North Tour 'Swan Song'
by Sherry Glover
September 13th, 2005
As I walked in that hot Crawford ditch August 6th, I sensed the cartilage rip in my left knee. By the time we reached Detroit I couldn't bear my weight on it. I had to leave the tour and return home. I'll need surgical repair of tear, scheduled for next week. I envisage myself temporarily 'in the stands' for a short time, and remain anxious to get back 'on the court'!
Secondly, my son in law, currently stationed just south of the Syrian-Iraq border checked in last week to say it would be a few weeks before he could call home again. Now I understand why. The media reports some sort of insurgent movement into Iraq along that border. Communication shuts down when a soldier is killed until the family is officially notified by the DoD so I owe my daughter the support she needs right now, and hopefully it will be only a matter of time until we hear from him again. Meanwhile, Dakota, my only grandchild doesn't know her father's face.
September 13, 2005
Top Democrat calls for troop withdrawal from Iraq
By Rick Maze
Times staff writer
The Senate’s senior Democrat called Tuesday for the Bush administration to withdraw the military from Iraq to focus on domestic needs such as hurricane relief.
“Sometimes, it takes a catastrophe to put events into perspective, to shake us and sharpen our clarity of vision,
There are now 81 Co-Sponsors of H Res 375, including these new ones:
Richie Neal, Jay Inslee, Allan Mollahan, Rob Andrews, Shelley Berkley.
Several Democrats, including Lantos, spoke in support of H Res 375 (82 cosponsors), as did one Republican, Leach. Hyde put the vote off until 2 p.m. ET.
Debate shifted to a very similar resolution from Rep. Hinchey (H Res 408) (0 cosponsors), and so continued to focus on the Downing Street Minutes.
At 12:25, Hyde shifted the debate to H Res 419 (20 cosponsors), Rep. Holt's Resolution of Inquiry into the exposure of Valerie Plame's identity.
At 12:39 Rep. Barbara Lee spoke about the erosion of democracy and about the obligation of a committee that authorized war to provide the public with the reasons the nation went to war, the reasons our resources (over $300 billion)were spent on that war and unavailable for this country.
At 12:45 Hyde recessed until 2 p.m., at which time the committee will vote on all three resolutions.
Hyde noted that two members are absent: Royce and Payne (a likely no and yes vote, respectively).
They voted at 2 p.m. and we lost by 1 vote, with a few members of each party absent, one Republican (Leach) voting with all the Dems, and one Republican (Paul) voting "present." We came very close, created a debate, and actually saw the Democrats unite and stand for something.
On to the next one!
CONYERS RELEASE: 4 U.S. House Comms to Vote on Resolutions Demanding Answers on Rove/Plame 'TreasonGate'!
Debates, Votes to be Broadcast Live on the Net
Announcing that it is "time for Congress to exercise its duty to oversee the Executive Branch," the ranking minority member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers has just released a press statement announcing that four different U.S. House Committees will be voting on resolutions within the next week to request information on the outing of covert CIA operative, Valerie Plame.
Conyers describes the issue as a matter of "criminal and ethical misconduct" done "for political reasons, to retaliate against the operative's husband for successfully challenging the President's claim that Iraq had sought nuclear materials in Africa."
Savannah, GA--People are taking sides, rallying either for or against the war in Iraq. The anti-war group's main voice, Cindy Sheehan, is drawing crowds as she travels cross country on her way to Washington, DC. About a thousand followers showed up in Pittsburgh yesterday, carrying candles and pausing for a moment of silence at Soldiers and Sailors Hall. The owners of the hall turned them away.
Sheehan says our troops and their families have sacrificed enough. "None of these chicken hawks have served this country in the way that our children have served the country," she said.
McLennan County Commissioners passed an ordinance Monday limiting where people can stop along roads surrounding President Bush's ranch and now a civil rights organization is threatening a lawsuit.
Supporters of the ordinance say it will improve public safety but opponents say it limits our First Amendment rights. In a 4-to-1 vote, Commissioners passed an ordinance prohibiting parking and stopping on more than 20 miles of roads surrounding President Bush's ranch.
County Commissioner Ray Meadows says, "I feel about 90 percent good. I would have liked some other things put in there, but I've got to accept what I can get."
A Telltale Sign Your Party Lacks a Backbone: When It Gets Outflanked on Iraq By Iraq's President
By David Sirota
Here's a solid telltale sign that the invertebrates who run the D.C. Democratic Establishment are driving the Democratic Party into the ground: Iraq's own President, Jalal Talabani, is now supporting a timetable for reducing American troops in his country, putting him ahead of most top tier Democrats. When your party is being outflanked by the President of the country that we are supposed to be "helping," you should start worrying that there is a serious lack of leadership in your party - a lack of leadership that not only ignores the most pressing national security issue of our time, but has led to electoral disaster in the past, and could lead to electoral disaster in the future.
Hundreds join Sheehan in rally against Iraq war
Monday, September 12, 2005
By Nate Guidry, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Shielded from the sun by a large tarpaulin, Cindy Sheehan walked to the microphone dressed in blue denim shorts and no shoes, then blasted the policies of President Bush.
"Every time Bush talks he should be removed from office," Sheehan screamed into the microphone. "None of the chicken hawks have served our country the way our children have," she continued, referring to Bush and members of his administration who support the Iraq war but did not fight in previous conflicts.
by Paul Craig Roberts
All newspaper editors want to know what their readers like. If you would like to read this feature in your local newspaper, please do not hesitate to share your enthusiasm with your local newspaper editor.
RELEASE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2005, AND THEREAFTER
IMPEACH BUSH NOW
The raison d'etre of the Bush administration is war in the Middle East in order to protect America from terrorism and to ensure America's oil supply. On both counts, the Bush administration has failed catastrophically.
Bush's single-minded focus on the "war against terrorism" has compounded a natural disaster and turned it into the greatest calamity in American history. The United States has lost its largest and most strategic port and thousands of lives, and 80 percent of one of America's most historic cities is underwater.
Listen In as Congressional Republicans are Forced to Address Rove's Plame Leak
by Congressman John Conyers [Subscribe]
Tue Sep 13th, 2005 at 14:58:13 PDT
Starting tomorrow and stretching through next week, 4 House Committees are expected to vote on resolutions addressing the Valerie Plame leak. Specifically, these resolutions demand information from the Bush Administration on the outing of Valerie Plame in apparent retaliation for Ambassador Wilson's truth telling concerning weapons of mass destruction. The Bush Administration refuses to police itself in the midst of criminal and ethical misconduct and it is time for Congress to exercise its duty to oversee the Executive Branch. Many of these markups will be broadcast live on the Internet. The following are links to the Committee webcasts:
Published on Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Peace Activist May Be Black-Listed
by Jano Gibson and Jesse Hogan
An American peace activist being held in Australia may never be able to travel outside the US again if he is deported over national security concerns, Greenpeace says.
Parkin: Surprise Arrest
Scott Parkin, who has been in Australia since June, was detained last Saturday after his visa was revoked over matters relating to "violent protest activity".
Greenpeace, which is helping Mr Parkin in a legal bid to have his visa reinstated, said that if the activist were to be deported he would be black-listed from travelling to other countries.
(Editor's note: Submitted to Afterdowningstreet.org but deserves to be elevated to the top of the thread. So here goes...)
LINK TO ORIGINAL
Submitted by Arvy (not verified) on Tue, 2005-09-13 12:46.
Ghastly as it is, this is only one part of the total human and financial cost of Bush's "splendid little war". Here are some additional numbers and facts on the Iraq quagmire compiled by the Institute for Policy Studies:
“The Iraq Quagmire
Lets Not Forget: Bush Planned Iraq 'Regime Change' Before Becoming President
By Neil Mackay
15 September 2002: A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001.
The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
Bush Policy -- Bomb Iraq Instead of Helping U.S. Citizens in New Orleans
Ending the Impunity of the Bush White House
George "AWOL" Bush's policy was to focus more money on corporate welfare handouts and bombing Iraqis than on assuring safety and food for U.S. citizens in New Orleans. That's not just stupid, it's inhuman.
by Norman Solomon
The man in the Oval Office is fond of condemning “killers.
Casualties in Iraq
The Human Cost of Occupation
Edited by Michael Ewens :: Contact American Military Casualties in Iraq
Date Total In Combat
Since war began (3/19/03): 1896 1509
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) (the list) 1759 1401
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 1429 1205
Since Handover (6/29/04): 1030 876
Since Election (1/31/05): 464 403
American Wounded Official Estimated
Total Wounded: 14362 15000 - 42500
Latest Fatality September 11th, 2005
Page last updated 09/11/05 12:25 pm EDT
US Military Deaths by Month
AP New Jersey
Sheehan claims U.S. never plans to bring troops home
By WAYNE PARRY
Associated Press Writer
September 12, 2005, 4:56 PM EDT
WESTFIELD, N.J. -- The California woman who camped outside President Bush's ranch last month to protest the war in Iraq, which claimed her soldier son's life, said Monday she believes the U.S. never plans to leave the battle-torn country.
Cindy Sheehan spoke outside Westfield Town Hall with a Democratic congressman who called for United Nations or NATO troops to assume responsibility for 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces.
"We need to bring our troops home immediately, as soon as possible," said Sheehan, who camped outside Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to meet with him and discuss an exit strategy for the war.
NEWS from CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN WOOLSEY
6th District, California
For Information Contact:
Susannah Cernojevich (202) 225-5187
WOOLSEY CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PLAN HOW TO BRING TROOPS HOME
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) is calling on Members of Congress and the President to work together to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.
What: Bipartisan Congressional Hearing on How to Bring the Troops Home
When: Thursday, September 15, 2005
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Published on Monday, September 12, 2005 by the Agence France Presse
MADRID - Rolling Stones superstar Mick Jagger said he was "shocked" by British Prime Minister Tony Blair's attitude toward Iraq and doubts whether the legendary rock and roll band will one day perform in Baghdad, the magazine El Pais Semanal reported on Sunday.
At the time of the Iraq invasion, "I was ambivalent; getting rid of Saddam Hussein was a gift for humanity and I thought that there was a coherent plan to put Iraq back on its feet," he said in an interview with the Spanish magazine.
But the sexagenarian rock legend referred to a Downing Street memorandum in July 2002, saying it "shocked me to know that Blair already knew that the weapons of mass destruction were simply an excuse and that there was nothing planned for the day after" the invasion.
Press Release from Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Ninth Congressional District of California
U.S. House of Representatives
Congress to Debate "Fixed" Pre-War Intelligence
House Panel Will Vote on Lee Resolution on the "Downing Street Memo"
Here's the latest from the Bring Them Home Now Tour:
Coming to a city near you
In the next few days, the North tour will be passing through Pennsylvania and Maryland, the Central Tour will be stopping in New York and Massachusetts, and the South tour will be hitting South Carolina and North Carolina - all on their way to DC - more information to follow about plans for the arrival of all three buses.
Photos, reports and more on the website
Our website continues to grow! We've added a new photo section so you can see tour participants as they make their way across the country. And we have new reports every day from all three tours - stop by and get the latest, including this report from Dante Zappala of GSFP on the South Tour writing about September 11th:
Wheaton peace rally
Submitted by Laura (not verified) on Mon, 2005-09-12 02:31.
I was at this Peace Rally in Wheaton,it was great.I made many new friends and hope to meet many more on 9-24-05 in Washington.There were about 300 people at this rally.Everyone was very restrained and courteous.Why is it only Peace speech that must be silenced? There were also people there that were in support of the war,They made sure their voices were heard.We must keep speaking truth to power,if we do not as a civilization we will be lost.We MUST keep talking about all the lies of this government!Remember the lie about the b.j.? That was an impeachable offense,when will we get the satisfaction of an impeachment for lies told to kill thousands and thousands of people in this world because of this administration? It is time for more and more truth speech. I'd like to give a great big Thank You to Jenny and Matt,What a wonderful way to show your patriotism.Thank You for the avenue and sorry for the heat! If Cindy Sheehan and the bus tour hadn't come to Wheaton I would have never heard or known about the 3 cyclists from the Bike For Peace Movement.It was very inspiring on many levels.It was also my first Peace rally,which I guess says alot considering I'm 48 yrs. old.It was also my daughters first and I am honored I got to share this with her.Someday there won't be a need for any more rallys because we will put an end to this war and all others in this I pray to the Almighty Lord!
Monday September 12, 2005
NEW* BUSH in Gulf Coast: The president was to start the day Monday with a briefing on the hurricane response effort on board the 844-foot Iwo Jima, which that has been a command center for military relief efforts, and ending it in Gulfport, Mississippi. In between, plans called for him to ride in a convoy of military trucks to get a lengthy look at New Orleans' damaged and flooded neighborhoods. He was also touring hard-hit surrounding parishes by helicopter, touching down to meet with local leaders. [AP, 9/12/05]
NEW* RICE in New York, NY: Secretary Rice will attend a host of meetings at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel as part of the UN General Assembly Opening Session preliminaries. [State Department Release, 9/12/05]
By Jeff Key
Lance Corporal JEFF KEY, United States Marine and a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, turned his experiences in Iraq, and his exit from the military, into a critically acclaimed one-man show, "The Eyes of Babylon." LA Weekly calls him "an unstoppable force" and Backstage West says he "could some day change the world."
U.S. Tour of Duty
September 11, 2005
I'm bedding down in Pittsburgh tonight in the home of two very nice and very patriotic Americans. I'm traveling with Cindy Sheehan as most of you know. We are flying to stops along all three of the bus tours. Yesterday was an awesome rally in Atlanta at Victory Church. There were hundreds there and I had a reunion with some of my Camp Casey buds. Ann Wright was there. She inspires me beyond words. Camp Casey would have fallen apart if it weren't for her intelligent and compassionate leadership. I tell you that woman should run for president. She'd sure get my vote. If you don't know who she is, she's the U.S. Ambassador and former Army Colonel who resigned her position in protest of the Iraq war. She knew early on what more and more Americans are waking up to: the corporate political empire that pulls the strings on that marionette cowboy currently squatting in the oval office led this nation into to the biggest threat to national security we have ever known on a pack of lies!
From Arthur Ruger
Received this today via our MFSO Pac NW email address. Lietta said she's been handing out our cards. Nothing from Lietta nor me today could ever match what this says.
OHIO CARAVAN WITH… "BRING THEM HOME NOW TOUR"
I am a mother of a 19 year old 3/25 Lima Co. Marine serving in Iraq. One third of his Unit has been kia or injured. In early August after losing 22 Marines in less than a week, fearing for my son’s life and driven by conviction, I began my journey to change the direction our country has been going.
I have been waiting for my son’s safe return before speaking out publicly. There is such confusion in our country about patriotism and supporting our troops while being against the war.
By KURT S. WOLZ
The New Hampshire Union Leader
MY CONNECTION with 9/11 is personal. I am a pilot for American Airlines. In September of 2001, I had AA Flight 11 on my flying schedule. As you may recall, AA Flight 11 was the first airplane hijacked. It subsequently impacted the north tower of the World Trade Center. I lost a friend and fellow pilot, Capt. John Ogonowski, that day. I also knew purser Betty Ong and the rest of the cabin crew. I could have been the copilot who perished that day.
On the four-year anniversary of 9/11, I would like to give you my summation as to what progress our leaders have made in ridding the world of terrorism, and in "bringing to justice" the perpetrators of that horrendous terrorist attack on our homeland. And that is — no real progress. The world is now a much more dangerous place and Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida are still "alive and well."
Film: Baltimore's Peace Path
Article Published, Baltimore's Indy Media Center, on Sept. 11, 2005
By William Hughes
Baltimore, MD - On a glorious, sun-filled, late summer afternoon, September 11, 2005, and on the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, a robust demonstration for peace and justice, sponsored by “Women in Black,
For more information, contact: Nate Wilkes
Walter Cronkite, Rep. Kucinich discuss Dept. of Peace & Non Violence
Legendary journalist supports Kucinich's efforts
WASHINGTON, DC - Legendary journalist and broadcast anchor Walter Cronkite
will join Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) in a discussion about the
creation of a cabinet level Department of Peace at The Ronald Regan
Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. on Monday, September 12, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Cronkite, who had written about a Department of Peace last year for King
Features Syndicate, will join Kucinich on Monday, a few days before the
By Cindy Sheehan
Today as we honor and memorialize our countrymen and women who were tragically killed on 9/11, we must also not just remember them, but honor their memories by working to hold this dangerously incompetent administration accountable and responsible for the continuing devastation of our country.
I jumped back on the tour this past Wednesday in Illinois, and I have been busy meeting with Congressional members ever since and speaking at rallies with hundreds and hundreds of people in attendance.
We had a rally in front of Denny Hastert's office in Batavia, Illinois, we didn't get a meeting. He will go on our "Meet with the Moms" Hall of Shame along with Tom Delay, whose aide at least spoke to us on the phone: even if it was a very non-productive conversation.