UN official says US detentions abuse Iraq mandate

By Paul Tait

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military is abusing its United Nations mandate in Iraq by detaining thousands of people without due process of law, a senior U.N. official said.

The Iraqi government installed after the U.S. invasion of 2003 is also guilty of major human rights abuses, including holding people without charge in secret jails "littered" across the country, John Pace, human rights chief for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), told Reuters.


Join CINDY SHEEHAN, HOWARD ZINN, DAHR JAMAIL, war resisters PABLO PAREDES and CAMILO MEJIA, Progressive Democrats of America director TIM CARPENTER, Iraq Vets Against the War & Campus Antiwar Network member DAVID AIRHART, and -- by a unanimous vote of the city council --BERKELEY, CA in supporting this day of counter-recruitment actions this Tuesday, December 6! (Full endorsement list below.)

Progressive Primary Challenge to Hilary Launched

By David Swanson

On Tuesday in New York, Jonathan Tasini will announce the launch of his campaign for United States Senate, challenging Hilary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

A Democrat, at least one who convincingly opposes Bush, is very likely to win the general election in this race. This means that the primary is the real election, and the question is what kind of Democrat we want to have in the Senate.

UK 'breaking law' over CIA secret flights

Condoleezza Rice flies into row over 'rendition' of terror suspects
Ian Cobain and Luke Harding in Berlin, The Guardian

The British government is guilty of breaking international law if it allowed secret CIA "rendition" flights of terror suspects to land at UK airports, according to a report by American legal scholars.

Arguing about the War, The Top Ten Reasons for Staying in (Leaving) Iraq

From Tomdispatch tonight, Michael Schwartz's "Arguing about the War, The Top Ten Reasons for Staying in (Leaving) Iraq" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=41214

In this unique piece for our moment, Schwartz answers ten critical questions actually posed to him by a war supporter in response to a piece he did advocating immediate withdrawal from Iraq.

Torture Makes Justice Impossible

By David Cole
The Los Angeles Times

When Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales announced shortly before Thanksgiving that Jose Padilla had been indicted, it came as some surprise that what he was actually charged with had virtually nothing to do with what the United States had been saying about Padilla for the more than three years that he was held in military custody as an "enemy combatant." In news conferences, Gonzales' predecessors had described Padilla as public enemy No. 1: an Al Qaeda operative accused of plotting to detonate a "dirty bomb" and to blow up apartment buildings.

CIA Charges Roil EU on Eve of Visit

By Colin Nickerson and Farah Stockman
The Boston Globe

Rice trip comes amid probes of detentions.

Berlin - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flies into a hornets' nest of criticism tomorrow as she begins a four-country swing through Europe amid mounting outrage over allegations that the United States has conducted covert counter-terrorism missions on the continent.

Rove Running Out of Answers, Time

By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report

The attorney representing Karl Rove in the federal investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson has made a desperate attempt to ensure President Bush's deputy chief of staff does not become the subject of a criminal indictment.

FBI Is Taking Another Look at Forged Prewar Intelligence

By Peter Wallsten, Tom Hamburger and Josh Meyer, LA Times

WASHINGTON — The FBI has reopened an inquiry into one of the most intriguing aspects of the pre-Iraq war intelligence fiasco: how the Bush administration came to rely on forged documents linking Iraq to nuclear weapons materials as part of its justification for the invasion.

An International Peace Movement Building

By David Swanson

On Saturday, December 10, in London, England, leaders of the peace movement against the Iraq war from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Iraq will meet to strategize. There is hope that the tide has already turned against the occupation, and that a coordinated international effort will be able to mobilize sufficient public pressure to bring the war to a complete end.

Welcome Dick!

Dick Cheney, president of vice, is coming to Houston next Monday evening, Dec. 5, to raise funds for local corruption czar Tom DeLay. Join with others to give them the "welcome" they deserve.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Death By Torture: US Media Ignores Hard Evidence

The Proof is in the Military's Own Autopsy Reports
Death By Torture: US Media Ignores Hard Evidence

Military autopsy reports provide indisputable proof that detainees are being tortured to death while in US military custody. Yet the US corporate media are covering it with the seriousness of a garage sale for the local Baptist Church.


Contact: Dana Thompson (202) 225-7080


Decline in Support for War Worries GOP

In Georgia, Even Republican Voters Are Voicing Unhappiness With Iraq Involvement
By Shailagh Murray, Washington Post

CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- The annual Christmas parade is crawling down Main Street, and amid the marching bands and flatbed creches, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) is throwing candy to kids from the cab of a pickup truck.

Students Not Expelled! ...But Fight Not Over

By John Robinson, http://www.campusantiwar.net

Hampton University students faced disciplinary hearings on Dec 2, 2005
at 9:00 am in the Student Center cyber lounge. As I arrived I

British general faces war charge

By Michael Smith, The Sunday Times

A BRITISH general is facing possible criminal charges over one of the most controversial incidents of the Iraq war, The Sunday Times has learnt.

The allegations levelled against Major-General Peter Wall relate to alleged attempts by senior officers to prevent an investigation into the deaths of a British tank commander and an unarmed Iraqi civilian.

Frank Rich: 'All the President's flacks'

Frank Rich: 'All the President's flacks'

A column set to appear in Sunday's New York Times by Frank Rich explores the similarities between former Times reporter Judith Miller and Washington Post's Bob Woodward, RAW STORY has learned.

Big Media finally wakes up to big fiascos


OR http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/opinion

At last the media are waking up. Note the skepticism that greeted the president’s
“Success in Iraq

Honor the Dead, Demand the Truth

List of Iraqi civilian martyrs killed in Fallujah by chemical weapons used by the Americans in their assault on the city in April 2004


Resolving the Problem of Terrorism through a 'Copernican Revolution' in Theology

By Michael Cecil

The situation in Iraq has clearly reached an impasse.

The Bush administration and its supporters insist that a rapid withdrawal of the United States military would give the 'wrong signal' to the terrorists and might very well lead to a significant deterioration in the situation; while the opponents of the Bush administration insist, on the contrary, that it is the very presence of those military forces which is exacerbating the situation; that the withdrawal of those forces might very well lead to a reduction in violence and bloodshed; and that, in any case, more effort should be expended on the 'war against terrorism' itself rather than on the 'distraction' that is Iraq.

FBI Is Taking Another Look at Forged Prewar Intelligence

FBI Is Taking Another Look at Forged Prewar Intelligence
By Peter Wallsten, Tom Hamburger and Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writers

WASHINGTON — The FBI has reopened an inquiry into one of the most intriguing aspects of the pre-Iraq war intelligence fiasco: how the Bush administration came to rely on forged documents linking Iraq to nuclear weapons materials as part of its justification for the invasion.

Military Admits Planting News in Iraq

Military Admits Planting News in Iraq
New York Times
Published: December 3, 2005

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 - The military acknowledged Friday in a briefing for a ranking Senate Republican that news articles written by American troops had been placed as paid advertisements in the Iraqi news media and not always properly identified.

Bush Did Not Mention Attacks in Rose Garden Appearance

Bush Did Not Mention Attacks in Rose Garden Appearance
New York Times
Published: December 3, 2005

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 - As he went before the cameras in the Rose Garden on Friday morning, President Bush was aware of bad news that had not yet been made public: that 10 marines had been killed by a bomb in Iraq. But he made no mention of the attack, sticking to the sunny White Houses message of the day that the economy is strong and the outlook "as bright as it's been in a long time."

Leak Ruling Has Mystery, 8 Blank Pages

Leak Ruling Has Mystery, 8 Blank Pages
New York Times
Published: December 3, 2005

There are eight blank pages in the public version of a decision the federal appeals court in Washington issued in February. The decision ordered two reporters to be jailed unless they agreed to testify before a grand jury investigating the disclosure of the identity of a C.I.A. operative, Valerie Wilson. What is in those pages is one of the enduring mysteries in the investigation.

US civil rights group to sue CIA

US civil rights group to sue CIA

Reports claim al-Qaeda members are being held in clandestine jails

A US civil rights groups says it is taking the CIA to court to stop the transportation of terror suspects to countries outside US legal authority.

Blogosphere Reporting on Forged Niger Docs: Will this be the Left's Rathergate?


The liberal blogosphere has been way out in front of investigating the origin of the forged Niger documents that may have been deliberately used to help sell the war in Iraq. I've come across a lot of insights from investigative bloggers who have been connecting the dots using information from the public record -- as well as doing some original reporting.

These forged Niger documents were publicly discredited as being "not authentic" by Mohamed ElBaradei on March 7th, 2003 before the war began 12 days later, but it has always been a bit of a mystery as to who forged them -- as well as how they ended up being used by the Bush Administration to help create the impression that Saddam Hussein was actively seeking to reconstitute his nuclear weapons program.

The cultural right has their takedown of Dan Rather under their belts, and if it turns out that the forged documents originated from the United States and can be tied to the Bush Administration, then that would certainly not bode well for Republicans in the next election cycle and could ultimately result in impeachment hearings with a Democrat majority in Congress.

The Humanity of Hostages and Abductors

By Lisa Schirch, Associate Professor of Peacebuilding, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University

Fellow Peacebuilders,
Today the hostage takers threatened to kill the hostages next Thursday unless all Iraqi detainees are released. We must continue our efforts, press releases, vigils, prayers, etc to hold them in the Light.

Before I went to Iraq in August, I reflected with friends on how I wanted to respond if I was taken hostage. It was a gruesome reflection on a "what if" and many refused to think through it with me. But I wanted to have a plan. I never would have been so hopeful or imaginative to have my "what if" abductors offer me baklava and a chance to air my political views on global TV.

It's the Beginning of the End-For the Empire, Not Just the War

By Kim Scipes, ZNet | Foreign Policy

This past September, I wanted to write something about the juxtaposition of the extremely successful mobilization against the war in Iraq on September 24th with the failed mobilization the following day in support of the war. A phrase kept running in my head from someone progressives do not generally quote: Winston Churchill. After the British defeat of the German Afrika Korps in Egypt in November 1942, during World War II, Churchill stated, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." And I couldn't get that phrase-the end of the beginning-out of my head. Yet that article, that I could've and should've written, got lost in the day-to-day hub-bub of my life.

Va. Man Foresaw Dangers In Iraq

By Timothy Dwyer and Michael Laris, Washington Post

As Tom Fox headed toward the end of his first week in captivity in Iraq,
friends said the 54-year-old musician and peace activist was well aware of

War Crimes: The Posse Gathers

By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith | December 2, 2005
Editor: John Gershman, IRC
Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org

Diverse forces are assembling to bring Bush administration officials to account for war crimes. Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Mother for Peace, insists: “We cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail.

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

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