A Setback for Democracy

The US-led invasion in Iraq interrupted the Middle East’s gradual movement toward liberalization
By Dilip Hiro, YaleGlobal, 4 May 2006

Democracy interrupted: Countries like Iran try to quell the cultural
invasion

LONDON: An elected Iraqi government is about to take office in
Baghdad – the first since the brief democratic experiment that began
with direct multiparty parliamentary elections in 1953 and ended with

City Urges State to Pursue Impeachment

Dave Meserve, Arcata City Councilmember

The Arcata City Council last night voted (3-2) to send a letter to California State Senator Wes Chesbro and Assembly Member Patty Berg, requesting their support and sponsorship of Assembly Joint Resolution 39, which calls upon the US House of Representatives to initiate the Impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney for high crimes and misdemeanors. AJR-39, introduced by Assemblymember Paul Koretz, invokes Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual and Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature.

Protesters Heckle Rumsfeld On War

Former CIA Analyst Accuses Him Of Lying About Prewar Intelligence On Iraq

ATLANTA, May 4, 2006
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Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld speaks to the Southern Center for International Studies Thursday, May 4, 2006, in Atlanta. (AP)

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"I did not lie." Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, responding to a heckler during a speech on Thursday, May 4, 2006

Lobbying Hitler's Legislature for Peace

By David Swanson

There are now 37 Congress Members backing an investigation into grounds for impeachment related to the war. Rep. Hilda Solis has joined the list of cosponsors of House Resolution 635, introduced by Congressman John Conyers.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/635

This compares to 17 members backing Rep. Jim McGovern's bill to cut off funding for the war.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/end

Fox News Calls for Elimination of Right to Trial by Jury

By News Hounds

In probably one of the most extreme reactions yet to the Bush administration's inability to get the death sentence for an admitted terrorist who wanted it, a Fox News analyst calls for eliminating Americans' right to a trial before a juror of his or her peers. Link With video.

U.S. Department of State Invites You to Attend a Special Briefing for Representatives of Nongovernmental Organizations

Gordon Gray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and David Denehy, Senior Advisor on Iran will brief on:
Iran: Challenges and Opportunity
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
U.S. Department of State • Room 1105

U.S. policy towards Iran is entering an important phase, as the Iranian regime’s policies deepen that country’s international isolation. Iran’s abysmal human rights record, support for international terrorism, interference in Iraq, and nuclear weapons ambitions all pose challenges that the United States and its allies must address – starting with the UN Security Council’s action on Tehran’s continuing disregard for its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. We must also find ways to support the majority of Iranians who seek reform and accountable governance. For a review of these issues, and the overarching challenge of bringing Iran back into the community of responsible nations, please join Deputy Assistant Secretary Gordon Gray and Senior Advisor David Denehy in a discussion of U.S. policy toward Iran.

Congressman Jim McGovern Circulates Letter to Colleagues Urging Support for Ending War Funding

IRAQ: GET OUT NOW
COSPONSOR H.R. 4232, THE END THE WAR IN IRAQ ACT
May 4, 2006

Dear Colleague,

I would like to bring to your attention to an article in today's Los Angeles Times by Lt. General William E. Odom (ret) outlining why the United States needs to get of Iraq now. The arguments he presents are compelling, and are an abbreviated version of an article he authored that appeared in the current issue of Foregin Policy Magazine (http://www.foreignpolicy.com).

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.

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