George Bush in Hell
by David Michael Green
You would not want to be George W. Bush right now.
Not that you ever would anyhow, but especially not now. Indeed, there are indications that not even George W. Bush wants to be George W. Bush right now.
That second term in office, the one that just a year or two ago seemed so precious that he was willing to launch a war just to obtain it, now feels like a life sentence. Plans for four years spending political capital now look a lot more like endless months of capital punishment.
The Bush Administration has nowhere to go but down, and that is precisely where it is headed. Poll data show that even members of his solid-to-the-point-of-twelve-step-eligibility base are now deserting him as his job approval ratings plunge like so much Enron stock, lately crashing southward through the forty percent threshold. With almost his entire second term still in front of him, Bush is poised to set new records for presidential unpopularity. That scraping noise you hear? It's the sound of sheepish voters creeping out to the garage late at night, furtively removing "Bush-Cheney 2004" bumperstickers from the back of their SUVs when no one is looking.
When Storm Hit, National Guard Was Deluged Too
Marko Georgiev for The New York TimesA policeman supervised refugees at the New Orleans Convention Center on Sept. 2, four days after Hurricane Katrina hit.
By SCOTT SHANE and THOM SHANKER
Published: September 28, 2005
The morning Hurricane Katrina thundered ashore, Louisiana National Guard commanders thought they were prepared to save their state. But when 15-foot floodwaters swept into their headquarters, cut their communications and disabled their high-water trucks, they had their hands full just saving themselves.
Report on Yesterday's Antiwar Protests
LINK TO ORIGINAL INCLUDING PHOTOS
Yesterday was the long-awaited antiwar protest here in DC, sponsored by ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and United for Peace and Justice. It was one of the first major ones since the U.S. went to war in 2003. Kevin and I went downtown with his uncle John (on the Jernegan side), who flew in from California for the event. For a while before the march, I wasn't sure if DF wanted to go: He seemed to have taken a stance that "What's the use? The Bushistas are going to do whatever the hell they want." So, I was quite pleased when he started showing signs of interest, and even more so when we found out that John was flying in. Kev has a great deal of respect for his uncle and always spoke very highly of him. John attended and photographed many of the Vietnam antiwar protests. That's him on the left there.
Intelligence Indicates Al Qaeda Is Now Self-Sustaining In Iraq
On a day when Central Command made noise about the killing of Zarqawi's second in command in Iraq, Reuters is reporting that it doesn't matter anymore who we kill in Iraq, because Bush has allowed Al Qaeda to flourish to a point that they are self-sustaining.
Remember that Al Qaeda was virtually nothing in Iraq before we toppled Saddam. As a result of Bush's war of choice, we have now set the conditions for Al Qaeda to merge with former Baathists from Saddam's regime, who were pushed aside by Paul Bremer, to mutate from an insurgency into a self-sustaining guerilla force.
Words to Live By
As of this minute, while America is assaulted by what will be the media's framing onslaught of Cindy Sheehan's arrest in front of the White House, we offer this short collection of words from famous originators of civil disobedience. Their words, like Cindy's actions yesterday, help us keep our spine...
"The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the constitutions of the several states and the organic laws of the Territories, all alike propose to protect the people in the exercise of their God-given rights. Not one of them pretends to bestow rights."
Published on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
By Stacy Bannerman
Hurricane Katrina blew apart President Bush's rickety arguments about how invading Iraq would make us safe.
We don't know Hurricane Katrina's death toll, or how many Americans might have lived had the thousands of National Guard troops trained to help in the wake of hurricanes and floods not been protecting oil in the desert.
But we know 35 percent of Louisiana's and 40 percent of Mississippi's National Guard troops were in Iraq while their towns were leveled. National Guard officers repeatedly had warned officials about the catastrophic impact of having so many Guardsmen deployed in the event of a major natural disaster.
By Dave Lindorff
The Bush administration, which has already made a joke of Americans' birthright by imprisoning American citizen Jose Padilla for four years and running without charge, has now irrevocably destroyed America's image in Latin America by reintroducing official death squads in the American colony of Puerto Rico.
On the sacred Puerto Rican anniversary of the 1868 uprising called the Grito de Lares against Spanish colonial rule, over 100 heavily armed FBI agents, backed by helicopters and heavy weapons, surrounded the home of Puerto Rican militant nationalist Filberto Ojeda Rios, 72, and his wife, who were home alone, and killed him with a single sniper bullet to the upper chest. Ojeda Rios, who was not mortally wounded by the shot, and who reportedly posed no threat to federal agents at any time, was left to bleed slowly to death as the agents barred entry to rescuers for 24 hours. (The Justice Dept. initially tried to claim agents responded to fire from Ojeda Rios, but later reports from his wife, a neighbor and others suggest that he offered no resistance. The presence of multiple sharpshooters among the FBI assault team adds to suspicions about the agency's "self-defense" claim.)
Tomorrow evening at 8:30 pm there will be a candlelight vigil to end the war in Brevard North Carolina.
Brevard is in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains a few hours away from one of our DCP friends.
Know more people near Brevard or Greenville S.C.? Send them!
White House arrests ensure maximum coverage
By Michael Gawenda
September 28, 2005
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Mother of all protests: Cindy Sheehan is arrested during a sit-in at the White House after refusing to obey police orders to leave.
THREE days of anti-war protests in Washington have ended the way organisers planned, with the arrest outside the White House of Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war movement's symbolic leader.
Ms Sheehan, whose soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq last year and who spent most of August camped outside President George Bush's ranch in Texas, smiled and cried "The world is watching" as she was carried to a police van.
Cindy Sheehan's Big Week in Washington
The ailing peace movement finds new life in a grieving mom
by Sarah Ferguson
September 26th, 2005 2:24 PM
It's not easy being a professional peace mom—especially when everyone wants a piece of you. "I've been staying in a different place every night," says Cindy Sheehan, the 48-year-old California housewife who galvanized the anti-war movement and starred in the march against the Iraq war on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Since she left her now famous Camp Casey—named for the 24-year-old son she lost in Iraq—outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, four weeks ago, Sheehan has been barnstorming the country, touring in a caravan of rented RVs and cars with some three dozen other military families and Vietnam and Iraq war vets. She and her fellow activists have been prowling the halls of Congress, insisting on face time with legislators. On Monday, Sheehan and several other parents of fallen soldiers were among some 370 activists arrested in a mass civil disobedience on the sidewalk outside the White House.
Colorado man arrested with Cindy Sheehan outside White House
posted by: Dan Werner Web producer
Created: 9/27/2005 11:47 AM MDT - Updated: 9/27/2005 11:48 AM MDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Crawford, Colorado man says it was an honor to be arrested with a group of people taken into custody during an anti-war demonstration outside the White House.
Fifty-eight-year-old Gary Handschumacher was waiting for police to arrest him yesterday afternoon as he joined Cindy Sheehan and others in calling for an end to the war in Iraq.
Sheehan is the California mother whose 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed last year in an ambush in Sadr City, Iraq. She attracted worldwide attention last month with a 26-day vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Texas.
Passionate Protests in DC Over Iraq War
By Malini Bawa
27 September 2005
Three days of passionate demonstrations, both for and against the war in Iraq, culminated Monday with the arrest of protesters at the White House--among them, a prominent anti-war activist.
Demanding that U.S. troops be brought home from Iraq, dozens of protesters engaged in what they called mass civil disobedience at the White House Monday.
Among those arrested, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed fighting in Iraq. She gained national attention when she spent days camped outside President Bush's Texas ranch in August, demanding a second meeting with him.
'Peace Mom' Cindy Sheehan Meets McCain
By JENNIFER TALHELM, Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
(09-27) 17:03 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --
Peace mom Cindy Sheehan didn't change her opposition to the war in Iraq after meeting Tuesday with one of its supporters, Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam veteran whom she called "a warmonger."
Sheehan thanked McCain for meeting with her, but she came away disappointed.
"He tried to tell us what George Bush would have said," Sheehan, who protested at the president's Texas home over the summer, told reporters. "I don't believe he believes what he was telling me."
Media shrug off mass movement against war
Hundreds of thousands of Americans around the country protested the Iraq War on the weekend of September 24-25, with the largest demonstration bringing between 100,000 and 300,000 to Washington, D.C. on Saturday.
But if you relied on television for your news, you'd hardly know the protests happened at all. According to the Nexis news database, the only mention on the network newscasts that Saturday came on the NBC Nightly News, where the massive march received all of 87 words. (ABC World News Tonight transcripts were not available for September 24, possibly due to pre-emption by college football.)
‘Out of Iraq’ Caucus Membership
(As of September 27, 2005)
Rep. Maxine Waters, Chair, Co-Founder
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Co-Founder
Rep. John Conyers, Co-Founder
Rep. Charlie Rangel, Co-Founder
Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Founder
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Co-Founder
Rep. William Delahunt, Co-Founder
Rep. John Lewis, Co-Founder
Rep. Neil Abercrombie
Rep. Tammy Baldwin
Rep. Xavier Becerra
Rep. Corrine Brown
Rep. Sherrod Brown
Rep. Lois Capps
Rep. Michael Capuano
Rep. Julia Carson
Rep. Donna Christensen
Rep. William Lacy Clay
Rep. Elijah Cummings
Rep. Danny Davis
Lietta Ruger, military family experience of deceptive use of stop loss.
I am mother-in-law and aunt to two Iraq veterans of 1st Armored, both served extended 15 month tours in Iraq, March 2003 through July 2004. The 1st Armored was the first division to be 'extended' at the time of the Sadr City uprising in May 2004. My two were already on their way home when the extension was initiated and required to remain in Iraq with their division and units as there were not enough troops on the ground at that time. They returned to their bases in Germany in July 2004. By Jan 2005, both were required to make re-enlist decisions. What they were told is that they would redeploy to Iraq for second deployments under Stop Loss, regardless of whether they re-enlisted or chose not to re-enlist. This left them both with the limited option of second deployments under stop loss orders less the promised re-enlistment bonus or with the re-enlistment bonus. The end result either way would be another deployment to Iraq. I would call this an involuntary deployment, and a strategical use of intimidation of stop loss to force decisions of retention of the existing troops. I would hardly call it the voluntary military, rather involuntary retention; an under-the-radar method of a forced conscription draft.
By Cindy Sheehan
I had a huge grin on my face when I was getting arrested yesterday. I have received a lot of flak for smiling. Apparently I am not supposed to smile, but I had some really good reasons for doing so.
First of all, I was having fun. I was with a group of good-humored, cheerful, happy people. We were singing old protest songs and old Sunday school songs and clapping. I felt I had to be cheerful to set the tone. We didn't want any trouble or to do anything non-peaceful. Secondly, when I got arrested and the officers lifted me out I was afraid that America would see my underwear and that tickled me.
Office of the Chief
United States Park Police
Dwight E. Pettiford
1100 Ohio Drive S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20242
Dear Chief of Police:
I am writing to request information regarding the treatment of individuals arrested on September 26, 2005, in front of the White House and processed at the United States Park Police Anacostia Station.
Yesterday 384 protestors, including peace activist Cindy Sheehan, were arrested outside the White House and were brought to the United States Park Police Anacostia Station. I was very surprised to learn that many of those arrested were kept handcuffed in vans and buses for up to 12 hours before they were charged and released. Some of those were released at 4:30 in the morning after being arrested at 4:00 the previous afternoon. Many of those held captive the longest were grandmothers and senior citizens. Those released after midnight were unfamiliar with Washington, D.C., and had no means to travel back to their hotels once the metro had closed. Anacostia is not frequented by taxicabs after midnight.
By Bernard Weiner
Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers
September 27, 2005
Suppose it could be proven that the integrity of the vote-counting in the 2004 election had been seriously compromised, and that Bush-Cheney probably lost. What would you do about it?
Suppose it could be proven that the Bush Administration told huge lies to get the U.S. military into Iraq, thus leading to the deaths of thousands of American soldiers, the maiming of tens of thousands of others, the deaths of more than 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians? What would you do about it?
By Dave Lindorff
George Bush has become a classic Johnny One Note: If there's a problem, call out the troops.
That, of course, was his response to 9/11.
It was his belated response to the flooding of New Orleans too, you may recall. The first thing the president did when he finally left off his vacation and returned from his fund-raising event, was to get M-16-armed troops (and, apparently, Blackwater mercenaries with even heavier weaponry) into the city to start shooting to kill people who were desperately trying to survive.
Now, confronted with the lowest public support figures of his (or almost any) presidency, this singularly detached and inept president is proposing that Congress repeal the 127-year-old Posse Comitatus Act so that the Pentagon can send active duty troops into domestic crisis zones without even so much as an executive order.
By Carol Wolman
My husband and I set up a table at the big SF peace rally on Saturday, September 24th, and collected signatures on a brief letter to Rep. John Conyers, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, urging him to formally institute impeachment hearings against Bush (and Cheney). The petition, written by John Bonifaz, Esq., can be printed out from
MEMORANDUM (FAX signatures to Conyers at: 202) 225-0072) . sign online at http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/39
To: Rep. John Conyers, Jr Date: May 23, 2005 RE: The President's Impeachable Offenses
By Robert Dreyfuss
September 27, 2005
Robert Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone. His book, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, will be published by Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books in the fall.
A leading Iraqi voice in favor of a negotiated power-sharing arrangement between Sunni and Shiite forces in Iraq charged this weekend that militias in the service of the U.S.-backed Iraqi government in Baghdad tried to kill him, former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, and other secular Iraqi nationalists by planting a car bomb in the Baghdad neighborhood where they live.
By unnamed Email correspondent:
Over the weekend, Diana and I were proud to march with ~50,000 of our fellow citizens in San Francisco to protest our War in Iraq.
Our first impression as we gathered Saturday morning in Dolores Park was the older age of the "protesters" - there was a lot of blue hair in the crowd. At one point I found myself surrounded by nuns from a local church, people in wheelchairs struggling to hold up home-made signs and others who had a difficult time simply walking the two miles of the protest route.
Unlike the demonstrations of late 60s and early 70s, this protest was not against anyone in uniform, there was no civil disturbance of any kind and we were not led by a band of radical "students". This was a distinctly family oriented protest - parents and grandparents - many of whom have relatives fighting in the Middle East, who are proudly wearing our uniform.
By Chuck Pennacchio, candidate for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania
Last Saturday in Washington, D.C. I joined 300,000 marching Americans -- all of whom want a clear new direction for our country. The "Bring Them Home Now Tour" was led by military veterans and families who have lost loved ones in Iraq. I proudly stood -- and continue to stand -- with these veterans and families who demand an immediate end to the U.S. military occupation of Iraq and a dramatic change in a national security policy that provides us with many results. Unfortunately, security is not one of them. The radical right's war-first policies have cost thousands of lives, wasted billions of dollars, weakened our homeland, and undermined global friendships that won us the Second World War and the Cold War.
By Mike Ferner
September 27, 2005
Washington, D.C.: In a pre-dawn civil disobedience action Monday morning, 41 War Resisters League members and others sat down and were arrested at a pedestrian entrance to the Pentagon, slowing foot traffic at that location and prompting officials to close the U.S. military headquarters' sole stop on Washington's Metro line for a period.
Protesters, including Elizabeth McAllister and her daughter, Frieda Berrigan, Susan Crane, Ken Crowley, Jeff Leys, and others with a long history of peace activism and arrests for civil disobedience, leafleted or sat down to block people from entering Entrance Three of the sprawling U.S. military command.