Washington, 25 Apr (Prensa Latina) While petitions abound on the Internet in a seemingly ill-fated attempt to get a Republican-controlled Congress to impeach President Bush, three state legislators are pursuing what 33 percent of US citizens want.
Illinois Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough (7th District) found a never-used US House Rule, Jefferson´s Manual Sec. 603, allowing a joint resolution by a state legislature to initiate federal impeachment proceedings.
By Shay Totten | Vermont Guardian
BURLINGTON — A Progressive lawmaker today will introduce a formal resolution in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush.
Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, claims support from at least a dozen lawmakers, including Democrats, Progressives and one independent, and expects to have more co-signers before handing the resolution into the House clerk later today.
By KARIN STANTON, Associated Press
HILO, Hawaii - Cindy Sheehan said that before her son was killed in Iraq, she didn't buy into the idea that one person could make a difference. Now, she does.
Young people should resist the American military war machine and instead fight for global peace and prosperity, Sheehan told a receptive audience of about 200 at the University of Hawaii-Hilo on Monday, before another appearance across the island in Kailua-Kona.
Tonight on Hardball, Tyler Drumheller, the former top man for the CIA in Europe, sits down for an exclusive cable interview to discuss his claim that the White House cherry-picked intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons capability to make the case for the war in Iraq. Read more about Drumheller's take in the New York Times:
From Brave New Films
We're ready to start production on Robert's new documentary: "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers." Over the last few months we've recruited a core team, and with the help of our volunteer field producers, have uncovered some devastating and powerful material that hasn't been seen before. We need your help to make it, more about that in a minute.
We can't tell you anything more specific about the film yet, but I can assure you it will have an enormous impact when it comes out shortly before the elections this November.
By Christian Parenti, www.thenation.com
A young former US Army sniper wearing a desert camo uniform, an Iraqi kaffiyeh and mirrored sunglasses scans a ruined urban landscape of smashed homes, empty streets and garbage heaps. His sand-colored hat bears a small regulation-style military patch, or tab, that instead of reading "Airborne" or "Ranger" or "Special Forces" says "Shitbag" - common military parlance for bad soldier.
By Richard A. Oppel Jr., The New York Times
Baghdad, Iraq - At least 40 Iraqi civilians and security force recruits were either killed or found dead on Monday, the Iraqi authorities said, as insurgents unleashed a wave of car bombs across Baghdad.
Throughout the capital, seven car bombs struck, killing at least 10 people and wounding 76 others. Their targets were the back gate of Mustansiriya University, two Iraqi police patrols and a busy intersection at rush hour. All of the dead were civilians.
By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
This weekend I received an email from a friend in Iraq. It read, "Salam Dahr, I was in Ramadi today to ask about the situation. I was stunned for the news of a father and his three sons executed in cold blood by US soldiers, then they blasted the house. The poor mother couldn't stand the shock, so she died of a heart attack."
Sounds unbelievable, until you consider this short clip from CNN, which shows a war crime being committed by US troops in Iraq. In this clip, shot on October 26, 2003, Marines are seen killing a wounded Iraqi who was writhing on the ground, and cheering. One of the murderers then told CNN, "These guys are dead now you know, but it was a good feeling ... and afterwards you're like, hell yeah, that was awesome, let's do it again."
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
The House version of the 2007 intelligence authorization bill would
grant CIA and NSA security personnel the authority to make arrests
for "any felony" committed in their presence, no matter how remote
from the foreign intelligence mission it might be, the Baltimore
Sun reported today.
Section 423 of H.R. 5020 "appears...to grant to CIA security
Ray Accuses Bush of War Crimes on Major TV Show: Transcript of Ray McGovern Interview on Jim Lehrer's News Hour
JIM LEHRER: A 20-year veteran of the agency, Mary McCarthy, was fired on Thursday for leaking information about CIA secret prison camps to the Washington Post. The newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for those stories.
CIA Director Porter Goss reportedly told CIA employees Friday that McCarthy had failed a polygraph test and then admitted to unauthorized disclosures. There's no word on whether the government will take any further action against her.
by Cam Simpson, Baltimore Sun (Maryland)
Violations of laws on human-trafficking prompt U.S. military's order for change
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Iraq has ordered sweeping changes for privatized military support operations after confirming violations of laws against human-trafficking and other abuses by contractors involving possibly thousands of foreign workers on American bases, according to records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
"A lot of Marines are against this war, but they can't speak up. My son didn't want to go back the second time..."
'TIME TO PULL OUT': The retired Corps member admits he's waging a lonely battle in a military town.
By JOE VARGO, The Press-Enterprise
TWENTYNINE PALMS - Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Terry Davis says he doesn't get much support in this military town for protesting the continuing U.S. involvement in Iraq.
Watch this stunning video presentation on how we got from 9-11 to Iraq and how much honesty was involved.
By Becky O'Malley, http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com
Monday morning’s e-mail brought a dispatch from the lively Op-Ed News website, the first to report, as far as we know, that Assemblymember Paul Koretz has just introduced in the California Legislature a resolution to impeach not only the despised Dubya but also the odious Dick Cheney. He has submitted it as amendments to his prior Assembly Joint Resolution No. 39. They reference Section 603 of Jefferson’s Manual of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature. A similar resolution is already underway in Illinois, and proponents have high hopes that it will be passed.
By Dave Lindorff
So after as long as four and a half years in captivity, no doubt complete with torture and abuse of all sorts, 141 of the remaining 500 captives at Guantanamo are going to be released by the Bush administration, which has finally determined that they, after all, "pose no threat to the security" of the United States.
Personally, I'd be dubious about that assertion, though. After the experience these people have been through, I would be amazed if any of them harbors particularly warm, fuzzy feelings about their hosts for the past half decade. That is to say, if they were not security threats when they were wrongly picked up and "disappeared" into America’s gulag in the Caribbean, they probably will be once they are released.
By CLARK BENTSON
April 24, 2006 — Private Robert Jason Settles was itching to come home at the end of the month. The 25-year-old Kentucky native had completed five months in Iraq and his family said he was looking forward to the break.
His vacation plans came to a tragic end last week when the Humvee that Settles was traveling in hit a roadside bomb and he was killed.
These deadly improvised explosive devices are responsible for most of the deaths of Americans this month. From Saturday through Monday alone, eight service members were killed by IEDs.
By Thomas Wagner BAGHDAD, Iraq, AP
Seven car bombs exploded across the capital Monday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens, as politicians met to try to finalize a new Cabinet. Police discovered bodies of 20 Iraqis -- apparent victims of sectarian killings the U.S. hopes the new government can end.
Elsewhere, in Baghdad and other areas, four roadside bombs, six drive-by shootings and a mortar round killed a total of 15 Iraqis, police said.
Media barred from covering soldiers' return
CTV.ca News Staff
The media will be barred from the airfield at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ont., when a plane carrying the remains of four Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan lands Tuesday evening.
In the past, television and print media have been invited to attend when bodies of Canadian soldiers who have fallen overseas are repatriated.
"While the Pentagon calls it ''Divine Strake,'' Western Shoshone said there is nothing divine about a massive explosion on their traditional lands. "
By Brenda Norrell / Indian Country Today
ELKO, Nev. - Western Shoshone opposed the Pentagon's planned 700-ton detonation on aboriginal Western Shoshone land, as a delegation of Western Shoshone returned from Geneva, Switzerland, with support from the United Nations for protection of their human rights and territory.
Hatch said initially it was said the bomb site [Test called Divine Strake] was 2.5 miles from where nuclear testing had been done. However, he said, it seems like the detonation is creeping closer to the old test site. He is also concerned that the bomb could raise a cloud up to 10,000 feet.
Sen. Hatch talks to group at DRMC
By PATRICE ST. GERMAIN
ST. GEORGE - Speaking to a group at Dixie Regional Medical Center Thursday afternoon, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he has been blasted and praised by Downwinders, but apologized for not being more effective and promised to keep working in their behalf.
Divine Strake -- Nobody knows much, or is speaking forthrightly, about this weapon.
The Spectrum, UT
The role of an aggressor is rarely empathetic. It smacks of imperialistic intentions based on jingoist jargon and embarrasses those who have a grasp of the world view.
Such is the sad state this nation finds itself in today as it stands on the threshold of Divine Strake, the test of a 700-ton bomb scheduled to take place at the Nevada Test Site on June 2.
Here's a PDF of a Government Accounting Office report released today entitled:
Governance, Security, Reconstruction, and Financing Challenges
Statement of David M. Walker
Comptroller General of the United States
With about 60 amendments pending on the $106.5 billion fiscal 2006 supplemental bill to fund the Iraq war and hurricane relief, it is “highly likely” that Senate leaders will move later this week to limit debate.
The Senate began work on the bill this morning, and Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., could file a cloture petition as early as Thursday, aides said, leading to a vote next week on whether to curtail debate and block non-germane amendments.
Tomorrow 04/26/2006 Anti-War activists will have their day in court.
On March 6TH Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace; Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace; Missy Beattie, Gold Star Families for Peace; and Rev. Patricia Ackerman were arrested outside the United States Mission to the UN attempting to deliver the Women Say no to War petition. The US Mission office refused to send a representative to meet with the delegation of women after initially agreeing to the meeting. The women refused to leave without delivering the signatures to someone in the US Mission's office and were later arrested.
On Saturday 22 April, Israeli police arrested three Israelis and two
Palestinians during a peaceful protest against the planned security wall
near At Tuwani along Bypass Road 317. Police and soldiers also assaulted
The proposed wall is an eighty-centimeter high concrete barrier on the north
side of the road, fourteen-kilometers long, running from the settlement of
In their suit, tribe officials say the test, dubbed "Divine Strake," would desecrate ancestral lands that the Western Shoshone say were not turned over to the U.S. government.
By Geoffrey Fattah, Deseret Morning News, UT
Two Utah anti-nuclear activists have joined with a Nevada Indian tribe in filing a federal suit to try to stop a planned large-scale non-nuclear explosion in the Nevada desert next June they say will kick up radioactive fallout left over from previous nuclear testing.
By Linda Milazzo, http://www.opednews.com
The Bush administration and American media gave little credence to most of the statements by Osama Bin Laden on his most recent audio-tape, which aired April 23rd on Al-Jazeera. But there is one part of the tape that should not be ignored. In fact, it could rightfully be perceived as the presumptive conclusion of millions, if not billions of people throughout the world.
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
The Guantanamo prison detainees pose no threat, an official says. Most of those still in custody have no charges pending against them.
Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba - The Pentagon plans to release nearly a third of those held at the prison for terrorism suspects here because they pose no threat to U.S. security, an official of the war crimes tribunal said Monday.
We speak with Antonia Juhasz about her new book, "The Bush Agenda: Invading
the World, One Economy at a Time." The book tracks the radical neo-liberal
economic program the Bush administration has tried to impose on Iraq, which
threatens to leave Iraq's economy and oil reserves largely in the hands of
From the Progressive Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Lynn Woolsey (D-California), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Maurice Hinchey (D-New York), and Maxine Waters will be co-chairing a second forum on ending U.S. military operations in Iraq and bringing U.S. troops home, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.
What: Bipartisan Congressional Forum on How to Bring the Troops Home