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It was one of the most overwhelming votes in recent memory. By a vote of 90-9, the Senate voted for the so-called McCain Amendment. The Amendment was simple. It stated that, "No individual in the custody or under the physical control of the United States Government, regardless of nationality or physical location, shall be subject to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment." In short, it promised the world that the US would not commit acts of torture.
It's amazing that it has come to this. It's outrageous that Vice President Richard Cheney went to the Congress to lobby against this simple statement. It's inconceivable, yet true, that nine US Senators voted in favor of condoning torture. But the Senate put aside its partisan differences and overwhelmingly voted in favor of the amendment. It seemed that simple decency would be affirmed.
"In a sign of the unpopularity of the Iraq war, Bush's presence prompted a demonstration by about 100 protesters who banged drums and carried signs that said 'Impeach Bush.' He is expected to face larger protests in South Korea."
So the news is out from the Post now -- both in a statement from Bob Woodward and in an article from the Post.
The details still seem sketchy and I suspect we're going to find out a lot more in the next few days. But it now seems that Woodward -- who has long been publicly critical of the Fitzgerald investigation -- has been part of it from the beginning. Literally, the beginning.
From the Post account it appears that Woodward was told of Valerie Plame's identity before any other journalist by an as-yet-unnamed senior administration official who is not Karl Rove or Scooter Libby.
By U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
Was the White House truthful with the American people and with Congress in making their case to go to war in Iraq? This is a critical question that demands a clear answer and it is long past time for the United States Congress to properly ask it and investigate the matter.
A group of top White House advisors, including Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the now-indicted former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, formed the White House Iraq Group(WHIG) in August 2002 with the task to make the case for going to war in Iraq and to convince Congress and the American public to support that policy.
UK INTELLIGENCE AND IRAQ 08.11.2005
That this House recalls the forged documents suggesting Iraq was seeking to procure uranium from Niger in 1999 exposed by Mohammed El Baradei at the United Nations on 7th March 2003, and the statements of retired US Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Italian reporter Elisabetta Burba, who was herself supplied with false documents by Italian military intelligence, that they found no evidence of any transaction; notes the passage in Seymour Hersh's recent book Chain of Command that a former Clinton official told Hersh that the UK spread false information about Iraq and one member of the UN inspection team assisted by supplying unverified material presented as intelligence; therefore considers that the 2004 Butler Report maintaining there was further evidence from additional sources for the uranium ore being sought, and so the intelligence was credible, is seriously undermined by Hersh's revelations that much of the material was generated by the UK, Italy and the US; and concludes that the Butler Committee's conclusion is now untenable.
By William Hughes
On Nov. 14, 2005, Ex-Ambassador Joe Wilson, in a speech at the U. of Balitmore, made a scathing attack on columnist Robert Novak; indicted White House aide, Irv "Scooter" Libby; and the Brownshirts.
CAMPUS ANTIWAR NETWORK
* NATIONAL DAY OF COUNTER-RECRUITMENT * December 6, 2005
ENDORSED BY: Pablo Paredes, war resister; David Airhart, Iraq War vet
and Kent State student facing expulsion for peaceful counter-
recruitment; Tariq Khan, George Mason University student assaulted for
peaceful counter-recruitment; Charles Peterson, Holyoke Community
College student assaulted for peaceful counter-recruitment; Traprock
Peace Center; Anthony Arnove, editor, Iraq Under Siege and co-editor
with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People's History of the United States
* Say No to the Solomon Amendment!
Campus Anti-War Network is calling for actions around the country to
show the federal government that they cannot intimidate schools for
kicking out military recruiters. On December 6, the Supreme Court will
hear the FAIR v Rumsfeld case (brought by several universities), which
will decide whether schools can ban military recruiters wihout losing
federal funding. Currently, the Solomon Amendment allows the government
to cut off federal funding from schools that ban military recruiters.
This policy forces schools to accept military recruitment, even though
the military's anti-gay "don't ask, don't tell" policy violates
university anti-discrimination policies.
Contact: Marcy Winograd 310. 795-2322; Karen Pomer 310.463.7025
To Protest Controversial Firing of Popular Columnist Robert Scheer
"I've been a punching bag for Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh for years and I think the paper finally collapsed" -- Robert Scheer, Friday, Nov. 11th
WHAT: Readers to Picket LA Times to Protest Firing of Columnist
Robert Scheer and Limited Coverage of Local Anti-War Movement
WHO: LA Times Readers and Grassroots Peace Activists from Across Los Angeles
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 15, Noon
WHERE: Outside LA Times Building
First Street Entrance
202 W. 1st St. (at Spring St.)
By Armando, Dailykos
Please call your Senators and urge them to vote for the Bingaman Amendment regarding habeas corpus at Guantanamo Bay. If you agree, please call your senators, and ask them to vote for Jeff Bingaman's S. AMDT 2517 to bill S. 1042.
Hilzoy and Katherine at Obsidian Wings have a long series explaining why.
I also agree with the New York Times:
It certainly is a relief that the Senate is finally getting around to doing the job it so shamefully refused to do four years ago, after the 9/11 attacks: requiring the administration to follow the law and the Geneva Conventions in dealing with prisoners taken by the military and intelligence operatives.
Urgent Action Alert
By thepen, http://www.opednews.com
With virtually no advance notice the Republican majority in the Senate (with the shameful complicity of Democrats Conrad, Landrieu, Lieberman, Nelson [Ben], and Wyden) approved a last minute amendment to the Defense Authorization Act to deny U.S. courts jurisdiction to examine the legality of detainee detention in Guantanamo and elsewhere. They did this in defiance of the not yet completely packed Supreme Court (another reason to reject Alito), whose authority they would annul. This is all despite the well-known FACT that many scooped up into these hell holes of torture are not terrorists at all, some even having been sold for bounty. Senator Bingaman immediately responded with a proposed corrective amendment (S.AMDT.2517) to restore jurisdiction.
By Stirling Newberry, dailykos.com
Kos has said that impeachment talk is silly. With all due respect, it is deadly serious and completely necessary. The constellation of impeachment is rising.
First let me set the terms of debate. No President has ever been removed through conviction in the Senate. Only one has come close, and he almost had to side with the defeated South after a bloody war. No, no one seriously expects Bush to be removed. For the same reason, talk of "President Cheney" is also irrelevant, because Bush isn't going to resign. He won't even listen to people who contradict him on small matters, let alone large ones. Resignation is not in the cards for King George.
Sacramento, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2005. Anti-war veterans, military families and
supporters demonstrated the courage of their convictions by marching in
the Sacramento Veteran’s Day Parade. About 30 people representing
Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families
for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and their supporters
participated in the parade. The Veteran’s Day event organizers showed
Thursday, November, 17, 2005, Howard University in Washington, D.C., will host a forum on Student Military Recruitment and the Iraqi War featuring Damu Smith and Rev. Lennox Yearwood.
This event is free and open to the public.
Where: Howard University - Blackburn Center
Presented by the Students of Contemporary Issues: Faith and Spirituality in Mass Media
By Gary Zimmerman
Sacramento – Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, starting at 10:15 a.m. about 50
demonstrators picketed against war profiteering at The Radisson Hotel,
500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. Veterans for Peace and Military Families
Speak Out organized the event. The organizers announced that this is the
beginning of a campaign to publicize war profiteers -- businesses and
individuals who profit from the war in Iraq.
See photo album.
The Radisson profits from housing young recruits during their processing
at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) located nearby. The
Please join the University of Maryland College Democrats for,
An Evening with Ambassador Joseph Wilson
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 8pm at the Memorial Chapel at the University
of Maryland College Park, Doors open at 7:30pm. Please come early.
For directions and parking at the Chapel, please visit:
The event is free of charge. Everyone is welcome, you do not have to be
associated with the University in any way to come.
Wilson, whose wife's name -- Valerie Plame -- was allegedly leaked by White
House officials as a covert CIA operative, will be appearing at the
CONTACT: Kevin Spidel, (877) 368-9221
More information: http://www.pdamerica.org
WHEN: Tuesday, November 15, 4-6:30 PM
WHERE: The National Democratic Club - 30 Ivy St., SE - Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., November 11, 2005 - "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan and "Dharma's Mom" Mimi Kennedy will join several members of Congress and important activists on the Progressive Democrats of America's National Advisory Board at a Press Conference and Reception to celebrate the launch of the organization’s National Advisory Board, and meet with media and the public.
Each new opinion poll reveals deeper public disapproval of the Iraq War and Republican policies. Is the political pendulum swinging left? Progressive Democrats of America's rapid growth suggests this is the case. PDA unites tens of thousands of forward thinking, "Left of Liberal" activists to lead and lobby on key issues while building alliances with citizens and elected officials.
Progressive Caucus Media Reform Committee
Linda Milazzo reporting ...
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, email@example.com
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.