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We speak with investigative journalist Murray Waas who that Lewis "Scooter"
By Sibel Edmonds, Director-NSWB
So, what is he really saying? On one hand he tells congress ‘Intel & Law Enforcement employees should not be covered by whistleblower protection laws & their reports to congress should not be given protected disclosure status', while on the other hand he is whining about leaks.
This week on CounterSpin: Unflattering and offensive cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that appeared in a Danish newspaper have set off protests around the world. Pundits seem eager to portray the story as the familiar "clash of civilizations," but what else is going on here? We'll ask Ali Abunimah of the website Electronic Intifada.
Also this week: According to the February 3rd London Guardian, a memo has emerged revealing that George Bush intended to invade Iraq regardless of UN support or if UN inspectors found banned weapons there. It also shows Tony Blair supported these Bush plans. You might not know about all this because the US press hasn't given it much coverage. We'll talk to David Swanson of AfterDowningStreet.org and Democrats.com about the new memo. LISTEN
February 9-11, 2006
CHENEY, MEHLMAN, HASTERT, ALLEN and NORQUIST (all invited guests) in
Washington DC: Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) convenes
at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. [ABCNews.com]
UFPJ's Iraq Scorecard: Find out how your Representative has voted, and what legislation they have co-sponsored
This chart collects it all in one place. Why has your Congress Member backed some bills, but not others, or none at all? Which bills have the most support right now? Which members are consistently leading the way? Which state delegations are strongest? Find out (requires Excel, will soon be in HTML as well):
United for Peace and Justice Legislative Action page:
UFPJ home page:
By Stephanie Westbrook, U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome
Yesterday the Italian government called for a confidence vote in Parliament on a bill dubbed the milleproroghe (1000 extensions), which included extending the Italian mission in Iraq through June 30, 2006. The confidence vote is used to assure quick passage of legislation and allows for no discussion of the bill. There is some risk involved; if the vote of confidence is not obtained, the government is forced to resign. However, in this case Berlusconi's ruling coalition enjoys a wide majority and the bill was approved 296-158.
There have been 2,466 coalition deaths, 2,263 Americans, one Australian, 101 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, two Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Hungarian, 26 Italians, one Kazakh, one Latvian, 17 Poles, two Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians in the war in Iraq as of February 9, 2006, according to a CNN count. The list below is the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. At least 16,653 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan and examine U.S. war casualties dating back to the Revolutionary War. LINK TO ORIGINAL
Intelligence 'Misused' to Justify War, He Says
By Walter Pincus, Washington Post
The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
By Terry Smith, Athens NEWS Editor (Ohio), www.athensnews.com
The column by U.S. Rep. Bob Ney on this page is a manifesto for his own tight political corner -- loyally backing the president for the most part, while staking out the trade-related areas where he abandons Bush doctrine in order to maintain his political viability in the Ohio Valley.
Programs Bush Wants to Cut or Kill
By The Associated Press
The 141 programs that President Bush proposed to eliminate or cut in his 2007 budget, with potential savings in millions:
The first draft of history suggests that Britain should have stayed out of Washington's faction-fighting over Iraq
By Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
When Tony Blair is criticised over Iraq he appeals to either the past or the future. The invasion seemed a good idea at the time, or at least "Let history be my judge". Leave the present out of it.
Published on Thursday, February 9, 2006 by the Seattle Times (Washington)
By Bert Sacks
I recently attended an alumni meeting in Seattle of a well-known East Coast college. The president of the college spoke and a hundred alumni came to listen. I used the chance to speak to several of them about something I know well from my nine trips to Iraq: the 12 years of U.N. and U.S. economic sanctions on Iraq, reinstated after the Gulf War in 1991 and ending with this war in 2003.
The deception that launched the invasion of Iraq now increasingly
shapes media coverage of the occupation
By Sami Ramadani, The Guardian
Three years after invading Iraq, George Bush and Tony Blair are still
By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD — Looking healthy and composed, the American reporter kidnapped in Iraq last month appeared on a new videotape aired on an Arab-language television channel today, urging supporters to do whatever necessary to obtain her release.
By David Swanson
Some say we can't push impeachment until after non-Republicans win a majority in Congress.
This makes no sense, because first we need a reason to vote the Democrats a majority.
Call for Artists!
Soldier's Heart [ http://www.soldiersheart.org ] is a website dedicated to
information and resources for combat-related PTSD. In the spirit of "wellness
through the arts", the site provides a gallery of artwork by veterans. This
By David Swanson
We're trying to impeach Bush AND CHENEY. Regardless, there are several reasons to stop worrying that impeaching Bush would make things worse.
An investigation into possible grounds for impeachment, as well as proposals for censure, serve an educational and political purpose in themselves, whether or not we get to impeachment. We further discredit the Bushies, and we help to build an opposition.
By Sibel Edmonds, www.nswbc.org
The hearing on National Security Whistleblowers by the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats & International Relations (Chairman: Christopher Shays) is set to go. The list of witnesses on three panels includes: Professor William Weaver (NSWBC), POGO, GAP, Mark Zaid (WB Attorney); DOJ-IG, DOD-IG, DOE-IG; Russ Tice (NSWBC member, NSA), Tony Shaffer (DIA), Mike German (FBI), and Major Provance (Army).
By Molly Ivins, AlterNet
Once upon a time, in the middle of a nasty constitutional crisis in Washington, a most unlikely hero emerged -- a lawyer from one of Texas' notoriously discriminated-against racial minorities.
World Peace Forum 2006 organizing continues on track
Vancouver, February 8, 2006 - Organizing for the World Peace Forum
continues on track for its opening date of June 23rd, organizers say.
Some radio stations and print media have erroneously announced that the
Growing questions about whether Bush lied today about the supposed threat to LA that he supposedly foiled
By John in DC, http://americablog.blogspot.com
1. Los Angeles Mayor knows nothing about the supposed threat:
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by President Bush's announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as "nonexistent."
By Elizabeth Marsh Cupino, The Frederick News-Post (Maryland)
I was zipping along Bentz Street the other day when a white banner flapped past in my peripheral vision. On someone's porch, bright lettering: "Impeach Bush ... for Domestic Spaying." I was hopping mad when I saw that, let me tell you. Where does the government get off, trying to infringe on my pet's right to reproductive privacy ... I pounded on the steering wheel, drove around the block for another look.
I am sorry to bother you but I have made a t-shirt that says "2,264 Dead. How many more?" and I am going to wear it to school. I shouldn't have any problems but two of my teachers are Bush supporters and one is the Asst. Principal so if they ask me to turn it inside out, I'm not going to do it. I will get suspended because I am NOT abandoning my rights to make two teachers happy. Not going to happen.
By David Swanson
Joe Scarborough hosted a discussion of impeachment last night on MSNBC. Here's the transcript:
There were four guests, two explicitly labeled as liberals, and two as conservatives. The conservatives were Tucker Carlson and Pat Buchanan. The liberals were Liz Holtzman and Arianna Huffington.
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By Larry C. Johnson
Perhaps the only thing more pathetic than a President who insists on an Alice in Wonderland view of terrorism is a media eager to lap up his nonsense. How long must we endure factual errors and misleading statements? The latest whoppers from George Bush in describing “progress
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today regarding news that a deal had been reached on Patriot Act:
By Sidney Blumenthal, The Guardian UK
The extraordinary legal defense of George Bush's domestic spying reads like a blend of Kafka, Le Carré and Mel Brooks.
In 1996, Governor George W Bush received a summons to serve on a jury, which would have required his admission that 20 years earlier he had been arrested for drunk driving. Already planning his presidential campaign, he did not want this information made public. His lawyer made the novel argument to the judge that Bush should not have to serve because "he would not, as governor, be able to pardon the defendant in the future". (The defendant was a stripper accused of drunk driving.) The judge agreed, and it was not until the closing days of the 2000 campaign that Bush's record surfaced. On Monday, the same lawyer, Alberto Gonzales - now attorney general - appeared before the senate judiciary committee to defend "the client", as he called the president.
Sheehan Will Focus on Pushing the Senate for Legislation to Bring the Troops Home and Bringing Iraqi Women Who Lost Loves Ones in the War to the US to Tell Their Stories
San Francisco, CA – Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan announced today that she will not challenge California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat this November. Sheehan had been considering running against Feinstein because of Feinstein’s lack of leadership in opposing Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination as well as Feinstein’s failure to take action to bring the US troops home from Iraq now. Despite receiving hundreds of calls and emails from Californians and others encouraging her to run, Sheehan has decided that her time would be better spent pushing the Senate for legislation to bring the troops home.
By Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times
Washington - A House Republican whose subcommittee oversees the National Security Agency broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.