Canadian Torture Charges Against Bush Rejected – LAW Promises Another Appeal

In a brief judgment today, Madam Justice Deborah Satanove of the Supreme Court of British Columbia rejected an appeal by the Canadian-based Lawyers Against the War (LAW) against the staying of torture charges laid against President George W. Bush last year. The judgment, which came after three weeks of deliberation but was less than five pages in length, declared the appeal "an abuse of process". Relying on a contested nine-word passage in the transcript of the secret hearing held last year, Judge Satanove declared that the real intentions of LAW were "to use the criminal procedure as a forum to express political views". According to the court, the passage could be read as a disavowal by LAW of any intention to seek the issuance of a summons or warrant against the US President. The judge ignored all the other arguments on both sides of the case.

Censure and Impeachment

Censure and Impeachment
By David Swanson, censurebush.org

Censure is not the enemy of impeachment, any more than impeaching Bush prevents impeaching Cheney. We have a tendency to jump five steps ahead of ourselves in order to find imaginary problems.

Majority of Americans Reject One of Bush's Lies

"A record 55% say the war in Iraq is entirely separate from the war on terrorism that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, the first time a majority has held that opinion."

http://www.usatoday.com/new

Raising the Issue of Impeachment

Raising the Issue of Impeachment
By John Nichols, The Nation

As President Bush and his aides scramble to explain new revelations regarding Bush's authorization of spying on the international telephone calls and emails of Americans, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has begun a process that could lead to the censure, and perhaps the impeachment, of the president and vice president.

Key Section of Executive Summary of Conyers' Report

There is a prima facie case that these actions by the President, Vice-President
and other members of the Bush Administration violated a number of federal laws,
including (1) Committing a Fraud against the United States; (2) Making False

The Constitution in Crisis

LINK TO UPDATED REPORT FROM AUGUST 2006:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/constitutionincrisis

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INITIAL REPORT FROM DECEMBER 2005:

The following are links to the Investigative Status Report of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff

The Constitution in Crisis; The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution, and Coverups in the Iraq War (This Report is 273 pages.)

Help Us Pass H Res 635 to Create an Investigation into Grounds for Impeachment

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When Richard Nixon abused power, Congress held a serious, bi-partisan investigation that resulted in articles of impeachment. Strong evidence suggests that George Bush and Dick Cheney launched an illegal war and lied to Congress, spied on Americans without court approval, leaked classified information, produced phony news reports, imprisoned without charge and tortured, targeted civilians and used illegal weapons. Ask your Congress Member to cosponsor House Resolution 635 for an investigation.

Cheney Defends Presidential Powers

Cheney Defends Presidential Powers
AP - 42 minutes ago

ABOARD AIR FORCE II - Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday vigorously defended the Bush administration's use of secret domestic spying and the expansion of presidential powers, saying "it's not an accident that we haven't been hit in four years." Talking to reporters aboard his government plane as he flew from Islamabad, Pakistan to Muscat, Oman on an overseas mission, Cheney said he believes the power of the presidency has indeed contracted since the Vietnam and Watergate era.

Bush drops rosy scenarios on Iraq

Bush drops rosy scenarios on Iraq
President completes major rhetorical shift
NBC News VIDEO
By Ron Fournier

Updated: 6:41 a.m. ET Dec. 19, 2005
WASHINGTON - No more rosy scenarios.

After watching his credibility and approval ratings crumble over the course of 2005, President Bush completed a rhetorical shift Sunday night by abandoning his everything-is-OK pitch to Americans and coming clean: He was wrong about the rationale for going to war in Iraq; he underestimated the dangers; the country has suffered “terrible loss

Democrats say they never OK'd wiretapping

Democrats say they never OK'd wiretapping
Bush on the defensive after revelations on domestic spying

Updated: 5:36 a.m. ET Dec. 20, 2005

WASHINGTON - Some Democrats say they never approved a domestic wiretapping program, undermining suggestions by President Bush and his senior advisers that the plan was fully vetted in a series of congressional briefings.

Impeachment Hits the News

Jonathan Alter in Newsweek writes: "What is especially perplexing about this story is that the 1978 law set up a special court to approve eavesdropping in hours, even minutes, if necessary. In fact, the law allows the government to eavesdrop on its own, then retroactively justify it to the court, essentially obtaining a warrant after the fact… This will all play out eventually in congressional committees and in the United States Supreme Court. If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced. [Emphasis added.] Similar abuse of power was part of the impeachment charge brought against Richard Nixon in 1974. In the meantime, it is unlikely that Bush will echo President Kennedy in 1961. After JFK managed to tone down a New York Times story by Tad Szulc on the Bay of Pigs invasion, he confided to Times editor Turner Catledge that he wished the paper had printed the whole story because it might have spared him such a stunning defeat in Cuba. This time, the president knew publication would cause him great embarrassment and trouble for the rest of his presidency. It was for that reason—and less out of genuine concern about national security—that George W. Bush tried so hard to kill the New York Times story."

Look At The Global Picture

Look At The Global Picture
Submitted by GrahamF (not verified) on Mon, 2005-12-19 10:51.
(Editor's note: Graham F submitted this to an earlier thread, but we have chose to elevate it to the top so more people can read it.)

A united peace movement should be just that, United. The call for peace is a call extended to everyone in this world and goes beyond party divides. This peace movement should be kept free from political leanings and preferences.

No President Is Above the Law

No President Is Above the Law
ReddHedd, Firedoglake.blogspot.com

"...with liberty and justice for all." Guess the Preznit and his merry band of cronies forgot that part of the pledge, and decided to go with "with liberty and justice so long as we're in the mood at the moment, otherwise we'll do as we please."

Lies and the Twilight Zone

Lies and the Twilight Zone
Dick Bell, Democracy Cell Project

Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was one of the greatest defenders of freedom in America in the 20th century. Douglas is the author of a beautiful but frightening metaphor about the subtleness with which our freedoms can slip away:

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such a twilight that we must be aware of the change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

Be the media!

Can you please help spread this meme?
"Project for a New American Century" is the think tank that created US government neocons. Get people Googling PNAC, and they will find out that this neocon agenda is hardly what they voted for, indeed is dangerous to American life and to the world. Write it, say it - and now WEAR this meme.
Prices are marked very low; most profits will go to Crawford Peace House, Texas.

http://www.cafepress.com/googlepnac

A Third of Americans Would Impeach Bush

By Angus Reid Global Scan

Some adults in the United States believe legal charges should be sought against their president, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports for AfterDowningStreet.org. 32 per cent of respondents believe George W. Bush should be impeached and removed from office, while 58 per cent disagree.

The Army Men Project

http://mouthswideopen.org/armymen.shtml

Welcome to the Mouths Wide Open

F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show

By ERIC LICHTBLAU, New York Times

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 - Counterterrorism agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief, newly disclosed agency records show.

An American Nightmare

A pseudohistory by Amy Branham

Part III – the Angel of Death

Later that night, George prepared for bed, this time in a hotel suite far away from Washington D.C. and the White House. It was only at times like this that he could be truly alone in a room. There were Secret Service guards posted outside his door and at key locations throughout and around the hotel to keep him safe. Laura was at the White House, doing whatever it is that First Ladies do. George didn’t know what she did with her time, and he didn’t really care.

Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2005

By Norman Solomon

More than a dozen years ago, I joined with Jeff Cohen (founder of the
media watch group FAIR) to establish the P.U.-litzer Prizes. Ever
since then, the annual awards have given recognition to the stinkiest

No President Is Above the Law

Published on Monday, December 19, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By US Senator Robert C. Byrd
Floor Speech
December 19, 2005

Senator Byrd on Monday expressed his strong concerns about possible violations of the Constitution in the Bush Administration's admitted practice of spying on American citizens:

Announcement in the Morning

By Congressman John Conyers, http://www.conyersblog.us/

If all goes well, I expect to make an announcement on the Stephanie Miller Show in the third hour of her show (beginning 11am EST).

Roving Wiretaps Capture a Terrorist

Posted on NoQuarter.typepad.com
By Larry C. Johnson

The claim by President Bush that he needs to ignore the FISA process in order to nab terrorists shows that he either does not understand that this law has been used to actually capture a terrorist based on a phone call from a foreign country or he is hiding something. In 1989 an Avianca plane exploded in mid-air in Colombia. The culprit? A henchman of Pablo Escobar, Dandeny Munoz-Mosquera. Mosquera was arrested in New York City on 21 September 1991. Here is the press account, which appeared in the Washington Post on 27 September 1991:

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