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By Brian Bogart
“They gazed at the wall rising around them, encircling them for all time. They touched, smelled, tasted, and listened to it, and talked about it until they died. They did absolutely everything but challenge its rise, and could have toppled it if they had tried.
By Dave Lindorff
Click here to call on the Pulitzer Committee to investigate Judy Miller’s prize.
Now that the New York Times’ own ombudsman has weighed in with a scathing critique of Judith Miller’s lies and deceptions about her WMD and Al Qaeda reporting, including a recommendation that the paper not allow her back in its newsroom, it’s time to call for an independent investigation into her much trumpeted Pulitzer Prize, which she won jointly in 2002 with several other Times reporters for her articles in 2001 about Al Qaeda.
By Carol Moore
Monday 24 October
National Press Club in the First Amendment Lounge at 12:00pm
I am participating in the press conference below to point out the
hypocrisy of US under its neoconservative leaders who continue to ignore
Saddam's real ties to terrorism and in fact support the same group of
terrorists - the infamous pseudo-Marxist Islamic group - Mojahedin el
Khalq (MEK). Neocons want them to help the US achieve regime change in
The group was exposed by Human Rights watch last summer as a group
that tortures its dissenting members. See
Leak Prosecutor Is Called Exacting and Apolitical
By SCOTT SHANE and DAVID JOHNSTON
Published: October 22, 2005
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 - In 13 years prosecuting mobsters and terrorists in New York, Patrick J. Fitzgerald earned a public reputation for meticulous preparation, a flawless memory and an easy eloquence. Only his colleagues knew that these orderly achievements emerged from the near-total anarchy of his office, where the relentless Mr. Fitzgerald often slept during big cases.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
Patrick J. Fitzgerald leaving court in Washington last week. He is expected to decide soon whether to bring charges in the C.I.A. leak investigation.
2,000 Too Many!
Must see flash video: http://theunitedamerican.blogs.com/Movies/2000A/2000.html
National Call to Action!
Vigil in San Diego the day AFTER the 2,000th U.S.
serviceperson's death is announced,
4:00 TO 7:30pm
COME to Horton Plaza!
and join the hundreds of peace and justice groups throughout the country as we tell the President, Congress and the world that 2,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq is 2,000 too many.
WE the PEOPLE, in one unified voice, can STOP this WAR!
For more information contact: San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice www.sdcpj.org (619) 263-9301 firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
Millions of Iraqis believe that suicide attacks against British troops are justified, a secret military poll commissioned by senior officers has revealed.
The poll, undertaken for the Ministry of Defence and seen by The Sunday Telegraph, shows that up to 65 per cent of Iraqi citizens support attacks and fewer than one per cent think Allied military involvement is helping to improve security in their country.
It demonstrates for the first time the true strength of anti-Western feeling in Iraq after more than two and a half years of bloody occupation.
Test your pundit skills:
"Not one more death, not one more dollar for war!"
WHAT: Public Candlelight Vigil & March
WHERE: Veterans Building (corner of McAllister & Fulton)
WHEN: 7:00 PM on the evening after the 2,000 soldier falls
Join all of San Francisco and concerned citizens in cities across the US in a
public candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of the 2,000th US soldier in Iraq.
Two thousand is too many, and we call upon the Bush Administration,
Representative Nancy Pelosi, and all our elected officials to pull our men and
women immediately out of this needless war.
On the evening after the 2,000th death, we will meet at 7:00 PM at the Veterans
Community (LPAC) will join groups across the nation in marking the loss of 2,000 US soldiers in Iraq by displaying 2000 t-shirts strung on 100ft. lengths of clothesline. We will have our action on Friday, October 28, from 4:00-6:00 pm. We will gather at the corner of Lexington Rd. & Grinstead Ave. and spread out in groups holding the shirts along Grinstead from I-64 to Ray Avenue. We'll have signs to explain that each shirt represents one fallen soldier and peacekeepers will direct people to their location.
LPAC has organized many protests against the US invasion of Iraq--starting three years ago in October 2002. We are angry and frustrated that this war has gone on so long with such a huge loss of American and Iraqi lives. We believe it is important to commemorate this sad milestone and encourage you to contact your family & friends and ask them to join us. Please let us know if you can help at email@example.com
Be in Times Square the day after the 2000th soldier dies in Iraq!
As of today, 1992 soldiers have died in Iraq. Over 15,000 have been wounded. Tens of thousands Iraqis have died. How many more will die before Bush ends this senseless war?
Two thousand have died while a majority of people in our country believe the war is a mistake and our troops should come home. We must go to the military recruiting centers which promote war as the only alternative for our children and say: Not another death in this immoral war!
Join military families, veterans and United for Peace and Justice/NYC at the recruiting center in Times Square from 6:00-7:00 pm on the day after the 2000th death. Bring flowers to lay on the doorstep of the recruiting center in remembrance of those who have died. Bring your signs and banners.
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Stop the International Crimes Against Humanity
Speak Out at the White House Encampment to “Drive Out the Bush Regime
From Democracy for Maryland
We are co-sponsoring an Iraq Symposium at the University of MD on October 29th. This will be a panel discussion with three great speakers, followed by a question and answer period. We are inviting across the political spectrum. So the Q & A session should be interesting.
This speakers include Dr. Lawrence Korb, Asst. Secr. of Defense under President Reagan, Ambassador Edward Peck who has 32 years experience in the Mid-East including Iraq, and Paul Rieckhoff, an Iraqi veteran who heads Operation Truth - an organization that is largely responsible for forcing the Pentagon to address the problems our troops have faced in Iraq.
People's Email Network
Having already threatened to veto the entire defense bill if restrained in any way from continuing its policy of international torture crimes, administration operatives will try to gut the McCain amendment in conference committee. Although passed 90-9 by the senate, three of the senators who voted for MORE torture, Ted Stevens (AK), Thad Cochran (MS) and Kit Bond (MO) with be on the committee to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the defense bill. And Stevens has already declared he will try to EXEMPT the CIA, the primary offender in acts of illegal torture, from being covered by the provision.
Turning Up the Heat on Bush
A majority of Americans oppose the war and want its planners held accountable. We've won the public debate, despite the media's best efforts. We may be able to frame our messages to increase our majority further, but doing so is not needed and could move us away from the strength and passion we so badly need. What we require is increased activism and sacrifice.
More than one in four U.S. soldiers return from Iraq in need of medical or mental health treatment. Their stories are gut wrenching and tragic.
October 19th, 2005 9:52 PM
Peace mom plans more arrests in D.C. and Thanksgiving in Crawford
By Sarah Ferguson
Cindy Sheehan made a return visit to the streets of New York Wednesday, joining the weekly vigil of Grandmothers Against the War outside Rockefeller Center.
In contrast to the scene in Union Square last month, when the police stormed the podium and cut off Sheehan’s mic, this time the NYPD went out of its way to be gracious to America’s leading peace mom.
Police politely urged the jostling camera crews and passing tourists to “please clear the sidewalk,
By Richard M. Mathews
Precedent exists to indict a Vice President.
Vice President Aaron Burr was subject to indictments in two states while still
in office. Burr stayed out of those two states to avoid prosecution.
In the case of Spiro Agnew, Solicitor General Robert Bork filed a brief arguing
that, consistent with the Constitution, the Vice President could be subject to
indictment and criminal prosecution. While still Vice President, Agnew plea
bargained a deal in which he plead "no contest" to tax evasion. He resigned the
same day he entered his plea.
For a President, there is no clear precedent one way or another. The closest is
The reason for the season is treason . . . .
Time for some Fitzmas Carols!
O Aspen Tree
O Aspen tree,
O Aspen tree,
Your roots are all connected.
O Aspen tree,
O Aspen tree,
But your sources aren't protected.
How shall we sell the war to them?
Just send some lies to Judy M.
O Aspen tree,
O Aspen tree,
Your roots are all connected.
O Little Town of Washington
O Little Town of Washington,
How still we see thee lie.
The folks below
Don't seem to know
That Fitzmas day is nigh.
The grand jury is weighing
Indictments `gainst these crooks.
By Andrew Burgin
Stop the War Coalition
Last night outside Downing Street families whose sons have died in Iraq recreated the Downing Street meeting of July 23, 2002. Rose Gentle read the words of Tony Blair. The recreation took the form of a mad hatter's tea party from Alice in Wonderland. Tents were set up in Whitehall where the families slept. This was the first time there have been tents in Whitehall since the English Civil War in 1640.
DOD Database Places Our Children and Grandchildren at Risk
Elko, NV --- Mothers Against the Draft joined over one hundred local, state, and national organizations today in urging Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to end the "Joint Advertising and Market Research Studies" (JAMRS) Recruiting Database.
“We’re outraged by the Pentagon’s predatory and illegal actions and in full support of this effort to end the JAMRS recruitment database,
Video of Camp Casey
Would you like to have a 54-minute video of Cindy Sheehan's stay outside W's ranch this past August? Showing this at events is a great way to inspire people to action!
For a copy, contact the film maker, Chun Pan.
This DVD runs 54min 12 sec.
About Cindy Sheehan’s vigil in Crawford, TX
By Chun Pan
I am a documentary filmmaker. I have made a video of my experiences in Crawford, TX, in support of Cindy Sheehan’s peace efforts. I hope you will watch this video and determine how it can help the anti-war movement in your community.
Cindy Sheehan attended the sixth major anti-war rally in Sacramento since August 14, 2005. This time over 400 people gathered at 16th & Broadway, Saturday, October 15th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Naturally, this time media coverage was a bit more extensive.
In addition to the warmth and inspiration provided by Cindy, and the compelling anti-war displays and activities we've had out there before, the Capoeira Arts Academy Performing Group performed live percussion, dance and theater acts in the context of opposition to Bush's war.
Toledo -- More than seventy-five local, state, and national organizations sent a letter today to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and the Congressional oversight and appropriations committees for the Department of Defense (DOD), seeking an end to a data collecting project called the Joint Advertising and Market Research Studies (JAMRS) Recruiting Database.
Toledo's Student and Family Rights and Privacy Committee, the group now pressuring Toledo Public Schools to restrict military recruiters, is in full support of this effort to end the JAMRS recruitment database because it violates the Privacy Act while collecting data on 30 million people ages 16 to 25 from a vast array of sources such as drivers license or selective service registrations. Other organizations from the Toledo area that have joined this nationwide effort include the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition, Sylvania Franciscan Sisters, the Interfaith Justice and Peace Center, and the Toledo League of Pissed Off Voters.
I recently met Karen Meredith, Gold Star Mother of 1Lt. Ken Ballard. She is speaking out powerfully against the war that killed her son, and has set up this website. It's worth a look.
From the Back Bone Campaign
Conversations with the Cabinet, Oct. 24th featuring:
Dr. Helen Caldicott
The Real Weapons of Mass Destruction,
and Who Won't Give Them Up
When: Monday, October 24th, 5:30 PM (Pacific)
How to Participate? Three ways:
1. Dial 1-641-297-5500, follow prompts then enter access code 7764-7377 followed by #.
Please RSVP with "Caldicott" in the subject so we can reserve a spot for you. or
2. Log in to ask questions while you listen at Voice of Vashon
3. Click here to email your questions ahead of time.
Dr. Helen Caldicott (bio), is perhaps the single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises. Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. Nominated for three positions on the Backbone Cabinet we are proud to provide this unique opportunity to the progressive community. Please RSVP with "Caldicott" in the subject line so we can reserve space on the call for you.
ANOTHER DOWNING STREET DOCUMENT
Bush to Blair: First Iraq, Then Saudi
By The Independent UK
ACTION IN EUROPE
British Mothers to Camp Out at Blair's House
By Stop The War Coalition
Danish Suit Against Prime Minister Over War Advances
By Bo Elkjær
A MESSAGE FROM JOHN BONIFAZ
Message from John Bonifaz
What if you could vote to end the war in Iraq? Soon Massachusetts voters will be able to do so.
MONDAY, OCT. 24, 7:30PM SHERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, OLNEY, MD
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