Country paying a steep price for leaders ignoring the truth

By Joseph L. Galloway

This administration, from President George W. Bush to Vice President Dick Cheney to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, has sowed the seeds of a bitter harvest in the Middle East that Americans will reap for decades, if not generations.

That harvest includes but isn't limited to a war bill that's approaching $400 billion and growing by $100 billion a year, an American military ground down by unceasing combat deployments, and a casualty count that doesn't include thousands of troops who are coming home with psychological problems.

Blair Finds Someone Else to Blame

Blair: God will judge Iraq war
CNN

LONDON, England -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says God and history will judge whether he was right to go to war in Iraq, according to the transcript of a television interview to be broadcast Saturday.

In a rare reference to his Christian religious faith, Blair told broadcaster Michael Parkinson he had struggled with his conscience over the decision.

28 US House Reps Want Bush Impeachment Probe

By Matthew Cardinale, Editor and National Correspondent, Atlanta Progressive News (March 04, 2006)

28 members of US Congress have now signed on to H Res 635, including US Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the original co-sponsor, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Meanwhile, US cities of Arcata, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco, each in California, have passed resolutions recommending Bush's impeachment.

“GHOST WALKERS

On Thursday, March 2, 2006 at 11:30 am, torture survivors and members of the faith and human rights communities silently walked the halls of Congress wearing orange overalls and a gags reading “torture

The Importance of Balanced Power in Congress

By Barbra Streisand
http://www.barbrastreisand.com

The party that holds the majority in both the House and the Senate controls the entire congressional agenda. Everything from what bills are considered, to how long committees debate them, to whether bills get reported out onto the floor, and finally whether a vote gets scheduled, is all determined by the leadership of both the House and the Senate. In the past, there have been instances when members of congress, in their oversight of the President, were courageous enough, regardless of their party affiliation, to step up to their constitutional obligation to be a check and balance on the White House. In the 1970’s, during the Nixon Adminstration, serious political curruption arose and the Republican leadership stepped up and took responsibilty by holding hearings and subpoening administration officials. Eventually, the President was forced to resign rather than face impeachment preceedings that likely would have been successful. It is clear that today's Republican Congressional leaders are not prepared to hold this President accountable. Therefore, it’s critical that people elect members of the Democratic party to the House and Senate so that a new leadership can take control. Only if this occurs, can we even begin to imagine a time when there will be a myriad of investigations so desperatly needed on so many issues…let alone the ultimate investigation which would involve the conduct of the President of the United States and the determination of whether his actions warrented impeachment proceedings.

Pentagon reveals Guantanamo names

The US defence department has released the names and nationalities of some of the inmates detained at its Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

However, the names do not appear as a simple list - they are buried within 6,000 pages of documents posted on the Pentagon's website.

They are transcripts of tribunals in which the 500 detainees were screened and their combat status assessed.

The transcripts have been released before, but with the names blacked out.

Area poet launches bid for Lantos' seat

Protest candidate running on impeach-Bush ticket
By Laura Ernde, San Mateo County Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Hearle hasn't campaigned since he ran for student body president of his high school 30 years ago.

But on Thursday, the San Mateo poet and scholar stood in front of San Francisco City Hall and announced his intention to run in the June 6 Democratic primary for Congress.

Not that Hearle expects or even wants to win the 12th District seat occupied by veteran U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos.

Brian Ross "Completely Aware" of WMD Context

So why weren't ABC viewers allowed to know?
www.fair.org

Two recent reports on ABC raised the possibility that 10-year-old tapes of Saddam Hussein might show that he "did hide weapons of mass destruction"--giving the White House's rationale for the March 2003 invasion a boost.

But as a February 17 FAIR action alert pointed out, ABC's reporting omitted evidence that undermined this argument. The tapes seem to show Hussein Kamel, Iraq's weapons chief at the time, talking about information about weapons programs that Iraq had concealed from U.N. inspectors. But when Kamel defected--soon after these tapes were recorded--he not only told CIA and U.N. investigators about this concealment, he at the same time insisted that Iraq had destroyed all its unconventional weapons stockpiles. FAIR's alert questioned why ABC failed to inform its viewers about this key information.

Southerners to March April 1 in Atlanta for Peace in Iraq and Justice at Home

Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition/Atlanta
www.georgiapeace.org

Contacts: Ann Mauney: 404-373-3864 (h); 404-630-8910 (c); annmauney555@aol.com

Gloria Tatum, 404-374-4098 (c); 404-315-6950 (h); glt33@bellsouth.net

Louise Runyon, 404-634-3891; Louiserunyon@aol.com

ATLANTA, GA. – March 19 marks the third anniversary of President Bush’s unprovoked attack on Iraq and the beginning of the brutal occupation of that country which continues today. As that milestone arrives, millions of people around the world will again mount massive protests against the war.

Cegelis vs. The Machine

By Cindy Sheehan

I am beginning to wonder what it is that such "Democrats" like Rahm Emanuel (Illinois), Chuck Schumer (NY), and Nancy Pelosi (Ca) are protecting in Iraq. What is it that they have at stake in keeping the occupation of Iraq going? Their constituents in every case are solidly anti-war and anti-Bush. They all come from the bluest of states and/or districts. Yet when faced with the chance to defend and promote antiwar candidates who agree with the majority of Americans that it's time to get out of Iraq this year, they go into overdrive to try to destroy their candidacies.

EXCLUSIVE: FBI WHISTLEBLOWER SIBEL EDMONDS IS READY TO TALK!

'Gag Ordered' Former Translator Seeks to Tell Congress and the American People What She Knows

Online Petition Launched Calling on Congress to Hold Joint Public Hearings by the Senate and House Judiciary Committees to Finally Allow the Truth of Her Allegations to be Told...

Sibel Edmonds wants to talk. About what she heard and saw while working as an FBI translator.

If you're not familiar with her allegations -- which have been confirmed by the DoJ's Inspector General to be "credible" and "serious" and "warrant[ing] a thorough and careful review by the FBI" -- then see our story (link below) for a simple bullet-point list of her main explosive allegations which she has been "gag ordered" from discussing for so long.

Briefing from Iraqi Women and Q&A - Open to Public

'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus

March 3, 2006

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to attend an informative briefing with nine Iraqi women who have come to the US to commemorate International Women's Day, March 8. The women represent a wide breadth of Iraqi society, including academics, an engineer, health care workers, homemakers, journalists, filmmakers, and women's rights activists. A brief biography for each is below. They will speak about the effects of the war on their lives, their families and other ordinary Iraqis.

Civil War and Ending the War

By David Swanson

Remarks March 3, 2006, at University of California – San Diego

Fox News titled a recent segment "All Out Civil War in Iraq: could it Be a Good Thing?" Presumably it could from the point of view of the Bush-Cheney gang, if it gets in the way of all-out resistance to the occupation. That is, Bush almost certainly would prefer to see Sunnis fighting Shias than to see both fighting Americans and collaborators.

Iraq: Pure War, Pure Crime

By David Swanson

Remarks March 3, 2006, at City Club of San Diego

The Iraq War is a pure war, a war for the sake of war. Congress is debating whether to spend another fortune on it, another fortune that could completely remake this nation if spent on useful projects, and Congress has no reason for the war. The reason is purely that the media won't like you if you vote against a war, but there's no actual reason for the war, not the weapons of mass destruction that Bush always knew weren't there, not the ties to 9-11 that Bush always knew did not exist on behalf of a ruler who anyway is no longer in power, not reducing terrorism which has been increased by this war, not improving global relations when this war has driven global opinion of the US to a record low, not preventing a civil war which the US attack and occupation have created, not supporting the troops when most of the troops want to come home and almost half of them openly admit to pollsters that they don't know why they're there.

Civilians Bearing Brunt of Iraq Violence

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press

Insurgency-related violence last year killed more than twice as many Iraqi civilians — 4,024 people — as Iraqi soldiers and police, according to government figures obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

And the civilian death count in the first two months of this year already stands at more than one-quarter of last year's total — due in part to sectarian violence triggered by the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shiite shrine and car bombings in Shiite neighborhoods around Baghdad.

Guantanamo man tells of 'torture'

By BBC

A Kuwaiti man being held at Guantanamo Bay has told the BBC in a rare interview that the force-feeding of hunger strikers amounts to torture.
Fawzi al-Odah said hunger strikers were strapped to a chair and force-fed through a tube three times a day.

A senior US official denied the use of torture in Guantanamo Bay.

Mr Odah's comments, relayed by his lawyer in answer to BBC questions, came as another inmate launched a legal challenge to the force-feeding policy.

Negroponte's 'Serious Setback'

By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

John Negroponte, the US National Intelligence Director, provided testimony on Tuesday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on "global threats."

Negroponte, who was the US ambassador to Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005, was immediately promoted to his current position after his presence in Iraq. Ironically, he warned the committee on Tuesday, "If chaos were to descend upon Iraq or the forces of democracy were to be defeated in that country ... this would have implications for the rest of the Middle East region and, indeed, the world."

BREAKING: State-based impeachment moves forward

By Kagro X, www.dailykos.com

Yes, yes, I'm using "BREAKING." Well, it is breaking. There's not even a link yet.

Many of you may remember the various diaries on state-based impeachment, one from me, one from arbortender, and one from aaraujo.

Tonight, we have some news from...

...Rutland County, Vermont.

Tonight, the Rutland County Democratic Committee became the first body of which I'm aware to pass a resolution calling for impeachment specifically under the procedures outlined in Jefferson's Manual, section 603.

Iraq: Occupation and Sectarianism

By Ghali Hassan, GlobalResearch.ca

At the outset of the Occupation, it was clear that the U.S. would rule Iraq by breaking the country into mini states or regions and dividing the Iraqi population on ethnic and sectarian lines. The Occupation-orchestrated violence between Iraqis was meant to provide a pretext for the long-term occupation of Iraq, and direct Iraqis anger away from the brutality and violence of the Occupation.

Activist Sheehan, protesters rally near Emanuel's office

Edgebrook Times Review, IL
BY PATRICK BUTLER

"It's time for Democrats to start acting like Democrats and be the opposition party" and start speaking out louder against the Iraq War, "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan said Saturday at a rally across the street from U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel's office.

"We have a void in leadership that is profound and disturbing," Sheehan said shortly before a group of 100 protesters laid 65 pairs of combat boots and 35 pairs of shoes at the doorstep of Emanuel's 5th District office, 3742 W. Irving Park Road.

Peace group to march in protest of Iraq war

Organizer says well-known activist Cindy Sheehan has agreed to participate
Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Mobile Register, AL
By GEORGE WERNETH

A six-day march to protest the war in Iraq will begin March 14 in Mobile, make stops on the Mississippi coast and end in New Orleans, a spokesman for the local chapter of Veterans for Peace announced Wednesday.

The spokesman, Paul Robinson, said that anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, a U.S. soldier, was killed in Iraq, has agreed to participate, although he did not know Wednesday where she would join the march.

Message from Iraqi Oil Workers Union

We have just received word that Faraj Rabat Mizbhan of the independent
Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions is urging trade unionists, peace activists
and opponents of the occupation to demonstrate in their tens of thousands
across the world on 18 March. Basra and Baghdad will also be organizing
demonstrations on the day.

"We are indebted to the people who have raised their voices against the

High school in turmoil over teacher's remarks

By Kevin Vaughan and Felix Doligosa Jr., Rocky Mountain News

AURORA — Controversy over a high school teacher's comparison of President Bush to Adolf Hitler erupted into a day of turmoil Thursday — with a student protest, a threatened lawsuit and dueling talk shows.
At the center of the storm was Overland High School teacher Jay Bennish, whose lecture in a world geography class last month also included harsh words about capitalism, U.S. foreign policy and the invasion of Iraq.

Thousands in India Protest Bush's Visit

The New York Times
By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS and HARI KUMAR

MUMBAI, March 2 — For the second day in a row, there were raucous protests across India today against President Bush's visit, with the most militant here in India's commercial capital.

As Mr. Bush was having lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the capital, New Delhi, tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out at the Azad Maidan, a field in Mumbai made famous by Gandhi's civil disobedience protests against British rule.

Protests rock Parliament

Statesman News Service, India

NEW DELHI, March 2. — The Parliament was today rocked by protests by Left and Samajwadi Party members against the visit of US President George W Bush.
Agitated Left MPs as well as those from SP shouted slogans against Mr Bush’s visit in both Houses of Parliament from the moment proceedings began this morning, forcing adjournments in the first half of the day’s business. SP members, wearing red caps, trooped into the Well of Lok Sabha. They were joined by Left MPs in raising slogans like, “Bush go back.

Large scale protests in Mumbai against Bush visit

newindpress.com, India

MUMBAI: Nearly 150,000 people gathered in this metropolis on Thursday to protest US President George Bush's ongoing India visit, calling him "the biggest terrorist" and burning his effigies.

Protesters from various Muslim organisations and Leftist outfits held demonstrations at the Azad Maidan in south Mumbai. They carried placards reading, "Bush go back" and "Don't sell India to Bush", and shouted slogans like "Death to Bush".

Transfer $60 Billion in “Cold War Era

Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing

Affidavit gives few hints to CIA name leaker

By Joel Seidman, MSNBC.com

Filing suggests official other than Libby discussed Plame to reporters

WASHINGTON - In a filing Thursday at U.S. District Court in the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby CIA/Leak case, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald -- in a 19-page affidavit -- offered few clues about the identity of the official or officials involved in the leak of former CIA employee, Valerie Wilson Plame's name to reporters, other than Libby himself.

Vehicles Banned In Baghdad

kwtx.com

(March 2, 2006)—In the latest effort by the Iraqi government to curb the escalating violence in the nation’s capital city, the prime minister’s office says private vehicles will be banned in Baghdad and its outskirts until Friday afternoon.

There are fears of more attacks, because Friday is a day when Muslims attend prayer services.

Violence Thursday claimed at least 36 lives.

Saudi Group Alleges NSA Eavesdropping

By Carol D. Leonnig and Mary Beth Sheridan, The Washington Post

Defunct charity's suit details wiretapping.

Documents cited in federal court by a defunct Islamic charity may provide the first detailed evidence of US residents being spied upon by President Bush's secret eavesdropping program, according to the organization's lawsuit and a source familiar with the case.

The al Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Saudi organization that once operated in Portland, Ore., filed a description of classified government records in a lawsuit Tuesday and immediately asked a judge for a private review.

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