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By Larry C. Johnson
Valerie Plame was a covert intelligence officer covered by the Intelligence Officer's Identity Protection Act and Lewis "Scooter" Libby lied to the Grand Jury. These two truths emerge from the opinion written by Judge Tatel, of the US Court of Appeals, and released in February 2005. Thanks to a FOIA request by the Wall Street we now have a more complete record, although key parts of his decision are still blacked out. Perhaps most of the media will now realize that they have been fed a pack of lies by the likes of Ken Mehlman, Victoria Toensing, Cliff May and others.
By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
Some prominent conservatives break with Bush.
Washington - As hearings begin tomorrow on President Bush's domestic spying program, increasing numbers of prominent conservatives are breaking with the administration to say the program is probably illegal and to sharply criticize Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's legal theory that a wartime president can override a law.
First IRAQ, then IRAN?
Avoiding the trap of Iran…
By understanding the war in Iraq
— featuring —
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, author of “Sham Dunk: Cooking Intelligence for the President
The March of the Straw Soldiers
New York Times
Published: February 2, 2006
President Bush is not giving up the battle over domestic spying. He's fighting it with an army of straw men and a fleet of red herrings.
The next National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance conference call to organize for the March on the Pentagon will take place on Wednesday, February 8 at 9 PM EST. Dial 1-641-297-5500 to join the call, and then add the access code 18676, followed by the pound sign. An agenda for the February 8 call and the minutes from the previous call are below.
Joseph E. Stiglitz, www.tompaine.com
Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, is professor of economics at Columbia University and was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to President Clinton and chief economist and senior vice president at the World Bank.
By Aziz Huq, www.tompaine.com
Aziz Huq is associate counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He is co-writing a book titled Unchecked and Unbalanced with Fritz Schwarz on national security and the separation of powers, to be published by the New Press.
LINCOLN (AP) — A 23-year-old soldier from Lincoln who dreamed of helping war orphans died in Iraq on Wednesday, his parents said.
Gary Avery said his son, Garrison Avery, was killed along with two other soldiers on Wednesday.
By American Progress Action Fund
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will testify today before the Senate Judiciary Committee and defend the legality of President Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program. One year ago, he appeared before the committee under oath and misled them about the same program. Today he will advance a radical legal theory of unchecked executive power that has already been resoundingly rejected by the Supreme Court. Constitutional expert David Cole explains, "Bush tried this theory out on the Supreme Court in the Guantanamo cases, when he argued that it would be an unconstitutional intrusion on his Commander in Chief powers to extend habeas corpus review to Guantanamo detainees. Not a single Justice on the Court accepted that radical proposition. But that hasn't stopped Bush from asserting it again." Congress has an obligation to move beyond Gonzales's recycled rhetoric and learn the truth.
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches
On 1 February 2006 in Doha, Qatar, I interviewed Mr. Samir Khader,
Program Editor for Al-Jazeera Channel. Mr. Khader was a key personality
Monday February 6, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush participates in the
swearing-in ceremony for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at 10:00
AM. [POTUS Schedule]
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush hosts a social dinner in
On Feb. 20, which is President's Day, Cindy Sheehan and members Gold Star Families for Peace, in conjunction with Veterans for Peace and Code Pink (and other groups) will be taking our protest of the Iraqi War to Barbara Bush, mother of the President. We want to ask her "Why did our sons die for your son's lies?" This is to be a peaceful, nonviolent anti-war protest/demonstration, mother to mother (and we all have mothers, right?).
You are respectfully requested to attend an OPEN meeting of the Committee on International Relations, to be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building, for the purpose of marking up the following legislation:
By Richard Reeves, yahoo news
LOS ANGELES -- God forbid critics of the war on Iraq should compare it with the war in Vietnam. But perhaps it is worth mentioning that the liberation of Iraq is now costing more each month than the preservation of the Republic of South Vietnam did more than 30 years ago.
Our leaders were never trustworthy, yet many people were only too willing to believe them - and they may do so again
By Gary Younge, The Guardian (UK)
The day after Colin Powell did his show-and-tell before the United Nations security council in an attempt to prove that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, in February 2003, the late Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory wrote a column entitled "I'm persuaded". Describing how Vietnam "came close to making me [a pacifist]", McGrory conceded that "nobody I know was for the war". But something about Powell's performance made her reconsider: "I don't know how the United Nations felt about Colin Powell's 'J'accuse' speech against Saddam Hussein. I can only say that he persuaded me, and I was as tough as France to convince."
Published on Saturday, February 4, 2006 by the Guardian/UK
· 20% increase in spending despite cut in troop levels
· Outlay will soon equal 13-year fight in Vietnam
by Julian Borger in Washington
Published on Sunday, February 5, 2006 by The Sunday Herald (Scotland)
'All the other species are dying and so will we. I’m whistling as I walk past the graveyard... whistling as beautifully as I can'
By Cindy Sheehan
The now famous black shirt with white lettering that I was wearing on January 31st to the State of the Union address originally read: 2000 Dead. How many more? That shirt was made by Veterans for Peace on the occasion of the 2000th U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. That tragic number was reached on September 25th, 2005.
Written by Kevin Zeese, www.democracyrising.us
An Interview with Activist David Swanson
David Swanson is an anti-war advocate who works in many forums to try to end the war. If you want to know what you can do to stop the war, David presents ideas below. He is a model for other to emulate. He is the Washington Director of Democrats.com and of ImpeachPAC.org. He is co-founder of the AfterDowningStreet.org / CensureBush.org coalition, creator of MeetWithCindy.org, and a board member of Progressive Democrats of America. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including Press Secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, Media Coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as Communications Coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Swanson serves on the Executive Council of the Washington Baltimore Newspaper Guild. He obtained a Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1997. His website is www.davidswanson.org.
Here's a good review of the two chapters of this book that reporters are apparently permitted to read:
By Thomas Powers, NY Review of Books
State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration
(AP) - According to the minutes of a recent secret meeting, obtained by the Associated Press, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran told President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, "Iran is thinking of flying reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Israel, painted in UN colors. If Israel fires on them, it would be grounds for war."
A coalition of over 100 organizations, headquartered at www.AfterDowningStreet.org , flooded the U.S. media with Emails, phone calls, faxes and protests last June until a leaked British document known as the Downing Street Memo received coverage.
The same coalition has launched a campaign to demand coverage of a memo recording a meeting at the White House on January 31, 2003.
Capt. Jonathan Powers, who served a tour in Iraq, hopes to return to work with children.
By Seth Rosen, Arlington Connection, VA
Whenever the daily battles with Iraqi insurgents or the slow pace of reconstruction began to disturb Capt. Jonathan Powers, he would visit St. Hannah’s Orphanage in the violent north Baghdad neighborhood of Adhamiya.
Green Left Weekly, Australia
You might remember, some two-and-a-half years ago, US President George Bush standing triumphantly on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, announcing the “end of major combat operations
By SCOTT SHANE, New York Times
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 — As the Senate prepares to hold hearings on Monday on domestic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency, old Washington hands see a striking similarity to a drama that unfolded three decades ago in the capital.
By HOPE YEN, Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has not adequately justified why the Bush administration failed to seek court approval for domestic surveillance, said the senator in charge of a hearing Monday on the program.
"Estimates of the true numbers of orphans across Iraq range from 1.5 million to 5 million..."
By BILLY BRIGGS, The Herald (UK)
WHEN Ahmad Rustam returned to his native Iraq after 25 years in exile it was the homeless children, begging in the war-damaged streets, which affected him most.
Britain plans to begin withdrawing 2,000 troops from Iraq, starting this spring, according to a secret blueprint agreed with allies
By Francis Elliott, Raymond Whitaker and Marie Woolf, The Independent (UK)
By David Turner in Tokyo, Financial Times (UK)
Japan will pull its soldiers out of Iraq “within several months