Kevin Zeese: “Hawkish Israeli Lobby Wants War with Iran!”

Baltimore's Indy Media Center
by William Hughes


“So likewise ‘a passionate attachment’ of one nation for another produces a variety of evils...” - George Washington’s “Farewell Address,” September 19, 1796

Washington, D.C. - Kevin Zeese was the first speaker at a public forum held on Monday evening, April 24, 2006, at the West End Neighborhood Library, near the community of Georgetown. The topic for the event was, “Is the Israel Lobby Promoting War on Iran?” He said the question of whether the hawkish, hard-right, pro-Israeli Lobby in America wants to see war with Iran “gets answered in an ad which was in the New York Times, the Financial Times, and other newspapers. It’s a full page ad by the American Jewish Committee, put out on April 4th. The center of the bull’s eye is Iran and the headline is: ‘Can Anyone Within Range of Iran’s Missiles Feel Safe?’ I think that’s a pretty inflammatory ad. It’s signed by more than a hundred people...I think it’s a pretty strong indication of where the Lobby stands. That isn’t the only proof we have that the hawkish Israeli Lobby wants to go to war.”

In Defence of Unnamed Sources

By Michael Smith

The sacking of a veteran CIA officer for having links with the press has added yet more worrying heat to an issue that I blogged on earlier this year. I was tempted to write on this at the weekend when the sacking was first reported but was concerned that there was insufficient evidence linking the sacked officer to the alleged offence. Mary McCarthy was alleged to have been the source for a story written by Dana Priest of the Washington Post on CIA secret prisons across Europe, an allegation she has now denied. READ MORE

States Start Impeachment

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2006

State Legislators in 2 States Introduce Impeachment Resolutions - More States Expected Soon

State legislators in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Illinois and California have introduced resolutions (details below) to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

The Jefferson Manual of rules for the U.S. House of Representatives allows state legislatures to initiate impeachment proceedings by submitting charges to Congress.

Vermont Legislators to Introduce '603' Impeachment Resolution This Week

by: odum

Following the action of legislators in California and Illinois - which in turn followed the grassroots activism of Vermonters - legislation calling for the impeachment of George Bush under Section 603 of the Jefferson Manual will be introduced to the Vermont State Legislature Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.

As first reported in this diary and this one at Green Mountain Daily, and subsequently picked up by The Nation and others, Rep. David Zuckerman (P-Burlington) has retrofitted his previous call for impeachment with the language of the "Rutland Resolution." Current co-sponsors include Represenetatives Steve Green, George Cross, Daryl Pillsbury, Kathy Pellett, Dexter Randall, Michael Fisher, Jim McCullough, Winston Dowland, Ann Seibert and Chris Pearson, making it a true bipartisan (Progressive and Democrat) action. It is no small step for these Dems to buck the wishes of leadership to avoid the issue, and reportedly is at least in some way a reflection of frustration at the quiet abandonment of some progressive legislation such as Instant Runoff Voting and the study on the Iraq debacle's effect on the VT National Guard.

Rock Out Bush: Nonprofit Launches Music Video Contest to Ignite Anti-War Sentiment

By John Byrne,

An alternative rock band is joining with a music-oriented nonprofit in an attempt to rally anti-war sentiment through music videos, RAW STORY has learned.

Justice Through Music, a national group that uses music to catalyze youth interest in U.S. politics, has announced a contest in which entrants are asked to submit music videos to accompany an anti-war song written by the indy rock band Op-Critical. The group hopes to stir up anti-war sentiment using music.

Resolution to push Bush impeachment

Chicago Sun-Times

BY TRACY SWARTZ Sun-Times Springfield Bureau

SPRINGFIELD -- Leave it to the Democratic-controlled state Legislature to find an obscure way to attempt to oust President Bush.

State Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood) has sponsored a resolution calling on the General Assembly to submit charges to the U.S. House so its lawmakers could begin impeachment proceedings.

Pacifica Radio to Air Congressional Iraq Forum Live

By David Swanson

I'll be co-hosting with Verna Avery-Brown of Pacifica Radio a live broadcast on Pacifica from 8:30-11 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 27, of a forum on Capitol Hill hosted by Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee.

The forum will take place in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (with an overflow room planned for anyone wanting to attend who can't fit in). The two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are continuing to do what the "leadership" of both parties does not, respond to the demands of the majority of Americans, who disapprove of current policy.

Bush's approval ratings slide to new low

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's approval ratings have sunk to a personal low, with only a third of Americans saying they approve of the way he is handling his job, a national poll released Monday said.

In the telephone poll of 1,012 adult Americans carried out Friday through Sunday by Opinion Research Corporation for CNN, 32 percent of respondents said they approve of Bush's performance, 60 percent said they disapprove and 8 percent said they do not know.

State Legislators in 2 States Introduce Impeachment Resolutions - More States Expected Soon

State legislators in Illinois and California have introduced resolutions (details below) to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

The Jefferson Manual of rules for the U.S. House of Representatives allows state legislatures to initiate impeachment proceedings by submitting charges to Congress.

In Vermont, Representative David Zuckerman plans to introduce a similar resolution this week. In Pennsylvania, State Senator Jim Ferlo is collecting signatures on petitions calling for Congress to launch an impeachment inquiry.

You Choose

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My Dinner with Feingold

By Brad Freidman

(Okay, it was lunch, but the title didn't scan as well that way)

I Get a Chance to Talk to the Senator about [CENSURE and] Democrats in FOXholes and about our Electoral System Mess...


UK Foreign Office Lawyers Warn: Support for Bush Military Action Would Be Illegal

Published on Sunday, April 23, 2006 by the Sunday Herald (Scotland)
Iran Split
UK Foreign Office Lawyers Warn: Support for Bush Military Action Would Be Illegal
Army Warns: We're Too Stretched to Cope With Any More Military Action

by Westminster Editor James Cusick and Neil Mackay

Foreign Office lawyers have formally advised Jack Straw that it would be illegal under international law for Britain to support any US-led military action against Iran.

Peace Activists Acquitted in Federal Court of Protesting Against Iraq War

Contact: Paul Kawika Martin of Peace Action Education Fund, 301-565-4050 ext. 316, 951-217-7285 (cell),

WASHINGTON, April 23 /U.S. Newswire/ -- On April 19, four defendants, arrested at the White House while protesting the Iraq war by engaging in a die-in on Oct. 26, 2005, had their charges dismissed in federal court in Washington, D.C. Judge Deborah Robinson ruled in favor of the defense motion for a judgment of acquittal and stated that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against Gary Ashbeck and Lynn Robinson, from Baltimore, and Paul Kawika Martin and Eve Tetaz, from Washington, D.C.

If Past Is Prologue, George Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President


President George W. Bush's presidency is a disaster - one that's still unfolding. In a mid-2004 column, I argued that, at that point, Bush had already demonstrated that he possessed the least attractive and most troubling traits among those that political scientist James Dave Barber has cataloged in his study of Presidents' personality types.

Now, in early 2006, Bush has continued to sink lower in his public approval ratings, as the result of a series of events that have sapped the public of confidence in its President, and for which he is directly responsible. This Administration goes through scandals like a compulsive eater does candy bars; the wrapper is barely off one before we've moved on to another.

Bush’s Impeachment As Serial Law Violator

In all 3 impeachment proceedings, the event which triggered the political impeachment process was the President’s violation of a law. Once the impeachment process was underway, Congress then determined what constituted an impeachable offense, and additional charges not based on legal violations were added. Public support for impeaching Bush is highest for his NSA spying program, but only if it turns out his actions were illegal. But, Congress may ratify Bush’s illegal actions with new FISA legislation so that by operation of law his prior illegal actions will now be deemed legal, and potentially provide Bush with a defense at least to the commencement of the impeachment process. Should that occur, the purpose of this post is to review other laws that Bush has violated as a backup to trigger the impeachment process. READ MORE

3 U.S. Troops, 27 Iraqis Killed in Iraq

3 U.S. Soldiers, 27 Iraqis Killed As Politicians Begin Work on New Government

BAGHDAD, Iraq Apr 23, 2006 (AP)— Insurgents killed three American soldiers in the Baghdad area Sunday and fired mortars near the Defense Ministry in a spree of violence that killed at least 27 Iraqis as politicians began work on forming a new government.

The largest Sunni Arab party raised new allegations of sectarian killings one of the most urgent issues facing the new Iraqi leadership.

More US Casualties in Iraq

Baghdad, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The US Central Command in Iraq has confirmed Sunday three dead at a rebel road side attack on a US patrol in north eastearn Baghdad, as mortar shells fell in the public compound known as the Green Zone.

So far, this month the US has lost 61 soldiers, and 2,389 since the start of the war in March 2003.

The new attacks follow Saturday´s election by Parliament of Jawad Al-Maliki as prime minister after Ibrahim al Jafari was forced to resign by Kurdish and Sunni opposition to his re-election.

Mortar attacks kill 6 in Baghdad

Insurgents appeared to be targeting government buildings
Mortar rounds have exploded in Baghdad killing at least six civilians and wounding two, say Iraqi police.
Three mortars exploded near Iraq's Defence Ministry while others landed near the interior ministry and Shaab stadium.

The attacks came one day after Iraq's parliament endorsed Shia politician Jawad al-Maliki as prime minister.

Iraqi explosions kill seven

Sunday, April 23, 2006 (Baghdad):

Three explosions occurred outside the heavily guarded Green Zone on Sunday, killing seven Iraqi civilians and wounding eight.

The official said the blasts, caused by mortars or rockets, occurred near Iraq's Defence Ministry, which is located just inside the Green Zone on the west side of the Tigris River.

One of the explosions went off in a parking lot.

US will go for other states after Iran and Iraq, says Margolis

Well-known journalist calls Bush’s statements on Iran’s N-programme ‘ridiculous and nonsense’
Pakistan Daily Times

LAHORE: Renowned American journalist Eric Margolis has said that the US will “go for” Pakistan and Saudi Arabia after Iraq and Iran.

“We have leaks from reliable sources that after Iraq and Iran, the US plans to go for Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” Margolis said in an interview with IWT NEWS on Saturday. Margolis supported Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, saying that it poses no threat to the world community. US President George W Bush’s statements on Iran’s nuclear programme were “ridiculous and nonsense”, he said. “Iran has no nuclear bombs and no capability to bomb a country with these weapons,” Margolis said.

Six Iraqi civilians killed by rocket

BAGHDAD: Six people were killed and two were wounded Sunday when a rocket landed at the entrance to Irag's Defense Ministry in Baghdad.

Police say the victims were Iraqi civilians, CNN reported.

Also Sunday, police found the bodies of six unidentified gunshot victims in the northern part of the city.

CNN said four mortar rounds landed in other parts of Baghdad Sunday, although no casualties were reported.

Divine Mushroom Cloud: A Call to Worship

Published on Saturday, April 22, 2006 by
by Karen Horst Cobb

On June 2nd the god of America will be paraded before the people of the earth causing them to tremble in fear. Americans will again marvel as they worship the god of their own creation. Just like the restless Israelites in the desert who grew inpatient with god and fashioned a golden calf to protect them we have grown inpatient with god and fashioned a shiny idol of power. Southern Methodist University is working with the new clergy of death who have named the idol Divine Strake.

An Interview with Anthony Arnove

Out Now

Anthony Arnove's new book, Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal (The New Press, 2006) is tailored after Howard Zinn's 1967 brief against the Vietnam War. Arnove has worked closely with Zinn on Voices of a People's History of the United States and a collection of interviews, Terrorism and War. Zinn provides both a foreword and afterword to Arnove's book. Arnove spoke with Counterpunch from his home in Brooklyn.

Students protest President Bush's visit

Protestors chant 'Plant a tree, kill a bush'
Jessica Weidling, State Hornet / Sacramento State, CA

Javier Villegas, Sacramento State English major, held a sign picturing his brother in military uniform to protest President Bush at the California Fuel Cell Partnership in West Sacramento on April 22.

Villegas who was accompanied by two other Sac State students and about 1,500 protestors, according to police, said he was protesting Bush’s policy on the Iraq War.

Call for U.S. Nationwide Walk Out if Bush Attacks Iran

Campus Antiwar Network Midwest Regional Conference Report

On April 22nd the Campus Anti-War Network(CAN) held its Midwest regional conference at the University of Illinois Chicago(UIC). This years conference brought together leaders of the student anti-war movement from 12 different CAN chapters from across the Midwest

Lively and informative discussions were held on a number of issues related to the work of CAN. Much of the focus was on the organizing tactics being deployed by chapters across the Midwest including and analysis of what is and is not working on our campuses. The discussion included the sharing of many innovative methods such as the use of, art shows, Beer not Bombs", and the incorporation of culture into the movement.

An Email Received By Justice Through Music

This Email was received by AfterDowningStreet member organization Justice Through Music:

I am a retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant with five campaign stars on my ribbon

rack. We in the military swear to support and defend the Constitution Of These United States

of America. The first article of the Code of Conduct states: "I am an American fighting man. I

serve in the forces which guard my country and protect our way of life. I am prepared to give

Republicans on edge after calls for more resignations

White House shake-up is just the beginning as Bush's party fights to keep control of Congress
Paul Harris in New York
The Observer

George W Bush's second term is facing its biggest crisis as new polls show a continuing collapse in support and White House insiders expect more staff resignations over the next few days and weeks.

Rumours are swirling around Washington, focusing on some of the most senior members of Bush's team from Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to White House counsel Harriet Miers. At the same time, polls show that Bush's popularity has sunk to an all-time low, leaving Republican operatives panicking about the vital mid-term Congressional elections in November. A Fox News poll released last week showed Bush's approval rating at 33 per cent, while a new Pew poll had him at 35 per cent.

Chili Peppers Call for Impeachment

By Bob Fertik,

Impeach Him! Chili Peppers Take Dubya To Task

Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea has taken a pretty hefty swipe at George W. Bush, calling for him to be impeached.

Posting on the bands official website Flea wrote: “George W Bush should definitely be impeached, he is a liar and his lies have bought misery to millions of people and bought no good to anyone except for the corporate oil billionaires who are making huge profits.”

Whistleblowing Past the Graveyard

By William Fisher
t r u t h o u t |

After the firing of the CIA officer who leaked the secret prisons story to Dana Priest of the Washington Post, one of the retired-general-talking-heads who regularly appears on cable news these days weighed in with advice on the many avenues this whistleblower might have traveled instead of going to the media.

The CIA officer, identified by the Washington Post as one Mary O. McCarthy, could have reported it to her superior. She could have gone to the agency's Inspector General. If neither of these remedies worked, the errant conduct could have been reported to a member of the House or Senate Intelligence Committees, the general said.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday, April 24, 2006
NEW* BODMAN in Doha, Qatar: Secretary Bodman participates in a reporter
roundtable to discuss U.S. involvement in the 10th Annual International
Energy Forum. [White House Press Release]

NEW* BODMAN in Doha, Qatar: Secretary Bodman attends the 10th Annual
International Energy Forum and delivers remarks about energy security in
session four. [White House Press Release]

Speaking Events

Jan 19-22: Washington, D.C.: Non-Violent Protest Anti War/Anti Nuke on Inauguration Day and on Facebook

January 29: David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.

February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.

April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

May or June: UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va. April 29: possible multi-issue protest in DC.

August 2-6: Democracy Convention in Minneapolis.

Find more events here.


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