Bush announces radical shift in foreign policy; No U.S. media report it

Sirotablog, http://www.workingforchange.com/blog/

In case you thought the Bush administration's dangerous, and national-security-weakening unilateralism was just a one-time deal in Iraq, think again. Buried in the UK's Financial Times - and as far as I can tell, not reported anywhere else - are the details of a State Department briefing this week in which the Bush administration very publicly said it is essentially scrapping U.S. support for NATO and the United Nations. No joke.

The Opposite of Good is Apathy

By Cindy Sheehan

"The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead." William Lord Garrison

The apathy of most of America is stunning and appalling to me. When I found this quote I was filled with wide-eyed wonder that there is one statue left in America complete with statue, or one grave or tomb still occupied.

Congressman Conyers to Speak at Town Hall Forum in Livonia, Mich., Saturday

Congressman John Conyers will speak at the Jan. 7th Town Hall Forum in Livonia, Mich.

Talk Nation Radio on Impeachment

Talk Nation Radio interviews David Swanson of Afterdowningstreet.org and Impeach Pac as well as Democrats.com and Arcata California City Council member Dave Meserve of the Green Party talks about a January 4th decision by the council to vote in a resolution calling for the impeachment or resignation of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney.

Where the Iraq War Is in Congress

By Kevin Zeese

Below is a useful analysis of where the Iraq War is in Congress. It is an interview I published with Kevin Martin the Executive Director of Peace Action.

Another interesting article published earlier this week describes how active duty military are turning against the Iraq War. This is based on a poll of Military News readership released on January 3. See: http://democracyrising.us/content/view/399/151/. Also on DemocracyRising this week, an article by Professor Michael Schwartz " The New Iraq War Strategy: More Bombings, More Civilian Deaths and Less Likelihood of Success" http://democracyrising.us/content/view/398/164/.

11 U.S. troops killed on same day in escalating Iraq violence

By JASON STRAZIUSO, ASSOCIATED PRESS

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)  The U.S. military on Friday announced the deaths of six more American troops killed in the recent barrage of violence that has swept Iraq, bringing to 11 the number of troops slain on the same day.

Myth: Civil War After Withdrawal. Reality: Civil War Until Withdrawal.

Violence in Iraq verges on civil war
The Australian
James Hider

THE wave of violence in Iraq this week that has killed more than 240 people, making it one of the darkest periods since the US-led invasion in 2003, has sparked real fears of a civil war.

EXXONMOBIL WAR BOYCOTT ALSO GOES AFTER THE GIANT’S BOARD

By Nick Mottern, coordinator, www.ConsumersforPeace.org

The manager of the Radisson Lexington Hotel in midtown Manhattan was agitated as he ushered us out of the hotel’s lobby on December 30. It was understandable because two colleagues and I were wearing signs that said: “Boycott ExxonMobil/Radisson – U.S. Out of Iraq/Impeach Bush - ConsumersforPeace.org.

Where You Can Peacefully Protest

Friday January 6, 2006
BUSH in Chicago, IL: President Bush tours the Chicago Board of Trade
and then delivers an address on the economy. [CNN.com, 1/3/06]

NEW* CHENEY in Kansas City, MO: Cheney delivers his own economic speech

The Cost of The War

By Pascal Riche, TPMCafe

From: Foreign Affairs
Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard budget expert Linda Bilmes plan to present this week a paper estimating the cost of the Iraq War at between $1-2 trillion. This is far higher than earlier estimates of $100-200 billion.

You'd Almost Think Santorum Wanted to Be Reelected

"Santorum wants non-partisan panel to evaluate Iraq war"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - January 06, 2006 - By Maeve Reston, Post-Gazette National Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rick Santorum yesterday wrote a letter to President Bush asking him to create an independent, non-partisan commission to objectively evaluate progress in Iraq.

Anti-War Protestor Speaks On O'ahu

By Alan Lu - alu@kgmb9.com

Standing on stage while waiting to speak, Cindy Sheehan looks like the all-American mother, a person as ordinary as apple pie. But when she speaks, a lot of people listen.

Congressmen Jay Inslee and Jim McDermott to Hold Town Hall Forum Saturday

Brave Troops Foolish Leaders: Operation Homecoming Event this Saturday

(Seattle, WA) The Backbone Campaign and Progressive Democrats of
America are hosting a town meeting to launch Operation Homecoming and to

Forum with Congressmen Moran and Murtha Packs Hall, 500 Turned Away

Rep. Jack Murtha:

A town hall forum hosted by Congressman Jim Moran and featuring Congressman Jack Murtha packed a large room in Arlington, Va., Thursday evening, and filled an overflow room, and had to turn away another 500 people. The media was well represented.

Audio: MP3. 75.7 MB, over an hour.

Here's a version compressed to 10.7 MB by Empire Burlesque: MP3.

Photo album.

Live Blogging Murtha

Report on tonight's Town Hall forum with Rep Murtha and Rep Moran, by Karen Bradley: LINK.

You Go, MyDD

By Bob Fertik, Democrats.com

Over at MyDD, Chris Bowers is launching an awesome project:

Ever since the 2003 primary season, the notion of political blogs conducting or commissioning their own telephone polls has flickered to the surface every now and then. A few months ago, Impeach PAC became the first blog to actually go through with it, raising enough money to commission Zogby to run a poll on impeachment.

AFL-CIO Will Offer Bush a Blank Check on War in Iraq in Its 2006 Election Agenda

By Harry Kelber

The AFL-CIO will continue to remain completely silent on the war in Iraq in the 2006 congressional elections, treating it as a non-issue for working families.

It is maintaining a tight blackout on how the Bush administration is conducting the war, including the various scandals about corruption, torture and spying on American citizens, as though these matters are of little concern or have no consequence for American workers.

Impeachment Radio

David Sawnson on Air America with Host Peter Werbe on Jan 4, 2006 - Discusses Impeach PAC, Impeachment, and Bush Crimes:
MP3

Heck of a Job, Hayden!

By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

The eavesdropping-on-Americans scandal came as shock and betrayal to most employees of the National Security Agency - and to other intelligence officers, active and retired.

NSA spy plot fuels call to censure Bush, Cheney

By Tim Wheeler, People's Weekly World Newspaper

Revelations that President George W. Bush ordered the National Security Agency to engage in massive spying on law-abiding people, in flagrant violation of federal law, have ignited a firestorm of angry demands that he and Vice President Dick Cheney be censured or even impeached.

Revelations of Bush administration's spying chills the Capitol

By Askia Muhammad, FinalCall.com News

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The U.S. Constitution, itself, is in crisis because the Bush administration has been illegally spying on U.S. citizens in this country, including a wholesale violation of the privacy of U.S. Muslims and the sanctity of their places of worship, and because of a pattern of “deception, manipulation, torture, retribution and cover-ups in the Iraq War.

The Quiet Death Of Freedom

By John Pilger

01/05/06 "ICH" -- -- On Christmas Eve, I dropped in on Brian Haw, whose hunched, pacing figure was just visible through the freezing fog. For four and a half years, Brian has camped in Parliament Square with a graphic display of photographs that show the terror and suffering imposed on Iraqi children by British policies. The effectiveness of his action was demonstrated last April when the Blair government banned any expression of opposition within a kilometre of Parliament. The High Court subsequently ruled that, because his presence preceded the ban, Brian was an exception.

From Gold Star Families for Peace

Out of Iraq Town Hall Meeting

Visit the After Downing Street website to find a meeting near you
Camp Casey Los Angeles

Hello Friends,

Just a reminder that every friday Los Angeles area Gold Star Families for Peace along with Military Familes Speak Out, Orange County, Code Pink and the Camp Casey Peace movement are setting up a Camp Casey outside of Cal Sen. Diane Feinsteins office.We are now in the 6th week of our encampment. We will be there from 3pm to 6 pm waiting for her to answer the questions posed to her in September by Cindy Sheehan. For What Noble cause are our kids dying ? How many more lives are she willing to sacrifice for this Noble cause? And, what is she doing to bring an end to the US occupation of Iraq? Until she answers these questions we will be there.

The Army of Good Americans Marching Forward

By Manuel Valenzuela

01/05/06 "ICH" -- -- Festering in our midst like a toxic cloud of pollution the army of good Americans exists, living and working among us, inhabiting our neighborhoods and cities, co-existing peacefully with us, though perceiving an utterly different conception of reality than the rest of us. Their numbers, though dwindling more every day with the almost weekly revelations of corporatist lies built upon corporatist lies and government deceptions meshed with corporate criminality, remain high, thanks to those unable to escape the clouds of 9/11 and the manipulative propaganda of the corporatist media. The Kool-Aid drinking brigades remain strong, still ardent supporters of frivolous, fictitious and diminishing deceptions, still hypnotized to the dim-witted, slurred speech of their great Commander in Chief, still spewing the talking points they hear emanating from the corporatist media and still clinging to the ingrained and unenlightened selfishness that permeates their existence.

What Year Is This Anyway? Rollback to 1214 AD

From Tomdispatch tonight
http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=47195

a superb piece by Nick Turse who shines a new light on the Bush administration's cult of presidential power by showing just where, if fully successful, the plans of its adherents would roll our constitutional and legal system back to -- the Middle Ages and the rule of kings.

Impeachment Radio

David Swanson will join Dori Smith of Talk Nation Radio for a 5 PM January 5, 2006 Interview on http://www.whus.org

To talk about the Impeachement of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney.

Energy is growing at the state and national level to impeach as the White House spy scandal provokes more press scrutiny of Bush's foreign and domestic policies. This against a backdrop of increasing anti-Iraq war sentiment and polls showing a majority of Americans would support an investigation into whether or not the President has committed impeachable offenses.

Secretive military unit sought to solve political WMD concerns prior to securing Iraq, intelligence sources say

By Larisa Alexandrovna, www.RawStory.com

New allegations indicate that American civilian military leadership may have used an off-book quasi-military team to address political issues, placing those concerns above securing peace in the region, RAW STORY has learned.

Stop It, Now!

120 Iraqis, 7 US Soldiers Die in Bombings
Reuters/The Associated Press

Deadliest day of violence in months.

Karbala, Iraq - In the country's deadliest day in months, bombs killed at least 120 Iraqis and seven U.S. soldiers on Thursday - shattering hopes that last month's election and the new year would usher in a more peaceful era.

NSA Destroyed Evidence of Domestic Spying

By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report, www.truthout.org

The National Security Agency, the top-secret spy shop that has been secretly eavesdropping on Americans under a plan authorized by President Bush four years ago, destroyed the names of thousands of Americans and US companies it collected on its own volition following 9/11, because the agency feared it would be taken to task by lawmakers for conducting unlawful surveillance on United States citizens without authorization from a court, according to a little known report published in October 2001 and intelligence officials familiar with the NSA's operations.

3 GOP Senators Blast Bush Bid To Bypass Torture Ban

Reject assertion he has right to waive rules to protect US security

By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe

WASHINGTON -- Three key Republican senators yesterday condemned President Bush's assertion that his powers as commander in chief give him the authority to bypass a new law restricting the use of torture when interrogating detainees.

Speaking Events

2016

War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

May 19, Sarasota, FL, 7:00 p.m. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL

May 20, Jacksonville, FL, 7:00 p.m., Florida Christian Center Auditorium, 1115 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205, (904) 381-4800.

May 21, Gainesville, FL
7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, Florida
4225 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 377-1669
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May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710


June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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