Poets Against War

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

Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends


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.

Woolsey's Way to Peace

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.

Gore Says Bush Wiretapping Could be Impeachable Offense

Former Vice President Says Legislators From Both Parties Did Not Do Enough To Stop Secret Activities

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."

Iran: CNN banned over translation error

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

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

Living Up to Our Legacy of Liberty
ReddHead, FiredogLake

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):

So Here We go Again....Crisis with Iran?

Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo

To the post below, TPM Reader AB responds thus ...

Sorry -- completely disagree with your post on Iran policy. Democrats and the media were too scared/naive/stupid to put up any serious questions about going into Iraq before the war. (for bias interpretations, I was with Dean on this, but it didn't matter.) So there really was no substantial debate. But that was the point of Iraq.

Bush on Trial in New York This Weekend


Is the Bush Administration guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity? Even raising this question has been ruled out of order and out of bounds in the U.S. today, but on January 20-22 in NYC an unprecedented citizens Commission of Inquiry will ask -- and seek to answer -- exactly these questions and alter the terms of debate about this government.

Report from Al Gore's Speech

By Linda Swanson, www.fauquierprogressives.org

When I arrived at Constitution Hall at about 11:20 (about half an hour after I had hoped to arrive), there were a lot of people standing outside waiting to get in. For a moment I hoped that they were waiting for the doors to open, but as I reached the top of the steps and went through security I could see into the main floor of Constitution Hall which appeared to be just about full already. Since I was alone I was able to find a single seat in the fourth row of the non-reserved section.

Cronkite: Time for US to Leave Iraq

By David Bauder, The Associated Press

Former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, whose 1968 conclusion that the Vietnam War was unwinnable keenly influenced public opinion then, said Sunday he'd say the same thing today about Iraq.

The 'I-word' comes out of the closet

By DOUG THOMPSON, Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue

Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, the sometimes-maverick Republican who has been a thorn in more than one GOP President’s side, brought out the word that’s been whispered in the Congressional cloakrooms and behind closed doors by other members of his party for several weeks now.

Sibel Edmonds Lauds Gore Speech, Calls for New Whistleblower Legislation

FBI Whistleblower on Necessity of Protections for Government 'Truth-Tellers'

The BRAD BLOG has obtained a statement from "Gag Ordered" FBI Whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds, Founder and Director of the National Security Whistleblowers Coaltion, in response to Al Gore's just completed speech earlier today in Washington D.C.

Text of Al Gore's Speech Today

Via RAW STORY, www.rawstory.com

video on C-Span

[B]oth Houses of Congress should hold comprehensive-and not just superficial-hearings into these serious allegations of criminal behavior on the part of the President. And, they should follow the evidence wherever it leads.

Iraq: Blair's Big Lie Confirmed

By David Morrison, www.david-morrison.org.uk

A thirteen-page useful summary of the evidence that Blair (and Bush) lied about the war: PDF.

Ted Koppel: "Natural Fit" at NPR News and Longtime Booster of Henry Kissinger

By Norman Solomon

No doubt many people are glad that Ted Koppel will become a regular
voice on National Public Radio. He recently ended 25 years with ABC's
"Nightline" show amid profuse media accolades. But what kind of

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

By Rev. Martin Luther King
4 April 1967

Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City

I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.

The Drone, the CIA and a Botched Attempt to Kill Bin Laden's Deputy

By Jason Burke and Imtiaz Gul in Islamabad, Observer/UK

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

Americans Support Wiretaps? Not Really

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.

Thousands of Protesters Tear-Gassed After US Airstrike Deaths in Pakistan

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.

US image buried along with Bajaur air strike victims

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.

Rice defends bloody CIA raid as Pakistan protests

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.

Demand that Republican Senate Leadership Let the Truth Out

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:

Fiery Belafonte focuses on injustice

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.

Bush & the Limits of Debate

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

Pelosi Booed for Not Backing Impeachment

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.

Listen to Al Gore on Monday in DC

Get tickets to Al Gore's speech in DC on Monday, Jan 16th.

And bring these signs!

And if you can't get tickets, show up anyway, at 11:30 a.m. at Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW.

And if you can't bring signs, we'll give you one!


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