Making Change/Creating Peace! - Event in Santa Cruz, Calif.

On Wednesday, February 15th, please join
MEDEA BENJAMIN AND DAVID SWANSON
at 7:30PM, at the Veterans Hall in Santa Cruz
speaking about:

Making Change/Creating Peace!
What Each of Us Can Do Today, Tomorrow, the Next Day, the Day After

Official US agency paints dire picture of 'out-of-control' Iraq

· Analysis issued by USAid in reconstruction effort
· Account belies picture painted by White House
Julian Borger in Washington, The Guardian (UK)

An official assessment drawn up by the US foreign aid agency depicts the security situation in Iraq as dire, amounting to a "social breakdown" in which criminals have "almost free rein".

Cindy Sheehan Reading from and Signing Copies of Her New Book, "Not One More Mother's Child"

Monday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m.
All Souls Unitarian Church
1500 Harvard St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

“Cindy speaks with a freshness, an intelligence, and a heart that brings us back to what we love best about America.

Harry Belafonte to Speak Friday at Riverside Church in NY

Belafonte will speak at the Bush Crimes Commission:
www.bushcommission.org

Don't miss it!

Make Your Own Reality!

By David Swanson

Since the war began, the Bush administration has offered numerous ex post facto justifications for the war. This process reached its height of absurdity this week when the right-wing website TownHall.com sent around an Email reading: "Here's your chance to tell Cindy about America's "noble cause in Iraq." Write a letter of up to 500 words detailing why America's involvement in Iraq is a "noble cause." Pick any reason you'd like, as long as you write clearly and concisely. Our staff will edit all submissions and compile them into a book."

Pledge of Resistance

By Max Obuszewski

On Friday, January 13, 2006, the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore helped to initiate "A Call to Conscience for the U.S. Congress" organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance Against the War in Iraq (NCNR). The event began with a demonstration outside the Baltimore office of Congressperson Ben Cardin. The Pledge selected Cardin’s office, as, after months of dialogue, the moderate Democrat refused to pledge to vote no to further funding of the war.

Bush-Cheney Impeachment Forum

On Monday, January 30, 2006, the day before the State of the Union, Kevin Zeese will be moderating a forum on the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

Are the president and vice president subject to the law or above the law?

Why We Fight

By James Greenberg
LINK

Bottom line: Revelatory look behind the dollars and cents of American foreign policy.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Wednesday January 18, 2006
NEW* Washington, DC: U.S. Senate reconvenes at 10:00 AM.
[www.ABCNews.com, 1/18/06]

NEW* PRESIDENT BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush will meet with
victims of Saddam Hussein's regime at 10:55 AM in the Roosevelt Room.

2002 Memo Doubted Uranium Sale Claim

By Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times

Washington - A high-level intelligence assessment by the Bush administration concluded in early 2002 that the sale of uranium from Niger to Iraq was "unlikely" because of a host of economic, diplomatic and logistical obstacles, according to a secret memo that was recently declassified by the State Department. Among other problems that made such a sale improbable, the assessment by the State Department's intelligence analysts concluded, was that it would have required Niger to send "25 hard-to-conceal 10-ton tractor-trailers" filled with uranium across 1,000 miles and at least one international border.

Surprise in Coronado

By Barbara Cummings

Janis Karpinski of Abu Ghraib fame or noteriety spoke tonight at the library in Coronado Ca. It is joked that Coronado has more Admirals per square foot than any other town in the US. Property is the highest per square foot than anywhere else in Ca. There are 2 huge military bases there, North Island Naval Air Station and Coronado Amphib Base.

ISSUE: Nothing to hide (except everything they're hiding)

By RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK

Whether or not you have "nothing to hide" isn't the point. The thousands (perhaps millions) of Americans who were illegally spied on didn't have anything to hide http://tinyurl.com/8btut

Statement by Former Vice President Al Gore

Contact: Trevor Fitzgibbon, 212-584-5000 x210; Jessica Smith, 202-822-5200 x249

The Administration's response to my speech illustrates perfectly the need for a special counsel to review the legality of the NSA wiretapping program. The Attorney General is making a political defense of the President without even addressing the substantive legal questions that have so troubled millions of Americans in both political parties.

Douglas Barber Commits Suicide

Basham Radio
2301 E. Sunset Road #8022
Las Vegas, NV. 89119
(702) 798-1103
http://www.dougbasham.com

bashamradio@cox.net

Last month, on December 16, 2005, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Spc. Douglas Barber was my guest on my radio talk show. He said he'd been diagnosed with PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) and despite receiving some help from the V.A., was still having trouble getting his life back together.

COST OF WAR: Suicide Isn't Painless...

By www.bradblog.com

May America 'Never Forget' What Has Gone on Here...
Today's disturbing emails, informing me of the suicide yesterday of U.S. Army Specialist Douglas Barber, have reminded again how important it is that we all continue working to assure this Administration and their co-conspirators in both the Congress and the Media, are held accountable for their criminal actions.

Is NSA Snooping China Business Blowback?

By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/

As far back as the Nixon administration, American business and politicians of both parties have repeated the mantra that doing business with the police state of China was a good thing because with the wonders of free enterprise inevitably would come other freedoms.

Petition calls for troop withdrawal

By REBECCA BARRETT, Corvallis Gazette-Times

Citizens will present a resolution for Corvallis officials’ consideration

A petition with a thousand signatures urging the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq will be presented to the Corvallis City Council tonight.

Wrong people on trial after US plot to bomb Al Jazeera

By Simon Basketter, http://www.socialistworker.co.uk

The attempt to cover up George’s Bush’s plan to bomb the Arabic television channel Al Jazeera means that two men will face trial next week for allegedly breaking the Official Secrets Act.

Is Bush Stupid -- Or Is America?

By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com

Many Americans believe George W. Bush is uninformed, simpleminded and, in a single word, stupid. But there is a different way to look at the evidence and conclude that while Bush may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, it is he who thinks the American people are the real dullards.

Bush's Warrantless Spying: Does the President Really Know Best?

From Tomdispatch today: "Bush's Warrantless Spying: Does the President Really Know Best?" by Elizabeth de la Vega http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=50038

Former Federal Prosecutor de la Vega, who regularly writes on the Plame case and other legal matters for Tomdispatch, considers the Bush administration's "unitary executive theory" of power, a fancy explanation for why its Constitution-breaking scheme for creating an unfettered presidency was, in fact, deeply constitutional -- and then explores the nature of the law-breaking that lies behind it in the case of the President's authorization of warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency.

BUSH CRIMES COMMISSION SCHEDULE

International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration
305 West Broadway, #199, NY, NY 10013 212-941-8086 www.bushcommission.org

FRIDAY EVENING, January 20, 5:30 – 9 pm, Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue

Bill O'Reilly Forced to Talk About Impeachment

Brad Friedman of www.bradblog.com reports:

Just after the bottom of the first hour of today's O'Reilly show (after a *superb* interview with Jonathon Turley, in which Turley made a great case for the impeachment of Bush, despite O'Reilly's best effort to minimize what Turley was saying! I hope to be posting that complete interview at BRAD BLOG if I can get a copy of it).

Waxman Releases Report on Republican Congress's Failure to Investigate Bush Wrongdoing

News from Congressman Henry A. Waxman
Contact: Karen Lighfoot, (202) 225-5051

In a pair of new reports issued today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman examines the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to investigate wrongdoing by the Bush Administration and the very different approach toward oversight taken by the Republican-controlled Congress during the Clinton Administration.

Women's Anti-War Petition Circles the Globe

By Haider Rizvi, Inter Press Service

NEW YORK - Eminent female writers, artists, lawmakers and social activists in the United States are reaching out to women leaders across the world in an attempt to forge a global alliance against the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

NSA Spying Evolved Pre-9/11

By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

In the months before 9/11, thousands of American citizens were inadvertently swept up in wiretaps, had their emails monitored, and were being watched as they surfed the Internet by spies at the super-secret National Security Agency, former NSA and counterterrorism officials said.

Impeachment Lunch Break Wednesday in DC

Open to the Public
Taping of Radio Show at Institute for Policy Studies on topic of Censure and Impeachment
With Marcus Raskin, John Cavanagh, David Swanson, and (invited) Rep. John Conyers

Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 12:30pm-1:30pm

The New Fascism

By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

American who advised Pentagon says he wrote for magazine that found forged Niger documents

By Larisa Alexandrovna, www.rawstory.com

A controversial neoconservative who occasionally consulted for the Bush Defense Department has confirmed that he was a contributor to the Italian magazine Panorama, whose reporter first came across forged documents which purported that Iraq was seeking to obtain uranium from Niger.

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