By Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post
Program may have led improperly to warrants.
Twice in the past four years, a top Justice Department lawyer warned the presiding judge of a secret surveillance court that information overheard in President Bush's eavesdropping program may have been improperly used to obtain wiretap warrants in the court, according to two sources with knowledge of those events.
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Vice President Dick Cheney and then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley led a campaign beginning in March 2003 to discredit former Ambassador Joseph Wilson for publicly criticizing the Bush administration's intelligence on Iraq, according to current and former administration officials.
By Daniel I. Fearn, VFP
First they rigged the elections,
and I just sat watching reality TV.
Then they started a war by lying,
and I was glad to put
a little yellow magnet on my SUV.
And when they tortured and killed,
By Robert Schlesinger, Huffington Post
Active-duty military personnel are not supposed to engage in partisan political activies, right? Right: They are, in fact, legally prohibited from partisan political activities, according to DoD regulations which you can find here and here.
By Murray Waas, National Journal
Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, testified to a federal grand jury that he had been "authorized" by Cheney and other White House "superiors" in the summer of 2003 to disclose classified information to journalists to defend the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case to go to war with Iraq, according to attorneys familiar with the matter, and to court records.
By Greg Mitchell
NEW YORK Lewis “Scooter
"It's Not Enough to Criticize the President's Policies"
By Cindy Sheehan, www.truthout.org
Remarks as prepared for delivery.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone for coming today, and send out to my daughter, Carly, a big Happy Birthday. She is 25 today. She is now older than Casey was when he was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004.
National Journal's Hotline - February 7, 2006
WH Dep Cos Karl Rove called NY Gov. George Pataki (R) this weekend "to rip" NY Sen. Maj. Leader Joseph Bruno (R) "for comments that the" U.S. "should withdraw its troops from Iraq.
February 9-11, 2006
CHENEY, MEHLMAN, HASTERT, ALLEN and NORQUIST (all invited guests) in
Washington DC: Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) convenes
at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. [ABCNews.com]
Rep. Michael Honda (DEM-CA-15) signed on yesterday to co-sponsor John Conyers' H Res 635. This bill would create a select committee to conduct an investigation and then make recommendations on impeachment. This is simply asking for the facts. There are now 23 Congress Members behind this. There is no excuse for YOUR Congress Member not to be on it.
Email them now!
Total number of casualties with S.D. ties rises to 21
Argus Leader, SD
Patrick Herried wanted to make something of his life.
After years spent working a warehouse job, he enlisted in the Army in his late 20s and hoped college might follow.
By Bob Fertik, Democrats.com, Co-Founder of After Downing Street
Laura Flanders (on the left) has invited me (on the right - yeah, sure!) onto her Sunday show (7-10 pm ET) so I hope you'll all tune in.
New York Review of Books
By Beth Nolan, Curtis Bradley, David Cole, Geoffrey Stone, Harold Hongju Koh, Kathleen M. Sullivan, Laurence H. Tribe, Martin Lederman, Philip B. Heymann, Richard Epstein, Ronald Dworkin, Walter Dellinger, William S. Sessions, William Van Alstyne
Dear Members of Congress:
We are scholars of constitutional law and former government officials. We write in our individual capacities as citizens concerned by the Bush administration's National Security Agency domestic spying program, as reported in The New York Times, and in particular to respond to the Justice Department's December 22, 2005, letter to the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees setting forth the administration's defense of the program. Although the program's secrecy prevents us from being privy to all of its details, the Justice Department's defense of what it concedes was secret and warrantless electronic surveillance of persons within the United States fails to identify any plausible legal authority for such surveillance. Accordingly the program appears on its face to violate existing law.
Conservative-Based Coalition Calls for 'Comprehensive Hearings', Special Counsel to Investigate Bush's Warrantless Wiretaps
Open Letter Also Calls for National Security Whistleblower Protection
George W. Bush's conservative flank continues to show signs of crumbling.
A Libertarian-leaning coalition, comprised of many conservative Republican groups, is now joining the chorus of Americans calling for a full Congressional investigation into George W. Bush's warrantless government eavesdropping program, The BRAD BLOG has learned.
Daily Mail (UK)
Defence Secretary John Reid has hinted that British troops may soon be pulled out of Iraq.
The day before the bodies of three servicemen were due to be flown home to the UK, Mr Reid said the time was approaching when coalition forces 'can begin leaving Iraq'.
By ALLISON BARKER, AP
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Feb. 8) - A former U.S. soldier injured in Iraq says he was forced to pay $700 for a blood-soaked body armor vest that was destroyed after medics removed it to treat shrapnel wounds to his arm.
EVERY BOMB RELEASED OVER IRAQ EXPLODES FROM MOBILE TO NEW ORLEANS
“WALKIN’ TO NEW ORLEANS
NEW YORK — U.S. female soldiers in Iraq were assaulted or raped by male soldiers in the women’s latrines, and an alarming number committed suicide, Col. Janis Karpinski reportedly testified before an international human rights commission of inquiry last month.
By Shay Totten | Vermont Guardian
MONTPELIER — Hundreds of Vermonters are expected at a demonstration Saturday in front of the Statehouse to demand that Vermont’s elected representatives call on Pres. Bush to immediately remove all troops from Iraq.
By Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services
A few days after Sept. 11, 2001, Bill Scheurer realized that the nation's soul was in jeopardy. He saw George Bush on TV, standing in the rubble of Ground Zero, whipping the national grief into carte blanche for revenge. Behind him, as the death toll wavered, people held up a banner that screamed: 6,000 MORE REASONS TO KILL THEM ALL.
By Jordan Paust, National Law Journal
There are prior and current members of the Bush administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney, who openly argue that if the country is at war, the president should be able to ignore domestic and international law outlawing torture, prohibiting illegal detention, providing due process and jurisdictional restraints on military commissions and limiting domestic spying under alleged commander in chief powers. Such claims are unacceptable. Under Article II, Section 3 of our Constitution, the president has an express and unavoidable duty to faithfully execute the "Laws" and has no power to violate them. As Richard Nixon learned, presidential authorizations to violate the law are, in the words of the House Judiciary Committee, "subversive of constitutional government."
TERRY WEBER, Globe and Mail, Toronto, Feb 8, 2006
Anti-war demonstrators gathered outside a Toronto court Wednesday where
it was decision day for a U.S. military deserter who fled his post
rather than serve in Iraq is asking to be allowed to remain in this
The Bush administration released its budget request for fiscal year 2007 on February 6th. It proposes deep cuts in domestic programs, totaling a $15 billion loss in non-security domestic discretionary spending.
President Bush was scheduled to visit a Methodist Church outside of Washington as part of his campaign to restore his poll numbers. Karl Rove made a visit to the Methodist Bishop, and said to him, "We've been getting a lot of bad publicity among Methodists lately because of Mr. Bush's position on stem cell research, spying on Americans and the like. We'd gladly make a contribution to the church of $100,000 if during your sermon you'd say the President is a saint." The Bishop thinks it over for a few moments and finally says, "The Church is in desperate need of funds, so I'll do it."
By Greg Sagan, Amarillo Globe-News
The impeachment trial of President Clinton in January 1999 on two articles
voted on the month before by the House of Representatives set an important
standard for America, what might be called the "lowball threshold" for impeachment
Elsbernd Sends Daly's Resolution to Investigate/Impeach Bush/Cheney to Committee
by Ken Werner, Trinity Plaza Tenants Association (TPTA), 2006-02-08
The Board of Supervisors clock ticked toward 8 p.m., and Sup. Sean Elsbernd asked Item 44 to be severed. And I thought, we're going to have a debate. But as the remainder of yesterday's agenda received approval without objection, Elsbernd decided he wanted Sup. Chris Daly's proposed "Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney" to be sent to committee.