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.
By Eric Alterman
At a recent conference on the Clinton Administration at Hofstra University, ex-press secretary Jake Siewart made a point that had previously eluded me: It was during the early days of Clinton's presidency that the democratization of instant information made the insider press corps obsolete. To retain their importance and self-regard, these journalists had to invent a new function for themselves, and they did: interpreting, not reporting, the news. But instead of doing the hard work of researching the historical, economic, sociological and political contexts of a given story and then finding a way to explain these in lay terms, they preferred to rely on what came most easily to them: cocktail party gossip, green room small talk, semiofficial leaks and unconfirmed rumor, almost always offered up as if the source had no interest in pushing a point of view.
The president’s fiscal 2007 budget proposal will assume a $90.3 billion supplemental spending request to be submitted this spring to cover war, hurricane and flu spending, a Senate GOP leadership aide said today.
Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
By Joe Colgan
I write as a veteran who has a special love for our troops and their families, and as the father of Lt. Benjamin Colgan, who was killed in action in Baghdad on Nov. 1, 2003. I also write on behalf of those who joined me in meeting with Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell last December about this senseless war in Iraq.
Latest on NoQuarter, By Larry C. Johnson
Commander in Chief George W. Bush is firmly planted in fantasyland (or is it denial) when he claimed in his State of the Union speech that:
We're transforming our military. The things I look for are the following: morale, retention, and recruitment. And retention is high, recruitment is meeting goals, and people are feeling strong about the mission.
t r u t h o u t | Programming Note
Airdate: Friday 03 February 2006 at 8:30 p.m. on PBS
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NOW goes inside the case for war in Iraq and asks: how could the intelligence have been so wrong?
By David Swanson
The Guardian is reporting that Bush told Blair "that the US was so worried about the failure to find hard evidence against Saddam that it thought of 'flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft planes with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours'. Mr Bush added: 'If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach [of UN resolutions]'."
Carl Sheeler, 45, a Democrat, business owner and Marine Veteran is seeking Lincoln Chafee's seat as well as seeking to unseat "King George" for his violations of the US Constitution. Sheeler alleges that, among other things, he has lied to the public and damaged foreign relations and our Democracy. He expresses leadership is not always popular or a majority opinion, but no operson is above the law.
By Oliver King and Paul Hamilos, Guardian (UK)
Tonight's revelations about Tony Blair and George Bush's White House meeting on January 31 2003 show that the prime minister was prepared to go to war in Iraq before he had tried to get a second UN resolution. Given that the attorney general and Foreign Office lawyers believed at this time that war would be illegal without one, the story throws further doubt on the legality of the conflict.
By Oliver King, Guardian (UK)
A Guardian exclusive tonight reveals that President Bush suggested to Tony Blair in January 2003 the idea of painting UN colours on American U2 spy planes in the hope that Saddam would shoot one down.
By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian (UK)
· PM backed invasion despite illegality warnings
· Plan to disguise US jets as UN planes
· Bush: postwar violence unlikely
Tony Blair told President George Bush that he was "solidly" behind US plans to invade Iraq before he sought advice about the invasion's legality and despite the absence of a second UN resolution, according to a new account of the build-up to the war published today.
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, www.counterpunch.org
Gentle reader, if you prefer comforting lies to harsh truths,
don't read this column.
The state of the union is disastrous. By its naked aggression,
Christiane Amanpour: Iraq is a disaster
Crooks and Liars
CNN's Chief Int'l Corresp. Amanpour has been taking some heat from the Bush apologists because she interjected some truth into her reporting on Larry King during a segment on the danger to journalists in Iraq. (Transcript)
IAEA Chief Says Iran Dispute Is Not 'Crisis Situation'
By Daniel Dombey, Financial Times
Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Thursday told a meeting of the nuclear watchdog that the dispute between Iran and the west was "at a critical stage, but was "in no way a crisis situation".
Senate Panel Rebuffed on Documents on US Spying
By Eric Lichtblau, New York Times
Washington - The Bush administration is rebuffing requests from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for its classified legal opinions on President Bush's domestic spying program, setting up a confrontation in advance of a hearing scheduled for next week, administration and Congressional officials said Wednesday.
A 9/11 Conspirator in King Bush's Court?
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.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Let's See...Who Was It that Thought He'd Be Indicted?
Oh yeah, it was Stephen Hadley.
Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006 by CBC News / Canada
Canadian officials dispute the U.S. version of an event in Iraq and insist that American soldiers fired without warning on a consular vehicle carrying four Canadian diplomats, CBC News has learned.
Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006 by the Independent / UK
by Paul Kelbie
Just over a month ago, Cpl Gordon Pritchard was pictured posing proudly alongside Tony Blair in Iraq. He was one of several servicemen and women captured by the media as they chatted to Mr Blair days before Christmas at Shaibahbase near Basra. Yesterday the 31-year-old married father of three was back on the front pages - this time as the 100th British soldier to die in the war.
Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006 by the Independent / UK
by Andrew Buncombe
A cigarette hung from his mouth in the manner of John Wayne or Humphrey Bogart, his grime-covered face showed the exhaustion of battle.