GAO Report on Rebuilding Iraq

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

Frist May Seek To Curb Debate on Supplemental by Next Week

Congressional Quarterly

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.

Anti-War Activists to Have Day in Court

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.

AT-TUWANI: Israelis and Palestinians arrested demonstrating against planned security wall


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
several Palestinians.

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

Activists and tribe sue to avert blast

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.

Take Heed Americans: Some Words By Bin Laden Should Not Be Ignored

By Linda Milazzo,

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.

US to Free 141 Terror Suspects

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.

Antonia Juhasz on The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time

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
multinational corporations.



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


from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2006, Issue No. 50
April 25, 2006

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Two Trials and a treasonous trio

By Justin Raimondo,

What about this and this is the same? What is different?

These sorts of questions sound like some you might encounter on one of those annoying tests they made you take in school, which are supposed to gauge intelligence but probably wind up measuring only one's aptitude for test-taking. The exercise, at any rate, may prove valuable in helping us understand what the War Party is up to these days.


By Bill Gallagher,

"I'm the decider and I decide what's best." -- President George Bush.

DETROIT -- God save us! This troubled soul must be stopped. President George W. Bush is more frightening every day. Defusing his madness is imperative to save the world from unthinkable suffering, well beyond the misery he has already wrought. The president is bonkers.

We're Staying!

By Kevin Zeese,

Unless the Iraqis Force the United States Out, The Evidence Shows the U.S. Isn't Leaving

The message is clear. Indeed, it's gigantic for all Iraqi's, for the entire world to see. A 100 acre compound - ten times the size of the typical U.S. embassy, the size of 80 football fields, six times larger than the UN, the size of Vatican City. The U.S. Embassy Compound, in the middle of Baghdad - the center for U.S. domination of the Middle East and its resources.

The Politics of Leaks

Interviews Available

Parry, a former reporter for The Associated Press and Newsweek, has
written a number of books about Washington politics including, most
recently, "Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to
Iraq." He said today: "The Bush administration is cracking down on leaks


By Paul Rogat Loeb

"I didn't want to die for Nixon," said a man I met recently in a Seattle
park. He'd served on military bases in a half dozen states, then had a car
accident just before being shipped to Vietnam. "The accident was lucky," he
said. "It was a worthless war and I didn't want to go."

I agreed. I admired those who fought in World War II, I said. We owe them
the debt of our freedom. But to die for Nixon's love of power, his fear of

What We Know About Iran

By David Isenberg,

David Isenberg is a senior research analyst at the British American Security Information Council, a member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, and an adviser to the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information. The views expressed are his own.

Is Iran’s nuclear program really an immediate threat? There is reason to be doubtful. In fact, the entire debate over the prospect of Iran getting nuclear weapons has been unduly alarmist, if not outright hysterical. Recent media reports indicate that the Bush administration has gone beyond mere saber-rattling and is now deep into contingency planning for military strikes against Iran.

If You Don't Shape Up, We're Going to Stop Occupying Your Country, Killing Your People, and Stealing Your Oil

U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D-Mi), Susan Collins (R-Me) And Jack Reed (D-Ri) Hold A News Conference On The Next Steps In Iraq


April 25, 2006





LEVIN: Good morning, everybody.

Senator Collins and Senator Reed and I are introducing an amendment today to the pending supplemental appropriations bill which

Stolen Away

By Brian Bennett, Time

As criminal gangs run amuck in Iraq, hundreds of girls have gone missing. Are they being sold for sex?

Baghdad - The man on the phone with the 14-year-old Iraqi girl called himself Sa'ad. He was calling long distance from Dubai and telling her wonderful things about the place. He was also about to buy her. Safah, the teenager, was well aware of the impending transaction. In the weeks after she was kidnapped and imprisoned in a dark house in Baghdad's middle-class Karada district, Safah heard her captors haggling with Sa'ad over her price. It was finally settled at $10,000. Staring at a floor strewn with empty whiskey bottles, the orphan listened as Sa'ad described the life awaiting her: a beautiful home, expensive clothes, parties with pop stars. Why, she'd be joining two other very happy teenage Iraqi girls living with Sa'ad in his harem. Safah knew that she was running out of time. A fake passport with her photo and assumed name had already been forged for her. But even if she escaped, she had no family who would take her in. She was even likely to end up in prison. What was she to do?

Secrets of the CIA

By Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff, Newsweek

A former colleague says the fired Mary McCarthy 'categorically denies' being the source of the leak on agency renditions.

A former CIA officer who was sacked last week after allegedly confessing to leaking secrets has denied she was the source of a controversial Washington Post story about alleged CIA secret detention operations in Eastern Europe, a friend of the operative told NEWSWEEK.

Iraq Is Not Vietnam: Part 1: Imperial Continuities

By Paul Street,

Making historical analogies is often like eating a thin bowl of soup with a fork: you might catch something nutritious if you're lucky but much of the substance gets lost.

The strong analogy that many commentators and authorities routinely make between the American war on Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s and the current United States (U.S.) war on Iraq (March 19, 2003 to ?) is a case in point.

Bushism as Greek Drama: "Hubris" and "Tragic Flaws"

By Bernard Weiner, Co-Editor
The Crisis Papers,

The world of theatre that I've swum in for decades as a drama critic provides a useful prism through which to view today's political events and players.

This is especially true when thinking about drama from ancient Greece and Europe's Renaissance. Those periods remind us how often human tragedy repeats itself over the centuries. (Which is why many modern directors return so often to the wisdom of these ancient plays, often staging them with contemporary conceits so as to make the connections overt for their audiences.)

Final Resolution of the Madrid International Seminar on the Assassination of Iraqi Academics and Health Professionals

22-23 April 2006

This weekend participants from 8 countries — including Iraq — met in Madrid, along with active committees working within the framework of the conclusions of the World Tribunal on Iraq and participants from Spanish universities, to discuss and hear firsthand the plight of Iraqi academics and medical professionals who struggle to live amid constant threats, physical violence, kidnappings and the operation of death squads.

US illegality in Iraq: Where is the limit?

The United States-led occupation continues to demolish humanitarian law with impunity in Iraq

Occupying powers have bred a culture of insecurity that destroys the lives of ordinary Iraqis

International institutions, monitoring bodies and parliaments must act or risk irrelevance

Three years have passed since the United States launched an illegal war of aggression on the sovereign Republic of Iraq. Neither were weapons of mass destruction found nor democracy or human rights advanced. Within one month, Iraqis will enter their fourth year as a people under occupation, ruled by a puppet regime that sanctions death squads and torture.

VIDEO - 60 Minutes Exposes Bush's Pre-War WMD Lies

Better late than never, CBS News' 60 Minutes details how the Bush inner-circle misused dubious intelligence to convince the American people to back a preemptive war on Iraq.

Ed Bradley interviews Tyler Drumheller, a retired CIA official who saw first-hand evidence of how the Bush team used selective (and discredited) intelligence to support war plans which had already been set.

This 13 minute video is the complete broadcast from Sunday night's addition of 60 minutes...

7 Car Bombs Explode in Baghdad, Killing 6

By Thomas Wagner, Associated Press

Baghdad, Iraq - 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 the bodies of 20 Iraqis - apparent victims of sectarian killings the United States hopes the new government can end.

Three roadside bombs, five drive-by shootings and a mortar round killed 12 Iraqis in Baghdad and elsewhere, police said.

Bush's Thousand Days

By Arthur Schlesinger Jr., The Washington Post

The Hundred Days is indelibly associated with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Thousand Days with John F. Kennedy. But as of this week, a thousand days remain of President Bush's last term - days filled with ominous preparations for and dark rumors of a preventive war against Iran.

The issue of preventive war as a presidential prerogative is hardly new. In February 1848 Rep. Abraham Lincoln explained his opposition to the Mexican War: "Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure [emphasis added]. . . . If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us'; but he will say to you, 'Be silent; I see it, if you don't.' "

New Plans Foresee Fighting Terrorism Beyond War Zones

By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post

Pentagon to rely on special operations.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has approved the military's most ambitious plan yet to fight terrorism around the world and retaliate more rapidly and decisively in the case of another major terrorist attack on the United States, according to defense officials.

The long-awaited campaign plan for the global war on terrorism, as well as two subordinate plans also approved within the past month by Rumsfeld, are considered the Pentagon's highest priority, according to officials familiar with the three documents who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about them publicly.

Inspectors Find More Torture at Iraqi Jails

By Ellen Knickmeyer, The Washington Post

US pledge to protect prisoners 'not being followed.'

Baghdad - Last Nov. 13, U.S. soldiers found 173 incarcerated men, some of them emaciated and showing signs of torture, in a secret bunker in an Interior Ministry compound in central Baghdad. The soldiers immediately transferred the men to a separate detention facility to protect them from further abuse, the U.S. military reported.

Mary McCarthy's Choice

By Ray McGovern,

Ray McGovern writes for Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC. A 27-year veteran of the CIA, he is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

As a 27-year-veteran of the CIA, I have one overwhelming reaction to the news that senior intelligence analyst Mary McCarthy has been fired for leaking information to the press on CIA’s network of secret prisons abroad: She must have seen no alternative to stop the abuses.

Speaking Events

March 27-April 6 Events Everywhere


April 4: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next: An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing. 6-8 p.m. at 5th and K Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.


April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest


April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont


June 16-18: David Swanson and many others speaking at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.

August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.

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