All in the Family

Returning soldiers and their spouses, parents, and children are the backbone of the antiwar movement spreading today in the United States. And they're speaking louder than ever.
By Nan Levinson, Boston Globe

CARLOS ARREDONDO, a wiry man with expansive gestures, circles the Cambridge Common, handing out copies of letters his son Alexander wrote in January 2003 as he shipped out for his first tour of duty in Iraq. "I feel so lucky to be blessed with the chance to defend my country 6 months after I joined the military," Alexander writes to his brother. To his parents: "I am not afraid of dying. I am more afraid of what will happen to all the ones that I love if something happens to me." He had enlisted in the Marines at 17, just before beginning his senior year in high school at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, and left for training days after graduation. On August 25, 2004, Alexander Arredondo was killed in Najaf, Iraq. He was 20 years old.

Suing the War Party

An OTR Editorial
By Ahmed Amr, http://www.thousandreasons.org

"While the indictment and resignation of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby is a welcome development, the responsibility for lying to the American people and targeting critics and dissidents needs to go all the way up the chain of command. Scooter Libby was clearly one of the administration's attack dogs unleashed on opponents of this fraudulent war, but he serves higher masters. This administration continues to wage a war based on lies, a war that has taken the lives of 2,000 Americans, including my son, and the lives of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis. This indictment reinforces the growing calls in this country and around the world to end the occupation, bring our troops home and hold those responsible accountable for their crimes. Let this serve as a springboard to put the war on trial and bring our troops home now." Cindy Sheehan

Call Your Senator And Urge A Yes Vote For The Bingaman Amendment

By Armando, Dailykos

Please call your Senators and urge them to vote for the Bingaman Amendment regarding habeas corpus at Guantanamo Bay. If you agree, please call your senators, and ask them to vote for Jeff Bingaman's S. AMDT 2517 to bill S. 1042.

Hilzoy and Katherine at Obsidian Wings have a long series explaining why.

I also agree with the New York Times:

It certainly is a relief that the Senate is finally getting around to doing the job it so shamefully refused to do four years ago, after the 9/11 attacks: requiring the administration to follow the law and the Geneva Conventions in dealing with prisoners taken by the military and intelligence operatives.

Senator Graham Pulls A FAST ONE To Abort Habeas Corpus

Urgent Action Alert
By thepen, http://www.opednews.com

With virtually no advance notice the Republican majority in the Senate (with the shameful complicity of Democrats Conrad, Landrieu, Lieberman, Nelson [Ben], and Wyden) approved a last minute amendment to the Defense Authorization Act to deny U.S. courts jurisdiction to examine the legality of detainee detention in Guantanamo and elsewhere. They did this in defiance of the not yet completely packed Supreme Court (another reason to reject Alito), whose authority they would annul. This is all despite the well-known FACT that many scooped up into these hell holes of torture are not terrorists at all, some even having been sold for bounty. Senator Bingaman immediately responded with a proposed corrective amendment (S.AMDT.2517) to restore jurisdiction.

Graham Amendment Taking Away Habeus Jurisdiction

By Clara Gutteridge, http://www.end-unlawful-imprisonment.org.uk

On Thursday 10th of November the US Senate passed an amendment to the Defence Appropriations Bill introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham
This amendment would strip all those designated by the US Administration as enemy combatants of the right to seek Habeas Review in Federal Courts. It would also limit judicial inquiry at Guantanamo to the US Military’s compliance with its own regulations relating to the bogus legal category of "enemy combatants".

Not only is this Bill an unconstitutional usurpation of US judicial authority by Congress, it also presents serious problems for other States seeking to protect the rights of their own citizens. Whilst the current focus is on detainees at Guantanamo, the provision extends to anyone designated by the US Military as an "enemy combatant". The US is in the process of passing a Bill which could deny rights of Habeas Relief for a British Citizen held abroad.

US 'Can't Maintain Iraq Troop Levels'

By John P. Gramlich
UPI

Washington- Unless the Bush administration significantly cuts American troop levels in Iraq next year, the U.S. military's roughly 140,000-strong presence there will become a detriment to America's national security, according to a report released this week.

In the latest instance of foreign policy experts calling for the Bush administration to set a timetable for U.S. troop reductions in Iraq, the Center for American Progress, a think tank headed by President Bill Clinton's former chief of staff John Podesta, Wednesday said the future of America's military hangs in the balance.

Impeachment in Seven Reasons

By Stirling Newberry, dailykos.com

Kos has said that impeachment talk is silly. With all due respect, it is deadly serious and completely necessary. The constellation of impeachment is rising.

First let me set the terms of debate. No President has ever been removed through conviction in the Senate. Only one has come close, and he almost had to side with the defeated South after a bloody war. No, no one seriously expects Bush to be removed. For the same reason, talk of "President Cheney" is also irrelevant, because Bush isn't going to resign. He won't even listen to people who contradict him on small matters, let alone large ones. Resignation is not in the cards for King George.

VIDEO - Senators Roberts and Rockefeller Debate Pre-Iraq War Lies

From BradBlog.com
Guest blogged by David Edwards

From today's edition of Fox News Sunday:

Video in Windows Media format

Video in QuickTime format

Do you have what it takes?

By Amy Branham
Houston, TX
Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith
Nov. 1981 – Feb. 2004

For the last couple of weeks or so various news outlets have been reporting more and more about how we were lied to by our administration about the reasons for going to war in Iraq. Every day I hear the talking heads, with self-righteous indignation, verbally pummel the Bush administration for their lies. This began to happen right about the time that Scooter Libby was indicted by a grand jury.

While I am glad that the media has *finally* caught on and began reporting what so many of us knew long before now, I have to wonder what took them so long? The evidence was right in front of them a long time ago! The Downing Street Minutes came out and have been available for at least a couple of years now. Initially, these documents were completely ignored by the main stream media of America because they simply weren’t considered newsworthy at the time.

Libby Masking Cheney's Role?

Sunday, November 13, 2005
Libby Masking Cheney's Role?
ReddHedd, firedoglake.blogspot.com
LINK TO ORIGINAL

Why would Scooter Libby tell such an intricate series of lies, which were clearly contradicted by his own detailed notes, unless...he's covering for someone else. Say, his boss.
In the opening days of the CIA leak investigation in early October 2003, FBI agents working the case already had in their possession a wealth of valuable evidence. There were White House phone and visitor logs, which clearly documented the administration's contacts with reporters.

Blair faces new inquiry into Iraq war Impeachment campaigners claim former ministers will join 200 supporters to force probe

Sunday Herald - 13 November 2005
Blair faces new inquiry into Iraq war
Impeachment campaigners claim former ministers will join 200 supporters to force Commons probe
By James Cusick, Westminster Editor
LINK TO ORIGINAL

MPs organising the campaign to impeach Tony Blair believe they have enough support to force a highly damaging Commons investigation into the Prime Minister’s pre-war conduct.
A renewed attempt to impeach Blair over claims he misled parlia ment in making his case for war against Iraq, will be made in the Commons within the next two weeks.

Nonviolence on Veterans Day?

By Greg Moses, Peacefile
http://peacefile.org/wordpress/?p=256

In a few minutes I want to speak about nonviolence.
But on Veteran's Day, allow me to speak first about
the truth, goodness, and beauty of violence; because
if violence could be none of these things, how would
Hollywood bake its bread?

I have sometimes confessed to the joys of war games on
computer, so now I admit to the thrill of action
movies, whether lo-tech Westerns or hi-tech
Terminators. In Westerns, violence of the false, bad,
and ugly kind gets sprayed onto our faces early in the
show, so that a more satisfying violence may follow.

The Washington Post discovers the economic draft (but not by name)

Eli Stephens, Left I on the News
http://lefti.blogspot.com

"As sustained combat in Iraq makes it harder than ever to fill the ranks of
the all-volunteer force, newly released Pentagon demographic data show that
the military is leaning heavily for recruits on economically depressed,
rural areas where youths' need for jobs may outweigh the risks of going to
war.

"More than 44 percent of U.S. military recruits come from rural areas,
Pentagon figures show. In contrast, 14 percent come from major cities."

Of course, knowing that 14 percent come from major cities doesn't tell you

'We Do Not Torture' and Other Funny Stories

By Frank Rich, The New York Times

If it weren't tragic it would be a New Yorker cartoon. The president of the United States, in the final stop of his forlorn Latin America tour last week, told the world, "We do not torture." Even as he spoke, the administration's flagrant embrace of torture was as hard to escape as publicity for Anderson Cooper.

The vice president, not satisfied that the C.I.A. had already been implicated in four detainee deaths, was busy lobbying Congress to give the agency a green light to commit torture in the future. Dana Priest of The Washington Post, having first uncovered secret C.I.A. prisons two years ago, was uncovering new "black sites" in Eastern Europe, where ghost detainees are subjected to unknown interrogation methods redolent of the region's Stalinist past. Before heading south, Mr. Bush had been doing his own bit for torture by threatening to cast the first veto of his presidency if Congress didn't scrap a spending bill amendment, written by John McCain and passed 90 to 9 by the Senate, banning the "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment of prisoners.

Ellsberg Warns Iraq Is Similar to Vietnam

By ROSA CIRIANNI, Associated Press Writer

The former Defense Department official who leaked secret documents about the Vietnam War said Saturday that he sees many similarities between that conflict and the one in Iraq.

Daniel Ellsberg, 74, became famous for his release of the Pentagon Papers, which indicated the government had deceived the public about whether the war could be won and the extent of casualties.

He spoke to a crowd of more than 400 people at a New Jersey high school, telling them that the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq were both based on lies, referring to the such as the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Libby May Have Tried to Mask Cheney's Role

By Carol D. Leonnig and Jim VandeHei, Washington Post

In the opening days of the CIA leak investigation in early October 2003, FBI agents working the case already had in their possession a wealth of valuable evidence. There were White House phone and visitor logs, which clearly documented the administration's contacts with reporters.

And they had something that law enforcement officials would later describe as their "guidebook" for the opening phase of the investigation: the daily, diary-like notes compiled by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, then Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, that chronicled crucial events inside the White House in the weeks before the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame was publicly disclosed.

Sing the Impeach Bush Blues

Find 'em here.

Bush Tries to Gag Critics in Veterans Day Speech

By Matthew Rothschild, http://progressive.org

In his Veterans Day speech, Bush took the low road [1].

Responding to critics who charge him with manipulating intelligence and hoodwinking the American people into war, Bush said: “It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how the war began.

Anti-War Showing in Sacramento Veteran’s Day Parade

By Gary Zimmerman

Sacramento, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2005. Anti-war veterans, military families and
supporters demonstrated the courage of their convictions by marching in
the Sacramento Veteran’s Day Parade. About 30 people representing
Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families
for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and their supporters
participated in the parade. The Veteran’s Day event organizers showed

Imagine if the White House Press Corps Took This Oath

Live Not By Lies
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
As printed in The Washington Post, p. A26
Monday, February 18, 1974

Following is the full text of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's essay ``Live Not By Lies.'' It is perhaps the last thing he wrote on his native soil [before the collapse of the Soviet Union] and circulated among Moscow's intellectuals [at that time]. The essay is dated Feb. 12, the day that secret police broke into his apartment and arrested him. The next day he was exiled to West Germany.

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.

Edwards Admits War Based on "Flawed" and "Manipulated" Info, But Directs Attention Away from That and Supports Ongoing War

The Right Way in Iraq
By John Edwards, Washington Post

I was wrong.

Almost three years ago we went into Iraq to remove what we were told -- and what many of us believed and argued -- was a threat to America. But in fact we now know that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction when our forces invaded Iraq in 2003. The intelligence was deeply flawed and, in some cases, manipulated to fit a political agenda.

It was a mistake to vote for this war in 2002. I take responsibility for that mistake. It has been hard to say these words because those who didn't make a mistake -- the men and women of our armed forces and their families -- have performed heroically and paid a dear price.

Backbone Campaign 'Thank and Spank' Actions on H. Res. 505

SPANK: 2 Democrats are "No Shows" on H. Res. 505
http://backbonecampaign.org/page.cfm?id=64

THANK: H. Res. 505 Spine Thank You Cards:
http://backbonecampaign.org/page.cfm?id=67

Draft: It's Not a Beer

Thursday, November, 17, 2005, Howard University in Washington, D.C., will host a forum on Student Military Recruitment and the Iraqi War featuring Damu Smith and Rev. Lennox Yearwood.

This event is free and open to the public.

Time: 12:30pm

Where: Howard University - Blackburn Center

Presented by the Students of Contemporary Issues: Faith and Spirituality in Mass Media

Confessions of a Repentant Republican

By William Frey, M. D.

---------------
“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

Demand Impeachment Inquiry

Originally Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel
By Louis LaFortune and Sherry Conable

On September 9, 2003, the Santa Cruz City Council sent a letter to the
House Judiciary Committee (HJC) of the United States House of
Representatives. This action was taken in response to concerns brought
to them by thousands of citizens of Santa Cruz. They contacted the
Council not only by petition, letter, email, and phone, but also turned
out en masse at two separate Council meetings, requesting action!

In the letter, the Council asked the HJC to examine six areas in which
it seems that the Bush Administration has violated Article II of the

Newsweek poll: Just 36 percent of Americans support Bush

Newsweek poll: Just 36 percent of Americans support Bush
RAW STORY
From a release issued to RAW STORY.
LINK TO ORIGINAL

PRESIDENT'S APPROVAL RATING FALLS TO RECORD LOW; SIXTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF AMERICANS DISSATISFIED WITH DIRECTION OF COUNTRY / FIFTY-TWO PERCENT BELIEVE VICE PRESIDENT PART OF CIA LEAK COVER-UP /MAJORITY BELIEVES BUSH 'WON'T BE ABLE TO GET MUCH DONE FOR THE REST OF HIS SECOND TERM'

New York-A majority of Americans polled disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president-an all time low in the Newsweek Poll. After recent events, such as the withdrawal of the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination and the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's former Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, 58 percent of Americans disapprove of the president's handling of his job-a five-point decrease in approval since the September 29-30 Newsweek Poll. On the topic of how Bush is handling certain aspects of his job, 60 percent of those polled disapprove of the way he is handling the economy, 32 percent approve. Seventy-three percent disapprove of Bush's handling of oil prices, 20 percent approve.

Carter Criticizes Bush Administration for Direction It Is Taking America

Carter Criticizes Bush Administration for Direction It Is Taking America
The Associated Press
Published: Nov 12, 2005
LINK TO ORIGINAL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter, on a tour to promote his latest book, is sharply questioning the direction the Bush administration has taken the country.

"Everywhere you go, you hear, 'What has happened to the United States of America? We thought you used to be the champion of human rights. We thought you used to protect the environment. We thought you used to believe in the separation of church and state,'" Carter said Friday at Unity Temple.

Get the Truth Out on Veterans' Day

FOCUS | Scott Galindez: Honoring Veterans Includes Telling the Truth
http://www.truthout.org/do2005/111205X.shtml

Scott Galindez argues the only way the Bush Administration can appropriately honor US Troops is to admit false intelligence and bring the troops home.

VIDEO SPECIAL: Veterans Day at Arlington West, Santa Monica
http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

Asterisks Dot Washington Post Article on Asterisk-Dotted White House Iraq Argument

Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument
By Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, November 12, 2005; A01

President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.

Neither assertion is wholly accurate. [*in fact, both are lies]

The administration's overarching point is true: Intelligence agencies overwhelmingly believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and very few members of Congress from either party were skeptical about this belief before the war began in 2003. [*Bushit! Most nations' "intelligence" agencies rejected these claims, as did the U.N., as did the majority of the Democrats in Congress.]

San Francisco Says "No" to Military Recruiters

By Kristin Anderson

On November 8th the citizens of San Francisco joined the growing counter recruitment movement. 59% of voters expressed the opinion that military recruiters should not be allowed in public schools.

According to Todd Chretien, the author of the College Not Combat proposition known as Prop I, the reasons for initiating this campaign were simple. "After seeing CAN activists protest military recruiters at Seattle Central Community College, City College of New York and San Francisco State University, we knew that the tide was turning against the war. When each campus administration called the police on student activists, we decided that a good way to demonstrate the popular support for the students was to give the people of San Francisco the chance to tell the world what they thought of military recruiters by voting for Proposition I."

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