Residents of a tiny Vermont town have joined forces in a growing fight to impeach the U.S. president -- But with plunging approval and a slew of scandals, an ouster attempt may be the least of his worries
TIM HARPER, Toronto Star
WASHINGTON — When the townsfolk gathered in the tiny Vermont community of Newfane for their annual meeting, the agenda was daunting.
There was the town budget to be approved, then the school budget, plus they needed to approve spending $50,000 on the town's property reappraisal.
NEW YORK - Saying that the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping of Americans is flatly illegal and unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union today asked a federal court in Detroit to block the program immediately.
The ACLU also criticized Congress for brokering a reported deal that allows the White House to bypass judicial oversight of the controversial program.
Center for Constitutional Rights Takes "Significant and Aggressive Step" in the NSA Spying Case by Calling for Summary Judgment and Injunction against Illegal Spying on Americans
In New York on March 9, 2006, attorneys with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a significant motion for summary judgment in the challenge to the legality of the NSA Domestic Spying Program (CCR v. Bush), asserting that the Bush Administration has already admitted enough incriminating facts to prove the NSA Program is illegal.
NBC: Official says peaceful demonstrators’ names erased from database
The Department of Defense admitted in a letter obtained by NBC News on Thursday that it had wrongly added peaceful demonstrators to a database of possible domestic terrorist threats. The letter followed an NBC report focusing on the Defense Department’s Threat and Local Observation Notice, or TALON, report.
Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Roger W. Rogalski’s letter came in reply to a memo from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who had demanded answers about the process of identifying domestic protesters as suspicious and removing their names when they are wrongly listed.
By Associated Press
NEWFANE — There's been a reaction around the country to the Town Meeting Day vote recommending President Bush's impeachment.
Telephone calls have been fielded at the town office from around the country and local businesses have been bombarded with e-mails.
Select board member Dan DeWalt, who wrote the resolution, has been in demand among broadcasters. He said he's given at least 18 interviews as of Thursday.
At least that may be the way he would put it if he were in the Senate today.
“Follow the money,
To the family of Tom Fox and to the Christian Peacemaker Teams:
My heart is breaking for Mr. Fox's family and for the world. This is a dark day for peace and justice. The loss of a man of the stature of Tom Fox and the loss of his voice for peace and reconciliation is a tragedy for our country which operates so often from a paradigm of violence. Every voice for peace is imperative and needed.
Published on Friday, March 10, 2006 by The Nation
By Helen Thomas
Of all the unhappy trends I have witnessed--conservative swings on television networks, dwindling newspaper circulation, the jailing of reporters and "spin"--nothing is more troubling to me than the obsequious press during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. They lapped up everything the Pentagon and White House could dish out--no questions asked.
By David Swanson
t r u t h o u t | Exclusive Report
Saturday 11 March 2006
The month of March is the time for marching. The cherry buds and articles of impeachment will be emerging soon in Washington. On the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras hangovers and media interest in hurricane victims are wearing off. The 20th of this month will be the third anniversary of the war and the 36th International Earth Day.
Ex-Abu Ghraib inmate captured in photo advocates for human rights
By HASSAN M. FATTAH, New York Times
AMMAN, JORDAN - Ali Shalal Qaissi's wounds are still raw.
There is the mangled hand, an old injury that became infected by the shackles chafing his skin. There is the slight limp, made worse by days tied in uncomfortable positions. And most of all, there are the nightmares of his nearly six-month ordeal at Abu Ghraib Prison in 2003 and 2004.
Mail and Guardian, South Africa
Bushra Juhi | Baghdad, Iraq
A suicide truck bomb ripped through a line of vehicles waiting at a checkpoint on Friday in Fallujah and killed at least seven civilians, while authorities in the capital discovered the bodies of six more men who were blindfolded, handcuffed and shot in the back of the head, police said.
A powerful bomb hit a United States tank in east Baghdad, setting it afire and blowing off the treads, police said. The American military confirmed a tank was attacked but gave no further information. It was not known if there were any casualties.
By Mark Nykanen, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
NELSON, British Columbia (Canada) -- Just two months before ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and his Canadian cameraman, Doug Voigt, were seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, Woodruff stood on the set of the ABC Evening News and introduced a report about war resisters in Nelson, B.C. The picturesque mountain town, where actors Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah cavorted in the film "Roxanne," has become the center for U.S. war resisters planning the first-ever gathering of Vietnam era draft dodgers and U.S. military deserters. It is scheduled for July.
By Gregory D. Foster, International Herald Tribune
In a scathingly revealing new report, the New York-based group Human Rights First reports on nearly 100 detainee deaths that have occurred in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2002. Reprehensible as the deaths themselves are, hardly less disturbing is the unconscionable lack of military and political accountability that has accompanied those deaths.
By Daren Fonda, Time Magazine
Even as one company gives up on US ports, a different Middle Eastern firm remains a major contractor for the Navy.
With midterm elections approaching, no politician wanted to go home and explain to voters why a company controlled by the government of Dubai was taking over operations at six US ports-without so much as a meow of protest from Congress. As it turns out, that won't be necessary. Dubai Ports World, the firm at the center of the controversy, announced today that it would give up its bid to manage US ports, agreeing to transfer the contracts to a "US entity."
Her petition to withdraw troops gives nation an anti-war heroine
By HECTOR TOBAR and ALEX RENDEROS, Los Angeles Times
GUAYAMANGO, EL SALVADOR - The only thing Herminia Ramos wanted from the army was her dead son's pension — $200 a month. She figured she deserved as much, seeing that he died wearing an army uniform, fighting in a war halfway around the world in Iraq.
The Salvadoran army said no.
By RHONA SCHWARTZ, Bainbridge Island Review, WA
Women in Black marked its fourth year of silent defiance of the Iraq conflict.
Bundled up against the biting wind, yet standing tall, some 50 anti-war protesters assembled at the corner of Highway 305 and Winslow Way on Wednesday evening to protest the war in Iraq.
Shortly after the rain gave way to sunshine, members of Bainbridge Island Women in Black and like-minded islanders began a well-mannered, 75-minute vigil to expression their views on the country’s continued presence in Iraq.
London, March 8, IRNA
Peace campaigners are holding a mass protest in Liverpool, north-west England, to coincide with this weekend's expected visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The exact dates of Rice's planned three-day visit is being kept secret to avoid demonstrations, but the local Merseyside branch of the Stop the War Coalition told IRNA they were holding a rally outside Liverpool town hall on Saturday.
Electronic Iraq, http://electroniciraq.net
Today we received the news so many of us have been dreading: one of the Christian Peacemaker Teams hostages in Iraq, American Tom Fox, has been killed. Many words will be written about Tom's courage, his passion for a peaceful world, and the tragedy of his murder, but perhaps it is best to begin with his own words. The following reflection was written by Tom Fox the day before he was abducted.
By AMBIKA BEHAL, UPI
WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Corruption has run amok in intelligence circles and the president should be impeached, a former CIA analyst says.
Also, he said, the United States is undergoing a constitutional crisis.
"I do not wish to be associated, however remotely, with an agency engaged in torture," wrote Ray McGovern in a recent letter as he returned his Intelligence Commendation Award medallion to Congressman Pete Hoekstra, R-MI, and Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Greater Los Angeles Route – March 16-20, 2006
The 241-mile March for Peace from Tijuana to San Francisco
This quest for peace, in homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s historic 1930 Salt March, will start in Tijuana, Mexico, go through the Marine Corps Depot at Camp Pendleton and the Cesar Chavez burial site in La Paz, CA (near Tehachapi), and end in The Mission district of San Francisco with a memorial ceremony and blood drive. The March will begin on March 12, arrive at La Paz on March 22, and culminate in San Francisco on March 27. The leaders through Los Angeles are Fernando Suarez del Solar, whose son, Jesus, was one of the first Latinos to die in the Iraq War, and Pablo Paredes, U.S. Navy sailor who was court-martialed for refusing to board his ship carrying Marines bound for Iraq.
By Mike Whitney
03/10/06 "ICH" -- -- In the last 48 hours all the major players in the Bush administration have issued statements warning of the impending danger of Iran.
Cheney blasted the Islamic regime saying there would be “meaningful consequences
By Larry C. Johnson
Today's judicial ruling that Scooter Libby's defense team should get access to highly classified documents probably is a blow to Libby's greymail defense strategy. "Greymail" is a reference to past attempts by government officials charged with wrongdoing to derail their prosecutions by trying to expose national security secrets. In this case Libby's lawyers were clearly counting on the judge to do one of two things--either refuse their request or order the CIA and the White House to turnover everything they desired.
By TONI LOCY, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A federal judge ordered the CIA on Friday to turn over highly classified intelligence briefings to Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide to use in preparing the aide's defense against perjury charges.
U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton rejected CIA warnings that the nation's security would be imperiled if the presidential-level documents were disclosed to lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff.
APN Interviews Conyers, Swanson, and Goodman
By Matthew Cardinale, Editor, Atlanta Progressive News (March 10, 2006)
(APN) ATLANTA – 30 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President Bush’s impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.
By Center for American Progress
As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Pat Roberts's (R-KS) duty is "to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States" and "to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States." But on the most important intelligence issues facing Americans - such as the manipulation of Iraq intelligence, warrantless domestic spying, and torture - Roberts has transformed his committee into a "Senate Coverup Committee" for the Bush administration.
By Francis T. Mandanici
The public record that reveals that President Bush’s uranium claims were lies and impeachable offenses has become even more overwhelming. There is an April 9 article in The Washington Post about a previously undisclosed National Intelligence Council memo, which not only rejected the claim that Iraq sought uranium from Niger but was also delivered to the White House at the time that President Bush was making his uranium story a centerpiece of his case for war against Iraq. An article posted April 11 in The Nation quotes a startling admission by former Secretary of State Colin Powell: he “never believed” the claim in President Bush’s State of the Union Address that Iraq had sought uranium from Africa. An April 5 court filing by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald reveals that Vice President Cheney directed his Chief of Staff Scooter Libby to covertly disclose to the press the already discredited claim that Iraq had sought uranium.
By Charles R. Babcock, Washington Post
Custer Battles is told it should pay more than $10 million in damages.
Two Army veterans and their company cheated the US government on a contract to furnish Iraq with a new currency in 2003 and should pay more than $10 million in assorted damages, a federal jury in Alexandria ruled yesterday.
In the first civil fraud verdict arising from the war effort, the eight-member panel decided, after two days of deliberation, in favor of two former workers who claimed in a lawsuit that Custer Battles LLC created phony Cayman Island companies to overcharge the Coalition Provisional Authority that ran Iraq after the US-led invasion in 2003.
On Monday, March 6th, Cindy Sheehan and three others were arrested while attempting to deliver a petition to the US Mission at the UN. t r u t h o u t's Rebecca MacNeice was on the ground and filmed the arrests.