Letter from a Nonviolent Resister

President George Bush committed a felony, punishable by five years in prison.
Authorizing the use of wiretaps without a court order on United States citizens,
as President Bush did in 2002 and 30 times thereafter, violated a federal law.

MPs Leaked Bush Plan to Hit al-Jazeera

By David Leigh and Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian UK

Transcript of meeting with Blair passed to US contact. Official and aide already charged over document.

Two Labour MPs have defied the Official Secrets Act by passing on the contents of a secret British document revealing how President George Bush wanted to bomb the Arabic TV station, al-Jazeera.

Egypt 'Has Proof' US Questioned Suspects in Romania

Agence France-Presse

A fax sent by the Egyptian foreign ministry to its embassy in London stated that more than 20 Iraqis and Afghans had been questioned at a US-run base in Romania, a Swiss newspaper reported.

US Troops Seize Award-Winning Iraqi Journalist

The Guardian UK

American troops in Baghdad yesterday blasted their way into the home of an Iraqi journalist working for the Guardian and Channel 4, firing bullets into the bedroom where he was sleeping with his wife and children.

Video of Moran, Murtha Town Hall

By Todd Smyth

CSPAN has excellent video coverage of the Rep. Jack Murtha Town Hall hosted by Rep. Jim Moran in Arlington, VA this past Thursday. It was rebroadcast Sunday noon time and it was great to watch even though I was there. They only seem to update the online schedule one day ahead.

Was Anything Learned from Vietnam?

By Carolyn Eisenberg
http://hnn.us/articles/20259.html

Ms. Eisenberg is a member of Historians Against War (HAW). She presented the following paper at a forum sponsored by HAW at the annual meting of the American Historical Association in Philadelphia this past weekend.

Throw a House Party for the State of the Union Address

By United for Peace and Justice

Does the thought of watching President Bush give the State of the Union address alone leave you feeling a bit depressed? We have the solution: throw a house party to support UFPJ and your local peace and justice group. And have fun!

Bush believes he is above the law

By Theodore Fuller, Roanoke Times (Virginia)

Fuller is a professor of sociology at Virginia Tech.

Most of us who are old enough to remember Watergate remember that the key lesson from that crisis was that, in the United States, no one -- not even the president of the United States -- is above the law. President Bush's willful decision to approve spying on U.S. citizens without a court order indicates that he has forgotten that crucial lesson.

What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us

By Dave Lindorff

There is an bill in Congress to investigate Bush for impeachable crimes. Did you know that? If not, maybe you should be asking your local media outlets why you don’t know about it.

We Owe Veterans and Soldiers the Truth

By Garett L.Reppenhagen, Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Former Sniper of the 1st Infantry Division

The German winter was in high gear as the Scouts of 2-63rd Armor Battalion crossed the tarmac to an awaiting plane. We were wearing our newly issued desert uniforms and carried almost all the necessary gear to survive one year in hostile Iraq. Other than an occasional joke most of us were deep in thought. I shifted from images of the people I loved and the luxuries I knew would soon be few and far between. Mostly I thought about the mission ahead, all the “what if scenarios

Report and Photos from Hudson Valley Out of Iraq Event

CODEPINK - women for peace- Hudson Valley Contingent, New York had a very successful Out of Iraq Event at the Kingston , New York State recruiting station on Jan 7, 2006. Here below is the announcement we sent out and the attached files are of the resulting news article and pictures from the action.

Homeland Security Opening Private Mail

Published on Monday, January 9, 2006 by MSNBC
Retired professor confused, angered when letter from abroad is opened
By Brock N. Meeks

WASHINGTON - In the 50 years that Grant Goodman has known and corresponded with a colleague in the Philippines he never had any reason to suspect that their friendship was anything but spectacularly ordinary.

Swami Beyondananda Calls on Americans to Launch an Evolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE … (Or delayed gratification)

“Time to Fire the First ‘Big Shot!’

Upcoming Rally in Sacramento

By Stephen Pearcy

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!

For most people, the last several weeks probably involved holiday gatherings with friends and family. Locally, we saw little, if any, direct action.

Media's War Images Delude instead of Inform

By Norman Solomon
t r u t h o u t | Perspective, www.truthout.org

The picture was perfect. It provided a moving portrait, an image that journalists called "iconic." It was true to the moment. Yet the photograph was deceiving in a way that media images often are - showing us what's more apparent than real.

Attack on Iran: A Looming Folly

By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective, www.truthout.org

The wires have been humming since before the New Year with reports that the Bush administration is planning an attack on Iran. "The Bush administration is preparing its NATO allies for a possible military strike against suspected nuclear sites in Iran in the New Year, according to German media reports, reinforcing similar earlier suggestions in the Turkish media," reported UPI on December 30th.

IRAQ: THE CASE FOR IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL

Gilbert Achcar interviewed by Bill Weinberg

January 07, 2006 World War 4 Report -- published on Znet

Gilbert Achcar is the author of The Clash of Barbarisms: September 11 and the Making of the New World Disorder (Monthly Review Press, 2002) and Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror (Monthly Review Press, 2004). A native of Lebanon, he teaches international relations at the University of Paris, and is a frequent contributor to Le Monde diplomatique. On Nov. 3, he spoke in New York City at an event organized by the Campaign for Peace and Democracy entitled "The Case For Immediate Withdrawal: Wrestling with the Hard Questions." The following day, he spoke with WW4 REPORT's Bill Weinberg at his apartment in Lower Manhattan. -----------------------------

Report from San Anselmo Out of Iraq Event

By b. emily sykes

Our photgragher missed a great meeting so no pictures. Sorry. No one wanted to leave and everyone wanted to come again to Social Justice Center in San Anselmo. Republicans were mentioned as potential next step targets even though someone said. "If you can't convince your own party why do you think the Republicans will listen?" Turns out the only Democrat in the meeting was just getting info to present to the party to form an impeachment task force. The rest of us seem to be Green. People have called today who missed the mtg. and want to be on our "list". 45 attended.

Report from Red Bluff, Calif., Out of Iraq Event

By Lana Kitchel

Red Bluff Peace & Justice Coalition of California (zip code 96055)had a good turnout. We held signs and collected signatures for Rep. Conyers'petition.

Thank you for all you do!

Report from Orange County Out of Iraq Event

By Ruth Hull-Richter

Individuals from age 14 to 87 from all over conservative Orange County filled the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim to attend an Out of Iraq Town Hall sponsored by the Patrick Henry Democratic Club.

DELIVERING A POWERFUL "J'ACCUSE" -- RIGHT IN BUSH'S BRAVE NEW "HOMELAND"

By Larry Everest

As the new year begins, January looms as a crucial month, possibly shaping events for the year and far beyond. In this critical moment, there's an urgent need - and great possibility - for delivering a powerful and compelling indictment of the Bush administration for war crimes and crimes against humanity right here in the U.S. This is the mission of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity, whose final session will be held January 20-22 in New York City. The situation, and our responsibility to world humanity, call for nothing less.

Audio of Ray McGovern on KPFT

Mark Bebawi and Pokey Anderson produce and host 'The Monitor' for Pacifica's KPFT (www.kpft.org) in Houston. The show is aired live every Sunday at 6pm (Central Time). The Monitor has been visited by many distinguished guests covering multiple areas of interest such as global debt, war & peace, corporate corruption, Foreign Policy issues, the Middle East, the US intelligence apparatus, women's issues, and voting verifiability. Previous Guests include: Kevin Phillips, Joe Wilson, John Dean, Charles Lewis, Joseph Stiglitz, Daniel Ellsberg, Ray McGovern, Arianna Huffington, David Cobb, John D'Emilio, Gore Vidal, Robert Fisk, Scott Ritter, Mark Crispin Miller, Medea Benjamin, Jim Hightower, Ted Rall, Michael Parenti, Kate Kendall, Laura Flanders, Rania Masri, Chalmers Johnson, Amy Goodman, Robert Parry, Brad Friedman, William Rivers Pitt, John Sayles, Pratap Chatterjee, Howard Zinn and many more. Here's a show with Ray McGovern: mp3.

Cost of Iraq war between one and two *trillion* dollars

From an article in The Guardian:

The real cost to America of the Iraq war is likely to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, up to 10 times more than previously thought, according to a report written by Nobel prize-winning economist and a Harvard budget expert Joseph Stiglitz.

The study, which expands on traditional estimates by including such costs as lifetime disability and healthcare for troops injured in the conflict as well as the impact on the American economy, concludes that the U.S. Government is continuing to underestimate the cost of the war....

Belafonte Calls Bush 'Greatest Terrorist'

By IAN JAMES, Associated Press Writer

The American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" on Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Attack on Iraq Interior Ministry Kills 21

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents exploded a suicide car bomb and launched two mortar shells at Iraq's Interior Ministry during National Police Day celebrations Monday, killing 21 people and injuring 24, police said.

Troops suffer deadly weekend

By Dogen Hannah
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in northern Iraq, killing all 12 people aboard, and five Marines were killed in western Iraq, the U.S. military announced Sunday.

Madison Group Wants To Impeach President George W. Bush

Urging Citizens To Rise Up And Take Action
WISCTV News

MADISON, Wis. -- A group of Madison citizens wants to impeach President George W. Bush.

More than 300 people packed the Labor Temple Saturday afternoon to discuss weapons of mass destruction, wiretapping and the war in Iraq.

'Out of Iraq' Forum with Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Confirmed Speakers:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters,
Tom Hayden,
Jeff Key (Iraq Veterans Against the War),
Erin Sikorsky-Stewart (State Political Director, California Peace Action)
More speakers TBA

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