Bush-NSA Spying in Defiance of Congress, Court

By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report, www.truthout.org

The Bush administration was publicly admonished by a senate committee, and a special surveillance court, in two separate instances for repeatedly trying to skirt the law in obtaining top-secret warrants to spy on American citizens suspected of having ties to terrorists. Despite the public rebuke, President Bush circumvented the judicial process and secretly authorized the National Security Agency to spy on thousands of individuals in the United States in defiance of the very court that issued a legal opinion saying the administration was already infringing on civil liberties in other domestic spy cases.

Documents the UK Government Is Trying to Suppress

Suppressed documents the UK Government are trying to block publishing
by caribmon, dailykos.com

It's not the al-Jazeera Memo, but these are some more documents that the
UK Government are trying to suppress with the threat of prosecution under

Rumsfeld Admits to "Ghosting" Detainee

By David Swanson

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has admitted that he "ghosted" a detainee, meaning that he made the decision to hold a prisoner without keeping any records of the fact.

Domestic spying prompts talk of impeachment

By Hazel Trice Edney, San Francisco Bay View

President Bush’s authorization of a secret domestic spying program – and his fierce defense of his action – is leading to talk of possible impeachment.

Impeachment March on State of the Union Jan 31

benfrank.net

We The People remind Congress that they too took an oath to defend the Constitution, from both enemies foreign and domestic. 1. Call or Fax Congress and let them know, impeachment or else. 2. Organize State of the Union MOSH II protest, gather in DC to put the pressure on Congress the week before the SOTU. 3. Jan 31st, surround the capitol building, project truth videos to the riot cops, remind them that they too took an oath to defend the Constitution.

Did the Administration Believe in Iraqi WMD?

Eli Stephens
Left I on the News
One of the lines in today's New York Times editorial (discussed below) provides this very typical caveat in their criticism of the Bush administration: "The president and his top advisers may very well have sincerely believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction." This is an issue I've offered my own opinion on as early as September, 2003 and several times since, but since my line of argumentation has yet to be assumed into conventional wisdom, I feel like this is an appropriate time to repeat the argument.

Nuking Iran With the UN's Blessing

Only the American people can stop it
By Jorge Hirsch, www.antiwar.com

In the "global war on terror," Iran is the next target, having been designated by the U.S. State Department [.pdf] as "the most active state sponsor of terrorism" in the world. The United Nations has given its blessing, and the U.S. will fill in the blanks.

Shock, awe and Hobbes have backfired on America's neocons

Iraq has shown the hubris of a geostrategy that welds the philosophy of the Leviathan to military and technological power

Richard Drayton, The Guardian

The tragic irony of the 21st century is that just as faith in technology collapsed on the world's stock markets in 2000, it came to power in the White House and Pentagon. For the Project for a New American Century's ambition of "full-spectrum dominance" - in which its country could "fight and win multiple, simultaneous major-theatre wars" - was a monster borne up by the high tide of techno euphoria of the 1990s.

The Constitutional crises of 2006

Geov Parrish - WorkingForChange.com

"Congress, if it is (in the words the Bush White House once reserved for the U.N.) 'to remain relevant,' must impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney."

12.28.05 - In the waning days of 2005, a number of Beltway developments have pointed to 2006 as a pivotal year in the future -- if there is to be any -- of American democracy.

TvNewsLIES 2005 Person of the Year Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

We need more people speaking out. This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It's overrun with sheep and conformists: Bill Maher

He is not a boisterous man at all. On the contrary, he’s soft spoken, rather thoughtful, and quietly direct. Chances are, if you didn’t know who he was, you’d never in a million years have him pegged for a politician. Chances are even greater that you’d never guess that John Conyers was as fierce a fighter for his nation as they come.

Impeachment is Now Real

By Martin Garbus, HuffingtonPost

An hour after the New York Times described Bush’s illegal surveillance program, I wrote on the Huffington Post that Bush had committed a crime, a “High Crime,

2006: The Year the Chickenhawks Will Go Home to Roost

By Cindy Sheehan

Since hot, hot Camp Casey in August, some amazing grass roots actions have taken place all over the country. People are starting to speak up and Congress has begun to take action against the criminal and neo-Fascist regime that tried to take over America.

Three Books to Wake You Up

America's Moral Crisis, a History of Hitler's Secret Prisons and a Brief on the Illegality of Bush's War
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

Since his retirement by Ronald Reagan, President Carter has given active service to the causes of human rights and peace. He has written a number of books, and now he has delivered a humdinger: Our Endangered Values (Simon & Schuster, 2005) in which he takes the Bush administration to task.

Oakland Tribune to Send Every Congress Member a Copy of "1984"

Published on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 by the Oakland Tribune
Big Brother is Watching

IT took 21 years longer than expected, but the future has finally arrived.

And we don't like it. Not one bit.

Someone Knew: There Were No Weapons of Mass Destruction

By DOUG GIEBEL, CounterPunch, May 8 / 9, 2004

E ver since the Bush Administration began publicly spinning out its catalog of reasons for invading Iraq, this writer has questioned and written about the alleged existence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. More important, however, is my growing conviction that members of the administration knew the WMD did not exist in Iraq before the invasion went forward. The following account of what one might consider "circumstantial evidence" has been described by others as an "unique" or "unusual" point of view, perhaps because the perspective was hidden in plain sight and was therefore missed by investigative journalists and others hoping to find some signed or tape recorded "smoking gun."

Defense Lawyers in Terror Cases Plan Challenges over Spy Efforts

By Eric Lichtblau and James Risen, The New York Times

Washington - Defense lawyers in some of the country's biggest terrorism cases say they plan to bring legal challenges to determine whether the National Security Agency used illegal wiretaps against several dozen Muslim men tied to Al Qaeda.

Heads roll at Veterans Administration

A reliable source commented on this article:
"Thanks for checking. This article distorts the numbers and is without
merit. The deaths are for any reason, from car wrecks to sky diving.
Principi was forced out because he pushed for increased spending. The new

Jan. 5: Rep. Moran Town Hall featuring Rep. Murtha

The Road Ahead in Iraq: Congressman Jim Moran to Hold a Town Hall Meeting on the
War, Featuring Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA)

When: Thursday, January 5th, 6:30PM to 9:00PM

Where: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
4301 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22203
RSVP: http://www.dfalink.com/event.php?id=3894

High Praise from The Nation

By John Nichols

The media did a slightly better job of monitoring political wrongdoing in 2005 than it did during the first four years of the Bush-Cheney presidency -- when it actually would have mattered. But the real work of exposing the misdeeds of the administration is still being done by activist groups. And the most inspired of these in 2005 was After Downing Street, the coalition of groups that describes itself as "working to expose the lies that launched the war and to hold accountable its architects, including through censure and impeachment." In conjunction with Progressive Democrats of America, the able activist group that seeks to create an actual opposition party in America, After Downing Street is pushing the political envelope in exactly the direction it needs to go. Check out their website at www.afterdowningstreet.org website and keep ahead of the action in 2006.

Some Conservatives Return To Old Argument

Outside Advocacy Group Aims To Rally Support by Backing Bush's Initial Claims on Iraq
By YOCHI J. DREAZEN and JOHN D. MCKINNON, Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

WASHINGTON – The television commercials are attention-grabbing: Newly found Iraqi documents show that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including anthrax and mustard gas, and had "extensive ties" to al Qaeda. The discoveries are being covered up by those "willing to undermine support for the war on terrorism to selfishly advance their shameless political ambitions."

Power Walking Down the Year

By Jack Lessenberry, http://www.metrotimes.com

John Conyers Jr., that cranky old left-wing dude, introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives calling on Congress to impeach the president. I can just see you shaking your head.

Impeaching President Bush: A Game Of Ambiguity

By Doug Giebel, http://www.scoop.co.nz

Impeaching President Bush: A Game Of Ambiguity

By Doug Giebel
“im-peach . . . 2. to call in question

AEI: Think Tank or Drink Tank?

The American Enterprise Institute ("The People Who Brought You Eternal War!") have thunk this up: "we should have a serious debate about abolishing FISA and restoring the president's inherent constitutional authority to conduct warrantless searches for foreign intelligence purposes." READ MORE

And read this from AEI: Impeach the President? Bring It On!

Now Bush says he was only spying on people with "a history of blowing up trains, weddings and churches"

By John in DC, http://americablog.blogspot.com

From Reuters:
In Crawford, Texas, where Bush is spending the holidays, his spokesman, Trent Duffy, defended what he called a "limited program."

"This is not about monitoring phone calls designed to arrange Little League practice or what to bring to a potluck dinner," he told reporters. "These are designed to monitor calls from very bad people to very bad people who have a history of blowing up commuter trains, weddings, and churches."

White House Leaked Classified Intelligence to Make its Case for War

By David Swanson

A new report looks into instances in which the Bush Administration leaked classified information to support its case that Iraq was a threat to the United States.

While that case was, of course, ridiculous and the information falsified, the leaking of it was illegal. And the leaks appear to have been part of a coordinated effort. Immediately following important leaks, top administration officials appeared on talk shows to discuss information that they could not have legally discussed had it not appeared in a newspaper that morning.

Auld Lang Impeachment

By Madeleine Begun Kane

I thought I'd help everyone celebrate New Year's Eve with my Auld Lang Impeachment.

Auld Lang Impeachment -- Song Parody (Sing to Auld Lang Syne)

Bush/Cheney's wrongs won't be forgot.

US Embassy Close to Admitting Syria Rendition Flight

By Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian UK

Statement contradicts ambassador's interview. Correction could leave Britain open to challenge.

The US embassy in London was forced to issue a correction yesterday to an interview given by the ambassador, Robert Tuttle, in which he claimed America would not fly suspected terrorists to Syria, which has one of the worst torture records in the Middle East. A statement acknowledged media reports of a suspect taken from the US to Syria.

The Hidden State Steps Forward

By Jonathan Schell, The Nation

When the New York Times revealed that George W. Bush had ordered the National Security Agency to wiretap the foreign calls of American citizens without seeking court permission, as is indisputably required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), passed by Congress in 1978, he faced a decision. Would he deny the practice, or would he admit it? He admitted it. But instead of expressing regret, he took full ownership of the deed, stating that his order had been entirely justified, that he had in fact renewed it thirty times, that he would continue to renew it and-going even more boldly on the offensive-that those who had made his law-breaking known had committed a "shameful act." As justification, he offered two arguments, one derisory, the other deeply alarming. The derisory one was that Congress, by authorizing him to use force after September 11, had authorized him to suspend FISA, although that law is unmentioned in the resolution. Thus has Bush informed the members of a supposedly co-equal ranch of government of what, unbeknownst to themselves, they were thinking when they cast their vote. The alarming argument is that as Commander in Chief he possesses "inherent" authority to suspend laws in wartime. But if he can suspend FISA at his whim and in secret, then what law can he not suspend? What need is there, for example, to pass or not pass the Patriot Act if any or all of its provisions can be secretly exceeded by the President?

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