House passes 'Iran Freedom Support Act'
by Justin Raimondo
It is "a steppingstone to war," said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, during the debate over the so-called Iran Freedom Support Act, and if this vote is any measure of the degree of congressional opposition to the looming prospect of war with Tehran, then we have a lot to worry about.
Only 21 members of the House stood up against the overwhelming bipartisan wave of support for the bill, which would impose economic sanctions on the Iranians – and openly proclaims the goal of effecting "regime change." Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, said the bill reminds him of a 1998 congressional resolution – the Iraq Liberation Act – that paved the way for the Iraqi debacle. Yet most of the "antiwar" contingent in the House of Representatives caved and voted in favor, including Democrats John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Jack Murtha, Bernie Sanders, Barbara Lee, and Lynn Woolsey.
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By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Despite vehement denials by his attorney who said this week that Karl Rove is neither a "target" nor in danger of being indicted in the CIA leak case, the special counsel leading the investigation has already written up charges against Rove, and a grand jury is expected to vote on whether to indict the Deputy White House Chief of Staff sometime next week, sources knowledgeable about the probe said Friday afternoon.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Conference Room 6
United Nations, New York
This panel will explore the intricate connection between nuclear energy production and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Participants will explain why nuclear power is not the answer to climate change and why it will not play a major role in slowing the rate of greenhouse gas emissions.
Steve Sawyer, Climate Policy Director, Greenpeace International
By Sarah Breitenbach and David Simon, News-Post
FREDERICK -- Five students at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School were suspended Wednesday pending parent conferences after a protest during a career fair, according to one of the students.
Junior Bob Hayes said he and four other students staged a "die-in" in front of a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting booth at the school about 10:30 a.m. The students pretended to die by falling down in front of the booth and then passed out leaflets protesting the war in Iraq and the presence of military recruiters on school grounds.
SA 3717. Mr. BIDEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 4939, making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:
On page 253, between lines 19 and 20, insert the following:
PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES IN IRAQ
Friday, April 28, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush takes to the Rose
Garden at 11:45 am ET to make statement about the new economic growth
numbers. Also, President Bush meets with the President of Azerbaijan at
10:05 am, with North Korean defectors and family members of Japanese
abducted by North Korea at 11:05 am, and with Darfur advocates at 1:15
pm. [MSNBC.com, 4/28/06]
If enough Congress Members sign this discharge petition, it will force a 17-hour debate on the floor of the House with an open rule (amendments can be introduced).
Pursuant to clause 2 of rule XV, I, Neil Abercrombie, move to discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 543) entitled, a resolution providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 55) requiring the President to develop and implement a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq; which was referred to said committee on November 9, 2005, in support of which motion the undersigned Members of the House of Representatives affix their signatures, to wit:
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By Leslie Feinberg, Workers World
“Divine Strake”—the strange name for a scheduled test blast of 700 tons of explosives on Western Shoshone land on June 2—is nothing but a Pentagon end-run around the ban on nuclear weapons testing. It is scheduled at a time when a wing of the U.S. military and political establishment is considering the use of a new generation of tactical nuclear “bunker-bus ters” that they hope can drill far deeper underground into case-hardened facilities.
Demonstrators' free speech rights upheld in N.Y. case that attracted worldwide attention
Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times
New York -- They came, they shuffled, they conquered.
Eighteen "grannies" who were swept up by the New York City police, handcuffed, loaded into police vans and jailed for 4 1/2 hours were acquitted Thursday of charges that they blocked the entrance to the military recruitment center in Times Square on Oct. 17 when they tried to enlist.
As of yesterday, at least 2,393 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 1,878 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
The British military has reported 104 deaths; Italy, 27; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, Denmark three; El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, one death each.
By Borzou Daragahi, LA Times
BAGHDAD — Clashes broke out Thursday in the ethnically and religiously mixed Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, with more than 30 people reported killed in intense fighting.
Witnesses said that at least 100 insurgents attacked police stations and checkpoints in enclaves near the provincial capital of Baqubah, leaving at least a dozen dead. Gen. Adnan Bawi, provincial police commander, said the attackers came in six waves in an attempt to take over the city.
Baghdad, April 28 (AP): Roadside bombs killed an American soldier and an Iraqi policemen, and the handcuffed, blindfolded and bullet-ridden bodies of two Iraqi men were found on the streets of the capital on Friday, officials said.
Two mortars or rockets also were fired Friday at the heavily fortified Green Zone, where Iraq's Government meets and the U.S. Embassy is based in downtown Baghdad. One landed inside but failed to detonate, and the other exploded nearby on the other side of the Tigris River, the U.S. military said. No casualties were immediately reported.
By The Copenhagen Post
Freedom of the press and national security collide after two journalists used classified military reports to question the government's arguments for joining the Iraq War
Two journalists who printed classified military reports about Iraq's weapon capabilities could follow their source to jail, if District Attorney Karsten Hjorth has his way. The DA said Berlingske Tidende's two journalists, Michael Bjerre and Jesper Larsen, broke the law when they printed classified military reports leaked to them by Major Frank Grevil, Defense Intelligence Service (FE). Grevil, a secret agent who authored the FE's report to the Danish government about Saddam's weapon capabilities, felt the prime minister manipulated his report in the run-up to a parliamentary vote on Denmark's participation in the Iraq War. 'When Anders Fogh Rasmussen says, in reference to the Iraq war, that he 'knows' Iraq has WMD, there are at least ten reports sitting on his desk with information indicating quite the contrary,' Grevil told daily newspaper Information in 2004. Grevil contacted the Berlingske Tidende journalists and offered them classified military reports that cast doubt on the government's proof that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Their articles printed in the February and March 2004 argued that the government presented an incomplete picture of the threat of Saddam Hussein. The paper trail led back to Grevil. The Copenhagen Municipal Court tried and found him guilty and issued him a half-year prison sentence, which the Eastern High Court later reduced to four months.
UC Santa Cruz community gathers together for an educational teach-in against the war
City on a Hill Press
Katie Markowicz and Alia Wilson
Voices of opposition to the War on Terror echoed off the granite ruins at the UC Santa Cruz Quarry Amphitheater on Monday, Apr. 24 in a good old fashioned day-long teach-in organized by the UCSC group, Faculty Against the War (FAW).
Former US ambassador Joseph Wilson headlined the event. Wilson’s speech—scheduled two hours into the 10 hour event—elicited a standing ovation.
Student members of Oklahoma State University's Young Democrats are organizing a protest on May 6 during the commencement ceremony at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where President George W. Bush will be speaking. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(PRWEB) April 27, 2006 -- A broad coalition of Oklahoma State University students and graduating seniors are organizing a protest on May 6 during the commencement ceremony in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where President George W. Bush will be speaking. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Organizers hope to draw crowd to Albany federal building on day before New York City event By DANIELLE FURFARO, Times Union, NY
ALBANY -- On Friday afternoon, just hours before more than 150 local residents will pile into buses to attend a peace rally in New York City, hundreds are expected in downtown Albany for a precursor protest.
Organizers, who hope the demonstration will be one of the Capital Region's biggest since the war began, said public opinion has changed during three years of war in Iraq.
Published on Thursday, April 27, 2006 by the Los Angeles Times
Some leaders worry that the Americans' surprise trip could hurt talks on forming a government. Analysts see an effort to shore up U.S. opinion.
by Louise Roug and Paul Richter
BAGHDAD — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Baghdad on Wednesday to express support for Iraq's new leaders, but drew criticism from Iraqi politicians who said they feared the unannounced visit might do more harm than good.
Published on Thursday, April 27, 2006 by Knight Ridder
By Drew Brown
WASHINGTON - Three human rights groups said Wednesday that they had found credible evidence that U.S. troops and government civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had abused, tortured or killed at least 460 detainees.
The researchers said they had found 330 cases of abuse and that only about half of them had been fully investigated, and one-third never were investigated or remained unresolved. The findings are in a report by New York University's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Human Rights First and Human Rights Watch.
By Alan Lopez, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
With little fanfare, the Berkeley City Council at its Tuesday meeting joined three other California cities in calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
In a resolution that will be sent to U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., the Berkeley council accused the president and vice president of, among other things: defrauding the country and Congress regarding the Iraq war; authorizing torture in violation of the Geneva Conventions; ordering secret surveillance of U.S. citizens; and failing to quickly respond to the Gulf Coast hurricane.
By VOA News
Italy's center-left leader Romano Prodi faced calls from some of his allies to speed up a withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq. The calls followed a bomb blast on an Italian convoy in southern Iraq, which killed 3 Italian soldiers.
Italian Margherita (Daisy) party's Arturo Parisi, right, with center-left coalition leader Romano Prodi at a meeting in Rome
Italy's prime minister in waiting Romano Prodi insisted that the bombing in Iraq, which killed three Italian soldiers would not make him speed up plans to withdraw Italian troops.
Schroeder said he feels the lives lost in Iraq, including his son's, have been wasted. But as to whether his son and the others have died in vain, he said, ``they did not die in vain if Americans remain strong enough to tell our leaders don't ever do this again.''
Loss, urgency surround war in Iraq
By Jim Carney, Akron Beacon Journal staff writer
CLEVELAND - Rosemary Palmer and Paul Schroeder watch the last video their son sent home from Iraq before he was killed.
By Judy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune
Add Gov. Jon M. Huntsman to the list of Utahns with suspicions about a huge upcoming explosion at the Nevada Test Site.
Speaking Thursday at his monthly news conference, the Republican governor shared a demand voiced this week by Utah members of Congress: that the Pentagon and the Energy Department must do more to prove the June 2 "Divine Strake" won't harm Utahns.
Pentagon apparently looks for an optimal size of a 'bunker buster'
by Robert Gehrke, Salt Lake Tribune
Washington - A powerful blast scheduled at the Nevada Test Site in June is designed to help war planners figure out the smallest nuclear weapon able to destroy underground targets. And it has caused a concern that it signals a renewed push toward tactical nuclear weapons.
The detonation, called Divine Strake, is intended to "develop a planning tool to improve the warfighter's confidence in selecting the smallest proper nuclear yield necessary to destroy underground facilities while minimizing collateral damage," according to Defense Department budget documents.
By Greg Palast
For the past two years, I've nearly disappeared from BBC Television screens and from newspapers so my team could focus on our most important investigation yet. I've put it in a book: Armed Madhouse. The book travels from Beijing to New Orleans to Caracas to Baghdad to New Mexico ... a five-part investigation of global economic piggery so deep, dark and devious you just have to scream or cry -- or laugh.
Rep. Maxine Waters
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), the Chair and Founder of the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus, issued the following statement on the announcement that the House of Representatives will hold a debate on the Iraq war:
"I was pleased to see the article in The Hill announcing that Majority Leader Boehner will finally permit the House of Representatives to debate the war in Iraq. This debate is long overdue.