Supporting Hillary

By Cindy Sheehan

I would love to support Hillary for President if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don't think she can speak out against the occupation, because she supports it.

I will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again: As I won't support a pro-war Republican.

This country wants this occupation to end. The world wants the occupation to end. People in Iraq want this occupation to end.

Senator Clinton: taking the peace road would not prove you are weak. Instead, it would prove that you are the strongest and wisest candidate. As a mom, as an American, as a patriot: I implore you to have the strength and courage to lead the fight for peace.

Blacksburg woman connects with a national debate

Roanoke Times (Virginia)
By Tonia Moxley

BLACKSBURG -- When the United States attacked Iraq a decade ago, Blacksburg resident Pris Sears said she was terrified that the conflict would escalate into a nuclear war.

But she felt helpless to do anything about it.

Two years into the latest U.S. war in Iraq, Sears has found a way to take action by volunteering, some weeks for as many as 30 hours, for, a national anti-war information network and lobbying organization.

Sears helps maintain the Web site that is the organization's virtual headquarters. Fielding a slew of e-mails and posting articles about the war "is a small thing, but it's something useful I can do," Sears said.


San Francisco Chronicle

Battalion commander pays his respects, apologizes to Iraqis whose civilian relatives have been killed by anonymous GIs in passing patrols and convoys
- Anna Badkhen, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, October 14, 2005

Tikrit, Iraq -- Nebras Khalid Nasser understood this much: Insurgents often killed people in Beiji, a northern Iraqi town where he lived with his pregnant wife and their year-old son. He needed to move his family to Tikrit, a safer city about 40 miles to the south. He helped his wife, Zahoya, into his brother-in-law's beat-up Toyota sedan. They started driving south. They saw a U.S. military convoy.

Bush Commission

The 2005 International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush
Administration of the United States.

Danish Suit Against Prime Minister Over War Advances

From Bo Elkjær, Journalist

The father of the danish soldier that was killed recently by a roadside bomb has joined the lawsuit against the danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The implications are immense and his joining the lawsuit will give unprecedented merit to the case.

After the lawsuit legal experts expressed doubts that the lawsuit would be allowed to continue, given that the 24 persons behind the suit did not have direct legal interests in the case. It seems that this hurdle will be cleared when mr. Johan Kirkmand joins the committee behind the lawsuit.

- I have talked with a member of the committee - I called them myself - and I have declared that If I can help them in any way, then I'm available, says mr. Johan Kirkmand.

Peering Under the Plame Outing

Remarks at "Plan B for Baghdad" Event, Denver, Col., October 15, 2005
By David Swanson

I wrote these remarks down on Thursday, when a Washington Post columnist was pleading with Patrick Fitzgerald to please just go away, and a New York Times news article was claiming that if Lewis Libby leaked anything, he did so with the best of intentions. Meanwhile virtually no voices in the corporate media were asking why Joe Wilson had to be attacked, who had made the false claims that Wilson had debunked, and who had forged the documents that the Bush Administration had used to claim that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons – or, in the case of Dick Cheney, that Iraq already had nuclear weapons.

My Four Hours Testifying in the Federal Grand Jury Room

Truthout cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of Miller's statements below. Our editorial staff does not understand how an experienced reporter could fail to remember her source. - ma

My Four Hours Testifying in the Federal Grand Jury Room
By Judith Miller
The New York Times

Sunday 16 October 2005

Mr. Fitzgerald asked me to read the final three paragraphs aloud to the grand jury. "The public report of every other reporter's testimony makes clear that they did not discuss Ms. Plame's name or identity with me," Mr. Libby wrote.
The prosecutor asked my reaction to those words. I replied that this portion of the letter had surprised me because it might be perceived as an effort by Mr. Libby to suggest that I, too, would say we had not discussed Ms. Plame's identity. Yet my notes suggested that we had discussed her job.

FRANK RICH: It's Bush-Cheney, Not Rove-Libby!!!!

FRANK RICH: It's Bush-Cheney, Not Rove-Libby!!!!
by Maccabee [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 05:56:49 PM PDT
Rich puts the blame where no one else has so far. Just read on. Link and more after the jump...

Asked repeatedly about Mr. Rove's serial appearances before a Washington grand jury, the jittery Mr. Bush, for once bereft of a script, improvised a passable impersonation of Norman Bates being quizzed by the detective in "Psycho." Like Norman and Ms. Stewart, he stonewalled.

That stonewall may start to crumble in a Washington courtroom this week or next. In a sense it already has. Now, as always, what matters most in this case is not whether Mr. Rove and Lewis Libby engaged in a petty conspiracy to seek revenge on a whistle-blower, Joseph Wilson, by unmasking his wife, Valerie, a covert C.I.A. officer. What makes Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation compelling, whatever its outcome, is its illumination of a conspiracy that was not at all petty: the one that took us on false premises into a reckless and wasteful war in Iraq. That conspiracy was instigated by Mr. Rove's boss, George W. Bush, and Mr. Libby's boss, Dick Cheney.

Plamegate: Weekly Standard Wurlitzer

Plamegate: Weekly Standard Wurlitzer
by BooMan23 [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 08:24:34 AM PDT
[front-paged at Booman Tribune]

Stephen F. Hayes has just published one of the most dishonest and misleading columns I have ever seen. It is ostensibly a comprehensive history of the Valerie Plame affair. In fact, it is a case study in the obfuscation and mendacity of the right-wing wurlitzer. It will undoubtedly become one of the most sourced resources of the wingnut blogosphere. So, let's take this mutha apart.

Before we do, I want to make a concession to Hayes. Proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Iraq did not procure uranium from Niger does not prove that Iraq did not attempt to procure uranium from Niger, or from other African nations. And, the real question before the intelligence community was trying to ascertain Iraqi intentions, as well as Iraqi capabilities. Okay. Let's move on.

The Grey Lady that did not bark in the night

The Grey Lady that did not bark in the night

Why is this curious? Because to make the case for Bush’s war of choice in Iraq, the W.H.I.G. was tasked with fixing the facts and the intelligence around the policy through a disinformation campaign that involved more than 50 planted stories in the press. The W.H.I.G. membership? Karen Hughes, Andrew Card, Mary Matalin, James Wilkinson, Karl Rove—and “Scooter

The Miller Case: A Notebook, a Cause, a Jail Cell and a Deal

The Miller Case: A Notebook, a Cause, a Jail Cell and a Deal


Published: October 16, 2005

In a notebook belonging to Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, amid notations about Iraq and nuclear weapons, appear two small words: "Valerie Flame."

Ms. Miller should have written Valerie Plame. That name is at the core of a federal grand jury investigation that has reached deep into the White House. At issue is whether Bush administration officials leaked the identity of Ms. Plame, an undercover C.I.A. operative, to reporters as part of an effort to blunt criticism of the president's justification for the war in Iraq.

Reporter in leak case to take leave of absence effective immediately

Reporter in leak case to take leave of absence effective immediately
John Byrne and Jason Leopold

RAW STORY has confirmed that New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who spent 85 days in jail protecting her source in the recent CIA leak investigation, will take an indefinite leave of absence effective immediately.

"Judy is going to take some time off until we decide what she is doing next," said Catherine Matthis, the Times' spokesperson.

RAW STORY spoke with Miller by telephone at the New York Times newsroom in Washington Friday evening. She said that she had not previously been questioned about her plans going forward, and deferred extended comment to her publicist.

Leak Hypocrisy: Applying the Bush Standard

by QWQ [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 11:55:01 AM PDT
A primer for the press corps, especially the Washington Post and Houston Chronicle.

George Bush in 2001:

I want Congress to hear loud and clear, it is unacceptable behavior to leak classified information when we have troops at risk.

If you receive a briefing of classified information, you have a responsibility, and some members did not accept that responsibility. It is a serious matter, very serious, that people in positions of responsibility understand that they have a responsibility to people who are being put in harm's way.

Let's Get Ready with some AMMO

Let's Get Ready with some AMMO
by NYBri [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 12:10:55 PM PDT
Next week, or shortly thereafter, Patrick Fitzgerald will very likely pass out some indictments. Among the charges included in those party invitations may be perjury, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, espionage...just to name a few.

Basically, all these charges have one very important thing in common: they are violations of federal law. Let me repeat: VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW.

Remember how important that single fact was for the wingnuts during the Clinton impeachment trial? As I recall, they had plenty to say about lying and perjury and how it wasn't about sex but about respect for the law. MAJOR talking point that they all repeated ad nausium.

Torture and Misery in the Name of Freedom

Published on Friday, October 14, 2005 by the Independent/UK
By Harold Pinter

The following remarks were adapted during Mr. Pinter's acceptance speech on winning the Wilfred Owen Award earlier this year.

The great poet Wilfred Owen articulated the tragedy, the horror - and indeed the pity - of war in a way no other poet has. Yet we have learnt nothing. Nearly 100 years after his death the world has become more savage, more brutal, more pitiless.

But the "free world" we are told, as embodied in the United States and Great Britain, is different to the rest of the world since our actions are dictated and sanctioned by a moral authority and a moral passion condoned by someone called God. Some people may find this difficult to comprehend but Osama Bin Laden finds it easy.

Scurrying off the Ship

Serving the City of Falls Church and Northern Virginia
Falls Church News Press
Nicholas F. Benton

President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court has served as an opportunity for those in his own party desperate to distance themselves from his sinking ship to do just that.

This column spoke to this prospect two months ago when it first became clear to many in the GOP that they could be riding the Bush bandwagon into oblivion if they did not jump off in a hurry.

Bush’s Katrina fiasco, the continued chaos in Iraq, persisting oil price woes, the popular uprising against Bush’s Social Security reform scam and Bush’s job approval ratings nosedive are all already history. These factors combined with imminent and steeply rising interest rates, a loss of confidence by foreign investors in the U.S. and deepening oil price squeeze on industry’s bottom line portend a bumpy ride for Republicans going into next year’s mid-term Congressional elections, and the best they can do for now is establish a track record of firm and principled disagreement with the Bush command.

Perils of Nation Building by... The Heritage Foundation?

Al Kamen of the Washington Post, in his In The Loop column, writes about an email he received from the arch-conservative Heritage Foundation warning of, get this, the perils of "top down" nation building:

CNN on Sunday

Email from Lynne Stamm

>This Sunday CNN is presenting an hour on the Iraq War at 7:00pm and
>then at 8:00pm is a special CNN Presents: Voices from Home which is
>a compilation of interviews with families who have a loved one in
>the military. I was interviewed for the special and will be
>featured. The show should be thought provoking in combination with
>the Iraq War special.

Catch-22 at the New York Times

By Arianna Huffington

Rarely has so much been riding on a single article. But the Times finds itself facing a vexing Catch-22. In order to quell the rising newsroom rebellion, it needs to produce an article that tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what Bill Keller called Miller's "entanglement with the White House leak investigation." But how can it do that without going against its own unwavering editorial line in support of Miller?

Rove Back Again Before Grand Jury

Los Angeles Times
By Jesus Sanchez, Times Staff Writer

Presidential advisor Karl Rove returned to court today to testify a fourth time before a federal grand jury in Washington nearing the end of its investigation into the illegal disclosure of a covert CIA agent's identity.

The request for additional testimony from Rove, President Bush's chief political advisor, returned public attention to the role that he and other top White House officials played in discussing CIA officer Valerie Plame with reporters. It is a felony to knowingly leak the name of a covert agent, and it is that possible violation that inspired the federal probe.

Plame, Miller, Kelly, WMD Timeline

Plame, Miller, Kelly, WMD Timeline
by BooMan23 [Subscribe]
Thu Oct 13, 2005 at 11:47:59 PM PDT
From Booman Tribune

The following timeline (below the jump) is culled together by combining several timelines.

Cooperative Research
Dkosopedia: Plamegate
David Kelly: CNN

Some info is from less comprehensive timelines and my own research. It ties together Judith Miller, David Kelly, Valerie Plame, and the case for WMD, concentrating most heavily on the June-July 2003 period.

I'll update this as this investigation goes along.

September 7, 2002: Judy Miller Headline: "US says Hussein intensifies quest for a-bomb parts".

Following Cindy's Example, Brits to Camp Out at Blair's Place

Downing Street Peace Camp
Tuesday 18 October 3pm - Wednesday 19 October 3pm.

Rose Gentle's son Gordon died in a roadside bombing in Basra on 28th June 2004 - Susan Smith's son Philip was killed in a roadside bombing in Al Amarah on 16th July this year.

Next Tuesday both mothers will camp outside Downing Street to protest at the political decision to deny the families legal aid in their campaign to bring the Prime Minister to book for the Iraq war. The families believe the war to have been fought on the basis of lies and deceit and moreover consider that there was no legal basis for the conflict.

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Casualties of the Bush Administration

As the American toll in Iraq climbs toward 2,000 dead and 15,000 wounded, and the horror of those shortened or constricted lives continues to sink deep into American communities, various memorials to the fallen -- American soldiers, journalists, contractors, and sometimes Iraqis as well -- have sprung to life. Arrays of combat boots; labyrinths and candlelit displays for the dead; actual walls and "walls" on-line; newspaper "walls" as well as walls of words; not to speak of websites with ever-growing military and civilian casualty counts. The American Friends Service Committee, for example, has an exhibit, "Eyes Wide Open," that has long traveled the country, featuring "a pair of boots honoring each U.S. military casualty, a field of shoes and a Wall of Remembrance to memorialize the Iraqis killed in the conflict, and a multimedia display exploring the history, cost and consequences of the war." The exhibit began with just over 500 combat boots and now features almost 2,000.

More Legal Arguments for Impeachment

[The Institute for Policy Study's Marcus Raskin and Joseph A. Vuckovich wrote the following article entitled: "George W. Bush: Legal Arguments for Impeachment".

We thank them for granting us permission to use the arctile here at the IBC. ]

This statement outlines the legal arguments for impeaching President Bush. The public policy grounds for impeachment (including the long-term effects of failure to hold the executive accountable for constitutional violations) are of equal significance, and we will discuss them in a separate statement.

Abuse of War Powers

What God Really Told Bush

Apparently, it wasn't just "invade Iraq and Afghanistan in my name." A special report
- By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Scene: White House private residence, night, not long ago. President Bush present in his most favoritest guns 'n' bunnies PJs. Laura asleep, knocked out by a combination of too much Good Housekeeping and excessive hair-spray fumes. Suddenly, a burst of black smoke. A deep, resonant voice speaks:

"Psst! George! God here, taking a break from supervising the well-being of eight billion troubled souls along with infinite galaxies of unimaginable vastness to speak with you directly one more time because, well, you're special, aren't you, George? Yes you are! Yes you are! OK, stop giggling. I have more commands. Get off the damn hobbyhorse, George, and get a pen and a notepad. No, not a crayon. I don't care if blue is your favori-- George! Get a pen! OK? Good. Here we go:

Compilation of Impeachment Poll Coverage

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Bush Teleconference With Soldiers Staged

President Bush Teleconference With U.S. Troops Was Choreographed to Match His Goals for Iraq War
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - It was billed as a conversation with U.S. troops, but the questions President Bush asked on a teleconference call Thursday were choreographed to match his goals for the war in Iraq and Saturday's vote on a new Iraqi constitution.

"This is an important time," Allison Barber, deputy assistant defense secretary, said, coaching the soldiers before Bush arrived. "The president is looking forward to having just a conversation with you."

Barber said the president was interested in three topics: the overall security situation in Iraq, security preparations for the weekend vote and efforts to train Iraqi troops.

Activists Introduce Karl Rove NeoCondoms Outside Rove Grand Jury Appearance

As Karl Roves Makes His Fourth Grand Jury Appearance in the Valerie Plame Case

Activists to Introduce 7’ Tall Karl Rove-Brand Condoms Bearing the Slogan,
“Some Things Should Never Leak

Many Americans Consider Impeachment for Bush

By Angus Reid Consultants

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many adults in the United States would be willing to contemplate legal charges if it is found that George W. Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, according to a poll by Ipsos-Public Affairs for 50 per cent of respondents believe Congress should consider holding the president accountable by impeaching him, while 44 per cent disagree.

The coalition effort against Saddam Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 1,974 American soldiers have died during the military operation, and more than 14,300 troops have been injured.

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