By Conor Clarke, www.tompaine.com
Do Americans care whether the government spies on its citizens? A number of polls on Bush's warrantless wiretaps have been published in the past two weeks and, in predictable fashion, proponents of the president's controversial program have trotted them out as evidence of widespread public support. But do the polls actually show us that the American people support the program? Not really. All the polls show is that Americans want a lot of things—protection from terrorism, as well as civil liberties and check and balances—and their opinions on these subjects are more complex than a simple poll can suggest.
By Agence France Presse
Pakistani police tear-gassed tribesmen who burned down a US-funded aid agency office after the deaths of 18 villagers in an airstrike targeting Al-Qaeda's number two, witnesses said.
Kashar News, Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Jan 16 (SANA) There have been more demonstrations in Pakistan against the US air strike which killed at least eighteen people in a village near the Afghan border.
By Times Online and agencies (UK)
America defended its attempt to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri, the deputy leader of al-Qaeda, today as protests grew in Pakistan over the botched missile strike which killed at least 17 people.
President Bush has said over 100 times (documented below by Sentor Edward Kennedy) that Congress was shown the same pre-war intelligence he was. While we could take the President's word for that, Senator Kennedy thought he would just check to make sure. He submitted an amendment in December to an intelligence bill asking the White House to turn over to the Senate Intelligence Committee the President's daily briefings, beginning with the last term of the Clinton Administration and ending on first day of the war in Iraq in 2003. In response, an anonymous Republican Senator afraid of the truth, and afraid even to reveal his name, blocked the bill and is still blocking it. For the first time since 1978, the Senate recessed with this national security legislation left undone.
Email and phone these three members of the Republican leadership and demand that they have the hold taken off the bill:
By Michael Biesecker, News and Observer, NC
Entertainer and human-rights activist Harry Belafonte said Sunday that there is moral equivalence between the actions of the Sept. 11 hijackers and the American-launched war in Iraq.
By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
America’s “unitary executive
From the Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq (INOC), and
Michael Ramos, Director of Social Justice Ministeries, Church Council of
Seattle - January, 2006.
Most national leaders would have us believe that our choices in Iraq are
By Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who has shunned public forums on the war for the past year, finally held a town hall meeting in San Francisco on January 14. Despite her public criticism of the war and her recent support of Cong. John Murtha’s call to bring the troops home, Pelosi has not used her position as Minority leader to lead her party to adopt an anti-war stance. She has also refused to support other anti-war measures, such as Cong. Barbara Lee’s bill to prohibit permanent bases in Iraq and Cong. Jim McGovern’s bill to stop funding for new deployment.
By David Swanson
Here are some events I'll be speaking at about war lies and impeachment:
Jan. 18, 2006, "Defining the Issues," with Marcus Raskin and John Conyers, taped at Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.
MLK action at SubBase Bangor - Home Port of the Trident Nuclear Sub Fleet
Nineteen people were arrested in a planned act of civil disobedience: 18 for failure to move - a county charge - one for illegal entry - crossing the blue line - a federal charge.
Labour MPs leaked Bush's proposal to bomb al-Jazeera
By David Leigh and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian
Two Labour MPs have defied the Official Secrets Act by passing on the key contents of the British document revealing that President George Bush wanted to bomb the Arabic TV station, al-Jazeera.
By DICK RUPPEL | http://www.lacrossetribune.com
If we’re lucky, 25 years from now historians will categorize the first years of the 21st century as just another low point in American history.
Yes, they’ll say, the Bush administration ignored the real problems facing the United States, divided the country against itself, attacked civil liberties, increased the number and suffering of the poor, fought an unnecessary war, diminished American stature and saddled the next generation with crippling debt.
By Geov Parrish, AlterNet
For over 40 years, MIT professor Noam Chomsky has been one of the world's leading intellectual critics of U.S. foreign policy. Today, with America's latest imperial adventure in trouble both politically and militarily, Chomsky - who turned 77 last month - vows not to slow down "as long as I'm ambulatory." I spoke with him by phone, on Dec. 9 and again on Dec. 20, from his office in Cambridge.
By Paul Rogat Loeb
In the wake of the Alito hearings, mainline pundits are calling his nomination a done deal. Alito didn’t spew obscenities or green bile. He didn’t admit that he’d reverse Roe v. Wade or vow to proclaim George Bush Lord Emperor. Rehearsed and coached by committee member Lindsay Graham (and by some of the same lawyers who justified Bush’s NSA wiretaps), he instead spoke deferentially and humbly about respecting legal precedent and separation of powers, while Republican committee members made him out to be a mix of Solomon and Mother Teresa. Much like Clarence Thomas during his hearings, Alito dodged the tough questions with evasions and platitudes, suffered convenient memory lapses on areas he couldn’t dodge, and justified controversial past stands by saying he was just trying to be a team player. We know little more about him than before--except about his capacity to dissemble.
By Lawrence S. Wittner, http://hnn.us/articles/20367.html
Dr. Wittner is professor of history at the State University of New York/Albany and the author of Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971 to the Present (Stanford University Press). He delivered the following paper on January 7, 2006, at a forum sponsored by Historians Against the War at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.
BY HUGH (BUCK) DAVIS and ROBERT A. SEDLER, Detroit Free Press
Downplayed in the furor over the revelations that President George W. Bush's National Security Agency is intercepting the telephone and e-mail communications of U.S. citizens is the fact that the Supreme Court has long held that warrantless wiretapping of American citizens in the name of national security violates the Fourth Amendment. The court made that ruling in a 1972 case originating in Michigan. It's popularly known as the Keith case, after highly respected Detroit federal Judge Damon J. Keith, who rendered the initial decision deeming such wiretapping unconstitutional.
New Zogby Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Impeaching Bush for Wiretapping
By a margin of 52% to 43%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching 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 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 1,216 U.S. adults from January 9-12.
On ABC's This Week, when asked about the remedy for illegal NSA wiretapping of U.S. citizens, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), head of the Senate Judiciary Committee set to hold hearings on the matter, answered: "...Impeachment is the remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution..."
By Larry C Johnson
As Jerry Bremer hits the media circuit to tout his new book, which chronicles his tenure as the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, he insists that he and the Administration never anticipated that an insurgency would emerge in Iraq. I am sure Jerry believes what he is saying, but he is wrong. I tried to warn him and I tried to hook him up with genuine experts on Iraq before he went to Baghdad in the spring of 2003. Jerry refused to listen and declined the help. Although Jerry is a brilliant, capable man, he was unwilling to listen to others or accept facts that contradicted the Administration’s conventional wisdom. Jerry’s arrogance in Iraq was symptomatic of the entire Bush Administration’s approach to policy and accounts in large measure for the mess we now face.
By Barbara Cummings
It was a sad day for me to see my friends so scared of what the right wingers might think of us. Today is the BRINGTHEIRBUDDIESHOME event in Temecula and I will report back on that. The articles on freepress.com have actually scared many into staying home. The police have assured protection but people are still scared.
C-SPAN, tomorrow Monday, January 16, 2006 – Noon, Eastern time
12:00 PM EST -- 1:00 (est.) LIVE
American Constitution Society
Albert Gore Jr., United States
The beginning and end of this live program may be earlier or later than the scheduled times.
In the hunt for al-Qaeda, a missile attack on a mountain village killed women and children. The attack was precise, the intelligence was flawed, and the strained relation between Pakistan and the US has been pushed to breaking point
By Sanjay Suri
LONDON - Western powers are already planning use of the military option in the face of Iran's insistence that it will go ahead with what it calls its nuclear research program, a leading expert says.
New York - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an outspoken Democratic critic of the Iraq war, said in remarks to be aired on Sunday that voter pressure in the November congressional election could force President George W. Bush to pull U.S. forces from Iraq.