By Sarah Kershaw, The Santa Cruz Journal
Santa Cruz, Calif. - The protest was carefully orchestrated, planned for weeks by Students Against War during Friday evening meetings in a small classroom on the University of California campus here.
By Robert Burns, Associated Press
Washington - The Army closed a criminal investigation of abuse allegations by an Iraqi detainee last year, finding no reason to believe his claims, even though no Americans involved in the case were questioned, according to Pentagon records made public Thursday.
By Nicholas F. Benton, www.FCNP.com
Pennsylvania Rep. John T. Murtha commanded the stage and a live national television audience with unbowed resolve to defend his call for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq last Thursday, spellbinding an overflow crowd of 600 at a town meeting hosted by Rep. Jim Moran in the Ballston area of Arlington.
By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Individually, the new "dots" supplied by revelations about the Iraq war in James Risen's State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration are not very surprising. Collectively, though, they provide valuable insight into the peculiar way in which President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair prepared to launch an unprovoked war - shades of Germany and Quisling Austria two generations ago. Needed: power-intoxicated leaders, court functionaries to serve them, and obedient military leaders able to subordinate conscience to career requirements.
Call for action to save Iraq's Academics
To: special rapporteur on summary executions at UNHCHR in Geneva and international Human Rights & Law organisations
By John Nichols, www.thenation.com
It sounds as if Al Gore is about to deliver what could be not just one of the more significant speeches of his political career but an essential challenge to the embattled presidency of George W. Bush.
A Swiss senator carrying out an inquiry into claims the CIA has run illegal secret detention centres in Europe has said he has no doubt they exist.
Dick Marty accused the US of violating human rights and attacked European nations for their "shocking" passivity in the face of such violations.
By William Thomas
Never before have so many been so motivated to make known their revulsion to war and all who advocate it. Before and throughout the ferocious American assault on Iraq, millions of ordinary people have repeatedly assembled to promote peace and condemn state-organized torture and mass murder as totally unacceptable in this, the “Last Chance Century
Nuclear Weapons and the Aviano Air Base: Italian Peace Activists File Complaint Against U.S. Government
Translation by Stephanie Westbrook, U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome
On December 22, a group of peace activists from Pordenone, Italy, filed a complaint against the U.S. Government. The complaint, presented to the Civil Court of Pordenone, solicits the judge to declare the presence of nuclear weapons on the Aviano Air Base illegal and harmful and, therefore, to declare that the United State is ordered to remove all nuclear weapons from the base at Aviano as well as from all of Italy.
By DAVE LINDORFF, www.counterpunch.org
Many readers have responded to my last article about the media blackout of Rep. John Conyers' (D-Mich.) introduction of two bills to censure George Bush and Dick Cheney, and a third bill that would create a Select Committee to investigate impeachable crimes by the administration, saying I should let people know who the other seven members of Congress are who have agreed to co-sponsor the call.
By MIKE WHITNEY, www.counterpunch.org
Iran will defend itself if it is attacked by the United States or Israel.
Defending one's country against unprovoked aggression is sanctioned under international law and is a requirement of true leadership. We would expect no different if either the United States or Israel was attacked.
They fabricated the case against Iraq – now they're moving on Iran
By Justin Raimondo, www.antiwar.com
As the U.S. gets ready to move on Iran, under the pretext of a gathering Iranian nuclear threat, the news that the War Party got creative when WMD were nowhere to be found in Iraq should give us pause. According to a report in Raw Story by Larisa Alexandrovna, the Office of Special Plans (OSP) – a parallel intelligence agency set up by the neoconservatives to do an end run around the mainline U.S. agencies – was sent into Iraq in 2003 in order to cook up phony "evidence" of "weapons of mass destruction." As Alexandrovna relates:
By Bob Fertik, www.democrats.com
It looks like my idea of spying on the Busheviks has terrified them, so they sent Brit Hume out to attack me personally on FOX last night. Hey Brit - I'll debate you on Big Brother Bush any time, any place!
Congressman John Murtha stunned the Bush White House last November by calling for the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq. The 73-year-old Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, a much decorated war hero from Vietnam and Korea, was in the Marines for 37 years, and is a heavyweight in military matters in the Congress.
By JOHN W. DEAN
Presidential signing statements are old news to anyone who has served in the White House counsel's office. Presidents have long used them to add their two cents when a law passed by Congress has provisions they do not like, yet they are not inclined to veto it. Nixon's statements, for example, often related to spending authorization laws which he felt were excessive and contrary to his fiscal policies.
INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Contact: Joia Jefferson Nuri - Cell 240-603-7905 firstname.lastname@example.org
Defining The Issues Series: Should President Bush Face Censure?
Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Visiting ACADEMY AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER BARBARA TRENT comes to Zeitgeist Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28 to present her films:
Friday, January 27 @ 7:30 p.m. WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT by Barbara Trent. A powerful, first-hand testament to the reality of the military experience, told entirely in the words of American veterans who have been to war and are now opposing it. We hear how they came to join the military, about their experiences in training and in war, and what led to the turning point when they decided they could no longer, in good conscience, participate in the war, or keep silent. "Soldiers Speak Out" sheds light on the growing and courageous anti-war and anti-occupation movement within the military and their families. There will be a reception in the filmmakers honor at 7:30 with the film @ 8:00 p.m.. Q&A to follow. By donation. Proceeds benefit the Empowerment Project.
5TH ANNUAL BLACK VOICES FOR PEACE NATIONAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMEMORATION: DR. KING'S BIG ORGANIZING WORKSHOP
MONDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2006
SPECIAL FILM VIEWING: MLK/THE MAKING OF A HOLIDAY featuring Stevie Wonder- 1:30pm-2:30pm
Large Student Anti-war Protest at UCSD in March
La Jolla Village Drive and Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
UCSD Planning Large Anti-war Demonstration
Student leaders from UCSD are organizing a massive anti-war protest at the school on March 3 on La Jolla Village Drive, at the edge of the campus. The leaders are co-ordinating with Truthout.org, which is documenting the effort on film.
By Kathleen Ridolfo, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
Iraqi Shi'ite leader Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) said this week that Shi'a would not negotiate on the core principles outlined in the Iraqi Constitution. His remarks contradict an agreement Shi'ite and Kurdish leaders forged with Sunni Arabs in October, and threaten recent attempts to bring Sunni Arab parties into a national unity government.
Can you make it to New York for the Bush Crimes Commission, but need a place to stay? Call 212.941.8086.
Unprecedented and historic indictments alleging war
crimes and crimes against humanity on moral, political
By Christopher Hayes, In These Times
Despite signaling that it would no longer tap the Individual Ready Reserve, the Army calls up more troops just in time for the holidays.
For more than 800 members of the Army's Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), the most memorable part of the holiday season was a surprise stocking-stuffer from the United States Army. It came in the form of a blue and white Western Union Mailgram that ordered them to report for active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
By Josh White, The Washington Post
Pentagon task force was told not to use techniques approved in 2002, records show.
Members of a Defense Department investigative task force were told not to participate in aggressive interrogation techniques approved for use at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002 because officers and lawyers believed the tactics violated policy and would not elicit information, according to documents released by the Pentagon.
By Ray McGovern, www.tompaine.com
Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour. A 27-year veteran of the CIA’s analysis ranks, he is now on the steering group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
New Web Site Dedicated to Monitoring Assaults on Civil Liberties
By Free Earth Internet, Contact: Dr. Glen Barry, +1 920 776 1075
January 10, 2006
(Denmark, Wisconsin) - Domestic spying, government sponsored torture and imprisonment without charges by the Bush administration merely continues the global trend towards government usurpation of civil liberties in the name of security. A new non-partisan web site entitled "Big Brother Watch" at http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org/ and based in Wisconsin has been launched to monitor government assaults upon civil liberties and human rights.
By Philip B. Heymann, The Boston Globe
BASED ON his constitutional powers and the authorization for the use of military force granted by congressional resolution after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush has declared himself free to ignore any law that he thinks limits his ability to fight terrorism. This is an extraordinary claim for any president in a country that prides itself on a rule of law binding government officials as well as ordinary citizens.
Friday January 13, 2006
UPDATED* BUSH in Washington, DC: Bush holds a joint press availability
at 11:25 am ET with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House,
followed by a working lunch in the residence. The President meets with