By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press
United Nations - Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday said the United States should close the prison at Guantanamo Bay for terror suspects as soon as possible, backing a key conclusion of a UN-appointed independent panel.
By American Progress Action Fund
In an attempt to head off a congressional investigation into President Bush's illegal domestic spying program, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) announced yesterday that he had reached an agreement with the White House to "fix" the National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping program. Roberts did not give any specifics about the agreement. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Capitol, a dispute broke out among conservative members of the House Intelligence Committee over the scope of their own inquiry into the surveillance program, with Chairman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) pushing for a more limited inquiry. The developments yesterday indicate the success of Vice President Dick Cheney's closed-door cajoling of lawmakers in his own party, having convinced them for the time being not to launch a full-scale investigation into the administration's intelligence-gathering activities. Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), ranking member of the intelligence panel, explained the meaning of the most recent developments. "It is apparent to me that the White House has applied heavy pressure in recent weeks to prevent the committee from doing its job. Although some members of this committee indicate they need more time to decide on what action to take, I believe this is another stalling tactic."
Minutes from the Strasbourg meeting - January 16/17, 2006
1) Participants : Michael McGEE (AVA - Strasbourg), Tim SLATER (AVA - Augsburg), Richard FORWARD, Jeffrey SCHEVITZ (AVA - Munich American Peace Committee), Elsa RASSBACH (AVA - Berlin), Charles YEE (AVA - Stuttgart), David STUTZMAN, Michael SHARP (Military Counselling Network - Heidelberg), Andreas SPECK (War Resisters’ International - Conscientious Objection Campaign - London), Marc LIGGIN (GI Rights Hotline - USA), David GESPASS (Military Law Task Force - National Lawyers Guild - USA), Zakia SADEG, Fatiha DAOUD (Observatoire International des Droits de l’Homme / International Human Rights Watch - Strasbourg),
By Jonathan Schell, The Nation Magazine
More information and how you can get involved:
By V. Davis, www.pdamerica.org
I am a combat veteran of the Korean war. I mention this for the purpose of giving credibility to my statement that I consider G W Bush a domestic enemy of the Constitution of the USA. My reason for writing this is that all American military personnel take an oath to honor, protect, and defend the Consitution of the USA, against all enemies both foreign and domestic. G W Bush lied to the Congress and the American people when he appeared on national TV and stated clearly that the USA had to invade Iraq in order to avoid the horrors of weapons of mass destruction which Iraq had the capacity to unleash against our country. He also portrayed this scenario in the form of an imaginary "mushroom cloud" of an nuclear explosion related to nuclear material coming from Nigeria. Both of these claims were falso, as proved by his own commissions, and this country has now experienced the slaughter of over 9,000 severely wounded military and over 2,500 deaths of military personnel. This action was taken in the face of overwhelming disagreement with the United Nations and was the reason that G W Bush invaded Iraq like a cowboy, unilaterally. Great Britain joined him in this fiasco, but G W Bush was the liar and coward who spearheaded the venture. I must quickly admit that the mastermind of this entire scenario was Richard Cheney, who himself is a coward, having applied for 5 deferments from military service himself. Both of these men were willing to send other young men and wormen to their deaths in a war they created, but they would not go themselves. I am referring to military service in Viet Nam. The US government spent 1 million dollars training G W Bush as a fighter pilot only to have him use his fathers influence to avoid being called into active duty service in the Viet Nam hostility. Even if one has a problem understanding these facts, it should be easy to understand the violation of the Constitution by ordering wiretaps on American citizens without a court order. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court was set up for just such oversight and G W Bush intentionally avoided seeking a court order to perform such wiretaps. This is a violation of the Constitution and a high crime for which he should be impeached.
Friday, February 17, 2006
CANCELED* (Due to his appendectomy yesterday, Gov. Pataki cancelled his
plans to travel to New Hampshire) PATAKI in Bedford, NH: Pataki will
speak about homeland security issues as the featured speaker at the
Stinging comments come as America dismisses UN report on Guantánamo
By Richard Norton-Taylor and Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington, Guardian (UK
A high court judge yesterday delivered a stinging attack on America, saying its idea of what constituted torture was out of step with that of "most civilised nations".
By Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services
Two ghosts stalk the national Democratic Party in its pitiful, 21st century incarnation. One is George McGovern, who taught them that only Republican values matter in a national election. The other is Ralph Nader, who taught them who the real enemy is.
Connecticut Opposes the WAR! March to Senator Lieberman’s Office
March 19th, 2 p.m.
Hartford, Old State House, 800 Main St.,
Tell Sen. Lieberman Connecticut Opposes the WAR! He Should Too!
$250 BILLION spent on the war so far! This money could fund Jobs, Health Care, Education and Housing; Take Care of Our Vets and Fight Violence in our Cities!
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has joined in the growing chorus of condemnation of America's Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
He said the detention camp was a stain on the character of the United States as a superpower and a democracy.
We continue to organize and now, more than ever, must rely on the strength, energy and resources of civil society. We are doing all we can to ensure its’ success, and I hope you will consider doing the same:
By San Francisco Sentinel
A committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors today recommended full board approval of a resolution calling for President Bush to be impeached.
Chair Mirkarimi indicated dismay Bush had not been already impeached.
By Alexander Solzhenitsyn
As printed in The Washington Post, p. A26, Monday, February 18, 1974
At one time we dared not even to whisper. Now we write and read samizdat, and sometimes when we gather in the smoking room at the Science Institute we complain frankly to one another: What kind of tricks are they playing on us, and where are they dragging us? gratuitous boasting of cosmic achievements while there is poverty and destruction at home. Propping up remote, uncivilized regimes. Fanning up civil war. And we recklessly fostered Mao Tse-tung at our expense-- and it will be we who are sent to war against him, and will have to go. Is there any way out? And they put on trial anybody they want and they put sane people in asylums--always they, and we are powerless.
By James Starowicz
The real thing: Jackson Browne's Powerful Song written to protest the Contra War in Nicaragua, updated for today with tremendous new flash video. you gotta see this one and pass it on.
By Scott Piatkowski, http://www.rabble.ca
Perhaps the story might be garnering more media attention if it involved a semen-stained blue dress, but there is growing public support in the United States for the notion that George W. Bush should be removed from office as soon as possible. The Bush Administration has consistently behaved as if it was above the law, while the institutions that are supposed to hold the executive branch in check — Congress, the judiciary, the media, and even many voters — have so far let them get away with it.
A British government-funded fake TV news service allows mild criticism of the US - all the better to support it
By David Miller, Guardian (UK)
A succession of scandals in the US has revealed widespread government funding of PR agencies to produce "fake news". Actors take the place of journalists and the "news" is broadcast as if it were genuine. The same practice has been adopted in Iraq, where newspapers have been paid to insert copy. These stories have raised the usual eyebrows in the UK about the pitiful quality of US democracy. Things are better here, we imply. We have a prime minister who claimed in 2004 that "the values that drive our actions abroad are the same values of progress and justice that drive us at home". Yet in 2002 the government launched a littleknown television propaganda service that seems to mimic the US government's deceptive approach to fake news.
Tom Engelhardt - www.TomDispatch.com
Just in case you hadn't noticed, we're in a Bushworld too absurd for words. But that hasn't stopped this administration from yakking its collective head off.
U.S. Justice Department tells Hinchey investigation is underway into warrantless domestic surveillance program
In response to a request by Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey and three other House members for a U.S. Department of Justice probe into the agency's involvement with the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program, H. Marshall Jarrett, DOJ's counsel for the Office of Professional Responsibility, informed the congressman that he has initiated an investigation.
By Jake Thorn, http://www.ucsbdailynexus.com
Smell that smoke? The Constitution is burning.
Hear that laughter? President Bush thinks he’s going to get away with it.
Have you seen those little fliers around campus that say “Impeach Bush
By Carol Wolman, http://www.opednews.com
Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and chair of the Democratic National Committee, has asked us for feedback on what the Democrats should be doing, at http://www.democrats.org/page/petition/chairman/futfbu
PERMANENT BASES POINT TOWARD PERMANENT WAR: IS THE NEOCON NIGHTMARE WINDING DOWN, OR JUST GETTING STARTED?
BY: EVAN AUGUSTINE PETERSON III, J.D.
"To initiate a war of aggression is, therefore, not only an international
crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing from other war crimes
only in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." -
On March 12, 2006 Fernando Suarez del Solar, Pablo Paredes, Camilo Mejia and Aidan Delgado will lead a coalition of the willing across a 241 mile quest for peace that aims at raising the Latino voice of opposition to the War in Iraq. The March will run from Tijuana, Mexico all the way to the Mission district of San Francisco, making strategic, symbolic and ceremonial stops along the way. The 241 mile march is inspired by Gandhi’s 1930 Salt March of that same distance, protesting British imperialism, and will serve as a loud cry for an end to the bloodshed in Iraq.
By Amnesty International
WASHINGTON - February 16 - Amnesty International welcomes today’s United Nations report calling for the closure of the US military detention centre at Guantánamo Bay and urges governments, human rights defenders and its members around the world to send a clear message to the US government that it is time for Guantánamo to go.
Published on Thursday, February 16, 2006, by CommonDreams.org
By Jeremy Scahill
CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr should be given some kind of award for the most outrageously off-target reporting on the newly released photos and videos of US torture and abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. In her numerous appearances during the morning news cycle on CNN after the images were first broadcast on Australia's SBS television, Starr described what she saw as the "root of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal" as such:
Published on Thursday, February 16, 2006, by CommonDreams.org
By Norman Solomon
When Dick Cheney surfaced on Wednesday long enough for an interview with Fox News eminence Brit Hume -- an event that CNN's Jack Cafferty promptly likened to "Bonnie interviewing Clyde" -- the vice presidential spin emerged from a timeworn bag of political tricks. Cheney took responsibility. Whatever that means.