In-District Meetings with Members of Congress:
President Bush threw down the gauntlet to his Congressional critics in a speech this week: "When our soldiers hear politicians in Washington question the mission, they are risking their lives to accomplish, it hurts their morale. In a time of war, we have a responsibility to show...our nation is united and determined to prevail."
Friday January 13, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush meets with German Chancellor
Angela Merkel at the White House and participates in a joint press
availability. The President meets with business leaders on Central
TALLY HIS BANANAS
Harry Belafonte: He sings great, but talks nonsense.
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
For some reason, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez brings out the boneheadedness in some high-profile Americans, on the left as well as the right. Last year, archconservative televangelist Pat Robertson suggested that U.S. operatives assassinate the populist leader. Last Sunday, singer/liberal political activist Harry Belafonte was in Caracas on a UNICEF goodwill ambassador visit, where he offered an outlandish characterization of President George W. Bush as a "tyrant" and "terrorist."
By MARC McDONALD
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By Robert Dreyfuss, www.tompaine.com
Robert Dreyfuss is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2005). Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone.He can be reached through his website: www.robertdreyfuss.com.
By Gail Ryall, People's Weekly World Newspaper
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Five hundred people turned out to hear antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, actor Sean Penn and other speakers at the Out of Iraq Town Hall Forum here Jan. 7, one of over 130 similar meetings held nationwide in partnership with AfterDowningStreet.org.
By David Swanson
David Sirota recently documented instances of what he called Rectal Journalism.
He described this sort of reporting as "based on reporters and pundits simply pulling stuff right out of their ass."
By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive
Last Saturday, I went to a town hall meeting on the Iraq War and impeachment in Madison, Wisconsin. This one was sponsored by Veterans for Peace. More than 150 other events around the country on January 7 were co-sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America and afterdowningstreet.org.
Citing Bush Statement that Such Hearings are 'Good for Democracy', Ranking Minority Member of House Judiciary Extends Invitation
Former Deputy AG, Ardent Administration Defender, Architect of Torture Memos, John Yoo Also Called to Testify
From Tomdispatch today: My own analysis (with predictions) of a year-plus of coming crises and what to make of them: "Bush v. Reality: War, Trials, Leakers, Investigations, Packed Courts, and a Constitutional Crisis" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=48892
The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance Against the War in Iraq (NCNR) is initiating a campaign of nonviolent sit-ins at the offices of members of Congress who refuse to speak out or otherwise take appropriate action to end the war.
By JESSICA YELLIN, ABC News
Jan. 11, 2006 — Former CIA General Counsel Jeffrey Smith will testify in House hearings that there is no legal basis for President Bush's controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance program, ABC News has learned.
ABC News has obtained a copy of a 14-page memo Smith wrote to the House Select Committee on Intelligence in which he argues that the wiretaps are illegal.
By Richard Norton-Taylor and Jamie Wilson, The Guardian UK
A senior British officer has criticized the US army for its conduct in Iraq, accusing it of institutional racism, moral righteousness, misplaced optimism, and of being ill-suited to engage in counter-insurgency operations.
By World Can't Wait
DONATE! ALL YOU CAN. To print this ad next week in the New York Times: $45,000. LISTEN to ads running this week nationally on Air America Radio! At this moment of urgent necessity as the Bush program is being locked into place via Alito and Bush-authorized NSA spying, do all you can to stop this now. At this moment of great opportunity, as millions want this President gone, and the "I" word of impeachment is circulating, build a movement powerful enough to drive out the Bush Regime.
From the United States to Assisi
January 13-14, U.S. Peace Mom participates in Peace Roundtable Seminar
Cindy Sheehan is on her way to Assisi to participate in the National Seminar "There is no peace without a peace policy" of the Tavola della pace (Peace Roundtable) that will take place January 13-14 in Assisi, at the Sacro Convento di San Francesco (the same location where the first roundtable was held on January 13, 1996).
By Paul Boerger, Mount Shasta Herald
On a bitterly cold Saturday morning, approximately 45 citizens gathered at the Mount Shasta city plaza t show their opposition to the Iraq war and speak out for peace.
The January 7th gathering was part of a nationwide Town Hall movement.
Carrying signs stating opinions from “Impeach Bush
The Associated Press
Brussels - The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA prisons in Europe said Tuesday the purported Egyptian government document naming countries where such prisons existed is a new lead which must be followed up.
Pinochet Stripped of Legal Immunity
By Eduardo Gallardo, The Associated Press
Santiago, Chile - An appeals court stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of his legal immunity Wednesday, a ruling that paved the way for the former dictator to stand trial on charges of responsibility for killing two bodyguards of the Marxist president he toppled in a bloody 1973 coup.
By Michael J. Mazarr, The New Republic
The recent election of arch-conservative Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as
president of Iran, many observers expected a renewed crisis over Iran's
nuclear program. And, sure enough, one has arrived with Iran's announcement
Fresh claims of torture and abuse at Guantanamo Bay have been published by Amnesty International to mark the US detention centre's fourth anniversary.
The London-based human rights group said 500 detainees continued to be held without charge or trial and repeated its call for the centre to be shut.
By Drew Brown, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Washington - US warplanes have carried out hundreds of air strikes in Iraq in the past two years, bombing and strafing insurgent fighters and targets almost daily. And the air war, which has gone largely unnoticed at home, could intensify once American ground forces start to withdraw.
The United States will start new military trials of "war on terror" detainees at the Guantánamo Bay naval base, amid new criticism of the camp and its courts.
Accused Al-Qaeda propaganda expert Ali Hamza Ahmad al-Bahlul will be the first of two defendants to face hearings this week. He will be followed by Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was 15 when he was detained over the killing of a US soldier in Afghanistan.
By Pete Perry
The National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance is issuing its "Call to Conscience" this winter. As followers of a great nonviolence tradition, we believe we must in a clear and nonviolent voice speak truth to power. The most effective way for us to do will be to hold face to face meetings with our elected representatives, demand an end to the war and occupation of Iraq and thereby stop any further needless slaughter of the men and women who proudly wear our nation's military uniforms.
By ELIZABETH HOLTZMAN, The Nation
[from the January 30, 2006 issue]
Finally, it has started. People have begun to speak of impeaching President George W. Bush--not in hushed whispers but openly, in newspapers, on the Internet, in ordinary conversations and even in Congress. As a former member of Congress who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon, I believe they are right to do so. READ MORE.
End the War on Iraq: Bring All the Troops Home Now
A Call for a Week of Local Action: March 15-22, 2006
March 19th will mark the third anniversary of a war that never should have happened -- a war based on lies that continues to devastate the lives of thousands, both in Iraq and the United States.
By Missy Comley Beattie
I couldn’t say no to Cindy Sheehan when she e-mailed last week, asking me to represent Gold Star Families for Peace and to speak at an “Out of Iraq Now
Here's a letter from the Department of "Defense" in response to a Freedom of Information Request from Congressman John Conyers and many other Congress Members. It includes this line: