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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!

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, an exciting campaign that is getting underway in Massachusetts. The goal of 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.

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


By PEN, People's Email Network

First we give the action link,

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:


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 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!


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.

Repeat after me: cronyism, corruption, and incompetence

The Mix

Perspectives, insight and news from AlterNet.

Repeat after me: cronyism, corruption, and incompetence
Posted by Rachel Neumann on October 6, 2005 at 11:22 AM.
The perfect talking point about the Bush administration has to be accurate, cut across party and class lines, and stay simple. So here it is:

The Bush administration is corrupt and incompetent. The cronies who run the government are more interested in rewarding their friends and patting themselves on the back then getting a single thing done.

Here's my recipe for putting the last five years behind us:

1. Use these three words "cronyism, corruption, and incompetence" in every paragraph, t-shirt, sign, bumper sticker, and article about the Bush administration.

2. Fight like hell in the 2006 elections.

3. Get us out of Iraq.

Stir, rinse, repeat.


Poll: Bush Ratings Hit New Low

CBS News
The President's approval ratings are at their lowest point ever. (CBS)

President George W. Bush's overall job approval rating has reached the lowest ever measured in this poll, and evaluations of his handling of Iraq, the economy and even his signature issue, terrorism, are also at all-time lows.

(CBS) This CBS News Poll finds an American public increasingly pessimistic about the economy, the war in Iraq, the overall direction of the country, and the President. Americans' outlook for the economy is the worst it has been in four years. Most expect the price of gas to rise even further in the next few months.

Press Silence on Impeachment
Text of Radio BC audio commentary
October 6 2005
Listen Now

The corporate media in the United States can hardly claim to fill a journalistic role, anymore. The first duty of a real newsperson is to ask questions. But the corporate press can’t bring itself to ask even the most obvious questions, including on issues that are important to a high proportion of the public. When we refer to the corporate media, we’re also talking about the major polling organizations, that work hand in glove with the leading newspapers and broadcast outfits.

Places for Nonviolent Protests

Thursday October 6, 2005

BUSH in Washington DC: President Bush this week will be his remarks on the war on terror at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC on Thursday morning. [ABCNews, 10/3/05]

BUSH in Washington DC: The President will participate in a tribute to National Review and William Buckley on Thursday. [ABCNews, 10/3/05]

GINGRICH in Burlington, VT: Newt Gingrich will attend UVM and give a speech on the subject of the pursuit of opportunity and happiness. The speech will be on October sixth at 7pm in the Ira Allen Chapel. [Vermont Cynic, 9/27/05]

NEW* PAWLENTY in New Ulm, MN: Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will be the keynote speaker at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held Thursday,

The March in DC - a Report

The March in DC - a Report
By Virginia Moran

Wednesday 05 October 2005

I went with my friend, Kim and her friends. We left from the West Carrollton Station and took the Metro. From the moment we entered the parking lot at the Metro station until midnight that night, we were surrounded by incredibly determined, kind, funny, angry, sincere, interesting, opinionated, strong, discouraged, depressed, desperate, sad, fearful like-minded souls and it felt great. Not in a misery loves company kind of way - but in finding a sane home for awhile. Separately, we tear our hair and wring our hands. Collectively, we change the world.

You Do the Math

Associated Press says the table is rigged and the Iraqi Constitution virtually guaranteed to be "approved". To be voted down will require not a two-thirds vote, but two-thirds of registered voters, many of whom (likely half) will not vote at all, including some who talked to Riverbend Blog.

But Cindy Sheehan says the Democrats in Congress (the ones who claim to "oppose" the war) all tell her they'll be ready to do something after they see how the Constitution vote goes.

Opposing Campus Repression

Activists, writers and organizations are supporting students in a wave of repression that has surfaced at Holyoke Community College, George Mason University and UW-Madison this past week. HCC Antiwar Coalition and UW-Madison Stop the War are chapters of the Campus Antiwar Network.

The Campus Antiwar Network website at

is covering these breaking stories and posting updates. CAN is organizing actions in response to repression and continuing its counter-recruitment work at campuses across the nation.

Read statements of support at

$50 Billion More for War?

The UFPJ Lobby Day on Sept. 26th was the largest lobby day for peace that many long-time organizers have ever seen! Almost 1000 grassroots activists met with over 300 Senators, Representatives and their staff to demand they take action to end the war. The pressure from the weekend's activities, including the Lobby Day, moved some congresspersons in the right direction. You can help us move more by making a phone call (and sending an email) to your Senators today.

The Senate is poised to vote yes on Wednesday to another $50 billion for the Iraq war. This money is being included as part of a $441 billion defense spending bill.



What an amazing three days it was!

The Sept. 24 - 26th actions in Washington, DC offered a broad cross section of people many ways to express their opposition to the war on Iraq. The mobilization turned up the heat on the Bush administration and Congress while making connections between the war and other pressing issues of the day. We are proud to report on the tremendous success of these three days. As we return to organizing in our communities, schools, religious centers, and workplaces, our movement is stronger. Hundreds of thousands of people are re-energized for the work ahead, and Congress and the White House now recognize our movement as a force to reckon with.

Support Holt's Plame Investigation Bill

The BackBone Campaign and the After Downing Street Coalition are asking their members, allies, and all U.S. citizens to urge your Congress Member to Co-Sponsor Congressman Rush Holt's bill (H. Res. 363), calling for a Congressional investigation into the dangerous outing of Valerie Plame.

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