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Times delay on wiretap story leaves questions unanswered
By any standard, the New York Times' story of December 16 was a blockbuster: Reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau revealed that following the September 11 attacks, the Bush administration initiated warrantless wiretaps on hundreds of people within the U.S.--including U.S. citizens--even though a federal law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, expressly forbids the government from doing so. This program was legal only if one accepts the administration's contention that the executive branch has essentially unlimited powers during "wartime" (even though Congress has not declared war).
You may be searching for actions you can take to alter the course of our government and to begin the impeachment of Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Bush. Here is your opportunity to take an active part in that effort.
Tuesday January 10, 2006
BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush makes remarks on the war on
terrorism to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 10:15 am ET at the Omni
Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. At 1:05 pm, Bush participates in a
January 10th, 6:30-9:00pm
6:30 -- 7:00 – Dinner & Networking
7:00 – 7:05 - Introductions
7:05 – 7:15 - Iraq Veterans facts and figure
7:15 – 8:05 - Panel Discussion
8:05 – 8:10 - Bill Black’s 5-minute Speed Seminar on framing the Anti-War Message
(Washington, DC) - ConvictBushCheney.org (CBC) is compiling clear and convincing evidence of High Crimes and War Crimes committed by George W. Bush, Richard Cheney and the Bush/Cheney Administration. Drawing upon investigations by experts and respected organizations, mainstream media reports, and other reliable sources, CBC publishes evidence of torture and abuse of detainees; spying on US citizens; willful deception and other misconduct during the run up to war; leaking classified information and other improper acts in retaliation against administration critics; and other facts which constitute grounds for indictment and conviction of Bush and Cheney.
NCNR (National Coalition for Nonviolent Resistance), the ones who organized the action at the White House on September 26th, are now planning an action of nonviolent resistance at the Pentagon in commemoration of the 3rd year of the war on Iraq.
By United for Peace and Justice
Does the thought of watching President Bush give the State of the Union address alone leave you feeling a bit depressed? We have the solution: throw a house party to support UFPJ and your local peace and justice group. And have fun!
By Stephen Pearcy
Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!
For most people, the last several weeks probably involved holiday gatherings with friends and family. Locally, we saw little, if any, direct action.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters,
Jeff Key (Iraq Veterans Against the War),
Erin Sikorsky-Stewart (State Political Director, California Peace Action)
More speakers TBA
From: International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration
TRIBUNAL INDICTS BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
INDICTMENTS TO BE DELIVERED TO THE WHITE HOUSE ON TUESDAY JAN. 10th
Brooklyn Nation-Wide Out Of Iraq Day
Saturday, January 07, 2006
The dialogue Mark Kirk won't have...the district has started it without him
Ellen's Tenth Congressional District Blog
What an extraordinary afternoon! We had a real dialogue on the Iraq war in the Tenth District with a panel of remarkable speakers, Robert Gard, Ron Miller and David Cortright (from left to right). The only shame was that our current congressman, Mark Kirk refused to attend the meeting he should have hosted. He was probably too busy airing out his topcoat from the smell of fish or maybe he was comforting a troubled friend.
Out of Iraq – Forum
Ray Mcgovern - US Army Veteran and 27 year CIA analyst
Gael Murphy - Co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for a Peace
Steve Cobble - Strategic Political Advisor and Speechwriter
Democracy Cell Project
Just back from our Town Hall Forum in Northbrook, IL (ok, with a short stop for dinner and a badly needed glass or two of wine)... So much to tell, but I need to collect my thoughts & notes so that I can give you all a meaningful summary of the highlights. In the meantime, here are some quick points:
We are having a great event here at Busboys and Poets, in Washington DC. We have a pretty highly educated audience here, of course; many are already working daily to end the war, and they know the truth of it.
Madame Defarge just called from north Chicago area. They had over 200 people in a library auditorium, 175 in an adjoining room--cramped--watching a live feed. And they had to turn away over 100 others.
Questioner now asking about the rest of us--those who cannot see the need for withdrawal. How are we going to talk to them?
Answers: Cliff Kindy: He shares the issue of depleted uranium weaponry, and has seen the results of its use in Mosul and Fallujah. Babies born with deformities, with organs outside of the bodies. Secretary of Veterans Affairs resigned because 3/4 of veterans from Gulf War I are on permanent disability.
Lila Rajiva is now speaking. She is the author of The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American Media and is speaking to the terrors of war, particularly against women.
She says that the military would like us to believe that only low level soldiers commit these crimes. But she offers that fact that they were smiling and were proud.
Live Blogging from DC
Democracy Cell Project
Kevin Zeese reporting that only 31 % believe we can win in Iraq. Only 2% believe the Congress has the best interests of the military at heart.
FIT THE BATTLE...
Dick Bell, Karen Bradley
Democracy Cell Project
A cold morning in Lafayette Park, the White House glistening in the bright morning sun. Four mounted park police stand in formation opposite the White House fence, while another policewoman plays a rough game wrestling with a K-9 dog over a foot-long orange plastic attack-dog toy.
Ray of Light
Today was the first day towards taking back our government. The focus was on ending the Iraq occupation. Afterdowningstreet, the Democracy Cell Project, Code Pink, and The world can't wait have people attending local events and have asked all of us to attend and to bring people into these town halls to learn.
Live blogging from Livonia Part 2,
Suz Krueger, Democracy Cell Project
Just got back from the Out of Iraq townhall in Livonia.
I would call the Livonia Townhall a terrific success. There were people (like me) who drove from 2 hours away to hear this information and to learn about what we can do to save our democracy.
We need your help to get ready for the State of The Union Address Protest on January 31st. We will bring out the noise and demand Bush step down. We have flyers available at the office and soon available for download. There are weekly meetings on Sundays at 1 PM at the Peace Center. Also, World Can't Wait is participating with the After Downing Street Coalition, Progressive Democrats of America and other organizations in public meetings Saturday, January 7, on the topic of ending the war!
This is Suz Krueger, live blogging at John Conyer’s Iraq Town Hall Meeting in Livonia, Michigan.
Though I arrived later because roads were icy and despite terrible road conditions, the room was to capacity and overflowing--close to 200 people here at Livonia Town Hall and people are still coming.
Tuesday, January 10
8:30 a.m. Press Conference
9:30 a.m. Court Hearing
100 Centre Street, Part B
On October 17, 2005 18 grandmothers that were a part of a coalition of groups calling themselves Granny Peace Brigade were arrested and jailed for attempting to enlist in the army at the Times Square Military Recruiting Center. These grandmothers were willing to participate in civil disobedience to make a a strong statement about the lack of truth that is used to pressure young people to enlist. Their message was "End the war in Iraq and bring the troops home immediately."
Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
Congressman John Conyers will speak at the Jan. 7th Town Hall Forum in Livonia, Mich.