Editorial: Meet to oppose Bush and his war

A Cap Times editorial
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Today marks a critical turning point in the debate about holding President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney accountable for the deliberate deceptions, failed strategies and assaults on the Constitution that have been associated with their ill-fated invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Cheney says Iraq not worth the casualties

By Mike Hendricks
http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1134222.html

According to a Seattle newspaper, in August 1992, when Dick Cheney was Secretary of Defense in the George Herbert Walker Bush administration, he made a public speech in Seattle 18 months after the end of the first Iraqi War.

Live blogging from Northbrook, Illinois part two

Madame defarge
Democracy Cell Project

Just back from our Town Hall Forum in Northbrook, IL (ok, with a short stop for dinner and a badly needed glass or two of wine)... So much to tell, but I need to collect my thoughts & notes so that I can give you all a meaningful summary of the highlights. In the meantime, here are some quick points:

DC Out of Iraq Town Meeting

We are having a great event here at Busboys and Poets, in Washington DC. We have a pretty highly educated audience here, of course; many are already working daily to end the war, and they know the truth of it.

Live blogging from Northbrook, Illinois

Madame Defarge just called from north Chicago area. They had over 200 people in a library auditorium, 175 in an adjoining room--cramped--watching a live feed. And they had to turn away over 100 others.

Live blogging from DC part three

Questioner now asking about the rest of us--those who cannot see the need for withdrawal. How are we going to talk to them?

Answers: Cliff Kindy: He shares the issue of depleted uranium weaponry, and has seen the results of its use in Mosul and Fallujah. Babies born with deformities, with organs outside of the bodies. Secretary of Veterans Affairs resigned because 3/4 of veterans from Gulf War I are on permanent disability.

Live blogging from DC, part two

Lila Rajiva is now speaking. She is the author of The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media and is speaking to the terrors of war, particularly against women.

She says that the military would like us to believe that only low level soldiers commit these crimes. But she offers that fact that they were smiling and were proud.

Live blogging from DC...

Live Blogging from DC
Karen
Democracy Cell Project

Original Link

Kevin Zeese reporting that only 31 % believe we can win in Iraq. Only 2% believe the Congress has the best interests of the military at heart.

FIT THE BATTLE...

FIT THE BATTLE...
Dick Bell, Karen Bradley
Democracy Cell Project

A cold morning in Lafayette Park, the White House glistening in the bright morning sun. Four mounted park police stand in formation opposite the White House fence, while another policewoman plays a rough game wrestling with a K-9 dog over a foot-long orange plastic attack-dog toy.

John Conyer's Town Hall Today

Ray of Light
Democratic Underground

Today was the first day towards taking back our government. The focus was on ending the Iraq occupation. Afterdowningstreet, the Democracy Cell Project, Code Pink, and The world can't wait have people attending local events and have asked all of us to attend and to bring people into these town halls to learn.

Live blogging from the Livonia "Out of Iraq" Townhall...part two

Live blogging from Livonia Part 2,
Suz Krueger, Democracy Cell Project

Just got back from the Out of Iraq townhall in Livonia.

I would call the Livonia Townhall a terrific success. There were people (like me) who drove from 2 hours away to hear this information and to learn about what we can do to save our democracy.

The NYT's Unconscionable Decision to Sit on the NSA Story for a Year

By LAWRENCE R. VELVEL

The one year delay in The New York Times' revelation of the warrantless electronic eavesdropping remains inexplicable. The Times' ombudsman, Byron Calame, wrote last Sunday that the high Times officials involved -- Bill Keller and Arthur Sulzberger -- refused to give any adequate explanation or to answer his questions. It did seem to Calame, however, that in effect they were claiming that to explain would be to give the government leads it could use to track down (and punish) the whistleblowers, the people whom one other writer, Jonathan Alter, believes are the true patriots here because they exposed serious governmental wrongdoing.

Karen Bradley and Christine Yort: Two Moms Go to Capitol Hill

By LILA RAJIVA

Karen Bradley, Director of Graduate Studies in Dance at the University of Maryland, is a long-time activist, choreographer, and performance artist. She is currently writing a book on the movement theorist, Rudolf Laban, and researches and writes about movement analysis, arts education, and progressive politics. Christine Yort is a graduate student in decorative arts at the Smithsonian Institute's demanding program and a full-time single mom. The vivacious pair spoke to me about their views on what's happening in George Bush's America and what "two moms on Capitol Hill," as they call themselves, have done to make their voices heard.

62% favor impeachment of Bush in a John Birch Society poll

I don't agree with the John Birch Society on much, but on this they seem to be talking our language:
http://www.jbs.org/poll.php?vo=1

World Can't Wait Los Angeles Update

We need your help to get ready for the State of The Union Address Protest on January 31st. We will bring out the noise and demand Bush step down. We have flyers available at the office and soon available for download. There are weekly meetings on Sundays at 1 PM at the Peace Center. Also, World Can't Wait is participating with the After Downing Street Coalition, Progressive Democrats of America and other organizations in public meetings Saturday, January 7, on the topic of ending the war!

Hundreds of Billions of Dollars, and Hundreds Dead for Lack of Basic Armor

By Bob Geiger, www.Democrats.com

The New York Times reported yesterday on a secret Pentagon study concluding that a large number of Marines killed in Iraq – perhaps up to 80 percent of those who died of upper-body injuries – would have survived had they been properly equipped for battle.

American Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq

By PATRICK QUINN, Associated Press

Gunmen kidnapped a female American journalist and killed her Iraqi translator Saturday in western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said.

Maj. Falah Mohamadawi said the translator told police before he died that the abduction took place when he and the journalist were heading to meet Adnan al-Dulaimi, head of the Sunni Arab Iraqi Accordance Front, in the Adel section of the city.

Live Blogging from Livonia, Michigan

This is Suz Krueger, live blogging at John Conyer’s Iraq Town Hall Meeting in Livonia, Michigan.

Though I arrived later because roads were icy and despite terrible road conditions, the room was to capacity and overflowing--close to 200 people here at Livonia Town Hall and people are still coming.

Basis for Spying in US Is Doubted

By Eric Lichtblau and Scott Shane, The New York Times

Washington - President Bush's rationale for eavesdropping on Americans without warrants rests on questionable legal ground, and Congress does not appear to have given him the authority to order the surveillance, said a Congressional analysis released Friday.

A Peace Movement Demanding the Rule of Law

By David Swanson
Remarks prepared for Out of Iraq event in Washington, D.C., on day of 164 Out of Iraq Events around the country, Jan. 7, 2006.

President Nixon famously said that if the President does it, it's legal. And he didn't think that up on his own – that's a way of thinking that has long had currency in America.

CITIZENS' TRIBUNAL TO INDICT PRESIDENT ON ALLEGED WAR CRIMES AND OTHER VIOLATIONS

When: 1:30 pm, January 10, 2006
Where: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC
Website: www.bushcommission.org

Contact: Larry Everest or Janet Yip: 212-941-8086 or email: commission@nion.us

Arcata calls for impeachment

By Kimberly Wear, Eureka Times Standard

ARCATA -- A split City Council passed a resolution demanding the impeachment or resignation of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, citing violations of international and constitutional law.

Air America to Broadcast Live from Out of Iraq Event Saturday Night

By Peter Rothberg, The Nation

We're pleased to announce that the new RadioNation show, hosted by author, activist and award-winning radio personality Laura Flanders, will debut on Air America Radio Network tomorrow night, January 7.

Gender Gap on Troop Withdrawal From Iraq: 62 Percent of American Women Believe Troops Should Come Home by End of 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6 (AScribe Newswire) -- According to the most recent Gallup poll on Iraq, more women than men believe the U.S. should bring the troops home from Iraq within one year. Sixty-two percent of all women polled said the U.S. troops should be brought home from Iraq before December 2006, compared to 53 percent of men: a significant nine-point difference. The poll was conducted by Gallup from December 16-18, 2005; the gender breakdown was made public today by CODEPINK, a national women's peace group.

Granny Peace Brigade Back in Court

Support Needed
Tuesday, January 10

8:30 a.m. Press Conference
9:30 a.m. Court Hearing

100 Centre Street, Part B

On October 17, 2005 18 grandmothers that were a part of a coalition of groups calling themselves Granny Peace Brigade were arrested and jailed for attempting to enlist in the army at the Times Square Military Recruiting Center. These grandmothers were willing to participate in civil disobedience to make a a strong statement about the lack of truth that is used to pressure young people to enlist. Their message was "End the war in Iraq and bring the troops home immediately."

The Elusive Iraqi Tipping Point

Latest on Noquarter
By Larry C. Johnson

Had dinner last night with an old CIA buddy who has just returned from Iraq with some discouraging news. Although our troops and intelligence operatives are killing scores of insurgents (my friend estimated the kill rate at 160 enemy per each friendly) the insurgents keep coming. As Sy Hersh predicted in last month's New Yorker, the military commanders decided to shift from ground confrontations to high altitude airstrikes. According to press reports on Wednesday, for example, the United States carried out 53 strikes inside Iraq. One of these, the mistaken bombing of a civilian home north of Baghdad, was condemend by Iraqi officials.

Photos of Moran-Murtha Town Hall Jan 5th

Submitted by John Bruhns

John Bruhns:

Anti-war Protesters Plan Picket Over US Military Flights

Published on Friday, January 6, 2006 by the Evening Echo / Ireland

Anti-war activists are to picket the offices of the Irish Aviation Authority in Dublin today over the ongoing refuelling of US warplanes at Shannon Airport.

Axis of Fanatics: Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad

By Norman Solomon

With Ariel Sharon out of the picture, Benjamin Netanyahu has a better chance to become prime minister of Israel.

He's media savvy. He knows how to spin on American television. And he's very dangerous.

Reps. Conyers and Scott Call for Congressional Hearings on FBI Misconduct in Mayfield Matter

Press Release
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html

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