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Time for some Fitzmas Carols!

The reason for the season is treason . . . .

Time for some Fitzmas Carols!

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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.

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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.

Report from London

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.

MOTHERS AGAINST THE DRAFT JOINS “DUMP the DATABASE

By Mothers Against the Draft

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,

Skipping in Camp Casey

Video of Camp Casey

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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.

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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.

Major Anti-War Rally in Sacramento with Cindy Sheehan

By Gary Zimmerman

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.

COALITION OF 75 GROUPS DEMANDS END TO PENTAGON’S YOUTH DATABASE

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.

A Liberal Dose of Art


Click on the Queen.

Honoring Lt. Ken Ballard

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.

Talk to Helen Caldicott

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.

After Downing Street Update

ANOTHER DOWNING STREET DOCUMENT

Bush to Blair: First Iraq, Then Saudi
By The Independent UK
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/3730

ACTION IN EUROPE

British Mothers to Camp Out at Blair's House
By Stop The War Coalition
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/3645

Danish Suit Against Prime Minister Over War Advances
By Bo Elkjær
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/3663

A MESSAGE FROM JOHN BONIFAZ

Message from John Bonifaz
Dear Friends,
What if you could vote to end the war in Iraq? Soon Massachusetts voters will be able to do so.

Event to Bring Together Pro-Peace and Pro-Death Crowds

MONDAY, OCT. 24, 7:30PM SHERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, OLNEY, MD

CONTACT: Coordinator and Discussion Moderator: Vic Simon (301) 588-1871 vic.simon@rcn.com

Public Relations Coordinator: Jennifer Carter EMAIL: mitierradc@yahoo.com

Reservations recommended, not necessary….email: mitierradc@yahoo.com with “war talk

"No War" Hats, Stickers, T-Shirts

Buy stickers, hats, t-shirts.
25 percent of the price will go to support AfterDowningStreet!
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THEY'RE GOING TO TRY TO EXEMPT THE CIA FROM THE TORTURE PROHIBITION

By People's Email Network

That's right. There are evil forces still working behind the scenes to try to cut the heart out of the anti-torture provision, which was passed 90-9 by the Senate, in the conference on the defense bill with the House. What part of NO TORTURE don't they get? They want to cut the CIA a blanket "get out of atrocity free" card, in actual effect, by omission, to AUTHORIZE torture by its worst offenders. Please contact all your members of the House and Senate at once and tell them this attempt to subvert the will of the people is a further outrage!

http://www.nocrony.com/no_torture.htm

Message from John Bonifaz

Message from John Bonifaz

Dear Friends,

What if you could vote to end the war in Iraq? Soon Massachusetts voters will be able to do so.

I am writing to tell you about HomeFromIraqNow.org, an exciting campaign that is getting underway in Massachusetts. The goal of HomeFromIraqNow.org is to place a binding initiative on the Massachusetts ballot to prevent the governor from sending any more National Guard troops to Iraq. A yes vote on this initiative will not only stop future deployments of the National Guard to Iraq, but will also send a very strong message to our elected leaders that we want them to end the war and bring all of our troops home now.

Open Letter to NY Times Public Editor RE: Judy Miller

Open Letter to NY Times Public Editor RE: Judy Miller
by Just enough [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 01:38:24 AM PDT
Dear Mr. Calame,

Please don't disrespect us with another fluff piece such as "Turning the Tables" Oct. 9th ,2005, which treated us, your readers, as distractible fools at a time when your paper is facing its greatest crisis of integrity. The quality of the carefully tailored reporting (interspersed with awkward periods of silence) on the Valerie Plame affair will leave a permanent stain on this great paper. It remains a crisis whether you choose to report thoroughly on it or not.

Bush Commission

The 2005 International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush
Administration of the United States.
http://www.bushcommission.org/

Peering Under the Plame Outing

Remarks at "Plan B for Baghdad" Event, Denver, Col., October 15, 2005
By David Swanson

I wrote these remarks down on Thursday, when a Washington Post columnist was pleading with Patrick Fitzgerald to please just go away, and a New York Times news article was claiming that if Lewis Libby leaked anything, he did so with the best of intentions. Meanwhile virtually no voices in the corporate media were asking why Joe Wilson had to be attacked, who had made the false claims that Wilson had debunked, and who had forged the documents that the Bush Administration had used to claim that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons – or, in the case of Dick Cheney, that Iraq already had nuclear weapons.

Following Cindy's Example, Brits to Camp Out at Blair's Place

Downing Street Peace Camp
Tuesday 18 October 3pm - Wednesday 19 October 3pm.

Rose Gentle's son Gordon died in a roadside bombing in Basra on 28th June 2004 - Susan Smith's son Philip was killed in a roadside bombing in Al Amarah on 16th July this year.

Next Tuesday both mothers will camp outside Downing Street to protest at the political decision to deny the families legal aid in their campaign to bring the Prime Minister to book for the Iraq war. The families believe the war to have been fought on the basis of lies and deceit and moreover consider that there was no legal basis for the conflict.

Activists Introduce Karl Rove NeoCondoms Outside Rove Grand Jury Appearance

As Karl Roves Makes His Fourth Grand Jury Appearance in the Valerie Plame Case

Activists to Introduce 7’ Tall Karl Rove-Brand Condoms Bearing the Slogan,
“Some Things Should Never Leak

Protest the Jerry Kilgore-Karl Rove Connection

Saturday, October 15, 2005
7:00 A.M.
Sheraton Premiere
8661 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

"He's not slick. He's not fancy. He's authentic and real," Rove said. "His election is vital to the commonwealth of Virginia and vital for our party."
"The people of Virginia and America want nothing to do with what [Democrats] are offering"
- Karl Rove as repoted by the Washington Post on June 5, 2005 at a $100,000 GOP Fundraiser about Jerry Kilgore

While Jerry Kilgore runs ads created by the same consulting firm that created the infamous "Swift Boat Veterans" Ad Campaign and his party pays $750,000 to settle evasdropping suits then sue their insurance carrier for not paying the bill, he holds "Pep Rallys" with corrupt political operatives under investigation for treason (revealing the identity of American covert operatives) the day after they testify to Grand Juries. Keep criminals out of Virginia and protest Karl Rove.

Downing Street Peace Camp

From Stop the War Coalition (UK)

Tuesday 18 October 3pm - Wednesday 19 October 3pm.

Rose Gentle's son Gordon died in a roadside bombing in Basra on 28th
June 2004 - Susan Smith's son Philip was killed in a roadside bombing in
Al Amarah on 16th July this year. Next Tuesday both mothers will camp
outside Downing Street to protest at the political decision to deny the
families legal aid in their campaign to bring the Prime Minister to book
for the Iraq war. The families believe the war to have been fought on
the basis of lies and deceit and moreover consider that there was no

POLLS DON'T IMPEACH PRESIDENTS; PEOPLE DO!

By PEN, People's Email Network

First we give the action link, http://www.millionphonemarch.com/impeach.htm

Why an action link first? It's because our words are useless unless they mobilize people to take some immediate action in direct response. Unless the central goal of all progressive punditry is to engage more people to DO something themselves, then what is the point . . . really? And if the modestly patient reader will bear with us for just a couple of paragraphs, we will show you how you can increase the effectiveness of your own activist efforts in an incredible, new way.

Polls are now saying that a majority of Americans (50 to 44%) would favor impeaching the president IF he lied about Iraq. So our work is done, right? Until that is a proven fact to those 50%, let's not kid ourselves. To impeach the president NOW, a substantial number of members of the president's own party must turn on him in a dramatic way. And given the bias of the media coverage so far, as a practical matter that will happen only if 1) a major new "smoking gun" emerges (as from the Patrick Fitzgerald probe), or if 2) larger numbers of us communicate personally with them as their constituents to demand it. Since we can't rely on the first, we must concentrate on the second, and encourage everyone else we know to do the same. WE ARE the true majority! If even 1% of us were to actually speak out on a regular basis, miracles will happen. The energy of a vast, grassroots communication web will be powerfully effective!

The Outing of Joe Wilson

The Outing of Joe Wilson
by emptywheel

We've been thinking for over two years that the Plame Affair is about the outing of a CIA NOC, Valerie Plame Wilson. With Judy Miller's acknowledgement that she met with Libby in June 2003 to talk about Wilson, the most important details become how and when the White House learned of Joe Wilson's identity and what they did with it. The outing of Wilson, not Plame. If this thing will be traced back to Cheney, as rumors suggest, it will be through the way he outed Joe Wilson.

Let's start with the story the Bush Administration would have us believe.They acknowledge Dick Cheney asked CIA for more information on Niger, a request we know led to Wilson's trip to Niger. But they say they never learned of the results of his trip. On June 8 2003, Condi told Tim Russert no one had known about Wilson's (and other) investigations into Niger. "Maybe somebody in the bowels of the Agency knew something about this, but nobody in my circles." A month later, Condi would say that taht Russert question was the first she had heard of Wilson's trip.

Rational Disengagement: An Exit Policy Proposal

Monday, October 10, 2005
Rational Disengagement: An Exit Policy Proposal

As there is little national discussion on “Rational Disengagement

End the War in Denver this Saturday

Can we end the war in Iraq from Denver this Saturday? I don't know. I've never been to Denver before. But we can try to do our bit. Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio will be the keynote speaker.

I'll be talking about the Downing Street Memo.

Sign up here:

Peace!

Victims of War

Victims of War

Submitted by citizeng (not verified) on Tue, 2005-10-11 23:59.
(Editor's note: This letter was submitted to AfterDowningStreet.org but has been elevated because it so clearly states why we need to be the media and how we can help reclaim our Democracy.)

Soon after the beginning of the war I saw a photo taken in Iraq.
It was taken perhaps 15 feet from a child lying on a table with a figure shrouded in black at his head. The caption stated the boy had lost 3 limbs, was approx. 10 years old and had lost all the members of his immediate family in a US bombing raid. The figure at the head of the table was his aunt who had survived the attack. At the moment of the photo he was unaware of the death of his mother, father, brother and sisters. I was shocked at this photo, published in Time or Newsweek. It was the beginning of a series of shocks and outrages which continue till this day. I believe that child was eventually brought to the west to be fitted with prosthetics.

2,000 U.S. Deaths in Iraq is 2,000 Too Many!

UFPJ

Organize an Anti-War Action the Day After the U.S. Announces the 2,000th U.S. Soldier Death in Iraq

How many more U.S. soldiers and Iraqis must give their lives before our government finally admits that the war against Iraq was wrong and it’s time tobring our troops home now? So far, more than 1950 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and more than 15,000 have been wounded. U.S. soldiers are at grave risk in Iraq, and continue to suffer even after they come home. Troops returning to the U.S. are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and are even turning up in homeless shelters in cities through the country. The risk for Iraqis is even more severe: Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in the war, and hundreds of thousands of lives have been devastated, even according to the most conservative estimates.

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