US official admits Iraq aid theft

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.

Resolving to Work for Impeachment

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.

Iraq pact 'decided before war'


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.

Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

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:

The crime was the way she was treated

"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."

Bombs kill 11 in Baghdad; five GIs killed in attacks

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.

A 9/11 Conspirator in King Bush's Court?

Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006 by
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.

What's the Matter with Reuters?

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

President Carter: "We did not need to go into Iraq. We went in there under false pretenses"

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.

The White House memo

By: Gary Gibbon,

Revealed: Bush and Blair discussed using American Spyplane in UN colours to lure Saddam into war.

Watch the report
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White House Meeting Memo Special Report

Lies About Blowjobs, Bad. Wars? Not So Much.

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.

Bush to Seek $90.3 Billion Supplemental Spending Request

From CQ

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.

The Killing Has Got to Stop

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.

Broke Back Army

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.

Iraq War Intelligence

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?

WH Memo: Phony UN Airplanes to Provoke War

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]'."

US Senate Candidate Sheeler (D - RI) - 'Impeach Bush!'


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.

Timeline: the road to war in Iraq

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.

The White House Meeting That Took Us to War

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.

Bush told Blair we're going to war, memo reveals

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.

The True State of the Union: More Deception from the Bush White House


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

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)

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Who Was Right About Iraq Differs With Bushite Warmongers on Iran

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".

Bush Refuses to Turn Documents Over to Senate

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?

A 9/11 Conspirator in King Bush's Court?
by Jeremy Scahill
Huffington Post

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.

Let's See...Who Was It that Thought He'd Be Indicted?

Thursday, February 02, 2006
Reddhedd, Firedoglake
Let's See...Who Was It that Thought He'd Be Indicted?

Oh yeah, it was Stephen Hadley.

U.S. Fired on Canadian Diplomats Without Warning, Envoy Says

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.

The Corporal Who Met Tony Blair. A Month Later, He Was Killed in Iraq

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.

'Marlboro Man' Turns Against War He Symbolised

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.

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