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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE HOLDS PUBLIC CALL TO ACTION AND POINTS TO NEW DEATHS OF AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ AS FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT COMPREHENSIVE EXIT PLAN IS NECESSARY
In Georgia, Even Republican Voters Are Voicing Unhappiness With Iraq Involvement
By Shailagh Murray, Washington Post
CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- The annual Christmas parade is crawling down Main Street, and amid the marching bands and flatbed creches, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) is throwing candy to kids from the cab of a pickup truck.
HAMPTON UNIVERSITY REPRESSION
By John Robinson, http://www.campusantiwar.net
Hampton University students faced disciplinary hearings on Dec 2, 2005
at 9:00 am in the Student Center cyber lounge. As I arrived I
By Michael Smith, The Sunday Times
A BRITISH general is facing possible criminal charges over one of the most controversial incidents of the Iraq war, The Sunday Times has learnt.
The allegations levelled against Major-General Peter Wall relate to alleged attempts by senior officers to prevent an investigation into the deaths of a British tank commander and an unarmed Iraqi civilian.
Frank Rich: 'All the President's flacks'
A column set to appear in Sunday's New York Times by Frank Rich explores the similarities between former Times reporter Judith Miller and Washington Post's Bob Woodward, RAW STORY has learned.
List of Iraqi civilian martyrs killed in Fallujah by chemical weapons used by the Americans in their assault on the city in April 2004
By Michael Cecil
The situation in Iraq has clearly reached an impasse.
The Bush administration and its supporters insist that a rapid withdrawal of the United States military would give the 'wrong signal' to the terrorists and might very well lead to a significant deterioration in the situation; while the opponents of the Bush administration insist, on the contrary, that it is the very presence of those military forces which is exacerbating the situation; that the withdrawal of those forces might very well lead to a reduction in violence and bloodshed; and that, in any case, more effort should be expended on the 'war against terrorism' itself rather than on the 'distraction' that is Iraq.
FBI Is Taking Another Look at Forged Prewar Intelligence
By Peter Wallsten, Tom Hamburger and Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — The FBI has reopened an inquiry into one of the most intriguing aspects of the pre-Iraq war intelligence fiasco: how the Bush administration came to rely on forged documents linking Iraq to nuclear weapons materials as part of its justification for the invasion.
Military Admits Planting News in Iraq
New York Times
By ERIC SCHMITT
Published: December 3, 2005
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 - The military acknowledged Friday in a briefing for a ranking Senate Republican that news articles written by American troops had been placed as paid advertisements in the Iraqi news media and not always properly identified.
Bush Did Not Mention Attacks in Rose Garden Appearance
By RICHARD W. STEVENSON
New York Times
Published: December 3, 2005
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 - As he went before the cameras in the Rose Garden on Friday morning, President Bush was aware of bad news that had not yet been made public: that 10 marines had been killed by a bomb in Iraq. But he made no mention of the attack, sticking to the sunny White Houses message of the day that the economy is strong and the outlook "as bright as it's been in a long time."
Leak Ruling Has Mystery, 8 Blank Pages
By ADAM LIPTAK
New York Times
Published: December 3, 2005
There are eight blank pages in the public version of a decision the federal appeals court in Washington issued in February. The decision ordered two reporters to be jailed unless they agreed to testify before a grand jury investigating the disclosure of the identity of a C.I.A. operative, Valerie Wilson. What is in those pages is one of the enduring mysteries in the investigation.
US civil rights group to sue CIA
Reports claim al-Qaeda members are being held in clandestine jails
A US civil rights groups says it is taking the CIA to court to stop the transportation of terror suspects to countries outside US legal authority.
The liberal blogosphere has been way out in front of investigating the origin of the forged Niger documents that may have been deliberately used to help sell the war in Iraq. I've come across a lot of insights from investigative bloggers who have been connecting the dots using information from the public record -- as well as doing some original reporting.
These forged Niger documents were publicly discredited as being "not authentic" by Mohamed ElBaradei on March 7th, 2003 before the war began 12 days later, but it has always been a bit of a mystery as to who forged them -- as well as how they ended up being used by the Bush Administration to help create the impression that Saddam Hussein was actively seeking to reconstitute his nuclear weapons program.
The cultural right has their takedown of Dan Rather under their belts, and if it turns out that the forged documents originated from the United States and can be tied to the Bush Administration, then that would certainly not bode well for Republicans in the next election cycle and could ultimately result in impeachment hearings with a Democrat majority in Congress.
By Lisa Schirch, Associate Professor of Peacebuilding, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University
Today the hostage takers threatened to kill the hostages next Thursday unless all Iraqi detainees are released. We must continue our efforts, press releases, vigils, prayers, etc to hold them in the Light.
Before I went to Iraq in August, I reflected with friends on how I wanted to respond if I was taken hostage. It was a gruesome reflection on a "what if" and many refused to think through it with me. But I wanted to have a plan. I never would have been so hopeful or imaginative to have my "what if" abductors offer me baklava and a chance to air my political views on global TV.
By Kim Scipes, ZNet | Foreign Policy
This past September, I wanted to write something about the juxtaposition of the extremely successful mobilization against the war in Iraq on September 24th with the failed mobilization the following day in support of the war. A phrase kept running in my head from someone progressives do not generally quote: Winston Churchill. After the British defeat of the German Afrika Korps in Egypt in November 1942, during World War II, Churchill stated, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." And I couldn't get that phrase-the end of the beginning-out of my head. Yet that article, that I could've and should've written, got lost in the day-to-day hub-bub of my life.
By Timothy Dwyer and Michael Laris, Washington Post
As Tom Fox headed toward the end of his first week in captivity in Iraq,
friends said the 54-year-old musician and peace activist was well aware of
By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith | December 2, 2005
Editor: John Gershman, IRC
Foreign Policy In Focus www.fpif.org
Diverse forces are assembling to bring Bush administration officials to account for war crimes. Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Mother for Peace, insists: “We cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail.
Please join us in taking action this weekend aimed at helping free former
CJP student Tom Fox and his colleagues from Christian Peacemaker Teams.
The abductors announced today that they will kill the hostages next
By Michael McAuliff for The Daily News:
President Bush will hear no evil on the Iraq war - even when the bad news comes from military brass and top government officials, a new report says.
Bush "remains convinced that it is his personal mission to bring democracy to Iraq," according to The New Yorker magazine.
The article, echoing a Daily News story yesterday, says Bush and his inner circle are so determined to follow their own plan that generals fear saying what's wrong in Iraq - and senior advisers are snubbed if they have bad news.
By Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press
Baghdad - The kidnappers of four Christian peace activists threatened to kill the hostages unless all prisoners in US and Iraqi detention centers are released, according to a videotape broadcast Friday by al-Jazeera television.
By John Yaukey, Gannett News
Resolutions part of trend, experts say.
Cities don't make foreign policy.
But that hasn't stopped dozens of towns from Berkeley, Calif., to Chicago to Cambridge, Mass., from passing resolutions calling for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
By Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
"The ‘Plan for Victory’ backdrop against which the President appeared at the Naval Academy today was no more accurate than the ‘Mission Accomplished’ backdrop he used over two and a half years ago on the USS Abraham Lincoln."
By Helen Cobban
I'm just back from a lunch here in Charlottesville with George Packer, the thoughtful and well-informed author of a new book on the US engagement in Iraq called The Assassins' Gate. (He's spent quite a bit of time in Iraq since the invasion, publishing several good pieces of reportage in the New Yorker along the way.)
Iraq on the Record: A searchable collection of 237 specific misleading statements made by Bush Administration officials about the threat posed by Iraq.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. general who used to head the National Security Agency says the only way to stabilize the Middle East is to leave Iraq.
Retired three star Lt. Gen. William Odom, writing for NiemanWatchdog.org, wrote that while President George W. Bush wants to bring democracy and stability to the Middle East, the only way to achieve that goal is for the U.S. armed forces to get out of Iraq now.
MOVEMENT MATTERS! 12-5-05
Reverend Lennox Yearwood On "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" - Dr. MLK Jr.
When: Monday, December 5th, 5:30 p.m. Pacific / 8:30 p.m. Eastern
How to Participate? Three ways:
By Congressman Henry Waxman
Wednesday, November 30, 2005 -- In a letter to Chairman Davis, Rep. Waxman asks that the Committee investigate reports that the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to present positive images of the military and the U.S. mission in Iraq.
By Congressman Waxman
Friday, December 02, 2005 -- In a letter to Chairman Tom Davis, Rep. Waxman discloses that the Army Corps of Engineers has paid Hallilburton $130 million in cost reimbursements, profits, and bonuses for billings related to fuel imports and oilfield repairs in Iraq that Defense Department auditors determined to be unreasonable and unsupported.
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Four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams were taken this past Saturday, November 26, in Baghdad, Iraq. They are not spies, nor do they work in the service of any government. They are people who have dedicated their lives to fighting against war and have clearly and publicly opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq. They are people of faith, but they are not missionaries. They have deep respect for the Islamic faith and for the right of Iraqis to self-determination.