By Hany Khalil, www.CommonDreams.org
Three years into the Iraq war, the U.S. peace movement faces new opportunities to grow and wield influence. Retired generals contend that the United States cannot win in Iraq. George Bush's approval rating has plummeted to 32 percent, a new low. According to a Zogby poll, a majority of active-duty soldiers in Iraq thinks that the United States should withdraw its forces by the end of 2006, and a Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times study found that 58 percent of Americans believe the war was not worth fighting.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman rebuffs attempts to interview Administration officials in pre-war Iraq probe
By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com
Powell's former chief of staff says he'll 'wait and see'
WASHINGTON – The Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has denied Democratic attempts to interview Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former CIA Director George Tenet and two former senior aides to erstwhile Secretary of State Colin Powell, RAW STORY has learned.
Intelligence Vice Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) sought to interview Rice, Tenet and Powell's aides as part of a Senate inquiry into whether public statements by Administration officials about Iraq were corroborated by intelligence information. Recent reports – including one last Sunday from a former CIA chief in Europe – suggest that the Bush Administration was warned that Iraq did not have substantive weapons of mass destruction.
The president doesn't care that he is reviled. He is a martyr, and someday all will see his glory. Meanwhile, he's got Karl doing his dirty work.
By Sidney Blumenthal, http://www.salon.com
Apr. 27, 2006 | The urgent dispatch of Karl Rove to the business of maintaining one-party rule in the midterm elections is the Bush White House's belated startle reflex to its endangerment. Besieged by crises of his own making, plummeting to ever lower depths in the polls week after week, Bush has assigned his political general to muster dwindling forces for a heroic offensive to break out of the closing ring. If the Democrats gain control of the House or Senate they will launch a thousand subpoenas to establish the oversight that has been abdicated by the Republican Congress.
By Robert Scheer
Robert Scheer is a contributing editor to The Nation, and editor of Truthdig.com.
Confession time: In fall 2004, during a crucial presidential election campaign, I made the mistake of playing by corporate media rules that amount to self-censorship.
Specifically, I joined other journalists in denying the public the right to learn of a definitive investigative report by CBS' 60 Minutes on President George W. Bush's disregard for the truth concerning the weapons of mass destruction threat allegedly posed to the United States by Iraq. Having received an advance copy of the devastating segment, I honored CBS' proprietary request not to write about the news it carried until after it aired.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
BUSH in Gulf Coast, LA & MS: President Bush participates in a National
Volunteer Week Service Project at 12:50 PM and 3:15 PM. [White House
NEW* BERNANKE in Washington DC: Federal Reserve Chair, Ben Bernanke
will testify about the US economic outlook before Congress' Joint
Economic Committee at 10 AM. [MSNBC.com, 4/27/06]
NEW* CHERTOFF in Fairfax, VA: George Mason University holds a 1:30 pm
By Council for a Livable World
Majority Leader Frist (R-TN) may offer a cloture motion this week to choke off some of the many amendments that are expected to be offered. Even so, consideration of the bill is likely to extend into next week. Much of the time is being spent on amendments dealing with the high price of gasoline.
In the meantime, President Bush has threatened to veto the bill unless the price tag, now about $106 billion in the Senate, is brought closer to the original $92 billion request (although he requested an additional $2.2 billion to rebuild the hurricane protection system in New Orleans). Thirty five Republican Senators signed a letter pledging to uphold the veto.
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold is introducing an amendment to the emergency supplemental appropriations bill that requires the redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq by December 31st, 2006. Last August, Feingold was the first Senator to announce a target date for withdrawal when he suggested U.S. troops leave Iraq by the end of 2006. The emergency supplemental, which is currently being considered in the Senate, includes funding for ongoing military operations in Iraq.
“How can we have a nuclear program when we actively discourage (other countries’) nuclear programs?”
By RYANN RASMUSSEN,
Southern Utah University Journal
The U.S. Department of Energy will detonate a 700-ton non-nuclear bomb on June 2 at the Nevada Test Site, but some Iron County residents and officials are concerned.
They are afraid the expected 10,000-foot debris cloud will have a negative effect on public health.
By Joe Piasecki, Pasadena Weekly
Illinois to compel Congress to consider impeachment proceedings against President Bush are coinciding with recent calls by Neil Young and David Crosby for the same thing.
“Yes, I want to impeach the sonofabitch,” Crosby, perhaps one of the most visible and vocal artists against the war in Vietnam, wrote in an email to the Weekly. “Do you know about Neil’s new record yet?”
Rome - A bomb attack on a foreign troop convoy in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah killed three Italian and one Romanian soldier Thursday, Italian military officials said.
A fourth Italian soldier was also seriously wounded and was being treated in a nearby Italian military hospital.
Military sources said the attack took place around 8.50 a.m. near the Italian headquarters in Nasiriyah, where Italy has more than 2,000 troops stationed.
By Terry Friel
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a sister of one of Iraq's vice presidents on Thursday, the latest high level assassination, as Washington's top diplomatic and defense officials visited to underscore support for a new government.
Meysoun al-Hashemi, sister of Sunni Arab Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi, was gunned down in her car. Hashemi's brother was killed on April 13 and the brother of another leading Sunni politician was also kidnapped and killed this month.
Albuquerque Veterans Affairs Nurse Joins with VA Whistleblower and National Security Whistleblower Coalitions
Albuquerque Veterans Affairs Nurse Joins with VA Whistleblower and National Security Whistleblower Coalitions to Support Freedom of Speech and Protection of Veterans
Laura Berg has been a registered nurse at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital for over 15 years. In her current role as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she has recently observed returning veterans with a myriad of psychiatric disturbances resulting from experiences encountered in the Middle East. Berg’s work history has been exemplary, with consistent outstanding performance ratings.
By Alexander Bolton, The Hill
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Republican
colleagues yesterday that they will have a full and lengthy floor
debate on the Iraq war, a dramatic change of course for GOP leaders
who had previously resisted Republican and Democratic calls for such
Four House Republicans have signed a Democratic-sponsored discharge
petition that would begin 17 hours of debate over Iraq on the House
(New York, NY) The Backbone Campaign will launch the "Bush and Co. Chain Gang" at the Saturday, April 29 March for Peace, Justice and Democracy in New York City. The march begins north of Union Square and proceeds south along Broadway to Foley Square. The Backbone Campaign will also parade its giant, 70-foot puppet of a human spine, festooned with slogans of an interlocking progressive agenda.
"The Backbone Campaign is insisting on both accountability AND a bold, inspiring vision for the future. The March for Peace, Justice and Democracy comes at a crucial moment," says Bill Moyer, Executive Director of the Backbone Campaign. "This march represents and affirms the diversity, unity, and potential of the progressive movement."
The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party hosts forum: “Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action.”
“As California goes, so goes the nation.”
With growing numbers of Americans calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, California is presented with an opportunity to help change the course of history. Recognizing the importance of this discussion, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and its co-sponsors are pleased to host the forum: “Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action,” to be held at the California Democratic Party annual convention on April 29, 2006 in Sacramento, California.
By MERAIAH FOLEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SYDNEY, Australia -- The grieving relatives of an Australian soldier killed in Iraq were distressed to learn that the wrong body accidentally was sent home, the defense minister said Thursday.
Pvt. Jacob Kovco, 25, died in a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad last week after he was accidentally shot inside the city's secure green zone, military officials said.
By Lynn Robinson
[Please note that this was intended testimony, but was not delivered because the judge granted our motion for judgment of acquittal.]
I am Lynn Robinson, defendant pro se. Thank you for letting me speak to
you today. I feel we are not guilty of demonstrating without a permit, for
First, I feel that our right to free speech was denied on October 26. We
A former Justice Department official finds a back-door congressional maneuver and launches his own campaign to impeach President Bush.
By Joseph Rosenbloom, http://www.prospect.org
A. Jeffry Taylor is a 62-year-old lawyer and Democratic activist in Rutland, Vermont. As a young lawyer in the Los Angeles office of the Justice Department, he prosecuted antitrust cases during the Watergate era. The corruption he witnessed firsthand within the Nixon administration (a high-ranking Justice official once told him not to pursue a case, he recalls, because the suspects were “friends of the President, and we don’t sue friends of the President. Are you dumb?”) gnaws at him still. His blood is boiling now because of what he regards as another President’s unlawful conduct -- namely, what he regards as President George W. Bush’s flagrant violations of the Constitution’s due-process guarantees.
The Daily O'Collegian
Add two more First Amendment freedoms this administration just doesn’t seem to get: freedom of speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
On Monday afternoon, I received an e-mail forwarded to me by a professor that outlined some of the details laid out by the commencement committee for next Saturday. One of the points mentioned in the list was that signs would not be allowed in the stadium graduation morning and protesters and picketers will be limited to designated areas outside the stadium. It did not say where.
OSU working on protest zones for commencement
Morgan Pratt, The Daily O'Collegian
Hundreds of students and at least six Tulsa and Oklahoma City organizations must wait until the U.S. Secret Service visits campus Monday to find out where they will be allowed to protest during President George W. Bush’s appearance at OSU commencement in Boone Pickens Stadium on May 6, OSU and local officials said.
Daily Telegraph, AU
By Shannon McRae
ON the wall of the Kovco kitchen is a calendar marked, "Countdown until my Daddy comes home ..."
Friday, April 21 is the last day marked on the calendar - the same day Private Kovco accidentally shot himself dead while serving in Iraq.
Shelley Kovco yesterday spoke to The Daily Telegraph from her home in Victoria about her devastation at losing her husband of four years.
By Liam Allen, BBC News
"All we want to do is to tell Tony Blair what we think which is he should bring the lads home - they need to be with their families. They don't need to be shot at in Iraq."
Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq want a meeting with the PM
The words of Christine Brierley, 58, from Batley, West Yorkshire, echo those of all the family members of soldiers killed in Iraq who gathered in Whitehall on Wednesday.
DUBAI, April 26 (Reuters) - An Islamist militant group in Iraq said on Sunday it had shot dead three "apostates" for cooperating with U.S. forces and posted an Internet video of their execution.
The footage from Army of Ansar al-Sunna showed three Arab looking men sitting on the ground outdoors and answering questions from an off-camera speaker.
A statement accompanying the recording said the video showed "the confessions of three apostates working in ... a company dealing with American forces that destroyed weapons and ammunition of the former Iraqi army".
"I go wherever he is, because he still hasn't talked to me," Sheehan said. "I think it's so important for everyone who is against this to get out and show it."
Milpitas Post, CA
by Rachel McMurdie
President George W. Bush's visit to North San Jose was marked by protest Friday, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Cisco Systems Inc., where the president spoke with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, education leaders and Cisco officials on the state of education and the need to put more emphasis on math and science in schools.
By Brian Urquhart, http://www.nybooks.com
Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules from FDR's Atlantic Charter to George W. Bush's Illegal War
by Philippe Sands
Viking, 324 pp., $25.95
Lawless World: The Whistle-Blowing Account of How Our Leaders Are Taking the Law into Their Own Hands
by Philippe Sands
Penguin, updated edition, 404 pp., £8.99 (paper; to be published in the US in September)
NEW YORK Cindy Sheehan and three other peace activists are ready for trial on charges from their arrest last month during an anti-war demonstration at the U-S Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Sheehan's lawyer told the court today that he is ready for trial once he receives materials requested from prosecutors.
Sheehan is the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. Last summer she camped outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, to protest the war.
The Vermont Guardian
MONTPELIER— A formal resolution introduced late Tuesday in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee for review.
Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, the lead sponsor of the measure, was joined by 23 of his colleagues, all Progressives and Democrats except for one independent.
A so far little noticed plan to simulate a nuclear strike on an underground bunker will be carried out this summer in Nevada. It has so far been given little attention. The sheer clutter of daily news stories indicating that our government is off its rocker has served well to desensitize us to these frequent and shocking revelations.
The bomb, named Divine Strake will involve detonating an ungodly amount of explosives in order to help design a new line of 'smart nukes' to use against bunkers, specifically with Iran in mind. A group of scientists have written the president and explained that even a small, one ton device in Iran would likely kill millions of people by the fallout and spread of radiation to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Google it.