NYT Withholds Evidence: Bush Said to Let NSA Tap US Calls

http://www.locustfork.net/blog/

Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the
National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the
United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the

Rove's moment of truth?

To believe his various tales about his involvement in the Plame affair requires ignoring some glaring facts.

By Joe Conason, http://www.salon.com

Dec. 16, 2005 | Stripped of deniability in the CIA leak investigation, the Bush White House now must confront the increasing possibility that the president's top political advisor will be indicted sometime soon for testifying falsely about his role in that affair.

Don't like limits on torture? Just change the rules

By Tim Grieve / Salon
http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room

John McCain's legislation aimed at preventing the U.S. military from torturing those in its custody ties the legal standard for appropriate interrogation techniques to the rules set forth in the Army Field Manual. As McCain's measure moves closer to becoming law, can you make a guess as to what Pentagon officials are doing?

Baghdad Burning: Elections

By Baghdad Burning
http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Elections...

Elections have been all we hear about for the last ten days at least.

Listen to George Galloway's Speech at the International Peace Conference

"Today London declared peace on the world." - George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, speaking on Dec 10th at the International Peace Conference in London.

Hear George Galloway's keynote speech on building an international movement. Andrew Murray and Jane Shallice moderated a conference panel that featured Galloway, with Ishmael Patel, Friends of Al Aqsa; Herbert Docena, Focus on Global South; Judith LeBlanc, United for Peace and Justice; Sabah Jawad, Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation; Dr. Azzam Tamini, Muslim Association of Britain; and Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP of Islington North.

Senator Gary Hart Challenges the Unholy Alliance of 'Faith' and Government

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
http://www.buzzflash.com

... the reason you can’t mix religion and politics is, religion is about absolutes, right and wrong, good and evil. Politics is about compromise. If you cannot compromise on issues that are not central to a person’s faith – and that’s about 99% of the issues our country faces – then the country doesn’t work. The government doesn’t work. That’s why we’ve had government grinding to a halt in recent years. People are frustrated by it.

Congress Didn't Have Same Intelligence -- But Can Now

By David Swanson

The CRS report for Feinstein about whether or not Congress had access to the same intelligence on Iraq as the Bush administration, comes to a surprising answer: No.

But, Jonathan Schwartz points out that a section of the report says

Bush Agrees to Ban Torture -- And We Didn't Even Have to Torture Him

Bush and McCain Reach Deal on Treatment of Torture Suspects
By Brian Knowlton, The International Herald Tribune

Washington - The White House, after weeks of resistance, agreed today to Senator John McCain's call for a law specifically banning cruel or inhuman treatment of terror suspects anywhere in the world.

Kevin Zeese on Bush's War

Film: "Kevin Zeese on Bush's War, Social Justice & the Middle East,"
can be found at this site:
http://homepage.mac.com/bhughes2/iMovieTheater168.html

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Editor's Note: Examining Raw Story's leak reporting

By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com

In the past few months RAW STORY has worked tirelessly to bring you the latest, breaking news about the leak of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson. Often, these stories have been groundbreaking and have subsequently been reported by the mainstream media after it first appeared on RAW STORY. Lately, there have also been a number of misconceptions about our reporting on this issue.

Fitzgerald forced to cancel grand jury for Conrad Black indictments

Jason Leopold and John Byrne, www.rawstory.com

The special prosecutor investigating the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson canceled a scheduled meeting with his grand jury because he was called back to Chicago to deal with last-minute elements of a case involving erstwhile media tycoon Conrad Black, RAW STORY has learned.

Newsnight: "Allies on Trial"

With ongoing controversy surrounding the conduct of the war in Iraq and the treatment of terror suspects in the wider "War on Terror", Newsnight staged a special programme entitled: "Allies on Trial".

White House Says Nothing, Media Calls This "Taking Issue"

W.House takes issue with Novak on CIA leak claim

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House took issue on Thursday with a claim by syndicated columnist Robert Novak that President George W. Bush knows who the source is who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Camp Casey Los Angeles

From Gold Star Families for Peace

Just a reminder that every friday Los Angeles area Gold Star Familes for Peace along with Military Familes Speak Out, Orange County, Code Pink and the Camp Casey Peace movement are setting up a Camp Casey outside of Cal Sen Diane Feinsteins office.We are now in the 3rd week of our encampment. We will be there from 3pm to 6 pm waiting for her to answer the questions posed to her in September by Cindy Sheehan. For What Noble cause are our kids dying ? How many more lives are she willing to sacrifice for this Noble cause? And, what is she doing to bring an end to the US occupation of Iraq? Until she answers these questions we will be there.

Iraq slides deeper into disaster

Bush claims that Iraqis are leading “better lives,

Kerry Says Case for Impeachment Solid, then Flip-Flops and Wriggles

Impeachment is in the news! The Washington Post's Dan Froomkin reports on the latest impeachment poll here.

And the Hotline reports on comments by John Kerry:

The Big Lie that is skewing the Iraq debate

By David Sirota, http://www.workingforchange.com/blog/

Throughout the political coverage and chatter about Iraq, it seems there is a virulent assumption that has jumped from theory into fact, without even a shred of factual support. I'm not talking about there only being a small amount of proof - I'm talking about an assumption that is being made by "experts," "operatives" and the media analysts with literally absolutely no evidence at all. It is so egregious that to call it an assumption is to be dishonest - what it is is a lie.

Hear Military Families speak at the International Peace Conference

London, December 10th.

The Military Families Campaigns section was one of 4 sections to the
International Peace Conference. Traprock will post audio and photos
from each section. Andrew Murray introduced Andrew Burgin of Military

Columnist Says Bush Knows Who Leaked Name

By Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post Staff Writer

Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak, who has repeatedly declined to discuss his role in disclosing the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, said in a speech this week that he is certain President Bush knows who his mystery administration source is.

Iraq, the Congress, and the Truth

By Rep. John Murtha

America wants and deserves real answers on Iraq: What is the clear definition of success? Is there a plan? How much longer and how many more lives? In short, what is the end game?

Pentagon Caught Spying on U.S. Anti-War and Anti-Nuclear Activists

DEMOCRACY NOW!

* Pentagon Caught Spying on U.S. Anti-War and Anti-Nuclear Activists *

Newly leaked Pentagon documents have confirmed the military has been
monitoring and collecting intelligence on anti-war groups across the

Talking points on the Iraqi elections

Council for Livable World - December 15, 2005

Key point: The Iraqi elections on Thursday provide an opportunity for the United States to change course in Iraq and begin bringing U.S. forces home. As we pass the 1,000th day of the war in Iraq, we must begin the transition to putting the Iraqis in charge.

San Diego Demands the Truth

By Barbara Cummings

A group of San Diegan's continued our activism by taking petitions local offices of our congressmen. We read the names of all Ca residents killed in Iraq and Afganistan. Many members of the SANDIEGOAFTERDOWNINGSTREET Coalition attended and participated, including Barbara Cummings, Kelly King, Katie, Dave, Linda and others. Kelly spoke about the upcoming OUTOFIRAQ events being planned for 1-7-06 and Barbara spoke about the recent international peace ocnference in London.

122 for Torture

On December 14, 2005, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) moved on the House floor for conferees on the Defense Appropriations Bill to accept the McCain amendment relating to prohibition on cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of persons under custody or control of the United States government.

Democracy and Delusion in Iraq

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By Larry C. Johnson

With voting already underway in Iraq we should harbor no illusion about the ultimate outcome--the Iraqi shias with the closest ties to Iran will secure the largest share of the votes. George Bush is right about one thing; this vote is likely to remake the face of the Middle East. Unfortunately, his vision that Iraq will become a launching pad for a new era of peace and understanding among the nations in the region is not only farfetched, but ignores what is actually taking place on the ground.

Meet the New Boss

By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

There is an election taking place in Iraq on Friday. According to those who still maintain some kind of hope that the wretched situation over there can be salvaged at the ballot box, this election will be a turning point. "If the result is seen to be fair and the government elected for the next four years is accepted as broadly representative of the interests of most Iraqis," writes Liz Sly in the Chicago Tribune, "there is a real chance that the insurgent violence and the sectarian rivalries that are pushing the country close to civil war will abate."

Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq from Iran

By Dexter Filkinks, The New York Times

Baghdad - Less than two days before nationwide elections, the Iraqi border police seized a tanker on Tuesday that had just crossed from Iran filled with thousands of forged ballots, an official at the Interior Ministry said.

The Silence of the Doctors

By Jonathan H. Marks, The Nation

It was called the "water cure." But it was dosed out liberally to those who weren't sick. Unfortunate recipients were held by the neck beneath a water tank. The tap was turned on, and they were forced to swallow the gushing stream - or to choke within an inch of death while trying. Another variation used tubing to siphon water from a kerosene can into a detainee's nostril. Sworn testimony records the use of this tactic in the presence of a doctor. It was, after all, a "cure." When the detainee still refused to talk, the doctor would ratchet up the treatment, ordering a second tube to be placed in the detainee's other nostril and a handful of salt to be thrown into the water. Anyone who's ever had sea water up his or her nose will know just how pleasant that would have been.

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