By David Michael Green, www.CommonDreams.org
Boy, you gotta hand it to the Democratic Party. They sure get high marks for consistency.
The guys in the White House must be getting bored by now. They keep handing out killer cudgels to the Democrats, waiting to see if they’ll actually pick one up.
Bush 'lies ... misleads ... misinstructs'
"You can be arrested and not charged," says entertainer Harry Belafonte.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Entertainer Harry Belafonte, one of the Bush administration's harshest critics, compared the Homeland Security Department to the Nazi Gestapo on Saturday and attacked the president as a liar.
By Gore Vidal, www.HuffingtonPost.com
While contemplating the ill-starred presidency of G.W. Bush, I looked about for some sort of divine analogy. As usual, when in need of enlightenment, I fell upon the Holy Bible, authorized King James version of 1611; turning by chance to the Book of Jonah, I read that Jonah, who, like Bush, chats with God, had suffered a falling out with the Almighty and thus became a jinx dogged by luck so bad that a cruise liner, thanks to his presence aboard, was about to sink in a storm at sea.
In a growing culture of caution and fear of dissent, a Congressional research agency has warned a senior analyst to avoid describing his research findings. The analyst specializes in separation of powers issues for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and has frequently authored reports which encourage the Congress to assert its Constitutional oversight authority over the Executive Branch.
By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Bush and the boys have taken to the road this week to defend the indefensible. To wit: spying on American citizens without a warrant is fine and dandy, because the President can do whatever he wants, because laws are meaningless in the main, because Osama may be under your bed sharpening his cutlass. The road trip started in Kansas and will wend its way hither and yon, spreading bad information and flat-out lies at every whistle-stop.
By Ron Kraybill
Click here to read this essay in Paxblog, the author's blog Does America see the real lessons of Iraq? We were going to remove a threatening dictator, liberate an oppressed people, and save ourselves from terrorists, all in one swoop. Send in the Marines, wage a hightech battle, install the good guys, and return home, in a matter of months, and on a low budget. By George, we were gonna set that place free.....
Multimedia Link - Flashpoints - Dec 19, 2005
Dennis Bernstein interviews Francis Boyle
By Nancy Detweiler
The State of the Union Address on January 31, 2006 offers peace activists a rare opportunity to make our voices heard and to make a positive impact for peace and for reporting truth.
By Stephen Castle, The Independent UK
The United States was accused of "gangster tactics" yesterday, and European governments were accused of turning a blind eye to the "outsourcing of torture", as a human rights watchdog concluded that the CIA conducted illegal anti-terror activities in Europe.
Large bundles of cash meant for Iraq's reconstruction were stashed in filing cabinets, handed over without receipts and gambled away, a report has found.
The audit, by US-appointed inspectors, paints a picture of the chaotic misuse of millions of dollars of funds.
(and he seems inclined to take their word for it...)
ESTRICH: Welcome back to "Hannity & Colmes." I'm sitting in -- I'm Susan
Estrich sitting in tonight for Alan Colmes. By the way, we've got stuff
January 31, 2006 (Tuesday)at Bus Boys and Poets, corner of V and 14th Streets NW, Washington, DC
8:00 PM (Langston Room) STATE OF THE UNION EVENT
The President is still lying... Troops are still dying...
By Ian James, ASSOCIATED PRESS
CARACAS, Venezuela - To the beat of drums and trilling whistles, thousands of activists from around the world showed their opposition to globalization and the Iraq war at the opening Tuesday of the World Social Forum backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
By Sherrie Gossett CNSNews.com
(The following is the first of a two-part series on the National Security Agency's alleged abuse of employee whistleblowers. Part 2 will be published Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006)
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]
By James Glanz, The New York Times
A new audit of American financial practices in Iraq has uncovered irregularities including millions of reconstruction dollars stuffed casually into footlockers and filing cabinets, an American soldier in the Philippines who gambled away cash belonging to Iraq, and three Iraqis who plunged to their deaths in a rebuilt hospital elevator that had been improperly certified as safe.
The City Club of San Diego in conjunction with the Catfish Club will sponsor a luncheon on Friday March 3rd at the studios of Channel 10 featuring Ann Wright and David Swanson.
Admission is $15 and includes a buffet lunch.
Progressive Democrats of America, AfterDowningStreet & Clothing of the American Mind present
an ‘Out of Iraq’ Forum...
Panel Presentation and Q & A Featuring:
David Swanson – Founder, AfterDowningStreet.org / Board Member, Progressive Democrats of America
REMAINING SENTENCING DATES:
Clare Grady - Wed. Jan. 25/ 9:30 am
Teresa Grady - Fri. Jan. 27/ 11:30 am
***AWARD WINNING UNEMBEDDED REPORTER
DAHR JAMAIL- COMING TO HONOR SP4
THE WORLD CAN’T WAIT
You may be, and not yet know it.
If you are shocked and angered that this administration is illegally spying on Americans, and believe that even our president must be held accountable to the law, you may be part of this movement.
By Cindy Sheehan
There were tens of thousands of people in the antiwar, anti-imperialsm march in Caracas yesterday. Fernando Suarez (anotther member of GSFP) and I were among the people who led the march.
By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News
The investigate units of several federal agencies are denying their responsibility for probing Bush’s approval of–and the US Attorney General’s justifications for–wiretapping Americans without the consent of Congress, Atlanta Progressive News (APN) has learned.
By Kagro X, The Last Hurrah
Ooh! It's my first use of the State and Local Government category!
So I was cruising around Daily Kos the other day, and came across this diary, raising a point of parliamentary arcana. I just had to look into it.
By Kevin Zeese
Retired General William Odom, who served as a national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, spoke last Thursday to the Committee for the Republic in Washington, DC. He described the Iraq War as a historic blunder that the United States should end.
Soldier's Reprimand 'Is Not Justice'
By Josh White, Washington Post
Mohammed Mowhoush, the son of an Iraqi general who died in U.S. custody in late 2003, assailed the U.S. military yesterday for imposing a reprimand instead of prison time for an Army interrogator convicted in connection with his father's death, saying the United States has not properly administered justice.
By Patrick Markey, Reuters
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Thousands marched in Caracas on Tuesday chanting against U.S. imperialism and the war in Iraq at start of the World Social Forum, where activists campaign for causes from fair trade to indigenous rights.
By Associated Press
25 January 2006 CARACAS, Venezuela - Thousands of activists marched through Caracas demanding an end to the war in Iraq and shouting slogans against US imperialism on Tuesday at the opening of the World Social Forum backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Our 40th Year
The San Francisco Bay Guardian this week outlines the case for impeaching President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
The Guardian, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is one of the first newspapers in the country to call for impeaching the president.
The article, written by City Editor Steven T. Jones, cites top Constitutional lawyers and scholars as well as political figures to make the case that Bush and Cheney have abused executive authority to the point where they may well have committed impeachable offenses.
The article chronicles a growing grassroots movement that has largely escaped the notice of the mainstream news media. Jones' piece and an accompanying note by Executive Editor Tim Redmond, chide the leadership of the Democratic Party for its failures to press the impeachment issue. READ THE REST
Gonzales Seeks to Reframe NSA Surveillance
AP Photo: Members of the audience stand up and turn their backs on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales,...
By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales offered additional defenses of President Bush's domestic spying program on Tuesday, as the administration tried to redefine the warrantless surveillance in a way that undermines critics.