By John McConnell, Founder of Earth Day
The first observance of a global Minute for Peace was at the time of President John F. Kennedy's death. His efforts to see peace realized through the United Nations were ended in Dallas at 19:00 GMT, the very moment on the global clock when the United Nations Charter was signed eighteen years earlier. In the Minute for Peace broadcast given at the end of the mourning period (December 22, 1963), a recording of President Kennedy was broadcast globally -- proceeded by Front Page announcements in many newspapers telling when this would occur.
By Dan Froomkin
Well, it turns out that President Bush isn't the only guy in Washington who can change the subject.
Employing a rarely used parliamentary procedure, Senate Democratic leaders yesterday hijacked a news cycle that would otherwise have been dominated by Bush's Supreme Court nomination and his scary speech on bird flu.
Instead, they turned the media's attention back to Friday's indictment of top presidential aide Scooter Libby -- and the underlying question of whether the White House intentionally deceived the public about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Harry Reid's so-called "stunt" on the Senate floor this past Tuesday - invoking Rule 21 to create a closed session, during which he demanded an investigation into how we were dragged to war in Iraq - brought the issue of the never-found weapons of mass destruction back into the daylight. It's about damned time. This ball of thorns is three years old now, and we have come nowhere near addressing its roots.
Recall, if you will, George W. Bush's State of the Union address from January of 2003. In that speech, he told us that Iraq was in possession of 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent (500 tons equaling one million pounds, by the way), 30,000 munitions to deliver the stuff, mobile biological weapons labs, and uranium from Niger for use in Iraq's advanced nuclear weapons program.
By Ray McGovern
Yesterday’s Washington Post article by Dana Priest regarding CIA-run secret prisons abroad brings the issue of torture front and center once again and prompts these comments from former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Ray now works for Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C.
The next several days will show whether our Congress has slipped its moral moorings. Seldom have moral lines been so clearly drawn. The issue is whether American armed forces and intelligence personnel should be permitted or forbidden to torture detainees. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are expected to decide whether to ban torture against all prisoners held by the United States, to merely ban torture for some of those prisoners, or to reject outright any attempt to legislate a new ban on torture. The White House and the CIA are lobbying to exempt detainees held by the CIA from an amendment— sponsored by John McCain and endorsed by nearly all senators—that would ban "cruel, inhuman and degrading" treatment for all detainees held by the United States.
By Dennis Kelleher
Dennis Kelleher is a legislative director for a Democratic senator. He was the deputy staff director and general counsel for the senior Democrat on the Senate Committee on Help, Education, Labor and Pensions and he was a litigation partner at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The views expressed are his own.
A key element in trying to prove a crime is showing why someone might have done something illegal. Lawyers call it proving motive. Evidence of motive is often the critical reason a prosecutor concludes that someone has committed a crime and a jury convicts someone of a crime.
By Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
The latest CBS poll has Bush's approval at a dismal 35%/57% (-22%.)
Compared to other 2nd term presidents, Bush barely beats Nixon at 27%/63% (-36%). How soon will Bush beat Nixon in the race for the most hated President in history? I'll spot him a month.
The poll has other fascinating nuggets: 86% say the CIA leak scandal has great/some importance, while only 12% say it has little/none, for a net importance of +74%. That makes it the worst scandal since WWII:
THANK AND ENCOURAGE CONGRESSWOMAN PELOSI:
News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
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Thursday, November 3, 2005
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Pelosi: Text of Privileged Resolution Calling for Oversight and Investigation into Justification for Iraq War
Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a privileged resolution on the House floor this morning calling on the House to fulfill its oversight responsibilities and investigate the justification for the Iraq war. Below is the text of the privileged resolution:
End The Iraq War - Demonstrations and Nonviolent Resistance at Recruiting Stations Across the Country
Young Americans sign on to go into harm’s way to defend their country if necessary, but instead they are being turned into harm’s ministers in a war that has claimed more then 100,000 Iraqi lives and nearly 2,000 Americans. The President and Congress have breached a sacred trust with our soldiers and abused their oath to defend the Constitution by leading young Americans to kill and die in a war based on lies.
As the Bush Administration refuses to make plans to bring our troops home, join us for “National Stand Down Day,
By Associated Press
More than half the North Carolina military members surveyed in the latest Elon University poll don't like the way President Bush is handling his job and the war in Iraq.
The survey results were released today.
Of the 539 adults surveyed, nearly 53 percent of military members said they strongly disapproved or disapproved of Bush's handling of his job. And 56 percent of that same group said they strongly disapproved or disapproved of his handling of the Iraq war.
Overall, slightly more than 53 percent of those surveyed did not approve of Bush's job performance, while 57 percent didn't approve of his handling of the Iraq war.
The Plame Affair Leads to Rome
By GARY LEUPP, CounterPunch
"All roads lead to Rome," and it seems that Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the Plame Affair, and more broadly the lies used to hoodwink the American people into supporting a criminal war on Iraq, will also trudge down the Appian Way lined this Halloween with the ghosts of crucified Iraqis.
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica has recently published an exposé alleging in essence that the Italian military intelligence agency SISMI (Servizio per le Informazioni e la Sicurezza Militare) at the specific behest of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi provided bogus intelligence to the Bush neocons in order to curry favor with the U.S. and to abet the relentless drive for war between 9-11 and the March 2003 invasion. This follows an Italian parliamentary report released in part to the public in July concerning the forged Niger uranium documents at the heart of the Plame Affair. These, which purport to show a deal between Baghdad and Niger for the purchase of huge quantities of yellowcake, were it seems produced in the Italian capital.
MARY CLARE JALONICK
WASHINGTON - Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle is calling for all U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2007.
The South Dakota Democrat, defeated for re-election last November, planned to outline his foreign policy vision in Chicago Wednesday evening - two days before a planned visit to the politically pivotal state of Iowa.
Daschle has been generally quiet since his defeat but has increased his public appearances in recent weeks. He has not ruled out a presidential run in 2008 and has said he would like to increase his role in public service.
By Janet Hook and Ronald Brownstein
The Los Angeles Times
Democrats renew their criticism as public opposition solidifies, the body count grows and prewar intelligence is under a new assault.
Washington - For months, the politics of the Iraq war have been frozen in place, with stalwart Republicans defending President Bush's policy and most Democrats shunning a direct challenge.
Now the ice has begun to crack.
In the face of solidifying public opposition to the war, a mounting U.S. body count and a renewed focus on the faulty intelligence used to justify the war, Democratic lawmakers and candidates have sharpened their critique of the administration's policy and, in some cases, urged a withdrawal of U.S. troops.
Only 33 percent of Americans support what W. is doing, and only 32 percent approve of what he's doing in Iraq, according to a CBS News poll. The good news, is that he hasn't yet quite sunk below Nixon's all-time low. The bad news is that Dick Cheney is making Nixon look like a beloved hero. Currently 19 percent of Americans support the new Dick.
But note that CBS is polling on approval and then comparing it to other presidents during scandals and impeachments: Clinton, Nixon; but CBS is not polling on the public's desire for impeachment. Why not?
VIEWS OF GEORGE W. BUSH AND DICK CHENEY
NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2005
(CBS) This story was written by CBSNews.com's Scott Conroy.
The 22nd Amendment ensures that a new commander in chief will be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009. But some Americans aren't willing to wait that long.
To mark the one-year anniversary of President Bush's reelection Wednesday, a group called The World Can't Wait staged rallies at sites across the United States, calling for radical change in Washington.
"We seek to create a political situation where the Bush administration's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking U.S. society is reversed," the group, which formed last summer, said in its mission statement.
By Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) _ Protesters converged on Times Square on Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate against the policies of the Bush administration, including its handling of the war in Iraq and the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody.
The protest, which began with a noon rally in Union Square, was organized by the group "World Can't Wait," which planned other demonstrations around the country on Wednesday.
After the Union Square rally, demonstrators marched to Times Square, where they held signs, cheered and chanted and listened to speakers at the midtown Manhattan crossroads.
By Ann K. Williams
Santa Monica News
November 3 -- Santa Monica’s teenagers gleefully took to the streets Wednesday afternoon as more than 200 middle and high school students ditched school to rally against the War in Iraq on the Third Street Promenade.
While the day off from school and work was part of a protest organized by anti-war groups across the nation, many of the local teens didn’t know about it until their parents got an email from Santa Monica High School Principal Ilene Straus Tuesday night.
In it, she explained that students who left campus at noon would have to hand in their IDs to security on the way out and face Saturday school detention as a consequence.
By Dan O'Brien, Collegian
The air was brisk yesterday at the Amherst Town Common, but that did not stop 16 people from removing their clothes to protest the presidential administration and the war in Iraq.
The protest, termed the "Naked Anti-Bush Demonstration," was a grassroots effort by people in the Five College area to stand against the policies of President Bush's administration.
Samantha Goldman and Usher Shrair are students at Mt. Holyoke College and members of the World Can't Wait group, which strongly opposes the Bush administration. The two women were the main speakers at the event, which mostly focused on the United States occupation in Iraq and the Christian ideologies of the administration.
Students and Normanites protested the treatment of detainees in Iraq.
By Meredith Simons
Three men knelt on the street in front of Dale Hale. Their bodies were shrouded in sand-colored jumpsuits and burlap sacks covered their heads. The chains around their necks were clipped to black leashes that they held in their hands and offered to passersby.
“Take the leash!
Demonstrators say there are options other than fighting
By Alex Muller
About 25 demonstrators gathered at the Allen Street Gates yesterday afternoon to protest the fifth-year anniversary of President Bush's election into the presidency.
Members from the State College Peace Center and the Central Pennsylvania chapter of Veterans For Peace participated in the national movement called "The World Can't Wait -- Drive Out the Bush Regime" by holding signs with Bush's face behind prison bars sporting the slogan "Impeach Them All" and asking local passers-by to join in their protest.
By Bay City News
San Francisco -- A large crowd of mostly peaceful marchers protesting the Bush administration snarled traffic on San Francisco city streets this afternoon.
While most marchers did not cause problems, police reported that 11 people were arrested for blocking the street and two others were arrested for possessing Molotov cocktails.
A Molotov cocktail was thrown at Fifth and Mission Streets, burning the jacket of a police officer.
One officer estimated that a few thousand people were taking part in the protest, which was organized by the group World Can't Wait. The group at one point took up most of a city block.
By Holly Wells and Laura Ory
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Students were urged to drop their pens and ditch their plans yesterday afternoon to march in protest of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq.
About 60 students and Tucsonans gathered on the Alumni Plaza and marched to South Church Avenue and West Congress Street in protest against the Bush regime.
Protesters said they were upset about several of Bush’s actions including those relating to Iraq, women’s rights, the Patriot Act and the relief response to Hurricane Katrina.
Greg Knehans, political science graduate student and member of the UA chapter of Refuse and Resist, said the group decided to bring “The World Can’t Wait
By People's Daily Online
Thousands of people across the United States on Wednesday staged protests against President Goerge W. Bush's policies.
They used the anniversary of Bush's re-election to express their discontent with his policies including the war in Iraq and response to Hurricane Katrina and call for his resignation.
More than 800 Los Angeles high school students walked out of their campuses as part of a nationwide protest against Bush.
Adults accompanied groups of students "in all cases" as they left 10 high schools across the sprawling city, according to Dan Isaacs, chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer
LA Daily News
VAN NUYS - Van Nuys High School was temporarily locked down Wednesday after students protested against the Bush administration as part of a national demonstration.
Van Nuys High School Principal Herman Clay directed students to remain on campus and at their desks for 1 1/2 hours after he said two dozen students disrupted classes during the protest.
Some students said administrators threatened them with expulsion if they left campus and that one student was thrown to the ground as campus police attempted to take their pictures.
The lockout occurred as 1,000 Los Angeles students - including about 15 or 20 from Van Nuys High School who were accompanied by an administrator - left class to join a midday rally hosted by The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime. The New York-based group had staged protests in 70 U.S. cities.
Tye Rogerson hasn't missed a day of school since seventh grade.
That stellar run ended on Wednesday, when Rogerson — a Roosevelt High School senior with a 3.65 GPA — walked out of school right after his first-period creative-writing class.
It was time to do something about the war.
"I want to express how I feel in a bigger venue," said Rogerson, 17, one of hundreds of teenagers who took part in a citywide student walkout at Westlake Center to protest the war in Iraq.
The event was timed with the first anniversary of President Bush's re-election, as was an earlier rally sponsored by The World Can't Wait, a New York-based political group that seeks, according to its Web site, "to create a political situation where the Bush administration's program is repudiated ... and where the whole direction he has been taking U.S. society is reversed."
By Nick Perry and Sara Jean Green
Police estimate that up to 1,000 protesters took part Wednesday afternoon in a student rally against the Iraq war and military recruiting in high schools.
The brisk pace of the march downtown and up Capitol Hill, coupled with occasional high-spirited shrieks of excitement, were giveaways that it was a youthful crowd.
Organizers had urged high-school students to cut class to attend, and it appeared several hundred did. They were joined by college students, parents, adult protesters — even some teachers.
Some wore face paint, others banged drums fashioned from water-cooler bottles. One student dragged a cardboard coffin containing shredded paper with the names of 2,000 U.S. troops who have died in Iraq.
The Arizona Republic
A group of about 80 protesters marched through downtown Phoenix on Wednesday, chanting their demand to President George Bush: "Step down!"
The protesters gathered at noon in Cesar Chavez Plaza, Second Avenue and Washington Street, and listened to event organizer Danita Miller say the president "has led the country into a war built on lies. We are calling on Bush to step down, and we will do civil resistance until he does."
Miller, 28, a Phoenix real estate appraiser, said she went to a peace rally in Washington, D.C., in September where she learned about the national organization the World Can't Wait and the group's plans for national anti-Bush rallies Wednesday.
A year after re-election, hundreds of Portlanders express frustration with Bush administration
By Erin Altz
Vanguard (Portland State University)
Approximately 300-400 protesters crowded Pioneer Courthouse Square Wednesday as part of a nationwide demonstration on the one-year anniversary of President George W. Bush’s re-election.
The World Can’t Wait, an organization whose self-proclaimed goal is to remove Bush from office, organized a day of action in which protesters gathered in over 200 locations around the United States.
Protest organizers said they plan to hold another demonstration when Bush gives his State of the Union address.
THE DAILY BRUIN ONLINE 11/3/2005
Protest fills streets, blocks traffic as picketers call for end of Iraq war
By Peach Indravudh
DAILY BRUIN CONTRIBUTOR
Masses of picket signs; red, white and blue caskets; and unanimous chants to the rhythm of drums filled Westwood Wednesday evening as thousands of people swarmed the streets to protest the Bush Administration.
JOYCE LIN/daily bruin senior staff
16-year-old Ren MacDonald of Concord High School yells, “Out of the car and into the street, the world can’t wait!
"OUR FOREIGN POLICY IS MAD"
About 40 to 50 gather at Square, the majority of them young.
By Sarah Overstreet
The parade leader and head cheerleader had on fishnet stockings and a skirt, but he was reluctant to give his name.
Others with him for the protest and march on Park Central Square, however, were not.
Alder Groves, a former Central High School student who says he now does volunteer work in the community and was ululating (an emotion-packed Arabic cry, done in the throat) had no problem telling why he was there: "To bring about the end of the Bush regime."
The crowd of about 40-50, mostly teens and young adults, gathered on the Square at noon — some staying several hours on the gorgeous autumn Wednesday — to demonstrate hatred of the Iraq war. They beat sacks of aluminum cans and shook plastic milk jugs with coins in them as they repeatedly ringed the Square. One beat on a coffee-can drum. They chanted anthems such as "People united, we'll never be defeated," and "Two, four, six, eight, (expletive deleted) this police state. Show us your identification, so we can start the interrogation."
More than 20 Hampton University students walked out of class at noon Wednesday, making a political statement on a host of issues, including their opposition to President Bush's policies.
The group gathered in the university's student center where they distributed handouts, stickers and pins to other students. They also explained the reason for the walkout, which was part of an effort by World Can't Wait, a liberal group that has called on the president to resign.
The walkout called for college students and people in the workplace to leave their jobs and campuses in protest of the war and such other issues as the government's response to Hurricane Katrina.