By Harry Kelber
The AFL-CIO will continue to remain completely silent on the war in Iraq in the 2006 congressional elections, treating it as a non-issue for working families.
It is maintaining a tight blackout on how the Bush administration is conducting the war, including the various scandals about corruption, torture and spying on American citizens, as though these matters are of little concern or have no consequence for American workers.
David Sawnson on Air America with Host Peter Werbe on Jan 4, 2006 - Discusses Impeach PAC, Impeachment, and Bush Crimes:
By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | Perspective
The eavesdropping-on-Americans scandal came as shock and betrayal to most employees of the National Security Agency - and to other intelligence officers, active and retired.
By Tim Wheeler, People's Weekly World Newspaper
Revelations that President George W. Bush ordered the National Security Agency to engage in massive spying on law-abiding people, in flagrant violation of federal law, have ignited a firestorm of angry demands that he and Vice President Dick Cheney be censured or even impeached.
By Askia Muhammad, FinalCall.com News
WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The U.S. Constitution, itself, is in crisis because the Bush administration has been illegally spying on U.S. citizens in this country, including a wholesale violation of the privacy of U.S. Muslims and the sanctity of their places of worship, and because of a pattern of “deception, manipulation, torture, retribution and cover-ups in the Iraq War.
By John Pilger
01/05/06 "ICH" -- -- On Christmas Eve, I dropped in on Brian Haw, whose hunched, pacing figure was just visible through the freezing fog. For four and a half years, Brian has camped in Parliament Square with a graphic display of photographs that show the terror and suffering imposed on Iraqi children by British policies. The effectiveness of his action was demonstrated last April when the Blair government banned any expression of opposition within a kilometre of Parliament. The High Court subsequently ruled that, because his presence preceded the ban, Brian was an exception.
Out of Iraq Town Hall Meeting
Visit the After Downing Street website to find a meeting near you
Camp Casey Los Angeles
Just a reminder that every friday Los Angeles area Gold Star Families for Peace along with Military Familes Speak Out, Orange County, Code Pink and the Camp Casey Peace movement are setting up a Camp Casey outside of Cal Sen. Diane Feinsteins office.We are now in the 6th week of our encampment. We will be there from 3pm to 6 pm waiting for her to answer the questions posed to her in September by Cindy Sheehan. For What Noble cause are our kids dying ? How many more lives are she willing to sacrifice for this Noble cause? And, what is she doing to bring an end to the US occupation of Iraq? Until she answers these questions we will be there.
By Manuel Valenzuela
01/05/06 "ICH" -- -- Festering in our midst like a toxic cloud of pollution the army of good Americans exists, living and working among us, inhabiting our neighborhoods and cities, co-existing peacefully with us, though perceiving an utterly different conception of reality than the rest of us. Their numbers, though dwindling more every day with the almost weekly revelations of corporatist lies built upon corporatist lies and government deceptions meshed with corporate criminality, remain high, thanks to those unable to escape the clouds of 9/11 and the manipulative propaganda of the corporatist media. The Kool-Aid drinking brigades remain strong, still ardent supporters of frivolous, fictitious and diminishing deceptions, still hypnotized to the dim-witted, slurred speech of their great Commander in Chief, still spewing the talking points they hear emanating from the corporatist media and still clinging to the ingrained and unenlightened selfishness that permeates their existence.
From Tomdispatch tonight
a superb piece by Nick Turse who shines a new light on the Bush administration's cult of presidential power by showing just where, if fully successful, the plans of its adherents would roll our constitutional and legal system back to -- the Middle Ages and the rule of kings.
David Swanson will join Dori Smith of Talk Nation Radio for a 5 PM January 5, 2006 Interview on http://www.whus.org
To talk about the Impeachement of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney.
Energy is growing at the state and national level to impeach as the White House spy scandal provokes more press scrutiny of Bush's foreign and domestic policies. This against a backdrop of increasing anti-Iraq war sentiment and polls showing a majority of Americans would support an investigation into whether or not the President has committed impeachable offenses.
Secretive military unit sought to solve political WMD concerns prior to securing Iraq, intelligence sources say
By Larisa Alexandrovna, www.RawStory.com
New allegations indicate that American civilian military leadership may have used an off-book quasi-military team to address political issues, placing those concerns above securing peace in the region, RAW STORY has learned.
120 Iraqis, 7 US Soldiers Die in Bombings
Reuters/The Associated Press
Deadliest day of violence in months.
Karbala, Iraq - In the country's deadliest day in months, bombs killed at least 120 Iraqis and seven U.S. soldiers on Thursday - shattering hopes that last month's election and the new year would usher in a more peaceful era.
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report, www.truthout.org
The National Security Agency, the top-secret spy shop that has been secretly eavesdropping on Americans under a plan authorized by President Bush four years ago, destroyed the names of thousands of Americans and US companies it collected on its own volition following 9/11, because the agency feared it would be taken to task by lawmakers for conducting unlawful surveillance on United States citizens without authorization from a court, according to a little known report published in October 2001 and intelligence officials familiar with the NSA's operations.
Reject assertion he has right to waive rules to protect US security
By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
WASHINGTON -- Three key Republican senators yesterday condemned President Bush's assertion that his powers as commander in chief give him the authority to bypass a new law restricting the use of torture when interrogating detainees.
By Ray McGovern, www.tompaine.com
Ray McGovern works for Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour. A veteran of 27 years in CIA's analysis directorate, he is now a member of the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
Laura Flanders will be MCing the Jan 7 Out of Iraq event in Brooklyn, NY.
By Gary Hart, www.huffingtonpost.com
It has been the dream of Republican neoconservatives at least since 1998 - and probably years before - to overthrow Saddam Hussein and to use the new client state of Iraq as the US's military and political base from which to pacify the complex and troubled Middle East. Leaving aside the plausibility of this notion, it is not one with which the great American leaders of history would have identified and certainly not one they would have attempted to carry out in secret.
Out of Iraq Events Planned in Over 130 Cities
Local organizations have planned over 130 Out of Iraq events around the country on or about January 7th. Most of the events are town hall forums, and several will feature members of Congress, including Bobby Scott, Diane Watson, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Bob Filner, Martin Sabo, Jim Moran, Marty Meehan, Jay Inslee, John Conyers, and John Murtha. Several other events will feature congressional staff, congressional and senatorial candidates, local elected officials, and leaders of the peace movement, including Gold Star Families for Peace founder Cindy Sheehan, and After Downing Street Co-Founder John Bonifaz.
By John in DC, http://americablog.blogspot.com
That is the only way to read NBC's just-issued statement on why they deleted key portions of Andrea Mitchell's interview after we reported on it here earlier today.
Two suicide bombers killed at least 110 people and wounded more than 200 in the Iraqi cities of Kerbala and Ramadi on Thursday, the second consecutive day of concerted insurgent attacks.
As most readers here know, the Shills for Republican-Dictators Coalition (SRDC) have been producing the expected voluminous stream of unmitigated lies in the form of talking points, in order to defend the illegal domestic spying program authorized by their Dear Leader-King George Bush. As always, when the internets and airwaves are filled with fakery, it becomes "hard work" to keep track of it all. So, I thought it was time for a post to consolidate the well chronicled responses to the cornucopia of nonsense from the SRDC. In putting this together I have almost exclusively used (and referred to) some outstanding work done by other bloggers - Think Progress (especially Judd Legum), Unclaimed Territory (Glenn Greenwald), Armando at Daily Kos, Coleen Rowley, Firedoglake and others. [I will update this post when possible, as this scandal evolves].
CONTACT: Dave Meserve, Arcata City Councilmember, 707-834-3612
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2004
ARCATA CITY COUNCIL “2006 NEW YEARS RESOLUTION
My Favorite Upstarts
2005’s bumper crop of socially concerned organizations
By DOUG IRELAND, http://www.laweekly.com
ImpeachPAC was formed last summer by former AFL-CIO staffer David Swanson to raise money for Congressional candidates who support impeaching Bush for his lies that took us into an unnecessary war. But now that Bush has admitted he ordered spying on American citizens without seeking court orders — a crime under federal law — and, as a result, with the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Representative John Conyers, having just introduced a resolution for an inquiry to prepare articles of impeachment, ImpeachPAC takes on new relevance as a spur to spineless Democrats. www.impeachpac.org
Is this a new low in the corruption of the media?
As of Jan 5th we have 124 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
SIGN UP FOR ONE
WHO: David Swanson, Moderator, co-founder, After Downing Street; Allan J. Lichtman, History Professor, American University; Lila Rajiva, author of Abu Ghraib and the Media, The Language of Empire; Cliff Kindy, Christian Peacemaker Teams; Kevin Zeese, Peace Activist, Democracy Rising; DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (invited)
Nation-Wide Out Of Iraq Day
Join progressive, pro-peace activists around the country for a nation-wide ‘Out of Iraq Day.’
TIME: Saturday, Jan. 7th @ 1:00 PM
PLACE: Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St, Brooklyn
By David Swanson
Catch me on Air America tonight at 12:30 a.m. ET with Peter Werbe who's hosting the Mike Malloy Show.
By Richard A. Oppel Jr., The New York Times
Baghdad - Insurgents killed more than 50 people on today [sic] as they unleashed car bombs and suicide attacks throughout central Iraq in the deadliest day since the national parliamentary elections three weeks ago.