Little boy's wait ended in tragedy

Daily Telegraph, AU
By Shannon McRae

ON the wall of the Kovco kitchen is a calendar marked, "Countdown until my Daddy comes home ..."

Friday, April 21 is the last day marked on the calendar - the same day Private Kovco accidentally shot himself dead while serving in Iraq.
Shelley Kovco yesterday spoke to The Daily Telegraph from her home in Victoria about her devastation at losing her husband of four years.

Iraq families' quest to meet PM

By Liam Allen, BBC News

"All we want to do is to tell Tony Blair what we think which is he should bring the lads home - they need to be with their families. They don't need to be shot at in Iraq."

Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq want a meeting with the PM
The words of Christine Brierley, 58, from Batley, West Yorkshire, echo those of all the family members of soldiers killed in Iraq who gathered in Whitehall on Wednesday.

Iraq group says kills 3 "apostates"-Web video

DUBAI, April 26 (Reuters) - An Islamist militant group in Iraq said on Sunday it had shot dead three "apostates" for cooperating with U.S. forces and posted an Internet video of their execution.

The footage from Army of Ansar al-Sunna showed three Arab looking men sitting on the ground outdoors and answering questions from an off-camera speaker.

A statement accompanying the recording said the video showed "the confessions of three apostates working in ... a company dealing with American forces that destroyed weapons and ammunition of the former Iraqi army".

President receives cold reception, protesters rally outside Cisco Systems

"I go wherever he is, because he still hasn't talked to me," Sheehan said. "I think it's so important for everyone who is against this to get out and show it."
Milpitas Post, CA
by Rachel McMurdie

President George W. Bush's visit to North San Jose was marked by protest Friday, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Cisco Systems Inc., where the president spoke with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, education leaders and Cisco officials on the state of education and the need to put more emphasis on math and science in schools.

The Outlaw World

By Brian Urquhart, http://www.nybooks.com

Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charter to George W. Bush's Illegal War
by Philippe Sands
Viking, 324 pp., $25.95

Lawless World: The Whistle-Blowing Account of How Our Leaders Are Taking the Law into Their Own Hands
by Philippe Sands
Penguin, updated edition, 404 pp., £8.99 (paper; to be published in the US in September)

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, three others ready for trial

AP

NEW YORK Cindy Sheehan and three other peace activists are ready for trial on charges from their arrest last month during an anti-war demonstration at the U-S Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Sheehan's lawyer told the court today that he is ready for trial once he receives materials requested from prosecutors.

Sheehan is the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. Last summer she camped outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, to protest the war.

Impeachment resolution nets 24 co-sponsors, sent to committee

The Vermont Guardian

MONTPELIER— A formal resolution introduced late Tuesday in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee for review.

Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, the lead sponsor of the measure, was joined by 23 of his colleagues, all Progressives and Democrats except for one independent.

Operation Divine Strake Is Sheer Madness

The Chattanoogan

A so far little noticed plan to simulate a nuclear strike on an underground bunker will be carried out this summer in Nevada. It has so far been given little attention. The sheer clutter of daily news stories indicating that our government is off its rocker has served well to desensitize us to these frequent and shocking revelations.

The bomb, named Divine Strake will involve detonating an ungodly amount of explosives in order to help design a new line of 'smart nukes' to use against bunkers, specifically with Iran in mind. A group of scientists have written the president and explained that even a small, one ton device in Iran would likely kill millions of people by the fallout and spread of radiation to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Google it.

Three Iraqis killed in bomb blast in Baghdad

Three Iraqis were killed and four others wounded when a bomb inside a minibus went off in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

"An explosive charge went off inside a minibus at about 12:15 p. m. (0815 GMT) in Fudhailiyah neighborhood," the source said on condition of anonymity.

The blast killed three passengers aboard the minibus and wounded four others, the source said.

Death darkens Blue Star gathering

By ROGER W. HOSKINS, Modesto Bee

The sobering news that another local Marine had lost his life in Iraq cast a shadow over the monthly meeting in Modesto of the Central Valley Chapter of Blue Star Mothers and Families.
The support group for families of serving GIs collectively sagged Tuesday night under the weight of the news that Lance Cpl. Aaron W. Simons, 20, of Modesto died Monday in Iraq.

Top White House aide Rove testifies in leak case

By James Vicini and Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Karl Rove appeared on Wednesday before a U.S. grand jury probing the leak of a CIA officer's identity but his lawyer said there was still no sign the top presidential adviser will face charges in the case.

Rove remains under investigation but has not received any indication from Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald about whether he would be charged, attorney Robert Luskin said.

Taking the President to Court

By Congressman John Conyers, www.dailykos.com

As some of you may be aware, according to the President and Congressional Republicans, a bill does not have to pass both the Senate and the House to become a law. Forget your sixth grade civics lesson, forget the book they give you when you visit Congress - "How Our Laws Are Made," and forget Schoolhouse Rock. These are checks and balances, Republican-style.

Reason to Impeach #635

Reason to Impeach #635

If we don't impeach Bush now; the next time a presidential election is stolen, we'll have a President Cheney with a presidential pardon in his pocket. If you think impeachment is a long shot now; think of how it will be then.

BREAKING! Activists Occupy Frist's Office

Urgent: call Senator Frist's office at 202-224-3344 and demand that he meet with the Iraqi women.

David Swanson just called from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office to report that he and a group of women activists are occupying the office to demand a meeting with Senator Frist to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

The activists include three Iraqi women who testified at this morning's Out of Iraq hearing:

  • Dr. Dahlia Wasfi
  • Aseel Albanna
  • Faiva Al-araji (right)

They are joined in the protest by:

  • Cindy Sheehan
  • Ann Wright
  • Medea Benjamin
  • Gael Murphy

The Iraqi women want to meet with Frist today because they are leaving the U.S. tomorrow. They represent the 82% of Iraqis who want the U.S. out of Iraq.

Urgent: call Senator Frist's office at 202-224-3344 and demand that he meet with the Iraqi women.

Lyrics to "Let's Impeach the President" by Neil Young

Let’s impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
He’s the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war
Let’s impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes

LiveBlogging the Iraq Hearings

It's Thursday morning and Rep. Lynn Woolsey is hosting historic hearings on getting out of Iraq.

Read the liveblog report by Karen at DemocracyCellProject:

Watch it on politicsTV

Photo Album - photos by Marcia Jansen and David Swanson.

Lots going on in D.C. - will post report here on hearing later today or tonight. -- David

Impeach Bush Billboard

Impeach Bush Billboard

Veterans for Peace, Chapter 99 of Ashville, NC publicizing the justice part of their peace and social justice mission.

Billboard: Downtown Asheville, NC

Billboard:  Downtown Asheville, NC

Veterans for Peace, Chapter 99 keeping the citizens of Asheville, NC up-to-date and aware of the costs of the war in Iraq.

The War Looks Different from Inside Congress

By David Swanson

Public opinion in the United States and Iraq favors pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, not to mention removing any who have already entered Iran. This sentiment will be on display this Saturday at the United for Peace and Justice March in New York: www.april29.org

Inside Congress opinions vary, and it is a distinct minority that is willing to support public opinion. Some in Congress are willing to take half-way and tenth-of-the-way steps in the direction of ending the war, some of them from within such fantasyland worldviews that they are "threatening" to stop occupying Iraq if the Iraqis don't behave better (that is, threatening something that over 80 percent of Iraqis desire).

A forum hosted by progressive House members Thursday morning (to air live on Pacifica Radio from 8:30 to 11 a.m. ET, with blogging on AfterDowningStreet.org, and open to the public in Rayburn House Office Building Room 2325) will highlight the best that Congress has to offer. But it's worth taking a quick overview of what's out there.

Chat on Pal Talk Tonight

By David Swanson

Tonight from 8-9 p.m. ET, I'll be chatting live about impeachment with video and audio through PalTalk. To listen only, go here. If you want to participate, you have to log onto Paltalk by downloading the software at http://www.paltalk.com Then register and create a screename, and join us in the Social Issues Category / room: The People Speak w/AfterDowningStreet.org

Faculty speak out against war

By Robert Polhemus, http://daily.stanford.edu

Our thanks to the hundreds of students who sent the wake-up call on Friday. We of the Stanford Faculty Against the War congratulate them and others who peacefully protested the Bush war policies in front of the Hoover Institute. This sudden, spontaneous demonstration is crucial evidence of just how worried people are — not only about the failed old war in Iraq, but about a shaky administration that mumbles and leaks about attacking the Iran regime and keeping its first-strike nuclear bombing options “on the table.” American universities and colleges really do need Stanford’s good Friday lesson. If American citizens don’t work to stop it, the menacing possibility of another “war of choice” and air strikes against Iran can lead to a far-reaching reality even worse than the Iraq disaster—one whose dire fallout for ourselves, our children and indeed for global civilization would seem to be, sooner or later, inevitable.

Target Letter Drives Rove Back to Grand Jury

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

Karl Rove's appearance before a grand jury in the CIA leak case Wednesday comes on the heels of a "target letter" sent to his attorney recently by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, signaling that the Deputy White House Chief of Staff may face imminent indictment, sources that are knowledgeable about the probe said Wednesday.

It's unclear when Fitzgerald sent the target letter to Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin. Sources close to the two-year-old leak investigation said when Rove's attorney received the letter Rove volunteered to appear before the grand jury for an unprecedented fifth time to explain why he did not previously disclose conversations he had with the media about covert CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who criticized the Bush administration's use of pre-war Iraq intelligence.

About the assassination of Iraqi academics

Remarks made by Dirk Adriaensens of www.brusselstribunal.org

Madrid, April 22, 2006

First let me congratulate the Spanish people for the fierce opposition against the war and occupation of Iraq. And the Spanish government that has listened to its people and has decided to withdraw from Iraq because it became clear that this war was based on lies and was illegal under international law.

The BRussells Tribunal was originally a hearing committee composed of academics, intellectuals and artists in the tradition of the Russell Tribunal, set up in 1967 to investigate war crimes committed during the Vietnam War. The BRussells Tribunal was directed against the war in Iraq and the imperial war policies of the Bush II administration. Its main focus was the ‘Project for the New American Century’, the think tank behind this war, in particular three of the co-signatories of the mission statement: Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz.

The Deconstruction of Iraq

By Michael Schwartz, University at Stony Brook

Here is my take on whatever happened to "reconstruction" in Iraq

060426 – The deconstruction of Iraq

The impression created by the American corporate media is that the Iraq infrastructure has been badly damaged by the war, particularly because of the constant sabotage and indiscriminate attacks of the insurgents. The primacy of the U.S. in creating the human carnage, the social chaos, and the economic collapse of Iraq is hidden from view.

Government Crackdown on Whistleblowers and Journalists

www.democracynow.org

* Nat Hentoff on the Government Crackdown on Information From Whistleblowers
to Journalists *

Village Voice columnist Nat Hentoff discusses the government's attempt to
clamp down on the ability of the public to transmit or receive information
the government deems secret. Hentoff says the prosecution of two former
officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the "first in

GI's Beware of Radioactive Showers!

(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

Seeking Accountability for Bloody Attacks:
* Fallujah, Iraq -- 2004
* U.N. Compound in Lebanon -- 1996

Interviews Available

MARTI HIKEN, mlhiken@mltf.info, http://www.nlg.org/mltf
COLLEEN FLYNN, colleen_ucsc@hotmail.com
W. GORDON KAUPP, gordonk@hotmail.com
Hiken, a spokesperson and co-chair for the National Lawyers Guild
Military Law Task Force, is the plaintiff in a Freedom of Information Act

Congress Not Allowed to Receive Information from NSA Whistleblower

www.nswbc.org

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.

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.

 

 

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