Cheney visits Iraq amid calls for US pullout

Cheney visits Iraq amid calls for US pullout
By Gideon Long
30 minutes ago

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney visited Iraq on Sunday for the first time since the 2003 invasion, as hardline leaders from both sides of the country's sectarian divide renewed calls for American troops to go home.

Cheney Visits Iraq; Attacks Kill 19

Cheney Visits Iraq; Attacks Kill 19
AP - 1 hour, 1 minute ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A string of attacks killed 19 people, including two relatives of a senior Kurdish official, and Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise visit Sunday in which he suggested that Iraq's recent elections were a major step toward withdrawing U.S. troops. Cheney's visit, under heavy security, was so secret that even Iraq's prime minister said he was surprised when he showed up for what he believed was a meeting with the U.S. ambassador only to see Cheney waiting to greet him.
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All the President's Flacks

All the President's Flacks
By Frank Rich
The New York Times

Sunday 04 December 2005

When "all of the facts come out in this case," Bob Woodward told Terry Gross on NPR in July, "it's going to be laughable because the consequences are not that great."

A Ten-Step Program

A Ten-Step Program
Jane Smiley
Huffington Post blog

Is Bush in a bubble? Is Bush a dry drunk? Is Bush a drunk drunk? Is Bush a narcissist? Is Bush an idiot? Is Bush a madman? Does Bush have an “Authority Problem

Rove, Hadley email 'at crux' of CIA leak investigation

Rove, Hadley email 'at crux' of CIA leak investigation
Jason Leopold
Raw Story

In late January 2004, the grand jury investigating whether top officials in the Bush administration knowingly leaked Valerie Plame Wilson's name and covert CIA status to reporters subpoenaed the White House for records of administration contacts with more than two-dozen journalists going back two years, to determine if any officials talked about Plame with the media.

THAT'S it!!! I'm really ticked off

THAT'S it!!! I'm really ticked off

ray of light (1000+ posts) Sun Dec-18-05 01:22 AM
Democratic Underground

AND I think it's time given all the stuff we know about the TIMES, and the media propaganda and the fact they withheld information about Bush before the election, AND they refuse to fix the election fraud...

STARTING TOMORROW, I WILL NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT AN ORANGE RIBBON or an ORANGE SHIRT or an ORANGE SCARF.

PLease join me and invite everyone you know to join too.

MAKE IT SAY, "IMPEACH BUSH AND KERRY IS THE REAL PRESIDENT"

Who is with me on this?

WE ARE FIGHTING FASCISM FOLKS AND IT"S TIME TO TAKE IT TO THE STREETS.

BUY THAT ORANGE AND START THE CONVERSATIONS STARTING NOW!

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Bob Barr on illegal spying:

Barr
Bob Barr on illegal spying:
Eschaton

BOB BARR, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: What's wrong with it is several-fold. One, it's bad policy for our government to be spying on American citizens through the National Security Agency. Secondly, it's bad to be spying on Americans without court oversight. And thirdly, it's bad to be spying on Americans apparently in violation of federal laws against doing it without court order.

Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'

Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'
By DOUG THOMPSON
Capitol Hill Blue
Dec 9, 2005, 07:53

Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.

Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

“I don’t give a goddamn,

Sheehan Leads War Protest in Spain

Sheehan Leads War Protest in Spain
Associated Press

12.17.2005, 10:19 AM

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan led a small protest Saturday outside the U.S. Embassy to denounce the war in Iraq.

About 100 protesters carried banners criticizing President Bush.

Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq, called Bush a war criminal and said, "Iraq is worse than Vietnam."

The protest also was called in memory of Jose Couso, a Spanish television cameraman killed on April 8, 2003, in Baghdad when a U.S. tank fired at a hotel where many foreign correspondents were staying. Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk, a Ukrainian, also was killed in that incident.

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I Will Not Stop The Wiretaps As Long As I Am President Of The United States

Editor's note: The real title of this promotes the Republican spin, "Bush: Eavesdropping Helps Save U.S. Lives" yet the title given on Huffington Post tells the truth, "I Will Not Stop The Wiretaps As Long As I Am President Of The United States"

Fun Bits About American Torture

Fun Bits About American Torture
By Mark Morford
The San Francisco Chronicle

Friday 16 December 2005

In many ways, the US is now just as inhumane and brutal as any Third World regime. Oh well?

'78 Law Sought to Close Spy Loophole

'78 Law Sought to Close Spy Loophole
By David G. Savage
The Los Angeles Times

Saturday 17 December 2005

Civil libertarians say the latest revelations add to their frustration with the Bush administration. "If we are a nation of laws, then the president must be bound by the rule of law," said Lisa Graves, senior counsel at the ACLU in Washington. "This is clearly in violation of FISA and a violation of the Constitution. The president, no matter who he is, does not have the power to decide which laws he will follow."

A Soldier's Mom Speaks the Truth

(Editor's note: This was posted in an earlier thread by Judy. We've decided her heartfelt words deserved a thread header of its own. Judy, we wish the same as you do. We wish the best for your son as well as everyone else's sons or daughters serving in this occupation.)

I don't mean to be critical of you and I am sure you have had many replies of that nature to the above referenced subject. But you have been fooled by President Bush, his Administration and the mainstream media as have many other Americans. Please take the time to read this even if you don't take the time to investigate further.

My son is in the Air Force and I am very proud of him. He is a fire-fighter and rescues planes that crash. He is a true hero. He fortunately is back from Afghanistan and will be sent off in January to somewhere in Egypt. I fear every minute for his life. I do not blame our troops for what they do. They are all brave heroes. But they are also victims of this war and our government. My son knows I am angry at the President but not at him. But he believes in what he is doing, so I remain proud of him. All I can do is pray that some how, somewhere, someone can end all of this and bring them all home safe where they all belong. The American Troops need to start coming home NOW!

The Secret Government

The Secret Government
Proud2blib
Democratic Underground

If you've taken the time to explore some of the vast amount of reliable, verifiable information on WantToKnow.info, you have very likely come to the conclusion that there is a powerful shadow or secret government which manipulates global politics behind the scenes. Government bureaucracies are known for their inefficiency, yet it is their very well-organized and hierarchical military and intelligence services through which those involved with the secret government are able to implement their secret plans.

George W. Bush has come full circle.

George W. Bush has come full circle.
Edited on Sat Dec-17-05 06:39 PM by Prisoner_Number_Six
Democratic Underground

If true, and I have no doubt it is (in spirit if not in fact), the recently leaked *bush statement that the United States Constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper has brought him full circle- in fact, it takes him all the way back to the Presidential Oath Of Office.

Senate Turns Down Patriot Act Extension

Senate Turns Down Patriot Act Extension
nbc6.net

POSTED: 12:46 pm EST December 16, 2005
UPDATED: 2:37 pm EST December 16, 2005

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Friday refused to reauthorize major portions of the USA Patriot Act after critics complained they infringed too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.

Jean Schmidt's first 100 days, Freshman lawmaker fails to shake image of insult to decorated colleague

Jean Schmidt's first 100 days
Freshman lawmaker fails to shake image of insult to decorated colleague

By Malia Rulon, Enquirer Washington Bureau
and Howard Wilkinson, Enquirer staff writer

WASHINGTON - In her first 100 days, Rep. Jean Schmidt argued the need for spending restraint, fought for private property rights and voted to continue President Bush's tax cuts.

The coming exit strategy

By tom hayden

The peace movement is struggling with success, as measured by public surveys favoring withdrawal alongside confusion about what’s next. The Democrats seem paralyzed by their anti-war past while hiding behind John Murtha. Meanwhile, events on the ground and assessments by US military commanders seem to be pushing the US down the path of an exit strategy, perhaps sooner rather than later.

Add torture denials to long list of lies

By Gale Wilwerding, Davenport
Quad City Times

“We do not torture.

Dear Bushmen

By Hannes Klöpper, C6 Magazin

Dear Bushmen,

I'm against this war. Why, you may ask. There is a brutal dictator who, in possession of weapons of mass destruction, poses a threat to the democratic world.

Spying Scandal Draws Heat

Lawmakers call on Bush to explain his post-9/11 order allowing a secret agency to monitor U.S. citizens without first getting a warrant.
By Maura Reynolds and Greg Miller, LA Times

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress demanded Friday that President Bush and his administration explain his decision to permit the country's most secretive intelligence agency to spy on American citizens in the United States after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks without first obtaining warrants.

Time For Apologies

By Hollis Martin

I have spent a great deal of time ruminating over the devastation of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other areas of the world we have plundered into and where we have left our remnants of death scattered about. I watch and listen to the various groups activating antiwar rallies to try and end the devastation, and while they are good and well meaning, I also believe personally that the era of such protests is now ending. It is time to be newly creative once again but in ways that allow us to speak out FOR something, not AGAINST it. While being against something expresses how we feel, it still carries a negative edge. I think now more than ever, this country is craving positive feelings, something good to be speaking out FOR! In a time when everything in the world seems so bleak, we need our hopes raised by having a cause to feel positive about. I would like to share my idea with you about how to do this.

Bush Gesture to McCain: Less than Meets the Eye

By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

In deciding not to follow through on his threat to veto Sen. John McCain’s amendment against torture, Bush actually surrendered very little. Torture is still in the eyes of the beholders in the defense and intelligence communities.

Columnist Novak Out at CNN, In at Fox

By E&P Staff

NEW YORK After 25 years at CNN cable news, columnist Robert Novak, now embroiled in the Plame/CIA leak case, will be exiting on Dec. 31, and joining Fox News.

"We appreciate his many contributions and wish him well in future endeavors," said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., in a statement this morning.

Caroling at Karl Rove's House!

This Saturday Night at 6:00 pm...An official DAWN (DC Anti-War Network) Endorsed Action!

Everybody is invited! Join Us!

These favorites will warm your heart! Sing along to:

"I'm Dreaming of a White Christian"

"Cruel, inhuman, and degrading"

Eli Stephens
Left I on the News
http://lefti.blogspot.com

So Bush is going to sign a bill prohibiting "cruel, inhuman, and degrading" treatment. I'll still wait to see the actual wording. For example, just what is a "prisoner"? Does it have to be someone who is officially "arrested" or "captured"? That would rule out all sorts of people who are simply kidnapped off the streets and spirited off to secret prisons. Do they have to have made it into "the system" to count? That would rule out people like Nazem Baji, executed by U.S. forces in the field while handcuffed. Or the prisoner who was executed in the mosque because a soldier claimed he was "f**king faking he's dead."

It's Your Life: An Open Letter to Young (and Less Young) Americans

Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By David Michael Green

The Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky once said, “While you may not be interested in war, war is interested in you

George Bush Comes Clean; What the President Really Could Have Said at Annapolis

By David Michael Green
http://www.opednews.com

Text of President Bush’s speech at the U.S. Naval Academy, Wednesday, Nov. 30, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions:

Thank you. Thank you. Please be seated. Thanks for the warm welcome.

VIDEO SPECIAL | Dahr Jamail: Reporting on Iraq

A Film By Sari Gelzer
http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

Dahr Jamail shares the stories of Iraqi civilians he interviewed while spending 8 months in occupied-Iraq as an independent journalist.

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