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A Legal Defense of Russell Tice, Whistleblower who Revealed President's Authorization of NSA's Warrantless Domestic Wiretapping

By JESSELYN RADACK, FindLaw

Russell Tice, one of the whistleblowers who revealed the National Security Agency's program of warrantless domestic wiretapping to the New York Times, now faces the full fury and force of the Executive Branch. His revelation - one that was intensely in the public interest, as it exposed blatant lawbreaking by the President himself - has brought FBI agents to his door.

Probable Cause for Alarm: Press ignores Ex-NSA chief's ignorance of Constitution

http://www.fair.org

When FEMA Director Michael Brown claimed not to be aware of the evacuee crisis at the New Orleans Convention Center following Hurricane Katrina (NPR, 9/1/05), many journalists expressed astonishment that a high-ranking official could be so uninformed about a crucial aspect of his job (e.g., Nightline, 9/1/05). But when Gen. Michael Hayden, principal deputy director of National Intelligence and former director of the National Security Agency, displayed an equally astounding lack of knowledge about a matter just as basic to his job, media as a whole let it pass without comment.

Gold Star Families for Peace and Code Pink are co-hosting the Peoples State of the Union

From CODEPINK

Yawn...George Bush is scheduled to give his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 31. Another day, another spin job from the administration about how their policies are making things so much better for ALL Americans and for Iraqis, especially the women. We will be told that the folks handling reconstruction (Iraq and the Gulf Coast) are "doin' a heckuva job". He'll warn us that we need to be very afraid of future attacks and how his war on terror is making us safer.

Don't Allow the NYPD and Bloomberg to Marginalize Dissent on January 31st!

The World Can't Wait/Drive Out the Bush Regime;

We are calling on you to act now. Call Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelley to demand that the NYPD grant World Can't Wait's permit request to rally in Times Square itself (at 44th and Broadway) for the 1-1/2 hour protest during Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 31 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Speech Protesters Granted Spot: Capitol Area Allowed for State of Union

By Karlyn Barker, Washington Post

Organizers of a planned protest during President Bush's State of the Union address next week reached an agreement yesterday with law enforcement officials and will now be allowed to use the area around the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool for their demonstration.

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, attends the 74th Winter Meeting of United States Conference
of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]

Rally to Support U.S. War Resisters

Wednesday February 8, 8:15 am – 9:15 am
Federal Court, 330 University Avenue, Toronto
(beside the U.S. consulate)

On February 8, the Federal Court will hear the appeals of U.S. war resisters Jeremy Hinzman

Updated: UPCOMING EVENTS TO END THE WAR AND HOLD WARMAKERS ACCOUNTABLE

The following events can also be found in the After Downing Street events system at http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/event

You can also go there to find events near you or to create them.

Panel Discussion of Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq

Upcoming Speeches

— Jan. 26, 2006: Vice President Cheney headlines a fundraiser for Sen. Mike DeWine's (R-OH) reelection campaign, Washington, DC
— Jan. 27, 2006: Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) travels to New Hampshire to discuss education reform, Milford, NH

UPCOMING EVENTS TO END THE WAR AND HOLD WARMAKERS ACCOUNTABLE

The following events can also be found in the After Downing Street events system at http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/event

You can also go there to find events near you or to create them.

Panel Discussion of Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq
Featuring: Scott Ritter, Stephen Zunes, Ann Wright, Michael Schwartz, David Swanson, Harlan Hopgood, Steve Young, and Lisa Lubow.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom - Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and US Tour of Duty
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6939

Fed. Gov. Backs Off, Permits Granted for DC Protest on Jan. 31

By World Can't Wait

The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside the Capitol on Tuesday January 31. Across the country that night, one hour before George Bush's State of the Union address, crowds will gather in public areas to politically "drown out Bush's lies". Organizers had been told on January 10 they would get a permit for the Reflecting Pool, an area close to the Capitol; on January 19th, that area was suddenly declared a "special security zone", and off limits to the public. The World Can't Wait filed suit in federal district court yesterday seeking court protection of First Amendment right to protest. This morning, after a story in the Washington Post reported the suit, Park and police officials met organizers at the contested area, and offered the Reflecting Pool as a rally site.

State of Union Protest Gets Permit After All

A message from Debra Sweet, the World Cant Wait National Office:

The federal government was forced to back off today, and concede The World
Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime a promised permit to rally outside

Taking the People's Demand to Capitol Hill

Starting Tuesday, a huge truck with this billboard on the side will begin driving around the U.S. Capitol.

On the other side of the truck will be this:

Call the Media on Its Lies

"Impeachment is not likely to gain political traction, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. 'Only hard-core Democratic partisans want to see Bush impeached, so it just turns people off.'" -- The Dallas Morning News
The reporter: mmittelstadt@dallasnews.com

The pundit: sabato@virginia.edu

The facts:Among American adults, 53% agreed and 42% disagreed with the statement:

"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."

Kerry Now Says He Supports Filibuster on Alito

Progressive Democrats of America reports that Senator Kerry now supports a filibuster on Alito. Call him and thank him and encourage him to stick with it: (202) 224-2742.

New Jersey Activists: Petition for Investigation of Presidential Illegal Actions: A Call for Impeachment

Event: Hoboken Progressives Black Ops Meeting and Petition Signing
Date: January 25, 2006 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue: City Bistro – 56-58 14th Street – Hoboken, NJ 07030
Dress Code: Wear Black – We Are Under the Radar – Just Like the President

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, will attend the 74th Winter Meeting of United States
Conference of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]

News from the UFPJ Legislative Working Group

From www.unitedforpeace.org

Thanks to everyone who has sent in reports on their visits (or attempts to visit) to members of Congress. You will find a synopsis of those reports below.

Congressional Recess Calendar

Ambassador lashes out against Bush administration

By Steve Gehrke, Daily utah Chronicle

Joe Wilson will accept both credit and praise for his work as an ambassador in Africa.

But when former Hinckley director J.D. Williams called him a national hero for blowing the whistle on the Bush administration's logic for going to war in Iraq, Wilson said he was only exercising his civic responsibility.

Boycott the State of the Union: and Tell the Networks

By Nancy Detweiler

The State of the Union Address on January 31, 2006 offers peace activists a rare opportunity to make our voices heard and to make a positive impact for peace and for reporting truth.

Watch the State of the Union at Bus Boys and Poets

January 31, 2006 (Tuesday)at Bus Boys and Poets, corner of V and 14th Streets NW, Washington, DC

8:00 PM (Langston Room) STATE OF THE UNION EVENT
The President is still lying... Troops are still dying...

Where to Protest Peacefully

January 25 - 27, 2006
BROWNBACK in Washington, DC: Sen. Brownback, along with other members
of Congress, will attend the 74th Winter Meeting of United States
Conference of Mayors. [US Newswire, 1/17/06]

Celebrate Cheney Day!

San Diego Event Planned

The City Club of San Diego in conjunction with the Catfish Club will sponsor a luncheon on Friday March 3rd at the studios of Channel 10 featuring Ann Wright and David Swanson.

Admission is $15 and includes a buffet lunch.

‘Out of Iraq’ Forum

Progressive Democrats of America, AfterDowningStreet & Clothing of the American Mind present

an ‘Out of Iraq’ Forum...

Panel Presentation and Q & A Featuring:

David Swanson – Founder, AfterDowningStreet.org / Board Member, Progressive Democrats of America

ARE YOU PART OF THIS GROWING MOVEMENT IN AMERICA FOR A NEW DIRECTION?

THE WORLD CAN’T WAIT

You may be, and not yet know it.

If you are shocked and angered that this administration is illegally spying on Americans, and believe that even our president must be held accountable to the law, you may be part of this movement.

Impeachment: Let's Get Weird.

By Kagro X, The Last Hurrah

Ooh! It's my first use of the State and Local Government category!

So I was cruising around Daily Kos the other day, and came across this diary, raising a point of parliamentary arcana. I just had to look into it.

A New Sign

By Daniel I Fearn

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