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No Combat for Grannies Full of Fight

By Clyde Haberman
The New York Times
Tuesday 18 October 2005

To use a hand-me-down phrase from a more gallant time, they were women of a certain age. More precisely, they were women of a certain age in an uncertain age.

They were not kids, that's for sure, these women who went yesterday to the armed forces recruiting station in Times Square.

Ostensibly, they were there to enlist. Send them to Iraq, they said. They've led long lives, long enough to have grandchildren, even great-grandchildren. Better, they said, to put them in harm's way than young people just starting out.

November 17 and 18 - Call to Action

By Peter Perry

After the September peace march and subsequent mass nonviolent civil resistance action at the White House, I can’t help but feel the tide of dissent and public opposition to our nation’s current road to imperialism rise. It now seems as if Katrina has finally exposed our government’s unjust priorities.

Within days America is expected to witness its two-thousandth death from combat operations in Iraq. Popularity for this war and occupation has slumped to an all-time low. A recent CBS poll reports 59 percent of Americans favor a withdrawal from Iraq as soon as possible.

National Stand Down Day - Nov. 18, 2005

National Stand Down Day - Nov. 18, 2005

End The Iraq War - Demonstrations and Nonviolent Resistance at Recruiting Stations Across the Country

Young Americans sign on to go into harm’s way to defend their country if necessary, but instead they are being turned into harm’s ministers in a war that has claimed more then 100,000 Iraqi lives and nearly 2,000 Americans. The President and Congress have breached a sacred trust with our soldiers and abused their oath to defend the Constitution by leading young Americans to kill and die in a war based on lies.

Honoring Lt. Ken Ballard

I recently met Karen Meredith, Gold Star Mother of 1Lt. Ken Ballard. She is speaking out powerfully against the war that killed her son, and has set up this website. It's worth a look.

Plame, the Veep, and the CIA

TPM Cafe
By hillbilly

WARNING: Everything in this post is speculation!

I'm a little slow. Along with everybody else in the community I've been following the PlameGate stories eagerly. But I haven't really gotten it until now. Other people may have reached these conclusions already (I'm seeing some of the same stuff from Josh), but it's taken me a while to get here.

The thing that I never understood about the whole scandal was why. From the first day I heard about it, it made no sense to me that Valerie Wilson was outed to discredit her husband in retribution for his editorial.

It just didn't fit. The m.o. of this administration has been character assassination, and there seemed to be far better and more legal ways of tarring Joe Wilson. The guy had been a public servant for decades, surely they could have drug up somebody from his past to label him as partisan and a hack. Swift-boating I would have understood. This I did not.

Rumors Fly That Cheney Will Step Aside, Bush Will Elevate Condi Rice...


Sparked by today's Washington Post story that suggests Vice President Cheney's office is involved in the Plame-CIA spy link investigation, government officials and advisers passed around rumors that the vice president might step aside and that President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"It's certainly an interesting but I still think highly doubtful scenario," said a Bush insider. "And if that should happen," added the official, "there will undoubtedly be those who believe the whole thing was orchestrated – another brilliant Machiavellian move by the VP."

Case Against Cheney

The Nation
By John Nichols

Well, of course, the investigation of who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name -- violating the federal law that bars the "outing" of intelligence operatives -- has come around to Vice President Dick Cheney's office. While it may be news to the Washington Post -- which headlined a breathless report on Tuesday: "Cheney's Office Is A Focus in Leak Case" -- the fact is that Cheney and his aides have been likely suspects from day one.

No prominent member of the administration had more to lose as a result of the 2003 revelation by Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, that the White House's pre-war claims regarding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction had been inflated than did Cheney -- who, to a far greater extent than George Bush, had a hand in shaping the arguments for going to war, plugged them in media appearances and defended them after all evidence suggested his pronouncements had been wrong. It is important to recall that, while Bush may have deliberately fuzzed the facts in his 2003 State of the Union address, it was Cheney who leapt off the cliff of speculation with the pre-war declaration that, "We know Saddam Hussein's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."

Update on Plame

By LC Johnson

Had lunch today with a person who has a direct tie to one of the folks facing indictment in the Plame affair. There are 22 files that Fitzgerald is looking at. These include Stephen Hadley, Karl Rove, Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney, and Mary Matalin (there are others of course). Hadley has told friends he expects to be indicted. No wonder folks are nervous at the White House.

Times reporter entangled in leak case had unusual relationship with military, Iraqi group

Jason Leopold

Embattled New York Times reporter Judith Miller acted as a “middleman

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Updates on Plame Outing

Fitzgerald Investigating 22
By Larry C Johnson

Had lunch today with a person who has a direct tie to one of the folks facing indictment in the Plame affair. There are 22 files that Fitzgerald is looking at. These include Stephen Hadley, Karl Rove, Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney, and Mary Matalin (there are others of course). Hadley has told friends he expects to be indicted. No wonder folks are nervous at the White House.


Cheney aide cooperating with CIA outing probe, sources say
By RAW STORY, Larisa Alexandrovna and Jason Leopold

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CIA Leak Probe 'Widening to Include Use of Intelligence'

By Caroline Daniel and Edward Alden
The Financial Times UK
Monday 17 October 2005

Evidence is building that the probe conducted by Patrick Fitzgerald, special prosecutor, has extended beyond the leaking of a covert CIA agent's name to include questioning about the administration's handling of pre-Iraq war intelligence.

According to the Democratic National Committee, a majority of the nine members of the White House Iraq Group have been questioned by Mr Fitzgerald. The team, which included senior national security officials, was created in August 2002 to "educate the public" about the risk posed by weapons of mass destruction on Iraq.

Society of Professional Warmongers

This group has outdone itself (see below), but this is not new behavior for them.

Judith Miller to address journalism group, receive award

LAS VEGAS New York Times reporter Judith Miller is getting an award and taking part in a journalism debate in Las Vegas today about whether reporters should be legally shielded from revealing confidential sources.

Miller recently spent 85 days in jail for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.

She's due to receive a First Amendment award during a convention of the Society of Professional Journalists -- an organization with almost 10-thousand television, radio, print and student members nationwide.

A timeline in reporters' contempt case

Associated Press

A timeline in the case of the leak of a CIA operative's name:

_February 2002: Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson is asked by the Bush administration to travel to Niger to check out an intelligence report that Niger sold yellowcake uranium to Iraq in the late 1990s for use in nuclear weapons.

_Jan. 28, 2003: In the State of the Union address, President Bush states that "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant aquantities of uranium from Africa" but does not mention that U.S. agencies had questioned the validity of the British intelligence.

Newsview: Leak Shines Light on White House

Tuesday October 18, 2005 9:48am

Washington (AP) - Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's CIA-leak inquiry is focusing attention on what long has been a Bush White House tactic: slash-and-burn assaults on its critics, particularly those opposed to the president's Iraq war policies. If top officials are indicted, it could seriously erode the administration's credibility and prove yet another embarrassment to President Bush (website - news - bio) on the larger issue of how he and his national security team marshaled information - much of it later shown to be inaccurate - to support their case for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

New group wants Bush out

Organization hands out fliers, graffitis to get message out
The Daily Texan
By Jimmie Collins

There are only 16 days until the beginning of the end of the Bush regime, according to the World Can't Wait, a new political organization. The Austin chapter plans to be on campus and around town handing out fliers and actively advertising their cause.

Media Credit: Joe Buglewicz
Spray painted signs calling for a "walk out" on Bush and displaying the logo of World Can´t Wait, a new political organization, have appeared around campus recently.

"This administration does not represent us ... even though they say they do," said Sonya Morales, head of the Austin chapter.

Bush Feared 'Looking Weak' on Iraq


By Robert Parry
October 15, 2005

Less than two months before invading Iraq, George W. Bush fretted that his war plans could be disrupted if United Nations weapons inspectors succeeded in gaining Saddam Hussein’s full cooperation, possibly leaving Bush “looking weak,


Helena Independent Record (MT)
Letters to the Editor

By a margin of 50 percent to 44 percent, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

In this space, I called for Bush’s impeachment shortly after the Downing Street Memo was published by a UK newspaper. I’m not surprised that 50 percent of America now considers impeachment a possibility. I’m astounded that 44 percent don’t want Congress to consider impeachment.

Cheney may be target of probe

New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

WASHINGTON - A special prosecutor's intensifying focus into who outed a CIA spy has raised questions whether Vice President Cheney himself is involved, knowledgeable sources confirmed yesterday.
At least one source and one reporter who have testified in the probe said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is pursuing Cheney's role in the Valerie Plame affair.

In addition, at least six current and former Cheney staffers - most members of the White House Iraq Group - have testified before the grand jury, including the vice president's top honcho, Lewis (Scooter) Libby, and two top Cheney national security lieutenants.

Plame Plame Plame Plame Plame

Will Fitzgerald learn from Walsh's mistakes?

Ari Fleischer Is The One Who Has Flipped (Here's Why) Isikoff UPDATE

Cheney's Office Is A Focus in Leak Case

New York Daily News source believes senior White House official has flipped in leak case

Some Times reporters question whether editor can effectively lead in wake of Miller scandal

After Downing Street Update


Bush to Blair: First Iraq, Then Saudi
By The Independent UK


British Mothers to Camp Out at Blair's House
By Stop The War Coalition

Danish Suit Against Prime Minister Over War Advances
By Bo Elkjær


Message from John Bonifaz
Dear Friends,
What if you could vote to end the war in Iraq? Soon Massachusetts voters will be able to do so.

Gephardt and Kucinich on the War

Gephardt and Kucinich on the War
By David Swanson

Many will recall that Congressman Dennis Kucinich was a leader in organizing two-thirds of the Democrats in the House to vote against the war that three quarters of them have been afraid to speak out against since it started.

The Democrats' "leader" at that time was Congressman Dick Gephardt, who joined Bush in the rose Garden to promote the war. Well, apparently, Gephardt -- reversing himself far faster than, say, Robert McNamara (and, more to the point, John Kerry) -- last week said his support for the war was a mistake.

This past weekend, Kucinich said something else. At a gathering of several hundred progressive activists in Denver, Kucinich said that if the Democrats nominate a pro-war candidate in 2008, he will not support them. This promise received huge applause from a crowd of mostly die-hard Democrats. It ought to be a promise every one of us makes about 2008 and 2006. Let's make this resolution now: We will only vote for candidates commited to bringing the troops home now.

The point is not to defeat Democrats who are measurably better than Republicans, but to force the Democrats to positions that allow them to win.

Event to Bring Together Pro-Peace and Pro-Death Crowds


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Officials unaware of reporter's special status

NY Times' Miller wrote she had 'security clearance' for Iraq WMD reporting
By Jim Miklaszewski
NBC News
Updated: 8:15 p.m. ET Oct. 17, 2005

WASHINGTON — Officials from the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon say they have no idea what New York Times reporter Judith Miller was talking about when she claimed to have been given a "security clearance" while she was embedded with a U.S. Army unit in Iraq in 2003.

In a first-person account of her recent testimony before a federal grand jury, published in the newspaper on Sunday, Miller wrote the Pentagon had given her "clearance to see secret information as part of my assignment 'embedded' with a special military unit hunting for unconventional weapons."

Would You Like the Chicken or the Fish?


Will Bunch has a great post up, which -- in light of the fact that Fitzgerald now seems to have Cheney in his sites -- sheds a bit of light on why the Special Counsel might have reason to suspect the VP was involved in smearing Joe Wilson. He takes us back to a June July 16, 2003 dinner honoring Gerald Ford attended by Andrea Mitchell. Her husband, Alan Greenspan, was also a guest of honor, meaning Mrs. Greenspan likely sat next to Darth Cheney.

Why is this interesting? Because via the Chicago Tribune, March 5, 2004 we learn that Fitzgerald has subpoenaed not only the guest list, but at least one of the guests from this particular dinner (via TalkLeft):

Conyers and Skelton Write to Rumsfeld

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld
Department of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

Dear Mr. Secretary:

We write about reports that journalists who were embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq were given security clearances. In her recounting of discussions with Scooter Libby, the Vice President's Chief of Staff, New York Times reporter Judith Miller, disclosed her belief that she had a security clearance. She specifically wrote, "[d]uring the Iraq war, the Pentagon had given me clearance to see secret information as part of my assignment 'embedded' with a special military unit hunting for unconventional weapons."1 She also noted she was not certain whether her clearance was in existence at the time she met with Mr. Libby.2

Military reverses plan to add Ed Schultz show to Armed Forces Radio

10/17/2005 ) Military reverses plan to add Ed Schultz show to Armed Forces Radio

The United States' military's Armed Forces Radio has reversed a decision to add The Ed Schultz show to their lineup abroad, RAW STORY has learned.

Schultz was told Sept. 29 he would be added to the military's programming today. That decision was reversed this morning. His producers are currently seeking answers from the military.

On his program Friday, Schultz attacked Alison Barber, an Armed Forces official, over President Bush's staged conversation with U.S. troops in Iraq. Barber is an Assistant Secretary of Defense.

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