"Isn't it just amazing that a sex scandal is enough to impeach a president, but giving up the name of CIA agents and giving out secret information to other countries gets just a slap on the wrist? Gee, how things work. With everything going on in this administration right now, not impeaching Bush is just not right. This country needs to wake up, get to the voting booth and get something done about this."
- Falling Waters, W.Va.
Urging action for impeachment
Letter to Editor
I sent this letter to Rep. Bernard Sanders on July 9:
"I sent you the first version of this letter about a year ago. In reply I received a non-responsive form letter about the situation in Iraq. Since that time the threat to the United States posed by the Bush administration has grown more grave, and we are faced with three and a half more disastrous years.
"I write to urge you to put before the House Judiciary Committee a motion to impeach George W. Bush and Richard Cheney on the following grounds:
They have conspired to endanger Americans at home and abroad by initiating and pursuing a war of aggression based on false premises.
Letter to Editor
The majority in our Congress is stating that perjury is a minor thing and officials should only be indicted for "serious" crimes.
The senator from Texas was adamant concerning this, but she has reversed herself from seven years ago when she voted to impeach President Clinton for perjury because "justice had to be protected."
Clinton had not sent our troops into a war for dubious reasons. He had not spent billions of tax dollars on a wasteful war and, finally, he had not gotten more than 2,000 of our troops killed in a dubious war.
Where are our members of Congress when impeachment needs to be started? The silence is immense and all-pervading. Amazing how "justice" for one is not the same for someone from your own party.
By Geov Parrish
Source: Working For Change
In my column of June 9, 2003, I led with the assertion that:
"The Bush Administration's case for invading Iraq was a combination of willfully gross exaggerations and flat-out lies."
Even at the time, this was nothing new; it was a claim critics of the war had been making for nearly a year. The lack of discovery of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was simply confirming what war opponents knew all along.
Now, with Friday's five-count felony indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the investigation of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has parted the curtains on some of the mechanisms of that campaign of lies -- specifically, the lengths to which the Vice President's chief of staff was willing to go to in an attempt to smear an ex-ambassador, Joseph Wilson, who had meticulously disproven a key administration claim. Those lengths allegedly included lying twice to a grand jury, and twice more to FBI investigators, about whether he had leaked to the press that Valerie Wilson, the wife of the ex-ambassador, was a CIA operative.
By Paul Craig Roberts
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to vice president Richard B. Cheney and assistant to the president, has been indicted for a cover up.
As US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald made clear at the October 28 press conference announcing Libby’s indictment, he believes Libby "went before a federal grand jury and lied under oath repeatedly and fabricated a story about how he learned this information, how he passed it on." By obstructing Fitzgerald’s investigation, Libby has prevented Fitzgerald and the grand jury from finding out who leaked the name of the covert CIA agent, Valerie Plame, and why.
Part 2: Tribunal on Crimes Against Humanity Indicts the Bush RegimePart 2:Revolution #021, November 6, 2005, posted at revcom.us
This week we continue our coverage of this historic tribunal. Click here for previous coverage on revcom.us
An extraordinary Tribunal came together on October 21-23 to indict the Bush regime for crimes against humanity. The First Session of The 2005 International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration brought four indictments against the regime:
1. Wars of Aggression
LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- British troops will remain in Iraq until the violent insurgency ends, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday.
Speaking after Downing Street talks with Massoud Barzani, leader of Iraq's Kurdish minority, Blair said multinational forces could leave the country tomorrow if the insurgency ended.
Referring to the Pentagon's report Sunday that 26,000 Iraqi civilians had been killed or wounded as a result of the insurgency since January 2004, Blair said he "regretted" every civilian death.
However, he made clear he regarded the insurgents, and not the presence of coalition troops, as responsible for the killings.
Posted by: Captain on http://PEJ.org Monday, October 31, 2005 - 03:42 PM
No! This Regime Does Not Represent Us!
by Gerry Deiter
PEJ News - On Nov. 2, the first anniversary of Bush's "re-selection," people in 67 cities, at 43 colleges and universities, and 90 high schools (at last count) will leave work and school and gather in the city centers to declare No! This Regime Does Not Represent Us! and to launch a movement to drive Bush from power.
67 CITIES, 45 CAMPUSES, 90 HIGH SCHOOLS - RED STATE & BLUE: In the four months since the WCW call was issued, chapters have been formed in 53 cities, with demonstrations taking place in another 14; students at 43 colleges and universities will be participating; and there are 90 high schools where significant numbers of students will take part.
By Tomdispatch and the New York Review of Books
A superb essay from the latest New York Review of Books, released exclusively on line by Tomdispatch: In "What Bush Wants to Hear" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=32668
David Cole considers the new book by former Justice Department lawyer, now Berkeley law professor John Yoo (known for, among other things, producing the infamous "torture memo" of August 2002 for then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales). Cole skillfully dissects the extreme views of an influential legal figure in the Bush administration who believes in the most unfettered and extreme version of an imperial presidency possible -- the very one that the Bush/Cheney team has tried to put in place since September 11, 2001. This is an important essay.
By Robert Parry
Washington pundits are showering George W. Bush with advice on how to “restart
AS IT BECOMES CLEARER THAT THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT, A MOVEMENT TO DRIVE OUT
THE BUSH REGIME TAKES SHAPE - AND GAINS MOMENTUM
"The Bush Administration is the most dangerous force that has ever
existed. It is more dangerous than Nazi Germany because of the range and
depth of its activities and intentions worldwide. I give my full support
to the Call to Drive out the Bush Regime."
- Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, October 31, 2005
By Debra Sweet, National Coordinator, World Can't Wait, www.worldcantwait.org
On November 2, people in 67 cities, 43 colleges and universities, and 90
high schools (at last count) are walking out of school and work and
By Cindy Sheehan
This immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq has cost the world so much. George and his reckless war of choice have cost the American taxpayers billions of dollars that could be better spent at home. Judging from Katrina, Iraq has cost our country much of its security. It has cost the US any good standing we enjoyed in the world community. It cost America the post 9/11 good will from almost the entire world. We Americans are the laughing stock of the world community. Not only is our callous and careless leadership disdained, but we the people are scorned because we "re"-elected George for a 2nd term and not only that, we are allowing him to continue to mis-lead our country into ruin.
According to Senator Lincoln Chafee, the only Republican to oppose the war, "I never believed that the Iraq war was about weapons of mass destruction. It was this grand vision of changing the Middle East."
Published on Monday, October 31, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Laura Santina
A recent Boston Globe article focused on the fact that the Democrats are struggling to find one voice on Iraq. We don't need one voice from the Democrats. We need every Democrat who voted for this war to apologize for this illegal and immoral war and to insist that we leave Iraq immediately.
On October 11, 2002, the Senate voted 77-23 and the House voted 296-133 to authorize President Bush to attack Iraq if Saddam Hussein refused to give up weapons of mass destruction as required by UN resolutions.
THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT: Hold a Vigil or Rally Against Bush on Wednesday
November 2nd is the one-year anniversary of the election. Numerous organizations are working together to create vigils and rallies around the country against the war and against the Bush regime. Go here to get involved:
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) has introduced a Resolution of Inquiry to demand the White House turn over all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG).
"This group, comprised of the President and Vice President's top aides, was critical in selling the Administration's case for war," Kucinich said. "We now know that the Administration hyped intelligence and misled the American public and Congress in their effort to 'sell' the war."
This Resolution must be voted on in the House International Relations Committee by November 9th, 2005. The same committee, on September 14, came within one vote of passing a Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memo (H. Res. 375).
That near victory came after a great deal of citizen activism. This time we need to persuade all of the Democrats on the Committee to push a little bit harder and a few more Republicans to do the right thing. Co-Sponsorship of the Resolution by members not on the committee helps this effort.
Email Your Congress Member:
More Information and How to Get Involved:
After Downing Street is working with the BackBone Campaign to encourage Congress Members to cosponsor a Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group. Click here to download a Spine Postcard PDF to print (preferably on cardstock) and send to your Congress member.
BONIFAZ MAY RUN FOR MASS. SECRETARY OF STATE
Left I on the News
Not by the U.S. government, anyway. 40 Iraqis are dead and 20 wounded thanks
to a "precision strike" on a "terrorist safe house." As you know without
even reading the linked article, the latter two phrases come from the U.S.
military, while the numbers come from Iraqi hospital sources; you don't
expect the U.S. military (or the U.S. media) to actually inspect the damage
and report the results, do you?
This particular article is oh-so-typical and oh-so-telling. Here's what the
U.S. military says:
"The only air strike in that area (west of Qaim) of which I am aware is an
Published on Saturday, October 29, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Scott Ritter
NEW YORK -- The indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby by Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald provides the most cogent and visible evidence to date of the criminal mindset that exists inside the Bush administration regarding the decision to invade Iraq.
The indictment is linked to Libby's involvement in illegally revealing the identity of a covert CIA operative, Valerie Plame, in violation of U.S. law, and the resultant conspiracy to deny and cover up the fact that this crime had in fact taken place. But the real crime committed here is the deception leading to war carried out by the Bush administration, in particular the activities of the vice president, Dick Cheney, and his chief of staff, "Scooter" Libby, which is why they felt they needed to go after former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Plame.
Published on Monday, October 31, 2005 by Reuters
By Alastair Macdonald
BAGHDAD - Seven U.S. troops were killed by bombs near Baghdad, the military said on Monday, making October the bloodiest month for Americans in Iraq since January.
In the far west, where U.S. marines have been fighting for months to stem a flow of foreign Arab fighters and funds coming through Syria, local doctors and tribal leaders accused American forces of killing some 40 civilians in an air strike.
The military said it knew of no civilian deaths and believed it had killed an al Qaeda leader targeted by precision bombing.
Friday, October 28, 2005 -- Rep. Waxman asks for congressional hearings to examine (1) who should be held accountable for the leak of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, (2) why the White House failed to meet its obligations to revoke the security clearances of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and Karl Rove, and (3) how the leak relates to the broader issue of whether the President and his top advisors used misleading intelligence to launch an unnecessary war in Iraq.
Letter to Chairman Davis PDF
Army Secret Surfaces: Deadly Chemicals at Sea
By John Bull
The Morning Call
Sunday 30 October 2005
Millions of pounds of unused weapons of mass destruction were dumped in oceans before Congress banned the practice in 1972. The threat is still out there, and may be growing.
First of a Two-Day Series
A clam dredging operation off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J., in 2004 pulled up an old artillery shell.
The long-submerged, World War I-era explosive was filled with a black, tar-like substance.
Bomb disposal technicians from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware were brought in to dismantle it. Three of them were injured, one hospitalized with large, pus-filled blisters on his arm and hand.
Lewis "Scooter" Libby resigned on Friday after being indicted on five counts of obstruction of justice, perjury to a grand jury and making false statements to FBI agents during the CIA leak investigation. President Bush's chief advisor Karl Rove has so far escaped indictment for his role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. We speak with former CIA agent, Larry Johnson. [includes rush transcript]
For the first time in 130 years, a White House staff member has been indicted for crimes committed in the office. On Friday, Lewis "Scooter" Libby was indicted on five counts of obstruction of justice, perjury to a grand jury and making false statements to FBI agents during the CIA leak investigation. He resigned following the indictments.
By Dave Lindorff
There is little doubt that the even if the Bush administration doesn't go down in flames, it will go down in history as one of, if not the most incompetent, corrupt and dangerous presidencies in the history of the republic.
The question is, with crimes so colossal, why isn't there a public demand for his impeachment?
In fact, there is a powerful and growing popular sentiment for impeachment--we just don’t hear about it. The Zogby organization, the only polling outfit to have posed the question to date, found last June that 42 percent of Americans felt Bush should be impeached if he lied about the war (a much larger percentage believe he lied). That, of course, was before the mainstream media began finally reporting, as a result of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation of Plamegate, on the disinformation campaign for war against Iraq directed by Vice President Dick Cheney and the White House Iraq Group. It was also before Bush himself was found to have been in on the cover-up of the outing of Valerie Plame by Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and presidential advisor Karl Rove. It was also before the US death toll in Iraq topped 2000.
The New York Times
October 31, 2005
Doubts Cast on Vietnam Incident, but Secret Study Stays Classified
By SCOTT SHANE
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - The National Security Agency has kept secret since
2001 a finding by an agency historian that during the Tonkin Gulf episode,
which helped precipitate the Vietnam War, N.S.A. officers deliberately
distorted critical intelligence to cover up their mistakes, two people
familiar with the historian's work say.
The historian's conclusion is the first serious accusation that
communications intercepted by the N.S.A., the secretive eavesdropping and
CONGRESSMAN JERROLD NADLER
8th Congressional District of New York
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Reid Cherlin
October 31, 2005 202-225-5635
Letter to Chairman Sensenbrenner calls for committee investigation into
whether Administration deliberately and illegally misled Congress in order
to make a case for war
"The question now before the Committee is whether the CIA leak itself was
part of an effort to cover up a broader conspiracy to mislead Congress
into authorizing a war."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jerrold Nadler today demanded the House
Judiciary Committee investigate whether White House officials deliberately
Time Reporter Says He Learned Agent's Identity From Rove
Matthew Cooper Says I. Lewis Libby Confirmed Information
Oct. 31 2005 — One of the reporters at the center of the investigation into the leak of the identity of an undercover CIA officer, says he first learned the agent's name from President Bush's top political advisor, Karl Rove.
Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper also said today in an interview with "Good Morning America," that the vice president's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, confirmed to him that Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a covert CIA operative.
Memo to Democratic Pundits
I sat through a whole lot of hooey this morning on the Sunday talk shows. And then sat through a bunch of further hooey reviewing some of the quotes from pundits, Republican strategists and other anonymous apologists.
All of which were varying attempts to minimize, discredit or otherwise discount entirely the indictment of Scooter Libby, the continuing investigation into a matter that the CIA felt was serious enough to refer it to the DOJ for further inquiry and criminal prosecution, and/or the implications that this matter has on the Administration and the persons who work for it.
By Norman Solomon
A lot of media outlets are now scrutinizing some of the lies told by the Bush administration before the invasion of Iraq. Yet the same news organizations are bypassing their own key roles in the marketing of those lies. A case in point is the New York Times.
On Oct. 29, hours after the indictment of Lewis Libby, the lead editorial of the Times ended by declaring that “the big point Americans need to keep in mind is this: There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
TV Newsman Is His Own News in the Leak Case
By TODD S. PURDUM
New York Times
Published: October 31, 2005
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 - On any given Sunday, the cream of Washington officialdom presents itself for confession before Tim Russert, a big, bluff lawyer-turned-journalist who may be the capital's most intimidating interlocutor outside a courtroom or Congress. Vice President Dick Cheney, not a chatty guy, has been his guest no fewer than 10 times since taking office.
But on this particular Sunday, the news compelled Mr. Russert to turn his trademark attention to an atypical topic: himself.
Rodolfo Gonzalez © News
Iraq war veteran Kelly Dougherty, 27, of Colorado Springs, right, smiles as Korean War veteran E.L. Van Laningham, 75, of Colorado Springs, offers words of support following a press conference at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center in Colorado Springs on Aug. 25.
Iraq vet works against war
Former soldier's doubts grew as conflict wore on
By Deborah Frazier, Rocky Mountain News
October 31, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS - Sgt. Kelly Dougherty went to Iraq in 2003, doubting that the war was just.
She returned in 2004, certain it was wrong, and co-founded Iraq Veterans Against the War.