July 18, 2006


American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century by Kevin Phillips

Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War by Greg Palast

Conservatives without Conscience by John Dean

Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner, reviewed in Salon

The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War without End by Peter W. Galbraith

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas Ricks

Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them) by Mark Crispin Miller

Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Syriana, film/DVD based on See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism by Robert Baer, author of Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude.

Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction by David Kuo

Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count by Steve Freeman

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. files lawsuit

See "Blowing the Whistle on Diebold" by John Ireland, In These Times, July 17, 2006.

July 10, 2006

Middle East War Forum with Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern on July 22

The Middle East War: How We Got into Iraq,
How We Get Out, and How We Stay Out of Iran
Video of Forum $12 plus postage
Guest Speakers: Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern
Saturday, July 22, 7 p.m.
BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
2040 Street Road, Warrington, PA (just east of Rt. 611)

Scott Ritter: As a U.S. Marine intelligence officer and the United Nations' top weapons inspector, Scott led 14 inspection missions in Iraq between 1991 and 1998. Ritter also spent several months of the Gulf War serving under General Norman Schwarzkopf with Marine Central Command headquarters in Saudi Arabia. Scott is the author of Iraq Confidential (www.iraqconfidential.com), published in October 2005 by Nation Books. "The important thing to know about Scott Ritter is that he was right." --Seymour Hersh

Ray McGovern: A senior CIA analyst for 27 years, Ray's duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President' Daily Brief (PDB). These, the most authoritative genres of intelligence reporting, have been the focus of press reporting on "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq and on what the president was told before 9/11. During the mid-eighties, Ray was one of the senior analysts conducting early morning briefings of the PDB one-on-one with the Vice President and other senior administration officials. Ray is in the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.
This event is co-sponsored by the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Peace Initiative, the Coalition for Peace Action, Hunterdon for Democracy, and Upper Bucks for Democracy.
$10 Admission--but no one will be turned away.
For more information, email upperbucksfordemocracy@yahoo.com.

Watch this movie: Why We Fight

The award-winning documentary Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki will have a free screening on July 13 at 7:00 PM at the Langhorne Public Library, 301 S. Pine St., Langhorne, PA, sponsored by Lower Bucks for Democracy.

Salon and the 2004 election

In response to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Rolling Stone article "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?" Farhad Manjoo wrote this rebuttal in Salon, which then posted RFK's answer coupled with FM's subsequent rejoinder along with a defense by Salon editor Joan Walsh. Salon next posted a response to FM by Steven F. Freeman, coauthor with Joel Bleifuss of Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count, which relied on many of the same sources cited by RFK. Salon, however, denied the courtesy to Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them), "to reply, both to Manjoo's piece (which . . . had wrongly used my own work on election fraud to further slander Kennedy's) and to Joan Walsh's apologia." Thanks to the Huffington Post for posting MCM's open letter to Salon.

Recommended summer reading

Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn from Conservative Success by Paul Waldman

Hostile Takeover by David Sirota

How Would a Patriot Act? by Glenn Greenwald

More on the 2004 election

Presidential election 2004: What really happened on November 2, 2004?