Busheviks Terrified We'll Spy on Them

By Bob Fertik, www.democrats.com

It looks like my idea of spying on the Busheviks has terrified them, so they sent Brit Hume out to attack me personally on FOX last night. Hey Brit - I'll debate you on Big Brother Bush any time, any place!

Murtha on 60 Minutes

Congressman John Murtha stunned the Bush White House last November by calling for the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq. The 73-year-old Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, a much decorated war hero from Vietnam and Korea, was in the Marines for 37 years, and is a heavyweight in military matters in the Congress.

The Problem with Presidential Signing Statements: Their Use and Misuse by the Bush Administration

By JOHN W. DEAN
http://writ.findlaw.com/dean/20060113.html

Presidential signing statements are old news to anyone who has served in the White House counsel's office. Presidents have long used them to add their two cents when a law passed by Congress has provisions they do not like, yet they are not inclined to veto it. Nixon's statements, for example, often related to spending authorization laws which he felt were excessive and contrary to his fiscal policies.

Should President Bush Face Censure?

INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Contact: Joia Jefferson Nuri - Cell 240-603-7905 joia@ips-dc.org

Defining The Issues Series: Should President Bush Face Censure?
Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Films - On DVD or At Screenings in New Orleans

www.zeitgeistinc.net

Visiting ACADEMY AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER BARBARA TRENT comes to Zeitgeist Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28 to present her films:

Friday, January 27 @ 7:30 p.m. WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT by Barbara Trent. A powerful, first-hand testament to the reality of the military experience, told entirely in the words of American veterans who have been to war and are now opposing it. We hear how they came to join the military, about their experiences in training and in war, and what led to the turning point when they decided they could no longer, in good conscience, participate in the war, or keep silent. "Soldiers Speak Out" sheds light on the growing and courageous anti-war and anti-occupation movement within the military and their families. There will be a reception in the filmmakers honor at 7:30 with the film @ 8:00 p.m.. Q&A to follow. By donation. Proceeds benefit the Empowerment Project.

BLACK VOICES FOR PEACE NATIONAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMEMORATION

5TH ANNUAL BLACK VOICES FOR PEACE NATIONAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMEMORATION: DR. KING'S BIG ORGANIZING WORKSHOP

MONDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2006
SPECIAL FILM VIEWING: MLK/THE MAKING OF A HOLIDAY featuring Stevie Wonder- 1:30pm-2:30pm

Students Plan War Protest in San Diego

http://www.nccpj.org

Large Student Anti-war Protest at UCSD in March

UCSD
La Jolla Village Drive and Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

UCSD Planning Large Anti-war Demonstration

Student leaders from UCSD are organizing a massive anti-war protest at the school on March 3 on La Jolla Village Drive, at the edge of the campus. The leaders are co-ordinating with Truthout.org, which is documenting the effort on film.

Breaking Story [at least new to the corporate press]: NSA Tracked "Threat" of Local Peace Group

Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * http://www.accuracy.org * ipa@accuracy.org

The Baltimore Sun reports today: "The National Security Agency used law

Iraq: Shi'ite leader says no negotiations on core constitutional principles

By Kathleen Ridolfo, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)

Iraqi Shi'ite leader Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) said this week that Shi'a would not negotiate on the core principles outlined in the Iraqi Constitution. His remarks contradict an agreement Shi'ite and Kurdish leaders forged with Sunni Arabs in October, and threaten recent attempts to bring Sunni Arab parties into a national unity government.

INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY COMMITTED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

www.bushcommission.org

Can you make it to New York for the Bush Crimes Commission, but need a place to stay? Call 212.941.8086.

Unprecedented and historic indictments alleging war
crimes and crimes against humanity on moral, political

Backdoor Draft, Back Again

By Christopher Hayes, In These Times

Despite signaling that it would no longer tap the Individual Ready Reserve, the Army calls up more troops just in time for the holidays.

For more than 800 members of the Army's Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), the most memorable part of the holiday season was a surprise stocking-stuffer from the United States Army. It came in the form of a blue and white Western Union Mailgram that ordered them to report for active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tough Interrogation Tactics Were Opposed

By Josh White, The Washington Post

Pentagon task force was told not to use techniques approved in 2002, records show.

Members of a Defense Department investigative task force were told not to participate in aggressive interrogation techniques approved for use at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002 because officers and lawyers believed the tactics violated policy and would not elicit information, according to documents released by the Pentagon.

Proof Bush Deceived America

By Ray McGovern, www.tompaine.com

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour. A 27-year veteran of the CIA’s analysis ranks, he is now on the steering group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

Is Freedom Dead? Big Brother Watch Launches

New Web Site Dedicated to Monitoring Assaults on Civil Liberties
http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org/

By Free Earth Internet, Contact: Dr. Glen Barry, +1 920 776 1075
January 10, 2006

(Denmark, Wisconsin) - Domestic spying, government sponsored torture and imprisonment without charges by the Bush administration merely continues the global trend towards government usurpation of civil liberties in the name of security. A new non-partisan web site entitled "Big Brother Watch" at http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org/ and based in Wisconsin has been launched to monitor government assaults upon civil liberties and human rights.

Bush must honor the rule of law

By Philip B. Heymann, The Boston Globe

BASED ON his constitutional powers and the authorization for the use of military force granted by congressional resolution after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush has declared himself free to ignore any law that he thinks limits his ability to fight terrorism. This is an extraordinary claim for any president in a country that prides itself on a rule of law binding government officials as well as ordinary citizens.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Friday January 13, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: Bush holds a joint press availability
at 11:25 am ET with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House,
followed by a working lunch in the residence. The President meets with

Still Marching into Hell?

By Ron Kraybill, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University

“Yes, yes, and the sky is falling, the sky is falling,

The Lawbreaker in the Oval Office

By Bob Herbert, The New York Times

The country has set the bar so low for the performance of George W. Bush as president that it is effectively on the ground.

No one expects very much from Mr. Bush. He's currently breaking the law by spying on Americans in America without getting warrants, but for a lot of people that's just George being George. Forget the complexities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or even the Fourth Amendment's safeguards against unwarranted (pun intended) government intrusion into matters that we have a right to keep private.

Situation in Iraq Is Civil War

By Congressman John Murtha, Huffington Post

According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Second Edition, the definition of a civil war is a "war between political factions or regions within the same country." That is exactly what is going on in Iraq, not a global war on terrorism, as the President continues to portray it.

Gore to deliver scathing speech Monday on 'constitutional crisis' in Washington

By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com

Former Vice President Al Gore will deliver a scathing speech Monday at Constitution Hall in Washington -- just blocks from the White House -- at which he will declare America is faced with a constitutional crisis, RAW STORY has learned.

Emergency Cong. Probe Needed/Impeachment Fuel

Immense, Deadly, Iraq Oil Profits Await
ExxonMobil, Others, Courtesy U.S. Govt.
By Nick Mottern, coordinator, www.ConsumersforPeace.org

The Bush government is pushing Iraq to sign oil agreements with multi-national oil companies like ExxonMobil that would give firms extraordinary profits ranging from 42% to 162%, compared to the 12% minimum that is normally considered profitable.

The Democrats, the Democrats, should properly file for formal articles of impeachment ASAP...

Why the Democrats should impeach Bush/Cheney today
By Jerry Mazza, Online Journal Contributing Writer

Yes, Martha, I understand that US Representative John Conyers (D-NY) has filed an “impeachment resolution

Belafonte will speak at Duke

BY PAUL BONNER
The Herald-Sun, North Carolina
pbonner@heraldsun.com

DURHAM -- Duke is planning what organizers believe will be the university's most elaborate series of events ever commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. this week and next.

Belafonte reasserts Bush 'worst terrorist'

Defends remarks, saying press ignores 'our side of the agenda'

Following an appearance at a luncheon with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., yesterday, entertainer Harry Belafonte defended his description of President Bush as the world's worst terrorist, insisting he only was being truthful and was prompting the press to cover a "side of the agenda" it ignores.

Bush Authorized Domestic Spying before 9/11

By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

The National Security Agency advised President Bush in early 2001 that it had been eavesdropping on Americans during the course of its work monitoring suspected terrorists and foreigners believed to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a declassified document.

The NSA's vast data-mining activities began shortly after Bush was sworn in as president and the document contradicts his assertion that the 9/11 attacks prompted him to take the unprecedented step of signing a secret executive order authorizing the NSA to monitor a select number of American citizens thought to have ties to terrorist groups.

UFPJ Legislative Action

In-District Meetings with Members of Congress:
President Bush threw down the gauntlet to his Congressional critics in a speech this week: "When our soldiers hear politicians in Washington question the mission, they are risking their lives to accomplish, it hurts their morale. In a time of war, we have a responsibility to show...our nation is united and determined to prevail."

Moving Forward on Iraq: How Do We Leave & When?

Transcript of Town Hall Forum, January 7, 2006, Northbrook, IL

Co-sponsored by:
Tenth Congressional District Democrats - www.tenthdems.org
North Suburban Peace Initiative – www.nspipeace.org
The Democracy Cell Project – www.democracycellproject.net

Where to Protest Peacefully

Friday January 13, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush meets with German Chancellor
Angela Merkel at the White House and participates in a joint press
availability. The President meets with business leaders on Central

Tell the Houston Chronicle You Take Belafonte More Seriously Than You Do Its Editorials

TALLY HIS BANANAS
Harry Belafonte: He sings great, but talks nonsense.
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

For some reason, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez brings out the boneheadedness in some high-profile Americans, on the left as well as the right. Last year, archconservative televangelist Pat Robertson suggested that U.S. operatives assassinate the populist leader. Last Sunday, singer/liberal political activist Harry Belafonte was in Caracas on a UNICEF goodwill ambassador visit, where he offered an outlandish characterization of President George W. Bush as a "tyrant" and "terrorist."

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