By Jason Leopold and Larisa Alexandrovna, www.RAWSTORY.com
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will present evidence to a second grand jury this week in his two year-old investigation into the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson that could lead to a criminal indictment being handed up against Karl Rove, President Bush’s deputy chief of staff, attorneys close to the investigation say.
By Amy Branham, Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, Nov. 1981 – Feb. 2004
Today I want to tell you the story of the death of my son, Jeremy. I want you to know of his courage and bravery, the honor he showed in the final moments of his life. I hope that, through hearing his story, you will find the honor and courage to do what is right for our country in these turbulent times.
According to recent polls, a majority of Americas believe the Bush administration "intentionally misled" America in making the case for invading Iraq. A similar majority also believe that, if Bush did not tell the truth, Congress should consider impeaching him.
Most people would consider this to be significant news. Nevertheless, it appears not to have penetrated the Washington media establishment. For instance, here's David Broder on yesterday's Meet the Press:
MR. RUSSERT: David Broder, is it possible for official Washington--the president, Democratic leaders, Republican leaders--to arrive at common ground, a consensus position on Iraq?
MR. DAVID BRODER: It's possible, Tim, but they won't get there by arguing about who did what three years ago. And this whole debate about whether there was just a mistake or misrepresentation or so on is, I think, from the public point of view largely irrelevant. The public's moved past that.
If you want to contact Mr. Broder to (POLITELY) suggest he may be mistaken about this, his email address is davidbroder(at)washpost[DOT]com
By David Swanson
"What's more moderate than exploring the truth? Is there really partisanship in truth?...We don't need to be afraid to use the word impeachment. It is the process that was set up. It's not a bad word. It stands for accountability. It is the system of justice in our political system…There's nothing radical in that."
Rep. Murphy, injured in Iraq, expects painful recovery in Pa.
By Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., who was one of two congressmen injured when the vehicle they were in overturned in Iraq, said he expects to fly into Pittsburgh on Monday evening wearing a neck brace for a painful recovery.
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report
Continuing his two-year-old investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as a covert CIA agent, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will present evidence to a second grand jury this week that could lead to a criminal indictment being handed up against Karl Rove, President Bush's deputy chief of staff, sources inside the investigation said over the weekend.
By Friends Committee on National Legislation
Nov. 19-Dec. 5 House of Representatives Thanksgiving recess
Nov. 19-Dec. 11 Senate Thanksgiving recess
Nov. 29 9 a.m.-1 p.m., American Foreign Policy Council, "Missile Defenses and American Security" with William Schneider, Defense Department's Defense Science Board; Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council; and Brian Kennedy, Claremont Institute. 1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington
By the American Progress Action Fund
Last Tuesday, the British tabloid the Daily Mirror reported President Bush revealed a plan "to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar...at a White House face-to-face with [Prime Minister Tony] Blair on April 16 last year." (At the time "the administration was infuriated with the al-Jazeera coverage of [a] battle [in Fallujah], and the way the station focused on the deaths of hundreds of people, including civilians, rather than the necessity of ridding the town of dangerous terrorists.") According to the Mirror, Blair talked him out of it. The details of the conversation are allegedly contained in "a 'Top Secret' No 10 [Downing St.] memo." One source cited by the Mirror said Bush's threat to bomb al-Jazeera was "humorous, not serious." Another claimed, "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair. That much is absolutely clear from the language used by both men." Although the report remains largely uncorroborated and unconfirmed, both the Bush administration and the British government have reacted to the news as if they have something to hide.
By Cindy Sheehan
The spin on the news about our weekend in Crawford is wrong and very incomplete.
I was just watching a local news show that said our rally was "poorly" attended on Saturday. There were over 500 people that came in and out on Saturday. I don't call that poorly attended, especially for a holiday weekend. We feel so happy that we got that many people. People also came to Camp Casey instead of beating each other up at Wal-Mart. No word in the media about the 12 people who came out to Crawford to support the killers and the killing.
by egrass, dailykos.com
I'm back from Thanksgiving with my wife's family and I've got some first-hand feedback from the troops on Iraq, leaving Iraq, and Murtha. You see, my wife is a former military officer and her brother is an active-duty Major, decorated Army Ranger, and West Point graduate with more than 15 years in and about to ship out to Afghanistan. My wife is a good liberal on military issues, while my brother-in-law has always been a thoughtful and nice guy, but very conservative, especially on military issues. We've always gotten along well and been very respectful of each other, but totally disagreed on Republicans and military issues.
by ademption, dailykos.com
Sy Hersh appeared on Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer today and discussed his new New Yorker article "Up in the Air," which provides a little more details about the Bush administration's withdrawal proposal. During the interview, Mr. Hersh said that the Bush administration will probably withdraw US troops from the ground next year, but that won't mean that will be the beginning of the end of the war . . . .
By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
IF the debate over the war in Iraq now raging across our front pages and airwaves proves nothing else, it already has demonstrated that this administration believes the people's attention span can be measured in nanoseconds and that memory has the shelf life of fresh bread.
Philadelphia Inquirer - November 27, 2005 - By Dick Polman, Inquirer Political Analyst
President Bush has lost control of the debate over the future of the U.S. military presence in Iraq. There was a time when most Americans accepted his argument that we should "stay the course," but there is no broad support for that stance anymore.
Sunday Herald - 27 November 2005 - (Scotland)
Powerplay: Iain Macwhirter on atrocity fatigue in Iraq and sympathy for the first minister over asylum
We’ve all familiar now with “compassion fatigue
By Arab News, The Middle East's Leading English Language Daily
Sunday, 27, November, 2005 (25, Shawwal, 1426)
It is not just Wadah Khanfar, Al-Jazeera’s boss, who yesterday demanded to know from Prime Minister Tony Blair if President Bush really considered bombing the channel’s headquarters in Qatar in April 2004, who is keen to get an answer. Blair’s own MPs are demanding the contents of the memorandum be published. In fact, the entire world is interested in the answer. Did Blair talk Bush out of it? A British memorandum with a transcript of a conversation between the two men appears to answer both questions in the affirmative and is at the center of a growing political storm.
By Jeeni Criscenzo
The words most often spoken at our Thanksgiving memorial for our troops on Friday were, "Thank you".
I know that I said it hundreds of times as I walked nearly 1 1/2 miles to personally thank over 900 participants standing in silence along Carlsbad Blvd. I was grateful that each of you had chosen to give part of your precious day off to show gratitude to our fallen troops and to urge our government to bring their buddies home. I am moved by how many people responded by thanking me for putting this event together. As their words and what their eyes said as they spoke them, echo in my heart, I fully comprehend the responsibility that comes with my decision to run as your representative in Congress.
By Norman Solomon
Bob Woodward probably hoped that the long holiday weekend would break
the momentum of an uproar that suddenly confronted him midway through
November. But three days after Thanksgiving, on NBC's "Meet the
Left I on the News
I mentioned the other day buying Cindy Sheehan's new book, Not One More
Mother's Child, and last night (thanks to continuing lack of web access :-)
Part II -- 1990- 2000
By Maureen Farrell, BuzzFlash
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
~ Albert Einstein
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent, News Telegraph (UK)
A "trophy" video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
By Bob Nichols, San Francisco Bay View
PHOTO: "RADIOACTIVE" is stenciled on Abrams tanks in these pictures taken Oct. 13, 2005, in Topeka, Kansas. Photo by: Chris Bayruh
We put a call out to all candidates who want to win, and Steve Young, fighting for the people in normally conservative Orange County, CA, in a special house election coming up Dec. 6, took us up on our offer to create action pages for him on his own campaign site. Steve is demonstrating his leadership right NOW by working to rally support for serious consideration of the real Murtha resolution. Please submit the action form below to help bring this issue and his campaign the national attention and focus it deserves
From Tomdispatch today, the second in an important ongoing series at the site: Nick Turse's "Bush's Burgeoning Body Count, Fallen Legion II" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=39653
Six weeks ago, I noted that informal "walls" and exhibits to honor those Americans (and sometimes Iraqis) who fell -- and continue to fall -- in the Bush administration's occupation and war of choice in Iraq, have been arising on and off-line for some time. I suggested then that "the particular dishonor this administration has brought down on our country calls out for other ‘walls' as well. Perhaps, for instance, we need some negative walls built, stone by miserable stone, to cronyism, corruption, and incompetence." At that moment, Tomdispatch author (and Associate Editor) Nick Turse began to build a verbal "wall" of honor (http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=28817) to those who have "fallen" in government service while fighting in some way to hold the line against this administration. This previously hardly noted "Legion of the Fallen," these other casualties -- men and women who were honorable or steadfast enough in their government duties that they found themselves with little alternative but to resign in protest, quit, retire, or simply be pushed off the cliff by cronies of this administration -- turned out to be far larger than we initially imagined. The first installment had 42 names, ranging from the prominent to the obscure. With this installment, the number soars over 200 -- and a third installment, meant for January, is already largely in place. The new piece includes one honorary "legionnaire," Pat Tillman, the former NFL football star, who died in Afghanistan, and a consideration of serveral prominent figures like Christine Todd Whitman and Colin Powell who left the administration under ambiguous circumstances.
By Amy Branham, Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, Nov. 27, 1981 - Feb. 13, 2004
Gold Star Families for Peace
24 years ago today my son, Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, was born. Today, in honor of his birthday, I went to see my son and wish him a happy un-birthday. You see, Jeremy is dead, taken away from his family and friends nearly twenty months ago. He was in the Army Reserves and was called to active duty. Two years ago, two days after Thanksgiving (which was his birthday that year – and the last he was to ever celebrate), his stepfather, Maxx, and I took him to report for active duty in Huntsville, TX.
By Philip Sherwell, The Telegraph UK
Britain has angered John Bolton, America's combative ambassador to the United Nations, by breaking ranks with him over the need for reform.
The rare public disagreement between the two close allies comes as the showdown over reforms at the UN's New York headquarters becomes increasingly acrimonious.
Britain has rebuffed a Bolton move to join him in refusing to pass the organisation's 2006 budget until member states approve wide-ranging management reforms.
To the irritation of Mr Bolton, many developing nations are bitterly opposed to changes that they claim are driven by American political pressure. He suggested last week that talks on the 2006 and 2007 budgets could be postponed as a means to overcome the trenchant resistance from the "G77" bloc of developing countries. He also threatened that the United States could seek an alternative to the UN for solving international problems in future.
By Adam Liptak, The New York Times
When Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announced last week that Jose Padilla would be transferred to the federal justice system from military detention, he said almost nothing about the standards the administration used in deciding whether to charge terrorism suspects like Mr. Padilla with crimes or to hold them in military facilities as enemy combatants.
"We take each individual, each case, case by case," Mr. Gonzales said.
The upshot of that approach, underscored by the decision in Mr. Padilla's case, is that no one outside the administration knows just how the determination is made whether to handle a terror suspect as an enemy combatant or as a common criminal, to hold him indefinitely without charges in a military facility or to charge him in court.
Lawyers Against the War Charge George Bush of aiding, abetting and counselling the commission of torture.
A Vancouver Lawyer has won a procedural victory in her attempt to prosecute U.S. President George W. Bush under the Criminal Code.
Gail Davisson, cofounder of an international group of jurists called "Lawyers Against the War", expressed her delight on October 18 following the lifting of a publication ban on court proceedings against the U.S. president.
The lawyer got the ball rolling against Bush as soon as he set foot on Canadian soil for his November 30, 2004, visit. As a private citizen, she charged him with seven counts of counselling, aiding, and abetting torture as Abu Gharib prison in Iraq and at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay naval base. She had her charges accepted by a justice of the peace in Vancouver Provincial Court.
Talking About Iraq with the American Public
A Project of the U.S. in the World Initiative
Most Americans are deeply concerned about the way things are going in Iraq, but the public remains divided on the question of troop withdrawals. The “persuadable middle‿ of the American public does not seem to be convinced that the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq will improve the situation there or contribute to making America safer, if it leaves behind a violent and fragile Iraqi state that destabilizes a vital region and serves as a breeding ground for anti-American extremism and terrorism. They are equally unpersuaded by advocacy that focuses on staying the course, without explaining how a failing military strategy could become a successful one or when we can expect the sacrificing to stop. Unfortunately, the American public doesn’t have much of an opportunity to see or consider alternatives to either “withdrawing the troops‿ or “continuing the fight.‿ Most of what Americans hear from advocates, policymakers, and the media concentrates on one or the other of these prescriptions, with little attention to the political economic, and humanitarian challenges of rebuilding Iraq and stabilizing the region.