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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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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...
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LINK TO ORIGINAL
By, Tim Goodrich, Co-founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War / Western Region
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
H-204, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515
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'
"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.
"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.
Statement from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer:
The President fails to see and confront the truth about the war in Iraq.