By Jerome Grossman, President of Council for a Livable World
President Bush hailed the December 15 parliamentary election in Iraq as a “landmark day in the history of liberty.
By JOHN CONYERS JR., The Nation
On December 20, 2005, I issued a 273-page report outlining the Bush Administration's panoply of misconduct associated in the run-up to and since the Iraq War.
U.S. Congressional Candidate John L. Wolfe Endorses Congressman Conyers' Resolutions to Censure Bush
Ohio attorney stands behind effort to investigate wrongdoing by Bush Administration
In a statement made today, U.S. Congressional Candidate John L. Wolfe (OH-13) has endorsed House Resolutions 635, 636 and 637, as introduced by U.S. Congressman John Conyers (MI-14) earlier this week.
Tuesday January 31 - Drown Out Bush's Lies during the State of the Union
Saturday, February 4 - Protest at the Seat of Government! BUSH STEP DOWN
It's going to take an organized movement of millions to Drive OUT the Bush Regime: The LA Times reported last month that Bush's advisors hope his speech will lead the populace to "turn the page" on the debacle of the past few months, as crime after crime has been exposed and Bush's poll numbers fell. They're hoping to regroup and "reposition" Bush, to focus people on going forward united with his program. There is not doubt that he will push on "to radically remake society, very quickly, in a faxcist way, and for generations to come", as our Call says.
Guardians of Power
Exclusive interview with Media Lens’ editors David Edwards and David Cromwell By Gabriele Zamparini (*)
In 1968, Martin Luther King told us: “If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess ... strength without sight.
An unscientific online survey at MSNBC (which has thus far refused to do a real poll on the topic)
Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment? * 61295 responses
I Spy A Democrat?
By Larisa Alexandrovna, Huffington Post
By Jack Lessenberry, Detroit Metro Times
Here’s an indication of how crazy and sick things are in this country today: Last week, I heard an anchor on CNN casually mention words to the effect that U.S. Sen. John McCain and the president’s national security adviser “were still meeting in an attempt to reach a compromise on torture policy.
By News Hounds
Napolitano: in retrospect, Clinton crime not impeachable offense
Newsweek's Howard Fineman begins an article with the headline: "The 'I Word'" and this subheadline: "Expect 2006 to offer up Nixon-era nastiness and a chorus of calls to impeach Bush." And he ends with this paragraph:
By Joe Conason, The New York Observer
Recklessly and audaciously, George W. Bush is driving the nation whose laws he swore to uphold into a constitutional crisis. He has claimed the powers of a medieval monarch and defied the other two branches of government to deny him. Eventually, despite his party’s monopoly of power, he may force the nation to choose between his continuing degradation of basic national values and the terrible remedy of impeachment.
By NEIL A. LEWIS, New York Times
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 - A federal appeals court delivered a stunning rebuke to the Bush administration today, refusing to allow the transfer of Jose Padilla from military custody to civilian law enforcement authorities to face terrorism charges in criminal court.
Yes, the president committed a federal crime by wiretapping Americans, say constitutional scholars, former intelligence officers and politicians. What's missing is the political will to impeach him.
The notion of absolute executive power has a venerable history, but it lacks an American pedigree.
By Sidney Blumenthal, www.salon.com
Dec. 22, 2005 | President Bush's explanations of why he is justified in ordering domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency have shifted with every news cycle. He has sent out Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster his justifications. (Rice averred that she was "not a lawyer" before repeating the talking points.) Bush personally tried to suppress disclosure by the New York Times, which had held the story for more than a year before breaking it, by summoning Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and editor Bill Keller to the Oval Office on Dec. 6.
Traprock Peace Center has just published to the internet its
comprehensive coverage (audio, photos and video) of the London
International Peace Conference, held on December 10, 2005.
By Jason Leopold, www.RawStory.com
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is not expected to shut down his investigation into the leak of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson when he finishes his inquiry of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove's role in the leak, lawyers close to the probe said.
By Ray McGovern
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
I'll say this for Vice President Dick Cheney: he puts it right out there, whether it is trying to ensure legal protection for those torturing prisoners, or insisting - as he did on Tuesday - that in wartime the president "needs to have his powers unimpaired." And Cheney and Bush would have us believe it is they who define the constitutional powers of the president.
AMY GOODMAN: We welcome you to Democracy Now!, Congressmember Conyers.
REP. JOHN CONYERS: Good morning, and it's always good to be with you, Amy. It’s a wonderful program that you have. Your earlier segment ties almost into this, with the groups being harassed, and tried to be connected to political -- to al-Qaeda when it's pretty clear that that's not the case. Now, what we're doing is trying to put this into a outline of moving forward, and so, on the closing hours of the session over the weekend, I introduced House Resolution 635, which creates a select committee to investigate the administration's intent to go to war before they received congressional authorization and manipulation of pre-war intelligence and encouraging and countenancing torture of detainees and retaliating against critics and to make recommendations regarding possible grounds for impeachment.
United Press International
Washington - Iraq's elections were marked by widespread intimidation and coercion by paramilitary groups, experts said Tuesday.
"This election appears to have suffered from very many problems. The reports have become overwhelming," Leslie Campbell, regional director of Middle East and North African programs at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, told a meeting at the Center for American Progress, a think tank headed by John Podesta, President Bill Clinton's former chief of staff.
By Larry C Johnson, NoQuarter
An old friend, Paul Kaihla, who writes for Business 2.0, reminded me he had published a piece 4 years ago that highlighted one of the challenges of tracking terrorist targets. While this example falls outside the current debate about phone intercepts inside the United States, the technological challenge is the same. The fundamental point is that the law enforcement and intelligence community can deal with the threat. If they need new authorities they should seek them. But ignoring laws is not a prerogative of the President or any leader for that matter.
Times don't get more serious than this; it is time for the most serious of measures.
Every American generation has a moment when it is called upon to do its part to preserve the freedom and higher values of our country. This is our moment.
Camp Casey Los Angeles
This week 12/23 Cindy Sheehan will be joining our vigil
Just a reminder that every friday Los Angeles area Gold Star Families for Peace along with Military Familes Speak Out, Orange County, Code Pink and the Camp Casey Peace movement are setting up a Camp Casey outside of Cal Sen. Diane Feinsteins office.We are now in the 4th week of our encampment. We will be there from 3pm to 6 pm waiting for her to answer the questions posed to her in September by Cindy Sheehan. For What Noble cause are our kids dying ? How many more lives are she willing to sacrifice for this Noble cause? And, what is she doing to bring an end to the US occupation of Iraq? Until she answers these questions we will be there.
By David Sirota
Another day, yet another new and wholly different explanation from the Bush administration about its illegal domestic spying operation.
Zogby Leads Winning Side, Calling for US Withdrawal
Contact: Mira H. Browne, (202) 429-9210, email@example.com
On December 31 and January 1, 2006, BBC World will air "The Doha Debates