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Should Dennis Kucinich Be Eliminated From the Debates? Tell Media What You Think

Shut down ABC's NH affiliate WMUR's phones...for 24hrs!

If you are angry about decision to bar Kucinich from this Saturday's debate in New Hampshire... then call or fax any or all of the numbers listed by the station for 'feedback':

WMUR-TV Broadcast Center
100 South Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101
1-800-257-5151
FAX: (603) 641-9005

WMUR-TV Lakes Region Bureau
Inn at Bay Point
Meredith, NH 03253
(603) 279-9090

WMUR-TV Portsmouth Bureau
One Harbour Place
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 430-9687

ANTE UP FOR JOHN EDWARDS!!

The instant it was reported that John Edwards placed second in the Iowa caucus, I ran to my purse, grabbed my wallet, pulled out my credit card, and donated to the Edwards campaign. Not for the first time. And likely for not the last. I don't have much money to give, but with this nation in peril, it's necessary. There's too much to lose if I don't ante up. America NEEDS John Edwards!!

After my little donation, this is the message I got:

Rep. Robert Wexler Emails: Cheney Impeachment Next Step = "Own Cheney"...Google Ads Next 2 weeks

Rep. Robert Wexler writes:

..... I wrote how your support for our efforts to hold impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney has helped us get some attention from the mainstream media. My editorial was recently published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and newspapers from coast to coast have covered our success. 175,000 supporters have now signed up at WexlerWantsHearings.com and the number continues to build.

Clinton's Embarrassing Iowa Flop Exposes Dem Leaders' Folly

The real message of the Iowa caucus yesterday was that the long-operative Clintonian/Democratic Leadership Council assumption that the independent or unaffiliated voter bloc is composed of conservative-leaning, dim-witted and easily manipulated people has got it all wrong.

In fact, in Iowa, where unaffiliated voters are free to participate in either a Democratic or Republican caucus, 41 percent of those people voted not for the conservative, tough-talking “centrist” Hillary Clinton. They voted instead for the black, nominally anti-war candidate, Barack Obama. Another significant percentage of independents went for another progressive-sounding candidate, John Edwards. Clinton only got an embarrassing 17 percent of the unaffiliated vote.

2003 Letter Told CIA: Trashing Tapes Would Harm Image

2003 letter told CIA: Trashing tapes would harm image
Rep. Harman discloses her warning against disposing of interrogation videos.
By Greg Miller and Richard B. Schmitt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers

WASHINGTON -- More than two years before the CIA destroyed interrogation videotapes, top officials were urged to preserve them by a senior lawmaker who warned that disposing of the recordings would "reflect badly on the agency."

The warning came in a February 2003 letter from Rep. Jane Harman of Venice, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

The letter was released publicly by Harman's office on Thursday, after its contents were declassified by the CIA, and one day after the Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the destruction of the tapes.

The existence of Harman's letter had been reported; but its precise contents, previously unrevealed, provide details on then-classified discussions between the CIA and senior members of Congress about the tapes and the agency's desire to get rid of them.

Harman wrote the letter after learning in a classified briefing that the CIA planned to destroy the tapes. She urged the agency to reconsider. "Even if the videotape does not constitute an official record that must be preserved under the law, the videotape would be the best proof that the written record is accurate, if such record is called into question in the future," she wrote.

Lawmaker Urged CIA in 2003 Letter to Preserve Torture Tape; CIA Passed Buck to White House on Torture Policy & Legal Issues

HARMAN RELEASES DECLASSIFIED LETTER TO CIA ON POTENTIAL DESTRUCTION OF INTERROGATION VIDEOTAPE

Lawmaker Had Urged CIA in February 2003 Letter to Preserve Tape; Calls for Investigation to “follow the facts wherever they lead.” January 3, 2008

Washington, D.C. Representative Jane Harman (D-Venice), Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, today released a copy of a letter she sent on 10 February 2003 to then CIA General Counsel Scott Muller, urging the Agency to reconsider its plan to destroy videotape of the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah – a high-ranking al Qaeda operative and close associate of Osama bin Laden. The text of her letter and the CIA response follow below.

Will Justice Go After Cheney?

By Dan Froomkin, washingtonpost.com

How high will the newly-launched criminal investigation into the CIA's destruction of interrogation tapes go? And will it eventually target Vice President Cheney?

Cheney has been the administration's central figure on all things related to torture. It was Cheney who pushed so hard for "flexibility" in interrogations of terrorist suspects. Former secretary of state Colin Powell's chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, has long argued that it is "clear that the Office of the Vice President bears responsibility for creating an environment conducive to the acts of torture and murder committed by U.S. forces in the war on terror."

Prof. Jonathan Turley (GWU): "If Torture Occurred, he..." (Bush) "...Ordered It"

Investigation into CIA tapes

Jan. 2: An official criminal investigation was opened in the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes. Jonathan Turley, Constitutional Law Professor at George Washington University, discusses with Keith Olbermann.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/#22478733

Gee, tell me again, why those tapes - the EVIDENCE of torture - disappeared?

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MSNBC says they are working so users can embed video ("in BETA").

Part 2: Media Broadcasts THE PEOPLE'S PARADE At The Rose Parade New Years Day

2008 WRC Press Conference
Cindy Sheehan speaking at WRC Press Conference

In my article on New Years Eve (http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/29684), the night before the Pasadena Rose Parade and our White Rose Coalition's (WRC) unauthorized PEOPLE'S PARADE FOR DEMOCRACY, I questioned whether media would step up patriotically to broadcast our message to IMPEACH Bush & Cheney and END THE WAR. We were well aware that media would already be present in huge numbers, since it capitalizes handsomely on Rose Parade revenues every year. But we also knew, through previous disappointments, the difficulty in getting corporate press to broadcast negative public sentiment toward Bush, Cheney, and War.

With our Democracy in decline, an immoral war raging on, criminals and cowards controlling our government, and H.R. 1955 and S. 1959 threatening our First Amendment freedoms, our White Rose Coalition believed it had a duty to begin 2008 with the clarion call to Americans that this is the year to RISE UP. After weeks of strategizing under the inspired and frenetic leadership of Los Angeles National Impeachment Center (LANIC) Director, Peter Thottam, we ventured forward with our action. With visuals in tow, our group of 350 to 400 patriots from a dozen pro-peace/pro-impeachment organizations, embarked on our mission to usher in 2008 with THE WHOLE WORLD WATCHING.

Much to the delight of our 2008 White Rose Coalition, a substantial number of media actually did turn out. While the coverage was no where near what we would have liked, it exceeded our expectations.

Here's the follow-up report to my article: "Will Media Broadcast THE PEOPLE'S PARADE At The Rose Parade New Year's Day?":

ABCNews: Sources: Bhutto Was to Give U.S. Lawmakers Vote-Rigging Report

Sources: Bhutto was to give U.S. lawmakers vote-rigging report

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- On the day she died, Benazir Bhutto planned to hand over to visiting U.S. lawmakers a report accusing Pakistan's intelligence services of a plot to rig parliamentary elections, sources close to the slain former Pakistani prime minister told CNN Tuesday.

Will Media Broadcast "THE PEOPLE'S PARADE" At The Rose Parade New Years Day??

Here's a little puzzle to ponder. Consider these two American institutions... then guess which institutions they are??

One institution is over 200 years old and the product of passion, commitment, creativity and pain-staking labor. It is present every New Years Day in Pasadena, California, but it is NEVER seen.

The second institution is a spectacular floral extravaganza, over 100 years of age. It is also the product of passion, commitment, creativity and pain-staking labor. It, too, is present every New Years Day in Pasadena, but it is ALWAYS seen. The vision of the second displays its majesty. The majesty of the first displays its vision.

The first, much older UNSEEN institution allows the second institution to be seen. Without the presence of the first and older institution, the younger institution might not be.

Can you guess which institutions these are? Allow me fill you in.

CBS 2 LA: Peace Activists To March Before Rose Parade

Peace Activists To March Before Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. (CBS) ― Peace activists said they intend to march down Colorado Boulevard two hours before the Rose Parade begins, calling for an end to the Iraq war and for the impeachment of the President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

A group calling itself the White Rose Coalition said its members intend to march past the TV camera platforms at the Norton Simon Museum at 6 a.m. on New Year's Day.

Pasadena police said they had just learned of the protest and are checking on the legality of the march. An official said the police department would make an announcement on how the protest would be handled later on Sunday.

Bush to Veto Defense Bill

Bush to Veto Defense Bill
John Garcia | ABCNews.com

ABC's Jon Garcia reports: President George Bush today said he intends to veto the $696 billion defense authorization that would include a pay raise for military personnel and fund the overhaul of veterans' health care program.

Hey Media!! Pencils UP For John Edwards!!

Mainstream media's (MSM's) manufactured Presidential campaign, spun by corporate punditz, has been a frustrating slog for John Edwards' supporters. Not because Edwards, himself, is disappointing. Quite the contrary. Edwards' supporters across the nation remain steadfastly loyal to their candidate, and to his unwavering commitment to a pro-PEOPLE/non-CORPORATE America.

It's the corporate media that's the problem. It's the fact that John Edwards is the target of agenda journalism which undermines his popularity and the extent to which his message resonates nationwide.

There are two rationales for MSM's strategy to weaken John Edwards:

Philadelphia Inquirer Opinion: Impeach Cheney Now!

Impeach Cheney Now
Philadelphia Inquirier
The allegations that he abused power are credible.

U.S. Reps. Robert Wexler (D., Fla.), Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) and Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.)

are members of the Judiciary Committee

From Sea to Shining Sea - East Coasters Will Gather at Philly's Mummers Parade In Anti-War, Pro-Impeachment Demonstration

East coasters are joining the west coast Rose Parade White Rose Coalition protest in kicking off the New Year by staging an anti-war, pro-impeachment protest at the 107th annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia. The multi-event extravaganza lasts from the wee hours of the morning to well after dark; some don't sleep for 24 hours!

Activists are planning to assembled between 6 AM - 7 AM on Tuesday, Jan. 1st at the intersection of Broad & Washington in Philadelphia.

Santa Barbara CA City Council Unanimously Passed Resolution to Return Our Troops Home

Council urges withdrawal of troops
BY ERIC LINDBERG | DAILY SOUND

Thunderous applause, cheers, whistles and the claps of enthusiastic high-fives filled the Santa Barbara City Council Chambers Tuesday evening following the unanimous passage of a resolution urging the cessation of combat operations in Iraq and the withdrawal of American troops.

Perry Kucinich, Dennis' Brother, Found Dead

We express our sympathy to Dennis and Elizabeth and their families on the death of Dennis' brother, Perry.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (CBS) ― According to media reports the 52-year old brother of Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has been found dead.

Perry Kucinich was found dead in his home, by a third brother, Larry Kucinich.

Maxine & Ted - Don't Call Us If You Call Us Terrorists

On October 23rd, Congress voted to stifle Americans' right to dissent when it passed House Resolution 1955, the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007," sponsored by California Congresswoman, Jane Harman. In sanctioning the ambiguous definitions for "homeland terrorism" contained in this bill, Congress equated American participatory democracy to American "homegrown terror." The First Amendment is under assault:

Judge: White House Visitor Logs are Public Documents

Judge: White House visitor logs are public documents
Bill Mears | ABCNews.com

The White House must release its visitor logs and cannot hide behind a shield of privilege, a federal judge ruled Monday. The Bush administration has resisted public disclosure while it fights a lawsuit over alleged political influence by conservative Christian leaders.

From Deep in the Heart of Texas, Impeachment Voices Rise Up

WAY TO GO, FORT WORTH!!!!!

The coalition of groups and individuals delivered 337 petitions to the Fort Worth city council last night. (Coalition of CodePink, Tarrant County Green Party, North Texas Peace and Justice Org, 1919 Hemphill (The Space, and individuals). In keeping with the well known knowledge that local, grass roots organization is the mode in which the corruption, the war, and all social justice problems are ultimately resolved, we presented eloquently and without hesitation.

Journey to an Impeachment Vote

Journey to an Impeachment Vote
Anna Givens | Progressive Democrats of America

On December 4, the city council of Santa Rosa, CA (pop. 158,000) passed a resolution brought by the Resolution to Impeach Coalition petitioning Congress to initiate investigations for the Impeachment of Bush and Cheney.

Bush Administration Urges Judge Not to Inquire About Destruction of CIA Interrogation Tapes

Judge Urged Not to Ask About CIA Tapes
Bush Administration Urges Judge Not to Inquire About Destruction of CIA Interrogation Tapes
MATT APUZZO | ABCNews.com

The Bush administration told a federal judge it was not obligated to preserve videotapes of CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists and urged the court not to look into the tapes' destruction.

Imagine a Campaign that Called for Slashing Military Spending 75%

While the Democratic and Republican candidates for president blather on about non-issues like who will be meaner to immigrants, who will use the most water on torture victims, who wanted to be president at the youngest age, who’s the best Christian and other such nonsense, and while Congress and the president dance their meaningless dance of pretend conflict, let’s for a moment ponder something more momentous.

Protest the Des Moines Register for Excluding Dennis Kucinich from Debate

Democratic Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich is being excluded from today's debate.

Okay folks ! Let's call the Des Moines Register and PROTEST !!! There are two numbers listed on directory assistance: 515-280-3271 and 800-365-4692

Send your angry emails!

How dare the "fourth estate" - the guardians of our "democracy" - exclude the major progressive candidate!

Kucinich, Top-Rated Democrat, Excluded From Des Moines Register Debate

Kucinich, Top-Rated Democrat, Excluded From Des Moines Register Debate | PRNewswire.com

The highest polling Democratic Presidential candidate among the Party's progressive, grassroots, activist base, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, has been excluded from the Des Moines Register-sponsored Presidential debate here on Thursday because his Iowa field director operates from a home office rather than a rented storefront.

In DC? Join New Orleanians in Protesting Demolition of Homes With Far Fewer Rebuilt

Friends,

If you are in the DC area please join us tomorrow in front of HUD during your lunch break.

If you are not in the area you can read Bill Quigley's article HUD Sends New Orleans Bulldozers and $400,000 Apartments for the Holidays or visit AdvancementProject.Org to get more information about the issue to pass along to friends and colleagues.

Black is White. And (For Bush at Least) No Nukes is Bad News

By Dave Lindorff

President Bush got run off the track by the CIA analysts over at the Langley, who apparently, after being trampled by Vice President Dick Cheney and his Neo-Con and AIPAC-backed hordes into twisting intelligence into lies about Iraq’s non-existent nuclear and WMD programs in 2002, decided that they wouldn’t do the same thing this time on Iran for two lame-duck warmongers.

MEET THE NEW AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARIES!

tricorn
revolutionary tricorn hat

MWArt.com

With our beloved Constitution under attack, and new legislation (H.R. 1955 and S. 1959) that will further usurp our freedoms, Americans are reaching back into history for the familiarity of their Revolutionary past. American freedom fighters, determined to reNEW their democracy, are digging into the fashion of their Founders, donning tricorn hats, and preparing to reNEW their Constitution.

The New American Revolutionaries are here!

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