'I-Word' Watch

By Dan Froomkin, WashingtonPost.com

Howard Fineman writes in his Newsweek column: "We are entering a dark time in which the central argument advanced by each party is going to involve accusing the other party of committing what amounts to treason. Democrats will accuse the Bush administration of destroying the Constitution; Republicans will accuse the Dems of destroying our security. . . .

'Impeachment' Talk, Pro and Con, Appears in Media at Last

Editor & Publisher

Suddenly this week, scattered outposts in the media have started mentioning the "I" word, or at least the "IO" phrase: impeach or impeachable offense.

The sudden outbreak of anger or candor - or, some might say, foolishness - has been sparked by the uproar over revelations of a White House approved domestic spying program, with some conservatives joining in the shouting.

Politics inside the UIA (south)

By Helena Cobban, http://justworldnews.org

Reidar Vissar is a Norwegian historian whose knowledge of southern Iraq I have admired in the past. Today he has a fascinating new text on his website, in which he analyzes the results as released so far of the elections, as viewed primarily in the south. His work makes a good, much more detailed complement to the post I put up here on Tuesday with some gleanings of info about the politics within the UIA list.

A True Christmas Story

Sisters and Brothers,
As I do each Christmas season, I'm sending below information about something that happened in 1914. It should happen again, and again, and again. . .
Ted Glick

Christmas Day, 1914

Co-Sponsors Begin Signing onto Censure and Investigation

Here is a list of co-sponsors for the various Iraq Report Resolutions. Already there are seven cosponsors of a bill to create an investigation and make recommendations on impeachment, four cosponsors on a bill to censure Bush, and five cosponsors on a bill to censure Cheney.

Conyers Introduces ROI into Illegal Spying

Contact: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888

Conyers and 26 Other Members Submit Resolution of Inquiry in House; Members Seek Documents from Attorney General Authorizing Secret Surveillance

Representative John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI) House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, along with 26 other Members today submitted a comprehensive resolution of inquiry regarding the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program on U.S. soil. If reported favorably, the resolution would instruct the Attorney General to turn over documents in his possession authorizing the warrantless electronic surveillance and the legal recommendations to do so within 14 days, subject to any necessary redactions or security classifications.

The Pentagon Breaks the Law

By William M. Arkin, The Washington Post

The National Security Agency story has pushed military spying on anti-war groups off the front pages, and the Pentagon appears to have seized upon administrative error to explain away its slide into domestic spying.

So 9/11 Means it's OK to Spy on Americans?

By Molly Ivins

Uh-oh. Excuse me. I'm so sorry, but we are having a constitutional crisis. I know the timing couldn't be worse. Right in the middle of the wrapping paper, the gingerbread and the whole shebang, a tiny honest-to-goodness constitutional crisis.

Cheney: Spying has prevented attacks

Lawmakers calling for an investigation
BY RON HUTCHESON and JAMES KUHNHENN
KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

WASHINGTON -- Senators of both parties demanded on Tuesday a congressional investigation into President George W. Bush's domestic-surveillance program as Vice President Dick Cheney defended the program and warned that the critics could face political repercussions.

God Bless America: Land of many colors

By Carol Wolman
http://www.opednews.com

When I was a child, this was one of my favorite songs. America had just saved Europe and the world from the Nazi scourge. Every week at school we made up Red Cross boxes, stuffed with toothbrushes, wash clothes and other necessities for the war refugees. I felt very lucky to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, with a roof over my head and plenty to eat. America seemed truly blessed.

Conyers seeks to censure Bush in Congress

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A leading Congressional Democrat wants to censure President George W. Bush for misleading Congress over Iraq.

Ranking House Judiciary Democrat Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has introduced a motion to censure Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for providing misleading information to Congress before the Iraq war, failing to respond to written questions and potential violations of international law, rawstory.com reported Tuesday.

AP Almost Gets It Right

Conyers seeks impeachment inquiry over domestic spying
Associated Press /
December 21, 2005

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney has called for "strong and robust" presidential powers, saying executive authority was eroded during the Watergate and Vietnam eras. Some lawmakers objected that President Bush's decision to spy on Americans to foil terrorists showed he was flexing more muscle than the Constitution allows.

A New Phase of Bright Spinning Lies About Iraq

By Norman Solomon

Three days before Christmas, the Bush administration launched a new
salvo of bright spinning lies about the Iraq war. "In an interview
with reporters traveling with him on an Air Force cargo plane to

Iraq: Game Over

By Robert Dreyfuss, www.TomPaine.com

Robert Dreyfuss is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2005). Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone.He can be reached at his website: www.robertdreyfuss.com.

The US Must Be Swarming With Al Qaedans

The US Must Be Swarming With Al Qaedans if That's What the NSA Spying Was All About
By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/

It's pretty obvious what the Bush administration was doing with that National Security Administration spying program.

Judges on Surveillance Court to Be Briefed on Spy Program

By Carol D. Leonnig and Dafna Linzer, The Washington Post

The presiding judge of a secret court that oversees government surveillance in espionage and terrorism cases is arranging a classified briefing for her fellow judges to address their concerns about the legality of President Bush's domestic spying program, according to several intelligence and government sources.

Specter Wants January Surveillance Hearings

The Associated Press

Washington - Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he remains skeptical about a government surveillance program despite an explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Lobbying for Peace

Central Florida Vets for Peace, Code Pink, and Jewish War Vets deliver 924 "Bring the Troops Home - Out in '06" signatures to Republican Congressman
LINK

Horror, lies, corruption, deceit, death, and destruction

Mark Leno represents San Francisco in the state assembly. This opinion piece appears in the Dec. 21-27 issue of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

The horror, lies, corruption, deceit, death, and destruction of the Bush-Cheney administration have all evolved to a scale beyond any of our worst nightmares. Our once-great nation has been reduced to a preemptive war machine, squandering our limited national resources on its imperial conquests while our domestic needs are left unattended.

Glen Rangwala's Writing on TraprockPeace.org

LINK

Counter-Dossier
http://traprockpeace.org/counter-dossier.html

The Counter Dossier II, Claims and Evaluations of Iraq's Proscribed Weapons

Says It All

A Nice Image

A Free and Fair Election in Iraq

By Jerome Grossman, President of Council for a Livable World

President Bush hailed the December 15 parliamentary election in Iraq as a “landmark day in the history of liberty.

A Motion for Censure

By JOHN CONYERS JR., The Nation

On December 20, 2005, I issued a 273-page report outlining the Bush Administration's panoply of misconduct associated in the run-up to and since the Iraq War.

U.S. Congressional Candidate John L. Wolfe Endorses Congressman Conyers' Resolutions to Censure Bush

Ohio attorney stands behind effort to investigate wrongdoing by Bush Administration

In a statement made today, U.S. Congressional Candidate John L. Wolfe (OH-13) has endorsed House Resolutions 635, 636 and 637, as introduced by U.S. Congressman John Conyers (MI-14) earlier this week.

State of the Union: Plan Now!

www.worldcantwait.org

Tuesday January 31 - Drown Out Bush's Lies during the State of the Union

Saturday, February 4 - Protest at the Seat of Government! BUSH STEP DOWN

It's going to take an organized movement of millions to Drive OUT the Bush Regime: The LA Times reported last month that Bush's advisors hope his speech will lead the populace to "turn the page" on the debacle of the past few months, as crime after crime has been exposed and Bush's poll numbers fell. They're hoping to regroup and "reposition" Bush, to focus people on going forward united with his program. There is not doubt that he will push on "to radically remake society, very quickly, in a faxcist way, and for generations to come", as our Call says.

Guardians of Power

Guardians of Power
Exclusive interview with Media Lens’ editors David Edwards and David Cromwell By Gabriele Zamparini (*)

Bush and Cheney Are Watching You


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Senator Barbara Boxer on War in Iraq

In 1968, Martin Luther King told us: “If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess ... strength without sight.

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