U.S. deserter bids to remain in Canada

TERRY WEBER, Globe and Mail, Toronto, Feb 8, 2006

Anti-war demonstrators gathered outside a Toronto court Wednesday where
it was decision day for a U.S. military deserter who fled his post
rather than serve in Iraq is asking to be allowed to remain in this

Rep. McGovern on Iraq

Congressman Jim McGovern answers questions about the war: VIDEO

National Priorities Project Bulletin

The Bush administration released its budget request for fiscal year 2007 on February 6th. It proposes deep cuts in domestic programs, totaling a $15 billion loss in non-security domestic discretionary spending.

George Bush Is a Saint

President Bush was scheduled to visit a Methodist Church outside of Washington as part of his campaign to restore his poll numbers. Karl Rove made a visit to the Methodist Bishop, and said to him, "We've been getting a lot of bad publicity among Methodists lately because of Mr. Bush's position on stem cell research, spying on Americans and the like. We'd gladly make a contribution to the church of $100,000 if during your sermon you'd say the President is a saint." The Bishop thinks it over for a few moments and finally says, "The Church is in desperate need of funds, so I'll do it."

What does this guy have to do to get impeached?

By Greg Sagan, Amarillo Globe-News

The impeachment trial of President Clinton in January 1999 on two articles
voted on the month before by the House of Representatives set an important
standard for America, what might be called the "lowball threshold" for impeachment

San Francisco Sends Impeachment Resolution to Committee


Elsbernd Sends Daly's Resolution to Investigate/Impeach Bush/Cheney to Committee
by Ken Werner, Trinity Plaza Tenants Association (TPTA), 2006-02-08

The Board of Supervisors clock ticked toward 8 p.m., and Sup. Sean Elsbernd asked Item 44 to be severed. And I thought, we're going to have a debate. But as the remainder of yesterday's agenda received approval without objection, Elsbernd decided he wanted Sup. Chris Daly's proposed "Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney" to be sent to committee.

Did You Get the Memo?

By Santa Cruz Metro

Here in Santa Cruz, locals have been screaming about impeaching Bush pretty much from the moment the GOP stole the Florida election in the waning days of 2000. Cruzans have also repeatedly raged against the media machine that so far has failed to take the case for impeaching Bush in the least bit seriously, even though the infamous Downing Street memos, which were leaked to the British press last year, show that our president deliberately fixed the intelligence to invade Iraq. And now locals are wondering whether the rest of the United States will stay silent in the face of a newly leaked memo, this time of a two-hour meeting between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair that took place nearly two months before the invasion. During that Jan. 31, 2003, meeting Bush made it known that the United States intended to invade whether or not there was a second U.N. resolution and even if U.N. inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons program. All of which is pretty damning stuff.

Conyers calls for special prosecutor on Iraq

By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the feisty septuagenarian congressman who serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee will issue yet another missive to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales later this week calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible criminal misconduct in regard to the Bush Administration's march to war in Iraq.

On Politeness

TUCKER CARLSON: It's not hard to hear that [your remarks] and not draw the obvious conclusion that that's an attack on President Bush, which of course is your right to do, and I think completely fair. But again, it seemed very uncomfortable to say something like that in a funeral with the president right there. It seemed like bad manners.

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the President’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program

As Prepared for Delivery from the Senate Floor

Mr. President, last week the President of the United States gave his State of the Union address, where he spoke of America’s leadership in the world, and called on all of us to “lead this world toward freedom.

U.S. Initiates Legal Processes Against Christian Group that Marched to Guantánamo

By Witness Against Torture

February 7, 2006 Contact: 347-683-4928 press@witnesstorture.org

Seven individuals from Witness Against Torture, a group protesting the denial of rights to prisoners at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were served papers by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last week. The group of twenty- four U.S. Christians marched over 60 miles to the Naval Base in an attempt to practice the Christian act of prisoner visitation. The group camped and fasted for four days at the gate of the militarized zone while awaiting access to the base.

Cindy Sheehan Honored at Philadelphia Synagogue

Cindy Sheehan Honored Here: Anti-war activist among 4 hailed at synagogue
By REGINA MEDINA Phildelphia Inquirer

LAST TUESDAY, peace activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested, handcuffed and removed from the U.S. House gallery shortly before President Bush's State of the Union Address.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Wednesday February 8, 2006
NEW* BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback participates in a
discussion panel hosted by the Family Research Council and Marriage
Savers. [FRC Release, 2/07/06]

NEW* McCAIN in Washington, DC: Sen. John McCain testifies on lobbying

Inequality and War

By David Swanson

Ending the extreme inequality of wealth and well-being in the United States would end the war in Iraq.

Ending the war in Iraq and others like it would go a long way toward reducing the inequality.

Libby's Lawyers "Greymail" Strategy Backfired

By Mark G. Levey, DailyKos

Fitz Now Has the 6/19/03 PDB (Re: Wilson's Niger Trip) -- Who Will be the First Democratic Senator to Call for Declassification and Public Release?

Here's my e-letter to Chairman Dean on the subject. Readers are invited to follow-up with their own correspondence.

22 US Reps Want Impeachment Probe

By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News

22 US Representatives–including two members of the Georgia delegation–have now signed on as co-sponsors of H. Res 635, demanding a probe which could recommend Bush’s impeachment, including the initial sponsor, US Rep. John Conyers, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

The Murtha Effect: Why Republicans Are Worried

By Arianna Huffington

For further evidence of why Democrats should be falling in behind Jack Murtha and making him the point man for nationalizing the '06 elections, look no further than the editorial page of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Guns Over Butter, Abroad and at Home

By Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service

WASHINGTON - Despite his administration's growing concerns about preventing the collapse of states in strategic parts of the world, U.S. President George W. Bush has proposed cuts in development and disaster assistance while increasing the defence budget by almost seven percent.

An American tragedy—the plight of the US war wounded

By James Cogan, WSWS

One of the terrible legacies of the criminal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is the number of maimed, sick or traumatised former US soldiers—many of them just in their twenties—who will require medical assistance for the rest of their lives. For political reasons, the scope of the tragedy is barely being reported despite the impact it is having on a significant layer of young men and women, their families and communities.

2,257 Dead - How Many More?

Four Marines among 11 killed in Iraq

Feb 7: Two bombs exploded minutes apart near a central Baghdad square on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 20 as violence increased ahead of a major Shiite holy day later this week.

Media outlets ignored dispute over Specter's refusal to swear in Gonzales

By Media Matters

Summary: Most major news outlets did not report the dispute over Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter's refusal to swear in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at the committee's hearing on the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program.

Gonzales says "Just Trust Us"

By Ruth Conniff, The Progressive

In his daylong marathon of evasive remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales rebuffed Congressional efforts to get more information on the Bush Administration's wiretapping program, as well as its view of the limits of Presidential powers.

Rove Reportedly Pressuring Judiciary Committee Republicans

By Joe Gandelman, The Moderate Voice

We did a post earlier today on the Washington Post's story indicating that there is a split in GOP ranks on warrantless domestic spying. In it, we mentioned several things that could now happen since it appeared in the Washington Post — including a move towards unity to get rid of the split.

Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery Speaks Truth to Power at King Funeral

Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery honored Coretta Scott King at her funeral, in front of four presidents, challenging injustice: "We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there [standing ovation]... but Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor." - VIDEO

Cities and State Parties Pass Impeachment Resolutions

By David Swanson

The past month has seen a burst of resolutions supporting impeachment in city councils, state democratic parties, and even chapters of Democrats Abroad. On January 6, the City Council of Arcata, Calif., passed a resolution demanding the impeachment or resignation of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, citing violations of international and constitutional law.

PDA Meeting in DC Feb. 9

PDA DC Mtg. Thurs. 2/9, 6:30PM

Please attend a meeting of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) www.pdamerica.org on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 6:30 PM at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Building 39, 2nd Floor, 4200 CT Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008. Red Line Van Ness/UDC Station. Wheelchair Accessible. Parking under campus off Van Ness St.

Ex-U.N. Inspector: Decision Already Made To Attack Iran

Ex-U.N. inspector: Iran's next: Ritter warns that another U.S. invasion in Mideast is imminent
By Brandon Garcia

02/06/06 (Santa Fe New Mexican, The (KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) The former U.N. weapons inspector who said Iraq disarmed long before the U.S. invasion in 2003 is warning Americans to prepare for a war with Iran.

City of S Francisco Takes Up Resolution on Impeachment


Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of Bush and Cheney
by Ken Werner, Trinity Plaza Tenants Association (TPTA), 2006-02-07

Bloggers, pollsters, newspaper columnists, and members of the U.S. House and Senate have been more frequently discussing the possible impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, and today District 6 Sup. Chris Daly steps forward to introduce File No. 060156, "Resolution calling for a full investigation, impeachment or resignation of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney."

War Costs, "Defense" Budget Rising

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The country's two overseas wars and its homeland defense could cost as much as $10 billion a month this year - nearly 50 percent more than last year, the White House estimates.


By Todd Smyth

Republicans have cut college funding and doubled Army enlistment bonuses to ensure only the poorest will suffer the burden of arrogant Republican foreign policies.

$12 Billion Cut in Federal Student Aid

Speaking Events

March 27-April 6 Events Everywhere


April 4: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next: An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing. 6-8 p.m. at 5th and K Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.


April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest


April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont


June 16-18: David Swanson and many others speaking at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.

August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.

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