Caught in the Crossfire, the Untold Story of Falluja

Filmmaker Mark Manning Bravely Journeyed to the Epicenter of Hell to Film his Documentary

"Caught in the Crossfire, the Untold Story of Falluja"

Los Angeles -- Falluja will go down in history as a cauldron of chaos. On March 31st, 2004, four American contractors were killed and dragged from their cars near the bridge spanning the Euphrates River. The assembled crowd then burned their bodies and hacked them to pieces hoisting their blackened body parts into the air for the world to see.

Think Peace, Not Polls

By Patrick Doherty, www.tompaine.com

So the polls have sunk in and now senators from both parties are moving to cut their losses on Iraq. Interestingly, the leaders in this round are not presidential contenders. On the Dem side, there are Reid, Durbin and Levin. On the GOP side there are Graham of South Carolina and Warner of Virginia.

Impeach: Yes, But...

By Jamin B. Raskin, www.tompaine.com

Jamin B. Raskin (jbr@jaminraskin.com ) is a professor of Constitutional Law at American University and Director of its Program on Law and Government. He is also a Democratic candidate for the Maryland State Senate in the 2006 elections.

STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1) DEFEND THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
2) JOHN PILGER: IRAN - THE NEXT WAR
3) REALITY AND SPIN IN IRAQ
4) IRAQ OCCUPATION INCREASES POVERTY
5) US SOLDIERS MAIMED AND TRAUMATISED

Free Press Calls on Congress to Rein in White House Propaganda

Bush Administration Spends Billions on PR to Manipulate American Public

WASHINGTON — House Democrats today released a Government Accountability Office report chronicling more than $1.6 billion spent by the Bush administration since 2003 on public relations and advertising.

Students To Petition for Bush's Impeachment for Wiretap Abuse

By Dana Olsen - www.dailynexus.com

One of UCSB's newest student organizations wants to impeach President George W. Bush for ordering, without judicial warrants, the placement of wiretaps on the phones of American citizens.

Can You Say 'Permanent Bases'? The American Press Can't

From Tomdispatch today:

One of the enduring mysteries of this war is that reporting on our bases in Iraq has been almost nonexistent these last years -- especially given an administration so weighted toward military solutions to global problems; especially given the staggering heft of some of the bases; especially given the fact that the Pentagon was mothballing our bases in Saudi Arabia and saw those in Iraq as long-term substitutes; especially given the fact that the neocons and other top administration officials were so focused on controlling the so-called arc of instability (basically, the energy heartlands of the planet) at whose center was Iraq; and especially given the fact that Pentagon pre-war planning for such "enduring camps" was, briefly, a front-page story in the New York Times back in April 2003.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
NEW* BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback delivered the keynote
address at a discussion panel titled "Preventing a Nuclear-Armed Iran:
Will Russia and China Really Help?" at the Heritage Foundation, at

IF ONLY shooting someone in the face were as offensive to americans as giving someone oral sex, we'd be set...

The New York Times

White House Shoots Foot
Let's see. The vice president of the United States accidentally shot someone while bird-hunting on a Texas ranch. It took the White House nearly 24 hours to share that information with the rest of the nation because Dick Cheney thought it would be better for the ranch's owner to give the story to the local newspaper first. And by the way, it was all the victim's fault.

GAO Says Taxpayers Paying for White House Propaganda

By Timothy Karr

According to a recent GAO report, this White House has found a way to pay for their deception. They are quietly picking the back pockets of US taxpayers to turn around and sell Bush's political product back to . . . US taxpayers. READ MORE

What Did the President Not Know, and When Did He Not Know It?

By Brad Friedman, THE BRAD BLOG - The uprising continues...
http://www.BradBlog.com

CHENEY SHOOTING: Plausable Deniability

Why Was Cheney's Roll as Shooter Withheld for Hours from the White House?

What Did the Vice President Drink, and When Did He Drink It?

By Ed Flynn

Apparently Dick Cheney could have possibly been a tad drunk while he was
out shooting at Ducks and associates lately. Can you imagine what
transpired that day? I can and here’s a transcript…

SECRET SERVICE ON RADIO: (radio garble)..Code 86, Code 86…Elmer Fudd is
unleashed…repeat Elmer Fudd has been unleashed…All agents seek cover…

CHENEY:(drunk holding a M-50 Machine gun Shotgun) Geeesh wheeres da ducks?
Come on! Toss one up in the air for meesh…. where’s my whisky? (grabs Jim Beam
Bottle and takes gulp.) FIRE IN DA HOLE!

CHENEY SAYS SHOOTING OF FELLOW HUNTER WAS BASED ON FAULTY INTELLIGENCE

Believed Shooting Victim Was Zawahiri, Veep Says

By Andy Borowitz

Vice President Dick Cheney revealed today that he shot a fellow hunter while on a quail hunting trip over the weekend because he believed the man was the fugitive terror mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Mr. Cheney acknowledged that the man he sprayed with pellets on Saturday was not al-Zawahiri but rather Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old millionaire lawyer from Austin, blaming the mix-up on "faulty intelligence."

"I believed I had credible intelligence that al-Zawahiri had infiltrated my hunting party in disguise with the intent of spraying me with pellets," Mr. Cheney told reporters. "Only after I shot Harry in the face and he shouted 'Cheney, you bastard' did I realize that this intelligence was faulty."

Contractor Fraud Trial to Begin Tomorrow

By Charles R. Babcock, The Washington Post

Case tests reach of False Claims Act.

The first civil fraud case against a US contractor accused of war profiteering in Iraq goes to trial tomorrow in federal court in Alexandria. It pits two whistle-blowers against two former Army officers whose company, Custer Battles LLC, won multimillion-dollar contracts in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

"Terror Plot" Reporting Lacks Skepticism

http://www.fair.org

Networks treat White House allegations as fact

When George W. Bush announced on February 9 that an Al-Qaeda plot against a building in Los Angeles had been "thwarted," many television newscasts took the administration's claims as fact.

Getting Heard

By Linda Smith, Progressive Democrats of America
www.pdamerica.org

I have been known to YELL, after getting off the BART train at my home station, "BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW! It just might shut me up or cure whatever's wrong with me!" I have done this MORE than once.

Who Will Blow the Whistle Before We Attack Iran?

By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t, www.truthout.org

The question looms large against the backdrop of the hearing on whistleblowing scheduled for tomorrow afternoon by Christopher Shays, chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations. Among those testifying are Russell Tice, one of the sources who exposed illegal eavesdropping by the National Security Agency, and Army Sgt. Sam Provance, who told his superiors of the torture he witnessed at Abu Graib, got no satisfaction, and felt it his duty to go public. It will not be your usual hearing.

Presidents Day Tea Party

Monday February 20th 4pm-7pm
St. Martins Episcopal Church
717 Sage rd. Houston, Tx.
(Sage at Woodway in Tangkewood, just North of the Galleria and Weat of Hwy 610)

Gold Star Families for Peace along with Veterans for Peace and Code Pink invite you to join us to tell Barbara Bush... WHILE YOUR SON LIED OUR KIDS DIED...

Thousands Would Die in US Strikes on Iran, Says Study

By Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian UK

Report warns of effects of American or Israeli strikes. Military operations would mean long confrontation.

A surprise American or Israeli air strike on Iranian nuclear sites could cause a large number of civilian as well as military casualties, says a report published today.

Spinning Fear

By Marjorie Cohn, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

The terror's in the room.
-CBS Journalist Edward R. Murrow, "Good Night and Good Luck," 1954

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

U.S. Senate Candidate Sheeler: “Bush lied. People died. It’s time to be tried."

Sheeler wants Rhode Island to lead the Bush impeachment effort. In addition to asking Rhode Island's U.S. Representatives to "show the leadership that over two-thirds of our citizens want" and "support John Conyers, not because he's a Democrat ... it's the right thing." Sheeler has also called for members of the Rhode Island General Assembly to exercise their right under Section 603 of the United States House Rules to initiate impeachment proceedings by transmitting charges to Congress in a joint resolution.

WHITE CHALLENGES REP. DELAHUNT TO IMPEACHMENT DEBATE

Peter White, Independent for Congress
P.O. Box 913
Hyannis, MA 02601

Independent candidate Peter White says that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other members of their Administration should be impeached immediately, and he challenges Rep. Delahunt to a public debate on impeachment.

BREAKING: Outed CIA officer was working on Iran, intelligence sources say

By Larisa Alexandrovna, http://rawstory.com

The unmasking of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson by White House officials in 2003 caused significant damage to U.S. national security and its ability to counter nuclear proliferation abroad, RAW STORY has learned.

Iran: Think First

By American Progress Action Fund

A renewed sense of urgency has returned to the nuclear impasse with Iran. Media reports published this weekend suggest that U.S. strategists are planning for potential military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, and hawkish conservatives eager to take the focus off Iraq have turned their attention to Iran. Yet beneath these sensational headlines, more important developments are occurring. The near-unanimous vote to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear program, and the growth of the international coalition working to convince Iran to shift course, represent serious diplomatic victories. Americans should be focusing on these developments, rather than the "atmosphere of panic and hysteria" being promoted by the right wing. As Matthew Yglesias argues, "The one aspect of the Iran question that does enjoy universal agreement is that it involves difficult, unappealing choices and a notable absence of easy answers. Under the circumstances, it's vital that the public have a clear understanding of what is genuinely at issue here."

Where to Protest Peacefully

Monday, February 13, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in a Photo Opportunity
and makes remarks to the 2005 World Series Champions, the Chicago White
Sox at 2:35 PM. [POTUS Schedule]

Key numbers in latest Bush budget request

By Council for a Livable World

$562 billion – total military budget in fiscal year 2006 (including Iraq and Afghanistan wars and Department of Energy budget)

$513 billion – total military budget request for fiscal year 2007 (including war funding thus far requested and Department of Energy budget; it is expected that the Administration will request more war-related funding later) [1] and [2]

Killer Elite: America's Most Secret Soldiers

Michael Smith originally broke the story of the Downing Street Memo. Here's his new book.

Arrest made over Iraq abuse video

Reuters -- A person has been arrested in connection with the release of a video apparently showing British soldiers beating Iraqi teenagers in 2004.

A ministry of defence spokesman said the arrest was carried out on Sunday, but declined to give further details.

Report: US Is Abusing Captives

By Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times

A UN inquiry says the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, which at times amounts to torture, violates international law.

New York - A draft United Nations report on the detainees at Guantanamo Bay concludes that the US treatment of them violates their rights to physical and mental health and, in some cases, constitutes torture.

How You -- Yes You -- Can End the War

By David Swanson

Simple acts and a little courage have worked wonders in the world.  Nonviolent people's movements won democratic reforms in Russia, booted the British out of India, resisted the Nazi occupation in Denmark, drove a dictator out of El Salvador and another out of the Philippines, ended Jim Crow, crushed Soviet power in Poland, toppled military regimes in Argentina and Chile, ended Apartheid, and brought democracy to the Ukraine.  George W. is no match for a force this powerful.

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