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February 20, 2006
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
One Maritime Plaza
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Dear Congresswoman Kaptur:

In June of 2005, nine months ago, a few representatives of the Northwest Ohio
Peace Coalition met with you for the express purpose of discussing the

Advise and Assent

By the Los Angeles Times

That the United States Senate has a body called the Intelligence Committee is an irony George Orwell would have truly appreciated. In a world without Doublespeak, the panel, chaired by GOP Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, would be known by a more appropriate name - the Senate Coverup Committee.

Rockefeller Questions NSA's Authority

By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee wants the panel to look into whether the National Security Agency was eavesdropping without proper authority in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks.

We Must Defend Our Nation's Principles

By Barbara Lee, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

When I cast the lone vote against the September 14, 2001, Use of Force Resolution, I believed, as I do today, that Congress had no business authorizing an unspecified war against an unspecified enemy for an unspecified period of time, and I was worried that the over-broad authority of the resolution was vulnerable to abuse.

Reid: The Republican Congress is Failing to Protect the American People

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT, www.buzzflash.com

From the office of Sen. Harry Reid:

Washington, DC – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s refusal to open an investigation into the President’s NSA domestic spying program:

U.S. Justice Department tells Hinchey investigation is underway into warrantless domestic surveillance program

http://www.midhudsonnews.com

In response to a request by Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey and three other House members for a U.S. Department of Justice probe into the agency's involvement with the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program, H. Marshall Jarrett, DOJ's counsel for the Office of Professional Responsibility, informed the congressman that he has initiated an investigation.

From Congressman Tom Allen

Dear Colleague:

I would like to bring to your attention the following Op-Ed on Iraq from Tuesday's edition of the New York Times. The article lists some startling recent poll results from Iraq. These findings make the case for H.R. 3142, the Iraq Sovereignty Promotion Act, which states that "it is the policy of the United States not to maintain a long-term or permanent military presence in Iraq." To cosponsor this bill contact Matthew Coffron at 5-6116 or by e-mail at matt.coffron@mail.house.gov.

Administration's Tin Ear on the Middle East is Making America Less Safe

Opening Statement of Senator Barbara Boxer
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

Madam Secretary, the President said during his State of the Union address that we are winning in Iraq and he is confident in his plan for victory.

Senator Byrd to call for special commission to investigate wiretaps

By RAW STORY

Senator Byrd is set to deliver a scathing indictment of the President’s secret wiretapping operation and will call for a special commission to investigate, RAW STORY has learned.

27 Congress Members Now Back Impeachment Investigation

Congressman John Conyers and 26 other US Congress Members have now cosponsored H Res 635 to create an investigation that would make recommendations on impeachment. Congressmen John Olver and John Tierney are the latest to sign on. Olver decided to do so following a meeting with local activists from Progressive Democrats of America. When are you going to meet with YOUR Congress Member? LEARN MORE.

House Republicans Block Official Investigation into NSA Spying Program

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html

Republicans Block Investigation of Domestic Spying Program

By Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (Cross-posted at DailyKos)

You may recall that a few weeks ago I introduced a resolution of inquiry to obtain Justice Department documents about the President's domestic spying program.

Many of you are no doubt familiar with the procedure for resolutions of inquiry; however, for those who are not, a brief explanation. A resolution of inquiry requests information or documents from the Executive Branch. The Committee to which it is referred must vote on it within a specified period of time or the full House must consider it.

As a practical matter, if the Republicans want to dodge an issue, they refer the bill to Committee and then "adversely report" it, which kills it, stopping the request for documents and protecting every non-Committee Republican from having to vote on it.

Today, the House Judiciary Committee considered my resolution of inquiry on the domestic spying program. The Resolution was rejected 16 to 21, with all Democrats and one Republican (Congressman Hostetler) voting for it.

Conyers' Statement for Tomorrow's Committee Vote on Resolution of Inquiry into Wiretapping

STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN CONYERS, JR.

I urge my colleagues to support my resolution of inquiry, which has been cosponsored by 44 individuals, including every single Democrat on this Committee,

Taking Protest to Congress Members' Homes

Nonviolent Peaceful Demonstrations In Front of Congress Members' Homes Every Weekend

Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, After Downing Street, Gold Star Families for Peace, Hip Hop Caucus, Democracy Rising, and Velvet Revolution, are working to organize grassroots teams in all 435 Congressional Districts plus 5 Delegate Districts (DC, PR, VI, GU, and AS) and to hold nonviolent peaceful demonstrations every weekend in front of the homes of congress members.

U.S. Senate Candidate Sheeler: “Bush lied. People died. It’s time to be tried."

Sheeler wants Rhode Island to lead the Bush impeachment effort. In addition to asking Rhode Island's U.S. Representatives to "show the leadership that over two-thirds of our citizens want" and "support John Conyers, not because he's a Democrat ... it's the right thing." Sheeler has also called for members of the Rhode Island General Assembly to exercise their right under Section 603 of the United States House Rules to initiate impeachment proceedings by transmitting charges to Congress in a joint resolution.

WHITE CHALLENGES REP. DELAHUNT TO IMPEACHMENT DEBATE

Peter White, Independent for Congress
P.O. Box 913
Hyannis, MA 02601

Independent candidate Peter White says that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other members of their Administration should be impeached immediately, and he challenges Rep. Delahunt to a public debate on impeachment.

Senators: Cheney should be probed in leak

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald should investigate Vice President Dick Cheney and others in the CIA leak probe if they authorized an aide to give secret information to reporters, Democratic and Republican senators said Sunday.

Conyers Writes to Bush and Cheney

February 10, 2006
The President
The Vice President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President and Mr. Vice President:

Yesterday, the National Journal and AP reported that the Vice President's former Chief of Staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, had testified to a federal grand jury that as part of an effort to discredit Ambassador Joseph Wilson and defend your Administration's use of prewar intelligence, he had been authorized by the Vice President and other White House superiors to leak classified information to journalists.1 Moreover, correspondence filed by Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald also reveals that Mr. Libby has asserted that he had been authorized to disclose to the media a still-classified portion of a National Intelligence Estimate about alleged efforts to develop nuclear weapons to the media.2

House Resolution of Inquiry into Illegal Spying Goes to Committee Wednesday

The markup for H Res 643 is going to be on Wed. Feb. 15 in the morning.

H. Res. 643, introduced by Congressman John Conyers: "Directing the Attorney General to submit to the House of Representati

Fantastic New Resource

UFPJ's Iraq Scorecard: Find out how your Representative has voted, and what legislation they have co-sponsored
This chart collects it all in one place. Why has your Congress Member backed some bills, but not others, or none at all? Which bills have the most support right now? Which members are consistently leading the way? Which state delegations are strongest? Find out (requires Excel, will soon be in HTML as well):
http://tinyurl.com/ex2bs

United for Peace and Justice Legislative Action page:
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=3116

UFPJ home page:
http://www.unitedforpeace.org

Wearing Thin: Ney relies on cliches and catch phrases rather than serious analysis

By Terry Smith, Athens NEWS Editor (Ohio), www.athensnews.com

The column by U.S. Rep. Bob Ney on this page is a manifesto for his own tight political corner -- loyally backing the president for the most part, while staking out the trade-related areas where he abandons Bush doctrine in order to maintain his political viability in the Ohio Valley.

Hearing Scheduled on Whistleblowers

By Sibel Edmonds, www.nswbc.org

The hearing on National Security Whistleblowers by the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats & International Relations (Chairman: Christopher Shays) is set to go. The list of witnesses on three panels includes: Professor William Weaver (NSWBC), POGO, GAP, Mark Zaid (WB Attorney); DOJ-IG, DOD-IG, DOE-IG; Russ Tice (NSWBC member, NSA), Tony Shaffer (DIA), Mike German (FBI), and Major Provance (Army).

Conyers Criticizes Patriot Deal As Threat To Civil Liberties

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District
Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus
www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today regarding news that a deal had been reached on Patriot Act:

Republican Who Oversees NSA Calls for Wiretap Inquiry

By Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times

Washington - A House Republican whose subcommittee oversees the National Security Agency broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program.

Rep. McGovern on Iraq

Congressman Jim McGovern answers questions about the war: VIDEO

Conyers calls for special prosecutor on Iraq

By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the feisty septuagenarian congressman who serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee will issue yet another missive to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales later this week calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible criminal misconduct in regard to the Bush Administration's march to war in Iraq.

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the President’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program

As Prepared for Delivery from the Senate Floor

Mr. President, last week the President of the United States gave his State of the Union address, where he spoke of America’s leadership in the world, and called on all of us to “lead this world toward freedom.

Published Version of the Conyers Report

http://www.conyersblog.us

At this site, we are especially proud of the new Conyers Report, "The Constitution in Crisis." We were also pleasantly surprised that the Academy Chicago Publishers, the same people who published "What Went Wrong in Ohio?" decided to publish the report, with a foreward by Ambassador Joe Wilson.

Latest on Impeachment Inquiry

By Congressman John Conyers, http://www.conyersblog.us/

Up to 17 Members, More than 35,000 Citizens

All of your hard work is paying off. We are now up to 17 Members on my select committee to investigate impeachable offenses. And more than 35,000 Americans have signed my on line petition demanding accountability.

Attempting to Defraud the Nation Into War

By Congressman John Conyers, http://www.conyersblog.us

If there is a report that has come out lately that I think is worthy of a "blog-swarm" but hasn't been yet, it is this one. Some have discussed it already (here, for example) but they are, in my view, missing the biggest bombshell in it.

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