U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press

By Mark Mazzetti and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times

Troops write articles presented as news reports. Some officers object to the practice.

WASHINGTON — As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.

Deborah Davis

Wings of Justice

Deborah Davis may be the civil liberties, anti-big brother Rosa Parks of our times.

She's an unlikely candidate, a 50-year-old mother of four, with one of her sons serving in Iraq. And she was just reading a book on a public bus in Denver, minding her own business, when, suddenly, she stood up for the Constitution.

HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT

U.S. Tour of Duty presents

HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT
Featuring in person: SCOTT RITTER

(Former UN Weapons Inspector, Author of "Iraq Confidential")

Monday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 PM at Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Avenue, Venice, CA (1 block north of Venice Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd.)

Hampton U Peace Activists in Trouble

Here we have another egregious case of campus repression of peaceful
student protest, this time at the historically black Hampton
University in Virginia. I am asking for a statement in support of

Tough Call - or Not

Courtesy of Ward Sutton / The Village Voice

Rummy's Flat Earth Society

Latest on No Quarter
By Larry C. Johnson

As a diehard Redskins fan, I am well versed in denial. And the same can be said for our erstwhile Secretary of Defense and most of the media who cover him. Consider today's spectacle at the Pentagon as Rumsfeld insisted repeatedly that things are going well in Iraq and only getting better. Best of all, according to Rummy, Iraqi military and police forces are growning stronger each day. He said it so it must be so.

New PAC sets its sights on impeaching Bush, Cheney

The Hill Newspaper

ImpeachPAC, a political action committee, launched earlier this month. But there is a serious catch: It only supports candidates who favor the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for what it says are their “Iraq war lies.

The Growing Problem of Defense Industry Profiteering

By David Sirota

If you thought it impossible to top the image of Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA) driving around a Rolls Royce and living on a yacht thanks to defense industry cash, just stop and take a look Lloyd Grove's story today in the New York Daily News. Yes, you are reading it right – a defense contractor has gotten so rich off taxpayer cash he actually held a $10 million bat mitzvah for his daughter, featuring 50 Cent, Tom Petty and Aerosmith, among others. That's right - a $10 million bat mitzvah.

Meet Japanese Peace Activists

Meet, greet and support Japanese peace activists and Members of the Diet (Parliament) in DC in their quest to stop the deployment of a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Yokosuka Harbor

When: Next, Wednesday, December 7, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Peace Activists Held in Iraq

CPTNet
Nov 30, 2005, 1 am (Baghdad)

Update on Missing Persons in Iraq

We were very saddened to see the images of our loved ones on Al Jazeera
television recently. We were disturbed by seeing the video and believe

Impeach the Veep?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Michael Winship

In October 1973, with President Nixon ensnared in the Watergate imbroglio, the sideshow known as the vice presidency of Spiro T. Agnew came to an abrupt end. He resigned from office and pled no contest to federal charges of tax evasion.

Members of Congress, Hollywood Stars Host Warm Antiwar Reception for DNC

Phoenix, AZ: November 29 - Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) leaders, and famous friends
will host a reception for Democratic National Committee Members in Phoenix, Arizona. This December 1 event is the latest milestone for

Senator Lieberman Loses Mind

Read this in connection with the article on death squads below.

Our Troops Must Stay
By JOE LIEBERMAN, Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2005

I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood -- unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.

Preventing the Next Gulf War

America can no longer afford to use military force as a substitute for a
serious energy policy
By Tom Z. Collina

Tomorrow, President Bush will give a major address on Iraq at the Naval
Academy in Annapolis. He will speak to a nation that is understandably

Death Squads in Iraq

Sunnis Accuse Iraqi Military of Kidnappings and Slayings
By Dexter Filkins, The New York Times

Baghdad - As the American military pushes the largely Shiite Iraqi security services into a larger role in combating the insurgency, evidence has begun to mount suggesting that the Iraqi forces are carrying out executions in predominantly Sunni neighborhoods.

The "exit strategy" that isn't

http://lefti.blogspot.com

Last night on Anderson Cooper 360, amidst his continuing admirable attempt to keep New Orleans as a center of attention in this country, Cooper interviewed Michael Ware, Baghdad bureau chief for Time Magazine. About that exit strategy?

The Path To Peace

By Robert Dreyfuss, TomPaine.com

Robert Dreyfuss is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2005). Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone.He can be reached at his website: www.robertdreyfuss.com.

Reality Check

By American Progress Action Fund

On Wednesday, President Bush will deliver an address at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, in which he is "expected to herald the improved readiness of Iraqi troops, which he has identified as the key condition for pulling out U.S. forces." The speech appears to be an effort by the Bush administration to lay the groundwork for potentially large withdrawals of troops in 2006 and 2007. While Bush recently claimed that withdrawing troops from Iraq was a "recipe for disaster," the White House now appears to have shifted course and is embracing a withdrawal strategy. While Bush and critics of his Iraq policy may agree that a drawdown could be the proper action to take, they differ in one key respect -- the rationale for why such a withdrawal is necessary. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) recently argued that pulling out of Iraq is necessary because "the war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion." Bush, on the other hand, is trying to suggest that a drawdown is the fruits of "good progress" being made in Iraq. A review of the situation on the ground in Iraq yields the conclusion that things are getting worse, not better.

Op-Ed from Teresa Heinz Kerry

Assault on Murtha should alarm us all

Teresa Heinz Kerry
November 28, 2005 03:33 pm
The Tribune-Democrat

“Because we in Congress are charged with sending our sons and daughters into battle, it is our responsibility, our obligation, to speak out for them. That’s why I am speaking out.

Cindy's Book Sells

As publisher of Cindy Sheehan's new book, Not One More Mother's Child, I need to set the record straight about a lie circulating right-wing websites that has even made it onto amazon.com.

I donated 100 copies of Not One More Mother's Child to Crawford Peace House, encouraging them to sell these copies to benefit their work. During her Thanksgiving Vigil near President Bush's ranch, Cindy agreed to sign copies for those who bought them, as a benefit for Crawford Peace House. AP and Reuters posted photos – I can't imagine why – of Cindy sitting at the book table between signings, rather than while someone was at the table. And now the smear websites are circulating an article, with these photos, that Cindy gave a signing and nobody came. It's simply not true! She not only signed all 100 copies and raised $2,000 for Crawford Peace House, she got writer's cramp!

CIA Director Defends Intelligence, Methods

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Porter Goss, saying his agency struggles to penetrate terrorist sanctuaries overseas, insists that "we know more than we're able to say publicly" about Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Scott Ritter Speaks Truth to Power

Audio, transcript and photos at:
http://www.traprockpeace.org/scott_ritter_17nov05.html

"A must listen." - www.informationclearinghouse.info

Scott Ritter spoke to capacity crowd in Amherst, MA on November 17th for Traprock Peace Center. Ritter led UN weapons inspection teams in Iraq until 1998. As an officer of the Marines. he had been an intelligence officer during the Gulf War and nuclear weapons inspector in Russia.

Whistleblower! - US Interrogator Confirms Routine Iraq Torture

By Levity, dailykos.com

Here's a story that will disappear until bloggers start talking about it. Only PBS Frontline and Democracy Now! have dared to interview U.S. interrogator Tony Lagouranis, who reports widespread torture and abuse throughout Iraq.

Convoy of Death

Convoy of Death

Why have US television stations refused to broadcast this documentary?

In Afghanistan, filmmaker Jamie Doran has uncovered evidence of a massacre: Taliban prisoners of war suffocated in containers, shot in the desert under the watch of American troops.

A Journey That Ended in Anguish

By T. Christian Miller, The Los Angeles Times

Col. Ted Westhusing, a military ethicist who volunteered to go to Iraq, was upset by what he saw. His apparent suicide raises questions.

"War is the hardest place to make moral judgments."

MSNBC and Leak Coverage

By Larry Johnson

I was contacted by MSNBC today who asked if I would appear tonight on the Joe Scarborough Show to discuss the importance of the leak to the Washington Post about the CIA secret prisons. The booker told me that Brent Bozell, head of the Media Research Center, was accusing the media of hypocrisy for focusing too much on the leak of Valerie Plame and not enough on the leak about the prisions.

Approval for Blair’s Government Down to 30% in UK

By Angus Reid

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Few adults in Britain express satisfaction with the administration headed by Tony Blair, according to a poll by YouGov published in the Daily Telegraph. 30 per cent of respondents approve of the government’s record to date, down three points since October.

Testimony from Rove's former assistant may solidify case that he misled leak inquiry, lawyers say

By Jason Leopold and Larisa Alexandrovna, www.RAWSTORY.com

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will present evidence to a second grand jury this week in his two year-old investigation into the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson that could lead to a criminal indictment being handed up against Karl Rove, President Bush’s deputy chief of staff, attorneys close to the investigation say.

A Letter to Congress

By Amy Branham, Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, Nov. 1981 – Feb. 2004

Dear _____________,

Today I want to tell you the story of the death of my son, Jeremy. I want you to know of his courage and bravery, the honor he showed in the final moments of his life. I hope that, through hearing his story, you will find the honor and courage to do what is right for our country in these turbulent times.

David Broder: Public Doesn't Care About Iraq Lies

According to recent polls, a majority of Americas believe the Bush administration "intentionally misled" America in making the case for invading Iraq. A similar majority also believe that, if Bush did not tell the truth, Congress should consider impeaching him.

Most people would consider this to be significant news. Nevertheless, it appears not to have penetrated the Washington media establishment. For instance, here's David Broder on yesterday's Meet the Press:

MR. RUSSERT: David Broder, is it possible for official Washington--the president, Democratic leaders, Republican leaders--to arrive at common ground, a consensus position on Iraq?

MR. DAVID BRODER: It's possible, Tim, but they won't get there by arguing about who did what three years ago. And this whole debate about whether there was just a mistake or misrepresentation or so on is, I think, from the public point of view largely irrelevant. The public's moved past that.

If you want to contact Mr. Broder to (POLITELY) suggest he may be mistaken about this, his email address is davidbroder(at)washpost[DOT]com

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