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Tony Blair at the Iraq inquiry:

Day of regret, Day of reckoning

The Chilcot Inquiry will help write history's verdict on Tony Blair - and he may not like it

Return to the fray: Tony Blair giving evidence Photo: REUTERS

23rd January 2011 - His government did not, in Alastair Campbell’s words, “do God”. But on Friday the gods, yet again, seemed to do Tony Blair a favour.

The QE2 Conference Centre, venue of the Chilcot Inquiry, was patrolled on three sides by hungry TV crews. The police presence was high. Under no illusions about his public, Mr Blair arrived at dawn, nearly two hours before he was due to testify.

Iraq War Inquiry: Blair Returns

Tony Blair returns to Chilcot inquiry amid protests

Demonstrators protest against the former prime minster at his second appearance before the Iraq inquiry

21 January 2011 - A month before the Iraq war began a million people marched through London. This morning, almost eight years later, barely 100 activists mustered outside the conference centre opposite Westminster Abbey as Tony Blair returned to the Chilcot inquiry for perhaps his last official involvement in the conflict's aftermath.

Jan. 18, 2003 - Not Tea Parties

From This Week in History: Peace Buttons

In frigid temperatures, 500,000 converged on Washington, D.C.
There were also joined by many more elsewhere around the world to oppose the threatened U.S. war on Iraq.

This was the largest U.S. peace demonstration since the Vietnam era.

<---Anti-war protesters march past the U.S. Capitol during the start of an anti-war protest that will culminate by a march to the Washington Naval Yard.

Egyptian riot police and anti-war demonstrators face off in Cairo, Egypt. Banners at top read, " Iraq . . . Another war for oil and American supremacy."--->

Chilcot to Grill Blair - "Misled Inquiry" - On the 21st

Chilcot to grill Blair on how he 'misled' Iraq war inquiry

Panel recalls former PM to answer 'grave doubts' about the veracity of his original evidence

AFP/Getty Images: An Iraq inquiry source said of Blair: 'There is a feeling... he wilfully misrepresented the facts'

16 January 2011 - Tony Blair will face allegations that he has "misled" members of the Iraq inquiry when he returns to give evidence to the panel this week.

Giffords' Staff Keeps Moving Forward

This report was aired on the PBS News Hour last night.

AIR DATE: Jan. 14, 2011

Giffords' Staff Keeps Office Open While Coping With Shooting's Aftermath

 

SUMMARY Members of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staff have kept her office open, even as the Congresswoman fights to recover from a gunman's attack. Tom Bearden reports from Tucson. Transcript

A couple of cuts from the shows transcript:

 

A Country Heading to Destruction!

And this says what about this Country and Society,

Security was tight Friday morning as the hearse entered the church
parking lot and U.S. marshals checked the IDs of everyone entering the
lot. Four big coach buses brought dozens of judges who knew Roll over
the years.

One Hell Of Allot!!

Security tight at funeral for slain Arizona judge

War Criminals Watch Advisor Andy Worthington speaks on the Future of Guantanamo at Two Washington DC Panel Discussions

War Criminal Watch Special Events:

Nine Years of Guantanamo: What Now?
Panel Discussion with Andy Worthington, Tom Wilner, Morris Davis & Benjamin Wittes

January 11,2011 - 3:30 - 5 pm
New American Foundation
1899 L St.NW - Suite 400
Washington DC

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The Future of Guantanamo & Accountability for Torture
Panel Discussion with Andy Worhtington, Juan Mendes & Leili Kashani
& excerpts from Andy Worthington and Polly Nash's film "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo".

January 12, 2011 - 12:00 - 1:30pm
Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW - JD Lounge, 6th Floor
Washington DC

20 Forgotten Veterans

 

NY burials planned for 20 forgotten veterans

 

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — January 7, 2011 - Twenty servicemen from New York City whose bodies have gone unclaimed for months or longer will receive full military honors at national veterans cemetery service.

The mass service will be held Saturday at Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island. The Department of Veterans Affairs says it’s the largest of it kind in U.S. history.

It’s part of a national initiative in recent years to clear a massive backlog of unburied or unclaimed remains of both veterans and non-veterans.

Dec 26th 1971-Statue of Liberty, Liberation

Back on Tuesday, December 26, 2006 I posted this VVAW Anniversary-Dec 26th 1971-Statue of Liberty, Liberation on my first blog, still in my infancy of blog posting but I had gotten better, like embedding links etc.. This action took place only months after I returned from Vietnam, my last year of my four, and getting discharged back into civilian life. I wasn't with these brothers but I had already started down the path of activism against Wars of Choice and those that create them for profit and power. That post is below slightly refined and updated, had to find a link and embedded a document pdf player.

December 13 2001

Welcome to the bush start of the 21st century cold wars arms race and destruction of national security, the past decade of the wars and hate rhetoric from here have done the rest!!

U.S. quits ABM treaty

"Today I am giving formal notice to Russia that the United States of America is withdrawing from this almost 30-year-old treaty," Bush said in the White House Rose Garden. "I have concluded the ABM treaty hinders our government's ability to develop ways to protect our people from future terrorist or rogue state missile attacks." {continued}

FORUM & DISCUSSION: THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS - NYC, 12/10, 7-9PM

Join the NYC Coalition to Stop Islamophobia on Friday, Dec.10th from 7-9pm at 239 Thompson St. Washington Sq. Park, for an eye-opening panel presentation and open discussion about how and why fear and anti-Muslim bigotry are mobilized.

Sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Islamophobia in America.

More details at link below.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154177641295637

Mirror Wikileaks!!

Mass-mirroring Wikileaks

 

4 December 2010 - Wikileaks is currently under heavy attack.

In order to make it impossible to ever fully remove Wikileaks from the Internet, we need your help.

if you have a unix-based server which is hosting a website on the Internet and you want to give wikileaks some of your hosting resources, you can help!

Please follow the following instructions:

* Setup an account where we can upload files using RSYNC+SSH (preferred) or FTP

* Put our SSH key in this server or create an FTP account

* Create a virtual host in your web server, which, for example, can be wikileaks.yourdomain.com

* send the IP address of your server to us, and the path where we should upload the content. (just fill the form below) {read rest and sign on if able}

Tale Of A Pissed-Off Peace Activist

By Dede Miller

Best Practices
Photo by Linda Milazzo

On Monday, November 29th, I attended an event at Saddleback Church, or, as I now call it, Sodom and Gomorrah, in Lake Forest California. George Bush was the guest Philistine. Sodom and Gomorrah is located deep in the heart of VERY conservative Orange county California. I, and my fellow defenders of good and justice, were literally in the belly of the beast..

Wikileaks: The Faucet Has Opened!

I'll say this again: Sadly it looks like these don't go back far enough, I for one want to know how much it cost this country for the so called 'coalition of the willing' for the invasion of Iraq, and there's still plenty that needs to be added to what has already come out as to the previous admin!!

US embassy cables: browse the database

Sunday 28 November 2010 - Use our interactive guide to discover what has been revealed in the leak of 250,000 US diplomatic cables. Find stories and original documents by country, subject or people Visit to Use Their Interactive Globe and More

Internet 'Hijacking'

AIR DATE: Nov. 26, 2010 China's Internet 'Hijacking' Creates Worries for Security Experts

 

SUMMARY An 18-minute diversion of Internet traffic through China has raised security concerns around the world -- especially for governments and people in critical infrastructure -- and raises new concerns for online shoppers just ahead of Cyber Monday. Transcript

 

SOA Watch: 26 People Arrested

26 People Arrested and Held in County Jail on Multiple Charges

21 November 2010 - Thousands Converge at the gates of Fort Benning for 20th Anniversary of November Vigil to Close the SOA

Nonviolent civil disobedience action followed by indiscriminate arrests and targeting of journalists. Among those arrested by Columbus police were three journalists, including a TV news crew from RT America and unrelated bystanders.

INTERNATIONAL LAW & THE US PRESENTATION

International Law & the US - Principles & Practice: Options to Strengthen Accountability & Justice
When: 11.09.2010 7pm - 9pm. 6:30pm Food & Beverages served
Where: Brooklyn Law School, Student Lounge, 1st floor, 250 Joralemon St. Brooklyn
Directions: #2, 3 and 4 to Borough Hall; M and R to Court St; A, C and F to Jay St/Borough Hall.

The last of a three-part series co-sponsored by War Criminals Watch, Brooklyn for Peace, the Brooklyn Law School and New York City chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and the Brooklyn Law School International Law Society : Options for Strengthening Accountability & Justice - Organizing Strategies.

Presenters are:
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait
Ann Wright, Retired Colonel and former US State Dept official
Charlotte Dennert, author
Pam Spiess, Center for Constitutional Rights attorney

RSVP IS REQUIRED for non-BLS students BLS.NLG.RSVP@GMAIL.COM
For further information, contact warcriminalswatch@worldcantwait.org

What are They Hiding? Obama Administration Defending Black Site Prison at Bagram Airbase

By Dave Lindorff

A victory for the government in a federal court in New York City Monday marks another slide deeper into Dick Cheney’s “dark side” for the Obama Administration.

In a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has been seeking to force the Pentagon to provide information about all captives it is holding at its huge prison facility at Bagram Airbase outside Kabul in Afghanistan, Federal District Judge Barbara Jones of the Southern District of New York has issued a summary judgement saying that the government may keep that information secret.

The lingering question is: Why does the US government so adamantly want to hide information about where captives were first taken into military custody, their citizenship, the length of their captivity, and the circumstances under which they were captured?

Walk for Peace Permit Need in Question

Skowhegan permit at issue for peace walk

October 27 2010 - One of the organizers of the Sunday vigils for peace in Skowhegan and a supporter of a planned peace march next month left Skowhegan selectmen with more questions than answers Tuesday night.

University students and Buddhist monks, along with local activists and members of Veterans for Peace, are scheduled to march across the state in November to draw attention to the affects of war and war spending on the economy, Mark Roman of Solon said Tuesday.

Veterans for Peace, in conjunction with Waterville Area Bridges for Peace and Justice, are set to walk through central Maine beginning Nov. 2 -- Election Day. The Maine Walk for Peace, Human Needs and Veterans Care is slated to start in Farmington, Roman said.

SEE "THE RECKONING" DRAMATIC READINGS OF DETAINEES' STATEMENTS

Heads up, NY fans! Come to a very special performance of "The Reckoning," dramatic readings of detainees’ statements and the Torture Memos. Thurs., 10/28, 7-9PM at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Ave, Manhattan.

Get more information:

http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/wcw-events/details/546-theater-pe...

Major WikiLeaks press conference in Europe coming up.....

WikiLeaks plans 'major' announcement in Europe

Just minutes ago - 22 October 2010 - The WikiLeaks website appears close to releasing what the Pentagon fears is the largest cache of secret U.S. documents in history — hundreds of thousands of intelligence reports compiled after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

In a message posted to its Twitter page on Thursday, the organization said there was a "major WikiLeaks press conference in Europe coming up." WikiLeaks has not commented publicly on the imminent announcement.

Their disclosure would be the most massive leak of secret documents in U.S. history, and defense officials are racing to contain the damage.

“A Complete Non-Issue”

National Security “A Complete Non-Issue”?

15 October 2010 - Campaign events this week highlighted again how little thought conservatives are devoting to national security, including the two wars our nation is fighting - and how dangerously extreme and ill-informed they can be. From Sharron Angle's ludicrous proposal to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs to Christine O'Donnell's confusion between Iraq and Afghanistan, the Tea Party candidates seem to subscribe to Rand Paul's comment that foreign policy "is a complete non-issue" - a shocking commentary in wartime. When the issue does come up, conservatives find themselves split between polar extremes: neoconservative interventionism and extreme isolationism. As Pat Buchanan described it, it's the "Tea Party vs. War Party." {read rest}

Tonight, 10.17.10 Homeless Vets on 60min

This is going to be aired tonight:

Preview: Homeless Veterans

 

October 15, 2010 - Some veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan into the recession are finding themselves homeless. Scott Pelley reports on an annual encampment in San Diego where veterans can find hope, help and services. Sunday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Three years before: Mumbai Attack!!

Whoops looks like another point of total incompetence, or more likely a want that it was true so their wars and hate rhetoric could continue, by the cheney and his puppet's administration!! All the better for them if Americans were killed, and they were!!

Destroying the National security more, reaping the war blood wealth for themselves and their tight knit group of extreme hawks!

FBI Was Warned Years in Advance of Mumbai Attacker’s Terror Ties

Fire engulfs the top floor of the Taj Mahal hotel, site of one of the shootouts with terrorists in Mumbai on Nov. 26, 2008. (Pal Pillai/AFP/Getty Images)

Judge stops 'don't ask, don't tell'

Judge stops 'don't ask, don't tell' policy with worldwide injunction in landmark case

October 12, 2010 - A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the U.S. military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.

U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal. Legal experts say they are under no legal obligation to do so and could let Phillips' ruling stand. {read rest}

Live Stream: One Nation

The 'american taliban' To Celebrate

This little get together, and venue it's taking place at, fits well into a new book that's been recently released, but doesn't as to the Military it's Oaths and Constitution of this here United States.

{Note: by the way if you haven't yet purchased and do so at link it would help this old vet who's exhausted his unemployment and living off savings and might have to do what he never planned, retire, and at the ripe young age of 62 which doesn't come about till december.}

The 'christian?' military crusaders we now have?, and apparently some really want!, american taliban at work!!

Christian rally at Fort Bragg to continue as planned

VA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

I receive these VA press releases, as others do, and often times they send them out before posting them at the press release page on their site. Often it seems to take forever for a direct link, this one and another from yesterday have yet to be posted. I will give direct link if they ever do, or follow link below to list.

Recent VA News Releases

15 September 2010 - WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) joins the Nation in
saluting the country's largest ethnic group and its more than 1.1
million Veterans as it observes Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 to Oct.
15, as Hispanic Americans have fought in every American war.

A Time to Speak:

This is a lesson for school children and teens brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance program. It frankly, in these days, needs to be learned by more adults it seems then children, though those same adults, parents, granparents and other relatives, friends, neighbors, strangers and talking heads of many media outlets are showing just wasn't learned, nor wanted to be, when they were young!

 

A Speech by Charles Morgan

 

* Level:

* Grades 6 to 8

* Grades 9 to 12

* Subject:

* Social Studies

In this lesson, students will study Morgan’s speech to better understand the civil rights movement and the value of speaking out against injustice.

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