old skeletons rattle Bush
White House attempts to clean up corporate America are dogged by the
vice-president[sic]'s years in the oil business -- The White House
is scrambling to deflate what some aides refer to as the "Cheney problem".
faces storm over 'Enron' judge
Controversial choice for appeal court accused of favouring big business
-- Open warfare has broken out between the White House and Capitol
Hill over pResident Bush's most controversial nomination to date to
the bench of American high courts.
Corporate scandals (The
Charleston Gazette) "President [sic] Bush is calling for
a crackdown on boardroom crooks — but a Newsweek poll last
week found that half of Americans think both Bush and Vice President
[sic] Dick Cheney previously engaged in shady business tactics themselves."
Banana Republics - by Paul
Krugman "The latest antics of the White House Office of Management
and Budget have even the most hardened cynics shaking their heads.
It's not just that projections for fiscal 2002 have gone from a $150
billion surplus to a $165 billion deficit in the space of a few months;
it's not just that the O.M.B. projects a much smaller deficit next
year, when everyone else — including the Republican staff of the Senate
Budget Committee — says the deficit will increase. It's also the fact
that O.M.B officials simply lie about what their own report says."
-- by Steve Bell
Take on Tax Havens Issue
Republicans are scrambling for a response to U.S. companies moving
their headquarters to foreign tax havens after Democrats revealed
the exodus as yet another example of corporate irresponsibility. In
what's known as a "corporate inversion," a company sets up a shell
headquarters in a tax haven such as Bermuda while keeping most operations
and jobs in the United States, potentially saving millions of dollars
in U.S. taxes. The practice is legal.
owner in £1bn scandal over shares sale
The right-wing American tycoon who took control of the Millennium
Dome in a controversial deal with the Government made a $1.5bn (£929m)
windfall selling his own stock when the company of which he was chairman
was exaggerating its profits. It was revealed yesterday that Phillip
Anschutz received the money after selling 33 million shares in Qwest
Communications International, the telecommunications company in Colorado
of which he was the main shareholder and founder.
keeps damning report on Afghan massacre secret
The United Nations went into abrupt reverse yesterday and said it
no longer intended to release a report compiled by a team of UN officials
who visited the site where a US warplane attacked a wedding party
in Afghanistan on 1 July.
greases the wheels of war
An American attack on Iraq could have serious effects on the United
States economy because the US would have to meet most of the cost
and bear the brunt of any oil price shock or other market disruptions,
government officials, diplomats and economists say.
terror suspects breaches rights, rules tribunal
A British tribunal today ruled that detention without trial here of
nine foreign terror suspects under emergency laws imposed after the
September 11 attacks breached European human rights regulations. The
Special Immigration Appeals Commission said Britain's new anti-terrorism
powers, rushed through in December, were "not only discriminatory
and so unlawful ... but also disproportionate".
laws in disarray after suspects win appeal
Emergency anti-terrorism laws introduced by the Government were thrown
into disarray yesterday when a tribunal ruled the powers used to detain
nine alleged terrorists without charge were discriminatory. The internment
powers that the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, rushed through Parliament
last December after the 11 September attacks on America were ruled
to be unlawful and in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
House acts to shed arrogant image
New PR office to sell Bush policies and war on terror -- The White
House will set up a new office to try to salvage America's plummeting
image abroad, it was announced yesterday as an independent taskforce
reported that even the country's allies saw the US as "arrogant",
"hypocritical" and "self-absorbed".
Officer, I Didn't Do Anything!'
-- by By Jim Sloan Lakeland (FL) - "They call it a "Voluntary
Roadside Interview.'' But for hundreds of motorists flagged down by
state troopers Monday on Interstate 4, there was nothing voluntary
Assail Bush on Economy and Foreign Policy
Leading Democrats launched a series of stinging attacks on pResident
Bush here today, challenging his handling of the economy, response
to corporate accountability scandals and conduct of the war on terrorism
while charging there is a "leadership deficit" in Washington that
they are prepared to fill.
Dems gain edge on economy -- Confidence in Bush slips
The turmoil on Wall Street and corporate corruption scandals are eroding
public confidence in pResident Bush's handling of the economy and
improving Democratic chances of gaining seats in this year's congressional
elections, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll released Monday shows.
Replaced Research Analyst Who Upset Enron
In the summer of 1998, when it was eager to win more investment banking
business from Enron, Merrill Lynch replaced a research analyst who
had angered Enron executives by rating the company's stock "neutral"
with an analyst who soon upgraded the rating, according to Congressional
may put Iranian nuclear plant on hit list
A nuclear power plant being built in Iran has emerged as a potential
test of the Bush mis-ministration's doctrine of pre-empting threats
to United States security.
strike plan aimed at cutting off leaders
A risky new United States strategy to depose Iraq's President, Saddam
Hussein, involves seizing Baghdad and one or two key command centres
and weapons depots.
attack plans alarm top military
US and UK commanders 'scratching their heads' to make sense of invasion
-- Military commanders on both sides of the Atlantic are privately
expressing deep unease about American plans to invade Iraq, believing
they are ill thought out with the strategy to achieve the ultimate
objective - toppling Saddam Hussein - far from clear. It will be a
"gargantuan task" which could spark off a conflagration across the
Middle East, a European military official warned yesterday.
given 'devastating' warning on attack
King Abdullah of Jordan yesterday warned Tony Blair that US-led military
action to remove Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq "would have devastating
effects" on the Middle East.
Effect on U.S. Economy Seen in a War on Iraq
An American attack on Iraq could profoundly affect the American economy,
because the United States would have to pay most of the cost and bear
the brunt of any oil price shock or other market disruptions, government
officials, diplomats and economists say.
Iraq Has Little to Do With War on Terrorism
-- by Jackson Thoreau "I understand why we're bombing Afghanistan
- we had to bomb somebody after Sept. 11, didn't we? - but I hate
to see civilians killed and the fact that Osama bin Laden was never
captured or his ties to Sept. 11 proven in court. Contrast that to
our response after the 1995 Oklahoma bombing, an act of terrorism
that admittedly was different from Sept. 11. Did we bomb the neighborhoods
where Timothy McVeigh lived, hoping to draw him out or get more of
accused of airstrike cover-up
American forces may have breached human rights and then removed evidence
after the so-called wedding party airstrike that killed more than
50 Afghan civilians this month, according to a draft United Nations
report seen by The Times.
suspected over Afghan wedding bombing
A draft UN report has reportedly found the United States might have
covered up evidence relating to the bombing of an Afghan wedding party
that killed about 50 people.
to Create Formal Propaganda Office to "Shape" U.S. Image
Abroad The Bush Fourth Reich
has decided to transform what was a temporary effort to rebut Taliban
disinformation about the Afghan war into a permanent, fully staffed
"Office of Global Communications" [Goebbels would be proud!] to coordinate
the mis-ministration's foreign policy message and supervise America's
image abroad, according to senior officials.
military exercise held 13,500
men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are staging
the largest exercise in U.S. military history.
can bar Boy Scouts as charity, court rules
Connecticut did not violate the rights of the Boy Scouts when it dropped
the group from a list of charities that state employees contribute
to through a payroll deduction plan, a federal judge has ruled. A
state panel removed the Boy Scouts from the list in 2000, after a
state human rights commission found that including the organization
violates state anti-discrimination laws because of the scouts' ban
on gay troop leaders.
Colo. Targets Water Abuse
Colorado is in its worst drought in a century and communities across
the state are limiting water use. The mandatory restrictions in Denver
and Aurora are the cities' first in 21 years.
Rips Bush on 90's Fraud Former
President Clinton says the bull market of the 1990s bred corporate
corruption but that pResident Bush's laying blame on his predecessor
twists the truth. "There was corporate malfeasance both before he
took office and after," Clinton told a Washington television reporter.
"The difference is I actually tried to do something about it, and
their party stopped it" in Congress. "And one of the people who stopped
our attempt to stop Enron accounting was made chairman of the Securities
and Exchange Commission," Clinton said. "That is a fact; an indisputable
John Conyers, D-Mich., Calls for an Independent Investigation of Bush's
and Cheney's Business Dealings Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., stepped
up the political attack on the Bush mis-ministration when, last weekend,
he called for an independent investigation into pResident Bush and
Vice pResident Cheney's business dealings before they came to the
White House, a call he reiterated Thursday night on CNN's "Crossfire."
fuels US gas and power bankruptcy fears
US and European banks and bondholders lent an estimated $500bn to
the crippled US gas and power sector, new research commissioned by
the Financial Times reveals. The figure raises fears that a further
string of corporate failures in the wake of the Enron scandal would
expose lenders to heavy losses.
Admits Accounting Errors, Will Restate Results (Update1)
Qwest Communications International Inc., under a federal accounting
investigation, said it will restate results because the telephone
company incorrectly booked $1.16 billion in sales and some expenses.
Cabal Strategy: The Pounding of Fists, The Gnashing of Teeth, and
The Shredding of Documents
-- by Al Martin "The aggregate losses over the last eleven trading
sessions are over $1.5 trillion, as of last Monday. It's interesting
to note that historically the New York Stock Exchange composite has
lost more equity value in the last eleven trading sessions than it
gained in the first two hundred years of its history. And the free
fall continues, while George Bush's reaction is actually turning to
Bush Veto Insulting to Union Workers
A leading Senate Democrat said on Sunday pResident Bush was insulting
unionized workers by threatening to veto new homeland security legislation
if he is not allowed to hire and fire workers at will.
Exploring Baghdad Strike as Iraq Option
As the Bush mis-ministration considers its military options for deposing
Saddam Hussein, senior administration and Pentagon officials say they
are exploring a new if risky approach: take Baghdad and one or two
key command centers and weapons depots first, in hopes of cutting
off the country's leadership and causing a quick collapse of the government.
is becoming downright dangerous
-- by Eric Margolis "Of all the bad ideas that have been pouring
from the Bush administration - the faux war on terrorism, the Palestine
mess, invading Iraq, curtailment of civil liberties, unilateralism,
growing deficits, farm subsidies, steel tariffs - among the very worst
is the dangerous proposal that U.S. military forces be given domestic
the Corporate Takeover of our Water
-- by Jim Hightower "The greater villains are loose in our world
today, literally thirsting to take things that are yours and mine
-- and this time they might make off with the greatest plunder of
all: our water. Yes, the ideologues and greedheads who brought us
the fairy tale of energy deregulation and the Ponzi scheme of Enron
are aggressively pushing for deregulation and privatization of the
world's water supplies and systems."
Food labels on Oregon ballot
A measure to give consumers the right to know whether the food they
purchase has been genetically engineered will appear on Oregon's statewide
ballot this fall.
at White House: West Nile Infected Bird Found Dead on Grounds
"The insider scoffed at talk among low-ranking staffers that
someone may have planted an infected bird on the White House grounds
as a terrorist act." [Will
Bush and Cheney flee to the bunkers, again??]
of the Bush-Cheney 2000 Recount Fund and 527 Disclosure Law
The Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc-Recount Fund, created shortly after the
November 2000 election to pay for the campaign’s legal and political
activities in Florida and other contested areas, evaded a soft money
campaign finance disclosure law for 18 months. The recount fund’s
trustees did not file required disclosure forms until 3:25 p.m. on
July 15, 2002 – meeting the deadline for an Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) "amnesty" program to avoid millions of dollars in potential
fines by less than nine hours.
Campaign Violated Soft Money Disclosure Law
Soft Money Fund for Recount Narrowly Escapes $7 Million Fine by Filing
Disclosure Statements Hours Before Deadline; Forms Still Not Publicly
Available (press release)
Raps White House, Rejects Blame Claim
Former president Bill Clinton has chastised the Bush mis-ministration
for suggesting he bears part of the blame for the corporate accounting
scandals and said pResident Bush made a mistake with his first-year
Middle East policy.
Probe Moves Offshore The
Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has asked the chief
executives of Citigroup Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., to provide
sworn affidavits about the nature of offshore entities allegedly used
to help Enron Corp. hide its financial condition.
Up Government Accounting, Democrat Says
Now that Congress has passed a bill mandating reform in corporate
accounting, it is time to reform government accounting with an eye
on protecting Social Security, Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut
said on Saturday.
Private Interest -- by Paul
Krugman "Since the early months of 2000, the Nasdaq has fallen
about 75 percent, the broader S.&P. 500 more than 40 percent... Yet
George W. Bush still wants to party like it's 1999. On Wednesday he
insisted that he continued to favor partially privatizing Social Security."
crimes bill under attack by lawyers, police
Defense attorneys and police, often at odds on criminal justice matters,
have a surprisingly unified message for Congress: back off a plan
to create thousands of new crimes. The House voted last week to make
any attempt to break a federal law a punishable act. The proposal,
approved with little notice in Washington, could cause headaches around
the country, lawyers and law enforcement officers say.
Issue May Stall Security Bill
Establishing a Homeland Security Department in the near future could
be jeopardized by the determination of what employment rights the
new department's 170,000 government workers should have.
Fruit -- by Chris Floyd "
'By their fruits ye shall know them.' And by their nuts as well. The
acorns of any presidential administration never fall very far from
the tree -- thus, the remarks made last week by one of George W. Bush's
appointees to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission give us a pretty fair
indication of what the future will look like if the Regime's seeds
of tyranny ever come to full flower."
Top Military Brass Favor Status Quo in Iraq
Containment Seen Less Risky Than Attack -- [Yes,
but containment won't drive up Bush's sagging poll numbers -- he is
trolling a war that he "needs".] Despite pResident
Bush's repeated bellicose statements about Iraq, many senior U.S.
military officers contend that President Saddam Hussein poses no immediate
threat and that the United States should continue its policy of containment
rather than invade Iraq to force a change of leadership in Baghdad.
Case Of Dr. Hatfill: Suspect Or Pawn
Former Army microbiologist Steven J. Hatfill is either a pawn in an
FBI attempt to recharge its stalled anthrax investigation, or a potential
suspect who holds critical clues to solving the case that has bedeviled
the agency for the past nine months.
Far Outspent Gore on Recount
The Bush campaign poured $13.8 million into "winning" [stealing
in a coup d'etat] the post-election battle for Florida's
25 electoral college votes, roughly four times what the Gore campaign
spent, according to documents released yesterday.
Ask Millions from U.S. in Whitewater Legal Fees
Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of
New York have asked a special three-judge panel to order the United
States government to reimburse them for several million dollars in
outstanding legal fees from the Whitewater inquiry. "Pursuant to the
explicit authorization of the statute, and following the precedent
of Presidents Reagan and Bush, the Clintons have applied for reimbursement
of their legal fees incurred in connection with the independent counsel's
Whitewater investigation," David E. Kendall, the Clintons' personal
lawyer, said tonight.
maintains strong lead for 2004 Democratic nomination, Latest Zogby
America Poll reveals President
Al Gore maintains a near 30-point lead on his closest rival for the
2004 Democratic nomination, latest Zogby America results reveal.
Accuses White House of Obstructing Suit
A public interest group on Friday accused the White House of preventing
a courier from serving Vice pResident Dick Cheney with a lawsuit accusing
him and the company he ran, Halliburton Co., of defrauding shareholders
by overstating company revenues.
Narrowly Passes Trade Legislation
The House early this morning voted 215-212 to approve a broad trade
package that would give pResident Bush the authority to negotiate
trade deals. The razor thin vote at 3:30 a.m., came only after an
evening of arm twisting by Republican leaders and hours after Bush
himself made a rare appearance on Capitol Hill to lobby Republicans
personally for a package that has been deadlocked for years.
Passes Homeland Security Bill
The House voted 295-132 on Friday to establish a Department of Homeland
Security. It would bring together in the biggest U.S. government reorganization
in a half century all or parts of 22 existing agencies, including
the Coast Guard, Secret Service and Border Patrol.
Wants Fast Senate Action on Homeland
The proposal having passed in the House, pResident Bush is calling
on the Senate to quickly approve a bill creating his proposed Homeland
Security Department. But things might slow down instead. Bush and
Senate Democrats are clashing over the pResident's insistence on broad
powers over personnel.
are in place for martial law in the US
-- by Ritt Goldstein "Recent pronouncements from the Bush Administration
and national security initiatives put in place in the Reagan era could
see internment camps and martial law in the United States... From
1982-84 Colonel Oliver North assisted FEMA in drafting its civil defence
preparations. They included executive orders providing for suspension
of the constitution, the imposition of martial law, internment camps,
and the turning over of government to the president and FEMA."
- Ed Whitfield of Greensboro, North
Carolina gives a chilling First Amendment clampdown tale detailing
Bush's July 25, 2002 visit to North Carolina. The
Bush Visit -- by CLG member Ed Whitfield
outraged after deportation squad breaks into mosque
Muslim community leaders in Britain are in uproar over the use of
a battering ram by a police deportation squad to break into an English
mosque to remove a young family of Afghan migrants who had taken refuge
called up in build-up for Iraq
The Ministry of Defence is planning a mass mobilisation of key reservists
beginning in September, heightening expectation that the United States
and Britain are stepping up preparations for an attack on Iraq.
on 9/11 Finds Flaws in Response of Police Dept.
The New York Police Department's response to the Sept. 11 attack was
effective in many areas but suffered from lapses in leadership and
coordination and a lack of proper planning and training, according
to a draft report by an independent consultant for the department.
Say Slow Recall of Meat Threatened Consumers
A sluggish investigation by the Agriculture Department into evidence
that tainted meat had entered the marketplace exposed thousands of
consumers to potentially deadly bacteria, possibly contributing to
some illnesses, members of Congress said yesterday.
Charged in Sales to Military
A Sun Valley company and its owner have been indicted on charges of
selling the Army and Air Force substandard rotor pins for the workhorse
UH-60 helicopter, which resulted in the temporary grounding of the
fleet used to ferry troops and supplies into battle, federal prosecutors
Works on High-Tech IDs Future
versions of military identification cards will encode information
about fingerprints or other physical characteristics, the Pentagon's
latest move to tighten security.
exes managing English plant
A company formed by former Enron managers in England will operate
and manage the Teesside Power Station and Teesside Gas Processing
Plant in northeast England.
- Government Arrests the Owner
and Seizes Two of Owner's Computers. The
Stop America site
is published by Global Alliance for US Foreign
Policy Change, a group that opposes US foreign policy.
of Muslim Suspect's Kin Raided Federal
agents on Thursday seized two computers and two floppy disks from
a house where an American Muslim activist had been staying when he
was arrested as a material witness to terrorist activity, his brother
said. Federal authorities speaking on condition of anonymity have
said authorities believe James Ujaama, 36, took computer equipment
to an al-Qaida terrorist camp in Afghanistan. [ROFL!
From cavedwellers (when Colin Powell gave the Taliban $43million in
May) to webmasters!]
- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: Remarks
at The American Constitution Society Summer Washington Event Georgetown
University Law Center, July 23, 2002 (transcript)
House Security Rebuffs Attempt to Serve Lawsuit on Dick Cheney
The legal group that's made a name for itself by filing numerous lawsuits
against the nation's leaders is having trouble serving its latest
complaint against Vice pResident Dick Cheney.
Crime: A Crime Drama in Eight Panels, being a metaphor for current
infamous illegalities --
by Ruben Bolling (humor)
Bush support slips pResident
Bush's job-approval rating slipped below 70% for the first time since
Sept. 11, a new Gallup Poll shows. More Americans say they are worse
off financially than a year ago.
vacation plans criticized by Md. governor
A leading Democrat criticized pResident Bush on Tuesday for planning
to spend a month at his Texas ranch while the stock market plunges
and foreign affairs remain volatile. "It's clearly the wrong signal,"
said Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening. [Well,
Bush won't actually be "vacationing." He will be planning
the "October Surprise" Iraq invasion, or possibly, some
more terrorist attacks to boost his poll numbers...]
- [Barf Alert!]
Warns Congress on Homeland Bill pResident Bush sternly warned
Congress on Friday against passing a bill that limits the personnel
and budgetary powers of the head of a new Department of Homeland Security,
giving the clearest indication yet that he would veto a measure now
before the Senate.
question Ashcroft about fighting terror
Attorney General John Ashcroft underwent some sharp questioning on
Capitol Hill Thursday over the Justice Department's plans to pursue
terror suspects. Sen. Patrick Leahy suggested the tactics might encourage
a vigilante movement.
Trouble Your Grocery List
Could Spark a Terror Probe -- by Erik Baard "Regulars at a national
grocery chain, these thousands and thousands of shoppers used the
store's preferred-customer cards, in the process putting years of
their lives on file. Perhaps they expected their records would be
used by marketers trying to better target consumers. Instead, says
the company's privacy consultant, the data was used by government
agents hunting for potential terrorists."
9/11 inquiry OK'd by House
The Republican-controlled House defied the Bush mis-ministration early
Thursday and voted to establish an independent commission to investigate
9/11. The White House has wanted the probe confined to the House and
Senate intelligence committees.
bird found on White House lawn infected with West Nile Virus
A dead crow discovered on the White House grounds was infected with
West Nile virus, health officials said after the bird was tested.
The crow is one of two found near a fountain on the South Lawn this
week. The first was discovered late Sunday by Secret Service officers,
who then found the second early Monday.
Inmates Are Fed Recalled Beef
Hundreds of inmates were served meatloaf that prison officials knew
was made with beef recalled because of E. coli contamination, state
Back on Capitol Hill, Blasts Bush on Economy
President Al Gore visited Capitol Hill for the first time in 18 months
on Thursday, blasting the Bush mis-ministration for mismanaging the
economy, cozying up to corporate interests and misleading the public
about the effects of its centerpiece tax cut. [The
article mistakenly calls Gore's 2000 election bid a "failed White
House race." Excuse me, but Gore not only won the popular vote by
over a half a million votes, he also won Florida by at least 30,000!
"Failed" my ass!]
Questions Iraq Invasion Timing
President Al Gore told young Democrats on Thursday that he supports
the overthrow of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein but questioned whether
it is a good idea to invade Iraq now. President Gore said that he
will decide by year's end whether to run for re-election in 2004.
Says Republicans Blocked His Audit Reforms
Former President Bill Clinton today hailed his own efforts to increase
the oversight of corporate governance and criticized Republicans and
Harvey L. Pitt, currently the chairman of the Securities and Exchange
Commission, saying they had frustrated Mr. Clinton's efforts at reform.
Show Bush Played Active Role at Harken
pResident Bush played an active role in Harken Energy Corp's business
decisions and consulted with the head of the company shortly before
a controversial 1989 transaction which drew scrutiny from the Securities
and Exchange Commission, documents released on Thursday show.
Led Halliburton To Feast at Federal Trough
State Department Questioned Deal With Firm Linked to Russian Mob --
by Knut Royce and Nathaniel Heller "Under the guidance of Richard
Cheney, a get-the-government-out-of-my-face conservative, Halliburton
Company over the past five years has emerged as a corporate welfare
hog, benefiting from at least $3.8 billion in federal contracts and
Dig Deep Into Rainy Day Funds
States have used up two-thirds of their cash on hand and their rainy-day
funds trying to cope with budget crises, legislative leaders from
across the country said Wednesday as they called for government help.
SEC probe into AOL accounting expected
AOL Time Warner faces the possibility of a wider inquiry by the Securities
& Exchange Commission into the past accounting practices at its AOL
Struggle on Another Volatile Day for Wall St.
The stock market took a wild ride today as it struggled to hold on
to some of Wednesday's big gains after two weeks of severe losses.
Technology stocks fell sharply, with semiconductor stocks leading
the retreat after a leading computer chip maker said it would reduce
spending on plants and equipment.
Prepares to Expand Cuban Prison Camp
The Bush mis-ministration is preparing to expand the high-security
prison in Cuba where it is holding and interrogating hundreds of suspects
from the "war on terrorism," officials said Thursday. The
Pentagon has accepted bids and expects to award a contract in the
next several days for construction of some 200 more cells at the facility
it calls Camp Delta, two officials said on condition of anonymity.
[Gee, I wonder if Halliburton will get that
Promotes TIPS Citizen Surveillance Plan Attorney
General [and rightwing nutcase] John Ashcroft said Thursday a program
that would ask millions of Americans to report suspicious activity
will not create an Orwellian government database [Insert
"Yeah, right!" commentary here.] that could be
used against innocent Americans. A government database of terrorist
tips, whether truthful or not, could be used against people, said
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
Threatens Veto of Homeland Security Bill
pResident Bush threatened today to veto the Homeland Security bill
as fifty-three House members, mostly liberal Democrats, wrote to Bush
on Wednesday saying their support for the department depended on the
civil service protections. The White House responded today with the
Service Agent Admits to Anti-Muslim Slurs
A Secret Service agent has admitted he scrawled anti-Muslim statements
on a prayer calendar during the home search of a man charged with
smuggling bogus checks into the United States, authorities said Thursday.
My Posse Comitatus Kinky sexual position? New vodka drink? No, just
another old law Dubya wants to poke at in the name of fear
-- by Mark Morford "Of course they sneak the more diabolical
stuff under your radar when they know you're too busy watching your
WorldCom stock tank and your AOL stock tank and all those thick snickering
gold-plated megaconglomerate CEOs smirk and shirk and declare bankruptcy
and get their financial wrists slapped and do zero jail time and then
get invited to Dubya's ranch for ribs and a new Cabinet post."
The Martial Plan: Ethics, Ethnics Both Under Fire
-- by James Ridgeway "Are we headed toward martial law? Last
week Peter Kirsanow, a Bush appointee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission,
said in Detroit that he envisions a situation in which the public
will demand internment camps for Arab Americans. If terrorists attack
the U.S. for a second time and if 'they come from the same ethnic
group that attacked the World Trade Center, you can forget about civil
rights,' he said."
not cops (The Plain Dealer)
"No idea, it has been said, is so bad that it can't be debated.
But some - like the suggestion now floating around Washington that
the Posse Comitatus Act be relaxed to give the military a domestic
law-enforcement role - should not get much time on anyone's agenda.
It counters core American beliefs and presents the potential for problems,
and dangers, this country does not need."
TIPS -- animated cartoon
by Mark Fiore
OKs Independent 9/11 Probe
The House voted Thursday to create an independent commission to study
the Sept. 11 hijackings despite White House concerns [i.e.,
fear of the truth emerging] that the panel would distract
intelligence agencies trying to prevent future attacks.
intelligence: Narco-terror profits funded Sept. 11 attack Profits
from drugs shipped by Afghanistan were used by Al Qaida in carrying
out the September 11 attacks, according to a classified report by
Israel's police intelligence service.
Touts Cap on Malpractice Awards
pResident Bush pressed Congress Thursday for a proposed cap on malpractice
awards to injured patients. Bush is calling for a $250,000 cap on
pain and suffering awards. [That's Bush for
you, looking out for the "little guy," and making sure he stays that
way! While his buddies steal billions, he wants to limit malpractice
suites to $250K! that's how little value Bush gives your life.]
Child Protection Under Fire
Jeb Bush's Department of Children & Families has come under attack
over two recent cases in which department workers allegedly lied about
making visits to check up on children. In one case, the department
learned 5-year-old Rilya Wilson was missing for more than a year;
she still has not been found. In the other, a caseworker filed a report
saying 2-year-old Alfredo Montez was fine, but police say he was beaten
to death before the worker's reported visit. [This
story speaks for itself. Another Bush mishandling of a 'fodder unit,'
as they call us.]
of Rabin quits post in protest
She opposes Sharon's policies on Palestinians -- Dalia Rabin-Pelosoff,
daughter of the assassinated Israeli leader who signed the Oslo peace
accord, resigned her post as deputy defense minister Tuesday in protest
of the army's reoccupation of Palestinian towns in the West Bank.
Cheney Mum at Urging of his Attorneys
Sources told the Daily News yesterday that with the urging
of his lawyers, Vice pResident Cheney has scaled back his crucial
public cheerleading role during a Securities and Exchange Commission
investigation of Halliburton's accounting practices while Cheney was
chairman and CEO. [That's it, Dick, keep
your mouth shut. A criminal should never be forced to speak in his
own defense. That's what the fifth amendment is for, one these corporate
criminals may want to salvage out of the ruins of the Bill of Rights.]
Pitt Raises a Promotion Commotion
Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, Harvey L. Pitt, has requested
to lawmakers to elevate his SEC job to Cabinet status -- with a higher
salary -- as part of the corporate reform bill.
Chief Seeks Promotion Harvey
L. Pitt, who barely goes a week without new calls for him to step
down as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission because
of his handling of the crisis in the markets, is asking Congress for
a raise and more respect.
focus on Wall Street investment firms
The Security and Exchange Commission has opened investigations into
12 Wall Street investment firms for possible conflict of interest
violations, the lead SEC investigator said today.
Time Warner Says SEC Is Investigating Transactions, Revenue Reports
AOL Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media company, said Wednesday
that the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into a series
of transactions that may have improperly boosted revenue.
Wide Shut -- by Bob Herbert
"The amount of the thievery was breathtaking, scores of millions
of dollars at last count. And it seemed to go on forever. But the
people who should have been watching the money at the SG Cowen and
Lehman Brothers brokerage firms never even noticed."
Stands by Plan to Allow Social Security Funds in Stock Market
Despite Wild Swings in Stock Prices Despite the stock market's recent
roller coaster ride, pResident Bush is sticking by his proposal to
allow younger workers to divert some of their Social Security taxes
to stocks and other private investments.
job approval dips from post-9/11 high
pResident Bush's approval rating has slipped to the mid-60s amid growing
nervousness about the economy.
can save economy, Gore tells youths
President Al Gore told a group of young Democratic activists yesterday
that victories by Democrats in the upcoming November elections are
the first step in rescuing the country from its current ''economic
Dept. forges ahead with TIPS, despite Armey ban
The Justice Department is forging ahead with establishing a network
of domestic tipsters -- despite being dealt what may be a deathly
blow to the plan: House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, inserted
last week a ban on the program in the bill to form a new Homeland
Security Summer Camp for Teens [!] Billed as one of the nation's
first "homeland security training summer camps for teenagers," a program
called Secure Corps in Bucks County [PA] is drilling 92 young men
and women in essential skills for this new, uncertain era. And those
skills include math: "If I have 40 acres of forest," runs a typical
problem, "how many search dogs will I need to find a fugitive?"
U.S. Military Doesn't Want Police Power
Despite the specter of new attacks on the United States, the U.S.
military opposes any move to give civilian police powers to the armed
forces to protect Americans, a top Army general said on Wednesday.
Blast IT Loophole in Homeland Security Plan
The White House proposal to create a Homeland Security department
could allow corporate scofflaws to hide nefarious business activities
from the public in the name of national security, critics warned today.
Defeated in Bid to Block UN Anti-Torture Pact
The United States on Wednesday lost a bid to block a draft anti-torture
treaty that would require U.N. inspections of prisons such as the
U.S. base in Cuba set up to hold Taliban and al Qaeda detainees.
Clears Way for Nevada Nuclear Waste Dump
Risking a backlash by Nevada's voters, pResident Bush signed legislation
in a private ceremony on Tuesday to make Yucca Mountain the burial
ground for the nation's deadly nuclear waste. A poll earlier this
year showed that 83 percent of Nevadans oppose the Yucca Mountain
Rectenwald replies to a rightwinger who wants to join the "Demoncrats"
Clinton Says Presidential Election Case Example of Supreme Court Gone
Awry The Bush v. Gore presidential
election case is an example of a hypocritical Supreme Court majority
that broadens the rights of states only when it serves conservative
ends, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday.
re-election [sic] support falls
Scandals, stocks drag down Bush's standing -- The economy and the
accounting scandals surrounding large corporations appear to be taking
a heavy toll on pResident Bush’s popularity, according to two opinion
surveys released Monday. In one of the polls, fewer than half of the
likely voters questioned said they believe he should be re-elected
the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll "Do you approve or disapprove
of the job pResident Bush is doing on the financial markets and corporate
Fall Sharply Once Again as Recovery Attempt Fails
Stocks fell once again today in volatile trading after they failed
in their attempt to recover from two weeks of heavy selling. The Standard
& Poor's 500-stock index fell below the 800 mark for the first time
in more than five years.
role in corporate fraud --
by Bill Black and James Galbraith "President [sic] George W.
Bush has reassured us that 'From the antitrust laws of the 19th century
to the S&L reforms of recent times, America has tackled financial
problems when they appeared.' But the savings & loan reforms came
seven years and 150 billion taxpayer dollars late. Nor did that problem
merely 'appear.' It was created by a deregulation bill in 1982 overseen
at that time by Vice President George Bush."
as Bad as Hoover (Consortiumnews)
"George W. Bush is shattering records for the worst first 18
months in office for a U.S. president [sic] as measured by the benchmark
Standard & Poor’s 500. In his first year-and-a-half in the White House,
Bush presided over a 36.9 percent decline, almost twice the percentage
drop of Herbert Hoover, the president who led the nation into the
Terrorism Policies Dismay Some Conservatives
Many religious conservatives who were most instrumental in pressing
pResident Bush to appoint John Ashcroft as attorney general now say
they have become deeply troubled by his actions as the leading public
figure in the law enforcement drive against terrorism.
Approves $28.9 Billion Anti-Terrorism Package
Congress prepared Tuesday to ship pResident Bush a compromise $28.9
billion anti-terrorism package.
army to engage in largest military simulation exercise yet
Some 13,500 people in 26 locations across the United States will take
part in one of the largest US Army exercises in history beginning
Wednesday and lasting three weeks.
Say G.O.P. Add-ons Threaten Bill for Security Dept.
A substantial number of Democrats say they are considering voting
against the proposed Department of Homeland Security when it reaches
the House floor on Thursday, complaining that Republicans had larded
the bill with pet ideological projects.
State in a land of superlatives
--by Doreen Miller "Today, we are standing on the threshold of
the addition of yet another superlative to our long, dubious list
of boasts: soon we are to be the largest police state that has ever
existed. Our government, under the pretext of homeland security, is
in the process of creating a division of secret informants whose scope
promises to far surpass the level of spying achieved by the Stasi,
secret police, in former Communist East Germany."
planes attack site in southern Iraq
For the second time in recent days U.S. warplanes bombed a military
communications site in southern Iraq, officials said Tuesday.
plans to attack Saddam, Tehran tells US
Iran's president, Mohammad Khatami, warned the US yesterday to abandon
its plans to attack Iraq and denounced what Tehran believes is a calculated
Bush mis-ministration campaign to provoke mass insurrection in Iran.
Price the American Empire?
-- by Patrick J. Buchanan "[Regarding terrorism on U.S. soil:]
But there has been no debate over the most critical question. Why?
Why do these Islamic radicals so hate us they are willing to commit
suicide, if they can take hundreds or thousands of us with them? In
our focus on improved intelligence, preemptive strikes, color-coded
alerts and evacuation plans, have we overlooked a course of action
that could end the threat of cataclysmic terror? Like Poe's 'Purloined
Letter,' is a way out right there on the mantelpiece in front of us?"
of 9/11 Response Not for Public, City Says
The Bloomberg mis-ministration has concluded that many of the audio
and written records of the Fire Department's actions on Sept. 11 should
never be released to the general public.
rights groups ask Bush to remove appointee after comments on Arab-Americans
Two civil rights groups asked pResident Bush on Monday to remove Peter
Kirsanow from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights after he said people
might demand internment camps for Arab-Americans if Arab terrorists
strike the United States again.
Judicial Nominee Challenged on Abortion Views Senate
Democrats sparred with pResident Bush's nominee to a key federal appeals
court yesterday, suggesting repeatedly that she has interpreted the
law to suit her own conservative views on abortion.
Victims Win Lawsuit Against Salvadoran Generals
A federal jury in a civil lawsuit ruled yesterday that two retired
Salvadoran generals now living in South Florida were responsible for
acts of torture committed 20 years ago by troops under their command.
Coulter, it's time to meet the truth police
-- by Richard Roeper "Coulter peppers her prose with terribly
faulty analogies, e.g., 'Hiring [George] Stephanopoulos [to do television]
would be the equivalent of a major network hiring Chuck Colson immediately
after Watergate.' Well, no. Chuck Colson was convicted of obstruction
of justice, a felony, and served seven months in prison. Stephanopoulos'
biggest crime was writing a self-aggrandizing tell-all book. Coulter
also has a habit of chastising liberals for their methodology and
then using the same techniques to make her own points."
Tumble, and the Fallout Is Going Global
The United States stock market fell sharply again yesterday. Investors
seemed to fear a slowdown in the world economy and shrugged off pResident
Bush's statement that "there is value in the market" now.
Said to Mold Deal to Help Enron Skirt Rules
Senior credit officers of Citigroup misrepresented the full nature
of a 1999 transaction with Enron in the records of the deal so that
the energy company could ignore accounting requirements and hide its
true financial condition, according to internal bank documents and
Confidence; Bush Cabal Drives US to the Brink of Collapse
-- by Al Martin "Another week has passed, as we inch ever closer
to the economic collapse of the United States. During this week we
have reached several new important milestones. Another $750 billion
of market capitalization has been lost, thus bringing the total loss
in market capitalization (during the eighteen months of the George
Bush II Regime) to $4.75 trillion."
Command chief backs domestic use of US military
US Air Force General Ralph E. Eberhart, head of the newly established
Northern Command, says he supports giving greater domestic powers
to the military in the Bush mis-ministration’s "war on terrorism."
Looks to Create New Crimes Class
Legislation passed by the House last week to get tough on corporate
wrongdoers contains a little-noticed provision that would make any
attempt to break a federal law a punishable act. Under the House legislation,
every federal crime would have a new partner provision covering the
"attempted" crime, which would carry the same penalty as
the crime itself.
Fever (The New York Times)
"The Bush administration plans to enlist millions of Americans
to spy on their fellow Americans, and to feed that information into
a centralized database. This ill-considered domestic spying program
should be stopped before it starts."
[sic] doesn't have absolute military authority over Americans
by Robyn E. Blumner "While the president [sic] has broad power
to conduct war, he does not have the absolute and unreviewable authority
to hold any suspected American for as long as this indefinite 'war'
on terror continues."
moves closer to war against Iraq
Despite the claims that the purpose of a war against Iraq is to overthrow
Saddam Hussein and establish democracy in Iraq, the Bush administration—itself
the product of an anti-democratic coup in the 2000 elections—has no
intention of installing a popular regime in Baghdad. Instead, its
goal is the seizure of Iraq’s huge oil reserves and the establishment
of unchallenged US strategic dominance in the two most important oil-producing
regions of the world, the Persian Gulf and Central Asia.
on Saddam will drag on, warns Turkey
Turkey has repeated its concern about United States military action
against Iraq as European governments expressed alarm at talk of overthrowing
Governor Signs Landmark Auto Emissions Law
California Gov. Gray Davis signed a landmark law Monday making his
state the first in the nation to regulate vehicle greenhouse gas emissions
in an effort to curb global warming.
Takes Lead on Auto Emissions
Gov. Davis to Sign Law On Pollution That May Affect All U.S. Drivers
-- The new law, to be signed today by Gov. Gray Davis (D), is the
first in the United States to directly affect consumers and to enlist
American drivers in reducing the potential of global warming.
makes candidacy official today
Janet Reno, 64 and a day, will formally qualify as a candidate for
governor today, leading a walk of state workers to the Capitol to
file campaign papers.
Hearing Set on Enron's Bankers
In the six years before Enron filed for bankruptcy protection, major
banks helped the company camouflage more than $8 billion in financing
and increase its cash flow through deals permitting Enron to raise
money without listing it as loans on financial statements, Senate
investigators have found.
Waxman has Directed his Staff to Begin Investigating Cheney's Involvement
with Halliburton Rep. Henry
A. Waxman, a California Democrat who was one of the earliest members
to begin investigating the collapse of the Enron Corp., said last
week that he has directed his staff to begin investigating Vice pResident
Cheney's involvement with Halliburton.
in U.S. could be held, official warns
Rights unit member foresees detainment A member of the U.S. Civil
Rights Commission said in Detroit on Friday he could foresee a scenario
in which the public would demand internment camps for Arab-Americans
if Arab terrorists strike again in this country.
plan facing opposition in public, House
The Postal Service itself said Wednesday that it would not participate
in Operation TIPS because it has a process for reporting suspicious
activities. On Friday, a House special committee on Homeland Security
approved legislation that would kill Operation TIPS.
call for study of military police powers
Homeland security Director Tom Ridge says the threat of terrorism
may force government planners to consider using the military for domestic
law enforcement, which is largely prohibited by federal law. pResident
Bush has asked Congress to thoroughly review the law that bans the
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines from participating in arrests, searches,
seizures of evidence and other police-type activity on U.S. soil.
on Court Nominee Centers on Abortion
The White House is heading toward a confrontation with Senate Democrats
and their allies in liberal advocacy groups over pResident Bush's
effort to give a federal appeals court seat to a conservative state
judge from Texas with a strong judicial record opposing abortion.
activists in sea protest
Two environmental activists have jumped into the sea in front of armed
cargo vessels carrying nuclear waste to Britain from Japan.
pictures: Nuclear ship protest
Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace set sail to protest
against a consignment of nuclear waste being transferred by cargo
ship from Japan to Britain.
in Bahrain benefited Harken, Bush
Five days after former President Bush was inaugurated in 1989, an
official from Bahrain set in motion a chain of events that allowed
the Texas oil company where the president's son was a director to
beat out Amoco for drilling rights with huge profit potential. George
W. Bush was on the board at Harken Energy Corp. when the company won
the right to drill for oil off the coast of Bahrain, a tiny Persian
Minefields (extended) -- List of SEC Chairman Harvey Pitt's law clients
at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.
The list was filed by Pitt with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics
on May 24, 2001. It contains only clients from whom he received $5,000
or more since Jan. 1, 1999.
Strong Voice Is Heard on Bush's Economic Team
With the stock market plunging the other day and surveys depicting
Americans as increasingly worried about the way the Bush mis-ministration
is dealing with the economy and corporate fraud, Treasury Secretary
Paul H. O'Neill, the administration's main voice on economic issues,
was in Kyrgyzstan.
Road to Perdition -- by Frank
Rich "Wagging the dog no longer cuts it. If the Bush administration
wants to distract Americans from watching their 401(k)'s go down the
toilet, it will have to unleash the whole kennel. Maybe only unilateral
annihilation of the entire axis of evil will do."
Files for Chapter 11 WorldCom
Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday, almost four
weeks after the telecommunications giant disclosed nearly $4 billion
in deceptive accounting.
Should Consider Giving Military Powers to Arrest and Fire Their Weapons
on U.S. Soil , Ridge Says The government should consider reversing
a more than a century of tradition and law to give the military authority
to make arrests and fire their weapons on U.S. soil in the event of
a terrorist attack, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said.
the Rubber Bullet The U.S.'s
nonlethal-weapons programs are drawing their own fire, mostly from
human-rights activists who contend that the technologies being developed
will be deployed to suppress dissent and that they defy international
weapons treaties. Through public websites, interviews with defense
researchers and data obtained in a series of Freedom of Information
Act requests filed by watchdog groups, TIME has managed to
peer into the Pentagon's multimillion-dollar program.
rallies US for strike on Iraq
pResident Bush has told US troops to be ready for 'pre-emptive military
action' against Iraq, as security sources warned that a massive assault
against President Saddam Hussein could be likely at 'short notice'.
Whitehall sources confirmed that Tony Blair had decided Britain must
back any US assault and had ordered defence planners to begin the
preparations for a new war in the Gulf.
anger over US atrocities in Afghanistan
Three weeks after an American AC-130 gunship killed and injured more
than 100 civilians in the small Afghan village of Kakarak, US military
officials have refused to admit that the raid was a mistake or to
rule out similar actions in the future.
NSA Draws Fire A scathing
House report charges the agency is badly mismanaged -- The intelligence
panel's Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, which released
an unclassified summary of its report last week, found that the NSA
is "unable to identify" how it spends the money it gets from Congress
each year "to any level of detail."
to Withhold Family Plan Money
In a policy reversal, the Bush mis-ministration will not pay $34 million
it earmarked for U.N. family planning programs overseas, an initiative
that conservative groups charge tolerates abortions and forced sterilizations
- 85 Famine Blamed on Pollution Nearly
two decades after one of the world's most devastating famines in Africa,
scientists are pointing a finger at pollution from industrial nations
as one of the possible causes.
urge reform of beef-recall rules
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision in February not to warn
companies about ConAgra ground beef suspected of having E. coli reveals
a weak and elusive recall system in which alerts are issued too late
to matter, critics say.
Bush Knew Firm's Plight Before Stock Sale
As a businessman in 1990, George W. Bush was deluged with confidential
information about the financial plight of a Texas oil company before
he sold the majority of his holdings and triggered a federal investigation,
according to Securities and Exchange Commission records.
Bush has lied to U.S. about economy
President Al Gore accused the Bush mis-ministration Saturday of lying
to Americans about the nation's economy. He also said, "I don't care
what anybody says. I think Bill Clinton and I did a damn good job."
for assault on sharemarket
Investors are bracing for a "Black Monday" as news of yet another
corporate scandal in the US pushed Wall Street to its lowest level
since October 1998.
US failure is official next week
WorldCom plans to file for bankruptcy protection from its creditors
by early next week, making it the biggest bankruptcy in US history,
people briefed on the matter said yesterday.
is safe from US carnage by
David Potts "Hang on to your hats. The fun, or horror, depending
on whether you're a share buyer or seller, is just beginning."
Military Role in U.S. Is Urged
The four-star general in charge of defending the United States against
attack said he would favor changes in existing law to give greater
domestic powers to the military to protect the country against terrorist
to interrogate Congress on leaks
The FBI is interrogating congressional aides, and members of Congress
believe they are next, in an extraordinary inquiry into leaks of classified
information from a congressional probe of Sept. 11 intelligence failures,
lawmakers and other officials said Thursday. Recent leaks have infuriated
the White House and prompted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to
warn staffers about news leaks.
in U.S. Air War Left Hundreds of Civilians Dead
The American air campaign in Afghanistan, based on a high-tech, out-of-harm's-way
strategy, has produced a pattern of mistakes that have killed hundreds
of Afghan civilians.
Calif. Officer Removed From Duty
The partner of a white policeman who was videotaped punching a handcuffed
black teenager has been removed from active duty after acknowledging
that he too struck the youth.
clears way for congressional pay raise
House lawmakers cleared the way Thursday to give themselves a pay
raise for the fourth straight year, increasing their salaries about
$5,000. If the raise goes into effect, members of Congress will make
$155,000 a year.
Reno Hosts a Dance Party
The turnout -- more than 2,500 people paying $25 apiece -- was a welcome
sight for Reno, who has become more aggressive in her underdog campaign
lately, proposing last week that Florida require lower prescription
War Chest Is Lacking, but Her Dance Card Is Full
Janet Reno, the pickup-driving, sensible-pump-wearing former United
States attorney general who is seeking the Democratic nomination for
governor of Florida. Ms. Reno drew about 2,200 people Friday night
to Level, one of the hottest night spots in the neon-lit oceanside
club district of Miami.
of CorporateLand Security
Restoring confidence in corporate America! -- by Mark Fiore (humor)
Lawmakers Bolt Bush's Herd
Less than four months before the midterm elections, nervous rank-and-file
Republicans are going their own way on issue after issue in Congress,
fearful about the economy and no longer counting on pResident Bush's
wartime approval ratings to carry them back into office.
House business ties Following
the recent spate of accounting scandals and cases of corporate malfeasance,
Americans increasingly are worried that the Bush mis-ministration
is too closely tied to big business, according to a poll released
Cheney, an '02 Liability?
Halliburton Probe Is Growing Worry for Bush, Hill Republicans As Vice
pResident Dick Cheney travels the country to raise money for Republican
candidates, local news coverage has begun to focus on the SEC investigation
and Democrats have begun making an issue of Cheney's lucrative stewardship
from DNC Chairman McAuliffe on Vice pResident Cheney and Halliburton
" Vice President [sic] Cheney should explain to the people of
Houston why his company misled investors while he was CEO of Halliburton.
The people of Houston know all too well the painful results of corporate
bubble burst? -- by Ellen
Goodman "Our first MBA president [sic], the man who once thought
it was a compliment to be called CEO of the United States, now has
a credibility gap on the economy as great as his predecessor had on
fidelity...But even less credible than Bush's economic analysis is
his moral analysis."
Continue Four-Month Rout; Dow Plunges 390 Stocks continued their
plunge yesterday in a four-month rout that has sent the major indexes
below their lows of last September and to levels that, if they hold,
will make this the worst year for the market since the 1970's.
boss sold £47m of shares before quitting A senior director of
AOL Time Warner, who resigned after its market value fell by more
than three quarters in a year, managed to cash in shares worth £47
million before he left.
Panel Approves Homeland Agency
A divided House committee voted Friday to create the giant Homeland
Security Department sought by pResident Bush, but not before a contentious
debate that led to a one-year extension of a looming deadline for
airports to begin screening airline bags for explosives.
Activates Tank Unit A day after pResident Bush's release of a
homeland defense strategy calling for the possible domestic use of
U.S. military forces, Alabama activated a 300-soldier Army National
Guard tank battalion as part of a homeland defense force.
secretly held 600 immigrant hearings
Justice letter raises questions about sweeping antiterror laws --
More than 600 immigrants nationwide have been jailed and subject to
secret immigration hearings since Sept. 11, according to new Justice
snoop troops -- by Derrick
Z. Jackson "It looks more ridiculous when the same White House
that is encouraging Americans to spy on one another is smashing every
magnifying glass placed over its own activities... When he was not
hiding in a bunker, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney spent the bulk
of 2001 and 2002 fighting some order to release the guest list for
his energy task force, the task force that turned Bush into marionette
for oil, gas, coal, and cars."
Renews Pledge to Strike First to Counter Terror Threats
pResident Bush today used a visit to the troops that battled Al Qaeda
fighters in Afghanistan to renew his vow that the United States will
strike pre-emptively against countries developing weapons of mass
destruction, telling 2,000 cheering troops that "America must act
against these terrible threats before they're fully formed."
is stonewalling the US anthrax investigation?
(WSWS) "Two commentaries by New York Times columnist Nicholas
Kristof, published July 12 and July 19, raise further questions about
the refusal of the FBI and the Bush administration to take any action
against the most likely suspect in the anthrax terrorist attacks that
killed five people last fall. These columns—and the near-universal
silence in the rest of the media—underscore the high-level complicity
in the suppression of any serious investigation into the terrorist
attacks that targeted two leading Democratic senators."
of stock holdings can bolster Social Security, Bush maintains
The plunging stock market and recent corporate implosions won't stop
the White House from driving ahead with plans to overhaul Social Security
to allow personal investment accounts.
Fuels Worry Over Glacial Melting Alaska's glaciers are melting
at more than twice the rate previously thought because of warming
temperatures, dramatically altering the majestic contours of the state
and driving up sea levels, according to a new study.
Launches the Nation's Second-Largest Recall of Beef Consumer
groups and some Democrats criticized the Bush mis-ministration for
delays in recalling the ConAgra beef. Carol Tucker Foreman, food policy
director for the Consumer Federation of America, said the USDA was
more concerned about protecting big agribusiness companies than consumers.
Demonstrate Against U.S.
Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of the capital Tehran
on Friday, chanting "Death to America" in a furious backlash against
pResident Bush's overtures to Iranian reformists.
Women Take Two Hostages Unarmed
women occupying at least four ChevronTexaco flowstations in southeastern
Nigeria took two oil workers hostage Friday in a bid to force company
officials to come to them for negotiations.
Niece Released from Florida Jail
Noelle Bush, the daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the niece of
the pResident, was released on Friday from a Florida jail where she
was held for three days for violating the terms of a court-ordered
drug treatment program.
Rectenwald replies to a rightwinger who declares, "ann coulter
is right about you guys"
Rectenwald replies to a rightwinger who tries to tell the CLG staff
about "Some Hard Facts"
Harris: No regrets over role in Florida results
Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris told a small crowd of
Republican loyalists in Texas that in her bid for a seat in Congress
she expects to be targeted by the national Democratic Party. Harris
said she has no regrets about the pivotal role she played in the 2000
presidential recount. ''We didn't have a constitutional crisis or
a threat to democracy in Florida -- we had a close election,'' Harris
You Help the President [sic] Help the President's [sic] Brother. He
Ain't Heavy -- by Ryan Lizza
"It is difficult to overestimate the importance the Bush administration
places on Florida. ...it is the state in which the president's younger
brother Jeb is running for reelection as governor this November. As
a result, it seems that no federal grant, no business loan, no tinkering
with federal policy that might give Jeb a political leg up is too
small to merit White House attention."
of Harvard's rescue at Harken
When George Bush was later involved in the struggling company Harken
Energy, it was his alma mater's endowment that came to the rescue.
The Harvard Management Co poured about $US30million into Harken, keeping
it afloat and helping to sustain Mr. Bush's career.
takes beating on business links
Americans worry that the Bush mis-ministration is too heavily influenced
by big business, fear that pResident Bush is hiding something about
his own corporate past, and judge the economy to be in its worst shape
since 1994, the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll shows.
Question Credibility of Army Secretary on Enron Thomas
E. White, the Army secretary and a former top executive for the Enron
Corporation, told a Senate committee today that he was unaware of
any efforts by Enron to manipulate energy prices in the California
power crisis of 2000 and 2001.
Street plunge swells US government deficit
The Bush mis-ministration announced July 12 that the federal government
would run a deficit of $165 billion during the current fiscal year,
a turnaround of nearly $300 billion from the $127 billion surplus
in the fiscal year which ended last September 30.
Leadership Bows to pResident on Security Dept.
The Republican leaders of the House said today that they planned to
give the Bush mis-ministration almost all of what it wanted in a new
Department of Homeland Security, proposing to restore to the department
most of the agencies that committees had voted to remove.
Ordered to Explain Holding Man Who Isn't Charged Government lawyers
have a week to explain why an American captured with Taliban fighters
is being held without any charges filed against him, Judge Robert
G. Doumar of Federal District Court ordered today.
Neighbor Is Watching -- by
Peter Y. Sussman "Operation Snitch is coming next month to a
neighborhood near you."
rats are coming -- by Gabriel
Ash "One of the current Administration's 'anti-terror' initiatives
is slowly taking shape, and it isn't a pretty sight."
or security? -- by John Chuckman
"Informing as part of an open society? Indeed, under Mr. Bush's
proposed Terrorism Information and Prevention System (TIPS for short)
- a kind of national, atomic-mutation of Neighborhood Watch - an estimated
four percent of Americans will join a long and glorious tradition
of state-security informants."
great charade As the West
prepares for an assault on Iraq, John Pilger argues that "war
on terror" is a smokescreen created by the ultimate terrorist
... America itself: "It is 10 months since 11 September, and
still the great charade plays on. Having appropriated our shocked
response to that momentous day, the rulers of the world have since
ground our language into a paean of cliches and lies about the 'war
on terrorism' - when the most enduring menace, and source of terror,
of the Missing Anthrax --
by Nicholas D. Kristof "It's bad enough that we can't find Iraqi
anthrax hidden in the desert. But it turns out that we also misplaced
anthrax and Ebola kept in a lab outside Washington D.C. Internal Army
documents about the U.S. biodefense program describe missing Ebola
and other pathogens, vicious feuds, lax security, cover-ups and a
'cowboy culture' beyond anyone's scrutiny."
battle in SoCal and Nevada to test battle technology
Preparations are underway in Southern California and Nevada for the
largest military experiment in U.S. history.
Leads Polls on '04 Democratic Race
GOP Seen Losing Ground in Presidential, Congressional Contests
the One Democrats Overwhelmingly
Prefer Al Gore to be Their Presidential Nominee in 2004, a New ABCNEWS
Troubles Rise for Gov. Bush
Pressure is mounting on Gov. Jeb Bush, from fellow Republicans as
well as Democrats, to take drastic steps to overhaul Florida's troubled
child welfare system.
Primary Has GOP on Edge Seven-term
Democratic Rep. Bob Clement has been touring the state, racking up
positive coverage with a study showing that Tennesseans pay about
twice what Canadians and Europeans do for prescription drugs.
clamor for cameras in cop cars
It took only hours for a videotape showing a police officer roughing
up a handcuffed teenager in Inglewood, Calif., to hit round-the-clock
national television newscasts. And it took barely as long for Roosevelt
Dorn, mayor of the Los Angeles suburb, to demand that video cameras
be installed in all of his city's patrol cars to record police activity.
Check: It's Business as Usual -- by Russell Mokhiber and Robert
Weissman "The predominant view in Washington right now is that
the corporate reformers are in control. President [sic] Bush's Wall
Street speech last week was a bomb, immediately discarded in Washington
circles as containing proposals that were too weak to constitute serious
right of thousands of defendants to trial by jury could be scrapped
in a radical overhaul of the criminal justice system, a leaked document
has revealed. (UK) It contains
proposals to reduce the number of trials heard by a jury, and to scrap
the rule whereby suspects cannot be tried twice for the same serious
offence. Judges would be allowed to sit alone to hear particularly
complex cases or ones which could expose jurors to intimidation.
in Congress for Full Airing of Iraq Policy
Concerned that the United States is rushing headlong toward a full-scale
military confrontation with Iraq, many Congressional Democrats and
a growing number of Republicans are urging the Bush mis-ministration
to provide a public accounting of its plans.
Panel to Defy Bush, Vote on Women's Treaty
In an almost unheard-of challenge to presidential [sic] prerogative,
the Democratic Senate is preparing to consider ratification of an
international treaty the White House has indicated it may not want
Finds Concerns That Bush Is Overly Influenced by Business Americans
worry that pResident Bush and his mis-ministration are too heavily
influenced by big business, fear that Mr. Bush is hiding something
about his own corporate past and judge the economy to be in its worst
shape since 1994, the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll shows.
Worries On The Rise Trust
in government is eroding amid increasing concerns about the economy,
the declining stock market and American business ethics. And that
could spell trouble for the White House and the GOP as the fall elections
near, a CBS News/New York Times poll finds.
Chief to Take Role in Cases of Former Clients
Harvey L. Pitt, the embattled head of the Securities and Exchange
Commission, said today that with the expiration of ethics restrictions
that have bound him during his first year in office, he would play
a direct role in enforcement cases involving companies and accounting
firms that were once his law clients.
giant fined $9 million Accounting
giant PricewaterhouseCoopers agreed to pay a $US5 million ($A8.99
million) fine to settle charges that its independence as an audit
firm was compromised, officials said today.
Companies Exploited California Market, GAO Says
Deregulation of electricity in California "created almost textbook
conditions" for energy companies to keep power prices unfairly high
in 2000 and 2001, a congressional investigation found.
Natural Gas Subsidiary Ordered to Return Windfall Profits
Federal energy regulators on Wednesday ordered an Enron Corp. subsidiary
to return windfall profits it earned for moving natural gas into California
during the state's energy crisis.
Urged to Resist Bush Proposal
pResident Bush would get several key priorities for his new Homeland
Security Department despite resistance from powerful lawmakers under
legislation being drafted Wednesday by leaders of a select House panel.
Freedom Corps, part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Operation TIPS - the Terrorism Information and Prevention System -
will be a nationwide program giving millions of American truckers,
letter carriers, train conductors, ship captains, utility employees,
and others a formal way to report suspicious terrorist activity. Operation
TIPS, a project of the U.S. Department of Justice, will begin as a
pilot program in 10 cities that will be selected.
Service Won't Join TIPS Program The Postal Service has decided
not to take part in a government program touted as a tip service for
authorities concerned with terrorism, but which is being assailed
as a scheme to cast ordinary Americans as "peeping Toms."
vs. Americans (The Boston
Globe) OPERATION TIPS - the Terrorism Information and Prevention
System - is a scheme that Joseph Stalin would have appreciated. Plans
for its pilot phase, to start in August, have Operation TIPS recruiting
a million letter carriers, meter readers, cable technicians, and other
workers with access to private homes as informants to report to the
Justice Department any activities they think suspicious. This is not
an updating of George Orwell's '1984.' It is
not a satire on the paranoid fantasies of right-wing
kooks who see black helicopters swooping across their big sky. It
will be a nationwide program run by Attorney General John Ashcroft's
American Stasi -- by Brian
Doherty "It’s like they aren’t even trying to pretend anymore...
The banner in the eagle’s mouth on the back of the Great Seal of the
United States might as well change from reading 'E Pluribus Unum'
to 'The innocent have nothing to fear.'"
to the (Citizen) Corps Rat
'Em Out -- by James Ridgeway "Not since the heyday of McCarthyism
has there been anything like it. On its Web site, the White House
tells how it is putting together the Citizen Corps, a vast network
of amateur spies who tattle on any neighbors, friends, acquaintances,
fellow workers, church parishioners, and family members they suspect
of having terrorist ties."
officials warn that U.S. policies threaten repression
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and former FBI and CIA
chief William Webster challenged administration policies dealing with
terrorism suspects Tuesday, and Christopher warned that secrecy threatens
to lead America down a path to repression.
Agent John Walker Lindh --
by Jennifer Van Bergen "John Walker Lindh's plea agreement means
that the government knew it had a weak case against Lindh. It also
means that the government has a new employee."
Policemen Indicted in Boy's Beating
Courts: Grand jury charges one Inglewood officer with assault under
color of authority and the other with filing a false report. They
are expected to appear today. The Los Angeles County Grand Jury indicted
two Inglewood police officers Wednesday on felony charges in the videotaped
beating of a 16-year-old boy who was handcuffed, then slammed onto
the trunk of a patrol car and punched in the face, according to officials
and others close to the case.
Jet Mistakenly Drops Bombs
[What, again???] An Air Force stealth fighter accidentally dropped
three dummy bombs into rural areas near the Texas-New Mexico border,
including one that may have struck a home, officials said Tuesday.
Daughter Is Sent to Jail After Breaking Drug Regimen
Noelle Bush, the 24-year-old daughter of Gov. Jeb. Bush, was sent
to Orange County jail in Orlando this afternoon after failing to meet
conditions of a court-ordered rehabilitation plan stemming from her
drug arrest in January.
Rectenwald responds to a sympathetic correspondent who writes, "My
concern is that argumentative pieces fuel Dubya’s claim that ALL criticisms
what Scott Pakin's automatic complaint-letter generator has to say
about Ann Coulter
the new version of FreeRepublic.com, designed specifically for hicks.
GOP Plans to Fight Parts of Senate Fraud Bill
Hastert and others will seek to delay, and likely dilute, proposed
changes. House GOP leaders, risking a backlash from a disgruntled
public and many of their own members, will fight some of the Senate's
proposed restrictions on fraudulent accounting practices that have
rocked Wall Street and frightened investors, key legislators said
Officials Ask Bush to Act on Global Warming
In a letter that attacks what it says is the Bush mis-ministration's
failure to address the looming crisis of global warming, the attorneys
general of 11 states have written to the president pressing for strong
federal measures to limit emissions of so-called greenhouse gases.
Palm Beach's New Voting Machines Have Problems
The voting machines that replaced butterfly ballots and hanging chad
are checked by an "Enron-style of auditing" and don't provide voters
any assurance that their votes are being cast, an expert testified
out to unshackle the military
Donald Rumsfeld is pushing a series of sweeping proposals that will
weaken congressional supervision of the Pentagon and give the military
more freedom to manage itself. The Pentagon has proposed eliminating
requirements for filing hundreds of reports on its activities to Congress
every year. It also plans to ban strikes by contract workers, axe
rules protecting civilian workers at the Pentagon and to bypass environmentalists
'may crash to six-year low'
World stock markets could plumb depths not seen for nearly six years,
experts warned last night. This followed a week in which share prices
on both sides of the Atlantic crashed to their lowest levels since
the 11 September terrorist attacks.
Grimy Trail in Business His
career offers a textbook example of shady doings -- by Robert Scheer
"Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney has spent most of the past
year in hiding, ostensibly from terrorists, but increasingly it seems
obvious that it is Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission,
the media and the public he fears. And for good reason: Cheney's business
behavior could serve as a textbook case of much of what's wrong with
the way corporate CEOs have come to play the game of business."
itself guilty of deceptive accounting, critics say
-- by Martin Crutsinger, AP economics writer "Lost in all the
outrage over the corporate accounting scandals is one fact politicians
do not like to acknowledge: The auditing problems at American companies
cannot rival the bookkeeping shambles of the world's largest enterprise
- the U.S. government."
to Wealth -- by Paul Krugman
"Why are George W. Bush's business dealings relevant? Given that
his aides tout his 'character,' the public deserves to know that he
became wealthy entirely through patronage and connections. But more
important, those dealings foreshadow many characteristics of his administration,
such as its obsession with secrecy and its intermingling of public
policy with private interest."
watchdog didn't bark Why
didn't the media question Bush's shady stock dealings before he became
president? [well, actually, before he stole the office in a coup d'etat]
-- by Harold Evans "...It is clear that in the course of making
roughly $16 million, Bush flouted securities laws, rode roughshod
over the rights of others and found protection among his father's
friends. (Bush's memory is fuzzy on some of the details.) But the
real mystery -- and it is every bit as important in a democracy as
what Bush knew and when he knew it -- is the one memorialized by the
'curious incident' of the dog that roused Sherlock Holmes' interest
in 'Silver Blaze.' The dog did nothing, Watson protested. But that
was the point, said Holmes: Why didn't the dog bark on the night of
market threatens many Americans' dreams
-- by Beth Healy "For most Americans, the collapse of the market
since March of 2000 has not only delivered a crushing blow to investment
accounts, but also to their plans, indeed to their present way of
life. Many people have lost a quarter to a half of their life savings
in two years."
Signed Stock 'Lockup' Letter
Two and a half months before George W. Bush sold his stock in a struggling
Texas energy company where he was a director, he signed a letter promising
to hold onto the shares for at least six months, internal company
Houston man on trial for taking photos of police from his own yard
"Got the shot, he saw the flash" --
Two Houston court cases are putting a new focus on your rights to
take still pictures of or videotape law enforcement officers in action.
over police beating of black youth in Los Angeles suburb
The violent police assault of 16-year-old Donovan Jackson in the Los
Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California on July 6 has drawn public
outcries and charges of police brutality and civil rights violations.
who taped arrest to serve 7 months
Just six days after Mitchell Crooks videotaped the violent arrest
of a teenager by police, the aspiring disc jockey was headed to jail.
Crooks was flown Friday to Placer County in northern California, where
he has to serve a 7-month sentence on an outstanding warrant, said
county sheriff's Capt. Rick Armstrong.
Verdict in Perjury Count in Louima Case
Charles Schwarz, the former police officer convicted twice before
in the assault of Abner Louima five years ago, was convicted of perjury
yesterday, but the jury deadlocked on three other charges.
Man Who Gave a Ride to Zacarias Moussaoui, and His Descent Into Indefinite
Federal Detention His name
is Hussein al-Attas. He is 24 years old. Ten months ago, he was arrested
by federal agents at the mosque where he worshipped... His attorneys,
silenced by a federal gag order, defend their client during closed
hearings and in legal motions filed under seal. Al-Attas has not been
charged with a crime.
Lead Shrinks A burst in the
number of undecided voters is narrowing Republican Gov. John G. Rowland's
lead over Democrat Bill Curry in this year's gubernatorial race, according
to a new University of Connecticut poll released Tuesday.
jets escort plane after passengers seen passing notes [?!?]
Military jets escorted a plane to LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday night
after a passenger became alarmed by others passing notes, officials
out Foxy’s exclusive interview with George Michael as he sets the
record straight on that song and video.
Editorial Cartoon from The
Miami Herald -- by Jim Morin
Criticizes News Leaks Disclosure
of military secrets to news organizations is hurting the Bush Fourth
Reich's "war against terrorism," Defense Secretary [and
rightwing nutcase] Donald H. Rumsfeld told senior civilian and military
Unveils Homeland Security Plan
The proposals include the creation of a top-secret
plan to protect the nation's critical infrastructure and
a review of the law that could allow the
military to operate more aggressively within the United States.
Votes to Increase Online Surveillance
Spurred by worries about electronic terrorism, [?!?] computer viruses
and other Internet intrusions, [?!?] the U.S. House of Representatives
voted on Monday to increase online surveillance and stiffen penalties
for computer crime.
bombing raids on Iraq as US seeks pretext for war
US warplanes over the weekend carried out an intensive bombardment
of both military and civilian targets in Iraq’s Dhi Qar province,
about 200 miles south of Baghdad, as Washington continued casting
about for a pretext for another war against the Arab country.
Stands Behind Attack Story
A senior military officer appeared Monday to change part of the U.S
version of the July 1 attack that killed dozens of Afghan civilians,
but later the Pentagon insisted there had been no shift.
Agrees to Censor Chinese Web Portal Internet portals in China,
including Yahoo!'s Chinese-language site, have signed a voluntary
pledge to purge the Web of content that China's communist government
deems subversive, organizers of the drive say.
Gov. Urged to Free Man Who Taped Cop Beating
Black activist Al Sharpton issued a moral appeal on Monday to California
Gov. Gray Davis to free the man whose videotape of a white police
officer beating a black teenager triggered angry protests.
Cameraman Accuses Prosecutors
An amateur cameraman who taped the violent arrest of a black teenager
said Tuesday he believes his own arrest was retribution for not cooperating
Halliburton Tarnish Firm's
Fall Raises Questions About Vice pResident's Leadership There -- by
Dana Milbank "An executive sells shares in his energy company
two months before the company announces unexpected bad news, and the
stock price eventually tumbles to a quarter of the price at which
the insider sold his. George W. Bush at Harken Energy Corp. in 1990?
Yes, but also Richard B. Cheney at Halliburton Co. in 2000."
Shatters Fund-Raising Record
pResident Bush demolished his own record for a single fund-raising
appearance Monday, hauling in nearly $4 million for Alabama's financially
trailing Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Bob Riley.
to Seek New Powers in Homeland Security Plan
pResident Bush will unveil the nation's first homeland security plan
on Tuesday, calling for new measures to prevent nuclear attacks and
for Congress to grant him expanded powers.
Minutes Waltz and a Skeptical Press Corps
-- by Dana Milbank "The White House's head fake over the Harken
minutes helps to explain the increasingly contentious coverage of
the administration. Arguably for the first time since Sept. 11, if
not since Bush's inauguration, [installation] the White House press
corps showed its teeth last week after smaller flare-ups over Enron
and the terrorism intelligence failures."
Agency Under Fire for Kid's Death
The beating death of a 2-year-old boy has put Florida's child welfare
system on the defensive again and led to calls for the department
Concerned Over HIV-Positive Muppet
HIV-Positive TV Muppet Worries U.S. Lawmakers -- Republican lawmakers
[rightwing nutcases] are worried about plans to introduce an HIV-positive
Muppet to the "Sesame Street" gang, Hollywood trade paper Daily
Variety reported in its Monday edition. A day after show executives
announced they would develop the as-yet-unnamed character for audiences
in AIDS-ravaged South Africa, five members of the House committee
on energy and commerce said the Muppet would be unwelcome on American
Continue Slide as Mistrust Plagues Markets
Plunging confidence slammed stocks on Monday, yanking major market
gauges to 1997 levels, as reports of accounting investigations, widespread
mistrust of balance sheets and a weakening U.S. dollar plagued the
Hits $1 for First Time Since 2000
The euro became worth more than the battered American dollar today
for the first time in more than two years, giving Europeans a shot
of pride at a time when many of them view the United States with some
US press didn't give Bush a burning
The papers knew about Dubya's deals in 2000. Strangely, they kept
quiet -- by Harold Evans "Last week another candidate for obloquy
emerged, the Harken Energy Corporation, and along with it one of its
directors and consultants from 1986 to 1990, GW Bush. This is the
very same GW Bush who told several hundred business leaders last Tuesday,
as their President, that he was determined to jail any of them caught
with a hand in the cookie jar."
Chief Rejects Calls for His Resignation Harvey L. Pitt, the chairman
of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said today that he would
not resign despite calls for him to do so by lawmakers who say he
has been lax in enforcing commission rules and shares responsibility
for the nation's corporate accounting scandals.
of the Garrison State (Excerpt)
-- by William F. Jasper "Using the pretext of responding to terrorist
threats, President [sic] Bush proposed changes that, in reality, have
long been planned to consolidate police-state powers at the federal
Taliban Lindh Pleads Guilty in Surprise Deal John Walker Lindh,
an American captured by U.S. forces during the war in Afghanistan
( news - web sites), pleaded guilty on Monday to two charges of aiding
the Taliban and carrying explosives, in a surprise plea deal that
spared him a possible life prison sentence.
Pleads Guilty in Surprise Deal John Walker Lindh, the American
captured in Afghanistan fighting for the Taliban, agreed Monday to
plead guilty to two charges in a surprise deal with prosecutors that
spared him from life in prison.
Stockpiling Precision Weapons
U.S. weapons makers have doubled the production rate of laser-guided
bombs, added a shift to assemble satellite-guided bomb tailkits and
boosted production at one ammunition factory to its highest level
in 15 years.
Win in Mexico Airport Battle
Farmers supported by anarchists and anti-globalization activists released
their last hostages Monday after winning the freedom of jailed comrades,
a victory in their battle to halt construction of a new Mexico City
planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies
The Bush Fourth Reich aims to recruit millions of United States citizens
as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties
groups. The Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS,
means the US will have a higher percentage of citizen informants than
the former East Germany through the infamous Stasi secret police.
The program would use a minimum of 4 per cent of Americans to report
Blast Corporate Scandals
Governors meeting at a national conference say the corporate scandals
shaking Wall Street have also hit Main Street USA -- from plunging
revenues that are prompting program cuts to declines in pension funds
clerics denounce plan to strike Iraq
British religious leaders, including the priest widely expected to
become the next Archbishop of Canterbury, have described United States
and British plans to invade Iraq and overthrow President Saddam Hussein
as immoral and illegal.
of a new imperialism In his
latest book, The New Rulers of the World, John Pilger argues
that the "war on terrorism" is a charade, masking an all-powerful
oppressor that dares not speak its name.
Department Detains Reporter Over Leaked Saudi Cable
State Department officials detained a young National Review
reporter for questioning at the daily briefing yesterday after he
asked about a classified cable involving embarrassing problems with
U.S. visas in Saudi Arabia.
braces for surge of nuclear waste traffic
As the federal government moves closer to approving Yucca Mountain
as the graveyard for spent fuel from nuclear power plants, Illinois
and other states must prepare for the decades-long procession of trucks,
trains and barges hauling the material to Nevada.
warms; Bush fiddles (Denver
Post) "Coloradans [sic] have reason to feel profoundly disappointed
by President [sic] Bush's tepid response to global warming. Our Rocky
Mountain environment could suffer significantly if Earth's average
temperatures continue creeping upward, yet the administration advocates
a do-nothing policy."
Protesters Freed in Bid to End Standoff
Mexican authorities said on Sunday they were releasing jailed protesters
on bail in a bid to end a four-day standoff with machete-wielding
farmers who oppose the construction of a new airport outside Mexico
urges farms to lobby for GM crops
The chemical giant Monsanto has written to more than a thousand Australian
farmers asking them to lobby the Federal Government in support of
its genetically modified canola crops.
recount troops land plum D.C. jobs
Many of pResident's appointees fought Gore's bid to take Florida,
White House -- John Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control,
caused a stir in May by accusing the Cuban government of transferring
bioweapons technology to rogue nations. Nineteen months ago, he caused
a different stir -- bursting into a Tallahassee library on behalf
of the Bush-Cheney campaign to stop a recount of Miami-Dade County
Halliburton CEO Says Cheney Knew About Firm's Accounting Practices;
'The Vice President [sic] Was Aware of Who Owed Us Money, And He Helped
Us Collect It'
Representative David Phelps (IL-19) Democratic Radio Response for
July 13, 2002: Defending the US Economy
"We cannot allow another day to go by without action, and I call
on every Member of Congress to join with me in passing the Sarbanes-LaFalce
Comprehensive Investor Protection Act."
says Bush 'Texans' tried to bully G8 host
'In your face with a boxing glove' -- Canadian officials say George
W. Bush's entourage at last month's G8 summit in Alberta behaved like
bully-boy Texas cowboys as they tried to take control of the agenda
set by Jean Chrétien. Officials said the Americans got into shouting
and swearing matches with their Canadian counterparts over everything
from photo-ops to the topics to be discussed by the leaders of Canada,
the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and Russia.
says Bush view of executive privilege is too expansive
A federal judge says the Bush Fourth Reich has a disturbingly broad
legal view of confidential advice to the pResident that would keep
a huge amount of government information secret.
Warnings on Patriot Act Proving True
Statement by Senator Russ Feingold on the Anti-Terrorism Bill from
the Senate Floor, October 25, 2001
Papers Offer Details on Bush Knowledge
A confidential Harken chronology, obtained by the nonpartisan Center
for Public Integrity, said that 16 days before he sold the 212,140
shares of Harken stock, Bush was sent the company's "weekly flash
report," giving "information provided by subsidiaries regarding estimated
historical and projected earnings."
Abuses Giving Democrats a Campaign Issue
From scouring the voting records and business backgrounds of Republican
opponents to preparing television advertisements promising to "hold
corporate executives accountable," Democrats are moving to turn the
battle over corporate governance to their advantage this fall.
on Cheney Energy Files to Proceed
A federal judge chastised the Bush mis-ministration for seeking "aggrandizement
of executive power" in a ruling that allows a lawsuit seeking information
about the mis-ministration's energy policy to proceed.
Tough Times, a Company Finds Profits in Terror War The
Halliburton Company, the
Dallas oil services company bedeviled lately by an array of accounting
and business issues, is benefiting very directly
from the United States efforts to combat terrorism.
U.S. Corporate Watchdog Served at Troubled Firm Providian Settled
Allegations of Fraud -- pResident Bush's top official on corporate
crime and responsibility was a director of a credit card company that
paid more than $400 million to settle allegations of consumer and
Was Punched by a Second Officer
Investigation: Blows were struck before
the events recorded on a widely publicized videotape, an Inglewood
police incident report reveals. The partner of Inglewood Police Officer
Jeremy Morse twice punched 16-year-old Donovan Jackson before the
suspect was handcuffed and a bystander shot the videotape of Morse
hitting him, according to a report signed by both officers.
Is Sought for Defense of Man Who Videotaped Beating
Coalition: Inglewood community leaders say the fugitive's alleged
offenses were "minor." Waving four checks in the air, Rep. Maxine
Waters (D-Los Angeles) announced Saturday that a coalition of Inglewood
organizations and leaders is trying to raise $10,000 for the legal
defense of Mitchell Crooks, the man who videotaped Inglewood police
officers beating a 16-year-old boy last week.
over it? Not this filmmaker --
by C.B. Hanif "For Americans who consider it a patriotic duty
to ensure that every citizen has an equal opportunity to vote and
to have his or her vote counted, restoring confidence in the electoral
process means looking first at Florida. That's what Faye Anderson
has done as producer of Counting on Democracy."
of Captured American Must Testify, Judge Rules
With critical legal arguments beginning next week in the government's
case against John Walker Lindh, the judge ruled today that his lawyers
should be able to question in court a reporter who interviewed Mr.
Lindh shortly after his capture in Afghanistan.
See Scandals as Chance to Attack Privatizing Social Security
Seizing on the Wall Street scandals to press their agenda on Social
Security, Democratic leaders in Congress demanded today that pResident
Bush and his party renounce efforts to shift part of Social Security
into private investment accounts.
seek officer's arrest in taped beating
Irate activists -- including the son of civil rights icon Martin Luther
King Jr. -- loudly protested the police treatment of African-American
teen Donovan Jackson on Friday, saying the officers involved should
be fired and jailed.
House: Deficit to Hit $165B
The White House released new budget deficit projections today that
showed the federal government to be about $165 billion in the red
this fiscal year.
Figure Behind Greens Offer, N.M. Official Says
The chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico said yesterday
he was approached by a GOP figure who asked him to offer the state
Green Party at least $100,000 to run candidates in two contested congressional
districts in an effort to divide the Democratic
Seize Maker of Tape of Boy's Arrest
The bystander who videotaped a violent arrest by the police in Inglewood
was arrested today. The bystander, Mitch Crooks, 27, was seized outside
a CNN studio, where he was scheduled to be interviewed.
who taped police incident leaves hospital Screams
'Help! Help!' as he is driven away
-- The man who videotaped Inglewood police roughing up African-American
teenager Donovan Jackson was released from a hospital early Friday
after being taken into custody. [?!? Incident #5,467,338 in AshKKKroft's
nascent Fascist police state...]
Taliban Suspect Is Denied a Lawyer
A court must reconsider his order allowing an American-born suspected
Taliban to meet with his lawyers, because the judge did not adequately
consider the government's position that the prisoner is an enemy combatant,
an appeals court ruled Friday.
on Prisoner's Access to Lawyers Overturned
A court must reconsider its order allowing an American-born suspected
Taliban to meet with his lawyers, because the judge did not adequately
consider the government's position that the prisoner is an enemy combatant,
an appeals court ruled Friday.
Violated Security Laws Four Times, SEC Report Says
George W. Bush violated federal securities laws at least four times
when he was a director of a Texas oil firm in the late 1980s and early
1990s, according to an internal government report.
Material witnesses can be held in 9/11 probe without charges
A federal judge on Thursday declared as constitutional the government's
jailing of witnesses in the September 11 investigation without bringing
Eyes Americans in Terror Search
American citizens may be among those serving as behind-the-scenes
advisers to al-Qaida cells operating in the United States, law enforcement
Create a Live Polio Virus
Scientists reported yesterday that they had constructed a virus from
scratch for the first time, synthesizing a live polio virus from chemicals
and publicly available genetic information.
Virus Created in N.Y. Lab
Researchers in New York have created infectious polioviruses from
ordinary, inert chemicals they obtained from a scientific mail-order
house, marking the first time a functional virus has been made from
scratch and raising a host of new scientific and ethical concerns.
Anthrax Files -- by Nicholas
D. Kristof "When someone expert in bio-warfare mailed anthrax
last fall, it may not have been the first time he had struck. So while
the F.B.I. has been unbelievably lethargic in its investigation so
far, any year now it will re-examine the package that arrived on April
24, 1997, at the B'nai B'rith headquarters in Washington D.C."
Insider Game -- by Paul Krugman
"The bottom line is that in the last week any hopes you might
have had that Mr. Bush would make a break from his past and champion
desperately needed corporate reform have been dashed. Mr. Bush is
not a real reformer; he just plays one on TV."
As Corporate Reformer --
by Molly Ivins "It is not Bill Clinton's
fault that George Bush's business career reeks. From Arbusto
to Spectrum 7 to Harken Energy to the baseball deal, all of it smells
- and the efforts to perfume it with spin are embarrassing. Will someone
inform Ari Fleischer that after Bush unloaded his Harken stock at
$4 a share, the price promptly slid to $1.25? Perhaps this will prevent
more misleading statements."
Political Work Faulted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill
Curry Thursday blasted Gov. John G. Rowland for having his office
staff spend state time handling the business of the Republican Governors
Association, of which Rowland has been chairman since last year.
USA TODAY newspaper's website was broken into late Thursday
evening by hackers who put up a series of stories blasting George
Bush and Donald Rumsfeld.
One headline entitled 'Bush proposes another new Cabinet post' linked
to an article purportedly filed by the Associated Press: Today,
George W. Bush has proposed yet another cabinet level position. The
Cabinet Minister for Propoganda [sic] and Popular Englightenment
[sic], will be setup to complement the recent addition of the
department of Homeland Defense. It is reported that, if approved,
Bush would appoint Dr. Joseph Goebbels to the post... If the move
is succesful [sic], people close to the Whitehouse [sic]
think there could be a turf war between Goebbels and White House Press
Secretary Ari Fleischer. Since September 11th, Fleischer has come
to enjoy controling [sic] public opinion and has expressed
dissatisfaction with the idea of a Popular Englightement [sic]
Nader Praises George W. Bush's Corporate Reform Proposals Ralph
Nader said on Tuesday that pResident Bush was in a unique position
to clean up corporate America. "If
it takes one to know one [irresponsible corporatist], he should
be in a very experienced position to advocate a comprehensive corporate
reform package and get it through Congress," Nader, the Green
Party 2000 presidential candidate, told reporters on a visit to Cuba.
Perot Denies He Helped Manipulate Energy Market
H. Ross Perot, whose computer company has been accused of helping
energy traders manipulate the California power market, flatly denied
any wrongdoing today by saying at a State Senate hearing that the
company had tried to sell its services to the traders but was rejected.
House candidate says incumbent too liberal and Jewish for district
Rep. Sander Levin's opponent in a Democratic primary says the incumbent
shouldn't represent the redrawn Detroit-area congressional district
because he is liberal and Jewish. Michigan state Rep. William Callahan
said redistricting has made the 12th District more conservative and
mostly Roman Catholic. "I mean, that man has never owned a Christmas
tree. He's not a Christian," Callahan said in an interview.
Drug Coverage Private, Bush Says
pResident Bush warned Congress today not to adopt a system of prescription
drug coverage for older Americans that is run directly by the government,
saying such federal control would "stifle innovation" in drug treatments
and restrict patients' ability to get the medicine they need. [Not
to mention, dig into the corporate-gouging profiteering by his installers
in the 2000 coup...]
Refuses to Release Harken Energy Corp. Records The White House
refused to release records of Bush’s service on Harken’s board. Bush
had pointed to those records during a news conference on Monday when
asked about his role in the sale of a subsidiary. The transaction
later was used by Harken to mask losses.
House Stand on Florida Manatee is Faulted
A federal judge has ruled that the Bush mis-ministration's failure
to create adequate sanctuaries for Florida's endangered manatees violated
a settlement reached last year with private groups that had sued to
Searching for Sleeper [?!?] Cells [ROFL!
Trolling desperately for ends to justify the means...] FBI agents
are searching for Americans and others they suspect of advising al-Qaida
cells operating underground on U.S. soil and preparing for another
terror attack, law enforcement officials say.
in U.S. suspected of ties to al Qaeda
U.S. intelligence [sic] agencies are watching several groups of Middle
Eastern men thought to be part of an infrastructure of as many as
5,000 al Qaeda terrorists and their supporters in the United States,
The Washington Times has learned. Small groups of about a half-dozen
men in Seattle, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta are under surveillance
by FBI and other intelligence agencies.
Three Unlicensed Smallpox Vaccines be Used to Immunize 500,000 Americans?
-- by Meryl Nass, MD "An estimated 500,000 first responders,
lab and hospital workers will receive smallpox vaccine, the Department
of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced yesterday. This is an
interesting announcement, because to my knowledge there exist no FDA-licensed
smallpox vaccines. There are three vaccine candidates whose safety
and efficacy are uncertain at this time."
Mass Inoculations Could Produce Disease Outbreak
Before fall, hundreds of Illinois medical and emergency personnel
will be given the smallpox vaccine as a "first line of defense" against
a disease-bioterrorism attack. Critics are very concerned that forcing
medical personnel to have the smallpox vaccine could cause a massive
outbreak of the disease.
Michael Feels Unsafe in U.S.
George Michael says he's nervous to return to his home in the United
States because of the criticism he's received for his new song and
video, "Shoot the Dog."
of Homeland Plan Assailed
House Panels Vote to Block Transfers of Some Agencies -- pResident
Bush's plan to create a Homeland Security Department came under sharp
congressional criticism yesterday, with some House committees voting
to prevent key agencies from moving into the new department.
see bonanza in homeland security
As government workers browse the booths at a high-tech expo here,
a large placard declares, "Homeland Security and Defense is SERIOUS
BUSINESS." New federal outlays for homeland defense are expected to
hit $57.2 billion by next year, and pResident Bush has made it clear
the investment will continue for years to come. In a faltering economy,
it's one of the few things growing.
Capital Unveils $800 Million Security Plan
Retractable steel posts, low walls, reinforced benches and street
lamps would replace the ugly concrete barriers and planters that barricade
the U.S. capital's landmarks, under a costly new security plan released
Calls for End to Loans of a Type He Once Received
pResident Bush received two low-interest loans to buy stock from an
oil company where he served as a board member in the late 1980's.
He then benefited from the company's relaxation of the terms of one
loan in 1989 as he was engaged in the most important business deal
of his career. On Tuesday, Mr. Bush called for a halt to those types
of insider transactions.
Got Harken Low-Interest Loans
pResident Bush received two low-interest loans in the 1980s from a
Texas oil company where he was a director, a practice he asked companies
to end as part of his proposal to discourage corporate wrongdoing,
according to published reports.
named in fraud suit Vice
pResident Richard B. Cheney was named yesterday with the energy company
he headed in a lawsuit by investors that cited bookkeeping practices
under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
praises Arthur Andersen in 1996 video
A 1996 promotional videotape has surfaced that features Dick Cheney
praising now-disgraced Arthur Andersen LLP for going above and beyond
routine audits for the company he ran for five years.
Confirms SEC Probe Bristol-Myers
Squibb Co. on Thursday said that U.S. regulators are probing its sales-incentive
programs that led to excessive wholesaler purchases of its prescription
drugs last year and bolstered fourth-quarter earnings.
Approve US Airways Loan Guarantee
The federal government gave conditional approval Wednesday to US Airways'
application for a $900 million federal loan guarantee the airline
says it needs to avoid bankruptcy.
Rejects Force Against Iraq Jordan rejects the use of force against
Iraq and will not allow foreign troops to use its territory in an
attack against its eastern neighbor and main trade partner, a Cabinet
minister said Wednesday.
Condemns Palestinian Attacks
Amnesty International condemned Palestinian suicide bombings and other
attacks on Israeli civilians Thursday as "crimes against humanity"
and unjustified by Palestinian political grievances.
Drop Sharply Again, Hitting Lowest Point Since '97
The worst bear market in a generation deepened today as stocks fell
sharply for their third straight session, leaving several of the leading
market indexes at their lowest levels since 1997.
speech lacks substance, style
-- by Bill Barnhart "Teddy Roosevelt, he wasn't. Investors turned
thumbs down Tuesday on President [sic] Bush's effort to buck them
Relieved of Duty in Inglewood Beating
An Inglewood "police officer" [actually, a Fascist pig]
was relieved of duty Monday after television broadcast a videotape
of him lifting a limp, handcuffed teenager by his clothes, smashing
his head on a car trunk and then punching him in the face.
Teen Sues Police Over Arrest
The black teenager videotaped being punched in the face by a white
policeman sued the officer, Inglewood and Los Angeles County on Wednesday
in a case that has drawn comparisons to the Rodney King beating.
behavior of police under investigation
The FBI has opened another investigation into a videotaped incident
in Oklahoma City where two white officers used batons to subdue a
Court Reject Detainees' Appeal
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an ACLU request to
force the government to release the names of Muslims and Arabs being
held in jail as part of the terrorism investigation. [...shades of
Nazi Germany, circa 1939..]
Dept. Investigating Email "Leaks" in Walker Lindh Case Government
prosecutors have revealed that they've opened an investigation, through
the Justice Department's inspector general's office, of a leak of
Injustice Department emails withheld from John Walker Lindh's defense
Drops Demand for War Court Immunity
The Bush mis-ministration agreed today to drop its demand that the
U.N. Security Council grant Americans serving in U.N. peacekeeping
missions permanent immunity from the international war crimes tribunal.
Passes Bill to Allow Airline Pilots to Carry Guns
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly today to let airline
pilots carry guns in their cockpits. A similar proposal is gaining
support in the Senate, making it likely that Congress will try to
overrule an mis-ministration decision that pilots should not be armed.
is Gore's for the taking
-- by Steve Neal "Al Gore has decided to make another run for
the presidency, and his renomination by the Democrats in 2004 is inevitable.
He could very well be the next president of the United States."
Justice Scalia, a Chilling Vision of Religion’s Authority in America
-- by Sean Wilentz "Justice
Scalia's remarks show bitterness against democracy, strong dislike
for the Constitution's approach to religion and eager advocacy for
the submission of the individual to the state. It is a chilling mixture
for an American."
overturns ban on selling arms to Israel
Britain’s Labour government has effectively overturned its official
ban on exporting arms to Israel.
preparing full-scale invasion of Iraq
Recently leaked Pentagon documents as well as reports on strategic
preparations by the US military indicate that the Bush mis-ministration
is preparing a massive invasion of Iraq within the next several months.
Considers Wary Jordan as Base for an Attack on Iraq
American military planners are considering using bases in Jordan to
stage air and commando operations against Iraq in the event the United
States decides to attack Iraq, senior defense officials said today.
Panel to Ask Bush Aides to Give Details on His Iraq Policy
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to hold hearings later
this summer to question senior mis-ministration officials on their
Iraq policy, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the committee chairman,
Question Arms Control Treaty
Democratic senators criticized the Bush mis-ministration's approach
to nuclear arms control yesterday, questioning the wisdom of a U.S.-Russia
treaty that makes deep cuts in long-range nuclear arsenals but provides
few verification measures and no guarantee that decommissioned weapons
would be destroyed.
Rep Hooted Off AIDS Stage
About 50 AIDS activists shouted, whistled and booed their way though
a speech Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of Health [and rightwing nutcase]
Tommy Thompson, who delivered the entire, inaudible address shielded
by nearly a dozen Secret Service and other security agents.
Shouted Down at Conference Health
and Human Services Secretary [and rightwing nutcase] Tommy Thompson
was shouted down Tuesday by protesters demanding more U.S. funding
for the fight against AIDS, as delegates to an international conference
discussed how to finance the global war against the deadly virus.
Approves Nuclear Waste Site in Nevada Mountain
The Senate gave final Congressional approval today for the establishment
of a nuclear waste repository deep inside Nevada's Yucca Mountain.
pResident Cheney Sued Personally for Alleged Stock Fraud
Alleged Fraudulent Accounting Practices Occurred at Halliburton --
Judicial Watch, the group that investigates and prosecutes corruption
by government officials, announced today that it is filing a shareholders
suit in Dallas, Texas, against Vice pResident Dick Cheney and the
other involved directors of Halliburton, as well as Halliburton itself,
for alleged fraudulent accounting practices which resulted in the
overvaluation of the company’s shares, thereby deceiving investors
Group to File Suit Vs. Cheney
Judicial Watch said Tuesday it will file a shareholders lawsuit against
Vice pResident Dick Cheney and his former employer, Halliburton Co.,
claiming they engaged in accounting fraud.
Lay Shielded Errant TX Businesses from Lawsuits
With a thicket of high-profile lawsuits pending against Enron and
its henchmen, it’s time to review pResident Bush and Ken Lay’s ménage
a trois with tort reform.
WorldCom Inc. says it will know within three weeks whether it will
pursue what would be the largest corporate bankruptcy filing in U.S.
Street Cold to Bush Remarks
Investors sent stocks sharply lower for a second consecutive session
Tuesday as worries about second-quarter earnings reports overshadowed
pResident Bush proposal to increase the penalties for corporate fraud.
Tumble During Bush Term is Biggest Since Nixon (Update2)
The U.S. stock market has declined more during George W. Bush's first
17 months as pResident than at any time since Richard Nixon took office
To Investigate Calif. Cops
The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation into the case of
a California officer captured on video as he slammed a handcuffed
teenager's face into a police car.
Joins Probe of Calif. Teen's Beating by Police
The FBI on Tuesday began investigating the videotaped beating of a
black teenager by a police officer in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood,
but the city's mayor demanded that the officer face assault, battery
and child abuse charges without further delay.
Boy Nearly Beaten to Death by Pastor- Police
Texas police on Tuesday sought a Baptist pastor and his twin brother
on charges they used a tree branch to beat an 11-year-old boy nearly
to death for misbehaving in a Bible class.
York Court Rules Inmate Cannot be Executed
New York's highest court ruled today that the first man condemned
to death under the 1995 death-penalty law cannot be executed because
the statute included a constitutional flaw at the time of his trial.
to relax laws against marijuana use
Britain will respond this week to a dramatic surge in cannabis use
by easing laws and allowing millions of marijuana users to smoke without
fear of arrest.
I won't serve Sharon -- by
Shlomi Segall "I remember talking to a friend, trying to justify
why I'd collaborated with a policy that denied a Palestinian father
the only means of bringing food to his children. No more. No more
excuses. We members of Courage to Refuse, reserve soldiers who have
vowed not to serve in the occupied territories, will not set foot
beyond the 1967 line unless it is in civilian clothes and as invited
Stores Raided in Al Qaeda-Related Probe
The FBI and the Immigration and Naturalization Service have raided
75 jewelry stores [?!?] and kiosks in U.S. shopping malls as part
of an investigation into suspected money laundering by the al Qaeda
terrorist network, officials said yesterday.
tells NAACP there's a conspiracy to cut back rights
The right-wing conspiracy is operating out of the Department of Justice
and the office of White House Counsel, Julian Bond said last night
in a keynote address to the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People.
asks California to monitor FBI spying
The American Civil Liberties Union has urged state Attorney General
Bill Lockyer to prevent FBI spying on political dissidents after recent
revelations the agency had done so in the past.
Invokes Sovereignty Wrongly, Sacrifices It Recklessly --
by Margaret Krome "The Free Trade Area of the Americas is an
outrageous attack on our nation's sovereignty. Corporate free traders
should hide their heads at proposing these shameful provisions."
past business dealings come back to haunt him
On the eve of a much publicized speech to business executives on Wall
Street, George W. Bush held an impromptu press conference Monday at
which he was peppered with questions regarding his own dealings as
a board member of Texas-based Harken Energy more than a decade ago.
Business Ethics -- by Eric
Alterman "Bush claims to have a stellar record of honesty and
integrity as both an oil man and part-owner of the Texas Rangers.
But as Talk Magazine and the Center for Public Integrity have
plague detected in Kazazhstan
A case of bubonic plague has been detected in southwestern Kazakhstan,
and doctors have placed those in contact with the infected person
in isolation, state television channel Khabar said on Monday.
Execs Take the Fifth Invoking
his Fifth Amendment right, WorldCom's former chairman refused to answer
questions Monday from a congressional panel investigating nearly $4
billion in accounting irregularities at the telecommunications giant.
Says SEC's Pitt Should Resign
Sen. John McCain on Monday joined Senate Democratic leader Thomas
Daschle in calling for the resignation of Securities and Exchange
Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt, accusing him of an inadequate response
to the accounting scandals plaguing corporate America.
Meek's Son to Run for Fla. Seat
Democratic state Sen. Kendrick Meek said Monday that he will run for
the congressional seat his mother is giving up after five terms.
Concerns With Homeland Security
Business groups and port officials are raising new objections to transferring
the Customs Service to a new Homeland Security Department.
opens NAACP conference with swipe at Bush 'dynasty'
Veteran civil rights leader Julian Bond opened the 93rd annual convention
of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
on Sunday night with an uncompromising attack on the Bush Fourth Reich,
Attorney General John Ashcroft and what Bond called "a
Head: Preserve Civil Liberties
NAACP President Kweisi Mfume said Monday that Americans must work
to preserve their civil rights in the post-Sept. 11 world because
fear of terrorism can lead to individual liberties being trampled.
Shows Cop Punching Teenager
An amateur video shows Inglewood police officers [Fascists] punching
a teenager and slamming his head against the hood of a patrol car,
and the department said it will investigate.
High Court Delays Executions
Court to Review June Death Penalty Ruling by Supreme Court -- Two
executions set for this week were put off Monday by the Florida Supreme
Court so it can consider whether the state's capital punishment law
anthrax to blame for mail deaths?
Eight Brentwood postal workers have died since the anthrax scare.
Brentwood workers and their families
are suspicious of official explanations, given the tardy government
response to threats to their health after an anthrax-filled letter
arrived Oct. 15 at Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office.
the Anthrax Case -- Amid
unusually intense political pressure, FBI officials are sharply divided
over the next steps in their nine-month-old anthrax investigation,
law-enforcement sources say. The senators and their staffs were demanding
answers in the wake of media criticism.
Innocence, Ours -- by Marc
Ash "It is difficult to imagine what it would take to make the
case to the American center that Mr. Bush and his associates are up
to no good. The information in the public record to date is so damning
that it should have toppled this regime five times over."
'to attack Iraq via Jordan'
Military planners prepare to use British forces in an allied assault
within months -- American military planners are preparing to use Jordan
as a base for an assault on Iraq later this year or early in 2003,
The Observer can reveal.
Wants to Ensure Iraq is Free of Nonconventional Weapons Before Strike,
Iraqi Paper "If they exist,
as they (the Americans) think they do, they will dismantle them so
that they can start their aggression on Iraq," the newspaper wrote.
"Once they enter the country and accomplish their objective, they
will launch their aggression within 15 days or a month."
'will expire by 2050' --
by Mark Townsend and Jason Burke Earth's population will be forced
to colonise two planets [?!?] within 50 years if natural resources
continue to be exploited at the current rate, according to a report
out this week.
assertions they knew little, Enron directors ignored repeated warnings
about problems, Senate report says
Enron's board closed its eyes to evidence the company was heading
for financial disaster, and claims by former directors that they were
kept in the dark are untrue, a Senate report concludes.
and Cheney face scrutiny in financial scandals
Some financial skeletons are starting to rattle in the cupboard for
both pResident Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney, increasing the
political danger to the Republican Party posed by the series of accounting
and insider trading scandals.
the President's [sic] Enrons
-- by Frank rich "It is now more than six months since the president
[sic] promised 'a lot of government inquiry into Enron.' Since then,
Playboy has done a better job of exposing the women of Enron
than the Bush administration has done at exposing its men. Just as
the Justice Department rounded up some 1,000 alleged Sept. 11 suspects
and failed to indict a single one of them for terrorist activity,
so it has made a big show of its shaky Andersen conviction while failing
to indict a single Enron executive or individual Andersen accountant."
in Business -- by Paul Krugman
"The point is the contrast between image and reality. Mr. Bush
portrays himself as a regular guy, someone ordinary Americans can
identify with. But his personal fortune was built on privilege and
insider dealings — and after his Harken sale, on large-scale corporate
Subsidies That Kill -- by
Nicholas D. Kristof "Could there be a worse indictment of American
agricultural policy, rendered even more scandalous by the new $180
billion farm bill signed by President Bush [sic] ? Actually, there
is a worse indictment. By inflating farm subsidies even more, Congress
and the Bush administration are impoverishing and occasionally killing
Africans whom we claim to be trying to help."
Supports Afghan Pipeline
U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy told Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper
that the US government supports a proposed 1,500 kilometer pipeline
to facilitate gas transportation from Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan
and into Pakistan.
approved Hussein kin's training
The U.S. government knew as early as June 24 that Mohammad Nour Al-Din
Saffi wanted to come to Miami from New Zealand for training at the
same flight school used by one of the Sept. 11 terrorists.
Police Say Terror Suspect Worked for Them
A man investigated in a crackdown on suspected Islamic extremists
in Hamburg, the city where three September 11 suicide hijackers lived,
had been working for the police, police said on Saturday. A spokesman
said the man questioned on Wednesday was a 41-year-old Moroccan who
worked as a state police archivist.
debunk report of Florida cell
Local, state and federal officials have rushed to refute a statement
by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz that there is an al Qaida
cell active in Jacksonville.
to Vaccinate 500,000 Workers Against Smallpox
The federal government will soon vaccinate roughly a half-million
health care and emergency workers against smallpox as a precaution
against a bioterrorist attack, federal officials said. The government
is also laying the groundwork to carry out mass vaccinations of the
public — a policy abandoned 30 years ago — if there is a large outbreak.
Tale of Two Coups New
Internationalist Magazine -- by Greg Palast "George W Bush
is an oil man; he owned oil companies, now it looks like they own
him. Certainly the Keystone Kops-style plot against Chávez by Venezuela's
military-industrial complex served Big Oil's interests. But that's
an old-style shoot'em-up coup, likely to fail."
Power to Imprison -- by Philip
Heymann "The Bush administration is claiming the power to decide
alone and in secret whether Americans shall be imprisoned indefinitely
to protect us against terrorism... The president [sic] claims the
power to detain citizens as well as illegal immigrants as "combatants"
until the war on terrorism is over. That war, like the war on drugs,
is likely to continue indefinitely; terrorism in Northern Ireland
and Israel have been facts of life for 35 years."
to Focus on Voter Turnout
Still feeling the sting of lost votes in Florida during the 2000 s-election,
[and, still living the effects of the Bush coup d'etat] the NAACP
is turning the focus of its annual convention that starts Sunday to
voter registration and election reform in a year when control of Congress
is up for grabs.
Hires Agency for Anti-Drug Ads
An advertising agency criticized for overcharging the government for
ineffective anti-drug ads has won a $152 million contract to run the
ad program for at least another year.
Afghan Vice President Is Assassinated in Capital
A senior member of Afghanistan's government was assassinated by gunmen
lurking outside his office in Kabul today, prompting confusion in
the capital and marking the latest political attack on the American-backed
civilians pay heavy price for faulty intelligence
US forces gain reputation for shooting first and asking questions
later after another tragic accident -- by Kim Sengupta "Despite
pledges by the American military authorities, given unofficially,
that more care would be taken over air strikes, deaths have continued.
And not only Afghan civilians have fallen victim. A US pilot, with
the call sign 'Psycho', killed four Canadian soldiers, when he dropped
a 500lb bomb on them."
protest in Kabul: a sign of wider anger in Afghanistan
The slaughter of at least 45 civilians by US warplanes in a raid in
central Uruzgan province on Monday has prompted the first anti-US
demonstration in Kabul.
Political Unrest Rekindles
[And, with Bush on "vacation," it should rekindle a whole
lot more!] "The non-constitutional, non-democratic
forces are gathering," a Bush mis-ministration official said.
[LOL, he should know! Actually, the mis-ministration official thought
the interviewer was asking him about John AshKKKroft's Injustice
Who Cleared Bush Gets WorldCom Job
A former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman appointed court
monitor of WorldCom Inc. on Wednesday was previously responsible for
clearing pResident Bush of insider trading concerning his involvement
in Harken Energy during the lead up to the 1991 Gulf War.
Lets Lobbyists Hide Clients' Identity
Thanks to a loophole in the federal lobbying law, some companies and
individuals — especially those pursuing controversial or potentially
embarrassing causes — are using coalitions to conceal their identities.
progress (Concord Monitor)
(NH) "President Bush [sic] has continued his war on the environment,
and New Hampshire has suffered yet another casualty."
the Mind The Pentagon's Program
for Psychopharmalogical Warfare -- by Edward Hammond "The Advantages
and Limitations of Calmatives for Use as a Non-Lethal Technique, a
49 page report obtained last week by the Sunshine Project under US
information freedom law, has revealed a shocking Pentagon program
that is researching psychopharmacological weapons. The team, which
is based at the Applied Research Laboratory of Pennsylvania State
University, is assessing weaponization of a number of psychiatric
and anesthetic pharmaceuticals as well as 'club drugs' (such as the
'date rape drug' GHB)."
- [Library Police make first pre-emptive
strike in Florida] Deputies
seize computer hard drives from Naples college Deputies seized
computer hard drives from a community college's library to examine
them for possible terrorist activity after three
Middle-Eastern-looking men were seen accessing Islamic Web sites,
authorities said Thursday.
FBI lied about probe, juror says
Woman speaks out on Earth First trial after gag order lifted -- Three
weeks after they ordered Oakland police and the FBI to pay Earth First
organizers $4.4 million, jurors were allowed to speak for the first
time Tuesday, and one of them said "investigators were lying so much
it was insulting."
Democrats Hike Bush Criticism
Some Democrats pondering a run for the White House in 2004 have started
to step up criticism of pResident Bush for his conduct of the "war
Arrested at Maine Airport
A man was arrested on weapons charges Friday near a small airport
shortly before pResident Bush arrived on his way to his family's seaside
home, police said. A home phone number for Willey could not be located
and he was not allowed to accept calls at the York County jail.
Plan for Iraq Is Said to Include Attack on 3 Sides
An American military planning document calls for air, land and sea-based
forces to attack Iraq from three directions — the north, south and
west — in a campaign to topple President Saddam Hussein, according
to a person familiar with the document.
Rogue State -- by John Pilger
"FOR 101 days, Royal Marines have been engaged in a farcical
operation as mercenaries of the United States whose lawlessness now
qualifies it as the world's leading rogue state. Shooting at shadows,
and the occasional tribesman, blowing up mounds of dirt and displaying
'captured' arms for the media, all have been part of the Marines'
humiliating role in Afghanistan - a role foisted upon them by the
Blair government, whose deference to and collusion with the Bush gang
has become a parody of the imperial courtier."
Time for Dissent in America
-- by Richard Reeves "The presidency [sic] seems to be going
to George Bush's head. With each morning's paper or evening's news,
depending on your preference, our leader
[sic] is jumping up and saying truly extraordinary things, some of
them preposterous, some stupid, some terrifying."
Court Injustice Scalia on capital punishment: "Death is no big deal"
Injustice Antonin Scalia spoke in January at the University of Chicago
at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. "Indeed, it seems
to me that the more Christian a country is, the less likely it is
to regard the death penalty as immoral. Abolition has taken its firmest
hold in post-Christian Europe and has least support in the church-going
United States. I attribute that to the fact that for the believing
Christian, death is no big deal."
media silent on anthrax cover-up charge
Several days have passed since a leading writer for the New York
Times charged that the FBI and the Bush mis-ministration were
refusing to arrest the man believed responsible for last fall’s anthrax
attacks that killed five people. But not a single major American media
outlet has reported or commented on the charge, nor has the issue
been raised at the daily press briefings given by White House spokesman
[and rightwing nutcase] Ari Fleischer and other government officials.
protest in Kabul Up to 200
Afghans have demonstrated in Kabul against a US bombing raid that
is believed to have killed more than 40 civilians on Monday.
Bombing Threatens Kabul Ties, Experts Hunt Clues
Locals in the area of Deh Rawud in central Uruzgan province had said
more than 170 civilians were killed or injured when U.S. aircraft
dropped bombs and sprayed bullets on a wedding party in the area on
Sunday night and Monday morning.
Air Force: Israel has 400 nukes, building naval force
A United States Air Force report asserts that Israel is building a
nuclear naval force meant to respond to any nuclear strike by such
countries as Iran or Iraq. It is the first time a U.S. military institution
has stated that Israel has produced a hydrogen bomb.
Mulls Missile Transfer to Taiwan
The Bush mis-ministration may let Taiwan take delivery of advanced
air-to-air missiles originally sold on condition they not be delivered
straight away for fear of triggering a regional arms race, the Pentagon
said on Thursday.
military commander apologizes to South Koreans
The top U.S. military commander in South Korea apologized Thursday
for the deaths of two South Korean students who were fatally struck
by a U.S. armored vehicle last month.
Loaded With Rejected Nuclear Fuel Leaves Japan for Britain
Amid protests from environmental groups, a freighter loaded with rejected
nuclear fuel left port in Japan Thursday for a return voyage to the
fuel's maker in Britain.
Farmers Seek Firing Of Agriculture Secretary
USDA Office Sit-In in Tennessee to go Through Holiday -- Black farmers
called yesterday for the removal of the U.S. agriculture secretary
and vowed to continue their occupation of one of her department's
loan offices in west Tennessee through the Fourth of July holiday.
Versus the Environment The
oil, gas, mining and timber industries cheered loudly when Gale Norton
was named Secretary of the Interior. "She’s a fantastic choice," gushed
Jack Ekstrom, director of governmental and industry affairs at the
Denver-based Forest Oil Corporation. They had good reason to celebrate.
Freedoms on 4th Checkpoints
and Jet Patrols Mark Post-Sept. 11 Celebration -- Military jets will
patrol the skies over the District, New York and other cities today,
as Independence Day festivities take place amid unprecedented precaution
by federal and local law enforcement agencies.
Michael defends political lampoon
Pop singer George Michael said Wednesday that his newest song, a political
satire skewering the British and U.S. leaders for their decisions
regarding Iraq, was intended purely to spur public debate.
Bush considered canceling Independence Day
Yellow is the “escalated” alert status of the intelligence agencies
that track the terrorist threat to America. pResident Bush’s national
security advisers considered raising it to orange. That, in effect,
would have canceled the July 4 festivities
by mobilising the Armed Forces and restricting access to public events.
“Stars, stripes and searches” has become the unofficial theme of the
traditional Independence Day.
challenges Bush’s ideas on war
W.Va. senator warns of another Vietnam
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., gave a major speech Friday, urging the
Senate to play a central role in determining whether the nation will
initiate military action against Iraq or any other nation. Byrd criticized
the Bush mis-ministration for "saber-rattling" and "unwise
and dangerous effort to keep the public and Congress largely in the
Corporate Record Examined
The White House acknowledged Wednesday that when he was a corporate
director, pResident Bush failed to promptly disclose stock sales as
required by federal law. A spokesman blamed it on a "clerical mistake"
by company lawyers, though Bush has said government regulators lost
Cited Bush's Late SEC Filings
An internal Securities and Exchange Commission memo from 1991 says
pResident Bush repeatedly failed to file timely reports of his business
interests and transactions before his election as Texas governor.
Faces Scrutiny Over Disclosing '90 Stock Sale Late
As pResident Bush prepared to make a major speech on Wall Street next
week about corporate responsibility, the White House found itself
on the defensive again today over the kind of action for which Mr.
Bush is assailing corporate executives: his own failure in 1990 to
disclose a stock sale as promptly as required by law.
proposes compulsory ID cards
The British government Wednesday unveiled controversial proposals
to introduce compulsory identity cards for the first time since World
War II. Home Secretary David Blunkett told Parliament that he envisioned
a universal entitlement card for which everyone in Britain would register
to gain the right to social services, benefits and employment.
detained in shooting ... photos
William P. Madeira and Jonas Lundquist - were in handcuffs, on their
way to Philadelphia's South Detective station at 24th and Wolf. Their
offense? Photographing the Sunoco Inc. refinery at 3144 Passyunk Ave.
in South Philadelphia.
Expected to Approve Resumption of Anti-Drug Flights
pResident Bush is expected to allow resumption of a program to force
down - or shoot down - airplanes
suspected of carrying drugs in Latin America, a senior administration
official said Thursday.
Protest Deaths of Teenagers Hit by U.S. Military Vehicle
About 400 people marched outside a U.S. military base Thursday demanding
American troops withdraw after two South Korean teenagers were killed
by a U.S. armored vehicle last month.
Beach tests facial-recognition software
ACLU of Virginia: 'This is a Big Brother contraption' The city will
become the second in the nation -- Tampa, Florida, is the first --
to employ facial-recognition software.
denies DNA request for death row inmate
(TX) Attorneys for death row inmate Henry Watkins Skinner promise
to appeal a recent ruling by a Pampa judge who denied a request for
further DNA testing.
Corporate Theft Of The World's Water
An Excerpt From Blue Gold
is the US government protecting anthrax terrorist?
(WSWS) "Top officials of the US government—President Bush, Vice
President Cheney, Attorney General Ashcroft, CIA Director Tenet, FBI
Director Mueller—are linked to a criminal conspiracy to protect a
government-trained military assassin. And their Democratic opponents,
the apparent targets of the killer, are too cowed to say anything
publicly... This is not a Costa-Gavras film,
but the real state of affairs in the America of 2002."
The F.B.I. Yawns -- by Nicholas
D. Kristof "Almost everyone who has encountered the F.B.I.
anthrax investigation is aghast at the bureau's lethargy. Some
in the biodefense community think they know a likely culprit, whom
I'll call Mr. Z.... Mr. Z's résumé also claims involvement in the
former South African Defense Force; all else aside, who knew that
the U.S. Defense Department would pick an American who had served
in the armed forces of two white-racist regimes to work in the American
biodefense program with some of the world's deadliest germs?"
[Note: this story was not worthy of mention on CoupNewsNetwork's
Bang-Your-Head-line News cycle.]
Government Denounces Attack
In an unprecedented statement, the Afghan government demanded Tuesday
that the United States take "all necessary measures" to avoid civilian
casualties following an air attack in which scores of villagers died.
warplanes massacre villagers in central Afghanistan
The bombing of the village of Kararak in central Afghanistan in the
early hours of Monday morning adds another tragic chapter to the long
list of criminal acts carried out by the US military since its invasion
of the country last October.
Might Refuse New Peace Duties Without Immunity
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned today that America might
not send its forces to join future peacekeeping missions without a
grant of full immunity from the jurisdiction of the new International
Criminal Court. [Then, Rumsfeld took his toys and went upstairs to
his room to pout. Waaaahhh!!]
Epidemic Surges, 70 Million May Die, UN Says
AIDS will kill 70 million people over the next 20 years unless rich
nations step up their efforts to curb the disease, the United Nations
warned on Tuesday in a report showing the epidemic is still in its
summit rejects Africa aid plea Despite
protestations of concern and support, world leaders at the G8 meeting
in Kananaskis, Canada turned down African leaders’ request for more
aid, investment and the lifting of trade barriers.
Law on Execution Is Found Constitutional
Only a week after the Supreme Court held that juries and not judges
must make the factual findings to support death sentences, a trial
court here ruled today that Florida's capital sentencing statute,
which relegates juries to an advisory role, is constitutional.
Revolution? Cities From Cambridge
to Berkeley Reject Anti-Terror Measure -- Cities across the country
have been quietly staging a revolt against the USA Patriot Act, saying
it gives law enforcement too much power and threatens civil rights.
Is Paid $183,372 for Domestic Security Role
As the director for protection and prevention in the Office of Homeland
Security, General Lawlor is the highest-paid member of the White House
staff, with an annual salary of $183,372.
Surveillance on the Mall
A new network of security cameras will monitor the Mall tomorrow during
Independence Day festivities, the U.S. Park Police announced yesterday
-- moving up by months the introduction of video surveillance.
Is Outraged -- by Paul Krugman
"As Chuck Lewis of the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity
delicately put it, Mr. Bush 'has more familiarity with troubled energy
companies and accounting irregularities than probably any previous
chief executive.' Mr. Lewis was referring to the saga of Harken Energy,
which now truly deserves a public airing."
Brushes Off Question About His Business Past
pResident Bush brushed off a question on Tuesday about whether he
may have benefited from a sweetheart deal as a Texas oil man more
than a decade ago, saying "everything I do is fully disclosed."
the Front on Pollution California
has once again declared its intention to challenge the federal government
for the lead in setting environmental policy in the United States.
If signed by Gov. Gray Davis, a bill given final approval in the Assembly
on Monday night would require cuts in the tailpipe emissions of greenhouse
gases by cars and light trucks.
to Postpone Revamping of FBI, CIA
Congress will put off a reorganization of the FBI and CIA to improve
the performance of the intelligence community until it establishes
a Department of Homeland Security, according to Bush Fourth Reich
and congressional sources.
stores 'on verge of exploding'
Almost 90 per cent of Britain's hazardous nuclear waste stockpile
is so badly stored it could explode or leak with devastating results
at any time.
U.N. War Crimes Court Opens
Equipped only with a fax machine and a phone, a four-member team opened
for business Monday at the temporary office of the world's first permanent
war crimes court, as international criticism mounted against U.S.
opposition to the tribunal.
Mail to Congress May Be Making Workers Ill
The process used to sterilize Congressional mail after the anthrax
attacks last fall could itself be making Capitol Hill workers sick,
a report to be issued on Tuesday says.
prepares to extend its military presence in the Philippines When
the US dispatched more than 1,000 troops to the Philippines earlier
this year, both Washington and Manila claimed that the Balikatan "training
exercise" would last only six months and be completed by July
31. As the deadline approaches, the signs are growing that US soldiers
will remain in the country, under one pretext or another, well into
candidates blast U.S. "interference"
The usually at-odds presidential candidates in Bolivia's upcoming
elections united Thursday to denounce as interference in their country's
affairs a recommendation by the U.S. ambassador not to vote for the
leader of peasant coca-leaf growers.
Veto by the U.S. Is Condemned by Britain
Britain, America's staunchest ally in Europe, joined in the widespread
expressions of disappointment today over the American repudiation
of the new International Criminal Court but said it would use its
close trans-Atlantic ties to try to change Washington's attitude.
Resources Defense Council Sues Interior Department to Obtain More
Administration Energy Task Force Secrets
-- Interior is Withholding Documents Detailing Exploitation of Public
Air -- by Jim Jeffords "It
is already too late for the United States to lead the world in the
fight against global warming. President [sic] Bush saw to that last
year, when he abandoned his promise to make power plants reduce the
amount of carbon dioxide they send into the air. But if the president
[sic] won't lead the world, then the business community, the American
people and their elected representatives in Congress must lead the
Assail Bush on Superfund
The Bush mis-ministration is coming under attack from congressional
Democrats for holding back money to clean up dozens of Superfund toxic
waste sites in at least 18 states.
- Tuesday's bad economic update: Accounting
Worries Drag Stocks Down
Persistent worries about corporate accounting scandals dragged stock
prices lower Tuesday as many investors decided to take money off the
table ahead of the long holiday weekend.
- Monday's bad economic update: The
Bush Economy: Dow Ends Down 133; Nasdaq Drops 60 Mounting
concerns about accounting scandals and the health of the nation's
companies prompted investors to again sell stocks sharply lower Monday.
The high-tech dominated Nasdaq composite index finished under its
post-Sept. 11 closing low, while the Dow Jones industrials tumbled
more than 130 points. The Nasdaq also reached its lowest close in
Wrestles With Gov't Shutdown
Residents hoping to get driver's licenses and summer tourists looking
for information ran into "closed" signs Monday, the first day of a
partial government shutdown while the Tennessee Legislature tries
to resolve the state's budget.
police killings raise specter of dictatorship
The execution-style murder of two unemployed youth during a jobless
protest in Buenos Aires last Wednesday marks a new stage in Argentina’s
class struggle—raising once again the specter of military dictatorship.
Slows Terror War As U.S.
intelligence and law enforcement agencies try to prevent the next
terrorist attack, they have a basic problem to solve: how to spell
the enemy's name. [Does the fact that Bush can't spell his own name
impede the "war on terror" as well?]
Cruise: U.S. is "Terrifying" He's an all-American movie
star, but Tom Cruise said his children will be making All the Right
Moves — by moving out of America. "I think the U.S. is terrifying
and it saddens me," he told the British paper the Daily Express.
"You only have to look at the state of affairs in America."
Michael Mocks Bush and Blair "Shoot The Dog," the single,
has a cover include of a front page of the Daily Mirror, headlined
"Howdy Poodle," criticising the Prime Minister's apparent
sucking up to pResident Bush. The lyrics expose the
culture of fear, retribution and often mindless bigotry pervading
world affairs right now - and particularly in America.
- Fairness Schmairness: The
end of fairness: Right-wing commentators have a virtual monopoly when
it comes to talk radio programming -- by Edward Monks "In
recent years almost all nationally syndicated political talk radio
hosts on commercial stations have openly identified themselves as
conservative, Republican, or both: Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved,
Michael Reagen, Bob Grant, Ken Hamblin, Pat Buchanan, Oliver North,
Robert Dornan, Gordon Liddy, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, et al.."
Rules U.S. Death Penalty Violates the Constitution
A federal judge in New York declared the death penalty unconstitutional
today, saying evidence has shown that there is an "undue risk" that
a meaningful number of innocent people have been executed.
Finds Federal Executions Unconstitutional
A federal trial judge on Monday became the first U.S. judge to declare
the current federal death penalty unconstitutional, a ruling that
is sure to set off fierce national debate over the issue.
we should be worried about George W Bush
-- by Bruce Wilson "The world outside the US is now getting used
to the fact Americans have a fraudulently
elected nitwit as their president [sic], but George W.
Bush excelled himself this week with a 'long-awaited' definitive speech
on Middle East policies that stretched even the weirdest imaginations...
If it were not for September 11, Bush would be in serious political
trouble in America. He may be yet, in the mid-term November elections."
Diane E. Watson States that pResident Bush has an IQ of 88.
Rep. Diane E. Watson, California Democrat, proclaimed pResident
Bush has a low IQ — "of 88." "That tells
you something," she said, insisting that a "shadow
government" consisting of Mr. Bush's "father and the guy who calls
himself the vice president" was actually making the decisions
in this country. "The '88' certainly isn't making
the decisions," she said.
Say U.S. Bombs Kill or Wound Scores at Afghan Wedding
At least 120 members of an Afghan wedding party were either killed
or wounded when a U.S. plane bombed a village in the central province
of Uruzgon on Monday, 105 miles northeast of the southern city of
Kandahar, residents said. The Pentagon said at least one bomb dropped
by Western warplanes missed its target in southern Afghanistan.
Bombs Afghan Wedding U.S.
helicopter gunships and jets attacked a house Monday while a wedding
was under way, killing and injuring scores, witnesses and hospital
Renews School Voucher Fight
pResident Bush forcefully defended school voucher systems on Monday,
praising programs that allow taxpayer money for private schools after
the Supreme Court upheld such a program here.
Suffer as Florida Agency Struggles [under Jeb]
Ask Ashley Rhodes-Courter about Rilya Wilson, the 4-year-old Miami
girl who vanished more than a year ago from Florida's child welfare
system, and she replies with much of the regret that others have voiced,
but none of the shock.
4 Republican in House Will Not Seek Re-election
Representative J. C. Watts Jr. of Oklahoma, the fourth-ranking Republican
leader in the House, [and rightwing nutcase] announced today that
he would not run for re-election.
security failures persist
Checkpoint screeners at 32 of the nation's largest airports failed
to detect fake weapons — guns, dynamite or bombs — in almost a quarter
of undercover tests by the Transportation Security Administration
last month, documents obtained by USA TODAY show.
miss even obvious items -- Failed checkpoint test may signal continuing
problems When officials with
the Transportation Security Administration hire at least 45,000 airport
screeners by late this year, they most likely will be forced to choose
from among a group that has difficulty spotting even obvious weapons.
Conservatives Question the Value of Reorganizing Domestic Security
Representative John J. Duncan, a Republican from Tennessee with a
record of trying to knock down government projects, is the sole member
of Congress who openly speaks of opposing the proposed Department
of Homeland Security. But several other conservatives on and off Capitol
Hill are asking whether rearranging agencies will truly improve the
nation's defense against terrorism.