Monday, November 26, 2007

Kucinich tv tonight, New Broom Coalition, Chomsky, Lindorff

1) Dennis Kucinich now has his own internet tv station at He'll be on the air tonight from the
Impeachment Teach-In, Live from Dartmouth College, Nov. 26 at 7pm.
Co-sponsored by Nation Magazine and Wednesday night from the Defending
the Constitution Town Hall Meeting w/ Congressman Dennis Kucinich,
Manchester, NH, Nov. 28 at 8PM.

2) Noam Chomsky is also getting better coverage by internet. Both a
video and its transcript is on Chomsky,
insightful as always, talks on American assumptions about Iran. He
makes it unavoidably obvious that the Bush Administration's demands on
Iran consist of the same irrational bullying that preceded our attack
on Iraq.

3) The New Broom Coalition announces itself (below) and

4) issues a press release demanding that US Special Prosecutor Patrick
Fitzgerald open an investigation of the outing of Valerie Plame.

5) The transcript of David Lindorff being interviewed by Scott Harris
on Kucinich's progress

6) Japan offers to mediate between the US and Iran.
Items 3 to 6 are below:


We are a group of challengers for Congressional seats currently held
by people who won't support impeachment.
We are Democrats, Greens, independents, from around the country, who
believe the current Congress is craven and corrupt, complicit with the
treason of the Bush administration.
We are seeking like-minded candidates. Our goal is to have challengers
in every Congressional district, both in the primaries and in the
general election; thus we can have up to two challengers per district.
We believe that by next November, we can put enough of our candidates
into Congress to change the direction of this country, no matter who
is elected president.
To join, a candidate must subscribe to our mission statement- see below.
If you are a candidate, or know a suitable candidate, please contact
us through our website
Or email me directly, at
1) Bush and Cheney have committed many impeachable offenses. If
elected, we will work to impeach them in the first two opening weeks
of the 111th Congress, and will continue the process after they leave
office. We will get rid of precedents they have set, and make them
subject to criminal proceedings, as well as strip them of the perks
and protections that ex- executives usually receive. We will restore
the rule of law, and bring lawbreakers to justice.
2) We will seek to restore the Constitution, especially the balance of
powers among the branches, and the Bill of Rights.
3) We will work to restore paper ballots and ensure the integrity of
the election process.
4) We will work for withdrawal from occupations of Iraq and
Afghanistan, stop threatening Iran, and seek a negotiated peace with
these countries, on a fair basis. We will work actively for world
5) We will make it priority to address global concerns such as global
warming, and to work with other nations on the basis of leadership,
not military might. We will put planetary survival above private
6) We will seek to control nuclear weapons by restoring the nuclear
NonProliferation Treaty, pressuring Israel, India and Pakistan to join
it, and start the process of disarmament of nuclear nations mandated
by Article VI.
7) We will seek to redirect federal monies from the military budget to
rebuilding the commons, including universal health care, social
welfare, education, infrastructure, water, wilderness, public access
TV, and others.
8) We will put people's needs above corporate profit, and work for
long -term goals, such as sustainable energy, protection of the
environment, and fairness to all segments of the population.



A national coalition of pro-impeachment candidates for the 2009 US
Congress is asking US Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to reopen his
investigations of President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard
Cheney, former Bush chief of staff Andrew Card, Karl Rove and Scooter
Libby. We are responding to allegations by former White House Press
Secretary Scott McClellan that President Bush was directly involved in
the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame. McClellan says in his
forthcoming book, "What Happened" that he " unknowingly passed along
false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the
administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the Vice
President, the President's chief of staff, and the President himself."

The congressional hopefuls in the New Broom Coalition have already
begun local campaigns to sweep from Congress those incumbents who
refuse to hold the Bush administration accountable by impeachment.
Bush and Cheney need to be held accountable for the lies told to sell
the Iraq war and occupation, and to out Ms. Plame.
Ms. Plame was a CIA agent assigned to tracking nuclear
weapons development, when her undercover identity was revealed by
administration leaks to journalist Robert Novak and others. US Special
Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald investigated the case for almost a year
before winning a conviction against Cheney aide "Scooter" Libby, whose
sentence was commuted by Bush. Fitzgerald personally interviewed
Bush for 70 minutes during that investigation, with Bush's criminal
attorney present.

The New Broom Coalition is composed of Democrats, Greens and
independent candidates for Congress from across the nation.
(Republicans who accept our mission statement are also free to join.) We
are outraged by the crimes of the administration in prosecuting the
war and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, by threats to national
security in the case of outing Valerie Plame, and by the malfeasance
of Congress in its repeated failures to uphold and defend the
Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, evinced by
these policies and actions. The Coalition meets regularly on the
internet to discuss issues, policies, and strategies to achieve its
The Coalition's call to Special Prosecutor Fitzpatrick is our first joint
public statement on its intentions to try to return the nation to sane
foreign policy, constitutional government based on the rule of law.
We believe that further investigation of Scott McClellan's statements
and beliefs will provide a legal basis for prosecution of the Bush
administration for threatening the national defense by exposing its
undercover CI
A agents. Some have called it a treasonous offense.
drafted by

Attorney Harold Burbank
84 N. Mountain Rd.
Canton, CT 06019
Ph: 860-693-2687; Cell 860-205-0102

5) :: Article nr. 38464 sent on 22-nov-2007 02:20 ECT


From Bob Nixon:
Kucinich Succeeds in Moving
Impeachment Resolution Against Cheney Forward

Interview with journalist David Lindorff,
conducted by Scott Harris

Listen in RealAudio

As voters cast ballots in local elections across the U.S. on Nov. 6,
Congress was voting on a resolution calling for the impeachment of
Vice President Dick Cheney. The measure, sponsored by Ohio
Representative and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich
has 22 co-sponsors, but had been bottled up by the Democratic
leadership for six months.

When a vote finally did occur, Republicans in an attempt to embarrass
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has repeatedly stated that impeachment
was "off the table," supported the legislation. At the last minute,
however, many Democrats not wanting to be seen as defending Cheney,
changed their votes from supporting Pelosi's attempt to table the
measure, to supporting the resolution. As a result of all the
political maneuvering, the impeachment debate will now move to the
House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Michigan Democrat John Conyers.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with journalist Dave Lindorff,
who co-authored the book, "The Case for Impeachment, The Legal
Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office," with
attorney Barbara Olshansky. Lindorff summarizes the basis for the
Cheney impeachment resolution and looks at the road ahead for getting
a serious hearing on the high crimes and misdemeanors that Dennis
Kucinich and many others assert have been committed by both the vice
president and President Bush.

DAVID LINDORFF: Dennis (Kucinich) explains that one of the prime
arguments that's thrown out by his colleagues against impeachment is:
"Well then, we'll have Cheney for president." Kucinich took it at face
value, said, let's just acknowledge the fact that everybody knows that
Cheney is the real president and go after him first. And that's what
he's doing. He has also said that he's going to introduce an
impeachment bill against Bush. So I think we can look for that.

BETWEEN THE LINES: What are the strongest arguments that Dennis
Kucinich and supporters of impeachment of Dick Cheney have to back up
their resolution of impeachment?

DAVID LINDORFF: Well, people should go to his website because he's got
it very, very well-documented and footnoted. But the key point is, and
he made this on the floor (of the House) when he introduced it. The
vice president clearly lied about both the nuclear threat posed by
Iraq, which was zero, and everybody knew that in the intelligence
community - and the alleged link which he said was ironclad between
Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. And everybody in the State Department and
the intelligence community knew that Saddam Hussein had absolutely not
only no love for the al Qaeda group, but was afraid of them because
they were appealing to religion and he was a strict secularist and
creating a secular state there. There were specific lies about the
alleged attempt to purchase uranium ore in Niger; there were the lies
about the aluminum tubes that were actually rocket bodies being for
centrifuges—there were no centrifuges being built in Iraq and the
tubes were the wrong size for centrifuges and they were anodized
aluminum and you can't make centrifuges out of anodized aluminum. It
was all nonsense.

The supposed poison gas trucks that were supposed to be mobile labs …
all that stuff they knew were lies. And Cheney is caught with that, so
that's (Kucinich's) basic point on that article. His other big one is
that it's illegal under the UN charter, which the U.S. is a signatory
to and which is therefore part of U.S. law, to threaten war against a
country that doesn't pose an imminent threat to the country making the
threat. So, for Cheney, to threaten as he has, war against Iran is a
crime. So, there's plenty to impeach the vice president on. He's also
implicated in being a prime mover behind the NSA spying for five years
illegally. He's a prime mover behind the administration's violation of
the Geneva Conventions in approving torture and in international
kidnapping. All of these things are Cheney. So, if we can get these
hearings going, we're going to have a pretty exciting time, I think.
We'll find television has become entertaining again.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Before the 2006 congressional election, which the
Democrats won, Rep. John Conyers was one of the most outspoken
proponents of impeachment in beginning that process in Congress. But
after the Democrats won the House and Senate, Conyers stood by House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and said, "Yes, Impeachment is off the table."
Does Dick Cheney have anything to worry about now? And how likely is
it that Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers will revert to his
former position, which was to advocate impeachment?

DAVID LINDORFF: Well, it's going to be interesting to see, because
Conyers has been talking out of two sides of his mouth for a year now.
He tells progressives, when he goes to meetings of progressives, "make
me hold hearings." "Put pressure on me, get more members of congress
to support impeachment." Well, he just got a vote of 218, including
Republicans, saying they want hearings on impeachment. So, now he
can't say, make me impeach, because he's gotten the vote. We
understand that they were forced into that, but why were they forced
into that? They were forced into that because 80 Democrats were so
scared of what their constituents would think if they protected
Cheney, that they voted to get rid of that tabling motion. That tells
you that at least 80 Democrats know that the public wants Cheney

BETWEEN THE LINES: Where's public opinion at now, with regards to the
impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney or President George Bush?

DAVID LINDORFF: Well this is really the fascinating thing. Polls have
shown that between 70 and 80 percent of Democrats would like to see
Cheney impeached. And the last major poll done of the American public
at large found that 54 percent of all Americans thought Cheney should
be impeached. So, it sort of boggles the mind that Nancy Pelosi would
find this to be a bad idea.

Read Lindorff's articles online at his website:

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6) 'Japan ready to mediate between US, Iran on nuclear issue'
By ANI [Asian News International]
Tuesday November 13, 03:32 PM
Tehran, Nov 13 (ANI): Japan is ready to mediate between the United
States and Iran to help resolve the standoff with the West over the
latter's nuclear programme, according to the president of the Japanese
Centre for International Public Policy Studies.
Pointing out that imposing sanctions on Iran would not be in Japan's
national interests, Naoki Tanaka said that as Tokyo has good relations
with both Tehran and Washington, it has the potential to mediate
between the two sides to help resolve the differences over the nuclear
Emphasising that Iran has the inalienable right to utilize nuclear
technology, Tanaka expressed regret over certain powers' double
standards toward Tehran's nuclear dossier.
The Tehran Times quoted him as saying that negotiation is the only way
to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
He further called for establishment of a neutral international
organization tasked with "eliminating nuclear weapons" and supporting
peaceful nuclear studies of the world's scientists, without any
political biases.
The leaders of the US, Russia, and other world powers should know that
no matter how advanced their military equipment is, they should not
give up searching for a diplomatic settlement of the nuclear row, he
said, adding: "Power without wisdom is destructive."
He went on to say that Japan was interested in expanding its relations
with the Islamic Republic, but UN Security Council resolutions and the
United States' unilateral sanctions against Iran were the major
obstacles blocking efforts to develop bilateral relations.
"I know that over the course of history, the Iranian nation has
repeatedly witnessed the betrayal of European countries, including the
5+1 group," he said.
Predicting a bright future for the two countries' scientific
advancement through peaceful nuclear cooperation, Tanaka said Japan
considers Iran a friendly state and making use of Tehran's energy
resources was a priority for Japan. (ANI)