San Diego on the March

By Barbara Cummings

It was a sad day for me to see my friends so scared of what the right wingers might think of us. Today is the BRINGTHEIRBUDDIESHOME event in Temecula and I will report back on that. The articles on have actually scared many into staying home. The police have assured protection but people are still scared.

Al Gore Monday on C-Span: Will He Dare to Have the Decency to Use the I Word?

C-SPAN, tomorrow Monday, January 16, 2006 – Noon, Eastern time

12:00 PM EST -- 1:00 (est.) LIVE
Civil Liberties
American Constitution Society
Albert Gore Jr., United States
The beginning and end of this live program may be earlier or later than the scheduled times.

The drone, the CIA and a botched attempt to kill bin Laden's deputy

In the hunt for al-Qaeda, a missile attack on a mountain village killed women and children. The attack was precise, the intelligence was flawed, and the strained relation between Pakistan and the US has been pushed to breaking point

Iran Air Strikes 'Under Consideration'

By Sanjay Suri

LONDON - Western powers are already planning use of the military option in the face of Iran's insistence that it will go ahead with what it calls its nuclear research program, a leading expert says.

Murtha Says Elections Could End War

By Reuters

New York - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken Democratic critic of the Iraq war, said in remarks to be aired on Sunday that voter pressure in the November congressional election could force President George W. Bush to pull U.S. forces from Iraq.

Washington Post Writer Advocates Military Propaganda (sorry, is that redundant?)

Oh, and he is paid by MIT's Security Studies Program, which is almost certainly funded by the Pentagon.


Use Every Article In the Arsenal: Good Press Is a Legitimate Weapon
By Michael Schrage, Washington Post, Sunday, January 15, 2006; B03

LA Times Calls Majority of Americans "Weak Kneed"

Antiwar Protesters Jeer Pelosi at Town Hall Event
Top House Democrat rankles some when she declines to endorse the impeachment of Bush.

By Mark Z. Barabak,
Los Angeles Times
Jan. 15, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO — Swarmed by antiwar protesters, Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Saturday called the invasion of Iraq "a grotesque mistake" but rejected calls for President Bush's impeachment.

SF Chronicle Tries to Marginalize a Majority Opinion and Pretend Supporting it Would Be Politically Unwise

Anti-war activists take Pelosi to task: Minority leader negotiates with lawmakers to her right
Erin McCormick, San Francisco Chronicle

Her opposition to the Iraq war may have earned her a reputation as a radical lefty in Washington.

War in Iraq: Crimes & Lies: Dave Lindorff and Maurizio Torrealta in Rome

US Citizens for Peace and Justice, Rome, Italy

On Friday, January 13th, 2006, David Lindorff, a U.S. investigative journalist and writer, and Maurizio Torrealta, an Italian journalist with RAINEWS24, made a presentation to about seventy-five (75) people at an event organized by U.S. Citizens for Peace and Justice-Rome and the coalition of Rome peace groups, Romacittapertallapace. “Voices from the other America, Voices from the other Italy

Homeland Security Ate My Speech

From Tomdispatch today: Ariel Dorfman's "Homeland Security Ate My Speech,"

a wonderful account of a speech novelist, essayist, playwright, and former Chilean exile from the September 11, 1973 coup against Salvador Allende, gave before 2,000 professors of literature and language in which he claimed the very speech he was to give had been impounded by two agents of the Homeland Security Department in an interrogation at Miami International Airport. The piece is really about his surprise that many in his audience believed what he had meant as absurd, self-mocking fiction -- and the lesson he learned from it: that the Bush administration's actions since 9/11 have outstripped anyone's ability to parody them; or, put another way, that nothing in our world now is too absurd, too far-fetched to seem plausible. This, of course, is why one of the more popular news programs of the recent years is Jon Stewart's Daily Show where the silliest parodies often come closer to our reality than anything you might see on the network prime-time news.

Attack of Decency Strikes the New York Times

The Imperial Presidency at Work
The New York Times | Editorial

You would think that Senators Carl Levin and John McCain would have learned by now that you cannot deal in good faith with a White House that does not act in good faith. Yet both men struck bargains intended to restore the rule of law to American prison camps. And President Bush tossed them aside at the first opportunity.

The silencing of college presidents

By Margaret A. McKenna, Boston Globe

WHEN I BECAME president of Lesley University 20 years ago, I was attracted to the college because of its mission and beliefs that individuals can and should make a difference. After all, I am a product of the 1960s, and we believed that we had an opportunity, in fact a responsibility, to make the world a better place.

New York Martin Luther King Day Events

Sunday, January 15
4:45 p.m.
Riverside Church

Realizing the Dream: A Call to Conscience
in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Realizing the Dream — a coalition of civil rights and social justice organizations - is sponsoring this tribute from the same pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic speech “Beyond Vietnam


By Paul Rogat Loeb

In the wake of the Alito hearings, mainline pundits are calling his
nomination a done deal. Alito didn't spew obscenities or green bile. He
didn't admit that he'd reverse Roe v. Wade or vow to proclaim George Bush

MLK 'Truth, Peace & Justice' rally Sunday will focus on Bush impeachment, third Party campaign in Palo Alto for Congress

Contact: Christian Pecaut 415-573-5655,

PALO ALTO - The impeachment of Pres. George Bush will be among other "Truth, Peace and Justice" topics discussed here at a Martin Luther King Jr. rally and celebration Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lytton Plaza, in Downtown Palo Alto (University & Emerson).

Pakistan Condemns Purported CIA Air Strike

Associated Press

Damadola, Pakistan - Pakistan on Saturday condemned a purported CIA air strike on a border village that officials said unsuccessfully targeted al-Qaida's second-in-command, and said it was protesting to the US Embassy over the attack that killed at least 17 people.

Bush Rejects Call to Shut Gitmo Prison

By Anne Gearan, Associated Press

Washington - President Bush rejected a suggestion by Germany's new leader that the US close its prison at Guantánamo Bay, saying after a first meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that the facility is "a necessary part of protecting the American people."

A Protest, a Spy Program and a Campus in an Uproar

By Sarah Kershaw, The Santa Cruz Journal

Santa Cruz, Calif. - The protest was carefully orchestrated, planned for weeks by Students Against War during Friday evening meetings in a small classroom on the University of California campus here.

Army Dropped Abuse Probe, Records Show

By Robert Burns, Associated Press

Washington - The Army closed a criminal investigation of abuse allegations by an Iraqi detainee last year, finding no reason to believe his claims, even though no Americans involved in the case were questioned, according to Pentagon records made public Thursday.

Anti-Iraq War Horse Rep. Murtha Ignites New Fires of Ferment in Northern Virginia

By Nicholas F. Benton,

Pennsylvania Rep. John T. Murtha commanded the stage and a live national television audience with unbowed resolve to defend his call for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq last Thursday, spellbinding an overflow crowd of 600 at a town meeting hosted by Rep. Jim Moran in the Ballston area of Arlington.

Men Intoxicated with Power and Courtiers Who Serve Them

By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t |

Individually, the new "dots" supplied by revelations about the Iraq war in James Risen's State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration are not very surprising. Collectively, though, they provide valuable insight into the peculiar way in which President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair prepared to launch an unprovoked war - shades of Germany and Quisling Austria two generations ago. Needed: power-intoxicated leaders, court functionaries to serve them, and obedient military leaders able to subordinate conscience to career requirements.


Call for action to save Iraq's Academics

To: special rapporteur on summary executions at UNHCHR in Geneva and international Human Rights & Law organisations

Gore to Address "Constitutional Crisis"

By John Nichols,

It sounds as if Al Gore is about to deliver what could be not just one of the more significant speeches of his political career but an essential challenge to the embattled presidency of George W. Bush.

Europe 'complicit over CIA jails'


A Swiss senator carrying out an inquiry into claims the CIA has run illegal secret detention centres in Europe has said he has no doubt they exist.

Dick Marty accused the US of violating human rights and attacked European nations for their "shocking" passivity in the face of such violations.

Renouncing War

By William Thomas

Never before have so many been so motivated to make known their revulsion to war and all who advocate it. Before and throughout the ferocious American assault on Iraq, millions of ordinary people have repeatedly assembled to promote peace and condemn state-organized torture and mass murder as totally unacceptable in this, the “Last Chance Century

Nuclear Weapons and the Aviano Air Base: Italian Peace Activists File Complaint Against U.S. Government

Translation by Stephanie Westbrook, U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome

On December 22, a group of peace activists from Pordenone, Italy, filed a complaint against the U.S. Government. The complaint, presented to the Civil Court of Pordenone, solicits the judge to declare the presence of nuclear weapons on the Aviano Air Base illegal and harmful and, therefore, to declare that the United State is ordered to remove all nuclear weapons from the base at Aviano as well as from all of Italy.

Eight Who Dared: A (Short) Congressional Honor Roll


Many readers have responded to my last article about the media blackout of Rep. John Conyers' (D-Mich.) introduction of two bills to censure George Bush and Dick Cheney, and a third bill that would create a Select Committee to investigate impeachable crimes by the administration, saying I should let people know who the other seven members of Congress are who have agreed to co-sponsor the call.

The Bombs of March, Countdown to War with Iran?


Iran will defend itself if it is attacked by the United States or Israel.

Defending one's country against unprovoked aggression is sanctioned under international law and is a requirement of true leadership. We would expect no different if either the United States or Israel was attacked.

Speaking Events


War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710
Contact Dan Yaseen 559-251-3361,
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June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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June 24 Roanoke, Va.
7:30 pm @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (2015 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015). Contact:
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