William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security

NSA Expands, Centralizes Domestic Spying
Code Name(s) of the Week: DIAZ, Emergejust, Freedom, Highpoint, PASSGEAR, Viceroy

False Patriotism

By Adam McKay, www.huffingtonpost.com

The other day a friend of mine e-mailed me this exchange he had with his cousin who served in Iraq. I thought it was worth posting. It's yet further evidence that if you want to know what these Republicans are all about, see what they accuse others of being -- anti-American, anti-troops, liars, etc.

Message to Students, from Howard Zinn

World Can't Wait

I remember vividly how important it was during the Vietnam War that
students all over the country spoke up boldly calling for the United
States to withdraw from Vietnam, even when neither the media nor the

Photos of Yesterday's Impeachment Forum

Here are photos.

The event was shown on C-Span, though I don't see a video posted on their website. Maybe people should ask C-Span

Gorilla Empire? A Global State of Disunion

From Tomdispatch today, in honor of the President's State of the Union address on Tuesday, I'm sending out my own piece, "Gorilla Empire? A Global State of Disunion" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=54078 It's my attempt, in the context of past James-Frey-like State of the Union fictions (that "axis of evil," those immortal "16 words" about Saddam's African uranium, that urge to "fix" social security) to make sense of our moment. I particularly focus on something I think few others have written about: the strange wedding of Bush administration incompetence, which guarantees that every future crisis will devolve under federal "management" into a further roiling mess, and the fact that every such crisis since 9/11 allows Bush, Cheney, and their advisers to garner yet more power for their cult of the imperial presidency. In this context of growing presidential power and expanding chaos, I ask: What kind of imperial power, are we? And, having reminded readers of neocon dreams of a global Pax Americana back in 2002-03 and how the neocons have fallen silent on the subject ever since, I conclude:

ABC's Woodruff, Cameraman Injured in Iraq

Associated Press

New York - ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff and a cameraman were seriously injured Sunday when the Iraqi Army vehicle they were traveling in was attacked and an explosive device went off.

Military Hides Cause of Women Soldiers' Deaths

By Marjorie Cohn, t r u t h o u t | Report

In a startling revelation, the former commander of Abu Ghraib prison testified that Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, former senior US military commander in Iraq, gave orders to cover up the cause of death for some female American soldiers serving in Iraq.

CIA Expands Use of Drones in Terror War

By Josh Meyer, The Los Angeles Times

'Targeted killing' with missile-firing Predators is a way to hit al Qaeda in remote areas, officials say. Host nations are not always given notice.

Washington - Despite protests from other countries, the United States is expanding a top-secret effort to kill suspected terrorists with drone-fired missiles as it pursues an increasingly decentralized Al Qaeda, U.S. officials say.

Direct Talks - US Officials and Iraqi Insurgents

By Scott Johnson, Rod Nordland and Ranya Kadri, Newsweek

American officials in Iraq are in face-to-face talks with high-level Iraqi Sunni insurgents, NEWSWEEK has learned. Americans are sitting down with "senior members of the leadership" of the Iraqi insurgency, according to Americans and Iraqis with knowledge of the talks (who did not want to be identified when discussing a sensitive and ongoing matter). The talks are taking place at US military bases in Anbar province, as well as in Jordan and Syria. "Now we have won over the Sunni political leadership," says US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. "The next step is to win over the insurgents." The groups include Baathist cells and religious Islamic factions, as well as former Special Republican Guards and intelligence agents, according to a US official with knowledge of the talks. Iraq's insurgent groups are reaching back. "We want things from the US side, stopping misconduct by US forces, preventing Iranian intervention," said one prominent insurgent leader from a group called the Army of the Mujahedin, who refused to be named because of the delicacy of the discussions. "We can't achieve that without actual meetings."

Pentagon Can Now Fund Foreign Militaries

By Bradley Graham, Washington Post

Defense Secretary pushed for new powers to better deal with emergencies.

Congress has granted unusual authority for the Pentagon to spend as much as $200 million of its own budget to aid foreign militaries, a break with the traditional practice of channeling foreign military assistance through the State Department.

2003 Draft Legislation Covered Eavesdropping

By Dan Eggen, The Washington Post

Justice Dept. officials call measure unrelated; critics say Bush claims are undermined.

Legislation drafted by Justice Department lawyers in 2003 to strengthen the USA Patriot Act would have provided legal backing for several aspects of the administration's warrantless eavesdropping program. But officials said yesterday that was not the intent.

Video Exclusive: Cindy Sheehan on Running for Senate

Interview by Chris Hume and Sari Gelzer

Cinday Sheehan sat down with Chris Hume on Saturday and discussed why she is considering a run for the Senate. Sheeha

Palace Revolt

By Daniel Klaidman, Stuart Taylor Jr. and Evan Thomas, Newsweek

They were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees. They fought a quiet battle to rein in the president's power in the war on terror. And they paid a price for it. A NEWSWEEK investigation.

War Stance Could Mean a Primary Battle for Lieberman

By Ronald Brownstein, The Los Angeles Times

Businessman Ned Lamont emerges as a possible protest candidate for the Senate.

Washington - Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who rose to national prominence as the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, appears likely to face a serious primary challenge this year that could measure the depth of his party's discontent over the Iraq war.

Hunger Strikers Close to Death

By Sarah Baxter, The London Times

Despite force feeding by the American military, several hunger strikers at Guantánamo Bay may be close to death, according to lawyers acting for the detainees.

100th British Soldier Killed: Vigil in Parliament Square

'Naming the Dead' Vigil
Parliament Square, 5pm Tuesday 31st January 2006

A second soldier from the 7th Armoured Brigade has been killed in Iraq.
This is the 100th British soldier to die in Iraq. Military families have

Making Change/Creating Peace in Santa Cruz

Wednesday, February 15th will be the third anniversary of the Worldwide
"Stop the War" Mobilization of 2003 that brought out 15 million People
across the Planet, speaking for Peace and against war!!

Sample Resolution for a State or Territory to Ask the House of Representatives to Impeach

Drafted by Richard Matthews

WHEREAS, United States House of Representatives rules allow for setting a federal impeachment in motion by charges transmitted from the legislature of a State or territory; and

Iraqi unions launch united struggle

People's Weekly World

By Susan Webb

Iraq's labor movement has formed a united permanent
coordinating committee to 'make its positions known' to

World Social Forum: A Loud, Multicolored 'No' to Imperialism and War

Inter Press News Service
January 27, 2006

By Humberto Márquez


Although the sixth World Social Forum grants equal
importance to all of the myriad workshops, seminars and

Gonzales Apparently Lied to Congress over Wiretapping

By Matthew Cardinale, Editor, Atlanta Progressive News (January 30, 2006)

(APN) US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appears to have lied about the President’s approval of illegal domestic wiretapping, a letter from US Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) to Mr. Gonzales suggests.

Military Families Available to Respond to State of the Union Address

Families call for Troops to be Brought Home Now and Taken Care of When They Get Here

WASHINGTON, DC – Members of Military Families Speak Out, an organization of 3,000 families with loved ones in the military, including those with loved ones currently serving in Iraq, about to deploy or re-deploy, and those whose loved ones have died as a result of the war in Iraq, are available for interview to discuss their reactions to President Bush’s 2006 State of the Union Address.

Draft By Back Door

US Army forces 50,000 soldiers into extended duty
By Will Dunham, Reuters

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has forced about 50,000 soldiers to continue serving after their voluntary stints ended under a policy called "stop-loss," but while some dispute its fairness, court challenges have fallen flat.

A New Intelligence Failure?

By Larry C. Johnson

There she goes again. Miss "Who Could Have Imagined an Al Qaeda Attack" Rice has struck again. Are you kidding me? Secretary of State Rice was "surprised" by the election results in Palestine? According to the New York Times:

What is Bush Hiding?

By Larry C. Johnson

I suppose the average American, one who has never held a security clearance or handled NSA intelligence, is inclined to cut George W. Bush some slack. Only a crazy person would argue that Al Qaeda terrorists have a right of privacy in the United States. But that, my friends, is a canard. The issue is not about giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Instead, does this President, hell, any President, have the right to unilaterally decide what does and does not constitute a threat to national security? We are a Republic founded on the principle that the power of the Federal Government is limited. It does not matter if George W. Bush is sincere or his intentions benign. What matters is whether he has chosen to ignore the Fourth Amendment because he, and he alone, has decided that the end justifies the means.

Fear the King

By Jim Marcinkowski

It’s not about wiretaps and eavesdropping. It’s not about criminals or terrorists. Rather, it is about the Constitution, the law and our system of checks and balances, the very foundation of our Nation’s government.

Hampton Students Not Expelled or Quieted

Dear friends and colleagues:

I know that many or all of you are aware, as I have been, of
the students at Hampton University who faced expulsion for
participating in the November 2nd protests called by The World


By Jim Oberg

Today, along with so many of my friends and neighbors, I am terribly ashamed of my country. Daily revelations about the actions of my government expose unspeakable things being done in my name. The America I grew up loving, I must admit, has become the purveyor of terrible horrors against the world and our own citizens, and this regime is steadily depriving we, the people, of our constitutional rights, our freedoms and our democratic process.


Noted Journalist and Filmmaker Danny Schechter Accuses Media Corporations of "Collusion" with Bush Administration

New York, NY - Award-winning filmmaker and journalist, Danny Schechter and his publishers at SelectBooks in Manhattan, have released an explosive expose on news reportage of the Iraq conflict. Titled When News Lies: Media Complicity and the Iraq War, Schechter's book goes beyond the conventional discussion of right-wing media versus more left-leaning outlets, to expose what the author refers to as the media marketing of the war to the population.


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