US officer guilty of killing Iraqi general during questioning

Dan Glaister in Los Angeles, The Guardian (UK)

A US army officer was guilty of negligent homicide in the death of an Iraqi general during an interrogation, a military court ruled on Saturday.

Chief warrant officer Lewis Welshofer is the highest-ranking army officer tried on murder charges arising from the Bush administration's campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was found not guilty of murder and faces up to three years in prison when sentencing takes place today.

Witch Hunt at UCLA

By Saree Makdisi, published in Los Angeles Times

"UCLA STUDENTS: Do you have a professor who just can't stop talking about President Bush, about the war in Iraq, about the Republican Party, or any other ideological issue that has nothing to do with the class subject matter? It doesn't matter whether this is a past class, or your class from this coming winter quarter. If you help expose the professor, we'll pay you for your work."

McClaughlin Impeachment Group

Brad Friedman reports that the McClaughlin Group spent two-thirds of its weekly gabfest this weekend discussing impeachment.

U.S. troops exposed to contaminated water in Iraq, Halliburton documents say

WASHINGTON (AP) - Troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq were exposed to contaminated water last year and employees for the responsible contractor, Halliburton, couldn't get their company to inform camp residents, according to interviews and internal company documents.

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Making Enemies in Pakistan

By Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe

Pakistani officials say three or four top Al Qaeda operatives died in the US airstrike in Pakistan. The reported 13 civilians killed in the attack faded behind America's arrogant contrition. Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona on Thursday told MSNBC, ''I understand how this would upset the Pakistanis, and we regret it. And obviously, we should do whatever we can to compensate the families of the innocent people who were killed. But for us to say that Al Qaeda has sanctuary any place in the world would put us at a significant disadvantage. Again it's a tough situation. But if we don't take these guys out when we have the chance . . . "

Live Blogging from the Bush Crimes Commission

By Debra Sweet,

Carl Dix is introducing testimony with the statement that the Bush Regime
has engaged in criminal neglect towards the people who were hit by
Hurricane Katrina. He is summing up some of the claims made through the

Impeaching Presidents — and Messengers

Bush, The New York Times and the Patriot Act

When the U.S. Senate last Friday refused to renew the liberticidal Patriot Act — with its provisions for spying on Americans’ use of libraries and the Internet, among other Constitution- shredding activities — it was in part because that morning’s New York Times had revealed how Bush and his White House had committed a major crime.

Fueled by warrantless wiretapping, impeachment talk is getting louder

By Jim Puzzanghera, San Jose Mercury News

WASHINGTON - After the unfounded claims of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and recent news of warrantless domestic spying, some liberal activists and politicians are boldly talking about impeaching President Bush.

The Other Big Brother

By Michael Isikoff, Newsweek

The Pentagon has its own domestic spying program. Even its leaders say the outfit may have gone too far.

The demonstration seemed harmless enough. Late on a June afternoon in 2004, a motley group of about 10 peace activists showed up outside the Houston headquarters of Halliburton, the giant military contractor once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. They were there to protest the corporation's supposed "war profiteering." The demonstrators wore papier-mache masks and handed out free peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches to Halliburton employees as they left work. The idea, according to organizer Scott Parkin, was to call attention to allegations that the company was overcharging on a food contract for troops in Iraq. "It was tongue-in-street political theater," Parkin says.

Live Blogging from the Bush Crimes Commission

By Debra Sweet,

The 3rd day of testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into the Bush
Administration for Crimes Against Humanity has just opened in New York

CIA Role a Mystery at Court-Martial

By Jon Sarche and Dan Elliott, The Associated Press

Fort Carson, Colo. - The initials were spoken aloud only once all week, and then apparently by mistake.

After this past week's testimony, any role the CIA had - or didn't have - in the interrogation of an Iraqi general who died in U.S. custody remains a tantalizing and mysterious backdrop to the court-martial of Army Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr.


PRESS CONTACT: Connie Julian: 917-449-9064
Commission office: 212-941-8086

Sunday, January 22, 1-5pm, Columbia University Law School, 116th & Amsterdam Ave.; Sessions on Global Health and Katrina.

US Accused of Spying on Those Who Disagree with Bush Policies

By William E. Gibson, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Washington - While the White House defended domestic surveillance as a safeguard against terrorism, a Florida peace activist and several Democrats in Congress accused the Bush administration on Friday of spying on Americans who disagree with President Bush's policies.


By Cindy Sheehan

Much as I wish I could take credit for the word "matriotism," another woman wrote to me and gave me the concept. I was so intrigued by the word that I have been meditating on the possible ideology behind it, and a new paradigm for true and lasting peace in the world.

Ex-Abu Ghraib general among anti-war speakers

BY MARTIN C. EVANS, New York Newsday,

A former general in charge of the Abu Ghraib prison during the 2004 abuse scandal there and England's former ambassador to Uzbekistan were among several people to speak out against the Bush administration's handling of the "War on Terror" Saturday at an anti-war hearing at Manhattan's Riverside Church.

30 Gitmo Prisoners Near Death

By Ann Wright

This weekend I am a juror on the Commission evaluating whether the Bush administration has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Today, Barbara Olshansky, the lead attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights and one of the persons most knowledgeable about conditions in Guantanamo Prison, told us that over 250 people are on a hunger strike. 30 have been on the hunger strike

Alito Filibuster: It Only Takes One

By Robert Parry,

With the fate of the U.S. Constitution in the balance, it’s hard to believe there’s no senator prepared to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, whose theories on the “unitary executive

Resisting Lockheed Martin

By Robert M Smith

About 75 people gathered in Valley Forge, PA at Lockheed Martin on January 16 for a Martin Luther King Day of Nonviolent Resistance to the War & Lockheed Martin

Sixteen people - Matt Becker, Tom Mullian, Laurie Pollack, Tom Ennis, ofm, Patrick (James) Sieber, ofm, Alan Dawley, John Landreau, Peter Larson, June Eisley, Michael Berg, Mary Jo McArthur, Annie Geers, Vint Deming, Teresa Camerota, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, and Bob Smith - were arrested at the conclusion of the time of King Day memory, applying Dr. King's message today, and resistance to the war and the Iraq War #1 Profiteer, world's largest weapons corporation, the U.S. chief nuclear weapons and "Star War" contractor.

Evidence of War Lies

By David Swanson

Testimony for International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, Riverside Church, New York, Jan 20-22, 2006. Thanks to Jonathan Schwarz and Bob Fertik for assistance.

Accompanying Powerpoint

[Powerpoint Slide 1]

Were I to list all the pieces of evidence that Bush took us to war with lies, we'd have lost tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars before I finished. So, I'll give you a short version. But we're killing people every day and churning through tens of thousands of dollars a second, so even this isn't going to be cheap.

[Powerpoint Slide 2]

Congressman John Conyers has produced a 273-page report that focuses on this topic. Congressman Henry Waxman has put online a searchable database of lies. You can find these and numerous other collections of evidence at Some of the best sources of this material are books. Much has been reported in books, as well as on the internet and the radio that has never made it into newspapers or television. Larry Everest's book is one of the best at making this case, and it was written prior to the surfacing of the strongest piece of evidence, the one I'm going to talk about, the Downing Street Minutes.

Pinochet Precedent

Pinochet Stripped of Immunity in Cases, By Associated Press

Santiago, Chile - Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was stripped of immunity from prosecution Friday in 59 cases of torture and kidnapping at a secret detention center where hundreds of dissidents were held - including President-elect Michelle Bachelet and her mother.

Libby Lawyers to Subpoena Reporters in CIA Leak

By Reuters

Washington - Lawyers for a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney plan to issue subpoenas to journalists and news organizations for documents to be used at his trial involving the leak of a CIA operative's name, according to a court document filed on Friday.

Bush Administration Seeks to Squelch State of the Union Protest at Capitol on January 31

Capitol Hill Office: 511 ‘C’ St. NE Washington DC 20002, Stanton Square
DC PRESS CONTACT: Don Spark, 202-536-4310,

Press Conference:
Monday, January 23, 9:30 a.m.
National Press Club, Edward R. Murrow Room

I will not support Hillary Clinton for president

By Molly Ivins

AUSTIN, Texas --- I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.

Enough. Enough triangulation, calculation and equivocation. Enough clever straddling, enough not offending anyone This is not a Dick Morris election. Sen. Clinton is apparently incapable of taking a clear stand on the war in Iraq, and that alone is enough to disqualify her. Her failure to speak out on Terri Schiavo, not to mention that gross pandering on flag-burning, are just contemptible little dodges.

Call is out to impeach Bush

Dems are urged at unofficial hearing
Detroit Free Press

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman, a prominent legal scholar and a self-described target of government surveillance urged Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Friday to consider impeaching President George W. Bush for his domestic surveillance program.

Leaving Iraq: Strategies for Immediate Withdrawal

The California Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus and US Tour of Duty present
Leaving Iraq: Strategies for Immediate Withdrawal

WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 7:30 PM following the quarterly meeting of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party

Activists Vow to Shut Down Army Recruiting Sites

By Haider Rizvi, Inter Press Service

New York - A leading coalition of peace groups in the United States is planning to stage nationwide protests against the US war in Iraq on Mar. 19, the day when US-led military forces invaded that country three years ago.


Washington, DC – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today on reports by Ambassador Bremer that the president and his most senior advisors failed to address serious concerns about the war in Iraq. A fact sheet on the contradictory statements between Bremer and the Bush administration follows below:

Muslim Leaders in Iraq Call for Release of Kidnapped U.S. Journalist


* Muslim Leaders in Iraq Call for Release of Kidnapped U.S. Journalist Jill
Carroll as Deadline Set by Captors Expires *

Nearly two weeks have passed since 28-year-old freelance journalist Jill

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