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This week on MSNBC, in an interview with the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, Keith Olberman presented a series of Bush Administration poll results... none favorable to Bush. After reporting that a majority of Americans believe Bush purposely mislead us to war, Keith asked if it was now IMPEACHMENT time? This was the first and only time I've heard the word IMPEACHMENT mentioned anywhere on television. Kudos (as usual) to Keith Olberman. Dana Milbank erroneously responded that after the Clinton debacle, Americans have had their fill of impeachment. Oh really????
From Capitol Hill Blue
By DOUG THOMPSON
Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue
A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."
The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could “validate
By David Swanson
While it would of course be good for the world for Bush and Cheney to be impeached, convicted, and sent packing, would it be politically advantageous for a Congress Member to introduce articles of impeachment? And would it benefit the Democratic Party for some or all of the Democrats to push for impeachment at this time? Or should they do it later? Or is there another way?
The facts that would seem to argue in favor of pushing impeachment include an NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll released November 10th showing 57 percent of Americans believe Bush deliberately misled them in making his case for war, while 35 percent think he provided accurate information. And a Zogby International poll released November 4th found that 53 percent of Americans want Congress to consider impeaching Bush if he did not tell the truth about the reasons for war.
VR IS BANNED FROM TAKING VIDEO OF THE IRAQ FUNERALS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY BECAUSE WE OPPOSE THE WAR WHILE FOX IS ALLOWED TO BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT THE WAR
VR is working with its affiliate Justice Through Music on some music videos about the war in Iraq, and a few weeks ago we asked to shoot some footage at Arlington National Cemetery. We got permission to video some actual funerals and did so in the press area with the other national media. However, when we left the press area to shoot footage of the thousands of graves throughout the massive cemetery, we were told that we could not do so without specific permission and we were escorted off the grounds.
Note: Catch Ray McGovern on C-Span on Monday morning, and read this book:
U.S. Tour of Duty Back on the Road
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and Gold Star Mom Nadia McCaffrey, whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq, will be speaking at eight presentations from November 9 to 13 in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Virginia with Jeff Norman of U.S. Tour of Duty. Ray and Nadia appeared together at a series of events in Austin and Dallas last month, and established themselves as a powerful and inspiring combination.
Here is the itinerary:
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7:00 PM
So, we welcomed Chalabi and chanted and shouted and spoke to the media. Apparently the questions we were asking were also asked inside the event. Check out this blog with photos:
DISHONORING THE DEAD AT THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
Group Hosts Major Misleader of American People on Iraq
WASHINGTON, DC -- A broad coalition of organizations opposed to the war in Iraq will be demonstrating from 2PM to 4PM on Wednesday, November 9th against the appearance of Ahmed Chalabi at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.
By the Back Bone Campaign
Republicans Undermine Congressional Oversight by Rejecting H. Res. 505 & 'No Show' Democrats Help
By Bill Moyer
This morning in DC, the oversight legislation, H. Res. 505, a Resolution of Inquiry into the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) was stonewalled in committee, losing 23 to 25. This bill, introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and vigorously supported by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) who sits on the reviewing House International Relations Committee, was defeated by two votes. The Republicans members of the committee were obviously very aware that the stakes were high. It is reported the Republican Chair Henry Hyde was personally calling members to make sure they showed. A number of Democrats were late, but by the end, all but two were present and accounted for and voted favor in H. Res. 505.
By Judy Linehan
While denying a UN group access to Guantanamo detainees this week, Rumsfeld was unconscionably dismissive of torture reports and the extreme issues leading to hunger strikes. Indeed, abrogating all Pentagon responsibility the Defense Secretary callously denied the reality of hunger strikes, “There are a number of people who go on a diet where they don’t eat for a period and then go off of it at some point. And then they rotate and other people do that.
By emptywheel, http://thenexthurrah.typepad.com
Laura Rozen offers the most astute comment I've seen on Chalabi's impending visit to the US.
If you think about it, it does seem possible that both sides, Washington and Tehran, might consider Chalabi a useful back channel.
She's alluding to Chalabi's visit to Iran, just before his trip to the US. Pretty curious timing, but perhaps not unsurprising.
We know Chalabi has serious business to conduct with the Bush Administration; as this Joe Klein column scooped, the Bush Administration considers Chalabi a realistic candidate to be Iraq's prime minister in Iraq's December 15 election.
ADD YOUR SIGNATURE AS A COMMENT BELOW
November 9, 2005
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi
Iraqi National Congress
c/o The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
3100 South Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Dear Mr. Deputy Prime Minister:
We write to you as members of the 60 to 70 percent of Americans who believe that this war has been (in the words of the polling companies) a "mistake," or (in our own words) a criminal fraud. We resent the role you played in instigating it. We believe you owe an apology.
Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) has introduced legislation to stop funding the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq: H.R. 4232, the "End the War in Iraq Act of 2005."
The bill would allow Defense Department funds to be used only to provide for: the safe and orderly withdrawal of all troops; consultations with other governments, NATO, and the UN regarding international forces; and financial assistance and equipment to either Iraqi security forces and/or international forces.
Posted on Monday, November 7, 2005. All text is verbatim from senior Bush Administration officials and advisers. In places, tenses have been changed for clarity.
Originally from Harper's Magazine, October 2003. By Sam Smith.
SourcesOnce again, we were defending both ourselves and the safety and survival of civilization itself. September 11 signaled the arrival of an entirely different era. We faced perils we had never thought about, perils we had never seen before. For decades, terrorists had waged war against this country. Now, under the leadership of President Bush, America would wage war against them. It was a struggle between good and it was a struggle between evil.
Vice President Dick Cheney must explain what he knew about the activities of his top aide, who was indicted in the CIA leak case, former Sen. Bob Graham said.
BY FRANK DAVIES, Miami Herald, firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida said Friday that he thinks Vice President Dick Cheney was a ''conspirator'' in a Bush administration campaign to discredit former ambassador Joe Wilson and expose Wilson's wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame.
''This was one of the most reprehensible and damaging breaches of American security in modern times,'' said Graham, who was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the fall of 2002, when the administration made its case for war against Iraq.
Federation of Oil Unions in Iraq formed in Iraqby Hassan Juma'a Awwad Al-Assadi, President, Federation of Oil UnionsNovember 4th, 2005
From US Labor Against the War
All are aware of the role that Iraqi labour unions have played in theprevious and present phrases of Iraq's history as the most importantbasis of Iraqi society for development and construction. Unionscontinued with their work until they became the object of a conspiracyon the part of the despotic regime, which stripped them of their rightsin 1987. After the dictator fell, on 20/04/2003, that is eleven daysafter the entry of the occupation forces, activists formed the oilUnion, the first nucleus of which was the Southern Oil Company and theother oil companies. The Union masterfully led the process of buildingand reconstruction and equipping of the plants and oil installations andthe process of improving living conditions and obtaining the rights ofits members. ...Building on what has gone before and in accordance with presentexperiences of Iraqis as part of embodying the practice of democracy forthe new phase, we announce with God's blessing the formation of theFederation of Oil Unions in Iraq, with its centre in Basra, composed ofunions representing the oil sector in Basra, Meisan, and DhiQar, as a Federation specialised in all aspects of the oil sector and part of the movement of Iraqi labour unions. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE AT:
National Priorities Project Bulletin
In the long tradition of National Priorities Project turning data into action, NPP releases today a major expansion of the NPP Database. With the addition of military recruitment data, we're once again highlighting the cost of war and militarism on local communities.
As of today, from anywhere in the country, you can find out the number of military recruits in 2004 that came from your high school, zip code, county or your state, along with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, gender and income levels. Get your local numbers at: www.nationalpriorities.org/database.
From U.S. Labor Against the War
Friday, November 11, 2005, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Up Fifth Avenue, from 26th Street to 56th Street
Labor participation in Anti-War Action at the NYC Veterans Day Parade: Iraq Vets Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, and Gold Star Families for Peace are having an anti-war float at the Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 11th. They are asking for only Veterans and their families to join them in the parade. If you know of any union activists or anti-war activists, co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc, who are vets or their families, please tell them to meet at 10:30 am on E. 28th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenue on Nov. 11th. US Labor Against the War and other anti-war groups will have an anti-war contingent as observers on the parade line of march (Fifth Avenue between 26th and 51 Streets --exact details will be sent out as soon as we have them), so if you can come to the parade on Friday, November 11th, please consider joining us.
November 5, 2005 from 7-9 p.m.
Turners Falls High School
222 Turnpike Road, Montague, MA
Please join us for an exciting event
A panel discussion with Congressman Jim McGovern and John Bonifaz.
Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Phil Johnston will moderate the forum.
At their annual state convention in June, Massachusetts Democrats unanimously approved a resolution calling for an end to the war in Iraq.
The panelists will discuss how the U.S. got involved in the war, the present situation in Iraq, and our exit strategy.
What: A panel discussion on the Iraq War
Who: Congressman Jim McGovern
COME LISTEN AND TALK TO A RARE PANEL OF FOUR OF U.S. MEDIA'S MOST BRILLIANT AND FORTHRIGHT REPORTERS AND NEWS EXECUTIVES DISCUSSING PRE-WAR AND WAR REPORTING
Distinguished journalists Paul Krugman, John MacArthur, Chris Hedges and Tom Yellin will be on a panel at the Union Square Barnes and Noble (33 East 17th Street) at 7:00pm on November 11, 2005 to discuss their interviews in Kristina Borjesson's new book, FEET TO THE FIRE: The Media After 9/11, Top Journalists Speak Out. Books signed by all of them will be available.
FEET TO THE FIRE contains a series of 21 interviews with leading reporters specializing in areas most germane to pre-war and war reporting. There are five sections in the book:
For Immediate Release: November 4, 2005
New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Support Impeachment;
ImpeachPAC is Launched to Support Pro-Impeachment Candidates
By a margin of 53% to 42%, Americans want Congress to impeach President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,200 U.S. adults from October 29 through November 2.
By Abigail A. Fuller and Neil Wollman
Give us three minutes and we can find an op-ed piece in a U.S. newspaper calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, or arguing that they should stay. The arguments are varied and numerous: If the U.S. leaves, anarchy will ensue. Occupation forces are a target for foreign terrorists. Bush should set a timetable for withdrawal. Setting a timetable would embolden those using violence in Iraq. And so on.
What is missing from this picture? Any discussion of what the Iraqi people themselves want. The opinions of those most affected by this war count the most. And so a nationwide referendum should be conducted in Iraq on the question of whether U.S. troops should stay or go, in which every Iraqi can vote directly on this question. What the U.S. public wants is much discussed in the media-nearly every week poll results are announced indicating how many people believe the United States should withdraw all or some troops from Iraq (63 percent, according to the latest USA Today/CNN Gallup Poll) and how many believe the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq (59 percent, from the same poll).
By John McConnell, Founder of Earth Day
The first observance of a global Minute for Peace was at the time of President John F. Kennedy's death. His efforts to see peace realized through the United Nations were ended in Dallas at 19:00 GMT, the very moment on the global clock when the United Nations Charter was signed eighteen years earlier. In the Minute for Peace broadcast given at the end of the mourning period (December 22, 1963), a recording of President Kennedy was broadcast globally -- proceeded by Front Page announcements in many newspapers telling when this would occur.
MARY CLARE JALONICK
WASHINGTON - Former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle is calling for all U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2007.
The South Dakota Democrat, defeated for re-election last November, planned to outline his foreign policy vision in Chicago Wednesday evening - two days before a planned visit to the politically pivotal state of Iowa.
Daschle has been generally quiet since his defeat but has increased his public appearances in recent weeks. He has not ruled out a presidential run in 2008 and has said he would like to increase his role in public service.
By Progressive Democrats of America
Ask your member of Congress to support legislation to stop funding the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq
Later this week or next week, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) will introduce legislation to stop funding the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. The bill would allow Defense Department funds to be used only to provide for: the safe and orderly withdrawal of all troops; consultations with other governments, NATO, and the UN regarding international forces; and financial assistance and equipment to either Iraqi security forces and/or international forces. In addition, the bill would not prohibit or restrict non-defense funding to carry out reconstruction in Iraq.
By Steven T. Jones and Tim Redmond
San Francisco Bay Guardian
The GOP is in free fall, and it's time to take the country back.
BASEBALL METAPHORS CAN be taken way too far. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald demonstrated that during the press conference he held on the criminal indictment of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide. In a long and drawn-out analogy involving a pitcher and a hit batter, Fitzgerald likened himself to an umpire who had "dust thrown in his eyes," claiming Libby's lies had made it hard for him to determine who should be indicted for the vengeful outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
"...My son, Casey Austin Sheehan, was recruited out of college and
his recruiter promised him the sun and moon to enlist and delivered
only an early grave. Not only should Mr. Airhart not be fined,
suspended or expelled for his heroic act, but he should be given some
kind of commendation from the college administration." --- Cindy
Sheehan, statement of support for David Airhart and Kent State students
"Surely, the memory of that shameful episode at Kent State in 1970
would be enough to make the university administration sensitive to
ENCOURAGE SENATE DEMS TO FIGHT FOR INVESTIGATION
Senator Harry Reid today spoke out strongly and forced the Senate into an unusual closed session to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee Chair's refusal to conduct the investigation into White House war lies that his committee agreed in February 2004 to conduct.
"Be prepared to face this motion every day until you face this reality," said Senator Richard Durbin.
The New York Times reports: "Afterward, the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee, announced an agreement with the Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, to end the closed session. Senator Frist said each leader would appoint three senators to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee's schedule for completing its investigation. The panel is to report back by Nov. 14. It was not immediately clear what use would be made of the report."
Hello fellow Bravehearts!
For months now, the Sacramento Coalition to End the War has worked to draft a resolution for the Sacramento City Council to adopt. The Resolution would require President Bush and Congress to implement a plan that would bring the troops home in a rapid and comprehensive manner. Sacramento for Democracy has been a part of that Coalition. Perhaps you have received emails from other groups about TONIGHT'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING; as well, it has been posted on our website.
After an initial version was presented to the City Council earlier this year, a series of meetings with individual Council members took place, but a necessary momentum was never achieved -- the idea of the Resolution remained in an ongoing limbo. It was not until August, when the combined events of the protests in Crawford with Cindy Sheehan and the catastrophe of Katrina, did the message of the Resolution come into clear focus. Soon after, Councilmember Lauren Hammond agreed to sponsor the item --- so that it could be put on the agenda at TONIGHT'S City Council meeting. The combined work of the Coalition, along with Council members Hammond and Ray Tretheway, has resulted in the "Hammond-Tretheway" Resolution, and will be considered at tonight's meeting!
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Without a doubt, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and rest of the crew in the White House would love to leave last week in the past. For sure, when the president's nominee for the highest court of the land has to withdraw, that doesn't look good for the White House. But much more happened last week.
The 2,000th U.S. military serviceperson died in Iraq - and the whole country took notice, with a strong majority now agreeing with the peace movement that this war should never have happened and the troops should be brought home. Public outcry over the war continues to grow, and well over 1,000 antiwar activities in every corner of the country marked this tragic milestone.
This piece of legislation is the clearest way for Congress to demand a serious investigation of the Plame leak and the war lies that preceded it.
This privileged Resolution of Inquiry, introduced by Dennis Kucinich, has a lifespan of 14 legislative days, ending on or about November 9 with a vote in the House International Relations Committee. It is crucial that we build support before that date through a long list of cosponsors.
H Res 505 would require the White House to turn over all white papers, minutes, notes, emails or other communications kept by the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). The WHIG, comprised of the President's and Vice President's top aides, was central to the White House's effort to sell Congress, the media, and the public a war on fraudulent grounds.