"Using the commission process just creates an unfair system that threatens to convict the innocent and provides the guilty a justifiable complaint as to their convictions".
From an article in the Financial Times reporting the British in Basra are arguing open elections are possible:
The Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad has had an unofficial policy banning even local elections since the end of the war, according to US military officials interviewed at locations throughout Iraq. This is despite the assessment of the military that elections are feasible within very short periods of time.
It turns out that the Australian SAS (Special Air Service) started the war on Iraq before it had even been formally declared by Bush, killing Iraqi soldiers, according to articles in The Age.
I'm ashamed of my governments complicity in this illegal war. Thanks to Samos for the link.
Thankfully we have an election this year also.
I use an Apple 2001 vintage G4 Powerbook about 15 hours a day. It's great, but looking forward, here's my realisable dream machine:
Dual processor 2GHz G5s.
4Gb flash memory for the operating system.
802.11g (54Mbps) WiFi with wide spread coverage.
No hard disk! Uses a distributed secure file sharing protocol, perhaps the Andrew File System, perhaps even WebDAV.
OLED (Organic LED) display, no backlight required.
This was the first state of the union speech I had the opportunity to view while I've been in the U.S. As Chomsky has noted, if the administration repeats the lies often enough and they are reported by the corporate media with little fact checking, analysis or comment, they become accepted as truth.
A very well written analysis of the current crippling state of U.S. militarism by Chalmers Johnson via TomDispatch.com.
...Clark and Lieberman.
The maneuver by the two most right wing candidates of the Democrat party to avoid the Iowa caucus can be seen to have now skewed the field to the right.
By most analysis, Iowans voted strategically and Kerry appealed as a candidate that could compete with Bush. However that now leads him to accept the front running position and become the "pin-cushion", except he now has to endure another round of Lieberman's spoiling that was used so effectively against Dean.
Good article on the current consideration of conspiracy theories in light of U.S and British foreign policies.