By Jon Sarche and Dan Elliott, The Associated Press
Fort Carson, Colo. - The initials were spoken aloud only once all week, and then apparently by mistake.
After this past week's testimony, any role the CIA had - or didn't have - in the interrogation of an Iraqi general who died in U.S. custody remains a tantalizing and mysterious backdrop to the court-martial of Army Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr.
By William E. Gibson, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Washington - While the White House defended domestic surveillance as a safeguard against terrorism, a Florida peace activist and several Democrats in Congress accused the Bush administration on Friday of spying on Americans who disagree with President Bush's policies.
By Cindy Sheehan
Much as I wish I could take credit for the word "matriotism," another woman wrote to me and gave me the concept. I was so intrigued by the word that I have been meditating on the possible ideology behind it, and a new paradigm for true and lasting peace in the world.
BY MARTIN C. EVANS, New York Newsday, http://www.nynewsday.com
A former general in charge of the Abu Ghraib prison during the 2004 abuse scandal there and England's former ambassador to Uzbekistan were among several people to speak out against the Bush administration's handling of the "War on Terror" Saturday at an anti-war hearing at Manhattan's Riverside Church.
By Ann Wright
This weekend I am a juror on the Commission evaluating whether the Bush administration has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Today, Barbara Olshansky, the lead attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights and one of the persons most knowledgeable about conditions in Guantanamo Prison, told us that over 250 people are on a hunger strike. 30 have been on the hunger strike
By Robert Parry, www.consortiumnews.com
With the fate of the U.S. Constitution in the balance, it’s hard to believe there’s no senator prepared to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, whose theories on the “unitary executive
By Robert M Smith
About 75 people gathered in Valley Forge, PA at Lockheed Martin on January 16 for a Martin Luther King Day of Nonviolent Resistance to the War & Lockheed Martin
Sixteen people - Matt Becker, Tom Mullian, Laurie Pollack, Tom Ennis, ofm, Patrick (James) Sieber, ofm, Alan Dawley, John Landreau, Peter Larson, June Eisley, Michael Berg, Mary Jo McArthur, Annie Geers, Vint Deming, Teresa Camerota, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, and Bob Smith - were arrested at the conclusion of the time of King Day memory, applying Dr. King's message today, and resistance to the war and the Iraq War #1 Profiteer, world's largest weapons corporation, the U.S. chief nuclear weapons and "Star War" contractor.
By David Swanson
Testimony for International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, Riverside Church, New York, Jan 20-22, 2006. Thanks to Jonathan Schwarz and Bob Fertik for assistance.
[Powerpoint Slide 1]
Were I to list all the pieces of evidence that Bush took us to war with lies, we'd have lost tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars before I finished. So, I'll give you a short version. But we're killing people every day and churning through tens of thousands of dollars a second, so even this isn't going to be cheap.
[Powerpoint Slide 2]
Congressman John Conyers has produced a 273-page report that focuses on this topic. Congressman Henry Waxman has put online a searchable database of lies. You can find these and numerous other collections of evidence at www.afterdowningstreet.org Some of the best sources of this material are books. Much has been reported in books, as well as on the internet and the radio that has never made it into newspapers or television. Larry Everest's book is one of the best at making this case, and it was written prior to the surfacing of the strongest piece of evidence, the one I'm going to talk about, the Downing Street Minutes.
Pinochet Stripped of Immunity in Cases, By Associated Press
Santiago, Chile - Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was stripped of immunity from prosecution Friday in 59 cases of torture and kidnapping at a secret detention center where hundreds of dissidents were held - including President-elect Michelle Bachelet and her mother.
Washington - Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney plan to issue subpoenas to journalists and news organizations for documents to be used at his trial involving the leak of a CIA operative's name, according to a court document filed on Friday.
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National Press Club, Edward R. Murrow Room
By Molly Ivins
AUSTIN, Texas --- I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.
Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges.
Dems are urged at unofficial hearing
Detroit Free Press
WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman, a prominent legal scholar and a self-described target of government surveillance urged Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Friday to consider impeaching President George W. Bush for his domestic surveillance program.
The California Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus and US Tour of Duty present
Leaving Iraq: Strategies for Immediate Withdrawal
WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 7:30 PM following the quarterly meeting of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party
By Haider Rizvi, Inter Press Service
New York - A leading coalition of peace groups in the United States is planning to stage nationwide protests against the US war in Iraq on Mar. 19, the day when US-led military forces invaded that country three years ago.
Washington, DC – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today on reports by Ambassador Bremer that the president and his most senior advisors failed to address serious concerns about the war in Iraq. A fact sheet on the contradictory statements between Bremer and the Bush administration follows below:
TODAY'S DEMOCRACY NOW!:
* Muslim Leaders in Iraq Call for Release of Kidnapped U.S. Journalist Jill
Carroll as Deadline Set by Captors Expires *
Nearly two weeks have passed since 28-year-old freelance journalist Jill
There can be no doubt that today we are in a constitutional crisis that threatens the system of checks and balances that has preserved our fundamental freedoms for more than 200 years. There is no better illustration of that crisis than the fact that the president is openly violating our nation's laws by authorizing the NSA to engage in warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.
Democrats Abroad France initiates a call for impeachment proceedings, a first-time action taken by any grassroots group of Americans:
The Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad France, in a special meeting on January 15, unanimously passed a resolution calling upon Congress to determine whether impeachable offenses have been committed by the Bush/Cheney Administration and if necessary to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney.
January 19 – 21, 2006
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE in Washington, DC: The RNC will hold its annual winter meeting. This year’s theme is “You Make the Difference: A Roadmap to Making History.
By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Ft. Carson, Colo. - It was dubbed the "sleeping bag technique."
Interrogators at a makeshift prison in western Iraq, desperate to break suspected insurgents, would stuff them face-first into a sleeping bag with a small hole cut in the bottom for air.
ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AT WHITE HOUSE AWAIT THEIR FATE AS FEDERAL COURT JUDGE IN D.C. NEEDS TIME TO STUDY THE LAW
By Max Obuszewski
“…we must see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men [and women] rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood [and sisterhood]
1) IS IRAN NEXT?
2) PEACE CONFERENCE DVD
3) TONY BENN OPEN LETTER:
HAVE YOU SIGNED?
4) GUANTANAMO BAY DEMONSTRATION
5) REMEMBERING JEAN CHARLES
6) SCHOOL STUDENTS AGAINST WAR:
NATIONAL CONFERENCE 28 JANUARY
By British Army Brigadier Nigel Aylwin-Foster. Published in the U.S. Army journal, Military Review. Here are some excerpts:
Few could fail to be impressed by the speed and style of the U.S.-dominated coalition victory over Saddam's forces in spring 2003. At the time, it appeared, to skeptics and supporters alike, that the most ambitious military action in the post-Cold War era had paid off, and there was an air of heady expectation of things to come.
In contrast, two years later, notwithstanding ostensible campaign successes such as the elections of January 2005, Iraq is in the grip of a vicious and tenacious insurgency. Few would suggest Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) has followed the path intended by President Bush when he committed U.S. forces.
Vancouver , B.C., Canada – The Canadian-based legal group Lawyers Against the War--LAW filed appeal papers this week challenging the dismissal of torture charges against American President George W. Bush. The case will be heard in the British Columbia Court of Appeal later this year.
By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com
In a detailed 42-page legal memorandum set for release this evening the Bush Justice Department will defend the President's warrantless wiretap program as legal. A copy of the document was leaked to RAW STORY.
UPCOMING EVENTS TO END THE WAR AND HOLD WARMAKERS ACCOUNTABLE
Put these in your calendar!
By MARIE COCCO
CLINTON DID IT. That is the first refuge of the right. The most rabid of Bill Clinton's detractors never recovered from the two elections that brought him to the White House. They still mine what they believe to be a trove of irresponsibility unparalleled in presidential history.