Ex-CIA Analyst Condemns Bush 'Manipulation Campaign' on Iraq

Agence France-Presse

A former Middle East specialist of the US Central Intelligence Agency has condemned what he called an organised campaign of manipulation by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq war.

Paul Pillar, a former CIA analyst specialising in counter-terrorism in the Middle East and Asia, said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais that the United States had particularly wanted to prove a link between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.

Report Blames Top US Officials for Alleged Torture of Detainees

By Matthew Schofield, Knight Ridder Newspapers

Berlin - Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees by U.S. forces is widespread and, in many cases, sanctioned by top government officials, Amnesty International charged Wednesday.

The allegations, contained in a 32,000-word report released in New York and London and posted on the human rights organization's Web site, are likely to influence a U.N. hearing on U.S. compliance with international torture agreements that begins Friday in Geneva. Amnesty International sent a copy of the report to the U.N. Committee Against Torture, which is holding the hearings.

Tonight on Hardball

Tonight, it's a Hardball Special Report in our ongoing look at how we went to war in Iraq. Chris talks with Gen. Bernard Trainor (Ret.), author of "Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq," and Gen. Barry McCaffrey, MSNBC military analyst, and asks them why the chorus of anti-Rumsfeld commanders didn't make noise earlier. On Tuesday, Chris talked with two top CIA officers about the run-up to the war. In case you missed that, read about it here:

Stupid Is and Crazy Does

http://daysbreak.blogspot.com

STUPID IS AND CRAZY DOES
Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland
But I think it's all overdone
Exaggerating this exaggerating that

Two U.S. soldiers killed by bomb in Iraq's capital

BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb killed two U.S. Army soldiers in Baghdad on Thursday, the military said.

The Multinational Division-Baghdad soldiers died at about 11:45 a.m. when their vehicle was struck by the bomb in south-central Baghdad. The identities of the soldiers were not released.

At least 2,409 members of the U.S. military have died since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Baghdad bomb kills 10 outside court

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of people waiting outside a heavily guarded court building in Baghdad on Thursday, killing 10 Iraqis and wounding 52 police said.

All were civilians except two policemen who were wounded, police added.

Police first said the attack was caused by a car bomb targeting a three-car police convoy in the area, but later said it was caused by a man with explosives hidden beneath his clothing.

Death toll rises even as leaders seek unity

Iraqis take the first steps toward a new parliament
By RICHARD A. OPPEL JR., New York Times

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - More than 50 Iraqis were killed or found dead Wednesday, as leaders struggled to craft a unified government that they hope can diminish the insurgency and ease violence between Sunnis and Shiites.

One day after the governor of restive Anbar Province escaped an assassination attempt that killed 10 people, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest attacked a police recruiting depot Wednesday morning in Fallujah, the province's second largest city, killing at least 16 young men waiting to be interviewed, Iraqi officials said.

When War-Making Criminals Get What They Deserve

By Cathy Garger

Today the Senate is prepared to vote on a bill that will rack up an additional $67.6 Billion for making war upon Afghanistan and Iraq(). That "supplemental" money, however, will just keep the eager war-makers in just enough Depleted Uranium, Grenades, and Conventional Mines (all types) only to last another five months, till September 30.

That $67.6 Billion winds up coming out to be a cost of $13.52 Billion a month or $450.6 Million A DAY. Apparently, Congress agrees with the President that it is important to find the money to blow up innocent Iraqi citizens.

In the Chaos of Iraq, One Project is on Target: a Giant US Embassy

Published on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 by the London Times / UK
by Daniel McGrory

The question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build themselves the biggest embassy on Earth?

Irritation grows as residents deprived of air-conditioning and running water three years after the US-led invasion watch the massive US Embassy they call “George W’s palace” rising from the banks of the Tigris.

Impeachment in Rhode Island

By Carl Sheeler

Hi again. I'm the anti-war, anti-Bush, Marine veteran, business owner, college professor, middle class, father of five who erected the BE PATRIOTIC IMPEACH BUSH billboard with our US Constitution in the background along I-95 back in early February.

It's been 3 long months since I challenged our state congressmen and general assembly to initiate the impeachment resolution that would go directly to the US House floor. Today we're going to do it again now that the media has provided our progressive campaign more attention and I have been part of a rapidly growing number of anti-war and impeachment alliances inside and outside Rhode Island.

Teachers Union Backs Anti-War Candidates

By Andy Griggs

At its House of Representatives Meeting tonight (5/3/2006), United Teachers Los Angeles voted to endorse two anti-war Congressional candidates in the CA June primary. The vote is unprecedented as the two are running against Democrats who tend to support education issues, but have not so progressive views and voting records on the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act and Homeland Security.

Sixty-One Congress Members Sign Onto Rep. DeFazio's Letter to Bush on Iran

Signers of DeFazio letter to President Bush re: Iran and congressional war powers
April 2006

Rove Predictions

By David Swanson

I hear from good sources that the indictments have already been voted on (yesterday) and sealed and are being delivered to Luskin/Rove today. There is some indication that Fitzgerald will not hold a news conference and will simply give Rove 24 hours to make his own announcement and then will tomorrow afternoon issue a statement and open the indictments on his internet site. We'll know tomorrow.

Get a Margarita for Cinco de Mayo, drink to the imprisonment of Bush's brain, and ponder this: which would Dubya suffer more and the country benefit more from putting behind bars, his brain or his Dick? May that become a real dilemma.

Ray McGovern Takes on Rumsfeld

Reports have it that Ray McGovern challenged Rumsfeld during a televised event today, reminding him of his claims to know exactly where the weapons were.

Related AP stories:

ATLANTA Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been taking some hostile fire at a speech in Atlanta.

The speech got an early jolt from a protester, who was escorted out of the audience after holding up a banner reading, "Guilty of War Crimes!" The woman shouted, "This man needs to be in prison for war crimes."

Three Senate Candidates Answer Yes, Sort of, and No on Impeachment Question

U.S. Senate candidates address our questions on nukes, prez impeachment, DU
(Editor’s note:Minnesota U.S. Senate contenders—Two DFL candidates, Ford Bell and Amy Klobuchar, and Green Party candidate Mike Cavlan, all responded to the same Pulse questions. Republican Mark Kennedy’s campaign refused to participate. The DFL state endorsing convention runs from June 9 to 11 in Rochester. The Greens’ state endorsing convention will take place on June 3–4 in Duluth.)

Why Impeachment is Essential

Published on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Bill C. Davis

Say it and you’re told it won’t happen.

There’s a conscious rage and an unconscious self-defeating deference to the absoluteness of the power that caused the rage. Whether we know it or not we are devastated by that realization.

Impeachment: Impossible – stop thinking about it. Translated: We don’t matter. They know it and we know it. The “leaders” that perhaps, and in not a few minds, most likely, rigged two national elections, quite possibly allowed 9/11, definitely invaded Iraq and lied to do so, depleted the US treasury – or more specifically, redistributed the treasury to internal, private and corporate allies, sanctioned torture and domestic spying – those people can never be impeached or even investigated.

The 'General' Uproar: Talking to Author Robert Jay Lifton About Military 'Retirement Syndrome'

By Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher

Robert Jay Lifton, the famed author and psychiatrist, coined the term
"retirement syndrome" to describe top officials or military leaders
who speak out against bad policies only after stepping down.

Since an impressive group of retired generals started calling for
Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld's resignation, and offering other
critiques of our actions in Iraq, the press hasn't known quite what

34 BODIES FOUND IN BAGHDAD

The World News, AU

Police have recovered 34 bullet-ridden bodies of men shot dead in apparent sectarian killings in Baghdad, as a suicide bomber attacked a police centre in Fallujah, killing five Iraqis, and four college students were shot dead in the capital.

An interior ministry official said insurgents set up a checkpoint on the highway in Baghdad's notorious Al-Dura neighbourhood and stopped a minibus full of college students.

DOZENS KILLED IN IRAQ VIOLENCE

The World News, AU

Dozens of people have been killed across Iraq in bombings and execution-style sectarian shootings as parliament held its first working session since elections in December.

In the deadliest attack, a suicide bomber killed 15 people and wounded 30 when he blew himself up amid dozens of police recruits queueing outside police headquarters in Fallujah.

The attack was part of a bloody campaign by insurgents to deter young men from joining the Iraqi security forces.

'Peace Mom' Sheehan brings message to Canada

CTV.ca

Cindy Sheehan, an American whose son was killed serving in Iraq in 2004, has brought her anti-war message to Canada.

She's visiting Canada for the first time and plans to speak in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver, to urge Canadians not to let the new Conservative government back the U.S. presence in Iraq.

Sheehan became an icon for activists protesting the U.S. presence in Iraq after she camped outside U.S. President George Bush's Crawford, Tx. ranch last summer, demanding a meeting with him. The request was never granted.

Protest Cheney in Stockton!

Vice to meet you
John Upton
Tracy Press

Vice President Dick Cheney will fly to Stockton in late May to rustle up campaign dollars for Congressman Richard Pombo’s re-election campaign.

Deep-pocketed Republicans have been invited to drop $500 each to rub shoulders with the vice president and the congressman May 22.

An extra $1,600 buys a photo — but no one-on-ones. Photos are taken in pairs. And $4,200 buys two tickets, entry to a pre-reception and a photo.

White House denies reports that U.S. employs terror groups for special ops in Iran

RAW STORY, www.rawstory.com

Earlier today at the White House Press Briefing, Scott McClellan, the outgoing press secretary, denied reports that the U.S. is employing terrorist groups for special operations in Iran, RAW STORY has found.

When asked if U.S. policy has been changed with respect to three different terrorist organizations that have reportedly been active recently against Iran "based on the notion that an enemy of our enemy is our friend," McClellan insisted that it hadn't.

Iraq hit by another wave of violence

By Thomas Wagner in Baghdad
The Independent, UK

Insurgents stepped up their campaign to stop Sunni Arabs from joining government security forces yesterday, killing at least 15 police recruits in a suicide attack and fatally shooting three soldiers who had recently joined the Iraqi army.

Both attacks occurred in Anbar province, a mostly Sunni area west of Baghdad where some of Iraq's worst terrorist attacks and battles between Sunni-led insurgents and US forces have taken place since the Iraq war began more than three years ago.

Robbins slams Bush 'lies'

Evening Echo, Ireland

Oscar-winner Tim Robbins blasted US President George W Bush's invasion of Iraq yesterday, and challenged the American media to stand up and criticise their leader.

The 47-year-old made his outspoken comments at a press conference promoting his stage adaptation of George Orwell's classic book 1984 in Atlanta, Georgia - and he drew comparisons between the Republican administration and the prophetic novel.

IED's still plague U.S. troops

By Martin Sieff, UPI

WASHINGTON -- The main thrust of the Iraq insurgency is not currently aimed at U.S. forces, but it shows no signs of diminishing either.

In the 20 days from April 13 to May 2, 47 U.S. soldiers were killed or died in Iraq at an average rate of 2.35 per day, according to official figures issued by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The number of U.S. troop fatalities in April was 73, of whom 61 were killed by hostile action. This marked rises of more than 200 percent from the 34 fatalities in March, of whom 29 were killed by hostile action, according to official U.S. figures.

Iraqi Insurgents Not in Contact With US Anymore

Associated Press

Representatives of 10 insurgent groups met Khalilzad seven times. Talks focused on US withdrawal from Iraq.

Dubai: Iraqi insurgents met with the US ambassador seven times but decided to break off contacts after formation of the new Iraqi government, a major Arabic-language newspaper said Tuesday.

In a rare interview with the London-based Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, an Iraqi insurgent leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the talks with US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad first took place in Amman, Jordan on Jan. 16 and continued in Baghdad at an undisclosed location outside the Green Zone.

Harkin wants troops out by Dec. 31

He is bringing a resolution to the Senate to get U.S. soldiers out of Iraq.
De Moines Register - May 4, 2006 - By JANE NORMAN, REGISTER WASHINGTON BUREAU

Washington, D.C. — Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa called Wednesday for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by Dec. 31.

Harkin was expected to offer a resolution on the Senate floor saying that the United States should not maintain a permanent military presence or bases in Iraq and should not attempt to control the flow of Iraqi oil.

Fischer: Why Town Meeting should vote for the impeachment resolution

By Andrew Fischer/ Guest Columnist
http://www2.townonline.com (Brookline, Mass.)

In opposing the proposed Town Meeting resolution calling for President Bush’s impeachment, Anil Adyanthaya asked in the April 27 TAB, "Do Town Meeting members really want to tell Brookline’s schoolchildren that their president is a criminal and a liar who should be thrown out of office?"

No one wants to tell their children that the president is a criminal and a liar. Unfortunately, our president is a criminal and a liar. We can either tell our children the truth as we try to defend our democracy, our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, or we can stand idly by, our heads in the sand, as more harm is done to the security of our nation and to our civil liberties.

Rumsfeld Protest Live on CNN Now

From World Can't Wait

World Can't Wait activists disrupting Rumsfeld speech in Atlanta, calling him a war criminal! Stopped the coverage on CNN to call it a developing story! Just now!

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