Belafonte on Bush, War and Wiretaps

Democracy Now!. Posted February 4, 2006.

Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript from Amy Goodman's syndicated radio show Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman: The son of Caribbean-born immigrants, Harry Belafonte grew up on the streets of Harlem and Jamaica. After serving in World War II, he returned to New York and began a successful acting and singing career. Along with his rise to worldwide stardom, Belafonte became deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement and was close friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King.

Cindy Sheehan and Beverly Young Aren’t the First to Get Booted for T-shirts

By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, WI

The booting of Cindy Sheehan and Beverly Young from the Capitol during the State of the Union Address because of their T-shirts was not an isolated event.

Call to Bring United States to UN Security Council for Sanctions


Anti-war activists accused the USA of planning first use of nuclear weapons against Iran, and of currently using uranium weapons in Iraq, and noted that the UN Security Council is responsible for dealing with such threats of war and acts of aggression.

11 killed in attacks across Iraq; Sunni Arabs slain in sectarian killings


BAGHDAD (AP) - Gunmen and roadside bombs killed at least 11 people across Iraq on Monday, while police found the bullet-riddled bodies of two men in the capital, the latest victims of sectarian killings.

Feingold Pins Gonzales

Published on Monday, February 6, 2006 by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin)

When the Senate Judiciary Committee begins the most important oversight hearing in recent congressional history this week, Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold will go after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for what appears to be a deliberate deception of the committee and Congress.

Impeachment at the Super Bowl

Monday, February 06, 2006
By Doug Pullen • 810.766.6140
At Super Bowl Sunday:

Crudely made "Impeach Bush" signs greeted drivers headed to downtown Detroit on southbound I-75, but the sentiment was different inside the General Motors Renaissance Center, where football fan and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed autographs (including at least one Terrible Towel), posed for pictures and pressed the flesh with the crowd at the ESPN studio on the ground floor.

Specter Supports Impeachment

By David Swanson

On Jan. 15, 2006, George Stephanopoulos interviewed Senator Arlen Specter on ABC's This Week. On the issue of warrent-less NSA Wiretaps authorized by the president, Stephanopoulus asked Specter what the possible remedies would be if the president's actions were found to be illegal. Specter replied, "...Impeachment is the remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution..."

Impeach Bush Sign on Today Show in Rome, Italy, This Morning

From US Citizens for Peace

Watch this Today Show video:

One of our more patient members actually sat through all the videos
of the Today show and found one of us chanting Stop Stop Stop the

The Iran Crisis -- "Diplomacy" as a Launch Pad for Missiles

By Norman Solomon

The current flurry of Western diplomacy will probably turn out to be
groundwork for launching missiles at Iran.

Air attacks on targets in Iran are very likely. Yet many antiwar

The Betrayal of Valerie Wilson

Latest on
By Larry C. Johnson

Valerie Plame was a covert intelligence officer covered by the Intelligence Officer's Identity Protection Act and Lewis "Scooter" Libby lied to the Grand Jury. These two truths emerge from the opinion written by Judge Tatel, of the US Court of Appeals, and released in February 2005. Thanks to a FOIA request by the Wall Street we now have a more complete record, although key parts of his decision are still blacked out. Perhaps most of the media will now realize that they have been fed a pack of lies by the likes of Ken Mehlman, Victoria Toensing, Cliff May and others.

On Eve of Hearing, Split on Spying

By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe

Some prominent conservatives break with Bush.

Washington - As hearings begin tomorrow on President Bush's domestic spying program, increasing numbers of prominent conservatives are breaking with the administration to say the program is probably illegal and to sharply criticize Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's legal theory that a wartime president can override a law.


First IRAQ, then IRAN?
Avoiding the trap of Iran…
By understanding the war in Iraq

— featuring —

Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, author of “Sham Dunk: Cooking Intelligence for the President

The March of the Straw Soldiers

The March of the Straw Soldiers
New York Times

Published: February 2, 2006
President Bush is not giving up the battle over domestic spying. He's fighting it with an army of straw men and a fleet of red herrings.

Need Proposals for Nonviolence at Pentagon

The next National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance conference call to organize for the March on the Pentagon will take place on Wednesday, February 8 at 9 PM EST. Dial 1-641-297-5500 to join the call, and then add the access code 18676, followed by the pound sign. An agenda for the February 8 call and the minutes from the previous call are below.

Paying The Iraq Bill

Joseph E. Stiglitz,

Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, is professor of economics at Columbia University and was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to President Clinton and chief economist and senior vice president at the World Bank.

Seeking Truth On Wiretaps

By Aziz Huq,

Aziz Huq is associate counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He is co-writing a book titled Unchecked and Unbalanced with Fritz Schwarz on national security and the separation of powers, to be published by the New Press.

Soldier’s job for life took his life

LINCOLN (AP) — A 23-year-old soldier from Lincoln who dreamed of helping war orphans died in Iraq on Wednesday, his parents said.

Gary Avery said his son, Garrison Avery, was killed along with two other soldiers on Wednesday.

Will Congress Demand the Truth?

By American Progress Action Fund

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will testify today before the Senate Judiciary Committee and defend the legality of President Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program. One year ago, he appeared before the committee under oath and misled them about the same program. Today he will advance a radical legal theory of unchecked executive power that has already been resoundingly rejected by the Supreme Court. Constitutional expert David Cole explains, "Bush tried this theory out on the Supreme Court in the Guantanamo cases, when he argued that it would be an unconstitutional intrusion on his Commander in Chief powers to extend habeas corpus review to Guantanamo detainees. Not a single Justice on the Court accepted that radical proposition. But that hasn't stopped Bush from asserting it again." Congress has an obligation to move beyond Gonzales's recycled rhetoric and learn the truth.

Interview with Samir Khader, Program Editor for Al-Jazeera

Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches

On 1 February 2006 in Doha, Qatar, I interviewed Mr. Samir Khader,
Program Editor for Al-Jazeera Channel. Mr. Khader was a key personality

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday February 6, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush participates in the
swearing-in ceremony for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at 10:00
AM. [POTUS Schedule]

NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush hosts a social dinner in

Presidents Day Protest in Houston

On Feb. 20, which is President's Day, Cindy Sheehan and members Gold Star Families for Peace, in conjunction with Veterans for Peace and Code Pink (and other groups) will be taking our protest of the Iraqi War to Barbara Bush, mother of the President. We want to ask her "Why did our sons die for your son's lies?" This is to be a peaceful, nonviolent anti-war protest/demonstration, mother to mother (and we all have mothers, right?).

Let's Try One More Time to Get Some Answers

You are respectfully requested to attend an OPEN meeting of the Committee on International Relations, to be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building, for the purpose of marking up the following legislation:


By Richard Reeves, yahoo news

LOS ANGELES -- God forbid critics of the war on Iraq should compare it with the war in Vietnam. But perhaps it is worth mentioning that the liberation of Iraq is now costing more each month than the preservation of the Republic of South Vietnam did more than 30 years ago.

The gullibility that led us into the last war could yet bring us a new conflict

Our leaders were never trustworthy, yet many people were only too willing to believe them - and they may do so again
By Gary Younge, The Guardian (UK)

The day after Colin Powell did his show-and-tell before the United Nations security council in an attempt to prove that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, in February 2003, the late Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory wrote a column entitled "I'm persuaded". Describing how Vietnam "came close to making me [a pacifist]", McGrory conceded that "nobody I know was for the war". But something about Powell's performance made her reconsider: "I don't know how the United Nations felt about Colin Powell's 'J'accuse' speech against Saddam Hussein. I can only say that he persuaded me, and I was as tough as France to convince."

Cost of Wars Soars to $440 Billion for US

Published on Saturday, February 4, 2006 by the Guardian/UK
· 20% increase in spending despite cut in troop levels
· Outlay will soon equal 13-year fight in Vietnam

by Julian Borger in Washington

Kurt Vonnegut: A Requiem for the USA

Published on Sunday, February 5, 2006 by The Sunday Herald (Scotland)

'All the other species are dying and so will we. I’m whistling as I walk past the graveyard... whistling as beautifully as I can'


By Cindy Sheehan

The now famous black shirt with white lettering that I was wearing on January 31st to the State of the Union address originally read: 2000 Dead. How many more? That shirt was made by Veterans for Peace on the occasion of the 2000th U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. That tragic number was reached on September 25th, 2005.

If You Oppose the War:Influence Congress, Support Anti-War Candidates and Influence the Media

Written by Kevin Zeese,

An Interview with Activist David Swanson

David Swanson is an anti-war advocate who works in many forums to try to end the war. If you want to know what you can do to stop the war, David presents ideas below. He is a model for other to emulate. He is the Washington Director of and of He is co-founder of the / coalition, creator of, and a board member of Progressive Democrats of America. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including Press Secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign, Media Coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as Communications Coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Swanson serves on the Executive Council of the Washington Baltimore Newspaper Guild. He obtained a Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1997. His website is

'The Biggest Secret'

Here's a good review of the two chapters of this book that reporters are apparently permitted to read:

By Thomas Powers, NY Review of Books
State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

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