By Brian Bogart
These two films are essential viewing for all people.
The excellent film by Eugene Jarecki, "Why We Fight," can be viewed at the following link. It was originally broadcast on March 23, 2005, on BBC Four, the same channel that recently aired the outstanding new film on the rebellion of US soldiers in Vietnam, "Sir! No, Sir!" by David Zeigler, which will be released in the United States next month. Both films are extremely relevant to our current situation.
In the 2004 election, Karl Rove masterfully used gay marriage as the catalyst to drive normally apathetic voters to the polls and achieve historic turnout. It worked. Republicans of all ages, shapes and sizes who couldn't care less about manufactured WMD intelligence, record deficits and gas/oil prices, CIA leaks and warrantless wiretappings raced to polling places across America just to keep homosexuals from tying the knot.
By Neil A. Lewis, New York Times
Washington - A federal prosecutor has said I. Lewis Libby Jr., former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is trying to sabotage the criminal case against him by insisting through his lawyers that he be given sensitive government documents for his defense.
By Robert Imrie, Associated Press
Kweaunee, Wis. - Peace activist Jill Bussiere wants the United States to bring its troops home from Iraq immediately, so she went door-to-door in this community in the hopes of getting others to join her cause.
The new issue of Harper's magazine, http://www.harpers.org , has a cover story (not online yet) by the editor Lewis Lapham laying out the case for impeachment. And Harper's has planned the following event:
By The Nation, www.thenation.com
The Nation -- The list of House members who have signed on as cosponsors of U.S. Representative John Conyers'resolution calling for the establishment of select committee that would examine whether President Bush and Vice President Cheney should face impeachment continues to grow. Four more members of the House have added their names to the resolution, bringing to 27 the total number of representatives, including Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, who are calling for the creation of "a select committee to investigate the administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment."
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches, http://dahrjamailiraq.com
In an effort to keep the videos and footage of abuse and torture of
Iraqis by American and British forces in Iraq available despite U.S.
government and Pentagon censorship efforts, we have decided to post them
By David Swanson
Remarks prepared for February 18th pro-impeachment rally in colonial dress in Charlottesville, Va., home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, and near the home of James Madison.
By Bob Blumenthal, www.pdamerica.org
In Morris County, NJ there is an intersection at Kinnelon Road and
Route 23. Between 7:30 am and 9:00 am, about 8,000 cars pass this
point. In early December, I decided to stage a one man protest against
At $42 Billion, Largest Contract of its Kind, Company Says
By The Borowitz Report
The Halliburton Company announced today that it had won a $42 billion no-bid contract from the U.S. government to reconstruct the reputation of Vice President Dick Cheney.
By David Swanson
The following are remarks I made last Wednesday night in Santa Cruz, California, at an event held in the Veterans Hall, where the star speaker was Medea Benjamin, and where a group of Raging Grannies with pink aprons and rolling pins belted out anti-Bush songs of their own creation that brought down the house. Medea was tremendous, and I recommend watching the video once they get it online.
By William Hughes
By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee wants the panel to look into whether the National Security Agency was eavesdropping without proper authority in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Published on Friday, February 17, 2006, by CommonDreams.org
By Steve Osborn
I grew up an American, and proud of it. I was taught in school about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and Bill of Rights. My brother was a Merchant Marine Officer during the war and had three ships sunk beneath him. We beat the Nazis, the Fascists and the Japanese and made the world safe for democracy. After the war came Nuremberg and the assurance that things like the holocaust could never happen again. The Marshal Plan helped to rebuild the shattered portions of the world. America, Democracy, compassion and help. It was good to be an American. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were sad, but necessary to end the war and save lives, we were told.
By Jim Oberg
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to let you know that we, the American people, are awakening to
what you have been doing to our great country. We now see with shame that
all of your agenda, as you lead us to our material and moral destruction, is
U.S. Tour of Duty's Real Intelligence Project, KPFT 90.1, MonkeyWrench Books and Light in the Darkness Publications present two emergency public discussions about Iraq, Iran and America's constitutional crisis with
"Mourning to Resistance": Sundown Candlelight Vigil & Peace Ceremony marking the 3rd Anniversary of the War of Occupation in Iraq
Sunday, March 19th 2006 6:15PM
Philadelphia, PA USA
The reading of names of the war dead - Iraqi and U.S. - and the intonement of bells and drums will accompany the candlelight vigil. The ceremony for peace will include music, readings, and a circle of peace.
Have you made plans yet to mark the third anniversary of the Iraq War?
From time to time, our movement gathers in mass mobilizations (as we will on April 29 in New York City). As dramatic and inspiring as those events are, the heart and soul of the peace movement is community-based, local work, which is why United for Peace and Justice has called for nationally coordinated local actions on the third anniversary of the Iraq War.
By Barbara Lee, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
When I cast the lone vote against the September 14, 2001, Use of Force Resolution, I believed, as I do today, that Congress had no business authorizing an unspecified war against an unspecified enemy for an unspecified period of time, and I was worried that the over-broad authority of the resolution was vulnerable to abuse.
U.S. Tour of Duty's Real Intelligence Project, Los Angeles City Beat, and Progressive Talk AM 1150 present an emergency public discussion about Iraq, Iran and America's constitutional crisis with
Former UN Weapons Inspector SCOTT RITTER and GORE VIDAL
PRESIDENTS' DAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2006
Both Richard Nixon and George W. Bush carried out an ILLEGAL wiretapping program
Against people in the United States.
George W. Bush LIED to the people and Congress about the justifications for going to war on Iraq!
Action Alert: Missing From ABC's WMD 'Scoop' -- Star defector Hussein Kamel said weapons were destroyed
On February 15, ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross delivered an exclusive report on World News Tonight and Nightline that purported to be a bombshell. ABC had obtained tape-recorded conversations from mid-1995 that seemed to show that Iraq had been concealing its weapons of mass destruction program. The tapes, according to Ross, "will only serve to fuel the continuing debate about Saddam's true intentions and whether he, in fact, did hide weapons of mass destruction." But ABC viewers were left in the dark about information that would undermine the tape's most important revelations.
By David DeGraw, www.MediaChannel.org
The House Armed Services Committee recently held a hearing about the controversial Able Danger data-mining program. The secret intelligence program, which used advanced computerized link and pattern analysis techniques, purportedly identified four 9/11 hijackers a year before the worst terror attacks on American soil.
Secret War Plans and the Malady of American Militarism
By FLOYD RUDMIN, http://www.counterpunch.org
Between the First and Second World Wars--that is, between 1918 and 1939--the United States developed and approved as official national policy three major war plans: a War Plan ORANGE against Japan; a War Plan GREEN against Mexico, and a War Plan RED against the UK. (The most useful source here is R.A. Preston's 1977 book, The Defence of the Undefended Border: Planning for War in North America, 1867-1939.) But there were other war plans as well. Special Plan VIOLET was approved by the Joint Board of the Army and Navy in 1925 for interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean "to forestall action by other countries including the League of Nations." There was a War Plan WHITE initiated in 1920 for suppressing internal insurrection by U.S. citizens, but it was not developed or approved.
By TONI LOCY, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Granting a former White House aide's demands for classified documents to aid his defense in the CIA leak investigation would torpedo the case, the prosecutor is arguing.
Published on Friday, February 17, 2006 by Agence France Presse
By Steve Connor
Iraqis expressed outrage after new revelations of prisoner abuse at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison, warning that the images would further inflame already intense anti-Western sentiment.
For the sake of argument and impeachment
By Alan Bisbort,
Feb. 16, 2006 /HARTFORD (apj.us)/ For the sake of argument, let's say that, out of sheer carelessness and perhaps because I had mixed alcohol with the massive doses of medication I take for a heart condition, I discharged a shotgun into the face and chest of a 78-year-old man.