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Week of January 02 2006
More on Illegal Spying
Judge James Robertson of the FISA court responsible for issues orders of surveillance has resigned in protest and others have requested to be briefed on the program as reported by the Washington Post.
The ACLU has recently published two full page ads on the New York Times comparing Bush and Nixon:
Take Action: The ACLU is calling for a full investigation into the matter. Urge your senators to appoint a special counsel.
The administration is also calling for an investigation, however in this case, they'd like to know who let the cat out of the bag. The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation, and in a rare move, announced the highly classified investigation to the press.
For background information on domestic surveillance, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has put together a list of resources.
More Talk of Impeachment
The House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff led by John Conyers has released a 273 page document entitled "The Constitution in Crisis." Read the Executive Summary or the entire document on After Downing Street.
Following former White House Counsel John Dean's assertion that this is the first time a sitting president has admitted to an impeachable offense, Senator Boxer asked four presidential scholars for their opinion as reported by Raw Story. Read also Dean's article "George W. Bush as the New Richard M. Nixon."
Take Action: Impeach PAC is calling on everyone to make impeaching Bush and Cheney their New Year's resolution.
Protest War Via Phone Tax in U.S.
Take Action: See the Hang Up On War web site for information on how to participate and spread the word with your friends in the U.S.
Complicity in Torture and Defying Censorship
Take Action: Publish or link to the documents from your web site or blog.
Fuel Prices in Iraq Up 300-900% - In Steps Chalabi
Good News: Dover, ANWR, Patriot Act
In the Senate, Ted Steven's attempt to attach drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the defense spending bill was defeated. Read a press release from Defenders of Wildlife.
And though President Bush initially vowed not to accept anything short of a permanent renewal of the USA Patriot Act, he signed a one month extension.
Upcoming Actions in U.S.
Several groups, including World Can't Wait and Cindy Sheehan's Gold Star Families for Peace, are planning protest events in DC and across the country on January 31, 2006 during Bush's State of the Union address.
Take Action: Let your friends and family in the U.S. know about these events. Participate virtually by contacting your representatives in the House, the Senate (call or fax their local office) as well as writing letters to newspapers.
The Most Valuable Progressives of 2005
by John Nichols of The Nation
10 Good Things about Another Bad Year
Heroes and Goats of 2005
by Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation
The Envelope Please: It’s Time To Honor Our Media Heroes
and on the lighter side:
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Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics: It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.* Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics:
It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.*
Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
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