By Brian Conley and Isam Rashid, Inter Press Service
Baghdad - While politicians deliberate over Iraq's future, Iraqis are dealing with the reality of the present. They are looking at the debris of a country where reconstruction has come to a standstill.
By Robert Dreyfuss, www.TomPaine.com
There's no one left to put Humpty Dumpty together again in Baghdad. Zalmay Khalilzad, America's feckless ambassador in Iraq, is trying. But, unwilling or unable to reach out to the Iraqi resistance, Khalilzad instead finds himself immersed instead in gooey egg mass. The Iraqi body politic is shattered, with little hope now of avoiding an all-out civil war. That's the only conclusion that can be reached by looking at the results of the Dec. 15 elections in Iraq, whose official returns were announced on Friday.
By Sebastian Alison, Reuters
Brussels - A record number of media workers died last year while doing their job, amid a growing trend toward the targeted killing of journalists, the International Federation of Journalists said on Monday.
By Associated Press
Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday made their first request to use classified evidence at his trial, launching a highly secretive court process that could bog down the case.
By Minneapolis Star Tribune, www.startribune.com
On wiretapping, "they did it too" won't cut it.
Former Vice President Al Gore gave a rip-roaring speech last week attacking the Bush administration for "repeatedly and insistently" breaking federal law and "disrespecting" the U.S. Constitution. One of his major examples was the Bush administration's massive, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens that has recently come to light. One may agree with his analysis or not, but Gore did not deserve the trashing he got from the White House, which spun a fluffy cloud of half-truths.
Tens of thousands of peace and justice advocates from throughout the Western Hemisphere are gearing up for the 2006 World Social Forum, an inspirational gathering that brings together peace activists, fair trade crusaders, environmentalists, and advocates of indigenous, workers’ and women’s rights from around the globe.
By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press
Pakistani security forces stopped Islamist opposition leaders Monday from reaching a border village hit by a U.S. missile strike, curbing an anti-American protest as the prime minister visited Washington.
Several of "The Jersey Girls," who were widowed in the 9/11 attacks: "If we are attacked again, President Bush's shameless disregard of our constitutional rights and his poor judgment in defending our nation against terrorists should be borne out in his resignation from office or a Congressional demand for impeachment."
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Lawmakers in northwestern Pakistan today demanded that the government expel the American ambassador to Pakistan in response to a U.S. airstrike that killed 13 people.
The unanimous resolution by the provincial assembly was unlikely to move the federal government to accept such a demand.
Complete Transcript of Last Week's House Judiciary Democratic Hearings on Warrantless NSA Wiretapping of American Citizens
The BRAD BLOG has obtained the official transcript of last week's congressional hearings on warrantless NSA wiretapping as authorized (on at least thirty occassions) by the Bush Administration. The event was officially titled, "CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS: DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE AND EXECUTIVE POWER".
By John Nichols, www.thenation.com
The Nation -- While Judge Sam Alito's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee has confirmed that he is not one of their number, a dwindling cadre of public servants still take seriously the dictates of the Constitution and the intents of it authors. And there is no more serious dictate of the document -- and no more solidly established intent -- than the one that requires the Congress to serve as a check and a balance against the excesses of the executive branch. Most particularly in a time of war, the founders intended for the Congress to question, challenge and constrain the president and his aides so that never again would Americans be subjected to the illegitimate, unwarranted and illegal dictates of a King George.
By Daytona Beach News-Journal (Florida)
At every turn in this latest of Bush administration scandals -- the National Security Agency's spying on Americans -- what the White House first claimed in the program's defense proved to be either untrue, implausible, exaggerated or unverifiable. At every turn, the White House retorted with self-serving interpretations of law that evade the obvious: Congress writes the laws that control intelligence gathering. With some exceptions for the most extreme circumstances that call for presidential discretion, the White House is compelled to follow those laws. Courts interpret the laws. The White House is compelled to follow those interpretations. Unless the Constitution has been suspended (something only Congress can do), making things up as it goes along is not a White House prerogative. But it's been policy.
By Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
The Abramoff scandal has been described as the biggest Washington scandal ever: bigger than Watergate; bigger than Abscam; bigger than Koreagate; bigger than the House banking scandal; bigger than Teapot Dome. Possibly so. It's certainly serious and significant.
By Jeremy Pikser, www.huffingtonpost.com
On Friday night I had the pleasure of seeing a truly great and courageous American, Harry Belafonte, make opening remarks at The Commission on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration held at Riverside Church in New York.
By David Swanson
Millions of Americans deserve credit for forcing the I word into the media. Steve Thomma of Knight Ridder says in this clip that he receives 20-50 Emails a day supporting impeachment and that he thinks they're organized. He's right. They're organized here: http://democrats.com/bush-impeachment-polls
Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, 4806 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 PHONE:  323-7200 CONTACT: Max Obuszewski 410-323-7200, ext. 31 or mobuszewski [at] afsc.org
WHO: The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore was formed for individuals willing to engage in nonviolent resistance to protest an invasion of Iraq. As part of its activities, the Pledge has tried to meet with the director of the National Security Agency to discuss its involvement in the war in Iraq. On June 27, 2005, for example, the Pledge sent a letter to the interim NSA director, William B. Black, Jr., seeking a meeting. Instead of meeting with the Pledge, the NSA treats the nonviolent activists as a “threat
Patriot's Impeachment Rally
The intent of this event is to reach across false divisions and try to
bring people together to demand accountability from the powers who have
Wisconsin State Journal
By RON SEELY firstname.lastname@example.org
When UW-Madison professor Alfred McCoy first saw the photograph of a hooded Iraqi prisoner from the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, he remembers feeling a sickening shock of recognition.
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"Completing the journey to truth requires us to cross the desert of impeachment."
Monday, January 23, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Salina, KS: President Bush will deliver a speech on the War on Terror at Kansas State University at 12:30 PM. [www.msnbc.msn.com, First Read, 1/23/06]
By Bill Weaver
In 1971, when Maxwell Taylor, an ambassador at the time and a former military general, was asked what he thought about the people’s right to know what the government is doing, he responded that he “didn’t believe in that as a general principle.
Over at Kos, abortender discovered some exciting new ways to get impeachment off the ground!
The Rules of the 109th Congress offer many ways to begin impeachment proceedings. (If the previous link doesn't work, start here and search "impeach"). I reformatted the text and added numbers below for convenience.
By Norman Solomon
Ever since the disclosure of Valerie Plame's identity as an
undercover CIA operative in July 2003, prominent Democrats have
denounced that leak -- often with some kind of rhetoric about the
Prosecutor Probing Niger Forgeries, Possible Conspiracy in CIA Leak
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
"There was a discussion about what to do about Mr. Wilson," the current State Department official said. "There was a decision to leak a story to the press - I think a few journalists - about the Wilson trip, that it was a non-issue because his wife set it up for him."
From Tomdispatch today: "The Devastation We Inflict, Two Letters from Vietnam Vets on 'Collateral Damage' in Iraq" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=51741
Almost two weeks ago, I published a piece by Michael Schwartz, "A Formula for Slaughter," on the brutal nature of American "rules of engagement" from the air in Iraq and the consequent proliferation of Iraqi civilian casualties.
By William Rivers Pitt
To: Congressional Democrats
From: William Rivers Pitt
RE: A bold maneuver
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I have a wild and crazy idea.
George W. Bush's delivery of the State of the Union address will take place on Tuesday, January 31, a little more than a week from now. It is my strong belief that every single Democrat present in the House chamber for the speech should, at a predetermined moment, stand up and walk out. No yelling. No heated words. Every Democrat should simply stand silently and leave.
Sleeping-bag trick killed Iraqi general
By Jim Spencer, Denver Post
Fort Carson, Colo. -- Every American should be forced to see the autopsy pictures of Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush on display at the trial of Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr.
Dan Glaister in Los Angeles, The Guardian (UK)
A US army officer was guilty of negligent homicide in the death of an Iraqi general during an interrogation, a military court ruled on Saturday.
Chief warrant officer Lewis Welshofer is the highest-ranking army officer tried on murder charges arising from the Bush administration's campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was found not guilty of murder and faces up to three years in prison when sentencing takes place today.