GI SPECIAL 4E1:
Pukes Up George W. Bush
activists march down Broadway, to protest the war in Iraq,
in New York April 29, 2006. The 250,000 marchers demanded
an immediate withdrawal of troops.
Not Mindless War Machines To Be Used As Their Commanders Had
disillusioned with your government who you believed
would do you good, and to find out they’ve lied to you
and asked you to pick up a weapon and kill people you’ve
never met, to people who’ve done you no harm is what’s
really the heartbreaking aspect of “Sir! No Sir!”
2006-04-28 by Felix Vasquez
viewers, “Sir! No Sir!” will come off as a surefire liberal
manifesto, but to those who really know what we’re talking
about, “Sir! No Sir!” is a documentation of a group of
soldiers who served their country, but then decided they
just couldn’t do it anymore because it was unjust, so they
stood up for their rights and decided they would fight no
longer, and were crucified at the stake.
it came a domino effect of more and more protestors,
gathering of activist organizations, and incidents that
would further test their wills.
But they stood up for their
beliefs, and in that process, they became real heroes that
chose not to kill. And yes, there are the ever present
parallels to the Iraq war.
The government lied to America
to enter in to Vietnam and pointed success towards the body
count of the Vietnamese they’d slaughtered days before, much
as what has happened today.
Though “Sir! No Sir!” would
possibly choose not to be put in to correlation with the
Iraq war the obvious analogous allusions are there.
After the Tet offensive in
1968, and the utterly brutal incident known as the My Lai
Massacre, many of the soldiers serving for their country
realized that this was not a war, yet a goal put upon by the
government simply for their own means, and “Sir! No Sir!”
presents two parties of soldiers.
One party realized this war
was a fraud and chose not to fight, while the other could
not take the brutality of it all and chose not to fight any
longer. They weren’t soldiers who pulled out of combat, but
men asked to be killers, not to mention men, many of whom,
hadn’t achieved the civil rights of an organization who felt
they weren’t equal in society, but equal enough to die for
Zeiger’s documentary, along
with charismatic narration from actor Troy Garity, is a
tight, engrossing and excellent chronicle of the movement
made by these heroic men who chose to question authority
instead of falling in line.
Thomas Jefferson said that the
best form of patriotism is dissension, and it’s a safe bet
that the men interviewed here are in fact patriots, and true
not mindless war machines to be used as their commanders had
thought, and showed that they chose not to murder innocent
people for the sake of a meaningless conflict.
Interviewed here is one of
their most ardent and vocal proponents: Jane Fonda. Oddly
though, they never take umbrage to her involvement in the
Hanoi Jane incident, and it’s never explored, thankfully,
but we do explore how she voiced her support, and how she
put on shows for the protestors.
But “Sir! No Sir!” is a
documentary based not on people who chose to speak out, but
on people whom discovered that the cause they supported was
disillusioned with your government who you believed would do
you good, and to find out they’ve lied to you and asked you
to pick up a weapon and kill people you’ve never met, to
people who’ve done you no harm is what’s really the
heartbreaking aspect of “Sir! No Sir!”
these soldiers were valiant in their efforts to not fight in
a war they felt was a deceitful practice in government
fraud, and they succeeded through all the hardships.
focus later changes to those who fought all the way through
and discovered in the end, much too late, that their battle
was for nothing.
the worst punishment a man can endure is regret.
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County Marine Killed
April 29, 2006 By JONATHAN
ABEL and ASJYLYN LODER, St. Petersburg Times
BROOKSVILLE: The first time
Lea R. Mills came into Christine Kostis' classroom at
Hernando High School, Kostis mispronounced his name.
"I said Lea, like L-E-A-H,"
Kostis recalled. He was used to it. "He said, "It's Lea
like pea, P-E-A. Doesn't that make sense?"
Four years later, after
graduating from high school, after joining the Marine Corps,
after marrying his high school sweetheart, after getting
promoted to sergeant and being sent to Iraq, Lea is still
remembered vividly by teachers at Hernando High.
But on Friday, Mills' family
learned the 21-year-old had been killed by an improvised
explosive device while on patrol in Iraq.
He is the first Hernando
County man to be killed in the war in Iraq. Michael Schafer
of Spring Hill died in Afghanistan in July.
Mills, of Masaryktown, joined
the Marines after graduation in 2002 and had recently
reupped to serve longer. His father, Rob Mills, said Lea
asked to go to Iraq and had been there just six weeks when
he was killed.
"He felt he needed to go and
wanted to go, so he volunteered," his father said.
"Everybody in the family, on the men's side, has been in the
service. We believe we owe it to our country."
At the end of August 2004,
Mills married Keesha Malicoate, who was two years behind him
in school. They were living together in Oceanside, Calif.,
before Mills' deployment to Iraq.
"It wasn't an infatuation love
like you see in junior high school," said teacher John
Miller, who knew both of them. "They were soul mates."
Mills was so close to his best
friend, Josh Perdue, that the two went everywhere together,
even into the Marines.
Perdue was on a helicopter
training mission in North Carolina when he heard about his
friend's death, said his mother, Pam Perdue. She said her
son was devastated. So was she.
"I had just talked to his
mom," Pam Perdue said. "She (asked Lea), "Do you sleep with
one eye open?' He said, "No, with both eyes open.' She could
tell by talking to him that he was stressed."
Before they enlisted, Mills
and Perdue were livening up Miller's American government and
"They kind of skated, but they
loved school. They were the kind of goof-offs you liked,"
Miller said. "They always participated when we talked about
A few years after graduating,
Mills came back to Hernando High to give a motivational
speech. He told the kids to buckle down and study. If he had
it to do over, he said, he would have been valedictorian.
Miller said his demeanor had
changed. "Lea had something with his voice that would crack
like a teenager," Miller remembers. "He came back from the
Marines and he had a man's voice."
Newlyweds Metodio and
Charmaine Bandonill are pictured in a photo provided by the
April 28, 2006 By Rosemarie
Bernardo, Honolulu Star-Bulletin
CHARMAINE BANDONILL was in bed
Tuesday morning when military officials arrived at her home
in County Tipperary, Ireland, to tell her that her husband,
Staff Sgt. Metodio A. Bandonill, was killed by a roadside
bomb in Iraq.
"They said words but I
couldn't hear anything," Bandonill's wife said yesterday in
a phone interview from Ireland.
"We just got married. Just one
click and he's gone. It's very hard for me," a tearful
Charmaine said. "He's the best thing that ever happened to
Bandonill, 29, a highly
decorated soldier from Kalihi, was killed Monday when a
roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee while on patrol in
He was a member of the 101st
Airborne Division (Air Assault) assigned to Troop B, 1st
Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team,
according to Army officials at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Bandonill joined the Army in
May 1997 and arrived at Fort Campbell in October 2004.
Before that, he spent two years training in Fort Knox, Ky.
He also traveled to Korea, Louisiana and Colorado.
He and Charmaine married in a
civil ceremony in their native Philippines on Jan. 14. He
returned to Iraq the next day.
The couple had planned to have
a wedding reception in Hawaii after he completed his tour of
duty in September. Charmaine, a hotel supervisor in
Ireland, also said they wanted to travel before settling
down in Colorado and starting a family.
It will never happen now,
Charmaine said who hasn't slept since she was informed of
her husband's death.
The couple met through a Web
site in 2003. A year later, in June 2004, they met
face-to-face at Shannon Airport in Ireland. Charmaine said
she was always distrustful of finding romance on the
Internet, but that all changed. "The first time I met him,
I knew he was the one," she said. A month later, Bandonill
Both visited each other often
before tying the knot. They also e-mailed and called each
other often. She described her husband as having a great
sense of humor. "He makes me laugh all the time," she said.
The couple last spoke to each
other on Sunday when he had three minutes left on his phone
card to tell her that he loved and missed her. "He would
tell me, 'you're my fuel, you keep me going.'" said
Charmaine, who is expected to arrive in Hawaii tomorrow.
Bandonill, the second of five children to Virginia and
Virgilio Bandonill, was born and raised on a farm in Sison,
Pangasinan. He helped his parents tend to vegetables and
Bandonill attended Northern
Luzon Adventist College Academy before his family decided to
move to Hawaii to seek better opportunities. He and his
mother joined his father in Hawaii in December 1995.
Bandonill's four other siblings arrived later.
Virginia Bandonill said he
joined the Army for a better future. He was on his second
tour of duty to Iraq.
She said he spent a year in
Iraq during his first tour and she did not want him to
return. "It is very dangerous," she said.
Bandonill's mother said she
was on her way to work Tuesday morning when military
officials arrived at her home to inform her of her son's
death. She said her mind has since been in a "blurred"
state. "I can't believe my son has died," she said as she
wiped away tears. "I'm shocked. I don't know what to do."
A framed photo of Bandonill
dressed in full military uniform was placed on a small table
at his parents' Kalihi home with a bowl of kim-chee saimin
in front of it.
Bandonill's mother described
him as smart and friendly and said she last spoke to her son
on Friday when he asked her to send him some spicy Korean
saimin, his favorite.
Bandonill received many awards
during his military career, including the Army Commendation
Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Achievement Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal and
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
"I'm very proud of him. I
call him a hero," said his father. "I salute him."
Bandonill is also survived by
his sister Maria and brothers, Dionisio, Joseph and
Domingo. Funeral arrangements are pending. A memorial
service for Bandonill is also to be held in Iraq.
ABSOLUTELY NO COMPREHENSIBLE REASON TO BE IN THIS EXTREMELY
HIGH RISK LOCATION AT THIS TIME, EXCEPT THAT A CROOKED
POLITICIAN WHO LIVES IN THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS YOU THERE, SO
HE WILL LOOK GOOD.
That is not
a good enough reason.
U.S. soldier attaches a chain
to a concrete barrier blocking the soldier's unit from
access to a street in Baghdad, April 19, 2006. (AP
For Americans In Iraq Is Highest In 5 Months
29 April 2006 By Sabrina
Tavernise, The New York Times
Baghdad, Iraq - The military
announced the death of one American soldier on Friday,
bringing the death toll so far in April to 69, the highest
in five months. The monthly figure disrupted a trend of
steadily falling American fatalities that had begun in
The bulk of American deaths in
April occurred in Baghdad and in the insurgent-controlled
western province of Anbar, according to Iraq Coalition
Casualty Count, an independent group that compiles casualty
figures based on information provided by the American
Deaths in April could still
climb, but are not likely to top the 84 American deaths in
November. The April figure is more than double the 31
troops killed in March, one of the lowest monthly tolls of
the war, according to the group's statistics.
[Thanks to PB, who sent this
Apr 29 By Mirwais Afghan,
Taliban insurgents threatened
on Saturday to kill a kidnapped Indian telecommunications
worker unless Indians left Afghanistan.
The Indian and his Afghan
driver were kidnapped after gunmen stopped their car on a
road in the volatile southern province of Zabul on Friday.
does not pull out all its nationals working in Afghanistan
by 6 p.m. (1330 GMT) tomorrow, we're going to kill him,"
Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf said by telephone
from an undisclosed location.
policemen were killed in a Taliban attack in the southern
province of Helmand, a provincial official said.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
WHAT THE TRAITOR BUSH HAS NEVER DONE AND WILL NEVER DO:
PRESIDENT OF ITALY HONORS THEIR WAR DEAD
Italian President Carlo
Azeglio Ciampi touches the flag-draped coffin of Carabiniere
Warrant Officer Carlo De Trizio during the arrival of the
bodies of three personnel killed in Iraq, at Ciampino
airport near Rome April 29, 2006. A roadside bomb killed
three Italian soldiers in Iraq on April 27, 2006.
Rumsfeld Losing It:
From Press And Acts Generally Weird On Baghdad Trip
April 28, 2006 By Glenn
Kessler, Washington Post Staff Writer
April 27: A full 10 seconds of silence passed after a
reporter asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld what the intense
secrecy and security surrounding their visit to Iraq
signified about the stability of the country three years
after the U.S.-led invasion. Rice turned to Rumsfeld to
provide the answer.
glared at the reporter.
"I guess I don't think it says
anything about it," he snapped. He went on to say that
President Bush had directed him and Rice to go to Iraq to
"meet with the new leadership, and it happens that they are
located here," a reference to the heavily fortified Green
Zone where U.S. officials -- and many Iraqi leaders -- live
Even though her arrival here
followed an exhausting sprint through Greece and Turkey,
Rice appeared energized by the task at hand.
arrived directly from Washington, after a recent Asian tour,
but he seemed disengaged and bored, both to reporters
traveling with him and to some U.S. officials. Some said he
seemed irritated by the whole exercise. He did not speak a
word to reporters with him on the flight to Baghdad.
joint meeting with reporters traveling with the secretaries,
Rumsfeld frequently doodled with a black felt-tip pen or
stared absent-mindedly at the ceiling when Rice spoke. Rice
would occasionally cast a nervous glance at Rumsfeld as he
prepared to respond to a question. His answers were terse;
hers were expansive.
The two secretaries recently
had a widely publicized dispute over a comment by Rice that
the administration had probably made "thousands" of
"tactical errors" in Iraq. Aides later said she had meant
it figuratively, but it generated headlines around the
world. In a radio interview, Rumsfeld dismissed it as a
comment made by someone who didn't understand warfare.
the flap here in Baghdad, Rumsfeld replied, "I wasn't aware
of what she meant." (The transcript shows that the radio
interviewer described her remarks carefully and placed them
in context.) Rumsfeld made no effort to smooth over the
issue but pointed to Rice and said, "She's right here, and
you can ask her."
Rice noted that her comment
about tactical errors had been made "not in the military
Rice courted the news media,
racing through five television interviews in 17 minutes.
gave no separate interviews. At one point, he arrived early
for a meeting and saw an array of television cameras inside
the room. He shook his head at the reporters and turned on
Before the two Cabinet members
left Baghdad on Thursday, Rice dismissed any suggestions of
tension. "Secretary Rumsfeld and I have an excellent
relationship," she told Fox News. "We're working very hard
actually having a great time here in Iraq." [And if there
is any justice in the world, next trip you’ll get to meet an
IED up close and personal. Those are always such fun. Be
sure to bring Donny Dickhead with you.]
while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went
over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not
a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called
insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill
me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his
country. This truth escapes millions.
December 13, 2004
This Dusky Dare To Touch The White Masters’ Toys?”
April 30, 2006 By Israel
European and American reaction to Iran’s nuclear program was
that of Uncle Tom’s slaveowner, Simon Legree, on learning of
an escaped slave. How does this dusky dare to touch the
white masters’ toys?
talk of an “Iranian threat” is designed for the ignorant:
Iran has never, ever attacked a European nation since the
wars for Anatolia in the 5th century BC; whereas European
imperialists have repeatedly occupied and controlled Iran,
most recently in 1942, or by proxy in 1953, when they
deposed democratically-elected Mosaddeq and returned to
dominate this ancient nation.
Wrong With Marx?”
closest friends and comrades Karl Marx was known as “The
Moor” (“El Moro”) because of his deep reddish brown
complexion. His family originated in Spain, where much of
the population is of some African ancestry.
What’s wrong with Marx?
you ever reprint anything by Marx. You got a problem with
No. I have a problem with mass murdering shit eating
tyrants who pretend they have something in common with Marx,
such as Stalin, Mao, Kim Il Sucks, Ho Chi Minh, and the rest
of the parasites who feed themselves and their ruling class
allies on what my working class brothers and sisters sweat
to produce, while having the nerve to call their thieving
have declared political war on all of them. He knew which
side he was on: the international working class, not those
arrogant intellectuals using his name as a smoke screen to
hide their own greed for power and class privilege.
implacable, principled, revolutionary, anti-capitalist Marx:
always. With those despicable traitors: never.
some Marx? OK, for May Day, try this. T]
WORLD WITH NEW EYES
Preface To A Contribution To The Critique Of Political
The Eighteenth Brumarie Of Louis Napoleon
Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon:
other hand, proletarian revolutions, like those of the
nineteenth century, criticize themselves constantly,
interrupt themselves continually in their own course, come
back to the apparently accomplished in order to begin it
afresh, deride with unmerciful thoroughness the
inadequacies, weaknesses and paltriness of their first
attempts, seem to throw down their adversary only in order
that he may draw new strength from the earth and rise again,
more gigantic, before them, recoil ever and anon from the
indefinite prodigiousness of their own aims, until a
situation has been created which makes all turning back
applies to movements in general, and a movement against an
Imperial war in particular. T]
A Contribution To The Critique Of Political Economy
I examine the system of
bourgeois economy in the following order: capital, landed
property, wage-labor; the state, foreign trade, the world
Under the first three
headings, I examine the economic conditions of existence of
the three great classes into which modem bourgeois society
is divided; the interconnection of the three other headings
is obvious at a glance.
The first section of the first
book, which deals with capital, consists of the following
chapters: 1) the commodity; 2) money or simple circulation;
3) capital in general.
conclusion at which I arrived and which, once reached,
became the guiding principle of my studies can be summarized
social production of their existence, men enter into
definite, necessary relations, which are independent of
their will, namely, relations of production corresponding to
a determinate stage of development, of their material forces
of production. The totality of these relations of
production constitutes the economic structure of society,
the real foundation on which there arises a legal and
political superstructure and to which there correspond
definite forms of social consciousness.
The mode of production of
material life conditions the social, political and
intellectual life-process in general.
It is not
the consciousness of men that determines their being, but on
the contrary it is their social being that determines their
certain stage of their development, the material productive
forces of society come into conflict with the existing
relations of production--or what is merely a legal
_expression for the same thing--with the property relations
within the framework of which they have hitherto operated.
of development of the productive forces these relations turn
into their fetters.
point an era of social revolution begins.
With the change in the
economic foundation the whole immense superstructure is more
slowly or more rapidly transformed.
In considering such
transformations it is always necessary to distinguish
between the material transformation of the economic
conditions of production, which can be determined with the
precision of natural science, and the legal, political,
religious, artistic or philosophic, in short, ideological,
forms in which men become conscious of this conflict and
fight it out.
Just as one
does not judge an individual by what he thinks about himself
so one cannot judge such an epoch of transformation by its
consciousness, but, on the contrary, this consciousness must
be explained from the contradictions of material life, from
the existing conflict between the social forces of
production and the relations of production.
A social order never perishes
before all the productive forces for which it is broadly
sufficient have been developed, and new superior relations
of production never replace older ones before the material
conditions for their existence have matured within the womb
of the old society.
Mankind thus inevitably sets
itself only such tasks as it can solve, since closer
examination will always show that the task itself arises
only when the material conditions for its solution are
already present or at least in the process of formation.
In broad outline, the Asian,
ancient, feudal and modern bourgeois modes of production may
be designated as progressive epochs of the socio-economic
bourgeois relations of production are the last antagonistic
form of the social process of production --antagonistic not
in the sense of an individual antagonism but of an
antagonism growing out of the social conditions of existence
of individuals; but the productive forces developing in the
womb of bourgeois society simultaneously create the material
conditions for the solution of this antagonism.
prehistory of human society therefore closes with this
Working Class World
April 14, 2006 By Mike Davis,
rural guerrillas survive in rugged redoubts like Kashmir,
the Khyber Pass, and the Andes, the center of gravity of
global insurgency has moved from the countryside back to the
cities and their slum peripheries.
Getting Trapped By This Tunnel Vision”
April 29, 2006 Camilo Meija
interviewed by Eric Ruder, Socialist Worker [Excerpt]
Meija was the first U.S. soldier to be jailed for refusing
to redeploy to Iraq. Since his release in February 2005,
Camilo has organized tirelessly against the war in Iraq,
taking part in last month's Latino march for peace from
Tijuana, Mexico, to San Francisco, as well as the antiwar
march along the Gulf Coast from Mobile, Ala., to New
United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter said that the
antiwar movement needs to be laser-focused on being antiwar,
and not talking about other issues.
that's a mistake, and that's one of the things that we have
to appreciate about both the antiwar and immigrant rights
getting trapped by this tunnel vision: just looking to take
care of their own grievances and then go home.
being more analytical and going after the broader evil, the
broader injustice. They're realizing that it's not just a
matter of Latinos being criminalized for looking for a
better standard of living, but that it also has to do with
imperialism--that it has to do with a chronic state of
social injustice in this country and throughout the world.
that both movements are making these connections is crucial.
around, we have the opportunity to not simply go after the
war or go after anti-immigrant policies, but to go after the
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April 28, 2006 Mike Whitney
Bush’s appeal to the Iranian
people was meant to enlist them in the effort to topple
their own government. How crazy is that?
No matter how much one dislikes the Bush administration, we
would still fight to defend our own country if invaded.
It’s absurd to think the Iranians would behave differently.
Rally Infiltrated By Pro-War Slime
Working Assets organization
hands a protester a sign during a mass rally against the war
in Iraq on April 29, 2006 in New York, NY. (AP Photo/Adam
PB, who sent this in. He writes: Terrible sign at anti-war
demo. Another chicken dove.]
right. These pimps for the Empire don’t object to dead U.S.
troops; they just want them dead in a different location.
Of course, they’re too cowardly to go to Darfur right now
themselves. Oh no,
gasp, that might be dangerous. They
might get hurt. T]
Collaborator Troops Won’t Collaborate:
Officers After Graduation Parade
May 1, 2006 (Reuters)
graduated Iraqi soldiers protested after a passing out
parade on Sunday saying they were promised they would serve
only in their hometowns.
The troops were among 1,000
graduates, mostly from the Sunni Arab minority, at the
Habbaniya base near Falluja west of Baghdad.
protesters told reporters they were unhappy about their
first assignments after being promised they would serve only
in their hometowns.
off their shirts and threw them down in anger. Others
yelled at their officers and threatened to quit. One
officer yelled back, telling them to leave, witnesses said.
movement of an integrated army in al Anbar is the only
future," said Colonel Larry Nicholson, a U.S. commander in
Falluja. [If this is the “only future,” Col. Nicholson has
a few simple choices: A) Join the resistance B) Do the
honorable thing and kill himself or C) Kiss Rumsfeld ass by
pretending everything is just fine, thereby following a long
tradition of Occupation commanders who put advancement
before reality, however many of their troops had to die as
they take another step up the career ladder, moving
inexorably toward the Pentagon dining room.]
"When people look out their
window and see the Army, they need to be able to say, `It's
my Army.' Today, we took a very positive step in that
direction." [Guess which
one of the above choices he picked. Well, maybe that’s not
completely fair. The action of the Iraqi troops described
was indeed “a very positive step” -- towards mutiny,
rebellion and insurrection against the U.S. stooges running
the country. They may turn out not to be traitors to their
own country, serving a foreign Imperial occupation, after
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Official Says Bush Collaborators Lying About An Attack By
April 30 (KUNA) A Kurdish official Sunday denied reports
about Iranian forces' incursion into Northern Iraqi
territories to hunt down Kurdish Workers Party (PKK)
The official of the Kurdish
Democratic Party (KDP) said in press remarks the Iranian
forces were doing routine military movements within the
He added the borders of
Kurdistan were fully protected and no country could
penetrate into them.
that the Iraqi defense ministry said today that Iranian
forces penetrated earlier this month into Iraqi territories
and bombed Kurdish parties sites.
POLITICIANS AT WORK
They Hate Our Liberties:
Orders Secret Spying On Thousands Of American Citizens
April 29, 2006 By Richard B.
Schmitt, L.A. Times Staff Writer
The FBI issued thousands of subpoenas to banks, phone
companies and Internet providers last year, aggressively
using a power enhanced under the Patriot Act to monitor the
activities of U.S. citizens, Justice Department data
released late Friday showed.
given to members of Congress was the first to detail the
government's use of a controversial form of administrative
subpoena that has drawn fire because it can be issued by
investigators without court oversight.
The data show that U.S.
authorities are in some cases escalating their use of
includes the first look at the use of what are known as
national security letters, which let the FBI obtain phone
logs, Internet traffic records, and bank and credit
information about individuals without a court order.
The Bush administration had
fought the release of the information on grounds that it
could imperil national security. But Congress ordered the
release when it reauthorized portions of the Patriot Act
According to the new report, the FBI issued 9,254
national security letters in 2005, covering 3,501 U.S.
citizens and legal foreign residents.
Justice Department said the data did not include what
probably were thousands of additional letters issued to
obtain more limited information about some individuals —
such as a home address — or letters that were issued
about targets who were in the U.S. illegally.
The number of such letters
previously had been provided to members of Congress on a
classified basis. Data from other years aren't available,
although some experts said the number probably had increased
"Now we can
see why the administration was so eager to hide the number,"
said Lisa Graves, a senior legislative counsel with the
American Civil Liberties Union in Washington.
The Justice Department report
also included an annual update on the number of warrants
that the department had obtained through the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret federal court for
intelligence and terrorism investigations.
Applications for electronic surveillance and physical search
warrants — which almost always are approved by the court —
rose to 2,074 in 2005, compared with 1,758 in 2004. Last
year's total was more than double the number sought in 2000.
That court is the tribunal
that the Bush administration has been bypassing in a
warrantless domestic surveillance program since shortly
after Sept. 11.
James Dempsey, policy director
of the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology in
Washington, said the increased use of the secret court
belied the government's contention that it needed to go
outside the court to get the information it needed.
In 1776 “They Fought A War To Stop It”
In 2006 , Time To Do It Again:
That He Can Throw Citizens In Federal Jails In Perpetuity On
His Own Authority, Without Consulting A Judge Or Getting An
the only war worth fighting. We need all our troops home
now to protect us against the traitors running the
government in Washington. Our troops have sworn an oath to
protect Americans against these enemies domestic, and they
30 April 2006 By Jim
Hightower, The Hightower Lowdown [Excerpt]
Many of the
colonists who rose in support of the rebellion of '76 did so
because their government kept snooping on them and invading
offensive was the widespread use of "writs of assistance,"
which were sweeping warrants authorizing government agents
to enter and search people's homes and businesses -
including those of people who had nothing to hide. The
founders had a strong sense of the old English maxim "A
man's house is his castle."
the government's "knock at the door," the forced intrusion
into their private spheres, the arrogant abrogation of their
fought a war to stop it.
Hence, the Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons,
houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches
and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall
issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or
affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be
searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Now comes the Bush-Cheney
regime, pushing the most massive and rapid expansion of
presidential might America has ever known.
Their push includes a White
House program of domestic spying so sweeping that it would
make Nixon blush; an audacious claim of a unilateral
executive right to suspend treaties and ignore U.S. laws; an
insistence that a president can seize U.S. citizens with no
due process of law and imprison them in CIA "black sites" or
send them to foreign regimes to be tortured; a series of new
plans for military spying on the American people; the
repression of both internal dissenters and outside
protestors; an all-out assault on the public's right to
know; and well, way too much more.
maintains that, as "a war president," he has the inherent
power (never claimed by any predecessor) to seize and
imprison any American citizen suspected by his
administration of having even the vaguest connection to
that he can throw citizens in federal jails in perpetuity on
his own authority, without consulting a judge or getting an
The hapless innocent suspects
who wail that a nightmarish mistake is being made are out of
that his executive prisoners can be taken in secret (without
even notifying their families), do not have to be told of
any specific charges against them, have no right to lawyers
and can be held without trial.
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