Pro-Israel "Nutjobs" on the Attack

Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 by TruthDig
by Molly Ivins

One of the consistent deformities in American policy debate has been challenged by a couple of professors, and the reaction proves their point so neatly it’s almost funny.

A working paper by John Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Walt, professor of international affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, called “The Israel Lobby” was printed in the London Review of Books earlier this month. And all hell broke loose in the more excitable reaches of journalism and academe.

COUNTDOWN TO APRIL 29 MARCH FOR PEACE, JUSTICE & DEMOCRACY NEW YORK CITY

From US Labor Against the War

Labor is fully mobilizing for a huge turnout Saturday. If you won't be there, you'll miss an historic moment in labor opposition to U.S. foreign policy and this horrific war.

It's our time to stand up and be counted.
Join the LABOR CONTINGENT.

The labor contingent will assemble at 10:30 a.m. on 19th Street between Broadway and Park Ave. South. The pre-march Labor Rally will start at 10:45 a.m. The march to Foley Square kicks off at noon. There will be a Peace, Justice and Democracy Grassroots Action Festival in Foley Square. Be sure to visit the Labor Tent.

McCARTHYITE SMEAR JOB: A TOP MIDDLE EAST SCHOLAR, JUAN COLE, IS FALSELY ACCUSED OF BEING "ANTI-SEMITIC" TO STOP YALE FROM HIRING

BY: JOE AMERICAN

How would you feel if your career was destroyed because someone had publicly
launched false-but-damaging allegations against you? Right-wing WSJ columnist
John Fund has launched a disingenuous diatribe against one of the USA's top
Middle East scholars, U. Michigan History Professor Juan Cole, in his latest
Opinion Journal column, "Cole Fire: Yale Is Set To Ditch Taliban Man And Hire A

Well That Should Fix Everything

Fox Commentator to Join White House, Officials Say
By JIM RUTENBERG, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, April 25 - Tony Snow, the Fox News radio and television commentator, has agreed to become the White House press secretary, and could be officially named to the post as early as Wednesday, administration officials said on Tuesday.

Unlike the soft-spoken current press secretary, Scott McClellan, who announced his resignation last week, Mr. Snow is something of a showman, having earned his living in a world in which success hinges upon being provocative.

Vermont lawmakers to call for Bush impeachment

By Shay Totten | Vermont Guardian

BURLINGTON — A Progressive lawmaker today will introduce a formal resolution in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush.

Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, claims support from at least a dozen lawmakers, including Democrats, Progressives and one independent, and expects to have more co-signers before handing the resolution into the House clerk later today.

Council Joins Impeachment Campaign

By Judith Scherr, Berkeley Daily Planet

A resolution on tonight’s (Tuesday) City Council agenda, calling on the House of Representatives to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney, is not just another feel-good Berkeley measure.

Rather, it’s part of a burgeoning nationwide effort to recognize the crimes of the nation’s top executives and remove them from office, according to Councilmember Kriss Worthington, who has sponsored the resolution calling on the council to ask the House of Representatives to impeach Bush and Cheney and has co-sponsored a second resolution calling for a similar measure to be placed before the voters in November.

Two bombs explode in Baghdad, bodies of two tortured men found

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Two roadside bombs - one targeting a U.S. military convoy and the other an Iraqi police patrol - exploded in Baghdad on Tuesday, wounding three Iraqis, officials said.

In Mosul, a mostly Sunni city 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, a roadside bomb seriously wounded an Iraqi policeman, and a drive-by shooting killed a Kurdish civilian as he was leaving his home, said police Maj. Gen. Wathiq Mohammed.

Covert US troops 'already in Iran'

By Sherwood Ross, Middle East Times

NEW JERSEY -- American troops are already in Iran "to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups", according to a report in the April 17 issue of The New Yorker, published in New York City.

The covert military units have been working with the Azeris, in the north, the Baluchis, in the southeast, and the Kurds, in the northeast, wrote Seymour Hersh, a prize-winning investigative reporter. A government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon told Hersh the troops "are studying the terrain, and giving away walking-around money to ethnic tribes, and recruiting scouts from local tribes and shepherds".

Minibus Explodes In Baghdad, Kills 2

(AP) BAGHDAD A bomb hidden in a minibus exploded near the offices of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two Iraqi civilians and wounding three, police said.

In other violence, a car bomb, four roadside bombs and two drive-by shootings killed two Iraqis and wounded nine people -- six Iraqis and three U.S. soldiers, police said. The corpses of six Iraqis bearing signs of torture also were discovered, five in Baghdad and one, in Basra, identified as Salih Talib, a member of the National Accord Party of the former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

The Fallout Before a Bomb Test

A blast being planned for the Nevada desert revives some old atomic-age concerns
By MARGOT ROOSEVELT, Time Magazine

Will a 10,000-foot cloud of dust from a massive bomb spread radioactive particles across the West? It sounds like a nightmare scenario from the 1950s. But that’s the question a U.S. district court in Las Vegas will seek to resolve next month.

A Western Shoshone Indian tribe and representatives of two Salt Lake citizens groups have filed suit against the U.S. Defense Department to stop the June 2 detonation of a 700-ton ammonium nitrate and fuel oil bomb 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The test, announced by the Pentagon on April 4, and dubbed "Divine Strake," is designed to determine how a bomb might penetrate fortified underground bunkers. It will be the biggest open-air chemical blast ever conducted at the Nevada Test site — 280 times more powerful than the explosion that destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995. "The concern of downwind communities is ‘Here we go again,’" said plaintiff Stephen Erickson of the Salt Lake City-based Citizens Education Project. Though not a nuclear test, Erickson is afraid the huge blast "could kick up radioactive dust from previous nuclear testing," and claims "the Pentagon has sprung it on everybody with no examination of its effects."

Revolutionary Thinking: State Legislatures Push Impeachment

By Matt Hutaff, The Simon, CA, http://www.thesimon.com

Leave it to the states to do the federal government's job.

The ineffectiveness of the United States Congress at times is so pronounced it's laughable. We are six years into a presidency that elevates graft, corruption and criminal behavior to new heights and neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate have begun impeachment charges against the Bush Administration.

Explosion test has Hatch upset

"The more I look into this the more upset I become," Hatch said in a statement....Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Shelley Berkley were briefed on the planned test [Divine Strake], and said it could be conducted safely."

Concerns grow over possible dispersal of old radioactive material in Nevada
By Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune

WASHINGTON - Sen. Orrin Hatch has joined a group of Congress members voicing concerns about "Divine Strake," a massive explosion planned this summer at the Nevada Test Site that critics say could have nuclear implications.

Senator Wants Reassurances Before Nevada Blast

AP

SALT LAKE CITY U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch wants reassurances that a massive explosion test planned for Nevada this summer won't disperse radioactive material from past nuclear weapons tests.

Hatch, R-Utah, has joined a group of Congress members voicing concerns about "Divine Strake," the detonation of a 700-ton ammonium nitrate and fuel oil bomb scheduled for June 2 over the Nevada desert.

Although the bomb isn't nuclear, there are concerns that it could shake loose radioactive material from past tests at the Nevada Test Site, about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Western Shoshone winning converts

“This is our lives and our children’s lives that are at stake. I ask of humanity what is so divine about a weapon with a name like Divine Strake that will contaminate all living life forms?” said Bennie “BlueThunder” LeBeau.

GOP Senator, shareholders offer support in crusades against Pentagon, mining company
Native Times
Sam Lewin 4/25/2006

A Western tribe currently engaged in battles with two powerful opponents- the largest gold producer in the world and the Pentagon- - is now receiving moral and legal support from shareholders in the company involved in the former controversy and a Republican Senator concerned about the latter’s plan for a huge explosion.

Rice asserts no options withdrawn regarding Iran nuclear issue

www.chinaview.cn

ATHENS, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asserted here on Tuesday that all options regarding Iran remain on the table, stressing that Washington's priority at this time was to intensify diplomatic efforts.

At the joint press conference after the meeting with her Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis, Rice told reporters that Washington was "aware that Iran was not Iraq," adding that U.S. President George Bush "has not withdrawn any options from the table."

McCarthyism: Mary and Joe

By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

As additional information on the firing of CIA official Mary McCarthy just ten days short of her retirement becomes available, what is afoot is becoming quite clear. We are witnessing a Stalinesque show trial sans the actual trial and inevitable execution. The purpose is intimidation, not extermination. We should be thankful for small favors, I suppose.

Join Peace Action at April 29 March in New York

On April 29, the Peace Action contingent will meet up in NYC around 10:30 am on E 20th Street in front of Gramercy Tavern, 42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, (between Broadway and Park Ave S.) directions at: http://www.gramercytavern.com/directions.html. Please urge your members to join us with Peace Action signs and banners to show our network’s collective strength!

We will be meeting up along with other Peace Organizations which are designated to assemble at 20th and Broadway before the march steps off South down Broadway.

Wars, Debt and Outsourcing The World is Uniting Against the Bush Imperium

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, http://www.counterpunch.org

Is the United States a superpower? I think not. Consider these facts:

The financial position of the US has declined dramatically. The US is
heavily indebted, both government and consumers. The US trade deficit both
in absolute size and as a percentage of GDP is unprecedented, reaching more
than $800 billion in 2005 and accumulating to $4.5 trillion since 1990. With

US Impeachment Move Taken By States

http://www.plenglish.com

Washington, 25 Apr (Prensa Latina) While petitions abound on the Internet in a seemingly ill-fated attempt to get a Republican-controlled Congress to impeach President Bush, three state legislators are pursuing what 33 percent of US citizens want.

Illinois Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough (7th District) found a never-used US House Rule, Jefferson´s Manual Sec. 603, allowing a joint resolution by a state legislature to initiate federal impeachment proceedings.

Vermont lawmakers to call for Bush impeachment

By Shay Totten | Vermont Guardian

BURLINGTON — A Progressive lawmaker today will introduce a formal resolution in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush.

Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, claims support from at least a dozen lawmakers, including Democrats, Progressives and one independent, and expects to have more co-signers before handing the resolution into the House clerk later today.

Sheehan calls for students to join peace movement

By KARIN STANTON, Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii - Cindy Sheehan said that before her son was killed in Iraq, she didn't buy into the idea that one person could make a difference. Now, she does.

Young people should resist the American military war machine and instead fight for global peace and prosperity, Sheehan told a receptive audience of about 200 at the University of Hawaii-Hilo on Monday, before another appearance across the island in Kailua-Kona.

Tonight on Hardball, Tyler Drumheller

Tonight on Hardball, Tyler Drumheller, the former top man for the CIA in Europe, sits down for an exclusive cable interview to discuss his claim that the White House cherry-picked intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons capability to make the case for the war in Iraq. Read more about Drumheller's take in the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/22/washington/22intel.html

Announcing Robert Greenwald's Next Film -- Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

From Brave New Films

We're ready to start production on Robert's new documentary: "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers." Over the last few months we've recruited a core team, and with the help of our volunteer field producers, have uncovered some devastating and powerful material that hasn't been seen before. We need your help to make it, more about that in a minute.

We can't tell you anything more specific about the film yet, but I can assure you it will have an enormous impact when it comes out shortly before the elections this November.

When GI Joe Says No

By Christian Parenti, www.thenation.com

A young former US Army sniper wearing a desert camo uniform, an Iraqi kaffiyeh and mirrored sunglasses scans a ruined urban landscape of smashed homes, empty streets and garbage heaps. His sand-colored hat bears a small regulation-style military patch, or tab, that instead of reading "Airborne" or "Ranger" or "Special Forces" says "Shitbag" - common military parlance for bad soldier.

Dozens of Security Force Recruits Are Killed by Iraqi Insurgents

By Richard A. Oppel Jr., The New York Times

Baghdad, Iraq - At least 40 Iraqi civilians and security force recruits were either killed or found dead on Monday, the Iraqi authorities said, as insurgents unleashed a wave of car bombs across Baghdad.

Throughout the capital, seven car bombs struck, killing at least 10 people and wounding 76 others. Their targets were the back gate of Mustansiriya University, two Iraqi police patrols and a busy intersection at rush hour. All of the dead were civilians.

Subject to the Penalty of Death

By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

This weekend I received an email from a friend in Iraq. It read, "Salam Dahr, I was in Ramadi today to ask about the situation. I was stunned for the news of a father and his three sons executed in cold blood by US soldiers, then they blasted the house. The poor mother couldn't stand the shock, so she died of a heart attack."

Sounds unbelievable, until you consider this short clip from CNN, which shows a war crime being committed by US troops in Iraq. In this clip, shot on October 26, 2003, Marines are seen killing a wounded Iraqi who was writhing on the ground, and cheering. One of the murderers then told CNN, "These guys are dead now you know, but it was a good feeling ... and afterwards you're like, hell yeah, that was awesome, let's do it again."

HOUSE POISED TO GRANT ARREST POWERS TO CIA, NSA

SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

The House version of the 2007 intelligence authorization bill would
grant CIA and NSA security personnel the authority to make arrests
for "any felony" committed in their presence, no matter how remote
from the foreign intelligence mission it might be, the Baltimore
Sun reported today.

Section 423 of H.R. 5020 "appears...to grant to CIA security

Ray Accuses Bush of War Crimes on Major TV Show: Transcript of Ray McGovern Interview on Jim Lehrer's News Hour

LINK TO ORIGINAL WITH VIDEO

JIM LEHRER: A 20-year veteran of the agency, Mary McCarthy, was fired on Thursday for leaking information about CIA secret prison camps to the Washington Post. The newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for those stories.

CIA Director Porter Goss reportedly told CIA employees Friday that McCarthy had failed a polygraph test and then admitted to unauthorized disclosures. There's no word on whether the government will take any further action against her.

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.

 

 

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