The Terrorist in the Mirror
By NOAM CHOMSKY, www.counterpunch.org
"Terror" is a term that rightly arouses strong emotions and deep concerns. The primary concern should, naturally, be to take measures to alleviate the threat, which has been severe in the past, and will be even more so in the future. To proceed in a serious way, we have to establish some guidelines. Here are a few simple ones:
By Onnesha Roychoudhuri, AlterNet
"The Godfather" is a pivotal film because it manages to characterize violence and illegal conduct as necessary, as honorable -- portraying it as an unsightly means to a peaceful end. Who doubted Michael Corleone's honest intentions to find the peace? He never wanted to be like his father -- he wanted to become legit.
Federal law cited in arguments for, against Bush on eavesdropping
By RON HUTCHESON, Knight Ridder
WASHINGTON - The dispute over President Bush's domestic spying program hinges on the same tough question that vexed the nation's founders: How much power does a president have?
The Bush administration is bracing for impeachment hearings in Congress.
"A coalition in Congress is being formed to support impeachment," an administration source said.
Saddam Hussein is a Tyrant and a Threat to Democracy and Deserves Removal from the Presidency for His Litany of Unjust and Barbaric Crimes
By Brad Blog
Saddam Hussein's intolerable use of weapons of mass destruction against enemies; unprecedented aggression against and occupation of a country which posed no threat to his own; routine kidnapping, torture, murder and secret prison system; wholesale slaughter of citizens from other countries; imprisonment of political rivals held for years without charges; and secret spying on his very own countrymen without court order or legislative approval, demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that this so-called "President" was a dangerous rogue, a tyrant, and a grave threat -- of the highest order -- to worldwide peace, stability and democracy.
His immediate removal from unelected power was...and is...a completely justified imperative.
Jersey Girls on General Hayden's Defense of Bush's Illegal Spying
by Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg:
Statement of September 11th Advocates
CONGRESSMAN NADLER: The legal arguments the administration makes are
not even debatable. They're frivolous arguments. They're
arguments that can only be made by a monarch, by someone who
is trying to justify absolute power in the executive branch.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888
By Nancy Dooling, Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin (New York)
Burns: 'My Conduct was Honorable'
BINGHAMTON — At least 30 peace activists sang a hymn as protester Daniel Burns was handcuffed Monday before beginning the six-month prison sentence he received in federal court for throwing his own blood in a military recruiting office.
Institute for Public Accuracy
As part of the Bush administration's response to the revelations of
warrantless domestic spying by the National Security Agency, a former
head of the NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden, now the nation's second-ranking
Written, produced and performed by [name deleted to protect the author's identity, but they'll know it's me, anyway]
God Bless the N.S.A.
[sung to the tune of God Bless the USA, by Lee Greenwood]
Submitted by Tim Carpenter
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
OK, let's try to puzzle out together some recent political events. The
unifying thread will appear; it always does because it's always there, even if
sometimes out of conscious reach.
By Geoff Meade, PA, The Independent (UK)
European governments probably knew that the CIA was flying prisoners across their territory for interrogation and torture in other countries, a report claimed today.
By Doreen Carvajal, International Herald Tribune
PARIS A Swiss investigator for the Council of Europe issued an interim report Tuesday, concluding that there is evidence of a system of "outsourcing of torture" by the United States, although the review did not produce irrefutable proof of clandestine CIA prisons in Europe.
Tuesday January 24, 2006
NEW* Washington, DC: The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to send the Alito nomination to the full Senate floor at 9:30 AM. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com, 1/23/06]
Bush on Trial for Crimes against Humanity
By Marjorie Cohn, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration convened last weekend in New York City's Riverside Church. Martin Luther King Jr.'s portrait hangs in the foyer. Dr. King delivered his historic 1967 speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Place to Break the Silence," opposing the war and calling for the removal of all foreign troops from Vietnam, in that same church.
Protections are eroding for those who allege governmental wrongdoing - especially if going public risks state secrets.
By Alexandra Marks, Christian Science Monitor
NEW YORK - Former intelligence officer Russ Tice wants to tell Congress about what he believes were illegal actions undertaken by the National Security Agency in its highly sophisticated eavesdropping programs.
The U.S. Defence Department must reveal the identities of hundreds of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the Associated Press, a federal judge ruled Monday.
A U.S. district judge ordered Washington to hand over the information in the form of unredacted copies of transcripts and documents related to military hearings in which detainees challenged their imprisonment.
By Steve Saint, Reuters
FORT CARSON, Colo., Jan 23 (Reuters) - A U.S. Army jury on Monday ordered a military interrogator be reprimanded but not sent to prison for the killing of an Iraqi general who was stuffed head first into a sleep bag.
Remember to Save the Date
March 20, 2006 marks the day, three years ago, when the United States invaded Iraq. More than 2,200 American soldiers have been killed. Thousands more have been wounded and will bear emotional scars for a lifetime. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have perished. And, under the Bush administration, there appears to be no end in sight. We have written letters and asked for meetings with Mr. Bush, we have demonstrated in large numbers, we have met with our representatives in Congress. Now, we confront the war machine—the Pentagon.
Times of Oman, AFP
BAGHDAD — A series of bombings rocked war-ravaged Iraq yesterday, a day before the trial of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein was set to resume before a new Kurdish judge.
At least six people were killed and dozens injured in a number of bomb attacks, including car bombs, while three US troops were killed on Sunday and Monday in separate roadside bombings. Less than 24 hours before Saddam’s trial resumed after a month-long recess, the court’s investigating judge Raed Al Juhi said a previously unknown magistrate, Rauf Rashid Abdul Rahman, would temporarily take over as presiding judge. This followed the resignation of Rizkar Mohammed Amin who quit because of strong criticism over allowing the defendants to grandstand.