Troops Home from Iraq: Don't Attack Iran

http://www.stopwar.org.uk/March18.htm

Saturday 18th March 2006: Assemble 12 noon Parliament Square

Reasons to demonstrate...

Sgt Kevin Benderman Vigil at Ft Lewis I-5 Overpass

Sgt Kevin Benderman Vigil at I-5 Overpass, Ft Lewis, WA on Feb 11, 2006.

Sgt Kevin Benderman served in Iraq, filed for Conscientious Objector and is serving a 15 month imprisonment at Ft Lewis; learn more and why at Kevin and Monica Benderman website; Kevin Benderman Timeline www.BendermanTimeline.com

CIA chief sacked for opposing torture

By Sarah Baxter and Michael Smith, London Sunday Times

The CIA’s top counter-terrorism official was fired last week because he opposed detaining Al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons abroad, sending them to other countries for interrogation and using forms of torture such as “water boarding

National Security: The Attack on the Constitution And the Use and Abuse of Secrecy

By Jim Marcinkowski, Washtenaw County, Michigan

It is my pleasure to be able to share some of my thoughts with you this evening on matters of national security and the Constitution. I come here not as a Democrat, not as a former Republican, but as an American who is deeply troubled by the direction we are headed as a nation.

Manipulating the Evidence to Start a War

By Adel Safty, ZNet | Iraq

Last November, the US Senate Intelligence Committee was pressured by the Democrats to commence the long-delayed investigation of whether the Bush administration had deliberately distorted the intelligence to justify the Iraq war.

The Bureaucracy Strikes Back, Fallen Legion 3

From Tomdispatch today, Nick Turse's "The Bureaucracy Strikes Back, Fallen Legion 3" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=59061

Oddly enough in recent years, the only significant check-and-balance on the Bush administration has been one the nation's founders could never have imagined -- resistant officials in the federal government and bureaucracy.

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Winter of Our Discontent: 34-day Fast February 15 to March 20 at U.S. Capitol to End the Iraq War
773-878-3815 www.vcnv.org
Contact: Kathy Kelly or Joel Gulledge 773-878-3815 or Mike Ferner 419-729-7273

The SAS men setting up targets for Rummy's killers

By Michael Smith, London Sunday Times

Donald Rumsfeld has built a secret US force to ‘take out’ Al-Qaeda – but Britain’s best are doing the spadework, writes Michael Smith

Donald Rumsfeld was never a man for diplomatic language. On July 1, 2002 in the early months of the global war on terror, the American defence secretary sent a two-line memo to Doug Feith, his under-secretary for policy, asking: “How do we organise the department for manhunts? We are obviously not well organised at the present time.

Senators: Cheney should be probed in leak

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald should investigate Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the CIA leak probe if they authorized an aide to give secret information to reporters, Democratic and Republican senators said Sunday.

Depsite Cheney's Performance With Jets, Tanks, DU, Napalm, Somebody Trusted Him With a Gun - And He Shot Someone's Grandfather

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a 78-year-old man while hunting for quail on a ranch in Texas, U.S. television networks reported on Sunday.

Cheney's hunting companion, Harry Whittington, was "alert and doing fine" in the hospital after being shot on Saturday with shotgun pellets, CNN reported ranch owner Katharine Armstrong said.

For the Love of God. Can't you make him stop

By Cindy Sheehan

Former President George Bush took a shot at protestor Cindy Sheehan on Friday while speaking to students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Bush told the audience if she shows up to their church as expected she'll have to deal with his wife Barbara. KVET News, Central Texas

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches, http://dahrjamailiraq.com

If one watches corporate media or listens to Cheney Administration
propaganda, one is either not getting information about Iraq at all, or

Sir, No Sir!

The Leak Helped Al Qaeda? NONSENSE!

The Latest on Noquarter.typepad.com
By Larry C Johnson

The spin being laid out by the White House and others, that the terrorists got a leg up on us because the New York Times' Jim Risen leaked word that President Bush had authorized illegal domestic surveillance, is sheer, utter bunk. Deal with the facts people.

Inquiry into Wiretapping Article Widens

By David Johnston, The New York Times

Washington - Federal agents have interviewed officials at several of the country's law enforcement and national security agencies in a rapidly expanding criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding a New York Times article published in December that disclosed the existence of a highly classified domestic eavesdropping program, according to government officials.

Ex-CIA official rips war case

Says Iraq data distorted to sway public
By Cam Simpson, Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON -- The former CIA official charged with managing the U.S. government's secret intelligence assessments on Iraq says the Bush administration chose war first and then misleadingly used raw data to assemble a public case for its decision to invade.

Lots of Exciting Events in Coming Days and Weeks

Peace Events in Vancouver
February 14
12:30 – 2:00 pm Valentine’s Day "Give Peace a Dance" at Vancouver City Hall, 453 W. 12th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
7:00 pm Vancouver: Peace Messenger City at Kitsilano Secondary School Auditorium, 2550 W. 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.

Vice President Cheney and The Fight Over "Inherent" Presidential Powers

His Attempt to Swing the Pendulum Back Began Long Before 9/11
By JOHN W. DEAN

Vice President Dick Cheney has stirred up an old fight in Washington. He sent a rookie, however, to make his case publicly. It did not work.

VFP Takes Leading Role in Peace Movement

By Veterans for Peace

As we approach the end of the third year of the war on and occupation of Iraq, several events are planned to resist the war and pressure the United States government to provide real support for our troops: Bring Them Home Now and Take Care of Them When They Get Here.

The Raid...

Baghdad Burning
... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...

We were collected at my aunts house for my cousins birthday party a few days ago. J. just turned 16 and my aunt invited us for a late lunch and some cake. It was a very small gathering- three cousins- including myself- my parents, and J.’s best friend, who also happened to be a neighbor.

Debating Impeachment Among Democrats

By David Swanson

Can you even imagine Republicans, even if they were in a minority in Congress, debating whether or not to call for the impeachment of a Democratic president known and documented as guilty of a wide range of high crimes and misdemeanors? In particular, if you can imagine that, can you imagine the Republicans who opposed impeachment arguing that they were doing so for strategic political reasons?

How to Stop a War

Published on Saturday, February 11, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Monica Benderman

Three years ago we were spending time together, every moment we could, building the type of relationship we would need to survive the unknown we were about to face.

US prepares military blitz against Iran's nuclear sites

By Philip Sherwell in Washington, The Telegraph (UK)

Strategists at the Pentagon are drawing up plans for devastating bombing raids backed by submarine-launched ballistic missile attacks against Iran's nuclear sites as a "last resort" to block Teheran's efforts to develop an atomic bomb.

Educators face blowback for protesting Iraq war in schools

By Carlos Miller, RAW STORY

Just over three years ago, as the nation readied for war with Iraq, elementary school teacher Deb Mayer stood in front of her class and uttered the word that would get her blacklisted from her profession.

Freedom of [deleted]

By Brian Bogart

One of the most prominent figures in neoconservatism, Frank Gaffney, has released a new book, War Footing, which along with nine other recommendations urges the adoption of a National Neighborhood Muslim Watch program. For the sake of convenience, the next obvious step would require Muslims to wear identifying badges on their outer garments.

Law Students Who Turned Backs on Gonzales Build a Movement

By www.Standupforthelaw.org

On Tuesday, January 24, over thirty Georgetown University law students turned their backs on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. While the Attorney General addressed the media at Georgetown University Law Center, student audience members began to stand up one by one to turn their backs, with five students donning black Abu Ghraib-style hoods and hoisting a large banner emblazoned with Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote, “Those who would sacrifice liberty in the name of security deserve neither.

Silencing Bush Critics with Prison

By Glenn Greenwald, www.huffingtonpost.com

The significance of this article from today's New York Times cannot be overstated. In essence, while the President sits in the White House undisturbed after proudly announcing that he has been breaking the law and will continue to do so, his slavish political appointees at the Justice Department are using the mammoth law enforcement powers of the federal government to find and criminally prosecute those who brought this illegal conduct to light:

Economists Condemn US War on Iraq

Havana, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Over 1,500 delegates to the 8th International Meeting of Economists on Globalization and Development repudiated the war on Iraq.

A resolution issued at the closing session condemns the efforts by the George W. Bush Administration to sacrifice social investments to increase military spending.

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