By Rod Nordland, Newsweek
American missionary Tom Fox has been found dead in Iraq. Just how many others are still being held?
Just how many foreigners are being held hostage in Iraq? The numbers are higher than most people realize-partly because victims' relatives and employees don't publicize disappearances for fear of jeopardizing negotiations for their release. NEWSWEEK's calculations, however, show that at least 45 kidnapped foreigners, including 14 Americans, are still missing inside the country.
By Larry C Johnson
Well, the theater of the absurd that tries to pass for journalism has gone to new lows with a goofy story in today's Chicago Tribune. The article, Internet Blows CIA Cover
claims, "It's easy to track America's covert operatives. All you need to know is how to navigate the Internet."
Oh really? Okay Mr. Crewdson (the author of this nonsense). Please search the internet and identify 100 CIA officers for me. Go ahead. Give it a shot. Oh, I forgot, first you need a name. You do not just enter a random name and come up with a flashing sign that says, "this guy is CIA". So really what you are saying is that if I tell you someone works for the CIA you can do a search and find out that someone, who is a private consultant, once worked for the U.S. State Department? In other words, you first have to be tipped off to look at a particular person.
Published on Saturday, March 11, 2006 by the Nation
By Katrina vanden Heuvel and Sam Graham-Felsen
No matter how many polls show that the majority of American citizens (and even troops) want a speedy withdrawal from Iraq, the stay-the-course consensus continues to suffocate DC.
Yet, while politicians may be able to ignore polls, it's harder for them to ignore concerted, collective action in the form of official resolutions. On the eve of the third anniversary of the Iraq war, resolutions from America's largest cities, labor organizations, and religious groups are calling for our troops to come home.
By Larry Johnson
While his persistence is admirable, George Bush is getting ready to shoot himself in the foot on Monday when he appears at George Washington University to insist that things are going well in Iraq. Today's Washington Post announces a so-called “NEW
NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY, MONDAY, MARCH 13, Campus Antiwar Network
Stop the Expulsions of Brian Kelly and Lauren Giaccone!
Two Pace University (NYC) students face the possibility of being
expelled for participating in peaceful protest! They need your
Campus Antiwar Network is organizing a national call-in day
Monday, March 13. We've successfully defended students against
repression at CCNY, Kent State, and Hampton University. We can
By Sean Rayment, The Telegraph, UK
As a trooper in the Special Air Service's counter-terrorist team - the black-clad force that came to the world's attention during the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980 - Ben Griffin was at the pinnacle of his military career.
He had already served in Northern Ireland, Macedonia and Afghanistan as a member of the Parachute Regiment, and his sharp mind, natural fitness and ability to cope with the stress of military operations had singled him out as ideal special forces material.
Every Reason Put Forward Has Been Proven False
By Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch.org
Half of the city's former population are displaced persons living in tents.
Thousands of Iraqis have been detained in prisons and hundreds have been brutally tortured. America's reputation in the Muslim world is ruined. The Bush regime expected a short "cakewalk" war to be followed by the imposition of a puppet government and permanent US military bases. Instead, US military forces are confronted with an insurgency that has denied control over Iraq to the US military. Chaos rules, and civil war may be coming on top of the insurgency.
Published on Saturday, March 11, 2006 by the Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming)
By Pat Williams
Here in the “purple states
By Linda Swanson
This afternoon when I checked my email account for Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, VA, I found the following message:
LEARNINGS FROM TOM FOX'S LIFE AND DEATH
You are invited to gather in the meeting room of Busboys and Poets
restaurant and bookstore at 2021 14th St., N.W., Washington D.C. at 6 p.m.
TODAY (Saturday, March 11) to share reflections on the life and death of
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
As George W. Bush sets out on another speaking tour to justify invading Iraq three years ago, he’s still ignoring what should be the chief lesson for any U.S. President: Don’t play games with the intelligence, especially on matters of war and peace. You only get good people killed.
Yet, in test-marketing his new P.R. campaign in a March 11 radio address, Bush had his rose-colored glasses firmly back on. In his upbeat assessment, he downplayed grisly evidence that Iraq is sliding toward sectarian civil war, with Shiite “death squads
WHAT: The Oxnard/Ventura segment of the MARCH FOR PEACE IN IRAQ. The march is a Gandhi-inspired foot journey from Tijuana to San Francisco to ensure that Latino voices of opposition to the war are heard across the Americas. Sponsored in Ventura County by Veterans for Peace and Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions/CPR.
WHO: Fernando Suárez del Solar, whose Marine Corps son was among the first US soldiers to die in the Iraq War; Pablo Paredes, a Navy seaman who was court-martialed for refusing to board an Iraq-bound ship; Camilo Mejía, who chose military prison over redeployment in Iraq; and Aidan Delgado, who applied for and was granted conscientious objector status while stationed at Abu Ghraib prison.
MARCH 20, 2006 (MON.) 9:AM-7:PM (Updated 3/8/06)
WHAT: CSU Northridge and the San Fernando Valley (SFV) and will be one
segment, among many, of a 241-mile long March for Peace. The SVF March for
Peace segment will start with a rally/demonstration at CSU Northridge
sponsored by MECHA and other student groups and march from CSUN to Cesar
Chavez Park in the City of San Fernando. The march is inspired by Ghandi's
PLEASE NOTE!! for the event below, Scott Ritter, Faiza Al-Araji, Pablo Paredes, and Fernando Suarez will now be joined by Medea Benjamin (the co-founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange) and Ray Mc Govern (a former CIA analyst, currently working to expose the Bush regime). Be there!
Saturday March 25th, from 2:30-4:30 PM, Vets Hall, Santa Cruz!!
Please join us in this incredible opportunity to hear the Iraqi Women Speak Out Tour with:
Have a heart for Katrina survivors: Join Katrina March on Washington 3/14
By CC Campbell-Rock, San Francisco Bay View
Explaining why he interrupted Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff during a Congressional hearing on Feb. 17, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the Hip Hop Caucus said, “I just couldn’t take the lies any more.
By Joseph W. DuRocher
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Saturday 04 March 2006
Forwarded from Marni Harmony, the minister of a church in Orlando. Joe is one of her parishioners.
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As a young man I was honored to serve our nation as a commissioned officer and helicopter pilot in the US Navy. Before me in WWII, my father defended the country spending two years in the Pacific aboard the USS Hornet (CV-14). We were patriots sworn "to protect and defend". Today I conclude that you have dishonored our service and the Constitution and principles of our oath. My dad was buried with full military honors so I cannot act for him. But for myself, I return enclosed the symbols of my years of service: the shoulder boards of my rank and my Naval Aviator's wings.
Residents of a tiny Vermont town have joined forces in a growing fight to impeach the U.S. president -- But with plunging approval and a slew of scandals, an ouster attempt may be the least of his worries
TIM HARPER, Toronto Star
WASHINGTON — When the townsfolk gathered in the tiny Vermont community of Newfane for their annual meeting, the agenda was daunting.
There was the town budget to be approved, then the school budget, plus they needed to approve spending $50,000 on the town's property reappraisal.
NEW YORK - Saying that the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping of Americans is flatly illegal and unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union today asked a federal court in Detroit to block the program immediately.
The ACLU also criticized Congress for brokering a reported deal that allows the White House to bypass judicial oversight of the controversial program.
Center for Constitutional Rights Takes "Significant and Aggressive Step" in the NSA Spying Case by Calling for Summary Judgment and Injunction against Illegal Spying on Americans
In New York on March 9, 2006, attorneys with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a significant motion for summary judgment in the challenge to the legality of the NSA Domestic Spying Program (CCR v. Bush), asserting that the Bush Administration has already admitted enough incriminating facts to prove the NSA Program is illegal.
NBC: Official says peaceful demonstrators’ names erased from database
The Department of Defense admitted in a letter obtained by NBC News on Thursday that it had wrongly added peaceful demonstrators to a database of possible domestic terrorist threats. The letter followed an NBC report focusing on the Defense Department’s Threat and Local Observation Notice, or TALON, report.
Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Roger W. Rogalski’s letter came in reply to a memo from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who had demanded answers about the process of identifying domestic protesters as suspicious and removing their names when they are wrongly listed.
By Associated Press
NEWFANE — There's been a reaction around the country to the Town Meeting Day vote recommending President Bush's impeachment.
Telephone calls have been fielded at the town office from around the country and local businesses have been bombarded with e-mails.
Select board member Dan DeWalt, who wrote the resolution, has been in demand among broadcasters. He said he's given at least 18 interviews as of Thursday.
At least that may be the way he would put it if he were in the Senate today.
“Follow the money,
To the family of Tom Fox and to the Christian Peacemaker Teams:
My heart is breaking for Mr. Fox's family and for the world. This is a dark day for peace and justice. The loss of a man of the stature of Tom Fox and the loss of his voice for peace and reconciliation is a tragedy for our country which operates so often from a paradigm of violence. Every voice for peace is imperative and needed.
Published on Friday, March 10, 2006 by The Nation
By Helen Thomas
Of all the unhappy trends I have witnessed--conservative swings on television networks, dwindling newspaper circulation, the jailing of reporters and "spin"--nothing is more troubling to me than the obsequious press during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. They lapped up everything the Pentagon and White House could dish out--no questions asked.
By David Swanson
t r u t h o u t | Exclusive Report
Saturday 11 March 2006
The month of March is the time for marching. The cherry buds and articles of impeachment will be emerging soon in Washington. On the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras hangovers and media interest in hurricane victims are wearing off. The 20th of this month will be the third anniversary of the war and the 36th International Earth Day.
Ex-Abu Ghraib inmate captured in photo advocates for human rights
By HASSAN M. FATTAH, New York Times
AMMAN, JORDAN - Ali Shalal Qaissi's wounds are still raw.
There is the mangled hand, an old injury that became infected by the shackles chafing his skin. There is the slight limp, made worse by days tied in uncomfortable positions. And most of all, there are the nightmares of his nearly six-month ordeal at Abu Ghraib Prison in 2003 and 2004.
Mail and Guardian, South Africa
Bushra Juhi | Baghdad, Iraq
A suicide truck bomb ripped through a line of vehicles waiting at a checkpoint on Friday in Fallujah and killed at least seven civilians, while authorities in the capital discovered the bodies of six more men who were blindfolded, handcuffed and shot in the back of the head, police said.
A powerful bomb hit a United States tank in east Baghdad, setting it afire and blowing off the treads, police said. The American military confirmed a tank was attacked but gave no further information. It was not known if there were any casualties.
By Mark Nykanen, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
NELSON, British Columbia (Canada) -- Just two months before ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and his Canadian cameraman, Doug Voigt, were seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Woodruff stood on the set of the ABC Evening News and introduced a report about war resisters in Nelson, B.C. The picturesque mountain town, where actors Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah cavorted in the film "Roxanne," has become the center for U.S. war resisters planning the first-ever gathering of Vietnam era draft dodgers and U.S. military deserters. It is scheduled for July.
By Gregory D. Foster, International Herald Tribune
In a scathingly revealing new report, the New York-based group Human Rights First reports on nearly 100 detainee deaths that have occurred in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2002. Reprehensible as the deaths themselves are, hardly less disturbing is the unconscionable lack of military and political accountability that has accompanied those deaths.
By Daren Fonda, Time Magazine
Even as one company gives up on US ports, a different Middle Eastern firm remains a major contractor for the Navy.
With midterm elections approaching, no politician wanted to go home and explain to voters why a company controlled by the government of Dubai was taking over operations at six US ports-without so much as a meow of protest from Congress. As it turns out, that won't be necessary. Dubai Ports World, the firm at the center of the controversy, announced today that it would give up its bid to manage US ports, agreeing to transfer the contracts to a "US entity."
Her petition to withdraw troops gives nation an anti-war heroine
By HECTOR TOBAR and ALEX RENDEROS, Los Angeles Times
GUAYAMANGO, EL SALVADOR - The only thing Herminia Ramos wanted from the army was her dead son's pension — $200 a month. She figured she deserved as much, seeing that he died wearing an army uniform, fighting in a war halfway around the world in Iraq.
The Salvadoran army said no.