Insurgent attacks in Iraq jumped in 2005, US says

By Will Dunham, Reuters

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq mounted more than 34,000 attacks last year on U.S. and other foreign troops, Iraqi security forces and Iraqi civilians, a nearly 30 percent jump from 2004, the U.S. military said on Monday.

Michael Smith Launches Website

Michael Smith, the reporter who broke the Downing Street memo story, has launched a new website, and it's very useful. Check it out!

And, Mick also has a new blog!

Destruction Easier Than Reconstruction

By Brian Conley and Isam Rashid, Inter Press Service

Baghdad - While politicians deliberate over Iraq's future, Iraqis are dealing with the reality of the present. They are looking at the debris of a country where reconstruction has come to a standstill.

Civil War-Elect

By Robert Dreyfuss, www.TomPaine.com

There's no one left to put Humpty Dumpty together again in Baghdad. Zalmay Khalilzad, America's feckless ambassador in Iraq, is trying. But, unwilling or unable to reach out to the Iraqi resistance, Khalilzad instead finds himself immersed instead in gooey egg mass. The Iraqi body politic is shattered, with little hope now of avoiding an all-out civil war. That's the only conclusion that can be reached by looking at the results of the Dec. 15 elections in Iraq, whose official returns were announced on Friday.

Journalist Deaths Hit Record in 2005: IFJ

By Sebastian Alison, Reuters

Brussels - A record number of media workers died last year while doing their job, amid a growing trend toward the targeted killing of journalists, the International Federation of Journalists said on Monday.

Ex-VP Aide Seeks Secret Evidence Use

By Associated Press

Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday made their first request to use classified evidence at his trial, launching a highly secretive court process that could bog down the case.

Al Gore talks turkey, gets a gobble in reply

By Minneapolis Star Tribune, www.startribune.com

On wiretapping, "they did it too" won't cut it.

Former Vice President Al Gore gave a rip-roaring speech last week attacking the Bush administration for "repeatedly and insistently" breaking federal law and "disrespecting" the U.S. Constitution. One of his major examples was the Bush administration's massive, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens that has recently come to light. One may agree with his analysis or not, but Gore did not deserve the trashing he got from the White House, which spun a fluffy cloud of half-truths.

World Social Forum Starts Tomorrow

By www.globalexchange.org

Tens of thousands of peace and justice advocates from throughout the Western Hemisphere are gearing up for the 2006 World Social Forum, an inspirational gathering that brings together peace activists, fair trade crusaders, environmentalists, and advocates of indigenous, workers’ and women’s rights from around the globe.

Pakistanis Kept From Visiting Attack Site

By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press

Pakistani security forces stopped Islamist opposition leaders Monday from reaching a border village hit by a U.S. missile strike, curbing an anti-American protest as the prime minister visited Washington.

Jersey Girls Talk Impeachment

From www.bradblog.com

Several of "The Jersey Girls," who were widowed in the 9/11 attacks: "If we are attacked again, President Bush's shameless disregard of our constitutional rights and his poor judgment in defending our nation against terrorists should be borne out in his resignation from office or a Congressional demand for impeachment."
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002319.htm

Pakistani lawmakers want U.S. ambassador expelled

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Lawmakers in northwestern Pakistan today demanded that the government expel the American ambassador to Pakistan in response to a U.S. airstrike that killed 13 people.

The unanimous resolution by the provincial assembly was unlikely to move the federal government to accept such a demand.

Complete Transcript of Last Week's House Judiciary Democratic Hearings on Warrantless NSA Wiretapping of American Citizens

The BRAD BLOG has obtained the official transcript of last week's congressional hearings on warrantless NSA wiretapping as authorized (on at least thirty occassions) by the Bush Administration. The event was officially titled, "CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS: DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE AND EXECUTIVE POWER".

What the President Ordered in This Case Was a Crime

By John Nichols, www.thenation.com

The Nation -- While Judge Sam Alito's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee has confirmed that he is not one of their number, a dwindling cadre of public servants still take seriously the dictates of the Constitution and the intents of it authors. And there is no more serious dictate of the document -- and no more solidly established intent -- than the one that requires the Congress to serve as a check and a balance against the excesses of the executive branch. Most particularly in a time of war, the founders intended for the Congress to question, challenge and constrain the president and his aides so that never again would Americans be subjected to the illegitimate, unwarranted and illegal dictates of a King George.

NSA Spying Scandal: President Makes up Rules as He Goes Along

By Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida)

At every turn in this latest of Bush administration scandals -- the National Security Agency's spying on Americans -- what the White House first claimed in the program's defense proved to be either untrue, implausible, exaggerated or unverifiable. At every turn, the White House retorted with self-serving interpretations of law that evade the obvious: Congress writes the laws that control intelligence gathering. With some exceptions for the most extreme circumstances that call for presidential discretion, the White House is compelled to follow those laws. Courts interpret the laws. The White House is compelled to follow those interpretations. Unless the Constitution has been suspended (something only Congress can do), making things up as it goes along is not a White House prerogative. But it's been policy.

Searching for a New Direction

By Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

The Abramoff scandal has been described as the biggest Washington scandal ever: bigger than Watergate; bigger than Abscam; bigger than Koreagate; bigger than the House banking scandal; bigger than Teapot Dome. Possibly so. It's certainly serious and significant.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Biggest Terrorist Of All?

By Jeremy Pikser, www.huffingtonpost.com

On Friday night I had the pleasure of seeing a truly great and courageous American, Harry Belafonte, make opening remarks at The Commission on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration held at Riverside Church in New York.

McLaughlin Group Impeachment Video Now Up

By David Swanson

BradBlog Post on this.
WMV LINK
Flash LINK at Brad Blog

Millions of Americans deserve credit for forcing the I word into the media. Steve Thomma of Knight Ridder says in this clip that he receives 20-50 Emails a day supporting impeachment and that he thinks they're organized. He's right. They're organized here: http://democrats.com/bush-impeachment-polls

Tribunal Indicts Bush

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TWO PEACE ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AT NSA GO TO TRIAL

Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, 4806 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 PHONE: [410] 323-7200 CONTACT: Max Obuszewski 410-323-7200, ext. 31 or mobuszewski [at] afsc.org

WHO: The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore was formed for individuals willing to engage in nonviolent resistance to protest an invasion of Iraq. As part of its activities, the Pledge has tried to meet with the director of the National Security Agency to discuss its involvement in the war in Iraq. On June 27, 2005, for example, the Pledge sent a letter to the interim NSA director, William B. Black, Jr., seeking a meeting. Instead of meeting with the Pledge, the NSA treats the nonviolent activists as a “threat

Impeachment Rally in Colonial Costumes Planned in Charlottesville, Va.

Patriot's Impeachment Rally
By Alexis

The intent of this event is to reach across false divisions and try to
bring people together to demand accountability from the powers who have

Torture worldwide and the CIA

Wisconsin State Journal
By RON SEELY rseely@madison.com

When UW-Madison professor Alfred McCoy first saw the photograph of a hooded Iraqi prisoner from the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, he remembers feeling a sickening shock of recognition.

CHRIS OWENS SUPPORTS THE IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT BUSH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 23, 2006
CONTACT: ALLEN EDWARDS 917-856-0515, 718-604-7500
"Completing the journey to truth requires us to cross the desert of impeachment."

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday, January 23, 2006

NEW* BUSH in Salina, KS: President Bush will deliver a speech on the War on Terror at Kansas State University at 12:30 PM. [www.msnbc.msn.com, First Read, 1/23/06]

About the People’s Right to Know

By Bill Weaver

In 1971, when Maxwell Taylor, an ambassador at the time and a former military general, was asked what he thought about the people’s right to know what the government is doing, he responded that he “didn’t believe in that as a general principle.

New Strategies for Impeachment

Over at Kos, abortender discovered some exciting new ways to get impeachment off the ground!

The Rules of the 109th Congress offer many ways to begin impeachment proceedings. (If the previous link doesn't work, start here and search "impeach"). I reformatted the text and added numbers below for convenience.

Other Shoe Dropping on Classified Leaks and Journalists

By Norman Solomon

Ever since the disclosure of Valerie Plame's identity as an
undercover CIA operative in July 2003, prominent Democrats have
denounced that leak -- often with some kind of rhetoric about the

Fitzgerald Eyes Plame-Niger Conspiracy

Prosecutor Probing Niger Forgeries, Possible Conspiracy in CIA Leak
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

"There was a discussion about what to do about Mr. Wilson," the current State Department official said. "There was a decision to leak a story to the press - I think a few journalists - about the Wilson trip, that it was a non-issue because his wife set it up for him."

The Devastation We Inflict, Two Letters from Vietnam Vets on 'Collateral Damage' in Iraq

From Tomdispatch today: "The Devastation We Inflict, Two Letters from Vietnam Vets on 'Collateral Damage' in Iraq" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=51741

Almost two weeks ago, I published a piece by Michael Schwartz, "A Formula for Slaughter," on the brutal nature of American "rules of engagement" from the air in Iraq and the consequent proliferation of Iraqi civilian casualties.

Democrats: Get Up and Walk Out

By William Rivers Pitt

MEMO
To: Congressional Democrats
From: William Rivers Pitt
RE: A bold maneuver

- - - -

I have a wild and crazy idea.

George W. Bush's delivery of the State of the Union address will take place on Tuesday, January 31, a little more than a week from now. It is my strong belief that every single Democrat present in the House chamber for the speech should, at a predetermined moment, stand up and walk out. No yelling. No heated words. Every Democrat should simply stand silently and leave.

Brutality in a U.S. uniform

Sleeping-bag trick killed Iraqi general
By Jim Spencer, Denver Post

Fort Carson, Colo. -- Every American should be forced to see the autopsy pictures of Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush on display at the trial of Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr.

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