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Plame in the Courtroom

TOMDISPATCH

My latest Tomdispatch is about as close as I come to news and the information in it is surprising: In "Plame in the Courtroom: Is the Intelligence Identities Protection Act really impossible to prove?"
http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=11747

former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega considers the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act under which Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was essentially called into existence in the Valerie Plame outing case. Amid floods of articles on the case, the law itself is seldom discussed and yet a media/punditry consensus has formed that it is so specifically, even quirkily, written as to be almost impossible to use in a prosecution (hopeless, in fact, against a figure like Karl Rove or Vice President Cheney's right-hand man I.

Party or Die

By David Swanson
Huffington Post

The slogan "Vote or Die" was intended to motivate people to go out and knock on doors and make phone calls to help elect one pro-war presidential candidate over another. It wasn't much fun and it didn't affect the election or the war.

A lot more fun than knocking on doors to promote muddled positions that try to please both progressives and homophobic militaristic duck-hunting corporatists is ... partying.

And Crawford, Texas, is where the party is. By calling it a party I don't mean to make light of the seriousness of the mission or the horrible grief of Cindy Sheehan and other military families there to protest this war. Rather, I mean to say that through the sadness and the hardships and the thunderstorms, it comes through on every voice my telephone line has carried from Camp Casey that no one will leave there without having been enriched with a sense of solidarity.

Cindy Sheehan Has a Friend

By Thomas de Zengotita
Huffington Post

I haven't seen Bill O'Reilly so flummoxed since Al Franken took him down at that LA book fair last year, though this was much subtler. He had to grin and swallow it all because he was interviewing the mother of a dead soldier. I can only assume he was misled by his booker, or maybe his booker was misled by Dolores Kesterson herself -- who knows? But Bill obviously thought he was going to get this woman to acknowledge that her son died "in a noble cause" in Iraq on tonight’s O'Reilly Factor,around 8:30, NYC time it was.

Dolores was slated to be the anti-Cindy Sheehan.

What Is One Life Worth?

By Dal LaMagna
Huffington Post

When was the last time you’ve been to services for someone you know who has passed away?

Think about how you felt. Think about all the people around this person and their grief -– the numerous people who showed up at the funeral and at the gravesite, every one of them profoundly grieved.

Sometimes the grief is abated when it’s an elderly person who has had a long life or if it was someone who has been terminally, painfully ill for some time.

But when it is someone’s child - someone in the prime of life - the grief is geometrically larger. When it is an accident it is worse. Imagine that it is your child and he or she died in Iraq. The pain and grief must be unbearable.

My Terrible Common Bond With Cindy Sheehan

By Jodie Evans
Huffington Post

I came to Crawford with Cindy Sheehan because we have a terrible common bond: I, too, have lost a child. I feel Cindy's pain as my personal pain, and George Bush has absolutely no understanding of what that pain is like. If he did, he would never send other people¹s children off to die in an unnecessary war. If he did, he would understand that Cindy has sparked this nation's conscience and must be listened to. It is time for us, the mothers of this great nation, to show our fierce love for our children by joining Cindy's call to stop the killing and bring our troops home.

This is George Bush’s Accountability Moment

By Cindy Sheehan
Huffington Post

This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. It’s ironic, given the attacks leveled at me recently, how some in the media are so quick to scrutinize -- and distort -- the words and actions of a grieving mother but not the words and actions of the president of the United States.

But now it’s time for him to level with me and with the American people. I think that’s why there’s been such an outpouring of support. This is giving the 61 percent of Americans who feel that the war is wrong something to do -- something that allows their voices to be heard. It’s a way for them to stand up and show that they DO want our troops home, and that they know this war IS a mistake… a mistake they want to see corrected. It’s too late to bring back the people who are already dead, but there are tens of thousands of people still in harm’s way.

Cindy Sheehan Just Wants to See Her President

Margaret Carlson , who was a columnist and deputy Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, is a columnist for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.

Cindy Sheehan Just Wants to See Her President: Margaret Carlson

Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- I didn't think Cindy Sheehan, the mother waiting on that dusty Texas road for a chance to ask President George W. Bush why her son died in Iraq, was having much impact.
Then I saw her being Swift-Boated like John Kerry, whose medals and Purple Hearts were all a mistake, and like former ambassador Joe Wilson, reduced to being a ninny whose wife had to get him an assignment tracking down uranium sales in Niger.

Senate Intelligence chairman quietly 'fixed' intelligence, and diverted blame from White House over Iraq

Senate Intelligence chairman quietly 'fixed' intelligence, and diverted blame from White House over Iraq
By Larisa Alexandrovna

STORY AT RAWSTORY

White House and State Department Illegally Ignore FOIA Request

August 11, 2005

Mr. Brett Gerry Ms. Margaret P. Grafeld
Associate Counsel Information and Privacy Coordinator
Office of Counsel to the President Office of Information Programs & Services
The White House A/RPS/IPS/RL
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. U.S. Department of State, SA-2
Washington, D.C. 20502 Washington, D.C. 20522-6001

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request

Dear Sir and Madam:

On June 30, 2005, I and 51 other Members of Congress requested access to “all agency records, including but not limited to handwritten notes, formal correspondence, electronic mail messages, intelligence reports and other memoranda,

CINDY SHEEHAN: Speaking Truth is Power

By Grace Reid
August 10, 2005
"Today is the beginning of the end of the occupation of Iraq"

Cindy Sheehan, Crawford, Texas; August 6, 2005

There has been some confusion about a meeting between Cindy Sheehan and George Bush in 2004 now being spun in the newspapers. More than that, there has been an attempt to smear Cindy Sheehan - to portray her as someone who does not know her own mind or heart - implying that she was consoled by Bush last June, and has become an anti-war activist in the last year. The polls say that 35% more of the American people have withdrawn their support for the war in the last year. The people are not buying the lies, and the media is, timidly, beginning to tell the truth. Sixty percent of the American people say that there was no legal or ethical basis for the war on Iraq, and that they do not support it.

Greens Support Cindy Sheehan's Protest Vigil in Crawford, TX

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Committee, starlene@greens.org, cell phone 916-995-3805
Rebecca Rotzler, Peace Action Committee Co-chair, 845-255-3122, rebelrot@yahoo.com

Green Party Peace Action Committee Issues Statement of Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Peace Action Committee of the Green Party of the United States (GPAX) has issued a statement of support for Cindy Sheehan, co-founder of Gold Star Families For Peace, in her vigil near the vacation home of President George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas. The text of the statement follows below.

Mothers confront Bush on war

By Tim Wheeler
People's Weekly World Newspaper, 08/11/05 11:18

As grief-stricken families gathered in Ohio to mourn their Iraq war dead, mothers who lost sons in the war stood vigil on the road to George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, to demand that he bring the troops home now.

The Pentagon announced that 48 soldiers have died since July 24. It pushed the overall death toll to 1,825 and the wounded to 13,769.

The vigil was initiated by Gold Star Families for Peace founder Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey died in combat in Baghdad in April 2004. She debunked Bush’s cliché that the soldiers died in a “noble cause

Quiet Vigil In Crawford Draws National Support

Grieving Mother's Quiet Vigil Attracts National Attention
KWTX

Cindy Sheehan’s son was killed in Iraq.

She's demanding a meeting with President Bush and she’s staging a quiet vigil near the President’s Central Texas ranch that’s drawing support and criticism from around the country.

Dozens of people have joined Sheehan outside the Crawford ranch, while others have sent flowers and food.

One activist is calling her "the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement

Grieving mothers speak out against Iraq war

GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. - Her voice suddenly steadying, Mary Ann MacCombie blinked through her tears Thursday and took a very public stand against the war in Iraq that cost her son his life.

Surrounded by TV cameras and reporters, MacCombie blasted the U.S. involvement in Iraq in honor of her son, Sgt. Ryan Campbell, who was killed in April 2004 in a car bombing in south Iraq.

"It's too late for my son, but not for his best friend and thousands of other soldiers," said MacCombie, who was part of a procession of mothers that protested the war outside a veteran's hospital.

Bush: Leaving Iraq Would Be a Bad Signal

Associated Press
By DEB RIECHMANN
Last updated: Thursday, Aug 11, 2005 - 11:05:21 am PDT
CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush said Thursday he understands and respects the views of anti-war advocates like a California mother camped outside his Texas ranch to mourn her soldier son fallen in Iraq, but said it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home now.

"I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place," Bush said.

"I also have heard the voices of those saying: Pull out now," he said. "And I've thought about their cry and their sincere desire to reduce the loss of life by pulling our troops out. I just strongly disagree."

Painting of Cindy

By Robert Shetterly

When Cindy was in Maine a few weeks ago, she stayed with my wife & myself so that I could paint a portrait of her for my series Amercans Who Tell The Truth. I've just finished the portrait & attached it. I thought you might want to send it out for people to see her face & read her words.

You can see many of the portraits at
www.americanswhotellthetruth.org

They are now traveling all over the country as a show & the first fifty have been published as book this summer from Dutton.

Thanks for you terrific work around the Downing Street Memo.

NPR's Daniel Schorr and the CBS Evening News Cover Cindy's Protest

All Things Considered 9:00 AM EST NPR
Wednesday, August 10, 2005

DANIEL SCHORR:

Highway bill, energy bill, Central American Trade Agreement, economic upturn. President Bush should be enjoying a state of euphoria on his Texas ranch. But other signs, mainly about Iraq, are disturbing.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

NPR senior news analyst Daniel Schorr.

SCHORR: As happened with the Vietnam War, the indications of dissatisfaction at first came gradually. The opinion polls showing the president's handling of the war are slipping. A veteran returning from Iraq runs for a vacant House seat in Ohio as a Democrat, denouncing the president as a chicken hawk, and he comes within an ace of winning in a heavily Republican district.

Measuring the Cindy Web Phenomenon

By David Swanson

Cindy Sheehan is the most searched for term on www.technorati.com/

Measured by Alexa.com, www.meetwithcindy.org yesterday was ranked 16,800 and was reaching over 100 per million users. This created a graph shooting almost straight up, because the site was created Sunday night. In fact, the site has been reduced to one page to try to handle the traffic surge, and we've been unable for the past 24 hours to update it with a page with better info, because of the load on the servers. The update, when we manage it, will include a link to Cindy Sheehan information on www.afterdowningstreet.org, which will then be hit hard.

Protest by a grieving mother gains momentum

Vigil near Bush's ranch has drawn far more publicity than usual — and her share of critics
By BENNETT ROTH
Houston Chronicle

CRAWFORD - Cindy Sheehan has developed laryngitis from giving so many news media interviews. She has been forced to flee lightning, rainstorms and waterlogged ditches.

Nevertheless, the California woman whose son was killed in Iraq, and who is camping out near President Bush's ranch to protest the president's Iraq policy, is not complaining.

"This is beyond anybody's imagination," Sheehan said Wednesday of her sudden fame.

Sheehan has attracted national and international publicity — she also has developed a share of prominent critics — since arriving here Saturday and demanding to meet with the president to discuss the war that she believes is unjustified.

Bay Area Woman Gets Support With Protest

CBS

(CBS 5) A Bay Area woman's peace vigil outside of President Bush's ranch is gaining momentum.

Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville says she will stay outside the Crawford, Texas ranch until President Bush meets with her. Now a growing number of people -- including two women from Southern California -- have come to camp out alongside Sheehan in support of her cause.

Sheehan says realistically, she does not expect President Bush to talk with her. But she says she is getting her message across.

"Sixty-one, 62 percent of the American people believe that Iraq was a mistake, and they believe that the troops should be coming home," said Sheehan. "This is giving them something to do, something to focus on, and a way to get their voices heard."

Peace House a center of dissent in Crawford

August 11, 2005
By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY

CRAWFORD, Texas — When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrive at President Bush's isolated ranch Thursday, they'll face an unwelcome greeting: scores of peace protesters who have joined a vigil by the mother of a soldier who died in Iraq.

Local authorities and activists also are gearing up for a possible confrontation Friday. The group's protest site sits beside a two-lane country road between Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch and the Broken Spoke Ranch, where his top campaign fundraisers are invited to a barbecue with the president.

Grieving Mother's War Protest Draws Notice

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer

The mother of a fallen U.S. soldier who started a quiet roadside peace vigil near President Bush's ranch last weekend is drawing supporters from across the nation.

Dozens of people have joined her, and others have sent flowers and food. One activist called her "the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement."

Cindy Sheehan, 48, of Vacaville, Calif., says she was surprised at the response.

"Before my son was killed, I used to think that one person could not make a difference," she said Wednesday under a tent where she has slept since Saturday. "But one person that is surrounded and supported by millions of people can be heard."

Soldier's Mother Takes Protest to Bloggers

The Washington Post
By Brian Faler
Thursday, August 11, 2005; Page A08

Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq who has been camped outside President Bush's ranch near Crawford, Tex., took her antiwar protest to the Internet yesterday, joining a conference call with bloggers around the country, along with a stray congresswoman.

Sheehan, who has been demanding an audience with the president, told the bloggers that she has felt intimidated by the Secret Service, has been awakened in the middle of the night by thunderstorms and has a sore throat. But, Sheehan said, she has no plans to end her vigil until Bush meets with her to discuss the war, he goes back to the White House or she is arrested.

A grieving mother waits for an answer

August 11, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Margaret Carlson

I DIDN'T THINK Cindy Sheehan, the mother waiting on that dusty Texas road for a chance to ask President Bush why her son died in Iraq, was having much effect.

Then I saw her being "Swift-boated" like John Kerry, whose medals and Purple Hearts were all a mistake.

Sheehan, word went out, is a flip-flopper. She'd once accepted the condolences of the president and there was an article in her local paper, which quickly found its way to reporters, to prove it. In it, Sheehan was quoted as saying that Bush wanted "freedom for the Iraqis," felt "some pain for our loss" and that he was "a man of faith." All true, and not at all at odds with what she's saying now, which is that the war is not a "noble" cause, as Bush would have it, and that no one else's child should die in it.

SMEARING THE MOM OF A SOLDIER

Posted on Thu, Aug. 11, 2005
Philadelphia Daily News

HOW THE RIGHT ATTACKS EVEN THE GRIEVING

AS PRESIDENT BUSH vacations in his Crawford, Texas, ranch, sitting just outside is the American Public.

In this case the American Public is Cindy Sheehan, a 48-year-old mother who lost her son Casey in the war in Iraq. Casey, a soldier and mechanic in the Army, was one of eight soldiers killed in a firefight in Baghdad last year.

Cindy Sheehan sits in a beach chair outside the Crawford ranch, hoping and waiting for a meeting with President Bush. She wants to ask him one question: Why did she lose her son to a war that is becoming more senseless every day.

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