By Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
On a day when more than 150 people were killed in Iraq, the White House was given a free pass to continue hiding information in regard to the Downing Street Memo.
The Memo, which was leaked to reporters a few months ago, outlines the specific concerns the British government has in regard to the post-Iraq planning of the United States.
The tragedy is that the American public will never know what really happened because this decision was made during a meeting of the International Relations Committee when members voted along largely partisan lines to kill three pieces of legislation that would have required the White House to release the documents that led to the Downing Street Memo.
by Steve Cobble
The International Relations Committee staff was busy counting up a tie vote when one of the well-trained white male cadre that make up the Republicans in the U.S. House walked in late through the door.
"There's our vote," one of his homeboys shouted.
And in the time-honored reaction of conservatives everywhere, the latecomer shouted out "I vote no."
Except that he was supposed to vote "yes," because the motion was to kill Rep.
Barbara Lee's valiant effort to force out into the open the executive branch documents related to the Downing Street Memo.
House GOP Derails Democratic Inquiries
By LIZ SIDOTI
The Associated Press
Wednesday, September 14, 2005; 3:38 PM
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans derailed Democratic attempts on Wednesday to force the Bush administration to surrender documents on prewar intelligence and the disclosure of the identity of a CIA operative.
Democrats have introduced several "resolutions of inquiry" to compel President Bush and members of his Cabinet to release all information relating to communications with British officials before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the Valerie Plame case.
The White House has taken heat since the disclosure this year of the "Downing Street memos," British documents that suggest the Bush administration had made up its mind by 2002 to invade Iraq. Administration officials also have been interviewed by a special prosecutor in his quest to determine who leaked Plame's covert identity to reporters.
September 14, 2005
Debating Iraq with Rich Lowry
Would over a thousand people in your community turn out to see David Corn and Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, debate the war in Iraq? That's what happened in Willimantic, a town in northeastern Connecticut and home to Eastern Connecticut State University. And I wonder if this is a sign of growing popular unease with the war.
As part of a three-day series of events on Iraq, the school hosted this face-off in a sweltering gymnasium, and more than a 1000 concerned citizens from the campus and the surrounding communities turned out. That was more than the 600 who attended a recent speech by David McCullough, the bestselling biographer of John Adams. At the start of the debate, Lowry asked the crowd for a show of hands: how many people were opposed to the war? Most of the attendees raised an arm, perhaps 70 percent or more. Well, Lowry said, I know where I stand. Yes, he did. But, as I noted, these days, Lowry--or any other defender of George W. Bush's misadventure in Iraq--would be in hostile territory, for polls show a majority of Americans now believe the war is a mistake.
The hearing will be taped gavel-to-gavel by C-Span and broadcast during primetime Thursday evening. And there will be a live video link on http://www.woolsey.house.gov
Click where it says: Woolsey Forum "How to Bring the Troops Home". Live Webcast 10:00 A.M. ET - 1:00 P.M. ET.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2005
CONTACT: Ryan Fletcher 202-641-0277
Morrigan Phillips 202-258-1822
Army Reveals Truth around Soldier's Death 15 Months Later, Mom to Rejoin Cross Country Tour of Military Families, Gold Star Families, Iraq War and Other Veterans
Gold Star and Military Families, Iraq War and other Vets bring message to 51 cities in 28 States to Converge at Anti-War Rally in DC on September 24
NATIONWIDE - On September 19th, Gold Star Mother Karen Meredith will re-join the Bring Them Home Now Tour that is crossing the country along three routes from Crawford, Texas to Washington, DC. Last weekend on Sept. 9th, Meredith, of Mountain View, California, was informed by the U.S. Army that it had known for more than a year that her son 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard was not killed in action as had been reported. The Army disclosed on Saturday that Ballard, 26, actually died of wounds from the accidental discharge of a M240 machine gun on his tank after his platoon had returned from battling insurgents in Najaf. An Army spokesman, Col. Joseph Curtin, said in an interview that separate investigations concluded only days after Ballard's death that it was an accident.
Leave Katrina Relief Efforts to Government
by Ted Rall
NEW YORK--Hurricane Katrina has prompted Americans to donate more than $700 million to charity, reports the Chronicle of Philanthropy. So many suckers, so little foresight.
Government has been shirking its basic responsibilities since the '80s, when Ronald Reagan sold us his belief that the sick, poor and unlucky should no longer count on "big government" to help them, but should rather live and die at the whim of contributors to private charities. The Katrina disaster, whose total damage estimate has risen from $100 to $125 billion, marks the culmination of Reagan's privatization of despair.
HRes 375--A Litmus Test For Congress.
Submitted by Tony (not verified) on Wed, 2005-09-14 01:51.
The below was sent to the House Judiciary Committee and other representatives to let them know their vote will show just what they are made of, and whether we should keep or discard them in the elections of 2006.
HRes 375—A Litmus Test For Congress
House Resolution 375 provides a clear cut choice between right and wrong. It seeks to investigate, based on strong evidence and probable cause, whether or not our leaders lied and duped us into going to war with Iraq. If some congress members dimly think “the world will little note or long remember
Thu, Sep. 15th - Fri, Sep. 16th
Thursday September 15th
Welcome Rally, downtown Raleigh.If you have a vehicle, consider meeting the Bring Them Home Now bus at 1:00 to form a caravan coming into Raleigh. E-mail email@example.com for directions.
Media Interviews / Legislative Visits with NC Representatives.
Rally with the Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour, including Cindy Sheehan at Moore Square, Downtown Raleigh
8:00-9:30 (doors open at 7:30) PM
An Evening with the Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour including Cindy Sheehan, at the McKimmon Center, NC State University, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27695, (919) 515-3211
This Wednesday’s debate between Christopher Hitchens and
George Galloway (moderated by Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman)
will be webcast live online at 6:10pm CST.
George Galloway, the antiwar British MP—who made headlines
in May for denouncing the Iraq War in the U.S. Senate—is
currently on a tour of the United States—including stops in
Chicago and Madison with Vietnam era antiwar activist Jane Fonda.
Christopher Hitchens—the one-time progressive author turned
pro-war media flack—will square off with Galloway—who recently
Gary Zimmerman writes from Sacramento:
We had another major rally in Sacramento on Saturday, September 10th. From 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, about 250 people showed up at 16th & Broadway to express outrage over the Iraq War and the Bush administration's incompetent response to hurricane Katrina.
The rally also incorporated fundraising efforts for the Veterans for Peace bus caravan to Washington, D.C., which recently took a detour while en route to Washington to help the victims of hurricane Katrina. They brought food and supplies from Camp Casey and the Crawford Peace House to hurricane victims in Covington, LA.
(More pictures below)
Thu, Sep. 15th
Thursday, September 15th
Camp Casey reenactment on Common tables available for literature from various peace and justice organizations
Interfaith Service to Honor the War Dead and Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Street(on the Common)
Press Conference with area youth and peace on the Amherst Common
"Straight From the Heart, Military Families Speak Out, Sing Out for Loved Ones."
Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood St.
Local Event Contact:
Wed, Sep. 14th
3 to 5 PM
5 to 6 PM
Rally on the Steps of the Capitol
Local Event Contact:
Alicia Barr, 570-345-4900
Local Press Contact:
FAMILY LEARNED TRUTH 15 MONTHS LATER
By Katherine Corcoran
Army 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard's family didn't know for more than a year how he died in Iraq because the report concluding that his death was accidental -- not by enemy fire -- never made it to Washington, D.C., an Army spokeswoman said Monday.
Army Lt. Col. Pamela Hart said a ``procedural failure'' occurred in the confusion of war, leaving the Mountain View man's family with misinformation about his death for 15 months.
The Pitt News
Viewers walk through a mock graveyard, an exhibit at Sunday's protest.
By MARIA MASTERS
September 13, 2005
Hundreds of people gathered on Flagstaff Hill Sunday to honor the victims of September 11, 2001, and to support a national campaign to bring the troops home from Iraq.
Nancy Lessin, co-founder of Military Families Speak Out, said that she mourned with all those who lost their loved ones four years ago.
"Mourn for the dead, but fight like hell for the living," Lessin said.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
By Ren´e K. Gadoua
As speakers Tuesday praised Cindy Sheehan and criticized George Bush's policy in Iraq during a rally at Syracuse's James M. Hanley Federal Building plaza, a few protesters interrupted to criticize the anti-war group.
But the two sides ended the local Bring Them Home Now: Crawford to Washington, D.C., Bus Tour event singing patriotic songs together.
"I think she's very brave," 16-year-old Laura Wood, of Marcellus, said of Sheehan, the mother of a U.S. soldier killed in combat in Iraq. Wood was among about 150 people at the rally.
Army wives want troops to pull out of Iraq
(September 14, 2005) — In her dreams, Tammara Rosenleaf sees coffins.
"And I know my husband is in one of them," said the tearful Army wife from Texas as she stood in front of Downtown United Presbyterian Church.
Almost 300 people crowded the sidewalk outside the church Tuesday as a national tour of antiwar activists made a stop in Rochester.
Stacy Bannerman a Washington state resident whose husband, an Army National Guard member, returned from Iraq in March, said supporting the troops doesn't mean keeping quiet about the war.
Central Tour: Cleveland & Pittsburgh
September 11th, 2005
By Bill Mitchell, GSFP
On Saturday a group of us went to Oberlin, a progressive town near Cleveland with an activist school. It’s a beautiful little town – there were lots of community people and some students there, and it really confirmed that we should be reaching out to more college students. The community there has been having vigils every Saturday since 9/11. Saturday there were three times as many people as normally attend.
Afterwards we had a great lunch that gave us a chance to have more intimate conversation with people. They are so moved by our stories, and by our experiences on the bus tour. Everywhere we are going, people are saying – we’ll see you in DC, we’re planning buses! There’s so much electricity – we empower people and they empower us right back – we have a movement here!
South Tour: Atlanta and Savannah
September 12th, 2005
By Dante Zappala, GSFP
It was an early start for those of us sleeping in the RV. Chito kicked us out at six in the morning to take our bus to the shop and get the generator fixed. They changed the starter and the oil and she’s purring like a kitten again.
We didn’t ship off from Atlanta until 2 o’clock, which set us back just a bit. We arrived in Savannah to join Phil and Linda, who were preparing to appear on the Donny Deutch show on CNBC. He was hosting a town hall meeting from his studio in New York with families whose loved ones are serving or were lost in Iraq. Linda was doing a remote interview for the show and we were there to be in support
North Tour: Buffalo
September 12th, 2005
Pushing his granddaughter in a stroller through downtown Buffalo yesterday, Leo, a Vietnam War vet, stopped to look at a banner erected on the square. “Hell yes!
North Tour 'Swan Song'
by Sherry Glover
September 13th, 2005
As I walked in that hot Crawford ditch August 6th, I sensed the cartilage rip in my left knee. By the time we reached Detroit I couldn't bear my weight on it. I had to leave the tour and return home. I'll need surgical repair of tear, scheduled for next week. I envisage myself temporarily 'in the stands' for a short time, and remain anxious to get back 'on the court'!
Secondly, my son in law, currently stationed just south of the Syrian-Iraq border checked in last week to say it would be a few weeks before he could call home again. Now I understand why. The media reports some sort of insurgent movement into Iraq along that border. Communication shuts down when a soldier is killed until the family is officially notified by the DoD so I owe my daughter the support she needs right now, and hopefully it will be only a matter of time until we hear from him again. Meanwhile, Dakota, my only grandchild doesn't know her father's face.
September 13, 2005
Top Democrat calls for troop withdrawal from Iraq
By Rick Maze
Times staff writer
The Senate’s senior Democrat called Tuesday for the Bush administration to withdraw the military from Iraq to focus on domestic needs such as hurricane relief.
“Sometimes, it takes a catastrophe to put events into perspective, to shake us and sharpen our clarity of vision,
There are now 81 Co-Sponsors of H Res 375, including these new ones:
Richie Neal, Jay Inslee, Allan Mollahan, Rob Andrews, Shelley Berkley.
Several Democrats, including Lantos, spoke in support of H Res 375 (82 cosponsors), as did one Republican, Leach. Hyde put the vote off until 2 p.m. ET.
Debate shifted to a very similar resolution from Rep. Hinchey (H Res 408) (0 cosponsors), and so continued to focus on the Downing Street Minutes.
At 12:25, Hyde shifted the debate to H Res 419 (20 cosponsors), Rep. Holt's Resolution of Inquiry into the exposure of Valerie Plame's identity.
At 12:39 Rep. Barbara Lee spoke about the erosion of democracy and about the obligation of a committee that authorized war to provide the public with the reasons the nation went to war, the reasons our resources (over $300 billion)were spent on that war and unavailable for this country.
At 12:45 Hyde recessed until 2 p.m., at which time the committee will vote on all three resolutions.
Hyde noted that two members are absent: Royce and Payne (a likely no and yes vote, respectively).
They voted at 2 p.m. and we lost by 1 vote, with a few members of each party absent, one Republican (Leach) voting with all the Dems, and one Republican (Paul) voting "present." We came very close, created a debate, and actually saw the Democrats unite and stand for something.
On to the next one!
CONYERS RELEASE: 4 U.S. House Comms to Vote on Resolutions Demanding Answers on Rove/Plame 'TreasonGate'!
Debates, Votes to be Broadcast Live on the Net
Announcing that it is "time for Congress to exercise its duty to oversee the Executive Branch," the ranking minority member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers has just released a press statement announcing that four different U.S. House Committees will be voting on resolutions within the next week to request information on the outing of covert CIA operative, Valerie Plame.
Conyers describes the issue as a matter of "criminal and ethical misconduct" done "for political reasons, to retaliate against the operative's husband for successfully challenging the President's claim that Iraq had sought nuclear materials in Africa."
Savannah, GA--People are taking sides, rallying either for or against the war in Iraq. The anti-war group's main voice, Cindy Sheehan, is drawing crowds as she travels cross country on her way to Washington, DC. About a thousand followers showed up in Pittsburgh yesterday, carrying candles and pausing for a moment of silence at Soldiers and Sailors Hall. The owners of the hall turned them away.
Sheehan says our troops and their families have sacrificed enough. "None of these chicken hawks have served this country in the way that our children have served the country," she said.
McLennan County Commissioners passed an ordinance Monday limiting where people can stop along roads surrounding President Bush's ranch and now a civil rights organization is threatening a lawsuit.
Supporters of the ordinance say it will improve public safety but opponents say it limits our First Amendment rights. In a 4-to-1 vote, Commissioners passed an ordinance prohibiting parking and stopping on more than 20 miles of roads surrounding President Bush's ranch.
County Commissioner Ray Meadows says, "I feel about 90 percent good. I would have liked some other things put in there, but I've got to accept what I can get."
A Telltale Sign Your Party Lacks a Backbone: When It Gets Outflanked on Iraq By Iraq's President
By David Sirota
Here's a solid telltale sign that the invertebrates who run the D.C. Democratic Establishment are driving the Democratic Party into the ground: Iraq's own President, Jalal Talabani, is now supporting a timetable for reducing American troops in his country, putting him ahead of most top tier Democrats. When your party is being outflanked by the President of the country that we are supposed to be "helping," you should start worrying that there is a serious lack of leadership in your party - a lack of leadership that not only ignores the most pressing national security issue of our time, but has led to electoral disaster in the past, and could lead to electoral disaster in the future.