Free Speech TV Airing Program on DSM Day

The following program will play this Saturday, July 23. The program contains an introduction by David Barsamian, explaining that it was taped on the same date as the now infamous Downing Street Memo meeting that occurred July 23, 2002.

Scott Ritter: Why War Against Iraq is Wrong
Documenting Dissent
Former U.S. Marine and UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter exposes deceit used by the Bush Administration in manufacturing its case for war against Iraq. This speech was recorded on the same date of the now infamous Downing Street Memo meeting that occurred July 23, 2002. The Downing Street Memo confirms arguments made by Ritter and many others who opposed the war. Introduction by David Barsamian from Alternative Radio.

Downing Street Minutes 3rd Anniversary Events

Downing Street Minutes 3rd Anniversary Events
Saturday July 23

Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Covenant Worship Center at Legacy Hall
Meeting Local Start Time: 12:00pm
425 South La Brea Avenue
Inglewood, California 90301

New York City Town Hall Meeting
Sponsored by The Nation and and Progressive Democrats of America
Speakers: Congressman Maurice Hinchey, former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman, Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes, and as moderator President of Bob Fertik.
New York Society for Ethical Culture

July 23 NYC: Torture and Lies - Who Is Accountable?

Torture and Lies: Who Is Accountable?
From Abu Ghraib to the Downing Street Minutes
New York City Town Hall Meeting
Saturday July 23, 2005 2-4 p.m.
New York Society for Ethical Culture 2 W. 64th St.

Free admission, donations suggested

Seating is limited, no reservations

Sponsored by The Nation and

• Rep. Maurice Hinchey
• Hon. Liz Holtzman
• Randi Rhodes
Moderator: Bob Fertik

Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), who has represented a conservative district in upstate New York since 1993, has spoken passionately about the significance of the Downing Street Minutes and the need to hold the President accountable for taking the nation to war on the basis of lies.

Cheney And Plame
By Ray McGovern

In yesterday’s essay, Why Plame Matters , we suggested that the White House assault on the reputations of former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife had much to do with “the particular lie that Wilson exposed,

Protest Rove This Evening


Tonight Karl Rove will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser in downtown Washington for Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th). Gerlach’s election next year will be one of the toughest in the country so you’d think he’d be smart enough to keep his distance from Rove—who betrayed the identity of an undercover CIA operative. But Gerlach is sucking up to the Karl Rove cash cow. We need to draw attention to Gerlach’s failure to put his patriotism before his political ambition.

So, here is the plan. Tonight we’ll gather at 6:15 PM (or a little early) at 1700 Pennsylvania Ave NW for a peaceful protest (signs will be provided). The media is expected to attend and we especially expect media from Gerlach’s hometown to attend. We’ll have a peaceful picket for about 45 minutes with some chants while Rove is upstairs at the fundraiser, the media will get their pictures and footage and then we’ll go home.

British Intelligence Cites Iraq War as Cause of Terrorism

New York Times
July 19, 2005
June Report Led Britain to Lower Its Terror Alert

LONDON, July 18 - Less than a month before the London bombings, Britain's top intelligence and law enforcement officials concluded that "at present there is not a group with both the current intent and the capability to attack the U.K.," according to a confidential terror threat assessment report.

The previously undisclosed report was sent to British government agencies, foreign governments and corporations in mid-June, about three weeks before a team of four British suicide bombers mounted their July 7 attack on London's public transportation system.

Democracy for Montgomery County to Focus on Downing Street Minutes Saturday

Democracy for Montgomery County (Maryland), a chapter of, wil hold a Community Cookout on Saturday, July 23rd, and will discuss the Downing Street Minutes and related documents. Co-Founder David Swanson will speak at the event at 2 p.m. ET

The cookout will run from noon to 5 p.m. at the Doe Shelter, Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg - Near Clopper Lake
Parking near by.
Email Sharon to RSVP, volunteer or for more info:

$2 each to enter the park. Total Capacity 150 people.

Federal Leak Case Has Formidable Grand Jury -- It’s Mainly Black Women
By Michael H. Cottman

In the new issue of Time magazine, reporter Matthew Cooper writes that he testified before a federal grand jury last week -- a panel that was predominantly black and overwhelmingly female.

"Grand juries are in the business of handing out indictments, and their docility is infamous," Cooper writes. "A grand jury, the old maxim goes, will indict a ham sandwich if a prosecutor asks it of them.

"But I didn't get that sense from this group of grand jurors. They somewhat reflected the demographics of the District of Columbia," he wrote. "The majority were African-American and were disproportionately women. ... These grand jurors did not seem the types to passively indict a ham sandwich. I would say one-third of my 2-1/2 hours of testimony was spent answering their questions, not the prosecutor's."

Transcript: McClellan Defends President On Failure to Fire Rove

By E&P Press

NEW YORK -- It was another difficult press briefing for White House spokesman Scott McClellan today as reporters pounced on what appeared to be a changing presidential standard on what would prompt dismissal of Karl Rove or any other deputy: mere involvement in the Plame scandal or the committing of a crime? And if the latter, would an indictment be enough or would it take a conviction?

And why doesn't President Bush just walk down the hall and ask Rove for a full accounting?

Here's today's transcript of the relevant banter:

Q Scott, the President seemed to raise the bar and add a qualifier today when discussing whether or not anybody would be dismissed for -- in the leak of a CIA officer's name, in which he said that he would -- if someone is found to have committed a crime, they would no longer work in this administration. That's never been part of the standard before, why is that added now?

Poll: Many Doubt White House Cooperation in CIA Leak Probe

Most Say Rove Should Lose Job if He Leaked Classified Information
ABC News
By Gary Langer

Jul. 18, 2005 - Just a quarter of Americans think the White House is fully cooperating in the federal investigation of the leak of a CIA operative's identity, a number that's declined sharply since the investigation began. And three-quarters say that if presidential adviser Karl Rove was responsible for leaking classified information, it should cost him his job.

Skepticism about the administration's cooperation has jumped. As the initial investigation began in September 2003, nearly half the public, 47 percent, believed the White House was fully cooperating. That fell to 39 percent a few weeks later, and it's lower still, 25 percent, in this new ABC News poll.

Inter Press Service
By Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON, Jul 18 (IPS) - While to people living outside the Washington

The Straight Line Between Falluja and King's Cross Station

Bush and Blair's Orgy of Carnage

"Does anyone doubt that 10,000 bin Ladens have been created by the events of the past two and a half years? If they do, they have their head in the sand."

George Galloway; British Parliament, 7-7-05

America has never been involved in a war more clearly immoral than Iraq. From the phony pretext of weapons of mass destruction to the sadistic treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the conflict has been a sickening chronicle of butchery and deception. Now, the victims of that massive crime are striking back in London and Madrid while the Bush press-corps regurgitates the same stale theories about radicals and Islam.

Public interest lawyer giving talk on Bush

GREAT BARRINGTON -- John C. Bonifaz, a constitutional and public interest lawyer, will be speaking on Friday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church, 251 Main St. The subject of his talk will be "The Downing Street minutes and the Iraq war: Has the President committed impeachable offenses?"

Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. In February and March 2003, he served as plaintiffs' lead counsel in John Doe I vs. President Bush, a constitutional challenge to President Bush's authority to wage war against Iraq absent a congressional declaration of war or equivalent action. Bonifaz represented a coalition of U.S. soldiers, parents of U.S. soldiers, and members of Congress, arguing that the president's planned first-strike invasion of Iraq violated the War Powers Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The Sounds of Hope

The Sounds of Hope
by Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, KIA in Iraq 04/04/04

Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?
The torrential rains of a mother's weeping will never be done.
They call him a hero, you should be glad he's one, but,
Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?
They say he must be brave because his boy died for another mans lies.
The only thing he allows himself are long, deep sighs.
Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?

Why Did the White House Attack Joe Wilson?

Washington Monthly
By Kevin Drum

July 18, 2005
NUKES AND THE BASE....Step back from Plamegate for a moment and ask yourself a broader question: why did the White House react so violently to Joe Wilson's suggestion that the story about Saddam Hussein trying to procure uranium from Niger was false? After all, as conservative apologists never tire of pointing out, Wilson didn't really debunk George Bush's words in the 2003 State of the Union address. Bush said only that Saddam "sought" uranium from Africa, while Wilson merely provided evidence that no uranium ever changed hands. The fact is, Wilson's report didn't invalidate Bush's statement.

How dumb do they think we are?

By Mark Shields

WASHINGTON (Creators Syndicate) -- In my line of work, you get lied to a lot.

There are the generally forgettable fibs, like a senator who's making his seventh political trip to New Hampshire since the first of the year insisting he has made no decision about a White House run.

The falsehoods you remember are bold and brassy. I will never forget President George H.W. Bush stating with a straight face that the nominee's race had never even crossed his mind when he picked Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court.

Presidential candidate Bill Clinton demonstrated early his flair for fiction by contradicting all his campaign's previous statements on his non-service in the military when he admitted that, yes, during the Vietnam War he actually had received a draft notice calling him to military service.

Waxman: Bush Statement on Rove Conflicts with Executive Order

By Rep. Henry A. Waxman

Monday 18 July 2005

Dear Mr. President:

In June 2004, you said that you would fire anyone found to be involved in the disclosure of Valerie Wilson's identity as a covert CIA agent. [1] Today, you significantly changed your position, stating that you would remove Karl Rove or other White House officials involved in the security breach only "if someone committed a crime." [2]

Your new standard is not consistent with your obligations to enforce Executive Order 12958, which governs the protection of national security secrets. The executive order states: "Officers and employees of the United States Government ... shall be subject to appropriate sanctions if they knowingly, willfully, or negligently ... disclose to unauthorized persons information properly classified." [3] Under the executive order, the available sanctions include "reprimand, suspension without pay, removal, termination of classification authority, loss or denial of access to classified information, or other sanctions." [4]

Raw acquires copy of letter from British ambassador in lead-up to war

Raw acquires copy of letter from British ambassador in lead-up to war: 'Need to wrongfoot Saddam'
Larisa Alexandrovna and John Byrne

RAW STORY has acquired a copy of the Mar. 18, 2002 letter dispatched from then-British ambassador to the United States Sir Christopher Meyer to Tony Blair's chief foreign policy advisor, David Manning.

The release comes just before the third anniversary of the Downing Street minutes. The minutes documented a high-level meeting between the Blair and Bush governments, at which the director of British intelligence declared 'the facts were being fixed around the policy' before either nation sought approval for war.

Bush Administration Deceptions Longstanding and Growing

By Jim Mullins

The Bush administration and much of the major media either ignored or gave little publicity to the revelations in the "Downing Street Memo" when it was leaked and published in London's Sunday Times close to two months ago. Now the leak has become a flood of memos written by British cabinet ministers that affirm and substantiate its damning statement that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

British officials in intelligence, legal and military leadership had expressed great misgivings about the invasion's legality, American claims of quick military success and the lack of US plans to govern Iraq and secure the peace. Its legality was particularly troubling to the legal and military oficials who saw themselves as liable for Nuremberg style war crime trials in the International Criminal Court to which they were bound by treaty. A treaty signed by President Clinton but not given senatorial ratification at President Bush's insistence.

Maxine Waters Featured Speaker at Teach-In

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Featured Speaker at Teach-In On Downing Street Memo This Saturday

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) announced that she will be the featured speaker at a town hall meeting and teach-in on the third anniversary of the Downing Street Memo this Saturday, July 23rd at the Covenant Worship Center, 425 S. La Brea Avenue in Inglewood, California from noon until 3:00 pm.

The Congresswoman, who has been a leading voice in calling for the Administration to conclude the war in Iraq, stated, “As the Co-Founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus, I call on the United States to reexamine its role in the Iraqi War. I will continue the ongoing discussions regarding the war, including the implications of the Downing Street memo.

Why Plame Matters
By Ray McGovern
July 18, 2005
Ray McGovern works at Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washingon, DC. He had a 27-year career as an analyst at CIA.

The significance of the Plame affair is not about former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson; or his wife, Valerie Plame; or Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby; or even President George W. Bush's alter ego, Karl Rove. White House v. Wilsons is about Iraq, where our sons and daughters—and many others—are daily meeting violent death. And it's about manipulation.

Defending Miller's Indefensible Choice

Her supporters point to principles her silence undermines

No reasonable person believes that a journalist's right to protect their confidential sources is absolute. Yet one is virtually required to act as though it is, and any exception to this right will have a devastating effect on investigative journalism, in order to justify New York Times reporter Judith Miller's non-cooperation with the special prosecutor investigating the Valerie Plame Wilson leak.

That journalists' privilege cannot be absolute is easy to demonstrate: If after obtaining a promise of strict confidentiality, Karl Rove had told Time's Matthew Cooper that he was a serial killer planning to strike again, who would argue that Cooper should not immediately go to the police--let alone defy a subpoena from a grand jury seeking evidence of Rove's crimes?

Complete Set of Downing Street Documents

Downing Street Minutes, July 23, 2002
Also known as the Downing Street Memo

All Eight Leaked Downing Street Documents

Iraq Options Paper, March 8, 2002

Legal Background Paper, March 8, 2002

David Manning Memo, March 14, 2002

Christopher Meyer Letter, March 18, 2002

Peter Ricketts Letter, March 22, 2002

Jack Straw Memo, March 25, 2002

Cabinet Office Briefing Paper, July 21, 2002

Downing Street Minutes, July 23, 2002
Also known as the Downing Street Memo

All Eight Downing Street Documents

All eight leaked documents in one PDF.

Text of the Iraq Options paper - March 8, 2002 Memo from Overseas and Defence Secretariat
Since 1991, our objective has been to re-integrate a law-abiding Iraq which does not possess WMD or threaten its neighbors, into the international community. Implicitly, this cannot occur with Saddam Hussein in power. As at least worst opinion, we have supported a policy of containment which has been partially successful. However:

Dress for Success

San Diego activists will be dressed for success next Saturday!

See Photos:
One, Two, Three, Four.

Get your own gear here.

Cooper Learned of CIA Wife From Rove Call

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time magazine's Matthew Cooper says a 2003 phone call with White House political adviser Karl Rove was the first he heard about the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson apparently working for the CIA.

Giving a first-person account of his role in a case that nearly landed him in jail, the reporter recalled that Rove told him, ``I've already said too much'' after revealing that the wife of the former ambassador apparently was with the CIA.

Cooper speculated in the piece, released Sunday, that Rove could have been ``worried about being indiscreet, or it could have meant he was late for a meeting or something else.''

Recreation of Downing Street Meeting Planned for London Next Saturday

You are cordially invited to a Mad Hatters Tea Party

Date: Saturday 23rd July

Place: Whitehall - opposite Downing Street

Time: 2pm

Please come dressed as a character from Alice in Wonderland and bring a picnic

To mark the third anniversary of a crucial meeting of Blair's war cabinet on July 23rd, 2002, at which the head of MI6 said the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.

Supporting the call for an enquiry into whether Bush should be impeached - a dramatic recreation of the "Downing Street Minutes" 23rd July 2002


. . . or an amazing 9-minute recreation thereof that uses the exact words of the "Downing Street Memo."

This remarkable audio production conveys far more clearly than the written word what went on behind closed doors that day three years ago. The cast and credits for this production, are as follows.

Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee John Scarlett -- Anonymous
Sir Richard Dearlove, the Chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) – John Rafter Lee
Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, Chief of Defence Staff – Demian Martell
Then Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon – Ed Asner

Brad Show Covers Downing Street Minutes

Listen to an hour on the Downing Street Minutes, with After Downing Street Co-Founder David Swanson on the Brad Show:
in the 7/16/05 show, HOUR 2.

Nixon and Bush: Presidential Parallels?

Sacramento Bee (California)
By Pete McCloskey

The eerie parallels between the Richard Nixon and George W. Bush administrations continue.

Once again the famous words of Lord Acton in 1887 come to mind: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Both Nixon in 1972 and Bush in 2004 won re-election to a second term. Both had impressive agendas for domestic reform, but both were at war - Nixon in Vietnam, Bush in Iraq. Both faced what they felt was disloyal, if not treasonous, conduct by former federal employees. Marine veteran Daniel Ellsberg had given the then top secret Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971, and the Times risked prosecution for publishing excerpts, among which was the damning statement by Assistant Secretary of Defense John McNaughton that 70 percent of the reason for fighting the war was to save American face. The Nixon White House was desperate to discredit Ellsberg to preserve dwindling public support for the war - to allow a "decent interval" to elapse before South Vietnam fell to the North, in Henry Kissinger's words.

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