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Week of December 19 2005
Then we learned from the New York Times that Bush secretly "authorized" (with no authority to do so) the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens, with no court order. This article raises serious issues. First, this is a blatant abuse of power, made even more disturbing by Bush's vow to continue with the illegal surveillance "as long as I am president of the United States." Working for Change is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter. Send a message to Attorney General Gonzales and your representatives. See the ImpeachPac web site for a series of articles on renewed interest in removing Bush from office.
And secondly, the fact that the NYT held this story for a year as per a White House request. Why publish it now? It seems there is a book deal. Read the article At the Times, a Scoop Deferred on the Washington Post. Contact Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the NYT with your comments on their decision to sit on the story: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Peace Conference in London
(Pretty) Good News
Meanwhile, renewal of the USA Patriot Act is stalled in the Senate by a bipartisan group led by Russ Feingold. There is little doubt that the act will eventually be renewed, however at least some of the more dubious provisions are at risk thanks to public pressure and the tireless work of some lawmakers.
C-SPAN Leans to the Right
Mavericks of 2005
Video of Nasiriyah
Bush Speaks to the Public and the Press
The following day, Bush held a press conference in which he was asked about Iraq and domestic spying. Watch the video on C-SPAN or read the transcript.
Dahr Jamail Video
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Petition to put an end to the sanctions against Syria - their only effect is to take a terrible toll on the population, causing them to migrate! Sign the petition promoted by the Italian-based Committee to lift sanctions against Syria. For more information...
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