Torture News Strike

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Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer
Kansas City Star
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News 

On 4/11/08, George Bush told ABC News he personally approved of the approval of torture - including waterboarding - by Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell and George Tenet.

Bush said, "Yes, I'm aware our national security team met on this issue. And I approved."

You would think a President confessing to war crimes would be on the front pages of all the nation's newspapers, and all over their editorial pages - not just on Countdown and The Daily Show.

You'd be wrong. The only newspapers that have covered the story are in the box on the right.

Is your newspaper missing from this list? Then let's work together to do something about it.

We're calling this action our "Torture News Strike."

Call the Editor of your local newspaper and tell him/her you are suspending your subscription until they give Bush's torture confession the serious coverage it deserves either in the news or editorial section, or preferably both.

If you get home delivery, then call the circulation department and tell them to suspend delivery until further notice. (If you buy at the newsstands, read something else.)

Want to connect with other activists who read the same newspaper as you? Read more...

1. Login to and look for a "Local" forum devoted to your newspaper, either under "state" or "county". If you don't see your newspaper listed, skip to (3) below.

2. Post a comment about your action and the editor's response in the forum.

3. If your newspaper isn't listed on your "Local" page, please add it:

  1. Find the name and contact info for your newspaper's editor by opening the newspaper, using Google, or using this list:
    click on your state
    click on your local newspaper
    Open Notepad and copy/paste the full name of the newspaper
    Scroll down and look under "contact information" for the name of the editor
    Copy/paste the editor's name into Notepad
    Just above "contact information," click the web site
    Find the main phone number and copy/paste into Notepad
  2. Post this information on
    Login and click
    If your newspaper serves an area smaller than your County, click the [Post] link next to "County" - if it serves more than one County, click the [Post] link next to "State"
    For "Subject" use "Newspaper Strike:" and the name of your newspaper
    For " Forums" choose "Hot Topics"
    For "Body" copy/paste the Editor's name and phone number

4. Use the "Send" link below your local newspaper forum to invite your friends to participate. 

Want to do more?

1. Write a letter to your local newspaper about Bush's torture scandal and the paper's failure to cover it. Also call your favorite talk shows.

2. Also sign our petition to Impeach Bush and Cheney for Torture:

Thanks for all you do! 

To learn more about the Torture scandal, visit these links:


Stop waiting for the MSM to print or air the truth.

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Get your news from those who are willing to give their time and their energies to the single cause of exposing the media for the corporate stooges they are.

We are a non profit, all volunteer site.....and we had this story the day it broke...along with every other major story that the networks and the print media refuse to expose.

Take a look and see for yourself:

Torture makes it to the MSM

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Jessie from tvnewslies is a super reporter and always is many jumps ahead of the MSM. But today, there was an editorial in the NYTimes about Bush's admission and the players involved. Check it AND, the front page had a very good investigative piece about the "Military Machines", former career high-ups who shilled (and profited from)re:the Pentagon's rosy view of the Iraq war.

Many of us have known about these criminal acts from alternative news websites and overseas newspaper accounts. But it was refreshing to see the pencil sharpened at the NYTimes.

Any other sightings of reality hitting the presses?

How about Harry S. Truman

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How about Harry S. Truman for killing THOUSANDS of civilians with the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

How about Abraham Lincoln for suspending Habeas Corpus in 1861?

How about Franklin D. Roosevelt for ordering construction of permanent camps that were constructed to house more than 110,000 Japanese Americans that had been removed from security areas. These people were deprived of their homes, their jobs and their constitutional and legal rights.

How about Richard Nixon for the civilian lives that were killed in Vietnam?

Where is outcry for what these men have done?

i guess you

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missed their obituary notices.

while you're at it, you can add Reagan to your list for Iran-Contra.

realdemo: You have been reading history instead of living...

through those times. I, like many others, had family members in the service return home...something they might not have done had the war in Japan concluded with a full invasion of the Japanese home islands. The A bombs probably saved over 2,000,000 lives and prevented the total destruction of all Japanese cities. People who just read history instead of living it forget about the incindiary bombing of paper and wood structures in several major Japanese cities--that bombing would have continued throughout an invasion.

Younger people also tend not to remember that in Europe at the end of WWII, Winston Churchill attempted to bomb all German cities in oblivion. This was nothing more than pure revenge for the damage to English cities done by the Germans. Ike and Roosevelt refused.

The Japanese internment camps were forced on Roosevelt by a red neck General and a California organization(heavy political clout)called: Native Daughters Of The Golden West. These were the people and organizations who forced the initiation of the camps. This was a wrongful thing at the time, has been recognized officially as wrong, and at long last reparations have been paid. No effort during WWII was made to lock up entire groups of German-Americans.

Suggest you do some serious reading into the actual history of these happenings and not just believe what late-comers have decided what was right and what was wrong.

When discussing what happened to the Japanese at the onset of WWII within the US, you might also read up on American Immigration Law as it pertained to Asians alone. The Oriental Exclusion Act of 1924 is worth studying.

A mind once expanded can never return to its original dimensions.

Anne Hathaway: 1556-1623


The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so.

Cowardly Democrats - Case in Point, Sen. Feinstein

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Today, after receiving a response from Senator Feinstein to my petition signature & cry for impeachment of Condi Rice, Bush & Cheney, I wrote the following. Her missive of bland assurances & toady posturing to which I replied, follows.

Senator Feinstein:

The country IS divided! Which side will you join - those who seek renewal of our democratic Constitutional liberties or despots who have stripped the Bill of Rights, promoted torture, lied in order to illegally invade a foreign state, conducted repeated government invasions of citizen privacy, exercised blatant malfeasance, destroyed the environment, bankrupted the economy, and arbitrarily usurped power via exercise of Executive Orders?

The time for courage and bold action is now. Each day you delay in supporting impeachment is one more period of cowardly acquiescence to a tyranny we have not seen on this continent since time of King George III. This administration has engaged in gross atrocities and you blithely suggest that it is acceptable because you believe the American people don’t want to engage in “partisan politics!”

How blind or morally bankrupt can you be? Newsflash: contrary to your complacent belief in bipartisan unity, the American people elected the Democratic Congress to in fact engage in partisan politics! We wanted you Democrats to counter the “long train of abuses” enacted upon us by the G.O.P. You have failed us. Do not prolong this failure!

Your “deep disappointment” at the Bush administration is laughable, and FYI: there can be no “constructive cooperation” with a criminal regime such as this. Has history taught you nothing? In the 1930s, such behavior was aptly termed “appeasement.”

Do not further disgrace yourself, your office, the Democratic Party, and the American people with your “politics as usual” sophistry and disgraceful appeasement. Show some spine. Support impeachment of these foes of American Constitutional Democracy. Fight for us or relinquish your seat, period!

- Will Ruha

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 7:26 am
Subject: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein responding to your message

Dear Mr. Ruha:

Thank you for your letter concerning impeachment proceedings against President Bush. I appreciate the time you took to write and welcome the opportunity to respond.

In our recent elections, the American people expressed clear disapproval with the path this country was on. They are tired of partisan politics and of an Administration that pays little heed to the wishes of the American people. They want-and deserve-a Congress that holds the Administration accountable and fulfills its Constitutional responsibility to check and balance the Executive. I share this sentiment and am determined to work hard and across party lines in the United States Senate to promote issues that are of real concern to most Americans, including the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, homeland security, global warming, and lobbying and election reform.

At this time, however, I believe that impeachment proceedings against President Bush will only divide the country even further, frustrating our hopes for a meaningful change in direction, while having little chance of success.

I have been deeply disappointed by many of this Administration's actions and have been outspoken in those instances. Nevertheless, given the challenges our country faces I believe that we need to focus on constructive and cooperative steps that would lead us in the right direction.

Again, thank you for your continued correspondence. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact my office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

Sen Feinfstein's response

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Senator Feinstein is on board with the Leaders of the Democratic Congress. He does't care about what is still being done to our country and the American people. His only concern is in line with all other congressman who won't support impeachment. They had rather have the president issue pardons to everyone involved in his adminstration's criminal acts on our country, constitution, and the people. They don't seem to understand that doing the will of our constitution, and the American people will get more Democrates elected, than continuing to do nothing but stand by and wait and HOIPE things will go their way. In the meantime, this adminstration is being given the freedom to continue their actions status quo.
It appears that COMMON SENSE is in very short supply when it comes to our Democratic Leadership. It's very simple to see that they are not listening to the people. It's easy to see that, their goal is their personal goals, not the American People.
Some don't even understand the oath they took when they were elected. I would recommend to each of these people to study up on what the term 'DEFEND" actually means with reference to their job as electe3d representatives by " THE PEOPLE".
"Personally, This leadership has been nothing short of a disgrace to me and my expections of what they promised.

Uh, if you'll note, the name

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Uh, if you'll note, the name is Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as in "she."

Amnesty for those that opposed

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To whom it may concern,

If we demand the prosecution of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and other cronies on the basis of war crimes, ought we not also at least demand the release, pardon and amnesty of those who stood, in the face of public rage, opposed to this damned war? Those who refused to fight, were the real patriots who are as much deserving of a medal. If we say that they should have followed orders, then we should apologize to those tried in Nuremberg who followed orders under Hitler's command.

Investigate Bush/Cheney for war crimes.

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I will remember the last 8 years of financial destruction here in the US and the bloodshed of millions of civilians on a global scale. most honest political and financial experts consider him the worst leader america has ever had and this is why.

Worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression
Lied about the war in Iraq
No WMD's found in Iraq
Vetoed health coverage for kids
Ignored law, allowed torture
Illegal wiretapping
Had enough info to stop 9/11 and didn't, hid that fact from the public
Lost Bin laden at Tora Bora
Crassly unconstitutional signing statements
Stripped resources from Afghanistan and sent them to Iraq
Didn't catch Bin Laden
Allowed Al Qaeda to regroup in Pakistan Afghan war out of control
Lied about reducing greenhouse emissions, ignored warming
Muzzled warming scientists in NASA and elsewhere
Political appointments to Department of Justice and political prosecutions
Cheney, Rove, and others in contempt of Congress -- refused to tell the American people the truth
Fooled public into believing Saddam was involved in 9/11 when he knew otherwise
Made light of inabilty to find WMD's

Please sign the petition to investigate Bush/Cheney for war crimes. Then pass it on to everyony you know that will sign it.

It's great to see this

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It's great to see this article about the media's clear participation in the purveyance of torture. I'm developing a keen awareness of the way in which the corporate media shapes the reality and history of the United States. Another great resource is this episode of The Joan Kenley Show (progressive Bay Area podcast)called The Media: What’s True, What’s Not. Joan Kenley talks to Norman Solomon of The Institute for Public Accuracy, and Peter B. Collins, a broadcaster whose show was #1 in the nation during the watergate scandal. They talk candidly about the bias in mainstream media and I think the information there is important in the quest for informed citizenship.


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Thank god that Bush's time is up. I'm sorry to have to say that, but could he have possibly dug us any deeper of a hole to get out of?

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