Fresh claims of torture and abuse at Guantanamo Bay have been published by Amnesty International to mark the US detention centre's fourth anniversary.
The London-based human rights group said 500 detainees continued to be held without charge or trial and repeated its call for the centre to be shut.
By Drew Brown, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Washington - US warplanes have carried out hundreds of air strikes in Iraq in the past two years, bombing and strafing insurgent fighters and targets almost daily. And the air war, which has gone largely unnoticed at home, could intensify once American ground forces start to withdraw.
The United States will start new military trials of "war on terror" detainees at the Guantánamo Bay naval base, amid new criticism of the camp and its courts.
Accused Al-Qaeda propaganda expert Ali Hamza Ahmad al-Bahlul will be the first of two defendants to face hearings this week. He will be followed by Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was 15 when he was detained over the killing of a US soldier in Afghanistan.
By Pete Perry
The National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance is issuing its "Call to Conscience" this winter. As followers of a great nonviolence tradition, we believe we must in a clear and nonviolent voice speak truth to power. The most effective way for us to do will be to hold face to face meetings with our elected representatives, demand an end to the war and occupation of Iraq and thereby stop any further needless slaughter of the men and women who proudly wear our nation's military uniforms.
By ELIZABETH HOLTZMAN, The Nation
[from the January 30, 2006 issue]
Finally, it has started. People have begun to speak of impeaching President George W. Bush--not in hushed whispers but openly, in newspapers, on the Internet, in ordinary conversations and even in Congress. As a former member of Congress who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon, I believe they are right to do so. READ MORE.
End the War on Iraq: Bring All the Troops Home Now
A Call for a Week of Local Action: March 15-22, 2006
March 19th will mark the third anniversary of a war that never should have happened -- a war based on lies that continues to devastate the lives of thousands, both in Iraq and the United States.
By Missy Comley Beattie
I couldn’t say no to Cindy Sheehan when she e-mailed last week, asking me to represent Gold Star Families for Peace and to speak at an “Out of Iraq Now
Here's a letter from the Department of "Defense" in response to a Freedom of Information Request from Congressman John Conyers and many other Congress Members. It includes this line:
Dick Cheney Birthday Bash & Retirement Party January 30
A retirement party celebrating Vice President Dick Cheney's 65th birthday―and eagerly anticipated departure from public life―will be held in the hometown of the Lincoln, Nebraska native Monday, January 30, 2006, 65 years exactly to the day of his birth.
By Larisa Alexandrovna, www.rawstory.com
Several U.S. and foreign intelligence sources, along with investigators, say an Iranian exile with ties to Iran-Contra peddled a bizarre tale of stolen uranium to governments on both sides of the Atlantic in the spring and summer of 2003.
By Jon Williams,
Thought you all would be interested to see that after our Jan. 7 action, Lois Capps, CA-23, was inspired to send a letter to the SB News-Press expressing her anti-war feelings. I’ve responded with a letter (cc’d to our groups) commending her and asking readers—progressive, moderate and conservative—to let her know they supporter her voting no on any upcoming supplemental funding bill as that truly is the way to support our troops.
By Zbigniew Brzezinski, Washington Post
"Bring 'em on."
-- President Bush on Iraqi insurgents, summer 2003
The insurgency is "in its last throes."
-- Vice President Cheney,summer 2005
" . . . there are only two options before our country: victory or defeat."
By Evan Augustine Peterson III, J.D.
January 11, 2006
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary
Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
- Benjamin Franklin's motto in the
By David Swanson, www.blackcommentator.com
Can you imagine having an opportunity to address the United Nations Security Council about a matter of great global importance, with all the world's media watching, and using it to… well, to make shit up – to lie with a straight face, and with a CIA director propped up behind you, I mean to spew one world-class, for-the-record-books stream of bull, to utter nary a breath without a couple of whoppers in it, and to look like you really mean it all? What gall. What an insult to the entire world that would be.
Congressperson McKinney (D-GA) gave the following speech before the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce, January 7, 2006.
I have been given a most unenviable task.
Here's a good discussion of how to end the war and impeach its architects. This event was sponsored by the Virginia Grassroots Coalition. The video was shot by Todd Smyth.
WAR in IRAQ: CRIMES & LIES
Romacittapertallapace and U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice
Voices from the Other America
Voices from the Other Italy
Friday, January 13, 2006, 6pm
Casa delle Culture, via S. Crisogono, 45
An evening with:
Dave Lindorff - U.S. Journalist and Writer
Maurizio Torrealta - Italian Journalist, RAINEWS24
By David Sirota
A lot has already been written about Joe Klein's latest column - a true foray into fantasy. The man is the epitomy of a journalist who is so self-absorbed, so obsessed with himself, or so lazy that he quite literally thinks he can just make things up. But sadly, Klein epitomzes a new brand of journalism sweeping the nation. It's what I call Rectal Journalism because its based on reporters and pundits simply pulling stuff right out of their asses and peddling it as fact, when in fact it is anything but.
Times delay on wiretap story leaves questions unanswered
By any standard, the New York Times' story of December 16 was a blockbuster: Reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau revealed that following the September 11 attacks, the Bush administration initiated warrantless wiretaps on hundreds of people within the U.S.--including U.S. citizens--even though a federal law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, expressly forbids the government from doing so. This program was legal only if one accepts the administration's contention that the executive branch has essentially unlimited powers during "wartime" (even though Congress has not declared war).
Amnesty International | Press Release
Washington - Marking the fourth anniversary of the first transfers of detainees to Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, January 11, 2006, Amnesty International released new testimonies alleging the use of torture and ill treatment against prisoners in the U.S. detention center and additional details on several detainee cases.
Latest Flash Media presentation from Jay Shaft and the Coalition for Free Thought In Media
By Doug Ireland
ABC's "Nightline" last night aired a terrifying scoop: a former senior insider at the National Security Agency said that the agency has illegally spied on "millions" of Americans who make telephone calls overseas. As ABC's excellent Brian Ross reported:
By Sarah Epting, Atlanta Progressive News
(APN) ATLANTA--"Don’t they have anything to do? I am just a mom of a teenage son. I just don’t want my son or anyone else go to a stupid war," Susan Keith told Atlanta Progressive News.
You may be searching for actions you can take to alter the course of our government and to begin the impeachment of Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush. Here is your opportunity to take an active part in that effort.
BY MARY CAREY, Daily Hampshire Gazette
AREA activists are promoting legislation on subjects from censuring the president to providing for the evacuation of pets following a natural disaster.
On Monday, Progressive Democrats of America, co-founded by Tim Carpenter of Northampton, held a 'National Call In for Accountability Day,' with members contacting their representatives in Congress, urging them to sponsor three related bills. House Resolution 635 would create a committee to investigate and make recommendations on grounds for impeaching George W. Bush. Resolutions 636 and 637 call on Congress to censure Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, respectively.
My name is Mike Hersh. I'm here representing Progressive Democrats of America, Convict Bush Cheney dot Org, and After Downing Street dot Org. I've been working to impeach Bush and Cheney since 2000, even before they took the oath of office, on the theory that if fibbing about a blow job is sufficient reason for impeachment, then cheating in the elections, losing, and having your friends on the Supreme Court throw out the votes to put you into office is grounds for impeachment and removal from office.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who won wide attention with an anti-war vigil outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch after her soldier son was killed in Iraq, is writing a memoir, to be published in September.
Sheehan to Sheehan
By RONAN SHEEHAN, www.counterpunch.org
Ronan: Welcome to Dublin!
Cindy: Thank you. It's nice to be here. I wish I could stay longer and it was under better circumstances.
Ronan: We wish you could, too. Cindy, my name is Ronan Sheehan, and I come from Dublin, and my family come from Dublin--on my father's side for a few generations, then from Kerry, and on my mother's side for many generations, and believe it or not, we can go back in law to the sixteenth century.
By Farhad Manjoo, www.Salon.com
In his disturbing new book, Times reporter James Risen reveals how George Tenet's gutless surrender to war-obsessed Donald Rumsfeld led to the total breakdown of U.S. intelligence.
By Carol Wolman, http://www.opednews.com
There were 18 people present, 3x as many as at any previous meeting. Most of the people had been to at least one previous meeting. The discussion was lively, and the mood much more upbeat and optimistic than at earlier meetings. This was noted, and attributed to the revelation about Bush's warrantless wiretapping, which has everyone up in arms.