By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
WASHINGTON -- When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.
By Bob Fertik, ImpeachPAC
Today a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, Tracey Schmitt, dismissed ImpeachPAC.org as "fringe, to say the least."
"If Democrats choose to align themselves with such a laughable campaign, it will be at their own peril," Ms. Schmitt said.
Did Ms. Schmitt accurately reflect your views? If so, I challenge you to a public debate on the question: "Should George W. Bush be impeached for lying about Iraq?"
As a graduate of Harvard Law School and a frequent guest on talk shows, you are among the best debaters in the U.S.
Do you dare to debate me, a humble blogger, in front of a live audience?
Bob Fertik, President
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We at CODEPINK, together with 200 prominent women from around the globe, have written our own Urgent Peace Plan to end the war in Iraq. From now until March 8, International Women’s Day, we will be gathering signatures to deliver to U.S. embassies worldwide. So join Alice Walker, Susan Sarandon, Margaret Cho, Dolores Huerta, Eve Ensler, Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey, and Cynthia McKinney, Iraqi women from the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq and Women Living Under Muslim Laws, and many more (see initial endorsers) by signing the call today at www.womensaynotowar.org and passing it on to your friends.
BushWacked, a spoken word opera, finds Mark Whitecage with a totally new Band, Concept, and Direction! In addition to West Coast electronic wizard Scott Steele on guitar, combined with the keyboard artistry of Bill Larimer, Mark has added Perry Robinson's prize pupil Rozanne Levine on alto & Bb clarinets, with long- time collaborator Robert (Mike) Mahaffay on drums, to produce a hard-hitting and sometimes angry indictment of the Bush Crime Family, all without losing the sense of swing and intensity he is known for!!
By the Backbone Campaign
*Brave Troops Foolish Leaders: Operation Homecoming Event this Saturday Progressives Organize to call for End of Iraq War and for Accountability of Bush Administration*
By Agence France Presse
Support for President George W. Bush's Iraq policy has fallen among the US armed forces to just 54 percent from 63 percent a year ago, according to a poll by the magazine group Military Times.
Outrageous, out of the question? Of course. Then again, here's what happened in the summer of 1998 when the president was named Clinton. Dozens of editorial pages clamored for him to quit (see this a list). "He should resign," the Philadelphia Inquirer declared, "because his repeated, reckless deceits have dishonored his presidency beyond repair."
By Eric Schmeltzer
As soon as Congress reconvenes, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) should introduce this resolution and find someone in the House to introduce the same. Explanation following:
By James McWilliams, Register Guard (Oregon)
In his Dec. 22 column, Jonah Goldberg baited the Democrats to try to impeach President Bush for his unwarranted surveillance of American citizens. Was Goldberg trying to forestall such an option, or was he focusing on surveillance to draw attention away from the more egregious and clearly impeachable offense: the grand deception leading to war?
By Larry Johnson
At first I thought this was a blog parody. I mean, really, no one could be this clueless. Right? Boy, was I wrong. Here's what President Bush had to say at Brooke Army Medical Center the other day. Remember, he is visiting U.S. soldiers who are missing arms, legs, and eyes. Some soldiers are horribly mutilated from wound suffered in Iraq. Most of the soldiers Bush visited were not "injured", they were "wounded". You get wounds in combat. You get injured while playing football or cutting brush. This is not just mindless nitpicking on my part. This demonstrates a Commander-in-Chief out of touch with the reality of combat.
Event: Out of Iraq Forum, part of more than 70 events being held across the country focusing on how the U.S. can get out of Iraq. See enclosed for information on national events.
Where: The Langston Hughes Theater, at Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V. Streets, NW. C-SPAN has taped other events here. The theater was designed to make it easy for television taping. The number of Bus Boys and Poets is 202-387-7638).
By David Wallechinsky, HuffingtonPost
President George W. Bush began the new year by telling the American people that his NSA domestic surveillance program was only used to monitor communications between members of al-Qaeda and people in the United States. He did not address the issue of why he deemed it necessary to bypass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that had, for 24 years, been reviewing and approving such surveillance programs.
By Democracy Now!
AMY GOODMAN: This is President Bush speaking on Sunday.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I can say that if somebody from al-Qaeda is calling you, we'd like to know why. In the meantime, this program is conscious of people's civil liberties, as am I. This is a limited program designed to prevent attacks on the United States of America. And I repeat: limited. And it’s limited to calls from outside the United States to calls within the United States. But, they are of known numbers of known al Qaeda members or affiliates. And I think most Americans understand the need to find out what the enemy is thinking. And that's what we are doing. We're at war with a bunch of cold-blooded killers who will kill on a moment's notice. And I have a responsibility, obviously, to act within the law, which I am doing. It’s a program has been reviewed constantly by Justice Department officials, a program to which the Congress has been briefed, and a program that is in my judgment necessary to win this war and to protect the American people.
Week of March 13-17
Students Say NO to War in Iraq!
College Not Combat, Troops Out Now!
On March 13-17*, students will hold events at high schools and colleges around the country demanding an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq and money for young people's education, not military recruitment. This week of action leads into the global days of protest on March 18-19, where students will join many others in marking the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and demanding to bring the troops home now!
By Andrew Gumbel, The Independent UK
The US government is not planning to continue funding reconstruction projects in Iraq, in what appears to be a major climbdown from the White House's one-time pledge to build the best infrastructure in the region.
By James Ridgeway, The Village Voice
President's defense of spying yesterday doesn't square with past.
Washington - While President Bush denies any wrongdoing in the National Security Agency domestic wiretap and data-mining program, saying yesterday that it was perfectly legal, actions by top officials in his own administration suggest Bush and his inner circle of confidants did indeed know the spying was wrong.
By Robert Dreyfuss, www.tompaine.com
Robert Dreyfuss is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2005). Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone.He can be reached at his website: www.robertdreyfuss.com.
Announcing: Out of Iraq Forum
Featuring David Swanson from After Downing Street
In conjunction with After Downing Street the Virginia Grassroots Coalition will be hosting one of the nationwide "Out of Iraq" forums during their regular monthly meeting to discuss the Iraq War and what we can do to help bring our troops home. David Swanson from After Downing Street will be there to share ideas and help answer questions.
Rep. Marty Meehan - Bringing Our Troops Home from Iraq, Memorial Hall Elm Square on Main Street, January 04, 2006, 07:00 PM, Andover,MA --
Rep. Marty Meehan - Bringing Our Troops Home from Iraq, Crisafulli Elementary School 13 Robinson Road, January 05, 2006,07:00 PM Westford,MA --
Fourteen members of one family have been killed in a US air strike that destroyed a house in northern Iraq, an Iraqi official has said.
An Iraqi official from the body that liaises between Iraqi and US forces said the attack occurred in Baiji, 200km (125 miles) north of Baghdad.
By David Swanson
The minority of Americans who support the war largely do so out of a sense of responsibility to Iraqis. They favor reconstruction and restoration as well as ongoing occupation. And most of the majority who favor ending the war support the financing of reconstruction, which – after all – costs less than war. Reconstruction seems to be something we generally agree on.
January 7 Out of Iraq Town Hall Meeting
The Sacramento Coalition to End the War has organized a town hall meeting to discuss the current status of the war in Iraq, to review pending federal legislation that addresses the withdrawal U.S. troops, and to strategize regarding ways to hasten the end of the U.S. military occupation.
National Security Agency Whistleblower Warns Domestic Spying Program Is Sign the U.S. is Decaying Into a “Police State