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We Need a Katrina Commission

By Senator Harry Reid

Last night, the Associated Press released tapes containing a shocking piece of information. According to the accompanying article, "In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, risking lives in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage of the briefings." [1]

Out of Iraq Caucus Now Has 72 Members

[Now if only they could all back McGovern's bill to get us out of Iraq!]

‘Out of Iraq’ Caucus Membership
(As of April 21, 2006)

Rep. Maxine Waters, Chair, Co-Founder
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Co-Founder
Rep. John Conyers, Co-Founder
Rep. Charlie Rangel, Co-Founder
Rep. Barbara Lee, Co-Founder
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Co-Founder
Rep. William Delahunt, Co-Founder
Rep. John Lewis, Co-Founder

Why We Act

By Congressman John Conyers

Before sharing some thoughts with you, I wanted to make sure all of you know about an important event in New York City at 8pm tonight. Harper's Magazine is hosting a public forum entitled "Is There a Case for Impeachment?" It will be moderated by Sam Seder of Air America Radio's the Majority Report. I will be on the panel with Lewis H. Lapham, the editor of Harper's and recent author of an article I highly recommend "The Case for Impeachment" (the web article is an excerpt, get the magazine for the whole thing).

Congresswoman Waters: 'Iraq is in a Civil War'

Washington, DC - Last night, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), during a speech on the Floor of the House of Representatives, called the war in Iraq a civil war. The text of the speech is below.

Congresswoman Waters is the Founder and Chair of the 71 member 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus. The Caucus was formed in June 2005 to pressure the Administration into concluding the war in Iraq as soon as possible.

Gold Star Mother Tells Congress Not To Fund More War

Statement of Tia Steele, Gold Star Families Speak Out

Testimony provided to: House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs

March 1, 2006

Lance Corporal David Michael Branning was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq on November 12, 2004. He was killed when he and his buddy, Lance Corporal Brian Medina, were ordered to kick in the door of a private home in that city. I imagine that in the last minutes of their lives, they must have known that there might be people in that dwelling - people who were defending their home. These defenders fired on David and Brian. David was shot in the throat and the bullet exited his head; he died virtually instantly. Brian bled to death within minutes. David was 21 years old; Brian was 20.

Wife of National Guard Soldier Tells Congress Not to Fund More War

Statement of Stacy Bannerman, Advisory Board Member, Military Families Speak Out

Testimony provided to: House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs.

March 1, 2006

I am the wife of a National Guard soldier who served twelve months in Iraq. I am also a member of Military Families Speak Out, an organization of more than 3,000 military families opposed to the war in Iraq. I am joined by Tia Steele, Gold Star Families Speak Out, Liz Frederick, Military Families Speak Out, and Garett Reppenhagen, Iraq Veterans Against the War. We are the military families and personnel who pay the price of war.

Military Family Member Tells Congress Not to Fund More War

Statement of Elizabeth Frederick, Military Families Speak Out

Testimony provided to: House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs

March 1, 2006

In May of 2004, my partner informed me his National Guard division was being mobilized to deploy to Iraq. Eight months later, his division finally deployed. I say finally because his date of deployment kept changing. They were initially scheduled to leave in October, and for whatever reason, the date kept being pushed back. While I enjoyed having him home for a longer period of time, it was mentally taxing to constantly be saying a final goodbye, only to repeat the process again month after month.

Veteran Tells Congress Not to Fund More War

Written Testimony of Garett Reppenhagen
Returned Iraq War Veteran; Member of Iraq Veterans Against the War

Submitted to the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs

Date of Hearing: March 1, 2006 at 10:00 A.M.

Thank you for this opportunity to provide testimony on issues concerning military quality of life and Veterans affairs. I joined the Army in August of 2001 and became a Cavalry/Scout at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. I was indoctrinated into a military that I was proud of and had the courage to serve because I trusted that the government of the United States would use me in responsibly and necessary manner.

Military Wife Opposing War in Iraq to Testify before House Appropriations Subcommittee

Group to Tell Congress to Stop War Funding, Bring Troops Home Now

WASHINGTON, DC - Wednesday, March 1st, Stacy Bannerman, wife of a National
Guard soldier who returned from Iraq will testify in front of the House

Summary of Meeting With Rep. Jerrold Nadler

By Brooklyn Parents for Peace

A delegation of 8 members of Brooklyn Parents For Peace met today with Representative Gerald Nadler at his office on Varick Street in Manhattan.

The purpose of the meeting was to have a dialogue on the present situation in Iraq. Specifically, our group wanted to bring up the question of the $72.4 billion "emergency" supplemental appropriation that the Bush administration has requested. This would continue the financing of the war in Iraq and add to the already $320 billion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The vote on this request is imminent and requires immediate action.

Senator Feinstein's War Profiteering: Enabling Bush

By Joshua Frank, http://www.pressaction.com

It happens all the time. If the antiwar movement takes on the Democrats for their bitter shortcomings a few liberals are bound to criticize us for not hounding Bush instead. It doesn’t even have to be an election year to get the progressives fired up. They just don’t seem to get it. “How can you attack the Democrats when we have such a bullet-proof administration ruling the roost in Washington,

Not One Penny More for War! National Call-In Day Tuesday Feb. 28

Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard on Tuesday Feb. 28th at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this basic message in your own words: "I strongly oppose the war in Iraq. I want all our troops brought home safely, without delay. I urge Representative X to vote against the President's $72.4 billion 'emergency' supplemental request for the war." More Info:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/8237

The Republicans who run Congress will include small amounts of money for all sorts of good things in the supplemental or group of supplementals to be voted on. This will provide your Representative all sorts of noble excuses for voting for a lot more money for war. Tell them this position will only be credible if they cosponsor Rep. Jim McGovern's bill, which simply ends funding for the war:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/end

To see how your Representative has voted on the war, download the UFPJ Congressional Scorecard (in Excel spreadsheet format) by clicking here:
http://tinyurl.com/ex2bs

Pennacchio: Bush a 'criminal president'

http://blogs.centredaily.com/the_thin_man

Bucks County history professor Chuck Pennacchio, trying to wrest the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate from Bob Casey Jr., called President Bush a "criminal president" Saturday and said his own goal to unseat U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum "will be showered with millions" if Pennacchio can just win the primary election.

A Note from a Senator

From: Opinion@coleman.senate.gov
Subject: Re: www_email
Date: Feb 24, 2006 10:32 AM

Dear Mr. Fearn:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about President Bush and his policies.
During my time in Congress thus far, I have agreed and disagreed at times with President

North Carolina Congressional Candidate for Impeachment

Two cast their eyes on Price's seat
By Rob Christensen, Raleigh News and Observer

Kent Kanoy said he is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. David Price because he wants to send a simple but powerful message: impeach President Bush.

Conyers, Eleven Other Judiciary Committee Members Challenge Administration's Interpretation of Foreign Investment Law

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
Contact: Jonathan Godfrey: 202-226-6888

TOP HOMELAND SECURITY DEMOCRAT CALLS FOR GAO INVESTIGATION INTO DUBAI PORT MANAGEMENT APPROVAL

The Honorable David M. Walker
Comptroller General
U.S. Government Accountability Office
441 G. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548

Dear Mr. Walker:

I would like the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States' (CFIUS) approval of Dubai Ports World's (DPW) attempt to purchase Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co (P&O), a company which manages several terminals at ports across the nation. Public reports have revealed that DPW is a foreign corporation controlled by the government of the United Arab Emirates, a nation where some of the hijackers on September 11, 2001 operated during various periods.

Not One Penny More for War! National Call-In Day

http://www.unitedforpeace.org

Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard toll free at 888-818-6641 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this message:
"I strongly oppose the war in Iraq. I want all our troops brought home safely, without delay. I urge Representative X to vote against the President's $72.4 billion 'emergency' supplemental request for the war."

Overview of Amendments to HR 1268 (2005 Supplemental Appropriations Bill)

By Chris Smith, UFPJ

Amendments (additions to the bill that fall within the scope of the bill) and riders (non related additions) must not change “codified

Congresswoman Says America Run By Criminal Syndicate

McKinney: American citizens could be put in forced labor camps
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison Planet.com

Cynthia McKinney, the only House Representative to stand up to the Bush White House crime syndicate, has gone further than ever before in her efforts to warn people about what the Neo-Cons' ultimate goals actually entail for freedom in America.

Congressman wants probe of president's decision to go into Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressman John Olver supports an investigation into whether President Bush should face impeachment for possibly manipulating intelligence to support the invasion of Iraq.

Olver and another Massachusetts congressman -- John Tierney -- have signed onto a bill to create a House select committee to conduct the investigation. In all, 26 Democrats have co-sponsored the measure, which was introduced in December by Michigan congressman John Conyers.

Lawmakers Undeterred by Bush Veto Threat

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press

Lawmakers determined to capsize the pending sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates said President Bush's surprise veto threat won't deter them.

Rep. Bennie Thompson Calls for Hearings on Foreign Ownership of Ports

Chairman Peter King
Committee on Homeland Security
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Peter:

During the past several days, I have read with great interest your comments regarding the $6.8 million sale of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O), the fourth largest port operator in the world, to the United Arab Emirates-owned Dubai Ports World (DPW). This sale will result in DPW running some commercial operations at shipping terminals in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami, and Philadelphia.

An Example of How to Write to Your Congress Member

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.

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