Fitzgerald to hold conference - 2pm this afternoon!

This is copied from a PDF file on the official Fitzgerald site (http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/osc/):

SPECIAL COUNSEL PATRICK J. FITZGERALD TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE
Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald will hold a press conference at 2:00 P.M. EDT today, Friday October 28, 2005, regarding the status of the Special Counsel's criminal investigations.

WHO: Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald FBI Special Agent-in-Charge John C. Eckenrode

WHAT: Release of public information and press conference

WHERE: Department of Justice 7th Floor Conference Center 950 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530

The Real Cost of the Iraq War

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D‑MA) - Senate floor statement ‑ October 25, 2005

The Real Cost of the Iraq War to American Taxpayers‑‑$195 Million per Day

For the cost of fighting the war in Iraq for one day, we could .....

HOMELAND SECURITY

One day in Iraq could provide 3.97 million households with an emergency readiness kit.

One day in Iraq could close the financing gap for interoperable communications in 41 small cities, 36 mid‑sized cities, or 6 large cities so that Federal, State and local first responders can talk to one another during an emergency.

Source: Prosecutor to Seek Libby Indictment

CNN
Friday 28 October 2005

Rove will not be indicted Friday, sources say.

Washington - Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the CIA leak probe, plans to seek an indictment against Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, a lawyer involved in the case told CNN Friday.

The attorney said that Fitzgerald believes Libby misled investigators.

Indictments in the case would cap off a nearly two-year investigation into the public unmasking of an undercover CIA operative. Fitzgerald has scheduled a 2 p.m. ET news conference.

The New York Times reported on Friday that lawyers in the case said Libby will be charged with making false statements to a federal grand jury.

The Forgery Fiasco

American Progress Action Fund

Today, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is expected to end his long silence, possibly with the indictment of one or more administration officials. But even as one chapter of the scandal draws to a conclusion, a new one emerges. Reports in Italian newspapers have refocused attention on the origins of the poorly forged documents helped justify the 16 words from President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address that started it all: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." Condoleezza Rice said subsequently, "knowing what we now know, that some of the Niger documents were apparently forged, we wouldn't have put this in the President's speech." Emerging information casts doubt on Rice's portrayal of the administration as hapless bystanders. There are strong indications that senior administration officials and others with close ties to the White House had a far more direct roll in the peddling of false intelligence.

Cheney, Libby Blocked Papers To Senate Intelligence Panel

LINK TO ORIGINAL

By Murray Waas, special to National Journal
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005

Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, overruling advice from some White House political staffers and lawyers, decided to withhold crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 when the panel was investigating the use of pre-war intelligence that erroneously concluded Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, according to Bush administration and congressional sources.

Another Night of Anti-War Protest at the White House

Cindy Sheehan and other peace activists will “die in

Taking A Candle To The White House!

By Scott Goodstein

Last night, in memory of the 2000th soldier killed in Iraq and the thousands of innocent people dying, I decided to go to the White House and stand with Cindy Sheehan to support the dozens of other Antiwar activists. As a result, I got arrested and charged with a basic civil disobedience violation.

It was not the fun experience one sees on TV. It’s real. My shoulders are still sore from being cuffed and I still have the marks on my wrists from the zip tie restraints. I have a court date scheduled and I may have additional problems if I get arrested again at another protest.

Belle Notizie dal Bel Paese

DEMOCRACY NOW!:

* Italian Media Reveals U.S. Officials Met With Italian Intelligence
Officials To Discuss Fake Documents Citing Niger Nuke Sales to Iraq *

As the country waits to see whether indictments will be handed down to top
White House officials in the CIA leak case, reports are breaking that
Italian intelligence and Bush administration officials met in connection
with the forged Niger documents that were used to justify the 2003 invasion
of Iraq. We get the latest from law professor Scott Horton and journalist
Laura Rozen.

Listen/Watch/Read
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/10/27/1451223

VIGIL TO MOURN THE LIVES LOST IN AN IMMORAL AND UNJUST WAR – WHITE HOUSE 7 PM

VIGIL TO MOURN THE LIVES LOST IN AN IMMORAL AND UNJUST WAR – WHITE HOUSE 7 PM

Gold Star Families, Cindy Sheehan and other activists are continuing to vigil in front of the White House to mourn the death and wounding of thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis. We are calling everyone to come and participate in a die-in at 7 PM TODAY (October 27) on the sidewalk in front of the White House opposite Lafayette Park. The die-in is a symbolic representation of those who have died in the war and during the occupation in Iraq, and to send a reminder of the human cost of this and all wars. Don't let Bush hide the ultimate devastating truth about the war in Iraq.

IMPEACH BUSH?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

With that twisted macho smirk of his, George W. keeps telling us that he's "a war president." So, how's the chief doing? Let's do Bush by the numbers:
•Official count of American troops killed so far in his war of lies in Iraq: 1,965 and rising daily

•Official count of those wounded: 14,755

•Number of weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq: 0

•Total tax dollars thrown into his Iraq war so far, counting the latest $50-billion payment: $260 billion

•Number of Bush daughters, nephews, and nieces who are of prime enlistment age: 10

•Number of Bush family members who've enlisted in his war: 0

Amusing Ourselves to Death

By Ralph Nader

What's your pleasure?

Watching Football?

Late night movies on cable?

A day at the beach?

The great thing about America is there are endless opportunities for amusement.

Hundreds of cable channels.

Amusement parks.

Shopping malls galore.

But are we amusing ourselves to death?

Amusing Ourselves to Death is the name of Neil Postman's 1985 classic that weighed in on the debate between Aldous Huxley and George Orwell.

Here's Postman:

"What Orwell feared were those who would ban books."

What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.

Two Dozen People Arrested in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience at the White House

Two Dozen People Arrested in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience at the White House, Including Cindy Sheehan, Former Diplomat Ann Wright, and Grieving Father Juan Torres

2000 US Deaths in Iraq is 2000 Too Many; It’s Time to Bring the Troops Home

Washington, DC – In the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Marin Luther King Jr, some two-dozen people participated in a nonviolent civil disobedience action today at the White House to express their deeply held belief that the US needs to change course in Iraq. Those arrested included Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed fighting in Iraq in April 2004; Juan Torres, whose son Juan Manuel Torres was killed fighting in Afghanistan; and Ann Wright, a former career US diplomat and military officer.

Prosecutor secures indictment in CIA outing case, lawyers say

Filed by Jason Leopold
RawStory.com

The prosecutor investigating the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson has secured at least one indictment in the case from a majority of the 23 grand jurors, lawyers and intelligence officials close to the case said Wednesday.

The final outcome of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's 22-month federal probe is expected to end Friday with indictments of White House officials. The situation remains fluid, however, and several new scenarios have developed over the past 48 hours that could delay an announcement, lawyers close to the probe said late Wednesday.

Interview with a Peace Grandma

by reposted by Daniel Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005 at 12:01 PM
Vermont -- Rosemarie Jackowski was arrested at an antiwar demonstration the day after Bush attacked Iraq. At a short trial she was convicted of "Disorderly Conduct." The Vermont Supreme Court heard her appeal in September 2005, but has not yet issued a decision. Below is an interview from Mickey Z

"SILENCE IS THE GREATEST OF ALL CRIMES"

An interview with Peace Grandma, Rosemarie Jackowski of Bennington, Vermont

by MICKEY Z
Posted October 24, 2005 at Trumpet America

MICKEY Z: Why were you protesting and how did you end up in cuffs?

Greens Mark 2,000 Troop Deaths in Iraq, Demand End to Occupation

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@greens.org
Rebecca Rotzler, Peace Action Committee Co-chair, 845-255-3122, rebelrot@yahoo.com

Greens press for immediate withdrawal and call for political action to remove pro-war politicians; Wisconsin Greens campaign for state referendum to return U.S. troops.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Parties across the U.S. are marking the announcement that 2,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces have been killed in Iraq, with vigils, protest rallies against the continued occupation, and other events.

Cindy Sheehan: Is Iraq War Another Vietnam?

By William Hughes

Washington, D.C. - Standing on the sidewalk in front of the White House on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2005, was the co-founder of the “Gold Star Families for Peace

Statement on U.S. Military Death Toll in Iraq Reaching 2,000

By Senator Barbara Boxer

Mrs. BOXER. Mr. President, today is a very somber day. The U.S.military death toll reached 2,000 in Iraq, a figure that I -- and every American -- hoped we would never reach. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.

I pray for these young Americans, may they rest in peace; and I pray for their families, may they heal.

Let us honor their lives and their memory.

And let us honor the lives of those who continue to serve by developing a credible plan for Iraq. It is time for this Administration to level with the American people and provide a strategy for success.

Departments of Peace Around the World

People's International Initiative
For Departments of Peace in governments around the world

Dear Friends,

As you may know, October 16 -19, 2005, The Peace Alliance participated in the first international People’s Summit for Departments of Peace, in London, UK. There were forty people from twelve countries: Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Netherlands, Palestine, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America, with written support from Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda. Presently there are five working groups with campaigns for Departments of Peace: Australia, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom (Ministry for Peace), and the United States. Throughout the four days it was evident that ‘we the people’ are ready, willing, and able to be together and communicate with one another in ways that demonstrate the change we wish to see.

Twenty-Six Arrested at White House Mourning 2000th American Death in Iraq Including Sheehan

To: National Desk

Contact: Scott Lynch, 301-565-4050 ext. 330 or 703-725-5680 (cell), Paul Kawika Martin, 301-565-4050 ext. 316 or 951-217-7285 (cell) or pmartin@peace-action.org, both of Peace Action

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Peace Action joined with other anti war groups in a day of action on Wednesday around the 2,000th unnecessary death of an American soldier in Iraq. Peace Action affiliates, along with allied antiwar groups and coalition partners participated in nearly 2,000 events nationwide. At the White House vigil, hundreds held candles calling for U.S. troops to be brought home from Iraq and for Congress to provide leadership to bring our troops home. Nearly fifty people laid head to toe on the sidewalk in front of the President's home just like soldiers are laid to rest at Arlington cemetery. Park police arrested 26 mourners at the "die in" including Cindy Sheehan -- the mother who lost her son in Iraq and camped at Crawford, TX asking the President why.

Silent vigil for 2,000 lives

More than 250 gather in city in name of U.S. military deaths in Iraq War
By Chad Umble, Intelligencer Journal Staff
Intelligencer Journal
Published: Oct 27, 2005 9:06 AM EST

LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - More than 250 people gathered Wednesday on the steps of the old Lancaster County Courthouse to silently mark the 2,000th U.S. military death in Iraq.

According to Associated Press reports, the 2,000th death occurred Tuesday, when the U.S. military reported the deaths of three soldiers.

Wednesday evening's candlelight vigil in Lancaster was one of thousands organized around the country to mark the milestone, which comes 31 months after the start of the war.

Hundreds gather to protest war

Vigils called after 2,000th soldier died in Iraq
By Dick Stanley
AMERICAN-STATESMAN (Texas)
Thursday, October 27, 2005

About 250 Austinites marked the deaths of 2,000 soldiers in Iraq with silent protest at two vigils Wednesday night.

They gathered separately at the Capitol and the Pfluger pedestrian bridge to register their opposition to the war, bearing signs calling for the United States to bring its troops home.

"How many more?" and "Support the troops, bring them home," read some of the signs at the Capitol.

At the bridge, candles were held in front of banners and signs with the names of some of the 2,000 American troops who have died in Iraq.

Americans Hold Vigils for Dead in Iraq

By CONNIE MABIN
Associated Press Writer
CLEVELAND
The cashier became emotional and speechless when war protester Joseph Mosyjowski bought 2,000 small candles a few weeks ago for a vigil he knew was bound to happen, and she realized they represented each U.S. military death in Iraq.

As she silently scanned each candle, the reality hit: "2,000 stories of 2,000 people whose lives have been cut short through the violence of a war of choice," Mosyjowski said Wednesday as a series of anti-war vigils were held nationwide to mark the milestone.

The U.S. military death toll hit 2,000 on Tuesday, 31 months after the start of the war in March 2003.

2,000 U.S. soldiers dead in Iraq recalled in vigil at Capitol

Participants highlight the war's effect on families
MATT MONAGHAN and MICHAEL ROSE
Statesman Journal (Oregon)

October 27, 2005

Mid-Valley residents gathered Wednesday to call for peace and to commemorate the 2,000 U.S. service members killed in Iraq.

More than 100 people gathered on the Capitol steps for a candlelight vigil. The names of the dead were read with a somber cadence. People standing in a circle said it was important to remember the war's toll on U.S. families.

"People think of war as something impersonal and over there, but it isn't," said Renee Stringham, a Salem physician and a Quaker who objects to the war on religious grounds. She is part of another group that gathers every Wednesday in downtown Salem to protest the war.

Peace activists mark 2,000th American military death in Iraq

By HOLLY RAMER
Associated Press Writer

Lara Grabazs participates in a vigil for the soldiers killed in the war in Iraq in front of the New Hampshire State House in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Peace activists putting out a welcome mat for 2008 presidential hopefuls lined it with eight pairs of boots Wednesday, reminding would-be candidates of the eight New Hampshire soldiers who've died in Iraq.

Arnie Alpert, coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, said New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary gives the state a special opportunity to urge leading politicians to end the war.

Mother of Slain US Soldier Arrested in Iraq War Protest

Published on Thursday, October 27, 2005 by the Agence France Presse

US police arrested Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq who has become a prominent war opponent, along with two dozen people for demonstrating without authoritization in front of the White House.

Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan is arrested by U.S. Park Police officers outside the White House during a protest Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005. Sheehan's son Casey was killed in Iraq. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Sheehan and the other protestors staged a "die-in" in front of the the White House, lying on the ground to symbolize US soldiers killed in Iraq.

New Information: First the Website, Now the New Office Space

October 26, 2005
New Information: First the Website, Now the New Office Space
-- Steve Clemons

Patrick Fitzgerald's intermediaries denied that there was any significance to the establishment of a new website, minimalist as it is, for the Office of the Special Counsel which is investigating the "outing" of Valerie Plame Wilson's covert CIA responsibilities to the media.

Fitzgerald's people said that the investigation coming to a close and the website going up was just coincidence.

Well, news has just reached TWN that Patrick Fitzgerald is expanding not only into a new website -- but also into more office space.

No Announcement Today in CIA Leak Probe

No Announcement Today in CIA Leak ProbeSpokesman for Prosecutor in CIA Leak Says No Public Announcement Will Be Made Before Tomorrow

By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Oct 27, 2005 — Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald huddled with his legal team Thursday as two key White House aides awaited their fate in the CIA leak probe.

A spokesman for the prosecutor said there would be no public announcements Thursday. The term of the grand jury that could bring indictments expires Friday.

The White House braced for the possibility that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, could become a criminal defendant by week's end. Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, remained in jeopardy of being charged with false statements.

'Leak indictments would be 'a sad day,' Wilson says

Thursday, October 27, 2005

'Leak indictments would be 'a sad day,' Wilson says

By SAM SKOLNIK
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

Visiting Seattle on the eve of possible grand jury indictments against top White House advisers over the leak of his wife's identity as an undercover CIA officer, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson said it was "a sad day for our country."

Wilson said Wednesday he took little comfort that the men he believes have engaged in a campaign of character assassination against him for the past two years -- Karl Rove, President Bush's deputy chief of staff, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's chief of staff -- may soon be facing charges and possible jail time.

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