By Larry C Johnson
Simply amazing; the Bush Adminstration still has not figured out how to accurately count terrorist incidents. I know some readers of this blog will be tempted to dismiss my statement as just another diatribe from a knee-jerk Bush hater. I do not hate Bush and still consider myself a political conservative. What I do not understand is, if terrorism is the biggest threat we face, why we cannot make a commitment to accurately monitor terrorist activity around the world.
'The Americans are Breaking International Law... It is a Society Heading Towards Animal Farm' - Archbishop Sentamu on Guantanamo
Published on Saturday, February 18, 2006 by Independent/UK
By Ian Herbert and Ben Russell
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has launched a passionate attack on President George Bush, saying his administration's refusal to close the notorious Guantanamo Bay camp reflected "a society that is heading towards George Orwell's Animal Farm".
By the Los Angeles Times
That the United States Senate has a body called the Intelligence Committee is an irony George Orwell would have truly appreciated. In a world without Doublespeak, the panel, chaired by GOP Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, would be known by a more appropriate name - the Senate Coverup Committee.
By BRIAN MURPHY, AP Religion Writer
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - A coalition of American churches sharply denounced the U.S.-led war in Iraq on Saturday, accusing Washington of "raining down terror" and apologizing to other nations for "the violence, degradation and poverty our nation has sown."
By Daniel Jordan and Neil Wollman
“She opened it and out flew all the terrible things like greed and envy, hatred and cruelty, poverty and hunger, sickness and despair, and more . . .
By Michael Smith, London Sunday Times
AN UNARMED Iraqi shot dead in one of the most controversial incidents of the Iraq war is suspected to have been the victim of an execution by British soldiers angry at the death of their sergeant.
By Brian Bogart
These two films are essential viewing for all people.
The excellent film by Eugene Jarecki, "Why We Fight," can be viewed at the following link. It was originally broadcast on March 23, 2005, on BBC Four, the same channel that recently aired the outstanding new film on the rebellion of US soldiers in Vietnam, "Sir! No, Sir!" by David Zeigler, which will be released in the United States next month. Both films are extremely relevant to our current situation.
In the 2004 election, Karl Rove masterfully used gay marriage as the catalyst to drive normally apathetic voters to the polls and achieve historic turnout. It worked. Republicans of all ages, shapes and sizes who couldn't care less about manufactured WMD intelligence, record deficits and gas/oil prices, CIA leaks and warrantless wiretappings raced to polling places across America just to keep homosexuals from tying the knot.
By Neil A. Lewis, New York Times
Washington - A federal prosecutor has said I. Lewis Libby Jr., former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is trying to sabotage the criminal case against him by insisting through his lawyers that he be given sensitive government documents for his defense.
By Robert Imrie, Associated Press
Kweaunee, Wis. - Peace activist Jill Bussiere wants the United States to bring its troops home from Iraq immediately, so she went door-to-door in this community in the hopes of getting others to join her cause.
The new issue of Harper's magazine, http://www.harpers.org , has a cover story (not online yet) by the editor Lewis Lapham laying out the case for impeachment. And Harper's has planned the following event:
By The Nation, www.thenation.com
The Nation -- The list of House members who have signed on as cosponsors of U.S. Representative John Conyers'resolution calling for the establishment of select committee that would examine whether President Bush and Vice President Cheney should face impeachment continues to grow. Four more members of the House have added their names to the resolution, bringing to 27 the total number of representatives, including Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, who are calling for the creation of "a select committee to investigate the administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment."
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches, http://dahrjamailiraq.com
In an effort to keep the videos and footage of abuse and torture of
Iraqis by American and British forces in Iraq available despite U.S.
government and Pentagon censorship efforts, we have decided to post them
By David Swanson
Remarks prepared for February 18th pro-impeachment rally in colonial dress in Charlottesville, Va., home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, and near the home of James Madison.
By Bob Blumenthal, www.pdamerica.org
In Morris County, NJ there is an intersection at Kinnelon Road and
Route 23. Between 7:30 am and 9:00 am, about 8,000 cars pass this
point. In early December, I decided to stage a one man protest against
At $42 Billion, Largest Contract of its Kind, Company Says
By The Borowitz Report
The Halliburton Company announced today that it had won a $42 billion no-bid contract from the U.S. government to reconstruct the reputation of Vice President Dick Cheney.
By David Swanson
The following are remarks I made last Wednesday night in Santa Cruz, California, at an event held in the Veterans Hall, where the star speaker was Medea Benjamin, and where a group of Raging Grannies with pink aprons and rolling pins belted out anti-Bush songs of their own creation that brought down the house. Medea was tremendous, and I recommend watching the video once they get it online.
By William Hughes
By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee wants the panel to look into whether the National Security Agency was eavesdropping without proper authority in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Published on Friday, February 17, 2006, by CommonDreams.org
By Steve Osborn
I grew up an American, and proud of it. I was taught in school about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and Bill of Rights. My brother was a Merchant Marine Officer during the war and had three ships sunk beneath him. We beat the Nazis, the Fascists and the Japanese and made the world safe for democracy. After the war came Nuremberg and the assurance that things like the holocaust could never happen again. The Marshal Plan helped to rebuild the shattered portions of the world. America, Democracy, compassion and help. It was good to be an American. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were sad, but necessary to end the war and save lives, we were told.
By Jim Oberg
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to let you know that we, the American people, are awakening to
what you have been doing to our great country. We now see with shame that
all of your agenda, as you lead us to our material and moral destruction, is
U.S. Tour of Duty's Real Intelligence Project, KPFT 90.1, MonkeyWrench Books and Light in the Darkness Publications present two emergency public discussions about Iraq, Iran and America's constitutional crisis with
"Mourning to Resistance": Sundown Candlelight Vigil & Peace Ceremony marking the 3rd Anniversary of the War of Occupation in Iraq
Sunday, March 19th 2006 6:15PM
Philadelphia, PA USA
The reading of names of the war dead - Iraqi and U.S. - and the intonement of bells and drums will accompany the candlelight vigil. The ceremony for peace will include music, readings, and a circle of peace.
Have you made plans yet to mark the third anniversary of the Iraq War?
From time to time, our movement gathers in mass mobilizations (as we will on April 29 in New York City). As dramatic and inspiring as those events are, the heart and soul of the peace movement is community-based, local work, which is why United for Peace and Justice has called for nationally coordinated local actions on the third anniversary of the Iraq War.
By Barbara Lee, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
When I cast the lone vote against the September 14, 2001, Use of Force Resolution, I believed, as I do today, that Congress had no business authorizing an unspecified war against an unspecified enemy for an unspecified period of time, and I was worried that the over-broad authority of the resolution was vulnerable to abuse.
U.S. Tour of Duty's Real Intelligence Project, Los Angeles City Beat, and Progressive Talk AM 1150 present an emergency public discussion about Iraq, Iran and America's constitutional crisis with
Former UN Weapons Inspector SCOTT RITTER and GORE VIDAL