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InauguralShuffle * BabylonAssault * Out of Darkness


21 January 2005

"..We've launched a hideous war for no good reason in Iraq.
And we're about to elevate to the highest law enforcement
position in the land a man who helped choreograph the
American effort to evade the international prohibitions against torture.."


– Bob Herbert

1) Inaugural Shuffles ~ white man speaks with forked tongue
- - Mock Coffins and Jeers as Bush Sworn In
- - The 34 Scandals of George W. Bush
- - Babylon Wrecked by War
- - ‘The Battle for Iraq May Never Be Won'
2) Election Protection Legal Team Under Attack
- - Take action with Black Box Voting and Common Cause
3) Out of the Darkness - "Speak Truth to Power"
4) U.S. Gathering Nuclear Intelligence Inside Iran for Possible Strike

- - Cheney: Israel May Attack Iran

Editor's Notes:

Can we listen and learn in the US from the people in Ukraine, in Venezuela? But these countries had strong leaders, hands clean. The media manipulated the Democratic Party to choose a leader that made the choice to give G.W. authority to attack Iraq. We must stay united and choose our leaders that have demonstrated integrity, like that of Senator Barbara Boxer, who stood alone in the Senate to confront irregularities in Election 2004.

O' Eons of darkness, eternal night
you are only a backdrop for wondrous light..
And here i might find through the core of self..
the entrance to illuminate, to perceive.. to flow with atoms
expelling light as a river of purity in the deepness of night



1) Inaugural Shuffles ~ white man speaks with forked tongue

- - Mock Coffins and Jeers as Bush Sworn In
- - The 34 Scandals of George W. Bush
- - Babylon Wrecked by War
- - Bush's Energy Secretary ‘Top Five Worst Polluters'
- - ‘The Battle for Iraq May Never Be Won'

As the actual presidential swearing-in began, a small group
in the crowd outside the Capitol could be heard chanting, "Stop the war."
One lone protester was heard during President Bush's speech.
Security personnel were seen taking people away.


- - Mock Coffins and Jeers as Bush Sworn In
By Andy Sullivan
Reuters

Friday 21 January 2005

Washington - Flag-draped coffins and jeering anti-war protesters competed with pomp and circumstance on Thursday at the inauguration of President Bush along the snow-dusted, barricaded streets of central Washington.

For the complete article see the original post.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7389282
or
www.truthout.org/docs_05/012205Z.shtml

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- - The 34 Scandals of George W. Bush

The Scandal Sheet
By Peter Dizikes
Salon.com

Tuesday 18 January 2005

"Print it out, send it to Harry Reid, or just read it and weep. Here are 34 scandals from the first four years of George W. Bush's presidency - every one of them worse than Whitewater.."

For original posting of complete article, see:
www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/01/18/scandal/index.html

For a Truthout.org print format of article, see:
www.truthout.org/docs_05/printer_011905D.shtml

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- - Babylon Wrecked by War

Published by the Guardian/UK
Saturday, January 15, 2004
Babylon Wrecked by War

Troops from the US-led force in Iraq have caused widespread damage and severe contamination to the remains of the ancient city of Babylon, according to a damning report released today by The British Museum.

For this article, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1391011,00.html
or
www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0115-07.htm

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- - Bush's Energy Secretary ‘Top Five Worst Polluters'

Bush's Choice for Energy Secretary Was One of Texas' Top Five Worst Polluters
by Jason Leopold

Published by CommonDreams.org
January 16, 2005

In the bizarro world that President Bush lives in, it pays—literally—to be a miserable failure, a criminal and a corporate con man.

For this complete article, see:
www.commondreams.org/views05/0116-09.htm

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- - ‘The Battle for Iraq May Never Be Won'

Coalition Admits on Eve of Election: ‘The Battle for Iraq May Never Be Won'
Run-up to vote sees mounting violence as US commanders finally concede they underestimated the resistance
Published January 16, 2005 by The Sunday Herald (Scotland)
For the article see original posting:
www.sundayherald.com/47185
or
www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0116-04.htm



2) Election Protection Legal Team Under Attack

- - Take action with Black Box Voting and Common Cause

Election Protection Legal Team Under Attack

Ohio's GOP Attorney-General Launches Revenge Attack on Election Protection Legal Team
Published by the Columbus Free Press (Ohio)
January, 19, 2005

by Steve Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman

Departments
Election 2004

Ohio's GOP Attorney General launches revenge attack on Election Protection legal team
by Steve Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman
January 19, 2005

COLUMBUS -- In a stunning legal attack, Ohio's Republican Attorney General has moved for sanctions against the four attorneys who sued George W. Bush et. al. in an attempt to investigate the Buckeye State's bitterly contested November 2 election.

Robert Fitrakis, Susan Truitt, Cliff Arnebeck and Peter Peckarsky were named by Attorney General James Petro in a filing with the Ohio Supreme Court. Petro charges the November Moss v Bush and Moss v. Moyer filings by the Election Protection legal team were "frivolous." Petro is demanding court sanctions and fines.

For the entire article, see:
www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2005/1102
or
www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0119-12.htm

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- - Take action with Black Box Voting and Common Cause

For actions and resources from Bev Harris and Black Box Voting, see: BlackBoxVoting.ORG
also
Help Common Cause Amplify Election Reform



3) Out of the Darkness - "Speak Truth to Power"

Out of the Darkness
by Bob Herbert
Published by the New York Times
on January 17, 2005

.."Speak Truth to Power" is about the emergence of courage and moral leadership in those bleak periods when free expression, religious liberty, human rights and even our very humanity are threatened by destructive forces that range from indifference to murderous brutality. The leadership often comes from unexpected sources, like Bobby Muller, an American Marine lieutenant whose spinal cord was severed when he was shot in the back in Vietnam. He became a champion of veterans' rights and years later, as a co-founder of the Campaign to Ban Land Mines, shared the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr. Muller, in a wheelchair, was also in the audience at Ebenezer on Friday night.

"Courage begins with one voice," said Oscar Arias Sanchez, the former president of Costa Rica, who won the Nobel Prize in 1987 for developing a Central American peace plan.

Both the play and the book are made up of passages from interviews of men and women who, in a wide variety of ways, defended human rights in countries that span the globe. Dianna Ortiz is an Ursuline nun from New Mexico who went to Guatemala in the 1980's as a missionary. She was abducted, gang raped and tortured by government agents. She said one of the men overseeing the torture appeared to be American. At one point she was lowered into a pit filled with the bodies of men, women and children who had been murdered.

"To this day," said Sister Ortiz, "I can smell the decomposing of bodies disposed of in an open pit. I can hear the piercing screams of other people being tortured."

In a short introduction to Sister Ortiz's interview in the book, Ms. Kennedy wrote:

"Ortiz's ordeal did not end with her escape. Her torment continued as she sought answers from the U.S. government about the identity of her torturers in her unrelenting quest for justice. Ortiz's raw honesty and capacity to articulate the agony she suffered compelled the United States to declassify long-secret files on Guatemala, and shed light on some of the darkest moments of Guatemalan history and American foreign policy."

Sister Ortiz now runs a center for survivors of torture.

The most hopeful thing to be drawn from Mr. Dorfman's play and Ms. Kennedy's book is that effective leadership can come from anywhere, at any time. From my perspective, this is a dark moment in American history. The Treasury has been raided and the loot is being turned over by the trainload to those who are already the richest citizens in the land. We've launched a hideous war for no good reason in Iraq. And we're about to elevate to the highest law enforcement position in the land a man who helped choreograph the American effort to evade the international prohibitions against torture.

Never since his assassination in 1968 have I felt the absence of Martin Luther King more acutely. Where are today's voices of moral outrage? Where is the leadership willing to stand up and say: Enough! We've sullied ourselves enough.

I'm convinced, without being able to prove it, that those voices will emerge. There was a time when no one had heard of Dr. King. Or Oscar Arias Sanchez. Or Martin O'Brien, who founded the foremost human rights organization in Northern Ireland, and who tells us: "The worst thing is apathy - to sit idly by in the face of injustice and to do nothing about it."

2005 New York Times Company
www.nytimes.com/2005/01/17/opinion/17herbert.html?oref=login&oref=login&oref=login&pagewanted=print&position=
also posted at
www.commondreams.org/views05/0117-27.htm



4) U.S. Gathering Nuclear Intelligence Inside Iran for Possible Strike

- - Cheney: Israel May Attack Iran


U.S. Gathering Nuclear Intelligence Inside Iran for Possible Strike
Published on Monday, January 17, 2004 by the Associated Press
New Yorker

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Sunday that environmental samples taken from a military complex this weekend by UN nuclear inspectors will prove that the country's atomic program is for peaceful purposes and not for making weapons as the United States alleges.

Meanwhile, the New Yorker magazine reported Monday that Washington has been conducting secret reconnaissance of Iranian nuclear installations inside that country for several months as a possible prelude to a military strike.

The report, written by Seymour Hersh, who broke the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal, said Washington has been "conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since last summer" for the purpose of gathering intelligence and for targeting information.

Hersh wrote that he had been repeatedly told by intelligence and military officials, on condition of anonymity that, "the next strategic target was Iran."

For the complete article, see:
www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0117-10.htm

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- - Cheney: Israel May Attack Iran

As reported by Democracy Now! Headlines for January 21, 2005

Hours before the inauguration, Vice President Cheney warned that Iran had become the top threat to world peace. He accused Iran of building a "fairly robust new nuclear program." Cheney didn't rule out a U.S. attack but suggested that Israel might strike Iran first.

He said "Given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first, and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards." Israel has carried out such attacks before. In 1981, Israeli warplanes bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor.

For more on this story and following:

- Bush: Spreading Liberty Is The "Calling Of Our Time"
- Bush Praises Liberty But Not Human Rights
- Over 10,000 Protest Inauguration
- Cheney: Israel May Attack Iran
- Cheney Surprised By Slow Recovery in Iraq
- Report: Hundreds of Pre-Election Attacks Expected in Iraq

See:
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/21/1530248


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