By Larry C. Johnson
The Bush Administration's new offensive against leakers just reminds us that when the President's political standing is at stake all is fair if the purpose is to protect the Pres...., er I mean the nation. Too bad George Bush did not express the same outrage when Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and others in his employ, told eager journalists that Joe Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA operative. I guess divulging secrets is okay if the White House needs to discredit Joe Wilson and his claim (subsequently proved true) that the President had misled the nation during his January 2004 State of the Union address. Plus if offers the added benefit of warning the rest of the intelligence community--shut up or else. You can't have whistle blowers coming out that would tarnish the President's image as a tough guy waging war on the terrorists.
By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent UK
View From Baghdad: Bush and Blair plot their exit strategy as a nation falls apart at the seams.
This was the year in which the US admitted it was not going to defeat the insurgency. It was the ebb tide of American and British power in Iraq. By the end of the year both countries were urgently looking to withdraw their troops in circumstances not too humiliating to themselves and without precipitating the complete collapse of the Iraqi state.
By Anne Penketh, The Independent
Britain's former ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has defied the Foreign Office by publishing on the internet documents providing evidence that the British Government knowingly received information extracted by torture in the "war on terror".
By HAZEL TRICE EDNEY, The Wilmington Journal
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Bush’s authorization of a secret domestic spying program – and his fierce defense of his action – is leading to talk of possible impeachment.
Molly Ivins: "Either the president of the United States is going to have to understand and admit he has done something very wrong, or he will have to be impeached."
AUSTIN, Texas -- The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Thirty-five years ago, Richard Milhous Nixon, who was crazy as a bullbat, and J. Edgar Hoover, who wore women's underwear, decided some Americans had unacceptable political opinions. So they set our government to spying on its own citizens, basically those who were deemed insufficiently like Crazy Richard Milhous.
By David Swanson
Try as I might to believe that the President accidentally got it all wrong about those weapons of mass destruction and ties to 9-11, I just can't seem to square it with the fact that the White House pressured the CIA to get it wrong or else.
Stephen Pearcy called our attention to this article and commented: "Pretty cool, eh? Well, we'll have some more good stuff for those right wingers next year! Happy New Year!"
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- WB58-TV asked viewers what their top regional stories of 2005 were, and many of their answers involved the war at home.
In one case, Land Park resident Steve Pearcy pushed some buttons in the form of a U.S. soldier hung on the front of his Sacramento home, questioning the war.
Fuel Crisis Spurs Mandatory Leave For Incumbent
By Jonathan Finer and Naseer Nouri, Washington Post
BAGHDAD, Dec. 30 -- As a fuel crisis deepened in Iraq, the government replaced its oil minister with controversial Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi, whose poor performance in the Dec. 15 elections was a setback in his recent attempt at political rehabilitation.
By David Swanson
Talk of censure and impeachment has begun swirling around President Bush. Can Vice President Cheney come to the rescue? He will do so if enough of Bush's opponents adopt the position of this Philadelphia Daily News op-ed writer -- the position that impeaching Bush would be a mistake, since Cheney is worse than Bush.
By Amy Branham
There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
When George finished the business he was away from the White House to do the next day, he returned home. The hour was late by the time he got home, but he found himself doing everything he could to avoid going to bed. He sat up and read for awhile hoping to take his mind off the terrible nightmares he’d been having. However, George found that the books that usually distracted him did nothing to help. He kept reading the same page over and over, not remembering what he had just read. Finally, thoroughly irritated, he put the book down.
If your President faces a potential impeachment over illegal activity, what do you do? Maybe you hire a firm to suggest the public likes having their rights viola
Leaked Top-Secret British Documents Revealing Bush Intended to Launch a War on Iraq -- No Matter What -- Have Been Proven Legitimate and Correct
John Conyers' Latest Report Provides a Point-by-Point Verification
As much as I appreciate all these Republicans offering us advice about how we are endangering our political prospects by not supporting illegal NSA spying, I have to wonder if they really have our best interests at heart. I just get a teensy bit suspicious that it might not be sincere.
By World Can't Wait
If you don't want to end 2006 with Bush as President, and the Bush Regime's program succeeding in cementing a disastrous direction, take the next steps with The World Can't Wait...
By John W. Dean, FindLaw.com
Both claimed that a president may violate Congress's laws to protect national security
On Friday, December 16, the New York Times published a major scoop by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau: They reported that Bush authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on Americans without warrants, ignoring the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Under cover of darkness, an anonymous White House official just declared war on the New York Times - as well as the First Amendment.
By Beth Potter,The Denver Post
Peace activist Bill Sulzman in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
protests the war in Iraq by refusing to pay the federal
excise tax of about 50 cents on his monthly phone bill.
US probes eavesdropping leak
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation to determine who disclosed a secret NSA eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks, officials said on Friday.
By ROSA BROOKS, Los Angeles Times
Is Clinton's history in Bush's future?
You know, the Clinton impeachment thing. Remember that? It had something to do with an intern, secretly taped conversations and a cigar. But it happened in the late 1990s, and it's getting harder and harder to remember the details of that long-vanished era.
A Cap Times editorial, December 29, 2005, http://www.madison.com
The dwindling circle of right-wing defenders of the Bush-Cheney presidency would have Americans believe that only the most reckless partisans would even consider the prospect of censuring or perhaps even impeaching the president and vice president. But the prospect of officially sanctioning Bush and Cheney, as has now been proposed by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, is gaining ground in unexpected quarters.
US says increase since Christmas brings total to 84
By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
WASHINGTON -- The US military said yesterday that a long-running hunger strike among detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison underwent a ''very significant increase" starting on Christmas Day, more than doubling the number of prisoners who are protesting their indefinite detention without trial by refusing to eat.
Anti-Terror Effort Continues to Grow
By Dana Priest, Washington Post
The effort President Bush authorized shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to fight al Qaeda has grown into the largest CIA covert action program since the height of the Cold War, expanding in size and ambition despite a growing outcry at home and abroad over its clandestine tactics, according to former and current intelligence officials and congressional and administration sources.
By David Swanson
On Friday morning, December 30th, from 7:30-8 a.m. PT, catch me on KPFA, together with a guy from the CATO Institute.
By David Swanson
Listen to audio of Congressman John Conyers talking about the Bush Administration's crimes, and his efforts to censure Bush and Cheney and to create an investigation that would develop articles of impeachment. I recorded this conversation with the Congressman on December 29th. The bills and the report referred to in the conversation can be found here. The upcoming events discussed can be found here.
This mp3 is 24 minutes and 21 MB: LISTEN.
Here's a Podcast version.
In her first BRAD BLOG Guest Blog, the 'Gag Ordered' FBI Translator Cites 'Patriotic Duty' of America's Intelligence Officials to Make Themselves Available for Congressional Testimony, Oversight
Asks them to contact newly formed 'National Security Whistleblowers Coalition'
The UK government has been quick to deny that we practice, or tolerate the practice of Torture. So it is perhaps not suprising that they are determined that you should not see the following documents:
'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for December 27
Guest: John Dean, Bob Bernstein
KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST: Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow?
And worse and worse it gets. Did the Bush administration bypass the special wiretap court because the court was refusing to sanction those wiretaps? Did the NSA spying include eavesdropping at the U.N.? And is, as our guest John Dean suggests, the president already guilty of at least one impeachable offense?