[Our guest blogger, Morton Halperin, was Director of Policy Planning Staff at the State Department and served on the National Security Council under President Clinton. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Johnson.]
Other than voting to send our men and women to war, there is no more important vote in the Senate than our vote on a Supreme Court nominee. This is a vote of a generation and a test of conscience. Judge Alito does not share the values of equality and justice that make this country strong. He does not deserve a place on the highest court of the land.
KBR awarded Homeland Security contract worth up to $385M (HAL)
By Katherine Hunt, MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- KBR, the engineering and construction
subsidiary of Halliburton Co. (HAL) , said Tuesday it has been awarded a
By Fintan Dunne, BreakForNews.com
A U.S. military spokesperson has condemned Iraqi insurgents as "barbaric thugs," after the scarred body of a senior U.S. military officer was discovered today in a house in Baghdad.
By Larry C. Johnson
When President George Bush is feeling political heat generated by questions about illegal domestic spying, secret overseas prisons, or prisoner torture, he seeks refuge in the solemn proclamation, "we are at war." The war excuse, which is usually accompanied by the elaboration that these excesses are necessary to protect the American people, does not hold water. If President Bush was serious about his insistence that we are at war, his Administration would be on a war footing. But, we are not.
Peace Action renews the call for a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East. Re-opening negotiations toward achieving that goal is the best way—perhaps the only way—to halt without violence the prospect of a nuclear arms race in that deeply troubled part of the world. Additionally, achieving a Nuclear Free Zone in the Middle East would bring the world one step closer to eliminating both the problem of nuclear proliferation and the threat of nuclear war and could serve as a model solution for resolving similar tensions in other regions of the world.
By Jozef Hand-Boniakowski, Veteran For Peace and co-editor of http://www.metaphoria.org
Recently, I dropped into my town's local Vermont country store to pick up a
couple of bottles of a diet tea beverage. I typically avoid the local
* Hamas Wins Sweeping Victory in Palestinian Parliamentary Elections *
In the Occupied Territories, unofficial results indicate Hamas has won a
sweeping victory in the first Palestinian parliamentary elections in a
By Max Obuszewski
On July 2, 2005 Ellen Barfield and I were arrested and charged with “disturbance on protected property,
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Back in 2002, with the country still reeling from the 9/11 attacks, fear that terrorists would again wreak havoc in the US led the White House to develop a sophisticated system aimed at identifying terrorists associated with al-Qaeda who lived in the United States undetected, and stopping them before they could strike again.
By CLAUDIO E. CABRERA, www.amsterdamnews.com
Hundreds of people came together in New York City this past weekend for a historic three-day tribunal indicting the Bush administration for crimes against humanity.
By WILBERT A. TATUM
Publisher Emeritus and Chairman of the Board, http://www.amsterdamnews.com
It was a one day story. Harry Belafonte spoke about the government of the United States and the government of Venezuela as well as other countries in the Caribbean. Belafonte had some harsh but totally true words to say about the president of the United States, George W. Bush. Bellafonte called him a terrorist and he was right. The response by George W. Bush, through his spokesman, was to dismiss Belafonte’s remarks as one dismisses the remarks of a crazy man. Harry Belafonte is not a crazy man. George W. Bush, by every definition available to us, is a terrorist. Where, then, are we as a nation and finally as a people?
A message from Debra Sweet, the World Cant Wait National Office:
The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World
Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside
When troops are cut, we'll still be bombing the hell out of the place
By Sydney H. Schanberg, Village Voice
In every war, some things are seen more clearly than others and are therefore reported more fully. The air war in Iraq is not one of them. American air power has been dominant in most of the modern wars, but bombing and strafing take place either completely out of sight or in areas not accessible to close observation by the press. Rarely does the military allow reporters to go along on combat sorties.
Deputy Director of the NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden lead the PR blitz to frame the matter of the NSA's Domestic Spying program in advance of the Feb 6th Senate hearings. He took questions from reporters at The National Press Club on Monday and confirmed that a feature of the NSA program was lowering of the legal standard from 'probable cause' to 'reasonably believe' (a.k.a. 'reasonable suspicion') as required by the FISA court.
Starting Tuesday, a huge truck with this billboard on the side will begin driving around the U.S. Capitol.
On the other side of the truck will be this:
By David Swanson
Here's an interesting article arguing that Bush was duped by Tenet into believing the hype re WMDs and ties to al Qaeda. I find the case entirely unconvincing. Yes, Tenet said the case was a "slam dunk," but he said this in response to Bush complaining that the evidence was not good enough and asking "Is this the best you got?" Bush wasn't after the truth.
By Manuel Valenzuela, http://www.opednews.com
Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?
On the eve of the 38th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, it is instructive to study the parallels between the Vietnam debacle and the current situation in Iraq.
by David Robson and Richard Krohn, http://baltimorechronicle.com/
t r u t h o u t | Programming Note
Airdate: Friday 27 January 2006 at 8:30 p.m. on PBS
(Check local listings at http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html.)
NOW goes inside the American war machine to ask are we fighting for the right reasons?
By Audrey Gillan and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian UK
Courts martial and equipment failures fuel rank and file discontent.
A groundswell of discontent among members of the armed forces is leading to calls for the formation of a federation to campaign for the rights of the 250,000 servicemen and women in the UK.
"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'" -- The Dallas Morning News
The reporter: email@example.com
The pundit: firstname.lastname@example.org
The facts:Among American adults, 53% agreed and 42% disagreed with the statement:
"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."
By Antoine Lerougetel, www.wsws.org
On January 9, Nizar Sassi was released from jail on the orders of Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière. The young Frenchman, indicted for no crime, had been detained by the American authorities for two-and-a-half years and a further one-and-a-half years by the French.
Note By David Swanson:
In the article below we find this lie:
"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'"
published unchallenged by these facts.
Please correct Mr. Sabato: email@example.com
By MICHELLE MITTELSTADT / The Dallas Morning News
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration raced this week to defend its warrantless domestic spying program, with several aims in mind, experts say: Win over a conflicted public; force Democrats into an arena that plays to GOP strength; and head off talk of impeachment and special prosecutors.
By El Universal
US activist Cindy Sheehan Wednesday in Caracas repulsed the possibility of a US invasion of Venezuela, as claimed repeatedly by President Hugo Chávez, Efe reported.
By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net
Talk about chutzpah!
President Bush has told Hamas, which just managed a stunning upset of Fatah in the Palestinian elections, that the movement must "renounce violence" if it is to be bestowed the blessing of having the U.S. recognize it as the government of the Palestinian people.
Introducing the latest policy analysis from Foreign Policy In Focus
Spying and Lying in 21st Century America
By Col. Daniel Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Since the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the historical protections of speech, assembly, protest, and privacy enjoyed by U.S. citizens and legal residents (“U.S. persons
By Ronnie Dugger, Texas Democracy Foundation, http://www.texasobserver.org
The year 2006 will be historic for the nation, and probably for humanity. Texans Bush and Rove and their conspirators in the second Bush presidency have disgraced American democracy at home and in the world with debasements of our nation and our values that have now entered their climactic phase. What part will the rest of us Texans play in this decisive year?