Ray McGovern, who spent 27 years as a CIA analyst, tells an audience of about 50 at the USF Library on Tuesday that preventable intelligence failures and questionable priorities led to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
By Chris Gardner, The Oracle
Former CIA agent Ray McGovern went over what he considers the failures of the intelligence community and current administration over the past few years. He has 27 years of experience as a CIA analyst to draw upon and has dealt with every administration from Kennedy to Bush Sr.
"It's difficult for people to learn the truth about things like Iraq," said McGovern, a member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), which is comprised of more than 40 former employees of agencies such as the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Army Intelligence, the FBI and the National Security Agency.
Politcal bloggers scoop the mainstream media on Plamegate
By TIM DICKINSON, RollingStone
Clearly, it was the wrong moment to declare war on the blogosphere. Barely a week before the New York Times went public with its baffling account of ex-star reporter Judith Miller's unholy entanglement with vice-presidential aide "Scooter" Libby, the paper's executive editor, Bill Keller, proclaimed that Weblogs do nothing more than "recycle and chew on the news." Pride, as ever, goeth before the fall.
Caught flat-footed on the CIA-leak story, the Times saw its lunch handed to it by the new blogging elite. Leading the charge were the upstart gumshoes of RawStory.com, the pundits of the Huffington Post and a rear guard of Internet editorialists, all taking the Gray Lady to task for failing to practice the very "journalism of verification" that Keller claimed set the Times apart.
This was my favorite Email of all the ones I receieved after spending an hour on the Michael Medved radio show yesterday. The least favorite ones included words like "Commie" and "dirtbag."
I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for someone capable of standing up to the cheap shot artists on reactionary right radio. Most of the time when I’m out driving around, I tend to switch back and forth between Air America, the local NPR channel and the local wacko right wing talk channel. But even though I find the right wing crazies fascinating to listen to (sort of like watching a major fire), I often have to switch away because it gets frustrating hearing them walk all over an endless stream of well-meaning, but outgunned progressive guests (victims?). Sometimes the victims just aren’t up for the challenge (I often wonder if they screen liberal listener call-in guests, looking for ones that they can easily humiliate on-air.) It’s especially frustrating when the leaders or other representatives of progressive groups come on the show and are unable to stand toe-to-toe with Medved, Ingrahm (sp?), Praeger (sp?), Hewitt or the others.
By Norman Solomon
The huge gap between Tehran and Washington has widened in recent
months. Top officials of Iran and the United States are not even
within shouting distance. The styles of rhetoric differ, but the
messages in both directions are filled with hostility.
While visiting Iran's capital in early summer, during the home
stretch of the presidential campaign, I was struck by paradoxes. From
all appearances, most Iranians despise the U.S. government but love
Americans. Repression, imposed from above, coexists with freedom
taken from below. The press is largely dogmatic, but some media
By Elaine Sciolino and Elisabetta Povoledo
The New York Times
Rome - Italy's spymaster identified an Italian occasional spy named Rocco Martino on Thursday as the disseminator of forged documents that described efforts by Iraq to buy uranium ore from Niger for a nuclear weapons program, three lawmakers said Thursday.
The spymaster, Gen. Nicolò Pollari, director of the Italian military intelligence agency known as Sismi, disclosed that Mr. Martino was the source of the forged documents in closed-door testimony to a parliamentary committee that oversees secret services, the lawmakers said.
53 Current cosponsors: Lee; Smith, A; Tauscher; Slaughter; Conyers; Rangel; Kaptur; Doggett; Brown, S.; Kilpatrick; Jackson-Lee; Serrano; Grijalva; Watson; Clay; DeFazio; Woolsey; Frank; Jackson; McNulty; McDermott; Abercrombie; Ackerman; Maloney; Allen; Davis, D; McKinney; Filner; Stark; Meeks; Price, D; Bishop, T; Schwartz; Filner; Becerra; Capuano; Cummings; Gutierrez; Jones; McGovern; Payne; Towns; Millender-McDonald; Thompson, M.; Velazquez; Rahall; Moore, G.; Sanders; Solis; Inslee; Van Hollen; McCollum; Napolitano.
Is YOUR Congress Member listed here? 191 Members voted with Pelosi yesterday. they should all be here. Let's get to work!
Progressive Talk Radio AM 1360 KLSD Hosts Live Event
Cindy Sheehan, who has been leading protests against President Bush’s Iraq War policies, will appear in San Diego on Monday, November 7, during a live radio broadcast of the Stacy Taylor Show on Progressive Talk AM 1360 KLSD.
Sheehan, who lost a son in the Iraq War, will be the featured guest during the three-hour special broadcast event being held from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the radio plaza outside the AM 1360 KLSD studio building located at 9660 Granite Ridge Drive. (near I-15 and Aero Drive).
Stacy Taylor will be broadcasting live and the show will also feature interviews and remarks by other speakers who support the anti-war cause of Cindy Sheehan.
Argentine former soccer ace Diego Maradona, left, shows his t-shirt against Bush beside Bolivian indigenous leader and presidential candidate Evo Morales, center, and leader of a left wing unemployed movement Luis Delia at Buenos Aires, Friday Nov.4, 2005, before taking a train to Mar del Plata to participate on Friday of the protests against the FTAA trade agreement and the presence of US President George Bush at the IV Summit of the Americas. (AP Photo/Daniel Luna)
Thousands Turn Out to Protest Bush Visit
Published on Thursday, November 3, 2005 by the Associated Press
House Refuses to Consider Democratic Measure Condemning Republicans for Lax Oversight of Iraq War
by Liz Sidoti
WASHINGTON - Democrats tried unsuccessfully Thursday to force the GOP-controlled House to take up a measure condemning Republicans for "their refusal to conduct oversight" of the Bush administration's Iraq war policy and order investigations into it.
The House voted 220-191 to set aside a resolution offered by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
"I think it brings shame to the House for this Congress to be engaged in a cover up when it comes to revealing what's happening in Iraq," Pelosi said.
For Immediate Release: November 4, 2005
New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Impeachment;
ImpeachPAC is Launched to Support Pro-Impeachment Candidates
By a margin of 53% to 42%, Americans want Congress to impeach President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,200 U.S. adults from October 29 through November 2.
A new song by Stephen Stills
FEED THE PEOPLE
why not feed the people everywhere
and let the peace begin?
turn your swords to ploughshares everywhere
and feed the people
when they borrow in third world countries people need to be fed
so explain this to politicians while we send them guns instead
of the seeds that they¹re planting in the ground
making their own way
self sufficient without permission from the good old usa
but it seems they owe us a lot of money
and do you know what for?
cause the friends of senator arrogant made a killing on this civil war
it is hard to raise an army when your children are all fed
By David Swanson
Joan Baez was great tonight in concert. Hadn't seen her since Crawford.
A few of the tunes she belted out:
Christmas In Washington
By Steve Earle
It's Christmastime in Washington
The Democrats rehearsed
Gettin' into gear for four more years
Things not gettin' worse
The Republicans drink whiskey neat
And thanked their lucky stars
They said, 'He cannot seek another term
They'll be no more FDRs'
I sat home in Tennessee
Staring at the screen
With an uneasy feeling in my chest
And I'm wonderin' what it means
So come back Woody Guthrie
Come back to us now
By Abigail A. Fuller and Neil Wollman
Give us three minutes and we can find an op-ed piece in a U.S. newspaper calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, or arguing that they should stay. The arguments are varied and numerous: If the U.S. leaves, anarchy will ensue. Occupation forces are a target for foreign terrorists. Bush should set a timetable for withdrawal. Setting a timetable would embolden those using violence in Iraq. And so on.
What is missing from this picture? Any discussion of what the Iraqi people themselves want. The opinions of those most affected by this war count the most. And so a nationwide referendum should be conducted in Iraq on the question of whether U.S. troops should stay or go, in which every Iraqi can vote directly on this question. What the U.S. public wants is much discussed in the media-nearly every week poll results are announced indicating how many people believe the United States should withdraw all or some troops from Iraq (63 percent, according to the latest USA Today/CNN Gallup Poll) and how many believe the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq (59 percent, from the same poll).
VIDEO SPECIAL | The World Can't Wait
One year after Bush's re-election, demonstrations in more than 200 cities demanded that Bush step down!
By Kevin Gray, Reuters
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Shopkeepers raced to board up storefronts and residents fled this Argentine seaside resort on Thursday as thousands of protesters prepared to take to the streets to protest U.S. President George W. Bush's presence at an Americas-wide presidential summit.
Bush was scheduled to arrive late on Thursday for a two-day Summit of the Americas in a country where anti-Bush sentiment runs high due to the war in Iraq and U.S.-backed, free-market policies that Argentines say pushed millions of their compatriots into poverty.
"People see all the iron barricades and police on every corner and they get scared," said construction worker Hernan Brito, who received five last-minute requests to board up store windows from merchants worried about possible looting.
By Senator Ted Kennedy
In President Bush's five years in office, his White House has too often attempted to impose its will without regard for the merits of the issues or even the truth. Dissent is labeled "unpatriotic," and critics face unprecedented retribution. The Republican Congress has become a lap-dog for the Administration in allowing partisan priorities to trump truth.
In one of the greatest blunders in the nation's history, the Administration concocted a fraudulent case for war in Iraq. Two thousand Americans have paid the ultimate price, and the end is not in sight.
But at least Americans are now demanding the truth. This week, our minority leader, Senator Harry Reid sent a powerful message to the Republican leadership -- including the White House -- that smokescreens and foot-dragging will no longer be tolerated.
Did we just say the Resolution of Inquiry into WHIG had 20 co-sponsors? It's now 30:
Lee, Adam Smith, Tauscher, Kilpatrick, Jackson-Lee, Serrano, Grijalva, Watson, Clay, DeFazio, Woolsey, Frank, Jackson, Rangel, McNulty, McDermott, Abercrombie, Conyers, Ackerman, Maloney, Allen, David Price, Schwartz, Danny Davis, McKinney, Filner, Stark
Kaptur, Meeks, Tim Bishop
Make that 31: Sherrod Brown
By Jonathan Alter
Because he disclosed Plame's CIA identity to reporters, the Bush aide could lose his clearance.
The conventional wisdom in Washington this week is that Karl Rove is out of the woods. But while an indictment against him in the Valerie Plame leak case is now unlikely, he may be in danger of losing his security clearance.
According to last week's indictment of Scooter Libby, a person identified as "Official A" held conversations with reporters about Plame's identity as an undercover CIA operative, information that was classified. News accounts subsequently confirmed that that official was Rove. Under Executive Order 12958, signed by President Clinton in 1995, such a disclosure is grounds for, at a minimum, losing access to classified information.
By John McConnell, Founder of Earth Day
The first observance of a global Minute for Peace was at the time of President John F. Kennedy's death. His efforts to see peace realized through the United Nations were ended in Dallas at 19:00 GMT, the very moment on the global clock when the United Nations Charter was signed eighteen years earlier. In the Minute for Peace broadcast given at the end of the mourning period (December 22, 1963), a recording of President Kennedy was broadcast globally -- proceeded by Front Page announcements in many newspapers telling when this would occur.
By Dan Froomkin
Well, it turns out that President Bush isn't the only guy in Washington who can change the subject.
Employing a rarely used parliamentary procedure, Senate Democratic leaders yesterday hijacked a news cycle that would otherwise have been dominated by Bush's Supreme Court nomination and his scary speech on bird flu.
Instead, they turned the media's attention back to Friday's indictment of top presidential aide Scooter Libby -- and the underlying question of whether the White House intentionally deceived the public about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Harry Reid's so-called "stunt" on the Senate floor this past Tuesday - invoking Rule 21 to create a closed session, during which he demanded an investigation into how we were dragged to war in Iraq - brought the issue of the never-found weapons of mass destruction back into the daylight. It's about damned time. This ball of thorns is three years old now, and we have come nowhere near addressing its roots.
Recall, if you will, George W. Bush's State of the Union address from January of 2003. In that speech, he told us that Iraq was in possession of 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent (500 tons equaling one million pounds, by the way), 30,000 munitions to deliver the stuff, mobile biological weapons labs, and uranium from Niger for use in Iraq's advanced nuclear weapons program.
By Ray McGovern
Yesterday’s Washington Post article by Dana Priest regarding CIA-run secret prisons abroad brings the issue of torture front and center once again and prompts these comments from former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Ray now works for Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C.
The next several days will show whether our Congress has slipped its moral moorings. Seldom have moral lines been so clearly drawn. The issue is whether American armed forces and intelligence personnel should be permitted or forbidden to torture detainees. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are expected to decide whether to ban torture against all prisoners held by the United States, to merely ban torture for some of those prisoners, or to reject outright any attempt to legislate a new ban on torture. The White House and the CIA are lobbying to exempt detainees held by the CIA from an amendment— sponsored by John McCain and endorsed by nearly all senators—that would ban "cruel, inhuman and degrading" treatment for all detainees held by the United States.
By Dennis Kelleher
Dennis Kelleher is a legislative director for a Democratic senator. He was the deputy staff director and general counsel for the senior Democrat on the Senate Committee on Help, Education, Labor and Pensions and he was a litigation partner at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The views expressed are his own.
A key element in trying to prove a crime is showing why someone might have done something illegal. Lawyers call it proving motive. Evidence of motive is often the critical reason a prosecutor concludes that someone has committed a crime and a jury convicts someone of a crime.
By Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
The latest CBS poll has Bush's approval at a dismal 35%/57% (-22%.)
Compared to other 2nd term presidents, Bush barely beats Nixon at 27%/63% (-36%). How soon will Bush beat Nixon in the race for the most hated President in history? I'll spot him a month.
The poll has other fascinating nuggets: 86% say the CIA leak scandal has great/some importance, while only 12% say it has little/none, for a net importance of +74%. That makes it the worst scandal since WWII:
THANK AND ENCOURAGE CONGRESSWOMAN PELOSI:
News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
H-204, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616
Pelosi: Text of Privileged Resolution Calling for Oversight and Investigation into Justification for Iraq War
Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a privileged resolution on the House floor this morning calling on the House to fulfill its oversight responsibilities and investigate the justification for the Iraq war. Below is the text of the privileged resolution:
End The Iraq War - Demonstrations and Nonviolent Resistance at Recruiting Stations Across the Country
Young Americans sign on to go into harm’s way to defend their country if necessary, but instead they are being turned into harm’s ministers in a war that has claimed more then 100,000 Iraqi lives and nearly 2,000 Americans. The President and Congress have breached a sacred trust with our soldiers and abused their oath to defend the Constitution by leading young Americans to kill and die in a war based on lies.
As the Bush Administration refuses to make plans to bring our troops home, join us for “National Stand Down Day,
By Associated Press
More than half the North Carolina military members surveyed in the latest Elon University poll don't like the way President Bush is handling his job and the war in Iraq.
The survey results were released today.
Of the 539 adults surveyed, nearly 53 percent of military members said they strongly disapproved or disapproved of Bush's handling of his job. And 56 percent of that same group said they strongly disapproved or disapproved of his handling of the Iraq war.
Overall, slightly more than 53 percent of those surveyed did not approve of Bush's job performance, while 57 percent didn't approve of his handling of the Iraq war.
The Plame Affair Leads to Rome
By GARY LEUPP, CounterPunch
"All roads lead to Rome," and it seems that Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the Plame Affair, and more broadly the lies used to hoodwink the American people into supporting a criminal war on Iraq, will also trudge down the Appian Way lined this Halloween with the ghosts of crucified Iraqis.
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica has recently published an exposé alleging in essence that the Italian military intelligence agency SISMI (Servizio per le Informazioni e la Sicurezza Militare) at the specific behest of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi provided bogus intelligence to the Bush neocons in order to curry favor with the U.S. and to abet the relentless drive for war between 9-11 and the March 2003 invasion. This follows an Italian parliamentary report released in part to the public in July concerning the forged Niger uranium documents at the heart of the Plame Affair. These, which purport to show a deal between Baghdad and Niger for the purchase of huge quantities of yellowcake, were it seems produced in the Italian capital.
MARY CLARE JALONICK
WASHINGTON - Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle is calling for all U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2007.
The South Dakota Democrat, defeated for re-election last November, planned to outline his foreign policy vision in Chicago Wednesday evening - two days before a planned visit to the politically pivotal state of Iowa.
Daschle has been generally quiet since his defeat but has increased his public appearances in recent weeks. He has not ruled out a presidential run in 2008 and has said he would like to increase his role in public service.
By Janet Hook and Ronald Brownstein
The Los Angeles Times
Democrats renew their criticism as public opposition solidifies, the body count grows and prewar intelligence is under a new assault.
Washington - For months, the politics of the Iraq war have been frozen in place, with stalwart Republicans defending President Bush's policy and most Democrats shunning a direct challenge.
Now the ice has begun to crack.
In the face of solidifying public opposition to the war, a mounting U.S. body count and a renewed focus on the faulty intelligence used to justify the war, Democratic lawmakers and candidates have sharpened their critique of the administration's policy and, in some cases, urged a withdrawal of U.S. troops.