In the Midst of an Unpopular War, Calls for Accountability
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House Democrats say presidential impeachment is "off the table," but rallies this weekend will try to build grassroots momentum. At the same time, civil rights lawyers want Donald Rumsfeld tried for war crimes in Germany. An American General says she’ll be a witness against him. Would a wartime impeachment weaken America and damage the Democrats' chances in 2008? Does a foreign court have the right to prosecute US officials? Then, a rescue in Oregon and cell phone technology.
Bush-Blair News Conference Follows Iraq Study Group Report ()
The day after the Baker-Hamilton Report, President Bush met at the White House with his principle ally in the war in Iraq, British Prime Minister Tony Blair. At a news conference, President Bush was asked by a British reporter if, in the face of the findings of the Iraq Study Group, he was in denial about the situation in Iraq. President responded by extensively defending the importance of the Iraq war.
- Jim Gerstenzang: White House Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times
Calls for Accountability over Iraq War ()
Three weeks before last month's elections, 51% of Americans favored impeachment of President Bush, but House Speaker elect Nancy Pelosi says it's "off the table." This weekend, rallies and forums are planned to build grassroots momentum. A court in Germany has been asked to press "war crimes" charges against Donald Rumsfeld over the prisons at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay. Has the President exceeded the powers granted him by the Constitution? Can foreign courts prosecute US officials for the way they do their jobs?
- John Nichols: Washington Correspondent for The Nation, @NicholsUprising
- Harold Meyerson: Executive Editor of The American Prospect, @haroldmeyerson
- Michael Ratner: President of the Center for Constitutional Rights
- Janis Karpinski: Former Army Commander of US military prisons in Iraq
- William Eckhardt: Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Cell Phones as a Key Tool in Search and Rescue Missions ()
James Kim and his family, who were lost near Grants Pass, Oregon, were the subject of massive news coverage and massive sympathy this week. Leaving the family in their car, he died making a "superhuman" effort to get help. His body was finally found through use of a cell phone. Searchers determined that Kim had struggled for miles in extraordinarily difficult terrain--even swimming in icy water. The awful irony is that, had he continued down the road, he would easily have reached a lodge and probably safety.
- Maggie Reardon: Staff writer for CNET News
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