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January 9th, 2009
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The Iraq War Is Now Illegal  

The Iraq War Is Now Illegal
By Bruce Ackerman, Oona Hathaway, The Daily Beast
Ongoing combat in Iraq is illegal under US law. As of January 1, Congress' authorization of the war expired. Read more »

 

When Barack Obama's transition team announced it would be soliciting questions from citizens for the President-Elect via the Change.gov website, its members may not have expected these results:

Ari Melber writes:

A whopping 70,000 questions poured into Change.gov over the past week, in response to the Obama transition team's call for citizen queries to the President-Elect. After votes from about 100,000 people, the top ranked question asks Obama whether he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture and illegal surveillance by the U.S. government.

Melber, along with Bob Fertik of Democrats.com and numerous others, have been pushing the question of accountability at a time when Obama's spokespersons have already made it clear that the new Obama administration will not make it a priority to engage in anything that could be misconstrued as a "partisan witch hunt" -- even if it means bringing those people responsible for the torture policies of the Bush administration in the so-called "War on Terror" to justice.

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What Iraq and Gaza Have in Common  

What Iraq and Gaza Have in Common

Those with the power to stop the atrocities look on as women, children, and innocents die. Read more »

Amid 300 Feet of Red Carpet, U.S. Unveils Biggest, Most Expensive Embassy Ever  

Amid 300 Feet of Red Carpet, U.S. Unveils Biggest, Most Expensive Embassy Ever

The $592 million, 104-acre compound will house some 1,200 U.S. government employees from 14 federal agencies, indefinitely. Read more »

André Shepherd, Iraq War Resister, Applies for Asylum in Germany  

André Shepherd, Iraq War Resister, Applies for Asylum in Germany

Shepherd has been living underground in Germany for nearly two years; he applied for refugee status on the grounds that the Iraq War is illegal. Read more »

Iraqi and U.S. Forces Ramping Up Security Ahead of Provincial Elections  

Iraqi and U.S. Forces Ramping Up Security Ahead of Provincial Elections

With more than 400 political groups and 14,660 candidates bidding for election, security is expected to prove immensely complicated. Read more »

How the U.S. Army's Field Manual Codified Torture -- and Still Does  

How the U.S. Army's Field Manual Codified Torture -- and Still Does

Buried in Appendix M of the Army Field Manual, the Guantanamo virus is spreading, and eradicating it will require all of us to spread the word. Read more »

It's Time to Reject the Ideologically Motivated Scare Tactics that Pass as Intelligence  

It's Time to Reject the Ideologically Motivated Scare Tactics that Pass as Intelligence

The intelligence group known as "Team B" is comprised of right-wing idealogues who have been wrong on every major policy point in recent years. Read more »

What Can Be Done for Iraqi Widows?  

What Can Be Done for Iraqi Widows?

Women's groups and the Iraqi government agree on the need to help the huge number of widows in Iraq -- but they disagree on how to proceed. Read more »

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Cheney Calls Iraq 'Significant Success, Masterfully Done'  

Cheney Calls Iraq 'Significant Success, Masterfully Done'

In a classic example of a Dick who likes to place blame on others, Cheney blames the lengthy, bloody occupation on lack of Iraqi "get up and go." Read more »

Iraqis Take Control of Green Zone: Americans to Maintain Troop Presence  

Iraqis Take Control of Green Zone: Americans to Maintain Troop Presence

The timing of this slow transfer happily coincides with the transfer of power in Washington DC -- let's hope for a chance for a new beginning. Read more »

Obama Rolls Out Blair, Panetta; Vows 'No Exceptions' to US Values  

Obama Rolls Out Blair, Panetta; Vows 'No Exceptions' to US Values

"We must adhere to our values diligently and with no exceptions." --Barack Obama Read more »

 

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