Cheney Defends Presidential Powers

Cheney Defends Presidential Powers
AP - 42 minutes ago

ABOARD AIR FORCE II - Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday vigorously defended the Bush administration's use of secret domestic spying and the expansion of presidential powers, saying "it's not an accident that we haven't been hit in four years." Talking to reporters aboard his government plane as he flew from Islamabad, Pakistan to Muscat, Oman on an overseas mission, Cheney said he believes the power of the presidency has indeed contracted since the Vietnam and Watergate era.

Bush drops rosy scenarios on Iraq

Bush drops rosy scenarios on Iraq
President completes major rhetorical shift
NBC News VIDEO
By Ron Fournier

Updated: 6:41 a.m. ET Dec. 19, 2005
WASHINGTON - No more rosy scenarios.

After watching his credibility and approval ratings crumble over the course of 2005, President Bush completed a rhetorical shift Sunday night by abandoning his everything-is-OK pitch to Americans and coming clean: He was wrong about the rationale for going to war in Iraq; he underestimated the dangers; the country has suffered “terrible loss

Democrats say they never OK'd wiretapping

Democrats say they never OK'd wiretapping
Bush on the defensive after revelations on domestic spying

Updated: 5:36 a.m. ET Dec. 20, 2005

WASHINGTON - Some Democrats say they never approved a domestic wiretapping program, undermining suggestions by President Bush and his senior advisers that the plan was fully vetted in a series of congressional briefings.

Impeachment Hits the News

Jonathan Alter in Newsweek writes: "What is especially perplexing about this story is that the 1978 law set up a special court to approve eavesdropping in hours, even minutes, if necessary. In fact, the law allows the government to eavesdrop on its own, then retroactively justify it to the court, essentially obtaining a warrant after the fact… This will all play out eventually in congressional committees and in the United States Supreme Court. If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced. [Emphasis added.] Similar abuse of power was part of the impeachment charge brought against Richard Nixon in 1974. In the meantime, it is unlikely that Bush will echo President Kennedy in 1961. After JFK managed to tone down a New York Times story by Tad Szulc on the Bay of Pigs invasion, he confided to Times editor Turner Catledge that he wished the paper had printed the whole story because it might have spared him such a stunning defeat in Cuba. This time, the president knew publication would cause him great embarrassment and trouble for the rest of his presidency. It was for that reason—and less out of genuine concern about national security—that George W. Bush tried so hard to kill the New York Times story."

Look At The Global Picture

Look At The Global Picture
Submitted by GrahamF (not verified) on Mon, 2005-12-19 10:51.
(Editor's note: Graham F submitted this to an earlier thread, but we have chose to elevate it to the top so more people can read it.)

A united peace movement should be just that, United. The call for peace is a call extended to everyone in this world and goes beyond party divides. This peace movement should be kept free from political leanings and preferences.

No President Is Above the Law

No President Is Above the Law
ReddHedd, Firedoglake.blogspot.com

"...with liberty and justice for all." Guess the Preznit and his merry band of cronies forgot that part of the pledge, and decided to go with "with liberty and justice so long as we're in the mood at the moment, otherwise we'll do as we please."

Lies and the Twilight Zone

Lies and the Twilight Zone
Dick Bell, Democracy Cell Project

Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was one of the greatest defenders of freedom in America in the 20th century. Douglas is the author of a beautiful but frightening metaphor about the subtleness with which our freedoms can slip away:

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such a twilight that we must be aware of the change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

Be the media!

Can you please help spread this meme?
"Project for a New American Century" is the think tank that created US government neocons. Get people Googling PNAC, and they will find out that this neocon agenda is hardly what they voted for, indeed is dangerous to American life and to the world. Write it, say it - and now WEAR this meme.
Prices are marked very low; most profits will go to Crawford Peace House, Texas.

http://www.cafepress.com/googlepnac

A Third of Americans Would Impeach Bush

By Angus Reid Global Scan

Some adults in the United States believe legal charges should be sought against their president, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports for AfterDowningStreet.org. 32 per cent of respondents believe George W. Bush should be impeached and removed from office, while 58 per cent disagree.

The Army Men Project

http://mouthswideopen.org/armymen.shtml

Welcome to the Mouths Wide Open

F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show

By ERIC LICHTBLAU, New York Times

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 - Counterterrorism agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief, newly disclosed agency records show.

An American Nightmare

A pseudohistory by Amy Branham

Part III – the Angel of Death

Later that night, George prepared for bed, this time in a hotel suite far away from Washington D.C. and the White House. It was only at times like this that he could be truly alone in a room. There were Secret Service guards posted outside his door and at key locations throughout and around the hotel to keep him safe. Laura was at the White House, doing whatever it is that First Ladies do. George didn’t know what she did with her time, and he didn’t really care.

Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2005

By Norman Solomon

More than a dozen years ago, I joined with Jeff Cohen (founder of the
media watch group FAIR) to establish the P.U.-litzer Prizes. Ever
since then, the annual awards have given recognition to the stinkiest

No President Is Above the Law

Published on Monday, December 19, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By US Senator Robert C. Byrd
Floor Speech
December 19, 2005

Senator Byrd on Monday expressed his strong concerns about possible violations of the Constitution in the Bush Administration's admitted practice of spying on American citizens:

Announcement in the Morning

By Congressman John Conyers, http://www.conyersblog.us/

If all goes well, I expect to make an announcement on the Stephanie Miller Show in the third hour of her show (beginning 11am EST).

Roving Wiretaps Capture a Terrorist

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

The claim by President Bush that he needs to ignore the FISA process in order to nab terrorists shows that he either does not understand that this law has been used to actually capture a terrorist based on a phone call from a foreign country or he is hiding something. In 1989 an Avianca plane exploded in mid-air in Colombia. The culprit? A henchman of Pablo Escobar, Dandeny Munoz-Mosquera. Mosquera was arrested in New York City on 21 September 1991. Here is the press account, which appeared in the Washington Post on 27 September 1991:

Petition for Hearings on Illegal Spying

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has posted a petition demanding hearings on Bush's spying here:
http://votelouise.com/page/petition/SpyHearings

Nadler Demands Appointment of Special Counsel to Investigate Illegal Eavesdropping Operation

Contact: Reid Cherlin 202-225-5635

“Neither the President himself, nor anyone else in the White House can authorize an
order to spy on Americans without a warrant

Boxer Asks Presidential Scholars About Former White House Counsel's Statement that Bush Admitted to an 'Impeachable Offense'

By Senator Barbara Boxer
December 19, 2005

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today asked four presidential scholars for their opinion on former White House Counsel John Dean’s statement that President Bush admitted to an “impeachable offense

Congressman Calls for Bush Impeachment

Congressman Calls for Bush Impeachment
The Associated Press - ATLANTA

U.S. Rep. John Lewis said Monday in a radio interview that President Bush should be impeached if he broke the law in authorizing spying on Americans. THANK CONGRESSMAN LEWIS

C-SPAN Slanting Right

Washington Journal's guestlist lacks balance
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2780

In the December issue of Extra!, FAIR published a study of the guestlist on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. Though C-SPAN's "flagship viewer call-in program" prides itself on its reputation for fairness, FAIR's study found that reputation does not reflect reality. But C-SPAN's response thus far has been silence.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee Call for Hearings on President’s NSA Surveillance Orders

News from U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Rick Boucher
CONTACT:Kyra Jennings, 202-225-3072 (Lofgren); Amanda Potter, 202-225-3861 (Boucher)
Washington, DC – Seventeen Members of the House Judiciary Committee today called on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner to convene hearings to investigate the President ordering the National Security Agency (NSA) to engage in espionage of persons inside the United States without obtaining court-ordered warrants. Below is the text of the letter:

Vermont [Republican] governor wants troops home

Amid serious casualties, he urges pullout plan
Boston Globe - By Scott Helman, Globe Staff

Governor James H. Douglas of Vermont, a Republican whose state has lost more soldiers per capita in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other in the United States, said last week that the Bush administration and Congress should prepare a withdrawal plan to bring troops home from Iraq.

Bush's "Need for Speed" Argument Runs Into the Truth

By David Sirota, HuffingtonPost

In his news conference today, President Bush invoked the need for speed in the War on Terror as the reason he is illegally ordering the National Security Agency to conduct domestic surveillance without search warrants. Sounds like a compelling argument, right? In the fast-moving world of information age technology, we can't really afford to make our law enforcers take the time to go get a warrant, right?

Democrats plan sharp rebuke of pre-war intelligence, Iraq war in massive new congressional report

Democrats plan sharp rebuke of pre-war intelligence, Iraq war in massive new congressional report
By Larisa Alexandrovna and John Byrne, www.RawStory.com

House Judiciary Committee Democrats, spearheaded by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), are set to release possibly the sharpest congressional critique to date surrounding Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

The report, titled "The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution and Coverups in the Iraq War," is slotted to be made available to the public Tuesday. RAW STORY acquired a copy of the book’s cover and some additional information about the document today.

According to Democratic aides, the report will focus on alleged manipulation of pre-war intelligence by the White House, specifically covering such topics as the Downing Street Minutes as well as the White House position on the Geneva Conventions and international law as regards its policies toward prisoners of war.

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