Antiwar Activists Detained At House Appropriations Committee Hearing

By Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Washington, D.C. - March 8 - Two activists were arrested today after
disrupting the hearing of the House Appropriations Committee. The
Committee is considering approving nearly $65 billion in supplemental
spending to fund the war in Iraq. The two activists were arrested
after they read the names of Iraqi citizens and U.S. soldiers who have
died in this war. The action was part of the "Winter of Our

Where to Protest Peacefully

March 9 -12, 2006
ALLEN, BARBOUR, BROWNBACK, FRIST, HUCKABEE, McCAIN and ROMNEY in
Memphis, TN: The Southern Republican Leadership Conference will take
place at The Peabody Hotel. [www.srlc.org]

Thursday, March 9, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in signing of H.R.
3199, USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005
at 2:40 PM. [White House Press Release]

Defend Free Speech at Pace University!

Antiwar Students Who Heckled Former President Clinton at Pace University Might Be Expelled

Two students were detained and questioned by Secret Service for almost
an hour after calling former President Clinton a war criminal during
his recent visit to speak at Pace University in New York City. In
addition, police also questioned several other antiwar students and
collected their I.D.'s. The two students who were detained are

GOP Plan Would Allow Spying Without Warrants

By Scott Shane and David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times

Washington - The plan by Senate Republicans to step up oversight of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program would also give legislative sanction for the first time to long-term eavesdropping on Americans without a court warrant, legal experts said on Wednesday.

Civil liberties advocates called the proposed oversight inadequate and the licensing of eavesdropping without warrants unnecessary and unwise. But the Republican senators who drafted the proposal said it represented a hard-wrung compromise with the White House, which strongly opposed any Congressional interference in the eavesdropping program.

Report exposes human rights abuses in US

(Xinhua) China Daily

China issued Thursday the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2005 (read full text) in response to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2005 issued by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday.

Released by the Information Office of China's State Council, the Chinese report listed a multitude of cases to show the serious violations of human rights both in and outside the United States.

China lashes back at U.S. over human rights

By Associated Press

BEIJING -- China on Thursday lashed out against U.S. criticism of its human rights record, saying that racial discrimination and crime were still rife in America.

The State Council, China's Cabinet, denounced the United States for what it said was rampant violence and widespread discrimination against minorities -- especially blacks -- in its annual response to the U.S. State Department's report on human rights worldwide.

BUSH IS COMING TO ATLANTA!

WE SAY NO TO BUSH AND HIS AGENDA!
JOIN US!
THURS., MARCH 9 4:00â?"6:30
GEORGIA CONVENTION CENTER
2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta 30337
Near the airport; just off Camp Creek Parkway

TWO EASY WAYS TO GET THERE "JUST 15 MIN. FROM TOWN:
1) Carpool from the Candler Park MARTA Station
Be there and ready to go at 3:30 pm.

2) Drive directly to the Convention Center:
Take I 85 South;

Fallen soldier's mother in call for war protest

By Robert Sutcliffe, Yorkshire Post, UK

A MOTHER who lost a son in the Iraq conflict is calling on Yorkshire people to join a protest in London which will demand British troops are brought home.
Pauline Hickey, whose 30-year-old son Christian was killed by a roadside bomb in October last year, is furious that the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has declined to meet families who have lost sons in Iraq since hostilities began in 2003.

Citizens Disrupt Congressional Panel on War Funding

By Pete Perry

Today more than a dozen peace activists lined up outside the hearing room for the House Appropriations Committee in the Rayburn Building. Four of us were with the D.C. Anti-War Network (DAWN), and we were near the front of the line, but we were soon joined by those who are fasting as part of Voices for Creative Nonviolence's Winter of Our Discontent Campaign, Code Pink and Dorothy Day Catholic Workers.

The Death of the Intelligence Panel

By New York Times

The wrenching debate in the 1970's over the abuse of presidential power produced two groundbreaking reforms aimed at preventing a president from using war or broader claims of national security to trample Americans' rights.

One was the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which struck the proper balance between national security and bedrock civil liberties, and the other was the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, a symbol of bipartisan leadership. They endured for a quarter of a century — until George W. Bush and Dick Cheney left FISA in tatters and the Senate Select Committee on its deathbed in just five years.

Iraqi Women - Witnesses to War

By Mike Hersh, Progressive Democrats of America,
Karen Bradley, Democracy Cell Project

March 8 2006 - Washington, DC: Five women from Iraq discussed their experiences and explained the situation in Occupied Iraq at a press conference facilitated by Code Pink and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson. Dr Entisar Mohammad Ariabi delivered their conclusion: "The central cause of tragedy in Iraq is the occupation." Noting that the event promoted a Women's Call for Peace on International Women's Day, Dr. Ariabi described the current conditions: "Iraqi women are looking for their children under rubble, and looking for their husbands in prison. Pregnant women cannot find sufficient care. No hospital or delivery room. Ambulances are shot."

FBI Cites More Than 100 Possible Eavesdropping Violations

By Dan Eggen, Washington Post

The FBI reported more than 100 possible violations to an intelligence oversight board over the past two years, including cases in which agents tapped the wrong telephone, intercepted the wrong e-mails or continued to listen to conversations after a warrant had expired, according to a report issued yesterday.

In one case, the FBI obtained the contents of 181 telephone calls rather than just the billing records to which it was entitled. In another, a communication was monitored for more than a year after eavesdropping should have ended -- although investigators blamed a third-party provider for the mix-up.

Fourth UK soldier held after Iraq abuse video

By Reuters

London - British military police have arrested a fourth soldier over a video tape that appears to show British troops beating protesters during a demonstration in southern Iraq in 2004, the ministry of defence said on Wednesday.

A spokesperson said a total of four soldiers had been arrested in connection with the video, which was broadcast around the world after it first appeared in a British newspaper last month.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis dead but exact figure elusive

By JIM KRANE, Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Three years into the war, one grim measure of its impact on Iraqis can be seen at Baghdad's morgue: There, the staff has photographed and catalogued more than 24,000 bodies from the Baghdad area alone since 2003, almost all killed in violence.

Despite such snapshots, the overall number of Iraqi civilians and soldiers killed since the U.S.-led invasion in spring 2003 remains murky. Bloodshed has worsened each year, pushing the Iraqi death toll into the tens of thousands. But no one knows the exact toll.

Dozens taken in Baghdad mass kidnapping

Gunmen storm Iraqi security company offices, abduct as many as 50 workers
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

BAGHDAD — Gunmen wearing commando uniforms of the Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry today stormed an Iraqi security company that relied heavily on Sunni ex-military men from the Saddam Hussein regime, kidnapping 50 people. The ministry denied involvement and called the operation a “terrorist act.

I Return Enclosed the Symbols of My Years of Service

Published on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 by Pierre Tristam's Candide's Notebooks
A Veteran’s Letter to the President:
“I Return Enclosed the Symbols of My Years of Service

Peace Forum Catching Imagination Around the World

The World Peace Forum 2006, June 23 – 28, will be a showcase of citizen, academic, and government efforts to define and implement world peace. “That’s the message we are taking to the Vancouver City Council’s Standing Committee on Planning and Environment tomorrow afternoon

THERE IS HOPE!

By Harry Lonsdale

Zounds! What a day!

I had the great fortune of spending Friday, March 3, 2006 with a group of people that every American should get to know. It was one of the most important days of my life - a life-changing day, in fact.

The people involved were mostly unknown to the average American: Dave Swanson, Ann Wright, Barbara Cummings, and Cindy Sheehan. Except for Cindy - a mom who lost her son, Casey, during the Iraq war and then went on a nationwide crusade to end the war - they are all unknowns on the national stage. They are (or were) all "just private citizens." But, on that day, in San Diego, they were all stars. It was a "Day of Action" in San Diego, when they and others held a peace rally, a march, and a forum held that evening on the campus of the University of California at San Diego.

24 Bodies Found in Baghdad as Political Stalemate Persists

By Kirk Semple, New York Times

Baghdad - At least 24 bodies, most of them apparently garroted, were found in Baghdad during a 15-hour period, one of the highest single-day tallies of execution-style victims since the American invasion, the Iraqi police and American military said today.

Though most of the bodies had been stripped of identification documents, the authorities have often discovered sectarian motivation behind such executions in the past. Sectarian violence has gradually seized this country in the past year but worsened considerably following the Feb. 22 bombing of a major Shiite shrine that pushed the country to the brink of civil war.

Venezuelan President hits out at USA for treatment of Cindy Sheehan

By Patrick J. O'Donoghue

Speaking at the swearing in of new Ambassadors, Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez Frias has highlighted the case of US citizen, Cindy Sheehan.

Coinciding with the International Women's Day, Chavez Frias says there are
different ways of celebrating the occasion throughout the world but the USA
takes the biscuit by imprisoning women.

"We have seen the photos with a lot of shame of how a group of policemen

Lee Joins Progressives in Introducing Common Sense Budget Bill

Bill would transfer $60 billion in defense spending to domestic priorities

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement at a press conference today marking the introduction of the bill:

"Thank you all for joining us this morning for the launch of Common Sense Budget Act.

"I'd like to thank Ben Cohen, Dr. Larry Korb, Vice Admiral Shanahan, Wayne Silby, and Jim Wallis for all being here. Thanks also to the Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities for their invaluable help in this roll out.

GTMO detainees remain in legal black hole

A News Update from the publisher of Neo-CONNED! and Neo-CONNED! Again

The sad, lawless saga continues: GTMO detainees remain in legal black hole.
In a short but important introduction to Chapter 25 of Neo-CONNED! Again, the editors relate how Judge Robertson of Washington, DC, put a stop to the Bush administration's military commissions due to numerous legal problems with them -- problems which arise both from the Constitution and from international humanitarian law, as enshrined in the Geneva conventions ratified by the U.S. Senate.

REP. WOOLSEY INTRODUCES COMMON SENSE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET

"Common Sense Budget Act" - Transfers Wasteful Pentagon Spending to Health, Schools, Homeland Security, Budget Deficit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Advocating cuts to the defense budget may seem strange while America is at war in Iraq, but the "dirty little secret" is that tens of billions of dollars are wasted annually by the Pentagon. With record deficit spending, Congress is working to find ways to responsibly manage the federal budget.

Vermont Towns Endorse Move to Impeach Bush

Five Vermont Communities Endorse Move to Impeach President Bush
By DAVID GRAM, Associated Press

NEWFANE, Vt. - In five Vermont communities, a centuries-old tradition of residents gathering in town halls to conduct local business became a vehicle to send a message to Washington: Impeach the president.

An impeachment article, approved by a paper ballot 121-29 in Newfane Tuesday, calls on Vermont's lone member of the U.S. House, independent Rep. Bernie Sanders, to file articles of impeachment against President Bush, alleging he misled the nation into the Iraq war and engaged in illegal domestic spying.

Impeachment Resolution passes in Minnesota

by drbjs, http://www.dailykos.com

Inspired by Kagro X's diaries, angered by the Senate Intelligence committee, fueled by my "Progressive Partner" edition of Crashing the Gate, and armed with a copy of the Rutland County Vermont resolution, I set out on a rainy Minnesota night to attend my DFL precinct caucus.

drbjs's diary :: ::
The caucus meeting started with the usual business of electing precinct chairs and associate chairs and getting delegates and volunteers for the state senate district convention, according to the meeting agenda, consideration of resolutions wasn't to happen until the end of the night. A couple candidates stopped in to say hello, thank us for participating and asking for our help on their way to election/reelection. U.S. Senate candidate and Hennepin county attorney Amy Klobuchar even stopped in and outlined her proposals, which included universal health care and decreasing dependency on foreign oil. All the while, the copy of the resolution sat neatly folded in my back pocket. Could I muster the courage to present this to a room of about 30 strangers, albeit strangers who were obviously fellow citizens and patriots? Was there really the support for something like this in my very own neighborhood community, as opposed to my online community? Only one way to find out; though there was no way I was going to go first. First to volunteer to propose a resolution was a gentleman by the name of Tate. I would see what he had to say and judge the room before I made my decision to speak up. My palms were a little sweaty and I couldn't keep my knee from bouncing in anticipation and fear.

'Unitary Executive' Or Autocracy?

By Paul Waldman, www.tompaine.com

Paul Waldman is a senior fellow at Media Matters for America. His next book, Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Can Learn From Conservative Success, will be released in the spring by John Wiley & Sons.

After the 2000 election, one in which Republicans successfully hijacked the electoral process in Florida to obtain their preferred outcome and a conservative majority on the Supreme Court issued what may have been its most disgraceful decision since Dred Scott, supposedly neutral observers in the media were unanimous in their praise for the smooth operation of the government at all levels. The system worked, they said. There were no tanks in the streets, and the person who had actually won the election did the right thing and gave in. “Maybe the best thing of all,

How to Learn to Love Impeachment and Forget About Dick

By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

So many people have written to ask about what happens if President Bush is impeached, concerned that this would leave Deadeye Dick Cheney in charge, that I think it's time to explain how this all would play out.

Impeachment, as anyone who lived through the Nixon or Clinton impeachment dramas knows, is a long, drawn-out process. It could easily take two years to go from the submission of a bill of impeachment to the House Judiciary Committee, through committee hearings on articles of impeachment, to a debate and vote in the full House.

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