The Unseen War in Iraq

When troops are cut, we'll still be bombing the hell out of the place

By Sydney H. Schanberg, Village Voice

In every war, some things are seen more clearly than others and are therefore reported more fully. The air war in Iraq is not one of them. American air power has been dominant in most of the modern wars, but bombing and strafing take place either completely out of sight or in areas not accessible to close observation by the press. Rarely does the military allow reporters to go along on combat sorties.

Video: NSA Deputy Director Admits Bush Spying Program Avoids 'Probable Cause' Standard

Deputy Director of the NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden lead the PR blitz to frame the matter of the NSA's Domestic Spying program in advance of the Feb 6th Senate hearings. He took questions from reporters at The National Press Club on Monday and confirmed that a feature of the NSA program was lowering of the legal standard from 'probable cause' to 'reasonably believe' (a.k.a. 'reasonable suspicion') as required by the FISA court.

Taking the People's Demand to Capitol Hill

Starting Tuesday, a huge truck with this billboard on the side will begin driving around the U.S. Capitol.

On the other side of the truck will be this:

Who Lied Us into War, Bush or Tenet?

By David Swanson

Here's an interesting article arguing that Bush was duped by Tenet into believing the hype re WMDs and ties to al Qaeda. I find the case entirely unconvincing. Yes, Tenet said the case was a "slam dunk," but he said this in response to Bush complaining that the evidence was not good enough and asking "Is this the best you got?" Bush wasn't after the truth.

The Killing Fields: Ghosts of the Walking Dead

By Manuel Valenzuela, http://www.opednews.com

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Vietnam and Iraq: Six Stages of Deception

On the eve of the 38th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, it is instructive to study the parallels between the Vietnam debacle and the current situation in Iraq.

by David Robson and Richard Krohn, http://baltimorechronicle.com/

Politics of War

t r u t h o u t | Programming Note

Airdate: Friday 27 January 2006 at 8:30 p.m. on PBS
(Check local listings at http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html.)

NOW goes inside the American war machine to ask are we fighting for the right reasons?

Angry Soldiers Demand 'Trade' Federation

By Audrey Gillan and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian UK

Courts martial and equipment failures fuel rank and file discontent.

A groundswell of discontent among members of the armed forces is leading to calls for the formation of a federation to campaign for the rights of the 250,000 servicemen and women in the UK.

Call the Media on Its Lies

"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'" -- The Dallas Morning News
The reporter: mmittelstadt@dallasnews.com

The pundit: sabato@virginia.edu

The facts:Among American adults, 53% agreed and 42% disagreed with the statement:

"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."

France: Judge Bruguière—utilising anti-terrorism as a political instrument

By Antoine Lerougetel, www.wsws.org

On January 9, Nizar Sassi was released from jail on the orders of Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière. The young Frenchman, indicted for no crime, had been detained by the American authorities for two-and-a-half years and a further one-and-a-half years by the French.

Bush PR blitz races to frame spying debate: Critics allege abuse of power

Note By David Swanson:
In the article below we find this lie:
"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'"
published unchallenged by these facts.
Please correct Mr. Sabato: sabato@virginia.edu

_____________
By MICHELLE MITTELSTADT / The Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration raced this week to defend its warrantless domestic spying program, with several aims in mind, experts say: Win over a conflicted public; force Democrats into an arena that plays to GOP strength; and head off talk of impeachment and special prosecutors.

US activist rejects prospective invasion of Venezuela

By El Universal

US activist Cindy Sheehan Wednesday in Caracas repulsed the possibility of a US invasion of Venezuela, as claimed repeatedly by President Hugo Chávez, Efe reported.

Bush Pot Calls Hamas Kettle Black

By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

Talk about chutzpah!

President Bush has told Hamas, which just managed a stunning upset of Fatah in the Palestinian elections, that the movement must "renounce violence" if it is to be bestowed the blessing of having the U.S. recognize it as the government of the Palestinian people.

Spying and Lying in 21st Century America

Introducing the latest policy analysis from Foreign Policy In Focus
http://www.fpif.org/

Spying and Lying in 21st Century America
By Col. Daniel Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Since the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the historical protections of speech, assembly, protest, and privacy enjoyed by U.S. citizens and legal residents (“U.S. persons

Impeach or Indict Bush and Cheney

By Ronnie Dugger, Texas Democracy Foundation, http://www.texasobserver.org

The year 2006 will be historic for the nation, and probably for humanity. Texans Bush and Rove and their conspirators in the second Bush presidency have disgraced American democracy at home and in the world with debasements of our nation and our values that have now entered their climactic phase. What part will the rest of us Texans play in this decisive year?

State of the Union

Watch a Video of Bush's Promises in Past State of the Union Speeches, with data showing we've moved, in each case, in the opposite direction:
http://thinkprogress.org/sotu

Kerry Now Says He Supports Filibuster on Alito

Progressive Democrats of America reports that Senator Kerry now supports a filibuster on Alito. Call him and thank him and encourage him to stick with it: (202) 224-2742.

CONYERS AND OTHERS CALL ON CONGRESS TO BREAK LOGJAM AND PASS PATRIOT ACT

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
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888

Video of Eyes Wide Open

From AFSC

Please take a few minutes to watch the powerful new music video for the title track of bluesman Robert Cray’s Grammy-nominated album, Twenty. The video, now up our Wage Peace Campaign website, features AFSC’s Eyes Wide Open exhibit and takes a strong stand against the Iraq War. It tells the story of a young soldier who struggles with his memories of a senseless war.

ACLU Georgia Uncovers Pentagon Spying Files

By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News (January 25, 2006)
http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/pages/25/index.htm

(APN) ATLANTA–The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia released new documents on Pentagon spying on peaceful protesters, in a downtown press conference today at the Martin Luther King Federal Building. The documents are respondent to their Freedom of Information Act requests to several federal, state, and local agencies, regarding the Pentagon spying which occurred against local peace activists here in Georgia.

New Jersey Activists: Petition for Investigation of Presidential Illegal Actions: A Call for Impeachment

Event: Hoboken Progressives Black Ops Meeting and Petition Signing
Date: January 25, 2006 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: City Bistro – 56-58 14th Street – Hoboken, NJ 07030
Dress Code: Wear Black – We Are Under the Radar – Just Like the President

A New World is Possible

By Cindy Sheehan

And necessary! This is the theme for the World Social Forum that I (and tens of thousands of people from all over the world) am attending in Caracas this week. I know the idea of a world where everyone lives in peace and with justice is very "subversive" but the theme is very close to my heart and soul.

Illegal & Indiscriminate Spying Hurts Our National Security, Here is Why

By Sibel Edmonds

According to numerous reports and audits released by entities such as Inspector General Offices of agencies that deal with national security and various presidential commissions, today, more than four years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, almost all our national security related agencies are in disarray, riddled with incompetence, corruption, and in some cases criminal activities. While most of the real problems facing our national security today stem from gross mismanagement, inefficiency, incompetence and a lack of sensible policies and vigorous oversight, the Bush Administration insists upon blaming these deficiencies on a regrettable and dangerous lack of power in the executive branch. But the kind of power the Administration pursues is the kind of power that would vault the presidency to monarchical status and nullify the Bill of Rights.

NSA Whistleblowers Were Allegedly Isolated, Intimidated

By Sherrie Gossett, CNSNews.com

(The following is the second of a two-part series on the National Security Agency's alleged abuse of employee whistleblowers.)

Third of Saint Patrick's Four Sentenced

http://www.stpatricksfour.org

Remaining Sentencing:
Teresa Grady: Friday, Jan. 27th, '06 11:30 am
Below
1-Article: Mother and Activist, Clare Grady, Sentenced in Federal Court, by Katie Quinn-Jacobs

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, will attend the 74th Winter Meeting of United States
Conference of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]

Renewed Hope

By Amy Branham

Is all lost to us as Americans? Am I doing any good whatsoever with all my efforts to end this war, to educate people about the war and the realities of the Bush Administration? Does it do any good to put a human face on the cost of war? Is our country doomed? Is it too late to do what needs to be done?

GOP group wants death count list removed

ARTEMIS COUGHLAN, Associated Press

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- The death count of Iraq casualties posted in the front window of the Bucks County Democratic Committee irks a Republican group so much that they’ve asked for it to be removed.

US military stretched to breaking point

· Pentagon report says clear strategy is needed
· Rate of deployment 'cannot be sustained'
By Julian Borger in Washington, The Guardian (UK)

The US army is being stretched, by its deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, into a "thin green line" in danger of breaking before the insurgents are defeated, claims a report commissioned by the Pentagon.

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