Reduced to double talk in defending torture policy

By HELEN THOMAS

How long will the American people tolerate the shaming of their nation by the inhumane treatment of prisoners of war and the spiriting of detainees to secret prisons outside the United States?

Prominent Sunni politician shot dead in Iraq

RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) - A leading Sunni Muslim Arab politician was shot dead in Iraq on Tuesday just two days before the nation votes for a new parliament.

Mizhar al-Dulaimi, head of the Free Progressive Iraqi Party, was killed while campaigning in the center of Ramadi, capital of the restive Anbar province in western Iraq, police said. Three of his bodyguards were wounded.

My Meeting With Irish Foreign Minister

By Cindy Sheehan

Dear Friends,

Dermot Ahern, Irish "Secretary of State" has agreed to meet with me this afternoon in Dublin. This is huge. He just met with Condi last week, he is the Prime Minister's brother, and he usually meets with heads of state.

The World Can't Wait for Bush to Step Down

TONIGHT! - 8pm and 11pm
on FOX NEWS

"O'Reilly Factor" Interviewing NY State Sen. Tom Duane + David Horowitz on
the "Bush Step Down" New York Times Ad - Monday Night

Tonight, Monday Dec 12, on "O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News TV network at

Cindy Going to Ireland

Cindy Sheehan is on her way to Ireland to meet tomorrow with the Irish Minister for Foriegn Affairs Dermmot Ahern, and with other Irish officials, including several Members of Parliament. Ireland is a land of writers -- let's hope for a good report!

Poll: Most Iraqis Oppose Troops' Presence

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press

Most Iraqis disapprove of the presence of U.S. forces in their country, yet they are optimistic about Iraq's future and their own personal lives, according to a new poll.

Remembering What Kucinich Said Years Ago

The Kucinich Plan to Bring Our Troops Home

"The war in Iraq is over and the occupation has turned into a quagmire. The United States troops have become the targets of criminals and terrorists who are flowing into Iraq for the chance to kill Americans. The cost of the occupation keeps rising: The President has already asked for more than $155 billion to pay for it, and there is no end in sight. The United Nations is now in an impossible situation, where most of the members view the war and occupation of Iraq as a U.S. folly. Under these circumstances, the UN is unlikely to help. And UN assistance with a U.S. occupation would not allow the establishment of an Iraqi government that was acceptable to the Iraqi people.

'Revenge will stop with me'

Michael Berg has taken to the streets of Wilmington
By RYAN CORMIER
The News Journal

Just after the sun dipped beyond the horizon on a busy Friday rush hour, two young men in a darkened car pulled to a stop on Wilmington’s Delaware Avenue.

Deadline passes; no word on hostages

Four U.S. soldiers, Iraqi election worker killed as election nears

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- International concern for four Western humanitarian workers heightened Saturday as the hours before their execution deadline turned into minutes, then passed with no word on their fate.

Cindy Sheehan Joins Peace Activists in Britain

Dec 10, 2005, 9:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) -- Hundreds of anti-war protesters, including American Cindy Sheehan, attended an international peace conference in London on Saturday to condemn the Iraq conflict.

BEREAVED MUMS CONVINCE ME WE CAN'T WIN IN IRAQ

By Elaine C.Smith, Sunday Mail (Scotland)

LIKE most people, I despair at the rising death toll and violence in Iraq.

I have been in two minds about whether troops should stay and at one point I did feel that leaving could only make things worse for the Iraqis.

US and UK peace protesters meet

By BBC

Two peace campaigners who have become the faces of the anti-war movement in the UK and the US have meet.

Cindy Sheehan, a Californian mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq, visited Brian Haw who has held a four-year anti-war vigil outside Parliament.

Anti-war cry of a peace mom

By Charlotte Higgins, arts correspondent, Guardian

There was no plush bar, no glitterati babble over bubbly. The audience gathered in a drab school foyer in central London. Like many theatre first nights, there was a guest list ("Katharine Hamnett plus 2, Jeremy Corbyn plus 5, military families plus 25"), but no lavish hospitality.

US "peace mom" Sheehan in new play by Nobel winner

By Reuters

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who won wide attention with a vigil outside President George W. Bush's ranch in the name of her soldier son killed in Iraq, is the subject of a new play by Nobel laureate Dario Fo.

Comfort Zones

By Cindy Sheehan

Today was bitterly cold as I walked from the Charing Cross Tube Station to Parliament Square in London. I was heading there with my traveling companion, Julie, to go and visit Brian Haw after several exhausting, but productive days in England and Scotland.

French Told CIA of Bogus Intelligence

ORIGINAL

The foreign spy service warned the U.S. various times before the war that there was no proof Iraq sought uranium from Niger, ex-officials say.

French Told CIA Niger Intelligence Was Bogus

ORIGINAL

By Tom Hamburger, Peter Wallsten and Bob Drogin
The Los Angeles Times

Sunday 11 December 2005

The foreign spy service warned the US various times before the war that there was no proof Iraq sought uranium from Niger, ex-officials say.

Paris - More than a year before President Bush declared in his 2003 State of the Union speech that Iraq had tried to buy nuclear weapons material in Africa, the French spy service began repeatedly warning the CIA in secret communications that there was no evidence to support the allegation.

Profound tensions and contradictions in Iraq's new constitution

From the NY Times Op-Ed section, by Kanan Makiya, professor at Brandeis University and author of "Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World":

WASHINGTON and Baghdad will be tempted, with the adoption of a new Constitution and the election on Thursday for a four-year government, to declare victory in Iraq. In one sense, they are right to do so. The emerging Iraqi polity undoubtedly represents a radical break not only with the country's past but also with the whole Arab state system established by Britain and France after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

But in the larger sense, such optimism is misguided, for none of the problems associated with Iraq's monumental change have been sorted out. Worse, profound tensions and contradictions have been enshrined in the Constitution of the new Iraq, and they threaten the very existence of the state.

Labour and Peace

London, Day 3: Workers of the World
By David Swanson

Tomorrow is the international peace conference in London, and today we spent some time at the Stop the War Coalition office, where they were preparing. The office space is in the building of, and is provided by, NATFHE, the University and College Lecturers' union.

Cindy Sheehan Goes to Downing Street

By David Swanson

Today Cindy Sheehan, Brian Haw, and a crowd of other peace activists paid a visit to #10 Downing Street, the home of British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- and birthplace of the Downing Street Minutes. Sheehan is known around the world as the mother whose campaign has demanded an explanation from George Bush for her son's death in Iraq. Haw is known to all of Britain as the man who has lived in Parliament Square for the past four years, demanding an end to the war, and even running for Parliament from an address of the sidewalk across from Parliament.

An Open Letter to Wealthy Patriots, from a Gold Star Mother

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/12/10/232831/45

George Bush will be speaking about the war at the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia on Monday. Tickets for the event are sold out, however, the luncheon tickets that are closest to Mr Bush were sold for $10,000. I would like to be at a table close enough to Mr Bush so that he could meet with me.

Iraq, religious conservatives, and the "crusade theory of warfare"

By pastor Anthony B. Robinson in SeattlePi.com:

You might not expect a West Point graduate, Vietnam vet and career soldier to come out with a book titled "The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Addicted to War." But that's what Andrew Bacevich, who now directs the program in International Relations at Boston University, has done.

Bird Dogging Hillary Clinton: The Antiwar Movement Steps Up

ORIGINAL

by Joshua Frank
www.dissidentvoice.org
December 10, 2005

One has to be pleased that the antiwar movement is taking shape. Finally the target isn’t just George. W. Bush and gang. Last Monday night at a chic Manhattan fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, antiwar activists staked out the Senator and vowed to do so until she changes her position on the war.

BBC: BBC: Tony Benn opens peace conference

ORIGINAL

Mr Benn said this peace movement was the biggest in his lifetime

Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn has shared the stage with east London Respect MP George Galloway at an international peace conference.

Scotland Sunday Herald: Cindy's War

ORIGINAL

Sunday Herald - 11 December 2005

CINDY’S WAR

Many voices have opposed the war in Iraq, but few cries have been louder than that of grieving mother Cindy Sheehan. Her campaign against George Bush brought her to Scotland last week. Neil Mackay joined her on the road

Pentagon Covering Up Tens of Thousands of U.S. Casualties In Official Reports

ORIGINAL

Seven Members of Congress issued a letter this week charging that the Pentagon is systematically “under-reporting casualties in Iraq by only reporting non-fatal casualties incurred in combat.” They asked for a full accounting of the accurate numbers.

Media continues to ignore impeachment polling

http://mediamatters.org/items/200512100004

On November 7, Dan Froomkin wrote in a column for The Washington Post's website:

Back in June, Zogby asked Americans if they agreed or disagreed with the following question:

The Torture Administration

ORIGINAL

By Anthony Lewis
The Nation

26 December 2005 Issue

When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933 and proceeded to carry out their savagery, many in the outside world asked how this could have happened in the land of Goethe and Beethoven. Would the people of other societies as readily accept tyranny? Sinclair Lewis, in 1935, imagined Americans turning to dictatorship under the pressures of economic distress in the Depression. He called his novel, ironically, It Can't Happen Here.

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