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In a day of political drama, Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session Tuesday, questioning intelligence that President Bush used in the run-up to the war in Iraq and accusing Republicans of ignoring the issue...
Taken by surprise, Republicans derided the move as a political stunt but agreed two hours later to a bipartisan review of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into prewar intelligence...
By Steve Clemons
RULE 21 CLOSED DOOR SENATE SESSION: Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Stock Moves Strongly Up
Senator Harry Reid, in a motion seconded by Senator Richard Durbin, just called for a very rare closed door executive session of the Senate. This motion is called "Rule 21" so that Senators can discuss "secret matters."
I'm impressed. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is currently on C-Span lambasting Reid and his leadership for this move, which Frist is calling sneaky and underhanded.
Frist actually just said that he will be "unable to trust Senator Reid for the next year and half of this Congressional session." Frist said that the Democrats have gone into the gutter to fight.
"It is my hope and prayer that our statement against the war in Iraq will be heard loud and clear by our fellow United Methodists, President Bush and Vice President Cheney," said Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the UMC's Board of Church and Society.
Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 by The Nation
Sweet Victory: United Methodist Church Calls For Withdrawal
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
It's one thing when former high-ranking members of your own Administration come out against your war. It's another thing when two-thirds of the country calls the invasion and occupation a mistake. It's really something when your own church issues a statement urging you to pull out the troops now.
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- As many Americans wonder when troops will start to come home, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has indicated the number of U.S. forces in Iraq could rise temporarily.
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace said they expect insurgents to expand their attacks as the elections approach. Iraqis are scheduled to go to the polls in mid-December for parliamentary elections.
American troop levels rose to a peak of 161,000 before the Oct. 15 election on the new constitution.
Currently there are about 158,000 U.S.
Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 by the Financial Times
By Adam Thomson
Anti-US protesters are planning a mass demonstration against President George W. Bush’s visit to Argentina this week for the Summit of the Americas in the seaside resort of Mar del Plata.
Luis D’Elía, who heads one of the country’s so-called piquetero movements – leftwing groups of disaffected unemployed – said the protest would bring together up to 100,000 people and would include popular figures such as Diego Maradona, the former Argentine soccer star.
“The idea is to show the victims of imperialism,
By David Sirota
Give-'Em-Hell Harry Reid today did a great service to America today by standing up, shutting down the Senate and demanding answers about how and why the Bush administration lied to America about the Iraq "threat" in the lead up to the war. This gutsy move by the Senate Minority Leader should be applauded, but the question now is, what's next? What do we want to really know from the Bush administration? What specific questions does America deserve answers to?
The questions - still unanswered nearly 4 years after the war started - can be found in an article my former Center for American Progress colleague Christy Harvey and I wrote back in 2004 called They Knew. It was an article that took forever to write because it meticulously and chronologically documented how the Bush administration was selling the country a false bill of goods when it came to Iraq - and how they clearly KNEW they were selling America a false bill of goods. There's been many attempts to deflect attention from this core fact by conservatives - they want the public to believe that the Bush administration may have gotten the facts wrong about Iraq, but that the Bush administration didn't actually KNOW it was getting its facts wrong. But as the article shows, the cold, hard evidence shows that THEY KNEW.
ENCOURAGE SENATE DEMS TO FIGHT FOR INVESTIGATION
Senator Harry Reid today spoke out strongly and forced the Senate into an unusual closed session to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee Chair's refusal to conduct the investigation into White House war lies that his committee agreed in February 2004 to conduct.
"Be prepared to face this motion every day until you face this reality," said Senator Richard Durbin.
The New York Times reports: "Afterward, the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee, announced an agreement with the Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, to end the closed session. Senator Frist said each leader would appoint three senators to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee's schedule for completing its investigation. The panel is to report back by Nov. 14. It was not immediately clear what use would be made of the report."
Spinning the Libby Indictment
The indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the CIA leak investigation was major news. Libby--who promptly resigned from his position as Dick Cheney's chief of staff--is portrayed in the indictment as repeatedly, and deceptively, claiming he learned about Valerie Plame Wilson's classified status at the CIA from reporters. This explains why special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was so adamant about getting reporters to testify.
After Friday's announcement of the indictments(10/28/05), however, some journalists seemed to think that the story was not so newsworthy. On ABC's Nightline, Ted Koppel devoted only a few minutes to the indictment before beginning a scheduled town hall meeting on disaster preparedness. Koppel offered the following explanation:
Senate Democrats Force Closed Session on Intelligence (Update1)
Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Democrats forced a closed session of the U.S. Senate today to call for an investigation into the Bush administration's use of intelligence about Iraq, a maneuver Republicans dismissed as a political ``stunt.''
Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid invoked a rule that requires a closed session on the Senate floor in which the galleries are cleared of visitors. Democrats threatened to use the tactic daily until Republicans convene hearings into the administration's use of intelligence surrounding the war in which more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers have died.
Hello fellow Bravehearts!
For months now, the Sacramento Coalition to End the War has worked to draft a resolution for the Sacramento City Council to adopt. The Resolution would require President Bush and Congress to implement a plan that would bring the troops home in a rapid and comprehensive manner. Sacramento for Democracy has been a part of that Coalition. Perhaps you have received emails from other groups about TONIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING; as well, it has been posted on our website.
After an initial version was presented to the City Council earlier this year, a series of meetings with individual Council members took place, but a necessary momentum was never achieved -- the idea of the Resolution remained in an ongoing limbo. It was not until August, when the combined events of the protests in Crawford with Cindy Sheehan and the catastrophe of Katrina, did the message of the Resolution come into clear focus. Soon after, Councilmember Lauren Hammond agreed to sponsor the item --- so that it could be put on the agenda at TONIGHT'S City Council meeting. The combined work of the Coalition, along with Council members Hammond and Ray Tretheway, has resulted in the "Hammond-Tretheway" Resolution, and will be considered at tonight's meeting!
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Is the Bush Regime self-destructing? Indictments? or Not? As of this
writing, it appears Karl Rove --much less Cheney-- will NOT be indicted in
This Sunday between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. catch the Peter Werbe show on any of three stations in Detroit or online for a discussion of the lies behind the war with After Downing Street's David Swanson.
By Josh Marshall
Sen. Reid just took the senate into closed session to discuss the body's failure to pursue 'phase two' of the senate intel investigation into the Iraq WMD intel failure.
Below the fold are his remarks, as prepared for delivery, before taking the senate into closed session.
"This past weekend, we witnessed the indictment of I. Lewis Libby, the Vice President's Chief of Staff and a senior Advisor to President Bush. Libby is the first sitting White House staffer to be indicted in 135 years.
By Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
Last Friday was an ominous day for the country, a new low since Watergate in terms of openness and honesty in our government.
The indictment of presidential advisor 'Scooter' Libby is far more than an indictment of one individual. It's an indictment of the lengths to which administration officials were willing to go to cover up their failed intelligence. It's an indictment of their distortions about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and their serious blunders taking us to war and their vindictive efforts to discredit anyone who challenges their misrepresentations.
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Without a doubt, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and rest of the crew in the White House would love to leave last week in the past. For sure, when the president's nominee for the highest court of the land has to withdraw, that doesn't look good for the White House. But much more happened last week.
The 2,000th U.S. military serviceperson died in Iraq - and the whole country took notice, with a strong majority now agreeing with the peace movement that this war should never have happened and the troops should be brought home. Public outcry over the war continues to grow, and well over 1,000 antiwar activities in every corner of the country marked this tragic milestone.
Dear After Downing Street Member Groups,
Cities for Peace (now under the auspices of Cities for Progress), also an After Downing Street Member group, congratulates you all and After Downing Street on the fantastic efforts and success in Washington and around the country on September 24th! We invite and urge you also to participate in a local activity that has the potential to grab lots of media attention, to raise even higher the level of public discussion on the issue of peace in Iraq and of Federal Budget Priorities. Please join 60 other cities, including Chicago and Philadelphia, in passing a Bring the Troops Home Now! Resolution in your community.
There's no shortage of backward-looking analysis explaining how the press betrayed the public trust during the run-up to the Iraq war. And such finger-pointing is undeniably important. It helps us understand how so many were misled and hopefully prevents similar duping in the future, as Judith Miller and others are called out for their shoddy journalism. However, It's also refreshing to see someone issue a challenge to the media regarding its present coverage of matters related to Iraq, as Sydney Schanberg does in this week's Village Voice.
What the 'Shield' Covered Up
By E. J. Dionne Jr.
Has anyone noticed that the coverup worked?
In his impressive presentation of the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby last week, Patrick Fitzgerald expressed the wish that witnesses had testified when subpoenas were issued in August 2004, and "we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005."
Note the significance of the two dates: October 2004, before President Bush was reelected, and October 2005, after the president was reelected. Those dates make clear why Libby threw sand in the eyes of prosecutors, in the special counsel's apt metaphor, and helped drag out the investigation.
By Russ Baker
Investigative reporter and essayist Russ Baker is a longtime contributor to TomPaine.com. He is the founder of the Real News Project, a new organization dedicated to producing groundbreaking investigative journalism. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Patrick Fitzgerald’s indictment of Scooter Libby for lying about how he learned of the Valerie Plame affair is an interesting and important development. But the narrowness of that focus, absent further developments, shows again the limitations of “the system
By Debra Sweet, National Co-ordinator, the World Can't Wait
Tomorrow is the beginning of the end of the Bush Regime! I wanted to pass along some ideas about the character of the rallies and demonstrations for our launch.
We've got to keep in mind what we're trying to do with these events. We are beginning a movement that will drive Bush from office and reverse the whole direction in which he's been taking society. Every day a new outrage drives home the need for nothing less than this. If anyone needs more proof, look at the Libby indictment, followed closely by the Alito nomination!
This piece of legislation is the clearest way for Congress to demand a serious investigation of the Plame leak and the war lies that preceded it.
This privileged Resolution of Inquiry, introduced by Dennis Kucinich, has a lifespan of 14 legislative days, ending on or about November 9 with a vote in the House International Relations Committee. It is crucial that we build support before that date through a long list of cosponsors.
H Res 505 would require the White House to turn over all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). The WHIG, comprised of the President's and Vice President's top aides, was central to the White House's effort to sell Congress, the media, and the public a war on fraudulent grounds.
BAGHDAD, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Five hundred prisoners walked free from the U.S. military's Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq on Tuesday, released in a goodwill gesture to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The detainees were presented with a Koran and $25 on their release which marked Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Their release was in addition to 1,000 prisoners set free in October at the start of the month of fasting.
All 1,500, who also received traditional white shirts, were released after their cases went before an Iraqi-led review board and were found not to have committed serious or violent crimes, the U.S. military said in a statement.
By E&P Staff
NEW YORK Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist who had long been skeptical of criminal wrongdoing in the Plame/CIA leak case, continued pressing Vice President to come clean in his Tuesday column. He had first made this plea in his Saturday column.
"So, Mr. Cheney, tell us what happened," Kristof writes today. "If you're afraid to say what you knew, and when you knew it, then you should resign."
He notes, "Five lawyers I've consulted all agree that there is no compelling legal reason why you should not discuss the situation....As it is, you're pleading 'no contest' in the court of public opinion, and that's painful for all of us who want to believe in the integrity of our government."
How Karl Rove Got His Groove Back -- And Other Sordid Tales of the White House Betraying America
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
In an unprecedented media moment, long before most Americans were awake, the White House released the news that one of those mild-mannered looking right wing ideological perverts would be Bush's second Supreme Court nominee, just four days after his first nominee announced she was "withdrawing."
News of Mr. Scalito's appointment hit the wires on a Monday morning so early that the squirrels were still sleeping in Camp David. Normally, rumors fly before a Supreme Court nomination, but it's not confirmed as a nomination until the President presents the candidate at a press event.
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By Henry Meyerding
I am always mystified by what the general public is supposed to believe in. It just doesn't make any sense. At least it doesn't make any sense if one applies generally accepted truth to solve the mystery. It's a kind of self-frustrating logic, like catch-22. If you take it as gospel that we (in America) have a vigorous free press, then the actions of that press are inexplicable. If you decide that the press is prejudiced and expresses the opinion of a small, powerful minority (that owns the press), you can explain a lot, but your conclusions are discounted by the vast majority of people.
"Isn't it just amazing that a sex scandal is enough to impeach a president, but giving up the name of CIA agents and giving out secret information to other countries gets just a slap on the wrist? Gee, how things work. With everything going on in this administration right now, not impeaching Bush is just not right. This country needs to wake up, get to the voting booth and get something done about this."
- Falling Waters, W.Va.
Urging action for impeachment
Letter to Editor
I sent this letter to Rep. Bernard Sanders on July 9:
"I sent you the first version of this letter about a year ago. In reply I received a non-responsive form letter about the situation in Iraq. Since that time the threat to the United States posed by the Bush administration has grown more grave, and we are faced with three and a half more disastrous years.
"I write to urge you to put before the House Judiciary Committee a motion to impeach George W. Bush and Richard Cheney on the following grounds:
They have conspired to endanger Americans at home and abroad by initiating and pursuing a war of aggression based on false premises.
Letter to Editor
The majority in our Congress is stating that perjury is a minor thing and officials should only be indicted for "serious" crimes.
The senator from Texas was adamant concerning this, but she has reversed herself from seven years ago when she voted to impeach President Clinton for perjury because "justice had to be protected."
Clinton had not sent our troops into a war for dubious reasons. He had not spent billions of tax dollars on a wasteful war and, finally, he had not gotten more than 2,000 of our troops killed in a dubious war.
Where are our members of Congress when impeachment needs to be started? The silence is immense and all-pervading. Amazing how "justice" for one is not the same for someone from your own party.