A somber occupation

Maine's anti-war activists have come up with a plan to make our congressional delegates listen. And they're marketing it to other states
By Sara Donnelly

Last December, 13 anti-war activists gathered in Senator Susan Collins's office in Portland. They read the names of the American soldiers who had died to date in the Iraq War, as well as an equal number of Iraqi civilians who died. They occupied Collins's office for roughly four hours and, before they left, asked the senator to hold a "town meeting" to discuss the war with her constituents.

Big Brother Bush

Published on Sunday, December 18, 2005 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The president took a step toward a police state

The Bush administration is continuing its assault on Americans' privacy and freedom in the name of the war on terrorism.

The Night Before Christmas (Remix)

In light of recent events, I thought it time to update the classic Christmas poem, "The Night Before Christmas," to more accurately reflect the zeitgeist.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/12/18/171530/69

The 'Real' McCain

The 'Real' McCain
Arianna falls out of love with John – but what did she ever see in him?
by Justin Raimondo, http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=8221

Arianna Huffington's love affair with John McCain – it's over! No, I don't mean that kind of love affair, silly. The glamorous Grecian is pouting and bitterly disappointed because suddenly the man of her dreams is showing his true colors as a two-timing, shift-shaping, canny politician – not the Great White Knight that she once imagined. A pity, that, but one can only wonder why it took Arianna so long to wake up from her self-induced hallucination. Huffington, as usual, goes on about how positively dreadful Meet the Press was last week, dah-link:

The Big Unanswered Question In Bush's Domestic Spying Scandal

By David Sirota

In the last 72 hours since the revelation that President Bush ordered illegal domestic surveillance operations, we have seen how the Republican spin machine has mastered the art of turning any and all controversies into questions of national security. You know the drill: those who are criticizing Bush's orders are billed as weak, soft on national security, or against domestic efforts to stop terrorism. Meanwhile, Bush is portrayed as the tough fighter of terrorism, willing to make the tough choices to defend America's national security. In short, his crimes are portrayed as badges of honor.

It Should Have Been Unforgettable, The Anthrax Attacks and the Costs of 9/11

"It Should Have Been Unforgettable, The Anthrax Attacks and the Costs of 9/11" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=43459

This piece takes up perhaps the strangest disappearance of our times -- the erasure of the anthrax attacks of 2001 from public and media memory. I return to those attacks (and the anthrax killer or killers loose in "the hills of America" rather than somewhere on the Afghan border) and use them as a "control" case against which to measure the "costs" of September 11th, and the actions of the Bush administration. To give but a few examples:

News from Parliament Square, London

Dear supporters of Brian Haw and the right to protest around Parliament,

The issue of free speech continues to be in the news and events continue
to be organised to increase the momentum to get the law banning

CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAM IN IRAQ CALLS PRESIDENT BUSH TO WITHDRAW TROOPS

CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAM IN IRAQ CALLS PRESIDENT BUSH TO WITHDRAW TROOPS, END HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

White House numbers:
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

Decorate Your Fitzmas Tree

By Micheal Stinson

I wanted a Fitzmas Tree ever since I heard the term
invented on the Web, and NOW by god I have one, and you
can too..

YOU can actually DECORATE YOUR OWN FITZMAS TREE, by

How the media "authorize" the abuse of government power

Sirotablog

The story of President Bush deliberately breaking the law to create a domestic spy operation is a lot of different things: it is a tale of power abuse, arrogance, and contempt for the law by an out-of-control president. But it is also a story of how today's major media behave with near total deference to power and its own profit motive. What we are watching, even in the seemingly small details of the coverage, is no less than the media's complicity in helping establish a quasi-legal framework for what was a clearly illegal abuse of government power. It is in the clearest sense the media being used as tools of state power in overriding the very laws that are supposed to confine state power.

Feingold Beats Bush In Patriot Act Fight

By John Nichols, The Nation

Four years ago, U.S. Senator Russ Feingold distinguished himself as the Senate's premier defender of the Constitution, when he cast the chamber's sole vote against enactment of the Patriot Act. As a time when every other senator – even liberal Democrats with long records of championing the Bill of Rights -- joined the post-September 11 rush to curtail basic liberties, Feingold stood alone in defense of the principle that it was possible to combat terrorism and protect the rights of Americans.

A.N.S.W.E.R. Responds to UFPJ: Our Position on Unity in the AntiWar Movement

From A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Steering Committee

Ten weeks after the September 24 demonstration brought more than 300,000 people to Washington DC in a massive show of strength by a united antiwar movement, the leadership of the United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) has publicly announced its unilateral intention to effect a long-term split in the antiwar movement. This is the second time in seven months that UFPJ has publicly proclaimed its intention to split the movement, coupled with a false and ugly attack on the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition. In May 2005, they announced that they would hold a second and separate demonstration in Washington DC on September 24 rather than work in a united front with A.N.S.W.E.R.. Fortunately, the progressive movement overcame that splitting effort, which would have seriously weakened the movement at a critical moment.

It's Much More Than Just NSA Spying

By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/

Now that we know that President Bush, through the misuse of secret executive orders, authorized the super-secret National Security Agency to monitor domestic phone and Internet communications without any involvement of the courts, it's time to recall Admiral Poindexter and his Total Information Awareness project.

The Case against Karl Rove

The Case against Karl Rove
By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report

Saturday 17 December 2005

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald met with the second grand jury investigating the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson for several hours Friday. Unless Rove's attorney intervenes at the 11th hour yet again, Fitzgerald is expected to ask the grand jury to indict Rove - at the very least - for making false statements to the FBI and Justice Department investigators in October 2003, lawyers close to the case say.

George, Think About What You're Saying...

(Editor's note: Richard posted this on an earlier thread, but I am raising it in honor of Richard's father who fought in WWII and my father as well.)

George, what the hell does this mean:

"As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have," Bush said. "The unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk."

Bush confessed to crimes on National Radio -- Mirandize and book him.

Bush confessed to crimes on National Radio -- Mirandize and book him.
understandinglife (1000+ posts) Sat Dec-17-05 10:05 PM
Democratic Underground

Here's George Walker Bush's confession:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/17/politics/17text-bush.html

Here's the law:

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode50/usc_sup_01_50_10_36.html
http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/fisa

Here's the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment04

Cut the claptrap, yammer-yamering and Mirandize and book him ....

Peace.

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Cheney visits Iraq amid calls for US pullout

Cheney visits Iraq amid calls for US pullout
By Gideon Long
30 minutes ago

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney visited Iraq on Sunday for the first time since the 2003 invasion, as hardline leaders from both sides of the country's sectarian divide renewed calls for American troops to go home.

Cheney Visits Iraq; Attacks Kill 19

Cheney Visits Iraq; Attacks Kill 19
AP - 1 hour, 1 minute ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A string of attacks killed 19 people, including two relatives of a senior Kurdish official, and Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise visit Sunday in which he suggested that Iraq's recent elections were a major step toward withdrawing U.S. troops. Cheney's visit, under heavy security, was so secret that even Iraq's prime minister said he was surprised when he showed up for what he believed was a meeting with the U.S. ambassador only to see Cheney waiting to greet him.
LINK TO ORIGINAL

All the President's Flacks

All the President's Flacks
By Frank Rich
The New York Times

Sunday 04 December 2005

When "all of the facts come out in this case," Bob Woodward told Terry Gross on NPR in July, "it's going to be laughable because the consequences are not that great."

A Ten-Step Program

A Ten-Step Program
Jane Smiley
Huffington Post blog

Is Bush in a bubble? Is Bush a dry drunk? Is Bush a drunk drunk? Is Bush a narcissist? Is Bush an idiot? Is Bush a madman? Does Bush have an “Authority Problem

Rove, Hadley email 'at crux' of CIA leak investigation

Rove, Hadley email 'at crux' of CIA leak investigation
Jason Leopold
Raw Story

In late January 2004, the grand jury investigating whether top officials in the Bush administration knowingly leaked Valerie Plame Wilson's name and covert CIA status to reporters subpoenaed the White House for records of administration contacts with more than two-dozen journalists going back two years, to determine if any officials talked about Plame with the media.

THAT'S it!!! I'm really ticked off

THAT'S it!!! I'm really ticked off

ray of light (1000+ posts) Sun Dec-18-05 01:22 AM
Democratic Underground

AND I think it's time given all the stuff we know about the TIMES, and the media propaganda and the fact they withheld information about Bush before the election, AND they refuse to fix the election fraud...

STARTING TOMORROW, I WILL NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT AN ORANGE RIBBON or an ORANGE SHIRT or an ORANGE SCARF.

PLease join me and invite everyone you know to join too.

MAKE IT SAY, "IMPEACH BUSH AND KERRY IS THE REAL PRESIDENT"

Who is with me on this?

WE ARE FIGHTING FASCISM FOLKS AND IT"S TIME TO TAKE IT TO THE STREETS.

BUY THAT ORANGE AND START THE CONVERSATIONS STARTING NOW!

LINK TO ORIGINAL
(Editor's note: Editor added photo. Photo Credit: Unknown)

Bob Barr on illegal spying:

Barr
Bob Barr on illegal spying:
Eschaton

BOB BARR, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: What's wrong with it is several-fold. One, it's bad policy for our government to be spying on American citizens through the National Security Agency. Secondly, it's bad to be spying on Americans without court oversight. And thirdly, it's bad to be spying on Americans apparently in violation of federal laws against doing it without court order.

Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'

Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a goddamned piece of paper'
By DOUG THOMPSON
Capitol Hill Blue
Dec 9, 2005, 07:53

Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.

Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

“I don’t give a goddamn,

Sheehan Leads War Protest in Spain

Sheehan Leads War Protest in Spain
Associated Press

12.17.2005, 10:19 AM

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan led a small protest Saturday outside the U.S. Embassy to denounce the war in Iraq.

About 100 protesters carried banners criticizing President Bush.

Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq, called Bush a war criminal and said, "Iraq is worse than Vietnam."

The protest also was called in memory of Jose Couso, a Spanish television cameraman killed on April 8, 2003, in Baghdad when a U.S. tank fired at a hotel where many foreign correspondents were staying. Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk, a Ukrainian, also was killed in that incident.

LINK TO ORIGINAL

I Will Not Stop The Wiretaps As Long As I Am President Of The United States

Editor's note: The real title of this promotes the Republican spin, "Bush: Eavesdropping Helps Save U.S. Lives" yet the title given on Huffington Post tells the truth, "I Will Not Stop The Wiretaps As Long As I Am President Of The United States"

Fun Bits About American Torture

Fun Bits About American Torture
By Mark Morford
The San Francisco Chronicle

Friday 16 December 2005

In many ways, the US is now just as inhumane and brutal as any Third World regime. Oh well?

'78 Law Sought to Close Spy Loophole

'78 Law Sought to Close Spy Loophole
By David G. Savage
The Los Angeles Times

Saturday 17 December 2005

Civil libertarians say the latest revelations add to their frustration with the Bush administration. "If we are a nation of laws, then the president must be bound by the rule of law," said Lisa Graves, senior counsel at the ACLU in Washington. "This is clearly in violation of FISA and a violation of the Constitution. The president, no matter who he is, does not have the power to decide which laws he will follow."

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