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Wednesday January 18, 2006
NEW* Washington, DC: U.S. Senate reconvenes at 10:00 AM.
NEW* PRESIDENT BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush will meet with
victims of Saddam Hussein's regime at 10:55 AM in the Roosevelt Room.
By RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK
Whether or not you have "nothing to hide" isn't the point. The thousands (perhaps millions) of Americans who were illegally spied on didn't have anything to hide http://tinyurl.com/8btut
International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration
305 West Broadway, #199, NY, NY 10013 212-941-8086 www.bushcommission.org
FRIDAY EVENING, January 20, 5:30 – 9 pm, Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue
By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
On January 11, FAIR issued an action alert on the New York Times' decision to hold its explosive story on the NSA's secret wiretapping for over a year, and executive editor Bill Keller's refusal to answer questions about that decision. In the days that followed, FAIR activists called and emailed Keller's office, and several received responses from Keller and his assistant, Diane Ceribelli.
By Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz, Los Angeles Times
Last week, at the annual meeting of the American Economic Assn., we presented a new estimate for the likely cost of the war in Iraq. We suggested that the final bill will be much higher than previously reckoned — between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, depending primarily on how much longer our troops stay. Putting that into perspective, the highest-grossing movie of all time, "Titanic," earned $1.8 billion worldwide — about half the cost the U.S. incurs in Iraq every week.
Tuesday January 17, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush today meets with Belgian Prime
Minister Guy Verhofstadt at 9:10 am, and with the National Commander of
the American Legion at 9:55 am. [MSNBC.com, 1/17/06]
The following resolution is coming before the California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting on January 27-28.
RESOLUTION TO IMPEACH BUSH AND INVESTIGATE CHENEY, ET AL.
WHEREAS, (1) the Downing Street Memos show that President George W.Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, CondoleezzaRice, and various others began planning and executing the illegal waragainst and occupation of Iraq months before seeking Congressional and UNapproval; (2) in furtherance of this planning, (a) intelligence wasshaped to fit these plans, (b) illegal bombing runs were made againstIraq and various other potentially illegal operations and actions weretaken with the express intent to provoke Saddam Hussein to take militaryaction and decline to cooperate with the UN and other internationalentities, and (c) false statements to the American people were made byBush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and others with the apparent intent todeceive Congress and the American public in order to allow the BushAdminstration to carry out its plan for an unnecessary war; (3) as adirect result of the above actions, the U.S. and U.K. began an unapprovedwar of aggression against Iraq, killing thousands of American and Iraqimilitary forces, wounding tens of thousands more, and killing or woundingpotentially hundreds of thousands of civilians, women, children and otherinnocents; (4) that the U.S. has invested hundreds of billions of dollarsin this potentially illegal war, to the detriment of the national debt,all citizens of the U.S. and all government programs for which this moneymight otherwise have been appropriated, and to the benefit solely of themilitary contractors and supplier corporations who have been shown to beovercharging and otherwise cheating the people and the government of theU.S, and (5) these actions on the part of the Bush Administration fit thedefinition of high crimes and misdemeanors, and
By Paul Surovell, chairperson, South Mountain Peace Action, a local affiliate of NJ Peace Action in Maplewood and South Orange, NJ.
SMPA is sponsoring a public forum on February 8th in Maplewood that will discuss the main withdrawal proposals in Congress, and some citizen group proposals, as well as the Administration's "National Strategy for Victory."
By Barbara Cummings
Jeeni Criscenzo, former Kucinich campaign worker, now a candidate for congress in the 49th district in California held another bringtheirbuddieshome vigil this Sunday in Temecula, Calif. It was a silent, respectful tribute to the troops. All who come dress in black, pin a profile of a soldier to the front of their clothing, and stand in silent respect.
Poets Against War
It is three years since we began Poets Against War. It seems altogether
appropriate to note the occasion with three comments from Walt Whitman. It
was, after all, Whitman to whom I turned that cold January afternoon after
Is the Bush Administration guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity? Even raising this question has been ruled out of order and out of bounds in the U.S. today, but on January 20-22 in NYC an unprecedented citizens Commission of Inquiry will ask -- and seek to answer -- exactly these questions and alter the terms of debate about this government.
President Bush has said over 100 times (documented below by Sentor Edward Kennedy) that Congress was shown the same pre-war intelligence he was. While we could take the President's word for that, Senator Kennedy thought he would just check to make sure. He submitted an amendment in December to an intelligence bill asking the White House to turn over to the Senate Intelligence Committee the President's daily briefings, beginning with the last term of the Clinton Administration and ending on first day of the war in Iraq in 2003. In response, an anonymous Republican Senator afraid of the truth, and afraid even to reveal his name, blocked the bill and is still blocking it. For the first time since 1978, the Senate recessed with this national security legislation left undone.
Email and phone these three members of the Republican leadership and demand that they have the hold taken off the bill:
From the Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of Iraq (INOC), and
Michael Ramos, Director of Social Justice Ministeries, Church Council of
Seattle - January, 2006.
Most national leaders would have us believe that our choices in Iraq are
By David Swanson
Here are some events I'll be speaking at about war lies and impeachment:
Jan. 18, 2006, "Defining the Issues," with Marcus Raskin and John Conyers, taped at Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.
Labour MPs leaked Bush's proposal to bomb al-Jazeera
By David Leigh and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian
Two Labour MPs have defied the Official Secrets Act by passing on the key contents of the British document revealing that President George Bush wanted to bomb the Arabic TV station, al-Jazeera.
By Barbara Cummings
It was a sad day for me to see my friends so scared of what the right wingers might think of us. Today is the BRINGTHEIRBUDDIESHOME event in Temecula and I will report back on that. The articles on freepress.com have actually scared many into staying home. The police have assured protection but people are still scared.
Antiwar Protesters Jeer Pelosi at Town Hall Event
Top House Democrat rankles some when she declines to endorse the impeachment of Bush.
By Mark Z. Barabak,
Los Angeles Times
Jan. 15, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO — Swarmed by antiwar protesters, Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Saturday called the invasion of Iraq "a grotesque mistake" but rejected calls for President Bush's impeachment.
Sunday, January 15
Realizing the Dream: A Call to Conscience
in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Realizing the Dream — a coalition of civil rights and social justice organizations - is sponsoring this tribute from the same pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic speech “Beyond Vietnam
MLK 'Truth, Peace & Justice' rally Sunday will focus on Bush impeachment, third Party campaign in Palo Alto for Congress
Contact: Christian Pecaut 415-573-5655, firstname.lastname@example.org
PALO ALTO - The impeachment of Pres. George Bush will be among other "Truth, Peace and Justice" topics discussed here at a Martin Luther King Jr. rally and celebration Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lytton Plaza, in Downtown Palo Alto (University & Emerson).
Call for action to save Iraq's Academics
To: special rapporteur on summary executions at UNHCHR in Geneva and international Human Rights & Law organisations
By Bob Fertik, www.democrats.com
It looks like my idea of spying on the Busheviks has terrified them, so they sent Brit Hume out to attack me personally on FOX last night. Hey Brit - I'll debate you on Big Brother Bush any time, any place!
Congressman John Murtha stunned the Bush White House last November by calling for the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq. The 73-year-old Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, a much decorated war hero from Vietnam and Korea, was in the Marines for 37 years, and is a heavyweight in military matters in the Congress.
Visiting ACADEMY AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER BARBARA TRENT comes to Zeitgeist Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28 to present her films:
Friday, January 27 @ 7:30 p.m. WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF SOLDIERS SPEAK OUT by Barbara Trent. A powerful, first-hand testament to the reality of the military experience, told entirely in the words of American veterans who have been to war and are now opposing it. We hear how they came to join the military, about their experiences in training and in war, and what led to the turning point when they decided they could no longer, in good conscience, participate in the war, or keep silent. "Soldiers Speak Out" sheds light on the growing and courageous anti-war and anti-occupation movement within the military and their families. There will be a reception in the filmmakers honor at 7:30 with the film @ 8:00 p.m.. Q&A to follow. By donation. Proceeds benefit the Empowerment Project.