2005 in Review: Power, Politics and Resistance
Friday, December 30th, 2005http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/30/1521218
Today, part one of our special look back at 2005, including George W. Bush's inaugeration and protests against election fraud, the occupation of Iraq, the conviction of attorney Lynne Stewart, the appointment of John Bolton to the UN, the revelation of Deep Throat, the conviction of Edgar Ray Killen for killing the three civil rights workers in 1964, and much more.
Featuring the voices of:
Colin Powell, Allan Nairn
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Jessie Jackson Jr.
George Bush, Ossie Davis
Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte
Dahr Jamail, Robert Fisk
Ghazwaan Al-Mukhtar, George Galloway
Barbara Boxer, Condoleezza Rice
Robert Byrd, Peter Kornbluh
John Negroponte, Alberto Gonzales
Orrin Hatch, Ted Kennedy
Lynne Stewart, Bill Quigley
Tom DeLay, Ken Goodman
George Voinovich, John Bolton
Giuliana Sgrena, John Stauber
Tim Rieser, Ricardo Alarcon
Jose Pertierra, Scott McClellan
Bill Moyers, Timothy Karr
Jim Shultz, Carlos Mesa
Mike Gravel, Jennifer Dohrn
Donald Rumsfeld, Mike Honda
Amy Hagopian, Simbi Veke Mubako
Wellington Chibebe, Flash Sharrar
Michael Scherer, Magdalano Rose-Avila
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Cindy Sheehan
John Conyers, Claire Short
Chris Chafe, Linda Chavez-Thompson
Bernie Sanders, Carolyn Goodman
Steven Schwerner, Ben Chaney
and Keith Beauchamp.
Tune in Monday, January 2 2006 for Part 2 of our look back at 2005. [includes rush transcript - partial]
AMY GOODMAN: Today a Democracy Now! special. Power, Politics and Resistance: A Look Back at 2005.
COLIN POWELL: I have never seen anything like this, flying over Banda Aceh and seeing how the wave came ashore pushing, everything in its path -- cars, ships, freighters overturned -- all the way up to the foothills and then starting up the foothills until finally the waves came to a stop. I cannot begin to imagine the horror that went through the families and all of the people who heard this noise coming and then had their lives snuffed out by this wave. [1/5/05]
AMY GOODMAN: The confirmed death toll from the Indian Ocean earthquake continues to rise more than a week after the disaster first hit. According to the United Nations, nearly 140,000 people have died, and officials say that number is likely to rise well over 150,000. The worst hit country to date is Indonesia, whose government now says more than 94,000 people have died. In Aceh, the most devastated area, the situation remains extremely dire with humanitarian officials accusing the military of preventing aid distribution. [1/3/05]
ALLAN NAIRN: The Red Berets, the special forces of the Indonesian army, the most feared units who specialize in torture and kidnapping and political rape and who are also trained by the U.S. Green Berets…They are now getting directly involved in the distribution of aid. I just spoke to an Acehnese activist just returned from West Aceh, who said that aid supplies are being taken directly to the Kopassas and S.G.I. barracks. These barracks are torture centers where Acehnese are routinely brought in and worked-over for interrogation. And now these supplies are being piled up there. [1/14/05]
CLERK: Mr. President, the certificate of the electoral vote of the well-known and great State of Ohio seems to be regular in form and authentic. It appears therefrom that George W. Bush of the State of Texas received 20 votes for President. Dick Cheney for the State of Wyoming received 20 votes for Vice President.
DICK CHENEY: For what purpose does the member from Ohio rise?
REP. STEPHANIE TUBBS JONES: I, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a representative from the State of Ohio, and Senator Barbara Boxer, a senator from California, have objected to the counting of the electoral votes of the State of Ohio on the ground that they were not under all of the known circumstances regularly given.
REP. JESSE JACKSON, JR: Today's objection is not about an individual, but our institutions. It's not about Republicans, but our republic. It's not about Democrats, but our democracy. It's about an election result. It's not about an election result, but about an election system that's broken and needs to be fixed. [1/7/05]
MARK CRISPIN MILLER: There was election fraud -- extensive election fraud in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. But there was also election fraud throughout the nation, places as different as West Virginia, Oregon, Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, even in solidly Democratic states. [11/4/05]
SEN. GEORGE VOINOVICH: It is time to put this election to rest. Editorial boards from Ohio newspapers, many of which endorsed Senator Kerry agree, as well. The so-called recount effort is a circus that needs to pack up and leave town. [1/7/05]
PAT ROAN: I am Pat Roan. I'm from Dallas, Texas. I love Bush. I love his family, and I love America. [1/21/05]
AMY GOODMAN: The inauguration is expected to be the most lavish in history. An estimated $40 to 60 million will be spent over four days of celebrations, which include nine inaugural balls, three candlelight dinners, a rock concert, extravagant receptions, numerous other parties.
Washington DC is filled with more than 7,000 law enforcement agents from over 100 federal, state and local agencies; roadblocks have been set up across DC, and large portions of the city have been closed off ahead of the inaugural parade. [1/20/05]
AMY GOODMAN: Well, a few seconds before President Bush was sworn in by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, a group of three activists from Eugene, Oregon, disrupted the ceremony.
CAROL MELIA: We left, stood up, left our seats, walked out into the aisle and shouted, "Stop the war!"
THREE PROTESTERS IN UNISON: Stop the war! Stop the war! Bring home the troops! Stop the war! Stop the war! 1/21/05]
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I, George Walker Bush, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States. [1/21/05]
ELAINE CASSEL: The bleachers for the parade route have been open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. I understand that now you have to pay $60 to get a bleacher seat. [1/12/05]
CHARLES HOMER: My name is Charles Homer. I'm from Brandywine, Maryland, and I'm here to protest the inauguration of the war President, George Bush.
LINDA WORDEN: President Bush's message is that we're going to stay on track with the war in Iraq. It's our duty and obligation to help other people that are not as free as we are. [a href=http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/21/1531219&mode=thread&tid=25>1/21/05]
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: We are led by events and common sense to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depend on the success of liberty in other lands. [1/21/05]
OSSIE DAVIS: They are loyal to their commander-in-chief, and I am loyal to mine. My commander-in-chief is Martin Luther King, Jr.
AMY GOODMAN: Actor and civil rights activist, Ossie Davis has died. He was 87 years old. Offense 87 years old. Along with his wife, Ruby Dee, he was a renowned civil rights activist and an unforgettable figure in the African American struggle for equality. [2/7/05]
MAYA ANGELOU: He existed. He existed. He belonged to us. He exists in us.
HARRY BELAFONTE: He despaired at the present state of our nation. He detested the lies and deceit that found favor in the minds and the hearts of a vast number of our citizenry. Our nation's arrogant and mindless imperial march toward global domination deeply concerned him. [2/14/05]
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: The United States has no right, no desire and no intention to impose our form of government on anyone else. That is one -- that is one of the main differences between us and our enemies. [2/3/05]
AMY GOODMAN: In Iraq, the country has gone into a state of lockdown two days ahead of the national elections. The borders are being closed. A dusk-to-dawn curfew is being put in place. Roads are being closed down. [1/28/05]
DAHR JAMAIL: There have been ongoing attacks on polling stations. Just in the last 24 hours in Iraq, there's been at least 15 people killed in attacks on polling stations, as they're being set up for Sunday's polling process. [1/28/05]
ROBERT FISK: I counted 30 incoming mortar rounds quite close to us as I walked to one polling station in Jadriya within two minutes. All these families sometimes are bringing along their children, carrying their babies in their arms going to vote. The Shiites decided to vote.
So what this election has done has not actually been a demonstration of people who demand democracy. They want freedom of a different kind, freedom to vote, but also freedom from foreign occupation. [1/31/05]
GHAZWAN AL-MUKHTAR: The election was shoved down our throat. The election is held under the occupation. The occupying power has modified the basic rules on Iraq as to who is an Iraqi and who is not. [1/31/05]
GEORGE GALLOWAY: An election held under foreign military occupation is always, by definition, utterly flawed. But one which is held in the kind of conditions in which this one is being held is flawed beyond redemption. [1/31/05]
AMY GOODMAN: President Bush's nominee to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice faced more than nine hours of questioning from the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. [1/19/05]
SEN. BARBARA BOXER: And I personally believe -- this is my personal view -- that your loyalty to the mission you were given, to sell this war, overwhelmed your respect for the truth.
CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Senator, I have to say that I have never, ever lost respect for the truth in the service of anything. [1/19/05]
SEN. ROBERT BYRD: Dr. Rice is responsible for some of the most overblown rhetoric that the administration used to scare the American people into believing that there was an imminent threat from Iraq. [1/26/05]
AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!'s look back at 2005.