Conyers Releases Transcript From Democratic Forum on Domestic Surveillance and Executive Power

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

Judge Sends War Protester to Prison for Six Months

By Nancy Dooling, Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin (New York)
Burns: 'My Conduct was Honorable'

BINGHAMTON — At least 30 peace activists sang a hymn as protester Daniel Burns was handcuffed Monday before beginning the six-month prison sentence he received in federal court for throwing his own blood in a military recruiting office.

Does Gen. Hayden Know What the Fourth Amendment Says?

Institute for Public Accuracy
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As part of the Bush administration's response to the revelations of
warrantless domestic spying by the National Security Agency, a former
head of the NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden, now the nation's second-ranking

God Bless the NSA!

Written, produced and performed by [name deleted to protect the author's identity, but they'll know it's me, anyway]
God Bless the N.S.A.

[sung to the tune of God Bless the USA, by Lee Greenwood]

It's Time

Submitted by Tim Carpenter

Weaving the "Why?" Strands: The Bushevik Tapestry

By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers

OK, let's try to puzzle out together some recent political events. The
unifying thread will appear; it always does because it's always there, even if
sometimes out of conscious reach.

EU countries 'knew about CIA torture flights'

By Geoff Meade, PA, The Independent (UK)

European governments probably knew that the CIA was flying prisoners across their territory for interrogation and torture in other countries, a report claimed today.

Report cites evidence that U.S. 'outsources' torture

By Doreen Carvajal, International Herald Tribune

PARIS A Swiss investigator for the Council of Europe issued an interim report Tuesday, concluding that there is evidence of a system of "outsourcing of torture" by the United States, although the review did not produce irrefutable proof of clandestine CIA prisons in Europe.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday January 24, 2006

NEW* Washington, DC: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to send the Alito nomination to the full Senate floor at 9:30 AM. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com, 1/23/06]

Bush on Trial for Crimes against Humanity

Bush on Trial for Crimes against Humanity
By Marjorie Cohn, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration convened last weekend in New York City's Riverside Church. Martin Luther King Jr.'s portrait hangs in the foyer. Dr. King delivered his historic 1967 speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Place to Break the Silence," opposing the war and calling for the removal of all foreign troops from Vietnam, in that same church.

National security vs. whistle-blowing

Protections are eroding for those who allege governmental wrongdoing - especially if going public risks state secrets.
By Alexandra Marks, Christian Science Monitor

NEW YORK - Former intelligence officer Russ Tice wants to tell Congress about what he believes were illegal actions undertaken by the National Security Agency in its highly sophisticated eavesdropping programs.

U.S. must reveal Guantanamo Bay prisoners' IDs: judge

CBC News

The U.S. Defence Department must reveal the identities of hundreds of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the Associated Press, a federal judge ruled Monday.

A U.S. district judge ordered Washington to hand over the information in the form of unredacted copies of transcripts and documents related to military hearings in which detainees challenged their imprisonment.

U.S. Army officer gets no prison time for Iraqi death

By Steve Saint, Reuters

FORT CARSON, Colo., Jan 23 (Reuters) - A U.S. Army jury on Monday ordered a military interrogator be reprimanded but not sent to prison for the killing of an Iraqi general who was stuffed head first into a sleep bag.

STOP THE WAR MACHINE: MARCH TO THE PENTAGON March 20, 2006

Remember to Save the Date

March 20, 2006 marks the day, three years ago, when the United States invaded Iraq. More than 2,200 American soldiers have been killed. Thousands more have been wounded and will bear emotional scars for a lifetime. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have perished. And, under the Bush administration, there appears to be no end in sight. We have written letters and asked for meetings with Mr. Bush, we have demonstrated in large numbers, we have met with our representatives in Congress. Now, we confront the war machine—the Pentagon.

Bombs rock Iraq on eve of Saddam trial

Times of Oman, AFP

BAGHDAD — A series of bombings rocked war-ravaged Iraq yesterday, a day before the trial of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein was set to resume before a new Kurdish judge.

At least six people were killed and dozens injured in a number of bomb attacks, including car bombs, while three US troops were killed on Sunday and Monday in separate roadside bombings. Less than 24 hours before Saddam’s trial resumed after a month-long recess, the court’s investigating judge Raed Al Juhi said a previously unknown magistrate, Rauf Rashid Abdul Rahman, would temporarily take over as presiding judge. This followed the resignation of Rizkar Mohammed Amin who quit because of strong criticism over allowing the defendants to grandstand.

The War on Dissent Gets Creepy

By Mike Ferner

On New Year's Day, I decided to start 2006 out with a public protest against the war. Little did I know how public it would become.

My younger brother and I (he was only the wheelman, led astray) tagged three highway overpasses near Toledo with "TROOPS OUT NOW!" (see photo, below). Suburban cops with too much time on their hands and citizens with cell phones being what they were, we were soon pulled over by five (no kidding) patrol cars and arrested on no fewer than five felonies each. For those of you who haven't been paying attention to how state legislatures protect us from crime, in the late 90's in Ohio it became a felony to spraypaint a public building (called "getting tough on gangs") AND a felony to possess a can of spraypaint in the commission of that crime ("possession of criminal tools" says the Ohio Revised Code).

Insurgent attacks in Iraq jumped in 2005, US says

By Will Dunham, Reuters

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq mounted more than 34,000 attacks last year on U.S. and other foreign troops, Iraqi security forces and Iraqi civilians, a nearly 30 percent jump from 2004, the U.S. military said on Monday.

Michael Smith Launches Website

Michael Smith, the reporter who broke the Downing Street memo story, has launched a new website, and it's very useful. Check it out!

And, Mick also has a new blog!

Destruction Easier Than Reconstruction

By Brian Conley and Isam Rashid, Inter Press Service

Baghdad - While politicians deliberate over Iraq's future, Iraqis are dealing with the reality of the present. They are looking at the debris of a country where reconstruction has come to a standstill.

Civil War-Elect

By Robert Dreyfuss, www.TomPaine.com

There's no one left to put Humpty Dumpty together again in Baghdad. Zalmay Khalilzad, America's feckless ambassador in Iraq, is trying. But, unwilling or unable to reach out to the Iraqi resistance, Khalilzad instead finds himself immersed instead in gooey egg mass. The Iraqi body politic is shattered, with little hope now of avoiding an all-out civil war. That's the only conclusion that can be reached by looking at the results of the Dec. 15 elections in Iraq, whose official returns were announced on Friday.

Journalist Deaths Hit Record in 2005: IFJ

By Sebastian Alison, Reuters

Brussels - A record number of media workers died last year while doing their job, amid a growing trend toward the targeted killing of journalists, the International Federation of Journalists said on Monday.

Ex-VP Aide Seeks Secret Evidence Use

By Associated Press

Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday made their first request to use classified evidence at his trial, launching a highly secretive court process that could bog down the case.

Al Gore talks turkey, gets a gobble in reply

By Minneapolis Star Tribune, www.startribune.com

On wiretapping, "they did it too" won't cut it.

Former Vice President Al Gore gave a rip-roaring speech last week attacking the Bush administration for "repeatedly and insistently" breaking federal law and "disrespecting" the U.S. Constitution. One of his major examples was the Bush administration's massive, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens that has recently come to light. One may agree with his analysis or not, but Gore did not deserve the trashing he got from the White House, which spun a fluffy cloud of half-truths.

World Social Forum Starts Tomorrow

By www.globalexchange.org

Tens of thousands of peace and justice advocates from throughout the Western Hemisphere are gearing up for the 2006 World Social Forum, an inspirational gathering that brings together peace activists, fair trade crusaders, environmentalists, and advocates of indigenous, workers’ and women’s rights from around the globe.

Pakistanis Kept From Visiting Attack Site

By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press

Pakistani security forces stopped Islamist opposition leaders Monday from reaching a border village hit by a U.S. missile strike, curbing an anti-American protest as the prime minister visited Washington.

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