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Terre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:09 AM
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PLEASE VISIT John Conyers Blog re: The Downing St Memo
He has written twice this evening, and I think it's important to give him all the support he needs.

His first comment this evening: http://www.conyersblog.us /

Working Hard to Draw Attention to Bush\Blair Lies

I continue in my quest to bring the secret deal agreed to by Bush and Blair to go to war in Iraq before they bothered to ask for permission. Today, I am happy to report that the Chicago Tribune picked up the story, written by the same writers who penned the earlier Knight-Ridder piece -- Warren Strobel and John Wolcott. Also, I took the issue to the radio airwaves. I was on Radio Pacifica National News, the Ed Schultz Show (at 1:40 PM ET), and the Tony Trupiano show (local in Detroit area). I would appreciate any support you can give me in bringing this important issue to the attention of your local media outlets as well. More to come on this shortly...

I also expect the issue to come up in my live on-line chat with Louise Slaughter tomorrow from 3-4 PM ET. See you there.

Blogged by JC on 05.09.05 @ 10:22 PM ET

my emphasis

Although he doesn't mention it in the 2 comments he posted, he said on the Ed Schultz show today that he has every intention of going to the UK, if necessary, to conduct an investigation of his own.

GOD, but I LOVE THIS GUY!!

And maybe, just maybe, we have our Woodward & Bernstein in Strobel & Wolcott?
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Al-CIAda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:11 AM
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1. Rec'd and thank you. n/t
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:19 AM
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2. KicK!
Heard him on Ed's show. Great man Conyers!
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oldtime dfl_er Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:26 AM
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3. He really is "ONE OF US"!
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:30 AM
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4. Thanks for the reminder.
John Conyers is an amazing man.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 04:25 AM
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11. Truly.
Edited on Tue May-10-05 04:27 AM by calimary
He's a tower of truth. And strength. And courage. Maybe somebody can figure out how to clone him...

Mr. Conyers - having you in the House keeps me from losing all faith. Long may you ROAR!!!
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bluedeminredstate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:32 AM
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5. A trip to London
by JC could be framed by his office as one of a very concerned Congressman looking for answers to an new and potentially explosive issue that is very disturbing b/c the story is pretty much dead here. It could be made clear that he feels it is his duty to go since the press and the agencies that should be all over this aren't doing their jobs by following up on this shocking information.
That should generate headlines for him and the story. Even if the tone took on a mocking or eye-rolling nature ("Does this guy think he's Shelock Holmes? Ha Ha Ha!" I can almost predict Tweetie's script...), it would still raise questions - especially from the average Joe who is getting mighty uncomfortable with this war and its cost in dollars and lives. Maybe the biggest would be, "What's this about? Why haven't I heard of this before now?"
I'd love to see the press turn on itself and have a feeding frenzy - a la runaway bride - about who ignored this the most. What a pleasure that would be to witness !!

:popcorn:
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Terre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:48 AM
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6. Isn't that the TRUTH
I so COMPLETELY agree.

I'd give my eye teeth to embarrass *, et al. into RESIGNING. Screw the conviction, though I'd LOVE that as well.

Miracles happen ALL THE TIME, and DU is proof.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 06:29 AM
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15. Would be lovely, but the blivet** is UNEMBARASSABLE. He isn't right in
the head, I think - he NEVER accepts accountability for anything whatsoever. Add that to his long vacations and 9 PM beddie-bye time, and you see the sort of protected-from-reality kind of life he lives.

But it's a nice thought.
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:57 AM
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7. note he is 'up' on referring to the 'corporate media'
Edited on Tue May-10-05 12:58 AM by cosmicdot
"On talk radio today, and on the Internet, there is a palpable
frustration about the lack of mainstream media (or as many
appropriately call it, "corporate media") coverage of the secret
Downing Street memo. I share this frustration. In my view, it is
inexcusable that the cable news networks and the major newspapers
have failed thus far to give this story the attention it deserves."

:woohoo: :applause:

what other Hill member has front and center on his/her website:

"Latest on Election Investigation/Preserving Democracy: What
Went Wrong in Ohio"?


http://www.house.gov/conyers /

the Honorable John Conyers is a great American :patriot:
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greenman3610 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 01:13 AM
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8. great write up in Atlanta, too

Atlanta Journal/Constitution
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/bookman/2005...



*The primary document is an internal summary of a meeting held on July 23, 2002, by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and a handful of his top foreign policy, intelligence and military advisers. At that point, most Americans had no idea that a war with Iraq was even being considered, but apparently, Blair and President Bush had agreed to invade Iraq as far back as an April 2002 meeting in Crawford, Texas.

In the July meeting, Blair and his aides discussed the Americans' plan to create an international crisis around Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction. The idea was to set the stage for war by demanding that Saddam Hussein re-admit U.N. weapons inspectors; when Saddam refused, that would be the excuse to invade.

However, as British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told Blair in that July meeting, "The case is thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbors, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran."

Blair was also told that the "most likely timing in U.S. minds for military action to begin was January, with the timeline beginning 30 days before the U.S. congressional elections."

That description is damning, indicating that the Bush administration cynically manipulated its war plans to create maximum political advantage for Republican congressional candidates.

The document's most devastating paragraph, however, summarizes a report by the head of British intelligence, known as "C." "C" has just returned from meetings in Washington, and he's telling Blair what he learned there:

"Bush wanted to remove Saddam through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD," "C" tells Blair. "But the intelligence and the facts were being fixed around the policy. . . . There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."

The intelligence was being fixed . . . Little discussion of the aftermath. Amazing.

So yes, a nation can be fooled into war by its own leaders. We've learned that much. But unless that war is short and successful, there's a price to be paid.

In this case, what began as an optional war has morphed into a war of great importance. But now, when our leaders tell us that, fewer Americans believe them, and fewer still are willing to die for it.

*Jay Bookman is the deputy editorial page editor. His column appears Mondays and Thursdays.
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redacted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 03:14 AM
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9. KICK.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 04:07 AM
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10. Kicked and recommended.
Edited on Tue May-10-05 04:07 AM by calimary
PLEASE, people, give this guy your support!!!

Call your own congressperson and demand that he/she join Conyers' campaign. Then, once you've done that, CALL SOMEBODY ELSE'S CONGRESSPERSON and demand the same thing. Democrat OR republi-CON. Doesn't matter. DO IT ANYWAY. Even if they're the enemy. They still need to know you're out there breathing down their necks, and that you KNOW - that there's one less constituent in their neighborhood who is NOT fooled and can't be suckered, and who's ONTO THEM. Those on the Dark Side need to know this.

DO IT ANYWAY.

FUCK IT. EVEN IF YOU DON'T THINK IT'LL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE - DO IT ANYWAY. How do you know that YOUR call won't be THE one that finally breaks the camel's back and pushes a wavering (or closeted) Republican moderate over into The Light?

DO IT ANYWAY. John Conyers needs our support.

Then, write a LTTE. Or call your local TV or radio station or newspaper. Or send an email. DO SOMETHING. Call the CNN comment line (404) 827 - 0234 and then press 8 to bypass the long recorded message. Ask why they're not covering this.

JOHN CONYERS and friends need our support, guys.

ANYTHING you do is better than doing nothing, and allowing discouragement to get the better of you.
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Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 04:40 AM
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13. Conyers could be successful in getting this story out...
...if more Democrats would join him in his effort. Only then can something actually be done about it through the 'justice' system or congressional hearings.

But Conyers is faced with the same problem our country has faced from the beginning of the 'war'. Many Democrats support Bush's war and don't want to see this story exposed any more than the Bushies. You won't seem THEM showing up to work with Conyers to get the truth out to the American people and the rest of the world.

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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 04:25 AM
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12. This is awesome!
Conyers is the man! If the democrats are looking for direction, buddy he's got it! :yourock:
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 05:43 AM
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14. Replied there and bookmarked his site.
I will visit there often. Thanks for posting this and the link.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 07:25 AM
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16. he is awesome
one of my favorites.
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Al-CIAda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 09:00 AM
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17. kick
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Terre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 10:12 AM
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18. UPDATE! Now taking questions at website
Page now has text area to submit your question!

http://www.democraticaction.org /

See you there at 3pm ET and 12noon PT
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kimpossible Donating Member (785 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 11:46 AM
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19. Denver Post picked it up!
There's an article up now

Memo: Bush wanted Hussein out in '02

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_2724242?rss

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Terre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:08 PM
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20. TERRIFIC!!
but God, attention to this is taking FOREVER!
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:14 PM
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21. I love Conyers' blog!
:kick:
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:30 PM
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22. I just got freeped on my Post on signatories to his letter
saying that it is a third party letter and not real
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Terre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:41 PM
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23. He has several comments on his blog
is that where you're talking about being freeped? And if it was there, which one?

Do you have a link to it, or anywhere else that you're talking about?

Would this happen to have been at Freeperville?
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 12:48 PM
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24. I'm working on signatories, in this forum and other sites.
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 01:05 PM
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25. see my post
the person 3rd post, says it is someone's opinion
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 03:09 PM
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26. Kicking this important post!
:kick:
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Synnical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 03:14 PM
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27. Fantastic Blog
Thanks for posting.

:toast:
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