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Postby seemslikeadream » Wed Jun 15, 2005 8:51 pm

A Busy Day Today, and an Important and Historical Day Tomorrow<br><br>I just concluded a very busy day of interviews about the Downing Street Minutes. This morning, I appeared on the Democracy Now Radio and Television show with Amy Goodman, and NPR’s “All Things Considered” (taped for Thursday AM). I taped an interview with CNN’s Bill Schneider for “Inside Politics,” which I believe was broadcast later in the day. I had a very nice visit and interview with Dembloggers.com as well. Late in the day, I taped an interview for AP TV.<br><br>(Also, lest you think Downing Street is all I am thinking about, I taped an interview with a group doing a very interesting documentary on Ohio 2004).<br><br>The pace will not let up tomorrow either. At 9am, I will be on C-Span’s Washington Journal for a half hour. Shortly after 10, I will be appearing on Stephanie Miller’s show to break some news I am very excited about. Finally, at a time to be determined, I will appear on the Al Franken Show at 12:15pm.<br><br>For those commenters who were concerned (or hoping) that there would be a media blackout of the forum, that will not be the case. I have every major network, other than Fox, bringing cameras to the hearing. Nightline is taping the event, which I think represents a welcome development from a well respected investigative program. In addition, C-Span 3 and Radio Pacifica are carrying it live.<br><br>Member interest in the hearing has been stellar and participation is expected to be very high. My friends Jerry Nadler, Maxine Waters, Chris Van Hollen, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Sheila Jackson Lee, Barbara Lee, Jim McDermott, Lynn Woolsey, Major Owens, barney Frank, Cynthia McKinney, Corrine Brown, Jay Inslee, and Charlie Rangel are all likely to attend. A number of other Members are attempting to adjust their schedules to attend as well.<br><br>There has been some confusion about where the event will be held. As some of you may be aware, the Republican majority on the Judiciary Committee will not allow me to use Committee space, as I have in the past, for this. As a result, I had to consider some other locations, all with pros and cons. In the end, I decided it was best to hold the hearing in the one official room that was available, a very small room in the basement of the Capitol (HC-9). I want the location to be one that is nonpartisan and one where any Republican member interested in attending can do so.<br><br>Consequently, the time of the hearing has been changed to 2:30pm. Because of the lack of seating, I have created an overflow room, where the public can listen to or watch the hearing in the Wasserman Room of the DNC on South Capitol Street. I want people coming to DC to know that it is highly unlikely they will be able to get a seat in the hearing room, it is THAT small.<br><br>Following the hearing, I will personally deliver a letter with stacks and stacks of signatures to the White House. This is the culmination of all of your efforts and I hope Thursday makes you very proud. I also hope at the end of the day tomorrow, we will all feel that the truth has begun to be known by more and more Americans and that we are all re-invigorated to do the critical work that comes next.<br><br>To review, here are the details:<br><br><br>WHAT: Democratic Hearing on Downing Street Minutes and Pre-war intelligence <br><br>WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2005, 2:30pm<br><br>WHERE: HC-9 The Capitol<br>(Overflow Room – 430 S. Capitol Street, SE – The Wasserman Room)<br><br>WITNESSES: Joe Wilson, Former Ambassador and WMD Expert<br>Ray McGovern, 27-year CIA analyst who prepared regular Presidential briefings during the Reagan administration<br>Cindy Sheehan, mother of fallen American soldier<br>John Bonifaz, renown constitutional lawyer<br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.conyersblog.us/archives/00000139.htm" target="top">www.conyersblog.us/archives/00000139.htm</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br>from C-Span... <br> Thanks for your inquiry about C-SPAN's coverage of Thursday's meeting with John Conyers regarding the Downing Street Memo. We recognize that there is a great deal of interest in the meeting, which is why we are carrying it live on as many C-SPAN platforms as we can: C-SPAN3, C-SPAN.org, and C-SPAN radio, which you can hear on XM and Sirius satellite Radio. This program is scheduled to re-air on Friday, June 17th at 8pm ET on C-SPAN2. Please check our TV Schedules at c-span.org for programming information (please remember the schedule is subject to change).<br><br>C-SPAN and C-SPAN2 remain committed to live coverage of the U.S. House and Senate on a week when the Congress is dealing with several major pieces of legislation. But this is exactly the reason why C-SPAN3 was created. So, if you have an opportunity, please tell your satellite or cable provider that you want C-SPAN3.<br><br>Thank you for your interest in the C-SPAN Networks.<br><br> <br>Conyers is delivering the DSM petition with 550,000 signatures on it personally to bush tomorrow<br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://downingstreetmemo.com/" target="top">downingstreetmemo.com/</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/" target="top">www.afterdowningstreet.org/</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--> <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p097.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=seemslikeadream@rigorousintuition>seemslikeadream</A> at: 6/15/05 6:54 pm<br></i>
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ReThis is the beginning of the end of the presidency of gwb

Postby seemslikeadream » Thu Jun 16, 2005 4:27 pm

I am watching this hearing as I type. gwb will not finish out his term in office. <br><br><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://northernblue.ca/images/tecumseh.jpg" style="border:0;"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--><br><br>You can watch a rerun of this hearing on C-SPAN<br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.cspan.org" target="top">cspan.org</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>Some DU links discussing the hearings<br><br>http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=132&topic_id=1859757&mesg_id=1859757<br>http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=104&topic_id=3873772&mesg_id=3873772<br>http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=104&topic_id=3872896&mesg_id=3872896<br>http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=104&topic_id=3873457&mesg_id=3873457<br>http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=104&topic_id=3875037&mesg_id=3875037The Bush Administration & Impeachment & the False Statement Statute<br>http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=104&topic_id=3871822&mesg_id=3871822 <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p097.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=seemslikeadream@rigorousintuition>seemslikeadream</A> at: 6/16/05 4:24 pm<br></i>
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We can hope, Seems

Postby Qutb » Thu Jun 16, 2005 5:10 pm

I can smell something new and fresh in the air. Latest poll gives mad King George a 42% approval rating, the lowest so far... and most people still don't know the implications of the British documents. I sense a lot more opposition to the war than just a month ago. A soldier in Iraq wrote to Michael Moore in March: "more and more of us are becoming aware of the truth". Perhaps the truth is finally dawning on Joe Sixpack as well. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: We can hope THIS IS IT Qutb!

Postby seemslikeadream » Thu Jun 16, 2005 5:47 pm

<!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:teal;font-family:comic sans ms;font-size:xx-small;"><!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>You know you can smell it. It's just going to take a little time. Remember how long others have been waiting, some for a very long long time for justice. Remember the Emmit Till trial that started today, 50 years. The Native Americans a bit longer, how couragous they are. It is our destiny to carry on.</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br><br><br><br>Some GREAT PIX from the Conyers Hearing<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104x3874903">www.democraticunderground...04x3874903</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><br>Palast email: <br><br>Palast for Conyers: The OTHER ' Memos' from Downing Street and Pennsylvania Avenue<br><br>Greg Palast, unable to attend hearings in Washington Thursday, has submitted the following testimony:<br><br>Chairman Conyers,<br><br>It's official: The Downing Street memos, a snooty New York Times "News Analysis" informs us, "are not the Dead Sea Scrolls." You are warned, Congressman, to ignore the clear evidence of official mendacity and bald-faced fibbing by our two nations' leaders because the cry for investigation came from the dark and dangerous world of "blogs" and "opponents" of Mr. Blair and Mr. Bush.<br><br>On May 5, "blog" site Buzzflash.com carried my story, IMPEACHMENT TIME: "FACTS WERE FIXED," bringing the London Times report of the Downing Street memo to US media which seemed to be suffering at the time from an attack of NADD -- "news attention deficit disorder."<br><br>The memo, which contains the ill-making admission that "the intelligence and facts were being fixed" to match the Iraq-crazed fantasies of our President, is sufficient basis for a hearing toward impeachment of the Chief Executive. But to that we must add the other evidence and secret memos and documents still hidden from the American public. <br><br>Other foreign-based journalists could doubtless add more, including the disclosure that the key inspector of Iraq's biological weapons, the late Dr. David Kelly, found the Bush-Blair analysis of his intelligence was indeed "fixed," as the Downing Street memo puts it, around the war-hawk policy.<br><br>Here is a small timeline of confidential skullduggery dug up and broadcast by my own team for BBC Television and Harper's on the secret plans to seize Iraq's assets and oil. <br><br>February 2001 - Only one month after the first Bush-Cheney inauguration, the State Department's Pam Quanrud organizes a secret confab in California to make plans for the invasion of Iraq and removal of Saddam. US oil industry advisor Falah Aljibury and others are asked to interview would-be replacements for a new US-installed dictator. <br><br>On BBC Television's Newsnight, Aljibury himself explained,<br><br>"It is an invasion, but it will act like a coup. The original plan was to liberate Iraq from the Saddamists and from the regime."<br><br>March 2001 - Vice-President Dick Cheney meets with oil company executives and reviews oil field maps of Iraq. Cheney refuses to release the names of those attending or their purpose. Harper's has since learned their plan and purpose -- see below.<br><br>October/November 2001 - An easy military victory in Afghanistan emboldens then-Dep. Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to convince the Administration to junk the State Department "coup" plan in favor of an invasion and occupation that could remake the economy of Iraq. And elaborate plan, ultimately summarized in a 101-page document, scopes out the "sale of all state enterprises" -- that is, most of the nation's assets, "… especially in the oil and supporting industries." <br><br>2002 - Grover Norquist and other corporate lobbyists meet secretly with Defense, State and Treasury officials to ensure the invasion plans for Iraq include plans for protecting "property rights." The result was a pre-invasion scheme to sell off Iraq's oil fields, banks, electric systems, and even change the country's copyright laws to the benefit of the lobbyists' clients. Occupation chief Paul Bremer would later order these giveaways into Iraq law.<br><br>Fall 2002 - Philip Carroll, former CEO of Shell Oil USA, is brought in by the Pentagon to plan the management of Iraq's oil fields. He works directly with Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith. "There were plans," says Carroll, "maybe even too many plans" -- but none disclosed to the public nor even the US Congress.<br><br>January 2003 - Robert Ebel, former CIA oil analyst, is sent, BBC learns, to London to meet with Fadhil Chalabi to plan terms for taking over Iraq's oil.<br><br>March 2003 - What White House spokesman Ari Fleisher calls "Operations Iraqi Liberation" (OIL) begins. (Invasion is re-christened "OIF" -- Operation Iraqi Freedom.)<br><br>March 2003 - Defense Department is told in confidence by US Energy Information Administrator Guy Caruso that Iraq's fields are incapable of a massive increase in output. Despite this intelligence, Dep. Secretary Wolfowitz testifies to Congress that invasion will be a free ride. He swears, "There's a lot of money to pay for this that doesn't have to be U.S. taxpayer money. …We're dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon," a deliberate fabrication promoted by the Administration, an insider told BBC, as "part of the sales pitch" for war.<br><br>May 2003 - General Jay Garner, appointed by Bush as viceroy over Iraq, is fired by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The general revealed in an interview for BBC that he resisted White House plans to sell off Iraq's oil and national assets.<br><br>"That's just one fight you don't want to take on," Garner told me. But apparently, the White House wanted that fight.<br><br>The general also disclosed that these invade-and-grab plans were developed long before the US asserted that Saddam still held WDM: <br><br>"All I can tell you is the plans were pretty elaborate; they didn't start them in 2002, they were started in 2001."<br><br>November/December 2003 - Secrecy and misinformation continues even after the invasion. The oil industry objects to the State Department plans for Iraq's oil fields and drafts for the Administration a 323-page plan, "Options for Iraqi Oil Industry." Per the industry plan, the US forces Iraq to create an OPEC-friendly state oil company that supports the OPEC cartel's extortionate price for petroleum. <br><br><br>The Stone Wall<br><br>Harper's and BBC obtained the plans despite official denial of their existence, then footdragging when confronted with the evidence of the reports' existence.<br><br>Still today, the State and Defense Departments and White House continue to stonewall our demands for the notes of the meetings between lobbyists, oil industry consultants and key Administration officials that would reveal the hidden economic motives for the war. <br><br>What are the secret interests behind this occupation? Who benefits? Who met with whom? Why won't this Administration release these documents of the economic blueprint for the war? <br><br>To date, the State and Defense Department responses to our reports are risible, and their answers to our requests for documents run from evasive to downright misleading. Maybe Congress, with it's power of subpoena, can do better.<br><br><br>Blogs, the Media and Democracy<br><br>Let me conclude with a comment about those pesky "blogs" that so bother the New York Times. We should stand and offer a moment of quiet gratitude to the electronic swarm of gadfly commentators who make it so much harder for the US media to ignore news not officially blessed. Yes, Judith Miller's breathless reports for The Times that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction may have maintained "access" for the mainstream press to its diet of White House propaganda, but the blogs insure that, whatever nonsense the US press is biting on, the public need not swallow.<br><br><br><br>********<br>This week Greg Palast's investigative team was named winner of a 2004-5 Project Censored award from the California State University at Sonoma Journalism School for their exposé of the secret US plans to seize Iraq's oil assets. Special thanks to the chief investigator on Iraq, Leni von Eckardt, as well as additional support from Matt Pascarella. The investigation was conducted for Harper's Magazine, BBC Television Newsnight and "blog" outlet TomPaine.com.<br><br>View the BBC television reports and the Harper's and related reports at www.GregPalast.com <br><br><br>"Brad Blog posts extensive notes on Congressman Conyers Hearing"<br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001471.htm#comments">www.bradblog.com/archives...m#comments</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--> <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p097.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=seemslikeadream@rigorousintuition>seemslikeadream</A> at: 6/16/05 5:28 pm<br></i>
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Re:Conyers at The White House Gate with the Petition VIDEO

Postby seemslikeadream » Sat Jun 18, 2005 8:09 pm

<!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://web.takebackthemedia.com/geeklog/public_html/staticpages/index.php?page=2005061821444755">web.takebackthemedia.com/...1821444755</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Symbolman from Take Back the Media travelled to Washington DC to videotape the Downing Street Minutes Hearing, the Rally, and Representative Conyers delivering the petition and signatures to the White House. While there, Sybmolman teamed up with Flux who captured Rep. John Conyers at the White House gate with the petition signed by over 560,000 Americans and 122 Members of Congress.<br><br><br>WHERE ARE THE CHICKENHAWKS!<br><br><br><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://www.gothamist.com.nyud.net:8090/images/andreaalan.jpg" style="border:0;"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--><br>You would have had to be brain dead not to know what the president was up too.<br><br><br>Exact quote from an MSNBC interview of Andrea Mitchell, her thoughts on the DSM the morning of Wednesday June 15<br><br><br><br><br><br> <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p097.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=seemslikeadream@rigorousintuition>seemslikeadream</A> at: 6/18/05 6:22 pm<br></i>
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re: THIS IS IT

Postby rain » Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:42 am

SEIZE THE DAY.<br>and rip the script.<br>just don't expect the terrier to drop the bone too easily,<br>and don't be deflected if he sinks his teeth in a little deeper. <p></p><i></i>
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Andrea Mitchell

Postby antiaristo » Wed Jun 22, 2005 2:49 pm

SLAD,<br>Good work at the hearings.<br>I've made some comments on a separate thread**. Probably I should have continued this one.<br><br>Your quote speaks volumes. But her name of course is Lady Andrea Greenspan. You can bet your life she's got a passport in that name.<br><br>**see "some thoughts on the DSM" <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Andrea Mitchell

Postby seemslikeadream » Wed Jun 22, 2005 3:37 pm

Thanks antiaristo for the lady thing, I'll start using that. I can't find the post you're refering to?<br><br><!--EZCODE IMAGE START--><img src="http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/aktion/action-smiley-066.gif" style="border:0;"/><!--EZCODE IMAGE END--> <p></p><i></i>
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Elusive thread

Postby antiaristo » Wed Jun 22, 2005 6:36 pm

SLAD,<br>Probably best if I re-post.<br><br>A few thoughts on the DSM<br><br>That name is a disaster. These are minutes. That is important because<br><br>1 It is a legal document, like a signed witness statement or a signed affidavit. It can be submitted to a court of law as an unimpeachable record of what took place.<br><br>2 It is standard practice for the notetaker to circulate draft notes to allow those quoted to correct any mistakes. This document is the end product of this process.<br><br>3 This is a policy body meeting under the personal authority of the Prime Minister – the hallmark of Blair’s “presidential style”. The Cabinet as an institution was bypassed by this group (shades of OSP).<br><br><br>4 The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister, which makes the minutes his personal property. Although Mathew Rycroft’s name appears on the copies circulated, Blair himself had first to sign the original before it was filed. “Notes” become “Minutes” once the Chairman has signed them.<br><br>5 At some point after this meeting took place, the minute taking stopped. There are no (admitted) records of Blair’s kitchen cabinet comprising three elected and ten unelected officials. Even the Butler Inquiry (another whitewash) was sufficiently disgusted to complain about Blair’s “sofa style” of government<br><br>Implications<br><br>These minutes are a signed confession for the war crimes trial. There IS an application under consideration at the ICC, and these minutes have gone straight to the top of the pile.<br><br>So you can expect NO FURTHER HELP from the British parliament and media. They are in absolute lockdown mode since the election. As for why, look at the EU summit: Blair v Chirac, Britain v Frogland. The British press are putting forward this mass-murderer as the right man to lead Europe out of its troubles!<br><br>Next month Britain takes over as President of the UN Security Council, President of the European Union and President of the Group of 8. The G8 summit will be hosted by the Queen on 5 to 7 July. Then on 10 July the Queen holds her own personal celebration for VE Day.<br><br>So NOBODY will mention the war!<br> <p></p><i></i>
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