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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
Contact: Dena Graziano 202-225-1294

Where the Iraq War Is in Congress

By Kevin Zeese

Below is a useful analysis of where the Iraq War is in Congress. It is an interview I published with Kevin Martin the Executive Director of Peace Action.

Another interesting article published earlier this week describes how active duty military are turning against the Iraq War. This is based on a poll of Military News readership released on January 3. See: http://democracyrising.us/content/view/399/151/. Also on DemocracyRising this week, an article by Professor Michael Schwartz " The New Iraq War Strategy: More Bombings, More Civilian Deaths and Less Likelihood of Success" http://democracyrising.us/content/view/398/164/.

You'd Almost Think Santorum Wanted to Be Reelected

"Santorum wants non-partisan panel to evaluate Iraq war"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - January 06, 2006 - By Maeve Reston, Post-Gazette National Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rick Santorum yesterday wrote a letter to President Bush asking him to create an independent, non-partisan commission to objectively evaluate progress in Iraq.

Republican Congressional Candidate Favors Impeachment

http://impeachbushcoalition.blogspot.com/

From Press Release:

"I consider the Bush Administration to be both criminal and totalitarian and I have been saying so for months. The rest of the world sees this quite clearly.

Iraq Debate Breaks Out in Congress

Public Opinion and Grassroots Pressure Prove Key
By Ted Lewis, Global Exchange Newsletter, Winter 2006

The week before Thanksgiving, while President Bush was out of the country, the Congressional debate over the US occupation of Iraq finally broke into the open. It started with a Senate vote of 79 to 19 to call 2006 a year of “transition

A proposed resolution to keep Bush in check

By Eric Schmeltzer

As soon as Congress reconvenes, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) should introduce this resolution and find someone in the House to introduce the same. Explanation following:

109th CONGRESS

Congresswoman Waters Denounces the President's Decision to Permit the NSA to Spy On the American Public

Contact: Mikael Moore (202) 225-2201

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) expressed outrage and concern about President Bush's decision to bypass the US Constitution and laws to permit the National Security Agency ("NSA") to spy on American citizens.

On Wiretapping, Bush Isn't Listening to the Constitution

By Edward M. Kennedy, The Boston Globe

The president is not above the law; he is not King George. Yet, with sorrow, we are now learning that in this great land we have an administration that has refused to follow well-crafted, longstanding procedures that require the president to get a court order before spying on people within the United States. With outrage, we learn that this administration believes that it does not have to follow the law of the land.

Conyers Introduces ROI into Illegal Spying

Contact: Dena Graziano 202-226-6888

Conyers and 26 Other Members Submit Resolution of Inquiry in House; Members Seek Documents from Attorney General Authorizing Secret Surveillance

Representative John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI) House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, along with 26 other Members today submitted a comprehensive resolution of inquiry regarding the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program on U.S. soil. If reported favorably, the resolution would instruct the Attorney General to turn over documents in his possession authorizing the warrantless electronic surveillance and the legal recommendations to do so within 14 days, subject to any necessary redactions or security classifications.

Specter Wants January Surveillance Hearings

The Associated Press

Washington - Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he remains skeptical about a government surveillance program despite an explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

U.S. Congressional Candidate John L. Wolfe Endorses Congressman Conyers' Resolutions to Censure Bush

Ohio attorney stands behind effort to investigate wrongdoing by Bush Administration

In a statement made today, U.S. Congressional Candidate John L. Wolfe (OH-13) has endorsed House Resolutions 635, 636 and 637, as introduced by U.S. Congressman John Conyers (MI-14) earlier this week.

Senator Barbara Boxer on War in Iraq

In 1968, Martin Luther King told us: “If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess ... strength without sight.

Help Us Pass H Res 635 to Create an Investigation into Grounds for Impeachment

Kit for passing local and state resolutions

Organize.

Tell the media.

When Richard Nixon abused power, Congress held a serious, bi-partisan investigation that resulted in articles of impeachment. Strong evidence suggests that George Bush and Dick Cheney launched an illegal war and lied to Congress, spied on Americans without court approval, leaked classified information, produced phony news reports, imprisoned without charge and tortured, targeted civilians and used illegal weapons. Ask your Congress Member to cosponsor House Resolution 635 for an investigation.

No President Is Above the Law

Published on Monday, December 19, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By US Senator Robert C. Byrd
Floor Speech
December 19, 2005

Senator Byrd on Monday expressed his strong concerns about possible violations of the Constitution in the Bush Administration's admitted practice of spying on American citizens:

Discharge Petition Signatures to HJ Res 55

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

1. Neil Abercrombie

Hawaii

01

2. Henry A. Waxman

California

30

3. William D. Delahunt

Massachusetts

10

4. Martin T. Meehan

Petition for Hearings on Illegal Spying

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has posted a petition demanding hearings on Bush's spying here:
http://votelouise.com/page/petition/SpyHearings

Nadler Demands Appointment of Special Counsel to Investigate Illegal Eavesdropping Operation

Contact: Reid Cherlin 202-225-5635

“Neither the President himself, nor anyone else in the White House can authorize an
order to spy on Americans without a warrant

Members of the House Judiciary Committee Call for Hearings on President’s NSA Surveillance Orders

News from U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Rick Boucher
CONTACT:Kyra Jennings, 202-225-3072 (Lofgren); Amanda Potter, 202-225-3861 (Boucher)
Washington, DC – Seventeen Members of the House Judiciary Committee today called on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner to convene hearings to investigate the President ordering the National Security Agency (NSA) to engage in espionage of persons inside the United States without obtaining court-ordered warrants. Below is the text of the letter:

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.

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