Senate Select Committee on Intellegence sends letter to Senator Frist.

The following is the Original Letter by the Senate Select Committee on Intellegence to Senator Frist. Phase two is still being stonewalled and supressed by the majority party.

Thank you Think for posting this letter.


Phase II Report Being Stonewalled, Senators Charge

Phase II Report Being Stonewalled, Senators Charge
Faiz, Think Progress.Org

Yesterday was the deadline for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to report its progress on Phase II of the investigation into the administration’s use of pre-war intelligence. The prognosis is not good, according to Senators Rockefeller, Levin and Feinstein. They have released a letter, and here is its main finding:

At this time, we are unable to provide an estimated completion date of the Phase II investigation given the substantial amount of work that remains to be done.

Rummy Backing off from Iraq?

Rummy Backing off from Iraq?
Noah Shashtman, Defense
This article from Sunday's Washington Post Magazine is the second major attempt I've seen in the last few months to separate Donald Rumsfeld from the Iraq war. (Here's the other.)

The idea, basically, is that Rummy was more fixated on modernizing the military than invading any country. Iraq just happened to be the country that the President wanted to wack.

Rumsfeld portrayed the memo as a warning blast, an attempt to do "everything humanly possible to prepare" Bush for the awful responsibility that had settled onto his presidential shoulders -- and his shoulders alone. For there comes a point when even the secretary of defense must realize that "it's not your decision or even your recommendation," Rumsfeld reflected with Woodward. By which he meant the Iraq war wasn't Don Rumsfeld's decision or recommendation.

Some Detainees Found in Baghdad Tortured

Some Detainees Found in Baghdad Tortured

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 15, 2005
Alexander G. Higgins and Bradley S. Klapper , Associated Press(AP)

(AP) Iraqi and U.S. officials disclosed Tuesday that more than 170 malnourished Iraqi detainees had been found in a weekend raid at an Interior Ministry detention center and that some appeared to have been tortured.

U.S. and Iraqi forces discovered the inmates when they went into the facility suspecting that individuals there may have been mistreated, the Pentagon said.

"U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East"

"U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East"
by U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel

November 15th, 2005 - Delivered at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC - Last year, I wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine that "a wise foreign policy recognizes that U.S. leadership is determined as much by our commitment to principle as by our exercise of power." For decades, the strength of U.S. leadership has brought together allies in common cause, addressing common challenges with common action. In February 2003, three weeks before the U.S. invaded Iraq, I said in a speech at Kansas State University:

Reid Statement on Iraq

Reid Statement on Iraq

Washington, DC - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid delivered the following statement at a press conference today following the Senate's vote on Iraq amendments.

“Let me tell you the President’s strategy in Iraq - no plan and no end in sight. Our troops deserve better. That’s why Democrats forced Republicans to admit that “staying the course

On Bush, the Dems, Jon Stewart, Hunter Thompson, Bill Moyers, and King

On Bush, the Dems, Jon Stewart, Hunter Thompson, Bill Moyers, and King (not Don)
John Cusack, Huffington Post
Murder is a crime. Uunless it is a poooollliiicceeeman. Or an ariissssstoocrat -- Joe Strummer

Bush 2. How depressing, corrupt, unlawful and tragically absurd the administration's world view actually low the moral bar has been lowered...and (though I know I'm capable of intellectually lazy notions of collective guilt) how complicit our silence as citizens is...Nixon, a true fiend, looks like a paragon of virtue next to the criminally incompetent robber barons now raiding the present and future.

Bush DID limit access. Here's the undeniable proof.

Bush DID limit access. Here's the undeniable proof.

Office of the Press Secretary

October 9, 2001


Q: Can you tell us why the President decided to issue the memo to the key Cabinet officials on secrecy? What prompted it, what individual leak, if you will?

MR FLEISCHER: Let me read to you from the memo in question, which is a memo that the President has sent to his members of the Cabinet who would routinely brief Capitol Hill about matters relating to the military or relating to intelligence. And reading from that memo directly it states that, this administration will continue to work to inform the leadership of the Congress about the course of and important developments in our military, intelligence and law enforcement operations. At the same time, we have an obligation to protect military operational security, intelligence sources and methods, and sensitive law enforcement investigations.

Senate Republicans Block Iraq Timetable

By Liz Sidoti, The Associated Press

Washington - The Republican-controlled Senate easily defeated a Democratic effort Tuesday to pressure President Bush to outline a timetable for a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. It then overwhelmingly endorsed a weaker statement calling on the administration to explain its Iraq policy.

Senators also voted to endorse the Bush administration's military tribunals for prosecuting foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but to allow the detainees to appeal their detention status and punishments to a federal court.

More than 13,000 being held by coalition in Iraqi prisons; Less than 2% have been convicted

As more and more Iraqis have been detained and released, the insurgency has intensified. The number detained has more than doubled in the last year and a half; the number of attacks has also more than doubled over the same period. Evidence suggests the current system of abusive detentions is a significant factor.

By Larisa Alexandrovna,

Recent documents leaked to RAW STORY reveal that as of Nov. 8, coalition forces in Iraq held 13,514 in Iraqi prisons. The documents also reveal the grim landscape of Iraq's internment system, in which just two percent of those detained been convicted. A UN report has confirmed the basic figures.

Yellowcake to 'Plamegate'

By Peter Grier
The Christian Science Monitor

How mishandled intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war led to an indictment in the White House.

Washington - The first time the State Department intelligence analyst saw the documents he thought there was something weird about them.

The ones dealing with a purported uranium deal between Niger and Saddam Hussein's Iraq bore a validation stamp that seemed a bit funky, for one thing. And that companion paper! It outlined some kind of bizarre military campaign against world powers. Iraq and Iran were supposedly in it together - preposterous, given their enmity - and the whole thing was being run out of the Nigerien Embassy in Rome.

Secrecy Order in CIA Leak Case Challenged by Media


Washington - A major U.S. media organization on Monday challenged efforts by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to keep documents secret in the CIA leak case that involved the Bush administration.

Dow Jones & Co, which publishes The Wall Street Journal and other publications, filed court papers asking Judge Reggie Walton to deny a sweeping motion by Fitzgerald that would bar public disclosure of documents in the case.

The proposed protective order, which was agreed to by Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, would cover grand jury transcripts, witness statements and a wide range of other documents involved in the case. Any leaks could result in civil and criminal fines, the order warns.

'I Treated People Who Had Their Skin Melted'

By Dahr Jamail
The Independent UK

Abu Sabah knew he had witnessed something unusual. Sitting in November last year in a refugee camp in the grounds of Baghdad University, set up for the families who fled or were driven from Fallujah, this resident of the city's Jolan district told me how he had witnessed some of the battle's heaviest fighting.

"They used these weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud," he said. He had seen "pieces of these bombs explode into large fires that continued to burn on the skin even after people dumped water on the burns".

As an unembedded journalist, I spent hours talking to residents forced out of the city. A doctor from Fallujah working in Saqlawiyah, on the outskirts of Fallujah, described treating victims during the siege "who had their skin melted".

Detainee Abuse by Marines and Navy Seals


* Former U.S. Army Interrogator Describes the Harsh Techniques He Used
in Iraq, Detainee Abuse by Marines and Navy Seals and Why "Torture is
the Worst Possible Thing We Could Do" *

With deep remorse, former U.S. Army interrogator Specialist Tony
Lagouranis talks about his own involvement with abusing detainees in
Iraq and torture carried out by the Navy Seals. He apologizes to the
Iraqi people and urges U.S. soldiers to follow their conscience.
Lagouranis returned from Iraq in January and until now had given no live
interviews. But Lagouranis says he now feels it his duty to speak out

Motion in Parliament finds Butler Report's Conclusion Untenable

Cohen, Harry

That this House recalls the forged documents suggesting Iraq was seeking to procure uranium from Niger in 1999 exposed by Mohammed El Baradei at the United Nations on 7th March 2003, and the statements of retired US Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Italian reporter Elisabetta Burba, who was herself supplied with false documents by Italian military intelligence, that they found no evidence of any transaction; notes the passage in Seymour Hersh's recent book Chain of Command that a former Clinton official told Hersh that the UK spread false information about Iraq and one member of the UN inspection team assisted by supplying unverified material presented as intelligence; therefore considers that the 2004 Butler Report maintaining there was further evidence from additional sources for the uranium ore being sought, and so the intelligence was credible, is seriously undermined by Hersh's revelations that much of the material was generated by the UK, Italy and the US; and concludes that the Butler Committee's conclusion is now untenable.

Council for a Livable World Hails Senate Iraq Votes Today

Contact: John Isaacs (202) 543-4100 x.131

Washington, D.C. . . Council for a Livable World hailed today’s Senate votes on the Iraq war as an important milestone in a war that has now dragged on for two and a half years.

Today’s votes were the first in the Senate on the Iraq war since the October 2002 authorization to use force, and they marked a clear repudiation of President Bush’s “stay the course

U S Labor Against the War - Update

1. Disunity Threatens Iraqi Labor's Resistance to Occupation, by David Bacon
2. Who Owns Solidarity Center? by Harry Kelber
3. U.S. Used Chemical Weapons In Iraq
4. In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond by Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler and Brendan Smith
5. Condemn war in Iraq and lobby to withdraw soldiers: United Steelworkers Resolution

1. Disunity Threatens Iraqi Labor's Resistance to Occupation, by David Bacon

Excerpt: The targeting of trade unionists is a particularly alarming feature of life in occupied Iraq. According to the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, "the torture and murder of labour leaders in Iraq has become a troubling trend in a country where trade unionists still operate under anti-union legislation which dates back to the Saddam era." Despite these assassinations and the deterioration in security, however, the effort by Iraqi unions to win legal status and recognition has grown stronger over the past year. From the increasing power of the oil workers in the south to the campaigns in factories in Baghdad and the north, Iraqi workers continue to organize unions and strikes in the face of attacks from the insurgency on the one hand, and by the occupation forces on the other. (Read the entire article at: See also: and this:

Even ABC News Starts Reporting News

EXCLUSIVE: Former Iraqi Detainees Allege Torture by U.S. Troops

Men Say Repeated Beatings, Mock Execution, Sexual Humiliation Were Prevalent


Nov. 14, 2005 — - Two former Iraqi detainees tell ABC News in an exclusive interview that they were repeatedly tortured by U.S. forces seeking information about Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction.

Thahee Sabbar and Sherzad Khalid are two of eight men who, with help from the American Civil Liberties Union and the group Human Rights First, are suing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The men claim they were tortured for months, in violation of the U.S. Constitution and international law.

So you want details about who lied

By JAMES BRUNER, GUEST COLUMNIST, Seattle Post Intelligencer

Marty McNett of Burlington (Letters, Wednesday) believes there is no proof that President Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, so we should lay off claims that he did.

I refer McNett and anyone else who is laboring under that misconception to read "Iraq On The Record: The Bush Administration's Public Statements On Iraq," prepared by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform -- Minority Staff Special Investigations Division, March 16, 2004.

This 36-page report goes into great detail about outright false and deceptive public statements by Bush (55 misleading statements), Vice President Dick Cheney (51), former Secretary of State Colin Powell (50), former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice (29) and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (52) on the subject. These 237 misleading statements were made in a variety of forums (53 interviews, 40 speeches, 26 news conferences and briefings, four written statements and articles and two appearances before Congress) beginning at least a year before the war began, and their frequency peaked at key decision-making points.

Camp Casey Is Back: Come to Crawford for Thanksgiving with the Bushes!


ENDORSED BY: Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, Code Pink
Date: November 22-November 27, 2005
Place: Crawford, Texas (Camp Casey 2)
Events: 11/22: Civil Disobedience
11/23: Organization of Katrina relief/Meal Preparation
11/24: Simple Thanksgiving Meal
11/25: Memorial Dedication
11/26: March/Rally- Possible Interfaith Service

Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather to give thanks and celebrate the

Senators Reach Gitmo Detainees Compromise

Senators Reach Gitmo Detainees Compromise

The Associated Press
Monday, November 14, 2005; 10:26 PM
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators reached a compromise Monday that would allow detainees at Guantanamo Bay to appeal the rulings of military tribunals to the federal courts.

Under the agreement, detainees who receive a punishment of 10 years in prison to death would receive an automatic appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Lesser sentences would not receive automatic review, but detainees still could petition the court to hear their cases.

Video of Joe Wilson Speaking Out

By William Hughes

On Nov. 14, 2005, Ex-Ambassador Joe Wilson, in a speech at the U. of Balitmore, made a scathing attack on columnist Robert Novak; indicted White House aide, Irv "Scooter" Libby; and the Brownshirts.
Watch Video.

Cooking the Books and Politicizing Intelligence

By Larry C. Johnson,

Like a passenger who just leaped from the Titanic into the icy waters of the North Atlantic, George Bush is frantically looking for a rescue boat. Understandably he keeps pointing at the dinghy nearby—i.e. last year’s report issued by former Senator Chuck Robb and Judge Laurence Silbermann under the title , Final Report on Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. However, that boat don’t float too good and Bush’s credibility will continue, along with his Presidency, to sink beneath the weight of lies used to bamboozle America into a preemptive war.

BREAKING: Chalabi Meets with Cheney & Rumsfeld; White House Bans Photos, Press Access

BREAKING: Chalabi Meets with Cheney & Rumsfeld; White House Bans Photos, Press Access
Nico, Think Progress
The Associated Press is reporting that Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met today with Ahmad Chalabi, the discredited neocon darling currently under FBI investigation for allegedly passing U.S. secrets to Iran:

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld discussed Iraqi security and political developments on Monday with Ahmad Chalabi, the former Iraqi exile tainted by the since-discredited claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. […]

President's ratings hit new low in poll

President's ratings hit new low in poll
By Susan Page, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Americans' views of President Bush and his trustworthiness have hit new lows, a downturn that could make it more difficult for him to push his legislative agenda and to boost Republican candidates in next year's congressional elections.

Bush boards Marine One on Monday to begin an eight-day Asia trip.
Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Fewer than one in 10 adults say they would prefer a congressional candidate who is a Republican and who agrees with Bush on most major issues, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday. Even among Republicans, seven of 10 are most likely to back a candidate who has at least some disagreements with the president.

Deadline Approaching, Where's The Damn Report?

Deadline Approaching, Where's The Damn Report? [Updated]
by georgia10, Daily Kos
Mon Nov 14, 2005 at 12:06:37 PM PDT

Bush calls me, a war critic, "irresponsible" and says I'm helping the terrorists and emboldening the enemy and doing everything short of strapping explosives to my chest. It may be the Johnnie Walker talking, but that still hurts.

I was sans computer for about five days, and come back to reality only to see that the punk ass president has resurfaced with the tired talking points and, on a side note, some of the tightest spandex I've seen in a while.

Reid accused of mixed signals over troop deployment

Reid accused of mixed signals over troop deployment
By Ben Russell and Nigel Morris, Independent Online
Published: 15 November 2005

MPs have accused John Reid, the Defence Secretary, of sending conflicting signals over the future presence of British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

While Mr Reid was endorsing the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's comments that Iraqi forces would be ready to replace British troops within a year, he made it clear that there was no early exit planned for British forces in Afghanistan. Britain is committed to remain in both countries to shore up their security needs while supporting their fledgling democracies. But with the insurgency intensifying in Iraq and in Afghanistan, Britain is now openly discussing a withdrawal from Iraq, while reinforcing the military presence in Afghanistan.

Kerry Takes Bush to Task on his Veteran’s Day Speech

Kerry Takes Bush to Task on his Veteran’s Day Speech
Democratic Daily

John Kerry took Bush to task on his Veteran’s Day Speech, on the Senate Floor today. In a fiery rhetoric, Kerry blasted Bush today, on the lies he spewed in his speech, last Friday —from the rush to war based based on faulty intelligence data, to the spin Bush put on Kerry’s own statements, John Kerry pinned Bush on the carpet.

The following is the text of John Kerry’s Floor Statement:

MR. PRESIDENT, Veterans Day is sacred - or it is supposed to be. Veterans Day is a day to honor veterans, not to play attack politics. The President, who is Commander in Chief, should know and respect this.

Reid Throws Down Democrats' Iraq Demands

Reid Throws Down Democrats' Iraq Demands
by Hoffmania, Daily Kos
Mon Nov 14, 2005 at 02:28:28 PM PDT

[Title revised for accuracy]

Senate Minority (Until 2006, anyway) Leader Harry Reid and Sens. Carl Levin and Dick Durbin held a press conference unveiling the Democratic plan for resolving Bush's Iraq shitstorm. Hey - SOMEONE had to come up with a friggin' plan...

Oh, this is good. This is VERY good. It paints Bush as a totally immature whining boob with no vision - and paints the Dems as the can-do truth tellers we've always been. We LIKE this, we LIKE this. And it's SOMETHING - which counters the White House's NOTHING.

Photos from Unembedded

Photos from Unembedded
by kos, Daily Kos
Mon Nov 14, 2005 at 03:18:02 PM PDT
Unembedded is a stunning book of photographs from four photojournalists roaming Iraq without U.S. military escorts. Over the next week I'll be featuring photos from the book.

Click on photo to enlarge.

Photo by Thorne Anderson.
A young boy watches his relatives repair a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in the home of a Mahdi Army fighter.


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