News from Congressman Henry A. Waxman
Contact: Karen Lighfoot, (202) 225-5051
In a pair of new reports issued today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman examines the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to investigate wrongdoing by the Bush Administration and the very different approach toward oversight taken by the Republican-controlled Congress during the Clinton Administration.
By Haider Rizvi, Inter Press Service
NEW YORK - Eminent female writers, artists, lawmakers and social activists in the United States are reaching out to women leaders across the world in an attempt to forge a global alliance against the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
In the months before 9/11, thousands of American citizens were inadvertently swept up in wiretaps, had their emails monitored, and were being watched as they surfed the Internet by spies at the super-secret National Security Agency, former NSA and counterterrorism officials said.
Open to the Public
Taping of Radio Show at Institute for Policy Studies on topic of Censure and Impeachment
With Marcus Raskin, John Cavanagh, David Swanson, and (invited) Rep. John Conyers
Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 12:30pm-1:30pm
By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
By Larisa Alexandrovna, www.rawstory.com
A controversial neoconservative who occasionally consulted for the Bush Defense Department has confirmed that he was a contributor to the Italian magazine Panorama, whose reporter first came across forged documents which purported that Iraq was seeking to obtain uranium from Niger.
On January 11, FAIR issued an action alert on the New York Times' decision to hold its explosive story on the NSA's secret wiretapping for over a year, and executive editor Bill Keller's refusal to answer questions about that decision. In the days that followed, FAIR activists called and emailed Keller's office, and several received responses from Keller and his assistant, Diane Ceribelli.
By Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz, Los Angeles Times
Last week, at the annual meeting of the American Economic Assn., we presented a new estimate for the likely cost of the war in Iraq. We suggested that the final bill will be much higher than previously reckoned — between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, depending primarily on how much longer our troops stay. Putting that into perspective, the highest-grossing movie of all time, "Titanic," earned $1.8 billion worldwide — about half the cost the U.S. incurs in Iraq every week.
What is an Antiwar Movement?
By JoANN WYPIJEWSKI, www.counterpunch.org
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are hopeless hacks, claims Lenni Brenner here on the CounterPunch site a couple of days ago. They should be avoided by any pure and peace-loving activist, but then Brenner argues that Louis Farrakhan, who believes white people were created by an evil spaceman, who is profoundly sexist and anti-Semitic, who was involved in the murder of Malcolm X and thinks up-from-the-bootstraps bean-pie businesses is the economic panacea--this guy should be embraced and invited to antiwar rallies. Why? Because he hates Israel and lots of black people listen to him. Really? He's a charlatan, a crank, his MMM was a bust, but he can bring them out? People listen to him? He'll bring out the black masses?
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
"Shallow Throat" joined me at a mostly-deserted park in Virginia, bursting with anger. I didn't even have to ask a question before the rage exploded out:
"I can't believe your Democrat friends are blowing it once again! The Bushies are imploding in one scandal after another, it's dictator-time, the Republicans are tarred by the Abramoff corruption brush, more attacks on Mideast countries are coming soon, Bush ordered spying on Americans with no court permission, impeachment momentum is in the air -- and the Dems have let the President off the hook once again! How many times are you going to push that boulder up the steep hill to the top and then let it roll back down again? Do you liberals really have a death-wish?"
Tuesday January 17, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush today meets with Belgian Prime
Minister Guy Verhofstadt at 9:10 am, and with the National Commander of
the American Legion at 9:55 am. [MSNBC.com, 1/17/06]
Emergency Cong. Probe Needed/Impeachment Fuel Immense, Deadly, Iraq Oil Profits Await ExxonMobil, Others, Courtesy U.S. Govt.
By Nick Mottern, coordinator, www.ConsumersforPeace.org
The Bush government is pushing Iraq to sign oil agreements with multi-national oil companies like ExxonMobil that would give firms extraordinary profits ranging from 42% to 162%, compared to the 12% minimum that is normally considered profitable.
By Juan Cole, http://www.juancole.com
Every year we honor Martin, and we hear again his stirring speech, "I have a Dream." But in many ways, that speech is among the least challenging of his charges to us, however hard and unfulfilled it remains. He dreamed other dreams, of the end of exploitative materialism and relentless militarism, of an America devoted to social justice and creative non-violence, which our mainstream media do not dare repeat over and over again.
The following resolution is coming before the California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting on January 27-28.
RESOLUTION TO IMPEACH BUSH AND INVESTIGATE CHENEY, ET AL.
WHEREAS, (1) the Downing Street Memos show that President George W.Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, CondoleezzaRice, and various others began planning and executing the illegal waragainst and occupation of Iraq months before seeking Congressional and UNapproval; (2) in furtherance of this planning, (a) intelligence wasshaped to fit these plans, (b) illegal bombing runs were made againstIraq and various other potentially illegal operations and actions weretaken with the express intent to provoke Saddam Hussein to take militaryaction and decline to cooperate with the UN and other internationalentities, and (c) false statements to the American people were made byBush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and others with the apparent intent todeceive Congress and the American public in order to allow the BushAdminstration to carry out its plan for an unnecessary war; (3) as adirect result of the above actions, the U.S. and U.K. began an unapprovedwar of aggression against Iraq, killing thousands of American and Iraqimilitary forces, wounding tens of thousands more, and killing or woundingpotentially hundreds of thousands of civilians, women, children and otherinnocents; (4) that the U.S. has invested hundreds of billions of dollarsin this potentially illegal war, to the detriment of the national debt,all citizens of the U.S. and all government programs for which this moneymight otherwise have been appropriated, and to the benefit solely of themilitary contractors and supplier corporations who have been shown to beovercharging and otherwise cheating the people and the government of theU.S, and (5) these actions on the part of the Bush Administration fit thedefinition of high crimes and misdemeanors, and
By Paul Surovell, chairperson, South Mountain Peace Action, a local affiliate of NJ Peace Action in Maplewood and South Orange, NJ.
SMPA is sponsoring a public forum on February 8th in Maplewood that will discuss the main withdrawal proposals in Congress, and some citizen group proposals, as well as the Administration's "National Strategy for Victory."
'Friendly Fire' Incident In Iraq Remains Murky
By Josh White, Washington Post
Army Spec. Jesse Buryj was in the gun turret of a Humvee that night, guarding a traffic circle in Karbala, Iraq. The soldiers were on edge -- they had been warned about a car bomb -- so when a dump truck came barreling into the intersection, they opened fire from all sides. But the truck kept coming and crashed into Buryj's armored vehicle, sending the 21-year-old hurtling to the ground.
By ERIC LICHTBLAU, The New York Times
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - Two leading civil rights groups plan to file lawsuits Tuesday against the Bush administration over its domestic spying program to determine whether the operation was used to monitor 10 defense lawyers, journalists, scholars, political activists and other Americans with ties to the Middle East.
By Barbara Cummings
Jeeni Criscenzo, former Kucinich campaign worker, now a candidate for congress in the 49th district in California held another bringtheirbuddieshome vigil this Sunday in Temecula, Calif. It was a silent, respectful tribute to the troops. All who come dress in black, pin a profile of a soldier to the front of their clothing, and stand in silent respect.
By MANUEL MENDOZA / The Dallas Morning News
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – This was the year it was fashionable to avoid making political statements backstage. That is, unless you were the journalist posing the loaded question.
From U.S. Citizens for Peace and Justice -- Rome
Il Presidente Enrico Gasbarra
La Vice Presidente Rosa Rinaldi
“ Perché NO alla guerra
Poets Against War
It is three years since we began Poets Against War. It seems altogether
appropriate to note the occasion with three comments from Walt Whitman. It
was, after all, Whitman to whom I turned that cold January afternoon after
By LOWELL BERGMAN, ERIC LICHTBLAU, SCOTT SHANE and DON VAN NATTA Jr., New York Times
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month.
By David Swanson
We've all heard the line. "That would make us look weak on national security." That line is supposed to be based on public opinion, not just the opinions of media corporations and pundits working for Pentagon-funded think tanks. That line is supposed to have something to do with the general American public. But it does not.
Former Vice President Says Legislators From Both Parties Did Not Do Enough To Stop Secret Activities
By TEDDY DAVIS, ABC News
Jan. 16, 2006 — - In an impassioned speech about President Bush's warrantless domestic wiretapping program, former Vice President Al Gore said in Washington, DC, on Monday that "the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently."
TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran's government banned CNN journalists from working in the country Monday after a translation error broadcast by CNN mistakenly quoted Iran's president as saying his nation has the right to build nuclear weapons, the state-run news agency said.
Pentagon forbids troops to buy better body armor
by occams hatchet [Subscribe]
Mon Jan 16, 2006 at 11:33:31 AM PDT
In a comment thread two days ago, Margot linked to an article at Soldiers for the Truth that stated that U.S. soldiers were recently ordered not to purchase or use alternative body armor. In light of what has come to light about the shortcomings of the standard government-issue armor, I was somewhat taken aback at her comment, and read the article she linked to. I was shocked, to say the least:
Living Up to Our Legacy of Liberty
Al Gore has given a scorcher of a speech today on the FISA end-run and the need to re-commit this nation to the cause of liberty. You can watch the whole of the speech here, but one segment of it spoke to the heart of the importance of checks and balances and shining sunshine into the dark places of the current Administration (text of speech):