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Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, by David Swanson

Author: CIA Case Evidence Of Abuse Of Power

Author: CIA case evidence of abuse of power
By Jessica Bloch | Bangor Daily News

The news that an Italian court convicted on Wednesday a base chief for the CIA and 22 other Americans for the crime of rendition was evidence that the executive branch of the U.S. government has too much power, activist and author David Swanson told a small group of people Thursday afternoon at the University of Maine.

The crime for which the Americans were convicted surrounded the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric from the streets of Milan in 2003, according to a story Wednesday in The New York Times. The cleric was flown from an American air base in Italy to a base in Germany and then on to Egypt, where he asserts that he was tortured, the newspaper said.

“Kidnapping is still a crime in some places, but not [to U.S. government operatives]. Here it’s not a crime,” said Swanson, who spoke in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union as part of UMaine’s Socialist and Marxist Studies Series. Swanson is on tour supporting his new book, “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.”

The incident in Italy may be one example that the executive branch of the U.S. government has too much power over other branches of the government and at times has overstepped Congress, he said. Read more.

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David Swanson is a U.S. author, blogger, and activist. He is the author of "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union" and of the introduction to "The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush," by Dennis Kucinich. He co-founded and is the Washington Director of

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8:30 a.m. PT and thereafter: HERE.

Audio: David Swanson on Daybreak

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Maine to Rally for Peace and Justice

Noted National Activist to Speak in Bangor & Portland
David Swanson also to Speak at Nov 6 Peace Rally in Portland

Herb Hoffman, pala at

National activist, and author, David Swanson will be speaking in Bangor on November 5 and in Portland on November 6.

David Swanson is co-founder of, creator of, the Washington Director of, and a board member of Progressive Democrats for America. He served as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign and has been a leading voice for the prosecution of Bush and Cheney for war crimes.


David Swanson, co-founder of After Downing Street Coalition and author of “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union,” will be in the Philadelphia area Tuesday and Wednesday, November 3-4, speaking about his new book. Please share this information widely. Also see .

FIRST EVENT: Tuesday, November 3
Speaking at the University of the Arts, Terra Hall, 201 S. Broad St. (between Walnut and Locust) at the invitation of Professor Chuck Pennacchio at the following times:
11:30 – 12:50 Room 604
4:00 - 5:30 PM Room 202
This will be open to the University community, but not to the general public.

SECOND EVENT: Tuesday, November 3
Speaking at Villanova University, 19085 , St. Augustine Center, Room 300, at the invitation of Professor Joseph Betz, Department of Philosophy, at the following time:
7:30 - 9:30 PM, free and open to the public.

THIRD EVENT: Wednesday, November 4

Daybreak in PA, ME, MA, and CA

The Daybreak book tour is rolling along and has stopped in 20 of the scheduled 48 cities already.  The Miami, Fla., stop saw a hall packed to capacity with a crowd standing in the back and unable to get in, and the evening filmed by C-Span's Book TV.  Watch for it on your television or computer in the coming weeks.

Book TV

Air America host Nicole Sandler introduced the event in Miami and hosted a discussion of it last night on her show.

Please buy the book at your real-world book stores, which is what encourages them to stock greater quantities and display them more prominently.

Here's the complete tour schedule.

And below are the next several stops.  Join the tour, get a book and get it signed in Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, or California:

Nov. 3 Philadelphia PA
Nov. 4 Newtown and Kutztown, PA
Nov. 5 Bangor, ME
Nov. 6 Portland, ME
Nov. 7 M's Vineyard, MA
Nov. 19 Davis, CA
Nov. 20, Nevada City, CA
Nov. 21, Fresno and Fair Oaks, CA
Nov. 22, Bay Area, CA
Nov. 23, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 24, Orange County, CA



Daybreak Tour in Pennsylvania November 3-4

Philadelphia, Newtown, and Kutztown:

November 3, 2009, Philadelphia, PA

David Swanson will discuss and sign his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

Speaking at the University of the Arts at the invitation of Professor Chuck Pennacchio at the following times:
10:00 - 11:30 AM
4:00 - 5:30 PM
This will be open to the University community, but not to the general public.

In Villanova (western suburb of Philadelphia), speaking at Villanova University at the invitation of Professor Joseph Betz, Department of Philosophy, at the following time:
7:30 - 9:30 PM
St. Augustine Center, Room 300, public cordially invited.
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On Wednesday morning, November 4, 7:30 AM, speaking on Michael Smerconish's radio talk show from Bala Cynwyd (also a western suburb of Philly).

Jane Dugdale
tjdugdale at verizon dot net

November 4, 2009, Newtown and Kutztown, PA:


At Bucks County Community College, sponsored in cooperation with the Buxmont Coalition for Peace, takes place in the Fireside Lounge, located in the lower level of the Rollins Student Center on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940. For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Bursk at 215-968-8156. Details.


At the Kutztown University Campus at 7 p.m.
Boehm Lecture Hall, Room 145
Kutztown, PA 19530

On the map, it's building 12 and people can park in lots B1 or B2 to the left of the building on this map: PDF.

Kutztown is located on Route 222, halfway between Reading and Allentown. The Kutztown Exit on 222 puts you on Main Street.

Karen Feridun
info at kutztowndemocrats dot org

Daybreak Tour in Maine and Massachusetts November 5-7

Bangor, Portland, and Martha's Vineyard:

November 5, 2009, Bangor, Maine

David Swanson will discuss and sign copies of his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

12:30 p.m. Talk on "Undoing the Imperial Presidency"
Bangor Room, Memorial Union, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

4:00 p.m. informal meeting with students to discuss philosophy and activism

7:00 p.m. evening talk on "Forming a More Perfect Union: Rights We've Lost and Rights We've Never Had"
Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine
170 Park St
Bangor, ME

November 6, 2009, Portland, Maine

6:00 p.m. at Longfellow Bookstore
1 Monument Way
Portland, Maine

Contact the Maine organizers:

Jamilla El-Shafei
jamillaelshafei at

Bruce Gagnon
globalnet at

Michael Howard
Michael_Howard at

November 7, 2009, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Contact the Massachusetts organizer:

Bruce Nevin
bruce.nevin at gmail dot com

Daybreak Tour in California November 19-24

Davis, Nevada City, Fresno, Fair Oaks, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County:

November 19, 2009, Davis, California

David Swanson will discuss and sign his new book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

6:30 p.m. at the Avid Reader Bookstore
617 2nd Street
Davis, CA
between "E" and "F" Streets.

Directions: Taking I 80 West, take exit 72B (Richards Blvd/Olive Drive), turn right onto Richards Blvd, turn right onto First Street, turn left onto "F" Street to Second Street.

OR, Taking I 80 East, take exit 72 (Richards Blvd) and pick up First, then "F" Streets as above.

Mary Zhu
zbox at

Nancy Price
nancytprice at

November 20, 2009, Nevada City, CA

Doors open at 6:30 pm, program at 7:00 pm, Unitarian Universalists Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. Grass Valley, Nevada City, Calif.

Margaret Joehnck
margaretjoehnck at

November 21, 2009, Fresno, CA

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno
2672 E. Alluvial Ave, Clovis

Dan Yaseen
danyaseen at

November 21, 2009, Fair Oaks, CA

in evening at 5:00 p.m. dinner and speaking with Peace Pyramid
6009 Kifisia Way
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Tom King
tjking07 at

November 22, 2009, Bay Area, CA

* 12:30 p.m. in downtown Walnut Creek

* 3 p.m. at DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland
5433 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618, (510) 653-9965

* Dinner at [time and place TBA]

* 7:30 PM in the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar at Bonita, 1 block East of MLK Jr. Way
Wheelchair accessible. Donation requested.
Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee

Cindy Sheehan
cindy at

Susan Harman
susanharman1 at

Mary Alice O'Connor
maryalice at

November 23, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

At St. Bede's Church in Mar Vista at 7:30 p.m.
3590 Grand View Blvd., LA 90066 (Mar Vista)

Sponsored by:
CODEPINK: Women for Peace
Westside Progressives
Winograd for Congress

Ilene Proctor
proctor at anet dot net

Marcy Winograd
Winograd4congress at gmail dot com

November 24, 2009, Orange County, CA

Pat Alviso & Jeff Merrick
Military Families Speak Out
Orange County & South Bay Chapter
mfso-oc at

Listen and Participate Tuesday Night

The People Speak radio show
with host Basima Farhat
AIRDATE: 10/20/09 8-9 pm ET
Guest: DAVID SWANSON, activist/author
discusses Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect
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From 8-9 pm PT tonight listen to David Swanson with John Ford on KAOS in Olympia, WA, or online at

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What Young People Can Do: David Swanson at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg (4 videos)

On October 13, 2009, David Swanson discussed his new book "Daybreak" and US politics and took questions from students at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Video shot by Leonard Schmiege, candidate for St. Petersburg City Council.

More below!

Audio: David Swanson and Diego Mulligan

10-8-09 Podcast

Thursday - October 8

5:05PM MT – David Swanson on the Peace Pentagon

5:30PM MT - Jim Hightower Common Sense Commentary

5:35PM MT - Phil Smith with the Secure World Foundation on World Space Week

5:45PM MT – Phil Smith cont.

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New Review of Daybreak

Book Review - Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union by David Swanson
By Dave Berman, OpEdNews

Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union is the first book from David Swanson, a prominent national activist organizer known for, and his work with Progressive Democrats for America and Swanson's pedigree might suggest a partisan perspective but his book reveals a utopian idealist equally critical of President Obama, both parties, and the supposed two-party system. He is deeply devoted to restoring the rule of law through populist policies, wide-ranging reforms, and most demonstrably his own direct actions.

How Do We Claim What Is Ours?

Let's Try Democracy By David Swanson, Columnist

This is the third of three excerpts from Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union (Seven Stories Press) by David Swanson published here by the kind permission of the publisher.

Click here to read any of the commentaries in this series.

Radio: Waking Up Orwell

Waking Up Orwell features special interviewed guest David Swanson who speaks up about his new book Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming A More Perfect Union and more: BlogTalkRadio.

Heading to New Mexico and Florida -- See You There

New Mexico with Elliott Adams, Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan, David Swanson, Ann Wright

New Mexico Tour Presented by VETERANS FOR PEACE

Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque
OCTOBER 9, 10, 11

Detailed schedule here:

And here:


Daybreak in Florida with C-Span

David Swanson will discuss his book "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.

Oct. 12, 13 Tampa / St. Petersburg, FL
Oct. 14 Miami, FL (with C-Span filming)
Oct. 15 Orlando, FL

Details here:

Bringing Oligarchs Under the Rule of Law

By Charlotte Dennett

If there is one sentence in David Swanson’s remarkable book that bears repeating, it is this: “The first step in closing down an empire is bringing its emperors and oligarchs under the rule of law.”

I say this with the confidence that there are millions of Americans who are alarmed by Washington’s unconstitutional support for endless wars abroad and the accompanying erosion of democracy at home. David Swanson’s book ("Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidenct and Forming a More Perfect Union") provides an insight-packed roadmap on how to “undo the imperial presidency.” I’m going to use his book in my classroom and encourage others to do the same as we try to awaken a younger generation to the need to save our country from its seemingly inexorable slide toward fascism.

Speaking Events



March 24, Boone, NC.


March 25, Asheville, NC
Battery Park Apartments, 1 Battle Square, rooftop room, noon - 2 p.m.
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Tour begins here:

April 11, Washington, DC, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Streets.
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April 12, Baltimore, MD, 7:30 p.m. at Red Emma's.
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April 14, Bellingham, WA, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
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April 15, Seattle, WA
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Ave (8th and Seneca) 
Seattle, WA 98101
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April 16 Portland, OR


April 24, Oneonta, NY at Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta.
5:30 discussion with students.
7:00 talk and Q&A with everyone.
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May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event


June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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