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By David Edwards and Andrew Bielak, www.RawStory.com
The US government began hearings on Friday to determine if 14 accused terrorists currently being held at Guantanamo Bay can be deemed enemy combatants. The hearings, which have been closed to independent observers, are receiving heavy criticism for their secretive nature and what some are calling pre-determined outcomes.
"The administration has been almost pathological in trying to find ways to keep these people from ever seeing a real judge or a real lawyer," John Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, told the Associated Press, "and the reasons are obvious."
Friday night on Real Time, Bill Maher interviewed retired Army Major General Paul D. Eaton who was the original Commander in charge of training Iraqi troops. Maher tries to get a laugh out of him but as you'll see, Eaton is a straightforward man who doesn't mince words — if he says it, he means it. He blames Donald Rumsfeld for the majority of the failures in Iraq (including the current problems at Walter Reed), thanks God for the new Democratic majority and lays down some truth. -- James Starowicz
On March 9, a church basement in Washington, D.C., filled up with people eager to discuss and debate impeachment. Four speakers began the discussion with brief remarks: 27 year veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern, founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org and former staffer for Dennis Kucinich’s presidential campaign; Dave Lindorff, author of "The Case for Impeachment"; and John Judge, former staffer of Rep. Cynthia McKinney who helped draft articles of impeachment legislation. Pete Perry of the Washington Peace Center hosted and moderated. The video is broken into three parts:
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Videos by Barry Student.
Inspiration for Tom Cruise character in "A Few Good Men" describes Republican pressure before firing... Watch this.
By Democracy Now!
Protests have broken out across Latin America as President Bush begins a
five-nation tour. In Brazil, over 30,000 people took to the streets of Sao
Paulo Thursday with more underway in Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala and
Mexico. We go to Uruguay for a report.
* Colombian Opposition Leader Gustavo Petro Defies Threats to Challenge Ties
Videos shot March 9, 2007, in Washington DC by William Hughes
John Judge is a former staffer for former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA):
Dave Lindorff is a journalist and the author of "The Case for Impeachment":
David Swanson is a journalist, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, and also a former staffer for Dennis Kucinich's presidential campaign:
Ray McGovern is a former CIA analyst, where he worked for 27 years. He is also the founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity:
IMPEACHMENT ACTION ITEM: THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 1-3 PM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, 3-5 PM EASTERN TIME
PLEASE HELP SENATOR ERIC OEMIG AND SJM 8016 BY TUNING IN TO THE MIKE MEDVED SHOW TODAY. TALK ABOUT IMPEACHMENT TODAY! 1-800-955-1776
Please help pass SJM 8016, our bill to investigate Bush and Cheney by tuning in to the Mike Medved radio show today. It broadcasts nationally. You participation is essential, because Mike Medved is a conservative host. We will need intelligent comments and questions coming from you.
By Doreen Key
Part of my interview with Peace Mom, Cindy Sheehan, will be played nationally on Pacifica radio TODAY at 5 PM, Pacific time listen at www.kpfk.org
My entire interview with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, will air TONIGHT on KPFK at 8 PM, Pacific time (same URL), to celebrate International Women's Day.
By David Swanson
House Appropriations Chair David Obey (Dem., Wisc.) ran into woman in the hallway in Washington recently and ended up yelling at her and her friends, accusing them of "smoking something that's not legal" if they disagreed with him, and denouncing "idiot liberals."
The woman, Tina Richards, introduced herself to Obey as the mother of a Marine about to depart for his third tour of Iraq, and as someone who has tried to communicate with Obey but received no response. Then she…
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
Vice President Cheney¹s former chief of staff Lewis ³Scooter² Libby is
facing up to 25 years in prison following his conviction on Tuesday in the
CIA leak case. Jurors found Libby guilty of four felony counts of making
false statements to the FBI, lying to a grand jury and obstructing a probe
into the leak of Valerie Plame¹s identity. Libby is the highest-ranking
White House official to be convicted of a felony since the Iran-Contra
3-6-07: Washington State Senator Eric Oemig updates the status of Senate Joint Memorial 8016 (Impeachment Channel #31)
To his credit, Mattzie calls for a date certain to end the war. To his credit, Andrews then agrees. And Mattzie says Congress should vote No on the Supplemental unless it forces an end of the war. Andrews does not disagree.
3-5-07: David Swanson, co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, criticizes Washington, D.C., Democrats for foot-dragging on impeachment/Iraq War-ending for perceived, but non-existent, partisan and personal political advantage (Impeachment Channel #30)
ON-LINE VIDEO IN TWO PARTS
"In an unprecedented two-day Citizens' Hearing held over January 20-21, 2007, more than 600 citizens joined a distinguished tribunal panel in listening to testimony about the legality of the US invasion of Iraq. The Citizens' Hearing on the Legality of U.S. Actions in Iraq was convened to present evidence that Lt. Ehren Watada would have presented in his February 5 court martial on the question that the military ruled barred from entry (on Jan. 16) - the question of the Iraq War's legality. Lt. Watada has repeatedly asserted that because the Iraq War is illegal, it is his duty to refuse orders to deploy. He is the Army's first commissioned officer to take such a stand." For complete details on the Citizens' Hearing, please see: http://www.WarTribunal.org For updates on Lt. Watada, please see: http://www.thankyoult.org
By Evan Derkacz
The Nation's Max Blumenthal confronted some of the rightwing's leading lights including, yes, Ann Coulter... WATCH.
Hear Daniel Ellsberg, Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, World Can't Wait National Coordinator Debra Sweet, Fr. Luis Barrios and Anastasia Gomes:
Monday, March 5
9 - 11 P.M. EST: This is a live 2 hour round-table with call-ins.
WBAI, 99.5 FM, the Pacifica affiliate in New York
Listen online at www.WBAI.org