Visit by Rumsfeld, Rice Sets Off Criticism in Iraq

Published on Thursday, April 27, 2006 by the Los Angeles Times

Some leaders worry that the Americans' surprise trip could hurt talks on forming a government. Analysts see an effort to shore up U.S. opinion.

by Louise Roug and Paul Richter

BAGHDAD — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Baghdad on Wednesday to express support for Iraq's new leaders, but drew criticism from Iraqi politicians who said they feared the unannounced visit might do more harm than good.

Hundreds of Detainees Abused, Report Finds

Published on Thursday, April 27, 2006 by Knight Ridder
By Drew Brown

WASHINGTON - Three human rights groups said Wednesday that they had found credible evidence that U.S. troops and government civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had abused, tortured or killed at least 460 detainees.

The researchers said they had found 330 cases of abuse and that only about half of them had been fully investigated, and one-third never were investigated or remained unresolved. The findings are in a report by New York University's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Human Rights First and Human Rights Watch.

Berkeley council calls for impeachment of Bush

By Alan Lopez, CONTRA COSTA TIMES

With little fanfare, the Berkeley City Council at its Tuesday meeting joined three other California cities in calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

In a resolution that will be sent to U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., the Berkeley council accused the president and vice president of, among other things: defrauding the country and Congress regarding the Iraq war; authorizing torture in violation of the Geneva Conventions; ordering secret surveillance of U.S. citizens; and failing to quickly respond to the Gulf Coast hurricane.

Pressure Grows On Italy to Pull Troops from Iraq

By VOA News

Italy's center-left leader Romano Prodi faced calls from some of his allies to speed up a withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq. The calls followed a bomb blast on an Italian convoy in southern Iraq, which killed 3 Italian soldiers.

Italian Margherita (Daisy) party's Arturo Parisi, right, with center-left coalition leader Romano Prodi at a meeting in Rome
Italy's prime minister in waiting Romano Prodi insisted that the bombing in Iraq, which killed three Italian soldiers would not make him speed up plans to withdraw Italian troops.

Grieving parents urge withdrawal

Schroeder said he feels the lives lost in Iraq, including his son's, have been wasted. But as to whether his son and the others have died in vain, he said, ``they did not die in vain if Americans remain strong enough to tell our leaders don't ever do this again.''

Loss, urgency surround war in Iraq
By Jim Carney, Akron Beacon Journal staff writer

CLEVELAND - Rosemary Palmer and Paul Schroeder watch the last video their son sent home from Iraq before he was killed.

Update: Huntsman also suspicious of proposed Nevada bomb test

By Judy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune

Add Gov. Jon M. Huntsman to the list of Utahns with suspicions about a huge upcoming explosion at the Nevada Test Site.

Speaking Thursday at his monthly news conference, the Republican governor shared a demand voiced this week by Utah members of Congress: that the Pentagon and the Energy Department must do more to prove the June 2 "Divine Strake" won't harm Utahns.

Test Blast In Nevada: A Nuclear Rehearsal

Pentagon apparently looks for an optimal size of a 'bunker buster'
by Robert Gehrke, Salt Lake Tribune

Washington - A powerful blast scheduled at the Nevada Test Site in June is designed to help war planners figure out the smallest nuclear weapon able to destroy underground targets. And it has caused a concern that it signals a renewed push toward tactical nuclear weapons.
The detonation, called Divine Strake, is intended to "develop a planning tool to improve the warfighter's confidence in selecting the smallest proper nuclear yield necessary to destroy underground facilities while minimizing collateral damage," according to Defense Department budget documents.

ARMED MADHOUSE

By Greg Palast

For the past two years, I've nearly disappeared from BBC Television screens and from newspapers so my team could focus on our most important investigation yet. I've put it in a book: Armed Madhouse. The book travels from Beijing to New Orleans to Caracas to Baghdad to New Mexico ... a five-part investigation of global economic piggery so deep, dark and devious you just have to scream or cry -- or laugh.

Rep. Waters Calls for A Full and Comprehensive Debate on the Iraq War

Rep. Maxine Waters

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), the Chair and Founder of the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus, issued the following statement on the announcement that the House of Representatives will hold a debate on the Iraq war:

"I was pleased to see the article in The Hill announcing that Majority Leader Boehner will finally permit the House of Representatives to debate the war in Iraq. This debate is long overdue.

ENEMIES WORKING TOGETHER

By Ellen Barfield

I was greatly honored to be able to represent Veterans
for Peace at the first public event of the new peace
organization Combatants for Peace, Palestinian and
Israeli former fighters who have renounced violence and
now work together for peace and justice. They have met in
secret for a year, their membership growing to 120 brave
enough to meet former enemies and describe their previous

Robert Fisk: The United States of Israel

Breaking the Last Taboo: The United States of Israel?
By ROBERT FISK, http://counterpunch.org/fisk04272006.html

Stephen Walt towers over me as we walk in the Harvard sunshine past Eliot Street, a big man who needs to be big right now (he's one of two authors of an academic paper on the influence of America's Jewish lobby) but whose fame, or notoriety, depending on your point of view, is of no interest to him. "John and I have deliberately avoided the television shows because we don't think we can discuss these important issues in 10 minutes. It would become 'J' and 'S', the personalities who wrote about the lobby - and we want to open the way to serious discussion about this, to encourage a broader discussion of the forces shaping US foreign policy in the Middle East."

Tomgram: Judith Coburn, Caring for Veterans on the Cheap

http://www.tomdispatch.com

Can anyone be surprised any longer when FEMA reneges on its promise of a year's free housing to Hurricane Katrina evacuees? Or that, in once can-do America, the devastated southeastern coast from which those residents fled in such confusion remains almost singularly unreconstructed as the next hurricane season approaches? Or that the only ones likely to receive relief at the gas pump this summer are the oil companies? Or that the Bush administration is incapable of running a new Medicare drug program as anything other than an experience in chaos? Or that so many functions that once made civil government seem in any way civil are simply disappearing and others are being rebuilt on a military model? Typically, a Senate report on dismantling FEMA suggests replacing it with

Abuse of Presidential Power from Nixon to Bush

DEMOCRACY NOW!

Nixon White House Counsel John Dean and Pentagon Papers Leaker Daniel Ellsberg on Watergate and the Abuse of Presidential Power from Nixon to Bush

In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive we are joined by two figures who
played central roles in the fall of President Richard Nixon and the
Watergate scandal of a generation ago, John Dean and Daniel Ellsberg. Dean
served as President Nixon's chief counsel. He exposed the

Biden Asks Congress to Go on Record: No Permanent Bases in Iraq

Senator Biden

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced an amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill that would put the Senate on record as opposing permanent military bases in Iraq and U.S. control of the country’s natural resources.

According to Biden, although American military and political leadership in Baghdad have said that the United States does not have plans for permanent bases, “the Iraqi people remain suspicious of our intentions and are growing increasingly impatient.”

They Paid

They Paid

The President and Congress run up a debt of $8,365,893,627,847.88 as of 03:23:02 PM GMT, 28 April 2006 (Debt Clock at www.brillig.com/debt_clock) and they send collection agencies after the wounded and the dead of this appalling war. Congress voted for it. Bush started it. And now, they are both enabling it. So, just who does support the troops really? 03:23:02 PM GMT, 28 April 2006 is about

Impeachment Petitions Delivered to Speaker Hastert's Office

Ellen Tenney and Julia DeWalt on May 1, 2006, outside Speaker Hastert's office  

Video to be posted soon.

At 9:00 a.m. ET this morning Ellen Tenney of Rockingham, Vermont, and Julia DeWalt of Newfane, Vt., presented to the staff of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert petitions from three towns in Vermont (their own two towns plus Marlboro) calling for the impeachment of President Bush. The towns had each passed resolutions to send the petitions.

A Way Forward, Out of Iraq

By Hany Khalil, www.CommonDreams.org

Three years into the Iraq war, the U.S. peace movement faces new opportunities to grow and wield influence. Retired generals contend that the United States cannot win in Iraq. George Bush's approval rating has plummeted to 32 percent, a new low. According to a Zogby poll, a majority of active-duty soldiers in Iraq thinks that the United States should withdraw its forces by the end of 2006, and a Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times study found that 58 percent of Americans believe the war was not worth fighting.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman rebuffs attempts to interview Administration officials in pre-war Iraq probe

By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com

Powell's former chief of staff says he'll 'wait and see'

WASHINGTON – The Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has denied Democratic attempts to interview Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former CIA Director George Tenet and two former senior aides to erstwhile Secretary of State Colin Powell, RAW STORY has learned.

Intelligence Vice Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) sought to interview Rice, Tenet and Powell's aides as part of a Senate inquiry into whether public statements by Administration officials about Iraq were corroborated by intelligence information. Recent reports – including one last Sunday from a former CIA chief in Europe – suggest that the Bush Administration was warned that Iraq did not have substantive weapons of mass destruction.

The passion of George W. Bush

The president doesn't care that he is reviled. He is a martyr, and someday all will see his glory. Meanwhile, he's got Karl doing his dirty work.
By Sidney Blumenthal, http://www.salon.com

Apr. 27, 2006 | The urgent dispatch of Karl Rove to the business of maintaining one-party rule in the midterm elections is the Bush White House's belated startle reflex to its endangerment. Besieged by crises of his own making, plummeting to ever lower depths in the polls week after week, Bush has assigned his political general to muster dwindling forces for a heroic offensive to break out of the closing ring. If the Democrats gain control of the House or Senate they will launch a thousand subpoenas to establish the oversight that has been abdicated by the Republican Congress.

Denouncing The Iraq Deception

By Robert Scheer
Robert Scheer is a contributing editor to The Nation, and editor of Truthdig.com.

Confession time: In fall 2004, during a crucial presidential election campaign, I made the mistake of playing by corporate media rules that amount to self-censorship.

Specifically, I joined other journalists in denying the public the right to learn of a definitive investigative report by CBS' 60 Minutes on President George W. Bush's disregard for the truth concerning the weapons of mass destruction threat allegedly posed to the United States by Iraq. Having received an advance copy of the devastating segment, I honored CBS' proprietary request not to write about the news it carried until after it aired.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Thursday, April 27, 2006
BUSH in Gulf Coast, LA & MS: President Bush participates in a National
Volunteer Week Service Project at 12:50 PM and 3:15 PM. [White House
Press Release]

NEW* BERNANKE in Washington DC: Federal Reserve Chair, Ben Bernanke
will testify about the US economic outlook before Congress' Joint
Economic Committee at 10 AM. [MSNBC.com, 4/27/06]

NEW* CHERTOFF in Fairfax, VA: George Mason University holds a 1:30 pm

POTENTIAL SENATE AMENDMENTS TO SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL H.R. 4939

By Council for a Livable World

Majority Leader Frist (R-TN) may offer a cloture motion this week to choke off some of the many amendments that are expected to be offered. Even so, consideration of the bill is likely to extend into next week. Much of the time is being spent on amendments dealing with the high price of gasoline.

In the meantime, President Bush has threatened to veto the bill unless the price tag, now about $106 billion in the Senate, is brought closer to the original $92 billion request (although he requested an additional $2.2 billion to rebuild the hurricane protection system in New Orleans). Thirty five Republican Senators signed a letter pledging to uphold the veto.

High Gas Prices, Conflict in the Middle East, Global Warming

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FEINGOLD AMENDMENT CALLS FOR U.S. TROOP REDEPLOYMENT FROM IRAQ BY DECEMBER 31ST 2006

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold is introducing an amendment to the emergency supplemental appropriations bill that requires the redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq by December 31st, 2006. Last August, Feingold was the first Senator to announce a target date for withdrawal when he suggested U.S. troops leave Iraq by the end of 2006. The emergency supplemental, which is currently being considered in the Senate, includes funding for ongoing military operations in Iraq.

Nevada test site reopens in June

“How can we have a nuclear program when we actively discourage (other countries’) nuclear programs?”
By RYANN RASMUSSEN,
Southern Utah University Journal
rrasmussen@suujournal.com

The U.S. Department of Energy will detonate a 700-ton non-nuclear bomb on June 2 at the Nevada Test Site, but some Iron County residents and officials are concerned.

They are afraid the expected 10,000-foot debris cloud will have a negative effect on public health.

Crosby: ‘Impeach the sonofabitch’

By Joe Piasecki, Pasadena Weekly

Illinois to compel Congress to consider impeachment proceedings against President Bush are coinciding with recent calls by Neil Young and David Crosby for the same thing.

“Yes, I want to impeach the sonofabitch,” Crosby, perhaps one of the most visible and vocal artists against the war in Vietnam, wrote in an email to the Weekly. “Do you know about Neil’s new record yet?”

Three Italians, one Romanian dead in Iraq attack

Rome - A bomb attack on a foreign troop convoy in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah killed three Italian and one Romanian soldier Thursday, Italian military officials said.

A fourth Italian soldier was also seriously wounded and was being treated in a nearby Italian military hospital.

Military sources said the attack took place around 8.50 a.m. near the Italian headquarters in Nasiriyah, where Italy has more than 2,000 troops stationed.

Sister of Iraqi vice president shot dead

By Terry Friel

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a sister of one of Iraq's vice presidents on Thursday, the latest high level assassination, as Washington's top diplomatic and defense officials visited to underscore support for a new government.

Meysoun al-Hashemi, sister of Sunni Arab Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi, was gunned down in her car. Hashemi's brother was killed on April 13 and the brother of another leading Sunni politician was also kidnapped and killed this month.

Speaking Events

March 27-April 6 Events Everywhere

 

April 4: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next: An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing. 6-8 p.m. at 5th and K Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.
 

 

April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

 

April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont

 

June 16-18: David Swanson and many others speaking at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.



August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.



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