By Helen Thomas
We are now learning what President Bush considers to be the limits of his power—nothing.
In public appearances this week, Bush defended his program of domestic spying without court approval, citing the inherent war powers of the presidency under the U.S. Constitution.
By Dahr Jamail, http://dahrjamailiraq.com
The date is March 17, 2003. St. Patrick’s Day and just two days before
U.S. bombs began raining down on Baghdad, 40 year-old Teresa Grady, her
older sister Clare, Daniel Burns and Vietnam veteran Peter De Mott
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Trials Begin in Columbus, Georgia on Monday, January 30; grandmother, priests, retirees, nun, students among those prosecuted.
Washington - On Monday, January 30 thirty-two people ranging in age from 19 to 81 will begin federal trials for peacefully walking onto a military base in protest of a controversial Army training school. Each person faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for this act of nonviolent civil disobedience.
By Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press
The US Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of "leveraging" their husbands into surrender, US military documents show.
Caracas, Venezuela – Gold star mother Cindy Sheehan has decided to run against California Senator Diane Feinstein if Feinstein does not filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito. While in Venezuela attending the World Social Forum, Sheehan learned that several Democratic Senators had announced their plans for a filibuster but that Senator Feinstein, who’s up for re-election in November, had stated she would vote against the nomination but not filibuster it. "I’m appalled that Diane Feinstein wouldn’t recognize how dangerous Alito’s nomination is to upholding the values of our constitution and restricting the usurpation of presidential powers, for which I’ve already paid the ultimate price," Sheehan said.
Interview conducted by Jay Shaft-Coalition For Free Thought In Media
Thousands of soldiers are returning from Iraq or Afghanistan and discovering that they cannot get access to medical and disability benefits. This is just one man's account among the thousands of very similar horror stories.
I share my pain with all the mothers who are victims of the empire
PEDRO DE LA HOZ, Granma
CARACAS— "There is no difference between my pain and that of an Iraqi mother or another that has lost a son or daughter to hunger, misery or lack of medical care in the impoverished and plundered countries. I share my pain with all the mothers who are victims of the empire’s policies."
A Legal Defense of Russell Tice, Whistleblower who Revealed President's Authorization of NSA's Warrantless Domestic Wiretapping
By JESSELYN RADACK, FindLaw
Russell Tice, one of the whistleblowers who revealed the National Security Agency's program of warrantless domestic wiretapping to the New York Times, now faces the full fury and force of the Executive Branch. His revelation - one that was intensely in the public interest, as it exposed blatant lawbreaking by the President himself - has brought FBI agents to his door.
By David Swanson
A new poll conducted in Pennsylvania (a battleground "purple" state) by Zogby International and commissioned by OpEdNews.com found that 84.9 percent of Democrats said they would be likely to vote for a congressional candidate who "supports having impeachment proceedings against President Bush." Only 7.0 percent said they were not likely to vote for such a candidate.
Bush-Cheney Impeachment Forum
Featuring: Kevin Zeese, Cindy Sheehan, Ann Wright, David Swanson, Ramsey Clark, Marcus Raskin, and Ralph Nader.
Monday, January 30, noon to 2 p.m.
Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Walker's World: Iran's really big weapon
By MARTIN WALKER
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The prospect of a mushroom cloud rising from the Dasht-e-Lut, Iran's Desert of Stones, may not be Tehran's greatest threat to international stability. A successful test of an Iranian nuclear weapon at some point in the next few years may prove less destabilizing than a simple free market economic measure that Iran is said to be planning for March of this year.
Brussels, 25 January (ICFTU OnLine) Alaa Issa Khalaf, a member of the Executive Board of the Baghdad branch of the mechanics union, and a prominent member of the recently created General Federation of Iraqi Workers, GFIW, has been killed. He was shot dead at around 7.30 am on January 25 by several unidentified men as he left for work from his home in Baghdad. In a letter to the authorities of the country, the ICFTU firmly condemned what it considers to be a targeted attack on a trade union activist.
When FEMA Director Michael Brown claimed not to be aware of the evacuee crisis at the New Orleans Convention Center following Hurricane Katrina (NPR, 9/1/05), many journalists expressed astonishment that a high-ranking official could be so uninformed about a crucial aspect of his job (e.g., Nightline, 9/1/05). But when Gen. Michael Hayden, principal deputy director of National Intelligence and former director of the National Security Agency, displayed an equally astounding lack of knowledge about a matter just as basic to his job, media as a whole let it pass without comment.
Yawn...George Bush is scheduled to give his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 31. Another day, another spin job from the administration about how their policies are making things so much better for ALL Americans and for Iraqis, especially the women. We will be told that the folks handling reconstruction (Iraq and the Gulf Coast) are "doin' a heckuva job". He'll warn us that we need to be very afraid of future attacks and how his war on terror is making us safer.
The World Can't Wait/Drive Out the Bush Regime;
We are calling on you to act now. Call Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelley to demand that the NYPD grant World Can't Wait's permit request to rally in Times Square itself (at 44th and Broadway) for the 1-1/2 hour protest during Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 31 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
By Karlyn Barker, Washington Post
Organizers of a planned protest during President Bush's State of the Union address next week reached an agreement yesterday with law enforcement officials and will now be allowed to use the area around the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool for their demonstration.
By Stephen Lendman
Choose from the following:
a. U.S. - imperial state
b. U.S. - terror state
c. U.S. - criminal state
d. U.S. - rogue state
e. U.S. - corporate state
f. U.S. - military state
By Noah Leavitt, AlterNet
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Council of Europe announced the results of its long-awaited, months-long investigation into the possibility that torture victims have been shuttled around Europe to clandestine interrogation centers. The Council's investigations were led by Sen. Dick Marty of Switzerland, who, in the final report, excoriated European leaders for their complicity. Marty's findings also undermine U.S. denials that it does not practice torture overseas.
January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, attends the 74th Winter Meeting of United States Conference
of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]
Wednesday February 8, 8:15 am – 9:15 am
Federal Court, 330 University Avenue, Toronto
(beside the U.S. consulate)
On February 8, the Federal Court will hear the appeals of U.S. war resisters Jeremy Hinzman
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Panel Discussion of Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq
By Tim Jones, Chicago Tribune
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- At 79, Al Knorr could fill his days in the recliner with televised junk food, watching Oprah Winfrey and Judge Judy and yelling "big money, big money!" when "Wheel of Fortune" comes on.
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
Supporters of George W. Bush are lambasting Sen. John Kerry for a threatened filibuster against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. But 15 years ago, their attitude was different as backers of George H.W. Bush wielded the filibuster to block a probe into Republican secret dealings with Iran that could have doomed the Bush Dynasty.
The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration met in New York City the weekend of January 20th through the 22nd to work towards fulfilling its mandate: "When the possibility of far-reaching war crimes and crimes against humanity exists, people of conscience have a solemn responsibility to inquire into the nature and scope of these acts, and to determine if they do in fact rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity."
By Stephen Lendman
Forget about Avian bird flu. The threat of it becoming a pandemic is more a political scare tactic and potential bonanza for drug company profits and its major shareholders' net worth (including Gilead Sciences, the developer of the Tamiflu drug and its former Chairman and major shareholder Donald Rumsfeld) than a likely public health crisis - unless you live around infected chickens or take an unproven safe immunization shot. There are much more other likely killer bacterial and viral threats than Avian that get little attention. Don't worry about possible or unlikely threats. Worry about real ones. Bacteria and viruses untreatable by anti-biotics are good examples. So are global warming and many others. But, there's possibly one threat that tops all others both in gravity and because it's been deliberately concealed from the public - never discussed, explained or had any action taken to remediate it. It's the global threat from the toxic effects of depleted uranium (DU), and like global warming; DU has the potential to destroy all planetary life. How can something so potentially destructive be hidden and ignored and why?
The above title may have seemed an odd choice. War is raging in Iraq: dozens of people go missing every one or two days; kidnappings; attacks on US forces; on Sunni leaders; on Iraqi police; on oil infrastructure.
By Selig Harrison, Financial Times of London
Diplomacy has failed, it is argued, so it is now time to get tough with Iran. But has diplomacy really been tested? Whether or not the Iranian nuclear crisis is referred to the United Nations Security Council, the best way to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons is to pursue revived negotiations with a broadened agenda that addresses security issues, not to impose economic sanctions.
Majority in U.S. Say Bush Presidency Is a Failure, Poll Finds
Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- A majority of Americans said the presidency of George W. Bush has been a failure and that they would be more likely to vote for congressional candidates who oppose him, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.
— Jan. 26, 2006: Vice President Cheney headlines a fundraiser for Sen. Mike DeWine's (R-OH) reelection campaign, Washington, DC
— Jan. 27, 2006: Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) travels to New Hampshire to discuss education reform, Milford, NH
From Tomdispatch today: Gareth Porter's "'Maybe they just need to have their civil war.' Fueling Sectarian Violence in Iraq" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=53095
Porter takes the ad-like jingle the President has used to explain our Iraq policy since last summer -- "As Iraqis stand up, we will stand down." -- and poses the great unasked question: What kind of Iraqi army are we actually "standing up" and for what? His answer gives grim shape to much of the rising levels of violence in that country: We are, he tells us, standing up a new Shiite and Kurdish Iraqi military and then sending its units, bent on revenge, into Sunni neighborhoods, thus fueling the very insurgency and civil war that we claim we remain in the country to prevent.