Plamegate and the Press: When Will Somebody Get Fired?
Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
READ MORE: New York Times, Patrick Fitzgerald, Judith Miller, Bob Woodward, Valerie Plame, Investigations, Karl Rove
Jury scheduled to meet canceled, MSNBC reports
Late Tuesday evening, RAW STORY received word from two attorneys close to the CIA leak case that Patrick Fitzgerald intended to meet with the grand jury Wednesday morning to present the recently obtained sworn testimony from Robert Luskin, Karl Rove’s attorney, and Time magazine reporter Viveca Novak.
December 14, 2005, 8:29 a.m.
Will Rove be Indicted?
By Byron York, National Review Online
As rumors fly, here’s what’s known at this point.
There have been rumors flying around Washington in the last few days that Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, might soon be indicted in the CIA leak investigation. At least for now, the rumors appear to be based on someone hearing that someone else had heard something, or that someone had gotten a sense that something was about to happen and told someone else. Are there any facts to back up such gossip and guessing? No one seems to know.
Rasmussen Reports, whose polls consistently place George Bush's approval rating higher than other polls, published the first poll on impeaching Bush and removing him from office. Rasmussen found that 32% of Americans want President Bush impeached and removed, while 35% want Vice President Dick Cheney impeached and removed.
Iraqi National Resistance and other Iraqi Political Forces Terms for Ceasefire and End of Occupation
By Kevin Zeese, Democracy Rising
Mounzer Sleiman, Ph.D. is a vice president and founding member of the National Council of Arab Americans. He is an independent political-military analyst with expertise in U.S. national security affairs, the subject of his doctorate dissertation. In addition, he is an independent media consultant with more than twenty five years of experience in Middle East diplomacy and media relations. He is a frequent commentator and guest analyst on radio and television broadcasts, including the BBC, Voice of America, MBC, Monte Carlo, and major Arab TV networks, such as Abu Dhabi TV, Al-Jazeera, Alarabia, LBC, Kuwait TV, Dubai TV , and Al Nile, Alalam, as well as networks in Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Lebanon. He has been quoted in several military and defense related publications.
By US Labor Against the War
1. At December 3 meeting USLAW approves the resolution on support for antiwar legislation (see below).
2. USLAW calls on all its affiliates to pass a similar resolution and to inform and educate their members about such legislative initiatives, encouraging them to communicate their support to their members of Congress.
By David Swanson
London, England, December 10, 2005--Fellow PDA National Board Member Steve Cobble and I participated in an historic international peace conference in London on December 10 and in various related events the same week. We met with several Members of Parliament and will be working to facilitate teamwork and future events with them and members of the US Congressional Progressive Caucus.
UFPJ Talking Points #36
By Phyllis Bennis and Erik Leaver, Institute for Policy Studies
President Bush had one thing right when he said in March 2005: "All [foreign] military forces and intelligence personnel must withdraw before the elections for those elections to be free and fair." He was talking about Syrian troops in Lebanon; the same claim should be made about U.S. troops in Iraq. Elections are often important indices and instruments of democracy, but elections held under conditions of military occupation are not legitimate.
Pentagon Rolls Out Stealth PR
By Matt Kelley, USA Today
Washington - A $300 million Pentagon psychological warfare operation includes plans for placing pro-American messages in foreign media outlets without disclosing the US government as the source, one of the military officials in charge of the program says.
Bush: we went to war on faulty intelligence
By Times Online and agencies
President Bush has admitted for the first time that his decision to go to war in Iraq was based on faulty intelligence. But he still said that the decision to remove Saddam Hussein had been "the right one".
By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net
The common problem not confronted but lying behind many of the biggest crises plagueing America these days is secret government, yet instead of addressing this fundamental issue, Congress and the media are just nibbling around the edges.
One of the great things about the recent International Peace Conference in London was meeting activists from around the world. How many in the US knew, for example, of the anti-war movement in Turkey, the Global Peace and Justice Coalition?
Left I on the News
Am I the only one who thinks members of the Iraqi military and resistance
fighters are human beings?
I wrote two days ago that George Bush's assertion that 30,000 Iraqi
By IWT News
Thousands of people have died, and are still dying, in a war that a majority of people believe is based on half truths and misinformation. Congressman John Murtha said, "We've increased terrorism in the Middle East... We've increased instability in the Middle East." The world is a more dangerous place for all of us.
By David Swanson
US Labor Against the War is growing rapidly and making great strides, but the labor movement in Britain is both larger and more forcefully against the war. I wrote these notes after speaking in London last week with Trevor Phillips, Press Officer of NATFHE - The University & College Lecturers' Union, and NATFHE rep on UK Stop the War Coalition steering group. I was in London for the Stop the War Coalition's International Peace Conference and this series of events.
AN AMERICAN IN IRAN
By Michael Shank
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet
Iran by any other name smells not sweet but suspicious. A renaming of
Iran is occurring and permanently embedding ideologically-driven
By Billy Hayes, General Secretary (GS) of the Communication Workers Union (CWU)
I am delighted to speak at the International Peace Conference.
It is a particular privilege to be speaking alongside representatives of the movement in Iraq.
Los Angeles Times - December 14, 2005 - By Reuters
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has a secret database that indicates the U.S. military may be collecting information on Americans who oppose the Iraq war and may be monitoring peace demonstrations, NBC reported Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times - December 14, 2005 - By Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a request for up to $100 billion more for military costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers say, a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward half a trillion dollars.
A pseudohistory by Amy Branham
PART II – TO BATTLE
That night, George was restless. He heaved a sigh of relief as he looked out the bedroom window into the dark night. He made it through the day, somehow, and managed to avoid an ugly scene with the press. Donald Rumsfeld handled the disaster of the morning by giving a short statement at a press conference earlier in the day.
The NBC Nightly News investigative unit reported tonight that they have obtained a database from military intelligence which shows the U.S. military has been actively spying on peace groups inside the United States. The report focused on a group in Florida, which expressed shock at the documents obtained by NBC.
By Jim Oberg
As an American today, I find myself terribly ashamed of my country. Daily, in new revelations about the actions of my government, I learn about the unspeakable things being done in my name. The America I grew up loving, I must admit, has become the purveyor of terrible horrors against the world and our own citizens, and is steadily depriving we, the people, of our constitutional rights, our freedoms and our democratic process.
By E.J. Dionne, Jr. - Washington Post Writers Group
12.13.05 - WASHINGTON — After this week's elections in Iraq, will our national debate be about what the United States should do to salvage the best outcome it can from a war policy that has been riddled with errors and miscalculations? Or will we mostly discuss how politicians should position themselves on the war?
Bob Barr says military dictatorship close
By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, prisonplanet.com
Former Republican Congressman and CIA official Bob Barr says that there is a danger recent developments describe a trend of America slipping into a totalitarian society and that the Bush administration are doing everything in their power to see that this happens.
Published on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 by the Independent / UK
President Bush said yesterday that 'the year 2005 will be a turning point in the history of freedom'. But since the start of the war the days have been littered with unintended consequences.
The Green Party Supports Impeachment (PRESS RELEASE)
GREENS: IMPEACH BUSH NOW!
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
The Downing Street Memo proves that invasion of Iraq wasn't the 'last resort' but Bush's intent all along, leading to cooked intelligence and other impeachable offenses; Greens note bipartisan and media complicity in overlooking evidence of deceit, urge public protest.
By Raphael Zappala
Am I right that today is the 1000th day of this war…? In these horrific 1,000 days since the invasion of Iraq, 2,150 U.S. Soldiers have been killed, as of 3:50 PM EST. Bush does not care and states that the amount of Iraqi civilians killed in this war is 30,000. I do understand why he said that. If one is to check www.iraqbodycount.org, it does say that there are about 30,000 (30,892 to be exact) dead Iraqi civilians. However, this is just according to the confirmed deaths by the media’s stories. I will no way in hell say “only 30,000
Not swayed by last minute testimony, lawyers say
By RAW STORY, Jason Leopold and Larisa Alexandrovna
A few weeks after he took over the investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson in early 2004, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald had already become suspicious that Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney’s then-chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter
From Tomdispatch today an important piece on the air war in Iraq: Dahr Jamail, "An Increasingly Aerial Occupation" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=42286
About two weeks ago, the New Yorker magazine's Seymour Hersh wrote "Up in the Air," the first serious mainstream report on the American air war in Iraq -- a subject Tomdispatch has been sending out pieces about for at least the last year and a half.
Yesterday, President Bush did something highly out of character for him: He answered a question—from a citizen, no less—directly. In public. Just when we'd all gotten used to Scott McClellan constantly telling us that he can't comment, the president answered lawyer Didi Goldmark's question of how many Iraqis had been killed with, "I would say 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis."