By Virginia Braddock aka Lady Broadoak
The Tide Cannot be Stopped
Acts 27:23 "For there stood beside me this night an Angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve."
The women are coming forward. They are coming in vast numbers. They are a surprising coalition.
They are homemakers and workers, mothers and childless, old and young, rich and poor, marathoners and the disabled, educated and illiterate, civil libertarians and Bible carriers; one thing is common to them all. They are from EVERY WHERE. The most auspicious characteristic of this alliance is that so many participants are absolutely new to any kind of protest movement.
November 2, 2005
Initial CNN, Fox coverage of closed Senate session emphasized GOP response over Democratic rationale
In their immediate coverage of the November 1 closed session of the U.S. Senate forced by Democrats under Rule 21 to discuss pre-war intelligence, CNN and Fox News largely omitted statements by Democrats explaining the reasoning behind this rare action, focusing instead on Republican complaints over the invocation of the closed-session rule.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m.,* Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called to close the Senate. In a prepared statement on the floor, Reid detailed questions -- each of which concerned the Bush administration's use of intelligence to justify the war in Iraq -- that the Senate Intelligence Committee had failed to adequately address in its 2004 report on the intelligence community's pre-war assessments of Iraq. Reid's statement concluded:
By D. Lindley Young
Published The Modern Tribune November 1, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. (11/1) - While some Americans are worrying about what got the US in the Iraq war, others are focusing upon what could be a much bigger conflict. There is an ever growing trend towards a potential military conflict with China and Russia. It is receiving little attention by the US media, but, China and Russia appear to be taking it very seriously as they prepare for the potential.
Some would argue that the Bush administrations plans for the new American century are painting China and Russia into a defend to survive corner which is compelling China to rapidly expand its military, expand and affirm geopolitical relationships, Chinese and Russian defense cooperation and a race to weaponize space or prevent the US from doing it first.
By Larry C. Johnson
Help me save right wing in America. As they struggle with the aftermath of Scooter Libby’s indictment they are exhibiting denial and delusional thought patterns. Perhaps their behavior is a consequence of physical disabilities such as hearing loss or attention deficit disorder. How else to account for a rash of bizarre charges offered up to explain away Scooter’s legal troubles?
For starters, why can’t conservative talkers and bloggers accept the fact that Valerie Plame was undercover until exposed in Bob Novak’s column? Patrick Fitzgerald spoke in English and did not stutter when he said very clearly at the start of his press conference last Friday, “Valerie Wilson’s cover was blown
By Karen Bernal
After nine months of effort, the reward was sweet for those that labored to see it come to fruition: the birth of another anti-war resolution, calling for the troops to come home. The fact that the vote was so favorable to its passage only made the midwives all the more joyful.
On Tuesday night, the Sacramento City Council, by an 8 to 1 vote, called for "a humane, orderly, rapid and comprehensive withdrawal of United States military personnel and bases from Iraq," citing the financial and human costs of the war on local resources. The Council also asked Congress and President Bush to deliver "promised veterans' health, education, disability, and rehabilitation benefits, and otherwise meet the needs of returning veterans."
SCOOTER’S SEX SHOCKER
Lauren Collins on Libby’s lurid novel.
Of all the scribbled sentences that have converged to create the Valerie Plame affair, the most remarkable, in literary terms, may belong to Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney’s recently deposed chief of staff. “Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work—and life,
White House defends decisions that led to war
Democrats, too, saw Saddam as a threat, presidential spokesman says
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The White House sought to deflect politically charged questions Wednesday about President Bush’s use of prewar intelligence in Iraq, saying Democrats, too, had concluded Saddam Hussein was a threat.
“If Democrats want to talk about the threat that Saddam Hussein posed and the intelligence, they might want to start with looking at the previous administration and their own statements that they’ve made,
Democrats' gambit revived a long-delayed Senate inquiry.
By Gail Russell Chaddock | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
WASHINGTON - By moving the Senate into a secret session for two hours this week, Democrats put a politically charged question back on the table: Did the Bush administration exaggerate the case for war against Iraq?
Emboldened by last week's indictment of former top White House aide I. Lewis Libby, Democrats Tuesday used an obscure parliamentary rule to capture the Senate floor. In doing so, they infuriated Republicans but won a timetable to complete a long-delayed Senate investigation of whether the White House manipulated the intelligence used to justify invading Iraq.
From Tomdispatch today, Michael Schwartz on "Forgotten Iraq, The War in Maysan Province" LINK
Given the restricted nature of Western reporting in journalist-unfriendly Iraq (which I review in my introduction to Schwartz's piece), it's not surprisingly that whole areas of Iraq remain beyond our view much, if not all, of the time. Michael Schwartz picks one forgotten province where war and resistance, first to Saddam Hussein and then to foreign occupation, have been a constant, and reporting, in our press at least, an irregular, small miracle.
By Progressive Democrats of America
Ask your member of Congress to support legislation to stop funding the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq
Later this week or next week, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) will introduce legislation to stop funding the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. The bill would allow Defense Department funds to be used only to provide for: the safe and orderly withdrawal of all troops; consultations with other governments, NATO, and the UN regarding international forces; and financial assistance and equipment to either Iraqi security forces and/or international forces. In addition, the bill would not prohibit or restrict non-defense funding to carry out reconstruction in Iraq.
By Al Feldstein
Twas the night before Fitzmas, and in the White House
Every one was scared shitless, and Bush was quite soused
The indictments were hanging like Damocles' sword
As verminous oxen prepared to be gored
The perps were all sleepless, curled fetal in bed
While visions of prison cells loomed in each head
And Dick in his jammies, and George in his lap
Were sweating and swearing and looking like crap
When out on the web there arose such a clatter
The blogs and the forums were buzzing with chatter
Away to the PC Rove ran like a flash
He booted his browser and cleared out his cache
NEWS FROM THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERS
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider (Pelosi), 202-226-7616
Jim Manley / Rebecca Kirszner (Reid), 202-224-2939
Democratic Leaders to Bush: You Must Remove Cloud Hanging Over Your Presidency
Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter to President Bush today, calling on him to apologize for the actions of senior officials in leaking classified information, fire anyone involved in the leak case, and support full congressional investigations into the matter so that all the facts will be known.
By Michael Hirsh
07 November 2005 Issue
A courageous soldier and a determined senator demand clear standards.
Army Capt. Ian Fishback is plainly a very brave man. Crazy brave, even. Not only has the 26-year-old West Pointer done a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, he has had the guts to suggest publicly that his boss, Donald Rumsfeld, lied to Congress. After making headlines a month ago for alleging that systematic interrogation abuses occurred in Iraq-and that the Pentagon was not forthright about it-the plain-spoken Fishback went back to Fort Bragg, N.C. He is now practicing small-unit tactics in the woods for a month as part of Special Forces training. After that, he hopes to fight for his country once again overseas.
Remember That Mushroom Cloud?
The New York Times | Editorial
Wednesday 02 November 2005
The indictment of Lewis Libby on charges of lying to a grand jury about the outing of Valerie Wilson has focused attention on the lengths to which the Bush administration went in 2003 to try to distract the public from this central fact: American soldiers found a lot of things in Iraq, including a well-armed insurgency their bosses never anticipated, but they did not find weapons of mass destruction.
It's clear from the indictment that Vice President Dick Cheney and his staff formed the command bunker for this misdirection campaign. But there is a much larger issue than the question of what administration officials said about Iraq after the invasion - it's what they said about Iraq before the invasion. Senator Harry Reid, the minority leader, may have been grandstanding yesterday when he forced the Senate to hold a closed session on the Iraqi intelligence, but at least he gave the issue a much-needed push.
Some Conservatives Question Rove's Future
Tuesday 01 November 2005
Washington - Breaking with the White House and fellow conservatives, Republican Sen. Trent Lott and the head of the Cato Institute questioned on Tuesday whether top White House adviser Karl Rove, who remains in legal jeopardy in a CIA-leak probe, should keep his policy-making job.
Rove was not indicted on Friday along with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby. But lawyers involved in the case said Rove, President George W. Bush's top political adviser and deputy chief of staff, remains under investigation and may still be charged by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.
Senate Democrats consider pressing for appointment of special select committee to investigate administration's lies
Exclusive: Senate Democrats consider pressing for appointment of special select committee to investigate administration's pre-war intelligence claim
By Murray Waas
The Senate Democratic leadership over the course of the last several days has had discussions among themselves, along with senior congressional staff, about the possibility of pressing the Senate to appoint a special Senate select committee to investigate both the misuse of pre-war intelligence by the Bush administration to make the case to go to war with Iraq, as well as the Plame affair, according to at least three people who have been involved in those discussions.
By Heide Kober
I would like to share our story:
The (ongoing) Education of US Congressman David Price
Reporting from the 4th Congressional District in North Carolina
North Carolinians in the state's 4th District had it with their centrist, play-it-safe Congressman. They lobbied him and his staff at home and in Washington relentlessly, challenged him in public meetings, threatened petitions, and organized a public debate that clearly put him in the hot seat. The question: are you with us, your constituents, on the Iraq war and occupation or with the political analysts wedded to the DLC in Washington?
By Phillip Reese
The Sacramento City Council called Tuesday night for the "rapid and comprehensive withdrawal of United States military personnel and bases from Iraq," citing the financial and human costs of the war on local resources.
The resolution, sponsored by council members Lauren Hammond and Ray Tretheway, puts Sacramento on a short but growing list of cities nationwide pressing for a quick withdrawal. Chicago's council recently approved a similar measure. San Francisco made the same call a year ago. And dozens of towns in Vermont have called for a withdrawal.
"When enough Congress members see there are enough cities throughout the United States saying it's time to bring our troops home, they will come up with a good exit strategy," Hammond said.
Jim McDermott, Neil Abercrombie, John Conyers, and Gary Ackerman have joined the growing list of co-sponsors of the Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.
Where's YOUR Congress Member?
I Can't Wait
By David Swanson
Remarks for World Can't Wait Rally at White House, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005:
I don't know about the world, but certainly I can't wait any longer to end this war or to impeach this president. One more death, American or Iraqi, is too many.
Actually, what I said is not true. We do know something about the world. We know that polls that were done last year were unable to find another country on the planet that would have elected Bush or even made it close enough for him to steal.
Even in this country, we know that African Americans and Latino Americans and Jewish Americans and Female Americans and Unionized Americans and Urban Americans and Non-Military Americans and Non-Religious Americans voted against him. And we know that the Christian white guys, not to mention vets and military families, are coming around. Just look at how Harry Reid stood up yesterday and announced the birth of an opposition party in the United States Senate. George W. Bush is becoming a uniter, not a divider, after all. It's just that he's uniting the country against himself.
Congressman Charles Rangel and Congressman Michael McNulty have signed onto the Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.
Has YOUR Congress Member done so?
By Jozef Hand-Boniakowski
The Titanic, circa 2005, is going down fast. Millions of anti-war United States citizens knew from the get-go (2000) that our government and country had been taken over by the Nixon mob of Watergate fame. The stolen election of 2000 brought the Nixon men back into the White House. There was Donald Rumsfeld (defense secretary under President Gerald Ford after Ford pardoned Nixon), Irv "Scooter" Libby, Paul O'Neil (deputy budget director in the Nixon and Ford administrations), et al. This warmed-over Watergate-era regime even tried to put Henry Kissinger back on the White House payroll. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell (the general and spinmeister who lied to the world about weapons of mass destruction at the United Nations), stated,
By Ted Rall
URBANA, ILLINOIS--To weigh the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame against historical standards, consider that no leader of the Soviet Union--including that master of ruthlessness, Josef Stalin--ever arranged for the name of a KGB operative to appear in a newspaper. Adolf Hitler had countless millions murdered, yet getting at a political enemy by endangering agents of the Sicherheitsdienst, the Nazi intelligence service, didn't cross his mind. In this respect, not even the worst tyrants have stooped to the level of George W. Bush.
Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11
By Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 2, 2005; A01
The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.
The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
The Republican Party, which has recently spent most of its time defending the treasonous outing of a covert CIA operative, was struck dumb by an ingenious act of the Senate Democrats. What could cause the GOP Senate to rise up into a frenzy of stunned indignation?
In an unprecedented, uncharacteristically daring move, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid forced the Senate into a secret session to demand accountability for the Bushevik lies that led America into the Iraq War. The November 1st action took everyone by surprise, including BuzzFlash, because of its unexpected creativity and defiance.
By Steven T. Jones and Tim Redmond
San Francisco Bay Guardian
The GOP is in free fall, and it's time to take the country back.
BASEBALL METAPHORS CAN be taken way too far. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald demonstrated that during the press conference he held on the criminal indictment of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide. In a long and drawn-out analogy involving a pitcher and a hit batter, Fitzgerald likened himself to an umpire who had "dust thrown in his eyes," claiming Libby's lies had made it hard for him to determine who should be indicted for the vengeful outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
By Socialist Worker
THE PRESIDENT’S men were certain that a war to topple Saddam Hussein was necessary to promote U.S. interests. And they were ready to do anything to get it. That’s the real significance behind the indictment of Dick Cheney’s top aide Lewis “Scooter