BCP&J E-Newsletter –- Jan. 7, 2008

 

Berkshire Citizens for Peace & Justice

175 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

 

Contents

 

                                                About Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice (BCP&J)

                                                Upcoming BCP&J Events (Updated)

                                                Berkshire Community College (BCC) Events

                                                Some Other Events (Non-BCP&J and Non-BCC)

                                                About Peaceplans

                                                Cost of Iraq War as of Dec. 9, 2007

                                                Imp't. News Items for the Week (From CLG News Updates) (New items)

                                                Some Useful Links

                                                Picture (or cartoon) of the week (New cartoon)

                                                Descriptions of Upcoming Thursday Videos

                                                Quotes worth Remembering (Three new quotes)

                                                Contact Information

                                                Fair Use Notice

 

 

About Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice

 

BCP&J is open to all people interested in promoting peace and justice who live, work, vacation in, or visit Berkshire County.

 

REGULAR MEETINGS are held every Thursday, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue (one block up Broad St. from Rt. 7 & 20, and on the corner of Wendell Avenue and Broad St.).  Meetings on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (and some 5th Thursdays) are devoted to showing educational films/videos followed by discussion.

 

VIGILS FOR PEACE - in cooperation with Berkshire Community CCollege’s Global Issues Resource Organization (GIRO) - are held each Thursday at Park Square in Pittsfield between 5 and 6 pm.

 

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Upcoming BCP&J Events

Text Box: Weekly Peace Vigil each Thursday at Park Square in Pittsfield, 5 to 6 pm.  The Vigils are held in cooperation with Berkshire Community College’s Global Issues Resource Organization (GIRO).

 

 

 

 

Note regarding the Jan. 17 videos to be followed by discussion (7:30 to 9:30 P.M.)

 

The word Exposé conjures up images of things "they" didn't want you to know. The next video presentations sponsored by Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice, on Jan. 17, should go a long way toward satisfying some of your desires to know a good many things that "they" wished to keep secret. If you are cynical and believe big media generally covers up scandals by those in important places, these three stories should help you to rethink some of your cynicism.

 

Thursday, Jan. 10 – Regular 7:30 P.M. planning meeting at the UU Church in Pittsfield

 

Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 P.M., at the UU Church in Pittsfield, BCP&J will present three more segments (click here for descriptions) from the series, "Exposé: America's Investigative Reports."

 

Thursday, Jan. 24 – Regular 7:30 P.M. planning meeting at the UU Church in Pittsfield

 

Saturday, Mar. 22 – Keep this day open for a likely demonstration in Pittsfield marking the fifth anniversary of the start of the current war against Iraq. Early stage thinking/planning has begun, and suggestions are solicited & welcome.

 

 

For BCC Events, click here

For other [non BCP&J and non-BCC] events, click here

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Berkshire Community College Events

 

 

None currently listed

 

To return to Upcoming BCP&J Events, click here

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Some Other Events (Non-BCP&J and Non-BCC)

 

 

None currently listed

 

To return to Upcoming BCP&J Events, click here

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About Peaceplans

 

Peaceplans is a web site for posting information about peace-related events and issues in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Joining Peaceplans is a good way to stay in touch with events in the area. To join Peaceplans, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Peaceplans/

Once you have joined, make it a habit to regularly check the latest messages at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Peaceplans/messages

 

You will also be able to post messages yourself.

 

 

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Cost of Iraq War as of Dec. 9, 2007

 

(From www.costofiraqwar.org and http://www.nationalpriorities.org/Cost-of-War/Cost-of-War-3.html)

 

Cost to U.S. - More than 4,000 military deaths; more than 900 civilian contractor deaths; more than 200 NGO American deaths; more than 27,000 service people wounded; $476 billion.

 

Dollar cost to Pittsfield = $68,440,000

 

How the citizens of Pittsfield might have better used $68.4 million:

  -To build 616 housing units;

  -To pay one year’s salary for 1,186 teachers;

  -To pay for 9,065 children to attend a year of Head Start;

  -To provide 40,986 children with one year of health care;

  -To pay for 3,318 students to attend a public university

    for four years.

 

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Some Important News Items for the Week

 

 (Compiled from CLG News Updates)

 

News Update from Citizens for Legitimate Government

05 Jan 2008
http://www.legitgov.org/

 http://www.legitgov.org/index.html#breaking_news

 

Iraqis resort to selling children 04 Jan 2008 Abu Muhammad, a Baghdad resident, found it difficult to let go of his daughter's hand but he had already convinced himself that selling her to a family outside Iraq would provide her with a better future. "The war disgraced my family. I lost relatives including my wife among thousands of victims of sectarian violence and was forced to sell my daughter to give my other children something to eat," he told Al Jazeera... Ruwaida Saleh, 31, a mother of three, is also praying for her eight-year-old daughter Hala’s safety. Saleh says her daughter disappeared in July 2007 and has not been heard from since. "The police told us to give up, but I cannot. I have nightmares she is being raped," she said. [Hollywood writers can stay on strike, because George W. Bush is providing all the scripts that the producers of Law & Order: SVU would ever need. --Lori Price]

 

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

05 Jan 2008

http://www.legitgov.org/

All items are here:

http://www.legitgov.org/#breaking_news

 

Israel to brief George Bush on options for Iran strike 06 Jan 2008 Israeli security officials are to brief President [sic] George W Bush on their latest intelligence about Iran’s nuclear programme - and how it could be destroyed - when he begins a tour of the Middle East in Jerusalem this week. Ehud Barak, the defence minister, is said to want to convince him that an Israeli military strike against uranium enrichment facilities in Iran would be feasible if diplomatic efforts failed to halt nuclear operations. A range of military options has been prepared.

 

Bush: We would defend Israel against Iran 06 Jan 2008 An Iranian attack on Israel isn't imminent, but the U.S. would defend its ally in such an event, United States President [sic] George Bush told Channel 2 television just days before he begins a Mideast visit. If Iran were to strike Israel, Bush said, "We will defend our ally, no ands, ifs or buts."

 

Israel warns of Iranian missile peril for Europe 06 Jan 2008 Iran is developing nuclear missiles capable of reaching beyond its enemies in the Middle East to Europe, President [sic] George Bush will be warned when he visits Israel and the Palestinian territories for the first time since entering the White House. A senior Israeli cabinet minister has told The Sunday Telegraph that his government is convinced Iran is intent on becoming the first Muslim superpower, with weapons capable of striking not only at Israel but also Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia as well as Greece and other parts of south-eastern Europe.

 

Army of 8,000 to protect George Bush visit 05 Jan 2008 Military helicopters, a fleet of armoured limousines and 8,000 security personnel form just part of a huge logistical circus to be deployed when President [sic] Bush visits Israel. Israel’s main motorway will close and all flights in and out of Ben Gurion airport will be blocked at about 2pm on Wednesday to stop would-be assassins [!] as he arrives. All rooms at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel are booked out to the presidential party for security.

 

Special forces win the right to take their secrets to the grave 05 Jan 2008 All members of the special forces are to be guaranteed anonymity in death as well as throughout their lives as part of a new move to raise morale in the country’s most elite military units, The Times has learnt. Defence sources said that the head of the special forces had intervened to demand a new no-identity policy because of concerns that morale was being damaged. Coroners at inquests into the deaths of special forces' members are to be told only to refer to them as Soldier A or Soldier B.

 

Iraqis resort to selling children 04 Jan 2008 Abu Muhammad, a Baghdad resident, found it difficult to let go of his daughter's hand but he had already convinced himself that selling her to a family outside Iraq would provide her with a better future. "The war disgraced my family. I lost relatives including my wife among thousands of victims of sectarian violence and was forced to sell my daughter to give my other children something to eat," he told Al Jazeera... Ruwaida Saleh, 31, a mother of three, is also praying for her eight-year-old daughter Hala’s safety. Saleh says her daughter disappeared in July 2007 and has not been heard from since. "The police told us to give up, but I cannot. I have nightmares she is being raped," she said. [Hollywood writers can stay on strike, because George W. Bush is providing all the scripts that the producers of Law & Order: SVU will ever need. --Lori Price]

 

Two US soldiers gunned down on Boxing Day patrol by militant who infiltrated Iraqi army 05 Jan 2008 Two US servicemen were shot dead by an Iraqi soldier "with links to militants" while on a joint Boxing Day patrol. The U.S. military said that the Iraqi soldier killed the two servicemen for "reasons that are as yet unknown" while they were on a patrol north of the capital.

 

Iraqi soldier allegedly kills two U.S. soldiers in N Iraq 05 Jan 2008 The U.S. military said on Saturday that an Iraqi soldier shot dead two U.S. soldiers during a combined operation in Nineveh province on Dec. 26. Three other U.S. soldiers and one civilian interpreter were also wounded in the attack, a military statement said.

 

Six dead in Iraq bus bomb blast 05 Jan 2008 A roadside bomb explosion struck a passing minibus north of Baghdad, killing six people and wounding another three, the Joint Co-ordination Centre for the province said.

 

Padilla Sues Former U.S. Lawyer Over Detention 05 Jan 2008 Jose Padilla, the American citizen who was held in military imprisonment for more than three years as an enemy combatant, filed a lawsuit Friday against a former Justice Department lawyer [sociopath John C. Yoo], who helped provide the legal justifications for what the suit says was Mr. Padilla’s unconstitutional confinement and "gross physical and psychological abuse."

 

Scotland Yard team arrives in Pakistan 04 Jan 2008 Investigators from Britain's Scotland Yard have arrived in Islamabad to assist Pakistani authorities in investigating the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

 

Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims 06 Jan 2008 Islamic extremists have created "no-go" areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the Church of England's most senior bishops warns today. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali compares the threat to the use of intimidation by the far-Right [?], and says that it is becoming increasingly difficult for Christianity to be the nation's public religion in a multifaith, multicultural society.

 

Oops! Stolen: Top secret entry codes to 73 police stations 06 Jan 2008 Top-secret entry codes to some of Britain's biggest police stations have been stolen in an astonishing Scotland Yard security blunder. The details - which gave confidential keypad access numbers to 73 police stations across London - were stolen from a car owned by a worker for a vehicle-maintenance contractor.

 

U.S. State Department Approves RFID Passports Amidst Privacy Concerns --Critics decry the design's increased rrange 04 Jan 2008 With the original incarnation slammed over security concerns, a new breed of RFID-enabled passports received the U.S. State Department’s stamp of approval last Monday. The new passports are set to launch this spring for U.S. citizens entering the United States through land and sea checkpoints.

 

Privacy Groups Blast New Passport Tech 31 Dec 2007 Passport cards for Americans who travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean will be equipped with technology that allows information on the card to be read from a distance.

'Vendors argue, the machines are almost always tested by the government [the illegitimate Bush regime] before they're permitted to be used.'

 

Can You Count on Voting Machines? 06 Jan 2008 To this date, many Gore supporters refuse to accept the legitimacy of George W. Bush’s presidency [sic]; and by ultimately deciding the 2000 presidential election first GOP coup d'etat, the Supreme Court was pilloried for appearing overly partisan backing it. In essence, 'elections' now face a similar outsourcing issue to that seen in the Iraq war, where the government has ceded so many core military responsibilities to firms like Halliburton and Blackwater that Washington can no longer fire the contractor.

 

NH GOP drops sponsorship of FOX debate 05 Jan 2008 The New Hampshire Republican Party dropped their affiliation with a Republican debate sponsored by Fox News tomorrow night because they have limited the number of candidates that can participate. "The first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary serves a national purpose by giving all candidates an equal opportunity on a level playing field," said Republican chair Fergus Cullen. "Only in New Hampshire do lesser known, lesser funded underdogs have a fighting chance to establish themselves as national figures."

 

Romney wins Wyoming caucuses 05 Jan 2008 Mitt Romney captured his first win of the Republican presidential race, gaining most of Wyoming's delegates at stake in GOP caucuses on Saturday. The former Massachusetts governor won seven delegates.

 

Clinton, Obama in dead heat in NH poll 05 Jan 2008 Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are locked in a dead heat for the New Hampshire primary, according to a poll released Saturday that underscores the tight Democratic race after his win in Iowa.

 

US doomed if creationist president elected: scientists 04 Jan 2008 A day after ordained Baptist minister Mike Huckabee finished first in the opening round to choose a Republican candidate for the White House, scientists warned Americans against electing a leader who doubts evolution. The evolution versus creationism debate has crept into American schools and politics, where it is mainly conservative Republicans [morons] who espouse the non-scientific belief.

 

Mexican trucks allowed into U.S. despite new law to stop them 04 Jan 2008 The Bush dictatorship is going ahead with a controversial illegal pilot program giving Mexican trucks greater access to U.S. highways despite a new law by Congress against it. "They know what the law says," retorted Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who won a 74-24 vote to block the program. "And they're not above the law." Dorgan warned they better follow the law.

 

Mega barf alert! FDA to Back Food From Cloned Animals --Move Would Defy Congress's Wish for Delay 05 Jan 2008 The Food and Drug Administration is set to announce as early as next week that meat and milk from cloned farm animals and their offspring can start making their way toward supermarket shelves, sources in contact with the agency said yesterday. The decision would be a notable act of defiance against Congress, which last month passed appropriations legislation recommending that any such approval be delayed pending further studies. Moreover, the Senate version of the Farm bill, yet to be reconciled with the House version, contains stronger, binding language that would block FDA action on cloned food, probably for years.

 

Mine 'safety' regulator keeps his job 04 Jan 2008 The country's top mine-safety regulator will stay on the job despite the expiration of his temporary appointment as assistant labor secretary for mine 'safety' and health. President [sic] Bush designated Richard Stickler as acting head of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration on Friday, only a few days after the expiration of his recess appointment.

 

Navy must cut sonar use off California 04 Jan 2008 A federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday ordered the toughest set of restrictions ever imposed on the U.S. Navy's use of mid-frequency sonar off the Southern California coast as part of a protracted court battle to protect whales and other marine mammals from underwater sonic blasts.

 

Survival of Polar Bears? Million of Acres to Be Opened to Oil and Gas Activities 04 Jan 2008 The Minerals Management Service (MMS), an agency within the Department of Interior (DOI), issued its Final Notice of Intent for the Chukchi Lease Sale 193 opening approximately 29.7 million acres of the pristine Chukchi Sea to oil and gas activities on January 2. This controversial announcement comes just days before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is due to decide if the polar bear should be listed under the Endangered Species Act due to severe habitat loss from melting sea ice in Alaska's Arctic Ocean caused by global warming. If the polar bear is listed, FWS is required to designate critical habitat for the bear, which may include the same waters contained in Lease Sale 193.

 

Zoo leaves polar bear cubs to starve 06 Jan 2008 Three tiny polar bear cubs are being allowed to starve to death after a zoo took the controversial decision not to rear them by hand if their mother continued to neglect them. Mother bears Vera and Wilma gave birth three weeks and five weeks ago at Nuremberg Zoo in southern Germany. It is thought they have six cubs between them. Wilma is displaying the signs of being a good mother, but Vera shows no interest in her young.

 

[Previous lead stories:] A Historic Victory (and a New Dynamic Duo) --The Rec Report By Dr. Michael Rectenwald 04 Jan 2008 Barack Obama has already made history. If he goes on to win the presidency, he will make even greater history by being the first black President of the United States. This possibility makes tonight one of the most historic moments in centuries.

 

Huckabee and Obama win Iowa caucuses 04 Jan 2008 Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee swept to victory Thursday night in the Iowa caucuses, dispatching their more established rivals and shredding any sense of inevitability in the 2008 presidential race.

 

Vehicle ban ordered in Baqouba following series of bomb attacks 04 Jan 2008 Iraqi authorities ordered a vehicle ban in the city of Baqouba on Friday in the wake of a series of deadly suicide bombings and other attacks by al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq against predominantly Sunni fighters that have allied with the United States. The ban also comes as the US military stepped up operations against al-Qaida cells and networks in Diyala province, of which Baqouba is the capital.

 

Bhutto had "proof" state, spy agency rigging poll 01 Jan 2008 Benazir Bhutto was poised to reveal proof that Pakistan's election commission and shadowy spy agency were seeking to rig an upcoming general election the night she was assassinated, a top aide said on Tuesday. Senator Latif Khosa, who authored a 160-page dossier with Bhutto documenting rigging tactics, said they ranged from intimidation to fake ballots, and were in some cases unwittingly funded by U.S. aid. Bhutto had been due to give the report to two visiting U.S. lawmakers over dinner on Dec. 27, the day she was killed in a suicide bombing.

 

 

News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government

06 Jan 2008
http://www.legitgov.org/

 http://www.legitgov.org/index.html#breaking_news

 

CIA to get broad powers to act inside Pakistan: Report 06 Jan 2008 The administration of President [sic] George W Bush is considering granting the Pentagon and CIA new authority to conduct covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan, The New York Times reported on its website late Saturday. Citing unnamed senior administration officials, the newspaper said the plan calls for giving Central Intelligence Agency agents broader powers to strike selected targets inside the country, in some cases using intelligence provided by Pakistani sources.

 

U.S. Considers New Covert Push Within Pakistan 06 Jan 2008 President [sic] Bush’s senior national security advisers are debating whether to expand the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency and the military to conduct far more aggressive covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Many of the specific options under discussion are unclear and highly classified. Officials said that the options would probably involve the C.I.A. working with the military’s Special Operations forces. At the White House and the Pentagon, officials see an opportunity in the changing power structure for the Americans to advocate for the expanded authority in Pakistan, a nuclear-armed country. [Hmm... Who benefits from the Bhutto assassination? Do we really need Scotland Yard to figure out who was behind the assassination?]

 

News Update from Citizens for Legitimate Government

06 Jan 2008

http://www.legitgov.org/

All items are here:

http://www.legitgov.org/#breaking_news

 

US military not welcome in Pakistan: army, foreign ministry 06 Jan 2008 Pakistan reacted angrily Sunday to reports that US President [sic] George W. Bush is considering covert military operations in the country's volatile tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. "It is not up to the US administration, it is Pakistan's government who is responsible for this country," chief military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad told AFP.

 

US weighs CIA, military push in Pakistan 07 Jan 2008 President [sic] George Bush's security advisers are debating whether to authorise the CIA and the military to conduct more aggressive covert operations in Pakistani tribal areas. The debate follows 'intelligence reports' that al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and the Taliban are intensifying efforts to destabilise the Pakistani Government, according to senior Administration officials. The Pakistani military reacted angrily to the reports.

 

U.S. Considers New Covert Push Within Pakistan 06 Jan 2008 President [sic] Bush’s senior national security advisers are debating whether to expand the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency and the military to conduct far more aggressive covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Many of the specific options under discussion are unclear and highly classified. Officials said that the options would probably involve the C.I.A. working with the military’s Special Operations forces. At the White House and the Pentagon, officials see an opportunity in the changing power structure for the Americans to advocate for the expanded authority in Pakistan, a nuclear-armed country. [Hmm... Who benefits from the Bhutto assassination? Do we really need Scotland Yard to figure out who was behind it?]

 

Pakistan, Iran to finalise gas pipeline project by 25th --Iranian envoy says the two countries cementing economic ties 07 Jan 2008 Pakistan and Iran are set to finalise an agreement on a multi-billion gas pipeline project by January 25 this year, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mashallah Shakeri said on Sunday. "The Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project is one of the most important economic projects in the region, which will bring extensive benefits for the three countries," the envoy said in an interview. [This is the reason for Bush's illegal covert military operations in Pakistan.]

 

For sale: West's deadly nuclear secrets 06 Jan 2008 A whistleblower has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets. Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office. She approached The Sunday Times last month after reading about an Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorist who had revealed his role in training some of the 9/11 hijackers while he was in Turkey.

 

Nuclear alert: PM's bribe boosts dumping of waste --Secret deal will be followed by £1bn mmove to find long-term disposal facility for the most dangerous radioactive waste, so securing the future of nuclear power plants. 06 Jan 2008 Nuclear chiefs are to give Britons millions of pounds of taxpayers' money to accept the dumping of radioactive waste near their home. The operators of the controversial Sellafield nuclear complex have agreed to pay local people in Cumbria some £75m for expanding the only national dump for low-level nuclear waste, in a move that has surprised leading experts. The unprecedented deal – which is being called a "bribe" – is widely thought to be the precursor of a payment of at least £1bn to the community that agrees to take a much more controversial planned repository for infinitely more dangerous waste that will remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years.

 

Army Day bomb attacks kill 14: Iraqi officials 06 Jan 2008 A spate of bombings, including a suicide blast which two Iraqi soldiers tried to prevent by flinging themselves on the attacker, rocked Baghdad as it marked Army Day on Sunday, officials said. At least 14 people, among them six security personnel, were killed and 32 wounded in three separate attacks, Iraqi officials said.

 

Iran slams 'interfering' Bush 06 Jan 2008 Iran has attacked President [sic] George W. Bush’s planned trip to the Middle East next week, saying the landmark visit was aimed at interfering in relations between regional countries. Bush is due to become the first US president to visit Israel in nine years, in a bid to hasten the search for peace with the Palestinians. "We see such a trip as interference in the relations of the countries in the region and propaganda," foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters.

 

Bush to propose ME plan to combat Iran 05 Jan 2008 US President [sic] George W. Bush will work with Middle East allies to develop a security plan to counter Iran during his upcoming visit to the region. In his weekly radio address, Bush said that curtailing Iran's "aggressive ambitions" will be one of the key aims of his trip to the region this week.

 

Iran expels German diplomat for so called 'undiplomatic' behaviours 06 Jan 2008 Iran expelled a German diplomat for "undiplomatic" behaviour, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Sunday. "Responsible authorities recognized that this person was engaging in undiplomatic behaviour and has to leave Iran," Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters during his weekly briefing.

 

NATO says two civilians killed in Afghanistan 06 Jan 2008 Two civilians, one a child, were found dead and five others wounded after a clash between 'insurgents' and NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said Sunday. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said troops were attacked by the rebels late Friday. They found the civilians when they returned to the scene of the violence in Uruzgan province on Saturday.

 

A Scramble At the CIA to Lawyer Up 05 Jan 2008 Attorney general Michael Mukasey's decision to launch a full-scale FBI probe into the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes has sent several alarmed agency employees scrambling to find lawyers. To lead the probe, the A.G. named John Durham, a hard-nosed veteran prosecutor who is assembling a team of deputies and FBI agents. Some CIA veterans fear the move is tantamount to unleashing an independent counsel on Langley.

 

American Al Qaeda Leader to Bush: 'We Will Be Waiting For You' --Native Californian Al Qaeda Leader Makkes Threats Against Bush Middle East Visit 06 Jan 2008 American Al Qaeda al-CIAduh leader Adam Gadahn Pearlman told his followers to welcome Bush "with bombs and traps" upon his upcoming visit to the Middle East this week. Gadahn Pearlman is the star of the latest al Qaeda propaganda video to be posted online by the group's media wing, As Sahab. [See: Fake Al Qaeda. The FBI lists Gadahn's aliases as Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki, Abu Suhayb, Yihya Majadin Adams, Adam Pearlman, and Yayah. But Adam Pearlman is his REAL name. Adam is the grandson of the late Carl K. Pearlman; a prominent Jewish urologist in Orange County. BTW, actual Faux News headline: 'New al-Qaeda threat: Will it help John McCain in NH?' Al Qaeda always helps the GOP - It's a Bush creation.]

 

Report calls Israeli courts unfair 06 Jan 2008 Israel's military court system for Palestinian suspects in the West Bank produces almost automatic convictions, an Israeli human rights group charged Sunday. The group, Yesh Din, said in a new report that in 2006 more than 99.7 percent of those accused were convicted, 95 percent in plea bargains.

 

Why I Believe Bush Must Go --Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse. By George McGovern 06 Jan 2008 As we enter the eighth year of the Bush-Cheney administration, I have belatedly and painfully concluded that the only honorable course for me is to urge the impeachment of the president [sic] and the vice president [sic]... Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly "high crimes and misdemeanors," to use the constitutional standard.

 

Four Illinois residents tested for TB 05 Jan 2008 Health officials have tested four Illinois residents for tuberculosis infection after they shared a December flight from India to Chicago with a woman who was sick with a drug-resistant strain of the disease. Several others are still being sought for testing as part of a national effort to find and check passengers at risk for infection as a result of the flight, officials said Friday. In all, eight people from Illinois were considered at risk by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after traveling on American Airlines Flight 293 from New Delhi to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Dec. 13.

 

Lebanon on alert after Israel reports bird flu 05 Jan 2008 Lebanon on Saturday said it was increasing its vigilance after a case of H5N1 strain of bird flu that is dangerous to humans was detected in neighbouring Israel. In a statement published on Saturday, the ministry of agriculture called on farmers to remain vigilant and mobilised teams close to the country's southern border.

 

Jobless rate hits 5 percent, 2-year high 04 Jan 2008 Hiring practically stalled in December, driving the nation's unemployment rate up to a two-year high of 5 percent and fanning fears of a recession. Employers last month added the fewest new jobs to their payrolls in more than four years, according to the employment report released Friday by the Labor Department.

 

Mega barf alert! McCain Asserts That He Could Beat Obama in Nov. 06 Jan 2008 Sen. John McCain (R-Sociopath-Ariz.) asserted today that he could win a generational-focused November election campaign against Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on the strength of his record combating special interests and his support for President [sic] Bush's troop surge strategy in Iraq.

 

Poll: Obama, McCain leap ahead in N.H. 06 Jan 2008 Amid frenetic last-minute campaigning, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds the onetime front-runners in New Hampshire lagging as Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have surged to leads before Tuesday's primary. Obama vaulted to a 13 percentage-point advantage over New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton three weeks after they were tied here. McCain gained a four-point edge over Mitt Romney, a former governor of neighboring Massachusetts who has campaigned almost as a favorite son.

 

Kucinich Files Complaint on ABC Debate 05 Jan 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich filed a complaint with the FCC on Friday after ABC News excluded him, fellow Democrat Mike Gravel and Republican Duncan Hunter from its prime-time debates on Saturday.

 

Water freezes instead of draining in flooded town 06 Jan 2008 Hundreds of homes sat in as much as 8 feet of water Sunday following a canal rupture as freezing weather spread sheets of ice over yards and streets, hindering efforts to get the water to drain away. As many as 400 homes were damaged when the canal's bank gave way following heavy rainfall produced by the West Coast storm system that had piled snow as much as 11 feet deep in the Sierra Nevada. Thousands of customers had been blacked out in three states and many of them in California could remain in the dark for days because the storm ripped down nearly 500 miles of power lines, utility officials said Sunday.

 

Polar bear killed after wandering into village 05 Jan 2008 Officials in the village of Noorvik say a polar bear that wandered into the community and tore through some trash has been killed. At least two other bears have been spotted near the village, 45 miles east of Kotzebue. The sightings are unusual because they are miles inland from the bears' normal habitat on ocean ice packs. Jim Dau is the Department of Fish and Game's area wildlife biologist. He says the bear was about 75 miles outside its normal range and had a surprisingly thin layer of fat.

 

[Previous lead stories:]

Israel to brief George Bush on options for Iran strike 06 Jan 2008 Israeli security officials are to brief President [sic] George W Bush on their latest intelligence about Iran’s nuclear programme - and how it could be destroyed - when he begins a tour of the Middle East in Jerusalem this week. Ehud Barak, the defence minister, is said to want to convince him that an Israeli military strike against uranium enrichment facilities in Iran would be feasible if diplomatic efforts failed to halt nuclear operations. A range of military options has been prepared.

 

Special forces win the right to take their secrets to the grave 05 Jan 2008 All members of the special forces are to be guaranteed anonymity in death as well as throughout their lives as part of a new move to raise morale in the country’s most elite military units, The Times has learnt. Defence sources said that the head of the special forces had intervened to demand a new no-identity policy because of concerns that morale was being damaged. Coroners at inquests into the deaths of special forces' members are to be told only to refer to them as Soldier A or Soldier B.

 

Iraqis resort to selling children 04 Jan 2008 Abu Muhammad, a Baghdad resident, found it difficult to let go of his daughter's hand but he had already convinced himself that selling her to a family outside Iraq would provide her with a better future. "The war disgraced my family. I lost relatives including my wife among thousands of victims of sectarian violence and was forced to sell my daughter to give my other children something to eat," he told Al Jazeera... Ruwaida Saleh, 31, a mother of three, is also praying for her eight-year-old daughter Hala’s safety. Saleh says her daughter disappeared in July 2007 and has not been heard from since. "The police told us to give up, but I cannot. I have nightmares she is being raped," she said. [Hollywood writers can stay on strike, because George W. Bush is providing all the scripts that the producers of Law & Order: SVU will ever need. --Lori Price]

 

News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government

07 Jan 2008
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U.S. says Iranian gunboats 'harassed' warships --Officials describe incident as a 'significant provocative act' 07 Jan 2008 Iranian Revolutionary Guard gunboats harassed three U.S. Navy warships in the Strait of Hormuz Sunday, in what the U.S. military officials described as a "significant provocative act." Military officials told NBC News Monday that two U.S. Navy destroyers and one frigate were heading into the Persian Gulf through the international Iranian waters of the Strait of Hormuz when five armed "fast boats" of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard approached a high speed, darting in and out of the formation. At one point a radio message from one of the Iranian boats warned, "You are going to blow up within minutes." [How can you 'harass' a (foreign) warship in your own waters? Its existence in your waters is, in itself, a provocation. --LRP]

 

Pentagon Says Ships Harassed by Iran 07 Jan 2008 In what U.S. officials called a serious provocation, Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, threatening to explode the American vessels.

 

Hello, Pot? This is Kettle... Iran should avoid provocative actions: White House 07 Jan 2008 The White House said on Monday that the harassment of U.S. Navy ships by Iran was "provocative" and warned Tehran against taking such actions in the future. "We urge the Iranians to refrain from such provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said. [Is illegally invading and occupying a country and killing over one million civilians 'provocative?' Just curious.]

 

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Descriptions of Upcoming Thursday Videos

  

On Thursday, January 17, the three 25 minute films will be:

 

“Question 7”
The Hartford Courant investigates a disturbing trend in the mental health condition of military personnel sent to Iraq and Afghanistan - suicide rates are up, and the military has inadequate mechanisms to care for those in need of help.


”Quid Pro Quo”
The Copley News Service and The San Diego Union-Tribune go inside the Beltway and expose the bribes-for-government-contracts scheme that made Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham a rich man, and ultimately landed him in jail.


”Charity Begins at Home”
The Oregonian exposes the head of a non-profit organization who gets rich off a federal program designed to help the disabled.

 

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"It is un-American not to criticize your country when it does wrong." -- Clergy and Laity concerned

 

"Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism." -- George Washington

 

"Under communism man oppresses man, but under capitalism it's just the opposite" -- Unknown

 

 

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