By STEVEN R. WEISMAN and IAN FISHER, New York Times
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 - The Bush administration, responding to European alarm over allegations of secret detention camps and the transport of terror suspects on European soil, insisted Tuesday that American actions complied with international law but promised to respond to formal inquiries from European nations.
By Charles R. Babcock, Washington Post
The two defense contractors who allegedly made many of the illicit payments to convicted Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) worked together for several years as relatively small players in the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar procurement system.
November 30, 2005
Professor Carolyn Eisenberg
Dear Professor Eisenberg:
The war in Iraq is on the minds of many of you who have written or who have called my office asking questions and expressing frustration. When the President addresses the nation tomorrow on the war, the American people want and deserve to know how we got there, why we are still there, how we have executed the war and what we should do now. In short, the President must explain his plan for the war in Iraq.
By Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), In These Times
We must stop accepting that low-wage, low-benefit, part-time jobs are the best our children can do. We need to ensure a livable wage for all.
Funding a war in Iraq and providing tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans does more damage than Republicans in Congress care to admit. As they clamor on about patriotism, their funding priorities are costing America its future.
From Tim Carpenter, PDA National Director
I am writing personally to urge you to join me and the entire PDA team in helping get out the vote for Steve Young, PDA's first Congressional endorsement, in a special election to be held this coming Tuesday, December 6, 2005 in Orange County California. Steve is running against two conservatives, Republican State Senator John Campbell and American Independent, Jim Gilchrist, founder of the border vigilante group, the Minute Man Project. If they split the Republican vote, and PDA helps turn out at least 100,000 voting Democrats in the district, Steve and PDA will make history. A victory for Steve is a victory for all Progressives!
By Mark Mazzetti and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Troops write articles presented as news reports. Some officers object to the practice.
WASHINGTON — As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.
Deborah Davis may be the civil liberties, anti-big brother Rosa Parks of our times.
She's an unlikely candidate, a 50-year-old mother of four, with one of her sons serving in Iraq. And she was just reading a book on a public bus in Denver, minding her own business, when, suddenly, she stood up for the Constitution.
U.S. Tour of Duty presents
HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT
Featuring in person: SCOTT RITTER
(Former UN Weapons Inspector, Author of "Iraq Confidential")
Monday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 PM at Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Avenue, Venice, CA (1 block north of Venice Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd.)
Here we have another egregious case of campus repression of peaceful
student protest, this time at the historically black Hampton
University in Virginia. I am asking for a statement in support of
Courtesy of Ward Sutton / The Village Voice
Latest on No Quarter
By Larry C. Johnson
As a diehard Redskins fan, I am well versed in denial. And the same can be said for our erstwhile Secretary of Defense and most of the media who cover him. Consider today's spectacle at the Pentagon as Rumsfeld insisted repeatedly that things are going well in Iraq and only getting better. Best of all, according to Rummy, Iraqi military and police forces are growning stronger each day. He said it so it must be so.
The Hill Newspaper
ImpeachPAC, a political action committee, launched earlier this month. But there is a serious catch: It only supports candidates who favor the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for what it says are their “Iraq war lies.
By David Sirota
If you thought it impossible to top the image of Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA) driving around a Rolls Royce and living on a yacht thanks to defense industry cash, just stop and take a look Lloyd Grove's story today in the New York Daily News. Yes, you are reading it right – a defense contractor has gotten so rich off taxpayer cash he actually held a $10 million bat mitzvah for his daughter, featuring 50 Cent, Tom Petty and Aerosmith, among others. That's right - a $10 million bat mitzvah.
Meet, greet and support Japanese peace activists and Members of the Diet (Parliament) in DC in their quest to stop the deployment of a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Yokosuka Harbor
When: Next, Wednesday, December 7, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nov 30, 2005, 1 am (Baghdad)
Update on Missing Persons in Iraq
We were very saddened to see the images of our loved ones on Al Jazeera
television recently. We were disturbed by seeing the video and believe
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Michael Winship
In October 1973, with President Nixon ensnared in the Watergate imbroglio, the sideshow known as the vice presidency of Spiro T. Agnew came to an abrupt end. He resigned from office and pled no contest to federal charges of tax evasion.
Phoenix, AZ: November 29 - Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) leaders, and famous friends
will host a reception for Democratic National Committee Members in Phoenix, Arizona. This December 1 event is the latest milestone for
Read this in connection with the article on death squads below.
Our Troops Must Stay
By JOE LIEBERMAN, Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2005
I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood -- unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.
America can no longer afford to use military force as a substitute for a
serious energy policy
By Tom Z. Collina
Tomorrow, President Bush will give a major address on Iraq at the Naval
Academy in Annapolis. He will speak to a nation that is understandably
Sunnis Accuse Iraqi Military of Kidnappings and Slayings
By Dexter Filkins, The New York Times
Baghdad - As the American military pushes the largely Shiite Iraqi security services into a larger role in combating the insurgency, evidence has begun to mount suggesting that the Iraqi forces are carrying out executions in predominantly Sunni neighborhoods.
Last night on Anderson Cooper 360, amidst his continuing admirable attempt to keep New Orleans as a center of attention in this country, Cooper interviewed Michael Ware, Baghdad bureau chief for Time Magazine. About that exit strategy?
By Robert Dreyfuss, 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 at his website: www.robertdreyfuss.com.
By American Progress Action Fund
On Wednesday, President Bush will deliver an address at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, in which he is "expected to herald the improved readiness of Iraqi troops, which he has identified as the key condition for pulling out U.S. forces." The speech appears to be an effort by the Bush administration to lay the groundwork for potentially large withdrawals of troops in 2006 and 2007. While Bush recently claimed that withdrawing troops from Iraq was a "recipe for disaster," the White House now appears to have shifted course and is embracing a withdrawal strategy. While Bush and critics of his Iraq policy may agree that a drawdown could be the proper action to take, they differ in one key respect -- the rationale for why such a withdrawal is necessary. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) recently argued that pulling out of Iraq is necessary because "the war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion." Bush, on the other hand, is trying to suggest that a drawdown is the fruits of "good progress" being made in Iraq. A review of the situation on the ground in Iraq yields the conclusion that things are getting worse, not better.
Assault on Murtha should alarm us all
Teresa Heinz Kerry
November 28, 2005 03:33 pm
“Because we in Congress are charged with sending our sons and daughters into battle, it is our responsibility, our obligation, to speak out for them. That’s why I am speaking out.
As publisher of Cindy Sheehan's new book, Not One More Mother's Child, I need to set the record straight about a lie circulating right-wing websites that has even made it onto amazon.com.
I donated 100 copies of Not One More Mother's Child to Crawford Peace House, encouraging them to sell these copies to benefit their work. During her Thanksgiving Vigil near President Bush's ranch, Cindy agreed to sign copies for those who bought them, as a benefit for Crawford Peace House. AP and Reuters posted photos – I can't imagine why – of Cindy sitting at the book table between signings, rather than while someone was at the table. And now the smear websites are circulating an article, with these photos, that Cindy gave a signing and nobody came. It's simply not true! She not only signed all 100 copies and raised $2,000 for Crawford Peace House, she got writer's cramp!
By Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Porter Goss, saying his agency struggles to penetrate terrorist sanctuaries overseas, insists that "we know more than we're able to say publicly" about Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Audio, transcript and photos at:
"A must listen." - www.informationclearinghouse.info
Scott Ritter spoke to capacity crowd in Amherst, MA on November 17th for Traprock Peace Center. Ritter led UN weapons inspection teams in Iraq until 1998. As an officer of the Marines. he had been an intelligence officer during the Gulf War and nuclear weapons inspector in Russia.
By Levity, dailykos.com
Here's a story that will disappear until bloggers start talking about it. Only PBS Frontline and Democracy Now! have dared to interview U.S. interrogator Tony Lagouranis, who reports widespread torture and abuse throughout Iraq.
Convoy of Death
Why have US television stations refused to broadcast this documentary?
In Afghanistan, filmmaker Jamie Doran has uncovered evidence of a massacre: Taliban prisoners of war suffocated in containers, shot in the desert under the watch of American troops.