Senate Democrats consider pressing for appointment of special select committee to investigate administration's lies
Exclusive: Senate Democrats consider pressing for appointment of special select committee to investigate administration's pre-war intelligence claim
By Murray Waas
The Senate Democratic leadership over the course of the last several days has had discussions among themselves, along with senior congressional staff, about the possibility of pressing the Senate to appoint a special Senate select committee to investigate both the misuse of pre-war intelligence by the Bush administration to make the case to go to war with Iraq, as well as the Plame affair, according to at least three people who have been involved in those discussions.
By Heide Kober
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The (ongoing) Education of US Congressman David Price
Reporting from the 4th Congressional District in North Carolina
North Carolinians in the state's 4th District had it with their centrist, play-it-safe Congressman. They lobbied him and his staff at home and in Washington relentlessly, challenged him in public meetings, threatened petitions, and organized a public debate that clearly put him in the hot seat. The question: are you with us, your constituents, on the Iraq war and occupation or with the political analysts wedded to the DLC in Washington?
By Phillip Reese
The Sacramento City Council called Tuesday night for the "rapid and comprehensive withdrawal of United States military personnel and bases from Iraq," citing the financial and human costs of the war on local resources.
The resolution, sponsored by council members Lauren Hammond and Ray Tretheway, puts Sacramento on a short but growing list of cities nationwide pressing for a quick withdrawal. Chicago's council recently approved a similar measure. San Francisco made the same call a year ago. And dozens of towns in Vermont have called for a withdrawal.
"When enough Congress members see there are enough cities throughout the United States saying it's time to bring our troops home, they will come up with a good exit strategy," Hammond said.
Jim McDermott, Neil Abercrombie, John Conyers, and Gary Ackerman have joined the growing list of co-sponsors of the Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.
Where's YOUR Congress Member?
I Can't Wait
By David Swanson
Remarks for World Can't Wait Rally at White House, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005:
I don't know about the world, but certainly I can't wait any longer to end this war or to impeach this president. One more death, American or Iraqi, is too many.
Actually, what I said is not true. We do know something about the world. We know that polls that were done last year were unable to find another country on the planet that would have elected Bush or even made it close enough for him to steal.
Even in this country, we know that African Americans and Latino Americans and Jewish Americans and Female Americans and Unionized Americans and Urban Americans and Non-Military Americans and Non-Religious Americans voted against him. And we know that the Christian white guys, not to mention vets and military families, are coming around. Just look at how Harry Reid stood up yesterday and announced the birth of an opposition party in the United States Senate. George W. Bush is becoming a uniter, not a divider, after all. It's just that he's uniting the country against himself.
Congressman Charles Rangel and Congressman Michael McNulty have signed onto the Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group.
Has YOUR Congress Member done so?
By Jozef Hand-Boniakowski
The Titanic, circa 2005, is going down fast. Millions of anti-war United States citizens knew from the get-go (2000) that our government and country had been taken over by the Nixon mob of Watergate fame. The stolen election of 2000 brought the Nixon men back into the White House. There was Donald Rumsfeld (defense secretary under President Gerald Ford after Ford pardoned Nixon), Irv "Scooter" Libby, Paul O'Neil (deputy budget director in the Nixon and Ford administrations), et al. This warmed-over Watergate-era regime even tried to put Henry Kissinger back on the White House payroll. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell (the general and spinmeister who lied to the world about weapons of mass destruction at the United Nations), stated,
By Ted Rall
URBANA, ILLINOIS--To weigh the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame against historical standards, consider that no leader of the Soviet Union--including that master of ruthlessness, Josef Stalin--ever arranged for the name of a KGB operative to appear in a newspaper. Adolf Hitler had countless millions murdered, yet getting at a political enemy by endangering agents of the Sicherheitsdienst, the Nazi intelligence service, didn't cross his mind. In this respect, not even the worst tyrants have stooped to the level of George W. Bush.
Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11
By Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 2, 2005; A01
The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.
The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
The Republican Party, which has recently spent most of its time defending the treasonous outing of a covert CIA operative, was struck dumb by an ingenious act of the Senate Democrats. What could cause the GOP Senate to rise up into a frenzy of stunned indignation?
In an unprecedented, uncharacteristically daring move, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid forced the Senate into a secret session to demand accountability for the Bushevik lies that led America into the Iraq War. The November 1st action took everyone by surprise, including BuzzFlash, because of its unexpected creativity and defiance.
By Steven T. Jones and Tim Redmond
San Francisco Bay Guardian
The GOP is in free fall, and it's time to take the country back.
BASEBALL METAPHORS CAN be taken way too far. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald demonstrated that during the press conference he held on the criminal indictment of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide. In a long and drawn-out analogy involving a pitcher and a hit batter, Fitzgerald likened himself to an umpire who had "dust thrown in his eyes," claiming Libby's lies had made it hard for him to determine who should be indicted for the vengeful outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
By Socialist Worker
THE PRESIDENT’S men were certain that a war to topple Saddam Hussein was necessary to promote U.S. interests. And they were ready to do anything to get it. That’s the real significance behind the indictment of Dick Cheney’s top aide Lewis “Scooter
The following fact sheet was issued to reporters Tuesday afternoon,
following Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) decision to force
the Senate into closed session over a report on the failure of Iraq WMD
intelligence. It is presented "as is."
For more than two years, Senate Democrats have pressed Republicans to
address the misuse of intelligence. At every turn, Republicans have
blocked efforts to investigate how intelligence was used in the run-up
to the war in Iraq. Below details the long record established by
Democrats to investigate this matter.
March 14, 2003 Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Mueller
"...My son, Casey Austin Sheehan, was recruited out of college and
his recruiter promised him the sun and moon to enlist and delivered
only an early grave. Not only should Mr. Airhart not be fined,
suspended or expelled for his heroic act, but he should be given some
kind of commendation from the college administration." --- Cindy
Sheehan, statement of support for David Airhart and Kent State students
"Surely, the memory of that shameful episode at Kent State in 1970
would be enough to make the university administration sensitive to
Sacramento, California, last night became the 60th U.S. city to pass a resolution demanding that the war be ended and the troops brought home. REPORT COMING SOON.
By John Nichols, www.thenation.com
Remarkable as it may sound, there is reason to believe that Congressional Democrats may finally be waking from their long slumber and stirring into a functional opposition party.
The United States Senate went back into session Tuesday for the first time since Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, I. Lewis Libby, was indicted for lying to FBI agents and a federal grand jury looking into whether the White House deliberately set out to destroy the reputation of former Ambassador Joe Wilson after he revealed that the Administration's case for war in Iraq relied on a deliberate misreading of intelligence information. But it was not business as usual. Instead, Democrats used a rare procedural move to force the Republican-controlled Senate into a closed session to discuss the status of a promised investigation into the Administration's use and misuse of intelligence prior to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
From the Yahoo.com articles: Senate Emerges From Closed Session on Iraq and US Senate secret session focuses on Iraq, spy scandal (make sure to rate these articles highly so other Yahoo readers will see them)
In a day of political drama, Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session Tuesday, questioning intelligence that President Bush used in the run-up to the war in Iraq and accusing Republicans of ignoring the issue...
Taken by surprise, Republicans derided the move as a political stunt but agreed two hours later to a bipartisan review of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into prewar intelligence...
By Steve Clemons
RULE 21 CLOSED DOOR SENATE SESSION: Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Stock Moves Strongly Up
Senator Harry Reid, in a motion seconded by Senator Richard Durbin, just called for a very rare closed door executive session of the Senate. This motion is called "Rule 21" so that Senators can discuss "secret matters."
I'm impressed. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is currently on C-Span lambasting Reid and his leadership for this move, which Frist is calling sneaky and underhanded.
Frist actually just said that he will be "unable to trust Senator Reid for the next year and half of this Congressional session." Frist said that the Democrats have gone into the gutter to fight.
"It is my hope and prayer that our statement against the war in Iraq will be heard loud and clear by our fellow United Methodists, President Bush and Vice President Cheney," said Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the UMC's Board of Church and Society.
Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 by The Nation
Sweet Victory: United Methodist Church Calls For Withdrawal
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
It's one thing when former high-ranking members of your own Administration come out against your war. It's another thing when two-thirds of the country calls the invasion and occupation a mistake. It's really something when your own church issues a statement urging you to pull out the troops now.
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- As many Americans wonder when troops will start to come home, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has indicated the number of U.S. forces in Iraq could rise temporarily.
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace said they expect insurgents to expand their attacks as the elections approach. Iraqis are scheduled to go to the polls in mid-December for parliamentary elections.
American troop levels rose to a peak of 161,000 before the Oct. 15 election on the new constitution.
Currently there are about 158,000 U.S.
Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 by the Financial Times
By Adam Thomson
Anti-US protesters are planning a mass demonstration against President George W. Bush’s visit to Argentina this week for the Summit of the Americas in the seaside resort of Mar del Plata.
Luis D’Elía, who heads one of the country’s so-called piquetero movements – leftwing groups of disaffected unemployed – said the protest would bring together up to 100,000 people and would include popular figures such as Diego Maradona, the former Argentine soccer star.
“The idea is to show the victims of imperialism,
By David Sirota
Give-'Em-Hell Harry Reid today did a great service to America today by standing up, shutting down the Senate and demanding answers about how and why the Bush administration lied to America about the Iraq "threat" in the lead up to the war. This gutsy move by the Senate Minority Leader should be applauded, but the question now is, what's next? What do we want to really know from the Bush administration? What specific questions does America deserve answers to?
The questions - still unanswered nearly 4 years after the war started - can be found in an article my former Center for American Progress colleague Christy Harvey and I wrote back in 2004 called They Knew. It was an article that took forever to write because it meticulously and chronologically documented how the Bush administration was selling the country a false bill of goods when it came to Iraq - and how they clearly KNEW they were selling America a false bill of goods. There's been many attempts to deflect attention from this core fact by conservatives - they want the public to believe that the Bush administration may have gotten the facts wrong about Iraq, but that the Bush administration didn't actually KNOW it was getting its facts wrong. But as the article shows, the cold, hard evidence shows that THEY KNEW.
ENCOURAGE SENATE DEMS TO FIGHT FOR INVESTIGATION
Senator Harry Reid today spoke out strongly and forced the Senate into an unusual closed session to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee Chair's refusal to conduct the investigation into White House war lies that his committee agreed in February 2004 to conduct.
"Be prepared to face this motion every day until you face this reality," said Senator Richard Durbin.
The New York Times reports: "Afterward, the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee, announced an agreement with the Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, to end the closed session. Senator Frist said each leader would appoint three senators to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee's schedule for completing its investigation. The panel is to report back by Nov. 14. It was not immediately clear what use would be made of the report."
Spinning the Libby Indictment
The indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the CIA leak investigation was major news. Libby--who promptly resigned from his position as Dick Cheney's chief of staff--is portrayed in the indictment as repeatedly, and deceptively, claiming he learned about Valerie Plame Wilson's classified status at the CIA from reporters. This explains why special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was so adamant about getting reporters to testify.
After Friday's announcement of the indictments(10/28/05), however, some journalists seemed to think that the story was not so newsworthy. On ABC's Nightline, Ted Koppel devoted only a few minutes to the indictment before beginning a scheduled town hall meeting on disaster preparedness. Koppel offered the following explanation:
Senate Democrats Force Closed Session on Intelligence (Update1)
Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Democrats forced a closed session of the U.S. Senate today to call for an investigation into the Bush administration's use of intelligence about Iraq, a maneuver Republicans dismissed as a political ``stunt.''
Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid invoked a rule that requires a closed session on the Senate floor in which the galleries are cleared of visitors. Democrats threatened to use the tactic daily until Republicans convene hearings into the administration's use of intelligence surrounding the war in which more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers have died.
Hello fellow Bravehearts!
For months now, the Sacramento Coalition to End the War has worked to draft a resolution for the Sacramento City Council to adopt. The Resolution would require President Bush and Congress to implement a plan that would bring the troops home in a rapid and comprehensive manner. Sacramento for Democracy has been a part of that Coalition. Perhaps you have received emails from other groups about TONIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING; as well, it has been posted on our website.
After an initial version was presented to the City Council earlier this year, a series of meetings with individual Council members took place, but a necessary momentum was never achieved -- the idea of the Resolution remained in an ongoing limbo. It was not until August, when the combined events of the protests in Crawford with Cindy Sheehan and the catastrophe of Katrina, did the message of the Resolution come into clear focus. Soon after, Councilmember Lauren Hammond agreed to sponsor the item --- so that it could be put on the agenda at TONIGHT'S City Council meeting. The combined work of the Coalition, along with Council members Hammond and Ray Tretheway, has resulted in the "Hammond-Tretheway" Resolution, and will be considered at tonight's meeting!
Join Ed Begley Jr, Esther Kaplan, Casey Kasem, Harold Pinter, Gore Vidal,
Saul Williams, academics, artists, writers, activists performers, and 5000+
others in signing the World Can't Wait Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime!
Read statements from signers for the call to Drive Out The bush Regime.
Is the Bush Regime self-destructing? Indictments? or Not? As of this
writing, it appears Karl Rove --much less Cheney-- will NOT be indicted in
This Sunday between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. catch the Peter Werbe show on any of three stations in Detroit or online for a discussion of the lies behind the war with After Downing Street's David Swanson.