Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard on Tuesday Feb. 28th at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this basic message in your own words: "I strongly oppose the war in Iraq. I want all our troops brought home safely, without delay. I urge Representative X to vote against the President's $72.4 billion 'emergency' supplemental request for the war." More Info:
The Republicans who run Congress will include small amounts of money for all sorts of good things in the supplemental or group of supplementals to be voted on. This will provide your Representative all sorts of noble excuses for voting for a lot more money for war. Tell them this position will only be credible if they cosponsor Rep. Jim McGovern's bill, which simply ends funding for the war:
To see how your Representative has voted on the war, download the UFPJ Congressional Scorecard (in Excel spreadsheet format) by clicking here:
By Michael Schwartz
A lot of people are wondering how to interpret the bombing of the Golden Dome, and whether this signals the beginning of the Iraqi civil war that so many people have been predicting for quite a while. The best commentaries I have seen are pasted in below, and both of them urge a very different analysis of the events in which the bombing and its aftermath was an attempt to forestall a growing Shia-Sunni movement to demand U.S. early and undoncditional US withdrawal form Iraq.
By DOUGLAS TURNER, http://www.buffalonews.com
WASHINGTON - The "I-word" got a little movement last week. A resolution to begin the process for "possible impeachment" sprouted as an exotic political weed just before Christmas.
By Phyllis Bennis and Erik Leaver
Institute for Policy Studies
24 February 2006
** It remains unclear who was responsible for the attack on the golden-domed Askariya Shi'a mosque in Samarra. In the two days following the bombing over 200 Iraqis were killed, and the country was put under a day-and-night curfew.
By TED FERTIK, www.yaledailynews.com
The following is a case for impeaching the president and the vice president. I hope people will talk about this issue seriously and tell their representatives to support the resolutions introduced by Rep. John Conyers calling for an investigation of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to determine whether Articles of Impeachment should be introduced.
By David Swanson
So, the word Anthrax is back in the news, but only because a man contracted it through what is reportedly a freak accident, not because Saddam Hussein's vast stockpiles have been found, not because Bush has apologized for inventing those vast stockpiles, not because Forest Whitaker has agreed to play Colin Powell in "The Sting II: Hustling the United Nations," not because impeachment proceedings have begun, and especially not because the U.S. corporate media has revealed any memory of the fact that somebody mailed anthrax to the U.S. Senate less than five years ago.
By Charlie Cray, www.tompaine.com
Charlie Cray is the director of The Center for Corporate Policy in Washington, D.C., and co-author of The People's Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy (Berrett-Koehler, 2004).
Maine Democratic Party caucuses to be held on Sunday, February 26, 2006.
Scott Ruffner, PDA Maine Organizer, former Kucinich delegate and peace and justice activist from Bangor, got this resolution passed on January 22, 2006.
By American Progress Action Fund
Almost three years into a war that has seen the loss of nearly 2,300 American servicemen and women, the infliction of more than 16,600 American casualties, and a cost to American taxpayers of more than $250 billion, the government of post-war Iraq still struggles to exceed the level of service and security provided in pre-war Iraq. In January, the White House hoped that the continuing drumbeat of insurgent activity would disappear from the nation's newspapers and TV sets. "The more Iraq disappears off the front pages and onto Page A17 or A18, the better for us," said a White House adviser. But recent violence in Iraq demonstrates that the war continues to remain a central issue in the minds of most Americans, one that has demanded A1 coverage and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With his unwillingness to change course, President Bush continues to be held captive to the events on the ground. Unless and until Bush is willing to embrace a new approach, the U.S. plans for a drawdown this year continue to look bleak. The Center for American Progress has a sensible, alternative approach -- Strategic Redeployment -- that more people outside the administration are beginning to embrace.
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
More than two years ago Congress halted plans for a controversial plan
called Total Information Awareness to create the world's largest
surveillance database to track your phone calls, purchases, Internet usage,
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Monday, February 27, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with the nation's governors at the White House, at 11:10 AM. [First Read, www.msnbc.msn.com , 02/27/06]
Published on Saturday, February 25, 2006 by the Inter Press Service
By Ximena Diego
NEW YORK - Christian leaders from the United States lamented the war in Iraq and apologized for their government's current foreign policy during the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which ended Thursday.
Published on Sunday, February 26, 2006 by the Indo-Asian News Service
By Hala Jaber
A 'praja court' (public court) here Sunday held US President George W. Bush guilty of "perpetrating terrorism in the name of fighting terrorism and killing people including women and children".
Published on Sunday, February 26, 2006 by the lndependent/UK
Most of the corpses in Baghdad's mortuary show signs of torture and execution. And the Interior Ministry is being blamed.
By Andrew Buncombe and Patrick Cockburn
By The New York Times
The administration's tendency to dodge accountability for lawless actions by resorting to secrecy and claims of national security is on sharp display in the case of a Syrian-born Canadian, Maher Arar, who spent months under torture because of United States action. A federal trial judge in Brooklyn has refused to stand up to the executive branch, in a decision that is both chilling and ripe for prompt overturning.
February 26, 2006
Bring 'em Home
It's Past Time To Leave Iraq
by Todd Huffman, M.D.
When my daughter asked why our daily newspaper only updates the number of Americans killed in Iraq, at first I fumbled for an answer. Somehow managing an air of assuredness, I told her that no one really knows how many Iraqis have died, which, I suppose, is a half-truth. I could not admit the whole truth, that the countless Iraqi dead are only countless because America does not bother to count them.
From Tomdispatch this afternoon: "You Can Do Anything with a Bayonet Except Sit on It," a Tomdispatch Interview with Mark Danner http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=63903
Journalist Danner, who has made himself an expert on Bush administration torture policy and practices, has reported from some of the least hospitable, most dangerous spots on the planet over the last decades: Haiti in the 1980s, war-torn Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and Iraq, which he's visited three times in recent years, among other spots. He has covered the world for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and now writes regularly for the New York Review of Books (which has let Tomdispatch post a number of his pieces in the past).
Two years ago, David Rose was the first journalist to interview the Tipton Three after their release from Guantanamo Bay. Now he applauds Michael Winterbottom's award-winning film of their ordeal - and finds out what has happened to the men since
By Cindy Sheehan
I have been invited to speak to the European Union Parliament in March in Strassbourg, Germany . My message will be one of peace and non-violent unity against the out of control murderous and disastrous policies of the Bush Administration. I wrote extensively about meeting with other world leaders in my article, "Friends don't let Friends Commit War Crimes." (www.truthout.org/do2005/010206Q.shtml)
By Ted Bridis, Associated Press
Washington - The Homeland Security Department objected at first to a United Arab Emirates company's taking over significant operations at six U.S. ports. It was the lone protest among members of the government committee that eventually approved the deal without dissent.
Bucks County history professor Chuck Pennacchio, trying to wrest the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate from Bob Casey Jr., called President Bush a "criminal president" Saturday and said his own goal to unseat U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum "will be showered with millions" if Pennacchio can just win the primary election.
From Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The number of Iraqi army battalions judged capable of fighting the insurgency without U.S. help has slipped from one to zero since September, Pentagon officials said Friday.
By Danny Schechter
Announcement: United for Peace and Justice is Partnering with MediaChannel.org to Focus Attention on Media Complicity in the Iraq War.
Last week, new photographs of detainees abused by US soldiers in the infamous Abu Ghraib gulag in Iraq surfaced. They were discovered by the American Civil Liberties Union. The story was covered on TVS in Australia.
By Michael Smith
Two interesting articles on the willingness of the US to lock up suspected al-Qaeda terrorists and throw away the key appear in the US media today. The New York Times reports on the detention centre at Bagram air base north of Kabul where 500 people are held without trial in a camp that mirrors and is in fact far worse than Guantanamo. The other report comes in an LA Times op-ed piece by Thomas Wilner, a lawyer representing a number of Kuwaitis held in Guantanamo. It is worth noting that as Wilner says, some of those held in Bagram and Guantanamo were handed over by Afghan bounty hunters in return for the sort of financial reward that would keep an Afghan family in food for several decades.
By Michael Smith
I’ve just been interviewed by Jose Pagliery, a student at the Florida International University's School of Journalism for a documentary on the Downing St Memos. I say memos because while the initial focus among the bloggers and web newspapers which drew them to the attention of the US people was on just one memo, the minutes of a meeting of Tony Blair’s war cabinet in July 2002, there were in fact ten. I reported on eight of the memos while working at the Daily Telegraph in September 2004. I then moved to the Sunday Times, where I obtained the other two memos, the minutes of that war cabinet meeting and the briefing paper for those attending.
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches http://dahrjamailiraq.com
Al-Arabiya TV reports that on February 22rd, the day of the bombing at
the Golden Mosque in Samarra:
“Al-Arabiya Television has lost its correspondent in Iraq, Atwar Bahjat,
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Dear Mr. Fearn:
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about President Bush and his policies.
During my time in Congress thus far, I have agreed and disagreed at times with President