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.
By Mike Hersh
I spoke with Cindy Sheehan just before she had to leave for medical
tests in the DC area. She was badly hurt, much worse than when she was
roughed up and jailed for wearing a t-shirt at the State of the Union. I
saw her just before and after that fiasco as well. She showed me her
bruises which hadn't fully healed before this latest brutality.
The violence against Cindy and others keeps escalating in parallel with
Kucinich: Port Deal Not Dead; Introduces A Resolution to Obtain Documents And Force Congressional Oversight
Congress Must Act To Prevent Similar Deals In The Future
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), Ranking Member of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, today, introduced a rarely used Congressional procedure called a Resolution of Inquiry to demand documents from the Administration about the security review of the port deal that would have allowed a United Arab Emirates (UAE) company to take control of six US ports.
By Cindy Sheehan
As I lie here in bed recuperating from the injuries that I received from a federal agent and the NYPD in front of the US Mission to the UN (USUN) the other day, I have had time to reflect on the experience, the state of our union and its descent into a fascist state.
STAR OF HOPE
Global Agenda for a Peaceful Future
By John McConnell: 90 year old founder of Earth Day.
Faced with a growing global danger of total catastrophe, we need a worldwide agenda that will enable us to continue the human adventure.
The original Earth Day (March 21, 1970) followed two events I was responsible for -- the global Minute for Peace (December 22, 1963) and my Star of Hope Satellite proposal which obtained front page attention around the world in 1957.
There are now 30 Congress Members sponsoring House Resolution 635, which would create a select committee to investigate and make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.
Michael Capuano and Bernie Sanders are the two latest Members to sign on. Sanders received a great deal of pressure after five towns in Vermont passed resolutions calling on him to introduce articles of impeachment. Sanders initially posted this statement saying it would be impractical to talk about impeachment. He has not introduced articles, but backing this bill sure amounts to "talking about it." This success demonstrates the usefulness of
By Don Williams
I'm learning to love ugly letters to the editor. Honestly, they help sell
books, fill my writing classes, and they let me know who my friends are when
we meet in public. Sometimes they prompt brave admirers to write lovely
letters in my behalf-something I truly appreciate.
I'm also learning to appreciate angry emails. If emails full of bluster and
indignation, along with others brimming with praise, didn't arrive almost
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WASHINGTON - March 9 - "Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1967
Over 4 years after U.S. centers of military and financial imperialism were attacked, the U.S. military and coalition forces continue to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Bush administration has appointed 28-year-old former White House
staffer Doug Hoelscher as the executive director of the Homeland
Security Advisory Committees.
In his new position, Hoelscher will gather expert advice "on behalf of
the president and the Homeland Security secretary" from 20 other
advisory boards covering "key areas of homeland security, including
By Fred Kaplan, http://www.slate.com
It's a tossup which is more galling: that Donald Rumsfeld digs himself
a few feet deeper with each remark he makes before a congressional
committee, or that his interrogators don't seem to notice.
Take this morning's hearing before the Senate appropriations
committee, at which Rumsfeld appeared alongside not only the chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian UK
4,500 inmates to be moved to other jails. Buildings will be handed over to Iraqi government.
Abu Ghraib, the prison which will be forever linked with images of Iraqi detainees stripped naked and humiliated by their American jailors, is to be closed, US military officials said yesterday. The sprawling, low-slung prison in the western suburbs of Baghdad, a torture chamber under Saddam Hussein that gained even more notoriety with the photographs of abuse committed by US troops, is likely to close within three months.
By American Progress Action Fund
Yesterday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee to request $65 billion in emergency security funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, on top of the $369 billion the United States has spent already. This appearance came amidst deep dissatisfaction among the U.S. public over the war (only 30 percent approve of President Bush's handling of Iraq), increasing sectarian violence, and a troubling human rights situation. The testimony by Rice and Rumsfeld did little to reassure the American people that the administration is using taxpayers' money wisely, amounting to "more or less a recitation of the administration's standard formulations on Iraq," according to the New York Times. Rice and Rumsfeld's testimony yesterday ignored the U.S. responsibility for Iraq's current state of instability. The administration's post-invasion failure to properly train security forces, oversee detainee interrogations, and plan for reconstruction have left a situation of chaos and insecurity in Iraq. (American Progress has a plan to move forward.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. PREMIERE SCREENING - JUST RELEASED
Wed., March 15 - The Ides of March
AFL-CIO - 815 16th St. NW
Peace Fair/Reception - 6 pm
Movie - 7 pm
Discussion - 7:30 pm
Afterwards: Candlelight walk to the White House
SEE: A 30-min. movie on the June 2005 tour of six Iraqi labor leaders
to 25 U.S. cities, sponsored by U.S. Labor Against the War. This
documentary captures the energy and emotions of the tour while
Below is my letter to the President of PACE University. Send your own to firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more at http://www.traprockpeace.org/pace_repression/
To President David A. Caputo
From David Swanson
I visited your university a couple of years ago for a presidential
candidates debate, and the whole event was very well done. I still have a
Pace sweatshirt. But I will feel less comfortable wearing it, knowing that
you are charging two of your students with freedom of speech and assembly.
These are not crimes, but protected rights under the first amendment to the
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
We have an extended conversation with Tony Benn, one of Britain¹s most
distinguished politicians and the longest serving MP in the history of the
Labour party. Benn discusses the new revelations the British government
helped Israel build the atom bomb. Benn also speaks about U.S. and U.K.
relations, extraordinary rendition, Guantanamo Bay, torture, religion, and
the state of the media.
March 9 -12, 2006
ALLEN, BARBOUR, BROWNBACK, FRIST, HUCKABEE, McCAIN and ROMNEY in Memphis, TN: The Southern Republican Leadership Conference will take place at The Peabody Hotel. [www.srlc.org]
Friday, March 10, 2006
UPDATED* McCAIN in Memphis, TN: Senator McCain speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference at The Peabody Hotel, at 10:00 PM. [WashingtonPost.com, 02/13/06]
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the President of Peru at 11:15 AM. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com, 03/10/06]
Group of Military Families, Veterans to Confront Senator Kerry at entrance of Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge Today, Call on Senator to "Bring Our Troops Home Now"
Cambridge, MA - Today at 5:45 p.m. when Senator John Kerry arrives at the
JFK School of Government for a "meet and greet" with a group called Harvard
Democrats, there will be a different group to "meet and greet" him at the