Jennifer Van Bergen | Bush's Brave New World of Torture

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Jennifer Van Bergen | Bush's Brave New World of Torture
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Friday, November 03, 2006 10:39 am

Jennifer Van Bergen on Bush\'s power grab; Frank Schaeffer on leaving the Republican party; 600 active-duty soldiers urge Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq; bombs kill 7 in Iraq; NATO demands more troops for Afghanistan; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at [ OLD LINK REMOVED ]

t r u t h o u t | 11.02

Jennifer Van Bergen | Bush\'s Brave New World of Torture
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Jennifer Van Bergen writes: \"The Military Commissions Act is an unprecedented power grab by the executive branch. Among the Act\'s worst features, it authorizes the president to detain, without charges, anyone whom he deems an unlawful enemy combatant. This includes US citizens.\"

Frank Schaeffer | I Should Be Supporting Allen. Instead, I\'m Leaving the Party.
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\"I\'m a Christian, a writer, a military parent and a registered Republican,\" writes Frank Schaeffer. \"My wife and I have reached the tipping point. We plan to go to town hall to dump our Republican voter registration and re-register as independents. I don\'t care anymore what party someone is in. These days, what I care about is what they\'re made of.\"

The Soldiers Speak Out
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\"As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq. Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for US troops to come home.\" This statement - the Appeal for Redress - has been signed by over 600 active-duty soldiers.

Another GOP Lawmaker Resigns After Scandal
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Republican representative Ralph Arza, under fire for leaving a message filled with obscenities and a racial slur on a colleague\'s voice mail, resigned Wednesday from the Florida Legislature. He had been urged to step down.

Sara Rich | A Letter to My Son and to My Nation
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In a letter to her son, Sara Rich writes: \"I want you to believe in our country and trust that a government official would not lie or manipulate you. I want you to grow old in a peaceful world where we value our children and make war-mongering extinct, instead of destroying our civilization. Along with your sister being free and healthy living a life full of love and laughter, I want you to be in college and playing basketball for the Tarheels in six years, not being drafted and fighting World War III.\"

Iraq Bomb Kills 7 After Blockade Lifted
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In another attack against majority Shiites, a motorcycle bomb struck a crowded market in Sadr City on Thursday, killing 7 people and wounding 45, just two days after the US lifted a military blockade of the Baghdad district.

Truth in the Booth: The Clint Curtis Story
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Joan Brunwasser writes: \"Clint Curtis gave a speech in which he called on all activists with an agenda to suspend their particular interest in an effort to band together to forward election reform. His point is well taken. Without election reform and no way to vote out those in power, none of our agendas can make any headway. This reminds me of a quote I once read by Benjamin Franklin. After signing the Declaration of Independence, at a time when the colonies were marked by divisiveness, he wisely stated, \'We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.\' I find this very apt for our present circumstances.\"

NATO Demands More Troops for Afghanistan
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The International Security Assistance Force complains of not being powerful enough to conquer the Taliban.

VIDEO | Keith Olbermann | Bush Owes Troops Apology, Not Kerry
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\"There is no line this president has not crossed - or will not cross - to keep one political party in power,\" says Keith Olbermann. \"He has spread any and every fear among us in a desperate effort to avoid that which he most fears - some check, some balance against what has become not an imperial, but a unilateral presidency.\"

VIDEO | Senator Allen\'s Staff Tackles Blogger
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Staff members of GOP Senator George Allen of Virginia appear in a video to have physically accosted a blogger who asked questions at a rally in Virginia. The blogger, Mike Stark, says he will press charges.

VIDEO | Iraq and Afghan War Veterans Campaign for Congress
A Report by Geoffrey Millard, Scott Galindez and Paul Hubbard
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With the war in Iraq as a central focus in the upcoming elections, a number of veterans of the war are running for Congress. Truthout spent time with three of the candidates: Andrew Duck, Patrick Murphy and Joseph Sestak. We also caught up with Senator John Kerry, who was campaigning for Murphy and Sestak.