By Patrick Doherty, www.tompaine.com
The first time I met Richard Clarke, I was role-playing the president of the United States during a weekend war game hosted by the Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School. That game, held annually and dubbed "SIMULEX," is staffed by members of the nation's military graduate schools, such as the National War College and the Arm War College. This particular year, 1997, Clarke was observing the progress of the game, as he had a special interest in the scenario.
On Wednesday, January 18 th, Cindy Sheehan was hosted by the Rome Province in their Sala della Pace. Sheehan is on tour in Italy with her organization, Gold Star Families for Peace, calling for the removal of troops from Iraq. At the same time, she is sharing her personal story about the loss of her son Casey in the war and her subsequent efforts to speak with President George W. Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas in August 2005. READ MORE
By Dan Eggen, The Washington Post
The Bush administration appears to have violated the National Security Act by limiting its briefings about a warrantless domestic eavesdropping program to congressional leaders, according to a memo from Congress's research arm released yesterday.
Larry Wilkerson Attacked the Iraq War. In the Process, He Lost the Friendship of Colin Powell.
By Richard Leiby, Washington Post
In an overheated old schoolroom in Washington, Larry Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel, is doing his best to impose military discipline on 25 pupils as they prepare to attack a mountain of pizza, cupcakes and cookies. It is the year-end party for Macfarland Middle School's Colin L. Powell Leadership Club, a tutoring and mentoring program that Wilkerson oversees as a volunteer. Striding before his charges in smart burgundy suspenders, the colonel -- everybody here calls him the colonel -- makes a point about duty:
Tony Blair is facing calls to make a full statement on how much he knew about the US using UK airports to transport terror suspects.
Downing Street says all such cases have now been made public after a leaked memo said "there could be more".
ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AT THE WHITE HOUSE WILL CONTINUE THEIR TRIAL ON THURSDAY IN FEDERAL COURT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
By Max Obuszewski
Some twenty antiwar activists held a demonstration on a rainy Wednesday morning outside U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia at 3rd & Constitution Ave. The demonstration preceded the third trial resulting from more than 370 arrests at the White House on September 26, 2005, when activists gathered to seek a meeting to discuss an end to the war in Iraq.
January 19 - 21, 2006
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE in Washington, DC: The RNC will hold its
annual winter meeting. [ABCNews.com, 1/18/06]
Thursday, January 19, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Sterling, VA: President Bush will give a speech on the
Leaked memo reveals strategy to deny knowledge of detention centres
By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian (UK)
The government is secretly trying to stifle attempts by MPs to find out what it knows about CIA "torture flights" and privately admits that people captured by British forces could have been sent illegally to interrogation centres, the Guardian can reveal. A hidden strategy aimed at suppressing a debate about rendition - the US practice of transporting detainees to secret centres where they are at risk of being tortured - is revealed in a briefing paper sent by the Foreign Office to No 10.
This coming weekend in New York at the Bush Crimes Commission, www.bushcommission.org , the annual Sam Adams Associates for Integrity In Intelligence Award will be presented to Craig Murray, the former United Kingdom's Ambassador to Uzbekistan who publicly criticised the human rights situation there, and privately criticised the UK government for committing torture by proxy and "selling our souls for dross". Last year's recipient was Katharine Gun.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, 14th District, Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen John Conyers, Jr., Bobby Scott and Chris Van Hollen and other Members to hold a Democratic Hearing to consider the legal ramifications of President Bush's warrantless surveillance.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
“62 Strong and Growing
By Ron Kovic, www.Truthdig.com
Thirty-eight years ago, on Jan. 20, 1968, I was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam. It is a date that I can never forget, a day that was to change my life forever. Each year as the anniversary of my wounding in the war approached I would become extremely restless, experiencing terrible bouts of insomnia, depression, anxiety attacks and horrifying nightmares. I dreaded that day and what it represented, always fearing that the terrible trauma of my wounding might repeat itself all over again. It was a difficult day for me for decades and it remained that way until the anxieties and nightmares finally began to subside.
By Brad Blog
Last November, The Daily Mirror published details of a "top secret" U.K. memo revealing that President Bush wanted to bomb headquarters for the al-Jazeera news... READ MORE
By Ted Rall
In the dark, pre-dawn hours of Friday, the thirteenth of January, near the Afghan-Pakistani border, the buzz of an unmanned robot plane broke the silence. Half a world and 12 and a half time zones away, someone on the sixth floor of CIA headquarters keyed a command into a computer. The digitized message, relayed through the building's circuitry and transmitted skyward, bounced along an array of aircraft and satellites before arriving at the RQ-1 Predator drone plane hovering above the Bajaur region of Pakistan's Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA). Four AGM-114N Hellfire II missiles, each purchased by American taxpayers from Lockheed Martin at a cost of $45,000, streaked off toward the hamlet of Damadola, five miles into Pakistan.
By the Vermont Guardian
WASHINGTON, D.C. — By a margin of 52 to 43 percent, citizens want Congress to impeach President Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge's approval, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of Pres. Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
By Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services
The media buzz about impeachment may be at 1 percent of the level it was during Monicagate, but guess what? The imperial presidency has less public support right now than the promiscuous presidency did at its lowest point - and as this administration's outrages pile up, George Bush seems to be losing his mandate simply to finish his term.
On Wednesday, February 15th, please join
MEDEA BENJAMIN AND DAVID SWANSON
at 7:30PM, at the Veterans Hall in Santa Cruz
Making Change/Creating Peace!
What Each of Us Can Do Today, Tomorrow, the Next Day, the Day After
· Analysis issued by USAid in reconstruction effort
· Account belies picture painted by White House
Julian Borger in Washington, The Guardian (UK)
An official assessment drawn up by the US foreign aid agency depicts the security situation in Iraq as dire, amounting to a "social breakdown" in which criminals have "almost free rein".
Monday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m.
All Souls Unitarian Church
1500 Harvard St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
“Cindy speaks with a freshness, an intelligence, and a heart that brings us back to what we love best about America.
Belafonte will speak at the Bush Crimes Commission:
Don't miss it!
By David Swanson
Since the war began, the Bush administration has offered numerous ex post facto justifications for the war. This process reached its height of absurdity this week when the right-wing website TownHall.com sent around an Email reading: "Here's your chance to tell Cindy about America's "noble cause in Iraq." Write a letter of up to 500 words detailing why America's involvement in Iraq is a "noble cause." Pick any reason you'd like, as long as you write clearly and concisely. Our staff will edit all submissions and compile them into a book."
By Max Obuszewski
On Friday, January 13, 2006, the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore helped to initiate "A Call to Conscience for the U.S. Congress" organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance Against the War in Iraq (NCNR). The event began with a demonstration outside the Baltimore office of Congressperson Ben Cardin. The Pledge selected Cardin’s office, as, after months of dialogue, the moderate Democrat refused to pledge to vote no to further funding of the war.
On Monday, January 30, 2006, the day before the State of the Union, Kevin Zeese will be moderating a forum on the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Are the president and vice president subject to the law or above the law?
By James Greenberg
Bottom line: Revelatory look behind the dollars and cents of American foreign policy.
Wednesday January 18, 2006
NEW* Washington, DC: U.S. Senate reconvenes at 10:00 AM.
NEW* PRESIDENT BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush will meet with
victims of Saddam Hussein's regime at 10:55 AM in the Roosevelt Room.
By Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times
Washington - A high-level intelligence assessment by the Bush administration concluded in early 2002 that the sale of uranium from Niger to Iraq was "unlikely" because of a host of economic, diplomatic and logistical obstacles, according to a secret memo that was recently declassified by the State Department. Among other problems that made such a sale improbable, the assessment by the State Department's intelligence analysts concluded, was that it would have required Niger to send "25 hard-to-conceal 10-ton tractor-trailers" filled with uranium across 1,000 miles and at least one international border.
By Barbara Cummings
Janis Karpinski of Abu Ghraib fame or noteriety spoke tonight at the library in Coronado Ca. It is joked that Coronado has more Admirals per square foot than any other town in the US. Property is the highest per square foot than anywhere else in Ca. There are 2 huge military bases there, North Island Naval Air Station and Coronado Amphib Base.
By RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK
Whether or not you have "nothing to hide" isn't the point. The thousands (perhaps millions) of Americans who were illegally spied on didn't have anything to hide http://tinyurl.com/8btut