Convictions Overturned in Louima Torture Case
A federal appeals court overturned the convictions of three police
officers [sic] in the Abner Louima torture case Thursday, finding
insufficient evidence they obstructed justice.
Approves Blood Bank Fingerprint Test
The government approved sophisticated genetic fingerprinting tests
Thursday for blood banks to implement.
Bush is proposing a budget for 2003 that would raise federal spending
on "abstinence only" education by $33 million, to $135 million.
broods over X-Ray prognosis
As the prisoners while away the weeks in their flyblown cages at Camp
X-Ray, Washington's government lawyers are in a state of confusion
and embarrassment, having so far failed to come up with a coherent
plan for the captives' future.
Letter from Guantanamo Bay reveals detainee was interrogated by MI5
despite his poor health
of US right-wingers hears call to execute John Walker
Let liberals know “they can be killed too”, says TV commentator
Orders Release of Energy Panel's Files
In a setback to the Bush mis-ministration, a federal judge has ordered
the Energy Department to release thousands of documents related to
Vice p-Resident Dick Cheney's national energy task force.
Street Analysts Faulted on Enron
Lawmakers investigating the collapse of Enron turned their attention
to Wall Street today, criticizing financial analysts for continuing
to urge investors to buy Enron stock even as the company headed toward
Criticize Pentagon Budget, Anti-Terror War Leading
congressional Democrats took aim yesterday at the Pentagon's $379
billion budget request and its open-ended war on terrorism, voicing
their strongest criticism of military operations and a proposed $48
billion increase in defense spending since the Sept. 11 terrorist
Eyes Military Assistance For Yemen
The Bush mis-ministration is considering providing military aid and
other counterterrorism assistance to the government of Yemen, the
commander of the war in Afghanistan said yesterday as he outlined
the emerging U.S. strategy for broadening the war on terrorism.
Sept. 11 Changed Goals of Justice [sic] Dept. Attorney General
John Ashkkkroft has been testifying before Congress this week, arguing
for substantial spending increases for counterterrorism programs.
of Election Overhaul Bill Dimmed
Prospects of Senate passage of an election overhaul bill dimmed Wednesday
as Democrats and Republicans gridlocked over whether to require identification
for first-time voters.
Holds Stock In 19 Companies Homeland Security
chief Tom Ridge owns stock in several companies lobbying the Bush
administration for defense contracts. ...Those include several corporations
registered to lobby for federal defense-related contracts, including
Avaya, EMC Corp., General Electric, Merck & Co., Unisys and Oracle.
of Enron Takes Defiant Tone at Senate Hearing
Jeffrey K. Skilling, the former Enron chief executive, testified during
a contentious hearing before a Senate panel today that he did not
lie to Congress earlier this month about his role in Enron's collapse,
and he criticized members of Congress for conducting their inquiry
"with a complete disregard for the facts and evidence."
St. Analysts Tell Congress They Were Misled by Enron
Wall Street analysts told lawmakers today that they gave independent
and objective advice about the Enron Corporation just before its collapse
but were fooled by misleading statements from the company.
Kills Pentagon Propaganda Unit
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld emphatically killed the Pentagon's
new Office of Strategic Influence, saying yesterday that inaccurate
news reports had damaged the new propaganda coordination office beyond
repair. Rumsfeld defended the office even as he buried it...
majority of Muslims distrust US
Two thirds of people in Islamic countries believe the western world
lied about the identities of the September 11 hijackers, although
most considered the attacks unjustifiable, according to a wide-ranging
poll of Arab countries.
Begins Anti-Terror Assistance In Georgia
The Pentagon has begun providing combat helicopters to the former
Soviet republic of Georgia and will soon begin training several Georgian
battalions to counter what defense officials believe is a growing
terrorist threat in the country's mountainous Pankisi Gorge region,
senior U.S. officials said yesterday.
Court Urged to Stop Medication in Presidential Threat Case
Attorneys for a man charged with threatening President Bush want the
Supreme Court to stop doctors from medicating him... The Secret Service
said evidence against Humphreys included a copy of an Internet chat
3 Other Spans May Be Sold--Really
New York City's mayor may want to sell you the historic Brooklyn Bridge.
In fact, he may offer three other bridges to raise cash in a city
reeling from the economic effects of the Sept. 11 attacks.
No Tribunal Candidates
Of the nearly 500 prisoners from the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon
says it has found none that might be suitable for the new military
VP Criticizes Lay for the First Time
Sherron Watkins, the Enron Corp. vice president who was the first
person to raise concerns internally about the company's finances,
sought to distance herself from former Enron Chairman Kenneth L. Lay
at a congressional committee this morning.
Executive Said to Be Aiding in Federal Inquiry
A senior official from Enron's finance division, himself a subject
of the criminal inquiry into the company's collapse, has begun cooperating
with federal officials handling the case, people who have been briefed
on the situation said yesterday.
fears 'dozens of Enrons'
A senior Congressional investigator in the Enron scandal has said
he thinks there could be "dozens" of US firms misleading investors
about their finances.
Power Perplex [Paul Krugman]
Until recently, it seemed unlikely that California would ever get
anything back from the energy companies that, in the view of state
officials, robbed the state of billions of dollars. Then came the
Says Short List of 'Suspects' Is Being Checked in Anthrax Case
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified a "short list"
of 18 to 20 people who had the means, opportunity and possible motive
to have sent the anthrax-laden letters last fall, law enforcement
War to Cost $30B for 2002
The Pentagon could need an extra $12.6 billion in the months ahead
to continue the war in Afghanistan and tighten
security at home, according
to a Defense Department report obtained by The Associated Press.
Drug Proposal Spurs Bidding
Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are assailing p-Resident
Bush's strategy to help the elderly afford prescription drugs, with
the political parties in rare agreement that the administration wants
to devote too little money to solving one of the main problems in
the nation's health care system.
Weighs Local Ordinance in Free Speech Case A skeptical Supreme
Court questioned Tuesday whether the government may require a permit
before anyone from a vacuum salesman to a Halloween trick-or-treater
can ring a doorbell unannounced.
the Electoral College!
-by Gary Michael Coutin, Esquire
knows anthrax mailer but won’t make an arrest, US scientist charges
A leading US expert on biological warfare said the FBI had identified
the perpetrator of last fall’s anthrax attacks on the congressional
Democratic leadership and other targets, but was “dragging its feet”
in making an arrest and pressing charges, for fear that secret government
activities would be exposed.
Gov. Seeks to Overturn Power Deals
California announced on Sunday plans to petition federal electricity
regulators to void more than 30 long-term, and now high-priced, power
contracts the state signed last year.
agencies lent Enron $1.2 billion
As Enron Corp. reached for markets overseas, power plants it helped
build from Guatemala to India received $1.2 billion in government-backed
loans from two U.S. agencies.
Korea Calls Bush 'Kingpin of Terrorism'
North Korea described George W. Bush on Saturday as a "typical rogue
and a kingpin of terrorism" who visited South Korea this week just
to review plans for war.
wants Saddam out before end of first term
The White House has decided to remove Saddam Hussein from power before
George Bush's first term in office ends in January 2005, well sourced
Rhetoric Outpaces Reality
Military Not Primed For New War Soon
Lies and the Distortion of History
To a greater extent than any other armed conflict on the planet, Afghanistan's
unfinished 24-year war has been shaped by rival foreign intelligence
agencies ...They primed various Afghan factions with cash and weapons,
secretly trained guerrilla forces, financed propaganda and manipulated
Wary of U.S. Anti-Terror Plan
Some fear a Continental Defense System would threaten Ottawa's sovereignty
attacked over Cuba prisoners
British lawyers accuse US defence secretary of 'horsetrading with
Death Among Children Linked to Household Firearms 5
to 14-year-olds at higher risk for killing themselves or being killed
by others in states and regions with more guns
say Bush soft on species protection
The Mississippi gopher frog and the grizzly bear are among a host
of rare animals facing an uncertain future, conservationists say.
Say Medicaid Needs More Federal Help to Control Rising Costs
The nation's governors demanded today that Congress and p-Resident
Bush take immediate action to slow the explosive growth of Medicaid,
which they say has become unsustainable in its current form.
Hopes for Republican to Run California Hit a Snag
p-Resident Bush has been careful not to appear to take sides in the
Republican primary for governor of California. But when he spotted
one candidate, Richard J. Riordan, on his trip here last month, Bush
could not help himself...
Wellstone diagnosed with MS
Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota announced Sunday that he has a mild
form of multiple sclerosis, but he said it wouldn’t stop his bid for
a third term in Congress.
truth is out there ... right?
At first, it all seemed so obvious. It was those Islamic terrorists.
Osama bin Laden. Mullah Omar. George W. Bush had nothing to do with
it ... did he? "The
right wing benefited so much from September 11 that, if I were still
a conspiratorialist, I would believe they'd done it."
-- Norman Mailer
a house, kick a dog, plug a suspect
A family in Pueblo, Colo., is suing the DEA and the Colorado Bureau
of Investigations after a no-knock raid resulted in their two sons
being arrested and jailed despite the fact no drugs were found on
the premises. According to the suit, "black-masked,
black-helmeted men brandishing automatic weapons and wearing all-black
uniforms with no insignias suddenly burst into the house
unannounced, kicked the family's dog across the floor, ordered the
entire family to 'get on the [expletive] floor,' held them at gunpoint,
searched the house, found no drugs or contraband, but nevertheless
carted off the family's two sons, Dave and Marcos, and imprisoned
them illegally and without charges."
alive in Democrat stronghold
Bashing p-Resident Bush goes over well in Broward County! Democratic
National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe came to Florida's Democratic
mecca Saturday to pump up the party faithful against the Bush brothers.
and Bush to plot war on Iraq
Tony Blair and George Bush are to hold a specially convened summit
in April to finalise details of military
action to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Blair will travel to
Washington in six weeks' time in a clear signal that Downing Street
fully backs Bush's plans to launch a war against Iraq if Saddam does
not agree to deadlines to destroy his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.
Renews Campaign For Arctic Oil p-Resident Bush on Saturday renewed
his campaign to open an Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Bush argued for ANWR drilling during a stop in Alaska last week en
route to Asia. The p-Resident falsely asserted that drilling is essential
to national security and job creation and failed to mention the windfall
profits he and his mis-ministration's oil buddies will reap.
Proposing to Shift Burden of Toxic Cleanups to Taxpayers
Faced with dwindling reserves in the huge account that gave the Superfund
waste cleanup program its name, the Bush mis-ministration has decided
to designate fewer sites for restoration and to shift the bulk of
the costs from industry to taxpayers.
Held Liable For PCB Dumping
An Alabama jury yesterday found that Monsanto Co. engaged in "outrageous"
behavior by releasing tons of PCBs into the city of Anniston and covering
up its actions for decades, handing 3,500 local residents a huge victory
in a landmark environmental lawsuit.
Starr Underling to Judge Cheney in GAO Suit Judge
John Bates Bates is a Bush appointee who was confirmed only on December
11th, 2001. Judge [sic] Bates served as Deputy Independent Counsel
under Ken Starr from September 1995 until leaving in March 1997. That
year, Bates argued the case in which an appeals court ruled that then-First
Lady Hillary Clinton had to turn over notes of conversations about
Middle-aged men having sex with 12-to 15-year-olds was too much for
Ben Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year
ago he blew the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting
company doing business in Bosnia.
Comes Under Fire For 'Heroes' Fundraiser
A Rethuglican Party fundraiser honoring "America's heroes" and featuring
former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has drawn the ire of some who believe
the event seeks to capitalize on the tragedy of Sept. 11. The "Salute
to America's Heroes" dinner, scheduled March 5 in Washington,
is expected to raise at least $5.5 million for the National Republican
Congressional Committee. The money will be used for this year's elections.
switches hunt for bin Laden to Kashmir
The SAS is hunting for Osama bin Laden in the Indian state of Kashmir
after Intelligence reports that bin Laden had sought the protection
of an extremist Islamic group. The SAS soldiers involved are part
of a joint 40-man operation with Delta Force, their US equivalent.
The decision to send them in followed the visit to India, Pakistan
and Afghanistan last month by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
of special forces tactics
How 18 Afghan men were mistakenly killed by U.S. commandos
of Rep. Henry A. Waxman - GAO v. Cheney "Everyone in our government--even
the Vice President [sic]--should be accountable to the American people"
Reno for Governor Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening [Janet Reno
for Governor press release]
face road charge by satellite
All cars will be fitted with a 'big brother' satellite tracking meter
to charge drivers up to 45p a mile for every journey taken under radical
plans to slash congestion on British roads. The scheme, proposed by
the Government's independent transport advisers, would see drivers
handed monthly bills charging them for every single journey. In a
landmark report to be given to Ministers tomorrow, the Commission
for Integrated Transport will recommend using existing Global Positioning
System satellites to track vehicles via electronic 'black boxes' fixed
to the dashboard of all vehicles.
John Wants Your Reading List [Nat Hentoff]
Has the Attorney General Been Reading Franz Kafka? "...the FBI,
armed with a warrant or subpoena from the FISA court, can demand from
bookstores and libraries the names of books bought or borrowed by
anyone suspected of involvement in 'international terrorism' or 'clandestine
gospel according to John (Ashcroft)
"...I know a snake when I hear one in the grass, but I believe
the Garden of Eden is a myth. I also believe that if there is a God,
He/She needs a gentler spokesman than Ashcroft, given the uncivilized
record of many of those who have claimed to speak for God, from the
Crusades to recent jihads and child-molestation scandals."
Mouse threatens to block all ideas in future
"The US [Less-than-]Supreme Court announced last week that it
would hear Eldred v. Ashcroft - an obscure case of which I guess most
people are blissfully unaware. Yet the outcome of the court's deliberations
will determine how our cultural and intellectual life evolves over
the rest of this century."
Eye -- Global Lie
"Pentagon officials said this week that the new office will be
planting news items -- including false ones -- in the foreign press
'to influence public sentiment and policy makers in both friendly
and unfriendly countries,' the New York Times reports. This
new Bush team of professional liars will handle everything from straightforward
press briefings to 'psychological operations' -- 'from the blackest
of black programs to the whitest of white,' as one official said."
Files Suit for Cheney Papers on Energy Policy
The General Accounting Office, an arm of Congress, sued Vice p-Resident
Dick Cheney today to try to force the White House to reveal the identities
of energy industry executives who helped the administration develop
a national energy policy last year.
crisis grips JP Morgan
Fed inquiry into offshore deals sends Wall Street bank's shares tumbling
-- The crisis of confidence enveloping JP Morgan Chase, one of Wall
Street's most venerable banks, escalated yesterday after it emerged
that a fresh regulatory investigation has been launched into its relationship
package sent to Army base
A building on a U.S. Army base in Atlanta has been evacuated after
the discovery of a suspicious package containing white powder, the
Pentagon said Friday.
Incentive to Join Army: Direct Sign-Up in Green Berets
to Give Colombians Data to Help Fight Rebels
The Bush mis-ministration plans to provide military intelligence [sic]
to the Colombian government for its campaign against Marxist rebels
and is rushing spare parts to the country's armed forces, officials
Press: The myth of the liberal media rides again If
you say something often enough and loud enough, people will believe
it -- no matter how untrue it is.
announces new global warming plan: a Valentine’s Day gift for energy
George W. Bush unveiled on February 14 proposals that the administration
claims are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But, the Bush
mis-ministration's proposals are voluntary and, therefore, essentially
an abandonment of any attempt to curb such emissions, which are viewed
by most scientists as the primary cause of global warming.
drops pledge on nukes
The Bush mis-ministration is no longer standing by a 24-year-old U.S.
pledge not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, a senior
administration official said yesterday.
Speaks to Japanese Diet
[State Department Version of Bush comments:] "My trip to Asia
begins here in Japan for an important reason. (Applause.) It begins
here because for a century and a half now,
America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances
of modern times..." [Pearl Harbor attack: December 7, 1941]
Pentagon Mindset: Poison Them!
Deep inside the sixth of eight glowing articles in its series "10
Days in September" about what wonderful crisis managers George W.
Bush and Condoleezza Rice are, The Washington Post on February 1 buried
the following bit of information: The
Pentagon was considering poisoning Afghanistan's food supply.
Raid in Afghanistan 'Unfortunate'
- Rumsfeld Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Thursday that
43 Afghans killed or captured in a U.S special forces raid last month
were not al Qaeda guerrillas or Taliban fighters as originally suspected.[Oops!]
makes 'war on terror' u-turn
The Pentagon has scrapped a secret plan to plant lies in the foreign
media as part of a campaign to win support for its foreign policy.
The plans to spread so-called "black" propaganda emerged earlier this
week after the Pentagon hired an outside agency to help target countries
friendly to the US as well as hostile nations.
VP tells Congress she feared for her life
...but media remains silent on Baxter "suicide"
'sting' used fake command centre
Enron, the disgraced US energy company, built a fake command centre
as part of a sting operation to impress Wall Street analysts, it emerged
today. Employees were ordered to act as if they were making deals
for a 1998 annual analysts' conference, months before the trading
centre was ready. Then Enron chairman, Kenneth Lay, and the firm's
ex-president, Jeffrey Skilling, led a rehearsal the day before the
Says Video Shows Captors Killed Reporter
Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter abducted in Pakistan
four weeks ago, has been killed by his captors, according to Pakistani
and United States officials. A videotape delivered to Pakistani officials
late Wednesday and now in the possession of F.B.I. agents gives unambiguous
proof of his death, officials said.
of the Anthrax Attacks
Is the FBI dragging its feet?
Supreme Court rules California `Son of Sam' law violates free speech
Citing free speech concerns, the California State Supreme Court on
Thursday unanimously struck down a law that barred felons from profiting
from the sale of their crime stories.
House Notebook: Blown Tire
p-Resident Bush's limousine blew a tire Friday, bringing his motorcade
to a halt as he traveled to lunch with Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
doubletalk on Afghan POWs: US continues to flout Geneva Conventions
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, commented,
“The US government cannot choose to wage war in Afghanistan with guns,
bombs and soldiers and then assert the laws of war do not apply.”
Employee Says Enron Manipulated California Power Market
A former Enron Corp. employee has written a letter to U.S. Senator
Barbara Boxer claiming that he has knowledge the company's trading
arm manipulated wholesale electricity prices in California.
Insurers Seek to Void Enron Policies Saying
they were misled by Enron, two big insurers are balking at honoring
policies they wrote covering the company's directors and officers
against the cost of lawsuits, recent court filings show.
Man of Letters Henry Waxman Puts His Own
Stamp on the Enron Probe.
fallout is spreading The shock waves from the Enron collapse are
having a major impact and widening in their scope.
Battle: Prenatal Care or Pressure Tactics? 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers'
expand and draw criticism -- Following complaints from abortion rights
advocates, the attorney general of New York is investigating whether
Expectant Mother Care and other "crisis pregnancy centers" use deceptive
advertising or practice medicine without a license.
Planes Seek Out Filipino Guerrillas The U.S. military has begun
intelligence-gathering [sic] flights over the southern Philippines
in a significant expansion of its war on terrorism in that country,
a senior U.S. defense official said yesterday. The surveillance flights,
which have not previously been disclosed, are meant to complement
the growing presence of U.S. soldiers on the ground, projected to
peak at 660 troops in coming months.
ponders disinformation campaign When the Pentagon insists that
one of its missiles hit senior al-Qaeda leaders meeting near Khost,
Afghanistan, but local residents swear that the victims were peasants
salvaging scrap metal, who is more credible?
no stopping US now The Bush mis-ministration
sees no particular virtue in seeking global consensus in its war on
terrorism, because it has limited respect for governments whose opinions
differ from its own.
Faults Car Rental Service
Satellite Tracking Practice Seen As Unfair -- The CT consumer protection
commissioner is slamming the brakes on Acme Rent-a-Car's controversial
practice of using satellite technology to track and penalize speeding
customers. Acme had installed GPS units in its vehicles and was levying
$150 penalties against renters each time they exceeded 79 mph for
at least two consecutive minutes. GPS is satellite-based technology
through which receivers can track a vehicle's precise speed, latitude,
longitude and altitude.
Court Eases Limitations for Media Giants
A federal appeals court handed a huge victory to the nation's largest
television networks and cable operators today, ruling that the government
had to reconsider sharp limits on the number of stations a network
can own and striking down the regulation that had restricted cable
operators from owning television stations.
militarism targets South American oil In the aftermath of September
11, the Bush mis-ministration has decided to dramatically expand US
military involvement in the South American country. As in Afghanistan,
the escalation is being carried out under the banner of the struggle
against terrorism, while its real objectives center on securing US
corporate control over the region’s strategic oil reserves.
appeal raises new questions Fresh evidence presented during the
appeal hearing further undermined the already flimsy circumstantial
basis for al-Megrahi’s original conviction in what was a politically
motivated verdict primarily designed to retrospectively justify more
than a decade of US and UN sanctions against Libya.
Invokes Religion In U.S. War on Terrorism Attorney General John
D. Ashkkkroft yesterday cast the government's war on terrorism in
religious terms, arguing that the campaign is rooted in faith in God
and urging Christians, Jews and Muslims to unite in the effort.
Dept. Divided Over Propaganda Plan At the center of the controversy
is a new Office of Strategic Influence, created in recent months to
more directly influence foreign public opinion about U.S. military
operations. ... initial discussions have sparked widespread concern
inside the Defense Department among officials who feel that the new
office, by seeking to manipulate information and even knowingly dispense
false information, could backfire and discredit official Pentagon
puts US might behind Australia George Bush pledged yesterday to
support Australia with "American power and purpose" as part of a vision
for what he called a fellowship of free Pacific nations. He used an
address to the Japanese parliament, the Diet, to set down an agenda
for the involvement of the US in Asia following the terrorist attacks
of September 11 and the US-led war on terrorism. "We stand more committed
than ever to a forward presence in this region," the inveigling Idiot
Usurper uttered after reading his TelePrompTer.
Anthrax suspect ID'd An advocate for the control of biological
weapons who has been gathering information about last autumn's anthrax
attacks said yesterday the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a strong
hunch about who mailed the deadly letters. But the FBI might be "dragging
its feet" in pressing charges because the suspect is a former
government scientist familiar with "secret activities that the
government would not like to see disclosed," said Barbara Hatch
Rosenberg, director of the Federation of American Scientists' Chemical
and Biological Weapons Program.
Held Hostage Does life imitate art, or what?
Last weekend's box office was dominated by a movie in which Denzel
Washington takes an emergency room hostage to secure treatment for
his dying son. Last week's major political event, though it went largely
unnoticed by the general public, was also a hostage drama: House Republicans
blocked vital aid to the nation's most vulnerable workers, and have
refused to release it unless they secure passage of a dying stimulus
plan. The plan, you won't be surprised to learn, consists almost entirely
of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.
liberals, report for re-education "We need
to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate
liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too," pundit
Ann Coulter told this month's meeting of the Conservative Political
Action Conference. "Otherwise they will turn out to be outright traitors."
Readies Efforts to Sway Sentiment Abroad
The Pentagon is developing plans to provide news items, possibly even
false ones, to foreign media organizations as part of a new effort
to influence public sentiment and policy makers in both friendly and
unfriendly countries, military officials said.
Bush Showers Pakistan With Money (Literally)
Pays $80 Million to Pakistan The United
States paid Pakistan $80 million for providing logistical support
to its forces in the war against terrorism, Finance Ministry officials
Hear Sour Notes in 'Axis of Evil' Chorus
As a new and glaring rift emerges between the White House and America's
allies over how to pursue the next phase of the war on terrorism,
p-Resident Bush and his top aides now seem to welcome, even to egg
on, the sharp differences prompted by George Bush's determination
to expand his battle against what he calls "evil" regimes.
by Women Making Peace and Women's Peace Action against War following
President [sic] Bush's hard-line rhetoric directed at North Korea
to ruin In his last month in office, President
Clinton protected 58.5 million acres of National Forest land from
timber and petroleum companies ...which is being undermined by the
on Global Warming The obvious conclusion
to be drawn from p-Resident Bush's latest global warming strategy,
unveiled this week, is that he does not regard warming as a problem.
There seems no other way to interpret a policy that would actually
increase the gases responsible for heating the earth's atmosphere.
is still a neophyte p-Resident
Bush is still a foreign policy neophyte who faces serious challenges
in Asia that his war against terrorism has done nothing to resolve.
If anything, Bush's recent comments, particularly his "axis of evil"
speech, and his handlers' attempts to reassure Asians that he doesn't
plan another devastating war in their region, have made US allies
in Asia even more nervous about his lack of experience in foreign
disaster as Bush mixes up his D-words Gaffe-prone
p-Resident Bush made an expensive slip of the tongue in Tokyo yesterday,
sparking a run on the yen by mixing up "devaluation" and "deflation".
Options On Iraq Still Undecided Despite
a sense of possibility created by the swift U.S. military successes
in Afghanistan, Bush administration planners have yet to agree whether
to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and how to achieve this, according
to officials across the government.
Great Unwatched ... Responding to the latest
Justice Department terror alert, Washington police opened the Joint
Operation Command Center of the Synchronized Operations Command Complex
(S.O.C.C.). In it, 50 officials monitor a wall of 40 video screens
showing images of travelers, drivers, residents and pedestrians ...
To be watched at all times, especially when doing nothing seriously
wrong, is to be afflicted with a creepy feeling.
Not Linked to Terrorism, Many Detainees Cannot Go Home
The Justice [sic] Department has blocked the departures of 87 foreign
detainees who had been ordered deported or had agreed to go home,
while investigators comb through information pouring in from overseas
to ensure that they have no ties to terrorism, law enforcement officials
Exclusive: To protect top bureaucrats, NewYorkTimes SCRUBS
its OWN Osama Bin Laden Warning that it published on 9-9-01
Accounting For It Documents show Enron hid
a disastrous bookkeeping error from investors.
Democrats Set for 2002 Florida Democratic Party State Conference
Rice defend Bush's 'axis of evil' speech
Bush mis-ministration officials Sunday defended the p-Resident's characterization
of Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an "axis of evil," urging international
critics to redirect their ire.
tightens scientific secrecy 6,000 documents
on chemical, germ weapons have been withdrawn due to concerns about
terrorism, the NewYorkTimes reports.
Don't Ruin My World!" -- Anti-Bush protesters
rallied in the streets of Tokyo as the Idiot Usurper arrived for the
start of a three-nation East Asian trip.
drill, says Bush in pristine Alaska p-Resident
George Bush made a strong appeal in Alaska at the weekend for opening
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
Dirty war, stupid targets "We [the US] are
unwittingly about to join a 'dirty war' in Basilan [southern Philippines
island], siding with murderers and torturers in a way that dishonors
our larger purposes," wrote Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times
on February 12.
Coverage Takes a Negative Turn When U.S.
soldiers conducted a raid north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Jan.
24, it was initially reported as an American victory ...Days later,
however, a few reporters in Afghanistan began challenging the official
accounts, eventually prompting the Pentagon to acknowledge that those
captured were not Taliban members after all.
overstated profit: study If true, Dow should
be trading near half of current mark -- U.S. corporate profits last
year were overstated by US$130-billion, or about 27%, according to
a study to be released today by a London-based think-tank.
Files Suit Over Yucca Mountain Nevada has
filed a lawsuit against the Bush mis-ministration to fight a decision
to dispose of 70,000 tons of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain 90 miles
northwest of Las Vegas.
2000 Adviser Offered to Use Clout to Help Enron
Just before the last presidential s-election, Bush campaign adviser
Ralph Reed offered to help Enron Corp. deregulate the electricity
industry by working his "good friends" in Washington and by mobilizing
religious leaders and pro-family groups for the cause. "Yes, it's
true. Jesus was pro-deregulation!"
for Asia, NBC reported that the Idiot Usurper thanked Canadians for
standing with the United States in its “crusade” to defend freedom
[!?!]. Bush has not used the word “crusade”
to characterize the war on terrorism since late September. After he
used the word in unscripted comments then on the South Lawn— many
Muslims in the United States and overseas were outraged. The word
“crusade” in the Muslim world is a loaded word given its historical
context; the word defines the military expeditions undertaken by Christians
from the 11th to the 13th centuries, to regain the Holy Land from
Sold Shares for $100 Million Kenneth L.
Lay sold $100 million in Enron stock last year, the company disclosed
yesterday, with a large part of that coming from selling shares back
to the company after he was warned by Sherron S. Watkins that the
company might collapse "in a wave of accounting scandals."
point to Bush, Lay ties Letters released
by state archivists suggest a personal relationship between p-Resident
Bush and former Enron Corp. Chairman Kenneth Lay, though the White
House has insisted that the two were never very close.
Man For Himself They used to be on top of
the world, but now Enron’s fallen elite are trying to duck blame for
their empire’s ruin.
could aid Florida political parties Proposed
federal campaign finance laws could reroute millions of dollars from
national party committees to party organizations in states such as
Florida, a crucial swing state with lax laws on political fundraising,
campaign financing experts said Friday. Even the state's most prominent
recipient of campaign cash, Gov. Jeb Bush, agreed that the proposed
reforms will enhance local political power while they dilute big-money
influence in Washington, D.C.
OK's trial for voters' suit A lawsuit that
claims thousands of Florida's minority voters were disenfranchised
in the presidential s-election moved closer to trial on Friday, following
a favorable ruling by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Alan Gold
cited ''the importance and immediacy of the claims'' in rejecting
arguments for dismissal by two state agencies and a company that helped
purge voter lists.
would erode high ground You've got to hand it to the Afghans:
They've been darn civil about this whole business of wrong-way bombs
killing innocent people. Which is good, because things like that seem
to be happening with appalling frequency.
Iraq attack would be backed Vice p-Resident
Dick Cheney said Friday the Bush mis-ministration believed it would
have full international support for “aggressive” action against Iraq
or other countries that support terrorism, and he vowed that any country
developing weapons of mass destruction will “incur the wrath of the
on Bush's pollution plan Environmental groups
and foreign countries have reacted with dismay to p-Resident Bush's
first detailed description of his vision for combating global warming.
Endorses Nevada's Yucca as Nuclear Waste Site
p-Resident Bush Friday chose Nevada's remote Yucca Mountain as the
site for a facility to store 70,000 tons of nuclear waste, prompting
howls of protest and setting off a pitched battle with the state likely
to end up in Congress.
President [sic] Bush has betrayed our trust and endangered the American
public by deciding to ship 77,000 tons of nuclear waste across the
entire country and store it at Yucca Mountain, Nevada."
US jingoism tarnishing the Olympic ideal?
Almost every event has patriotic overtones in the wake of the terrorist
attacks on September 11. IOC officials feel the event is being used
simply as propaganda for the US war effort.
to grind The US Congress has found a domestic
'axis of evil' in Kenneth Lay and his ex-coterie
Decides KKKatherine Harris Will Face Lawsuit
KKKatherine Harris, Florida's former secretary of state, wanted a
lawsuit against her thrown out, but a judge has decided to let the
case go trial. The NAACP and four other groups filed suit against
Harris, a former state election chief, and the county elections supervisor.
The suit charges that black voters were disenfranchised during the
2000 presidential s-election.
on Sept. 11 Begins Leaders of the two Congressional
intelligence committees said they were beginning a broad inquiry today
into why the C.I.A. and other American intelligence [sic] agencies
had failed to learn of plans for the Sept. 11 attacks and prevent
"Troubled" By Bush's Environmental Proposals
President Al Gore blasted the energy and conservation proposals Bush
rolled out today.
unveils global warming, pollution plans [lots and lots of plans for
global warming and pollution...] p-Resident
Bush unveiled two plans Thursday that rely not on mandates but on
industry incentives. One is a voluntary plan to reduce emissions tied
to global warming, and the other involves regulating pollutants from
power plants. Environmentalists criticized both, with one calling
the power plant initiative “a Valentine’s Day Massacre of the Clean
Vows Prompt Action in Senate on Soft Money Ban
The House early today approved a broad overhaul of the way campaigns
are financed, and Senator Tom Daschle, the majority leader, swiftly
promised to do all he could to speed the bill to the p-Resident, putting
the nation's political system at the brink of sweeping change.
cracks down on campaign finance The House
of Representatives gave its approval early today to the most sweeping
overhaul of campaign spending rules since the Watergate scandals a
generation ago. The debate took place against the backdrop of the
Enron scandal, in which the collapsed energy giant has been accused
of exercising undue influence over the Re-thuglican mis-ministration's
Roll Call: Campaign Finance Bill
has not ruled out 'any options' against Iraq
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said Thursday the United
States is "not ruling out any options" in its approach with Iraq,
saying Saddam Hussein's regime is a "problem" and that a new approach
and CIA making plans for war against Iraq this year The Pentagon
and the CIA have begun preparations for an assault on Iraq involving
up to 200,000 US troops that is likely to be launched later this year
with the aim of removing Saddam Hussein from power, US and diplomatic
sources told the Guardian yesterday.
villagers killed and prisoners beaten in US military "mistake"
Having been forced to acknowledge that a “mistake” may have been made,
the US administration, the military and the media are now busily manufacturing
further self-serving “explanations” to justify the murder of innocent
people and their brutal treatment of prisoners.
capitalists While global power brokers flagellate
themselves, change creeps in from the margins
the chessboard The United States has gained
a foothold in Central Asia. Now it has to dig its heels deeper, writes
point the finger at Britain as al-Qaida's 'revolving door'
Investigators in Britain are privately at loggerheads with their US
and continental European counterparts over claims that the UK was
used as a pivotal base for Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network in the
run-up to the September 11 terror attacks.
greens top US terror list [...What happened
to Osama? Did he slip in rank?] A radical environmental group that
has carried out 600 "attacks" since 1996 has become the
largest and most active United States-based terrorist group, the FBI's
top domestic terrorism officer said.
are still dying as air strikes go on. But no one is counting.
Bombing blunders and misleading information on the ground keep the
civilian toll rising in Afghanistan. In the first of a three-part
investigation Guardian writers ask: How many innocent people are
Bush Decides to Oust Saddam Hussein Bush's
unilateralism and hegemonic impulse reaches height of non-diplomatic
steps up attacks on Bush Germany's Foreign
Minister, Joschka Fischer, has warned the United States not to treat
its allies like satellite states or to move unilaterally against countries
such as Iraq. His remarks added a prominent voice to a new wave of
European criticism of Washington's post-Afghanistan foreign policy.
big guns silent on 'regime change' The politicians
are keen to see the back of Saddam Hussein, but the military is taking
a more detached and realistic view, writes Julian Borger
Legal Team Formed to Handle Detainee Suits
The Justice [sic] Department has created a special team of lawyers
headed by Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson [of S-election 2000
infamy] to oversee all court challenges to the government's policy
of detaining terrorism suspects indefinitely on an American military
base in Cuba, administration officials said today.
Hegemony, outlook uncertain A growing number
of voices, in the US and abroad, are expressing concern that the Bush
mis-ministration has not only failed to think through the implications
but may also, by the very aggressiveness with which it pursues its
"war on terrorism", be planting the seeds of its own undoing.
Says U.S. Is Weighing Ways to Topple Hussein
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said today that the mis-ministration
was considering a variety of options to topple Saddam Hussein, amid
indications that p-Resident Bush and his top advisers are close to
settling on a plan.
Finance Bill Vote Nears: Shays-Meehan
measure appears to be gaining
No ‘axis’ war plan on table:
but Secretary of State hedges on Iraq in Senate Committee
Takes Fifth in Enron Inquiry but Hears Earful
After being subjected to a bipartisan oral barrage from 21 senators,
Kenneth L. Lay, the former chairman of Enron, asserted his Fifth Amendment
right against self-incrimination Tuesday and pleaded with members
of the Senate Commerce Committee not to rush to judgment about his
responsibility for the largest corporate bankruptcy case in American
rally against p-Resident's policies Labor
leaders, activists say Bush is exploiting Sept. 11
Service agent appeared poised to shoot at Milwaukee protest
The Spies Know
CIA When CIA chief George Tenet was asked "Why were we utterly unaware
of planning and execution of the Sept. 11 attacks?" Tenet bristled
and tried to rebut, but his answers raised new questions in three
Times encourages people to call in their support for the Campaign
Call 202-224-3121 and make sure your Representative support Shays-Meehan
paid hefty bonuses before bankruptcy
Shortly before hundreds of Enron employees were laid off and the company
declared bankruptcy in December, about 500 of the energy giant's executives
were awarded hefty bonuses.
of U.S. miscalculations
Afghan victims described as peasants, not al Qaeda ...The Americans
‘don’t consult the real locals, who know what the situation is.’ —
SAKHI JAN WAFADAR, deputy security chief at Khost
to the teeth Is Bush's awesome increase in military spending a
reasonable response to the aftermath of September 11, or is he creating
a force almost too powerful for its own good?
Lobbyist Plotted Strategy Against Democrats
While the Bush mis-ministration was drafting its national energy policy,
a leading lobbyist for Enron Corp. was plotting strategy to turn the
plan into a political weapon against Democrats, according to a newly
for the Next Shoe to Drop
Think the White House has been candid about Enron? Think again.
about energy talks hints at cover-up, former Nixon aide says
The lawyer [John Dean] who led the Nixon White House's attempt to
conceal incriminating evidence during the Watergate scandal has accused
US Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney of sinking to the same depths
in the Enron affair.
Web of intrigue... An
intricate web of relationships connects the bankrupt energy corporation,
Enron, with the Bush mis-ministration.
against Mumia Abu-Jamal in doubt as new witness alleges star prosecution
an affidavit reveals that the star prosecution witness has stated
that police forced her to falsely identify Jamal as the shooter, when
she did not even see the shooting.
Warns U.S.: Don't Attack Iraq
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against U.S. military action
against Iraq, saying that the situation in the Persian Gulf nation
was different from Afghanistan and that only the U.N. Security Council
could sanction any attack.
redistricting delay could cause new vote debacle Florida's
election supervisors fear that delays by the Legislature in creating
new voting districts could create another national embarrassment for
the state in November. Finalization of those district lines -- which
might not come till summer -- will set in motion a daunting and time-consuming
series of projects...
move to strengthen FERC during an energy crisis
may have committed PERJURY!
Ken Lay to take the Fifth
is scarier than Kim Jong-il
The Korean Perspective
is getting irritated by Bush Foreign Policy Idiocies
UK tells White House - Reign in Hawks
see what Afghanistan needs...
France sends in a philosopher.
Enron used computer software to track which energy policies it needed
to lobby for/against.
Finance a "Super Bowl"
Republicans will push for amendments to throw Shays-Meehan Campaign
Finance bill into committee.
W. and the 'Axis of Evil' While... George W. exhorts us to now
train our bombsights on the "Axis of Evil," America has very quietly
arrived at a moral tipping point. The number of dead Islamic innocents
in the War on Terror, according to an estimate by a British newspaper,
the Guardian, now equals the tally of American innocents struck down
on Sept. 11.
Released by American Troops Say They Were Beaten, Kept in 'Cage'
Afghan villagers who were misidentified by U.S. military forces as
al Qaeda and Taliban fighters said they were beaten and kicked by
their captors and imprisoned in what they described as a wooden-barred
"cage" at a U.S. base in Kandahar.
Over Records of Bush's Governorship The stacks of the Texas State
Library and Archives groan with boxes of carefully preserved papers
dating back to James Pinckney Henderson, the first governor, who served
from 1846 to 1847. But anyone trawling for insights into the most
recent former governor, George W. Bush, or say, his ties to Enron
in the years he ran Texas, would have to travel 118 miles east to
College Station. Even then, it might be months, maybe even years,
before many of the records are available.
Among 6 Arrested Before Olympics Opening
failed to get Lindh's statement in writing The FBI may have violated
its own rules in questioning John Walker Lindh by not taping or transcribing
his statements... The FBI's only record of its two-day interrogation
of the accused Taliban fighter is a summary form written by the agent
who questioned him. Lindh did not sign the form.
EU official blasts U.S. policy The EU commissioner in charge of
Europe's international relations has launched a scathing attack on
American foreign policy - accusing the Bush mis-ministration of a
dangerously "absolutist and simplistic" stance towards the rest of
the world. EU officials warned of a rift opening up between Europe
and the US wider than at any time for half a century, declaring it
is time European governments spoke up and stopped Washington before
it goes into "unilateralist overdrive".
in the ‘Un-America:’ Europe doesn’t like what it’s hearing. As Bush
turns up the heat, our transatlantic allies grow uneasy with the us-vs.-them
soon: Enron the movie
Houston Astros don't want the name "Enron Field" atop their 2-year-old
Pentagon's chief lawyer sent a memo Tuesday instructing all Defense
Department employees to preserve any documents, correspondence or
e-mail related to Enron Corp., drawing the massive agency into the
on Parade at Bush Inauguration [recalling the 2001 Coronation of the
King George,] Nearby, in the exclusive "Pioneers" box on the parade
route, Ken Lay watched the festivities. He was there amidst an elite
group of about 200 men and women who had each raised $100,000 for
Bush's campaign... Enron and its top two executives had kicked in
$300,000 for the inauguration, and the company was one of the few
to donate $50,000 for the Texas State Society's 2001 Black Tie and
Boots Inaugural Ball, where G.W. Bush and the first lady stopped by
to salute their Texan friends, including Mr. Lay.
cares if there were a hundred meetings?" sniffed Mary Matalin, chief
spokesperson for Vice President Dick Cheney.
it great how the U.S. Congress has risen up like a battalion of enraged
CPAs over this Enron debacle?
was, in layman's terms, a nest of dirtballs
he was found dead on Jan. 25, former Enron Corp. vice chairman J.
Clifford Baxter was "obsessed" with worries that the scandal surrounding
the company's collapse would forever tarnish his reputation and that
private investigators were rummaging through his mail and trash, according
to an attorney in whom Baxter confided.
took call of Enron chief Six months before Enron came under the
scrutiny of federal regulators, Gov. Jeb Bush took a call from Kenneth
Lay as the energy giant's then-chairman flew in the company jet.
Expected for Clinton, Reno
Concord Monitor APOLOGIZES and removes an editorial cartoon that depicted
a plane labeled "Bush Budget" slamming into two towers labeled "Social
Security." Ari Fleischer invoking the Fourth Reich again!
an age of eavesdropping warplanes and satellite-guided bombs, the
Pentagon finds itself accused of sometimes relying on faulty intelligence
in Afghanistan, leading to an unnecessary toll of civilian deaths.
patrolling North Little Rock in the next two weeks
300 soldiers, including U.S. Marines in an anti-terrorism unit formed
since the Sept. 11 attacks, will be patrolling North Little Rock in
the next two weeks.
W. Bush's 'Homeland Insecurity:'
George W. Bush wants to drain the Social Security trust fund, with
a proposal to divert more than $2 trillion in Social Security and
Medicare surpluses over the next ten years.
Enron CFO Fastow Takes 5th; Former CEO Skilling Denies Knowledge of
Andrew S. Fastow, who was the chief financial officer of the Enron
Corp. refused to answer questions from members of a House subcommittee
today on his role in Enron's bankruptcy and the partnerships he headed
that helped hide Enron's debts.
defies Bush's characterization of Iran
the 'axis of evil' is no mystery, PM, explain it
are facts to consider before Australia swallows whole George Bush's
bombast , writes Hamish McDonald.
French government minister criticizes Bush mis-ministration's "simplism"--
the reductionism of Everything to the war on terrorism.
"But we are threatened today by a new simplism which consists in reducing
everything to the war on terrorism. "That is their approach, but we
cannot accept that idea. You have got to tackle the root causes, the
situations, poverty, injustice."
Eye -- Drapes of Wrath
Palast on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman (RealAudio)
not war for the Axis of Evil
European leaders oppose military action agains Dubya's "Axis of Evil[-doers]"
Talk of Crime Grows Louder, Spurred by Report
Surprise, Surprise, Enron involved the same kind of fraud that characterized
the S&L scandals, of Neil Bush infamy, in the 1980s.
TRILLION Wasted by "Pentagon Bureaucracy"
"[I]t's a matter of life or death" - Donald Rumsfeld 09/10/01
Notices Carlyle Profits from War.
Also thousands of California Civil Servants
the Ear of Dick (or for the rest of America, getting a dick in the
ear!) Sources tell Time Magazine that Cheney's energy "task
force" sold our environment and our long-term energy needs for
party dollars and campaign millions from Big Polluters. We call that
House stonewalls Congressional probe into Enron links
justifying this extraordinary position, Bush and Cheney have fraudulently
postured as defenders of supposed constitutional principles. In fact,
the position asserted by the Bush administration is a sweeping arrogation
of power in the hands of the executive branch and an assertion of
the right to function without serious accountability or oversight
by the Congress or the public—in other words, all the trappings of
a secret, imperial government.
War against Democrats
Refuge of a Politician in Trouble
James Campbell, LA Times
"When the going gets tough, the tough talk about their family
Samuel Johnson observed, "is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Surveying
the political landscape today, more than two centuries later, Johnson
would find ample evidence to confirm his claim."
course Bush identifies with the wealthy
"The big paper-shredders at Enron are finally coming to a halt,
so we should go ahead and pass huge corporate tax cuts to help all
the other companies that use aggressive accounting practices and need
the dough. They especially need the rebates on the taxes they didn't
pay. We're a better people than we were on Sept. 10, so let's all
donate 4,000 hours to the country, except for those who are too busy
stashing their loot in offshore banks so they won't have to pay taxes."
Kristol Clear: Bill’s a Hypocrite
William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, says he regularly
takes large sums from corporate interests for making speeches.
criticizes Bush on economy
Tennessee speech marks ex-VP’s return to ‘national debate’
“We need a government that lives within its means, invests in the
American people and supports tax cuts that are fair and go to those
who need them,” he said. “What we don’t need is a government whose
budget is based on inaccurate assumptions, and whose priorities provide
special favors for the few over the many.”
be anti-Bush is not to be anti-American
'President Bush's State of the Union address reminds one very clearly
what is loathable about this administration'
Budget About to Show Its Darker Side
Deep Cuts in Some Programs Planned
"President Bush this week will seek sharp cuts in highway funding,
Army Corps of Engineers water projects, congressional environmental
initiatives, job training and scores of other domestic programs, reflecting
the darker side of a fiscal 2003 budget..."
Giant Sucking Sound Of The Other Chapter 11
"Chapter 11 is all the rage right now. And many of the biggest,
the best and the brightest corporations are doing it. But while the
multibillion-dollar bankruptcies of Enron and Global Crossing are
grabbing all the headlines, there is another Chapter 11, one you most
likely haven't heard of, that poses an equally great danger to our
domestic flank is weak and Dems know it
"...domestic concerns now preoccupy the public
more than the threat of terrorism."
Walk in the Valley of Greed
would Jesus do? It's a no-brainer; he would leave the Christian Coalition,
take a consulting job with Enron and then use his divine power to
make George W. Bush president."
unveils new doctrine for future
His frightening doctrine for our future - we dissent!!
Security Leaders Alarmed by Bush's Stance
U.S. Officials in Munich Stress Urgency of Anti-Terror Initiative
Pelosi Pushes Campaign Finance
say the limping economy can only be repaired by lawmakers
who make policy decisions free from the influence of huge
corporate campaign contributions.
to testify without immunity
secrecy coloring Enron scandal
"Simply put, the government belongs to all of us, not just to
selected group on a White House invitation list."
Of The Union: Corrupt
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Greg Palast: Enron: Not the Only Bad Apple
Enron scandal link to Bush:
Two given energy jobs after firm's former head suggested them to White
White House Ordered to Preserve [any remaining, unshredded] Enron