by Cindy Sheehan
On Friday, December 8th, after 4 and 1?2 long days, the jury in the trial of the "Pink 4," which includes me, Medea Benjamin, Gold Star Aunty Missy Beattie and Reverend Patty Ackerman, finally received our case for deliberation at about 2:30 PM. The judge summoned us back into the courtroom at 6:15 PM and we were excited for the verdict, only to learn that the jury had not yet reached their verdict and we would be staying in NYC until at least Monday when the jury would continue its deliberations on the 5 counts for each of us.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
In the waning hours of his term as Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld still doesn't get it. Disgraced in failure and fired by George W. Bush, Rumsfeld spoke about his experiences during a farewell talk today at the Pentagon. (seriously, how bad do you have to be for Bush to boot you for incompetence?)
Have you seen this? This is what democracies should have if they are serious about election fraud. The US is supposed to be a leader in demonstrating to the world what a democracy is, but all we have managed to show the world these past six years is how easy it is for any nation to be taken over by a political coup with their own despot installed and all due to election fraud. The whole world would be laughing at us if these six years hadn't been so murderously bloody.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"
How pathetic can it get?
140,000 American troops are stuck in the mess that a lying and endlessly deceitful president has made in Iraq, over half a million innocent Iraqis have been killed since the politically-motivated 2003 US invasion, a group of very Establishment, middle-of-the-road politicians of both parties has declared the war an unmitigated disaster and called for a pullout of troops, the president has nixed their call for withdrawal and regional negotiations, and what is Congress doing about it?
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
This article from the SF Gate newsletter tells of an incident that is graphic in nature as to the psychotic paranoia many Americans suffer from today that affects innocent people in harmful ways. At the end of this article, it tells us that this woman had a medical condition and they refused her access back on the plane. She was not responsible for their acts of paranoia. This could probably have been averted by people simply asking questions instead of seems like an over reaction. Since the odor of matches was so strong, a person would think that it could have been detected as coming from the toilet on this plane ... nothing like some free advertising on security risks, huh?
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Subject: A Simple Fact
Iraq isn't really a war zone ... it's a CRIME SCENE.
I hope that this little truth is also pointed out to the American people very soon, and I also hope that those responsible are held accountable.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by David Michael Green
So. The James (Baker) Gang have finally come down from the mountain to deliver to us their long-awaited recipe for salvation from the Mess in Mesopotamia.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Look's like Christmas came early yesterday for 42 lucky prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay. They were the first to arrive in the U.S. military's brand new 178 cell, $37 million high-security prison.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"U.S. military and intelligence officials have systematically underreported the violence in Iraq in order to suit the Bush administration's policy goals, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group said." Awww, what a nice way to say, George Bush has been lying through his teeth since the get go!!! Out of deference for old man Bush, the Iraq Study Group has most certainly put all their diplomatic skills to use in the "Report"! In other words, "intelligence was "being fixed around the policy," from the very beginning and has continued right up to today! Unfortunately, everything that suits "the Bush administration's policy goals" is bad news for Iraq and for America!!!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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Washington is pressuring Brussels to create a US-type pro-democracy foundation to accelerate change in ex-Soviet and Middle East states, but the European Commission wants no part in the deal. "We think it's high time Europe had the same kind of facility [as the US' National Endowment for Democracy - NED]," senior US diplomat Scott Carpenter told external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner at a Brussels seminar on Thursday (7 December) ...