France: Judge Bruguière—utilising anti-terrorism as a political instrument

By Antoine Lerougetel,

On January 9, Nizar Sassi was released from jail on the orders of Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière. The young Frenchman, indicted for no crime, had been detained by the American authorities for two-and-a-half years and a further one-and-a-half years by the French.

Bush PR blitz races to frame spying debate: Critics allege abuse of power

Note By David Swanson:
In the article below we find this lie:
"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'"
published unchallenged by these facts.
Please correct Mr. Sabato:

By MICHELLE MITTELSTADT / The Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration raced this week to defend its warrantless domestic spying program, with several aims in mind, experts say: Win over a conflicted public; force Democrats into an arena that plays to GOP strength; and head off talk of impeachment and special prosecutors.

US activist rejects prospective invasion of Venezuela

By El Universal

US activist Cindy Sheehan Wednesday in Caracas repulsed the possibility of a US invasion of Venezuela, as claimed repeatedly by President Hugo Chávez, Efe reported.

Bush Pot Calls Hamas Kettle Black

By Dave Lindorff,

Talk about chutzpah!

President Bush has told Hamas, which just managed a stunning upset of Fatah in the Palestinian elections, that the movement must "renounce violence" if it is to be bestowed the blessing of having the U.S. recognize it as the government of the Palestinian people.

Spying and Lying in 21st Century America

Introducing the latest policy analysis from Foreign Policy In Focus

Spying and Lying in 21st Century America
By Col. Daniel Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Since the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the historical protections of speech, assembly, protest, and privacy enjoyed by U.S. citizens and legal residents (“U.S. persons

Impeach or Indict Bush and Cheney

By Ronnie Dugger, Texas Democracy Foundation,

The year 2006 will be historic for the nation, and probably for humanity. Texans Bush and Rove and their conspirators in the second Bush presidency have disgraced American democracy at home and in the world with debasements of our nation and our values that have now entered their climactic phase. What part will the rest of us Texans play in this decisive year?

State of the Union

Watch a Video of Bush's Promises in Past State of the Union Speeches, with data showing we've moved, in each case, in the opposite direction:

Kerry Now Says He Supports Filibuster on Alito

Progressive Democrats of America reports that Senator Kerry now supports a filibuster on Alito. Call him and thank him and encourage him to stick with it: (202) 224-2742.


Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888

Video of Eyes Wide Open


Please take a few minutes to watch the powerful new music video for the title track of bluesman Robert Cray’s Grammy-nominated album, Twenty. The video, now up our Wage Peace Campaign website, features AFSC’s Eyes Wide Open exhibit and takes a strong stand against the Iraq War. It tells the story of a young soldier who struggles with his memories of a senseless war.

ACLU Georgia Uncovers Pentagon Spying Files

By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News (January 25, 2006)

(APN) ATLANTA–The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia released new documents on Pentagon spying on peaceful protesters, in a downtown press conference today at the Martin Luther King Federal Building. The documents are respondent to their Freedom of Information Act requests to several federal, state, and local agencies, regarding the Pentagon spying which occurred against local peace activists here in Georgia.

New Jersey Activists: Petition for Investigation of Presidential Illegal Actions: A Call for Impeachment

Event: Hoboken Progressives Black Ops Meeting and Petition Signing
Date: January 25, 2006 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: City Bistro – 56-58 14th Street – Hoboken, NJ 07030
Dress Code: Wear Black – We Are Under the Radar – Just Like the President

A New World is Possible

By Cindy Sheehan

And necessary! This is the theme for the World Social Forum that I (and tens of thousands of people from all over the world) am attending in Caracas this week. I know the idea of a world where everyone lives in peace and with justice is very "subversive" but the theme is very close to my heart and soul.

Illegal & Indiscriminate Spying Hurts Our National Security, Here is Why

By Sibel Edmonds

According to numerous reports and audits released by entities such as Inspector General Offices of agencies that deal with national security and various presidential commissions, today, more than four years after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, almost all our national security related agencies are in disarray, riddled with incompetence, corruption, and in some cases criminal activities. While most of the real problems facing our national security today stem from gross mismanagement, inefficiency, incompetence and a lack of sensible policies and vigorous oversight, the Bush Administration insists upon blaming these deficiencies on a regrettable and dangerous lack of power in the executive branch. But the kind of power the Administration pursues is the kind of power that would vault the presidency to monarchical status and nullify the Bill of Rights.

NSA Whistleblowers Were Allegedly Isolated, Intimidated

By Sherrie Gossett,

(The following is the second of a two-part series on the National Security Agency's alleged abuse of employee whistleblowers.)

Third of Saint Patrick's Four Sentenced

Remaining Sentencing:
Teresa Grady: Friday, Jan. 27th, '06 11:30 am
1-Article: Mother and Activist, Clare Grady, Sentenced in Federal Court, by Katie Quinn-Jacobs

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, will attend the 74th Winter Meeting of United States
Conference of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]

Renewed Hope

By Amy Branham

Is all lost to us as Americans? Am I doing any good whatsoever with all my efforts to end this war, to educate people about the war and the realities of the Bush Administration? Does it do any good to put a human face on the cost of war? Is our country doomed? Is it too late to do what needs to be done?

GOP group wants death count list removed

ARTEMIS COUGHLAN, Associated Press

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- The death count of Iraq casualties posted in the front window of the Bucks County Democratic Committee irks a Republican group so much that they’ve asked for it to be removed.

US military stretched to breaking point

· Pentagon report says clear strategy is needed
· Rate of deployment 'cannot be sustained'
By Julian Borger in Washington, The Guardian (UK)

The US army is being stretched, by its deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, into a "thin green line" in danger of breaking before the insurgents are defeated, claims a report commissioned by the Pentagon.

Just Between Dictators

Saddam to sue Bush and Blair

AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Defence lawyers for Saddam Hussein Wednesday distributed copies of a lawsuit against President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair for destroying Iraq.

Army reaching breaking point, experts warn

By Drew Brown, Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - A pair of reports by outside experts in the last two days warn that the Army has been stretched thin by repeated combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and could soon reach the breaking point.

AG's Memo Raises Questions on Patriot Act, Suggests it's not needed for domestic spying

By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe

A footnote in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales's 42-page legal memo defending President Bush's domestic spying program appears to argue that the administration does not need Congress to extend the USA Patriot Act in order to keep using the law's investigative powers against terror suspects.

Women for Peace


Ms. magazine has published a great article about women working for peace.

News from the UFPJ Legislative Working Group


Thanks to everyone who has sent in reports on their visits (or attempts to visit) to members of Congress. You will find a synopsis of those reports below.

Congressional Recess Calendar

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chair of Out of Iraq Caucus, Is Circulating This Letter to Her Colleagues: Help Her!

Send this to your congress member.

January 25, 2006
Oppose warrantless spying on innocent American citizens!
Dear Colleague,

I invite you to join me on a letter to President Bush opposing the National Security Administration (NSA) domestic surveillance program that he ordered without judicial warrant and disavowing his interpretation of prior Congressional authority to do so. The Department of Justice issued a white paper on January 19, 2006, enumerating the President’s legal justifications for the NSA program. The white paper states that Congress specifically gave the President unlimited authority when it passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), on September 14, 2001 and which became law on September 18, 2001.

AG Gonzales' Defense Of U.S. Domestic Spy Program Draws Protests and Criticism from Law Professors, Students


On Tuesday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared at Georgetown Law
School to deliver an address defending the NSA domestic spy programs. During
the course of his address, nearly 30 students stood up one-by-one and turned

You've Got Jail

By Robert Scheer,

In case someone in the Justice Department is reading this, let me hasten to explain why I just clicked on the Victoria's Secret online catalog photo featuring a certain "Very Sexy Lace & Mesh Garter Belt." AOL made me do it.

British Soldiers Take MoD to Court over 'Medical Negligence'

By Kim Sengupta, The Independent UK

The mental scars suffered by those who have experienced the horrors of the Iraq conflict have been exposed in a series of medical studies and legal actions.

Mild Penalties in Military Abuse Cases

By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times

Observers see a variety of reasons for light sentences, even in interrogation deaths - including shifting rules and CIA involvement.

Denver - Soldiers prosecuted in the abuse or even deaths of detainees rarely have paid a heavy price, an indication of the difficulties the US military has had sorting out right from wrong during the war on terrorism, human rights groups and military lawyers say.

Speaking Events

March 27-April 6 Events Everywhere


April 4: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next: An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing. 6-8 p.m. at 5th and K Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.


April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest


April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont


June 16-18: David Swanson and many others speaking at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.

August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.

Find more events here.


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