By Beth Potter,The Denver Post
Peace activist Bill Sulzman in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
protests the war in Iraq by refusing to pay the federal
excise tax of about 50 cents on his monthly phone bill.
US probes eavesdropping leak
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation to determine who disclosed a secret NSA eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks, officials said on Friday.
By ROSA BROOKS, Los Angeles Times
Is Clinton's history in Bush's future?
You know, the Clinton impeachment thing. Remember that? It had something to do with an intern, secretly taped conversations and a cigar. But it happened in the late 1990s, and it's getting harder and harder to remember the details of that long-vanished era.
A Cap Times editorial, December 29, 2005, http://www.madison.com
The dwindling circle of right-wing defenders of the Bush-Cheney presidency would have Americans believe that only the most reckless partisans would even consider the prospect of censuring or perhaps even impeaching the president and vice president. But the prospect of officially sanctioning Bush and Cheney, as has now been proposed by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, is gaining ground in unexpected quarters.
US says increase since Christmas brings total to 84
By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
WASHINGTON -- The US military said yesterday that a long-running hunger strike among detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison underwent a ''very significant increase" starting on Christmas Day, more than doubling the number of prisoners who are protesting their indefinite detention without trial by refusing to eat.
Anti-Terror Effort Continues to Grow
By Dana Priest, Washington Post
The effort President Bush authorized shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to fight al Qaeda has grown into the largest CIA covert action program since the height of the Cold War, expanding in size and ambition despite a growing outcry at home and abroad over its clandestine tactics, according to former and current intelligence officials and congressional and administration sources.
By David Swanson
On Friday morning, December 30th, from 7:30-8 a.m. PT, catch me on KPFA, together with a guy from the CATO Institute.
By David Swanson
Listen to audio of Congressman John Conyers talking about the Bush Administration's crimes, and his efforts to censure Bush and Cheney and to create an investigation that would develop articles of impeachment. I recorded this conversation with the Congressman on December 29th. The bills and the report referred to in the conversation can be found here. The upcoming events discussed can be found here.
This mp3 is 24 minutes and 21 MB: LISTEN.
Here's a Podcast version.
In her first BRAD BLOG Guest Blog, the 'Gag Ordered' FBI Translator Cites 'Patriotic Duty' of America's Intelligence Officials to Make Themselves Available for Congressional Testimony, Oversight
Asks them to contact newly formed 'National Security Whistleblowers Coalition'
The UK government has been quick to deny that we practice, or tolerate the practice of Torture. So it is perhaps not suprising that they are determined that you should not see the following documents:
'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for December 27
Guest: John Dean, Bob Bernstein
KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST: Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow?
And worse and worse it gets. Did the Bush administration bypass the special wiretap court because the court was refusing to sanction those wiretaps? Did the NSA spying include eavesdropping at the U.N.? And is, as our guest John Dean suggests, the president already guilty of at least one impeachable offense?
[your tax dollars at work: http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes ]
By Mark Mazzetti, The Los Angeles Times
An internal review finds that efforts aimed at the Balkans, in northern Africa, break no laws. But a defense official says they might backfire.
By Norman Solomon
Journalists should be in the business of providing timely information
to the public. But some -- notably at the top rungs of the profession
-- have become players in the power games of the nation's capital.
By Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service
Washinghton - The Reader-in-Chief is at it again, and anti-imperialists around the world have reason to be concerned.
According to the White House, U.S. President George W. Bush has taken two books with him to Texas for his holiday reading, which he will presumably indulge between his favourite ranch pursuits - clearing brush and biking.
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report, www.truthout.org
The Bush administration was publicly admonished by a senate committee, and a special surveillance court, in two separate instances for repeatedly trying to skirt the law in obtaining top-secret warrants to spy on American citizens suspected of having ties to terrorists. Despite the public rebuke, President Bush circumvented the judicial process and secretly authorized the National Security Agency to spy on thousands of individuals in the United States in defiance of the very court that issued a legal opinion saying the administration was already infringing on civil liberties in other domestic spy cases.
Suppressed documents the UK Government are trying to block publishing
by caribmon, dailykos.com
It's not the al-Jazeera Memo, but these are some more documents that the
UK Government are trying to suppress with the threat of prosecution under
By David Swanson
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has admitted that he "ghosted" a detainee, meaning that he made the decision to hold a prisoner without keeping any records of the fact.
By Hazel Trice Edney, San Francisco Bay View
President Bush’s authorization of a secret domestic spying program – and his fierce defense of his action – is leading to talk of possible impeachment.
We The People remind Congress that they too took an oath to defend the Constitution, from both enemies foreign and domestic. 1. Call or Fax Congress and let them know, impeachment or else. 2. Organize State of the Union MOSH II protest, gather in DC to put the pressure on Congress the week before the SOTU. 3. Jan 31st, surround the capitol building, project truth videos to the riot cops, remind them that they too took an oath to defend the Constitution.
Left I on the News
One of the lines in today's New York Times editorial (discussed below) provides this very typical caveat in their criticism of the Bush administration: "The president and his top advisers may very well have sincerely believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction." This is an issue I've offered my own opinion on as early as September, 2003 and several times since, but since my line of argumentation has yet to be assumed into conventional wisdom, I feel like this is an appropriate time to repeat the argument.
Only the American people can stop it
By Jorge Hirsch, www.antiwar.com
In the "global war on terror," Iran is the next target, having been designated by the U.S. State Department [.pdf] as "the most active state sponsor of terrorism" in the world. The United Nations has given its blessing, and the U.S. will fill in the blanks.
Iraq has shown the hubris of a geostrategy that welds the philosophy of the Leviathan to military and technological power
Richard Drayton, The Guardian
The tragic irony of the 21st century is that just as faith in technology collapsed on the world's stock markets in 2000, it came to power in the White House and Pentagon. For the Project for a New American Century's ambition of "full-spectrum dominance" - in which its country could "fight and win multiple, simultaneous major-theatre wars" - was a monster borne up by the high tide of techno euphoria of the 1990s.
Geov Parrish - WorkingForChange.com
"Congress, if it is (in the words the Bush White House once reserved for the U.N.) 'to remain relevant,' must impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney."
12.28.05 - In the waning days of 2005, a number of Beltway developments have pointed to 2006 as a pivotal year in the future -- if there is to be any -- of American democracy.
We need more people speaking out. This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It's overrun with sheep and conformists: Bill Maher
He is not a boisterous man at all. On the contrary, he’s soft spoken, rather thoughtful, and quietly direct. Chances are, if you didn’t know who he was, you’d never in a million years have him pegged for a politician. Chances are even greater that you’d never guess that John Conyers was as fierce a fighter for his nation as they come.
By Martin Garbus, HuffingtonPost
An hour after the New York Times described Bush’s illegal surveillance program, I wrote on the Huffington Post that Bush had committed a crime, a “High Crime,
By Cindy Sheehan
Since hot, hot Camp Casey in August, some amazing grass roots actions have taken place all over the country. People are starting to speak up and Congress has begun to take action against the criminal and neo-Fascist regime that tried to take over America.
America's Moral Crisis, a History of Hitler's Secret Prisons and a Brief on the Illegality of Bush's War
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Since his retirement by Ronald Reagan, President Carter has given active service to the causes of human rights and peace. He has written a number of books, and now he has delivered a humdinger: Our Endangered Values (Simon & Schuster, 2005) in which he takes the Bush administration to task.
Published on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 by the Oakland Tribune
Big Brother is Watching
IT took 21 years longer than expected, but the future has finally arrived.
And we don't like it. Not one bit.