By Robert Scheer, www.Truthdig.com
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.
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.
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.
By Steve Gehrke, Daily utah Chronicle
Joe Wilson will accept both credit and praise for his work as an ambassador in Africa.
But when former Hinckley director J.D. Williams called him a national hero for blowing the whistle on the Bush administration's logic for going to war in Iraq, Wilson said he was only exercising his civic responsibility.
By the Saint-Louis Post-Dispatch
It was said of Gen. George S. Patton that when he arrived in Normandy with the Third Army in 1944, “He attacked in all directions at once.
By Joe Kay, www.wsws.org
The Bush administration has initiated a campaign to defend its illegal spying program, employing its well-established technique of brazenly lying to the American people.
By Allister Sparks
I am writing this from Qatar, a tiny peninsula jutting into the Persian Gulf and a good vantage point for observing the turbulent events in the Middle East. And every observer I have spoken to here agrees on one thing - the big winner of George W Bush's war on Iraq is none other than America's arch-enemy, Iran.
By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Media Services
He had his day. Now let's drag him out of sainthood and back into controversy and relevance.
Martin Luther King has more to give us in the 21st century than a three-day weekend. Just read the speeches that haven't been chiseled in stone yet.
By Katie Quinn-Jacobs, www.CommonDreams.org
Peter DeMott, a Vietnam veteran and civil resister, began his opening remarks at his sentencing in Binghamton federal court today by asking the court for a moment of silence to remember the dead who had perished in Iraq: both the American and Iraqi casualties. DeMott noted that thirty percent of the Iraqi dead are children. Judge Thomas J. McAvoy granted this request stating, “The Court will join you in a moment of silence because it is a good thing to do. I feel that loss deeply.
Democratic National Committee Headquarters
The Wasserman Conference Room, 430 South Capitol Street, S.E.
Ten of the Sixty Two Progressive Caucus Members are in line to become Committee Chairs should the Democrats retake the House in November 2006
Caracas, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) US peace activist Cindy Sheehan assured nearly 70 percent of her compatriots condemn the war in Iraq and want their troops back home.
By David Michael Green, www.CommonDreams.org
Boy, you gotta hand it to the Democratic Party. They sure get high marks for consistency.
The guys in the White House must be getting bored by now. They keep handing out killer cudgels to the Democrats, waiting to see if they’ll actually pick one up.
Bush 'lies ... misleads ... misinstructs'
"You can be arrested and not charged," says entertainer Harry Belafonte.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Entertainer Harry Belafonte, one of the Bush administration's harshest critics, compared the Homeland Security Department to the Nazi Gestapo on Saturday and attacked the president as a liar.
By Gore Vidal, www.HuffingtonPost.com
While contemplating the ill-starred presidency of G.W. Bush, I looked about for some sort of divine analogy. As usual, when in need of enlightenment, I fell upon the Holy Bible, authorized King James version of 1611; turning by chance to the Book of Jonah, I read that Jonah, who, like Bush, chats with God, had suffered a falling out with the Almighty and thus became a jinx dogged by luck so bad that a cruise liner, thanks to his presence aboard, was about to sink in a storm at sea.
In a growing culture of caution and fear of dissent, a Congressional research agency has warned a senior analyst to avoid describing his research findings. The analyst specializes in separation of powers issues for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and has frequently authored reports which encourage the Congress to assert its Constitutional oversight authority over the Executive Branch.
By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Bush and the boys have taken to the road this week to defend the indefensible. To wit: spying on American citizens without a warrant is fine and dandy, because the President can do whatever he wants, because laws are meaningless in the main, because Osama may be under your bed sharpening his cutlass. The road trip started in Kansas and will wend its way hither and yon, spreading bad information and flat-out lies at every whistle-stop.
By Ron Kraybill
Click here to read this essay in Paxblog, the author's blog Does America see the real lessons of Iraq? We were going to remove a threatening dictator, liberate an oppressed people, and save ourselves from terrorists, all in one swoop. Send in the Marines, wage a hightech battle, install the good guys, and return home, in a matter of months, and on a low budget. By George, we were gonna set that place free.....
Multimedia Link - Flashpoints - Dec 19, 2005
Dennis Bernstein interviews Francis Boyle
By Nancy Detweiler
The State of the Union Address on January 31, 2006 offers peace activists a rare opportunity to make our voices heard and to make a positive impact for peace and for reporting truth.
By Stephen Castle, The Independent UK
The United States was accused of "gangster tactics" yesterday, and European governments were accused of turning a blind eye to the "outsourcing of torture", as a human rights watchdog concluded that the CIA conducted illegal anti-terror activities in Europe.
Large bundles of cash meant for Iraq's reconstruction were stashed in filing cabinets, handed over without receipts and gambled away, a report has found.
The audit, by US-appointed inspectors, paints a picture of the chaotic misuse of millions of dollars of funds.
(and he seems inclined to take their word for it...)
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January 31, 2006 (Tuesday)at Bus Boys and Poets, corner of V and 14th Streets NW, Washington, DC
8:00 PM (Langston Room) STATE OF THE UNION EVENT
The President is still lying... Troops are still dying...
By Ian James, ASSOCIATED PRESS
CARACAS, Venezuela - To the beat of drums and trilling whistles, thousands of activists from around the world showed their opposition to globalization and the Iraq war at the opening Tuesday of the World Social Forum backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
By Sherrie Gossett CNSNews.com
(The following is the first of a two-part series on the National Security Agency's alleged abuse of employee whistleblowers. Part 2 will be published Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006)
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]
By James Glanz, The New York Times
A new audit of American financial practices in Iraq has uncovered irregularities including millions of reconstruction dollars stuffed casually into footlockers and filing cabinets, an American soldier in the Philippines who gambled away cash belonging to Iraq, and three Iraqis who plunged to their deaths in a rebuilt hospital elevator that had been improperly certified as safe.
The City Club of San Diego in conjunction with the Catfish Club will sponsor a luncheon on Friday March 3rd at the studios of Channel 10 featuring Ann Wright and David Swanson.
Admission is $15 and includes a buffet lunch.
Progressive Democrats of America, AfterDowningStreet & Clothing of the American Mind present
an ‘Out of Iraq’ Forum...
Panel Presentation and Q & A Featuring:
David Swanson – Founder, AfterDowningStreet.org / Board Member, Progressive Democrats of America