By David Swanson
Testimony for International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, Riverside Church, New York, Jan 20-22, 2006. Thanks to Jonathan Schwarz and Bob Fertik for assistance.
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Were I to list all the pieces of evidence that Bush took us to war with lies, we'd have lost tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars before I finished. So, I'll give you a short version. But we're killing people every day and churning through tens of thousands of dollars a second, so even this isn't going to be cheap.
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Congressman John Conyers has produced a 273-page report that focuses on this topic. Congressman Henry Waxman has put online a searchable database of lies. You can find these and numerous other collections of evidence at www.afterdowningstreet.org Some of the best sources of this material are books. Much has been reported in books, as well as on the internet and the radio that has never made it into newspapers or television. Larry Everest's book is one of the best at making this case, and it was written prior to the surfacing of the strongest piece of evidence, the one I'm going to talk about, the Downing Street Minutes.
Pinochet Stripped of Immunity in Cases, By Associated Press
Santiago, Chile - Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was stripped of immunity from prosecution Friday in 59 cases of torture and kidnapping at a secret detention center where hundreds of dissidents were held - including President-elect Michelle Bachelet and her mother.
Washington - Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney plan to issue subpoenas to journalists and news organizations for documents to be used at his trial involving the leak of a CIA operative's name, according to a court document filed on Friday.
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Monday, January 23, 9:30 a.m.
National Press Club, Edward R. Murrow Room
By Molly Ivins
AUSTIN, Texas --- I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.
Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges.
Dems are urged at unofficial hearing
Detroit Free Press
WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman, a prominent legal scholar and a self-described target of government surveillance urged Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Friday to consider impeaching President George W. Bush for his domestic surveillance program.
The California Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus and US Tour of Duty present
Leaving Iraq: Strategies for Immediate Withdrawal
WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 7:30 PM following the quarterly meeting of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party
By Haider Rizvi, Inter Press Service
New York - A leading coalition of peace groups in the United States is planning to stage nationwide protests against the US war in Iraq on Mar. 19, the day when US-led military forces invaded that country three years ago.
Washington, DC – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today on reports by Ambassador Bremer that the president and his most senior advisors failed to address serious concerns about the war in Iraq. A fact sheet on the contradictory statements between Bremer and the Bush administration follows below:
TODAY'S DEMOCRACY NOW!:
* Muslim Leaders in Iraq Call for Release of Kidnapped U.S. Journalist Jill
Carroll as Deadline Set by Captors Expires *
Nearly two weeks have passed since 28-year-old freelance journalist Jill
There can be no doubt that today we are in a constitutional crisis that threatens the system of checks and balances that has preserved our fundamental freedoms for more than 200 years. There is no better illustration of that crisis than the fact that the president is openly violating our nation's laws by authorizing the NSA to engage in warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.
Democrats Abroad France initiates a call for impeachment proceedings, a first-time action taken by any grassroots group of Americans:
The Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad France, in a special meeting on January 15, unanimously passed a resolution calling upon Congress to determine whether impeachable offenses have been committed by the Bush/Cheney Administration and if necessary to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney.
January 19 – 21, 2006
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE in Washington, DC: The RNC will hold its annual winter meeting. This year’s theme is “You Make the Difference: A Roadmap to Making History.
By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Ft. Carson, Colo. - It was dubbed the "sleeping bag technique."
Interrogators at a makeshift prison in western Iraq, desperate to break suspected insurgents, would stuff them face-first into a sleeping bag with a small hole cut in the bottom for air.
ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AT WHITE HOUSE AWAIT THEIR FATE AS FEDERAL COURT JUDGE IN D.C. NEEDS TIME TO STUDY THE LAW
By Max Obuszewski
“…we must see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men [and women] rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood [and sisterhood]
1) IS IRAN NEXT?
2) PEACE CONFERENCE DVD
3) TONY BENN OPEN LETTER:
HAVE YOU SIGNED?
4) GUANTANAMO BAY DEMONSTRATION
5) REMEMBERING JEAN CHARLES
6) SCHOOL STUDENTS AGAINST WAR:
NATIONAL CONFERENCE 28 JANUARY
By British Army Brigadier Nigel Aylwin-Foster. Published in the U.S. Army journal, Military Review. Here are some excerpts:
Few could fail to be impressed by the speed and style of the U.S.-dominated coalition victory over Saddam's forces in spring 2003. At the time, it appeared, to skeptics and supporters alike, that the most ambitious military action in the post-Cold War era had paid off, and there was an air of heady expectation of things to come.
In contrast, two years later, notwithstanding ostensible campaign successes such as the elections of January 2005, Iraq is in the grip of a vicious and tenacious insurgency. Few would suggest Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) has followed the path intended by President Bush when he committed U.S. forces.
Vancouver , B.C., Canada – The Canadian-based legal group Lawyers Against the War--LAW filed appeal papers this week challenging the dismissal of torture charges against American President George W. Bush. The case will be heard in the British Columbia Court of Appeal later this year.
By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com
In a detailed 42-page legal memorandum set for release this evening the Bush Justice Department will defend the President's warrantless wiretap program as legal. A copy of the document was leaked to RAW STORY.
UPCOMING EVENTS TO END THE WAR AND HOLD WARMAKERS ACCOUNTABLE
Put these in your calendar!
By MARIE COCCO
CLINTON DID IT. That is the first refuge of the right. The most rabid of Bill Clinton's detractors never recovered from the two elections that brought him to the White House. They still mine what they believe to be a trove of irresponsibility unparalleled in presidential history.
Iraq's Oil and Port Workers and their Unions
Photographs by David Bacon
Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, oil workers in Basra reorganized one of Iraq's oldest unions, and faced the occupation's prohibition on collective bargaining in the public sector. Oil workers forced US contractor KBR to leave the oil districts, and defended Iraq's oil against the threat of privatization. They helped dockers organize in the ports, and together forced Stevedoring Services of America and the Maersk Corporation to give up their privatized concessions. Workers in power generation and other industries have organized as well. This photodocumentary project shows people at work on the rigs in the refineries and the ports, their unions and leaders, and their life at home with their families.
Progressive Democrats of America, AfterDowningStreet & Clothing of the American Mind present an ‘Out of Iraq’ Forum...
David Swanson – Founder, AfterDowningStreet.org / Board Member, Progressive Democrats of America
Ann Wright – US Diplomat; Resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq / US Army Reserves Colonel, Retired
FORMER ABU GHRAIB COMMANDER JANIS KARPINSKI, EX-UK AMBASSADOR CRAIG MURRAY, TOP EXPERTS, AND FORMER OFFICIALS TO TESTIFY AT COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON BUSH WAR CRIMES
Harry Belafonte to Will Also Speak at Bush Crimes Commission
Friday, January 20, 5-9pm, Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive
Saturday, January 21, 10am-6pm, Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive
Sunday, January 22, 1-5pm, Columbia University Law School, 116th & Amsterdam Avenue
By Agence France-Presse
The British government appeared to be uncertain about the number of US "rendition" flights through British airspace, according to a leaked document.
A Foreign Office memo to Downing Street - obtained by the New Statesman magazine - suggests the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) may have operated more flights than the two already confirmed by London.
Italy will withdraw 1,000 of its 2,600 troops in Iraq by June and aims to finish its mission there by the end of this year.
Defense Minister Antonio Martino has told a parliamentary committee Italy will "gradually end" its military presence and phase into a new type of presence he said would be "substantially civilian in nature".
By Lisa Sorg, San Antonio Current
See, it’s not so hard to say
While we’re observing milestones — this year marks the Current’s 20th anniversary — let’s remember this week in 1998 when the Express-News called for President Bill Clinton’s resignation over the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. It seems quaint, the country getting all lathered up over fibbing about fellatio, in light of President Bush’s extensive rap sheet, which includes expanding his presidential powers to near fascist proportions.
By Eric Alterman, Huffington Post
I’m getting more than a little tired of writing this, as I’m sure you are of reading it. But I persist, boring even myself, because I feel strongly that deliberately misleading a democratic nation into war is not just wrong, but a crime—an act of evil that taints everyone whom it touches.
If the Democrats Really Want to Stop Bush, They Need New Leadership
By SAM HUSSEINI, www.counterpunch.org
On Monday Al Gore gave a speech on the NSA spying and other issues filled with accurate accusations about the Bush administration. On Tuesday, this was defused by the White House pointing to the "hypocrisy" of someone from the Clinton-Gore administration, which had a very poor record on civil liberties, being a spokesperson on the issue. There was actually some substance to the charge, though the Bush administration hardly has standing on the issue.