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PDA Continues Work with Congressional Allies to Bring Troops Home from Iraq Now

Delivers People's Petition on Iraq to Congress and White House

U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and PDA National Director Tim Carpenter spoke at the PDA Rally in front of the White House on Thursday, September 15, before delivering the People's Petition on Iraq to the White House. Joining Woolsey and Carpenter at the rally were Tom Hayden, former California State Senator, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, PDA Board Member and Chairman of the Hip Hop Caucus, John Bonifaz, lead attorney on the Ohio recount case and co-founder of, and Daniel Ellsberg.

PDA is proud to be aligned with progressive legislators such as Congresswoman Woolsey, who again showed remarkable leadership, courage, and conviction in holding Congressional hearings to plan a realistic strategy for withdrawing from the U.S. incursion in Iraq. Rep.Woolsey, was the first Member of Congress to call on the President to develop and implement a plan to bring U.S. troops out of Iraq, and had previously requested hearings in the U.S. House International Relations Committee and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to discuss plans to bring the troops home. Because her requests of the President and the Republican controlled Congress were ignored, Congresswoman Woolsey organized the hearings Thursday to openly discuss strategies to achieve military disengagement.

"The question for us today is not the why of troop withdrawal," Woolsey said, "its the how. We are here -- prepared not just to say no to the war in Iraq -- but yes to a new, intelligent, progressive, peaceful Iraq policy that will both protect the American people and fulfill our obligations to the Iraqi people."

After PDA presented the more than twenty five thousand signature petition to Congresswoman Woolsey, PDA National Director Tim Carpenter and and PDA Senior Policy Advisor Steve Cobble met with congress members and congressional staff in the offices of Congresswomen Waters, Lee, and Woolsey, as well as Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rep. John Conyers, Jr., to further discuss plans to end the war and bring the troops home.

After the hearing and the rally, the petitions were physically delivered to the White House by Bill Goold, Executive Director of the Progressive Congressional Caucus.



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Henry J. Hyde is the leader, he's gone completely out of touch. He forced H-RES 375 to be voted down. If it wasn't for him and Rohrbacker, it would have passed the house.

MAKE THE TRUTH KNOWN FOR THESE CONGRESS CRITTERS WHO HAVE BETRAYED AMERICA........Show them the CONSEQUENCES of their actions, and OUT the neocons like Rohrbacker for the whole world to see!!!!!!!

Go here and show everyone what these civil servants really are and who they work for.....

Print fliers out, and spread the word.....The whisper CAMPAIGN......Show all of america Henry Hyde and his friends Rohbacker and McCotter use the constitution as their TOILET PAPER!!!!!!!

Tell people in Colorado, Tom Tancredo is a lying corporate stooge.....AND ITS TIME TO FIRE HIM......Lets have the truth reign down like daggers from the sky....

Doug Eldritch

No on Roberts
    The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings have ended and the jig is up. Although Roberts characterized his judicial role as merely an "umpire," he consistently played hide the ball about his views during the questioning. Nevertheless, Roberts' disingenuousness came through in spite of his evasions. And the senators have enough information about Roberts' record to know he would move the Court dramatically to the right, eviscerating the hard-earned gains of the civil rights movement. Read more...

As a practicing attorney who truly strives to live up to the oath we take to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution of the United States, I find Roberts' coyness and conduct during the confirmation hearings to be absolutely contrary to that oath. Answer the simple questions Mr. Roberts. I do not care about Roberts' stellar background in politics and corporate law. That shows us he is the product of privilege. Roberts environment is unbalanced in the sense that he has always worked for or on behalf of the privileged portion of American society. He can talk all he wants in vague generalities about the "little guy" and the "big guy"! By merely mentioning this dichotomy, he reveals a great deal about his character and potential leanings.

I have stated on this site that I would not support any nominee from this President on the principle that Bush II is supremely UNQUALIFIED to make such appointments. His five year record clearly demonstrates my point. Anyone who has mismanaged the United States in the manner he has would and should be cleared out on a rail along with his nominees, appointees and anyone else who courts favor with him.

The Democrats MUST pull a Republican maneuver, STONEWALL THE ROBERTS NOMINATION. Use it to force the complicit media and the Congressional Republicans in both the House and Senate to face the truth. When the truth starts to flow, the neo cons power structure will come tumbling down by the sheer weight of its deceit.

If you are an attorney, you'd know that no one in this country is MORE qualified than Roberts. He would talk you in circles.

You are just jealous...

Richie "The Right Wing Kook" Rich

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld should be impeached and then arrested.

ATTENTION CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS. We know you know in your heart that what Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have done with Iraq far exceeds the moral AND legal test for impeachment and shows them to be a clear and present danger to the United States of America. You must stand up and say so.

You have a duty to the American people, yourself and humanity to GO TO THE MAT for bi-partisan, well funded and transparent congressional investigations leading to impeachment. Shut down the governments business if that's what you have to do to move this forward and pound it into the American mind. Use whatever guerilla parliamentary procedure available to you. Say and do nothing else until the GOP agrees to investigate what any sane and just mind considers horrific crimes. No legislation, no issue, no job, nothing you can personally gain or lose is more important (or potentially politically effective) than this effort. Nothing is more important than cutting this cancer from our government. Our safety, perhaps even our very survival depends on it.

Mountains of evidence make clear these people have behaved in ways that make them war criminals and traitors. You must stop them before they take us to war again, before they sell out our national security again, before they destabilize the world to the point of no return. It is your right and your duty. Only you and your fellow elected congressional Democrats can get this done. This is why the people elected you.

Stand shoulder to shoulder, stand tall. Walk down the hall, grab your fellow elected Democrats by the collar, walk out onto the steps, and start saying what you believe. Say it loud, say it together and say it all the time, and you will drag the media and the American mind along. They have committed impeachable offences, they are destroying our national security and our good name, and they are profiting greatly from it. They must be held to account before we follow ancient Rome into the ashes of history.

I PROMISE YOU, in the end, not only will you know you've done the right thing, but you'll come out on top POLITICALLY as well. The American people will come to know traitors and criminals in their midst if you show them often enough what they look like. And in the end, they will be grateful. America needs leaders again. America needs heroes. Will you step up?

Senator Rockefeller, if you let Pat Roberts go back on his word to investigate the administrations use of intelligence, history will hunt you down and punish you in the same breath as those who have committed these despicable acts. Where are you? What could be more important than ensuring our leaders don’t twist intelligence to make fraudulent cases for war? As a member of the United States Senate you have the power to make sure this goes forward. You will have to put it on the line to be sure, but this is the right thing to do. Senator, we beg you, live up to your name. Stand tall in important ways.

Congressmen Waxman, Conyers, Lee, Rangel, thank you for all your letters, requests, complaints to the administration and the GOP leadership. You have done far more than most. You have shown you know right from wrong, that you have a heart, and you retain most of your humanity. But all that and a buck will buy America a cup of coffee. You have said many words that needed to be spoken. But it is clear we need different words now. We need words like IMPEACHEMENT and ARREST. Words like TREASON and HIGH CRIMES. Words like WAR PROFITEERING and CORRUPTION.

We, the American people, need to hear from you how the conservatives SOLD OUT THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY, OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR LOVED ONES in order to try and COVER UP THEIR FRAUDLENT CASE FOR WAR. They LIED to bring this nation to war. We need to hear these words from you and your fellow congressional Democrats EVERY DAY.

These are simple concepts and the evidence is clear. Once you push these words and ideas into the American mind the game will be over. In fact, you have the chance to crush the Republican Party. With this war and the way in which we were driven to it you have the great weight of the truth. Avail yourselves of it often enough and you will crush the conservative movement.

It is clear the intransigence of this administration and the GOP leadership knows no bounds. They won’t budge until the American people demand it. The way to make that happen is for you and your fellow Democrats to shut-it-all-down, by whatever means necessary, until the evidence and consequences of their crimes are detailed in congressional investigations and front and center in our media culture. Your action will force Joe Sixpack to come to a conclusion about what you are saying. The cold, hard reality of the evidence and a few GOP rats fleeing the ship to avoid the rising water will take care of the rest.

You owe your constituents and humanity a course of action that is effective. Time is short. The situation is dire. Our rate of decay is exponential. We’re losing entire cities at a time. Impeachment was designed to save the nation from just this kind of leadership. It’s time for you to get out there and speak truth to power.

Now is your time. Write a chapter of great American history or forever be damned to the footnotes in another tale of empire gone by. America as we know it depends on your actions in the next weeks and months. History has an especially keen eye on these days. May it hold you in high regard. God speed…


Tuesday September 20 2005 First published: 16 Sep 2005, 12:31

English frontpage
Norwegian frontpage

Hello and farewell from Bush
US President George W. Bush spoke with both the incoming and outgoing prime ministers of Norway on Thursday.
Incoming Labor Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that he had a chance to inform President Bush of the general nature of the new government's foreign policy when the USA's leader called with congratulations on his election victory.

Stoltenberg took the opportunity to assure Bush that Norway would continue its existing defense and security policy under the new left-center coalition, and take part in the global struggle against terrorism - but that they would also be withdrawing their remaining officers in Iraq.

"He said congratulations on the election victory and said good luck. There was a shared desire to meet as soon as possible after the government change is complete," Stoltenberg said.

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