By Michael Smith, London Sunday Times
Donald Rumsfeld has built a secret US force to ‘take out’ Al-Qaeda – but Britain’s best are doing the spadework, writes Michael Smith
Donald Rumsfeld was never a man for diplomatic language. On July 1, 2002 in the early months of the global war on terror, the American defence secretary sent a two-line memo to Doug Feith, his under-secretary for policy, asking: “How do we organise the department for manhunts? We are obviously not well organised at the present time.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON -- Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald should investigate Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the CIA leak probe if they authorized an aide to give secret information to reporters, Democratic and Republican senators said Sunday.
Depsite Cheney's Performance With Jets, Tanks, DU, Napalm, Somebody Trusted Him With a Gun - And He Shot Someone's Grandfather
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a 78-year-old man while hunting for quail on a ranch in Texas, U.S. television networks reported on Sunday.
Cheney's hunting companion, Harry Whittington, was "alert and doing fine" in the hospital after being shot on Saturday with shotgun pellets, CNN reported ranch owner Katharine Armstrong said.
By Cindy Sheehan
Former President George Bush took a shot at protestor Cindy Sheehan on Friday while speaking to students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Bush told the audience if she shows up to their church as expected she'll have to deal with his wife Barbara. KVET News, Central Texas
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches, http://dahrjamailiraq.com
If one watches corporate media or listens to Cheney Administration
propaganda, one is either not getting information about Iraq at all, or
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By Larry C Johnson
The spin being laid out by the White House and others, that the terrorists got a leg up on us because the New York Times' Jim Risen leaked word that President Bush had authorized illegal domestic surveillance, is sheer, utter bunk. Deal with the facts people.
By David Johnston, The New York Times
Washington - Federal agents have interviewed officials at several of the country's law enforcement and national security agencies in a rapidly expanding criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding a New York Times article published in December that disclosed the existence of a highly classified domestic eavesdropping program, according to government officials.
Says Iraq data distorted to sway public
By Cam Simpson, Chicago Tribune
WASHINGTON -- The former CIA official charged with managing the U.S. government's secret intelligence assessments on Iraq says the Bush administration chose war first and then misleadingly used raw data to assemble a public case for its decision to invade.
Peace Events in Vancouver
12:30 – 2:00 pm Valentine’s Day "Give Peace a Dance" at Vancouver City Hall, 453 W. 12th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
7:00 pm Vancouver: Peace Messenger City at Kitsilano Secondary School Auditorium, 2550 W. 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
His Attempt to Swing the Pendulum Back Began Long Before 9/11
By JOHN W. DEAN
Vice President Dick Cheney has stirred up an old fight in Washington. He sent a rookie, however, to make his case publicly. It did not work.
By Veterans for Peace
As we approach the end of the third year of the war on and occupation of Iraq, several events are planned to resist the war and pressure the United States government to provide real support for our troops: Bring Them Home Now and Take Care of Them When They Get Here.
... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...
We were collected at my aunts house for my cousins birthday party a few days ago. J. just turned 16 and my aunt invited us for a late lunch and some cake. It was a very small gathering- three cousins- including myself- my parents, and J.’s best friend, who also happened to be a neighbor.
By David Swanson
Can you even imagine Republicans, even if they were in a minority in Congress, debating whether or not to call for the impeachment of a Democratic president known and documented as guilty of a wide range of high crimes and misdemeanors? In particular, if you can imagine that, can you imagine the Republicans who opposed impeachment arguing that they were doing so for strategic political reasons?
Published on Saturday, February 11, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Monica Benderman
Three years ago we were spending time together, every moment we could, building the type of relationship we would need to survive the unknown we were about to face.
By Philip Sherwell in Washington, The Telegraph (UK)
Strategists at the Pentagon are drawing up plans for devastating bombing raids backed by submarine-launched ballistic missile attacks against Iran's nuclear sites as a "last resort" to block Teheran's efforts to develop an atomic bomb.
By Carlos Miller, RAW STORY
Just over three years ago, as the nation readied for war with Iraq, elementary school teacher Deb Mayer stood in front of her class and uttered the word that would get her blacklisted from her profession.
By Brian Bogart
One of the most prominent figures in neoconservatism, Frank Gaffney, has released a new book, War Footing, which along with nine other recommendations urges the adoption of a National Neighborhood Muslim Watch program. For the sake of convenience, the next obvious step would require Muslims to wear identifying badges on their outer garments.
On Tuesday, January 24, over thirty Georgetown University law students turned their backs on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. While the Attorney General addressed the media at Georgetown University Law Center, student audience members began to stand up one by one to turn their backs, with five students donning black Abu Ghraib-style hoods and hoisting a large banner emblazoned with Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote, “Those who would sacrifice liberty in the name of security deserve neither.
By Glenn Greenwald, www.huffingtonpost.com
The significance of this article from today's New York Times cannot be overstated. In essence, while the President sits in the White House undisturbed after proudly announcing that he has been breaking the law and will continue to do so, his slavish political appointees at the Justice Department are using the mammoth law enforcement powers of the federal government to find and criminally prosecute those who brought this illegal conduct to light:
Havana, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Over 1,500 delegates to the 8th International Meeting of Economists on Globalization and Development repudiated the war on Iraq.
A resolution issued at the closing session condemns the efforts by the George W. Bush Administration to sacrifice social investments to increase military spending.
By Pat Jones, Baxter Bulletin (Arkansas)
Thus far no one has been willing to draft articles of impeachment of George W. Bush. But the political atmosphere is changing.
A majority of Americans now recognize Iraq was a terrible mistake, and the president may have lied about the basis for taking us to war. Indictments are plaguing the administration lately, from Scooter Libby's to Tom DeLay's to Jack Abramoff's. Seventy-five percent of Americans and 66 percent of all GOPers agree the White House should come clean on its connections to Abramoff and release all the photos they are sitting on showing Bush and Abramoff together.
Rare Saturday Email in Advance of Resolutions of Inquiry Mark-Up Said a Sign of GOP/White House Concern About Warrantless Eavesdropping Program...
Is the Bush Administration getting nervous about growing GOP defections concerning their warrantless NSA domestic eavesdropping program? A rare Saturday email to Congressional members announcing a last-minute scheduled briefing on Monday by the Dept. of Justice would seem to indicate that may be the case...
By David Gram, Associated Press Writer
MONTPELIER, Vt. --A crowd that peaked at about 300 braved temperatures in the teens Saturday to march on the Statehouse and call on state officials to demand an end to the war in Iraq.
Believing the evidence fell short, Bush discussed with Blair the possibility of inciting a conflict with Iraq, British author says.
By John Daniszewski, Los Angeles Times
LONDON — It was the end of January 2003. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was five days away from giving a critical speech at the U.N. Security Council, laying out the case that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction and posed a danger to world peace.
By Peter Fredson, http://bellaciao.org
Please, someone enlighten me. For the past 5 years I have been informed by Bush or some cabinet member that this is War time, that we are IN a War, we are AT War, we have a Wartime President, and we are preparing War against Iran and Syria, etc. Bush talks constantly of a War against terrorists.
In Asking 'Why We Fight,' Filmmaker Marches in Eisenhower's Skeptical Footsteps
By Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"Why We Fight" was a question that Frank Capra posed in a series of World War II propaganda flicks. His conclusion: Because it's the right thing to do.
By JEREMY BRECHER & BRENDAN SMITH, www.thenation.com
The constitutional crisis facing the United States has only deepened as a result of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's testimony on warrantless domestic spying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Karl Rove's well-publicized scheme to tar critics of the secret NSA program as friends of terrorism has fallen flat. Despite the committee's indulgence of Gonzales's stonewalling, the hearing revealed deep bipartisan concern about a presidency that defies all checks and balances. Committee chair Arlen Specter promised further hearings and said he would consider subpoenas for documents the Administration is withholding. These are the first indications that the institutions of restraint on presidential power, while comatose, may not be dead.