Friday January 13, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: Bush holds a joint press availability
at 11:25 am ET with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House,
followed by a working lunch in the residence. The President meets with
By Ron Kraybill, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University
“Yes, yes, and the sky is falling, the sky is falling,
By Bob Herbert, The New York Times
The country has set the bar so low for the performance of George W. Bush as president that it is effectively on the ground.
No one expects very much from Mr. Bush. He's currently breaking the law by spying on Americans in America without getting warrants, but for a lot of people that's just George being George. Forget the complexities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or even the Fourth Amendment's safeguards against unwarranted (pun intended) government intrusion into matters that we have a right to keep private.
By Congressman John Murtha, Huffington Post
According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Second Edition, the definition of a civil war is a "war between political factions or regions within the same country." That is exactly what is going on in Iraq, not a global war on terrorism, as the President continues to portray it.
By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com
Former Vice President Al Gore will deliver a scathing speech Monday at Constitution Hall in Washington -- just blocks from the White House -- at which he will declare America is faced with a constitutional crisis, RAW STORY has learned.
Immense, Deadly, Iraq Oil Profits Await
ExxonMobil, Others, Courtesy U.S. Govt.
By Nick Mottern, coordinator, www.ConsumersforPeace.org
The Bush government is pushing Iraq to sign oil agreements with multi-national oil companies like ExxonMobil that would give firms extraordinary profits ranging from 42% to 162%, compared to the 12% minimum that is normally considered profitable.
Why the Democrats should impeach Bush/Cheney today
By Jerry Mazza, Online Journal Contributing Writer
Yes, Martha, I understand that US Representative John Conyers (D-NY) has filed an “impeachment resolution
BY PAUL BONNER
The Herald-Sun, North Carolina
DURHAM -- Duke is planning what organizers believe will be the university's most elaborate series of events ever commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. this week and next.
Defends remarks, saying press ignores 'our side of the agenda'
Following an appearance at a luncheon with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., yesterday, entertainer Harry Belafonte defended his description of President Bush as the world's worst terrorist, insisting he only was being truthful and was prompting the press to cover a "side of the agenda" it ignores.
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
The National Security Agency advised President Bush in early 2001 that it had been eavesdropping on Americans during the course of its work monitoring suspected terrorists and foreigners believed to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a declassified document.
The NSA's vast data-mining activities began shortly after Bush was sworn in as president and the document contradicts his assertion that the 9/11 attacks prompted him to take the unprecedented step of signing a secret executive order authorizing the NSA to monitor a select number of American citizens thought to have ties to terrorist groups.
In-District Meetings with Members of Congress:
President Bush threw down the gauntlet to his Congressional critics in a speech this week: "When our soldiers hear politicians in Washington question the mission, they are risking their lives to accomplish, it hurts their morale. In a time of war, we have a responsibility to show...our nation is united and determined to prevail."
Friday January 13, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush meets with German Chancellor
Angela Merkel at the White House and participates in a joint press
availability. The President meets with business leaders on Central
TALLY HIS BANANAS
Harry Belafonte: He sings great, but talks nonsense.
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
For some reason, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez brings out the boneheadedness in some high-profile Americans, on the left as well as the right. Last year, archconservative televangelist Pat Robertson suggested that U.S. operatives assassinate the populist leader. Last Sunday, singer/liberal political activist Harry Belafonte was in Caracas on a UNICEF goodwill ambassador visit, where he offered an outlandish characterization of President George W. Bush as a "tyrant" and "terrorist."
By MARC McDONALD
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By Robert Dreyfuss, www.tompaine.com
Robert Dreyfuss is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2005). Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone.He can be reached through his website: www.robertdreyfuss.com.
By Gail Ryall, People's Weekly World Newspaper
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Five hundred people turned out to hear antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, actor Sean Penn and other speakers at the Out of Iraq Town Hall Forum here Jan. 7, one of over 130 similar meetings held nationwide in partnership with AfterDowningStreet.org.
By David Swanson
David Sirota recently documented instances of what he called Rectal Journalism.
He described this sort of reporting as "based on reporters and pundits simply pulling stuff right out of their ass."
By Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive
Last Saturday, I went to a town hall meeting on the Iraq War and impeachment in Madison, Wisconsin. This one was sponsored by Veterans for Peace. More than 150 other events around the country on January 7 were co-sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America and afterdowningstreet.org.
Citing Bush Statement that Such Hearings are 'Good for Democracy', Ranking Minority Member of House Judiciary Extends Invitation
Former Deputy AG, Ardent Administration Defender, Architect of Torture Memos, John Yoo Also Called to Testify
From Tomdispatch today: My own analysis (with predictions) of a year-plus of coming crises and what to make of them: "Bush v. Reality: War, Trials, Leakers, Investigations, Packed Courts, and a Constitutional Crisis" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=48892
The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance Against the War in Iraq (NCNR) is initiating a campaign of nonviolent sit-ins at the offices of members of Congress who refuse to speak out or otherwise take appropriate action to end the war.
By JESSICA YELLIN, ABC News
Jan. 11, 2006 — Former CIA General Counsel Jeffrey Smith will testify in House hearings that there is no legal basis for President Bush's controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance program, ABC News has learned.
ABC News has obtained a copy of a 14-page memo Smith wrote to the House Select Committee on Intelligence in which he argues that the wiretaps are illegal.
By Richard Norton-Taylor and Jamie Wilson, The Guardian UK
A senior British officer has criticized the US army for its conduct in Iraq, accusing it of institutional racism, moral righteousness, misplaced optimism, and of being ill-suited to engage in counter-insurgency operations.
By World Can't Wait
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From the United States to Assisi
January 13-14, U.S. Peace Mom participates in Peace Roundtable Seminar
Cindy Sheehan is on her way to Assisi to participate in the National Seminar "There is no peace without a peace policy" of the Tavola della pace (Peace Roundtable) that will take place January 13-14 in Assisi, at the Sacro Convento di San Francesco (the same location where the first roundtable was held on January 13, 1996).
By Paul Boerger, Mount Shasta Herald
On a bitterly cold Saturday morning, approximately 45 citizens gathered at the Mount Shasta city plaza t show their opposition to the Iraq war and speak out for peace.
The January 7th gathering was part of a nationwide Town Hall movement.
Carrying signs stating opinions from “Impeach Bush