Saturday, January 20, 2007

An uninformed jury pool

BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX -- DC.

SCOOTER LIBBY IS ON TRIAL FOR LYING ABOUT HIS PART IN THE OUTING OF C.I.A. AGENT VALERIE PLAME.

OR WILL BE IF THE TRIAL EVER STARTS.

THE PROBLEM?

FINDING IDIOTS.

A JURY OF ONE'S PEERS TRANSLATES IN THE SCOOTER CASE AS A JURY OF IDIOTS.

POTENTIAL JURORS KEEP GETTING DISMISSED ON THE BASIS THAT THEY HAVE STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT BULLY BOY OR HIS ILLEGAL WAR.

THAT WOULD INCLUDE THE BULK OF THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. A RECENT LOS ANGELES TIMES & BLOOMBERG NEWS POLL FOUND THAT HALF OF THE PEOPLE POLLED "SAID THEY BELIEVED" THE BULLY BOY HAD "DELIBERATELY MISLED THE U.S. IN MAKING HIS CASE FOR INVADING IRAQ."

THAT HALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD BE DISQUALIFIED FROM SERVING BECAUSE . . . THEY'VE STAYED INFORMED. FOR SCOOTER'S TRIAL, PROSPECTIVE JURORS NEED TO BE BRAIN DEAD OR VIEWERS OF FOX 'NEWS' WHICH IS BASICALLY THE SAME THING.


FROM THE TCI WIRE:

Starting with news of US war resister Ehren Watada who, in June 2006, became the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq. Watada faces a court-martial February 5th and the 'judge' has stripped him of the right to present a strong defense. Arguments that can't be made in a kangroo court can be made by in the real world at Citizens' Hearing on the Legality of U.S. Actions in Iraq which starts tomorrow and concludes Sunday at the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus (10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day). As Michael Gilbert (The News Tribune) reports "a lineup of speakers will make the case that the war and the ongoing occupation are illegal under international and U.S. law, and that an officer such as Watada has a duty to disobey orders to take part in it." Zoltan Grossman tells Gilbert that "the event will take the shape of a congressional hearing" and notes that those participating include the following: Denis Halliday, Ann Wright, Francis Boyle, Daniel Ellsberg, Darrell Anderson, Harvey Tharp and Nadia McCaffrey.

While some stay silent (The Nation) Peter Michaelson (BuzzFlash) steps up, "The world is upside down, and one brave first lieutenant tries to set it right. The U.S. war in Iraq is illegal and immoral, says 1st Lt. Ehren Watada. In thus choosing reality over fallacy, and refusing to deploy to Iraq with his Stryker brigade, the 28-year-old Honolulu native faces six years in the brig when his court-martial begins next month at Ft. Lewis near Seattle." Peter Michaelson and BuzzFlash stood up. FYI, BuzzFlash is offering Peace buttons and Howard Zinn's A Power Governments Cannot Suppress.

Also standing up, of course, in support of Watada is Iraq Veterans Against the War have set up Camp Resistance and Portland IMC has audio of Dennis Kyne and Darrell Anderson speaking about Camp Resistance. Anderson spoke of how they were camping outside Fort Lewis, "That bus is parked right there and it's not leaving until the trial is over, not till February." Anderson noted the positive reaction from soldiers at Fort Lewis, "They see the bus, they know who we area. After six days, we had soldiers honking, soldiers rolling by in their civilian clothes and screaming out the window. And I remember like, wow, I was just coming up here for Watada and Suzanne Swift and I didn't think the soldiers were going to . . . I never heard of soldiers power fisting anti-war guys. And that's when it hit me, that they're done. They're not going back for a third time. 'Cause that's where I'd be if I didn't go AWOL, I'd be at my third tour right now. Three years in Iraq, three years. Could you imagine Vietnam vets, could you imagine going back to Vietnam three times? Three years and you don't come back from that. You go to Iraq, but you don't come back."

As Ehren Watada's February 5th court-martial approaches, this week the US military announced their decision to charge Agustin Aguayo with desertion and missing movement which carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Watada, Aguayo, and Anderson are part of a movement of resistance within the military that also includes Kyle Snyder, Agustin Aguayo, Ivan Brobeck, Darrell Anderson, Ricky Clousing, Aidan Delgado, Mark Wilkerson, Joshua Key, Camilo Meija, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Jeremy Hinzman, Corey Glass, Patrick Hart, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Katherine Jashinski, Chris Teske and Kevin Benderman. In total, thirty-eight US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.Information on war resistance within the military can be found at Center on Conscience & War, The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline, and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters.

From CODEPINK:
Bring the Peace Mandate to D.C. on J27! On Election Day voters delivered an unmistakable mandate for peace. Now it's time for action. Join CODEPINK in a national march to D.C. on January 27-29, to send a strong, clear message to Congress and the Bush Administration: The people of this country want the war and occupation in Iraq to end and we want the troops home now! See our latest actions, and click here for details.



RECOMMENDED: "Iraq snapshot"
"And the war drags on"
"NYT: If myths were true, Gordo would be blind by now or it would have fallen off"
"Other Items"
"NYT: Selling the war like it was their own mother"
"robert parry, sarah olson, etc"
"alberto's big day, etc."
"Alexander Cockburn"
"Help Wanted: The Nation's in need of direction"
"Stimson, Guantanamo"
"Diana's Dud"
"Blame Blogger/Blogspot"
"The literary set?"
"THIS JUST IN! THE PUZZLES OF S.M.U. AND ALBERTO"

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