Leaked memo reveals strategy to deny knowledge of detention centres
By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian (UK)
The government is secretly trying to stifle attempts by MPs to find out what it knows about CIA "torture flights" and privately admits that people captured by British forces could have been sent illegally to interrogation centres, the Guardian can reveal. A hidden strategy aimed at suppressing a debate about rendition - the US practice of transporting detainees to secret centres where they are at risk of being tortured - is revealed in a briefing paper sent by the Foreign Office to No 10.
This coming weekend in New York at the Bush Crimes Commission, www.bushcommission.org , the annual Sam Adams Associates for Integrity In Intelligence Award will be presented to Craig Murray, the former United Kingdom's Ambassador to Uzbekistan who publicly criticised the human rights situation there, and privately criticised the UK government for committing torture by proxy and "selling our souls for dross". Last year's recipient was Katharine Gun.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, 14th District, Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen John Conyers, Jr., Bobby Scott and Chris Van Hollen and other Members to hold a Democratic Hearing to consider the legal ramifications of President Bush's warrantless surveillance.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
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By Ron Kovic, www.Truthdig.com
Thirty-eight years ago, on Jan. 20, 1968, I was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam. It is a date that I can never forget, a day that was to change my life forever. Each year as the anniversary of my wounding in the war approached I would become extremely restless, experiencing terrible bouts of insomnia, depression, anxiety attacks and horrifying nightmares. I dreaded that day and what it represented, always fearing that the terrible trauma of my wounding might repeat itself all over again. It was a difficult day for me for decades and it remained that way until the anxieties and nightmares finally began to subside.
By Brad Blog
Last November, The Daily Mirror published details of a "top secret" U.K. memo revealing that President Bush wanted to bomb headquarters for the al-Jazeera news... READ MORE
By Ted Rall
In the dark, pre-dawn hours of Friday, the thirteenth of January, near the Afghan-Pakistani border, the buzz of an unmanned robot plane broke the silence. Half a world and 12 and a half time zones away, someone on the sixth floor of CIA headquarters keyed a command into a computer. The digitized message, relayed through the building's circuitry and transmitted skyward, bounced along an array of aircraft and satellites before arriving at the RQ-1 Predator drone plane hovering above the Bajaur region of Pakistan's Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA). Four AGM-114N Hellfire II missiles, each purchased by American taxpayers from Lockheed Martin at a cost of $45,000, streaked off toward the hamlet of Damadola, five miles into Pakistan.
By the Vermont Guardian
WASHINGTON, D.C. — By a margin of 52 to 43 percent, citizens want Congress to impeach President Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge's approval, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of Pres. Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
By Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services
The media buzz about impeachment may be at 1 percent of the level it was during Monicagate, but guess what? The imperial presidency has less public support right now than the promiscuous presidency did at its lowest point - and as this administration's outrages pile up, George Bush seems to be losing his mandate simply to finish his term.
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What Each of Us Can Do Today, Tomorrow, the Next Day, the Day After
· Analysis issued by USAid in reconstruction effort
· Account belies picture painted by White House
Julian Borger in Washington, The Guardian (UK)
An official assessment drawn up by the US foreign aid agency depicts the security situation in Iraq as dire, amounting to a "social breakdown" in which criminals have "almost free rein".
Monday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m.
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“Cindy speaks with a freshness, an intelligence, and a heart that brings us back to what we love best about America.
Belafonte will speak at the Bush Crimes Commission:
Don't miss it!
By David Swanson
Since the war began, the Bush administration has offered numerous ex post facto justifications for the war. This process reached its height of absurdity this week when the right-wing website TownHall.com sent around an Email reading: "Here's your chance to tell Cindy about America's "noble cause in Iraq." Write a letter of up to 500 words detailing why America's involvement in Iraq is a "noble cause." Pick any reason you'd like, as long as you write clearly and concisely. Our staff will edit all submissions and compile them into a book."
By Max Obuszewski
On Friday, January 13, 2006, the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore helped to initiate "A Call to Conscience for the U.S. Congress" organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance Against the War in Iraq (NCNR). The event began with a demonstration outside the Baltimore office of Congressperson Ben Cardin. The Pledge selected Cardin’s office, as, after months of dialogue, the moderate Democrat refused to pledge to vote no to further funding of the war.
On Monday, January 30, 2006, the day before the State of the Union, Kevin Zeese will be moderating a forum on the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Are the president and vice president subject to the law or above the law?
By James Greenberg
Bottom line: Revelatory look behind the dollars and cents of American foreign policy.
Wednesday January 18, 2006
NEW* Washington, DC: U.S. Senate reconvenes at 10:00 AM.
NEW* PRESIDENT BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush will meet with
victims of Saddam Hussein's regime at 10:55 AM in the Roosevelt Room.
By Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times
Washington - A high-level intelligence assessment by the Bush administration concluded in early 2002 that the sale of uranium from Niger to Iraq was "unlikely" because of a host of economic, diplomatic and logistical obstacles, according to a secret memo that was recently declassified by the State Department. Among other problems that made such a sale improbable, the assessment by the State Department's intelligence analysts concluded, was that it would have required Niger to send "25 hard-to-conceal 10-ton tractor-trailers" filled with uranium across 1,000 miles and at least one international border.
By Barbara Cummings
Janis Karpinski of Abu Ghraib fame or noteriety spoke tonight at the library in Coronado Ca. It is joked that Coronado has more Admirals per square foot than any other town in the US. Property is the highest per square foot than anywhere else in Ca. There are 2 huge military bases there, North Island Naval Air Station and Coronado Amphib Base.
By RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK
Whether or not you have "nothing to hide" isn't the point. The thousands (perhaps millions) of Americans who were illegally spied on didn't have anything to hide http://tinyurl.com/8btut
Contact: Trevor Fitzgibbon, 212-584-5000 x210; Jessica Smith, 202-822-5200 x249
The Administration's response to my speech illustrates perfectly the need for a special counsel to review the legality of the NSA wiretapping program. The Attorney General is making a political defense of the President without even addressing the substantive legal questions that have so troubled millions of Americans in both political parties.
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Last month, on December 16, 2005, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Spc. Douglas Barber was my guest on my radio talk show. He said he'd been diagnosed with PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) and despite receiving some help from the V.A., was still having trouble getting his life back together.
May America 'Never Forget' What Has Gone on Here...
Today's disturbing emails, informing me of the suicide yesterday of U.S. Army Specialist Douglas Barber, have reminded again how important it is that we all continue working to assure this Administration and their co-conspirators in both the Congress and the Media, are held accountable for their criminal actions.
By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/
As far back as the Nixon administration, American business and politicians of both parties have repeated the mantra that doing business with the police state of China was a good thing because with the wonders of free enterprise inevitably would come other freedoms.
By REBECCA BARRETT, Corvallis Gazette-Times
Citizens will present a resolution for Corvallis officials’ consideration
A petition with a thousand signatures urging the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq will be presented to the Corvallis City Council tonight.
By Simon Basketter, http://www.socialistworker.co.uk
The attempt to cover up George’s Bush’s plan to bomb the Arabic television channel Al Jazeera means that two men will face trial next week for allegedly breaking the Official Secrets Act.