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If Ron Suskind's sensational charge that the White House and CIA colluded in forging evidence to justify the Iraq invasion isn't proved conclusively in his new book, "The Way of the World," then the sorry record of the Bush administration offers no basis to dismiss his allegation. Setting aside the relative credibility of the author and the government, the relevant question is whether the available facts demand a full investigation by a congressional committee, with testimony under oath.
When we look back at the events surrounding the emergence of the faked letter that is at the center of this controversy, a strong circumstantial case certainly can be made in support of Suskind's story.
CNN Airs Suskind’s CIA Forgery Allegations, Impeachment Call
By Matthew Balan | NewsBusters.com
Wolf Blitzer, CNN Host & Ron Suskind, author | NewsBusters.orgWednesday’s The Situation Room aired an interview of author Ron Suskind, who alleges in his new book that the Bush administration engaged in a "disinformation campaign" by forging documents in the lead-up to the Iraq war. This came a day after host Wolf Blitzer made the allegations in the book lead items on the program.
The CodePink Affinity Group "Impeachment Theater" is looking for actors, costumers, prop managers, etc. to help produce a couple of impeachment street theater plays at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
We have a very short one by David Swanson starring Pelosi, a possible impeachment hearing, and maybe even a murder trial. We need your help!
Susan Harman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-482-2856
Sacramento CA Holds 22nd Annual Peace Event Commemorating Hiroshima & Nagasaki This Saturday Featuring Mary Youngblood
Annual August Peace Event Will Feature Bill Durston, Mary Youngblood!
Bill Durston, Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, will be one of the featured speakers at the 22nd annual August Peace Event, held this year at the Sacramento State Alumni Center (near the Student Center) on Saturday, August 9, 2008 from 4:30-6:30 PM.
The event commemorates the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Bill will be speaking from about 5:00 to 5:15 p.m. about the ongoing risk of nuclear weapons and the need for worldwide nuclear disarmament. The program will also feature music by the Grammy Award winning Native American artist, Mary Youngblood, and a Taiko drum performance.
Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Come by early to talk with Bill and enjoy refreshments before the program begins at 4:30 p.m. The late Joan B. Lee will also be honored at this event.
Saudi Arabia is to build five modern prisons in the kingdom to replace US Guantanamo detention facility, a new report has revealed.
Jordanian daily quoted unnamed sources as saying that US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Saudi officials are cooperating to construct the prisons which are to replace Guantanamo and US secret prisons in Europe.
Riyadh is to spent about two billion Saudi Rials for the project which can accommodate up to 18000 inmates, they added.
Bin laden firm and with the help of German engineers will build the prisons in the Saudi cities of Mecca, Haer, Demmam, and Qasim.
SEIU Campaign Aims at Sovereign Wealth Funds, Private Equity Firms; Secrecy Jeopardizes National Security
AMERICA FOR SALE?
Foreign Governments’ Links to Secretive Buyout Firms Raise Potential National Security Concerns, Says New Public Awareness Campaign
Ads calling for increased federal oversight to run in six states
WASHINGTON, DC – Potential national security concerns are being raised over the growing links between foreign governments and secretive private equity buyout firms in a major new public awareness campaign being launched today. The campaign, sponsored by one of the nation’s largest unions, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), calls for stronger federal oversight of arrangements where foreign government-controlled investment funds, known as “sovereign wealth funds (SWFs),” buy into private firms that own or invest in American companies responsible for defense, energy, and homeland security.
Reasonable people can disagree about which of George W. Bush's disastrous decisions will prove to have damaged the American people most.
The lineup for the GOP Convention isn’t set, but Dick Cheney’s role seems set. He’s going to be absent. Evidently the current Vice President is so toxic in his disapprovals that few Americans, even Republicans, want to be seen with him. Everyone who is surprised, raise your hands.
Protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Denver can be restricted to fenced-in areas, federal judge ruled on Wednesday, saying that security needs outweighed curbs on their rights.
A dozen groups who intend to protest at the August convention sued the U.S. Secret Service and the city of Denver over plans to confine their activities to a parade route and fenced-in zone, saying that their Constitutional rights to free speech were being violated.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the American Friends Service Committee and others argued that the rules would keep them too far away from delegates to get their message across during the convention, which is scheduled for Aug 25-28 at the city's downtown Pepsi Center.
U.S. Attorney Scandal Probe Enters White House Circle; Special Prosecutor Called "Nightmare Scenario"
The Justice Department investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys has been extended to encompass allegations that senior White House officials played a role in providing false and misleading information to Congress, according to numerous sources involved in the inquiry.
The widened scope raises the possibility that investigators will pursue criminal charges against some administration officials, and recommend appointment of a special prosecutor if there is evidence of criminal misconduct.
Jack Nounnan sends this news:
We've made the Eureka Ballot! Last night the Eureka City Council voted unanimously to put "The Initiative To Prohibit The Military Recruiting Of Any Persons Under the Age Of Eighteen" in the November elections. We spent four months of concentrated petitioning of people in door-to-door canvassing across the city and in front of markets and public places obtaining almost 2400 signatures.
Anti-War Website Operator Threatened By Armed Thugs
Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet
The operator of a leading alternative news and strongly anti-war website has become the target of nefarious thugs apparently in the employ of the U.S. government who have continually harassed him and ordered him to shut down his website.
Tom Feeley, owner and editor of InformationClearingHouse.info, has endured public harassment, home invasions, death threats and threats to his family simply for running a website.
War with Iran - On, Off or Undecided?
by Stephen Lendman
There's good news and bad, mostly the latter but don't
discount the good. On May 22, (non-binding) HR 362 was
introduced in the House - with charges and proposals
so outlandish that if passed and implemented will be a
blockade and act of war. It accused Iran of:
Mary Mancini, co-producer of "Uncounted: The Movie" sent in the Week 5 Segment in the movie's preview mini-series.
On Election Day 2004, the most vulnerable Americans were the targets of massive and systematic voter disenfranchisement - long lines and other artificial barriers were manufactured to make it as difficult as possible for American citizens of certain targeted demographics to exercise their legal right to vote.
Why should anyone have to stay in line for 12 hours to vote?
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Speech in NYC
Tuesday, August 5 - All Souls Church, New York City
By Mary Beth Sullivan
It is good, and right, and I would add, holy, that you have gathered here tonight to remember that 63 years ago our government dropped nuclear weapons onto the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I am honored and grateful to be here with you.
To frame my comments, you need to know that I am a social worker. Various jobs have introduced me to disabled children, women receiving welfare, and homeless people. I have made eye contact with people who have had to make a choice between eating and taking their medications. Can you imagine that choice? In the richest nation of the world? What’s the right answer when your question is should I use my limited resources for food, or for the medication that helps me manage my diabetes, or my mental illness? What I have to say tonight is very personal for me…
President Obama Up Against the Middle East “Berlin Wall”
By Robert Weitzel
“People of the world -- look at Berlin, where a wall came down . . . and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one” -Barak Obama-
On July 24, Barak Obama stood where a 96-mile-long wall of barbed wire and concrete once separated the ideologies and lives of East and West Berlin. He told a crowd of 200,000 that “history reminds us that walls can be torn down” and that the “greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us one from another.”
He reminded the crowd that sixty years ago this summer, the Soviet Union “cut off food and supplies to more than two million Germans in an effort to extinguish the last flame of freedom in Berlin. That [was] when . . . the largest and most unlikely rescue in history brought food and hope to the people of this city.”
By Dave Lindorff
In the category of yawn-inducing stories that we knew all about before they happened, comes word that the jury of senior uniformed officers sitting in judgement of Osama Bin Laden’s chauffeur in the first Bush-league military tribunal to actually go to a hearing at Guantanamo Naval Station found the prisoner, Salim Hamdan…
Drum roll please…
Guilty of supporting terrorism.
I pause here for gasps of astonishment.
It’s awfully silent…
Really, did anyone expect anything else? The officers, who all have careers to think about that would surely be severely crimped if they went off script and found the man innocent of the charges, heard evidence that was obtained through torture. They heard reports of confessions from a man who himself was subjected to torture, by the admission of the military itself, and who was never afforded an attorney during those interrogations.
Try Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld and all the rest for murder.
Former LA Deputy District Attorney, who successfully prosecuted, dozens of murder cases, makes the case that George Bush is indictable for murder.
Any state or city that had a citizen killed in the course of the Iraq War is eligible for pressing charges and bringing these lying psychopaths to justice.
I knew it was not going to be easy to challenge the two party duopoly (that is brought to us by the US Military Industrial Media Complex), but I did not realize how hard this same system would make it to obtain ballot access.
In California, if one has the audacity to actually want to represent the voice of the people and not represent the corporate parties, then you have to obtain signatures amounting to 3% of EVERYONE who voted in the last election, no matter what party, to get on the ballot.
Here in San Francisco, for the November general election that number is: 10,198.
By Phyllis McGuire | iBerkshires.com
On July 25, I watched C-Span's telecast of the House Judiciary Committee's Hearing on "Executive Power and its Constitutional Limitations," which in some quarters is called "The Non-Hearing on Impeachment."
If the hearing were in the regular line up of television programs, it would be difficult to categorize it.
It could have been described as tag-team wrestling: Democratic congressmen, including Dennis Kucinich and Martin Wexler taking on Republican congressmen, including Dan Lundgren of California and Lamar Smith of Texas.
An explosive new book by a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist alleges President George W. Bush committed an impeachable offense by ordering the CIA to create a forged document showing a link between Saddam Hussein and the terrorist organization al-Qaeda to create a "false pretense" for war.
“The White House had concocted a fake letter from [the director of the Iraqi intelligence service] to Saddam, backdated to July 1, 2001,” reporter Ron Suskind writes in his new book, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism. “It said that 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq – thus showing, finally, that there was an operational link between Saddam and al Qaeda, something the Vice President’s Office had been pressing CIA to prove since 9/11 as a justification to invade Iraq. There is no link.”
Furthermore, Suskind alleges that the Bush administration knew Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction nor was the country an imminent threat, which is what the March 2003 invasion was predicated on. The director of the Iraqi intelligence service informed the White House “that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – intelligence they received in plenty of time to stop an invasion.”
Phil Restino, Central Florida Veterans For Peace writes:
Get Outraged And Get Active About Internet Censorship
Internet Censorship of political blogs and websites has been taken to a new level lately, and it needs to be taken very seriously. Sites such as AfterDowningStreet.org may, if not already, be targeted and severely disabled as far as effectiveness and/or existence. Even if you have disagreements with and/or are not interested in some of the other issues and news items reported on and discussed on the infowars.com and prisonplanet.com websites, they are offering the following prizes to anyone who places 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the 10-minute or less Internet Censorship Video Documentary contest. The deadline for entry is August 19, 2008. More details are provided in the article "Get Outraged And Get Active About Internet Censorship" by Paul Joseph Watson and Kurt Nimmo posted below.
First Prize: $5,000, Second Prize: $1,000, Third Prize: $500
Secret Plan To Kill Internet By 2012 Leaked?
Some question if report that pay-per-view system to be introduced is a hoax, but wider march to regulate the web is documented
Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet
ISP’s have resolved to restrict the Internet to a TV-like subscription model where users will be forced to pay to visit selected corporate websites by 2012, while others will be blocked, according to a leaked report. Despite some people dismissing the story as a hoax, the wider plan to kill the traditional Internet and replace it with a regulated and controlled Internet 2 is manifestly provable.
Five Minutes with Dennis Kucinich: The congressman discusses his articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush and what the public still doesn’t know about the Iraq war
By Aaron Ludensky | CampusProgress.org
Neocons Pressured FBI to Blame al-Qaeda for Anthrax Attacks
Neocons Pressured FBI to Blame al-Qaeda for Anthrax Attacks
Kurt Nimmo | Infowars.com
It was another example of sloppy work on the part of the neocons to blame Muslims and add fodder to their total war campaign. As the Daily News reported over the weekend, neocons in the Bush White House repeatedly put pressure on FBI Director Robert Mueller to “prove” the 2001 anthrax attacks was the work of Osama bin Laden and his cave dwelling terrorists, an impossible task at best due to the fact the anthrax used in the attacks was a weaponized strain produced by the U.S. military.
How News is (Instantly) Manipulated into Partisan "Tactics" Insulating the Bush Administration from Accountability
Ron Suskind's new book reports that in 2003, the White House ordered the CIA to forge a letter to "prove" that Iraq had a hand in 9/11 and that Saddam was buying yellowcake uranium from Niger for his WMD program with the help of Al Qaeda.
When this came up on MSNBC, moderator Chuck Todd asked Politico's Mike Allen whether this would lead "the anti-war crowd" in Congress to call for impeachment. Allen replied that it would "give the lefty blogosphere something to grab onto."
ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports from Capitol Hill: The high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Iraq, positioning the war-torn nation, already in the black for the past two years, to post up to a $50 billion surplus this year, according to an audit released today by the U.S. Government Accountability office.
Sen. Carl Levin, who chairs the Armed Services Committee and Sen. John Warner, who has been acting as ranking Republican on the committee in the absence of Sen. McCain, had asked for the GAO audit of the Iraqi books back in March amid growing discontent on Capitol Hill with the financing of Iraq's reconstruction.