Tuesday, March 7, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS delivers makes remarks for Women's
History Month and Celebration of International Women's Day at 10:45 AM.
[White House Press Release]
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the Foreign Minister of
Russia at 12:35 PM. He will be joined by Secretary Rice. [White House
NEW* BUSH in Crawford, TX: POTUS and FLOTUS depart the White House at
By Irving Wesley Hall
Did you read the story about 1st Lt. William “Eddie
STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER
No 2006/4: March 6
Telephone 020 7278 6694
IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1) MAKE MARCH 18 BLAIR'S JUDGEMENT DAY
2) JUDGEMENT DAY FOR GEORGE BUSH TOO
3) THE IRAQI PEOPLE WANT US OUT
4) US TROOPS SAY GET US OUT OF HERE
5) NOT ONE MORE DEATH
6) IS GOODBYE AMERICA HELLO CIVIL WAR?
By Kevin McKiernan, Boston Globe
WHAT IF the Bush administration wasn't entirely convinced before the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein had WMDs, but simply invoked those ''mushroom cloud" images to rally necessary public support? One source of such speculation lies in the administration's puzzling prewar failure to supply Iraqi Kurds, Hussein's closest and most likely targets, with gas masks and other promised protection.
Published on Monday, March 6, 2006 by the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (New York)
By Brian Liberatore
VESTAL, New York - There are dire consequences to the current direction of the U.S. foreign policy, said Noam Chomsky in a speech Saturday at Binghamton University. Among those consequences, he said, is a nuclear Armageddon.
"Under the current U.S. policies, a nuclear exchange is inevitable," the 77-year-old MIT professor said in his presentation, "Imminent Crises: Paths Toward Solutions." He spoke to an over-capacity crowd in BU's Osterhout Concert Theater.
Editor's Note: t r u t h o u t 's Rebecca MacNeice was on the ground in New York filming the events when the arrests took place. Rebecca described the police as very rough. She said that many in the crowd were thrown against a building, including the press. She described the arrestees as being "dragged off" in a rough manner. TO also spoke to Cindy Sheehan's sister, Dee Dee Miller, who spoke to Cindy after the arrest. Dee Dee said that Cindy indicated that the police were very rough with her and the other three arrested. She said that they were requesting an ambulance, but we have not confirmed that anyone was seriously injured. Ann Wright, who was also on the scene, confirmed that the police were very rough and described that the arrestees were carried with their arms behind their backs. She said at times that their arms were raised very high, which could have caused an injury. We will have footage of the arrests very soon.
Ha! Ha! Just kidding. But it's on the ABC website.
The Wall Street Journal's Jeanne Cummings reports that some Democratic activists are pushing the idea that Bush should be impeached because of statements in the run-up to the Iraq war. But party leaders are keeping their distance.
ImpeachPAC's Web site salutes the Wall Street Journal for breaking the corporate media "taboo" on ImpeachPAC, while criticizing the Journal's story for allegedly ignoring the main distinction between the impeachments of Clinton and Bush: "only a rightwing minority of 26% wanted to impeach Clinton, while a mainstream majority of 52%-53% wants to impeach Bush. And the polls on Bush's impeachment were taken before the Dubai deal and the Katrina tapes, which have pushed Bush's disapproval ratings up to 60%."
By DAVID STOUT, New York Times
WASHINGTON, March 6 — The Supreme Court ruled today, 8 to 0, that colleges and universities that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, even if people in the academic community deplore the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay people.
Ending a decade-long battle in favor of the Defense Department, the court rejected the argument of law school faculty members that being forced to associate with military recruiters violated their First Amendment rights to free speech and association.
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
This weekend, five Iraqi women arrived in New York City to begin a speaking
tour to educate Americans about the reality in Iraq and meet with UN and US
officials to call for a peace plan. Two of them join us in our firehouse
studio: Faiza Al-Araji is a civil engineer and blogger, whose family
recently fled to Jordan after her son was temporarily kidnapped, and Eman
Ahmad Khamas, an Iraqi journalist, translator and human rights activist.
As nobody remembers, Gorbachev made noises about withdrawing Soviet troops from Afghanistan for some time before it actually happened in 1988-9. Part II of the BBC documentary The Power of Nightmares includes a later interview with him, in which he sounds very much like a U.S. politician circa 2006:
GORBACHEV: We had to finish this war. But in a way so the Russian people would understand why tens of thousands had died. We couldn't just run away from there in shame. No. We needed to find a process.
What's hilarious—to the degree things involving massive bloodshed can be hilarious—is the subsequent footage from 1987 of Richard Perle dismissing all this "process" nonsense:
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Democratic Congressional Candidate Tony Trupiano can be heard today on the nationally syndicated Ed Schultz Show
Michigan 11th District Democratic Congressional Candidate Tony Trupiano will be a guest on the nationally syndicated Ed Schultz Show today at 5:05 p.m. ET to discuss an article that appeared in today's Wall Street Journal. To listen to the Ed Schultz Show online simply click here, and from the home page click “Listen Live
Published on Sunday, March 5, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
By Stacy Bannerman
It’s easy to make deals with soldiers’ lives when it’s not your soldier. It’s pretty simple to postpone coming up with an exit strategy when your loved ones are already home.
What’s not so easy is sitting across from a familiar stranger, someone who looks like your loved one, but isn’t, not quite. What’s even harder is dining next to an empty chair, day after day, month after month, and year after year. Taking your meals at the bedside of what’s left of your son lying in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is a whole different degree of difficult.
BUSH: President Bush will push job training by religious charities and
host a one-day summit in March with corporate leaders and foundations
executives to encourage them to give more money to churches and
religious charities. [Bloomberg, 1/3/05]
Monday, March 6, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in a swearing-in
ceremony for the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Edward
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
In mid-June 2003, when former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's criticism against the White House's use of pre-war Iraq intelligence started to make national headlines, Vice President Dick Cheney told his former chief of staff and close confidant I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to leak classified intelligence data on Iraq's nuclear ambitions to a legendary Washington journalist in order to undercut the charges made against the Bush administration by the former ambassador.
OUTRAGE AT PM'S IRAQ WAR 'ARROGANCE' ON PARKINSON
By Matt Roper, The Mirror, UK
TONY Blair believes that God will judge him over his decision to invade Iraq.
The Prime Minister told ITV chat-show host Michael Parkinson: "If you have faith about these things, then you realise that judgment is made by other people. If you believe in God, it's made by God as well."
The controversial remark outraged families of servicemen who have died in Iraq and sparked debate over whether the PM overstepped the mark by mixing politics and religion.
By Philadelphia Inquirer
When a human-rights group reported in February that 98 detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan had died in U.S. custody in the war on terror - nearly half of them under still-secret conditions - the Bush administration all but shrugged.
A Pentagon spokesman said he couldn't provide (or couldn't be bothered to dig up?) a blow-by-blow account of the deaths. Such a bother. The paperwork was scattered around various Army command posts.
Impeachment Proves Risky Political Issue
Some Democratic Activists Push Removing Bush From Office, But Mainstream Steers Clear
By JEANNE CUMMINGS, Wall Street Journal
March 6, 2006; Page A4
If Democratic candidate Tony Trupiano wins a Michigan House seat this fall, he pledges that one of his first acts will be to introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush.
That has earned Mr. Trupiano the endorsement of ImpeachPAC, a group of Democratic activists seeking to remove Mr. Bush from office. ImpeachPAC's Web site lists 14 candidates offering similar commitments, which are reminiscent of the Republican drive to oust former President Bill Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Majority of Americans Believe Iraq Civil War is Likely
By Richard Morin, Washington Post
An overwhelming majority of the public believe fighting between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq will lead to civil war and half say the U.S. should begin withdrawing its forces from that violence-torn country, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The survey found that 80 percent believed that recent sectarian violence made civil war in Iraq likely, and more than a third said such a conflict was "very likely" to occur. Expectations for an all-out sectarian war in Iraq extended beyond party lines. More than seven in 10 Republicans and eight in 10 Democrats and political independents believe civil war was likely.
By TIM GOLDEN
This article was reported by Margot Williams, Tim Golden and Raymond Bonner and written by Mr. Golden.
Among the hundreds of men imprisoned by the American military at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, there are those who brashly assert their determination to wage war against what they see as the infidel empire led by the United States.
"May God help me fight the unfaithful ones," one Saudi detainee, Ghassan Abdallah Ghazi al-Shirbi, said at a military hearing where he was accused of being a lieutenant of Al Qaeda.
By Mike McDonough, The Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk
US and UK forces in Iraq have detained thousands of people without charge or trial for long periods and there is growing evidence of Iraqi security forces torturing detainees, Amnesty International said today.
In a new report published today, the human rights group criticised the US-led multinational force for interning some 14,000 people.
Published on Sunday, March 5, 2006 by the Sunday Times/UK
by Sarah Baxter, Washington and Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv
WHEN Major-General Axel Tüttelmann, the head of Nato’s Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, showed off an AWACS early warning surveillance plane in Israel a fortnight ago, he caused a flurry of concern back at headquarters in Brussels.
It was not his demonstration that raised eyebrows, but what he said about NATO’s possible involvement in any future military strike against Iran. “We would be the first to be called up if the NATO council decided we should be,
· Bolton says nuclear plant can be 'taken out'
· UN agency meets to send report to security council
Julian Borger, The Guardian
The US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has told British MPs that military action could bring Iran's nuclear programme to a halt if all diplomatic efforts fail. The warning came ahead of a meeting today of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which will forward a report on Iran's nuclear activities to the UN security council.
By Center for Constitutional Rights
(Editor's Note: this is an excerpt from the Center for Constitutional Right's new book, "Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush," reprinted with permission from Melville House, 2006.)
How can it be that we are yet again debating another presidential impeachment? Still weary from the Clinton impeachment battles and now completely exhausted from the momentous changes brought about by both 9/11 and this president -- changes that include the Iraq war, indefinite detentions around the world, torture, domestic wiretapping, and more -- we have all we can do to understand and perhaps resist some or all of these measures on an ad hoc basis. While any of the individual acts and policies outlined in the following articles would constitute an impeachable offense, taken as a whole, as a pattern and practice, they constitute something far more sinister, a plan to significantly weaken, if not destroy, our democracy.
By Onnesha Roychoudhuri, AlterNet
Until recently, talk of ousting President George W. Bush has proved little more than a distant rumbling. For too long, impeachment has been deemed implausible. It’s not going to happen with a Republican Congress, so the argument goes. Not with the president finishing his second term, not while we're at war.
But the distant rumbling is growing louder by the day, creating a resonant echo that is rapidly taking root in public discourse. “Impeach Him,
Published on Sunday, March 5, 2006 by the lndependent/UK
The President's visit to Pakistan was cool compared to the way he wooed rivals India
by Justin Huggler
Seeking to bolster America's main ally in the "war on terror", President George Bush made his first visit to Pakistan under intense security yesterday. But Pakistani discomfort was visible at the new strategic alliance the US is seeking with India, its historic rival.
Thousands of detainees held in Iraq are still being denied basic human rights with reports of torture rife, Amnesty International has said.
It said its interviews with ex-inmates across Iraq had shown the lessons of the Abu Ghraib jail scandal appeared to have been ignored.
The US and UK insist prisoners are treated to international standards.
Iraq's acting human rights minister admitted abuse was continuing but that the government was trying to curb it.
Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald
The Senate Intelligence Committee was created in 1976 and, from the beginning, it has been unique in its structure and operation. Due to the urgency of ensuring that our country has nonpartisan and non-politicized oversight over the Government's intelligence activities, the Intelligence Committee is structured so that -- unlike every other Senate Committee -- the majority is unable to dominate the Committee's operation and agenda, and the minority has much greater powers than it does on any other Senate Committee.
From Tomdispatch today, Dahr Jamail's "Tracing the Trail of Torture, Embedding Torture as Policy from Guantanamo to Iraq" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=65894
In just the last few weeks, there has been a cascade of torture news as the latest Abu Ghraib photos were released, administration lawyers went to court to fight for a "torture exemption" for detainees at Guantanamo, military officials organizing the administration's trials at that prison refused to ban testimony induced by torture, and the New York Times revealed that at Bagram Air Base we now have a second Guantanamo, totally beyond the reach of the law. And that's just been the tip of the iceberg.