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Hood College, MD Welcomes Nationally Acclaimed Scholar & Author on Iran, Israel and US Relations

Nationally acclaimed scholar and author on Iran, Israel and the U.S. to Speak

When: Wednesday, September 24th, 7 p.m.

What: Dr. Trita Parsi will discuss and sign his book, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States.

Where: Whitaker Campus Commons, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701

Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, has called Dr. Pari’s book, “A penetrating, provocative, and very timely study that deciphers how U.S. policy in the Middle East has been manipulated both by Iran and by Israel even as relations between these two oscillated between secret collusion and overt collision.”

Tomgram: John Feffer, The View from 2016

Tomgram: John Feffer, The View from 2016

It was probably all those afternoons at my local library when I was a kid, reading Isaac Asimov's sci-fi version of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, the Foundation Trilogy, and those nights under the covers with a flashlight -- long after I was supposed to be asleep -- frightening myself to death with H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds and the like…

Bush Administration Proposal Guts Endangered Species Act, Whitehouse Says

Bush Administration Proposal Guts Endangered Species Act, Whitehouse Says
Interior Dept. Wants to End Independent Scientific Review of Projects’ Harm to Protected Wildlife Populations

A Bush Administration proposal to allow individual government agencies, rather than scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to decide whether vulnerable wildlife would be harmed by new construction projects badly undermines the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said today.

Senators Introduce Legislation to End CIA Coercive Interrogations & Secret Detentions

Feinstein, Rockefeller, Whitehouse, Hagel, Feingold, and Wyden Introduce Legislation to End CIA Coercive Interrogations and Secret Detentions

-Measure creates single uniform standard for all government interrogations, complies with U.S. law and international obligations -

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced legislation requiring the CIA to follow the Army Field Manual’s rules when conducting interrogations. The manual specifically prohibits the use of waterboarding and seven other coercive techniques.

Musharraf Out, Like Nixon; Bush Still In, Like Flynn

Musharraf Out, Like Nixon; Bush Still In, Like Flynn
By Ray McGovern

Most of the fawning corporate media (FCM) coverage of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation Monday was even more bereft of context than usual.

It was as if Musharraf looked out the window and said, “It’s a beautiful day. I think I’ll resign and go fishing.” Thus, the lead in Tuesday’s editorial in the New York Times, once known as the newspaper of record: “In the end, President Pervez Musharraf went, if not quietly, with remarkably little strife.”

Certain words seem to be automatically deleted from the computers of those writing for the Times. Atop the forbidden word list sits “impeachment.” And other FCM—the Washington Post, for example—generally follow that lead, still.

Blockades: Acts of War

Blockades: Acts of War
by Stephen Lendman

From July 21 - 31, Joint Task Force (mostly US, but also UK, Brazil and Italy) "Operation Brimstone" large scale war games were conducted off the US East coast in the North Atlantic. Its purpose may have been to prepare for a naval blockade of Iran. Initial reports after its completion were that participating ships were deployed to Persian Gulf and Arabian and Red Sea locations to join up with the present American strike force in the region. The major media cover none of this, and US Navy sources deny it. So precise information is unclear. From what's known, however, redeployment may be planned, and a blockade may ensue. The situation remains tense and worrisome.

Loserville: Obama Is Channeling Kerry and Gore

By Dave Lindorff

Well, it’s happened, and it’s no surprise.

Barack Obama, the prospective Democratic presidential candidate, has managed to turn a 5-8 point lead over prospective Republican opponent John McCain into a 7-point deficit—a double-digit slide—in just two and a half months following a campaign that had voters really excited over his candidacy.

How did he manage this feat (which is documented in the latest latest Reuters/Zogby poll)? Simple: he followed the tried-and-true strategy of Democratic centrist advisers who have increasingly dominated his campaign since the end of the primaries, and who have a proven track record of producing Democratic electoral disasters now for several decades.

Welt Online: George W. Bush to Be Impeached?

George W. Bush to be impeached?
Dennis Kucinich posts online impeachment petition

Senator (sic) Kucinich is at it again. This time he wants to deliver one million US signatures supporting the impeachment of George W. Bush to Nancy Pelosi by September 10.

US Representative Dennis Kucinich: "The decision before us is whether to demand accountability for one of the gravest injustices imaginable."

Ohio Senator (sic) Dennis Kucinich is not giving up his fight to have George W. Bush impeached during his last days in office. He has posted an online petition and invited U.S. citizens to assist in the collection of one million signatures by September 10 2008.

Speaker for the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has remained firm on her resolution that impeachment is "off the table." In August she told Time Magazine: "You can't talk about impeachment unless you have the facts, and you can't have the facts unless you have cooperation from the Administration. I think the Republicans would like nothing better than for us to focus on impeachment and take our eye off the ball of a progressive economic agenda."

But the possibility of confusing voters in the run-up to the Presidential elections has not detered Kucinich. Among his reasons for the campaign he lists that there should be a new standard set for the incoming administration and that the Bush Administration should be held accountable as soon as possible for the poor response to the catastrophe following Hurricane Katrina as well as the deaths in Iraq, both of American soldiers and Iraqi citizens that he estimates as being well over one million.

More information at

Ohio Bans Home Storage of Voting Machines

Ohio Bans Home Storage of Voting Machines
"Sleepovers" are banned in Ohio
By Mary Pat Flaherty |

Not the pillowfight type, but rather sleepovers in which elections workers in 23 of Ohio's 88 counties keep voting machines stored in their homes, workplaces or cars shortly before election day to reduce the cost and hassle of getting them to polling places.

The longstanding practice did not "ensure the security of all voting equipment" and must end, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner told elections directors Tuesday.

US Accused of War Crimes Over Torture Methods

US Accused of War Crimes Over Torture Methods

The use of torture by the US Government in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001 has come under increasing criticism.

In 1863 at the height of the US civil war, president Abraham Lincoln set the principles for interrogation of prisoners with a famous instruction "military necessity does not admit of cruelty".

It took the September 11 attacks to change those principles and Vice-President Dick Cheney said the US would now have to work through the dark side.

In response, government lawyers drew up the so-called torture memos that would ultimately unleash the abuses at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and at a host of secret CIA "black sites".

Was Bush Involved in U.S. Attorney Scandal? Depends on Whom You Ask

Was Bush Involved in U.S. Attorney Scandal? Depends on Whom You Ask
President Bush Still Dogged By Questions Over What He Knew and When

It may be the Bush-era version of "What did he know, and when did he know it?", the famous question that dogged Nixon through the Watergate break-in scandal.

Before the court of public opinion, White House spokespeople have long maintained President Bush had no involvement in the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys, the central decision that mushroomed into one of the biggest scandals in eight years of the Bush administration.

He Warned Us

My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.

New York Settles Suit With Antiwar Activists for $2M

New York settles suit with antiwar activists for $2M

The city has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed antiwar activists were unjustly arrested five years ago, city officials said.

The suit was filed by 52 activists against the Iraq war who were arrested in April 2003 outside the Manhattan offices of a military contractor.

"This settlement was reached without any admission of liability on behalf of the city and the individual defendants," said Susan Halatyn, a spokeswoman for the city's Law Department. "Although defendants believe that they would ultimately have prevailed at a trial, the costs of going forward weighed in favor of a settlement at this time."

Bush, Cheney Deserve Impeachment

Bush, Cheney deserve impeachment
By BRANDON SACK | Independent Florida Alligator

Given their Nixon–esque polling numbers, it’s safe to say that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are not exactly the most popular pair to grace 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. In fact, only about 25 percent of people think our feckless leader is doing a good job. Incidentally, the same percentage of people predicted that the second coming of Jesus would occur in 2007. I’ve got a hunch that there’s a lot of overlap in those two groups.

But while it may make us feel smart and savvy to point out Bush’s failures, it doesn’t do anything to set this country on the right course.

Chico CA Council Rebuffs Impeachment Efforts

Council Rebuffs Impeachment Effort

CHICO -- Deciding it wasn't an issue for the city to take a stance on, the Chico City Council Tuesday night turned down a group of residents wanting support in an effort to impeach the president and vice president.

After hearing from more than 20 people, the council voted 4-1 to not support a resolution brought forward by the Chico Impeach Team that would have urged Congress to begin the process to impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Did Washington Waste Millions on Faulty Voting Machines?

Did Washington waste millions on faulty voting machines?
By Greg Gordon | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding that have gone to upgrade the nation's voting machines since 2003 were used to purchase touch-screen systems that many states are now scrapping because of concerns about their security and reliability.

State governments in Alaska, California, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Tennessee and New Mexico have decided to replace their touch-screen electronic machines. While some states have completed the switch, others won't finish replacing the machines until 2010. Nationwide, the federal government spent $1.2 billion on new voting machines between 2003 and 2007.

What's Worth More? A Dollar, or a Vote?

In 2000, James Baker famously said "Machines are neither Republicans nor Democrats and therefore can never be consciously or even unconsciously biased." In less than 3 minutes, Stephen Spoonamore debunks Baker's propaganda, and explains that every American must recognize that election fraud isn't a partisan issue; it's a fascist issue. Spoonamore raises two fundamental issues: What was the will of the voter? Was that the way the votes were really cast?

Understanding Aegis: First-Strike Warfare

by Bruce K. Gagnon | Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

For those of us living in Maine, the Navy's Aegis destroyer program is something we often think about. These ships are built at Bath Iron Works (BIW) and once or twice a year a new Aegis is "Christened". Each time Maine Veterans for Peace organizes a protest at the ceremony that usually draws several thousand workers, Navy personnel, and politicians from both the Republican and Democratic party who come to give their blessings to the new ship. BIW is the largest employer in Maine, outside of the state government, and the politicians pride themselves in securing as many of these ship construction contracts as possible - considering they cost over $1 billion each.

The most important thing to know about Aegis though is its military mission. These ships are outfitted with nuclear-capable cruise missiles and were the first weapons fired in the 2003 U.S. "shock and awe" invasion of Iraq. Any U.S. full-scale attack on Iran will likely begin from an Aegis destroyer.

Aegis ships are also a key component in the Pentagon's new Star Wars program. They are now outfitted with "missile defense" systems and we are told their job is to hit "rogue state" nuclear missiles being sent toward the U.S. in the "midcourse" of their flight.

The Secret Deal For Iraq's Oil

The Secret Deal For Iraq's Oil
By Jason Leopold | The Public Record

Four months before the United States invaded Iraq, the Department of Defense was secretly working with Vice President Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton Corp., on a secret deal that would give the world's second largest oil services company total control over Iraq's oil fields, according to interviews with Halliburton's most senior executives.

Previously undisclosed Halliburton documents obtained by The Public Record confirm that controlling the world's second largest oil reserves was a top priority for the Bush administration. Additionally, the deal between the Department of Defense and Halliburton unit Kellogg, Brown & Root to operate Iraq's oil industry saved Halliburton from imminent bankruptcy.

Chico CA City Council Asked to Pass Resolution Regarding Impeaching Bush, Cheney

City Council asked to pass resolution regarding impeaching Bush, Cheney

A group of residents want the Chico City Council to back up their request to impeach the president and vice president.

The group, which informally calls itself the "Chico Impeach Team," is asking the council to pass a resolution urging Congress to "do its job" and begin the process to impeach President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, group project leader Marla Crites said.

While acknowledging the terms of both will end in January, Crites said she believed it was not too late for impeachment.

"I think they need to be held accountable whether they have one more day in office or two more years," Crites said. "I think we need to fight for justice or fairness ... Whoever wins the election can, unless we set things straight, can pick up wherever they left off and can continue the same behavior. And that to me is dangerous."

Bush Has Reasons to Stiff Vermont

Bush has reasons to stiff Vt.

BRATTLEBORO — It's not that President Bush is ignoring Vermont, which twice gave him the fewest votes of any state. Heck, on Friday he declared part of it a disaster.

It's just that Bush hasn't been here since taking office, making the Land of Ben and Jerry the only state he has not visited as president.

And now — with a gubernatorial race featuring an incumbent Republican not eager to have his photo taken with Bush (not to mention a voter-approved resolution in Brattleboro calling for Bush's arrest) — smart money says he might not get here before depositing his final government paycheck in January.

Out Damned Blot: A Letter to Colin Powell

Out Damned Blot: A Letter to Colin Powell
By Ray McGovern

August 15, 2008

Dear Colin,

You have said you regret the “blot” on your record caused by your parroting spurious intelligence at the U.N. to justify war on Iraq. On the chance you may not have noticed, I write to point out that you now have a unique opportunity to do some rehab on your reputation.

If you were blindsided, well, here’s an opportunity to try to wipe off some of the blot. There is no need for you to end up like Lady Macbeth, wandering around aimlessly muttering, Out damned spot...or blot.

September 10th - A Message from Rep. Dennis Kucinich

September 10th: The day before our world changed, a day to change the world!

Dear Friends,

On August 1st, I delivered to Speaker Nancy Pelosi a petition bearing the names of over 100,000 Americans that, like us, feel that the President must be held accountable for abusing executive power and disregarding his Constitutional obligations.

Your voices have been heard and your support continues to send a powerful message to lawmakers. That is why I call on you again to help us in a new effort to deliver 1 Million signatures to Speaker Pelosi on September 10, 2008. Sign the impeachment petition online at .


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