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

Cindy Sheehan: Most US Condemn War

By Prensa Latina

Caracas, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) US peace activist Cindy Sheehan assured nearly 70 percent of her compatriots condemn the war in Iraq and want their troops back home.

Hey Stupid, Cowardly, and Venal Democrats: Run This Ad in 2006

By David Michael Green, www.CommonDreams.org

Boy, you gotta hand it to the Democratic Party. They sure get high marks for consistency.

The guys in the White House must be getting bored by now. They keep handing out killer cudgels to the Democrats, waiting to see if they’ll actually pick one up.

Belafonte: Homeland Security is 'new Gestapo'

Bush 'lies ... misleads ... misinstructs'

"You can be arrested and not charged," says entertainer Harry Belafonte.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Entertainer Harry Belafonte, one of the Bush administration's harshest critics, compared the Homeland Security Department to the Nazi Gestapo on Saturday and attacked the president as a liar.

President Jonah

By Gore Vidal, www.HuffingtonPost.com

While contemplating the ill-starred presidency of G.W. Bush, I looked about for some sort of divine analogy. As usual, when in need of enlightenment, I fell upon the Holy Bible, authorized King James version of 1611; turning by chance to the Book of Jonah, I read that Jonah, who, like Bush, chats with God, had suffered a falling out with the Almighty and thus became a jinx dogged by luck so bad that a cruise liner, thanks to his presence aboard, was about to sink in a storm at sea.

Manager Censors Analyst at Congressional Research Service

Project On Government Oversight http://www.pogo.org
Contact: Beth Daley, beth@pogo.org, 202-347-1122

In a growing culture of caution and fear of dissent, a Congressional research agency has warned a senior analyst to avoid describing his research findings. The analyst specializes in separation of powers issues for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and has frequently authored reports which encourage the Congress to assert its Constitutional oversight authority over the Executive Branch.

They Know They Broke the Law

By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

Bush and the boys have taken to the road this week to defend the indefensible. To wit: spying on American citizens without a warrant is fine and dandy, because the President can do whatever he wants, because laws are meaningless in the main, because Osama may be under your bed sharpening his cutlass. The road trip started in Kansas and will wend its way hither and yon, spreading bad information and flat-out lies at every whistle-stop.

Why Military Intervention Can't Bring Democracy

By Ron Kraybill

Click here to read this essay in Paxblog, the author's blog Does America see the real lessons of Iraq? We were going to remove a threatening dictator, liberate an oppressed people, and save ourselves from terrorists, all in one swoop. Send in the Marines, wage a hightech battle, install the good guys, and return home, in a matter of months, and on a low budget. By George, we were gonna set that place free.....

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