Sending More Troops to Afghan Border
The United States is moving parts of more than two battalions of the
101st Airborne Division to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, providing
the latest and strongest sign that a major battle is brewing in that
region, a senior defense official said yesterday.
called best anti-Saddam option
The CIA has told pResident Bu$h that the chances of overthrowing Iraqi
leader Saddam Hussein soon through covert action or a coup are slim,
leaving a large-scale U.S. invasion as the likeliest option to change
the government, people familiar with agency planning say.
Issues Subpoena to Former Head of Energy Task Force
Says Chavez Weakened Democracy
Hugo Chavez, the populist Venezuelan president who survived a coup
attempt this month, did as much to undermine democracy in that country
as those who tried to oust him, National Security Adviser Condoleezza
Rice said Monday. [Since her employment is the direct result of the
coup in November 2000, her defense of the Venezuelan coup is no surprise.]
Fails Fiscal-Fitness Test
by Kelly Patricia O’Meara "If America learned anything from the
Enron mess it is how easily the books can be cooked."
Didn't Seek $150 Million Corps of Engineers Wanted for Security at
Dams, Locks, Reservoirs The
Bu$h mis-ministration has asked Congress for none of the $150 million
the Army Corps of Engineers wanted to bolster security at up to 200
reservoirs, dams and locks across the country, according to corps
figures obtained by The Associated Press. [Is
Bu$h trolling for more terrorist acts against the United States --
to justify an even more onerous civil liberties clampdown???]
in a police state' The state
Legislature (MI) has given police power to search your home without
telling you why -- Two new laws, which took effect Monday as part
of anti-terror efforts, also shield from public scrutiny the reasons
for police searches. Defense lawyer Walter Piszczatowski said:
"This is nuts, this is beyond nuts. What happened to the Fourth Amendment?
We're living in a police state."
Enemy Within? The FBI's anthrax
investigation turns on itself-- by Laura Rozen "...the FBI faces
a difficult test. Suppose the attacks were an inside job -- by, say,
one of the U.S. Army's own biowarfare scientists. What scientific
authorities could the FBI turn to if it's effectively investigating
the very labs that do its testing?"
the No -- by Al Kamen "Guess who's talking now. This White
House press release went out Wednesday to hundreds of reporters under
standard 'background' guidelines that all the quotes could be used
as coming from a 'Senior Administration Official' but the official
could not be otherwise identified. The backgrounder came on Air Force
One en route Sioux Falls, S.D."
navy 'helped Venezuelan coup'
The United States had been considering a coup to overthrow the elected
Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, since last June, a former US intelligence
officer claimed yesterday.
US Troops Are in Pakistan
Pakistan's president confirmed that U.S. soldiers are operating with
his troops in the hunt for al-Qaida fugitives in the rugged area on
the Afghan border, but said in comments published Monday that the
American force is small.
War at Home: Federal Law Enforcement Officials Follow International
Terrorism’s Money Trail from Northern Virginia to Saudi Arabia, but
President Bush [sic] Says That’s Far Enough
-- by David Lytel
of Congressional Probe Into Sept. 11 Quits
The head of a joint congressional investigation into why U.S. intelligence
agencies failed to detect the plot that led to the Sept. 11 attacks
on America has resigned, U.S. government sources said on Monday.
Wanted for questioning --
by Christopher Hitchens "Of the original group that formed the
core of the Nixon regime and took part in the many violations of the
United States constitution, by means of illegal bugging and illegal
covert action... only Henry Kissinger has so far avoided a full investigation
of his abuses of power."
(CA) GOP Sought Donations From Enron
Republican legislative leaders solicited tens of thousands of dollars
in campaign donations from Enron Corp. even as the state government
was investigating the company and other producers suspected of price
gouging and market manipulation during last year's energy crisis,
according to internal Enron documents.
Probe Shows Gas Price Hiking
The concentration of oil companies and refineries among a few owners
allows producers to manipulate gasoline supplies and force up prices
to increase profits, a congressional report concluded Monday. [A congressional
report was required to determine that outcome???]
No Evil Either the feds are
too inept, or they just don't want to know what roils beneath Uniontown--
by Martin Kuz "A chain-link fence seals off what used to be the
main entrance. Brown grass covers the earth like a bad toupee."
Fox News, the Colonel Who Wasn't
President's [sic] Favorite Terrorists
-- by Jim Carey "In January this year, a man instrumental in
securing the release of one of the world's most prolific terrorists
was appointed as America's new Asst. Secretary of State for the Western
demonstrations against Le Pen throughout France
Social democrats channel anti-fascist sentiment behind Chirac -- Tens
of thousands took to the streets on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
of last week to protest Jean-Marie Le Pen's candidacy in the presidential
Middle East ducking act --
by Jon Leyne "Those three weeks have been a period of deep frustration
for US officials and embarrassment for the president[sic]."
Narrows Reach of ADA A divided
Supreme Court ruled Monday that an employer in most cases does not
have to override its seniority system to accommodate the needs of
a disabled employee.
not America's poodle, says Blair
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said today he was not the United
States' poodle in its war on terrorism or any strike on Iraq, insisting
he would only agree to military action if he thought it was the right
thing to do.
faced military rule after Russian N-strike
Secret papers warned cold war governments of 12 million deaths from
Soviet attack -- Britain would have been placed under the control
of local military commanders with powers to take "whatever steps,
however drastic" were necessary in the aftermath of a Soviet nuclear
attack during the cold war according to newly-released official war
York on nuclear alert after blast
(4/26/02) New York was seized by fears of a “dirty bomb” terrorist
attack yesterday after an apparently accidental explosion ripped through
a commercial building, injuring dozens, at least six critically.
governor leads revolt Hodges rallies unlikely
bedfellows in bid to turn back Rocky Flats plutonium -- "They will
be turned back at South Carolina's border," Gov. Jim Hodges proclaimed
takes more hits from own party
Even as fall elections near, Republicans splinter over issues from
Mideast to trade.
Elections for Governor Loom, G.O.P. Leaders Worry Republicans'
eight-year domination of governorships could end this fall, party
leaders say, and they fear such a turn would carry serious consequences
for other Republicans in November and hinder pResident Bu$h's re-s-election
drive in 2004.
offered 'mediating role' in N Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has invited former U.S. President
Bill Clinton to visit Pyongyang to play a mediating role and to cool
rhetoric from Washington, a North Korean official said on Monday.
High Court Says Police Can Hide Monitoring Devices on Cars Without
Warrant The Nevada Supreme
Court ruled Thursday that police can hide electronic monitoring devices
on peoples' cars without a warrant for as long as they want.
Seeking to Squeeze School Loan Program
The Bu$h mis-ministration is seeking to ease its budget shortfalls
by squeezing $1.3 billion from a federal student loan program, administration
and Congressional officials said today.
must answer Sept. 11 questions
companies lay off thousands as jobless claims climb
The number of workers receiving unemployment insurance continues to
rise, hitting a 19-year high, as businesses slash more jobs despite
claims of an economic recovery
EPA Calendar (cartoon)
Blueprint to Topple Hussein Envisions Big Invasion Next Year
The Bu$h mis-ministration, in developing a potential approach for
toppling President Saddam Hussein of Iraq, is concentrating its attention
on a major air campaign and ground invasion, with initial estimates
contemplating the use of 70,000 to 250,000 troops.
Say Americans Joined in Raid
Pakistani officials said today that American forces had joined Pakistani
troops in raids in that country's tribal areas to hunt down suspected
Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. The reports came one day after Secretary
of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said the United States military would
not allow fugitive fighters to take cover across Afghanistan's borders.
struggles with 'foreign policy stuff'
-- by Simon Tisdall On a range of international issues, the president's
[sic] record is decidedly mixed -- Europeans and others can and do
sneer at... Bush administration pronouncements... The only question
about Mr Bush's foreign policy that ultimately matters is whether
it actually works. And by this measure, Mr Bush's record so far is
and Britain to Play a Role in Release of Palestinian Leader
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Cabinet on Sunday approved a U.S. proposal
aimed at ending the month-old Israeli siege at Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah, Israeli government sources said
rolls grow A southeastern
Pennsylvania voter registration drive has added more than 66,000 Democrats
in former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell's back yard.
& Jacko Star In Dems' Apollo Hit Show
-- by Joe Siegel "It was showtime at the Apollo last night, but
Bill Clinton left his saxophone home...Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem)
drew cheers when he hailed Clinton as 'the last elected president
of the U.S.'and said, 'It is our job to say we're not getting over
Mountain: Gambling with their lives -- by Carol Schiffler April
- A Bird's
Eye View of the Events in DC
- by Priscilla April 27, 2002
Barred at White House Spokesman's Talk
Although his job is to speak to the press as pResident Bu$h's spokesman,
reporters were barred when White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
addressed the Middle East crisis and other issues in a talk at a Texas
synagogue, participants said on Saturday.
Denies Working As Agent Cynthia
Henderson, while running two state agencies under Gov. Jeb Bush, also
was listed as the registered agent for a subsidiary of the largest
building company in the state, Florida corporation records show.
County Settles Election Suit
A federal judge has approved a settlement between Leon County and
civil rights groups that sued over widespread voting problems in the
2000 presidential [s-]election in Florida.
-- Free Expression Network say USA-PATRIOT Act Grants Federal Government
Sweeping Powers, Endangering Constitutional Rights
Jon Corzine Delivers the Weekly Democratic Radio Address -- Social
officer accused of involvement in Venezuelan coup
A US officer has been accused of being involved with Venezuela's failed
coup against President Hugo Chavez, a charismatic left-leaning populist.
quarter of 2002 is "warmest for a millennium"
In 2002, the planet Earth experienced its warmest first quarter since
records began over 140 years ago, according to UK scientists.
RNC chairman, as lobbyist, urged policy change on plant emissions
that Bu$h later took When
pResident Bu$h reversed his campaign stance on regulating carbon dioxide
emissions from coal-fired power plants, he said the nation's energy
problems — not pressure from energy industry lobbyists [?!?] — changed
Suggests Energy Official Encouraged Lobbyist on Policy
In an e-mail message sent last year while the Bu$h mis-ministration
was formulating a national energy policy, a senior Energy Department
official posed this question to a lobbyist for a major natural gas
interest: "If you were king, or Il Duce, what would you include in
a national energy policy, especially with respect to natural gas issues?"
Failure: As the energy bill nears passage, Senator Schumer denounces
its flaws New York Democratic
Senator Charles Schumer excoriated the controversial Senate energy
bill today, calling the legislation an "evil stew" of industry tax
breaks and environmental rollbacks.
block wind farms over radar fears
The UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is blocking five of the country's
18 proposed offshore wind farms, claiming that they will interfere
with military aviation radar.
in Rules Barred Many From Sept. 11 Disaster Relief Almost
eight months after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center,
the Federal Emergency Management Agency has doled out less than $65
million to help needy families in the disaster area pay their bills,
avoid eviction and buy food — only a fraction of what the nation's
frontline relief agency distributed in the months after other major
death penalty report reveals widespread abuse
companies lay off thousands as jobless claims climb
The number of workers receiving unemployment insurance continues to
rise, hitting a 19-year high, as businesses slash more jobs despite
claims of an economic recovery in the United States.
County Settles Election Suit
A federal judge has approved a settlement between Leon County and
civil rights groups that sued over widespread voting problems [coup]
in the 2000 presidential election in Florida.
expects pResidential visit pResident Bu$h
is expected in Miami for a Republican fundraiser May 20 -- Cuba's
100th Independence Day -- and White House image-makers are considering
pResidential stops ranging from a Little Havana rice-and-beans lunch
to an anti-Castro rally. Officially, the White House is mum on the
visit. [What are they worried about? Demonstrations against the Idiot
Would Allow Mine Dumping in Waterways The Environmental Protection
Agency is proposing rules that would let mining companies dump dirt
and rock waste from mountaintop coal mining operations into rivers
chief denies conflict-of-interest allegations
Controversy over Superfund site continues -- The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's chief is vigorously denying conflict-of-interest
allegations raised this week by the agency's resigning ombudsman regarding
a controversial Superfund site. But she has not signed a form to recuse
herself from the case.
Justice Conservatives thought Clinton-bashing Judge Royce Lamberth
was on their team---until he went after the Bu$hies -- by Stephanie
Mencimer "So far, the [Bu$h] administration has dodged the bullet,
so to speak, with pending suits over Cheney's energy task force going
to less bellicose jurists. But the honeymoon is not likely to last."
End a Treaty Congress and
courts must not let Bu$h kill missile pact -- by Peter Weiss (Legal
Times) "The president's [sic] plan to terminate the Anti-Ballistic
Missile Treaty with Russia was always a bad idea. It has only gotten
worse with recent revelations that the Pentagon has submitted to Congress
a document calling for contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons
against Russia, China, and a number of other countries."
Al Gore - The Latest Crime of the Stolen Election
-- by Nancy Kuhn "The latest crime of the stolen 2000 Presidential
election is blaming the victim of the stolen election - Al Gore -
for the numerous illegal acts committed by the Bush campaign and its
surrogates in their broad daylight theft of the Presidency."
Passes an Energy Bill Called Flawed by Both Sides Disappointments
ranged from rejection of even modest steps to improve automobile fuel
efficiency to -- in the final hours -- stripping the bill of a requirement
that the Energy Department impose the more aggressive efficiency standards
for air conditioners that had been proposed by the Clinton administration.
coup leaders land in South Florida In the
aftermath of this month's failed coup in Venezuela, the United States
faces potential further embarrassment after the discovery that several
of the alleged coup leaders are now living in South Florida.
How apropos that
the coupsters approved by the Bush mis-ministration should end up
at ground zero of the US coup, which was orchestrated by that state's
Governor, the brother of the coup's beneficiary! One
coup leads to another!
to Investigate Its Role in Venezuela The
Pentagon has ordered a review of its actions during the 48-hour ouster
of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela earlier this month to ensure
that American military officials did not encourage a coup, a senior
Defense Department official said today.
Parliament Jeers Le Pen French presidential
candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen was booed by colleagues in the European
parliament Wednesday and called off a news conference as activists
wearing ``Stop the Nazis'' stickers protested his far-right views.
Say Profiling Only Way to Effectively Screen Air Passengers
by Dennis Kucinich (D- OH) on Stopping Open-ended, Permanent War on
the Air When Eric Schaeffer resigned as
the Environmental Protection Agency's chief of enforcement in late
February, he pushed the Bu$ mis-ministration's environmental record
into the spotlight.
Day Report Documents Sweeping Rollback of Environmental Protections
by Federal Agencies
The Northwest: With Bu$h as the steward, every day should be Earth
Day -- by Joel Connelly "As an Earth
Day appetizer, no connoisseur of crudeness could fail to savor ranting
by Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, last week as the
Senate refused to throw open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to
oil and gas drilling."
in Workers' Wages Slows U.S. workers' wages
and benefits rose in the first quarter at the slowest pace in three
years as the spotty economic recovery translated into less generous
reveal Enron at center of California energy crisis
Buildup Enriches Firm Staffed by Big Guns
Defense: Ex-president [Bu$h I] and other elites are behind weapon-boosting
Ridge Too Far Security Czar Bets Both Ways
-- Tom Ridge owns stock in a company that stands to benefit from selling
anti-terrorism services to the feds...Today Ridge owns stocks in 19
different companies, some of them lobbying the Bu$h mis-ministration
for defense contracts.
Candidate for Senate Is Hit by Raid Agents
from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue
Service today raided the office of James W. Treffinger, the Essex
County executive and the current front-runner for the Republican nomination
for United States Senate this year.
the President's [sic] popularity dips, Republicans get edgy about
their prospects in November -- Democrats
have taken a seven-percentage-point lead over Republicans in voter
preferences for November's congressional elections.
Senate passes health crisis bill In an emergency,
state and local officials would have the authority to use and appropriate
property as necessary for the care, treatment, vaccination and housing
of patients and to destroy contaminated facilities or materials
personal data to go to state Akron school
officials raise privacy, security fears over details sought -- Ohio
wants to get to know its public school children in extraordinary detail,
asking school districts under a little-known law to provide personal
information on students such as their mother's maiden name for a new
Vidal at War Author takes on Bu$h and the
U.S. anti-terror campaign -- "Bush is going to end up the most
unpopular president [sic] in history. Remember, I said that here first."
downtown protests are just a portion of anti-war activists' efforts
Being a peace activist in San Diego, a city that boasts the largest
concentration of active and retired military personnel in the nation,
is not for the faint hearted.
Raising Money for G.O.P.'s South Dakota Senate Candidate
President Bu$h is engaging in some politicking on the home turf of
Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle. The GOP is going after the state's
junior senator, Tim Johnson, this November as part of its bid to regain
control of the Senate.
Pen sends Europe reeling a little more to the right
The veteran far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen's stunning overthrow
of France's left-right orthodoxy has sent populist fears about migrants,
race and crime to the top of Europe's political agenda.
Family's Whitewater Interest -- by Robert
Parry Two senior aides to President George H.W. Bush gave accounts
of their roles spurring on the federal Whitewater probe in 1992 at
sharp variance with testimony of other Bush administration officials.
Wintry Reminder on Earth Day Bu$h Photo
Opportunity Turns Into Parade of Errors -- pResident Bu$h celebrated
Earth Day today. Mother Earth declined to cooperate.
Blind To Death Row Innocent -- by Richard
Cohen "Although ostensibly a conservative and therefore determined
to limit Washington's reach, [John] Ashcroft has slowly been nationalizing
the death penalty... Since Ashcroft supposedly does not read newspapers,
I can say what I want about him without hurting his feelings.
networks being rebuilt for terror war Head
of military intelligence calls for 'more aggressive, offensive attitude.'
ranchers unlikely allies against Bu$h's energy plan The
Bu$h mis-ministration's new energy plan has helped trigger this unlikely
alliance between environmentalists and ranchers who both oppose increased
New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush's Military-Industrial Complex
-- by Dr. Helen Caldicott [excerpt] Moments after the September 11
attacks, the U.S. Department of Defense was dangerously close to a
Rallies CT Democrats At $300,000 Fund-Raiser,
Ex-President Coaches Party On Defining Itself -- Former President
Clinton implored Connecticut Democrats Monday to raise their voices
as the loyal opposition more forcefully than ever, even while supporting
the fight against terrorism.
to ban extra-strong bug spray -- Brain damage
feared -- Health Canada has quietly decided to ban insect repellents
with more than 30 per cent of the active ingredient DEET, citing health
risks and evidence that pumping up the content of the chemical does
not do much more to keep the bugs at bay.
Bu$h Aide Resigning as White House Counselor
White House counselor Karen Hughes said Tuesday she's resigning from
White House to return to Texas, but will continue advising pResident
Bu$h from afar.
ambassador says U.S. barking up wrong tree with Iraq The
American public is savagely misinformed on the situation in Iraq,
according to a former ambassador to Iraq.
Earth Day, Bu$h V. Gore On the 32nd anniversary
of Earth Day, pResident Bu$h said yesterday that his environmental
initiatives would reduce power plant emissions more than those of
any previous administration [?!?]. But he faced a barrage of criticism
from environmental groups and from President Al Gore, who charged
that Bu$h has broken his word and sold out to polluters and special
Soft Sea Breeze, Terror War Arrives U.S.
Probes Arabs on Venezuelan Isle -- Since the Sept. 11 attacks, scores
of shopkeepers have been brought in by Venezuela's Directorate of
Intelligence and Prevention Services,
the secret police, for questioning about recent Middle East vacations,
money transfers and their neighbors.
on the News With Digicam and Laptop, 'Independent'
Journalism Rewrites the Rules -- The Washington Post discovers
Course"; [Text of Al Gore's Earth Day speech]
-- by President Al Gore "For thirty-two years now, Americans
have come together on Earth Day to support cleaner air, water and
land - and to strengthen our resolve to preserve the earth's God-given
beauty and natural resources for generations to come."
for National Front leader heightens political crisis in France
Neo-fascist Le Pen to face Gaullist Chirac in runoff for president
-- The result of the first round of the presidential elections in
France amounts to a political earthquake.
tests have Keys in uproar -- by Jennifer
Babson "...Word that the U.S. Army was conducting biological
and chemical detection tests off Key West last week -- using a crop
duster to spray what it says are benign substances over a small swath
of the Gulf -- set alarm bells ringing for some on this island chain."
New War on Freedom Give me liberty, or give me . . . what? Security?
-- by Gore Vidal "Last week marked the anniversaries of three
landmark events that paved the way for the further erosion of our
personal freedoms we face today."
Character was Really King -- Republicans,
Media Whores, Idiots, and those who listen to them like to say that
the Clinton Administration was the most corrupt in American History.
In fact, it was one of the least corrupt – especially compared to
the Reagan, Bu$h I, and Bu$h II Administrations. And here is irrefutable
Year Later, Bill's Truly an Uptown Guy Ex-Prez
has become a presence in Harlem -- by Joel Siegel "One year after
taking his act uptown, Bill Clinton says he's trying hard not to be
'just another tenant taking up space' in Harlem."
taxpayers grow tired of paying for war Tax
day has come and gone, but guess how much of your federal income taxes
this year went to the Department of Defense? According to the U.S.
budget for 2003, roughly 46 percent of an individual's income taxes
are spent on the military.
Arms Control Boss Defies U.S. Bid to Oust Him
The head of a global body policing a chemical weapons ban defiantly
refused on Sunday to cave in to a U.S. campaign to oust him over his
attempts to woo Iraq into joining the organization and accept inspections.
marks Earth Day with global warming debate
The Democratic-led Senate, which soundly defeated a White House plan
to drill in an Alaskan wildlife refuge, is set to mark Earth Day by
pressing ahead with legislation to force U.S. companies to report
global warming-linked emissions.
Urged to Expand Presence in Afghanistan
To prevent Afghanistan from resuming its role as a training ground
for terrorists [and, to get that oil pipeline built], pResident Bu$h
repeatedly emphasizes the need to build strong political institutions
and resuscitate the economy.
House Hasn't Sought Money to Guard Atomic Plants, Energy Official
Says The White House has not asked Congress
for the money that the Energy Department needs to harden nuclear weapons
plants against terrorist attack, a high-ranking Energy Department
official complained in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget.
Rightist Eclipses Socialist to Qualify for Runoff in France In
a major upset not predicted in weeks of opinion polling, the extreme
rightist Jean-Marie Le Pen qualified today to face President Jacques
Chirac, a conservative, in the runoff for the French presidency next
Weighing New Doctrine for Tribunals Uncertain
about how they will be able to prosecute many of the nearly 300 prisoners
detained at a naval base in Cuba, Bush administration officials are
considering a new legal doctrine that would allow prisoners to
be brought before military tribunals without specific evidence that
they engaged in war crimes.
believe everything you read in the papers about Venezuela
-- by Greg Palast
U.S. has completed 'basics' of plan to attack Iraq
The U.S. military has completed the framework for a military campaign
against Iraq, defense sources say.
Strain Bu$h Policies Despite near universal
acclaim for a strong foreign policy performance in the first six months
after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, pResident Bu$h suddenly finds
himself accused of indecisive leadership and of not having a coherent
strategy to address a barrage of international crises.
Troops Leave Nablus, Parts of Ramallah Israeli
armor withdrew from the large West Bank city of Nablus and left most
of Ramallah early Sunday, in a significant scaling back of Israel's
3-week-old military offensive, but remained in the holy town of Bethlehem.
Thousands in Washington March in Support of Palestinians
Tens of thousands of Arab-Americans blended with demonstrators against
the military campaign in Afghanistan and those criticizing international
financial institutions during protests today in Washington, with the
cause of the Palestinians and criticism of Israel turning into the
main message of the multifaceted crowd.
Rally to Palestinian Cause Tens of thousands
converged on downtown Washington yesterday to demonstrate for a variety
of causes, but it was the numbers and passion of busloads of Arab
Americans and their supporters that dominated the streets.
protest peacefully in D.C. Globalization,
Mideast policy, war on terror among issues -- As the world’s top economic
powers met in Washington Saturday, thousands of demonstrators protesting
globalization, the war on terrorism and other issues rallied under
the watchful eye of police.
Selling of an Energy Policy -- by President
Al Gore "Under the presidency [sic] of George W. Bush, the environmental
and energy policies of our government are completely dominated by
a group of current and former oil and chemical company executives
who are trying to dismantle America's ability to force them to reduce
the extremely dangerous levels of pollution in the earth's atmosphere."
Can Persuade Israel to Make a Just Peace
-- by Jimmy Carter "In January 1996, with full support from Israel
and responding to the invitation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization,
the Carter Center helped to monitor a democratic election in the West
Bank and Gaza, which was well organized, open and fair."
Policies Have Been Good to Energy Industry
The oil and gas industries — indeed, the entire energy industry —
have won an abundance of appointments and regulatory decisions made
by Mr. Bu$h and his 15-month-old mis-ministration.
Winning Broad Support From U.S. Right
Gary L. Bauer, the Christian conservative who grew up as a janitor's
son in Kentucky, and William Kristol, the scion of New York Jewish
intellectuals, long ago forged an unlikely but close friendship as
warriors of the right.
might use Microsoft product for online ID
Forget about a national ID card. Instead, the federal government might
use Microsoft's Passport technology to verify the online identity
of America's citizens, federal employees and businesses, according
to the White House technology czar.
-- by John Gray "...George W. Bush's new ambassador in Canada,
Paul Cellucci has been one of those rare diplomats who gets himself
noticed ...It's a style best described as megaphone diplomacy. Canada
should spend more money on its military. Canada should get on board
the Bush energy plan and sell more oil and gas to the United States.
Canada should join the United States under a vast security umbrella
to keep out terrorists and drug smugglers. Canada do this, Canada
Coup Signed by Otto Reich
-- by Jean-Guy Allard "The former top official in the Reagan
regime, buddy of the most fanatical anti-Cuba terrorists and now--incredibly--
the number one man for Latin America in the U.S. administration, he
has personally and clearly masterminded the subversive plans that
have just failed in Caracas."
you want a free vote, ask nicely
-- by Terry Jones "...According to the 'Florida Rules', the narrower
the margin of victory, the greater the legitimacy. In fact, if the
victor actually has fewer people voting for him than the loser (almost
half-a-million fewer in the case of George W. Bush) then that is democracy's
way of awarding him carte blanche to do whatever he and his friends
in the oil business want."
Those 18,000 Kids Were Here Just A Moment Ago
-- by Daniel Ruth "This had to be something of a pickle for Gov.
Jeb Bush! (Exclamation mark patent pending #4587930857.)"
threats against Washington anti-war protesters
Federal and local authorities have mobilized a massive contingent
of police, with National Guard troops on standby, in advance of demonstrations
to be held in Washington DC today. Both the police and the press have
linked the demonstration to possible terrorist attacks on the US capital.
Police Corral Bicycling Anti-War Protesters, Arrest 40
Rush-Hour Riders Claim Harassment -- The first day of a long weekend
of Washington demonstrations ended yesterday in a scuffle between
police and protesters and 40 arrests.
back on Canadian soil
A Hercules transport carrying the bodies of four Canadian soldiers
accidentally killed in Afghanistan by a U.S. bombing raid landed at
Canadian Forces Base Trenton Saturday morning.
you told us (Toronto Globeandmail) Question: What's your reaction
to the deaths of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan?
No Lawyers for War Captives
In its latest rebuff to demands for an independent body to decide
the legal status of captives held here, the United States said detainees
have no right to lawyers, and can be held as long as the U.S.-led
war on terrorism lasts.
Alert Issued for Banks Here, In Northeast
The FBI, acting on information drawn from a top al Qaeda lieutenant
captured in Pakistan, warned financial institutions in the northeastern
and mid-Atlantic United States yesterday to be on alert for terrorist
Contaminates Army Lab; Employee Tests Positive
A worker at an Army biological warfare research center in Maryland
has tested positive for anthrax exposure after spores were detected
in a hallway and an administrative room near where anthrax testing
was conducted, a Pentagon spokesman said tonight.
May Watch Kids for Crime Signs
British Government Says Young Children Should Be Monitored for Signs
of Criminal Behavior -- Children as young as 3 should be monitored
for early signs of criminal behavior, the government said Thursday.
envoy on Jenin: 'Terrible human tragedy'
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, accompanied by a
United Nations team, visited the Palestinian refugee camp at Jenin,
West Bank, on Saturday and called the results of Israel's military
incursion there a "terrible human tragedy."
defends Sharon as Jenin massacre provokes international condemnation
Up (Remarks to the 2002 Florida State Democratic Party Conference)
-- President Gore's speech in Lake Buena Vista, Florida April 13,
Professor: Legislature May Not Have Solved State's Election Problems
-- With an eye on this November’s elections, a University of Florida
professor warns that despite changes made in the wake of the state’s
2000 presidential election foul-ups, Florida has not solved some of
its key voting problems.
the way the coup crumbles
-- by Rick Salutin "In the spirit of playoff profiles of hockey
contenders, I'd like to assess the prospects of the United States
as the world's sole superpower. A team in a league of its own. For
the country CNN calls the mightiest force in history, it's been a
plans ad blitz for Gov. Bush campaign
His record under increasing fire from Democrats, Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign
will blanket the state TV airwaves next week with the first advertisements
of the 2002 political season.
GOP launches pricey Bush ad blitz
Worried that Democrats and squabbling Republicans are chipping away
at his image, Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign is spending more than $2 million
for a series of one-minute campaign ads that will begin airing statewide
Drilling Plan Fails in Senate
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted today to block drilling for
oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a major
defeat for pResident Bu$h and the centerpiece of his plan to increase
domestic energy production.
accused in failed coup
Venezuelan news executives defend themselves against allegations that
they suppressed facts as the ousted president returned.
Says Military Misled Him
The U.S. military prevented a congressional delegation from visiting
a city in Afghanistan earlier this month by issuing false warnings
of a security threat, the leader of the delegation said Thursday.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said somebody in the chain of command
"just made up the existence of supposed intelligence reports" to keep
his nine-member House group from going to the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Senator "Lunkhead" to Energy Czar: A Year in the Life of Spencer Abraham
-- by Jeffrey St. Clair "When Spencer Abraham toiled as the junior
senator from Michigan, he wanted desperately to do away with the Department
of Energy, a federal outpost that the Republicans have railed against
since its creation under Jimmy Carter."
by US Representative Charles B. Rangel, Ranking Democrat, Committee
on Ways and Means -- Republican Tax Cut Extension
Jeb Bush Criticizes Colleagues
Trying to counter criticism of his brother's White House, Florida
Gov. Jeb Bush lashed out at the normally bipartisan National Governors
Association for pushing state interests at the expense of the pResident's
Dept. Questions Enron's Truthfulness
The Labor Department is suggesting that Enron deceived the government
by reaching an agreement it never intended to keep to turn over control
of its employee pension plans to an independent firm whose fees it
safe is safe?
-- by Pete Spotts "How well will Nevada's Yucca Mountain perform
as a long-term storage site for the nation's most radioactive waste?"
pilot 'refused order to blast Palestinian house'
An Israeli helicopter gunship pilot reportedly refused to fire a missile
at a Palestinian house, the latest sign of growing unease among some
Israeli troops over the conduct of the fighting in Palestinian cities
of the West Bank.
in the Middle (East) With You
-- So much for returning to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
-- by Liz Spikol
to Defend Mainland
In a first, a command will be charged with protecting the continental
U.S. -- The Pentagon yesterday unveiled a new organizational structure
that creates for the first time a command charged with defending the
continental United States.
Friendly Fire Kills Four Canadian Soldiers -- U.S.: Friendly fire
pilot reported being fired upon; Initial permission to drop bomb was
denied, officials say -- U.S. officials said Thursday an F-16 pilot
involved in a so-called friendly fire incident that killed four Canadian
soldiers in Afghanistan dropped a laser-guided bomb after his commanders
denied him permission to do so.
Canadians killed in 'friendly fire'
Four Canadian soldiers died in Afghanistan last night after a US fighter
jet mistakenly dropped one or two 500lb, laser-guided bombs on their
Sees 6,000 Deaths From Power Plants
A study prepared by a private contractor estimates that pollution
from more than 80 power plants owned by eight electric utilities will
cause nearly 6,000 premature deaths in the year 2007.
Pentagon's people zapper
New electromagnetic weapon for crowd control -- by Martin A. Lee "Good-bye
nasty tear gas. So long risky rubber bullets. Welcome to the wonderful
world of electromagnetic weaponry."
Rapids spent $14,600 to protect Cheney
Vice pResident Dick Cheney's visit to Grand Rapids cost city taxpayers
$14,602.20 in police overtime, according to City Manager Kurt Kimball.
Back at the Empire -- by Terra Lawson-Remer "Light saber
drawn, young Skywalker, a.k.a. George Walker Bush, is leading the
Free World into battle against the Evil Empire of global terrorism.
His speechwriters cast and recast an interchangeable assortment of
villains as Darth Vader..."
Democrats: The Second Coming
-- by Howard Fineman "After a year in exile, Gore opens fire
in Florida. Let Campaign 2004 begin. (Yep, here we go again.)"
Majority Leader Tom Daschle: Briefing on ANWR
Waste Move Spews Political Fallout in 2 States
Less than a month from now, under extreme secrecy and high-tech security,
a heavily armed convoy of trucks is to begin rolling from Colorado
to a government fortress near here along the Savannah River. It will
carry the first shipment of 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium once
aimed at the Soviet Union.
Groups Get 42 Schools in Philadelphia
In what is believed to be the largest experiment in privatization
mounted by an American school district, a state panel charged with
improving the Philadelphia public school system voted tonight to transfer
control of 42 failing city schools to seven outside managers, including
Edison Schools Inc. and two universities.
Groups Criticize Israel Over Rescue Effort in Jenin
Aid workers, who were allowed to move back into the bomb- and rubble-strewn
refugee camp at Jenin two days ago, said today that Israeli officials
have failed to keep their promises to provide the specialized rescue
teams and heavy excavation equipment needed to search for survivors,
remove bodies and feed and reunite families.
of Israeli contempt for Geneva convention
by Suzanne Goldenberg -- "The accusation from British and Palestinian
politicians that Israel has been involved in war crimes raises questions
about the extent to which its military incursion into the occupied
territories may have broken the terms of the Geneva convention."
general strike in Italy
Large parts of Italy came to a standstill yesterday, when 13 million
workers followed a call by the three main union federations for an
eight-hour general strike. The entire transport sector, most public
services and large parts of the private sector were on strike.
long can Guantanamo prisoners be held?
The building of a permanent detention facility highlights an emerging
US tactic: long-term holding of captives. ...Construction of the new
camp highlights an emerging tactic in the Bu$h team's war on terrorism:
the open-ended detention of large numbers of terror suspects.
Offer Glimpse of Life In N.Y. Facility
3 in Sept. 11 Probe Say They Were Abused in Top Security -- Inside
the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn,
dozens of detainees held for months in connection with the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks have been confined to their cells nearly 24 hours
ID Bill Outlined
Privacy Issues Raised on Hill -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) outlined
legislation yesterday that would set national standards for state-issued
driver's licenses, permitting rapid data-sharing among certain government
Say Bu$h Revisions Ruin Medical Privacy Rules
Democratic senators harshly criticized pResident Bu$h today for proposing
to roll back certain protections for the privacy of medical records,
but a Bu$h mis-ministration official defended the White House plan,
saying privacy was less important than access to high-quality care.
Walks Out on Ridge Secret Meeting with House Committee
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), ranking member of the House Government
Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans’ Affairs and International
Relations today walked out of a Government Reform Committee briefing
with Governor Tom Ridge, Director of the Homeland Security Office.
case of Clifford Baxter: more questions raised over alleged suicide
of Enron executive
In the first major media inquiry into the alleged suicide of former
Enron Vice Chairman J. Clifford Baxter, CBS News broadcast a segment
April 10 which raised significant questions about the police handling
of Baxter’s death.
Demands Enron Special Prosecutor
-- Letter of John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member House Committee on
the Judiciary to Larry D. Thompson, Deputy Attorney General
-- by George Monbiot The US wants to depose the diplomat who could
take away its pretext for war with Iraq -- "On Sunday, the US
government will launch an international coup... It is seeking to overthrow
60 years of multilateralism in favour of a global regime built on
buried alive by Israeli army bulldozer in Nablus
As fighting raged in the streets of the West Bank city of Nablus,
an Israeli army bulldozer moved in and demolished a building, sending
it crashing down on an apartment next door where Abdallah and Shams
Shobi lived with their extended family.
Threat' From World's Mountain Lakes, Warns UN
Scores of mountain lakes may burst their banks in the next 10 years
because of global warming, sending millions of gallons of floodwaters
swirling down valleys and endangering tens of thousands of lives,
scientists warned Tuesday.
GOP hypocrites are sent scurrying
-- by Clay Robison "If there is anything more predictable than
Republican politicians using the federal tax-filing deadline to criticize
Democrats over taxes, it is political hypocrisy."
the Name of Homeland Security, Telecom Firms Are Deluged With Subpoenas
Operating under new powers to combat terrorism, law
enforcement agencies are making unprecedented demands on the telecommunications
industry to provide information on subscribers, company attorneys
History Record the Unvarnished Bu$h?
"...A similar sanitizing occurred the day before, in Knoxville,
Tenn., when Bu$h was interrupted by hecklers
shouting about Enron and the counterterrorism campaign -- an
unusual occurrence noted in news accounts of the speech. Federal News
Service, a private organization, transcribed the boos, shouts and
cheers, along with the president's struggle to deliver his lines...
The official White House transcript made no
mention of the hecklers or Bu$h's false starts.
Officials Met With Venezuelans Who Ousted Leader
Senior members of the Bu$h mis-ministration met several times in recent
months with leaders of a coalition that ousted the Venezuelan president,
Hugo Chávez, for two days last weekend, and agreed with them that
he should be removed from office, mis-ministration officials said
Prices Surge on Turmoil in Venezuela
Oil prices jumped 4.7 percent yesterday as traders interpreted the
weekend return to power of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a sign
that the South American nation would continue to adhere to its recent
policy of restricting production to prop up prices.
Baker quietly lobbies India
Secret visit to gain support for Iraq attack, partner for oil -- The
visit was shrouded in secrecy. Only a few dozen people in India knew
that James Baker – former U.S. secretary of state, Texan oil man and
close confidant and key strategist for Presidents [sic] George Bush
and George W. Bu$h – arrived in Delhi a fortnight ago.
Arranged to Rebel Group
U.S. Involved in Arranging Payment to Abu Sayyaf to Free American
Resistance Stalls Bill to Protect Food
Rushed through both houses of Congress last fall in response to the
threat of bioterrorism, legislation to improve food safety has stalled
on Capitol Hill because of resistance from the
of US Representative Charles B. Rangel Ranking Democrat, Committee
on Ways and Means
-- Rep. Rangel warns that Republican leadership plan to extend tax
cut beyond 2010 would endanger Social Security and Medicare
activists withhold their tax returns
activists occupy Cabinet Office
Greenpeace took one of its campaigns to the heart of government yesterday
when 50 of its activists stormed the Cabinet Office to highlight illegal
logging in the ancient forests of Africa.
Chief Probed for Enron Trading
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Army Secretary Thomas
White for possible insider trading in the sale of Enron Corp.
shares last year, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online
edition on Monday.
Rally for Israel
Crisis Generates Impassioned Support for Offensive
plan encouraging marriage has more than a single detractor
the front lines of a war on dissent
-- by William Walker Students prepare to protest anti-terrorism agenda
as Bu$h and friends move to quash criticism of war
hopefuls criticize Bu$h
Middle East terror policy, 2000 election top conversation -- The Bu$h
mis-ministration has “muddied our moral clarity” by pressuring Israel
not to protect itself against terrorists after the United States aggressively
responded to the Sept. 11 attacks, Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday.
Democrats also used the Florida conference to rally around better
election controls after the 2000 election fiasco [coup].
buries the bodies, but cannot hide the evidence
-- by Justin Huggler in Jenin and Phil Reeves in Jerusalem "Israel
was trying to bury the evidence in Jenin refugee camp yesterday, but
it cannot bury the terrible crime it has committed: a slaughter in
which Palestinian civilians were cut down alongside the armed defenders
of the camp."
Captures Leader in Arafat's Fatah Movement
Israeli forces on Monday captured Marwan Barghouti, a close aide to
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and a leader of the current uprising,
Israeli and Palestinian officials said.
Police Prepare for Protesters "A
protest in 2002 is a whole new world compared to a protest in 2000,"
D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said last week, discussing his
department's preparations for multi-themed protests this week that
will culminate Saturday. "This time, we've got to do all the things
we did in 2000 and also realize that the protesters may be targets
Cease-Fire Until Withdrawal, Arafat Tells Powell
Meeting with a top American official for the first time since Israel
declared him irrelevant late last year, Yasir Arafat told Secretary
of State Colin L. Powell today that no cease-fire was possible until
Israel ended its military operation in the West Bank and withdrew
from the cities and towns it had recently occupied.
Camp Is a Scene of Vast Devastation
On the second floor of a house here, a few children played today on
a striped swing set while Israeli snipers fired solitary blasts into
the shattered camp outside.
Israel Must Hand Over Bodies
The Israeli army must hand over to the Palestinians bodies of Palestinians
killed in fierce fighting in a northern West Bank refugee camp, according
to a court ruling Sunday that stymies Israeli plans to bury the bodies
of gunmen in unmarked graves.
Jail Without Charge
-- (Washington Post editorial) "The Bush administration
has, so far, refused to explain the legal basis on which it is holding
Yaser Esam Hamdi, the American-born detainee whom the Pentagon recently
brought to American shores. It should do so immediately. Mr. Hamdi
may be an enemy combatant. But the indefinite
detention of American citizens with no charge and no public legal
justification is unacceptable..."
Battle Looming Over Superfund Plan
Drawing sharp battle lines with the White House, Democratic leaders
of the Senate are moving to force a showdown vote on a measure that
would provide billions of dollars to clean up toxic waste sites through
the federal Superfund program.
by Congressman Bob Filner
Open Season for Polluters if Bu$h Budget Succeeds!
Venezuelan coup was made in the USA
The abortive attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez
has all the earmarks of a military coup made in the USA. Last November,
the State Department, Pentagon and National Security Agency held a
joint conference to discuss “the problem of Venezuela,” and shortly
thereafter Washington announced that it would “put Venezuela in diplomatic
Chavez: A Servant Not Knowing His Place
-- by William Blum "How do we know that the CIA was behind the
coup that overthrew Hugo Chavez? ...Consider Chavez's crimes: Branding
the US attacks on Afghanistan as 'fighting terrorism with terrorism',
he demanded an end to 'the slaughter of innocents'; holding up photographs
of children killed in the American bombing attacks, he said their
deaths had 'no justification, just as the attacks in New York did
not, either.' In response, the Bush administration temporarily withdrew
Gather at Fla. Convention
Gore Tells Cheering Crowd GOP Agenda is 'Wrong for America' -- President
Al Gore plunged back into the political arena here today with a sharply
worded attack on the domestic priorities of pResident Bu$h, asserting
that on issues from the economy to the environment, the Republican
agenda is "wrong for America."
of President Gore's Speech: Standing Up
"My fellow Democrats, thank you for that warm welcome. It is
truly a pleasure to be back in Florida..."
House Ends Environmental Fellowship
The Bu$h mis-ministration is eliminating a respected fellowship program
for graduate research in the environmental sciences, mis-ministration
officials said this week.
Bu$h Doctrine, R.I.P.
-- by Frank Rich "As a statement of principle set forth by an
American chief executive, the now defunct Bush Doctrine may have had
a shelf life even shorter than Kenny Boy's Enron code of ethics..."
Protest Organizers Join Arms
Middle East Turmoil Becomes Uniting Force -- The escalating violence
in the Middle East has given a new emotional urgency to social activism,
uniting a diverse mix of demonstrators headed to downtown Washington
Senator Has Tough Race in Arkansas Senator Tim Hutchinson has
Put Gays in Mental Institutions
Rights Groups File Ethics Complaint Over Judge’s Letter to Newspaper
-- A Mississippi judge has come under fire from gay rights groups
after he wrote a letter to a local newspaper saying that gays and
lesbians "should be put in some type of mental institute" rather than
be given the right to marry.
to investigate whether lawyers' calls to inmates were tape-recorded
A retired judge will investigate claims by defense lawyers that jailhouse
phone calls with clients may have been illegally recorded, possibly
for as long as 16 months.
new chairman takes 82% pay increase
Shell, the self-styled socially responsible oil group, yesterday rekindled
the row over boardroom pay by disclosing that its new executive chairman,
Phil Watts, won an 82% pay rise to £1.59m last year.
scrawled on Lindh's blindfold U.S.
Special Forces wrote "s---head" on the blindfold of prisoner John
Walker Lindh and posed for pictures with their American Taliban trophy
in Afghanistan, legal sources said yesterday.
of Yasir Arafat's Statement on Terrorism
Sees U.S. Behind Chavez's Venezuela Ouster
Iran, which had built up friendly ties with deposed Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez, said Saturday the fiery populist's ouster by the military
was in part hatched by the United States.
Noting that Chavez's foreign policies "were contrary to American interests
in Latin America," Iran's state television aired a statement said
the flamboyant ex-paratrooper's fall "reminds
one of the American-backed coup by General Augusto Pinochet in Chile
welcomes change at top in Venezuela, likely return of oil flow
The Bu$h mis-ministration signaled satisfaction yesterday with the
ouster of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in a military coup
that was expected to help restore the flow of
oil from the Caribbean nation that accounts for 14 percent
of U.S. oil imports.
backs [another -- besides his own] Venezuelan coup
The Bu$h mis-ministration yesterday blamed former Venezuelan president
Hugo Chavez for the events that led to his forced resignation and
arrest, calling his toppling by the nation's military a "change of
government" rather than a coup.
Chief Forced to Resign; Civilian [U.S. Puppet] Installed
A transitional government headed by a leading businessman replaced
President Hugo Chávez today, hours after military officers forced
him to resign. It was a sudden end to the turbulent three-year reign
of a "mercurial strongman" elected on promises to distance
his country from the United States while uprooting Venezuela's old
Plans Announced After Arafat Condemned Terrorism Secretary
of State Colin Powell will press Yasser Arafat at their meeting Sunday
for "effective action" to end Palestinian attacks against Israel.
Powell also is demanding restraint from Israeli forces on the West
Soldiers Posed With Bound Lindh
-- Defense Argues Mistreatment -- U.S. Special Forces used a handcuffed
John Walker Lindh as a prop for souvenir pictures of themselves after
they took custody of the California man who was captured with Taliban
fighters, sources familiar with the case said. The photographs reportedly
show individual soldiers with Lindh, who is wearing a blindfold with
an obscenity written across it.
jobless claims hit highest level in 19 years
in Jerusalem Leads Powell to Put Off Meeting With Arafat
A suicide bomber blew herself up in Jerusalem on Friday, killing six
people on the first day of Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's peace-making
mission and leading to the postponement of Mr. Powell's meeting with
Americans Support Cutting Aid to Israel
Most Americans believe the United States should halt or reduce economic
and military aid to Israel if Prime Minister Ariel Sharon does not
immediately withdraw troops from Palestinian areas, according to a
Time Magazine/CNN poll released on Friday.
-- by Paul Krugman "I don't know if anyone has done a calculation,
but it's obvious that the Bush administration has appointed a record
number of corporate executives to high-level positions, often regulating
or doing business with their former employers..."
administration pushes for military presence in Indonesia
Under the banner of its “global war on terrorism,” the Bu$h mis-ministration
is pushing the Indonesian government to reestablish close military
relations with the US, including the possible stationing of American
troops in the archipelago. [There's just no end to the Bu$h nightmare,
war plans intensify political crisis in Turkey
The US has pulled out all diplomatic stops to win over Turkey for
a war against Iraq, but with little visible success.
Helped in a Terror Plot, Indictment Says [Ashkkkroft
is trolling to eliminate the attorney-client privilege...] Federal
prosecutors charged yesterday that a New York lawyer helped one of
her clients, an imprisoned Egyptian sheik who was convicted of plotting
a wave of terror in New York City, continue to direct terrorist operations
from his prison cell in Minnesota. [The REAL story:] The charges
against Ms. Stewart, a silver-haired 62-year-old, stunned her colleagues
in legal circles, where she has long been regarded as a fearless and
outspoken champion of unpopular clients like
David J. Gilbert, a Weather Underground member...
Department Still Stonewalling Over Task Force Records
A day after the Department of Energy released approximately 1,000
pages of additional information about Vice pResident Cheney's energy
task force, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is preparing
to take the agency back to federal court. "The Energy Department is
still stonewalling, even though the court upheld the public's right
to know what its government is doing," said NRDC senior attorney Sharon
Rethuglicans Keep Fundraising Edge
The Rethuglican Senate and House campaign fundraising committees continued
to outpace their Democratic counterparts, particularly in the crucial
area of "hard money," according to new reports from all four organizations.
of Congressman John Conyers, Jr. on Passage of S. 565, Equal Protection
Voting Rights Act of 2002
for Cheney and White House on Sept. 11
"On the night of the Sept. 11 attacks, the White House Medical
Office dispensed Cipro to staff accompanying Vice President [sic]
Dick Cheney as he was secreted off to the safety of Camp David, and
told them it was 'a precaution,' according to one person directly
involved. Either the White House doctors are psychic or they don't
know anything about antibiotics..." Or, could it be there are
some "oddities" associated with the Anthrax mailings ...as
explores space planes
The military is looking into building a spacecraft
that could drop bombs from space, fix orbiting satellites
and give better pictures of the battlefield, the top space officer
looks to create robo-soldier
MIT has been selected by the US army to create the battlefield equivalent
of Robocop. The $50m research centre will be known as the Institute
for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN).
US misjudges a court
-- by Richard C. Hottelet "On Thursday morning at the UN headquarters
in New York, the world community takes a most important step toward
effective international justice. And the United States sits it out."
Enron Bet on Price Increase Before California Power Shortage
In the middle of 2000, on the eve of the California energy crisis,
Enron was making increasingly large bets that electricity prices in
the state would increase, according to Enron records cited by a California
state senator leading an investigation into the state's power crisis.
Mysterious Death Of An Enron Exec
(CBS Evening News) It may be the biggest outstanding mystery in the
Enron story: the death of Cliff Baxter, a former top Enron executive.
He'd just agreed to testify to Congress in the Enron case. A congressional
source tells CBS News that Baxter wasn't a target in the probe, he
was to provide evidence against others. But on the morning of January
25th he was found in his car - shot dead.
hit by claim of duplicity
A US attorney general has this week lifted the lid on the alleged
duplicity practised on investors by some of Merrill Lynch's highest
Bullies Caught in Crossfire
-- by Joe Conason "If there is anything that modern conservatives
hate more than fair taxation, it’s a fair fight. The moment they encounter
an equally aggressive opponent on a level field, the instinct of these
bullying boys and girls is to run and hide and whine..."
Embracing 'Stealth PAC' Advantage
Committees allow relatively unregulated fundraising -- At the 2000
Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, House Majority Leader
Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) spent $400,000 on a lavish party featuring
country music stars Brooks & Dunn...
Assail Shift in Superfund Cleanup
Senate Democrats yesterday accused the Bu$h mis-ministration of dramatically
slowing the pace of toxic waste cleanups under the Superfund program
partly to help relieve industry of much of the associated costs.
USA leans Democratic for Congress
A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows that if elections for the House
of Representatives were held today, 50% of registered voters would
cast ballots for the Democrat in their district; 43% would vote for
New Rebuff to U.S., Sharon Pushes Military Sweep
A day ahead of Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's arrival in Israel
in hopes of securing a truce, a Palestinian suicide bomber attacked
an Israeli bus today and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed to continue
Israel's military sweep through the West Bank.
march in New York and New Jersey against Israeli aggression
of workers, students and youth in New York and New Jersey marched
over the weekend against Israeli aggression in the occupied territories.
erupt at Jewish observance
Some 300 Palestinian supporters exchanged angry shouts and chants
Tuesday with pro-Israel crowds gathered for the annual remembrance
of the Holocaust on Miami Beach...Two police
atop the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce building, the other on a
building in the 1700 block of Meridian Avenue -- watched
over Palestinian protesters and the crowd observing Yom Hashoah at
of war blessed by an angel
-- by Janine di Giovanni in Bethlehem "The laughter of children
playing at the Orphanage of the Holy Family is shattered by the rattle
of machinegun fire..."
Tell Blair Not to Be President's [sic] 'Poodle'
Dismissing Blair's sympathy for the American president's [sic] military
strategies as misguided, the mass-circulation Mirror newspaper has
taken to referring to the prime minister as "the president's [sic]
Intellectuals Call for European Criticism of US War on Terror
A group of 128 US intellectuals opposed to the notion that the "war
on terrorism" is a "just war" has sent a letter to European counterparts
calling for "a sane and frank European criticism of the Bush administration's
Governor Vetoes Yucca Mountain
Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn has vetoed the Bu$h mis-ministration's
recommendation to build a permanent repository for radioactive wastes
at Yucca Mountain. "Yucca Mountain is not safe, it is not suitable,"
Guinn declared, "and we will expose the
Department of Energy's dirty little secrets about Yucca Mountain."
[WTG, Kenny Guinn!]
will rise, New Orleans may be doomed
The generation of children born today may see the cities of Galveston,
Texas, and New Orleans flooded beneath the ocean as global temperatures
warm and sea level rises... Hamilton College geology Prof. Eugene
Domack: "Bells should be ringing, in terms of global warming, in Washington,
that far outweigh "The Rumor" may be ahead for Jeb and Cynthia
-- by Jack McCarthy "...Florida investigators have learned that
there's a 'paper trail' in the disastrous purchase of Enron stock
by the Florida pension fund which lost $325 million."
of Jeb Bush hid assets abroad, U.S. says
Jeb Bush's former business partner, prominent Republican contributor
J. David Eller, twice flew suitcases of cash to offshore tax havens
to hide his assets, the U.S. Justice Department contends in a lawsuit.
GOP Official Is Indicted, Quits
GOP Director indicted on four felony charges for eavesdropping on
Democratic conference calls last month
Chief Received $23 Million in 2001
Jacques A. Nasser, the ousted chief executive of the Ford Motor Company,
received a compensation package worth $23 million as part of his 2001
pay and retirement.
Japanese Nuke: No Longer Unthinkable
China's military push has at least one Tokyo leader speaking openly
of entering an arms race, perhaps even developing nuclear capability
the Dems Up to Web Speed
Ex-VerticalNet CEO Mark Walsh has joined the DNC with a goal of moving
the party forward via the Net (and catching the GOP)
defend Jewish woman fired for marrying Palestinian
A prominent American Muslim group today called on a Jewish newspaper
in Kansas to apologize to a Jewish employee who was allegedly fired
for marrying a Palestinian Muslim.
Israeli Troops Killed in Ambush at Refugee Camp
Thirteen Israeli soldiers were killed Tuesday when they walked into
an ambush in the refugee camp in Jenin, and another died in an incident
there this morning.
April 20 D.C. Protest Planned
The four-day campaign will feature a diversity of dissent, including
anti-globalization activists protesting the spring meetings of the
World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, college students condemning
the war in Afghanistan, Palestinian rights demonstrators rallying
against U.S. aid to Israel, and others calling for an end to injustice
a cultural taboo, war widows join the anti-war protest
For the first time in the history of anti-war protests in Israel,
a group of war widows is calling for an end to the bloodshed. The
group's first public move will the publication of an advertisement
under the banner "No More."
and the Agency: Thinking the Unthinkable
-- by Wayne Madsen "Evidence is mounting that the source of the
anthrax was a top secret U.S. Army laboratory in Maryland and that
the perpetrators involve high-level officials in the U.S. military
and intelligence infrastructure."
The Reverend is launching a Mideast non-peace campaign and a cable
Cannot Be Forced to Divulge Buyers, Court Says
A local bookstore does not have to turn over customer sales records
to help police investigators determine who bought a book on how to
make illegal drugs, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled today.
American Indian activist sues FBI for violating civil rights
forces fire missiles into Jenin camp
Israeli forces have launched a missile strike on a Palestinian refugee
camp in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, home to around 15,000
Washington’s tacit support, Sharon steps up West Bank assault
With a wink and a nod from the US government, Israeli military forces
are intensifying their pillaging of Palestinian cities on the West
Bank, destroying utilities, buildings and other infrastructure, demolishing
entire neighborhoods with tanks, artillery and air strikes, and killing
to organize telethon for Palestinians
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd yesterday reiterated Saudi
Arabia’s unwavering support for the Palestinians and ordered a nationwide
telethon to raise funds for them. He also donated SR10 million to
of the CIA
-- by Jim Hoagland "On a visit to Washington a year ago, Palestinian
security chief Jibril Rajoub proudly showed off an armor-plated limousine
that he said the Central Intelligence Agency 'always provides me when
I am here...'"
Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Arab News)
by Khaled Al-Maeena, Editor in Chief [Bu$h stated that] "'...Arafat
must condemn terrorism in Arabic.' Surely there must be someone in
Washington or in the US who could tell the commander-in-chief [sic]
of the American military that Arafat does not speak Chinese. If he
speaks, chances are very good that he speaks in Arabic. Especially
if he is addressing the Palestinian people who are — do the Americans
know this? - Arabic speakers!" [Bu$h is the laughing stock all
over the world! What a moron!]
for Mr. Bush
-- by George McGovern "...As I listen to the grim rhetoric of
Messrs. Bush and Cheney, I wonder if they are leading us into another
half-century of cold war, with terrorism replacing Communism as the
second great hobgoblin of our age."
Plea Seen in the Shredding of Enron Records
David B. Duncan, the Arthur Andersen accountant whose destruction
of records related to Enron led to a criminal indictment of the firm,
has agreed to plead guilty to obstruction of justice and serve as
a government witness, people involved in the case said yesterday.
Leaders In Texas Pushing For 'Dream Ticket'
Democratic leaders in Texas are hoping for a "dream ticket" in November,
featuring a Hispanic gubernatorial nominee and an African American
candidate for U.S. Senate, a team that strategists say could mobilize
large numbers of black and Latino voters.
Districting Plan Thrown Out by Federal Court
The district court ruling marked a victory for Democrats, who had
challenged the plan drafted by the GOP-controlled state legislature
in hopes of increasing the number of Republicans in the state's U.S.
ready to use nuclear arms
Pakistan's military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, suddenly raised
military tensions with India with a stark warning yesterday that he
is prepared to use nuclear weapons in the event of war.
Report: Nuclear testing speculation rises
-- The federal agency overseeing the Nevada Test Site plans to complete
a report by late spring recommending a faster preparation time for
possible resumption of underground nuclear tests.
and burn may wipe out the world's forests in 20 years
Urgent action is needed to prevent the world's forests being destroyed
within 10 to 20 years by mining, roads and illicit logging, an extensive
Players Are Defying the Bu$h Game Plan
On Saturday, at a news conference outside his ranch, Bu$h responded
brusquely when a reporter asked him what he would do if Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon of Israel failed to obey his call to withdraw "without
delay," or if Yasir Arafat refused to denounce terrorism.
Gridiron Dinner Behavior Irks Bu$h Officials New
York Times columnist and Princeton University economist Paul Krugman
reportedly "stuck out like a sore thumb," at the dinner by refusing
to applaud pResident Bu$h, Vice pResident Cheney or any other Bu$h
mis-ministration officials, according to people who attended the exclusive
affair. [WTG Paul Krugman! Krugman knows Nazi coupmeisters when he
-- by Pamela White Quaker guerillas are coming to a protest near you
-- "...The American Civil Liberties Union announced on March
11 that Denver police have been keeping 'spy files' on local activists
and activist groups long before Sept. 11..."
(Leesburg, FL) suspends 10-year-old for pointing Oak leaf
anti-Israel march in Morocco
A crowd estimated to at least one million people has gathered in the
centre of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, chanting slogans and waving
Palestinian flags and banners.
march in Australia against Israel’s aggression
In a passionate display of support for the Palestinian people, more
than 10,000 workers and youth marched on the Israeli consulate in
Sydney on Saturday to demand the withdrawal of the Israeli military
from the West Bank and Gaza.
Navy resumes Vieques bombings
The United States Navy resumed its bombardment of the small island
of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico on April 1, following weekend
protests by the island’s residents and supporters. Solidarity protests
were also held in New York and in Hartford, Connecticut.
We will get rid of Saddam The
prospects of a US-British war against Iraq remained on the horizon
last night as Tony Blair arrived in Texas for talks with George Bu$h,
about options for tackling Saddam Hussein. Bu$h signalled that even
Iraqi compliance with UN demands
on weapons inspections might not be
enough to avoid war. [Of course not! The phony oil shortages
have to commence soon, just in time for summer traveling, and Bu$h
the moronic nutcase needs to justify his insane "Defense"
Says a Security Order Made Him Sick
A 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy said he became ill on Sunday after
security officials at Aspen Airport made
him drink water he had collected from a creek for his biology class.
["Homeland" Security is a threat to the safety and
security of all United States citizens.]
Attacks Areas in Lebanon
Israeli forces struck targets in southern Lebanon with artillery and
airstrikes on Saturday after an Israeli post in the Golan Heights
was shelled, security officials said.
journalists flee as soldiers use stun grenades to block access
Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades into
a crowd of foreign television journalists who were trying to report
on the meeting between the American envoy Anthony Zinni and the Palestinian
leader, Yasser Arafat, in Ramallah yesterday.
Rejects Proposal, Report from UN's Robinson
The United States rejected Tuesday the proposal from the United Nation's
top human rights official to immediately send observers to the Palestinian
territories to obtain information and make recommendations about the
"severe deterioration" of the situation there.
sides deny killing Bethlehem's bell ringer shot outside Nativity
Group Accuses Israel Of Torturing Palestinians
The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem charged today that Israel
has tortured Palestinians who have been detained for interrogation
during the current military offensive.
Detainees Decry Treatment After
a week's captivity in an Israeli military camp, where he was blindfolded
and handcuffed, given little food and water, held outdoors for three
days and then confined under a crowded, open-sided tent, Mohammed
Ibrahim walked home today with 75 other haggard detainees through
the deserted streets of Ramallah.
runs rampant in the land of the free
One American’s stand for compassion in Ramallah sparks intolerance
Uses Gas on Puerto Rico Protesters A
nun and Episcopalian priest were detained for trespassing on restricted
land on Saturday and crowd control gas was used by military police
as about 50 people demonstrated against U.S. Navy bombing on the tiny
Puerto Rican island of Vieques.
Chief Should Quit
(LA Times) "Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White worked as an
executive at Enron for 11 years but claims he knew nothing of the
shady practices that led to its downfall. Maybe White really was clueless
during his time at Enron, but he is not doing himself any favors by
failing to properly explain his dealings with the failed energy giant
after he left it..."
A Canadian emigre living in Wynnewood is facing life behind bars for
selling water-purification systems to Cuba.
Plans Severe Gardening Restrictions "Clean
list" - Everything not on government approved list banned. Penalties
- $1000 for home gardeners, up to $250,000 for nurseries. Interstate
movement of seeds - Prohibited without permit and inspection.
in Erwin related to fallout from bomb tests?
How did "trace" quantities of plutonium show up in offsite groundwater
monitoring wells near Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin [TN]?
PR chief runs into hornet's nest at hearing
The chief spokesman for Christie Whitman was seeking to escape the
aftermath of a Friday hearing that had enough volume, taunts and finger-pointing
to qualify as a Jerry Springer show.
Mulls "Unsigning" Treaty for International Criminal Court pResident
and moron George W. Bu$h is actively considering "unsigning" the 1998
Rome Protocol establishing an International Criminal Court (ICC) before
it takes effect next week ... An "unsigning"...would be designed to
show strong U.S. opposition to the new court
whose task it will be to
prosecute and try cases involving war crimes, crimes against humanity,
genocide, and international terrorism. [That's because
the U.S. government, under the Idiot Usurper's fascist dictatorship,
is an ACTIVE PARTICIPANT in war crimes, crimes
against humanity, genocide, and international terrorism!]
Launches Kids' Masks for Bio-Warfare
Prompted by the September 11 attacks on the United States and the
anthrax scare that followed, a Japanese company has launched a child-size
hazard mask that protects against chemical and biological weapons.
urges Coloradoans to assemble bioterror survival kits
Evoking the era of Cold War bomb shelters, metro area health officials
Monday urged residents to put together household emergency kits to
survive if a bioterrorist attack were launched.
Plan to Avert Work Injuries Seeks Voluntary Steps by Industry
The Bu$h mis-ministration unveiled a new workplace safety policy today
that calls for no mandatory steps
by industry and instead relies on voluntary
by companies to reduce injuries from repetitive motions on the job.
We all know just how effective "voluntary" implementation
works with corporations...]
Nearly half of all the waters off the coast of the United States are
so damaged they cannot fully support aquatic life, an Environmental
Protection Agency report released today said.
says fire prevention funds misspent
A non-profit environmental group charged Thursday that federal funds
earmarked for the removal of dry brush and dead trees that can fuel
disastrous western wildfires instead were being spent
by the Forest Service to plan sales of healthy trees
to private logging companies.
banks said to be linked with Enron
Further questions about Wall Street's relationship with failed energy-giant
Enron have been raised amid speculation that as many as a half-dozen
well-known investment banks may be added to a shareholder lawsuit.
will consider public admission
Embattled accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP is willing to consider
a public admission of responsibility for its shredding of Enron Corp.
documents but will not plead guilty in a courtroom, an Andersen attorney
told CNN/Money Thursday.
Roll!® Let us now praise famous widows
-- by Steve Perry [Lisa Beamer] "is trying to copyright her husband's
endlessly regurgitated parting salvo, 'Let's roll!' 'We believe we
own 'Let's roll' because Todd said it and it was attributed to him,'
says Beamer's attorney, Paul Kennedy. 'We're going to do all that's
necessary to protect that.'"
Byrd Insists Ridge Testifies
Sen. Robert Byrd on Thursday rejected Homeland Security Director Tom
Ridge's offer to brief lawmakers, insisting on formal testimony before
Byrd's spending committee.
Masters of Mean
-- by Molly Ivins Goodbye to Phil Gramm and Dick Armey, the last of
a bitter breed of Texas
Carol Roberts Uses Credentials — And Her 2000 Fame — to Challenge
a GOP Incumbent
Assault on Madison Progressives Misfires
-- by Mike Leon "Since the appalling attacks of September 11,
much energy has been devoted to establishing the myth that virtually
all Americans enthusiastically accede to the appalling 'war on terrorism..'"
uses intimidation against media
The Israeli army has taken harsh action in recent days against news
media covering its campaign in the West Bank, employing intimidation
and other drastic measures to keep journalists away from its largest
offensive in a generation. Reporters have been
strip searched, deported from the battle zone and threatened with
permanent expulsion from Israel.
are losing them. There is no blood, no electricity'
As Apache helicopter rockets and tank shells smashed into surrounding
buildings yesterday, doctors were working at emergency medical stations
in Nablus’s mosques while Israel intensified its bombardment of the
town’s old city and refugee camps.
grow of humanitarian crisis
International aid agencies have expressed concern at what they describe
as the unfolding humanitarian crisis as a result of Israel's military
operations in the West Bank. They say tens of thousands of Palestinians
have been confined to their homes for days and food
and other vital supplies are quickly running out.
activists abused on plane home from Israel
Seven peace activists have been abused by fellow passengers as they
flew back to Britain after being trapped by the Israeli incursion
speech laced with obsessions and little else
-- by Robert Fisk "Ariel Sharon could not have done better. The
heaping of blame upon an occupied people, the obsessive use of the
word terror – by my rough count there were 50 references in just 10
minutes – and the brief, frightened remarks about 'occupation' and
(one mention only) to Jewish settlements and the need for Israeli
'compassion' at the end were proof enough that President Bush [sic]
had totally failed to understand the tragedy he is supposedly trying
Truce Talk Effort Renewed; Israeli Tanks Enter Tubas
A U.S. mediator met with Yasser Arafat at his besieged headquarters
Friday to renew truce efforts ...Israeli tanks entered new Palestinian
territory in the weeklong offensive -- Tubas, a town of 20,000 in
the West Bank -- and attack helicopters battled hundreds of gunmen
in Nablus and nearby refugee camps
hot line links CEOs to White House A
high-security communications network linking government leaders to
some of technology's biggest names in the event of a national disaster
will be unveiled early next month, officials say.
Guns For Zero Tolerance
-- by David Wasson "...why is the Legislature poised to make
it easier for students to lug loaded guns to school? ...A provision
tucked deep inside the 1,800-page rewrite gives school boards the
ability to relax 'zero tolerance' on firearms by letting students
bring guns to school if they keep the weapons locked in their cars."
giant bids to replace climate expert
The Bu$h mis-ministration, at the urging of the world's biggest oil
company, ExxonMobil, is trying to oust Robert
Watson, the British scientist and chairman since 1996 of the
panel that has advised the world about the dangers of global warming.
mis-ministration moves to gut Clean Air standards
In line with the interests of the energy industry, the Bu$h mis-ministration
is seeking to eliminate or modify certain provisions of the Clean
Air Act that regulate old electrical plants.
faults restrictions imposed since Sept. 11
A panel that spanned a range of opinions from U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.)
to ACLU President Nadine Strossen --- with authorities on law enforcement
and the media in between --- Wednesday condemned legal restrictions
adopted by the Bu$h mis-ministration and Congress after Sept. 11.
daughter hints she might seek office
Karenna Gore Schiff, the eldest daughter of former vice president
Al Gore, hinted Thursday that she might follow in her father's footsteps
and seek political office.
American Indian activist sues FBI for violating civil rights
FBI agents and Director Louis Freeh denied imprisoned American Indian
activist Leonard Peltier a fair chance at clemency and parole when
they publicly protested against him in 2000, a lawsuit filed Thursday
children trapped as Israeli police clash with activists
Israeli police have fired tear gas in clashes with more than 2,000
activists attempting to carry humanitarian supplies to the West Bank.
The activists, both Israeli Jews and Arabs,
carried banners and chanted for Sharon, to get out of Ramallah
as they passed through a military checkpoint in north Jerusalem. The
clashes happened on the doorstep of a school for the visually impaired,
where 70 blind children aged from four to twelve were hurried into
a basement by teachers.
Soldiers Shoot and Kill a US Citizen as She Holds Her 9-Month-Old
Baby in Her Lap
With the Morgue overflowing, the family is forced to bury the 21-Year-Old
Palestinian-American in the Ramallah Hospital parking lot -- The US
State Department does
Urged to Step Down in Mideast
Declaring American mediation in the Middle East a failure, the EU
executive urged the United States on Wednesday to stand down as primary
peacemaker and let a broad alliance of nations mediate a cease-fire
and a durable Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. [The
entire world is cognizant that Bu$h, the sociopathic moron, is marching
us toward Armageddon!]
Plan Let Israel Continue Attacks
Furious Palestinians leak 'one-sided' US envoy draft -- Israel would
be allowed to continue attacks on Palestinian presidential buildings,
security headquarters and prisons as part of a Middle East "ceasefire"
plan proposed by US envoy General Anthony Zinni, it emerged yesterday.
has lost moral superiority: Barak
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak warned in an interview released
Wednesday that Israel has lost its "moral superiority" during the
escalating conflict with the Palestinians.
to Refuse to Serve in the Occupied Territories signed by 400 Israeli
Military Personnel -- As of April 4, there are currently 21 conscientious
objectors in jail for refusing to serve in the Occupied Territories.
of Israeli workers and youth demonstrate against Sharon’s war
Under the slogan “march against the war”, thousands of Israeli Jewish
workers, students, youth and intellectuals marched on April 3 in the
Is Criticized for Growing Reluctance to Sign Treaties
Disarmament and human rights experts say in a report to be published
on Thursday that the United States' rejection or disregard of a range
of treaties is undercutting efforts by many other countries to strengthen
the international rule of law.
accepts 'Big Brother' chip implant A
company in the US has been given the go-ahead to implant a chip that
would contain both personal and medical information. But it seems
the permission has been given indirectly.
moves retirement funds to avoid debt default
The Bu$h mis-ministration will take steps this week to prevent an
unprecedented default on the national debt by moving federal retirement
funds into a non-interest-bearing account, freeing up room for more
Happened to Carnivore?
Its name may have changed from Carnivore to DCS-1000, but the controversial
cybersnooping software used by the Federal Bureau
of Investigation is still on the hunt
for information, and likely is scouring vast amounts of
executive pay soars again in 2001
Despite a recession, massive layoffs and declining stock prices in
2001, the compensation of US executives at the biggest corporations
surged ahead last year, with CEOs raking in billions in salaries,
bonuses and stock options.
by Governors Calls Bu$h Welfare Plan Unworkable
Many of pResident Bu$h's welfare proposals are not realistic and would
encourage states to place poor people in
menial, unproductive jobs to meet stringent new work requirements,
state officials say in a survey conducted by the National Governors'
Rejects Rule Closing Immigration Hearings
A Justice Department policy to close immigration hearings deemed of
"special interest" to the investigation into the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks is unconstitutional, a federal judge in Detroit ruled today.
Backs INS Role for Police
U.S. Eyes State, Local Help in Enforcing Immigration Laws -- The inJustice
Department has drafted a legal opinion that would give state and local
police agencies the power to enforce immigration laws, potentially
broadening an activity long handled by federal agents, department
sources said yesterday.
Bars Ambulances The military prevents rescue teams from recovering
dead, wounded Palestinians in Bethlehem.
[from BuisnessWeek!] His initial detachment and then inconsistent
policy statements have done nothing to ease the region's deadly tensions
-- How badly has George W. Bu$h mismanaged Middle East policy? His
bungling has not only helped bring the region to the brink of war
but it has also jeopardized the White House's own top priority --
its battle against terrorism.
Doctrine Begins to Blur
Mideast Complicates Good-vs.-Evil Approach
Peace Effort, Right Urges Bu$h
As pResident Bu$h struggles to define a consistent course in the Middle
East, a chorus of leading conservative voices has begun loudly discouraging
the administration from inserting itself into peace negotiations--and
instead is urging the president to give Israel a freer hand to respond
militarily to Palestinian suicide bombings.
The potential [Middle East] disaster: how the crisis could push the
region's armies into a conflict beyond their control
problem with Sharon His
policy works in the opposite direction -- The course of action Israel
is pursuing in the West Bank has few real defenders, even in Israel
gags Short on Iraq
Tony Blair has carpeted the international development secretary, Clare
Short, for expressing reservations about the prospect of Britain joining
the US in an attack on Iraq.
[FLA] touch-screen vote ends with mix-up
What was supposed to be a user-friendly, chad-free way of voting created
bedlam Tuesday in the tiny town of Medley -- prompting demands for
a new election and distrust in new touch-screen technology adopted
to avoid election controversy. [sounds like Jeb will be poised to
steal another election in 2004...]
times for Washington secret-busters
In the 1980s, Gary Bass won accolades for helping get a right-to-know
law passed, giving the public access to environmental information
on government databases. Since Sept. 11, he's been getting hate mail
from people who think he is aiding terrorists by trying to keep the
information spigot open.
House set me up
OPRAH Winfrey fired back at the White House yesterday - saying she
felt "extremely used" by the Bu$h mis-ministration for implying that
she was too busy to tour Afghanistan schools on behalf of pResident
of victory falls short
-- by Bernard E. Trainor "...We have seen no pictures of the
carnage, no video of defeated soldiers, no schematics of what we intended
to do and how successful we have been. All we have are assurances
from the Pentagon that all goes swimmingly, and that victory is ours."
"If the right of a capital defendant to have a lawyer means anything
at all, surely it means that an accused murderer cannot be unknowingly
represented by his victim's lawyer. Alas, it turns out the Sixth Amendment
right to counsel doesn't even mean that."
-- by Michael Gilson de Lemos [the definitive article on 9/11] "...Some
serious high-up people privately wonder if 9-11 was in part a hoax,
a demented scheme by rogue elements in 'government within the government.'
I don’t lather over conspiracy theories. But this entire affair begins
to resemble a Copperfield disappearance act. Mesmerized by vanishing
White Rabbits we look up and the entire Statue of Liberty is gone.
Official involvement in execution or at least cover-up?"
to be test target for Marine snoops
In a bid for a more realistic training experience, Marine Corps reconnaissance
teams will attempt to evade nosey neighbors and noisy dogs as they
prowl the streets of Boise in a mock infiltration exercise this spring.
always trust what they tell you in the war on terror Downing
Street said al-Qa'ida was using chemical weapons: it was wrong. The
Pentagon said Saddam Hussein was to blame for the anthrax attacks
on the US: it was wrong. Raymond Whitaker and James Palmer unravel
the West's war of lies and propaganda
rules for military tribunals violate constitutional rights
Donald Rumsfeld issued an order March 21 specifying the procedures
for the military tribunals that will try alleged terrorists captured
in Afghanistan. The rules are clearly designed to guarantee convictions
that are unreviewable by any judicial authority in or outside the
Inquiry Is Sought Into Enron The
Overseas Private Investment Corporation has asked the inJustice Department
to examine whether Enron misrepresented its financial condition in
obtaining more than $1 billion in taxpayer-backed financing and insurance
for international projects, a step that could lead the agency to pull
its support for some foreign deals.
Is Criticized for Mideast Role
pResident Bu$h, under rising criticism for his handling of the growing
violence in the Middle East, expressed frustration today that Yasir
Arafat, the Palestinian leader, has failed to denounce what he called
the "constant attacks" of suicide bombers.
Greet Resumption of Navy Bombing on Vieques
Passions flared today as Navy planes began their first day of a new
round of exercises at a contested firing range on this Puerto Rican
rally in Michigan against Israeli attacks on Palestinians Some
2,000 workers, students, youth and housewives marched in the Detroit
suburb of Dearborn, Michigan April 1 to protest the Israeli attacks
on Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Peace Activists Injured
Seven marchers hurt as Israeli troops fire at a Bethlehem demonstration
-- The worsening Mideast conflict took a new turn today when Israeli
troops opened fire on a crowd of international peace activists who
were marching through the streets of Beit Jala, a suburb of Bethlehem.
Seven people were injured, one critically.
and Washington debate murder of Arafat, destruction of Palestinian
The Bu$h mis-ministration and the Israeli government are preparing
for a dramatic escalation of the violence directed against the Palestinian
people in the wake of the Israeli decision to invade the city of Ramallah
and lay siege to the headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.