By Richard A. Oppel Jr., The New York Times
Baghdad - Insurgents killed more than 50 people on today [sic] as they unleashed car bombs and suicide attacks throughout central Iraq in the deadliest day since the national parliamentary elections three weeks ago.
Members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) will hold a public fast and witness in Lafayette Park outside the White House beginning 9am, January 6, 2006, as they wait for a meeting with President Bush. CPT confirmed on 29 November that the four human rights workers missing in Baghdad on 26 November—Tom Fox, Norman Kember, Jim Loney, and Harmeet Singh Sooden—are associated with their organization. CPT has maintained a presence in Iraq since October 2002, working to expose detainee abuses and offer nonviolent alternatives to end the occupation and militarization of the country.
Thanks again to Demspeak.com for creating ready-to-print "IMPEACH" signs for Guerilla Impeachment Day (January 8, 2006).
Please go HERE and print out as many signs as you like. Then, on January 8, 2006, please post these signs all around your town on sign posts, utility polls, bulletin boards, etc. It couldn't be any easier!
By DOUG THOMPSON, Capitol Hill Blue
I’ve always felt impeachment is the nuclear option of politics; a drastic action we call in after all else fails. That’s why I’ve been reluctant to call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush.
OK, this comes from Kagro X at Daily Kos.
It seems as though the Kossacks are planning a guerilla impeachment day for Sunday, January 8, 2006. The Impeach Bush Coalition is joining in!
By Steven D, Booman Tribune
Remember that iconic Marine from the time of the Battle for Fallujah? The picture of him smoking a cigarette during a moment of relative calm made the front pages of many newspapers (including the one on the cover of the New York Post to the left) and gave him instant fame as the new "Malboro Man".
Over 100 people have signed up for the January 7th event in Tacoma, Washington, sponsored locally by America In Solidarity ( www.americasolidarity.com ). Congressman Adam Smith is going to address the public in a town hall-style format with workshops and a concert to follow. So, we are challenging you to get out people in your hometown, because we are in Tacoma!
Todd Iverson, co-founder, America In Solidarity
Perhaps because of the pressure or a guilty conscience, 37 recruiters have deserted the military too
By Theresa Wolfwood
Imagine a slight, pretty young woman pointing a machine gun at terrified women and children, lying on their stomachs on the floor. A scene from a Hollywood movie about druggies and gangsters? No! This is the real world of Iraq. The young woman looks into the eyes of her captives and sees their fear and hatred. She begins to realize that these are the people she was told she came to help.
By Rupert Cornwell, The Independent UK
The Bush administration is facing new charges over its handling of pre-war intelligence, with a book alleging that the CIA ignored a mass of evidence gleaned from Iraqi weapons scientists, months before the 2003 invasion, that Saddam Hussein had abandoned his WMD programs.
Dan Simpson, a retired diplomat, is a member of the editorial boards of The Toledo Blade and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He lays out a case for impeachment and then says he's not arguing for impeachment because there's no chance the Republicans controlling Congress will impeach Bush.
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The nice thing about being a lame-duck president is that a half-million people can ask you to provide some answers and you can tell them all to fuck off
The setting for this midmonth meeting isn’t typical for Capitol Hill. Instead of a cavernous room with mahogany tables, notes a reporter from Knight Ridder Newspapers, this gathering occurs in a basement office “roughly the size of a double-bed hotel room.
By the Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.)
A local peace organization is seeking participants for a program recognizing U.S. casualties in Iraq and Florida's 97 soldiers killed in action. Readers will be scheduled for 15- to 30-minute intervals from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the east lawn of the Capitol. Flower donations are welcome. It is sponsored by Codepink, AfterDowningStreet and Vets for Peace. Call Lydia Vickers at 385-5322 or e-mail email@example.com.
By David Swanson
Is that anywhere in the Constitution? Seriously, did you see today's NY Times editorial, which purports to explain the difference between the NSA spying leak and the Valerie Plame leak. The former is a story of crime leaked by a whistleblower and forced into print by an enterprising reporter who got a book deal. The latter is an act of retribution against a whistleblower, an act with which a New York Times reporter was complicit and about which the NY Times kept silent until forced to speak. But that's not exactly how Judith Miller's former employer tells it:
Public Opinion and Grassroots Pressure Prove Key
By Ted Lewis, Global Exchange Newsletter, Winter 2006
The week before Thanksgiving, while President Bush was out of the country, the Congressional debate over the US occupation of Iraq finally broke into the open. It started with a Senate vote of 79 to 19 to call 2006 a year of “transition
The news media stopped dead in its tracks today over a three-hour lie.
In Washington, the biggest political corruption scandal since Teapot Dome was exploding, but it barely got a moment's notice.
By Miki Johnson, Editor & Publisher
The Iraq conflict has become the most deadly conflict for journalists to cover in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) 24-years history, the group’s most recent analysis shows. A total of 60 journalists have been killed on duty in Iraq since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion, including 22 in 2005. That figure surpasses the Algerian conflict from 1993 to 1996, in which 58 journalists were killed.
By John Nichols, The Nation
Sometimes, only The Onion gets it right.
The satirical weekly, which does for print journalism what Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show
By Joseph Mallia, Newsday
Letters home filled with tales of death and danger, bravery and boredom are a wartime certainty.
And now, as hundreds of soldiers overseas have started keeping Internet journals about the heat, the homesickness, the bloodshed, word speeds from the battlefront faster than ever.
By Paul Boerger, Mount Shasta Herald, Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
As part of a National Day of Town Forums Mount Shasta for Peace will hold a peace rally January 7th beginning at 11 am at the Mount Shasta city plaza.
Here's the video.
This transcript is lifted off a right-wing website that posted it as an example of the evils of the "liberal media."
A new book by Francis A. Boyle
Foreword by Jonathan King
This book outlines how and why the United States government initiated, sustained and then dramatically expanded an illegal biological arms buildup. Most significantly, U.S. expert Francis A. Boyle reveals how the new billion-dollar U.S. Chemical and Biological Defense Program has been reorientated to accord with the Neo-Conservative pre-emptive strike agenda--this time by biological and chemical warfare.
Risen Publishes Wiretap Book But Times Beats Him
By: Gabriel Sherman, Sheelah Kolhatkar, New York Observer
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, New York Times reporter James Risen’s book, State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, arrived in bookstores.
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From Tomdispatch today: "The Unrestrained President" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=46791
In this dispatch, I consider the nature of the cult of imperial presidential power that we now face.