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A 9/11 Conspirator in King Bush's Court?

A 9/11 Conspirator in King Bush's Court?
by Jeremy Scahill
Huffington Post

While Cindy Sheehan was being dragged from the House gallery moments before President Bush delivered his State of the Union address for wearing a t-shirt honoring her son and the other 2,244 US soldiers killed in Iraq, Turki al-Faisal was settling into his seat inside the gallery. Faisal, a Saudi, is a man who has met Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants on at least five occasions, describing the al Qaeda leader as "quite a pleasant man." He met multiple times with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Congressman Murtha Writes to Bush

Wednesday February 1, 2006

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,
This March will mark the beginning of the 4th year of the war in Iraq. In contrast, U.S. involvement in WWI came to an end after 19 months. Victory in Europe was declared in WWII after 3 years 5 months. In the Korean War, a cease-fire was signed after 3 years and 1 month. But after more than three and a half years into the war in Iraq, your administration finally produced what is called a "Plan for Victory" in Iraq.

Congresswoman Waters Responds to the President's Comments on Iraq During the State of the Union Address

Contact: Mikael Moore (202) 225-2201

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) responded to the statements the President made on Iraq during his 2006 State of the Union address.

ON THE LEFT: Progressive Caucus offers alternative vision for U.S.

By Zachary Coile, San Francisco Chronicle

Washington -- While President Bush delivered his vision for America from the halls of Congress, the nation's political left had to settle for a dimly lit conference room in the Democratic National Committee's building three blocks away.

Senate Target: Bush's War Powers

By Gail Russell Chaddock, The Christian Science Monitor

In coming days, the Senate will ask tough questions about the Patriot Act and NSA wiretaps.

Washington - Since 9/11, the Bush White House has moved aggressively to expand presidential power in wartime, at the expense of Congress. Until recently, the Republican-controlled Congress went along.

WOOLSEY STATEMENT REGARDING CINDY SHEEHAN

NEWS from CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN WOOLSEY
6th District, California
For Information Contact:Susannah Cernojevich (202) 225-5187

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) today issued the following statement regarding Cindy Sheehan’s arrest in the gallery of the House of Representatives before the State of the Union address. Mrs. Sheehan was Rep. Lynn Woolsey’s guest to the President’s State of the Union address.

Audio of Progressive Caucus State of the Union

Here's audio of the full events held today by the Progressive Caucus, the Nation Magazine, and the Institute for Policy Studies:
http://www.ips-dc.org/radio/index.htm

Here's the last question (from After Downing Street Co-Founder and Director of PDA Tim Carpenter) and answer (by Congresswoman Maxine Waters):

The Truth About the State of our Union

By Dennis J. Kucinich, CommonDreams.org

On Tuesday night President Bush will stand before the Congress and the nation, to deliver his annual State of the Union address. We are sure to hear a rosy tale of an economy on the rebound, a blossoming democracy in Iraq, a terror network on the run, and a Gulf Coast region rebuilding better and stronger than ever before. As is most often the case with this Administration, the rhetoric does not match reality.

CONYERS AND OTHERS CALL ON CONGRESS TO BREAK LOGJAM AND PASS PATRIOT ACT

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: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chair of Out of Iraq Caucus, Is Circulating This Letter to Her Colleagues: Help Her!

Send this to your congress member.

January 25, 2006
Oppose warrantless spying on innocent American citizens!
Dear Colleague,

I invite you to join me on a letter to President Bush opposing the National Security Administration (NSA) domestic surveillance program that he ordered without judicial warrant and disavowing his interpretation of prior Congressional authority to do so. The Department of Justice issued a white paper on January 19, 2006, enumerating the President’s legal justifications for the NSA program. The white paper states that Congress specifically gave the President unlimited authority when it passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), on September 14, 2001 and which became law on September 18, 2001.

PROGRESSIVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO OFFER PROGRESSIVE ALTERNATIVE STATE OF THE UNION

January 31
Democratic National Committee Headquarters
The Wasserman Conference Room, 430 South Capitol Street, S.E.

Ten of the Sixty Two Progressive Caucus Members are in line to become Committee Chairs should the Democrats retake the House in November 2006

Conyers Releases Transcript From Democratic Forum on Domestic Surveillance and Executive Power

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: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888

Complete Transcript of Last Week's House Judiciary Democratic Hearings on Warrantless NSA Wiretapping of American Citizens

The BRAD BLOG has obtained the official transcript of last week's congressional hearings on warrantless NSA wiretapping as authorized (on at least thirty occassions) by the Bush Administration. The event was officially titled, "CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS: DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE AND EXECUTIVE POWER".

Searching for a New Direction

By Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

The Abramoff scandal has been described as the biggest Washington scandal ever: bigger than Watergate; bigger than Abscam; bigger than Koreagate; bigger than the House banking scandal; bigger than Teapot Dome. Possibly so. It's certainly serious and significant.

Democrats: Get Up and Walk Out

By William Rivers Pitt

MEMO
To: Congressional Democrats
From: William Rivers Pitt
RE: A bold maneuver

- - - -

I have a wild and crazy idea.

George W. Bush's delivery of the State of the Union address will take place on Tuesday, January 31, a little more than a week from now. It is my strong belief that every single Democrat present in the House chamber for the speech should, at a predetermined moment, stand up and walk out. No yelling. No heated words. Every Democrat should simply stand silently and leave.

REID: THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WAR IN IRAQ

Washington, DC – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement today on reports by Ambassador Bremer that the president and his most senior advisors failed to address serious concerns about the war in Iraq. A fact sheet on the contradictory statements between Bremer and the Bush administration follows below:

STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN CONYERS, JR.

There can be no doubt that today we are in a constitutional crisis that threatens the system of checks and balances that has preserved our fundamental freedoms for more than 200 years. There is no better illustration of that crisis than the fact that the president is openly violating our nation's laws by authorizing the NSA to engage in warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.

Progressive Caucus to Deliver Alternative State of the Union

Read this editorial from the Nation, and this article titled "Out of Iraq" by Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee.

Conyers and Others To Hold Democratic Hearing On Domestic 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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen John Conyers, Jr., Bobby Scott and Chris Van Hollen and other Members to hold a Democratic Hearing to consider the legal ramifications of President Bush's warrantless surveillance.

Waxman Releases Report on Republican Congress's Failure to Investigate Bush Wrongdoing

News from Congressman Henry A. Waxman
Contact: Karen Lighfoot, (202) 225-5051

In a pair of new reports issued today, Rep. Henry A. Waxman examines the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to investigate wrongdoing by the Bush Administration and the very different approach toward oversight taken by the Republican-controlled Congress during the Clinton Administration.

Woolsey's Way to Peace

By David Swanson

We've all heard the line. "That would make us look weak on national security." That line is supposed to be based on public opinion, not just the opinions of media corporations and pundits working for Pentagon-funded think tanks. That line is supposed to have something to do with the general American public. But it does not.

Demand that Republican Senate Leadership Let the Truth Out

President Bush has said over 100 times (documented below by Sentor Edward Kennedy) that Congress was shown the same pre-war intelligence he was. While we could take the President's word for that, Senator Kennedy thought he would just check to make sure. He submitted an amendment in December to an intelligence bill asking the White House to turn over to the Senate Intelligence Committee the President's daily briefings, beginning with the last term of the Clinton Administration and ending on first day of the war in Iraq in 2003. In response, an anonymous Republican Senator afraid of the truth, and afraid even to reveal his name, blocked the bill and is still blocking it. For the first time since 1978, the Senate recessed with this national security legislation left undone.

Email and phone these three members of the Republican leadership and demand that they have the hold taken off the bill:

Pelosi Booed for Not Backing Impeachment

By Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who has shunned public forums on the war for the past year, finally held a town hall meeting in San Francisco on January 14. Despite her public criticism of the war and her recent support of Cong. John Murtha’s call to bring the troops home, Pelosi has not used her position as Minority leader to lead her party to adopt an anti-war stance. She has also refused to support other anti-war measures, such as Cong. Barbara Lee’s bill to prohibit permanent bases in Iraq and Cong. Jim McGovern’s bill to stop funding for new deployment.

Situation in Iraq Is Civil War

By Congressman John Murtha, Huffington Post

According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Second Edition, the definition of a civil war is a "war between political factions or regions within the same country." That is exactly what is going on in Iraq, not a global war on terrorism, as the President continues to portray it.

Rep. Lois Capps Writes to Newspaper Following Event

By Jon Williams,

Thought you all would be interested to see that after our Jan. 7 action, Lois Capps, CA-23, was inspired to send a letter to the SB News-Press expressing her anti-war feelings. I’ve responded with a letter (cc’d to our groups) commending her and asking readers—progressive, moderate and conservative—to let her know they supporter her voting no on any upcoming supplemental funding bill as that truly is the way to support our troops.

America in Bush's Crosshairs

www.blackcommentator.com

Congressperson McKinney (D-GA) gave the following speech before the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce, January 7, 2006.

Good Morning!

I have been given a most unenviable task.

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