66% Say Reduce number of troops

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey
Interviews January 26-29, 2006
Sample size: 1,011 adults
Analysis poll by Mark Murray, NBC political reporter - Jan. 30, 2006

Calls Grow to 'Impeach' Blair as 99th Soldier Dies in Iraq

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 by the Independent / UK
by Colin Brown

A soldier was shot dead in Iraq yesterday, bringing to 99 the number of British troops who have lost their lives since the invasion.

Veteran's Mother's State of Our Family Address

By Georgia Stillwell
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

My brothers and sisters in peace, I wish I could tell you that since my son has returned to civilian life our family is whole and happy, but this is not the case. My 21-year-old son is homeless, unemployed and on January 11th in the early morning he drove his car over an embankment. Anyone who has seen the car says he shouldn't have survived the crash.

Bush Administration Ignored 9/11 Warnings

By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

President Bush and Vice President Cheney have publicly stated that the top-secret domestic spying program Bush authorized in 2002 could have thwarted the 9/11 attacks had the controversial, and possibly illegal, measure been in effect prior to the terrorist strike on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Audio of Progressive Caucus State of the Union

Here's audio of the full events held today by the Progressive Caucus, the Nation Magazine, and the Institute for Policy Studies:

Here's the last question (from After Downing Street Co-Founder and Director of PDA Tim Carpenter) and answer (by Congresswoman Maxine Waters):

Most Iraqis Doubt US Will Ever Leave

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 by Inter Press Service
by Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON - Large majorities of Iraqis believe that the United States has no intention of ever withdrawing all its military forces from their country and that Washington's reconstruction efforts have been incompetent at best, according to a new survey released here Tuesday.

Videos of Bush Crimes Commission Posted

Here are links to videos of all the speakers:

Here is part one of David Swanson speaking about the Downing Street Memo:

Contract for global propaganda campaign has few safeguards, document shows

By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com

Up to $100m campaign enlists balls, bumper stickers in terror fight

The task order for a stealth global propaganda campaign ordered by the U.S. Special Operations Command and carried out by a Washington-based defense contractor with scant experience reveals that the Defense Department has pursued a more aggressive international "information" campaign than previously realized.

Time for Citizens to Insist Bush Obey the Law

By Kevin Zeese

Yesterday, I moderated an excellent forum on the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. The event featured Cindy Sheehan, well known peace activist, Ramsey Clark, the former Attorney General for President Johnson, Ann Wright a 29 year veteran of the Army and 16 years in the foreign service (quit to protest the Iraq War), David Swanson, founder of Impeach PAC and AfterDowningStreet.org, Marcus Raskin founder of the Institute for Policy Studies (who was prosecuted by co-panelist Clark during the Vietnam War era!).

Impeachment Forum Video Available

C-Span has posted the video (two and a half hours) of a forum on impeachment from yesterday. Go to www.c-span.org and click on "Bush Administration" in the upper left.

Cindy Sheehan Released After Arrest for Wearing Shirt

By David Swanson

Note: Going on no sleep, Cindy plans to speak this morning on Good Morning America and the Today Show about the experience of being arrested for wearing a shirt.

The shirt Cindy was arrested for wearing. This photo was taken earlier in the day at the People's State of the Union with Congress Members Conyers and Woolsey.

Cindy Sheehan lost her son in Bush's war. Tonight she accepted an invitation from Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey to attend Bush's State of the Union speech. She had told me earlier that she didn't want to go. But she ended up going. All day she had been wearing a t-shirt and a sweat shirt. When she unzipped the sweat shirt, revealing that the t-shirt displayed a count of US soldiers killed in Iraq, the Capitol Police lifted her out of her seat and hauled her off to jail. She was released over 3 hours later, charged with unlawful conduct, which carries a fine of $45. She did not see the speech and was not able to speak at the rally outside the Capitol or the viewing party at Bus Boys and Poets restaurant, as she had planned. This was completely unexpected and not planned for. Cindy is clearly tired and frustrated by the experience.

Protesters from the World-Can't-Wait event marched from the Capitol Reflecting Pool to the jail where Cindy was first taken. Both on the way there and after reaching the jail, they encountered abusive and unnecessary force from the police. One young woman was kicked in the head, and was treated in an ambulance and released.

The jail was on D Street, NE, near the Senate office buildings. The police told us they were taking Cindy to central processing at Judiciary Square and would bring her back and release her. Then they said she'd be released over there, but when we got there, they said she'd be released at a jail at 415 4th Street SW, so we headed over there, and she was in fact released. Television cameras followed the whole way. Cindy was too tired and fed-up to make a lengthy statement. She has invitations for the morning from the Today Show, Good Morning America, and others.

The Impeach Bush truck drove around the Capitol today.

Pacifica radio covered the State of the Union from Bus Boys and Poets restaurant.

A line of police faced a crowd of protesters outside the jail where Cindy was first taken.

Cindy's sister Dede Miller spoke with the police and then with the media.

Democrats.com REPORT



Also: C-Span has posted the video (two and a half hours) of a forum on impeachment from yesterday. Go to www.c-span.org and click on "Bush Administration" in the upper left.


As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight.

I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country.

Cindy Sheehan is transfered to a downtown jail instead of released as promised.

Karen at the Democracy Cell Project is reporting that contrary to what they had been told, Cindy Sheehan was not released within an hour. Instead Cindy has been moved to another jail downtown.


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Was to Attend State of the Union Address! Was Already Seated in Gallery When Arrested by Capitol Police!

State of The Union is a State of Emergency

State of The Union is a State of Emergency
Karen Bradley and Casey Morris
Democracy Cell Project

The Democracy Cell Project is reporting live from the Capitol, and will be doing so all evening.

Crowds protesting Sheehan arrest in DC -- police getting ugly.

Crowds protesting Sheehan arrest in DC -- police getting ugly.

Zen Democrat (1000+ posts) Wed Feb-01-06 05:25 AM
Democratic Underground

From http://www.bradblog.com / :

David Swanson reports by phone on the scene: During the protest in front of the Capitol Police HQ, 2-3 dozen police locked arms and pushed the crowd across the street. A protester named James from World Can't Wait was arrested for chanting "Free Cindy Now" with a megaphone. As the police grabbed the megaphone, they hit a woman protester in the head, but she is ok. They also kicked Aliska from World Can't Wait in the head, and she required treatment in an ambulance before she was released. Cindy is now being taken to the Central Processing Center in Judiciary Square, and the crowd is following her.

Cindy Sheehan Arrested in House Gallery for Anti-War T-Shirt

From ABCNews.go.com:
Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan, Invited to State of Union Speech, Arrested Just After Taking Seat

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the anti-war movement, was arrested and removed from the House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush's State of the Union address, a police spokeswoman said.

Sheehan, who had been invited to attend the speech by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., was charged with demonstrating in the Capitol building, a misdemeanor, said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. Sheehan was taken in handcuffs to police headquarters a few blocks away and her case was processed as Bush spoke.

Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

Cindy Sheehan: “Bush’s Presidency Is Illegitimate!

Published, Baltimore's Indy Media Center, Jan. 31, 2006, at: http://baltimore.indymedia.org/newswire/display/11892/index.php

By William Hughes

Washington, D.C. - Cindy Sheehan is back in town! I’m sure that big bully in the White House, President George W. Bush, will be shaking in his cowboy boots when he hears that news. When Sheehan, the popular anti-Iraq War activist, showed up at Crawford, Texas, last summer, Bush refused to meet with her. He seemed cowed by her mere presence at a vigil (a/k/a “Camp Casey

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 30 - January 31, 2006
Leader Candidates have been invited to address Pence's RSC retreat.
[ABCNews.com, 1/10/06]

Tuesday January 31, 2006

Being a National Activist

By David Swanson

Remarks prepared for California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus meeting in Los Angeles, Jan. 28, 2006

I was asked to speak about "Creating National Action as an Individual," so here are a few thoughts. Back in May, five of us individuals brought a bunch of groups together as a coalition called "After Downing Street" www.afterdowningstreet.org We used the internet and radio and lots of activism to force the Downing Street Minutes into the news. Our success came from tapping into passion among a large section of the public for exposing the war lies and pushing the idea of impeachment.

Virginia 11th Congressional District Democratic Party Candidates Forum on the War in Iraq

Ken Longmyer and Andy Hurst, the two candidates running for the Democratic party nomination for the Virginia 11th Congressional District to run against Republican Cong. Tom Davis, have agreed to participate in a forum on the war in Iraq from 7-9 P.M.

Iraq war turns former Army officer into protester

By Elizabeth Mehren, Los Angeles Times

KEENE, N.H. – In a dingy meeting room with walls the color of day-old oatmeal, 40 people on plastic chairs form a ragged circle. Sharing first names, they go around the room: teachers, students, nurses and at least three active-duty service members. They came to hear about military buildups around the world, but what they really want to do was hash out their feelings about the Iraq war.

Arlington West

By David Swanson

Every Sunday on Santa Monica Beach, as on four other beaches in California, crosses (and a few stars and crescents) are set up, one for every US soldier who has died in Iraq. I went out to see Arlington West in Santa Monica on Sunday. Here's my photo album.

William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security

NSA Expands, Centralizes Domestic Spying
Code Name(s) of the Week: DIAZ, Emergejust, Freedom, Highpoint, PASSGEAR, Viceroy

False Patriotism

By Adam McKay, www.huffingtonpost.com

The other day a friend of mine e-mailed me this exchange he had with his cousin who served in Iraq. I thought it was worth posting. It's yet further evidence that if you want to know what these Republicans are all about, see what they accuse others of being -- anti-American, anti-troops, liars, etc.

Message to Students, from Howard Zinn

World Can't Wait

I remember vividly how important it was during the Vietnam War that
students all over the country spoke up boldly calling for the United
States to withdraw from Vietnam, even when neither the media nor the

Photos of Yesterday's Impeachment Forum

Here are photos.

The event was shown on C-Span, though I don't see a video posted on their website. Maybe people should ask C-Span

Gorilla Empire? A Global State of Disunion

From Tomdispatch today, in honor of the President's State of the Union address on Tuesday, I'm sending out my own piece, "Gorilla Empire? A Global State of Disunion" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=54078 It's my attempt, in the context of past James-Frey-like State of the Union fictions (that "axis of evil," those immortal "16 words" about Saddam's African uranium, that urge to "fix" social security) to make sense of our moment. I particularly focus on something I think few others have written about: the strange wedding of Bush administration incompetence, which guarantees that every future crisis will devolve under federal "management" into a further roiling mess, and the fact that every such crisis since 9/11 allows Bush, Cheney, and their advisers to garner yet more power for their cult of the imperial presidency. In this context of growing presidential power and expanding chaos, I ask: What kind of imperial power, are we? And, having reminded readers of neocon dreams of a global Pax Americana back in 2002-03 and how the neocons have fallen silent on the subject ever since, I conclude:

Speaking Events


War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

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
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710
Contact Dan Yaseen 559-251-3361, danyaseen@comcast.net
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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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June 24 Roanoke, Va.
7:30 pm @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (2015 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015) Contact: plowshare@plowshareva.org

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