Reject assertion he has right to waive rules to protect US security
By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
WASHINGTON -- Three key Republican senators yesterday condemned President Bush's assertion that his powers as commander in chief give him the authority to bypass a new law restricting the use of torture when interrogating detainees.
By Ray McGovern, www.tompaine.com
Ray McGovern works for Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour. A veteran of 27 years in CIA's analysis directorate, he is now a member of the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
Laura Flanders will be MCing the Jan 7 Out of Iraq event in Brooklyn, NY.
By Gary Hart, www.huffingtonpost.com
It has been the dream of Republican neoconservatives at least since 1998 - and probably years before - to overthrow Saddam Hussein and to use the new client state of Iraq as the US's military and political base from which to pacify the complex and troubled Middle East. Leaving aside the plausibility of this notion, it is not one with which the great American leaders of history would have identified and certainly not one they would have attempted to carry out in secret.
Out of Iraq Events Planned in Over 130 Cities
Local organizations have planned over 130 Out of Iraq events around the country on or about January 7th. Most of the events are town hall forums, and several will feature members of Congress, including Bobby Scott, Diane Watson, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Bob Filner, Martin Sabo, Jim Moran, Marty Meehan, Jay Inslee, John Conyers, and John Murtha. Several other events will feature congressional staff, congressional and senatorial candidates, local elected officials, and leaders of the peace movement, including Gold Star Families for Peace founder Cindy Sheehan, and After Downing Street Co-Founder John Bonifaz.
By John in DC, http://americablog.blogspot.com
That is the only way to read NBC's just-issued statement on why they deleted key portions of Andrea Mitchell's interview after we reported on it here earlier today.
Two suicide bombers killed at least 110 people and wounded more than 200 in the Iraqi cities of Kerbala and Ramadi on Thursday, the second consecutive day of concerted insurgent attacks.
As most readers here know, the Shills for Republican-Dictators Coalition (SRDC) have been producing the expected voluminous stream of unmitigated lies in the form of talking points, in order to defend the illegal domestic spying program authorized by their Dear Leader-King George Bush. As always, when the internets and airwaves are filled with fakery, it becomes "hard work" to keep track of it all. So, I thought it was time for a post to consolidate the well chronicled responses to the cornucopia of nonsense from the SRDC. In putting this together I have almost exclusively used (and referred to) some outstanding work done by other bloggers - Think Progress (especially Judd Legum), Unclaimed Territory (Glenn Greenwald), Armando at Daily Kos, Coleen Rowley, Firedoglake and others. [I will update this post when possible, as this scandal evolves].
CONTACT: Dave Meserve, Arcata City Councilmember, 707-834-3612
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2004
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL “2006 NEW YEARS RESOLUTION
My Favorite Upstarts
2005’s bumper crop of socially concerned organizations
By DOUG IRELAND, http://www.laweekly.com
ImpeachPAC was formed last summer by former AFL-CIO staffer David Swanson to raise money for Congressional candidates who support impeaching Bush for his lies that took us into an unnecessary war. But now that Bush has admitted he ordered spying on American citizens without seeking court orders — a crime under federal law — and, as a result, with the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Representative John Conyers, having just introduced a resolution for an inquiry to prepare articles of impeachment, ImpeachPAC takes on new relevance as a spur to spineless Democrats. www.impeachpac.org
Is this a new low in the corruption of the media?
As of Jan 5th we have 124 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
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WHO: David Swanson, Moderator, co-founder, After Downing Street; Allan J. Lichtman, History Professor, American University; Lila Rajiva, author of Abu Ghraib and the Media, The Language of Empire; Cliff Kindy, Christian Peacemaker Teams; Kevin Zeese, Peace Activist, Democracy Rising; DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (invited)
Nation-Wide Out Of Iraq Day
Join progressive, pro-peace activists around the country for a nation-wide ‘Out of Iraq Day.’
TIME: Saturday, Jan. 7th @ 1:00 PM
PLACE: Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St, Brooklyn
By David Swanson
Catch me on Air America tonight at 12:30 a.m. ET with Peter Werbe who's hosting the Mike Malloy Show.
By Richard A. Oppel Jr., The New York Times
Baghdad - Insurgents killed more than 50 people on today [sic] as they unleashed car bombs and suicide attacks throughout central Iraq in the deadliest day since the national parliamentary elections three weeks ago.
Members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) will hold a public fast and witness in Lafayette Park outside the White House beginning 9am, January 6, 2006, as they wait for a meeting with President Bush. CPT confirmed on 29 November that the four human rights workers missing in Baghdad on 26 November—Tom Fox, Norman Kember, Jim Loney, and Harmeet Singh Sooden—are associated with their organization. CPT has maintained a presence in Iraq since October 2002, working to expose detainee abuses and offer nonviolent alternatives to end the occupation and militarization of the country.
Thanks again to Demspeak.com for creating ready-to-print "IMPEACH" signs for Guerilla Impeachment Day (January 8, 2006).
Please go HERE and print out as many signs as you like. Then, on January 8, 2006, please post these signs all around your town on sign posts, utility polls, bulletin boards, etc. It couldn't be any easier!
By DOUG THOMPSON, Capitol Hill Blue
I’ve always felt impeachment is the nuclear option of politics; a drastic action we call in after all else fails. That’s why I’ve been reluctant to call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush.
OK, this comes from Kagro X at Daily Kos.
It seems as though the Kossacks are planning a guerilla impeachment day for Sunday, January 8, 2006. The Impeach Bush Coalition is joining in!
By Steven D, Booman Tribune
Remember that iconic Marine from the time of the Battle for Fallujah? The picture of him smoking a cigarette during a moment of relative calm made the front pages of many newspapers (including the one on the cover of the New York Post to the left) and gave him instant fame as the new "Malboro Man".
Over 100 people have signed up for the January 7th event in Tacoma, Washington, sponsored locally by America In Solidarity ( www.americasolidarity.com ). Congressman Adam Smith is going to address the public in a town hall-style format with workshops and a concert to follow. So, we are challenging you to get out people in your hometown, because we are in Tacoma!
Todd Iverson, co-founder, America In Solidarity
Perhaps because of the pressure or a guilty conscience, 37 recruiters have deserted the military too
By Theresa Wolfwood
Imagine a slight, pretty young woman pointing a machine gun at terrified women and children, lying on their stomachs on the floor. A scene from a Hollywood movie about druggies and gangsters? No! This is the real world of Iraq. The young woman looks into the eyes of her captives and sees their fear and hatred. She begins to realize that these are the people she was told she came to help.
By Rupert Cornwell, The Independent UK
The Bush administration is facing new charges over its handling of pre-war intelligence, with a book alleging that the CIA ignored a mass of evidence gleaned from Iraqi weapons scientists, months before the 2003 invasion, that Saddam Hussein had abandoned his WMD programs.
Dan Simpson, a retired diplomat, is a member of the editorial boards of The Toledo Blade and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He lays out a case for impeachment and then says he's not arguing for impeachment because there's no chance the Republicans controlling Congress will impeach Bush.
As of Jan 4th we have 114 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
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The nice thing about being a lame-duck president is that a half-million people can ask you to provide some answers and you can tell them all to fuck off
The setting for this midmonth meeting isn’t typical for Capitol Hill. Instead of a cavernous room with mahogany tables, notes a reporter from Knight Ridder Newspapers, this gathering occurs in a basement office “roughly the size of a double-bed hotel room.