By TODD PITMAN, Associated Press
RAMADI, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi forces fought an hour-long gunbattle with insurgents Saturday in this city west of the Iraqi capital, firing automatic weapons from rooftops at small guerrilla teams maneuvering around them in alleyways and an abandoned fairground.
U.S. commanders said four insurgents were killed and two Iraqi soldiers wounded in the gunfight in eastern Ramadi — one shot through the calf and evacuated by U.S. medics, another with a minor facial wound.
A memo from a January, 2003, White House meeting of Bush and Blair at which Bush made clear that the U.S. would go to war with or without the United Nations and proposed various strategems to try to create a justification for war.
A report that the CIA had strong evidence before the war that Iraq possessed no Weapons of Mass Destruction.
by Larisa Alexandrovna
Edward R. Murrow once said: "No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices."
CIA Director Porter Goss - who in all of my conversations with intelligence officers has only ever been described as a criminal and "Cheney's boy," fired a whistleblower last night for exposing the inhumanity and extreme cruelty of this administration.
The concept of "national security" is not remotely of interest to Goss, Cheney, Bush or any other member of this corrupt and twisted administration. In order to fully care about national security, one would be required to care first and this administration has proved over and over that it has no care for the citizens of this nation, the soldiers serving this nation, the intelligence officers working to protect this nation, the laws of this nation, the Congress of this nation, the Judiciary of this nation, and in general for anything outside of its own wretched power lust and greed frenzy.
IN THIS NEWSLETTER
1) WORSE THAN UNDER SADDAM HUSSEIN
2) SUPPORT MALCOLM KENDALL-SMITH
3) MILITARY FAMILIES UNPRECEDENTED PROTEST
4) BUNKER BUSTERS: THE MOVIE
5) US MARCH FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY
"It pretty much follows the title, but with a list of reasons: It's a long song."
by Sureya Sayadi
When Hillary Clinton was at Brown University on April 8 giving a speech on “Women Leaders,” I accepted an invitation from students to join their protest. Why would I, a Kurdish woman, protest Hillary Clinton? Hillary Clinton is a great supporter of the war in Iraq, and like many others in the U.S. government, has used the suffering of the Kurdish people to prove the moral righteousness of the occupation. But Clinton, like Bush, is really using the Kurds to justify her own political ends, and refuses to address our real problems—lack of adequate services, corruption, continued human rights abuses in the region, and the fact that our refugees cannot yet return home. And all of these problems are exacerbated by the violence raging throughout the rest of Iraq that is due, in large part, to the presence of US troops.
By Larry Johnson
The case against the CIA Intelligence Officer, Mary McCarthy, fired for her
alleged role in leaking information about secret prisons to the Washington
Post's Dana Priest smells a little fishy. Let me state at the outset that
the officer in question, Mary McCarthy, is an old acquaintance. I hasten to
add that I do not consider her a friend. She was my immediate boss in
1988-89 and was instrumental in my decision to leave the CIA and take a job
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee says arrogance by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the Bush administration has hurt the U-S handling of the war in Iraq.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Chafee said the administration has a dismissive attitude and has been unwilling to listen to outsiders.
He calls it "the arrogance factor."
Chafee said he shares the concerns about Rumsfeld's management style raised by a half-dozen retired generals, and urged Bush to meet with them.
WASHINGTON Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says the generals who have been calling for the removal of Donald Rumsfeld should testify before the Senate.
Clinton weighed in today on the growing effort to oust the Defense Secretary, but did not call for Rumsfeld's removal. She says it's more important to find out what did or did not go wrong in planning the war in Iraq.
Some fellow Democrats have criticized Clinton for voting for the war and not doing more now to bring the troops home.
By Neil Vigdor, Greenwich Time, CT
The public bashing of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took on a bipartisan flavor yesterday with Republican Congressman Christopher Shays joining a chorus of Democrats and retired generals who want a change atop the Pentagon.
Wrapping up a week-long trip to the Middle East that included his 12th visit to Iraq since the start of the war, Shays said he would be happy if Rumsfeld left his position because of what he called missteps in his handling of the military campaign.
Neil Young's newly recorded protest album "Living With War," including a song calling for the impeachment of President Bush, will be posted for free Internet streaming next week, his label said on Friday.
Starting April 28, fans can log onto Young's Web site, www.neilyoung.com, and listen to the 10-track collection in its entirety, free of charge, said Bill Bentley, a spokesman for Warner Music Group's Reprise Records. The album will first become commercially available as a digital download beginning May 2, "and we plan to get it into retail stores as soon after that as we can get them manufactured," Bentley said.
Military Families Speak Out Capital Region
A peaceful demonstration against President Bush and his energy and Iraq war policies will be held Saturday, April 22 at 2:00pm in West Sacramento. Protestors are to gather in front of the alternative energy company California Fuel Cell Partnership, 3300 Industrial Blvd. where Bush will be touring. Considered simply a photo opportunity for Bush on Earth Day, event sponsors encourage demonstrators to bring signs emphasizing Bush's energy policies, the control of oil resources, that have led the U.S. into war. Co-sponsor Military Families Speak Out will provide signs that say "Bring Our Troops Home Now!"
"There were people almost in tears expressing the anger they felt..."
By GLEN BOLDUC, Kennebec Journal, ME
AUGUSTA -- The question was whether to accept a resolution to impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
And as the debate went back and forth during Thursday's monthly meeting of the Kennebec County Democratic Committee, those in favor of the resolution began to prevail.
Baghdad , April . 22 (BNA) A double roadside bomb explosion northeast of Baghdad killed three Iraqis and injured 22 others today, a security source said.
The first blast that took place inside a shop in al- Miqdadiya, 100 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, prompted dozens of Iraqis to gather close to the shop when a second bomb detonated, causing the casualties, the source said. Another bomb exploded in al-Mahaweel, 80 kilometers south of Baghdad, wounding two Iraqi security personnel, according to a security source. In a separate incident, security commander General Salam al- Maamouri survived an attempt on his life when a roadside bomb exploded in front of his convoy in Khatona, near al- Mahaweel.
Kerry accuses Bush of stifling dissent
ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Invoking bitter memories of the public tumult over the Vietnam War three decades ago, Sen. John Kerry is accusing the Bush administration of stifling dissent about its failed Iraq policies by branding critics as unpatriotic.
"The spirit of intolerance for dissent has risen steadily, and the habit of labeling dissenters as unpatriotic has become the common currency of the politicians currently running our country," Kerry, D-Mass., said in remarks prepared for delivery Saturday at Boston's Faneuil Hall.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Suspected insurgents set off two bombs in a public market in northern Iraq on Saturday, the second one timed to hit emergency crews arriving at the scene, and the blasts killed at least two Iraqis and wounded 17, police said.
The bodies of 10 Iraqis who apparently were tortured and killed in captivity also were found in other areas of Iraq, police said.
In the market attack, the fist bomb exploded at 7:30 a.m. in the middle Muqdadiyah, a town about 90 kilometres north of Baghdad, causing a large fire, police in Diyala province said on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
The CIA had evidence Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction six months before the 2003 US-led invasion but was ignored by a White House intent on ousting Saddam Hussein, a former senior CIA official said, according to CBS.
Tyler Drumheller, who headed CIA covert operations in Europe during the run-up to the Iraq war, said intelligence opposing administration claims of a WMD threat came from a top Iraqi official who provided the US spy agency with other credible information.
by JOHN NICHOLS, http://www.thenation.com
When Los Angeles teacher Marcy Winograd saw her Democratic representative in Congress making excuses for George W. Bush's warrantless wiretapping program on NBC's Meet the Press in February, she decided that someone had to challenge Jane Harman's acquiescence in Bush's reckless agenda. So Winograd, a veteran activist who had been instrumental in getting the California Democratic Party to take a firm stand against the war in Iraq, leapt into the June 6 primary. She quickly found that others shared her frustration with Harman; Winograd's been endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, Southern California Americans for Democratic Action, the Western Region of the United Auto Workers union and a half-dozen presidents of local Democratic clubs. Recently her supporters blocked an early Harman endorsement by the state party after Winograd told a caucus: "When elected, I will have the courage to cut funding for the war in Iraq, to say no when the imperial George Bush wants to wiretap your home without a warrant and to immediately sign on to legislation for universal single-payer national healthcare."
By Rob Kall, http://www.opednews.com
While the CIA did not reveal the identity of the intelligence officer, NBC news reported that she is Mary McCarthy, an agency employee since 1984.
A Washington Post article revealed
The CIA fired a long-serving intelligence officer for sharing classified information with The Washington Post and other news organizations, officials said yesterday, as the agency continued an aggressive internal search for anyone who may have discussed intelligence with the news media.
Three members of the Illinois General Assembly have introduced a bill that urges the General Assembly to submit charges to the U. S. House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States, George W. Bush, for willfully violating his Oath of Office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and if found guilty urges his removal from office and disqualification to hold any other office in the United States.
By Matthew Barakat, Associated Press
Alexandria, Va. - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaked national defense information to a pro-Israel lobbyist in the same manner that landed a lower-level Pentagon official a 12-year prison sentence, the lobbyist's lawyer said Friday.
Prosecutors Disputed the Claim
The allegations against Rice came as a federal judge granted a defense request to issue subpoenas sought by the defense for Rice and three other government officials in the trial of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman. The two are former lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who are charged with receiving and disclosing national defense information.
By Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action & Peace Action Education Fund
You may remember that I participated in a die-in in front of the white house last year where I was arrested. This is the outcome of the trial:
On October 26, 2005 members of Peace Action were arrested with Cindy Sheehan during a nonviolent political protest in front of the White House commemorating the 2,000 U.S. soldier death. Paul Kawika Martin, our organizing and political director recently appeared in court to answer the charges but in a victory for free speech, the Federal judge ruled in favor of our motion of acquittal before we had a chance to give our full defense. Had we been given the opportunity to make our voice heard it would have sounded something like this:
The rocker assails Bush in a new collection. `I was waiting for ... some young singer ... to write these,' he says.
By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
To anyone who's followed Neil Young's socially crusading, four-decade musical career, it was hardly a surprise to learn earlier this week that he's just recorded a 10-song collection that takes President Bush to task and sharply criticizes the war in Iraq.
By Associated Press, via Boston Globe
NEWFANE, Vt. --Almost 70 Vermont legislators have signed a letter urging Congress to begin an investigation of President Bush's domestic surveillance program and the reasons for the war in Iraq and, which would lead to impeachment proceedings, if warranted.
The letter written by Rep. Richard Marek, D-Newfane, was signed by 56 members of the House and 13 members of the Senate. No Republicans have signed the letter.
By Paul Garwood, Associated Press
Kabul, Afghanistan -- A chorus of complaints against the Bush administration erupted yesterday after the Pentagon released a previously secret list of the names and nationalities of 558 people held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay.
Britain said its citizen should be freed after being held for years without charges. Afghanistan's peace and reconciliation commission vowed to send a delegation to the prison to make sure Afghans are not being mistreated. China demanded custody of a group of Muslim separatists so it can prosecute them on terrorism charges.
NEW YORK - April 21 - Three alumni of the United States Military Academy at West Point have launched a grassroots movement to convert the disgrace of governmental lies and evasions about the assault on Iraq into a force to redeem the honor of their country. At issue –which directly assaults the West Point honor code which forges the character of all graduates – are the falsehoods by administration officials, culminating in Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, which catapulted the United States into a preventive war.
What Iran really wants is serious negotiations with the U.S. So why are we gearing up for a preventive military strike?
By Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, http://www.motherjones.com
The airwaves and the headlines are full of talk of a U.S. military strike against Iran. That is as it should be - the danger of such a reckless move is real, and rising, and we should be talking about it. The Bush administration claims that negotiations are their first choice. But they have gone to war based on lies before, and there is no reason to believe that they are telling the truth this time.
By Alice Slater, GRACE Policy Institute
There most definitely is a diplomatic solution to the crisis being manufactured over Iran’s nuclear ambitions--but it goes much further than the current impotent suggestions being offered for jaw-jaw rather than war-war with Iran. The US must honor its own disarmament agreement under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, put a halt to the development of new nuclear weapons, and take up Putin's offer of several years ago to cut our mutual nuclear arsenals of about 10,000 weapons to 1,000. Once the US and Russia get down to reasonable numbers approaching the arsenals of the other nuclear weapons states--China, UK, France and Israel, who have stockpiles in the hundreds, and India, Pakistan, and North Korea who have less than one hundred bombs in their arsenals-- then we can take up China's offer to negotiate a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons and call all the nuclear weapons states to the table. Civil society has already produced a Model Nuclear Weapons Convention drafted by scientists, lawyers, and policy makers in the international Abolition 2000 Network, which was introduced into the UN General Assembly by Costa Rica as a discussion document. It lays out all the steps for dismantlement, verification, guarding, and monitoring the disassembled arsenals to insure that we will all be secure from nuclear break-out.
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
WASHINGTON Apr 20, 2006 (AP)— Sen. Russ Feingold's call for censuring President Bush appears to have paid dividends for the senator's political action committee.
Feingold's leadership PAC, the Progressive Patriots Fund, pulled in $282,000 last month, according to a report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. In February, the PAC raised $105,000.
Feingold, D-Wis., announced in March that he introduce a resolution to censure Bush over the administration's eavesdropping program.