Family mission to build home for ‘invisible children’ of Baghdad

"Estimates of the true numbers of orphans across Iraq range from 1.5 million to 5 million..."
By BILLY BRIGGS, The Herald (UK)

WHEN Ahmad Rustam returned to his native Iraq after 25 years in exile it was the homeless children, begging in the war-damaged streets, which affected him most.

Home by May: 2,000 British troops to withdraw from Iraq

Britain plans to begin withdrawing 2,000 troops from Iraq, starting this spring, according to a secret blueprint agreed with allies
By Francis Elliott, Raymond Whitaker and Marie Woolf, The Independent (UK)

Tokyo sees troop pull-out from Iraq ‘in months’

By David Turner in Tokyo, Financial Times (UK)

Japan will pull its soldiers out of Iraq “within several months

Global Eye: Voices Carry

By Chris Floyd

Last month, President George W. Bush murdered four children. This is not a controversial statement. There is no dispute about the facts. Indeed, Bush's own minions fully acknowledge -- even celebrate -- the deed. Nor has the political opposition or the national media offered the slightest objection to the principle of presidential murder.

The CIA Leak: Plame Was Still Covert

By Michael Isikoff, Newsweek

Feb. 13, 2006 issue - Newly released court papers could put holes in the defense of Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, in the Valerie Plame leak case. Lawyers for Libby, and White House allies, have repeatedly questioned whether Plame, the wife of White House critic Joe Wilson, really had covert status when she was outed to the media in July 2003. But special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald found that Plame had indeed done "covert work overseas" on counterproliferation matters in the past five years, and the CIA "was making specific efforts to conceal" her identity, according to newly released portions of a judge's opinion. (A CIA spokesman at the time is quoted as saying Plame was "unlikely" to take further trips overseas, though.) Fitzgerald concluded he could not charge Libby for violating a 1982 law banning the outing of a covert CIA agent; apparently he lacked proof Libby was aware of her covert status when he talked about her three times with New York Times reporter Judith Miller. Fitzgerald did consider charging Libby with violating the so-called Espionage Act, which prohibits the disclosure of "national defense information," the papers show; he ended up indicting Libby for lying about when and from whom he learned about Plame.

Velvet Revolution's ImpeachMobile Makes a House Call!

Velvet Revolution's ImpeachMobile has so far received nothing but thumbs-ups and high-signs from those who've seen it! (With the exception of a few cops who have pulled it over to make sure all papers were in order. They are.)

That may change this week, as the intrepid Velvet Revolutionary drivers take the rolling billboard into a few less-friendly settings. We'll see!

In the meantime, we still (The BRAD BLOG is a co-founder of VR) welcome and appreciate your contributions to the effort. They help to fill up the gas tank, as well as to pay for future billboards. Perhaps we'll not be so subtle next time with our message ;-)


Bush's 'Gulf Of Tonkin' Underlines Criminal Desperation For War

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, Prison

This week's revelations that George W. Bush and Tony Blair considered staging a war provocation by painting a US spy plane in UN colors and flying it over Iraq, in the hope that Saddam would order it shot down, illustrates a desperate depth of criminality only rivaled by previous notorious historical examples.

The Story of How Bush Went Into Iraq, As Told by the British

The Independent confirms a report by the Guardian on a newly-revealed British memo. The memo claims that Bush made the decision to attack Iraq two months prior to the war. Furthermore, the memo states that Bush was thinking about baiting Iraq into a breach of UN resolutions by “flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colors.

Rumsfeld and Cheney Have Wanted to Violate FISA Since Before It Was Passed

Snooping Docs During Ford's Administration Released
By Margaret Ebrahim, Associated Press

Washington - An intense debate erupted during former U.S. president Gerald Ford's administration over the president's powers to eavesdrop without warrants to gather foreign intelligence, newly disclosed government documents revealed.

Chris Owens Plants Impeachment Tree in Brooklyn

By Bob Fertik,

Brooklyn's 11th District is an open seat because long-time progressive Rep. Major Owens is retiring. His son, Chris Owens, is carrying his father's progressive torch into a crowded primary this September. Chris Owens made headlines this week when he declared his support for impeaching George Bush.

Showing their desperation: Rumsfeld compares Chavez to Hitler

By Derrick O'Keefe, Seven Oaks Magazine, Canada

The only real surprise is that it took this long.

On Thursday, February 2, the U.S. government’s senior hawk, Donald Rumsfeld, stooped to the Hitler ‘analogy’ in a show of his administration’s increasing desperation at the consolidation of the Bolivarian Revolution and the rise of the Left in Latin America. The Secretary of Defense delivered the clumsy slur against the (repeatedly) democratically elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez:

'Talkin' Texan' Means Lyin' Big

By Robert Parry,

On Feb. 1, the day after his State of the Union Address, George W. Bush stood on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and delighted his audience by talking “Texan,

Powell's Former Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson Calls Pre-War Intelligence a 'Hoax on the American People'

Press Release Source: NOW on PBS

Powell's Former Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson Calls Pre-War Intelligence a 'Hoax on the American People' Tonight on PBS Program 'NOW'

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In an interview airing tonight on the PBS weekly newsmagazine NOW, Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson makes the startling claim that much of Powell's landmark speech to the United Nations laying out the Bush Administration's case for the Iraq war was false.


Secrecy News Blog:

Congressional Research Service (CRS) analyses of the Bush
Administration's domestic surveillance activity have been
exceptionally influential, and their influence has been magnified

Today Show Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Monday) the Today Show on NBC plans to broadcast live from the Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy. We have reason to expect peace activists will make a surprise appearance -- stay tuned.

U.S. is back in assassination business

By Patrick Shea, Salt Lake Tribune

Thirty-one years ago I worked for Sen. Frank Church of Idaho on the first U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. What began as an analytic investigation of the U.S. intelligence community rapidly devolved into a much-televised investigation into the U.S. policy of attempting to assassinate foreign leaders.

14 More Bodies Found Dumped in Baghdad

Sunnis Say Police Harbor Death Squads
By Jonathan Finer, Washington Post

BAGHDAD, Feb. 4 -- In what has become a grisly, but almost daily occurrence in the Iraqi capital, police Saturday discovered 14 bodies, shot in the head and dumped in a Baghdad neighborhood.

Prime Minister refuses to meet mother of Iraq war victim

By Paul Hutcheon, Scottish Political Editor, Sunday Herald (UK)

Tony Blair has declined to meet the mother of a teenage soldier killed during the Iraq war, provoking an angry reaction and condemnation from other politicians.

Democrats in Marin County, Calif., back impeachment

Marin Independent Journal

THE DEMOCRATIC Central Committee of Marin approved a resolution Thursday night that calls for the impeachment of President Bush for what it considers to be illegal domestic wiretapping of American citizens.

Free Speech TV presents: Congressional Progressive Caucus - Alternative State of the Union

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus present an alternative vision for the United States of America on the morning of the President's State of the Union address. This special forum at the Democratic National Committee headquarters proposes a new direction for the country, articulating concrete plans for achieving change. Progressive Caucus leaders discuss issues ranging from the environment to how to bring our troops home from Iraq to ending the Republican culture of corruption and cronyism to health care reform to rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and achieving broad-based economic growth. For more information:

More Allegations of Libby Lies Revealed

By Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post

Judge's report shows Cheney aide is accused of broad deception.

The special prosecutor in the CIA leak case alleged that Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff was engaged in a broader web of deception than was previously known and repeatedly lied to conceal that he had been a key source for reporters about undercover operative Valerie Plame, according to court records released yesterday.

From Box Cutters to Nukes: George Bush’s Snake Oil by Gerald Rellick

An OTR Editorial

By terrorism standards the attacks of 9/11 were spectacularly successful, not only in the extent of death and destruction they produced, but in instilling a deep sense of horror in the American public. But the attacks were carried out with the crudest of instruments: commercial airliners hijacked by a dozen men armed only with boxcutters who then played out their roles as sucide bombers. In spite of the incredible boldness of the attacks, it was just another variation on an old theme. Nevertheless, there were those who claimed that terrorism had entered a new era, and that “9/11 changed everything.

Manufacturing Crisis and Leviathan

All libertarians know about Crisis and Leviathan - not just the great book by Robert Higgs, but the simple principle too: when bad things happen government almost always benefits, and further, the "ratchet effect" makes it so that when government power grows it is nearly impossible to get the lost liberty and money back - nevermind the lives, death is pretty much permanent.


By John McConnell

Now is humanity's greatest opportunity. The circumstances are right for an all-out World Peace Blitz that will end the human family's long history of war and violence -- by eliminating its causes.

An Open Letter to Bubba

By Charlie Anderson, Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran

I’ve seen you around. I’ve seen you driving your gas guzzling SUV with the “Support Our Troops

White House Memo Discussed in Italy

Londra, 3 feb. (Adnkronos) - Il 31 gennaio 2003 George Bush, pronto a muovere guerra all'Iraq anche in assenza di una seconda risoluzione Onu, discusse con Tony Blair dell'ipotesi di 'fabbricare' il pretesto per attaccare Saddam facendo sorvolare ad un aereo da ricognizione U2 con i colori Onu il paese nella speranza che il dittatore iracheno lo abbattesse. A rivelarlo e' Philippe Sands, avvocato ed esperto di diritto, autore di una nuova edizione di 'Lawless World' in cui cita un Memorandum della Casa Bianca in cui si riferisce il contenuto del colloquio.

Pentagon spy list classifies UC Santa Cruz anti-war protest as "credible threat"

By Shira Zucker, Mills College Weekly, CA

A number of college students were thrust into the fray of a national debate on covert domestic spying programs over winter break when NBC news released a leaked internal U.S. Military document that classified several student-organized anti-war demonstrations as "suspicious incidents."

Pentagon Database Leaves No Child Alone

By Mike Ferner

All over the country, organized citizens are fighting to restrict the military’s presence in schools. But having recruiters troll high school cafeterias is just one way the Pentagon inundates our youngsters with messages to “Go Army!

More News from the New Gestapo

The State of the Union's Mystery Suspect
An anti-war activist and a congressman's wife weren't the only ones detained by the Capitol Police
TIME Magazine, Feb. 04, 2006

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