Friends Don't Let Friends Commit War Crimes

By Cindy Sheehan

"You're like an ambassador for peace," a Spanish journalist told me as we finished one of the dozens of interviews I gave in Europe. I did this interview right before I went to meet with the Spanish Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.

US Forces Step Up Iraq Airstrikes

By Sarah Baxter, Ali Rifat, and Peter Almond, The Sunday Times UK

American forces are dramatically stepping up air attacks on insurgents in Iraq as they prepare to start the withdrawal of ground troops in the spring.

Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid US Propaganda

By David S. Cloud and Jeff Gerth, The New York Times

Washington - A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print positive articles written by American soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work, according to current and former employees.

ImpeachPAC today announced the formation of a Citizens Impeachment Commission to make 2006 the "Year of Impeachment."

http://www.impeachpac.org/?q=node/192

"We are honored by the broad support for impeachment from this distinguished group of true American patriots," said Bob Fertik, President of ImpeachPAC. "Impeachment is not a 'fringe' position, as the Bush Administration would like Americans to believe. With a recent Zogby poll showing Americans support impeachment hearings by a solid majority of 53%-42%, there is far more support for impeachment than there is for the War in Iraq," Fertik said.

War without end

Only justice, not bombs, can make our dangerous world a safer place
By Robert Fisk, the Independent, UK

This was the year the "war on terror" - an obnoxious expression which we all parroted after 11 September 2001 - appeared to be almost as endless as George Bush once claimed it would be. And unsuccessful. For, after all the bombing of Afghanistan, the overthrow of the Taliban, the invasion of Iraq and its appallingly tragic aftermath, can anyone claim today that they feel safer than they did a year ago?

Bolton Testimony Revealed Domestic Spying

By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report

This past spring, an explosive nugget of information slipped out during the confirmation hearings of John Bolton - nominated by President Bush to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations - that in hindsight should have blown the lid off Bush's four-year-old clandestine spy program involving the National Security Agency.

Distinguished Panel Hears Charge of Crimes Against Humanity

www.bushcommission.org

The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration has announced January 20-22 for its final session of hearings. Verdicts are expected around the time of the Bush’s State of the Union address and nationwide demonstrations occurring then. The work of the Commission is historic, with the potential to profoundly affect the gathering storm around the Bush administration.

The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration of the United States

The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration of the United States, www.bushcommission.org

When the possibility of far-reaching war crimes and crimes against humanity exists, people of conscience have a solemn responsibility to inquire into the nature and scope of these acts and to determine if they do in fact rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity. That is the mission of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity. The final session will be held January 20-22 in New York City. This tribunal will, with care and rigor, present evidence and assess whether George W. Bush and his administration have committed crimes against humanity. Well-established international law will be referenced where applicable, but the tribunal will not be limited by the scope of existing international law.

Reconstruction? Well, Not So Much

U.S. Has End in Sight on Iraq Rebuilding
Documents Show Much of the Funding Diverted to Security, Justice System and Hussein Inquiry
By Ellen Knickmeyer, Washington Post

BAGHDAD -- The Bush administration does not intend to seek any new funds for Iraq reconstruction in the budget request going before Congress in February, officials say. The decision signals the winding down of an $18.4 billion U.S. rebuilding effort in which roughly half of the money was eaten away by the insurgency, a buildup of Iraq's criminal justice system and the investigation and trial of Saddam Hussein.

What Fate Awaits NSA Spying Whistleblower

By David Swanson

Can there be any doubt that if the White House finds out who leaked the story of its illegal spying, fierce retribution will follow?

Another way of asking that question is: Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?

Bush Impeachment Inquiry Has 8 House Co-Sponsors

By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News

A total of eight US House members have co-sponsored Resolution 635 to create a select committee to investigate the grounds for impeaching President Bush, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

NSA Gave Other U.S. Agencies Information From Surveillance

Fruit of Eavesdropping Was Processed and Cross-Checked With Databases
By Walter Pincus, Washington Post

Information captured by the National Security Agency's secret eavesdropping on communications between the United States and overseas has been passed on to other government agencies, which cross-check the information with tips and information collected in other databases, current and former administration officials said.

Justice Deputy Resisted Parts of Spy Program

By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN, New York Times

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 - A top Justice Department official objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about its legality and oversight, according to officials with knowledge of the tense internal debate. The concerns appear to have played a part in the temporary suspension of the secret program.

More Fear of Impeachment Punditry

By David Swanson

This is a new one: a column arguing that we should not impeach Bush because he's so dangerous, his crimes so serious, and the lies he's told so widespread. With friends like these...

Howard Zinn: After the War

Published on The Progressive, http://progressive.org
After the War
By Howard Zinn

The war against Iraq, the assault on its people, the occupation of its cities, will come to an end, sooner or later. The process has already begun. The first signs of mutiny are appearing in Congress. The first editorials calling for withdrawal from Iraq are beginning to appear in the press. The anti-war movement has been growing, slowly but persistently, all over the country.

German media: U.S. prepares Iran strike

By MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The Bush administration is preparing its NATO allies for a possible military strike against suspected nuclear sites in Iran in the New Year, according to German media reports, reinforcing similar earlier suggestions in the Turkish media.

Cheers!

Happy New Year?

Leak Hypocrisy
By Larry C. Johnson

The Bush Administration's new offensive against leakers just reminds us that when the President's political standing is at stake all is fair if the purpose is to protect the Pres...., er I mean the nation. Too bad George Bush did not express the same outrage when Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and others in his employ, told eager journalists that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA operative. I guess divulging secrets is okay if the White House needs to discredit Joe Wilson and his claim (subsequently proved true) that the President had misled the nation during his January 2004 State of the Union address. Plus if offers the added benefit of warning the rest of the intelligence community--shut up or else. You can't have whistle blowers coming out that would tarnish the President's image as a tough guy waging war on the terrorists.

Review of the Year: Iraq

By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent UK

View From Baghdad: Bush and Blair plot their exit strategy as a nation falls apart at the seams.

This was the year in which the US admitted it was not going to defeat the insurgency. It was the ebb tide of American and British power in Iraq. By the end of the year both countries were urgently looking to withdraw their troops in circumstances not too humiliating to themselves and without precipitating the complete collapse of the Iraqi state.

Ex-Envoy to Uzbekistan Goes Public on Torture

By Anne Penketh, The Independent

Britain's former ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has defied the Foreign Office by publishing on the internet documents providing evidence that the British Government knowingly received information extracted by torture in the "war on terror".

DOMESTIC SPYING PROMPTS TALK OF IMPEACHMENT

By HAZEL TRICE EDNEY, The Wilmington Journal

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Bush’s authorization of a secret domestic spying program – and his fierce defense of his action – is leading to talk of possible impeachment.

Molly Ivins Calls for Impeachment

Molly Ivins: "Either the president of the United States is going to have to understand and admit he has done something very wrong, or he will have to be impeached."

AUSTIN, Texas -- The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Thirty-five years ago, Richard Milhous Nixon, who was crazy as a bullbat, and J. Edgar Hoover, who wore women's underwear, decided some Americans had unacceptable political opinions. So they set our government to spying on its own citizens, basically those who were deemed insufficiently like Crazy Richard Milhous.

Pressuring the CIA to Lie, Calling Result an Accident

By David Swanson

Try as I might to believe that the President accidentally got it all wrong about those weapons of mass destruction and ties to 9-11, I just can't seem to square it with the fact that the White House pressured the CIA to get it wrong or else.

Year's Top Stories: The War At Home

Stephen Pearcy called our attention to this article and commented: "Pretty cool, eh? Well, we'll have some more good stuff for those right wingers next year! Happy New Year!"

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- WB58-TV asked viewers what their top regional stories of 2005 were, and many of their answers involved the war at home.

In one case, Land Park resident Steve Pearcy pushed some buttons in the form of a U.S. soldier hung on the front of his Sacramento home, questioning the war.

Chalabi Named Iraq Oil Minister

Fuel Crisis Spurs Mandatory Leave For Incumbent
By Jonathan Finer and Naseer Nouri, Washington Post

BAGHDAD, Dec. 30 -- As a fuel crisis deepened in Iraq, the government replaced its oil minister with controversial Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi, whose poor performance in the Dec. 15 elections was a setback in his recent attempt at political rehabilitation.

Can Cheney Save Bush's Presidency?

By David Swanson

Talk of censure and impeachment has begun swirling around President Bush. Can Vice President Cheney come to the rescue? He will do so if enough of Bush's opponents adopt the position of this Philadelphia Daily News op-ed writer -- the position that impeaching Bush would be a mistake, since Cheney is worse than Bush.

An American Nightmare Part IV

Passed Presidents
By Amy Branham

There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

When George finished the business he was away from the White House to do the next day, he returned home. The hour was late by the time he got home, but he found himself doing everything he could to avoid going to bed. He sat up and read for awhile hoping to take his mind off the terrible nightmares he’d been having. However, George found that the books that usually distracted him did nothing to help. He kept reading the same page over and over, not remembering what he had just read. Finally, thoroughly irritated, he put the book down.

RNC and White House linked to "independent" polls on NSA

http://constantpated.blogspot.com

If your President faces a potential impeachment over illegal activity, what do you do? Maybe you hire a firm to suggest the public likes having their rights viola

'Downing Street Documents' - Confirmed and Corroborated!

By www.BradBlog.com

Leaked Top-Secret British Documents Revealing Bush Intended to Launch a War on Iraq -- No Matter What -- Have Been Proven Legitimate and Correct
John Conyers' Latest Report Provides a Point-by-Point Verification

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