Surprising Cindy

An early review of the year 2005, in which Cindy Sheehan is one of three surprises that came along.

Sheehan to Try to Meet with Governor About War

ABC News 10
Written for the web by Elizabeth Bishop, Internet News Producer

Vacaville mother and anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan plans to go to the State Capitol today to ask Gov. Schwarzenegger to pull California's National Guard troops out of Iraq.

So far, the governor's office has not agreed to meet with Sheehan.

Sheehan has toured the nation protesting the war since her son, Casey, died in Iraq last year. In August, she camped outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, hoping to meet with him to confront him about the war.

Sheehan wants to deliver a letter to the governor. The letter reads, in part: "California is suffering each day as its law enforcement, corrections and firefighters are called to a war in Iraq which does not protect the people of California, leaving the state in a weakened position. California tax dollars are also disproportionately spent on this war. California men and women are killed and maimed in this war, and their families are left in ruins, as I too well know."

End the War in Denver this Saturday

Can we end the war in Iraq from Denver this Saturday? I don't know. I've never been to Denver before. But we can try to do our bit. Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio will be the keynote speaker.

I'll be talking about the Downing Street Memo.

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Peace!

Andrea Mitchell IDs Colin Powell's role in Plamegate

Posted by Lucille
Added to homepage Tue Oct 11th 2005, 08:47 PM ET
http://www.DemocraticUnderground.com

Plame obsessives will remember a Washington Post article in which a "Senior administration source" is quoted as having seen several administration officials, including Ari Fleischer, peruse a classified memo that identified Valerie Plame. This occurred on July 7, aboard AF1, as Bush and his entourage were en route to Africa. The memo was prepared for Colin Powell, who was aboard the flight. Many have assumed that it was Powell himself who not only observed these administration officials read the memo, but also saw them call reporters while still on board. Many have guessed that Powell testified to this before Fitzgerald and also leaked this information to the WP. According to the WP, the "senior official" said of the leak: "Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge."

NINE FOR TORTURE

From VETERANS FOR PEACE, CHAPTER 27

On 5 October 2005 Senator John McCain of Arizona offered amendment #1977 to the
Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. Nine U.S. Senators voted against the
amendment. A vote against meant a vote for cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of
detainees. These nine men voted for torture. Here are their addresses. Make sure you
send them all a postcard appended with the word SHAME.

List of Shame

Senator Wayne Allard (CO)
521 Dirksen SOB
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Kit Bond (MO)
274 Russell SOB
Washington, D.C. 20510

Times Reporter to Testify on Recently Found Notes

By David Johnston
The New York Times
Wednesday 12 October 2005

Washington - Judith Miller, the reporter for The New York Times who spent 85 days in jail before cooperating with a federal grand jury investigating a C.I.A. leak case, will testify again on Wednesday after discussions with the prosecutor about a conversation she had in June 2003 with a senior White House official.

"Judy met this afternoon with the special counsel to hand over additional notes and answer questions," Bill Keller, The Times's executive editor, said in a message to the staff on Tuesday afternoon. "She is to return to the grand jury Wednesday to supplement her earlier testimony."

Focus of CIA Leak Probe Appears to Widen

By John D. McKinnon, Joe Hagan and Anne Marie Squeo
The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday 12 October 2005

The New York Times reporter who went to jail to avoid testifying in the CIA leak case was quizzed by the special prosecutor again yesterday and has agreed to return to the grand jury today.

Judith Miller's additional testimony comes as the endgame is intensifying in the legal chess match that threatens to damage the Bush administration.

There are signs that prosecutors now are looking into contacts between administration officials and journalists that took place much earlier than previously thought. Earlier conversations are potentially significant, because that suggests the special prosecutor leading the investigation is exploring whether there was an effort within the administration at an early stage to develop and disseminate confidential information to the press that could undercut former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame.

Director Of Censored Intelligence

John Prados
TomPaine.com
October 12, 2005

John Prados is a senior fellow of the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, and author of Hoodwinked: The Documents that Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War (The New Press).

Two recent developments at the CIA make it clear that America’s premier intelligence-gathering agency is a mess. The first, CIA director Porter Goss' refusal to implement the disciplinary recommendations contained in the agency's inspector general 9/11 performance review, will no doubt attract far more attention.

But the second development is equally significant. That is the release, with no public fanfare at all, of a version of the CIA's internal inquiry into prewar Iraq intelligence. Conducted by a panel under former CIA Deputy Director Richard Kerr, the Iraq inquiry was supposed to get to the bottom of the hype on the now-notorious claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Both of these events says a great deal about political power, self-censorship and the Bush administration's determined effort to evade accountability for either the 9/11 attacks or its premeditated war against Iraq.

Conyers and Other Ranking Members Call on US Attorney Fitzgerald to Issue Report on Status of Ongoing Investigations

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html

Conyers and Other Ranking Members Call on US Attorney Fitzgerald to Issue Report on Status of Ongoing Investigations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee and other House Ranking Committee Members sent the following letter to US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald calling for the issuance of the report on the status of all ongoing investigations:

October 11, 2005

What God Really Told Bush

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:

Did she clear Libby - or did she bury him?

Waas Reports Libby in Cross-Hairs Over Miller
By Jeralyn Merritt, Huffington Post

Intrepid reporter Murray Waas breaks more news today about Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and the grand jury investigation into the leak of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Murray writes that Libby failed to tell FBI investigators and the grand jury about his June 23 conversation with Judith Miller. If true, I think Fitzgerald is considering a false statements or perjury charge against Libby.

The false statement charge would apply to his omission when being questioned by investigators while the perjury charge would apply to his omission before the grand jury.

Report: Lawyers say investigation into CIA leak widens to probe 'broader conspiracy' around Iraq

Filed by RAW STORY

There are signs that prosecutors now are looking into contacts between administration officials and journalists that took place much earlier than previously thought, the Wall Street Journal will report Wednesday, RAW STORY can reveal. Excerpts from the coming story:

Earlier conversations are potentially significant, because that suggests the special prosecutor leading the investigation is exploring whether there was an effort within the administration at an early stage to develop and disseminate confidential information to the press that could undercut former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame.

Danes drag the Danish state to court over war in Iraq

From Dr. Coilín ÓhAiseadha
Sendt: 12. oktober 2005 03:54
Politiken: Danes drag the Danish state to court over war in Iraq

Below is a translation of an article from the Danish centre-left daily newspaper, Politiken, about the institution of constitutional proceedings against the Danish government on Tuesday.

I chose this article as one that reflects differing views of prospects for the case even to be accepted for consideration by the Danish High Court.

Best,
Coilín.

10 Oct 2005 22:56
Danes drag the Danish state to court over war in Iraq

24 Danes believe that Denmark's participation in the war in Iraq is in violation of the Danish constitution, and are now summoning Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen to appear before the High Court. A professor in constitutional law is in agreement, but doubts whether the case belongs in court.

Plame Plame Plame Plame

Jay Rosen is baffled at great length by the New York Times' fairly transparent criminal involvement in Operation Bogus War Smackdown. World Editors Forum says the Times' reputation is in its own hands.

The Associated Press is also covering the New York Times, and pondering Rove's possible departure without really saying anything.

Reuters sees a "preemptive effort to discredit Wilson."

On Saturday, Rove plans to give a boost to the Republicans'sad excuse for a gubernatorial candidate in Virginia.

Sean Hannity, meanwhile, plans to try to calm down and face reality.

Victims of War

Victims of War

Submitted by citizeng (not verified) on Tue, 2005-10-11 23:59.
(Editor's note: This letter was submitted to AfterDowningStreet.org but has been elevated because it so clearly states why we need to be the media and how we can help reclaim our Democracy.)

Soon after the beginning of the war I saw a photo taken in Iraq.
It was taken perhaps 15 feet from a child lying on a table with a figure shrouded in black at his head. The caption stated the boy had lost 3 limbs, was approx. 10 years old and had lost all the members of his immediate family in a US bombing raid. The figure at the head of the table was his aunt who had survived the attack. At the moment of the photo he was unaware of the death of his mother, father, brother and sisters. I was shocked at this photo, published in Time or Newsweek. It was the beginning of a series of shocks and outrages which continue till this day. I believe that child was eventually brought to the west to be fitted with prosthetics.

See Dick Get Indicted

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are working on stories that point to Vice President Dick Cheney as the target of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name. LINK

How Judith Miller Lost My Respect

Editor and Publisher

New York Times reporter Judith Miller lost the ethical high ground, and my support, when she changed her mind and decided that Scooter Libby, somehow free of any coercion, truly wanted her to testify. Then she committed a journalistic mortal sin--turning over notes to a prosecutor.

By Allan Wolper

(October 11, 2005) -- Judith Miller of The New York Times made a principled decision to go to jail rather than tell a grand jury what she and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby discussed about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. But Miller lost her standing nearly two weeks ago after spending 85 days in jail when she changed her mind and decided that Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, truly wanted her to testify.

Libby Didn't Disclose Earlier Talk With Reporter, Magazine Says

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, didn't disclose to a grand jury a key conversation he had with New York Times reporter Judith Miller in June 2003, the National Journal reported, citing unidentified people with firsthand knowledge of his testimony.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald may have learned about the June 23 conversation for the first time days ago, after attorneys for Miller and the Times told prosecutors that Miller discovered notes on the conversation, the magazine said.

Libby is one of the Bush administration officials who have been questioned in the investigation into who leaked Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame's identity to reporters in 2003. Her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, publicly accused President George W. Bush's aides of twisting intelligence reports to justify the war in Iraq.

Prosecutor asks NYT reporter to testify again

Reuters

WASHINGTON - A federal prosecutor has summoned New York Times reporter Judith Miller to make a second appearance on Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity, a New York Times official said.

The decision by federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald comes just days after Miller found notes from a previously undisclosed conversation -- on June 23, 2003 -- with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

"She is to return to the grand jury Wednesday to supplement her earlier testimony," New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller said in a memo on Tuesday to New York Times staff, a copy of which was forwarded to Reuters.

2,000 U.S. Deaths in Iraq is 2,000 Too Many!

UFPJ

Organize an Anti-War Action the Day After the U.S. Announces the 2,000th U.S. Soldier Death in Iraq

How many more U.S. soldiers and Iraqis must give their lives before our government finally admits that the war against Iraq was wrong and it’s time tobring our troops home now? So far, more than 1950 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and more than 15,000 have been wounded. U.S. soldiers are at grave risk in Iraq, and continue to suffer even after they come home. Troops returning to the U.S. are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and are even turning up in homeless shelters in cities through the country. The risk for Iraqis is even more severe: Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in the war, and hundreds of thousands of lives have been devastated, even according to the most conservative estimates.

Iraqi Constitution: Divide-and-Conquer Strategy?

Institute for Public Accuracy

ANAS SHALLAL, ashallal@cox.net, http://busboysandpoets.com
Shallal is an independent Iraqi-American business owner in Washington, D.C. He said today: "As I talk to more and more Iraqis, it's clear that most do not think this constitution is a good idea. Even many Iraqis who were among the main boosters for the war are speaking out against this constitution, like Kanan Makiya [author of "Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq"] and the former acting U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Rend Rahim. Iraqis are again left in a no-win situation. Hidden beneath the baroque language about the glories of Iraq is a document that will make Iraq ungovernable at best and will initiate the de facto partition of Iraq. Long-term this would keep Iraq weak and is part of the U.S. government's divide-and-conquer strategy. The carnage and the suffering of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis is merely collateral damage to this administration's agenda."

Reclaiming the American Legacy of Civil Disobedience

By Sari Gelzer
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Tuesday 11 October 2005

What can all Americans do about their desire to see change in America? Practice civil disobedience.

This flavor of action is not just for radicals. Civil disobedience is the role of citizens within the political system and has a much broader legacy than one was taught to think. Civil disobedience, practiced by various movements of people, has been responsible for forcing politicians to comply with the demands of its citizens. Civil disobedience is how "slavery was ended, civil rights were won, it's how women won the right to vote, and it's how Vietnam ended," says Anthony Arnove, a writer, editor and activist based in New York.

The Turning Tide: From Cindy Sheehan's Encampment In Crawford To The Woolsey Hearing In Congress

By Michael Butler
American Chronicle
October 10, 2005

Cindy Sheehan gets attention.

The mainstream American media was hardly covering the Peace Movement at all, before Cindy Sheehan came along. The voices of literally millions around the world who had spoken out in opposition to the war had been marginalized and discredited. A majority of the American public had come to believe that the U.S. occupation in Iraq was heading ever deeper into a wrongheaded mess, but the defenders of "staying the course" owned the airwaves, the editorial pages, and the electoral process. Then, like the lone protester at Tiananmen Square facing down a tank with one hopeful flower, Cindy Sheehan stood up to a bullying President, and made herself a symbol that the media could recognize.

Before the Plamegate Deluge: Honoring Our Journalistic Heroes

By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
www.DemocraticUnderground.com

A political and media onslaught is about to be unleashed with the indictments of a whole host of key White House officials (including you-know-who) caught up in the Plamegate coverup. The unraveling of this potentially treasonous scandal - which began with the outing, for political reasons, of a covert CIA officer - could well provide the tipping point that will allow the Democrats to retake the House in the next election, initiate Congressional investigations of Bush Administration crimes, and possibly even pass an impeachment resolution.

Danish PM faces Iraq war lawsuit

By Julian Isherwood
BBC News, Copenhagen

An unusual constitutional battle is about to get underway in Denmark.

After two years of preparation, a group of 24 citizens have brought a suit against the Danish prime minister over Denmark's role in the Iraq war.

The plaintiffs are seeking to challenge the legitimacy of Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's decision to go to war against Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

Denmark was one of the original members of the US-led coalition which invaded Iraq in 2003.

False weapons claims

The group say it is vital that the Danish courts are given a chance to decide on the legitimacy or otherwise of the Danish government's decision.

Bush's Fantasy Foreign Policy

TomPaine.com
Rami G. Khouri

Rami G. Khouri is editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, published throughout the Middle East with the International Herald Tribune.

I heard then read President George Bush's speech on the war on terror last Thursday while my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful two-day, two-night train journey across most of the United States, from Chicago to San Francisco. But I only fully grasped the meaning of Bush's "global war on terror" when I arrived here and had a useful discussion with one of my sons on the fantasy football league that he and my other son in Beirut are deeply engaged in.

Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2005

Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq

By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching 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 Ipsos Public Affairs, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,001 U.S. adults on October 6-9.

War Humor

Q: How many Bush Administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: None. There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are a delusional spin from the liberal media. That light bulb has served honorably, and anything you say undermines the lighting effect. Why do you hate freedom?

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