— Jan. 26, 2006: Vice President Cheney headlines a fundraiser for Sen. Mike DeWine's (R-OH) reelection campaign, Washington, DC
— Jan. 27, 2006: Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) travels to New Hampshire to discuss education reform, Milford, NH
From Tomdispatch today: Gareth Porter's "'Maybe they just need to have their civil war.' Fueling Sectarian Violence in Iraq" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=53095
Porter takes the ad-like jingle the President has used to explain our Iraq policy since last summer -- "As Iraqis stand up, we will stand down." -- and poses the great unasked question: What kind of Iraqi army are we actually "standing up" and for what? His answer gives grim shape to much of the rising levels of violence in that country: We are, he tells us, standing up a new Shiite and Kurdish Iraqi military and then sending its units, bent on revenge, into Sunni neighborhoods, thus fueling the very insurgency and civil war that we claim we remain in the country to prevent.
By Michael Shelby
Just when you thought the Bush administration power grab had reached its zenith in violating the Constitution and breaking the law with impunity, they go and insult us one more time. The Pentagon has made a written request of the Arizona Secretary of State, Jan Brewer, to allow her sole determination in postponing elections. In the event of a natural disaster, a state of emergency, a civil disorder, or any other catastrophic event, the SoS can unilaterally postpone an election. These overly broad circumstances have no definitions in Arizona statutory law. Given these frightfully ambiguous categories, Ms. Brewer or any SoS, after consultation with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, would have wide latitude to put off an election for up to 14 days. How would a natural disaster or state of emergency be defined? Would an earthquake or a hurricane suffice—how ‘bout a water main break? What would constitute a civil disorder— rioting in the streets, people carrying signs, a Cinco de Mayo parade? Maybe a Quaker meeting (they spy on Quakers don’t they?)?
By Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post
Once upon a time we had a great wartime president who told Americans they had nothing to fear but fear itself. Now we have George W. Bush, who uses fear as a tool of executive power and as a political weapon against his opponents.
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Panel Discussion of Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq
Featuring: Scott Ritter, Stephen Zunes, Ann Wright, Michael Schwartz, David Swanson, Harlan Hopgood, Steve Young, and Lisa Lubow.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom - Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and US Tour of Duty
By John Stokes, The Canadian
New studies make the Bush administration's "liberation" argument for a 'pre-emptive' war against Iraq seem questionable.
The invasion of Iraq in March 2003 by U.S.-led coalition forces has been responsible for the death of at least 150,000 civilians (not including certain of Iraq), reveals a compilitation of scientific studies and corroborated eyewitness testimonies.
In July, 2003, Karen Kwiatkowski retired as a lieutenant colonel from
the U.S. Air Force, having served since 1978. From May, 2002, to
February, 2003, Karen Kwiatkowski served in the Pentagon’s Near East and
By Jonathan David Morris
I never thought I would say this. In fact, I may regret saying it. But I've been thinking lately. And looking back, I'm sort of happy I voted for Al Gore.
I was never a big Gore fan. I spent most of the year 2000 switching back and forth between the two major candidates, only to settle on Gore as I stood in the voting booth that cold Election Day morning. I didn't like how he came across during the recounts, though. He seemed whiny and used words like "snippy" too much. By the time he conceded a few weeks later, I'd flip-flopped to Bush again--where I remained until I renounced political parties altogether two years ago this week.
The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside the Capitol on Tuesday January 31. Across the country that night, one hour before George Bush's State of the Union address, crowds will gather in public areas to politically "drown out Bush's lies". Organizers had been told on January 10 they would get a permit for the Reflecting Pool, an area close to the Capitol; on January 19th, that area was suddenly declared a "special security zone", and off limits to the public. The World Can't Wait filed suit in federal district court yesterday seeking court protection of First Amendment right to protest. This morning, after a story in the Washington Post reported the suit, Park and police officials met organizers at the contested area, and offered the Reflecting Pool as a rally site.
By Toby O’Ryan, World Can't Wait
Cruising the internet, there is article after article from loyal Democrats expressing extreme frustration with the leaders of the Party.
From DC IndyMedia
I was asked for a first hand account of the student protest of Gonzales on Jan. 24th at Georgetown Law. Real quick here is my recollection of it:
First, we didn’t find out that Gonzales was coming to our school or giving an address titled “Intercepting Al Qaeda: A Lawful and Necessary Tool for Protecting America
Published on Thursday, January 26, 2006 by The Nation
By Medea Benjamin
Whenever I travel to international gatherings to talk about the war in Iraq, economic development and women's rights, the question I get asked most frequently is: "Where are the women in the United States? Why aren't they rising up?"
Published on Thursday, January 26, 2006 by the Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)
By Molly Ivins
We live in interesting times, we do, we do. We can read in our daily newspapers that our government is about to launch a three-day propaganda blitz to convince us all that its secret program to spy on us is something we really want and need. "A campaign of high-profile national security events," reports the New York Times, follows "Karl Rove's blistering speech to national Republicans" about what a swell political issue this is.
[Our guest blogger, Morton Halperin, was Director of Policy Planning Staff at the State Department and served on the National Security Council under President Clinton. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Johnson.]
Other than voting to send our men and women to war, there is no more important vote in the Senate than our vote on a Supreme Court nominee. This is a vote of a generation and a test of conscience. Judge Alito does not share the values of equality and justice that make this country strong. He does not deserve a place on the highest court of the land.
KBR awarded Homeland Security contract worth up to $385M (HAL)
By Katherine Hunt, MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- KBR, the engineering and construction
subsidiary of Halliburton Co. (HAL) , said Tuesday it has been awarded a
By Fintan Dunne, BreakForNews.com
A U.S. military spokesperson has condemned Iraqi insurgents as "barbaric thugs," after the scarred body of a senior U.S. military officer was discovered today in a house in Baghdad.
By Larry C. Johnson
When President George Bush is feeling political heat generated by questions about illegal domestic spying, secret overseas prisons, or prisoner torture, he seeks refuge in the solemn proclamation, "we are at war." The war excuse, which is usually accompanied by the elaboration that these excesses are necessary to protect the American people, does not hold water. If President Bush was serious about his insistence that we are at war, his Administration would be on a war footing. But, we are not.
Peace Action renews the call for a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East. Re-opening negotiations toward achieving that goal is the best way—perhaps the only way—to halt without violence the prospect of a nuclear arms race in that deeply troubled part of the world. Additionally, achieving a Nuclear Free Zone in the Middle East would bring the world one step closer to eliminating both the problem of nuclear proliferation and the threat of nuclear war and could serve as a model solution for resolving similar tensions in other regions of the world.
By Jozef Hand-Boniakowski, Veteran For Peace and co-editor of http://www.metaphoria.org
Recently, I dropped into my town's local Vermont country store to pick up a
couple of bottles of a diet tea beverage. I typically avoid the local
* Hamas Wins Sweeping Victory in Palestinian Parliamentary Elections *
In the Occupied Territories, unofficial results indicate Hamas has won a
sweeping victory in the first Palestinian parliamentary elections in a
By Max Obuszewski
On July 2, 2005 Ellen Barfield and I were arrested and charged with “disturbance on protected property,
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Back in 2002, with the country still reeling from the 9/11 attacks, fear that terrorists would again wreak havoc in the US led the White House to develop a sophisticated system aimed at identifying terrorists associated with al-Qaeda who lived in the United States undetected, and stopping them before they could strike again.
By CLAUDIO E. CABRERA, www.amsterdamnews.com
Hundreds of people came together in New York City this past weekend for a historic three-day tribunal indicting the Bush administration for crimes against humanity.
By WILBERT A. TATUM
Publisher Emeritus and Chairman of the Board, http://www.amsterdamnews.com
It was a one day story. Harry Belafonte spoke about the government of the United States and the government of Venezuela as well as other countries in the Caribbean. Belafonte had some harsh but totally true words to say about the president of the United States, George W. Bush. Bellafonte called him a terrorist and he was right. The response by George W. Bush, through his spokesman, was to dismiss Belafonte’s remarks as one dismisses the remarks of a crazy man. Harry Belafonte is not a crazy man. George W. Bush, by every definition available to us, is a terrorist. Where, then, are we as a nation and finally as a people?
A message from Debra Sweet, the World Cant Wait National Office:
The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World
Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside
When troops are cut, we'll still be bombing the hell out of the place
By Sydney H. Schanberg, Village Voice
In every war, some things are seen more clearly than others and are therefore reported more fully. The air war in Iraq is not one of them. American air power has been dominant in most of the modern wars, but bombing and strafing take place either completely out of sight or in areas not accessible to close observation by the press. Rarely does the military allow reporters to go along on combat sorties.
Deputy Director of the NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden lead the PR blitz to frame the matter of the NSA's Domestic Spying program in advance of the Feb 6th Senate hearings. He took questions from reporters at The National Press Club on Monday and confirmed that a feature of the NSA program was lowering of the legal standard from 'probable cause' to 'reasonably believe' (a.k.a. 'reasonable suspicion') as required by the FISA court.