Court has made clear warrantless spying is forbidden

BY HUGH (BUCK) DAVIS and ROBERT A. SEDLER, Detroit Free Press

Downplayed in the furor over the revelations that President George W. Bush's National Security Agency is intercepting the telephone and e-mail communications of U.S. citizens is the fact that the Supreme Court has long held that warrantless wiretapping of American citizens in the name of national security violates the Fourth Amendment. The court made that ruling in a 1972 case originating in Michigan. It's popularly known as the Keith case, after highly respected Detroit federal Judge Damon J. Keith, who rendered the initial decision deeming such wiretapping unconstitutional.

Americans Support Impeaching Bush for Wiretapping

For Release: January 16, 2006

New Zogby Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Impeaching Bush for Wiretapping

By a margin of 52% to 43%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge's approval, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,216 U.S. adults from January 9-12.

Specter on NSA Spying: 'Remedy is Impeachment'

On ABC's This Week, when asked about the remedy for illegal NSA wiretapping of U.S. citizens, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), head of the Senate Judiciary Committee set to hold hearings on the matter, answered: "...Impeachment is the remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution..."
VIDEO:
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002282.htm

New Graphic

The Arrogance and Hubris of Jerry Bremer

By Larry C Johnson

As Jerry Bremer hits the media circuit to tout his new book, which chronicles his tenure as the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, he insists that he and the Administration never anticipated that an insurgency would emerge in Iraq. I am sure Jerry believes what he is saying, but he is wrong. I tried to warn him and I tried to hook him up with genuine experts on Iraq before he went to Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Jerry refused to listen and declined the help. Although Jerry is a brilliant, capable man, he was unwilling to listen to others or accept facts that contradicted the Administration’s conventional wisdom. Jerry’s arrogance in Iraq was symptomatic of the entire Bush Administration’s approach to policy and accounts in large measure for the mess we now face.

Signs for Any Occasion

www.impeachpac.org

What event would you not want to take these to? Here are signs, letter size or poster size: "Impeach Bush & Cheney" on one side, and the ImpeachPAC Logo on the other.

Impeach Bush & Cheney large PDF

San Diego on the March

By Barbara Cummings

It was a sad day for me to see my friends so scared of what the right wingers might think of us. Today is the BRINGTHEIRBUDDIESHOME event in Temecula and I will report back on that. The articles on freepress.com have actually scared many into staying home. The police have assured protection but people are still scared.

Al Gore Monday on C-Span: Will He Dare to Have the Decency to Use the I Word?

C-SPAN, tomorrow Monday, January 16, 2006 – Noon, Eastern time

12:00 PM EST -- 1:00 (est.) LIVE
Speech
Civil Liberties
American Constitution Society
Albert Gore Jr., United States
The beginning and end of this live program may be earlier or later than the scheduled times.

The drone, the CIA and a botched attempt to kill bin Laden's deputy

In the hunt for al-Qaeda, a missile attack on a mountain village killed women and children. The attack was precise, the intelligence was flawed, and the strained relation between Pakistan and the US has been pushed to breaking point

Iran Air Strikes 'Under Consideration'

By Sanjay Suri

LONDON - Western powers are already planning use of the military option in the face of Iran's insistence that it will go ahead with what it calls its nuclear research program, a leading expert says.

Murtha Says Elections Could End War

By Reuters

New York - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken Democratic critic of the Iraq war, said in remarks to be aired on Sunday that voter pressure in the November congressional election could force President George W. Bush to pull U.S. forces from Iraq.

Washington Post Writer Advocates Military Propaganda (sorry, is that redundant?)

Oh, and he is paid by MIT's Security Studies Program, which is almost certainly funded by the Pentagon.

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Use Every Article In the Arsenal: Good Press Is a Legitimate Weapon
By Michael Schrage, Washington Post, Sunday, January 15, 2006; B03

LA Times Calls Majority of Americans "Weak Kneed"

Antiwar Protesters Jeer Pelosi at Town Hall Event
Top House Democrat rankles some when she declines to endorse the impeachment of Bush.

By Mark Z. Barabak,
Los Angeles Times
Jan. 15, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO — Swarmed by antiwar protesters, Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Saturday called the invasion of Iraq "a grotesque mistake" but rejected calls for President Bush's impeachment.

SF Chronicle Tries to Marginalize a Majority Opinion and Pretend Supporting it Would Be Politically Unwise

Anti-war activists take Pelosi to task: Minority leader negotiates with lawmakers to her right
Erin McCormick, San Francisco Chronicle

Her opposition to the Iraq war may have earned her a reputation as a radical lefty in Washington.

War in Iraq: Crimes & Lies: Dave Lindorff and Maurizio Torrealta in Rome

US Citizens for Peace and Justice, Rome, Italy

On Friday, January 13th, 2006, David Lindorff, a U.S. investigative journalist and writer, and Maurizio Torrealta, an Italian journalist with RAINEWS24, made a presentation to about seventy-five (75) people at an event organized by U.S. Citizens for Peace and Justice-Rome and the coalition of Rome peace groups, Romacittapertallapace. “Voices from the other America, Voices from the other Italy

Homeland Security Ate My Speech

From Tomdispatch today: Ariel Dorfman's "Homeland Security Ate My Speech," http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=49432

a wonderful account of a speech novelist, essayist, playwright, and former Chilean exile from the September 11, 1973 coup against Salvador Allende, gave before 2,000 professors of literature and language in which he claimed the very speech he was to give had been impounded by two agents of the Homeland Security Department in an interrogation at Miami International Airport. The piece is really about his surprise that many in his audience believed what he had meant as absurd, self-mocking fiction -- and the lesson he learned from it: that the Bush administration's actions since 9/11 have outstripped anyone's ability to parody them; or, put another way, that nothing in our world now is too absurd, too far-fetched to seem plausible. This, of course, is why one of the more popular news programs of the recent years is Jon Stewart's Daily Show where the silliest parodies often come closer to our reality than anything you might see on the network prime-time news.

Attack of Decency Strikes the New York Times

The Imperial Presidency at Work
The New York Times | Editorial

You would think that Senators Carl Levin and John McCain would have learned by now that you cannot deal in good faith with a White House that does not act in good faith. Yet both men struck bargains intended to restore the rule of law to American prison camps. And President Bush tossed them aside at the first opportunity.

The silencing of college presidents

By Margaret A. McKenna, Boston Globe

WHEN I BECAME president of Lesley University 20 years ago, I was attracted to the college because of its mission and beliefs that individuals can and should make a difference. After all, I am a product of the 1960s, and we believed that we had an opportunity, in fact a responsibility, to make the world a better place.

New York Martin Luther King Day Events

www.unitedforpeace.org

Sunday, January 15
4:45 p.m.
Riverside Church

Realizing the Dream: A Call to Conscience
in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Realizing the Dream — a coalition of civil rights and social justice organizations - is sponsoring this tribute from the same pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic speech “Beyond Vietnam

FILIBUSTER BUSH, IMPEACH ALITO

By Paul Rogat Loeb

In the wake of the Alito hearings, mainline pundits are calling his
nomination a done deal. Alito didn't spew obscenities or green bile. He
didn't admit that he'd reverse Roe v. Wade or vow to proclaim George Bush

MLK 'Truth, Peace & Justice' rally Sunday will focus on Bush impeachment, third Party campaign in Palo Alto for Congress

Contact: Christian Pecaut 415-573-5655, workoutwellforall@gmail.com

PALO ALTO - The impeachment of Pres. George Bush will be among other "Truth, Peace and Justice" topics discussed here at a Martin Luther King Jr. rally and celebration Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lytton Plaza, in Downtown Palo Alto (University & Emerson).

Pakistan Condemns Purported CIA Air Strike

Associated Press

Damadola, Pakistan - Pakistan on Saturday condemned a purported CIA air strike on a border village that officials said unsuccessfully targeted al-Qaida's second-in-command, and said it was protesting to the US Embassy over the attack that killed at least 17 people.

Bush Rejects Call to Shut Gitmo Prison

By Anne Gearan, Associated Press

Washington - President Bush rejected a suggestion by Germany's new leader that the US close its prison at Guantánamo Bay, saying after a first meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that the facility is "a necessary part of protecting the American people."

A Protest, a Spy Program and a Campus in an Uproar

By Sarah Kershaw, The Santa Cruz Journal

Santa Cruz, Calif. - The protest was carefully orchestrated, planned for weeks by Students Against War during Friday evening meetings in a small classroom on the University of California campus here.

Army Dropped Abuse Probe, Records Show

By Robert Burns, Associated Press

Washington - The Army closed a criminal investigation of abuse allegations by an Iraqi detainee last year, finding no reason to believe his claims, even though no Americans involved in the case were questioned, according to Pentagon records made public Thursday.

Anti-Iraq War Horse Rep. Murtha Ignites New Fires of Ferment in Northern Virginia

By Nicholas F. Benton, www.FCNP.com

Pennsylvania Rep. John T. Murtha commanded the stage and a live national television audience with unbowed resolve to defend his call for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq last Thursday, spellbinding an overflow crowd of 600 at a town meeting hosted by Rep. Jim Moran in the Ballston area of Arlington.

Men Intoxicated with Power and Courtiers Who Serve Them

By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

Individually, the new "dots" supplied by revelations about the Iraq war in James Risen's State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration are not very surprising. Collectively, though, they provide valuable insight into the peculiar way in which President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair prepared to launch an unprovoked war - shades of Germany and Quisling Austria two generations ago. Needed: power-intoxicated leaders, court functionaries to serve them, and obedient military leaders able to subordinate conscience to career requirements.

URGENT APPEAL TO SAVE IRAQ'S ACADEMICS.

Call for action to save Iraq's Academics
http://new.petitiononline.com/Iraqacad/petition.html

To: special rapporteur on summary executions at UNHCHR in Geneva and international Human Rights & Law organisations

Gore to Address "Constitutional Crisis"

By John Nichols, www.thenation.com

It sounds as if Al Gore is about to deliver what could be not just one of the more significant speeches of his political career but an essential challenge to the embattled presidency of George W. Bush.

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