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April 16th, 2009

Prosecutor: Drop case against Bush officials

By Al Goodman MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Prosecutors will recommend that a Spanish court drop its investigation of six former officials in the administration of U.S. George W. Bush for alleged torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Spain's attorney general said Thursday. Investigating judge Baltasar Garzon has the final say ... continue reading

March 18th, 2009

Some Truths About Guantanamo Bay Lawrence Wilkerson

Washington Note There are several dimensions to the debate over the U.S. prison facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that the media have largely missed and, thus, of which the American people are almost completely unaware. For that matter, few within the government who were not directly involved are aware either. ... continue reading

February 27th, 2009

Surfers vs. the Superferry

By Jerry Mander & Koohan Paik / Nation We don't ordinarily seek inspirational models of grassroots uprisings--especially against global corporate-military boondoggles--from surfer beaches on luscious tropical islands. So it surprises colleagues on the left when we tell them they might check out some surprising events on the small "outer" islands ... continue reading

February 6th, 2009

AP Impact: Pentagon boosts spending on PR

By Chris Tomlinson WASHINGTON (AP) — As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing money spent on winning what it calls "the human terrain" of world public opinion. In the process, concerns have been raised that this is spreading propaganda at home in violation of federal ... continue reading

January 21st, 2009

UN Rapporteur: Initiate criminal proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld now

By Scott Horton / Harper's In an interview on Tuesday evening with the German television program “Frontal 21,” on channel ZDF Professor Manfred Nowak, the United Nations Rapporteur responsible for torture, stated that with George W. Bush’s head of state immunity now terminated, the new government of Barack Obama was ... continue reading

January 13th, 2009

Former Australian Leader John Howard Accepts Medal of Freedom

By Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post America's most inconvenient houseguest received the presidential medal of freedom today during a White House ceremony. Former Australian prime minister John Howard accepted America's highest civilian honor after spending the night at Blair House -- edging out President-elect Barack Obama for that lodging. The ... continue reading

January 13th, 2009

Accountability Gold Star Mother Amy Branham

Today I write as an American -- an American who is a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I am the daughter of a Vietnam Vet and the mother of a dead soldier. I am the mother-in-law of a soldier serving active duty in Iraq. I am a ... continue reading

December 30th, 2008

The Noose Tightens

Rumsfeld, Ashcroft and other top Bush officials could soon face legal jeopardy By Jonathan Tepperman / Newsweek The United States, like many countries, has a bad habit of committing wartime excesses and an even worse record of accounting for them afterward. But a remarkable string of recent events suggests that ... continue reading

December 16th, 2008

Iraqi group sues Rumsfeld for torture

AFP AMMAN: A Jordan-based Iraqi rights group said on Monday it has filed 200 lawsuits against US former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld and American security firms for their alleged role in torturing Iraqis. Ali Qeisi, head of the group the "Society of Victims of the US Occupation in Iraq," said ... continue reading

October 2nd, 2008

Make-Believe Maverick

A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty By Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone At Fort McNair, an army base located along the Potomac River in the nation's capital, a chance reunion takes place one day between two former ... continue reading

August 5th, 2008

Pentagon closes controversial intelligence unit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Monday said it was closing a controversial intelligence office that had raised concerns about domestic spying by the military after the September 11 attacks. The Defense Department said it had "disestablished" the Counterintelligence Field Activity office, or CIFA, created in February 2002 by former ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2008

New generation plans dissent

Activists 2.0 By Colleen O'Connor / Denver Post A nude-in with bare bodies arranged to spell "PEACE," traffic- stopping bike blockades, music with a message. Civil disobedience, direct confrontation, radical cheerleading. That funky fusion of protest, performance and pompoms. The new generation of activists, and the daisy-in-the-rifle protesters who birthed ... continue reading

June 11th, 2008

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH Washington, Jun 10 - Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio In the United States House of Representatives Monday, June 9th, 2008 A Resolution INDEX Article I Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq. Article II Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the ... continue reading

May 20th, 2008

W. House ignored FBI concerns on prisoner abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Bush administration security officials ignored FBI concerns over abusive treatment of terrorism suspects, which one agent called "borderline torture," a four-year Justice Department probe found. The FBI, alarmed by interrogation techniques such as the use of snarling dogs, sexual provocation and forced nudity, clashed with the ... continue reading

April 30th, 2008

White House: We 'paid price' for 'Mission Accomplished'

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House said Wednesday that it had "paid a price" for the "Mission Accomplished" backdrop to US President George W. Bush's May 1, 2003 Iraq speech, saying it left the wrong impression. "President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific, ... continue reading

April 10th, 2008

Sources: Top Bush Advisors Approved 'Enhanced Interrogation'

Detailed Discussions Were Held About Techniques to Use on al Qaeda Suspects By Jan Crawford Greenburg, Howard L. Rosenberg and Ariane de Vogue / ABC News In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how ... continue reading

March 28th, 2008

In Iraq, Was I a Torturer?

By Justine Sharrock / Mother Jones The prisons in Iraq stink. Ask any guard or interrogator and they'll tell you it's a smell they'll never forget: sweat, fear and rot. On the base where Ben Allbright served from May to September 2003, a small outfit named Tiger in western Iraq, ... continue reading

March 14th, 2008

President weakens espionage oversight

Board created by Ford loses most of its power By Charlie Savage / Boston Globe WASHINGTON - Almost 32 years to the day after President Ford created an independent Intelligence Oversight Board made up of private citizens with top-level clearances to ferret out illegal spying activities, President Bush issued an ... continue reading

March 4th, 2008

The Iraq War Is Wrong. Why Can't Candidates Admit It?

By Norman Solomon / AlterNet The only way for Democrats to challenge U.S. militarism is to condemn the Iraq war as inherently immoral. Maybe it sounded good when politicians, pundits and online fundraisers talked about American deaths as though they were the deaths that mattered most.Maybe it sounded good to ... continue reading

February 15th, 2008

Study: Lack of MRAPs cost Marine lives

By Richard Lardner / Associated Press WASHINGTON - Hundreds of U.S. Marines have been killed or injured by roadside bombs in Iraq because Marine Corps bureaucrats refused an urgent request in 2005 from battlefield commanders for blast-resistant vehicles, an internal military study concludes. The study, written by a civilian Marine ... continue reading

January 11th, 2008

US Appeals Court Dismisses Guantanamo Torture Suit

The suit sought $10 million in damages and named then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and 10 military commanders. Reuters A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that four former Guantanamo prisoners, all British citizens, have no right to sue top Pentagon officials and military officers for torture, abuse and violations of ... continue reading

January 11th, 2008

Our shameful Guantanamo anniversary

The appalling fact that innocents have been locked up and abused at the U.S. prison for six long years is not the only reason we must close it now. By Anthony D. Romero / Salon Today, America's Guantánamo era enters its seventh shameful year. If we are ever to regain ... continue reading

December 15th, 2007

Steady stream of White House staff departures continues

Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush is losing two more key aides as his presidency winds toward its end, with his chief speechwriter and lobbyist both announcing today that they are leaving. The departures of speechwriter William McGurn and legislative affairs director Candida Wolff were disclosed at the daily senior ... continue reading

October 28th, 2007

'The Morning After' Cindy Sheehan

As I sit sipping my morning cup of coffee and reflect on the anti-war protests sponsored by the Oct27 coalition (where I saw some good collaboration between UFPJ and ANSWER---at least in San Francisco---yea!), I have a few thoughts. Yesterday, tens of thousands of activists from around Northern California, Northern ... continue reading

October 8th, 2007

The Not-So-Small Price of Iraq Dante Zappala

UNTIL RECENTLY, I thought America agreed that the death of over 3,800 troops in Iraq is a tremendous loss to this country. My brother, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, is just one in that number. He was a soldier in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and was killed in an explosion in ... continue reading

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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch Donna Smith The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? Ray McGovern Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
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Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity Donna Smith The dysfunction of the US health care system...

Feb 27th
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