From Tomdispatch today
Karen J. Green, co-editor of The Torture Papers, a widely acclaimed book on Bush administration torture policies, explores recently released documents written by military lawyers in 2003 arguing against the torture policies then being hammered out by White House lawyers as not just morally wrong but strategically short-sighted. This offers us a new view into government deliberations at that time and quite a different argument against the use of torture -- one that proved prescient indeed. "The Achilles Heel of Torture, What the JAG Memos Tell us" pushes the issue of administration torture policies in new directions. Please check it out.
Cindy Sheehan is back in Crawford, Texas, resuming her demands to see President Bush, who himself is facing declining poll numbers. Are attitudes toward the war reaching what Americans like to call “a tipping point
Bucking Bush on Iraq Policy Could Alienate
Party and Supporters of Presidential Hopefuls
By JOHN HARWOOD
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
August 25, 2005; Page A4
WASHINGTON -- In a summer of angst over Iraq, Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska has invoked a powerful image by comparing the fighting there to the Vietnam quagmire a generation ago.
Mr. Hagel's decorated Vietnam service and his status as a potential 2008 presidential candidate brought even greater attention to his intraparty blast at President Bush's policy. It also raised the question of whether the lame-duck president's bulwark of Republican support is about to crumble over the Iraq war's mounting toll.
On the president's doorstep -- a dead soldier, an aggrieved housewife and the start of something big
By MATT TAIBBI
Crawford, the home of President George W. Bush, is a sun-scorched hole of a backwater Texas town -- a single dreary railroad crossing surrounded on all sides by roasted earth the color of dried dog shit. There are scattered clumps of trees and brush, but all the foliage seems bent from the sun's rays and ready at any moment to burst into flames.
Day 18--The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford
Thu Aug 25th, 2005 at 03:09:30 PDT
The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford
I got up really early today to head back to Camp Casey. On the way, I had some amazing conversations with people. In one of those conversations, I was talking to Tyler who was sitting next to me on one of the planes. We were not talking about me and what I have been doing. Randomly, he told me he had just been in Texas about an hour north of Crawford. I said: "Wow that's where I am going and that's where I have been all month." He said: "I know I own a television." I thought that was pretty cute.
By E&P Staff
Published: August 24, 2005 4:20 PM ET
NEW YORK The American Legion, which has 2.7 million members, has declared war on antiwar protestors, and the media could be next. Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group's national commander called for an end to all “public protests
The Los Angeles Times takes a long look at Plamegate today. There's little new here -- except for a claim by someone close to Karl Rove that Rove first heard Plame's name from Bob Novak -- but the Times does raise an interesting question along the way. We know now that Rove and Scooter Libby were involved in the outing of Plame. But how is it, the Times asks, that their roles remained secret until after George W. Bush was re-elected?
The answer, at least in part: Their roles remained secret because some members of the mainstream press helped to keep them secret. According to the Times' report, Time magazine's Matthew Cooper chose not to ask for a waiver of confidentiality from Rove until this summer -- in part because his attorney advised against it, and in part because "Time editors were concerned about becoming part of such an explosive story in an election year." As a result, the Times says, "Cooper's testimony was delayed nearly a year, well after Bush's reelection."
Help Your Peace-loving Child Avoid the Draft
By Helen James
Issue 128, January - February 2005
On the eve of the Gulf War, while I was marching for peace with hundreds of other protestors, I spotted a familiar mop of shiny red hair down low in the crowd. Sure enough, it belonged to my then nine-year-old son, Adam. I hadn’t encouraged him to take up the politics of adulthood, but he and his buddies had convinced another parent to take them to the rally. We joined forces, and I walked and talked with them as they struggled to understand the deeper meaning of that day.
This article comes from the Democracy Cell Project.
I have heard many proponents of the Iraq War, those specifically who disagreed with France's refusal to join the coalition, fling out the words, "Hey, like they've got anything to talk about. They've got the whole Oil for Food scandal." Then the same people would smirk at the idea that our soldiers are over in Iraq fighting for Iraq's oil. They say, "Blood for oil, yeh...right!"
The common theme in both appear to be the oil and the allegations of corrupt behavior to get to that oil. Can either be substantiated with solid proof? U.N. Secretary General-General Kofi Annan has praised the Oil-for-Food Programme for accomplishing one of the largest, most complex and unusual tasks ever entrusted to the Secretariat.
Now, here's an interesting little tid-bit, considering the source: Pat Buchanan's magazine, American Conservative, has published a report saying that Dick Cheney has had the Pentagon prepare a contingency plan for an immediate air strike on Iran, including the use of tactical nuclear weapons, in the event of "another 9/11."
The report, in Buchanan's mag's "Deep Background" column, claims: "In Washington it is hardly a secret that the same people in and around the administration who brought you Iraq are preparing to do the same for Iran. The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing—that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack—but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections."
Statement about a joint rally and joint march for September 24.
The two major antiwar coalitions that have initiated and organized for a massive anti-war March on Washington for September 24 have agreed to organize a joint rally followed by a joint march. Both coalitions will organize under their own banners, slogans and with their own literature for the September 24 demonstration. The joint rally will begin at 11:30 am at the Ellipse in the front of the White House. We urge everyone around the country to unite and come out for the largest possible anti-war demonstration on September 24.
From David Swanson:
I'm down here at Camp Casey and it's hot but happening. Word is there'll be even bigger crowds this weekend. Come join us! The pro-war counter-protesters who are here now can be counted on one hand, but they've spread rumors that they're coming in big numbers for the weekend too. We'll see. I'll post reports and photos, and Melvin Phelps is giving me a bunch of videos to post. Jon Schwartz and Marianne and Pris and Ben and Karen and Sue and others will keep the afterdowningstreet.org website updated. Camp Casey is a remarkable place - please join us!
Congresswoman Corrine Brown has joined the growing bi-partisan list of congress members demanding the truth!
Move America Forward ( the Hate crowd ) was outed today by Keith Olbermann as having been launched by a Sacramento P.R. firm which has strong ties to the Republican party. Later in the segment Dana Milbank said that they were part of the Orin Hatch for President campaign. lol That's grassroots for you. This diary at Kos was the first one that I found which uncovered the scam.
The Swift boating of Cindy is led by Sal Russo and Mr. Puke himself Mark Williams. These people are bottom feeding scum suckers of the lowest kind. Their Creepy Caravan is nothing more than Republican operatives trying to combat a powerful message by Sheehan in the only way they know how to respond. S-M-E-A-R. Here's much more information about MAF's antics from the Center for Media and Democracy.
Following Joan Baez' performance, Cindy Sheehan made her first public statements since returning to Camp Casey in Crawford, TX.She spoke about the media attacks on her, and at length about Casey. Both moving and at times, funny.As broadcast LIVE Exclusively on The BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO's Special Edition of "Operation Noble Cause". Here's the MP3...(Thanks David Edwards and Otie Maclay for the sound, Jeff Patterson of NotInOurName.net for the picture and DreamFactoryINK.com for getting out the word!)
Vermont Poet for Peace David Budbill says, "We are going to begin sending postcards daily to Cindy Sheehan with notes of support. The goal is to have thousands of postcards arrive daily. Spread the word. Tell a friend, tell 10 friends and send a postcard today. If you send a postcard every day from now until September 1st, it'll cost you $3.91." Send post cards to:
Crawford Peace House
9142 East 5th Street
Crawford, TX 76638-3037
SEAN PENN IN IRAN
Sean Penn, Special to The Chronicle
Thursday, August 25, 2005
During his visit to Iran in June, Sean Penn had the chance to witness a rare demonstration in support of women's rights.
The demonstration was to begin at 5 p.m. I wanted to refresh a bit, so I took a shower at the hotel and began to dress when, at about 4:30 p.m., my companions Reese Erlich, Norman Solomon and Babak knocked on my door. They'd gotten an update. What had been anticipated as likely violence the evening before was now considered certain. This is a guilty admission, but when you have come to a place that is unfamiliar, with the intention of gaining a familiarity, absolutely nothing is more seductive than to see its darkest sides. I am an optimist. I can always look up. But to see down is to be down. We headed down to the demonstration.
CNN's AMERICAN MORNING 7:00 AM EST
Thursday, August 25, 2005
CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: The war of words over Iraq escalates on the home front. Cindy Sheehan made an emotional return to Crawford, Texas, on Wednesday to resume her protest at "Camp Casey." President Bush also sent out a message Wednesday, meeting with military families in Idaho and enlisting the support of a military mother of his own. Are we seeing a new battle emerge, that of military moms?
Mike Allen of "The Washington Post" is just back from Crawford, Texas. He joins us now in our Washington bureau.
Aptos family decides to vacation at Camp Casey
Grieving mom’s ‘bravery’ was driving force to join protest in Texas
By BRIAN SEALS
SENTINEL STAFF WRITER
Pat Manning of Aptos is not a typical anti-war protester.
"I don’t go out and protest war in general," she said.
But the war in Iraq and the saga of grieving Vacaville mother Cindy Sheehan has changed that.
This is summer vacation for Pat and husband Ed of Aptos: a trek to Texas, daughter and two grandsons in tow, to join with so many others who are gathering near President Bush’s ranch.
"The thought of somebody being brave enough to stand up to the president, to take a stand, I feel like I wanted to go stand beside her," Pat said by cell phone Wednesday while at the "Crawford Peace House."
By Cindy Sheehan
I got up really early today to head back to Camp Casey. On the way, I had some amazing conversations with people. In one of those conversations, I was talking to Tyler who was sitting next to me on one of the planes.
We were not talking about me and what I have been doing. Randomly, he told me he had just been in Texas about an hour north of Crawford. I said: "Wow that's where I am going and that's where I have been all month." He said: "I know I own a television." I thought that was pretty cute.
I got to Camp Casey and I arrived with a mom whose son, John, was killed on January 26, 2005, and his wife and baby, who never met his dad. We arrived in Waco at about 4:30 to the local press. The White House Press Corps was still with the president.
By ANGELA K. BROWN
The Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2005; 7:21 AM
CRAWFORD, Texas -- Even when she was in California taking care of her mother, Cindy Sheehan said part of her remained at the protest campsite she had set up outside President Bush's ranch. On Wednesday, Sheehan returned to "Camp Casey," named after her 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, who was killed last year in Iraq.
"This is where I belong, until Aug. 31, like I told the president," Sheehan said at the Waco airport before driving about 20 miles to the Crawford site.
When Sheehan arrived at the campsite, she saw a large banner depicting her son's face. She sobbed and said she felt ill. Supporters brought her water and cold towels, and she recovered about 20 minutes later.
By Larry C. Johnson
Sometimes in life there are no good options. It is part of our nature to always assume that we can fix a problem. But in life there are many problems or situations where there is no pleasant solution. If you were at the Windows on the World Restaurant in the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 9 am on September 11, 2001 you had no good options. You could choose to jump or to burn to death. Some choice.
A hard, clear-eyed look at the current situation in Iraq reveals that we are confronted with equally bad choices. If we stay we are facilitating the creation of an Islamic state that will be a client of Iran. If we pull out we are likely to leave the various ethnic groups of Iraq to escalate the civil war already underway. In my judgment we have no alternative but to pull our forces out of Iraq. Like it or not, such a move will be viewed as a defeat of the United States and will create some very serious foreign policy and security problems for us for years to come. However, we are unwilling to make the sacrifices required to achieve something approximating victory. And, what would victory look like? At a minimum we should expect a secular society where the average Iraqi can move around the country without fear of being killed or kidnapped. That is not the case nor is it on the horizon.
PLUS: BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO Goes LIVE Again Tonight with Exclusive Coverage from Camp Casey!
Joan Baez Peformance and Cindy Sheehan Speaks to Supporters
Coverage Begins at Tonight (Wednesday) at 10pm ET!
'Operation Noble Cause' Continues...Deep in the Heart of Texas...
Join us tonight at www.BradShow.com for LIVE uninterrupted coverage of tonight's Joan Baez performance in Camp Casey. Publicly, the word is that Sheehan will not speak publicly until tomorrow at 10:30am CT tomorrow, however The BRAD BLOG has been told that she will likely speak at tonight's Baez performance, at least briefly. We will be there to cover it LIVE...Hopefully.
By CHRISTOPHER SMITH
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
NAMPA, Idaho -- A day after she put her 20-year-old Marine son on a plane for his second tour in Iraq, Brenda Mansell came to Nampa for her first anti-war demonstration.
"This has to stop," the Boise mother said Wednesday, holding a photo of her son, Scott, and a sign calling for his return home. "Maybe if it starts with the mothers, the rest of the world will follow."
Mansell joined Laura McCarthy of Eagle - whose 21-year-old son Gavin has been serving with the Idaho Army National Guard in Kirkuk, Iraq, since December - in a designated "peace pen" just outside the Idaho Center sports arena as part of about 150 people who protested President Bush's speech on the war on terror.
I almost fell down on the floor laughing in 7-11 when I saw the cover of the New York Daily News with W doing his best tough-guy imitation and Cindy Sheehan in her hat. The headline was something like "You're on, Cindy!" and the subhead: Bush Goes on Offensive Against Protest Mom.
This is what machismo has come to?
Can anybody find and post the lyrics to Tom Paxton's "Daily News"?
By the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
SUBJECT: Recommendation: Try a Circle of "Wise Women"
By way of re-introduction, we begin with a brief reminder of the analyses we provided you before the attack on Iraq. On the afternoon of February 5, 2003, following Colin Powell’s speech before the UN Security Council that morning, we sent you our critique of his attempt to make the case for war. (You may recall that we gave him an “A
By LANCE GAY
Scripps Howard News Service
August 24, 2005
- Cindy Sheehan says she's tried to keep the focus of her protest on the immorality of the war in Iraq, but she's found this month that it's difficult to keep the spotlight off herself.
"I am not the issue," she said on her Web blog. "The issue is a disastrous war that's killing our sons and daughters and making our country less secure. They attack me because they can no longer defend this war."
The 48-year-old housewife and former youth minister at St. Mary's Catholic Church in quiet and conservative Vacaville, Calif., isn't new to the fight. Three months after son Casey, her first-born, was killed in an ambush in Baghdad on April 4, 2004, Sheehan was transformed into a militant grieving mother demanding answers.
By Michael Smith
Details 'chill factor' imposed around Iraq intelligence; Putting Downing Street docs in perspective