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By Bill Simpich and Scott Galindez, t r u t h o u t
Ft. Lewis, Washington - On the second day of the court-martial of First Lt. Ehren Watada, it seemed at times that the prosecution witnesses were really defense witnesses.
The day began with opening statements. The prosecution laid out the following charges:
Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 87
By Evan Derkacz, Alternet
Fool the press once, shame on you... fool them twice...
It's 4 years and a day since Colin Powell gave his "damning" and almost entirely false speech to the UN that put the final nail in the coffin of what is now over 3,000 American soldiers and over a half million Iraqis.
The press lapped it up, coming as it did from the administration's most skeptical cabinet-member and resident "centrist."
IRAQ VETERAN DENNIS KYNE: "AIN'T GOING' BACK AGAIN"
IRAQ WAR VETERAN DARRELL ANDERSON: "DIE FOR YOUR WAR -- TELL ME"
LT. EHREN WATADA RALLY, VET AND FOLKSINGER FROM PORTLAND
At this link you can find Selectman Dan Dewalt discussing impeachment in Vermont, Senator Ortiz Y Pino discussing impeachment in New Mexico, Paul Koretz and Cindy Montanez on California, and a comparison of Vietnam and Iraq war lies.
By Doreen Key
My interview with Lieutenant Ehren Watada airs tomorrow, Wednesday, at 5 PM PacificTime on KPFK (90.7 FM in L.A. -- 98.7 FM Santa Barbara). Lt. Watada is the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq -- a war he feels is "illegal and immoral." He is a TRUE hero and an inspiration to all in the art of civil disobedience!
Hope you can tune in . . . For those outside L.A. and Santa Barbara, listen live at www.kpfk.org
By Evan Derkacz
Special call to any reader able to translate this video... please contact PEEK@alternet.org and we'll thank you with a complimentary DVD...
Juan Cole notes that Bush isn't hated in the Arab world so much as he's mocked:
When I hear Bush and Cheney keep talking about "getting the job done" in Iraq, the thing that most amazes me is that they don't know they are laughingstocks in the region. It isn't just that they are widely hated, or distrusted, or viewed as failures. It is that people are laughing at them. No surge can fix that.
Pictorial essay of Tehran before the bombs fall, set to Cat Steven's "Peacetrain".
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By Joseph Shapiro, NPR
All Things Considered, February 4, 2007 · Last month, Harvard professor Linda Bilmes presented a paper at a meeting of social scientists about the cost of treating injured soldiers. She reported that 50,000 American troops had been wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A few days later she got a call from a senior Pentagon official.
Declaring Victory Press Conference - Feb 1, 2006 @ National Press Club
Link to full grouping of videos from Sarah Olson's Defend The Press
3 minute overview of event at National Press Club
3 minute video of Watada story and what happened to Sarah Olson
Investigation: Drug Users Ushered Into Military Service
HOUSTON -- Note: The following story is a verbatim transcript of an Investigators story that aired on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, on KPRC Local 2 at 10 p.m.
Tonight, Local 2 investigates a new danger for U.S. troops in Iraqi war zones. Our hidden cameras uncover how drug users and even addicts are being ushered into military service as tens of thousands of new troops are being sent to Iraq.
On January 27, 2007, 500,000 marched against war and occupation in Washington, DC. After this mass demonstration against the war, Kelly Dougherty, co-founder and Executive Director of Iraq Veterans Against War, and Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal spoke at the Bus Boys and Poets cafe. Their talks followed an incredible performance of songs by activist/hip hop artist Son of Nun.
In this audio clip, Central Florida Veterans For Peace's Phil Restino defends 500,000 Marcher Count, Hollywood Participation, Calls for Impeachment, and more on Tuesday, Jan 30th "The Guy James Show" on the Head On Radio Network. Agrees with Jane Fonda's message of "Silence is no longer an option".
VoteVets.org, with Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, is leading the charge against the President’s escalation of the war in Iraq with a new television advertisement today. We’re targeting a number of Senators who still have not come out in favor of the strongest Senate resolution, sponsored by Senators Joe Biden and Chuck Hagel. We are backing up the ad with a two-day, seven-city tour, that will take this battle right into the Senators’ back yards...
By Evan Derkacz, www.alternet.org
Warning: This video may be disturbing to some viewers
The video to the right, which contains a disturbing message from a man who claims to have been a guard at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, was removed from Youtube recently for violating the terms of agreement. It's easy to see why.
According to IraqSlogger, an investigation into the validity of the obscured man's claims of torture, rape and abuse has begun. Though the Army's investigative affairs division isn't providing details they do say they're taking it "seriously," according to Christina Davidson's report, which goes on to point out that there have been a number of false claims of both soldier and insurgent atrocities.