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Friday, May 27, 2005

Downing Street Memo - Signatures Needed

John Conyers needs 100,000 signatories.

Rise of the Neocons

How did we get here?

This sobering article documents the Neocon movement and their subsequent rise to power.

What the American conservative movement has done so effectively over the last three decades is to perfect a dynamic of fear and inject it into the key institutions for generating or disseminating information.

This strategy took shape in the latter half of the 1970s amid the ashes of the Watergate scandal and the U.S. defeat in Vietnam. Conservatives were determined that those twin disasters – getting caught in a major political scandal and seeing the U.S. population turn against a war effort – should never happen again.

So what's the solution?

It’s simply not enough to tell journalists, politicians and others that they must buck up and do the right thing, especially when people who do show courage are systematically destroyed and made into object lessons for colleagues left behind.

If individuals are expected to be courageous, there must be courageous institutions to surround and protect them. That’s why the creation of a counter-infrastructure – one that will take on both the powerful conservative infrastructure and the cowardly mainstream media – is so vital.

Impeachment Inquiries?

For anyone who has been paying attention the crimes are certainly there, but if a tree falls...

We need to get this in the media spotlight, do what you can: call/write your representatives, forward, link to, call talk-radio, discuss with friends and family. The wheels have been set in motion, let's help push it over the cliff...

A coalition of activist groups running the gamut of social and political issues will ask Congress to file a Resolution of Inquiry, the first necessary legal step to determine whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in misleading the country about his decision to go to war in Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

The formal Resolution of Inquiry request, written by Boston constitutional attorney John C. Bonifaz, cites the Downing Street Memo and issues surrounding the planning and execution of the Iraq war. A resolution of inquiry would force relevant House committees to vote on the record as to whether to support an investigation.

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Within 48 hours after the attack on Iraq, the president wrote a letter to Congress indicating that Iraq posed a serious and imminent threat to national security and if he knew that was not true at the time he submitted that letter it is a clear violation of the False Statements Accountability Act of 1996, Bonifaz said.

Under this Act, amending 18 U.S.C. 1001, it is a crime knowingly and willfully (1) to falsify, conceal or cover up a material fact by trick, scheme or device; (2) to make any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) to make or use any false writing or document knowing it to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; with respect to matters within the jurisdiction of the legislative, executive, or judicial branch.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Freudian Slips

King George actually speaks the truth for once.

I'll probably say it three more times. See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

Maybe he is just unaware that most people think propaganda is a bad word?

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Thanks Randi!

Randi Rhodes does an awesome job articulating the many problems with our news media at the Democratic Media Forum on Media Bias hosted by Congressman John Conyers:

If you are a conservative there is room on the dial, in the news rooms and on the cable channels for you, (provided you have the right hair, jewelry and stylist) If you are a liberal, and your life's dream was to report news, anchor news or be an investigative journalist, you will see, day after day, your stories censored, edited, or just killed. Corporate and government interference in reporting the news can also affect journalists who have no particular political agenda. They simply report the facts as they find them. If these facts are inconvenient or unflattering to the Republican Majority Party agenda they can be accused of being an accessory to murder, unpatriotic or fired.

Just this past week the White House decided to call Newsweek Magazine an accessory to murder for printing a story of Koran abuse that the ICRC has clearly documented for more than three years, in three separate countries. Cuba, Afghanistan and Iraq.

News is essential for a vibrant participatory Democracy to continue to work and serve all who are lucky enough to be naturalized or born here. Unfortunately the forces at work are dumbing down the citizens AND IT IS BY DESIGN. How can anyone explain to a sane viewer that on the second day of Republicans and Democrats battling out the way the Senate will advise and consent to judicial nominees, the lead story on ABC World News Tonight was Star Wars bootlegging. On the second day of Republicans invoking something called the "Nuclear Option" -- So named because the fallout would be so devastating to democracy as we know it , the lead story on Fox News was two missing kids in Idaho. Michael Jackson, the Runaway Bride were also lead and sometimes the only story reported on various NEWS Channels. Aren’t we a Nation at war?


To bad, this won't make it on the nightly news.

Not So Free-Press

Check out the Freedom of Press rankings...

Reporters Without Borders announces its third annual worldwide index of press freedom. Such freedom is threatened most in East Asia (with North Korea at the bottom of the entire list at 167th place, followed by Burma 165th, China 162nd, Vietnam 161st and Laos 153rd) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia 159th, Iran 158th, Syria 155th, Iraq 148th).

What kind of medal do we get for 23rd place?

Veterans Sue Rumsfeld

From the UK's Gaurdian...

WASHINGTON (AP) - Residents of a historic retirement home for war veterans filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday against Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, asserting that the Pentagon chief has imposed excessive and illegal cutbacks in on-site medical and dental services.

The suit was filed in federal court on behalf of the nearly 1,000 residents at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, one of two such institutions managed by the Defense Department.


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``We're really trying to improve the benefits for our residents and create the foundation for the financial stability of the Armed Forces Retirement Home,'' McManus said. The budget for operating the home has fallen from about $63 million last year to $58 this year, he said.

It becomes clearer everday our media is simply the mouth-piece of the Bush administration's fascist agenda.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

5,133 AWOL Troops

Funny how you don't hear about this on the nightly news, but it did makes its way to the U.S. Air Force press...

Sergeant Kevin Benderman cannot shake the images from his head. There are bombed villages and desperate people. There are dogs eating corpses thrown into a mass grave. And most unremitting of all, there is the image of a young Iraqi girl, no more than eight or nine, one arm severely burnt and blistered, and the sound of her screams.

Last January, these memories became too much for this veteran of the war in Iraq. Informed his unit was about to return, he told his commanders he wanted out and applied to be considered a conscientious objector. The Army refused and charged him with desertion. Last week, his case - which carries a penalty of up to seven years' imprisonment - started before a military judge at Fort Stewart in Georgia.

"If I am sincere in what I say and there's consequences because of my actions, I am prepared to stand up and take it," Sgt Benderman said. "If I have to go to prison because I don't want to kill anybody, so be it."

The case of Sgt Benderman and those of others like him has focused attention on the thousands of US troops who have gone AWOL (Absent Without Leave) since the start of President George Bush's so-called war on terror. The most recent Pentagon figures suggest there are 5,133 troops missing from duty. Of these 2,376 are sought by the Army, 1,410 by the Navy, 1,297 by the Marines and 50 by the Air Force. Some have been missing for decades.







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