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Friday, July 01, 2005 

'Awaken' Campaign Moves from Media to Senate

Today marked the close of our campaign to "Awaken the Mainstream Media" to the DSM story, and by any measure it was a resounding success.

Kudos go to our mighty Smintheus, who provided the three media targets for each day along with painstaking research on their coverage of the DSM and what kinds of messages would be most likely to get their attention. This "precision guided" approach made all the difference--I know because journalists at the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Sun-Times told me so.

Now we're turning our sights on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Every day in July, we'll post the name of one committee member along with their contact information. Our goal is really quite reasonable--we want the committee to finish the job it started last year and complete its investigation on prewar intelligence by looking into how that "bad" intel was used in building the administration's case for war.

Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) made a commitment last year to do just that, but has since flip-flopped. Contrary to what Ken Mehlman and others might have us believe, no formal investigation into the use of intelligence has yet been undertaken by either house in Congress.

So, thanks to everyone who made the first Awaken campaign such a success. Now it's time to bring the alarm clock into the Senate.

 posted by ukiyo1  # 12:25 AM  
Comments:
As an Army combat veteran myself, I know firsthand just how terrible war is. The fact that we were lied to, especially by somebody who was afraid to go and fight his own self, leaves me worse than appalled. I am infuriated! Combine that with the fact that he is not taking care of the troops and is continuing to let them die for an illegal and immoral war, I believe that Bush and everyone else responsible should be removed from office immediately.

Personally, I believe that the only people who should be allowed to declare war are those who have fought in one and know for themselves just how ugly it is and how it looks to watch your best friend die an ugly death - how it feels to have to kill someone. It's been 16 years since I served in the military, and I still have nightmares about it. I still receive psychological help for it. No one should have to suffer from that unless it is absolutely necessary and the last resort after all else has failed.

I want to take a moment to take the time to compliment the few of you good citizens who have decided to wage this campaign. I know how it feels to run a website almost alone and with almost no financial support, telling the truth to the American people and however much of the rest of the world I possibly can, especially when the facts we deal with are ugly, and most people want to avoid them.

My site gives awards to those who are fellow "cyberactivists" and use the Net to make a difference. Well, my friends and fellow citizens, you have won one from me. And you will be mentioned as having done so on my own blog. Congratulations on your efforts so far. Keep up the good work! You are the TRUE patriots!

"The Cyberactivist"
 
I haven't heard a THING on the right-wing media about the DS Memo.
I'm afraid it's being swept successfully under the rug by the Bush Administration. It's frightening the control they have over everything! You can be sure that if this were about Clinton, it would be all over the airwaves 24/7 and Kenneth Starr would be revving up his chain saw to massacre him. Call your senators, call your congressman, write letters to the editor of your local paper. We want ANSWERS NOW!
 
When this is all over, there will be two types of politicians in the western world - those who helped to cover up the truth and those who helped to uncover it.

If I was a pollie, I know which side I'd want to be on.
 
Folk, I am not sure if you are allowed to read British news or not. I hope you remember the Hutt0n whitewash or But1er inquiry in the UK. Their verdicts also blamed pre-war intelligence. According to their verdicts, the war was due to the bad intelligence, but not due to the problems of any high profile criminal. As a result of the hutt0n whitewash, many were sacked for this "bad intelligence".

Now back to the DSM inquiry. They might now be "looking into" the so-called bad intel. But apparently this "bad intel" would also be used to justify why the DSM said "intel is being fixed around the p0licy".
 
Earlier this week, I had done some of my own research into U.S. Media coverage of the "Downing Street Memo". I searched 719 U.S. News Sources (mostly newspapers, but also some radio and TV transcripts), via www.newslibrary.com.

You can go to the webpage below to get a summary of what I have found (summary text later on in this post). I'm sure you will find this information to be very eye-opening, and confirms the U.S. Media's blind-eye to the "Downing Street Memo":

http://www.sover.net/~rspskivt/DowningStreetMemo/

From this page you can click links to view other pages of coverage by Date (May 1 - June 26), by U.S. State, and by U.S. News Source, as well as the raw data (News Source, Date, State, Headline).

Here is text from Summary Page:

U.S. Media coverage of "Downing Street Memo": Summary from May 1 to June 26, 2005

Based on search of 719 U.S. News Sources on www.newslibrary.com for "downing street" adj3 (memo or memorandum)

See Britian's Sunday Times article from MAY 1, 2005:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1593607,00.html
(first published the leaked Downing Street Memo)

Also see related BBC article:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/vote_2005/frontpage/4503061.stm

What Liberal Bias??? How about the Media is "Asleep At The Wheel"???

This data was based on search of 719 U.S. News Sources (newspapers, radio & TV transcripts, and other publications) (Click NewsLibrary link above, ... then click here to view News Source List)

"Downing Street Memo" leak published on May 1st (Britian's Sunday Times story date), ... but U.S. coverage does not appear until May 11th !

1021 News Items / 719 U.S. News Sources = 1.42003 News Items per News Source

1021 News Items / 719 U.S. News Sources / 57 Days = 0.02491 News Items per News Source per Day

About 10% of these News Items are from Radio & TV Transcripts, and the remaining 90% are from Print Media

224 / 719 = ONLY 31% of U.S. News Sources that have even mentioned the "Downing Street Memo"...

WHAT ARE THE REMAINING 69% OF U.S. NEWS SOURCES COVERING ??? The Runaway Bride, or the Michael Jackson Trial ???

There were 1021 news items found. Of these, over 200 of them were in the category of "Letters To The Editor", so about 20% were written by the general population, and not news reporters.

Some news items are primarily about the Downing Street Memo, while other articles just make a reference to the memo.

No attempt was made to ascertain whether a given news item was either "Liberal" or "Conservative". But you can look over the Raw Data page at the Headlines and see what kinds of articles and news items have been published, and decide for yourself.

But, the important and glaring fact is that the MAJORITY OF U.S. MEDIA IS SAYING NOTHING ABOUT "DOWNING STREET MEMO" !!! How about the "Asleep at the Wheel" Media???

On a more positive note, CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to the U.S. News Sources that did in fact mention the "Downing Street Memo", at least once ... A good start.

Happy 4th of July weekend !!!

Ron
 
Star Ledger covered this almost immediately after the event, but after a while, they apparently removed it from their archive.

http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1115357261320930.xml

"raw story" reported this immediately after this event. I think quite a lot of people read it.
 
MILLION MEN DOWNING STREET MEMO MARCH ON WASHINGTON , DID ANYONE HEAR ABOUT THIS???? ITS IN THE WORKS>>>>>>>>>>>
 
Here's a few NON-anonymous sources for you... including today's breaking news at afterdowningstreet.org:

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/616


"MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case
Editor and Publisher
By E&P Staff

NEW YORK Now that Time Inc. has turned over documents to federal court, presumably revealing who its reporter, Matt Cooper, identified as his source in the Valerie Plame/CIA case, speculation runs rampant on the name of that source, and what might happen to him or her. Tonight, on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show, Lawrence O'Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, claimed to know that name--and it is, according to him, top White House mastermind Karl Rove.

Here is the transcript of O'Donnell's remarks:

"What we're going to go to now in the next stage, when Matt Cooper's e-mails, within Time Magazine, are handed over to the grand jury, the ultimate revelation, probably within the week of who his source is.

"And I know I'm going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source of...for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that Time magazine's going to do with the grand jury."

Other panelists then joined in discussing whether, if true, this would suggest a perjury rap for Rove, if he told the grand jury he did not leak to Cooper."

Here's some MORE NON-anonymous testimonies:

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/475
 
million man march for the DSM would surely get news attention and political attention. I would think it would take a long time to organize to have it successful.
 
I agree, I also think their shuld be allowed to have women march two (millioin man march is kinda sexists). anonimous sauces can be femail two.
 
Yes call it a million citizen march.
 
"Now back to the DSM inquiry. They might now be "looking into" the so-called bad intel. But apparently this "bad intel" would also be used to justify why the DSM said "intel is being fixed around the p0licy"."

The good thing about Downing Street Memos is that they reveal Bush's true motives, as opposed to just "bad intel". DSM's contain much more than the now famous "fixed" line. But even more importantly, it validates all the eye-witnesses to Bushco's criminal scheme that have come forward in the US a long time ago , but were ignored. They are no longer being ignored! Also, DSM has brought forth one witness willing to go on the record in the UK (so far). It also validates the un-Constitutional implementation by the White House of the pre-emptive Iraq War plot, the R.A.D. of September 2000 of the "Project for a New American Century" (whose members just happen to also be many appointees of Bushco) that pre-dated even Bush's first election. That is a "smoking CANNON" all by itself.
And not to mention the Rove factor that is currently now spilling out unto the American MSM news (thanks MSM for paying attention this time, you can collect your paychecks now). There has always been many smoking guns out there...Downing Street Memo just happened to be printed in the London Times in full content on May 1st, which thankfully caught the world's attention and brought it all to the surface, as good reporting should. Due to Michael Smith's investigative reporting, all the smoking guns prior to him are now validated. Thank you Mr. Smith, as we all watch the domino effect happen before our very eyes...
 
Have you heard about the Big Brass Alliance blog? --- The Big Brass Alliance was formed in May 2005 as a collective of progressive bloggers who support After Downing Street --- over 600 blogs have joined this alliance.

http://www.bigbrassblog.com/bba/
 
As big a deception as what the Downing Street Memo exposes is the gross underreporting of US soldier deaths in Iraq by the DOD.

A quote from the website below:

U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted. They total about 6,210 as of 1 January, 2005. The ongoing, underreporting of the dead in Iraq, is not accurate. The DoD is deliberately reducing the figures. A review of many foreign news sites show that actual deaths are far higher than the newly reduced ones. Iraqi civilian casualties are never reported but International Red Cross, Red Crescent and UN figures indicate that as of 1 January 2005, the numbers are just under 100,000.

Check it out at:

http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a1622.htm
 
wow, I have incredible respect for what you're doing. it's awesome that you are bringing such a horrendous lie to the mainstream news.

I didn't even know about the memos until I read the newspaper this morning and found the article.

so, good job.
 
THINK IMPEACHMENT - ACT LOCALLY.
N. California Action Alert.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe is beginning it's Summer Tour. Is it coming to a venue near you.
Itinerary available at >sfmt.org<
Get together with a few folks, print up some material and spread the word. I was astonished how few people in the audience here in San Francisco had even heard of the DSM.
The word may be spreading on the web but it doesn't seem to be reaching the grassroots.
Here's a little song you may want to sing, plagiarised from a '60's Anthem some of you may recall !

THE B*S* CHEER.
A call to arms for all "True Patriots"..you know who you are !

Well, come on all you Repub-lick-ans; Uncle Sam needs your help again;
He's got himself in a terrible jam; Way over yonder in the desert sand;
So put down your mouse, pick up a gun; You're gonna have a whole lotta fun.

***And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for;
Don't ask me I don't give a damn; We're off to The Promised Land;
And it's five, six, seven, to late to be the next Bill Gates;
There ain't no time to wonder why; YIPPIE, we're all gonna die.

Well, come on neo-cons, let's move fast; Your big chance has come at last;
Gotta go out and get those "ragheads"; The only good "ayrab" is the one who's dead;
And you know The Rapture can only come: When The Crusade's fought and won;
***
Well, come on Cheney, don't move slow; This war's just another damn Diebold show;
There's plenty of dirty money to be made; With Haliburton supplying the tools of the trade;
Just hope and pray if they drop their 'bombs'; They'll land on those damn Congressmen.
***
Well, come on you mothers, take a stand; Send your boys and girls to The Holy Land;
Come all chicken-hawk heroes, don't hesitate; Sign up for The Glory before it's to late;
Be the first one on your block; To have your bits come home in a box.

And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for;
Don't ask me I don't give a damn; We're after that oil in the sand;
And it's five, six, seven, let's close Jerusalem's Gates;
Ain't no time to reason why,; The whole world's gonna fry.
YIPPIE.
 
As for the Awaken the Senate campaign, you can bet your bippies I will be faxing ol' Jay (he is my Senator, so I reckon I can call him by his first name) and telling him to get the lead out, as soon as my MaxEmail account is verified.

I am not just going to email the Senators on the Intelligence Committee, (I am afraid those would be ignored) I am going to fax them. I may even call Rockefeller's office, I know I should. Thing is, I can write a decent letter when I try hard enough, but I usually get terribly tongue-tied when speaking, so I don't like calling. Anyway, I definitely mean to be a pest to the repubs on the committee. Every day it is going to be another fax saying: have ye started phase 2 yet? Have ye started phase 2 yet? Have ye started phase 2 yet?

Actually, I will be more formal than that...I don't want smintheus et. al. thinking I am going to ruin this thing by being the eedjit from WV.

I want to thank the folks for setting up this site. It gives me the tools to take action against the horror of this lie-induced war.
 
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Listen to New York Representative Charles Rengle about the 'Bush plan' to go to war long before 2001: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4712446

We Americans must tell President Bush and the American congress to explain the lies about the Iraq war; even if we know he won't at first--or at all-- and even if we know it will take the legislative branch a while to get it done.

We can and must join the 88 members of the US congress who are demanding the same, and who could launch an investigation.

There is a petition available online which demands that the Bush administration explain the information in the Downing Street Memo.

For those who don't know yet, the Downing Street Memo is a British government document that was leaked to and released in the Times of London, which shows meeting minutes of a conference between Blaire government officials and Prime Minister Tony Blair. It details statements made between the US government and the British government and it indicates clearly that the Bush administration and the Blaire government had decided to go to war in Iraq long before a plausible reason was given.

It illustrates discrepancies between Bush’s public statements, and his true intentions.

It also shows that the evidence was "fixed around the policy" to go to war.

Some will say it is useless to join in this petition drive and address the lies of the Bush administration regarding the war in Iraq. It is not.

That is the purpose of democracy; to address the government that works for you.

September 11, 2001, shook --at least temporarily-- the soul and comfort of every American, and other citizens around the world.

That day forever broke thousands of hearts.

And that day, ominously, was used by a ruthless president, to rain bombs down on two countries, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and tens of thousands of soldiers, in wars his neoconservative friends had wanted for over a decade.

And one of those wars--the one in Iraq--is ongoing. Now, whatever you want to say about Saddam Hussein, whom we bankrolled and sold chemical weapons to so he could fight the Iranians--his nation had nothing to do with the tragedies of September 11.

The occupation of Iraq is claiming scores of lives every day, because America, once again, is trying to force its political philosophy on another nation, with echoes of the Roman Empire and the Vietnam-war; with the sword, and at the barrel of a gun.

In no uncertain terms, under the leadership of the neoconservatives (lead by the founding philosophy of the PNAC), America wants to control the world and Iraq provides the oil and oil service contracts necessary to do so, and because yes, Bush and his men are idiologues with a Hegelian philosophy: The end of History; Our way is the "end-all." and the world must be brought to accept it.

This writer has absolutely no sentimental or conceptual appreciation for the thocratic, autocratic, or otherwise dictatorial governemts such that we find in the Muslim world, however, as an American, I DO NOT WANT MY GOVERNMENT RUNNING ROUGHSHOD OVER IT to change them!

A-B DOES NOT = A+! In other words:
Hegemonic Nation (or empire)"A" eliminitating (-) Monumental Multidude (or nation) "B" does not equal Better World, "A+", morally speaking.

Translation: Even for democracy LATER, we cannot morally justify exterminating entire populations NOW.

As a result of this policy of hegemony, Americans are less safe around the world.

And Al Qaeda is functioning because terrorists are like clones; there are more produced every day--and there always will be, until America takes a different tack.

And George Bush has his sights on yet two other countries in his axis of Evil" world view.

And his foreign policy has (inadvertantly?) rewarded the notion that nuclear proliferation is a good move, if a nation wants to survive regime change."

So this petition, this act of
defiance against the tradition of government lies that lead to the horror-hell of war, can separate us from those who throughout history, willingly, unwittingly, or reluctantly aided, abetted, and supported mass atrocity.

Signing the petition to get George Bush and his government to explain the Downing Street Memo can show how much we are against this kind of thing happening again.

George Bush is not a King! He is not a sovereign! We must put an end to his tyrannical lies and his prostitution of the American military.

Therefore, the proper thing to do is to get as many people we know to sign the petition.

Our leaders have exacerbated and/or created a situation far worse than any in the history of the human race--for reasons of the sheer size and the chaotic nature of the conflict now before us (arguably between two civilizations), and because we have weapons of mass-destruction in the hands of individual rogue groups that do not behave like the nation states of wars past; and because it's possible the Bush administration would use nuclear weapons as well.

There has not been a moment this crucial in history since perhaps the Cuban Missile Crisis, and this one is arguably far worse because the enemies of the westernized nations allied with the US have among them no credible delegates to negotiate with, and short of a massive policy change in the West, will go on fighting forever.

Tell every American you know it is his or her duty at this time, to have this issue addressed by the Bush administration.

Even if you believe these wars were justified, you cannot possibly agree with the way they were rammed down our throats and upon the doorsteps of many nations, through deception, lies, and coercion.

Allow me to digress; watch the last of the Star Wars films. If you don't think George Lucas is making a point about the current ominous state of affairs within our government when his characters discuss democracy and totalitarianism, you are missing a major point of the ideas of good and evil in the film.

And retuning to the Bush administration: this pack of fabulists living outside the law, if not impeached from their hawks? perch must not be allowed to come away with at least a major thrashing from the American people.

Tell naysayers it matters not at present at least--what the outcome is; the point is to create a response.

If we do not respond as a nation to the lies and deceptions of the Bush administration--which unnecessarily brought the deaths of more than 1,600 American soldiers at the time of this writing, the maiming of thousands more, the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis; the deaths of soldiers, aid workers, and journalists from Iraq and other countries--then we must accept a far greater moral guilt than the former citizens of Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany might have been expected to have assumed for atrocities committed by their countries.

For our acquiescence as citizens of a democracy and/or our defacto support of this illegal war, is far greater a transgression of human ethics and decency than the participation of the subjects of the Furor of Germany, and of the Emperor Japan during World War II.

The Germans and the Japanese during their hegomonic periods had no real voice and no latitude in stopping their governments' war machines, even if they had not been brain-washed by cult of personality acculturation, and had wanted to do somehething about it. Were there such a miracle and embodied in the moral strength of some minority, it would have been ruthlessly and violently crushed. Do we, as citizens of democracy have this fear as an excuse?

We know better. We have a voice. We have recourse. We have the constitution. We must address this injustice en masse.

My deepest apologies to anyone who has been disturbed by these pictures. May you remember them, and do something about this.

If you are still uncertain as whether our conduct as a nation is wrong; if you do not think this is a middle-age style crusade waged by bible-thumping secret-society types and oil-hungry capitalits bent on creating a sort of 'democratic' legacy to further their own maniacle agenda and thier own grand view of the world--a one world government; a novus ordo seclorum (look at a dollar bill in your wallet), then ask yourself this question:

When is it justifiable...

to slaughter multitudes of people in the present, who are no clear and present threat to us now, ostensibly to save another multitude--their neighbors, their decendants, their future enemies (us?) in some future era, and to pave that timeline with our style of government and world view?

When is it justifiable?

If you have not come up with an answer, consider this one:

When you are building an empire.

Do the right thing. Sign the petition.
 
"The good thing about Downing Street Memos is that they reveal Bush's true motives, as opposed to just "bad intel". DSM's contain much more than the now famous "fixed" line. But even more importantly, it validates all the eye-witnesses to Bushco's criminal scheme that have come forward in the US a long time ago , but were ignored..... "


Unfortunately, we are dealing with an unremovable tyrant family who is "always right".
 
Brit citizen speaks TRUTH on LIVE CAMERA ...accuses Iraq War for London Bombings:

http://www.dembloggers.com/story/2005/7/9/175847/3787

Send this to ALL the Senators and Representatives, yours and other states as well. We need to flood Congress offices with this LIVE video.
 
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