Judiciary Democratic Congressional Briefing: "Constitution in Crisis: Domestic Surveillance and Executive Power"

January 20, 2006
Congressmen Conyers, Scott and Van Hollen hosted a Congressional Briefing on the "Constitution in Crisis: Domestic Surveillance and Executive Power."

Specter Off To A Bad Start


At the beginning of the hearing with Attorney General Gonzales about Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance program, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced:

1. Attorney Alberto Gonzales won’t be sworn in, even though the last time he testified under oath he misled the committee about the program. Leahy noted he was sworn the other two times he appeared before the committee. Leahy appealed the ruling of the chair and asked for a roll call vote.

Right Wing Nuts Running the Senate Refuse to Put Attorney General Under Oath


SPECTER: So the question is, should the ruling of the chair be upheld that Attorney General Gonzales not be sworn?

FBI Reverts To Old Tactics

Published Tuesday, January 3, 2006
FBI Reverts To Old Tactics
The Ledger

It was right out of the J. Edgar Hoover Playbook: In times of national crisis, round up the usual suspects. Thus, in the wake of the attacks of 9/11, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft gave the FBI its head to pursue America's enemies, foreign and domestic. And just as in Hoover's days, the agency spent a fair amount of time and effort going after . . . environmentalists, peaceniks, war protesters and the rest of the usual suspects.

Juggernaut Gathering Momentum, Headed for Iran

By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

What President George W. Bush, FOX news, and the Washington Times were saying about Iraq three years ago they are now saying about Iran. After Saturday's vote by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to report Iran's suspicious nuclear activities to the UN Security Council, the president wasted no time in warning, "The world will not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons."

Defense of Eavesdropping Is Met with Skepticism in Senate

By David Stout, New York Times

Washington - Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales told skeptical senators today that the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program is legal, constitutional and vital to national security in a time of terrorism.

Oil Graft Fuels the Insurgency, Iraq and US Say

By Robert F. Worth and James Glanz, New York Times

Baghdad - Iraqi and American officials say they are seeing a troubling pattern of government corruption enabling the flow of oil money and other funds to the insurgency and threatening to undermine Iraq's struggling economy.

Why Bush has no constitutional power for warrantless surveillance

Why Bush has no constitutional power for warrantless surveillance
Posted by Filius Nullius, Democratic Underground
Added to homepage Mon Feb 06th 2006, 03:17 PM ET

O.K., now that the Super Bowl is over, it's time to confront reality again. I'm an attorney, and this is a long, lawyerly piece that most DUers won't read, but here goes anyway. Just so you know, I'm not a constitutional lawyer, but, like most attorneys, I studied constitutional law in law school ... and, yes, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Belafonte on Bush, War and Wiretaps

Democracy Now!. Posted February 4, 2006.

Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript from Amy Goodman's syndicated radio show Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman: The son of Caribbean-born immigrants, Harry Belafonte grew up on the streets of Harlem and Jamaica. After serving in World War II, he returned to New York and began a successful acting and singing career. Along with his rise to worldwide stardom, Belafonte became deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement and was close friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King.

Cindy Sheehan and Beverly Young Aren’t the First to Get Booted for T-shirts

By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, WI

The booting of Cindy Sheehan and Beverly Young from the Capitol during the State of the Union Address because of their T-shirts was not an isolated event.

Call to Bring United States to UN Security Council for Sanctions


Anti-war activists accused the USA of planning first use of nuclear weapons against Iran, and of currently using uranium weapons in Iraq, and noted that the UN Security Council is responsible for dealing with such threats of war and acts of aggression.

11 killed in attacks across Iraq; Sunni Arabs slain in sectarian killings


BAGHDAD (AP) - Gunmen and roadside bombs killed at least 11 people across Iraq on Monday, while police found the bullet-riddled bodies of two men in the capital, the latest victims of sectarian killings.

Feingold Pins Gonzales

Published on Monday, February 6, 2006 by the Madison Capital Times (Wisconsin)

When the Senate Judiciary Committee begins the most important oversight hearing in recent congressional history this week, Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold will go after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for what appears to be a deliberate deception of the committee and Congress.

Impeachment at the Super Bowl

Monday, February 06, 2006
By Doug Pullen
dpullen@flintjournal.com • 810.766.6140
At Super Bowl Sunday:

Crudely made "Impeach Bush" signs greeted drivers headed to downtown Detroit on southbound I-75, but the sentiment was different inside the General Motors Renaissance Center, where football fan and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed autographs (including at least one Terrible Towel), posed for pictures and pressed the flesh with the crowd at the ESPN studio on the ground floor.

Specter Supports Impeachment

By David Swanson

On Jan. 15, 2006, George Stephanopoulos interviewed Senator Arlen Specter on ABC's This Week. On the issue of warrent-less NSA Wiretaps authorized by the president, Stephanopoulus asked Specter what the possible remedies would be if the president's actions were found to be illegal. Specter replied, "...Impeachment is the remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution..."

Impeach Bush Sign on Today Show in Rome, Italy, This Morning

From US Citizens for Peace

Watch this Today Show video: http://tinyurl.com/bmdn2

One of our more patient members actually sat through all the videos
of the Today show and found one of us chanting Stop Stop Stop the

The Iran Crisis -- "Diplomacy" as a Launch Pad for Missiles

By Norman Solomon

The current flurry of Western diplomacy will probably turn out to be
groundwork for launching missiles at Iran.

Air attacks on targets in Iran are very likely. Yet many antiwar

The Betrayal of Valerie Wilson

Latest on NoQuarter.typepad.com
By Larry C. Johnson

Valerie Plame was a covert intelligence officer covered by the Intelligence Officer's Identity Protection Act and Lewis "Scooter" Libby lied to the Grand Jury. These two truths emerge from the opinion written by Judge Tatel, of the US Court of Appeals, and released in February 2005. Thanks to a FOIA request by the Wall Street we now have a more complete record, although key parts of his decision are still blacked out. Perhaps most of the media will now realize that they have been fed a pack of lies by the likes of Ken Mehlman, Victoria Toensing, Cliff May and others.

On Eve of Hearing, Split on Spying

By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe

Some prominent conservatives break with Bush.

Washington - As hearings begin tomorrow on President Bush's domestic spying program, increasing numbers of prominent conservatives are breaking with the administration to say the program is probably illegal and to sharply criticize Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's legal theory that a wartime president can override a law.


First IRAQ, then IRAN?
Avoiding the trap of Iran…
By understanding the war in Iraq

— featuring —

Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, author of “Sham Dunk: Cooking Intelligence for the President

The March of the Straw Soldiers

The March of the Straw Soldiers
New York Times

Published: February 2, 2006
President Bush is not giving up the battle over domestic spying. He's fighting it with an army of straw men and a fleet of red herrings.

Need Proposals for Nonviolence at Pentagon

The next National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance conference call to organize for the March on the Pentagon will take place on Wednesday, February 8 at 9 PM EST. Dial 1-641-297-5500 to join the call, and then add the access code 18676, followed by the pound sign. An agenda for the February 8 call and the minutes from the previous call are below.

Paying The Iraq Bill

Joseph E. Stiglitz, www.tompaine.com

Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, is professor of economics at Columbia University and was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to President Clinton and chief economist and senior vice president at the World Bank.

Seeking Truth On Wiretaps

By Aziz Huq, www.tompaine.com

Aziz Huq is associate counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He is co-writing a book titled Unchecked and Unbalanced with Fritz Schwarz on national security and the separation of powers, to be published by the New Press.

Soldier’s job for life took his life

LINCOLN (AP) — A 23-year-old soldier from Lincoln who dreamed of helping war orphans died in Iraq on Wednesday, his parents said.

Gary Avery said his son, Garrison Avery, was killed along with two other soldiers on Wednesday.

Will Congress Demand the Truth?

By American Progress Action Fund

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will testify today before the Senate Judiciary Committee and defend the legality of President Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program. One year ago, he appeared before the committee under oath and misled them about the same program. Today he will advance a radical legal theory of unchecked executive power that has already been resoundingly rejected by the Supreme Court. Constitutional expert David Cole explains, "Bush tried this theory out on the Supreme Court in the Guantanamo cases, when he argued that it would be an unconstitutional intrusion on his Commander in Chief powers to extend habeas corpus review to Guantanamo detainees. Not a single Justice on the Court accepted that radical proposition. But that hasn't stopped Bush from asserting it again." Congress has an obligation to move beyond Gonzales's recycled rhetoric and learn the truth.

Interview with Samir Khader, Program Editor for Al-Jazeera

Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches

On 1 February 2006 in Doha, Qatar, I interviewed Mr. Samir Khader,
Program Editor for Al-Jazeera Channel. Mr. Khader was a key personality

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday February 6, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush participates in the
swearing-in ceremony for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at 10:00
AM. [POTUS Schedule]

NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush hosts a social dinner in

Presidents Day Protest in Houston

On Feb. 20, which is President's Day, Cindy Sheehan and members Gold Star Families for Peace, in conjunction with Veterans for Peace and Code Pink (and other groups) will be taking our protest of the Iraqi War to Barbara Bush, mother of the President. We want to ask her "Why did our sons die for your son's lies?" This is to be a peaceful, nonviolent anti-war protest/demonstration, mother to mother (and we all have mothers, right?).

Speaking Events



March 24, Boone, NC.


March 25, Asheville, NC
Battery Park Apartments, 1 Battle Square, rooftop room, noon - 2 p.m.
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War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Published April 5, 2016
Tour begins here:

April 11, Washington, DC, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Streets.
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April 12, Baltimore, MD, 7:30 p.m. at Red Emma's.
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April 14, Bellingham, WA, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
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April 15, Seattle, WA
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Ave (8th and Seneca) 
Seattle, WA 98101
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April 16 Portland, OR


April 24, Oneonta, NY at Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta.
5:30 discussion with students.
7:00 talk and Q&A with everyone.
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May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event


June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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