Berlusconi's Halloween Visit

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.

Daschle Favors Eventual End to Slaughter

MARY CLARE JALONICK
Associated Press

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.

Bush War Policy Is Now in Play

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.

Bush/Cheney Approval Ratings in the Toilet

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?

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VIEWS OF GEORGE W. BUSH AND DICK CHENEY

Anti-Bush Protests Mark Reelection

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.

Protesters converge in Times Square for anti-Bush protest

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.

Students Get Crash Course in Protest

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.

Naked protesters bare opinions against Bush

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.

Protesters rally on South Oval

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!

Group protests Bush, war

Demonstrators say there are options other than fighting
By Alex Muller
Collegian

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.

Anti-Bush demonstrators march down Market Street

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.

Protest calls for Bush to resign

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

Protests against Bush held across US

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.

High school lockdown linked to Bush protest

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.

Getting wider view at walkout

Nicole Brodeur
Seattle Times

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."

Hundreds protest Iraq war

By Nick Perry and Sara Jean Green
Seattle Times

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.

Protesters demand Bush resign because of Iraq war

William Hermann
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.

An anniversary of protest

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.

Marchers hope to oust Bush

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
pindravudh@media.ucla.edu

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!

Protesters decry Iraq war

"OUR FOREIGN POLICY IS MAD"
About 40 to 50 gather at Square, the majority of them young.
By Sarah Overstreet
News-Leader

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 HU students stage walk out

Daily Press

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.

Anti-war groups stage walk-out

By Andy Kim, Badger Herald (U of Wisconsin)

Calling for an end to the war in Iraq and military recruitment on university and high school campuses around the nation, students gathered atop Bascom Hill and marched to Library Mall Wednesday.

Organized by World Can’t Wait and Stop The War, the walkout event asked students to leave classes at noon and assemble in support of the anti-war cause.

Showing their aversion toward the war, students chanted phrases such as “Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell: take your war and go to hell!

Students skip school for anti-Bush rally

By Grant Segall, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Taking a page from their parents' scrapbooks, some students in Greater Cleveland and around the country walked out of school Wednesday to denounce the grown-ups' government.

Several dozen youths converged on Public Square at noon to help scores of old-timers demand an end to the Bush administration.

"My generation is going to be the ones running the country someday," said Sara James, a junior at Brush High School in Lyndhurst. "If we don't get involved now, there'll be no one to speak for us later."

The nationwide protests were organized by a coalition called World Can't Wait.

More than 100 cut class to protest war

By Jennifer Mrozowski, Cincinnati Enquirer

EVANSTON - More than 100 students from Walnut Hills High School staged a protest against the war in Iraq during their last period of class Wednesday.

Some of the students have study hall during that period and didn't miss class, but others are expected to receive a "Friday school" detention from 3:40 to 5 p.m. for skipping a course.

Students said it was worth it to make a stand against the war, which reached a grim milestone last week as the death toll for the number of U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq surpassed 2,000. Students at the school lined up 2,000 toy soldiers on the sidewalk to represent the war dead.

New Yorkers angry with Bush

By cctv.com

Many New Yorkers are apparently unhappy with President Bush, or at least more expressive in their dissent. The state reportedly leads walkouts and protests opposing the Bush Administration in the US. And another protest was held on Wednesday, in an attempt to drive George W. Bush out of office. It was one of 180 countrywide actions planned for the same day. Chicago, Atlanta, Washington and Seattle also joined the mass action.

New Yorkers use their voices and feet, in an attempt to force US president George W. Bush to resign. Organized by "The World Can't Wait" group walkouts, rallies and marches were held throughout the city.

Logan students ditch class to attend anti-Bush rally

By Josh Richman and Grace Rauh, The Argus

SAN FRANCISCO — At least 19 students from James Logan High School in Union City skipped school on Wednesday to attend a rally in San Francisco urging President Bush's ouster from office.

One student had his mother call him in sick for the day, while others cut school, walking off campus about 10:15 a.m. to head to the nearby BART station. Principal Don Montoya said he encouraged students to stay on campus and insisted that all call their parents when the students said they were leaving. Students who cut classes at Logan face a few hours of school detention or an all-day study hall detention.

Marchers decry Iraq war deaths

At a small but noisy protest, students call for Bush's ouster one year after his re-election
By Rosemarie Bernardo, Honolulu Star Bulletin
rbernardo@starbulletin.com

Two students agreed with protesters' opposition to President Bush at the University of Hawaii yesterday but differed on whether the war in Iraq should continue.

"I agree with what they stand for, absolutely," said Jennifer LaFever, 23, majoring in fashion design.

She added that she does not support the president, but does support the troops, noting that she has a brother, Sgt. Charlie LaFever, in the Army. "I don't believe we should have gone to war, but I do believe we have to finish the job," LaFever said.

Protests against Bush held across US

PeaceJournalism.com

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.

2,000 attend rally in San Francisco to oppose Bush

Oakland Tribune
By Josh Richman, STAFF WRITER

SAN FRANCISCO — About 2,000 people rallied and marched Wednesday to urge President Bush's ouster from office.

Organizers insisted this "The World Can't Wait: Drive Out the Bush Regime" event was only the beginning of a national, ongoing movement that won't rest until the president leaves office. Similar rallies occurred in cities across the nation Wednesday, the anniversary of Bush's re-election.

Though the majority of San Francisco protesters were peaceful, there were a few incidents.

Someone threw a crude firebomb against a wall of the San Francisco Chronicle building at Fifth and Mission streets, causing no damage or injuries but burning the shoulder of a police officer's jacket. And a few protesters staged a sit-in blocking a downtown intersection toward the day's end.

The Impact of the Media

By David Swanson

While reporters and editors often pretend they have no impact on the world they report on, a Washington Post article this week has generated immediate action in Congress on the CIA's secret prisons. See this article from the Baltimore Sun:

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U.S. urged to re-examine plans for terror detainees
CIA reportedly has secret prison system in Eastern Europe, elsewhere

By Siobhan Gorman and Tom Bowman
Sun reporters

November 3, 2005

WASHINGTON // The Bush administration should re-evaluate its long-term plan for detaining suspected terrorists in light of reports that the CIA has a secret prison system in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, members of Congress and current and former intelligence officials say.

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