A year after re-election, hundreds of Portlanders express frustration with Bush administration
By Erin Altz
Vanguard (Portland State University)
Approximately 300-400 protesters crowded Pioneer Courthouse Square Wednesday as part of a nationwide demonstration on the one-year anniversary of President George W. Bush’s re-election.
The World Can’t Wait, an organization whose self-proclaimed goal is to remove Bush from office, organized a day of action in which protesters gathered in over 200 locations around the United States.
Protest organizers said they plan to hold another demonstration when Bush gives his State of the Union address.
THE DAILY BRUIN ONLINE 11/3/2005
Protest fills streets, blocks traffic as picketers call for end of Iraq war
By Peach Indravudh
DAILY BRUIN CONTRIBUTOR
Masses of picket signs; red, white and blue caskets; and unanimous chants to the rhythm of drums filled Westwood Wednesday evening as thousands of people swarmed the streets to protest the Bush Administration.
JOYCE LIN/daily bruin senior staff
16-year-old Ren MacDonald of Concord High School yells, “Out of the car and into the street, the world can’t wait!
"OUR FOREIGN POLICY IS MAD"
About 40 to 50 gather at Square, the majority of them young.
By Sarah Overstreet
The parade leader and head cheerleader had on fishnet stockings and a skirt, but he was reluctant to give his name.
Others with him for the protest and march on Park Central Square, however, were not.
Alder Groves, a former Central High School student who says he now does volunteer work in the community and was ululating (an emotion-packed Arabic cry, done in the throat) had no problem telling why he was there: "To bring about the end of the Bush regime."
The crowd of about 40-50, mostly teens and young adults, gathered on the Square at noon — some staying several hours on the gorgeous autumn Wednesday — to demonstrate hatred of the Iraq war. They beat sacks of aluminum cans and shook plastic milk jugs with coins in them as they repeatedly ringed the Square. One beat on a coffee-can drum. They chanted anthems such as "People united, we'll never be defeated," and "Two, four, six, eight, (expletive deleted) this police state. Show us your identification, so we can start the interrogation."
More than 20 Hampton University students walked out of class at noon Wednesday, making a political statement on a host of issues, including their opposition to President Bush's policies.
The group gathered in the university's student center where they distributed handouts, stickers and pins to other students. They also explained the reason for the walkout, which was part of an effort by World Can't Wait, a liberal group that has called on the president to resign.
The walkout called for college students and people in the workplace to leave their jobs and campuses in protest of the war and such other issues as the government's response to Hurricane Katrina.
By Andy Kim, Badger Herald (U of Wisconsin)
Calling for an end to the war in Iraq and military recruitment on university and high school campuses around the nation, students gathered atop Bascom Hill and marched to Library Mall Wednesday.
Organized by World Can’t Wait and Stop The War, the walkout event asked students to leave classes at noon and assemble in support of the anti-war cause.
Showing their aversion toward the war, students chanted phrases such as “Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell: take your war and go to hell!
By Grant Segall, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Taking a page from their parents' scrapbooks, some students in Greater Cleveland and around the country walked out of school Wednesday to denounce the grown-ups' government.
Several dozen youths converged on Public Square at noon to help scores of old-timers demand an end to the Bush administration.
"My generation is going to be the ones running the country someday," said Sara James, a junior at Brush High School in Lyndhurst. "If we don't get involved now, there'll be no one to speak for us later."
The nationwide protests were organized by a coalition called World Can't Wait.
By Jennifer Mrozowski, Cincinnati Enquirer
EVANSTON - More than 100 students from Walnut Hills High School staged a protest against the war in Iraq during their last period of class Wednesday.
Some of the students have study hall during that period and didn't miss class, but others are expected to receive a "Friday school" detention from 3:40 to 5 p.m. for skipping a course.
Students said it was worth it to make a stand against the war, which reached a grim milestone last week as the death toll for the number of U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq surpassed 2,000. Students at the school lined up 2,000 toy soldiers on the sidewalk to represent the war dead.
Many New Yorkers are apparently unhappy with President Bush, or at least more expressive in their dissent. The state reportedly leads walkouts and protests opposing the Bush Administration in the US. And another protest was held on Wednesday, in an attempt to drive George W. Bush out of office. It was one of 180 countrywide actions planned for the same day. Chicago, Atlanta, Washington and Seattle also joined the mass action.
New Yorkers use their voices and feet, in an attempt to force US president George W. Bush to resign. Organized by "The World Can't Wait" group walkouts, rallies and marches were held throughout the city.
By Josh Richman and Grace Rauh, The Argus
SAN FRANCISCO — At least 19 students from James Logan High School in Union City skipped school on Wednesday to attend a rally in San Francisco urging President Bush's ouster from office.
One student had his mother call him in sick for the day, while others cut school, walking off campus about 10:15 a.m. to head to the nearby BART station. Principal Don Montoya said he encouraged students to stay on campus and insisted that all call their parents when the students said they were leaving. Students who cut classes at Logan face a few hours of school detention or an all-day study hall detention.
At a small but noisy protest, students call for Bush's ouster one year after his re-election
By Rosemarie Bernardo, Honolulu Star Bulletin
Two students agreed with protesters' opposition to President Bush at the University of Hawaii yesterday but differed on whether the war in Iraq should continue.
"I agree with what they stand for, absolutely," said Jennifer LaFever, 23, majoring in fashion design.
She added that she does not support the president, but does support the troops, noting that she has a brother, Sgt. Charlie LaFever, in the Army. "I don't believe we should have gone to war, but I do believe we have to finish the job," LaFever said.
Thousands of people across the United States on Wednesday staged protests against President Goerge W. Bush's policies.
They used the anniversary of Bush's re-election to express their discontent with his policies including the war in Iraq and response to Hurricane Katrina and call for his resignation.
More than 800 Los Angeles high school students walked out of their campuses as part of a nationwide protest against Bush.
Adults accompanied groups of students "in all cases" as they left 10 high schools across the sprawling city, according to Dan Isaacs, chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
By Josh Richman, STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO — About 2,000 people rallied and marched Wednesday to urge President Bush's ouster from office.
Organizers insisted this "The World Can't Wait: Drive Out the Bush Regime" event was only the beginning of a national, ongoing movement that won't rest until the president leaves office. Similar rallies occurred in cities across the nation Wednesday, the anniversary of Bush's re-election.
Though the majority of San Francisco protesters were peaceful, there were a few incidents.
Someone threw a crude firebomb against a wall of the San Francisco Chronicle building at Fifth and Mission streets, causing no damage or injuries but burning the shoulder of a police officer's jacket. And a few protesters staged a sit-in blocking a downtown intersection toward the day's end.
By David Swanson
While reporters and editors often pretend they have no impact on the world they report on, a Washington Post article this week has generated immediate action in Congress on the CIA's secret prisons. See this article from the Baltimore Sun:
U.S. urged to re-examine plans for terror detainees
CIA reportedly has secret prison system in Eastern Europe, elsewhere
By Siobhan Gorman and Tom Bowman
November 3, 2005
WASHINGTON // The Bush administration should re-evaluate its long-term plan for detaining suspected terrorists in light of reports that the CIA has a secret prison system in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, members of Congress and current and former intelligence officials say.
These Congress Members have signed on to co-sponsor H Res 505. Has YOURS?
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 11/1/2005
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 11/1/2005
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 11/1/2005
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 11/1/2005
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 11/1/2005
Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 11/1/2005
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 11/1/2005
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 11/1/2005
Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA-10] - 11/1/2005
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 11/1/2005
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 11/1/2005
Mobile Register (Alabama)
Letter to Editor
I read with amusement William Walker's letter of Oct. 24, "Protesters are aiding the enemy." I am fascinated with the mind-set of these folks. The real heroes of this war are the American patriots who are protesting a misbegotten war that drained our country of hundreds of billions of dollars.
Mr. Walker would do well to go back and review his ninth-grade civics book, including the chapter about the impeachment process. Should Bush be impeached? On what evidence?
Then he should go to his computer, get on the Internet and type in "Downing Street memo" and read and try to understand the facts on how Bush and his entire administration lied us into a disastrous, unnecessary, illegal and immoral war in Iraq, a pre-emptive attack on a country that posed no threat to us.
Media overlooked Sen. Roberts's conflicting statements about investigation into Bush administration's use of intelligence before Iraq war
In reporting Sen. Pat Roberts's (R-KS) response to criticism from Democrats that he has stonewalled the portion of a Senate Intelligence Committee report dedicated to investigating the use -- or misuse -- of intelligence by Bush administration officials in the buildup to the Iraq war, the media overlooked Roberts's history of conflicting statements on the subject. Democrats say that stonewalling by Roberts and Senate Republicans on long-standing demands for an investigation into the use of pre-war intelligence prompted them to take the unusual step of invoking Senate Rule 21 and calling for a closed Senate session on November 1.
By Maury Hirschkorn
The Stony Brook Independent
Holding candles and singing softly, approximately 30 people held a vigil outside the SAC on the evening of Oct. 27th. They were marking the 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq since the invasion of that country began in 2003.
“The purpose [of the vigil] was to make people aware that the war is still going on and that people are continuously dying,
Roberts blamed for stalling probe
Democrats put heat on Kansas senator
By DAVID GOLDSTEIN
Kansas City Star
The Star’s Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON –– For 16 months, Sen. Pat Roberts has promised Democrats that the Senate Intelligence Committee would complete the second part of its inquiry into pre-Iraq war intelligence problems.
Yet public statements from the Kansas Republican, who is committee chairman, were hardly confidence builders.
Last winter he said “any possible progress
Ex-Cheney aide to appear in court
Libby expected to enter not guilty plea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff is making his first court appearance since his indictment in the CIA leak investigation, a case in which Bush administration officials including Cheney could be summoned to testify.
I. Lewis Libby was expected to plead innocent Thursday before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton.
Libby signaled his determination to fight the charges after last week's grand jury indictment, which has provided more fuel to the political debate over the White House's possible misuse of pre-war intelligence on Iraq.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
By Congressman Adam Smith
Did the Bush White House, in a deliberate and organized manner, misrepresent the truth to Congress, the American people and the world in making its case for the military invasion of Iraq? This is a critical question that demands a clear answer. To this point, Congress has abdicated its responsibility to investigate all the facts. That must change.
Last week, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was indicted in the ongoing investigation by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The alleged actions of Libby, and perhaps Bush senior adviser Karl Rove and others in the White House, to leak classified information in this case appear to have been aimed at discrediting, or threatening, Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson. By CIA request, Wilson had gone to Niger to examine the Bush administration's charge that Saddam Hussein had tried to acquire uranium for a nuclear weapon. Convinced this was not true, Wilson had written an Op-Ed in The New York Times debunking the claim.
By Virginia Braddock aka Lady Broadoak
The Tide Cannot be Stopped
Acts 27:23 "For there stood beside me this night an Angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve."
The women are coming forward. They are coming in vast numbers. They are a surprising coalition.
They are homemakers and workers, mothers and childless, old and young, rich and poor, marathoners and the disabled, educated and illiterate, civil libertarians and Bible carriers; one thing is common to them all. They are from EVERY WHERE. The most auspicious characteristic of this alliance is that so many participants are absolutely new to any kind of protest movement.
November 2, 2005
Initial CNN, Fox coverage of closed Senate session emphasized GOP response over Democratic rationale
In their immediate coverage of the November 1 closed session of the U.S. Senate forced by Democrats under Rule 21 to discuss pre-war intelligence, CNN and Fox News largely omitted statements by Democrats explaining the reasoning behind this rare action, focusing instead on Republican complaints over the invocation of the closed-session rule.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m.,* Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called to close the Senate. In a prepared statement on the floor, Reid detailed questions -- each of which concerned the Bush administration's use of intelligence to justify the war in Iraq -- that the Senate Intelligence Committee had failed to adequately address in its 2004 report on the intelligence community's pre-war assessments of Iraq. Reid's statement concluded:
By D. Lindley Young
Published The Modern Tribune November 1, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. (11/1) - While some Americans are worrying about what got the US in the Iraq war, others are focusing upon what could be a much bigger conflict. There is an ever growing trend towards a potential military conflict with China and Russia. It is receiving little attention by the US media, but, China and Russia appear to be taking it very seriously as they prepare for the potential.
Some would argue that the Bush administrations plans for the new American century are painting China and Russia into a defend to survive corner which is compelling China to rapidly expand its military, expand and affirm geopolitical relationships, Chinese and Russian defense cooperation and a race to weaponize space or prevent the US from doing it first.
By Larry C. Johnson
Help me save right wing in America. As they struggle with the aftermath of Scooter Libby’s indictment they are exhibiting denial and delusional thought patterns. Perhaps their behavior is a consequence of physical disabilities such as hearing loss or attention deficit disorder. How else to account for a rash of bizarre charges offered up to explain away Scooter’s legal troubles?
For starters, why can’t conservative talkers and bloggers accept the fact that Valerie Plame was undercover until exposed in Bob Novak’s column? Patrick Fitzgerald spoke in English and did not stutter when he said very clearly at the start of his press conference last Friday, “Valerie Wilson’s cover was blown
By Karen Bernal
After nine months of effort, the reward was sweet for those that labored to see it come to fruition: the birth of another anti-war resolution, calling for the troops to come home. The fact that the vote was so favorable to its passage only made the midwives all the more joyful.
On Tuesday night, the Sacramento City Council, by an 8 to 1 vote, called for "a humane, orderly, rapid and comprehensive withdrawal of United States military personnel and bases from Iraq," citing the financial and human costs of the war on local resources. The Council also asked Congress and President Bush to deliver "promised veterans' health, education, disability, and rehabilitation benefits, and otherwise meet the needs of returning veterans."
SCOOTER’S SEX SHOCKER
Lauren Collins on Libby’s lurid novel.
Of all the scribbled sentences that have converged to create the Valerie Plame affair, the most remarkable, in literary terms, may belong to Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney’s recently deposed chief of staff. “Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work—and life,
White House defends decisions that led to war
Democrats, too, saw Saddam as a threat, presidential spokesman says
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The White House sought to deflect politically charged questions Wednesday about President Bush’s use of prewar intelligence in Iraq, saying Democrats, too, had concluded Saddam Hussein was a threat.
“If Democrats want to talk about the threat that Saddam Hussein posed and the intelligence, they might want to start with looking at the previous administration and their own statements that they’ve made,
Democrats' gambit revived a long-delayed Senate inquiry.
By Gail Russell Chaddock | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
WASHINGTON - By moving the Senate into a secret session for two hours this week, Democrats put a politically charged question back on the table: Did the Bush administration exaggerate the case for war against Iraq?
Emboldened by last week's indictment of former top White House aide I. Lewis Libby, Democrats Tuesday used an obscure parliamentary rule to capture the Senate floor. In doing so, they infuriated Republicans but won a timetable to complete a long-delayed Senate investigation of whether the White House manipulated the intelligence used to justify invading Iraq.
From Tomdispatch today, Michael Schwartz on "Forgotten Iraq, The War in Maysan Province" LINK
Given the restricted nature of Western reporting in journalist-unfriendly Iraq (which I review in my introduction to Schwartz's piece), it's not surprisingly that whole areas of Iraq remain beyond our view much, if not all, of the time. Michael Schwartz picks one forgotten province where war and resistance, first to Saddam Hussein and then to foreign occupation, have been a constant, and reporting, in our press at least, an irregular, small miracle.