Tuesday, June 14, 2005

FW: EVENT ADVISORY: Downing Street Memo Rally in DC Thursday

Support the broadening of the Resolution of Inquiry (first step toward
impeachment) to examine the attacks of September 11th beginning with
Administration lies about lack of warnings and then follow the trails of
covered-over evidence wherever they lead. 9/11 CitizensWatch is a member of
the AfterDowningStreet Coalition. Check RawStory.com for more background and
timeline for the Administration's illegal path to war on the backs of lies
and exploitation of 9/11 -Ed.]




1. Hearings and Rally

On Thursday June 16, 2005, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the
House Judiciary Committee, and other Congress Members will hold a hearing on
the Downing Street Minutes and related evidence of efforts to cook the books
on pre-war intelligence. (Time and place yet to be determined.)

Later on the same day at 5:00 p.m. ET in Lafayette Square Park, in front of
the White House, a large rally will support Congressman Conyers who plans to
deliver to the White House a letter addressed to President Bush and signed
by over 500,000 Americans and at least 94 Congress Members. The letter asks
the President to respond to questions raised by the Downing Street Minutes.

Among those speaking at the hearings will be: Joe Wilson, Former Ambassador
and WMD Expert; Ray McGovern, 27-year CIA analyst who prepared regular
Presidential briefings during the Reagan administration; Cindy Sheehan,
mother of fallen American soldier; John Bonifaz, renowned constitutional
lawyer and co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org.

Among those speaking at the rally will be: Congressman Conyers and various
other Congress Members, Cindy Sheehan of Gold Star Families for Peace, John
Bonifaz of AfterDowningStreet.org, Ray McGovern former CIA analyst, Medea
Benjamin of Global Exchange, Rev. Lennox Yearwood of Progressive Democrats
of America, Stephen Cleghorn of Military Families Speak Out. More
information, and flyers promoting the rally, are available at

Flyers to print, copy, and distribute widely:



Supporters of this campaign are independently organizing rallies on Thursday
at locations around the country.


2. New Documents

AfterDowningStreet.org has made available additional secret documents leaked
from the British government.


Statements from leaders of the AfterDowningStreet.org Coalition:

"The UK Iraq War documents provide a roadmap for U.S. investigators, the
media and Congress. Shame on them if they become complicit in the coverup
and do not pursue them. It is time to interview current and former
intelligence officials about whether they were asked to 'fix' the
intelligence, whether intelligence was designed to convince people to
support the already planned war or whether intelligence was intended to
provide real information about whether Iraq was a threat. Public opinion
has turned against the war -- it is now safe to report the truth."

Kevin Zeese of Democracy Rising

"George Bush may think that his lone 'accountability moment' was last
November's election, but as these new documents show that he planned all
along to invade Iraq and lie as needed, his real 'accountability moment' may
be yet to come -- in the form of a House of Representatives Resolution of
Inquiry into impeachable offenses. That resolution cannot come to soon for
Veterans For Peace or for the people of Iraq, whose deaths and suffering
demand justice.

Mike Ferner, Veterans for Peace

"Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is committed to continue to organize
at the grassroots level with this coalition to demand Members of Congress
introduce a Resolution of Inquiry directing the House Judiciary Committee to
launch a formal investigation into whether sufficient grounds exist for the
House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to impeach
George W. Bush. Citizens from across the country will be on the ground in
Washington DC this Thursday at the hearing and rally to demonstrate their

Tim Carpenter, Director of PDA

"My son was killed and my family destroyed by a war in Iraq that was
premeditated and prefabricated. My son was killed by people in power who
wanted this invasion and occupation at all costs. Anyone who lied to us
about this invasion should be brought to justice. I am heart broken and
devastated that my son was already a dead man by July 2002, if not sooner.
We didn't even know. We had no way of knowing that our leaders were planning
to engage in this massive subversion of the United States Constitution. I
urge every person in this country with courage and integrity to rise up and
demand that the truth be finally exposed to the light and that those in
power who are responsible, including the President of the United States, be
held accountable under the rule of law."

Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Families for Peace

AfterDowningStreet.org is a rapidly growing coalition of veterans' groups,
peace groups, and political activist groups, which launched on May 26, 2005,
a campaign to urge the U.S. Congress to begin a formal investigation into
whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with
the Iraq war.


David Swanson david@davidswanson.org 202-329-7847 Jonathan Schwarz
jonrschwartz@yahoo.com 301 928 7579


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