Published on Friday, February 3, 2006 by the Guardian / UK
by Julia Day
Arabic-language media have an unprecedented chance to take over as the world's premier news source because trust in their US counterparts plummeted following their "shameful coverage" of the war in Iraq, a conference heard today.
By Cindy Sheehan
I just saw the below "apology" on MichaelMoore.com...thanks Eric!
This is the biggest crock of horse manure ever.
Everyone is saying how "wonderful" it is that they apologized to me.
MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION
CONTACT: Trevor Fitzgibbon, (202) 246-5303; Jessica Smith or Alex Howe, (202) 822-5200
COMPARES BUSH TO NIXON
Calls for Special Prosecutor
MoveOn.org Political Action will launch a nationwide TV ad campaign on Monday accusing President Bush of breaking the law by wiretapping American citizens without warrants. The ad draws a parallel between Bush’s actions and those of former President Nixon. It quotes Nixon’s Watergate self-defense: “When the President does it, that means it’s not illegal.
Here's the letter: PDF.
By DANIEL RUTH, The Tampa Tribune
And now, brothers and sisters, another exciting episode of "Attack Of The Clipboards - Part Duh!"
Once more, officious dolts who regard the United States Constitution as little more than an inconvenient obstacle in their quest to be Barney Fife meets Buford T. Justice hit the quinella of bumptiousness the other night at the State of the Union address.
Friday February 3, 2006
NEW* ALLEN in Livonia, MI: Sen. Allen will be the guest at a reception
hosted by Freedom Works, a Washington-based group that seeks lower
taxes. Allen will also meet with 150 gun and hunting rights and
Yesterday, the Bush administration announced that it will ask for another $70 billion for the Iraq war. This will bring the total cost of the wars in Iraq and Afganistan to $120 billion for 2006.
This is Mark Ruffalo for the World Can't Wait, Drive Out The Bush Regime.
It's time to get on the bus this Saturday, February 4th. It's time to demand that Bush step down.
I am afraid, and I don't think it is just me, I think we are all terrified to a degree. I know the desire today is to grow so small and be left alone and not be spied on or noticed as out of the ordinary in any way because maybe we might be defamed or sent away or ruined.
Statement by Daniel Ellsberg in support of the World Can’t Wait demonstration in Washington, D.C. Saturday, February 4, 2006
I would not have thought of copying the Pentagon Papers, risking a possible lifetime in prison, without the example of thousands of young Americans who were doing everything they could—including non-violent disobedience to the draft regulations—to oppose a wrongful, hopeless war. They showed civic courage, and I can attest to its effectiveness; as a government consultant and former official, I felt its power on my own life.
Just before Bush spoke of freedom Tuesday night, she was jailed over a T-shirt that took a stand.
Los Angeles Times
By Cindy Sheehan, CINDY SHEEHAN is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and a member of Military Families Speak Out.
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Upcoming White House requests would boost total spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well past the $400 billion mark, while spending for hurricane relief would top $100 billion, administration officials acknowledge.
Sampling of Extensive International and Alternative Coverage:
Channel 4 News Memo Extracts, Article, Video Report and Commentary; Guardian Article; Guardian Commentary; Guardian Timeline; BBC Article; AfterDowningStreet Commentary; David Corn's Commentary; The Australian Article; Telegraph Article; Mail and Guardian Article; Financial Times Article; Independent Article; Times of London Article; Another BBC Article; Scotsman Article; People's Daily Article (China); Journal of Turkish Weekly Article (Turkey); Mirror Article; Mirror Article 2; Herald Article
Complete US Corporate Media Coverage:
Associated Press Article; Associated Press Article 2; USA Today Marginalizes Story on a Blog, What about some coverage in the paper?; Christian Science Monitor Article; Olbermann on MSNBC; Feb. 11 Los Angeles Times;
By David Corn
Channel 4 News in England is reporting on the existence of a January 31, 2003 memo that recorded a discussion between Bush and Blair, during which Bush raised the idea of orchestrating an incident in which Saddam would fire on UN reconnaissance planes and, thus, give Bush and Blair cause to attack Iraq.
By Pete Yost, Associated Press
Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is raising the possibility that records sought in the CIA leak investigation could be missing because of an e-mail archiving problem at the White House.
By Matthew Cardinale, Editor, Atlanta Progressive News
(APN) EXCLUSIVE: The number of Members of US Congress supporting US Rep. John Conyers’s (D-MI) H. Res 635 has now jumped to 16. The US House bill would create a Select Committee to investigate the grounds for impeaching President Bush.
From Tomdispatch tonight: Elizabeth de la Vega's "When Two Worlds Collide, Rove v. Fitzgerald" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=55695
Right now, with the President sailing through his latest State of the Union speech untouched by the mainstream media, it looks another danger -- the CIA leak case of Valerie Plame -- has also left the political playing field and that this administration has a minimum of nine lives. Well, don't let the relative media silence surrounding Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation right now fool you. As former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega indicates in her latest Tomdispatch report on the case, Fitzgerald is simply working on another time schedule than that of top administration officials. Yet, her experience assures her, two quite different worlds -- that of Karl Rove and that of Fitzgerald -- are in due course heading for a seismic collision. So expect fireworks out of the Special Counsel's office that will first illuminate the role of Rove in the case, and then may light up a far larger stretch of the administration horizon.
BUSH STEP DOWN!
Saturday, February 4th
11AM Rally at 17th and Constitution NW
2PM March around the White House
By Adam Brookes, BBC News, Washington
In the United States, a former official has admitted stealing millions of dollars meant for the reconstruction of Iraq.
Robert Stein held a senior position in the Coalition Provisional Authority, which administered Iraq after American and allied forces invaded in 2003.
A former state senator will present a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney to the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee February 9.
The resolution ( full text attached) passed the Committee's agenda subcomittee last month.
Tony Blair and George W Bush had already decided to invade Iraq in January 2003, a new book by a human rights lawyer has claimed.
The book - an updated edition of Lawless World by Philippe Sands - says the two leaders discussed going to war regardless of any United Nations view.
Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes.
Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:
"How incredible that Casey Sheehan fought and died for his country and its freedoms. And when his mother attempted to exercise one of those freedoms, she was treated like a criminal. In fact, she was thrown out of her own house."
Fox News and Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Two bombs exploded about 20 minutes apart Thursday in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 Iraqis and wounding dozens, officials said.
The violence began at 5 p.m. when a car bomb detonated near a gas station, killing at least two people and wounding 13, Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi said.
Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
Sheehan Wasn't Welcome But a Saudi Accused of Support for al Qaeda Was
by Jeremy Scahill
While Cindy Sheehan was being dragged from the House gallery moments before President Bush delivered his State of the Union address for wearing a t-shirt honoring her son and the other 2,244 US soldiers killed in Iraq, Turki al-Faisal was settling into his seat inside the gallery. Faisal, a Saudi, is a man who has met Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants on at least five occasions, describing the al Qaeda leader as "quite a pleasant man." He met multiple times with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. Yet, unlike Sheehan, al-Faisal was a welcomed guest of President Bush on Tuesday night. He is also a man that the families of more than 600 victims of the 9/11 attacks believe was connected to their loved ones' deaths.
By Richard Matthews
I have been very annoyed with Reuters.
I have often written to Reuters about unfair bias in their stories, which is
always bias against liberals. I have never received any response, either in
02/01/05 "CNN" -- -- Larry King Live - Interview with President Carter
KING: Do you support the Iraq war?
CARTER: No, I haven't supported it from the very beginning. In fact, I wrote a major, I thought it was a major editorial in "The New York Times" a few months before we invaded Iraq pointing out that it was an unnecessary and unjust war and the editorial was repeated on full page ads in a lot of other newspapers.