A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Bill Quigley
Cathy Webster, a grandmother living in Chico California, organized “A Thousand Grandmothers for Peace” to protest in November 2006 against the torture-training School of the Americas (SOA) (now called the Western Institute of Security Cooperation or WHINSEC) located at Ft. Benning Georgia.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
The great thing about conservatives' hypocrisy when it comes to social issues is that it's perfectly OK for them to meddle with your affairs, but their private lives are their own business. This fits in with their whole ideology of looking out for themselves at the expense of everybody else.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson
This week, archeologists working near Stonehenge in England reported finding the ruins of Neolithic homes and evidence that the former residents enjoyed festivals of raucous dance and wild partying. The party didn't last, however. Over the centuries, the authorities clamped down on public rituals of collective joy and stole from the people the ancient source of human solidarity.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Washington, DC – Developments in the trial of former Cheney aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby revealed a number of startling revelations surrounding the outing of a covert CIA agent during a time of war and the inner workings of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). News accounts today indicate that Karl Rove, the President's top advisor, "told a reporter that an administration critic's wife worked at the CIA" and "Libby then confirmed Valerie Plame's CIA status a day later during an 'off-the-record' conversation." [USA Today, 2/1/07] And, it was also reported that "copies of handwritten notes by Vice President Dick Cheney, introduced at trial by defense attorneys ... would appear to implicate George W. Bush in the Plame CIA Leak case," according to http://truthout.org/.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Linda Bilmes, a public policy expert at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, concluded in a paper that total veterans' benefits stemming from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could end up costing more than $660 billion over the next few decades. In response, the numbers she used to form her conclusions were criticized by high-ranking Pentagon officials.
U.S. Federal Court Judge Reggie B. Walton today denied all motions in sixteen cases pending before his court regarding the detentions at the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp on the grounds that the Military Commissions Act (MCA) stripped the court of jurisdiction. In his decision he stated, "Until the District of Columbia Circuit resolves the jurisdictional questions raised by the MCA, it is this court's view that it lacks the authority to take any action in these cases." The denials were without prejudice, meaning that plaintiffs could move to reinstate the motions after the higher court rules on MCA questions. Other judges with Guantánamo cases have reached different conclusions and not denied all motions before them. Walton's decision affects over 200 individuals currently imprisoned at Guantanamo.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Stories like this are the very reason why war is not the answer! "There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre."