Camp Casey Is Back: Come to Crawford for Thanksgiving with the Bushes!

CALL TO ACTION

SPONSORS: GOLD STAR FAMILIES FOR PEACE, CRAWFORD PEACE HOUSE
ENDORSED BY: Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, Code Pink
Date: November 22-November 27, 2005
Place: Crawford, Texas (Camp Casey 2)
Events: 11/22: Civil Disobedience
11/23: Organization of Katrina relief/Meal Preparation
11/24: Simple Thanksgiving Meal
11/25: Memorial Dedication
11/26: March/Rally- Possible Interfaith Service

Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather to give thanks and celebrate the

Senators Reach Gitmo Detainees Compromise

Senators Reach Gitmo Detainees Compromise

By LIZ SIDOTI
The Associated Press
Monday, November 14, 2005; 10:26 PM
LINK TO ORIGINAL
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators reached a compromise Monday that would allow detainees at Guantanamo Bay to appeal the rulings of military tribunals to the federal courts.

Under the agreement, detainees who receive a punishment of 10 years in prison to death would receive an automatic appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Lesser sentences would not receive automatic review, but detainees still could petition the court to hear their cases.

Video of Joe Wilson Speaking Out

By William Hughes

On Nov. 14, 2005, Ex-Ambassador Joe Wilson, in a speech at the U. of Balitmore, made a scathing attack on columnist Robert Novak; indicted White House aide, Irv "Scooter" Libby; and the Brownshirts.
Watch Video.

Cooking the Books and Politicizing Intelligence

By Larry C. Johnson, NoQuarter.typepad.com

Like a passenger who just leaped from the Titanic into the icy waters of the North Atlantic, George Bush is frantically looking for a rescue boat. Understandably he keeps pointing at the dinghy nearby—i.e. last year’s report issued by former Senator Chuck Robb and Judge Laurence Silbermann under the title , Final Report on Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. However, that boat don’t float too good and Bush’s credibility will continue, along with his Presidency, to sink beneath the weight of lies used to bamboozle America into a preemptive war.

BREAKING: Chalabi Meets with Cheney & Rumsfeld; White House Bans Photos, Press Access

BREAKING: Chalabi Meets with Cheney & Rumsfeld; White House Bans Photos, Press Access
Nico, Think Progress
LINK TO ORIGINAL
The Associated Press is reporting that Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met today with Ahmad Chalabi, the discredited neocon darling currently under FBI investigation for allegedly passing U.S. secrets to Iran:

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld discussed Iraqi security and political developments on Monday with Ahmad Chalabi, the former Iraqi exile tainted by the since-discredited claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. […]

President's ratings hit new low in poll

President's ratings hit new low in poll
By Susan Page, USA TODAY
LINK TO ORIGINAL
WASHINGTON — Americans' views of President Bush and his trustworthiness have hit new lows, a downturn that could make it more difficult for him to push his legislative agenda and to boost Republican candidates in next year's congressional elections.

Bush boards Marine One on Monday to begin an eight-day Asia trip.
Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Fewer than one in 10 adults say they would prefer a congressional candidate who is a Republican and who agrees with Bush on most major issues, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday. Even among Republicans, seven of 10 are most likely to back a candidate who has at least some disagreements with the president.

Deadline Approaching, Where's The Damn Report?

Deadline Approaching, Where's The Damn Report? [Updated]
by georgia10, Daily Kos
Mon Nov 14, 2005 at 12:06:37 PM PDT
LINK TO ORIGINAL

Bush calls me, a war critic, "irresponsible" and says I'm helping the terrorists and emboldening the enemy and doing everything short of strapping explosives to my chest. It may be the Johnnie Walker talking, but that still hurts.

I was sans computer for about five days, and come back to reality only to see that the punk ass president has resurfaced with the tired talking points and, on a side note, some of the tightest spandex I've seen in a while.

Reid accused of mixed signals over troop deployment

Reid accused of mixed signals over troop deployment
By Ben Russell and Nigel Morris, Independent Online
Published: 15 November 2005
LINK TO ORIGINAL

MPs have accused John Reid, the Defence Secretary, of sending conflicting signals over the future presence of British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

While Mr Reid was endorsing the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's comments that Iraqi forces would be ready to replace British troops within a year, he made it clear that there was no early exit planned for British forces in Afghanistan. Britain is committed to remain in both countries to shore up their security needs while supporting their fledgling democracies. But with the insurgency intensifying in Iraq and in Afghanistan, Britain is now openly discussing a withdrawal from Iraq, while reinforcing the military presence in Afghanistan.

Kerry Takes Bush to Task on his Veteran’s Day Speech

Kerry Takes Bush to Task on his Veteran’s Day Speech
Democratic Daily
LINK TO ORIGINAL

John Kerry took Bush to task on his Veteran’s Day Speech, on the Senate Floor today. In a fiery rhetoric, Kerry blasted Bush today, on the lies he spewed in his speech, last Friday —from the rush to war based based on faulty intelligence data, to the spin Bush put on Kerry’s own statements, John Kerry pinned Bush on the carpet.

The following is the text of John Kerry’s Floor Statement:

MR. PRESIDENT, Veterans Day is sacred - or it is supposed to be. Veterans Day is a day to honor veterans, not to play attack politics. The President, who is Commander in Chief, should know and respect this.

Reid Throws Down Democrats' Iraq Demands

Reid Throws Down Democrats' Iraq Demands
by Hoffmania, Daily Kos
Mon Nov 14, 2005 at 02:28:28 PM PDT
LINK TO ORIGINAL

[Title revised for accuracy]

Senate Minority (Until 2006, anyway) Leader Harry Reid and Sens. Carl Levin and Dick Durbin held a press conference unveiling the Democratic plan for resolving Bush's Iraq shitstorm. Hey - SOMEONE had to come up with a friggin' plan...

Oh, this is good. This is VERY good. It paints Bush as a totally immature whining boob with no vision - and paints the Dems as the can-do truth tellers we've always been. We LIKE this, we LIKE this. And it's SOMETHING - which counters the White House's NOTHING.

Photos from Unembedded

Photos from Unembedded
by kos, Daily Kos
LINK TO ORIGINAL
Mon Nov 14, 2005 at 03:18:02 PM PDT
Unembedded is a stunning book of photographs from four photojournalists roaming Iraq without U.S. military escorts. Over the next week I'll be featuring photos from the book.

Click on photo to enlarge.

Photo by Thorne Anderson.
SADR CITY, BAGHDAD, AUGUST 7, 2004
A young boy watches his relatives repair a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in the home of a Mahdi Army fighter.

British troops could leave Iraq next year, Blair says

British troops could leave Iraq next year, Blair says
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 07:13 JST

Kyodo News
LINK TO ORIGINAL

LONDON — British Prime Minister Tony Blair indicated Monday that British troops could be withdrawn from Iraq next year. It is "entirely reasonable to talk about the possibility of withdrawal of troops next year," Blair told journalists.

He made the comments followed a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Adil Abdul Mahdi in Downing Street where he pledged that Britain would not leave a "security vacuum" in Iraq.

Frist's strange passion for secret war

By Don Williams
Reprinted by permission from The Knoxville News-Sentinel 11/11/2005

Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist wants to get to the bottom of something. He's so worked up he's calling for joint congressional hearings on the scale of the 9/11 Commission. He said as much in a letter to colleagues, a letter signed by him and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. Good for them. It's time they got to the bottom of something.

In case you missed the story, I'll excuse you in advance for speculating about just what has Frist and Hastert so riled. In fact, I'd be speculating too. I'd be thinking, Hey, maybe they want to know whose bright idea it was to establish dozens of hell-hole prisons in at least eight foreign countries. If the Washington Post got it right, shady elements of our government concocted such prisons in order to get away with torture—or something like it.

Counter Recruitment December 6th

CAMPUS ANTIWAR NETWORK
* NATIONAL DAY OF COUNTER-RECRUITMENT * December 6, 2005
http://www.campusantiwar.net

ENDORSED BY: Pablo Paredes, war resister; David Airhart, Iraq War vet
and Kent State student facing expulsion for peaceful counter-
recruitment; Tariq Khan, George Mason University student assaulted for
peaceful counter-recruitment; Charles Peterson, Holyoke Community
College student assaulted for peaceful counter-recruitment; Traprock
Peace Center; Anthony Arnove, editor, Iraq Under Siege and co-editor
with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People's History of the United States

* Say No to the Solomon Amendment!

Campus Anti-War Network is calling for actions around the country to
show the federal government that they cannot intimidate schools for
kicking out military recruiters. On December 6, the Supreme Court will
hear the FAIR v Rumsfeld case (brought by several universities), which
will decide whether schools can ban military recruiters wihout losing
federal funding. Currently, the Solomon Amendment allows the government
to cut off federal funding from schools that ban military recruiters.
This policy forces schools to accept military recruitment, even though
the military's anti-gay "don't ask, don't tell" policy violates
university anti-discrimination policies.

Sung to the tune of "Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory"

By Graham Forsyth

Bush’$ $ong (The Que$t For Oil)

My eye$ have $een the video’$ gory,

I am li$tening to the Lord,

Rum$feld i$ $upporting me,

All torture i$ ignored,

We are forcing our Democracy

Wherever oil i$ $tored.

Come join in with my $ong,

Bush Rewrites History

By David Corn, http://www.davidcorn.com

In a Veterans Day speech on Friday, delivered to troops and others at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania, George W. Bush veered from the usual commemoration of sacrifice to strike at critics who have questioned whether he steered the country into war by using false information. This has become a tough and troubling issue for his presidency. A poll taken before his speech found that 57 percent of the respondents now believe that Bush "deliberately misled" the nation into war. That is astounding and, I assume, without precedent in history. Has there been another wartime period during which a majority of Americans believed the president had purposefully bamboozled them about the reasons for that war? Addressing this charge is tough for Bush because it calls more attention to it, and the on-ground-realities in Iraq only cause more popular unease with the war. But Bush and his aides calculated that it was better to punch back than ignore the criticism, and that's a sign that they're worried that Bush is coming to be defined as a president who conned the nation into an ugly war. So Bush tried. Let's break down his effort:

It's Not Just Judy

By Russ Baker, TomPaine.com

The Wicked Witch of the Eastern Media Establishment is gone! Long live The New York Times!

Well, hooray, I suppose. Though if that refrain is the final word on the Judith Miller saga, we’re in deeper trouble than I thought. To be sure, I’ve been as outspoken as anyone about the "Miller problem"—her credulous, duplicitous hyping of non-existent WMDs; her enthusiastic prejudging and exaggeration of complicated "oil-for-food" allegations involving Kofi Annan and the United Nations. But now that she has finally "resigned," let it be said that getting rid of Judy Miller is only the beginning of the reforms necessary at The New York Times and in journalism generally.

LA Times Readers/Subscribers to Picket Outside Times Building

Contact: Marcy Winograd 310. 795-2322; Karen Pomer 310.463.7025

To Protest Controversial Firing of Popular Columnist Robert Scheer

"I've been a punching bag for Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh for years and I think the paper finally collapsed" -- Robert Scheer, Friday, Nov. 11th

WHAT: Readers to Picket LA Times to Protest Firing of Columnist
Robert Scheer and Limited Coverage of Local Anti-War Movement

WHO: LA Times Readers and Grassroots Peace Activists from Across Los Angeles

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 15, Noon

WHERE: Outside LA Times Building
First Street Entrance
202 W. 1st St. (at Spring St.)

Deadline Approaching, Where's The Damn Report?

By georgia10, dailykos

Bush calls me, a war critic, "irresponsible" and says I'm helping the terrorists and emboldening the enemy and doing everything short of strapping explosives to my chest. It may be the Johnnie Walker talking, but that still hurts.

I was sans computer for about five days, and come back to reality only to see that the punk ass president has resurfaced with the tired talking points and, on a side note, some of the tightest spandex I've seen in a while.

Pre-emptive striking didn't work in Iraq War, and it sure as hell won't work in the war of public opinion.

See, Bush is kicking up all this dust against the peace-lovin'-pinko-commie-koolaid-resistant masses in an effort to cloud the fact that it's just about deadline time, and the shit is about to hit the fan.

This isn't the real America

By Jimmy Carter, LA Times

JIMMY CARTER was the 39th president of the United States. His newest book is "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis," published this month by Simon & Schuster.

November 14, 2005

IN RECENT YEARS, I have become increasingly concerned by a host of radical government policies that now threaten many basic principles espoused by all previous administrations, Democratic and Republican.

These include the rudimentary American commitment to peace, economic and social justice, civil liberties, our environment and human rights.

Also endangered are our historic commitments to providing citizens with truthful information, treating dissenting voices and beliefs with respect, state and local autonomy and fiscal responsibility.

Iraq: Looking Back, Looking Forward

By Senator Russ Feingold, dailykos

On Veteran's Day, the President gave yet another speech trying to defend his Iraq policy. He uttered over 5800 words, but not once did he provide the American people any timeframe for our military mission in Iraq or any sense that he has a plan for bringing that mission to a successful end. Instead, he used the same platitudes and empty rhetoric that the American people have already made clear they don't buy. Rather than putting his efforts into a major media spin operation, the President should concentrate on getting our Iraq policy straight, and putting our nation's national security on track.

Senate Dems Want a Plan

Reid Outlines Way Forward in Iraq, Previews Democrats Iraq Amendment

Washington, D.C. - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid delivered the following remarks at a press conference today with Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin and Senator Carl Levin.

"Our troops deserve a strategy in Iraq that is worthy of their sacrifice. That is why, for three years, Democrats have pushed the White House to lay out a plan for success.

"Unfortunately, the President has rejected our call, and instead, insisted America needs to "stay the course." With more than 2,050 Americans killed... more than $250 billion spent... and no end in sight after three years of war -- "staying the course" is no longer an option.

President Bush May Soon Order Aerial Attacks on Insurgent Military Bases Inside Syria

By IIMCR, http://blog.iimcr.org

Washington---Within the past several weeks, President Bush has come within hours of ordering U.S. military forces to conduct aerial bombing raids against insurgent training camps inside Syrian territory that are being used by foreign fighters as a staging ground in which to enter Iraq and kill American soldiers. But Secretary of State, Condeleeza Rice and representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency have until now prevailed in convincing President Bush that Syrian President Bashar Assad can be reasoned with, according to high ranking officials within the Bush administration.

Watch Ray McGovern on C-Span

C-Span's Washington Journal this morning featured our friend Ray McGovern:

http://www.c-span.org/

Senate to Vote on Iraq Policy

By John Isaacs, Council for a Livable World

On Monday, the Senate will debate two amendments related to troop withdrawal from Iraq, (analysis and text below), and vote on those amendments Tuesday:

Warner (R-VA) - Frist (R-TN) amendment No. 2518 on Iraq, which is based on the Levin amendment No. 2519 with some differences

Levin (D-MI) amendment No. 2519 on Iraq

The Senate votes on Iraq are significant:

They will be the first Senate votes on troop withdrawal (see texts below).
This is the first time Senate Democrats have been willing to offer an Iraq amendment for a vote, and Republicans are to a considerable degree saying “me too.

Houston Chronicle Is Dead Wrong

The Houston Chronicle claims: "The belief Saddam had WMD might have been an honest mistake; nevertheless, it was dead wrong."

Of course, the Houston Chronicle is dead wrong, as documented by the evidence on this website.

Feel free to share your opinion politely and concisely with Reader Representative James T. Campbell, readerrep@chron.com

Phone: 713-220-6303

THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT

By Tom Blanton of Richmond, Virginia
Project for a New American Revolution, http://www.pnar.org

-----------------------------

It is by this tribunal, that statesmen, who abuse
their power, are accused by statesmen, and tried
by statesmen, not upon the niceties of a narrow
jurisprudence, but upon the enlarged and solid
principles of state morality - Edmund Burke

-----------------------------

President Bush must be impeached and removed from office. He has lied to Congress and the American people about the 9/11 attacks, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the invasion of Iraq. The lies, or misstatements, are so numerous that it would require a book to document all of them.

False prewar data offers a hard lesson, senators say

LAWMAKERS PROBING WHETHER WHITE HOUSE MISUSED INTELLIGENCE
By Walter Pincus, Washington Post

WASHINGTON - The Republican chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Sunday that one lesson of the faulty prewar intelligence on Iraq is that senators would take a hard look at intelligence before voting to go to war.

``I think a lot of us would really stop and think a moment before we would ever vote for war or to go and take military action,'' Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas said on ``Fox News Sunday.''

``We don't accept this intelligence at face value anymore,'' he said. ``We get into pre-emptive oversight and do digging in regards to our hard targets.''

Arlington West: Veterans Speak Out

VIDEO SPECIAL | Arlington West: Veterans Speak Out
http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

The Peace Movement continues to grow. Interviews with Ron Kovic (Vietnam veteran and author of "Born on the 4th of July") and others on Veterans Day weekend, 2005.

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