Statement from Cindy Sheehan on the Indictment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 28, 2005

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CINDY SHEEHAN: Lewis 'Scooter' Libby is a welcome development but, the responsibility for lying to the American people and targeting critics needs to go all the way up the chain of command.

WASHINGTON, DC--Cindy Sheehan is holding a week-long vigil which ends today in Lafayette Park to be a daily, visual reminder to those who live and work in the White House of the strong opposition to the Iraq war and the anger of the nation at the more than 2,000 US lives that have been lost in Iraq. Her protest was among more than 1,000 protests throughout the country that were held this week to honor the US soldiers whose lives were lost in Iraq and call for the troops to be brought home now.

Grand jury indicts Libby in CIA leak case

USA Today
From staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON — In a deep legal blow to an embattled White House, Vice President Cheney's top aide was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury in the long-running CIA leak case.

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was indicted on five felony counts. He is using crutches because of a broken foot.
Win McNamee, AFP/Getty Images

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, was indicted Friday on one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements.

His indictment came nearly two years after Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald began investigating whether Bush administration officials broke the law when they told reporters that Valerie Plame was a CIA employee. (Related: Libby indictment document (.pdf file) | Profile of Libby)

Libby resigns after indictment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lewis Libby, a senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was indicted in the CIA leak investigation, has resigned and left the White House, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said on Friday.

Libby resigned "earlier today, it was accepted, and he is no longer at the White House," McClellan told reporters.

"We'll have more to say after the special counsel has his press availability," he said. Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald planned to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT.

Libby submitted his letter of resignation earlier on Friday, McClellan said.

Libby was indicted on five criminal counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements after a two-year investigation into the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity.

Analysis of the Indictment Story

Institute for Public Accuracy

HOWARD ZINN,hzinn2@yahoo.com, http://www.howardzinn.org
Zinn is author of the widely read "A People's History of the United States" and can address the historical significance of today's indictment events.

DANIEL ELLSBERG, ellsbergD@cs.com, http://www.ellsberg.net
Ellsberg is author of the book "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers." After Ellsberg revealed the Pentagon Papers (internal government documents which showed a pattern of governmental deceit about the Vietnam War), the Nixon White House attacked him. In time, the attacks, which included illegal activity, led to the conviction of several White House aides and were a crucial factor in Nixon's impeachment proceedings.

Congressional Rhetoric

By John Isaacs
Council for a Livable World

IN AFTERMATH OF 2,000 AMERICAN DEATHS IN IRAQ: CONGRESSIONAL RHETORIC STRONGER; SENATE LEGISLATIVE FOLLOW-THROUGH STILL ABSENT; MORE HOUSE PROPOSALS

Sen. Robert Byrd (D‑WV)

The American people seek an end, they seek an end, they want an end to this ongoing bloody war in Iraq, not new conflicts in neighboring countries.

Senate floor statement ‑ October 25, 2005

Sen. Dick Durbin (D‑IL)

Each step the Iraqis take toward the successful establishment of self‑governance should bring our troops a step closer to home . . . The choice we face in Iraq is not a choice between resolve or retreat. The men and women in our military and their loved ones deserve a clear path to stability in Iraq so they can come home as soon as humanly possible.

Conyers asks: What Did the President and Vice President Know and When Did They Know It?

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888

Conyers asks: What Did the President and Vice President Know and When Did They Know It?

Directs Judiciary Committee Staff to Conduct Full and Comprehensive Investigation into Treasongate, Downing Street, Pre-War and Other Deceptions
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's decisions to indict Scooter Libby:

A Power Point from Michael Smith

Here is an excellent Powerpoint presentation prepared by Michael Smith, the British reporter who originally broke the story of the Downing Street Memo.

SLIDE1
That is only one of a number of strange conclusions by those charged with investigating the way flaky intelligence was used to justify the 2003 Iraq War.

The most vociferous advocates of an attack on Iraq were Dick Cheney, the vice-president, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld’s deputy Paul Wolfowitz. They needed Congressional support and they set about obtaining it in a very aggressive fashion, insisting that not only did Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction threaten America and its allies but that he was closely linked to al-Qa’eda.

Carl Bernstein Finds Plame Parallels To Watergate

Carl Bernstein Finds Plame Parallels To Watergate
Link to original
By Joe Strupp
Published: October 27, 2005 7:30 AM ET

NEW YORK As the anticipation over possible indictments in the Valerie Plame case reaches excruciating levels, Watergate legend Carl Bernstein warns that comparisons to the case that made him famous more than 30 years ago must be viewed carefully.

Still, the former Washington Post reporter who shared a Pulitzer Prize for helping to expose the Nixon administration's wrongdoing says some parallels can be drawn between the two investigations, particularly the way both helped uncover extended dishonesty in the White House.

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION

Who supplied Iraqi insurgents with the weapons they’re using to blow up American soldiers? Us, that’s who. Our negligence is at fault.
HammerNews.com

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION

LOOTED HOPES

by Michael Hammerschlag

There has been much commotion over the lack of armor on Iraq vehicles and vests, but that’s always been a trade-off: if you reinforce a HUMV enough to survive an RPG strike, you may make it too heavy to accelerate enough to avoid getting hit, and full body armor suits are great, except when 120° temperatures causes heat prostration. As our death toll passes 2000, the far more egregious outrage is why these hundreds of thousands of tons of ordnance were allowed to be looted by insurgents in the first place.

Almost 70 Percent Of U.S. Casualties In Iraq Under Age 30

By MTV News

21-year-olds account for highest troop fatality rate.

The death of a 34-year-old Army staff sergeant wounded by a roadside bomb marked the 2,000th military casualty of the Iraq war, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, cementing another grim milestone in the two-and-a-half-year-old conflict in Iraq.

It's a number that many are using as a symbol of either a misguided military action or the ultimate cost of freedom. But who are the men and women behind the number? Of those 2,000 troops lost, nearly a third were between the ages of 20 to 22, with the highest fatality rate (11.7 percent) being among 21-year-olds, according to figures from the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, which gathers the bulk of its data from the U.S. government. Soldiers in their mid- to late-20s made up 37 percent of deaths, making almost 70 percent of U.S. casualties under age 30.

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.

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