By John Isaacs, Council for a Livable World
On Monday, the Senate will debate two amendments related to troop withdrawal from Iraq, (analysis and text below), and vote on those amendments Tuesday:
Warner (R-VA) - Frist (R-TN) amendment No. 2518 on Iraq, which is based on the Levin amendment No. 2519 with some differences
Levin (D-MI) amendment No. 2519 on Iraq
The Senate votes on Iraq are significant:
They will be the first Senate votes on troop withdrawal (see texts below).
This is the first time Senate Democrats have been willing to offer an Iraq amendment for a vote, and Republicans are to a considerable degree saying “me too.
The Houston Chronicle claims: "The belief Saddam had WMD might have been an honest mistake; nevertheless, it was dead wrong."
Of course, the Houston Chronicle is dead wrong, as documented by the evidence on this website.
Feel free to share your opinion politely and concisely with Reader Representative James T. Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
By Tom Blanton of Richmond, Virginia
Project for a New American Revolution, http://www.pnar.org
It is by this tribunal, that statesmen, who abuse
their power, are accused by statesmen, and tried
by statesmen, not upon the niceties of a narrow
jurisprudence, but upon the enlarged and solid
principles of state morality - Edmund Burke
President Bush must be impeached and removed from office. He has lied to Congress and the American people about the 9/11 attacks, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the invasion of Iraq. The lies, or misstatements, are so numerous that it would require a book to document all of them.
LAWMAKERS PROBING WHETHER WHITE HOUSE MISUSED INTELLIGENCE
By Walter Pincus, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Republican chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Sunday that one lesson of the faulty prewar intelligence on Iraq is that senators would take a hard look at intelligence before voting to go to war.
``I think a lot of us would really stop and think a moment before we would ever vote for war or to go and take military action,'' Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas said on ``Fox News Sunday.''
``We don't accept this intelligence at face value anymore,'' he said. ``We get into pre-emptive oversight and do digging in regards to our hard targets.''
VIDEO SPECIAL | Arlington West: Veterans Speak Out
The Peace Movement continues to grow. Interviews with Ron Kovic (Vietnam veteran and author of "Born on the 4th of July") and others on Veterans Day weekend, 2005.
TODAY'S DEMOCRACY NOW!:
* Students Arrested at Powell Speech Protest Accuse Police of Racial
Police arrested eight people Friday night at the San Francisco Bay Area's De
Anza College while protesting against a visit by Colin Powell. Six of the
eight arrested were Muslims. Students are accusing police of using racial
profiling and excessive force while arresting activists during the
* LA Times Fires Longtime Progressive Columnist Robert Scheer *
The Los Angeles Times newspaper last week announced that it was firing
Tonight, Monday, Nov 14, Todd Chretien, organizer of the successful Proposition 1 campaign in San Francisco where voters declared their opposition to military recruiting in schools, debates Jeff Katz from Talk 910 KNEW AM radio in SF and Bill O'Reilly. It will air 8 pm and 11 pm EST (5 pm and 8 pm PST) on Fox News.
O'Reilly shocked the nation on November 8th when he reacted to the Proposition 1 vote:
"Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead." O'Reilly went on: "And if al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead." - Bill O'Reilly on the Thursday, Nov 8 broadcast of The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News. See more of O'Reilly's comments below.
By Philippe Sands, San Francisco Chronicle
Before embarking on international travels, David Addington and others who are said to be closely associated with the crafting of the Bush administration's policy on the interrogation of detainees would do well to reflect on the fate of Augusto Pinochet.
The Chilean senator and former head of state was unexpectedly arrested during a visit to London on Oct. 16, 1998, at the request of a Spanish judge who sought his extradition on various charges of international criminality, including torture.
The House of Lords -- Britain's upper house -- ruled that the 1984 convention prohibiting torture removed any right he might have to claim immunity from the English courts and gave a green light to the continuation of extradition proceedings.
By Eli Stephens, Left I on the News
I've written on multiple occasions on the sham nature of the so-called "exit
strategy" in Iraq, which suggests that Iraqi troops will gradually replace
American troops. Even if that were to happen, the chances that an Iraqi air
force will replace the American air force is nil, and it is American air
power that is responsible for most of the "successes" (i.e., the killing) in
Today's news is not only a case in point, but an object lesson in how the
American press tries to hide this fact from the American public. Here's one
Because every bill to investigate war lies or end the war is killed in committee, leaders of the Out of Iraq Caucus are seeking to collect the signatures of a majority of Congress Members on a discharge petition, which would force a real and open debate of the war onto the floor of the House. The discharge petition is using H.J.Res. 55 as a vehicle, but once the debate begins, the content of any other bill can be offered as an amendment.
By Marjorie Cohn
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
The "accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands ... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
--James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 47
In blatant defiance of the Constitution's guarantees of Habeas Corpus and separation of powers, the Senate on Thursday approved the Graham Amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 49 to 42. Five Democrats joined all but 4 Republican Senators in giving the President unfettered power to hold prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for the rest of their lives, with no criminal charges, and no right to challenge their confinement by Habeas Corpus.
By David Swanson
According to Reuters:
"National security adviser Stephen Hadley told CNN's 'Late Edition' that Bush relied on the same intelligence that his predecessor Bill Clinton saw and that 77 of 100 senators used in 2002 to back Bush on the use of force in Iraq."
Why didn't he demand updated intelligence? And why did Bush's reliance on this "evidence" take such a catastrophically different course?
Congressman Howard Berman is now claiming, through his staff, that he would have voted for H Res 505 last week, but that he couldn't make it back to DC from California in time. H Res 505 was a Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group, and it lost by two votes after picking up two Republican supporters. Two Democrats, Berman and Congressman Faleomalvaega, failed to show up and vote. Other Congress Members from California did make it to the vote on time.
By David Swanson
Right-wing columnists like George Will can manage to seem quite fair and honest when they offer advice to the Democrats, because they usually offer advice that's identical to what Democratic advisors are themselves offering. But it's just possible that the George Wills are promoting their own agenda, and that it's the Democratic strategists we should be wondering about.
Read this closing paragraph of a Will column on Russ Feingold:
"Cindy Sheehan, surely a Republican mole toiling to make the anti-war position repulsive, starred at a Washington rally that featured exactly two speakers from Congress – including Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia Democrat who darkly hints that President Bush may have known that the 9/11 attacks were coming and welcomed them as a boost for defense-industry stocks owned by 'persons close to' his administration. In 2008, the many Democratic activists who vibrate like tuning forks to such stimuli will find their Howard Dean, some firebrand who will force, or tempt, other candidates to move in his direction. If that person is not Feingold, the country could conceivably have this contest: McCain vs. Feingold."
Is Ron Harris Telling the Truth?
By JIMMY MASSEY, CounterPunch
When I'm on my death bed and I have to face God with all the sins I committed throughout my life, when I come to the sin of killing innocent people in Iraq, I know I will only be able to meet my maker if I tell the truth now.
My story has been widely published in mainstream American and international press, as well as widely circulated on right-wing pro-war websites, for more than 1 year and 8 months. In December, 2004, MSNBC interviewed Pentagon Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Douglas Powell about me saying, "We're not saying he's lying, but his perception of what the situation was in relation to the rules of engagement, and what was justified, is different than ours." In a letter written to the editor of the Mountaineer, which was the first newspaper to publish my story in February 2004, Major Dan Schmitt, my former Commanding officer said, "There is no profit for anyone in discrediting his story in any way."
Hundreds of anti-war protesters brought the centre of the Scottish capital to a standstill as they demanded UK and American forces be withdrawn from Iraq.
Up to a thousand people made their way down Edinburgh's Royal Mile and past the Scottish Parliament before staging a brief sit-down protest a hundred yards from the US Consulate.
After proceeding along Princes Street, the crowd gathered on the Mound for a rally, where various speakers called for Tony Blair to bring the troops home.
Rose Gentle, whose 19 year old son Gordon, a Fusilier, was killed in a roadside bomb in Basra last year, Scottish Socialist leader Colin Fox and Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, addressed the crowds.
By Patrick Condon, Associated Press
MONTGOMERY, Minn. -- For better or worse, Coleen Rowley the candidate for Congress sounds a lot like Coleen Rowley the FBI whistleblower.
The former FBI agent who scathingly exposed the bureau's failure to uncover the Sept. 11 plot is running for a House seat in Minnesota in 2006 as a Democrat, and she is employing her fearlessly blunt style on the campaign trail.
"This was a lied-into war that is a quagmire now," the 50-year-old Rowley recently told a group of rural Democrats in a garage in this small town south of the Twin Cities. "It could be worse than Vietnam. The truth is we can't win, and there's still an ongoing deception."
Returning soldiers and their spouses, parents, and children are the backbone of the antiwar movement spreading today in the United States. And they're speaking louder than ever.
By Nan Levinson, Boston Globe
CARLOS ARREDONDO, a wiry man with expansive gestures, circles the Cambridge Common, handing out copies of letters his son Alexander wrote in January 2003 as he shipped out for his first tour of duty in Iraq. "I feel so lucky to be blessed with the chance to defend my country 6 months after I joined the military," Alexander writes to his brother. To his parents: "I am not afraid of dying. I am more afraid of what will happen to all the ones that I love if something happens to me." He had enlisted in the Marines at 17, just before beginning his senior year in high school at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, and left for training days after graduation. On August 25, 2004, Alexander Arredondo was killed in Najaf, Iraq. He was 20 years old.
An OTR Editorial
By Ahmed Amr, http://www.thousandreasons.org
"While the indictment and resignation of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby is a welcome development, the responsibility for lying to the American people and targeting critics and dissidents needs to go all the way up the chain of command. Scooter Libby was clearly one of the administration's attack dogs unleashed on opponents of this fraudulent war, but he serves higher masters. This administration continues to wage a war based on lies, a war that has taken the lives of 2,000 Americans, including my son, and the lives of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis. This indictment reinforces the growing calls in this country and around the world to end the occupation, bring our troops home and hold those responsible accountable for their crimes. Let this serve as a springboard to put the war on trial and bring our troops home now." Cindy Sheehan
By Armando, Dailykos
Please call your Senators and urge them to vote for the Bingaman Amendment regarding habeas corpus at Guantanamo Bay. If you agree, please call your senators, and ask them to vote for Jeff Bingaman's S. AMDT 2517 to bill S. 1042.
Hilzoy and Katherine at Obsidian Wings have a long series explaining why.
I also agree with the New York Times:
It certainly is a relief that the Senate is finally getting around to doing the job it so shamefully refused to do four years ago, after the 9/11 attacks: requiring the administration to follow the law and the Geneva Conventions in dealing with prisoners taken by the military and intelligence operatives.
Urgent Action Alert
By thepen, http://www.opednews.com
With virtually no advance notice the Republican majority in the Senate (with the shameful complicity of Democrats Conrad, Landrieu, Lieberman, Nelson [Ben], and Wyden) approved a last minute amendment to the Defense Authorization Act to deny U.S. courts jurisdiction to examine the legality of detainee detention in Guantanamo and elsewhere. They did this in defiance of the not yet completely packed Supreme Court (another reason to reject Alito), whose authority they would annul. This is all despite the well-known FACT that many scooped up into these hell holes of torture are not terrorists at all, some even having been sold for bounty. Senator Bingaman immediately responded with a proposed corrective amendment (S.AMDT.2517) to restore jurisdiction.
By Clara Gutteridge, http://www.end-unlawful-imprisonment.org.uk
On Thursday 10th of November the US Senate passed an amendment to the Defence Appropriations Bill introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham
This amendment would strip all those designated by the US Administration as enemy combatants of the right to seek Habeas Review in Federal Courts. It would also limit judicial inquiry at Guantanamo to the US Military’s compliance with its own regulations relating to the bogus legal category of "enemy combatants".
Not only is this Bill an unconstitutional usurpation of US judicial authority by Congress, it also presents serious problems for other States seeking to protect the rights of their own citizens. Whilst the current focus is on detainees at Guantanamo, the provision extends to anyone designated by the US Military as an "enemy combatant". The US is in the process of passing a Bill which could deny rights of Habeas Relief for a British Citizen held abroad.
By John P. Gramlich
Washington- Unless the Bush administration significantly cuts American troop levels in Iraq next year, the U.S. military's roughly 140,000-strong presence there will become a detriment to America's national security, according to a report released this week.
In the latest instance of foreign policy experts calling for the Bush administration to set a timetable for U.S. troop reductions in Iraq, the Center for American Progress, a think tank headed by President Bill Clinton's former chief of staff John Podesta, Wednesday said the future of America's military hangs in the balance.
By Stirling Newberry, dailykos.com
Kos has said that impeachment talk is silly. With all due respect, it is deadly serious and completely necessary. The constellation of impeachment is rising.
First let me set the terms of debate. No President has ever been removed through conviction in the Senate. Only one has come close, and he almost had to side with the defeated South after a bloody war. No, no one seriously expects Bush to be removed. For the same reason, talk of "President Cheney" is also irrelevant, because Bush isn't going to resign. He won't even listen to people who contradict him on small matters, let alone large ones. Resignation is not in the cards for King George.
By Amy Branham
Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith
Nov. 1981 – Feb. 2004
For the last couple of weeks or so various news outlets have been reporting more and more about how we were lied to by our administration about the reasons for going to war in Iraq. Every day I hear the talking heads, with self-righteous indignation, verbally pummel the Bush administration for their lies. This began to happen right about the time that Scooter Libby was indicted by a grand jury.
While I am glad that the media has *finally* caught on and began reporting what so many of us knew long before now, I have to wonder what took them so long? The evidence was right in front of them a long time ago! The Downing Street Minutes came out and have been available for at least a couple of years now. Initially, these documents were completely ignored by the main stream media of America because they simply weren’t considered newsworthy at the time.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Libby Masking Cheney's Role?
LINK TO ORIGINAL
Why would Scooter Libby tell such an intricate series of lies, which were clearly contradicted by his own detailed notes, unless...he's covering for someone else. Say, his boss.
In the opening days of the CIA leak investigation in early October 2003, FBI agents working the case already had in their possession a wealth of valuable evidence. There were White House phone and visitor logs, which clearly documented the administration's contacts with reporters.
Blair faces new inquiry into Iraq war Impeachment campaigners claim former ministers will join 200 supporters to force probe
Sunday Herald - 13 November 2005
Blair faces new inquiry into Iraq war
Impeachment campaigners claim former ministers will join 200 supporters to force Commons probe
By James Cusick, Westminster Editor
LINK TO ORIGINAL
MPs organising the campaign to impeach Tony Blair believe they have enough support to force a highly damaging Commons investigation into the Prime Minister’s pre-war conduct.
A renewed attempt to impeach Blair over claims he misled parlia ment in making his case for war against Iraq, will be made in the Commons within the next two weeks.
By Greg Moses, Peacefile
In a few minutes I want to speak about nonviolence.
But on Veteran's Day, allow me to speak first about
the truth, goodness, and beauty of violence; because
if violence could be none of these things, how would
Hollywood bake its bread?
I have sometimes confessed to the joys of war games on
computer, so now I admit to the thrill of action
movies, whether lo-tech Westerns or hi-tech
Terminators. In Westerns, violence of the false, bad,
and ugly kind gets sprayed onto our faces early in the
show, so that a more satisfying violence may follow.
Eli Stephens, Left I on the News
"As sustained combat in Iraq makes it harder than ever to fill the ranks of
the all-volunteer force, newly released Pentagon demographic data show that
the military is leaning heavily for recruits on economically depressed,
rural areas where youths' need for jobs may outweigh the risks of going to
"More than 44 percent of U.S. military recruits come from rural areas,
Pentagon figures show. In contrast, 14 percent come from major cities."
Of course, knowing that 14 percent come from major cities doesn't tell you