Peace campaigner Cindy Sheehan writes memoir

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.

Cindy Sheehan's Irish Interview

Sheehan to Sheehan

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.

The yes man and the thug

By Farhad Manjoo,

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.

Minutes- East Bay Impeachment Meetup- 2-9-06

Moving forwared
By Carol Wolman,

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.

Yes, the Pentagon Murders Journalists

Remember Fallujah? It's the Iraqi city of 300,000 that we had to destroy in order to save back in April of 2004. Over 30 Americans died and over 400 American troops were wounded and airlifted away. And at least 1,200 Iraqis were killed. A Red Cross official reported that American forces used cluster bombs and chemical phosphorous weapons inside the city. The target of the U.S. assault, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, along with up to 80 percent of his fighters, managed to slip out of town, leaving the Fallujans to catch the brunt of the American attack. In the end, some 10,000 homes in the city were completely leveled, and an estimated 150,000 residents displaced.

Report from tidewater Virginia Out of Iraq Event - with photos

Alma Kesling

Town Hall Forum - Ending the War in Iraq. Congresswoman Thelma Drake (R) was invited, but did not show, nor RSVP. Congressman Bobby Scott (D) graciously accepted the invitation to field questions from our attendees. Press was represented by Port Folio Magazine and the Southern ((i)), a new independent newspaper.

Dissenting Report from Seattle Town Hall


Hi. I'd like to report that the Seattle "townhall" did not allow questions from the audience. To me, it basically seemed like a campaign meeting for the Democrats--luckily there was an activist there (Bert Sacks) who has been to Iraq many times breaking the sanctions to bring medicines to the people there. He played the 60 Minutes clip of Madeleine Albright saying that the loss of 500,000 children was "worth it" to get rid of Saddam Hussein. HE reminded us this is not just about elections.

Report from Michigan Out of Iraq Event

By Thomas Ford

Our meeting went well even though driving here was somewhat dangerous because of icy roads.

We had 25 people show up from 5 different communities in the mid-Michigan area. We had 8 veterans at our gathering and some former Bush supporters.

Report from Kalamazoo, Mich., Out of Iraq Event

By Kathy Murphy

our mtg was a great success!!WE had around 100 people show up and the grand rapids Tv station covered it. Our congressman did not show but we really didn't expect that he would.Our main speaker Prof.

Bremer Claims He Was Used as Iraq 'Fall Guy'

By Edward Alden and Guy Dinmore, The Financial Times

Paul Bremer, former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, says that senior US military officials tried to make him a scapegoat for postwar setbacks, including the decision to disband the Iraqi army following the US invasion in 2003.

In Ambush Lasting Seconds, US Reporter in Iraq Becomes Hostage

By Ellen Knickmeyer, The Washington Post

Baghdad - The call came from reporter Jill Carroll's cell phone, from a young, wary-sounding Iraqi man who said he had just picked up the phone from a sprawled body on a Baghdad street. "The person this phone belongs to was just killed," the caller said.

How to Quell the Conflict: Insurgent Scenarios

By Tom Hayden,

Iraq's armed national resistance is willing to support an honorable American troop withdrawal and recognize "the interests of the US as a superpower," according to a Baghdad source with intimate knowledge of the insurgents. He was interviewed this week in Amman, where he had driven twenty hours from Baghdad for conversations.

Why Russert Didn't Want to Testify in Plame Case

By Editor and Publisher

NEW YORK Lawyers for NBC News reporter Tim Russert suspected in the spring of 2004 that his testimony could hurt I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and Russert resisted testifying at the time about private conversations with Libby, according to court papers released Monday, The Washington Post reports today.

Conyers and Others To Hold Democratic Hearing On Domestic Spying Program

Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-225-1294

A Formula for Slaughter, The American Rules of Engagement from the Air

From Tomdispatch today: Michael Schwartz's "A Formula for Slaughter, The American Rules of Engagement from the Air" -- a grim but exceedingly important account of what a planned intensification of the American air campaign (as part of a draw-down of ground forces) in Iraq might actually mean.

National Security Agency mounted massive spy op on Baltimore peace group, documents show

By Kevin Zeese,

Click here to see NSA documents

The National Security Agency has been spying on a Baltimore anti-war group, according to documents released during litigation, going so far as to document the inflating of protesters' balloons, and intended to deploy units trained to detect weapons of mass destruction, RAW STORY has learned.

Anti-War Group Has Documents Proving NSA Spied on Them

By Kevin Zeese,

Interview with Maria Allwine of Baltimore's Iraq Pledge of Resistance

The Baltimore-based chapter of the national Iraq Pledge of Resistance is an anti-war organization working for peace by challenging people in power, educating the public and getting citizens to take action. In the interview below, Maria Allwine of the Pledge, describes how the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on them. These allegations, which have not been reported in the media despite attempts to get coverage, are based on documents received by the pledge in litigation with the government.

Most Popular Idea at Last Weekend's Out of Iraq Events? Impeachment.

By David Swanson

A long list of peace organizations put together over 150 town hall forums last Saturday on the topic of getting out of Iraq. Reports, and audio and video, from dozens of these events have been posted at What I gather from reviewing the reports, and from the two events I attended, is that the most popular topic was not the horrors of war or any legislation to end it, but the demand to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

Bush Proposed Bombing Media Outlet; Christopher Hitchens Sobers Up -- Which Is More Surprising?

The Bush Bombshell
Did the president propose to take out Al Jazeera?
By Christopher Hitchens,

Bad idea up the flagpole?

Tomorrow morning, in a court in London, two men will appear to face charges under Britain's Official Secrets Act. The first man, David Keogh, a former employee of the Cabinet Office, is accused of unlawfully handing a confidential memorandum to the second man, Leo O'Connor, a researcher for a former Labor member of Parliament, Tony Clarke.

Napalming the Messengers

al-Jazeera bomb plot leak pair committed to Old Bailey

LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) - A Cabinet Office civil servant and a former parliamentary researcher appeared in court today charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act.

Forum on ending Iraq war draws 100 people to Salida Senior Citizens Center

By Kirsten Laskey, The Mountain Mail, Salida, Col.

That the Iraq war has turned sour and the only remedy to the bitterness is to end the war was argued during the Salida Town Hall Forum for Ending the War Saturday at the Salida Senior Citizens Center.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday January 10, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush makes remarks on the war on
terrorism to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 10:15 am ET at the Omni
Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. At 1:05 pm, Bush participates in a

State Senator Supports Conyers' Bills

From Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo

Dear Congressman John Conyers,

I am a proud supporter and most appreciative of your leadership effort to proceed with legislation that would both censure President Bush and Vice-President Cheney and initiate formal proceedings to ascertain the appropriateness of formal impeachment actions by the House of Representatives. I fully endorse House Resolutions 635, 636, and 637.

Bush Advisor Says President Has Legal Power to Torture Children

By Philip Watts

01/08/06 "" -- -- John Yoo publicly argued there is no law that could prevent the President from ordering the torture of a child of a suspect in custody – including by crushing that child’s testicles.

Abduction of American Reporter in Iraq Blacked Out By U.S. News Outlets

By Joe Strupp, Editor and Publisher

NEW YORK The abduction of a Christian Science Monitor reporter in Iraq on Saturday was not disclosed by major U.S. media outlets for nearly two days after the Monitor requested that the incident, and the reporter's name and affiliation, be withheld. A translator was killed in the incident and the reporter, now identified by the Monitor as Jill Carroll, is still being held.

Fitzgerald Maintains Focus on Rove

By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t |

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is said to have spent the past month preparing evidence he will present to a grand jury alleging that White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove knowingly made false statements to FBI and Justice Department investigators and lied under oath while he was being questioned about his role in the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity more than two years ago, according to sources knowledgeable about the probe.

Merkel bashes Guantanamo ahead of US trip

By STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

KEHL AM RHEIN, Germany, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Angela Merkel kicked up political dust by saying the U.S. should close down their military prisons in Guantanamo Bay, just days before her first official trip to Washington as Germany's new chancellor.

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Iraq War/Peace Forum

January 10th, 6:30-9:00pm
6:30 -- 7:00 – Dinner & Networking
7:00 – 7:05 - Introductions
7:05 – 7:15 - Iraq Veterans facts and figure
7:15 – 8:05 - Panel Discussion
8:05 – 8:10 - Bill Black’s 5-minute Speed Seminar on framing the Anti-War Message


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