Audio of Progressive Caucus State of the Union

Here's audio of the full events held today by the Progressive Caucus, the Nation Magazine, and the Institute for Policy Studies:

Here's the last question (from After Downing Street Co-Founder and Director of PDA Tim Carpenter) and answer (by Congresswoman Maxine Waters):

Most Iraqis Doubt US Will Ever Leave

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 by Inter Press Service
by Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON - Large majorities of Iraqis believe that the United States has no intention of ever withdrawing all its military forces from their country and that Washington's reconstruction efforts have been incompetent at best, according to a new survey released here Tuesday.

Videos of Bush Crimes Commission Posted

Here are links to videos of all the speakers:

Here is part one of David Swanson speaking about the Downing Street Memo:

Contract for global propaganda campaign has few safeguards, document shows

By John Byrne,

Up to $100m campaign enlists balls, bumper stickers in terror fight

The task order for a stealth global propaganda campaign ordered by the U.S. Special Operations Command and carried out by a Washington-based defense contractor with scant experience reveals that the Defense Department has pursued a more aggressive international "information" campaign than previously realized.

Time for Citizens to Insist Bush Obey the Law

By Kevin Zeese

Yesterday, I moderated an excellent forum on the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. The event featured Cindy Sheehan, well known peace activist, Ramsey Clark, the former Attorney General for President Johnson, Ann Wright a 29 year veteran of the Army and 16 years in the foreign service (quit to protest the Iraq War), David Swanson, founder of Impeach PAC and, Marcus Raskin founder of the Institute for Policy Studies (who was prosecuted by co-panelist Clark during the Vietnam War era!).

Impeachment Forum Video Available

C-Span has posted the video (two and a half hours) of a forum on impeachment from yesterday. Go to and click on "Bush Administration" in the upper left.

Cindy Sheehan Released After Arrest for Wearing Shirt

By David Swanson

Note: Going on no sleep, Cindy plans to speak this morning on Good Morning America and the Today Show about the experience of being arrested for wearing a shirt.

The shirt Cindy was arrested for wearing. This photo was taken earlier in the day at the People's State of the Union with Congress Members Conyers and Woolsey.

Cindy Sheehan lost her son in Bush's war. Tonight she accepted an invitation from Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey to attend Bush's State of the Union speech. She had told me earlier that she didn't want to go. But she ended up going. All day she had been wearing a t-shirt and a sweat shirt. When she unzipped the sweat shirt, revealing that the t-shirt displayed a count of US soldiers killed in Iraq, the Capitol Police lifted her out of her seat and hauled her off to jail. She was released over 3 hours later, charged with unlawful conduct, which carries a fine of $45. She did not see the speech and was not able to speak at the rally outside the Capitol or the viewing party at Bus Boys and Poets restaurant, as she had planned. This was completely unexpected and not planned for. Cindy is clearly tired and frustrated by the experience.

Protesters from the World-Can't-Wait event marched from the Capitol Reflecting Pool to the jail where Cindy was first taken. Both on the way there and after reaching the jail, they encountered abusive and unnecessary force from the police. One young woman was kicked in the head, and was treated in an ambulance and released.

The jail was on D Street, NE, near the Senate office buildings. The police told us they were taking Cindy to central processing at Judiciary Square and would bring her back and release her. Then they said she'd be released over there, but when we got there, they said she'd be released at a jail at 415 4th Street SW, so we headed over there, and she was in fact released. Television cameras followed the whole way. Cindy was too tired and fed-up to make a lengthy statement. She has invitations for the morning from the Today Show, Good Morning America, and others.

The Impeach Bush truck drove around the Capitol today.

Pacifica radio covered the State of the Union from Bus Boys and Poets restaurant.

A line of police faced a crowd of protesters outside the jail where Cindy was first taken.

Cindy's sister Dede Miller spoke with the police and then with the media. REPORT



Also: C-Span has posted the video (two and a half hours) of a forum on impeachment from yesterday. Go to and click on "Bush Administration" in the upper left.


As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight.

I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country.

Cindy Sheehan is transfered to a downtown jail instead of released as promised.

Karen at the Democracy Cell Project is reporting that contrary to what they had been told, Cindy Sheehan was not released within an hour. Instead Cindy has been moved to another jail downtown.


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Was to Attend State of the Union Address! Was Already Seated in Gallery When Arrested by Capitol Police!

State of The Union is a State of Emergency

State of The Union is a State of Emergency
Karen Bradley and Casey Morris
Democracy Cell Project

The Democracy Cell Project is reporting live from the Capitol, and will be doing so all evening.

Crowds protesting Sheehan arrest in DC -- police getting ugly.

Crowds protesting Sheehan arrest in DC -- police getting ugly.

Zen Democrat (1000+ posts) Wed Feb-01-06 05:25 AM
Democratic Underground

From / :

David Swanson reports by phone on the scene: During the protest in front of the Capitol Police HQ, 2-3 dozen police locked arms and pushed the crowd across the street. A protester named James from World Can't Wait was arrested for chanting "Free Cindy Now" with a megaphone. As the police grabbed the megaphone, they hit a woman protester in the head, but she is ok. They also kicked Aliska from World Can't Wait in the head, and she required treatment in an ambulance before she was released. Cindy is now being taken to the Central Processing Center in Judiciary Square, and the crowd is following her.

Cindy Sheehan Arrested in House Gallery for Anti-War T-Shirt

Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan, Invited to State of Union Speech, Arrested Just After Taking Seat

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the anti-war movement, was arrested and removed from the House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush's State of the Union address, a police spokeswoman said.

Sheehan, who had been invited to attend the speech by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., was charged with demonstrating in the Capitol building, a misdemeanor, said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. Sheehan was taken in handcuffs to police headquarters a few blocks away and her case was processed as Bush spoke.

Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

Cindy Sheehan: “Bush’s Presidency Is Illegitimate!

Published, Baltimore's Indy Media Center, Jan. 31, 2006, at:

By William Hughes

Washington, D.C. - Cindy Sheehan is back in town! I’m sure that big bully in the White House, President George W. Bush, will be shaking in his cowboy boots when he hears that news. When Sheehan, the popular anti-Iraq War activist, showed up at Crawford, Texas, last summer, Bush refused to meet with her. He seemed cowed by her mere presence at a vigil (a/k/a “Camp Casey

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 30 - January 31, 2006
Leader Candidates have been invited to address Pence's RSC retreat.
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Tuesday January 31, 2006

Being a National Activist

By David Swanson

Remarks prepared for California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus meeting in Los Angeles, Jan. 28, 2006

I was asked to speak about "Creating National Action as an Individual," so here are a few thoughts. Back in May, five of us individuals brought a bunch of groups together as a coalition called "After Downing Street" We used the internet and radio and lots of activism to force the Downing Street Minutes into the news. Our success came from tapping into passion among a large section of the public for exposing the war lies and pushing the idea of impeachment.

Virginia 11th Congressional District Democratic Party Candidates Forum on the War in Iraq

Ken Longmyer and Andy Hurst, the two candidates running for the Democratic party nomination for the Virginia 11th Congressional District to run against Republican Cong. Tom Davis, have agreed to participate in a forum on the war in Iraq from 7-9 P.M.

Iraq war turns former Army officer into protester

By Elizabeth Mehren, Los Angeles Times

KEENE, N.H. – In a dingy meeting room with walls the color of day-old oatmeal, 40 people on plastic chairs form a ragged circle. Sharing first names, they go around the room: teachers, students, nurses and at least three active-duty service members. They came to hear about military buildups around the world, but what they really want to do was hash out their feelings about the Iraq war.

Arlington West

By David Swanson

Every Sunday on Santa Monica Beach, as on four other beaches in California, crosses (and a few stars and crescents) are set up, one for every US soldier who has died in Iraq. I went out to see Arlington West in Santa Monica on Sunday. Here's my photo album.

William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security

NSA Expands, Centralizes Domestic Spying
Code Name(s) of the Week: DIAZ, Emergejust, Freedom, Highpoint, PASSGEAR, Viceroy

False Patriotism

By Adam McKay,

The other day a friend of mine e-mailed me this exchange he had with his cousin who served in Iraq. I thought it was worth posting. It's yet further evidence that if you want to know what these Republicans are all about, see what they accuse others of being -- anti-American, anti-troops, liars, etc.

Message to Students, from Howard Zinn

World Can't Wait

I remember vividly how important it was during the Vietnam War that
students all over the country spoke up boldly calling for the United
States to withdraw from Vietnam, even when neither the media nor the

Photos of Yesterday's Impeachment Forum

Here are photos.

The event was shown on C-Span, though I don't see a video posted on their website. Maybe people should ask C-Span

Gorilla Empire? A Global State of Disunion

From Tomdispatch today, in honor of the President's State of the Union address on Tuesday, I'm sending out my own piece, "Gorilla Empire? A Global State of Disunion" It's my attempt, in the context of past James-Frey-like State of the Union fictions (that "axis of evil," those immortal "16 words" about Saddam's African uranium, that urge to "fix" social security) to make sense of our moment. I particularly focus on something I think few others have written about: the strange wedding of Bush administration incompetence, which guarantees that every future crisis will devolve under federal "management" into a further roiling mess, and the fact that every such crisis since 9/11 allows Bush, Cheney, and their advisers to garner yet more power for their cult of the imperial presidency. In this context of growing presidential power and expanding chaos, I ask: What kind of imperial power, are we? And, having reminded readers of neocon dreams of a global Pax Americana back in 2002-03 and how the neocons have fallen silent on the subject ever since, I conclude:

ABC's Woodruff, Cameraman Injured in Iraq

Associated Press

New York - ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff and a cameraman were seriously injured Sunday when the Iraqi Army vehicle they were traveling in was attacked and an explosive device went off.

Military Hides Cause of Women Soldiers' Deaths

By Marjorie Cohn, t r u t h o u t | Report

In a startling revelation, the former commander of Abu Ghraib prison testified that Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, former senior US military commander in Iraq, gave orders to cover up the cause of death for some female American soldiers serving in Iraq.

CIA Expands Use of Drones in Terror War

By Josh Meyer, The Los Angeles Times

'Targeted killing' with missile-firing Predators is a way to hit al Qaeda in remote areas, officials say. Host nations are not always given notice.

Washington - Despite protests from other countries, the United States is expanding a top-secret effort to kill suspected terrorists with drone-fired missiles as it pursues an increasingly decentralized Al Qaeda, U.S. officials say.

Direct Talks - US Officials and Iraqi Insurgents

By Scott Johnson, Rod Nordland and Ranya Kadri, Newsweek

American officials in Iraq are in face-to-face talks with high-level Iraqi Sunni insurgents, NEWSWEEK has learned. Americans are sitting down with "senior members of the leadership" of the Iraqi insurgency, according to Americans and Iraqis with knowledge of the talks (who did not want to be identified when discussing a sensitive and ongoing matter). The talks are taking place at US military bases in Anbar province, as well as in Jordan and Syria. "Now we have won over the Sunni political leadership," says US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. "The next step is to win over the insurgents." The groups include Baathist cells and religious Islamic factions, as well as former Special Republican Guards and intelligence agents, according to a US official with knowledge of the talks. Iraq's insurgent groups are reaching back. "We want things from the US side, stopping misconduct by US forces, preventing Iranian intervention," said one prominent insurgent leader from a group called the Army of the Mujahedin, who refused to be named because of the delicacy of the discussions. "We can't achieve that without actual meetings."

Pentagon Can Now Fund Foreign Militaries

By Bradley Graham, Washington Post

Defense Secretary pushed for new powers to better deal with emergencies.

Congress has granted unusual authority for the Pentagon to spend as much as $200 million of its own budget to aid foreign militaries, a break with the traditional practice of channeling foreign military assistance through the State Department.

2003 Draft Legislation Covered Eavesdropping

By Dan Eggen, The Washington Post

Justice Dept. officials call measure unrelated; critics say Bush claims are undermined.

Legislation drafted by Justice Department lawyers in 2003 to strengthen the USA Patriot Act would have provided legal backing for several aspects of the administration's warrantless eavesdropping program. But officials said yesterday that was not the intent.


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