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Congress: Conyers Hints at Impeachment

At Congressional Hearing, Conyers Talks About ‘Impeachable Offense’
by Jason Leopold
The Public Record
In an opening statement Friday morning before former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s highly anticipated testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee, the panel's Democratic Chairman, John Conyers, said the Bush administration may have committed an an “impeachable offense” by launching a “propaganda campaign” to win support for a U.S. led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
 

The Judiciary Committee is receiving testimony from McClellan about whether White House officials, including President Bush and Vice President Cheney, obstructed justice or broke other federal laws in an attempt to cover-up the roles of senior administration officials who unmasked covert CIA operate Valerie Plame's identity to the media.
 
 
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Legalizing Bush Crimes

Democrats Legalize Bush's Crimes
by Robert Parry
June 20, 2008
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims that a key positive feature of the new wiretap “compromise” is that the bill reaffirms that the President must follow the law, even though the same bill virtually assures that no one will be held accountable for George W. Bush's violation of the earlier spying law.

In other words, in the guise of rejecting Bush’s theories of an all-powerful presidency that is above the law, the Democratic leadership cleared the way for the  President and his collaborators to evade punishment for defying the law.


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Who Killed FARC Big Two?

Was the U.S. Involved in Killing the FARC-EP Leaders?
by James J. Brittain
While virtually every country in Central and South America, including the Caribbean, has waged in on the debate of the Colombian state conducting an illegal military campaign within Ecuadorian sovereign territory, resulting in the deaths of various high ranking officials in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejército del Pueblo, FARC-EP), the United States have remained virtually silent. Such silence from the US is quite perplexing consdiering the administrations of Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush have wielded a twenty-two year old assault on this insurgency movement.

The United States have deemed the FARC-EP to be, what it considers, a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Therefore, would one not expect, during the so-called ‘war on terror,’ some attention from Washington - other than a few sentences by state officials - following the deaths of both Comandante Raúl Reyes and Comandante Iván Ríos within less than six days of each other; two of the seven highest-ranking members of the organization (lest we forget the hourly visual barrage of images related to the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003 or his execution in 2006). The following makes a case that the United States’ silence has far more to do with a plausible connection to the deaths of Comandante Reyes and Comandante Ríos rather than simple disinterest.
 

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Canadians Supporting U.S. War Resisters

War Resisters - your chance to help the campaign
by War Resisters Support Campaign
Dear friends; the two things that we need help with most right now in Vancouver are housing for war resisters and your participation in our outreach and lobbying in Conservative ridings and keeping up the media visibility.

Below is a housing appeal, please pass it on freely.

Also in Vancouver we will be doing another visit to a Conservative riding, probably either Emerson's in Vancouver or Nina Grewal in Fleetwood-Port Kells. That is tentatively planned for Saturday June 28.
 
As well, we would like to get to some Canada Day events with our petitions and leaflets - there will be a National Day of Action to call Immigration Minister Diane Finley on Wednesday July 2 - and July 1 would be a great day to get the word out. Please try to join us at some of these activities!
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Another Blank-Check For Iraq

Democrats Give White House Another Blank-Check For Iraq
by Jason Leopold
A Democratic engineered emergency supplemental bill to continue funding the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan to the tune of $162 billion is expected to win bipartisan support, aides to leaders in the House said late Wednesday.

The bill, as currently drafted, does not contain any conditions for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq nor does it restrict how President Bush can conduct military operations. The legislation ensures both wars are funded well into 2009 and comes nearly two years after Democrats won majorities in Congress and the Senate largely on promises to resist handing the Bush administration "blank-checks" for Iraq and a pledge to immediately bring U.S. troops home.


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John Yoo, Totalitarian

John Yoo, Totalitarian
by Paul Craig Roberts
 
John Yoo stands outside the Anglo-American legal tradition. His views lead to self-incrimination wrung out of a victim by torture. He believes a president of the US can initiate war, even on false pretenses, and then use the war he starts as cover for depriving US citizens of habeas corpus protection. A US attorney general informed by Yoo’s memos even went so far as to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Constitution does not provide habeas corpus protection to US citizens.

Yoo’s animosity to US civil liberties made him a logical choice for appointment to the Bush Regime’s Department of Justice (sic), but his appointment as a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, shatters that university’s liberal image.


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Israel Confirms Cease-fire with Hamas

Israel Confirms Cease-fire with Hamas 
by The Real News 
Israel officially confirmed on Wednesday that the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal between the Israeli government and the Hamas would go into effect at 6 a.m. on Thursday. The period of calm is supposed to last six months. Officials on both sides were wary of the proposed deal but agreed to abide by it.
 
 
 
 
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Afghanistan Offensive: Kandahar Hots Up

Kandahar Braces for Taliban Offensive 
by The Real News 
In anticipation of a Taliban offensive, the Afghan army flew four plane-loads of soldiers to Kandahar from the capital Kabul. The deployment comes a day after Taliban forces were seen mobilizing in the Arghandab district just north west of Kandahar.

Taliban forces destroyed bridges and planted land mines in preparation for battle. Anand Gopal of Inter Press Service says "there has been a general shift in the balance of power in the last few months." Jointly produced by The Real News Network and Inter Press Service.
 
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Spinning 'til the Bitter End

Spinning 'til the Bitter End 
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
Good morning my friends; I have stopped doing my current research and writing on various topics today to address the recent speech given by President Bush just moments ago.
 
I simply had to speak out and point out some key "media-spinning" that is going WAY over the top and many people may not realize that we are in a critical point here in the USA.
 
As we all face the growing costs of food and gasoline, health care and other expenses needed to survive in this day and age, there are people in leadership who are "playing" with us at such a level that it disgusts me beyond words.

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Deer Hunting With Jesus: Why the Left Doesn’t Get It

Why the Left Doesn’t Get It
by William Bowles
Book Review: ‘Deer Hunting With Jesus - Dispatches from America’s Class War’ By Joe Bageant
This is the hardest review I have ever had to write. Who am I writing it for seems to be at the heart of my dilemma. But let me say first that this book is a witty, insightful and sympathetic portrait of a world most of us are only aware of through cliché or stereotype.
 
Who are we talking about? The so-called American Redneck.

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Across the Pashtun: GWOT and the Pakistani Rubicon

A Line Not To Be Crossed
by Eric Margolis
The killing of 11 Pakistani soldiers by U.S. air and artillery strikes last week shows just how quickly the American-led war in Afghanistan is spreading into neighbouring Pakistan.

Pakistan's military branded the air attack "unprovoked and cowardly." There was outrage across Pakistan. However, the unstable government in Islamabad, which depends on large infusions of U.S. aid, later softened its protests.

The U.S., which used a B-1 heavy bomber and F-15 strike aircraft in the attacks, called its action, "self-defence."


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