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Democrats plan sharp rebuke of pre-war intelligence, Iraq war in massive new congressional report

Democrats plan sharp rebuke of pre-war intelligence, Iraq war in massive new congressional report
By Larisa Alexandrovna and John Byrne, www.RawStory.com

House Judiciary Committee Democrats, spearheaded by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), are set to release possibly the sharpest congressional critique to date surrounding Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

The report, titled "The Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, Manipulation, Torture, Retribution and Coverups in the Iraq War," is slotted to be made available to the public Tuesday. RAW STORY acquired a copy of the book’s cover and some additional information about the document today.

According to Democratic aides, the report will focus on alleged manipulation of pre-war intelligence by the White House, specifically covering such topics as the Downing Street Minutes as well as the White House position on the Geneva Conventions and international law as regards its policies toward prisoners of war.

Senate Turns Down Patriot Act Extension

Senate Turns Down Patriot Act Extension
nbc6.net

POSTED: 12:46 pm EST December 16, 2005
UPDATED: 2:37 pm EST December 16, 2005

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Friday refused to reauthorize major portions of the USA Patriot Act after critics complained they infringed too much on Americans' privacy and liberty, dealing a huge defeat to the Bush administration and Republican leaders.

WOOLSEY SUPPORTS IRAQI VOTERS, NOT REPUBLICAN POLITICAL GAMES

By Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey

"Americans and Iraqis continue to die while House Republicans play political games," said Rep. Woolsey.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) led 17 Members of Congress in protesting today's Republican measure, H.Res.612, because it calls for a continued, open-ended presence of American troops in Iraq. "I congratulate the Iraqis for their successful election, but we must have an open debate on Iraq on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, said Woolsey. "Americans and Iraqis continue to die while House Republicans play political games."

Kucinich Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Allow Iraqi Parliament To Vote On The Future Of US Occupation

Kucinich Introduces Bipartisan Legislation To Allow Iraqi Parliament - Not US House of Representatives - To Vote On The Future Of US Occupation

Kucinich/Paul Legislation Would Have Sovereign Iraq Vote On The Future Of US Occupation

Radical Proposal for Iraq: A Democratic Vote on Whether to End Occupation

Rumor has it Congressman Dennis Kucinich will introduce this resolution:

Expressing the sense of Congress that the new permanent Council of Representatives of Iraq should debate and vote on whether or not the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq is desired by the Government of Iraq.

Congress Didn't Have Same Intelligence -- But Can Now

By David Swanson

The CRS report for Feinstein about whether or not Congress had access to the same intelligence on Iraq as the Bush administration, comes to a surprising answer: No.

But, Jonathan Schwartz points out that a section of the report says

Bush Agrees to Ban Torture -- And We Didn't Even Have to Torture Him

Bush and McCain Reach Deal on Treatment of Torture Suspects
By Brian Knowlton, The International Herald Tribune

Washington - The White House, after weeks of resistance, agreed today to Senator John McCain's call for a law specifically banning cruel or inhuman treatment of terror suspects anywhere in the world.

122 for Torture

On December 14, 2005, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) moved on the House floor for conferees on the Defense Appropriations Bill to accept the McCain amendment relating to prohibition on cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of persons under custody or control of the United States government.

Pentagon To Seek $100 Billion More For War Costs

Los Angeles Times - December 14, 2005 - By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a request for up to $100 billion more for military costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers say, a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward half a trillion dollars.

Republican Congressman Says Totalitarian Regime a Danger

Bob Barr says military dictatorship close
By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, prisonplanet.com

Former Republican Congressman and CIA official Bob Barr says that there is a danger recent developments describe a trend of America slipping into a totalitarian society and that the Bush administration are doing everything in their power to see that this happens.

Dems and the Anti-War Movement

By Joe Libertelli, PDA

An April 22, 2005 article by Elizabeth Schulte entitled "Why Inside-Outside is Getting Nowhere/Backing Democrats has Pulled the Anti-war Movement to the Right" was recently resurrected and forwarded to the UFPJ list by Dave Silver. In it, Ms. Schulte pulled a long quote from my very short article, "Transformation of the Democratic Party: John Kerry's Statement on the Iraq War; Political Ecology 101" yet still managed to get it completely out of context and reverse its meaning. Its full text can be found at http://www.pdamerica.org/articles/news/kerry_position.php.

Remembering What Kucinich Said Years Ago

The Kucinich Plan to Bring Our Troops Home

"The war in Iraq is over and the occupation has turned into a quagmire. The United States troops have become the targets of criminals and terrorists who are flowing into Iraq for the chance to kill Americans. The cost of the occupation keeps rising: The President has already asked for more than $155 billion to pay for it, and there is no end in sight. The United Nations is now in an impossible situation, where most of the members view the war and occupation of Iraq as a U.S. folly. Under these circumstances, the UN is unlikely to help. And UN assistance with a U.S. occupation would not allow the establishment of an Iraqi government that was acceptable to the Iraqi people.

House Panel Keeps Alive Hinchey Measure To Obtain All White House Drafts Of 2003 State of the Union

ORIGINAL

For Immediate Release

December 8, 2005

House Panel Keeps Alive Hinchey Measure To Obtain All White House Drafts Of 2003 State of the Union Address That Contained False Iraq Uranium Claims

Roll Call: Iraq Tests Dem Unity

"Iraq Tests Party Unity"

By Erin P. Billings,Roll Call Staff
Roll Call -December 8, 2005

House Democrats on Wednesday worked to hit the restart button on their Iraq war message, talking up their unity and trying to downplay suggestions that their policy disagreements are damaging them politically.

Rep. Waxman on Bush Iraq Speech

The President's Speech on Iraq Reconstruction
By Rep. Henry A. Waxman

Wednesday 07 December 2005

The President's claims today are mindboggling. Either he doesn't understand the facts or simply doesn't want to face them. The reconstruction of Iraq has been an enormous boondoggle - not an example of "quiet, steady progress." Halliburton has repeatedly overcharged American taxpayers through fraud, waste, and abuse. The U.S. officials in charge of the reconstruction have been incompetent and, in some cases, corrupt. And billions of dollars have been squandered without increasing oil or electricity production.

Democratic Leaders Call On Bush to Provide a Real Strategy For Success in Iraq

ORIGINAL

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Washington, DC – On the day before the president delivers another speech on the war in Iraq, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Carl Levin and Senator Jack Reed called on the president to provide a real strategy for success in Iraq. In a letter to the president, the Senators called on Bush to deliver more than a public relations document to the American people and our troops and to provide a strategy with benchmarks by which our progress can be measured.

The text of the letter follows below:

Rep. Maxine Waters Statement on Iraq

For Immediate Release Contact: Mikael Moore

December 7, 2005 (202) 225-2201

Members of the 'Out of Iraq' Caucus Urged to Support Murtha's Iraq Resolution

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-25), Chair of the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus sent a letter to the seventy-one members of the 'Out of Iraq' Caucus urging them to cosponsor Congressman John Murtha's resolution, H J Res 73, which would redeploy US Forces from Iraq.

Today, Congresswoman Waters signed on as a cosponsor of H J Res 73.

The text of Congresswoman Waters' letter is as follows:

Murtha Responds...

Murtha Responds...
Crooks and Liars

John Murtha responded to President Bush's speech today. I can't write much (ill) so discuss what he said in the thread.
Video-WMP

QT convert is broken (it's about 20 minutes long so a small size vid file-11mgs)

Jesse has the entire transcript posted.

MURTHA: Let me start by going through a timeline and then get to what the president said....read on

Booman Tribune has more...

Think Progress: During his response to President Bush this afternoon, Murtha revealed, for the first time, that the Pentagon will ask for an additional $100 billion for operations in Iraq next year...

12:11:15 PM Comments (147) permalink12:11:15 PM
LINK TO ORIGINAL

Working From the Top Down

By, Tim Goodrich, Co-founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War / Western Region
ivaw_west@ivaw.net

So often in our quest to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home, we work from the bottom up. This happens when we have people in the streets protesting, people calling their elected officials and Iraq war vets and other credible sources speaking at public forums. While this is all great and our efforts are working, we frequently forget another valuable method for effecting change. I believe that it is equally important to work from the top down.

Democrats Believe American Troops Should Be Redeployed In Accordance with a Comprehensive Exit Plan

By U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

REVISED (note change below) -
Contact: Dana Thompson (202) 225-7080

Iraq War - Democrats Believe American Troops Should Be Redeployed In Accordance with a Comprehensive Exit Plan

The President Has Dug Us into a Deep Hole in Iraq; It Is Time for Him to Stop Digging

By Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

"The ‘Plan for Victory’ backdrop against which the President appeared at the Naval Academy today was no more accurate than the ‘Mission Accomplished’ backdrop he used over two and a half years ago on the USS Abraham Lincoln."

Rep. Waxman Calls for an Investigation of U.S. Military Efforts to Influence Iraqi Media Coverage

By Congressman Henry Waxman

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 -- In a letter to Chairman Davis, Rep. Waxman asks that the Committee investigate reports that the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to present positive images of the military and the U.S. mission in Iraq.

New Questions about Payments to Halliburton

By Congressman Waxman

Friday, December 02, 2005 -- In a letter to Chairman Tom Davis, Rep. Waxman discloses that the Army Corps of Engineers has paid Hallilburton $130 million in cost reimbursements, profits, and bonuses for billings related to fuel imports and oilfield repairs in Iraq that Defense Department auditors determined to be unreasonable and unsupported.

On Power - Open letter to the US Congress

ON POWER
AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS FROM A VETERAN AND MILITARY DAD
By Stan Goff, http://stangoff.com/?p=222

(Disclaiming in advance for the rare exceptions in Congress)

If there is one thing we can always count on, it’s politicians who walk over human corpses to show fear only in the face of something as formless and abstract as an opinion poll. The veterans and military families antiwar movement are well-versed on so-called realism – and that deference we are supposed to exercise when we approach elected officials, hat in hand, for a few crumbs of your attention and support.

WOOLSEY REAX TO BUSH SPEECH ON WAR PLAN

Spin, Spin, Spin and more Spin

PETALUMA, CA -- The following is Rep. Lynn Woolsey's (D-Petaluma) statement in reaction to President Bush's first in a series of speech on his "war plan" in Iraq.

Where Pelosi Stands (Dances?)

News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
H-204, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515
http://democraticleader.house.gov

Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616
Pelosi: 'The President Has Dug Us into a Deep Hole in Iraq; It Is Time for Him to Stop Digging'

Statement on President's Speech By Senator Patrick Leahy

t r u t h o u t | Statement

"What the White House released today is more a list of goals than it is a workable plan. Concerns continue to mount that the Administration either will not or cannot recognize the clear facts on the ground that threaten our troops and our true objectives in combating terrorism worldwide.

Statement on President's Speech By Senator Russ Feingold

t r u t h o u t | Statement

"While today's speech by the President was billed as yet another attempt to lay out a plan for finishing the military mission in Iraq, the only new thing the administration gave the American people was a glossy 35-page pamphlet filled with the same rhetoric we've all heard before. Today's action by the White House isn't a step forward, it's a step back. In fact the booklet the administration released to accompany the President's speech is described as a "...document [that] articulates the broad strategy the President set forth in 2003..." That alone makes it clear that the President seems more dug in than ever to the same old "stay the course" way of thinking. This is not a strategy, and it certainly is not a plan to complete the military mission in Iraq.

Sen. Boxer: "The President fails to see and confront the truth about the war in Iraq."

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT

Statement from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer:

The President fails to see and confront the truth about the war in Iraq.

Pelosi "Leading" Finally?!

Well, let's give her credit. There are still a few Dems promoting the war. Thank Rep. Nancy Pelosi here.

House minority leader backs quick withdrawal

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