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Impeachment Vigils September 1, 2006

Activism | Impeachment

Progressive Democrats of America and After Downing Street encourage you to hold a vigil for impeachment on Friday evening, Sept. 1st, preceded or followed by a meeting to dicuss and plan for Camp Democracy. Enter your event into online system HERE. Search for an event already planned in your area HERE. Here are resources from Camp Democracy.

Oh, Rapture.

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Oh, Rapture.  

Prisoners of Conscience

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Prisoners of Conscience  

MIKE FERNER
http://www.mikeferner.org/

Mike Ferner is the author of the new book Inside the Red Zone, an account of his experiences in Iraq. He was a Navy corpsman during the Vietnam War is now a dedicated peace felon and member of the Veterans for Peace.

Bush Must Negotiate to Make America Safer, Say Former Generals

Media

By Aaron Glantz, www.OneWorld.net

SAN FRANCISCO - Twenty-one former generals and high ranking national security officials have called on United States President George W. Bush to reverse course and embrace a new area of negotiation with Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. In a letter released Thursday, the group told reporters Bush's 'hard line' policies have undermined national security and made America less safe.

It is Time to Censure a Lawless President

Censure

By John Nichols, The Nation

When Russ Feingold first argued that the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program was in clear violation of federal law and the spirit of the Constitution, and that the Senate must censure the president for his wrongdoing, the maverick senator was condemned by the White House, ridiculed by Republicans and given the cold shoulder by most Democrats.

But, now, the Wisconsin Democrat who in March proposed that the Senate censure Bush for flagrantly disregarding the law has a federal judge on his side. And the question becomes: When will Democratic and Republican members of the Senate join Feingold in demanding that the administration be held to account for its assaults on basic liberties and the rule of law?

Cafferty: Success in Iraq?

Media

By: Jamie Holly
http://www.crooksandliars.com

Jack Cafferty did a great run down of all the points of "success" we have heard about in Iraq. From the toppling of the Saddam statue to the killing of Zarqawi, he hit them all then asked the most important question; "Do you think we need a new definition of what constitutes success in Iraq?" WATCH.

NSA Ruling a Victory For the Constitution

Spying

By Sarah Olson, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org

Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, of the US District Court in Detroit, Michigan, handed the American Civil Liberties Union and their supporters a stunning victory yesterday when she ruled the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program was unconstitutional. Taylor ruled the secret program violated the First and Fourth Constitutional amendments, as well as the separation of powers principle. She also ruled the surveillance program was not sanctioned by the Authorization of the Use of Military Force, nor was it protected from judicial scrutiny by the State Secrets Act as the Department of Justice had argued.

"The US and Israel Stand Alone"

Media

SPIEGEL Interview with Jimmy Carter

Former US president Jimmy Carter speaks with DER SPIEGEL about the danger posed to American values by George W. Bush, the difficult situation in the Middle East and Cuba's ailing Fidel Castro.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Carter, in your new book you write that only the American people can ensure that the US government returns to the country's old moral principles. Are you suggesting that the current US administration of George W. Bush of acting immorally?

Conyers: Bush might be 'on the way to jail'

Congress | Criminal Prosecution | Impeachment

By Lukery

I've been late responding to some comments today for a variety of reasons. Apologies 'bout that. There were some goodies - so i'll get to them soon.

LeeB wrote:

Rep. John Conyers was a guest on Thom Hartmann's show this morning. If you act fast -- like before 2:00 a.m. GMT, TODAY, you can hear it for free on the internet toobz at the Seattle Air America affiliate I listen to. Thom specifically asked him about plans for impeachment.

Bush's Weapon of Mass Deception

Media

By Larry C Johnson, www.Noquarter.typepad.com

It is a week since news broke in London about an alleged plot to blow up nine commercial jetliners and there are emerging indicators that Bush and Blair exaggerated the truth about the actual readiness of the so-called plot. And yes, I mean so-called plot. Why would Bush and Blair hype a terrorist threat? A very simple answer. The White House was on notice that Seymour Hersh's story that the Bush Administration encouraged Israel to invade Lebanon as part of a broader scheme to set the stage for war with Iran. Tony Blair, Bush's enabler, went along with the ruse.

Why Do We Hate Them?

Media

Fear and Loathing in the Occident
By Jason Miller

Islamophobia is a mental and spiritual affliction. And our Western ruling elites bear the responsibility for inflicting it upon the psyches of the masses.

Now that the Stalinist/Maoist regimes have collapsed or evolved toward capitalism and no fascist states with imperial ambitions exist (besides the United States and its few allies), the American Empire needed to find a new "enemy” to replace Stalinists and Nazis. Much of the soft power employed by the leaders of America’s “top down democracy” stems from psychological manipulation of “the mob”. Mobilization of the masses against a common enemy “threatening the very existence of the American Way” has long been a staple in the United States’ ruling elites’ ongoing push to monopolize the world’s wealth, power, and prestige.

IT'S TIME TO SUPPORT CANDIDATES WHO WILL GET US OUT OF IRAQ

Elections

ACTION PAGE: http://www.usalone.com/bright/pnum448.php

Jean Hay Bright, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Maine, has been campaigning on a pro-peace, anti-war platform for more than a year, but has been ignored by the media and the Washington Beltway crowd because she's opposing Olympia Snowe, who despite being one of the most pro-war, hawkish senators in Washington has been able to FOOL the media and the public by claiming she's a moderate.

A Silent Revolution

Media

By Jim Ridout, http://magic-city-news.com/article_6492.shtml

Tensions around the world have not been this high in decades. There are some who speak of another World War. It should be clear that the foreign policy of George Bush and The Republican Party have failed miserably. Where and what are the beginnings and roots of their doctrine? The answer lies in a political philosophy and cabal founded in 1997 called The Project for The New American Century, an UnAmerican Ultra-conservative think (?) tank.

Contradictions, anomalies, questions mount in UK terror scare

Media

By Julie Hyland, http://www.wsws.org

A British court on Wednesday extended the warrants for 23 people held since August 10 in connection with the alleged plot to blow up commercial airliners flying from Britain to the US. An additional person was arrested Tuesday. The judge issued his ruling late in the evening following a closed-door hearing that lasted most of the day.

Under Britain’s recently passed anti-terror law, suspected terrorists can be held for up to 28 days without being charged. Amid growing indications that the authorities lack firm evidence to back up their claims that the arrested men and women were on the verge of executing a terror attack on the scale of 9/11, there had been speculation in the press that at least some of the prisoners would be ordered released.

Plame to use "Paula Jones precedent" to force Cheney to testify

Criminal Prosecution

By Lindsay Beyerstein
http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/lindsay/40465

The Pensito Review reports that Valerie Plame's lawyer will use a precedent set during the Clinton administration to force Vice President Dick Cheney to testify in Plame's civil suit.

In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Bill Clinton's presidential immunity did not extend to private behavior. So, based on this "Paula Jones" precedent, Cheney's on the hook--unless his lawyers can convince the judge that if their client revealed Plame's identity it would have been on government business.

Bombs Aimed at GIs in Iraq Are Increasing

Media

By Michael R. Gordon, Mark Mazzetti and Thom Shanker, The New York Times

Washington - The number of roadside bombs planted in Iraq rose in July to the highest monthly total of the war, offering more evidence that the anti-American insurgency has continued to strengthen despite the killing of the terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Along with a sharp increase in sectarian attacks, the number of daily strikes against American and Iraqi security forces has doubled since January. The deadliest means of attack, roadside bombs, made up much of that increase. In July, of 2,625 explosive devices, 1,666 exploded and 959 were discovered before they went off. In January, 1,454 bombs exploded or were found.

LEGAL VICTORY FOR ACTIVISTS

Nonviolent Resistance

Judge downgrades charges. Nine war opponents arrested after refusing to
leave Rep. Dent's office.
By PRECIOUS PETTY, The Express-Times

ALLENTOWN | A judge Monday reduced the severity of charges pending against
nine peace group members arrested during a January demonstration at the
Bethlehem office of U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent.

Lehigh County President Judge William H. Platt granted First Assistant

Bush is crap, says Prescott

Media

Deputy PM criticises US handling of Middle East, condemning 'cowboy' President at private meeting
By Colin Brown, http://news.independent.co.uk

John Prescott has given vent to his private feelings about the Bush presidency, summing up George Bush's administration in a single word: crap.

The Deputy Prime Minister's condemnation of President Bush and his approach to the Middle East could cause a diplomatic row but it will please Labour MPs who are furious about Tony Blair's backing of the United States over the bombing of Lebanon.

British Arms Merchant With Passport to the Pentagon

Media

By Leslie Wayne, New York Times

It is hard to tell whether BAE Systems should be flying the Union Jack or waving the Stars and Stripes.

BAE, the British military contractor, manages top-secret programs in England and the United States and makes weapons for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the world’s fourth-largest military contractor and the seventh-biggest in the United States, the only foreign Pentagon supplier to crack the top 10.

All-night queues as Baghdad runs out of petrol

Media

By Oliver Poole in Baghdad, www.telegraph.co.uk

Iraq has the third largest oil reserves in the world but yesterday drivers were forming mile-long queues outside petrol stations, knowing that they would spend the night in their cars before they could fill up.

Only six weeks ago, Baghdad's streets were jammed with traffic. Now they are nearly empty because pumps have all but run dry.

The official explanation is attacks on infrastructure. A pipeline from the northern oilfields around Kirkuk was targeted last month while the Beiji power station, one of the country's largest, was partially closed after workers fled following death threats.