Plamegate: The John Bolton Connection

by Arianna Huffington
The Huffington Post

I'm now hearing that the investigation may be inching closer to never-confirmed UN Ambassador John Bolton.

According to two sources, Bolton's former chief of staff, Fred Fleitz, was at least one of the sources of the classified information about Valerie Plame that flowed through the Bush administration and eventually made its way into Bob Novak's now infamous column.

After delving into Fleitz, I can safely report that he is, at a minimum, a very interesting character.
He is a career CIA agent who Bolton handpicked to join him at Foggy Bottom, having gotten to know him during the administration of the first President Bush. While working as Bolton's top aide, Fleitz also continued his work in the CIA's WINPAC division, the group responsible for some of the worst prewar intelligence on Iraq (for instance, they were, among other things, big fans of Curveball and had "high confidence" in the presence of WMD in Iraq).

Will we use the power we have on September 24?

By Mike Ferner

All last week I had a rare opportunity – to join several impressive speakers on the “Bring Them Home Now

Touring to Bring Them Home

Friends,

Yesterday in New York City, for the first time during this tour, local police disrupted one of our events. Cindy Sheehan had just finished speaking to the crowd when the police disconnected the sound system and arrested a local organizer. We have included a statement at the tour website.

The 21 day tour is nearing Washington DC as the North and Central buses stop together in Baltimore, MD and the South bus stops in Norfolk, VA this evening. Tomorrow we will arrive in Washington DC. We have traveled to 51 cities in 28 states and participated in over 200 events, met with dozens of elected officials and members of the media. We’ll have more details on these events and reports and reflections on the tour in the coming days.

Three-Bus "Bring Them Home Now Tour" to Converge in D.C.

Arrive at U.S. Capitol for Press Conference Sept. 21

Gold Star and Military Families, Iraq War and other Vets Take Message to 51
Cities in 28 States, Gather in Washington, D.C. on September 21st

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On September 21st, the Bring Them Home Now Tour will
arrive in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Capitol for a press conference at
12:00 Noon. The three-bus tour is carrying military families, with loved
ones serving in Iraq; Gold Star families, who lost loved ones in Iraq and
Veterans of the Iraq war and previous wars. It was launched from Crawford,
Texas on August 31st - the last day of the nearly month-long vigil started

See You in DC

So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

(MLK, Jr. Aug. 28, 1963, I Have a Dream speech)

What Bush's Katrina shows once again is that my son died for nothing. If you listen to Bush – and fewer and fewer are, thank goodness -- we are in
Iraq in part due to 9/11. All our president has been talking about has been protecting this country since 9/11. That's why people voted for him in the

In Cambridge, Crowd Cheers on Sheehan

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0918-04.htm
Published on Sunday, September 18, 2005 by the Boston Globe
In Cambridge, Crowd Cheers on Sheehan
Mother of soldier killed in Iraq touring nation
by Michael Levenson

CAMBRIDGE -- Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a slain soldier whose vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, helped galvanize antiwar sentiment last month, told 200 cheering, chanting supporters in Cambridge yesterday that Americans should never again be led into what she called an illegal and unjust war.

It's going to be us that makes this war end," said Cambridge City Councilor Denise Simmons, to the cheers of the audience. ''It's going to be all of us.

Cindy Sheehan Harassed By NYPD -- Call Them On It!

posted on antiwar.com

Cindy Sheehan spoke to about 150 people in Union Square today -- but her talk was cut short when a NYPD goon squad charged into the crowd, yanked her off the stage, and pulled the plug on the rally. Whole story here. It isn't clear if she was arrested or not: this story says she was.

Remember how the last major antiwar march in NYC had such a hard time getting a permit? The little commissars over at the New York Sun were agitating to delay granting the march a permit as long as possible:

"Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly are doing the people of New York and the people of Iraq a great service by delaying and obstructing the anti-war protest planned for February 15. The longer they delay in granting the protesters a permit, the less time the organizers have to get their turnout organized, and the smaller the crowd is likely to be."

Winning the Peace

by JOHN NICHOLS
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20051003/nichols

[from the October 3, 2005 issue]

In the crowd that gathered outside the Catonsville, Maryland, public library in August to support antiwar mom Cindy Sheehan's demand that President Bush listen to her plea for an end to the US occupation of Iraq, the distinguished gentleman in "CEO casual" dress was instantly recognizable. Women holding BRING OUR CHILDREN HOME banners nodded, men with STOP THE WAR signs waved and eventually one person after another edged over to shake the hand of Kweisi Mfume, the former NAACP president who is seeking an open Senate seat from Maryland. They were thanking Mfume for being something that is still all too rare--a prominent Democrat who is willing to stand unapologetically with the movement to bring troops home from a war that has gone horribly awry. Mfume smiled and told his well-wishers, "This is the right place to be for the right reasons."

Memory's Revenge

By JoAnn Wypijewski
Mother Jones

September/October 2005 Issue

The planners of Operation Iraqi Freedom forgot another thing on the road to Baghdad: how veterans would affect their ability to get new boots on the ground.
Think about ya life, the choices you make. Recruiters out to get you, don't make a mistake. Is obvious, right, they target the 'hood. Take a homeboy and write, what's wrong and what's good. My words are truth, heal like medicine. Don't believe me? Man, holla at a veteran.

Rayniel, a New York City teenager, rapper, serious Catholic, had been talking to veterans for years by the time he became a senior at West Side High School, an alternative public school where the lived history of men in war has become a regular part of the conversation and curriculum. Rayniel himself never considered the military a career option, but as recruiting and counter-recruiting became all the word around inner-city high schools late last spring, he picked up a flyer from the American Friends Service Committee (a.k.a. Quakers) and added his own riff on its "Ten Points to Consider Before You Sign a Military Enlistment Agreement." Points one through three advise young people to "not make a quick decision," to "take a witness when speaking with a recruiter," and to "talk with veterans." Or, in Rayniel's translation, "Think about ya life...."

Exit Strategy Hearing Successful

REPORT ON EXIT STRATEGY CONGRESSIONAL HEARING
By Tom Hayden
Huffington Post

Some of us set out in July to accomplish objectives: to achieve the first Congressional hearings on an exit strategy from Iraq, to instigate "people's diplomacy" with Iraqis, and to build momentum through a people's petition campaign, all before the large anti-war demonstrations planned for Sept. 24-26 in Washington DC.

We have succeeded. This is a report on the progress so far, and next steps.

Congressional debate finally has turned to an exit strategy from Iraq after an interminable period of dominance by proponents of war and occupation, as a result of the Sept.

Interview With Leslie Cagan

[Leslie Cagan is national coordinator of United for
Peace and Justice, a coalition of more than 1,300 local
and national groups that have "joined together to oppose
our government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-
building." (http://www.unitedforpeace.org/) Leslie was
interviewed for portside on September 9, 2005, by Ethan
Young. -- ps moderator]

PORTSIDE: Since the federal funding shift from disaster
response to the war was largely responsible for the
failure to save the hurricane victims, how would you see
the anti-war movement addressing the Gulf Coast crisis,
and do you think it will affect which communities will

What Noble Cause?

By Cindy Sheehan

It has been one month, one week, and 4 days since I sat in a ditch in Crawford, Tx. My request was very simple: I wanted to speak to the man who has sent over a million of our young people over to fight, kill, and die in a country that was absolutely no threat to the United States of America. I wanted to ask him: "What is the Noble Cause that you keep talking about?"

Well, we all know now that George Bush never came down the road to talk to me. Thank God! Many people have been saying that I am the "spark," "catalyst," "face of the anti-war movement" etc. I beg to differ. George Bush and his arrogant advisers are the spark that lit the prairie fire of peace activism that has swept over America and the entire world. If he had met with me that fateful day in August it would not have been good for him (because I knew he was going to lie and I would have advertised that fact) but it would have had less of an impact on the peace movement if he had.

Emotional Rather blasts 'new journalism order'

Emotional Rather blasts 'new journalism order'
Sep 19 11:03 PM US/Eastern

By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather said Monday that there is a climate of fear running through newsrooms stronger than he has ever seen in his more than four-decade career.

Rather famously tangled with President Nixon and his aides during the Watergate years while Rather was a hard-charging White House correspondent.

Addressing the Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan, occasionally forcing back tears, he said that in the intervening years, politicians "of every persuasion" had gotten better at applying pressure on the conglomerates that own the broadcast networks. He called it a "new journalism order."

Mother Who Lost Son in Iraq Continues Fight against War

Mother Who Lost Son in Iraq Continues Fight against War
By Marc Santora
The New York Times

Monday 19 September 2005

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq, last night brought her campaign to end the war to New York, where she accused Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of not doing enough to challenge the Bush administration's Iraq policies.

Speaking in front of more than 500 supporters in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Ms. Sheehan, speaking of Senator Clinton, said, "She knows that the war is a lie but she is waiting for the right time to say it."

The New Fight Against the War

The New Fight Against the War
A big march in D.C. marks a change in tactics for those who want the U.S. out of Iraq

by Jarrett Murphy
September 19th, 2005 7:03 PM

A March long ago: Protesters in NYC in 2003
photo: Cary Conover

Anyone who thinks today's anti-war movement is trapped in tie-dyed '60s nostalgia should go to the United for Peace and Justice website, where one can sign up online to participate in civil disobedience next Monday, at the close of a three-day protest in Washington. It's not just a sign that the peaceniks of 2005 are Internet savvy; it's a signal that the movement thinks the D.C. rally is the moment to turn the tide against the war.

Prelude to an Exit Strategy

by ARI BERMAN
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20051003/berman

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." --Texas Governor George W. Bush, April 9, 1999, on the US intervention in Kosovo

Thirty months into the Iraq War, and nearly 2,000 American deaths later, Republican leaders in Congress have yet to hold hearings on how or when to bring US troops home. So dissenting Democrats, led by California Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, crammed into a small room in a House office building Thursday to hold an unofficial hearing on an exit strategy for Iraq.

Hearing A Faint Iraq Strategy

TomPaine.com
Robert Dreyfuss
September 16, 2005

Robert Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone. His book, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, will be published by Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books in the fall.

A glimmer of hope emerged yesterday on Capitol Hill that at least some lawmakers are thinking about how to end the war in Iraq. More than two dozen members of Congress—including one Republican, Walter Jones of North Carolina (representing Camp Lejeune)—took part in an extraordinary hearing organized by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D.-Calif., on ending the war, with testimony from a panel of experts that included former Sen. Max Cleland. "I have concluded that the best way to support the troops is with an exit strategy from Iraq," said Cleland, a gravely wounded veteran of the Vietnam conflict. "We need an exit strategy we choose or it will certainly be chosen for us." He added: "The key word in 'exit strategy' is not 'exit,' but 'strategy.'"

Thousands to Protest War in Iraq This Weekend

Joan Baez and Living Things Join Operation Ceasefire Performer; Schedule Now Available

WASHINGTON - September 19 - Operation Ceasefire ( http://www.opceasefire.org ), an eleven-hour free concert and rally to bring the troops home from Iraq at the Washington Monument on Sept. 24, is pleased to announce new additions to the line-up of performers. Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and the rock band Living Things are now confirmed to perform. The additions compliment artists from several different genres, including: International recording stars Thievery Corporation, punk-rock bands LeTigre and Bouncing Souls, country music recording artist Steve Earle, independent artists Ted Leo + The Pharmacists and Wayne Kramer of the MC5 with the Bellrays, socially conscious hip-hop groups The Coup and Head-Roc, the duo The Evens (Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina), Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Latin punk rock group Machtres, and host Jello Biafra.

NYC Police Shut Down Cindy Sheehan Speech

NYC Police Shut Down Cindy Sheehan Speech

The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 20, 2005; 9:23 AM

NEW YORK -- Police cut short a speech by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and arrested a rally organizer, saying he hadn't obtained a permit for use of a loudspeaker.

Sheehan, the grieving mother whose 26-day vigil near President Bush's Texas ranch sparked anti-war protests around the country, had nearly finished her speech Monday when police intervened.

Supporters ushered her away from the rally at Manhattan's Union Square park as onlookers yelled at police and chanted "Let her speak!"

FINAL WEEK OF MOBILIZATION FOR SEPTEMBER 24 LABOR ANTIWAR CONTINGENT

FINAL WEEK OF MOBILIZATION FOR SEPTEMBER 24 LABOR ANTIWAR CONTINGENT

DOWNLOAD AND DISTRIBUTE THE FLYER FOR THE DC LABOR CONTINGENT HERE -
http://uslaboragainstwar.org/downloads/DCFlyerSept24.pdf
Meet at:10 a.m. at AFL-CIO HQ
16th & I Sts NW

DOWNLOAD AND DISTRIBUTE THE FLYER FOR THE SF LABOR CONTINGENT HERE -
LINK
MEET at 10:15 a.m at Cumberland & Dolores
(SE corner of Dolores Park in San Francisco - toward 20th)

U.S. Labor Against War (USLAW)
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www.uslaboragainstwar.org

Witnessing History

Witnessing History
By Scott Galindez
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 19 September 2005

I spent three weeks in Crawford, Texas. The heat was unbearable; bugs were everywhere, including fire ants crawling into my keyboard. But I wouldn't have traded Camp Casey for any other story that I have ever covered.

I remember the frigid cold of January in Washington DC, when millions around the world said no to the war in Iraq. We covered the Democratic and Republican conventions, I went to Iowa and New Hampshire to cover the primaries. These were all stories that I will not forget, but what happened this August in Crawford, Texas, was historic.

They Shoot News Anchors, Don't They?

They Shoot News Anchors, Don't They?
By Nikki Finke
LA Weekly

16-22 September 2005 Issue

Media moguls, not looters, killed Katrina's truth tellers.
At first, only CNN appeared not to have thoroughly read the proverbial memo. It was the only network, on air and on its Web site, to compare and contrast the wildly contradictory statements by federal, state and local officials, sometimes within hours, but often within minutes of each other. It was CNN that posted the first full transcript of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's profanity- and passion-filled September 2 interview on local radio. It was also CNN that first exposed the gruesome nature of the conditions at the Superdome, at the convention center and in the hospital corridors. Its broadcasters were the first to keep a heart-wrenching online blog during Katrina. Even as late as September 6, political correspondent Ed Henry was the first to counter the claims by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay that local officials and not the feds were to blame, by reporting that congressional Republicans, in a secret confab, were giving the Bush administration a big fat F.

Dodging the Costs of the Warfare State

Dodging the Costs of the Warfare State
By Norman Solomon
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 19 September 2005

The New York Times began this week with an editorial that typifies the media mind-set of the warfare state.

Monday's editorial warns of dire consequences from a growing deficit that has been boosted by tax cuts - in combination with "the pre-Katrina priorities laid down by Mr. Bush." Those priorities include a US military budget that has reached half a trillion dollars per year. But the Times editorial does not devote a single word to military spending or the Iraq war.

The Blood of the Righteous

The Blood of the Righteous
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 19 September 2005

During the Vietnam war, a number of anti-war activists were prosecuted and jailed for taking direct action against recruiting stations and draft board offices. Files were burned and blood was poured on records. Few activists during this time were as dedicated, or as prosecuted, as the brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

In 1967, Philip Berrigan poured his own blood on Selective Service records in Baltimore, and handed out Bibles while waiting to be arrested. In 1969, Berrigan used home-made napalm to incinerate 378 draft files in Catsonville, Maryland. In 1980, the Berrigan brothers entered a General Electric nuclear missile factory in Pennsylvania, hammered on the nose cones, again poured their own blood, and again were arrested.

Tragedy of a Complicit Media

by William Frey

Standing before a German cameraman in Biloxi, Miss., Christine Adelhardt, spoke to her countrymen:

"Two minutes ago, the president drove past in his convoy. But what has happened in Biloxi all day long is truly unbelievable. Suddenly recovery units appeared, suddenly bulldozers were there, those hadn't been seen here all the days before, and this in an area, in which it really wouldn't be necessary to do a big clean-up, because far and wide nobody lives here anymore, the people are more inland in the city. The president travels with a press baggage [big crew]. This press baggage got very beautiful pictures, which are supposed to say that the president was here and help is on the way, too. The extent of the natural disaster shocked me, but the extent of the staging is shocking me at least the same way. With that, back to Hamburg."

PDA Continues Work with Congressional Allies to Bring Troops Home from Iraq Now

Delivers People's Petition on Iraq to Congress and White House

U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and PDA National Director Tim Carpenter spoke at the PDA Rally in front of the White House on Thursday, September 15, before delivering the People's Petition on Iraq to the White House. Joining Woolsey and Carpenter at the rally were Tom Hayden, former California State Senator, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, PDA Board Member and Chairman of the Hip Hop Caucus, John Bonifaz, lead attorney on the Ohio recount case and co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, and Daniel Ellsberg.

PDA is proud to be aligned with progressive legislators such as Congresswoman Woolsey, who again showed remarkable leadership, courage, and conviction in holding Congressional hearings to plan a realistic strategy for withdrawing from the U.S. incursion in Iraq. Rep.Woolsey, was the first Member of Congress to call on the President to develop and implement a plan to bring U.S. troops out of Iraq, and had previously requested hearings in the U.S. House International Relations Committee and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to discuss plans to bring the troops home. Because her requests of the President and the Republican controlled Congress were ignored, Congresswoman Woolsey organized the hearings Thursday to openly discuss strategies to achieve military disengagement.

Anti-war House members press for a withdrawal plan

San Francisco Chronicle
Lawmakers, forced to meet in tiny room, complain of being stifled in committees
- Edward Epstein, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Friday, September 16, 2005

Washington -- Saying they're trying to climb out of the "political basement'' to which they feel consigned by Congress' Republican leaders, a few dozen House members opposed to the war in Iraq gathered Thursday to urge President Bush to plan an exit from the 31-month-old war.

The members, all Democrats except for Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, say the political wind is at their backs. Polls show a majority of Americans favor withdrawal of at least some troops from Iraq, and Bush's overall approval ratings and the public's confidence in his handling of the war are at record lows.

Democrats' Hearing Calls for Bringing Troops Home from Iraq

By Joey Lomicky

Though they congregated in a small, cramped room of the Cannon House Office Building, the issue at hand was far bigger.

Washington, D.C. - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - infoZine - For more than three hours Thursday, 30 members of Congress participated in an informal hearing, called by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., to support a military exit from Iraq. Frustrated that she could not get Republicans to schedule such a discussion before either the Armed Services or International Relations committees, she said she organized her own discussion to "break the silence on Capitol Hill."

Rally Photos

Great PHOTOS of the September 15 rally at the White House.

Camp Casey to DC

Camp Casey to DC
With a Detour to New Orleans
By Cindy Sheehan

The Camp Casey to DC tour is going very well! We have the three RV's that are going from city to city and we are speaking in front of rallies that have hundreds, and sometimes thousands of people attending. We are receiving positive responses from all over America. We have had amazingly little opposition to what we are doing. Today in Raleigh, NC at the University, there were some Young Republicans who support the President and support the war. I tried to get one of the many recruiters who were on campus to go over and sign them up for the service, but they wouldn't even look at me. I think the recruiters missed a golden opportunity to swell the ranks. I have a feeling that the Young killing supporters wouldn't be willing to go over and put their money where their mouths are. One of the fine young American baby chicken hawks told one of the members of our tour whose brother was killed in Iraq that: "someone has to stay in school and employ people." Sounds like the "Dick Cheney" alternative to serving your country to me.

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