Message from the Impeach Bush Coalition. Spread the word!
While standing at the gas pump today, watching the dollars and cents spinning far too fast in comparison to the gallons dial, I stood there muttering to myself, "What the hell will it take to impeach this criminal son of a bitch?"
Then it dawned on me.
These days, there is no better place to get your point across to the average American than while he/she is standing there at the gas pump. Aren't we all muttering at the gas pump these days?
Tonight: a Hardball Special Report on how we went to war in Iraq. Did President Bush lead our country to war based on faulty intelligence or did his administration twist and cherry-pick the information for a war they'd already decided to start? Who is responsible for the war?
Tonight, a Hardball investigation with high-ranking CIA operatives who were actively involved in the run-up to the war. Chris talks to two former CIA officials who know: Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of operations for the CIA in Europe, and Gary Berntsen, a former CIA field commander who was on the ground in Afghanistan pursuing Osama bin Laden and author of the book "Jawbreaker." They'll both talk about failures and fights within the U.S. intelligence community that led up to the invasion of Iraq. Did the White House purposely dismiss information that didn't bolster the case for war? Is there still a battle between the CIA and the White House over intelligence? Could political agendas and power struggles lead the U.S.
UC Berkeley Arbitrarily Cancels Law Day Constitution Teach-In on the Case for the Impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney; Berkeley Moves Toward Putting Impeachment on the City Ballot
BERKELEY, CA – A mere thirty minutes before the scheduled start of an ASUC sponsored Constitution Summer teach-in to rally support for a possible ballot measure for impeachment in Berkeley, Constitution Summer learned that the teach-in had been cancelled when, citing concerns about a lack of previously agreed-upon sound equipment, they approached the Office of Student Life (OSL). The OSL notified Constitution Summer of cancellation for the stated reason of staffing shortages, despite the presence of three students and two managers in the OSL. Constitution Summer was informed that the cancellation had been sent in an email to an unspecified person on an unspecified date. When Constitution Summer Co-Founder Abraham Kneisley asked to whom the email was sent, OSL staff refused to answer. The Office of Student Life had previously confirmed the event verbally and had stated that written confirmation would come via United States Postal Service mail, but that it might come late and that Constitution Summer should go ahead with the event. Cancellation by email was not discussed, and no one at Constitution Summer received such an email. When OSL staff called an unspecified manager to confer on the decision, Mr. Kneisley asked to speak with the manager, was refused, and so requested to speak with the ASUC President, a Dean, or the Chancellor. These requests, too, were refused. Upon arriving back on Sproul Plaza, Constitution Summer organizers were confronted by the UC Berkeley Police, who said that the event was no longer sanctioned and that a police report would have to be filed if any teach-in occurred. Constitution Summer then heeded the cancellation of the teach-in, informed the speakers and gathering crowd of the cancellation, created signs announcing the cancellation of the event, and instead held a demonstration in support of free speech rights. Councilmember Kriss Worthington, Center for Constitutional Rights staff attorney Shayana Kadidal, Berkeley Peace and Justice Chairperson Steve Freedkin, and Constitution Summer Co-Founders, Abraham Kneisley, Geoffrey King, Saba Sahouria, Taylor Hines, and Abe Gardner spoke on the importance of free speech and the reasons for and viability of the impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney through grassroots organizing.
By Elaine Sciolino, New York Times
Paris - The United States, Britain and France have drafted a binding Security Council resolution requiring Iran to stop key nuclear activities, but Russia and China are already resisting, officials involved in the negotiations said today.
The Americans and the Europeans want to move swiftly against Iran, and to that end, the resolution will be introduced in New York on Wednesday or Thursday, according to R. Nicolas Burns, the under secretary of state who has led American diplomatic efforts concerning Iran.
Listen here to the Peter B. Collins Show on Wednesday, May 3rd, for David Swanson of AfterDowningStreet at 3:30 p.m. PT, Paul Koretz, California Assembly Member and author of impeachment resolution at 4:00 p.m. PT, and Larisa Alexandrovna of RawStory.com at 4:30 p.m. PT.
Click HERE and then on the Saturday Morning video, and watch the part between 13:40 and 16:00.
By David Swanson
Here's a statement from someone with whom I may have nothing in common other than this: we want Bush and Cheney impeached. What uniters!
By EVAN LEHMANN, http://www.reformer.com
WASHINGTON -- Three Windham County, Vermont, impeachment resolutions passed this spring were hand-delivered to the office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Monday.
Windham County supporters hope the delivery will ignite a national grassroots movement to hold President Bush accountable for allegedly misleading the public about the invasion of Iraq, unconstitutionally eavesdropping on Americans and endorsing torture as a national policy.
By Lt. Gen. William E. Odom
Foreign Policy, May/June 2006 Issue
Why America must get out of Iraq now.
Withdraw immediately or stay the present course? That is the key question about the war in Iraq today. American public opinion is now decidedly against the war. From liberal New England, where citizens pass town-hall resolutions calling for withdrawal, to the conservative South and West, where more than half of "red state" citizens oppose the war, Americans want out. That sentiment is understandable.
After those weapons of mass destruction never appeared and Saddam's al-Qaeda connection proved but a figment of the overly vivid neocon (and Vice-Presidential) imagination, the Bush administration wheeled out the shiniest of American exports, democracy. It had worked for Ronald Reagan in Central America in the 1980s, why not in Iraq, too? Suddenly, actual democratic elections, which administration officials had headed off or tried to contain from the moment Baghdad fell, were de rigueur, the very essence of our mission in Iraq, the true reason that we Americans were placed on this Earth. Who even recalled (or now recalls) the tawdry history of the American occupation, of the way L. Paul Bremer, our hapless viceroy in Baghdad and his kleptomaniacal Coalition Provisional Authority, did everything in their power, including cancelling local elections, to ward off democracy or any significant expression of the popular will.
By David Swanson
The press advisory below describes an event that became a protest yesterday when the University of California tried to cancel it.
According to Geoffrey King, Co-Founder, Constitution Summer, http://www.constitutionsummer.org , "despite the fact that [we] followed all the proper procedures, the university saw fit to inform us at 4:30pm that they had cancelled our 5:00pm event. The university told us our event was cancelled due to 'staff shortages,' despite the fact that there were three student staff and two managers on duty. All of this happened when we inquired about why there was no microphone system set up. The university said it had sent an email cancelling the event that [we] didn't receive. [We] asked to speak to higher ups, were refused, and were confronted by the police, who told us we could have 'no amplified sound' and 'no sort of teach-in.' Luckily one of our speakers is a Yale Law grad and staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, so we made new signs announcing the cancellation of our event, and thus our teach-in became a demonstration in support of free speech rights. There is video of the exchange with the officer, and photos too, I believe. More later."
CCR President Michael Ratner discusses the disclosure by the office of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that the NSA domestic spying program may include spying on communications of attorneys with their clients. This article was originally published by Salon on March 31, 2006.
It's hard to remember how shocked Americans used to be when their presidents broke the law. In a 55-page letter sent on March 24 the Senate Judiciary Committee, the office of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales brazenly asserted that President Bush had every right to secretly order the National Security Agency to engage in warrantless eavesdropping for what it called the "Terrorist Surveillance Program." On the last page, after he essentially refused to answer most of Congress' questions about the illegal program, which had been revealed in December ("It would be inappropriate to discuss in this setting the existence or nonexistence of specific intelligence activities"), Gonzales let slip a bombshell. "Although the Program does not specifically target the communications of attorneys or physicians," his office wrote, "calls from such sources would not be categorically excluded from interception."
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Now that Congress is back fromspring break and looking ahead to Memorial Day, July 4, the August recess and adjournment early in October for elections, perhaps it can take up this question.
Does President Bush have, or not have, the authority to take us to war with Iran? Because Bush and the War Party are surely behaving as though this were an executive decision alone.
This much is known: On April 20, career CIA analyst Mary McCarthy was fired from her job 10 days before retirement. McCarthy admitted to having undisclosed contact with reporters, and a CIA spokesperson says, without identifying McCarthy, that the fired CIA officer also admitted disclosing classified information to the media. Sources said this includes the Washington Post's Dana Priest, who had just won a Pulitzer Prize for writing that the CIA secretly detained terrorists in Eastern Europe who hadn't been charged with a crime. Beyond that, the case gets murky. Government sources tell TIME that McCarthy might have helped inform the prisons story. Through her attorney, she denies the allegation and denies that she leaked classified information about the detention program or any other topic. Although much remains unresolved, the McCarthy case has sparked heated debate, not least among current and former members of the intelligence community. Should CIA officers be fired for talking to reporters? Is leaking ever justified? And who decides? TIME asked four retired career CIA officials to weigh in.
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press
A top Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said Tuesday that Israel would be Iran's first retaliatory target in response to any U.S. attack.
"We have announced that whenever America does make any mischief, the first place we target will be Israel," the Iranian Student News Agency quoted Gen. Mohammad Ebrahim Dehghani as saying.
Dehghani, a top commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, also said Israel was not prepared to go war against Iran.
Here's something you can do to vent your disgust for the rabid militarization that is sweeping our country..
Join local peace activists from the DC Antiwar Network (DAWN) and Peace Action Montgomery at the mall entrance to the Smithsonian Metro at noon, Saturday, May 6 when the pentagon will cover the mall with military hardware.
That orgy of self-promotion by the war machine, euphemistically known as "Public Service Recognition Week" is almost upon us! This is a week in which "public servants" (many of them in uniform and brandishing weapons) invade the mall with tanks and helicopters to the "oohs" and "aahs" of wide-eyed tourists. Children climb on tanks and play with real weaponry. The Army's Recruiting Truck allows kids to shoot simulated M-16's. It's an abomination and it'll take place this year on the National Mall, in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, from May 1st to May 7th.
The Associated Press
Washington - The Secret Service has agreed to turn over White House visitor logs that will show how often convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff met with Bush administration officials - and with whom he met.
U.S. District Judge John Garrett Penn last Tuesday approved an agreement between the Secret Service and Judicial Watch, a public interest group, that requires the agency to produce records of Abramoff's visits from Jan. 1, 2001, to the present.
By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
They say he cannot claim powers above the law.
Washington - Three leading Democratic senators blasted President Bush yesterday for having claimed he has the authority to defy more than 750 statutes enacted since he took office, saying that the president's legal theories are wrong and that he must obey the law.
"We're a government of laws, not men," Senate minority leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, said in a statement. "It is not for George W. Bush to disregard the Constitution and decide that he is above the law."
by Kagro X, www.dailykos.com
Thanks to the fantastic reporting of Charlie Savage of the Boston Globe, Daily Kos readers, Americans in general, and our representatives in Congress are now perhaps more aware of the scope and danger of the Bush administration's use of signing statements to nullify duly enacted legislation.
As Savage informs us:
President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006 (Note: All times are local)
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the "Big Five" GOP
Senate and House leaders at 1:45 PM. [First Read, MSNBC.com, 05/02/06]
NEW* HUCKABEE in New York, NY: Governor Huckabee speaks to The
Advertising Council's Board of Directors about his NGA Chairman's
"Healthy America," at 9:00 AM. [The Note, ABCNews.com, 05/02/06]
NEW MEHLMAN in Washington, DC: RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman makes remarks
By CLYDE HABERMAN
NO ageism is intended, but we're willing to lay heavy
odds that it has been a long while since the Manhattan
district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, found someone
older than he is to take to court.
Betty Coqui Brassell, 76, one of the defendants in the
Granny Peace Brigade, returning to Manhattan Criminal
Court Thursday after lunch.
With President Bush's approval rating at 33% it comes as no surprise that his presidency, if it were to end today, would be viewed by political historians as a failure, according to a new survey by the Siena College Research Institute (SRI). In its expert opinion poll, SRI said 8 out of 10 history and political science professors put Bush's ranking at "below average" or "failure," with over two-thirds saying there's little chance for him to improve his rating.
What is the subject of the [Downing Street] memo? It is that during at least eight months before the war, what was being publicly reported about what the Administration was doing ... was in large part a fraud. ... If you are a paper of record, having reported that fraud for eight months, the memo is not going to be an easy thing for you to cope with.
The California Democratic Party calls for the immediate investigation of the President and Vice President of the United States for committing the following alleged acts:
Misleading Congress and the American public about an unproven and unrealized threat to national security by Iraq in order to justify war thereby violating the federal anti-conspiracy statute and the False Statement Accountability Act.