue his warrantless domestic spying program - is crafting an imperial presidency unfettered by constitutional checks and balances or is restoring broad powers that he sees in the plain language in the Constitution.
BY Hilary Kindschuh, Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska
People driving by an anti-war protest in Lincoln Saturday showed both support and disagreement by sticking their fingers out the window.
Submitted by Bill Lackemacher
Norman Solomon, Cindy Sheehan, Sean Penn, Carly
By Stephania, CodePink Hayward
I want to tell you, we had a very fruitful event just now, thru Code
I did not get the DVD in time that I bought thru your site, on the
Downing Street memo, so I substituted one of mine from Democracy Now on
Someone counted 380 people in attendance at the event in Tacoma, Washington featuring Congressman Adam Smith. The event started off with a town hall meeting with the Congressman followed by wokrshops and a concert with Bob Wickline. Smith gave a lot of honest and frank answers about the war and the public asked some intelligent, well thought of questions from what is going on now in Iraq to impeachment. Pictures and more to come...
Feingold won't rule out Bush impeachment
By Shay Totten & Kathryn Casa | Vermont Guardian
posted January 8, 2006
BURLINGTON — If Pres. George Bush broke laws when ordering wiretaps and secret spying on U.S. citizens, a key Senate Democrat said he would not rule out calling for his impeachment.
Brooklyn Nation-Wide Out Of Iraq Day
The Town Hall forum in Washington, D.C. tonight included a remarkable question-and-answer session. I've left out the panelists' opening remarks and included only the questions and answers and discussion in this mp3.
RTE News Ireland
Anti-war campaigners have established a peace camp on the outskirts of Shannon Airport to protest at the continued use of the airport by US troops and military planes.
Campaigners say the camp has been established to mark the third anniversary of the first peace camp there, and the start of the US war in Iraq in January 2003.
By Jon Williams
We had a successful rally today on “Free Speech Corner
By Cathlyn Daly
Just wanted to let you know that our Sacramento Town Hall event was a great success. Thank you so much for everything. It was great having Cindy Sheehan, Sean Penn and Norman Solomon - they stayed for the entire event and more. TV 3, 10, 13, 19, and I think 31 were all there. After the event, Sean gave TV interviews and Cindy may have as well. We had standing room only, and in fact, we had people spilling out into the street. As you probably know, we had a lot of people registered for the event (300 or so), but we were only able to admit about 180. We didn't put a limit on the ADS site because of Move Forward's tactics of registering false names resulting in a less than a full room. I had emailed everyone to tell them that the first 150 would be allowed in if they arrived by the deadline time we set at 12:30pm (the event started at 1:00pm). By around 12:40 our hall was full. Unfortunately that left 160 people overflowing outside. People felt that since they had registered that they were entitled to be admitted and given a seat and some became quite unruly. It was on the brink of erupting. So I said we would let in 10 people at a time, up until it resulted in the doors being blocked (still about 100 people outside).
By Donald *
Our gathering was a success and the weather, thankfully, cooperated. The rain held off and came just after we completed our one hour peace vigil and a 2 block spirited march around the downtown area. About 45 good Activists attended our one hour event including those with drums and percussion and we marched through downtown to end our Rally.
By Barbara Cummings, San Diego
We had a great turnout today, thanks in large part to Kelly King and Judy Hess. They even provided a sack lunch. I would guesstimate 200. Bob Filner got 3 standing o's, the loudest and longest when he mentioned impeachment!
Saturday, January 07, 2006
The dialogue Mark Kirk won't have...the district has started it without him
Ellen's Tenth Congressional District Blog
What an extraordinary afternoon! We had a real dialogue on the Iraq war in the Tenth District with a panel of remarkable speakers, Robert Gard, Ron Miller and David Cortright (from left to right). The only shame was that our current congressman, Mark Kirk refused to attend the meeting he should have hosted. He was probably too busy airing out his topcoat from the smell of fish or maybe he was comforting a troubled friend.
Out of Iraq – Forum
Ray Mcgovern - US Army Veteran and 27 year CIA analyst
Gael Murphy - Co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for a Peace
Steve Cobble - Strategic Political Advisor and Speechwriter