Gore criticizes White House for handling of economy, war
President Al Gore Saturday criticized the Bush mis-ministration's
handling of the economy and the war on terrorism, specifically citing
the administration's failure to capture al Qaeda leader Osama bin
Rectenwald replies to a rightwinger who asks the CLG staff, "What
kind of drugs do you use?"
Groups Assail U.S. Efforts to Win Exemption from International Criminal
Court United States and international
human rights groups are calling on members of the United Nations Security
Council to reject U.S. efforts this week to exempt U.S. citizens and
others serving in UN peacekeeping operations from the scope of the
new International Criminal Court, the world's first permanent tribunal
to prosecute war crimes, genocide, and other crimes against humanity.
Slashing Aid for E.P.A. Cleanup at 33 Toxic Sites
The Bush mis-ministration has designated 33 toxic waste sites in 18
states for cuts in financing under the Superfund cleanup program,
according to a new report to Congress by the inspector general of
the Environmental Protection Agency.
Rolls Back Recycling Rules
The nation's largest city is eliminating glass and plastics from its
recycling program on Monday in what recycling advocates say is the
first significant rollback of such a program in the United States.
the Death Penalty At a time
when many authorities, from the U.S. Supreme Court to state governments,
are rethinking aspects of capital punishment, Attorney General [and
rightwing nutcase] Ashkkkroft is aggressively
pursuing the federal death penalty and frequently overruling his own
prosecutors in the process, according to records and public
Between CDC, White House
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta
has been weakened and demoralized by tensions with Bush mis-ministration
officials in Washington, according to a number of current and former
officials at the nation's top public health agency.
unstable new administration undemocratically installed [sound familiar?!?]
in Afghanistan None of the
29 ministers were elected—either directly or indirectly. The country’s
transitional president Hamid Karzai chose all of them after days of
intriguing and backroom horse-trading involving various factional
leaders and representatives of the UN and major powers.
restates billions in revenue: yet another case of accounting fraud
In the latest scandal involving a prominent American corporation,
Xerox revealed last week that over the past five years it has improperly
classified over $6 billion in revenue, leading to an overstatement
of earnings by nearly $2 billion.
NY Dems Propose Wall St. Reform
The two Democratic candidates for governor want to use the clout of
New York state's $112 billion pension fund to reform Wall Street.
Pride Parades Held Around U.S
Thousands of rainbows appeared under the blue sky Sunday as an estimated
half million people lined the streets to celebrate diversity and progress
during San Francisco's 32nd annual gay pride parade.
F.B.I. Alert Warns of Threat Tied to July 4th
Federal authorities have issued a secret alert [?!?] to state
and local law enforcement agencies warning them of the possibility
of a terrorist attack in the United States around the Fourth of July
holiday, senior government officials said.
aides denounce US 'blundering' in Afghan war
Senior officials in the Prime Minister's office have launched an astonishing
attack on America's handling of the hunt for Osama bin Laden and al-Qa'eda
fugitives. They have told The Telegraph that troops carrying
out house-to-house searches in the remote tribal areas of Pakistan
along the Afghanistan border were "blundering"
with a "march-in-shooting" approach.
pilots culpable in friendly fire deaths
An inquiry has found that an American pilot ignored orders to hold
his fire just before he mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan,
killing four and wounding eight.
in El Salvador Torture Trial
Blindfolded and handcuffed, Carlos Mauricio said he suffered a blow
to the head or stomach every time he refused to confess to soldiers
who detained him for eight days in El Salvador in 1983.
He Runs for Reelection, Gore Says, 'To Hell With the Polls' President
Al Gore conceded today that his 2000 presidential campaign was too
heavily influenced by polls, consultants and tactical maneuvering,
telling key supporters here that, if he runs in 2004, he will "let
it rip" and "let the chips fall where they may."
Vows More Spontaneous Campaign
President Gore Promises More Spontaneous, Less Restrained Campaign
if He Runs for Reelection in 2004 -- Al Gore told top Democratic fund-raisers
Saturday that the party's 2000 campaign had too many consultants and
that if he runs for reelection he will speak from the heart and "let
disarray may spell doom in fall vote
(IL) The fall of state GOP Chairman Lee A. Daniels (R-Elmhurst) has
left his party in disarray and could doom its statewide ticket in
the Nov. 5 election.
defender can't represent suspected Taliban fighter, court rules
A U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday
that a federal public defender cannot represent a suspected American-born
Taliban fighter because the attorney has no official relationship
[?!?] with him, according to court documents.
Nation I am not for US, I am against US -- by Lawrence
Littleby "I am not for US, I am against US. I do not pledge allegiance
to the flag of the United States of America, nor to the republic for
which it now stands: one nation under god and Capital, insufferable
and unyielding, with liberty and justice least of all. America has
become not just a gun nation, a TV nation, a Ritalin and Prozac nation,
an obese nation, and a remedial nation, it has also become a rogue
nation. In brand as in empire, America has become the ultimate menace
– the superego state that says F*ck You to any nation that stands
in the way of its state and corporate interests. And it manages to
get away with it."
Keeps Terror Immigration Hearings Closed
The U.S. Supreme Court handed the Justice Department a victory on
Friday by keeping immigration hearings in cases stemming from the
Sept. 11 terrorism investigation closed while the government appeals.
the Door to Public Scrutiny
(New York Times) "Congress passed the U.S.A. Patriot Act,
rolling back civil liberties in key areas, and the Bush administration
has held hundreds in secret detention. The court, meanwhile, said
nothing. Yesterday the justices made themselves heard for the first
time, blocking a federal judge's order to open to the public immigration
hearings for terrorism suspects. It is a troubling move, and we hope
it does not signal more broadly how the court will decide civil liberties
challenges to the war on terrorism."
Us Dizzy -- by Maureen Dowd
"Mr. Cheney created a Machiavellian Mobius strip: the F.B.I.
is now investigating the committees that are investigating the F.B.I."
U.S. CEOs Make a Break For It
Band of Roving Chief Executives Spotted Miles from Mexican Border
(SatireWire) "Unwilling to wait for their eventual indictments,
the 10,000 remaining CEOs of public U.S. companies made a break for
it yesterday, heading for the Mexican border, plundering towns and
villages along the way, and writing the entire rampage off as a marketing
Warns of Pre-Emptive Strikes
As he prepared to assume the pResidential powers temporarily, Vice
pResident [and rightwing nutcase] Dick Cheney warned anew on Friday
that the United States could make a pre-emptive strike at some point
against a threatening foe. [Is there any way to convince him that
the Bush mis-ministration is a "threatening foe?"]
phony pretext for Iraqi invasion
Speaking before a Rethuglican audience in Portland, Oregon June 24,
Vice pResident Dick Cheney reiterated the Bush mis-ministration’s
intention to carry out a preemptive strike against Iraq under the
pretext of preventing the use of "weapons of mass destruction."
Shifts Anthrax Vaccine to Civilian Uses
The Bush mis-ministration announced a new anthrax vaccination policy
today, including plans to continue vaccinating some military personnel
and to stockpile for civilian use a large part of all the anthrax
vaccine being produced for the Pentagon. [Bush has to dump the
unsafe vaccines somewhere to insure corporate profit!]
House Seeks to Resume Aiding Indonesia's Army
The United States is pressing hard to resume assistance to the Indonesian
military in an effort to re-establish American influence here in the
world's most populous Muslim nation. The Bush mis-ministration is
determined to re-engage with Indonesia's army, despite its lack of
evidence of a massacre of Taliban prisoners
New reports from a human rights organisation and the German press
have substantiated charges that US troops, aided by local and international
allies, massacred thousands of defenceless Taliban in the course of
the war in Afghanistan.
to Undergo Colon Procedure
pResident Bush said today that he would transfer the powers of the
presidency to Vice pResident Dick Cheney for a short time on Saturday
while he was under sedation for what he described as a routine colonoscopy.
May Cut U.N. Program's Funding
No Final Decision, but State Department Told to Plan Withholding Family
Planning Aid pResident Bush is heading toward a decision to cut off
millions of dollars of funds for an international family planning
program opposed by abortion foes, according to people familiar with
[Fascist] Giuliani Favors National ID
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had given the national ID card
tacit approval in his keynote speech earlier Wednesday at the E-Gov
2002 conference here.
Gore Bashes Bush Policy As Cause of Biz Scandals "You
see now what it means to have an administration that's that committed
to fighting and working on behalf of the powerful, and letting the
people of this country get the short end of the stick," President
Gore told more than 200 supporters at a Manhattan fund-raiser.
Assails Bush Record The pResident's
economic record is a "disaster," the Senate leader says.
says Enron doctored files
Enron Corp. is opening up its computer database to state Senate investigators
after a state-hired electronics expert said he discovered gaps, erasures,
and altered and encrypted files in thousands of electronic records
that the company submitted under subpoena.
Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt's Statement on Corporate Expatriation
"It should be obvious by now that there
are some in the business world who are looking for ways to bend the
rules, break the rules, or look for places where there are no rules..."
Democratic Whip Nancy Pelosi's Statement on Republican Rule on Prescription
Drugs "When Medicare went
into existence, there was a big fight over it. The Democrats wholeheartedly
supported it; the Republicans opposed it..."
Bush Daughters, (Night) Life Isn't Fair
"We hope those fun-loving [and lawbreaking] first twins,
Jenna and Barbara Bush, had a good time Wednesday night at Stetson's,
the Texas-themed Washington saloon where they were spotted by multiple
witnesses sucking down Budweisers and chain-smoking cigarettes with
a group of friends till well past midnight."
Cleared in Protest At Supreme Court
D.C. Judge Questions Federal Prohibition On Demonstrations on Building's
Dept, Fla. Reach Voting Deal
The Injustice Department and two Florida counties reached agreements
Friday over voting rights violations, ending the possibility of a
protracted court battle.
in Crisis -- What is to be Done?
"In June 2002, the United States of America resembles the Animal
Farm eerily portrayed by George Orwell in 1946--a 'farm' run by Mr.
Pilkington and the 'Pigs.' "
godless Constitution Our
founding fathers never intended to make religion a part of daily public
life; in fact, they erected a church-state wall -- by David Greenberg
with Israeli refusenik: "We can put in place a new leadership"
Israel’s Supreme Court ordered on June 25 that an Israeli Defence
Forces (IDF) officer be released from military jail, despite completing
only 13 days of a 35-day sentence for refusing to serve in the Occupied
and F.B.I. Promise to Share Data With New Agency
The directors of the C.I.A. and the F.B.I. told Congress today that
their agencies would share secret intelligence with the proposed Department
of Homeland Security. But they expressed support for a Bush mis-ministration
plan that would keep their agencies independent of the new organization.
[If independent of Homeland Security, there is no congressional
Votes to Raise Debt Ceiling
The House narrowly voted to raise the ceiling on the national debt
by $450 billion late yesterday, just hours before the government was
due to bump up against its borrowing limits.
the trifecta Bush’s favorite
joke about 9/11 is not only in bad taste, it’s a lie -- by David Neiwert
"Not even the bravest have tried to turn the deaths of some 3,000
people into a laughing matter. But President [sic] Bush has forged
ahead anyway. Bush has now been telling the same, spectacularly tasteless
joke to a variety of mostly Republican audiences as part of his stock
stump speech for the better part of four months now."
shares could compromise Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld retained his shares in leading computer graphics chip
company nVidia. The INQUIRER has learned that nVidia has invested
billions of dollars in defence contracts and provides graphic technology
to USAF F-22 Air Dominance Fighter Aircraft currently being developed
for the US Air Force by Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
May Tar Bush, GOP Both sides
believe accumulating economic bad news may be reaching critical mass,
creating a public disenchantment that could stick to the Bush mis-ministration
and congressional Republicans in November.
combatant' issue rises to fore
The Bush mis-ministration pressed forward with its argument yesterday
that ''enemy combatants'' should not have access to a lawyer even
if they are American citizens, in a federal case that will have broad
implications for the administration's strategy in the war against
"Pledge" ruling exposes political scoundrels
-- by Bill Vann "The ruling by a three-judge federal appeals
court panel in San Francisco that compelling the recitation of the
Pledge of Allegiance to 'one nation under God' in public schools is
unconstitutional has afforded yet another opportunity for America’s
politicians to make fools of themselves."
Metamorphosis -- By David
Podvin "What had begun as a traumatic transformation for me now
seemed like the natural order of things. Corporate America has been
right all along: the law of the jungle is not just a shallow cliché
– it really is the one true path to contentment."
- Statement by Representative Charles
B. Rangel, Ranking Democrat, House Committee Ways And Means Republican
Leadership Has Denied The American People a Chance to Have a Real
Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
- Statement by Congressman Jesse L.
Jackson, Jr Vouchers:
Illegitimate Cure For Legitimate Concerns
Pentagon's New Budget, New Strategy, and New War
Project on Defense Alternatives Briefing Report #12 In the weeks following
the 11 September terrorist attacks Bush mis-ministration officials
frequently declared that "everything has changed" without specifying
Gore makes herself clear: Al can run again
I know it's a huge undertaking, but I think it could be very exciting,"
Mrs. Gore said in her first interview about the 2004 race.
Deriding Katherine Harris Costs Editor's Job Herald-Tribune
recently ran a 4,400-word, 2 1/2-page spread on Republican congressional
candidate Katherine Harris. And when one reader complained that Democratic
candidates were getting short shrift, Managing Editor Rosemary Armao
responded with a remarkably candid e-mail -- one that wound up costing
her her job.
Great Navratilova Comments on U.S. Values "The
Republicans in the United States manipulate public opinion and sweep
any controversial issues under the table," Navratilova said. "It's
depressing. Decisions in America are based solely on the question
of 'how much money will come out of it' and not on the questions of
how much health, morals or the environment suffer as a result." [Terrific
are Deeply Concerned -- by
Carol Schiffler "One wonders what exactly it takes to keep these
people up at night. Would a flaming Constitution on their doorstep
From the TV Cameras, Fire Consumes Apache Land
While national attention is focused on the threat Arizona's wildfires
pose to Show Low, the resort town 40 miles northeast of here, the
blaze has already brought widespread and lasting economic damage to
11 Hearings Likely Delayed
Public hearings by a congressional panel looking into the Sept. 11
attacks probably will be delayed until September, about three months
later than originally planned, congressional aides said Tuesday.
Bush's national security leadership met formally nearly 100 times
in the months prior to the Sept. 11 attacks
-- yet terrorism was the topic during only two of those sessions,
[?!?] officials say.
Approves Random Drug Tests in Public High Schools
The Supreme Court approved random drug tests for many public high
school students Thursday, ruling that schools' interest in ridding
their campuses of drugs outweighs an individual's right to privacy.
Court Upholds Voucher System That Pays Religious Schools' Tuition
The Supreme Court, concluding that Cleveland's voucher plan was "a
program of true private choice," today upheld the use of public money
for religious school tuition in a decisive 5-to-4 ruling that the
majority called a logical outgrowth of recent decisions and the dissenters
described as a fundamental break with the past.
Court Supports Vouchers for Religious Schools
Led by a narrow conservative majority, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday
that school voucher programs are constitutional if they provide parents
a choice among a range of religious and secular schools.
Court Upholds School Voucher Program
5-4 ruling allows public money to be used for religious schools.
An EXACT BLURB from Thursday's Washington Post Cover Story:
Fears Cyberspace Attacks by Al Qaeda "Terrorists may
be at threshold of using the Internet as a direct instrument of bloodshed
-- Regarded until recently as remote, the risks of cyber-terrorism
now command urgent White House attention." That's
right! From cave dwellers to certified webmasters in less than--how
long ago did Colin Powell give 43 million dollars to the Taliban??
May, 2001. Will this will be Ashkkkroft's
excuse to shut down the websites with which he disagrees?
- [Barf alert!] Feds
Fear Possible Al Qaeda Cyber-Attacks U.S. government experts,
wary of al Qaeda's skills on the Internet, are concerned that Osama
bin Laden's guerrilla network [not to mention, Karl "Powerpoint"
Rove's] may be planning cyber-attacks targeting nuclear power plants,
dams or other critical structures, The Washington Post reported
calls new Dept. of [Fascism] Homeland Security "above the law"
The chairman of the Senate
Judiciary Committee accused the Bush Fourth Reich today of trying
to put the proposed new Department of Homeland Security "above the
law" by exempting it from some regulations on access to information,
conflict of interests and whistle-blower protections.
Rules "Unconstitutional" Key Provision of PATRIOT Act Judge slams
terror law; Lindh defense could gain
security operation-the stifling and criminalizing of dissent
The arrangements surrounding this week’s G-8 summit in Kananaskis
County, Alberta underline that the assembled leaders are representatives
of a privileged minority that is increasingly haunted by the fear
of popular unrest.
Court Votes to Bar Pledge of Allegiance
Use of 'God' Called Unconstitutional -- The Pledge of Allegiance is
unconstitutional because it describes the United States as "one Nation,
under God," a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
rights lawsuit headed to trial
A voting rights lawsuit against the state, Miami-Dade and several
other counties stemming from the disputed 2000 p-residential s-election
[coup] is headed to trial later this summer after attorneys deadlocked
on a settlement, a federal judge said Tuesday. ''As far as I'm concerned,
this case is going to trial,'' U.S. District Judge Alan Gold said
after hearing that attempts for successful mediation had failed. "It's
disappointing, but it is what it is.''
No grand jury on DCF kids
Gov. Jeb Bush has refused a request to create a statewide grand jury
to investigate the 1,237 children
under state care who can't be located.
Panel Approves 4.1% Federal Pay Raise
The House subcommittee with authority over federal pay yesterday approved
a 4.1 percent increase for about 1.8 million Defense Department civilians
and federal workers effective next Jan. 1.
Latest Corporate Scandal Is Stunning, Vast and Simple
-- by Kurt Eichenwald with Simon Romero "The name of WorldCom,
once a darling of Wall Street, had now become the latest shorthand
for corporate scandal."
New Identity Theft -- by
Michelangelo Signorile "Privacy on the Web is a pretty naive
concept: even the feds will be able to snoop on folks in Internet
chat rooms, courtesy of the [In]Justice Dept.’s newest antiterrorism
guidelines. And now it appears that the Republican National Committee,
conspiring with Yahoo, is engaging in what could be termed a new form
of identity theft."
Rectenwald responds to "Republic Yes - Democracy No!!!"
Harris says Palast 'Twisted and Maniacal' - in July Harper's
Masks Ordered for U.S. Capitol
[Yes, Bush is a stinker, isn't he?] Capitol Police have ordered 25,000
gas masks to help protect tourists, members of Congress and their
staffs in the event of a chemical or biological attack, a congressional
official said Tuesday.
Criminal Investigation Is Said to Expand to Bankers
Criminal investigators examining the Enron debacle have expanded their
inquiry to focus on activities at the commercial banks that provided
billions of dollars in loans and other financial services to the company,
according to current and former Enron executives and others involved
in the investigation.
Says It Hid Expenses, Inflating Cash Flow $3.8 Billion
WorldCom, the nation's second-largest long-distance carrier, said
last night that it had overstated its cash flow by more than $3.8
billion during the last five quarters in what appears to be one of
the largest cases of false corporate bookkeeping yet.
Scandals Taking Toll On Markets
wants intelligence czar The
Pentagon plans to create an intelligence czar to better fight the
war on terrorism [actually, to better coordinate additional acts of
Anthrax Probe Leads to Md. Home
The FBI searched the home of a researcher next to Fort Detrick, who
may have had access to anthrax while doing work for the Army base,
a law enforcement official said Tuesday.
grill patrol chief over searches aboard ferries Three days after
halting random searches on state ferries, Washington State Patrol
Chief Ronal Serpas fielded tough questions from lawmakers yesterday
about how the practice got started in the first place.
at bay -- by Ed Vulliamy
Facing mid-term elections, the President[sic]'s squabbling team has
never looked so vulnerable.
Begins Visiting Libraries
The FBI is visiting libraries nationwide and checking the reading
records of people it suspects of having ties to terrorists or plotting
an attack, library officials say.
gets ready to gag online dissent
Russia's parliament may give final approval this week to sweeping
restrictions on using the Internet to oppose the government. [Uh,
are we next?]
new budget is secret The
U.S. Department of Energy here has submitted to Washington, D.C.,
its 2004 budget projections for the Hanford nuclear reservation, but
for the first time since the mid-1990s, the
numbers are secret.
arrested in explosives theft
A soldier stationed at Fort Benning was arrested Friday on charges
related to the theft of 300 sticks of high-grade explosives from a
paving company in Columbus earlier this year. Last month, authorities
recovered 275 pounds of stolen explosives in a wooded area on the
grounds of Fort Benning.
torture of John Walker Lindh exposed as frame-up continues
Defense attorneys for John Walker Lindh filed documents describing
how, after barely surviving atrocities that claimed the lives of hundreds
of his companions, the so-called “American Taliban” was tortured while
the FBI wrangled statements out of him in violation of his Fifth Amendment
right not to be a witness against himself.
in [phony] war on terror wanes
One in three Americans say the United States is winning the war on
terrorism, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll. Half say the
war is at a stalemate. Public confidence that the United States and
its allies are winning has slipped to 33%, the lowest level since
war strategy fatally flawed
-- by Tom Thompson "America's drug war is such a spectacular
failure that a visitor from another planet might conclude that it's
intentionally that way."
could default on debt The
US government will officially run out of money at the weekend [because
Bush stole it and gave it to his installers] unless the US House of
Representatives approves an increase in the national debt ceiling
confidence drops Consumer
confidence fell in June, posting its largest one-month drop since
just after Sept. 11 as a weak labor market and eroding confidence
in corporate America took a toll on the mood of Americans, a report
Say Wal-Mart Forces Workers to Toil Off the Clock
Knew of Salvadorans' Torture, Suit Says
Two Salvadoran generals knowingly allowed subordinates to beat, rape
and torture unarmed civilians during their nation's civil war, lawyers
for three alleged victims said in a civil damages trial on Monday.
Seeks $1.8B Federal Loan
United Airlines asked the government Monday for $1.8 billion in loan
assistance, making it the biggest carrier yet to seek help from a
loan guarantee program created to [keep quiet about 9/11] prop up
the ailing industry after Sept. 11.
Court Rules on Defendants' Rights
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that criminal defendants
do not have a constitutional right before pleading guilty to get information
from prosecutors that could help them fight the charges.
Death Sentences Overturned
The Supreme Court overturned the death sentence laws of five states
Monday, affecting more than 160 death row inmates, by ruling that
juries and not judges must make life-or-death determinations about
the fate of convicted killers.
Overturns More Than 150 Judge-Imposed Death Sentences
The Supreme Court overturned the death sentences of at least 150 convicted
killers Monday, ruling that juries and not judges must make such life-or-death
Dips Below Post 9-11 Low
Another round of questions about the tech sector depressed Wall Street
Monday, sending the NASDAQ composite index below the closing low it
reached following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. [Great job, Bush --
blasts Bush on war, Mideast
Democratic contender assails Bu$h policies, sees U.S. military failure
in al-Qaida escape -- Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry let loose a blistering
critique of pResident Bu$h’s Middle East policy Sunday, saying the
president had made “a catastrophic mistake” by not building on President
Clinton’s Camp David negotiations and by sending confusing signals
to Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Watts may retire, Hastert says
House Speaker [and rightwing nutcase] Dennis Hastert said Sunday he
hoped that Rep. J.C. Watts, the only black Republican in Congress
and a member of the GOP leadership [and rightwing nutcase], would
seek re-election but acknowledged that the Oklahoman might retire.
Police will Patrol UK by 2007
The proposals were launched at the Seville summit against opposition
from Tony Blair. European leaders have been rattled by the growing
controversy over illegal immigration and the rise of Right-wing parties
in recent elections.
to Subpoena White House Documents
on Air Pollution Regulations Sought -- Senate Environment and Public
Works Committee members intend to subpoena the Bush mis-ministration
this week for documents and e-mails related to a recent decision to
relax restrictions on emissions from older coal-fired power plants
Politics -- by E.J.Dionne,
Jr. "Just two years ago, the rise of Shareholder Nation was taken
as a great boon to the long-term prospects of the Republican Party
and conservative policies...But then a funny thing happened on the
way to Dow 36,000 (to borrow from the title of a popular book), and
shrewd Republican strategists are nervous."
evil Dick Cheney -- by Jackson
Thoreau "My dream scenario would be a re-enactment of Watergate,
where the vice president is forced to resign before the president
follows suit. Add to that the resignation of Scalia, Ashcroft, and
Rumsfeld, and I'd start believing that God does have more than a superficial
effect on our political process. Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Lord."
it like it is "The U.S.
Supreme Court elected a president, basically. Let our Supreme Court
go ahead on and elect the legislature." -- State Rep. Mickey Michaux
(D-Durham) commenting on new legislative maps drawn up by Republican
Superior Court Judge Knox Jenkins. Black lawmakers oppose the maps
because they say they weaken the participation of nonwhite voters.
Urges Congress to Raise Debt Ceiling
U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill on Sunday urged Congress to fulfill
its responsibility and raise the debt ceiling so the government can
make Social Security payments next weekend.
in Mail Was Newly Made, Investigators Say
Scientists have determined that the anthrax powder sent through the
mail last fall was fresh, made no more than two years before it was
sent, senior government officials said. The new finding has concerned
investigators, who say it indicates that whoever sent the anthrax
could make more and strike again.
bill bars blowing whistle
A provision in the bill seeking to create a Homeland Security Department
will exempt its employees from whistleblower protection, the very
law that helped expose intelligence-gathering missteps before September
11. The legislation now before Congress contains a provision allowing
the director of the proposed agency to waive all employee
protections in Title V, including the Whistleblower Protection Act.
of Us Are in Danger' The Sons and Daughters of Liberty
-- by Nat Hentoff "In the spirit of the Sons of Liberty, on February
4 of this year, some 300 citizens of Northampton, Massachusetts, held
a town meeting to organize ways to—as they put it—protect the residents
of the town from the Bush-Ashcroft USA Patriot Act. On that night,
the Northampton Bill of Rights Defense Committee began a new American
Revolution. Similar committees are organizing around the country."
combatants' -- by Dale McFeatters
"The Bush administration is making a breathtaking assertion of
its right to imprison an American citizen indefinitely, without access
to a court or a lawyer, simply by designating the citizen an 'enemy
combatant.' And who, precisely, is an enemy combatant? Anybody President
Bush [sic] - or his military commanders - says. And, the administration
asserts further, the courts have no jurisdiction to rule on whether
the individual is or is not an enemy combatant."
Is for Losers -- by Frank
Rich "This time the cancer is not on the presidency but on the
economy, where the malignancy is a flood of corporate transgressions
whose scope and scale, in the words of The Wall Street Journal this
week, 'exceed anything the U.S. has witnessed since the years preceding
the Great Depression.' "
Officials Say Enron Hid Gains During Crisis in California
The Enron Corporation used undisclosed reserves to keep as much as
$1.5 billion in trading profits off its books during the California
energy crisis, according to six former managers and executives who
handled or reviewed the accounts.
ex-CFO seeks protection from lawsuits
Enron Corp.'s former chief financial officer wants a federal judge
to grant him protection from civil lawsuits as the FBI pursues its
criminal probe against him and others.
Routes To Channel 'Soft Money' On Horizon
The Federal Election Commission yesterday approved a major exemption
to the new campaign finance law that will facilitate plans by strategists
for both major parties to create new ways to channel large, unregulated
"soft money" contributions into federal elections.
John Dingell (D-MI) Radio Address on Prescription Drugs
Crimes Rise in U.S. After 9 (Bill Clinton) Years of Declines
The number of major crimes in the United States increased last year
for the first time in a decade, bringing an end to a decline in violence
that had resulted in the lowest crime levels in a generation, according
to FBI statistics.
Election Reforms Called Inadequate
Florida voters will grapple with unfamiliar new machines, redrawn
precincts and haphazard ballot education when they go to the polls
in September for the first statewide election since the debacle in
the 2000 presidential s-election, voting rights advocates said on
Thursday. The result, the advocates told U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights, is likely to be chaos and rejected
critics: Expect a mess (in
Florida, of course) MIAMI -- U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairwoman
Mary Frances Berry warned of a "mini-disaster" in Florida's fall elections
after a parade of critics said the state's election reforms don't
go far enough. "You've got a mini-disaster
waiting to happen in September," Berry said.
police 'framed G8 protesters'
Italian police have been accused of fabricating evidence against anti-globalisation
protesters at last year's G8 summit in Genoa by planting petrol bombs
at their headquarters and falsely accusing them of stabbing a police
the Northwest: Funnyman Ed Asner now in a serious line of work
-- by Joel Connelly "In Asner's view, the Bush administration
has manipulated public fear -- 'They love to identify people as 'the
enemy' -- to chip away at personal freedoms and civil rights. Attorney
General John Ashcroft is, in Asner's view,
'a madman.' 'I hope somebody kick-starts an examination
of things, being done in the name of national security and war, that
are ravaging the American people,' Asner said."
- Speaking of rightwing nutcases:
Falwell sues parody Web site The Rev. Jerry Falwell has gone to
federal court to shut down a Web site that parodies him. [LOL!
Too bad! Here is the website: http://www.internetparodies.org/
Clinton: Put 9/11 Heroes On Wheaties Box
Senator Hillary Clinton has called on General Mills to put New York's
Bravest and Finest on Wheaties boxes. "In this age of celluloid superheroes,
America's children have real heroes to look up to, especially in the
wake of Sept. 11," Clinton (D-N.Y.) wrote to General Mills' chairman
and CEO, Steve Sanger.
Detention Hearings Sought
The Injustice Department appealed Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court
to keep immigration hearings for some terrorism suspects closed.
Bush seeks to appoint terrorist's lawyer to Florida Supreme Court
A Miami lawyer who could become the Florida Supreme Court's first
Hispanic justice is under fire for his ties to Orlando Bosch, a militant
anti-Castro activist once accused of plotting to blow up a Cuban airplane.
pursue terrorists online U.S. scours Web for al-Qaeda site, closely
monitors talk in chat room
U.S. officials are searching the Internet for the reappearance of
a Web site that they believe has been used by al-Qaeda to deliver
messages, including possible instructions for its next attacks, to
its operatives around the world.
assail Bush plan Lawmakers, while promising swift passage of pResident
Bush's plan to create a new mega-agency for homeland security, expressed
doubts that it would fix the most glaring flaw exposed by the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks -- the lack of a central clearinghouse to analyze
the huge volume of intelligence data flowing through the government.
- [The Bush mis-ministration is trolling
for trouble, again...] Cheney
Sees 'Gathering Danger' in Iraq Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
represents a "gathering danger" to the United States, Vice
pResident Dick Cheney said on Thursday, while warning that Washington
will act preemptively against threats of terrorism.
Fundraising in Fla., Scales $100 Million
Mark He Makes 10th Trip as
pResident to Pivotal State -- The chairs were gold, the cushions were
gold, the tablecloths were gold -- even the plates were gold at tonight's
dinner, which raised $2.5 million. About 1,400 donors paid $500 to
$100,000 each to benefit the Rethuglican Party of Florida, which under
state can is pay for advertising, polling and other expenses for this
year's reelection of Bu$h's younger brother Gov. Jeb Bush (R).
Hits $100M Fund-Raising Tally
pResident Bu$h put the 2002 fund-raising tally for himself and Vice
pResident Dick Cheney over the $100 million mark Friday with a Florida
dinner boosting brother Jeb Bush's gubernatorial re-election.
execs looted company prior to bankruptcy
Documents filed in a New York court by the energy company Enron reveal
the extent to which the company’s top executives enriched themselves
in the year preceding its bankruptcy.
Predicts Deep Benefit Cuts Under Bush Social Security Plan
Opponents of pResident Bush's plan to
create personal investment accounts within Social Security released
a report today concluding that the administration's approach would
lead to deep cuts in retirement benefits and still require trillions
of dollars in additional financing to keep the system solvent.
of All Sums -- by Paul Krugman
"To make sense of what passes for debate over Social Security
reform, one must realize that advocates of privatization — of replacing
the current system, at least in part, with a system of personal accounts
— are determined not to understand basic arithmetic. Otherwise they
would have to admit that such accounts would weaken, not strengthen,
the system's finances."
Politics -- by Mary McGrory
"If the mugging of Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia is a fair indicator
of what is to come, the fall elections will be ugly. Cleland, a decorated
veteran and triple amputee, was attacked by his Republican opponent,
Rep. Saxby Chambliss, 'for breaking his oath to protect and defend
the Constitution.' "
Home Court Gives Workers the Shaft
In an over-the-top business power grab, Texas’ High Court last month
overturned two lower courts to force a Halliburton employment dispute
out of court and into arbitration (In re Halliburton Co.). The ruling
paves the way for Texas businesses to strip their employees of the
right to use jury trials to settle employment disputes.
Arafat ready to accept Clinton plan
Israel says Palestinian deaths a mistake -- At the end of a week in
which Palestinians killed 31 Israelis in terror attacks, Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat said in a newspaper interview he was ready
to accept a proposal first made by U.S. President Bill Clinton
as a framework for a Mideast peace settlement.
is the US media blacking out documentary on war crimes in Afghanistan?
Court Bars Executing the Mentally Retarded
A divided Supreme Court reversed itself Thursday and ruled that executing
the mentally retarded is unconstitutionally cruel. Rightwing nutcases
and Bush lackeys Chief Injustice William H. Rehnquist, and Injustices
Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented. [Whew! Bush is safe
if and when he is tried and convicted of treason!"]
Rectenwald's Interview on
The Jim Greenfield Show! [Stay
tuned for transcript -- coming soon!]
5-4, Upholds Authority of States to Protect Patients
The Supreme Court today upheld the states' authority to protect the
rights of patients in disputes with managed care companies over denial
of recommended treatments.
Bars Student Suit Under U.S. Privacy Law
The Supreme Court yesterday barred students from using federal privacy
law to sue schools that divulge their personal information [?!?].
Closes Clinton N.Y. Clemency Case
Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they were closing a probe, without
filing charges, into clemencies that former President Bill Clinton
granted four Hasidic men after their town voted overwhelmingly for
Hillary Rodham Clinton's U.S. Senate bid.
Univ. if Ill. Student held on "Secret Evidence"
Former University student Ahmed Bensouda is being detained by the
Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services as a "national
security threat," according to friends who held a press conference
Friday morning. The trial included "secret evidence" against Bensouda
that neither he nor his lawyer had access to, because he is considered
a "national security threat" as determined by the judge. At the hearing
Wednesday, the press and public were cleared from the courtroom because
of this, and the hearing was unrecorded.
Force officer disciplined for saying Bush allowed September 11 attacks
Hijacker attended US military school -- An Air Force officer in California
recently accused pResident Bush of deliberately allowing the September
11 terror attacks to take place. The officer has been relieved of
his command and faces further discipline.
to Help in Brother's Campaign [Why
not? Jeb helped steal election 2000 for the Idiot Usurper!] pResident
Bush is shoring up his brother's re-election war chest, hoping to
raise $2.5 million in one event for the Florida GOP.
plutonium impasse appeal denied
A federal appeals court Thursday rejected hero and patriot Gov. Jim
Hodges' last-minute attempt to stop plutonium shipments from entering
Warming a Boon to Diseases
Climate warming is allowing disease-causing bacteria, viruses and
fungi to move into new areas where they may harm species as diverse
as lions and snails, butterflies and humans, a study suggests.
Will Head Energy Bill Negotiations
Rethuglican Rep. Billy Tauzin, who wants to allow oil drilling
in an Alaskan wildlife refuge, edged out a Democratic senator
on Wednesday to head the congressional panel that will negotiate
a final bill to overhaul U.S. energy policy.
right in Iowa fear 'purge'
Conservatives claim they are about to be "purged" from the Iowa Republican
Party [why stop there?] in a move that could have national repercussions.
[barf alert!] Blankley named editorial-page editor of Moonie-CIA-owned
Washington Times Tony
Blankley, a Washington newspaper columnist and television commentator
[and rightwing nutcase] since he left his job as press secretary to
Newt Gingrich, yesterday was named editor of the editorial page of
The Washington Times.
Face Long Stay in Afghanistan
The United States is no longer dropping bombs in Afghanistan and few
al-Qaida fighters have been captured in recent weeks. The 7,000 American
soldiers in Afghanistan, however, won't be leaving any time soon.
Tumble to New Lows for the Year [thanks to Bush]
Hits a 2-Year Low Against Euro
[thanks to Bush]
- Michael Rectenwald interviewed
in The Oregonian! Radio
host offers opponent airtime "During
the interview with Michael Rectenwald, founder of the anti-Bush
group Citizens for Legitimate Government, Greenfield challenged
his guest to defend his use of the words 'coup' and 'occupation' to
describe Bush's presidency [sic]."
Warplanes Strike Iraq 'No-Fly' Zone - Military
Western warplanes on Thursday attacked an Iraqi military command-and-control
center in a "no-fly" zone southeast of Baghdad.
White And Greenbacks At GOP Fundraiser
The combined committees raised more than
$30 million. Twenty-one drug companies ponied up $250,000
each to underpin the evening. Robert A. Ingram, president and CEO
of GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company, was the corporate chairman
of the event. He led the pResidential toast [barf alert!].
Debates Revising U.S. Policy on Smallpox Shots
On the eve of a planned vote on whether to change the government's
recommendations on smallpox vaccine, a national advisory panel struggled
today to determine what is the actual risk of a bioterrorist attack
with smallpox. [After the big donations by the pharmaceutical companies
to Bush last night, it's really not much of a debate, is it?]
House Briefly Evacuated, Cowardly Bush Almost Fled to Bunker Again
The White House was briefly
evacuated on Wednesday after an aircraft flew into restricted airspace
several miles away, apparently by accident.
Jousters A Small Cartel of
Conservative Lawyers Rewrites the American Rule -- by James Ridgeway
"Behind the Bush Administration's attack on civil rights in the
name of war lurks the network of attorneys crafting laws for a new
America. Their hodgepodge of rules and statutes either now or soon
will remake the nation, providing local police with sweeping federal
authority, pushing the military and CIA directly into everyday domestic
politics, and sanctioning indefinite detention without a charge or
even a court hearing."
Fear Costly Price Tag to Create Homeland Dept.
Democrats: Bush Camp Ignores Budget Reality -- Lawmakers from both
parties said yesterday that creating a Department of Homeland Security
could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, taking issue in the most
forceful terms to date with the White House's contention that all
or parts of 22 federal agencies can be merged on a break-even basis.
Panel Created to Handle Bush Security Bill The
House of Representatives on Wednesday established a select committee
to help expedite consideration of pResident Bush 's proposal to create
a Department of Homeland Security.
Lack Rights, U.S. Argues
Prisoners declared enemy combatants do not have the right to a lawyer
and the American judiciary cannot second-guess the military's classification
of such detainees, the Injustice Department argued yesterday in a
brief to an appeals court.
mobilizes surveillance for July 4th
The FBI is launching a national surveillance effort to guard local
communities against possible terrorist attacks on Fourth of July celebrations,
federal authorities said Wednesday.
Will Monitor July 4 Festivities
The FBI is putting together a major national operation to monitor
and protect [barf alert!] July Fourth parades and festivities because
of concern that terrorists might attack, officials said Wednesday.
[Gee, where were they on September 10th? Not "monitoring and
protecting," I guess...(see stories, above)]
says toxic sludge is good for fish
The Army Corps of Engineers' dumping of toxic sludge into the Potomac
River protects fish by forcing them to flee the polluted area and
escape fishermen, according to an internal Environmental Protection
says she hadn't read EPA report that irritated Bush
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Christie Whitman said
yesterday she did not review a controversial EPA report on global
warming until she read about it in a newspaper, prompting critics
to question her stewardship of the agency.
Clears Troops for Philippines Patrols
The Pentagon has approved a plan to send American troops on patrol
with Philippine soldiers battling Islamic rebels in the southern Philippines,
a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday.
Panel Approves Guns for 2 Percent of Pilots
A House of Representatives subcommittee approved a bill Wednesday
to let 2 percent of commercial pilots carry guns in the cockpit for
a two-year trial period, as a last line of defense against hijackers.
Gets Bill Setting Up Security Dept.
The F.B.I. and the C.I.A. would be required to turn over intelligence
reports on terrorist threats to the proposed Department of Homeland
Security, White House officials said today in submitting to Congress
a bill that would reorganize much of official Washington.
Companies Sponsoring G.O.P. Fund-Raiser Tonight
As lawmakers battle over a prescription drug bill, pharmaceutical
and health-care concerns are providing major support for a fund-raiser
scheduled for Wednesday night that is expected to raise more than
$20 million for Republican candidates in this year's Congressional
Firms Giving Big to GOP Pharmaceutical companies are among 21
donors paying $250,000 each for red-carpet treatment at tonight's
GOP fundraising gala starring pResident Bush, two days after Republicans
unveiled a prescription drug plan the industry is backing, according
to GOP officials.
not satisfied with Bush's record [By
golly, It's unanimous!! EVERYONE hates Bu$h! Can he be tried for treason
for 9/11 now?] Conservative lawmakers and activists disappointed
with pResident Bush's first 18 months in office are calling into question
his tactics and strategy in advancing the conservative agenda.
conflict intensifies Opponents
of plans point to terrorism -- Fear of nuclear terrorism is heating
up a dispute concerning the safety of shipping radioactive cargo across
the USA by road, rail and waterway.
Revives Radiation Claim A
federal appeals court Tuesday revived two lawsuits filed by thousands
of people who claimed they were sickened by radiation releases from
the Hanford nuclear weapons complex.
Passes Aid to Insurers on Terrorism
The Senate passed legislation today requiring the government to pay
the overwhelming majority of financial losses in a major terrorist
attack, though the measure takes a markedly different approach from
one approved by the House.
sued for $50bn in South Africa class action
A group of apartheid's victims are suing three banks which breached
the international sanctions against white South Africa for $50bn damages,
accusing them of collaborating in forced labour, murder, torture and
Security = Home-grown Fascism"
While Tom Ridge spoke to the group of several hundred mayors, a group
of protesters stood outside the Monona Terrace convention center carrying
signs such as: "War on Terrorism = War on Immigration" and
"Homeland Security = Home-grown Fascism."
OK police tactics in searches
No need to tell of search rights -- Police are not required to tell
bus and train passengers that they can object to being frisked, the
U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that tested police tactics
that have been used increasingly since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Lindh's Rights Violated The
government violated John Walker Lindh's rights when it refused to
fly the U.S.-born Taliban home from Afghanistan for a prompt hearing
while allowing him to be questioned by U.S. interrogators, his lawyers
State Representative charged with indecent exposure
A Tennessee lawmaker has been arrested for indecent exposure. Investigators
say the state representative exposed himself several times to a group
of kids outside a hotel swimming pool. Rep. Keith Westmoreland is
a Rethuglican from Kingsport. He serves on the house judiciary committee
helping to make laws in Tennessee. Now, he's accused of breaking the
law in Florida. [Was Jeb with him?]
Bush (inadvertently) endorses Janet Reno for Governor of Florida,
leaving voters to wonder: "Is he as dumb as his brother George after
Sold Millions in Stock Under Ethics Rules
Defense Secretary [and rightwing nutcase] Donald Rumsfeld sold between
$20 million and $90 million in stocks and other investments last year
to comply with government ethics rules.
facing a storm of coup threats
A new wave of coup threats against President Hugo Chávez is pushing
Venezuelans to the edge of hysteria, with many residents of the capital
stockpiling food and condo associations preparing an inventory of
guns in case of looting. Clandestine communiqués and videos from alleged
military officers vowing to topple the leftist president emerge almost
chilling case of political censorship -- Anti-Bush protesters ejected
from Ohio State commencement
Graduates at the June 14 commencement ceremony held by Ohio State
University (OSU) were threatened with arrest if they made any protest
against the keynote speaker, George W. Bush.
man faces bomb threat charges
Federal prosecutors say the Miramar man, 22, sent an anonymous tip
from his work computer to the FBI Internet desk on May 31, saying
he had overheard “Safraz Jehaludi” state he was planning to blow up
a Florida Power & Light Co. power plant and make a name for himself
in an attempt to kill the president [sic] and take over the White
House [Uh, the White House has already been "taken over"
since November, 2000.]
Advisers Backing Card as Homeland Security Secretary
Prominent advisers to pResident Bush are urging him to name White
House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. as secretary of the Department
of Homeland Security if Congress approves the administration's plan,
several of those advisers said yesterday.
critics get louder, Bush fights back with a plan to reform homeland
security An official describes the clandestine enterprise as "sort
of like the Manhattan Project," and paranoia about leaks ran so high
that meetings were moved to the secure bunker beneath the White House
where senior officials had taken cover on Sept. 11.
million paid to top Enron execs in '01
Lay, Skilling together topped $109 million -- Enron paid its top 140
executives a total of $680 million in the year prior to its Dec. 2
bankruptcy, according to a filing the company will make public today.
Slave Labor' In The American Heartland
In Tulsa, Oklahoma 53 Indian men spent months working under conditions
that their attorneys call "virtual slave labor."
Democracy Worth It? -- by
Bob Herbert "Today it may be Padilla. Tomorrow it might be you."
Request to Drop Case Rejected
A federal judge refused on Monday to dismiss John Walker Lindh's indictment,
rejecting defense arguments the American had a constitutional right
to associate with the Taliban and could not get a fair trial.
change for Lindh trial rejected
A federal judge Monday rejected a defense motion for a change of venue
in the trial of John Walker Lindh.
order to topple Saddam is in effect
pResident Bush signed an intelligence order early this year directing
the CIA to undertake a comprehensive, covert program to topple Saddam
Hussein, including authority to use lethal force to capture the Iraqi
president, according to sources familiar with the matter.
trial for paper plane attack on US embassy
According to the police report, three men threw paper airplanes at
the US embassy in Oslo on the evening of October 14 while yelling,
"These are peace planes, not bombers". One of the accused says that
the point of the paper ambush was to protest the USA's war in Afghanistan.
may reap a bumper crop "Anybody
but Katherine" is already spawning sticker spinoffs as the Democrats
running against Katherine Harris plan to turn out others suggesting
who "anybody" should be.
right-wing parties consolidate large parliamentary majority
to Formalize a Defense Policy of Hitting First
Dictator George W. Bush has directed his top national security aides
to make a doctrine of pre-emptive action against states and terrorist
groups trying to develop weapons of mass destruction into the foundation
of a new national security strategy, according to senior mis-ministration
officials drafting the document.
- [Cover story, New York Times, June
Theory Grips French: Sept. 11 as Right-Wing U.S. Plot
In the book, L'Effroyable
Imposture, or The Horrifying Fraud, Thierry Meyssan challenges
the entire official version of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Comment by CLG Founder and Chair,
"Books such as this
one provide perfect foils for the US media against legitimate criticism
of the Bush mis-ministration for the disaster of 9-1-1. The NYT
review helps to make cynics of erstwhile skeptics. These cynics then
scoff at "conspiracy theories," and likewise ignore the
real questions asked by reasonable people. The NYT fails to
mention that the official version of 9-1-1 is a "conspiracy theory"
itself--the conspiracy of a terrorist network to destroy US targets.
Given the foil of "conspiracy theories," The NYT
need not mention the connections between Bush&Co and the Arab
financiers of bin Laden. It
need not question the real oil interests that propel U.S. policy in
Afghanistan and Iraq. It need not mention the concurrent policy of
arming Israel against Palestine, which policy makes US Mid-East policy
"bipolar"-- fueling Arab hatred while pouring money into
It is not surprising that the New York
Times picked this straw man of a book to beat up and tear apart,
in lieu of real investigative or critical journalism. They do so to
quell the real doubts and questions about the culpability (not complicity,
but real criminal negligence) of Bush&Co. regarding 9-1-1."
in WTC Probe Criticized A
federal agency planning to investigate the Twin Towers collapse heard
a wide range of technical suggestions as well as criticism from fire
safety experts, victims’ relatives and experts from across the country
Accused of Delaying WTC Investigation
Engineers, fire-science experts and victims' relatives who yesterday
were called to make suggestions on the federal plan to study the World
Trade Center collapse blasted authorities for delaying their investigation.
of Sept. 11 Probe Allegedly Obstructed Danforth's Waco Inquiry
Former FBI Counsel Held Onto Papers -- The official in charge of ferreting
out information about the FBI for a joint congressional intelligence
panel allegedly obstructed a Justice Department probe of the bureau
two years ago.
- [And, so that we never get
to the bottom of 9/11:] Sept.
11 Leak Probe Urged The leaders [cowards] of a congressional probe
into Sept. 11 intelligence failures — stung by Bush administration
complaints about leaks — asked John Ashkkkroft yesterday to investigate.
The request came after Vice pResident Cheney called key congressional
leaders to express White House anger about the leaks.
may probe leaked pre-9/11 intercepts
Leaders of a joint congressional panel probing pre-September 11 intelligence
lapses have asked the attorney general to investigate who leaked cryptic
intercepts that hinted of imminent attacks.
Blames Leaks on Congress
Intelligence Chairmen Request Justice Investigation -- Vice pResident
Cheney chastised the House and Senate intelligence committees yesterday
about leaks of classified information, and the panels' chairmen responded
by requesting a Injustice Department investigation into the disclosures.
Complains About Release of Sept. 11 Intercepts
The White House complained on Thursday that a House-Senate probe into
the Sept. 11 attacks released sensitive information about secret intercepts
with the potential to undermine U.S. national security [Bush doesn't
want us to know about his treasonous actions regarding the September
11th terrorist attacks!!].
Cheney Complains About Leaks
Vice pResident Dick Cheney complained to lawmakers Thursday about
leaks that he believes led to disclosure of the National Security
Agency's Sept. 10 intercepts of at least two messages in Arabic that
suggested a major event was to take place the next day. [Too bad,
Is Under Scrutiny for Overlooked Messages
The National Security Agency intercepted two cryptic communications
on the day before the Sept. 11 attacks that referred to a major event
scheduled for the next day, but analysts at the secret eavesdropping
agency did not read the messages until Sept. 12, American intelligence
officials said today.
Heard 'Tomorrow Is Zero Hour' on Eve of Attacks
U.S. intelligence [LOL - now THERE'S a contradiction in terms!] intercepted
two messages the day before the Sept. 11 attacks that indicated an
event was planned the following day, but the communications were not
translated until Sept. 12, government sources said on Wednesday.
Intelligence Intercepted Messages Day Before Sept. 11
U.S. intelligence intercepted two messages the day before the Sept.
11 attacks that indicated an event was planned the following day,
but the communications were not translated until Sept. 12, government
sources said Wednesday.
Knew of Impending Attacks on 9/10
A conversation intercepted by the National Security Agency suggested
that a big event [?!?] was to take place the next day. It was not
translated until Sept. 12 [?!?]. Intelligence agencies aren't sure
[?!?] if a conversation in Arabic intercepted Sept. 10 was a warning
of the next day's attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon,
an intelligence source said Wednesday.
attorney: Bush allowed 9/11
San Francisco attorney Stanley Hilton now figures his case is stronger
because of a coalition of attorneys, victims' families and bipartisan
legislators who gathered in Washington on Monday to condemn the government's
lack of action in preventing the Sept. 11 attacks.
plan to monitor voting at polls
Stung by the Bush mis-ministration's decision this month not to pursue
further legal action in Florida's 2000 presidential election, civil
rights leaders say that getting massive numbers of voters to the polls
is not enough. Activists must converge to monitor precincts for signs
of fraud and improper conduct, they said, because the U.S. Justice
Department may not step in. [NOTE the admission
at the end of the article by the Miami Herald that in ONE Jacksonville
county alone, "thousands of ballots were never counted." We know,
Miami Herald--by why did you LIE about that before????]
Election Monitors Recruited
Civil rights leaders and liberal groups are organizing Florida residents
to monitor polling places in the upcoming election for fraud and improper
Court Rules on Bus Searches
The Less-Than-Supreme- Court ruled Monday that police who want to
look for drugs or evidence of other crimes do not have to first inform
public transportation passengers of their legal rights.
High Profile, Motives Raise White House Concerns
Attorney General Ashcroft's visibility has fed speculation, denied
by his aides, that he is eyeing another run for office.
man is stupid -- by Joan
Smith "I have lost count of the times I have been ticked off
in recent months, sometimes by quite senior politicians, for suggesting
that George W Bush is a complete idiot."
the myth of Al Qaeda Its
size and reach have been blown out of proportion -- by Kimberly A.
McCloud and Adam Dolnik
in education (St. Petersburg
Times) The state (FL) has organized its educational policy around
the results of one standardized test, and then has set itself up as
the only gauge of public school performance.
war documentary charges US with mass killings of POWs
A documentary film, Massacre in Mazar, by Irish director
Jamie Doran, was shown to selected audiences in Europe last week,
provoking demands for an international inquiry into US war crimes
with Jamie Doran, director of Massacre at Mazar
Jersey appeals court upholds secret detentions
In the first ruling to uphold the Bush mis-ministration’s secret detention
policy, a New Jersey Appeals Court ruled June 12 that two county jails
do not have to reveal the names of immigrants rounded up since September
11. Bush’s inJustice Department has refused to release the names of
those arrested in the “anti-terror” dragnet.
Lindh Can't Get Fair Trial
Lawyers for John Walker Lindh, seeking dismissal of his indictment,
argue that the American-born Taliban fighter cannot receive a fair
trial anywhere in America — and especially not 10 miles from the Pentagon
where 189 people died Sept. 11.
Referral Rate Of Terror Cases for Prosecution Grows
The FBI has been seeking prosecution of international terrorism cases
at six times the rate it did before Sept. 11, but more than half those
cases considered by federal prosecutors never made it to court, Justice
Department records show.
as Bush Tests Harder Line with N. Korea
As the Bush mis-ministration prepares to test a harder line in talks
with North Korea, it remains divided on key aspects of U.S. strategy
and where negotiations with Pyongyang might lead.
Work Begins in Alaska Federal
officials broke ground Saturday on six underground missile interceptor
silos as part of the new national missile defense system [that no
one but the Bush junta wants to see built].
Say Anti-Nuke Support Up
friends like these -- by
Michael Parsons "The very institutions that are supposed to make
America great--from Big Business to the Oval Office--are embarrassing
won't deny our consciences
Prominent Americans have issued this statement on the war on terror:
"Let it not be said that people in the United States did nothing
when their government declared a war without limit and instituted
stark new measures of repression. The signers of this statement call
on the people of the US to resist the policies and overall political
direction that have emerged since September 11 and which pose grave
dangers to the people of the world..."
to use Covert CIA Program to Topple Hussein pResident Bush early
this year signed an intelligence order directing the CIA to undertake
a comprehensive, covert program to topple Saddam Hussein, including
authority to use lethal force to capture the Iraqi president, according
to informed sources.
Lindh E-Mail The inJustice
Department’s own lawyers have raised questions about the government’s
case against the American Taliban -- Even as prosecutors began preparing
criminal charges against Lindh last December, the department’s own
ethics advisers were raising red flags.
Watches for Plutonium Shipments
One day after hero and patriot Gov. Jim Hodges' request to block the
shipments from the Rocky Flats facility in Colorado was denied in
federal court, the governor read a statement Friday declaring a state
of emergency and sent troopers to block roads near the site. Hodges
ordered state police to prevent anyone transporting plutonium into
South Carolina starting Friday.
Set to Oppose Nevada Dump Site
Three Western mayors urged their counterparts Saturday to oppose a
plan that would create a national nuclear waste repository in Nevada,
saying that shipping radioactive waste to the site would threaten
the entire country.
Democrats Push Medicare Drug Plan
Senate Democrats used their weekly radio address on Saturday to promote
their plan to help seniors pay for prescription drugs under Medicare.
[and all sane people] Wary of G.O.P. Drug Plan A
Republican plan to provide prescription drug benefits to the elderly
through private insurers is drawing a skeptical reaction from many
health policy experts. The plan, they say, would face problems like
those that have plagued Medicare's attempt to encourage the use of
health maintenance organizations.
Officer Sparks Ethics Debate
Doctor-Lawyer's Business Advises on How to Avoid Malpractice Suits
-- A Louisiana physician poised to become president-elect of the American
Medical Association founded a company that advises doctors on how
to avoid malpractice suits, drawing criticism that his ascension reflects
a disturbing trend in the nation's health care system.
Provides New Details of Soviet Smallpox Accident
A Soviet field test of weaponized smallpox caused an outbreak in 1971
that killed two children and a young woman before health teams disinfected
homes, quarantined hundreds of people and administered nearly 50,000
emergency vaccine shots, a new report asserts.
No Longer So Frigid, Starts to Crack, Burn and Sag With
the average temperature rising seven degrees over the past 30 years,
Alaskans are facing sagging roads, shoreline erosion and dying forests.
of the Yo-Yo's -- by Maureen
Dowd "A predictable insight into the Rove world view. He worries
about Enron as a potential political attack rather than an economic
calamity in which thousands of people lost their shirts and their
may split from Bush team
US Secretary of State Colin Powell is becoming so frustrated at being
undermined by the White House that he may stand down after the mid-term
elections, some American diplomats claim. The damaging speculation
has been dismissed by senior State Department sources, but it caps
a bad week for pResident Bu$h's Cabinet.
graduating students were arrested at their own graduation for the
crime of turning their backs to Bush as he delivered the keynote address.
students were told that they would be expelled and arrested if they
turned their backs."
State Graduates Were Threatened With Arrest and Expulsion if they
Protested Bush's Speech. They Were Ordered to Give Bush a "Thunderous
Meddles in Windtalkers Movie
A scene was written out of the script after the Marine Corps and the
Department of Defense -- which lent production assistance to the movie
-- complained about it.
Troopers to Watch for Plutonium Hero
and patriot Gov. Jim Hodges ordered state troopers and other authorities
to South Carolina's borders Friday to stop federal shipments of plutonium
that could begin arriving from Colorado as early as this weekend.
"I order that the transportation of plutonium on South Carolina roads
and highways is prohibited," Hodges said. "I order that any persons
transporting plutonium shall not enter the state of South Carolina."
Near Planned Nuke Waste Site A mild earthquake rumbled beneath
the desert early Friday near Yucca Mountain, the federal government's
proposed site for a nuclear waste repository.
Stirs Opposition To Nuclear Waste Plan
A mild earthquake early yesterday in the Nevada desert about 12 miles
southeast of Yucca Mountain has added fuel to the controversy over
the Bush mid-ministration plan to build a centralized nuclear waste
repository beneath the mountain.
OKs combining most pesticides
Activists complain children, some risks were not weighed -- The Environmental
Protection Agency has signed off on the safety of all but two of 30
pesticides it studied to see whether they are unreasonably dangerous
to human health when combined.
Found Guilty of Obstruction of Justice
Arthur Andersen was convicted Saturday of obstructing justice by shredding
Enron-related documents in a verdict that could be the death knell
for the shattered accounting firm and one that boosts prosecutors'
efforts to get to the bottom of the Enron scandal.
People Held for Attacks Probe
At least 147 people detained as part of the investigation into the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are still being held by the government,
the inJustice Department revealed in response to a court order.
to hold Jose Padilla indefinitely without charges
The Bush mis-ministration confirmed June 13 that it had no plans either
to charge, try or release Jose Padilla, the Brooklyn-born man who
was seized by FBI agents last month. Padilla is the first [and likely,
not the last] US citizen to be subjected to indefinite detention by
the Bush Fourth Reich under its unilateral assertion of wartime executive
Deficit Likely Above $100B
The federal deficit probably will soar beyond $100 billion this year,
Congress' top budget analyst says.
Gore searched twice during Wisconsin trip
Traveling to Wisconsin, President Gore was pulled aside for random
security screening ["Random?!?"] at Reagan National Airport
before boarding the 7:15 p.m. flight to Milwaukee on Friday.
Documents Reveal Plan to Weaken Air Quality Protections
NRDC says Bush mis-ministration plans would violate law and threaten
and Politics -- by Paul Krugman
"In 1981 ...captains of industry were paid an average of $3.5
million, which seemed like a lot at the time. By 1988 the average
had soared to $19.3 million, which seemed outrageous. But by 2000
the average annual pay of the top 10 was $154 million...earnings of
top executives rose 4,300 percent."
Scandal, Fear Inspiring Malaise Among Americans?
Nine months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States finds itself
in a jittery mood, as scandal and doubts envelop a growing number
of major institutions.
Faces Trial For Rights Abuses A
Superior Court judge in Los Angeles ordered Unocal to stand trial
for human rights abuses allegedly committed in association with a
pipeline project in Myanmar.
surprise, the Bush regime rigs (another) s-election.
Rove's Missing Computer Disk Found by a Democrat
A computer disk containing a private analysis of the 2002 elections
prepared by White House Political Director Ken Mehlman somehow was
left on a street corner a few blocks from the White House. The disk,
which also includes a more detailed Power Point presentation on the
political climate for the 2002 and 2004 elections prepared by Karl
Rove, was picked up off the pavement by a Senate Democratic aide,
who has been happily passing it on to others.
Barr's Believe It or Not
-- by Lloyd Grove "We never realized that that Rep. Bob Barr
-- the Georgia Republican who so despised Bill Clinton that he demanded
his impeachment before the Monica Lewinsky scandal -- was such a delicate
hothouse flower. Well, it turns out that Barr was deeply hurt by all
those slings and arrows during his 1998 ordeal as a Republican impeachment
Strangest Bedfellows Conservative
Strategy Meeting Gets a Dose of Naderite Populism -- At one point,
the room cheered Nader for his "help" in the 2000 s-election.
Nader responded by pointing to his favorite political cartoon, in
which a George W. Bush figure, upon hearing that "A Vote for Nader
Is a Vote for Bush," announces his intention to "Vote for Nader."
And Nader began his presentation by poking fun at his audience and
at its reputation as the fulcrum of a right-wing conspiracy.
Distances Himself From Attorney General
[God, we ALL wish we could do that!] -- by James Ridgeway "As
Bush angrily backpedals away from Attorney General John Ashcroft's
statements Monday about the supposed dirty-bomb plot of former Chicago
thug Abdullah al Muhajir (a/k/a Jose Padilla), Washington officials
are nervously watching the nation's top lawman and wondering what's
say Bush blocking them Tens
of thousands of federal employees who would be shifted to a new department
of homeland security risk losing their union memberships, triggering
a fight that could complicate the agency's congressional approval.
of errors has America's friends Bushed
-- by Paul McGeough "The White House stumblebum team played fast
and loose this week - rushing headlong into every crisis, their loose
lips risking greater tension, fear and panic in a world that was trying
to cool it."
U.S. Denied My Legal Rights
U.S. authorities in Afghanistan failed to advise John Walker Lindh
of his legal rights and ignored his pleas for a lawyer, defense attorneys
Theory Emerges Scientists:
FBI Questions Suggest Insider Grew Spores At Lab, Refined Them Elsewhere
-- The FBI is investigating whether the anthrax spores used in last
fall's attacks could have been grown secretly inside an Army lab and
then taken elsewhere to be weaponized, according to three sources
familiar with the ongoing probe.
Refuses to Force Nevada to Give Water to Yucca Mountain
A judge is refusing to make Nevada turn on the water tap for the federal
government at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump site.
House Seeks a Change [for the Worse] in Rules on Air Pollution
The Bu$h mis-ministration today proposed changing air pollution rules
to give utilities more leeway in modernizing power plants without
also being required to improve their pollution-control equipment.
Proposes To Ease Rules On Clean Air Foes Vow a Court Fight
-- The Bush mis-ministration announced yesterday a major relaxation
of clean air enforcement rules governing older coal-fired power plants
and refineries that would effectively preclude future government legal
action in all but the most flagrant cases of pollution.
Loses Plutonium Shipment Ruling
A federal judge on Thursday denied Gov. Jim Hodges' request to block
shipments of weapons-grade plutonium, which could begin arriving in
South Carolina as early as this weekend.
Pills a Hot Item Potassium
iodide has become such a hot commodity among people living near the
Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County (NY) that there
were no fewer than 20 Internet auction listings for the little pills
on eBay yesterday.
Gore plans retreat with contributors
Al Gore plans to meet with top Democratic fund-raisers at the end
of July to talk about elections — the 2000 presidential s-election,
this year's congressional elections and future contests.
of President Gore's Speech at the Wisconsin State Democratic Party
agency debunks charges of vandalism by Clinton White House
“Vandalism-Gate” has become the latest
anti-Clinton scandal to be exposed as a Republican-inspired fraud.
Rudolph Giuliani to face questioning in case by artist
Former Mayor [and rightwing nutcase] Rudolph Giuliani will answer
legal questions in a lawsuit brought by an artist who says he was
repeatedly arrested after depicting Giuliani as Adolph Hitler in a
painting, the city says.
Will Testify vs. New York Artist
Rudy Giuliani will testify against the painter who depicted him as
Adolph Hitler. The former mayor will be deposed as part of the city's
defense against a federal suit by artist Robert Lederman, who claims
he was illegally targeted for arrest by the Giuliani administration.
Teacher Arrested for Hitting Kids with Broom
A substitute teacher has been arrested for attacking school children
with a broom handle in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan,
sending many of the six- and seven-year olds to the hospital with
bruises and welts, police said Friday.
faces a capitalism crisis
-- by Andrew Neil "American business currently occupies an unprecedented
'position of low repute', Hank Paulson, the chief executive of Goldman
Sachs, said last week. Confidence in American companies was the lowest
'in my lifetime'.
intelligence - by Keiler
Hook "Are the FBI and CIA fumbling around again and calling it
a victory? Is the detaining of Abdullah al Muhajir, previously known
as Jose Padilla, just another spin by the administration to keep us
distracted from the reality of the inadequacy of the intelligence
community? It certainly appears that way."
showing on satellite TV: secret American spy photos Security
lapse allows viewers to see sensitive operations -- European satellite
TV viewers can watch live broadcasts of peacekeeping and anti-terrorist
operations being conducted by US spyplanes over the Balkans.
invasion proposal shocks MPs
The Dutch parliament was shocked by a US legislative proposal giving
an official green light to a US invasion of the Netherlands should
it be deemed necessary to free US citizens from the International
Criminal Court in The Hague.
Complain About Missile Test Secrecy
Leading Senate Democrats today accused the Missile Defense Agency
of excessive secrecy in reporting on its tests, timetables and cost
Patrol begins random searches at ferry docks
State troopers have launched an aggressive campaign to boost security
on Washington State Ferries by randomly searching vehicles while their
owners wait to board.
chief was left in the dark on U.S. climate report
Christine Todd Whitman, the top U.S. environmental regulator, said
on Wednesday she was not told in advance about a controversial Bush
mis-ministration report that concluded greenhouse gas emissions produced
by human activities were the primary cause of global warming.
waters By shipping plutonium
around the world, Britain is courting catastrophe -- by George Monbiot
"The world now faces two imminent nuclear threats. The first
is the stand-off between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers vacillating
on the brink of war. The second arises from a commercial deal between
the United Kingdom and Japan."
to Require Drug Makers to Disclose Payments to Doctors
Amid rising concern about the cost of prescription drugs, Vermont
is expected today to become the first state in the nation to require
pharmaceutical companies to disclose their gifts and cash payments
to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.
Say U.S. Should Keep Tabs on Internet Body
U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday that they would step up oversight
of the nonprofit group that oversees the Internet's domain-name system,
but stopped short of saying the United States should run the controversial
to Repeal Estate Tax Ends in Senate Defeat The
Republican push for a permanent repeal of the estate tax collapsed
today in the Democratic-led Senate.
Activists Win Case Against FBI, Police -- Given $4.4M
tells Utah newspaper not to publish story
A judge has ordered the Standard-Examiner not to publish a
story involving an injured girl who was removed from her home.
high school withholds diploma after student's speech
Officials at Whiting High School refused to give the senior class
salutatorian her diploma after she deviated from her prepared speech
and gave teachers frivolous awards during the ceremony.
security sources raise doubts over US claims about 'dirty bomber'
British and European security officials
are highly sceptical of American claims that the alleged "dirty bomb"
plotter, Abdullah al-Muhajir, was preparing to unleash a radioactive
return of 'war on terror' can only help Bush
-- by Rupert Cornwell "The arrest of the alleged al-Qa'ida associate
and would-be 'dirty bomber' Abdullah al-Muhajir may raise as many
questions as it answers. But whatever the threat he posed to America's
national security, the political benefits to the Bush administration
from his capture are clear."
Challenges al Muhajir's Detention
The attorney for a U.S. citizen accused of plotting to explode a radioactive
"dirty bomb" in the United States filed a motion in federal court
today challenging his indefinite detention at a high-security naval
brig in Charleston, S.C.
step towards presidential dictatorship: Bush orders US citizen held
indefinitely by military
(WSWS) "A New York-born man of Puerto Rican descent has been
jailed indefinitely by the Bush administration in a military brig
in South Carolina, in an unprecedented assertion of executive power.
The federal government has seized a US citizen and locked him up for
an unlimited period of time on the say-so of the president [sic],
without the sanction of any court and in defiance of such elementary
legal principles as the presumption of innocence and the right of
is being denied rights, say campaigners
The Bush mis-ministration came under fire from civil rights groups
yesterday for its decision to hold the suspected "dirty bomb" plotter
in military custody and deny him access to civilian courts.
Held 8 Months Without Seeing Judge
A former Boston cab driver once identified by authorities as a major
terrorism suspect was kept in solitary confinement for more than eight
months here without seeing a judge or being assigned a lawyer, according
to court records, lawyers and advocates familiar with the case.
- Ballistic Missile Treaty Expires
The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, long the centerpiece of nuclear
equilibrium between the United States and the Soviet Union and a strong
deterrent to other nations with nuclear aspirations, will expire Thursday.
Barring last-minute court intervention, the 1972 ABM treaty will expire
six months after pResident Bush invoked a provision allowing either
side to withdraw upon such notice.
Crimes Bill Dealt a Setback
The Senate on Tuesday dealt a major setback to a bill that would make
violent attacks based on victims' sexual orientation or disabilities
a federal hate crime, refusing to limit debate on the measure.
war has been declared. But in the border villages it has already begun
For the Indian villagers of Garkwal, it is not a question of when
war will break out. It already has.
close is your home to Bush’s traveling toxic waste road show?
Type in your zip code and check it out! The Senate could vote as early
as June 25th to ship radioactive waste via truck or train through
your community -–so take action NOW!
Setting Stage to Privatize Air-Traffic Control
pResident Bush says air traffic control "not inherently governmental"
-- In a surprise move June 6th, pResident Bush took the first steps
toward privatizing air traffic control services.
Democrats to Sue Over ABM Treaty Pullout
A group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plans to
file a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging pResident Bush's decision to
withdraw from the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty, according to
the office of Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.
Urges Bush to Condemn GOP Monitoring of Lobbyists
Senate Majority Whip Harry M. Reid called on pResident Bush yesterday
to condemn Republicans close to the White House who are tracking the
political activities of Democratic lobbyists in order to deny them
lobbying jobs and access to key government officials.
U.S. Must Strike Terror First
pResident Bush made a case Monday for pre-emptive strikes against
terrorists that seek weapons of mass destruction for use against the
United States and other nations, saying "we will oppose the new totalitarians
with all our power." [He will oppose himself?]
Bush Didn't Read Report White
House press secretary Ari Fleischer fessed up: pResident Bush didn't
actually read that 268-page Environmental Protection Agency report
on climate change, even if he said he did. [Well, we know this is
the one statement of Fleischer's to be veracious, as the Idiot Usurper
Was Terror Suspect Up To?
U.S. officials are backing away from assertions that a man arrested
last month in Chicago was plotting a 'dirty' bomb attack on the United
States, CBS Correspondent Jim Stewart reports. [Yet, he can be
held indefinitely -- without being charged, under AshKKKroft's new
AmeriKKKan system of justice]
American Al Qaeda Operative Has Few Rights
The U.S. government's decision to declare a suspected American al
Qaeda operative an "enemy combatant" means he can be held indefinitely
and questioned without an attorney present.
- [Barf Alert!] U.S.
Should Control Internet Body, Senator Says Montana Rethuglican
Sen. Conrad Burns said he would try to rein in the group that oversees
the Internet's traffic system, calling for a more direct U.S. government
role in the ostensibly international and independent body.
Plan's Underground Architects
In Silence and Stealth, Mis-ministration Drafted Huge Security Overhaul
wing wins solid majority in French legislative election
Rove Doctrine -- by Paul
Krugman "As analysts at the Cato Institute point out, the Bush-Cheney
energy plan may have been conservative in the sense that it was anti-environmentalist,
but otherwise it was stuffed full of things free-marketeers are supposed
to abhor: expanded government power to seize private land (for transmission
lines), large tax incentives for energy sources that don't pay their
way at market prices (nuclear power in particular)."
Presses for Enron Papers
The head of a Senate panel that has received some 2,500 pages of documents
under subpoena from the White House wants to know when it will deliver
the rest of the records regarding contacts with Enron officials.
House Speaker Paid Office Worker
Rethuglican House Speaker S. Vance Wilkins Jr. has admitted that he
paid $100,000 to a woman who accused him of harassment but denied
that he forced sexual advances on her.
Davis Runs Ad Attacking Opponent
Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat known for his bare-knuckles campaign style,
broadcast the first attack advertisement of his re-election campaign
Citizen Held In 'Dirty Bomb' Plot
Bomb Plot Disrupted in Early Planning Stages -- Attorney General John
AshKKKroft said that Abdullah Al Mujahir was in the custody of the
U.S. military and was being treated as an enemy combatant. This suggests
plans for the first military tribunal of a U.S. citizen.
to Be Military Policy The
Bush Fourth Reich is developing a new strategic doctrine that moves
away from the Cold War pillars of containment and deterrence toward
a policy that supports preemptive attacks against terrorists and hostile
states [?!?] with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
to Add 'Preemption' to Military Policy
- Post The Bush insane mis-ministration is drafting a formal
military policy that supports preemptive attacks against terrorists
and hostile states with weapons of mass destruction, The
Washington Post said in Monday editions.
Questions New Agency's Powers
pResident Bush's proposal to merge all or parts of 22 federal agencies
into a homeland security structure does not give the head of the new
department control over those who gather intelligence for the FBI,
CIA, and other agencies, leaders of the Senate intelligence committee
Bush should veto Cabinet-level homeland security office
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said May 30th he would advise
the Idiot Usurper to veto any legislation creating a congressionally
authorized Office of Homeland Security if Congress approves a bill
to spy on all emails Fury
over Europe's secret plan to access computer and phone data -- Millions
of personal emails, other internet information and telephone records
are to be made accessible to the police and intelligence services
in a move that has been denounced by critics as one of the most wide-ranging
extensions of state power over private information.
Cheney Near $90M in GOP Funds The
Rethuglican team of pResident Bush and Vice pResident Cheney is closing
in on $90 million raised for the party for this fall's congressional
Monitoring Lobbyists' Politics
White House, Hill Access May Be Affected -- Rethuglicans are researching
the party affiliation and political contributions of hundreds of lobbyists
in Washington, part of a campaign that could deny government access
and prime lobbying jobs to Democrats, according to people familiar
with the project.
Hollywood's Big Guns Come Right From the Source
The military establishment has been cooperating with Hollywood for
nearly a century, with a noticeable break in the Vietnam years. But
in recent times, with movie budgets swelling into the hundreds of
millions of dollars, the Defense Department's contribution — and thus
the American taxpayer's — has grown ever bigger and more elaborate.
in Madison, aims squarely at Bush
President Gore charms Democratic convention crowd -- Al Gore thanked
Wisconsin Democrats on Saturday for carrying the state for him in
the 2000 presidential s-election and sharpened themes he would use
if he runs again in two years.
Sheen Stumps for Janet Reno in Fla.
Sheen, who plays President Josiah Bartlet on NBC's "The West Wing,"
rallied at a retirement community on Saturday with the former U.S.
attorney general seeking to oust Gov. Jeb Bush.
- Michael Rectenwald replies
to a rightwinger who writes, "YOU FOLKS ARE REALLY A TRIP!"
tuned for Michael
Rectenwald's review of
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,
to appear in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, on the CLG website,
and in other newspapers around the country.
Got 9/11 Warning on 9/10
The National Security Agency received information on September 10th
that "something big" was coming, it was reported last night.
judge’s ties to Islamic radical to be exposed
American Freedom News has learned that Attorney General John Ashcroft
has been told that a sitting federal judge has close ties to Islamic
radicals. He is suspected of being the same federal judge who refused
to authorize over 20 FBI wiretaps on al-Qaeda suspects before September
heard terrorists talk before 9-11
A secretive U.S. eavesdropping agency monitored telephone conversations
before Sept. 11 between the suspected commander of the World Trade
Center and Pentagon attacks and the man thought to be the chief hijacker,
but it did not share the information with other intelligence agencies,
U.S. officials said Thursday.
FBI promoted 9-11 ball-dropper?
The FBI supervisor who allegedly hamstrung the pre-Sept. 11 Minneapolis
investigation into the alleged 20th hijacker has been transferred
to a position where bureau sources say he'll actually have more authority.
Pilot Answers 911 Questions JCS General Myers Wouldn't
Pre-Attack Tips Surface The
chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday "significant
numbers of people" from inside the government were coming forward
with new information on U.S. intelligence failures related to the
Sept. 11 attacks on America.
Watch sues to discover why Bush went on Cipro on September 11
In October 2001, press reports revealed that White House staff had
been on a regimen of the powerful antibiotic Cipro since the September
11th terrorist attacks. Judicial Watch is aggressively pursuing the
disclosure of the facts and the decision for White House staff, and
pResident Bush as well, to begin taking Cipro nearly a month before
anthrax was detected on Capitol Hill.
House Faces Disclosure Suit
Group Says Government Had Braced for Anthrax Attacks -- Judicial Watch
group is suing the Bush administration for access to documents about
last fall's anthrax attacks, asserting that
top officials might have known the bioterrorist attack was coming.
sued over anthrax documents
Legal group wonders why White House took Cipro before
attacks -- Legal watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed lawsuits
against several Bush mis-ministration agencies for failure to produce
documents concerning the terrorist anthrax attacks of last October,
the organization announced today.
monitored U.S. negotiations with Taliban over oil pipeline
A memo by military chief Mohammed Atef raises new questions about
whether failed U.S. efforts to reform Afghanistan's radical regime
-- and build the pipeline -- set the stage for Sept. 11.
and O’Neill’s African tour: low farce against a backdrop of human
tragedy (WSWS) "Watching
Ugandan workers labouring under the hot sun in the fields where they
cultivate flowers for the European market, Bono enthused that this
was 'globalisation at its best.'"
Waste Goes Under Tents The
federal government spent $62 million on a building to store and treat
low-level radioactive waste at a California nuclear weapons laboratory,
then decided the structure wasn't secure enough. So where is the waste
kept now? Under tents.
'in political shock' over Card's revelations
Republicans expressed shock yesterday at reports that White House
Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. discussed his fear of a further
swing to the right within the Bush Fourth Reich in a magazine interview.
House chief warns of lurch to right
Departure of pResident's closest adviser raises fear that conservative
strategist may seize chance to extend his influence -- In an unusually
revealing insight into the Bush White House yesterday, its chief of
staff, Andrew Card, expressed concern that the administration was
about to swing further to the right with the imminent departure of
the pResident's closest adviser.
of Political Security --
by Maureen Dowd "With the most daring reorganization of government
in half a century, George W. Bush hopes to protect something he holds
dear: himself. After weeks of scalding revelations about a cascade
of leads and warnings prefiguring the 9/11 attacks that were ignored
by the U.S. government, the president [sic] created the Department
of Political Security."
Powers in Times of Emergency: Could Terrorism Result In A Constitutional
Dictator? -- by John W. Dean
"We are fighting a war against terrorism, with no end in sight.
It is a war, I believe, that will inevitably escalate. Indeed, it
is a war that could force the nation to live under martial law - for
Hold March in Rome Under
tight security, thousands of protesters marched peacefully through
Rome on Saturday to air grievances over genetically modified food
and other agriculture issues two days before the start of a U.N. summit
in the Italian capital.
Slams Bush for Refusing Global Climate Report
President Al Gore on Saturday criticized the Idiot Usurper for refusing
to accept a federal agency report that blames humans for global warming.
It OK To Hate Bush? In which the president's carefully orchestrated
dumb-guy shtick proves hollow and dubious
-- by Mark Morford "Of course 'hate' is too strong a word. You
should not hate anyone. Especially not jittery world leaders who are
striving to justify war and make it look all fierce and necessary."
upheaval in Venezuela? Sources
say violence between military, militia factions imminent
district plans win U.S. backing
-- Quick approval is political, Democrats say -- The U.S. Department
of inJustice approved the state's new GOP-drawn congressional districts
Friday, prompting cries of partisan politicking from Democrats who
say the Bush mis-ministration is intent on ensuring Republican domination
Buzzflash Interview with Greg Palast, in which he Reveals the Letter
he Received from KKKatherine Harris
Worked to Quash College Protests
Newspaper: FBI, CIA Worked Covertly to Harass UC Students, Faculty,
President -- The FBI, working covertly with the CIA and then-Gov.
Ronald Reagan, spent years unlawfully trying to quash the voices and
careers of students and faculty deemed subversive at the University
of California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
FBI files reveal covert activities at UC Bureau's campus operations
involved Reagan, CIA Under
the guise of protecting national security, the FBI conducted wide-ranging
and unlawful intelligence operations concerning the University of
California that at different points involved the head of the CIA and
then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, The Chronicle has learned.
Rowley blunt about faults at FBI, but will she pay a price?
--by John Carlson "Attorney General [and rightwing nutcase] John
Ashcroft went on national television over the weekend and refused
to say Rowley will be OK at the bureau. Sam Donaldson asked Ashcroft
two, maybe three times, whether there would be retribution against
Rowley for writing the memo."
Color Wheel of Fascism (humor)
-- by Carol Schiffler
slipping in the suburbs (IL)
The Cook County suburbs are becoming more Democratic and could determine
the outcome of the Nov. 5 gubernatorial election.
Powers Set for New Agency
The Department of Homeland Security proposed by pResident Bush would
take over significant duties in the war on terrorism, including alerts
to the public and police currently handled by the inJustice Department
and the FBI, mis-ministration officials said yesterday.
Homeland Proposal Should Pass
Congressional leaders predicted yesterday that pResident Bush's plan
for a behemoth Department of Homeland Security will be modified, and
approved, within three months, despite concerns that the proposed
new agency may fail to rectify the intelligence-sharing failures that
have plagued the government.
John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member, Committee on the Judiciary and
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus, Criticizes the Idiot Usurper's Homeland
new Department of Homeland Defense: the scaffolding of a police state
(WSWS) "In its timing, it is a transparent attempt to distract
public attention from the revelations of advance warnings to the government
about the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
In its substance, the proposal represents an acceleration of the moves
towards presidential dictatorship that have characterized every step
taken by the Bush administration since September 11."
calls for US Gestapo -- by
Thomas C. Greene "...the new Homeland Security Department will
not have access to raw data from these [CIA and FBI] agencies, but
will instead rely on whatever redacted reports they happen to volunteer.
This means that any important data these agencies fail to recognize
will also be missed by the new Department. So we can pretty well rule
out the possibility that the stated purpose is the real purpose. The
real purpose, clearly, is data acquisition, mining and manipulation
on a gargantuan scale."
Dots Connect to Police State?
-- by Farhad Manjoo "'I think we've reached the point in the debate
where we need to ask larger questions about where this administration
is taking the U.S. government,' said Marc Rotenberg, director of the
Electronic Privacy Information Center. He added that 'someone needs
to apply the brakes' or the United States will become a 'police state.'"
copy of Lt. Col. Butler's letter
Lt. Col. Steve Butler was serving as vice chancellor for student affairs
at the Defense Language Institute when he wrote the letter, published
in The Herald on May 26. Butler was suspended from his duties
at the Monterey language school following publication of his letter.
says US leads in human rights violations following September 11
from DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe Regarding Bush's Pork at the World
Voids Law Barring Con Ed Fee for its Defunct Nuke
A federal appeals court has struck down a New York State law that
barred Consolidated Edison from charging customers about $200 million
for expenses related to an 11-month shutdown of its Indian Point nuclear
of Access -- by Paul Krugman
"...the administration learned nothing from the California crisis;
it still takes its advice from the energy companies that financed
its campaign (and made many administration officials, including Mr.
Bush and Mr. Cheney, rich). And it's one thing to reward your friends
with subsidies and lax regulation. It's something quite different
to let them dictate policy on climate change."
Wars A declassified version
of a 2-year study prepared by the Air War College and obtained by
Popular Mechanics titled "Weather As A Force Multiplier: Owning
The Weather In 2025," envisions future generals having at their disposal
an impressive weather-control arsenal for tactical operations. The
Pentagon's top meteorologists believe the United States will be ready
to fight--and win--a weather war early in the next century.
as Terror Inquiry Swirls, Seeks Cabinet Post on Security
Responding to widespread criticism of the government's handling of
terrorist threats, pResident Bush called tonight for the creation
of a cabinet department for domestic defense that would combine 22
federal agencies into a single one intended to prevent attacks against
the United States.
Wants Cabinet Post For Homeland Security
The department would absorb a huge swath of the executive branch [Bush
Fourth Reich], including all of the Coast Guard, Secret Service, Federal
Emergency Management Agency, Immigration and Naturalization Service
and Customs Service, as well as the new agency in charge of airport
security, the Transportation Security Administration.
Backs Permanent End to Estate Tax
"I can't think of a more irresponsible, wrong-headed thing to do on
the floor of the House today," the House minority leader, Representative
Richard A. Gephardt, a Missouri Democrat, said.
mis-ministration cites September 11 "failures" to attack democratic
rights FBI gets blank check
for domestic spying
foreign visitors to face fingerprinting
As many as 100,000 foreign visitors who enter the United States could
be fingerprinted and photographed the first year the government implements
the system, the US inJustice Department announced yesterday.
Warming Blamed for Melting Everest Glacier
A glacier from which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set out
to conquer Mount Everest nearly 50 years ago has retreated three miles
up the mountain due to global warming, a U.N. body says.
Criticizes AshKKKroft's Registration Regulations for Middle Easterners
Calls for Full House Investigation into Energy Market Manipulation
firm scars county wetlands
(FL) Surveyors for a Houston energy company that wants to build a
natural gas pipeline through county-owned environmental preserves
have inadvertently hacked a path through about 400 feet of trees and
wetlands in the Loxahatchee Slough.
- [More fuzzy math!!]
tries to set record straight on school funding Facing the prospect
of getting less federal money than expected for high-poverty schools
and the political embarrassment that it would bring, Florida officials
tried Wednesday to convince the U.S. Department of Education that
school spending increased during Gov. Jeb Bush's first budget.
Eagles vs. The Chickenhawks
(humor) -- by Carol Schiffler "George W. Bush loves baseball,
at least so we are told. Personally, we don’t think it is the baseball
he likes - we think it is just the keeping score part, an activity
which gives him ample opportunity to practice his fuzzy math skills."
to Seek Cabinet-Level Domestic Security Office
pResident Bush will tell the American people tonight that he wants
to create a Cabinet-level domestic security office in what the Bush
Fourth Reich House says would be the biggest government reorganization
in more than a half-century.
Chief Tells Congress His Agency Needs More Resources
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told Congress on Thursday his agency
needs to devote more agents, money and time to meeting its "paramount
mission of prevention'' in an age of terrorism.
Edgar Mueller -- by William
Safire "To fabricate an alibi for his nonfeasance, and to cover
up his department's embarrassing cut of the counterterrorism budget
last year, Attorney General John Ashcroft — working with his hand-picked
aide, F.B.I. Director 'J. Edgar' Mueller III — has gutted guidelines
put in place a generation ago to prevent the abuse of police power
by the federal government."
Proposes Rules for Foreign Visitors
Attorney General [and rightwing nutcase] John AshKKKroft proposed
inJustice Department regulations today that would require 100,000
foreign students, tourists, researchers and other visitors to register
with the federal government.
'Final Exam' Begins for Security Agencies
Panel Could Prompt Easing of Three Decades of Restraints on Agencies'
Domestic Intelligence Efforts
to build data warehouse The
FBI has selected "investigative data warehousing" as a key technology
to use in the [alleged] war against terrorism.
Launches Investigation Into VeriChip
'Tech Live' Exclusive: NASDAQ halts trading in Applied Digital Solutions
stock after feds claim company includes medical data in its controversial
FBI Tails Many The FBI has
placed a "substantial" number of people suspected of ties to terror
under constant surveillance, sending out special teams of agents to
various parts of the United States roughly every two weeks in a mission
that is seriously taxing the agency's resources, FBI Director Robert
S. Mueller III said yesterday.
Astronaut Warns Against Weapons In Space
The United States should not let heightened concern over national
security since Sept. 11 accelerate the drive to base weapons in space,
former astronaut Sally Ride said Tuesday.
My Nuclear Arsenal -- Much macho swagger as India and Pakistan threaten
annihilation, and the U.S. feels totally left out
-- by Mark Morford "Darn nuclear punks. Don't they see we've
got a hollow war-that's-not-really-war to wage over oil and money
and future presidential elections over here?"
Arrested in NY Schools Protest
Ten people, including singer Wyclef Jean, were arrested as thousands
of teachers and students turned out for a rally to hear hip-hop stars
and politicians denounce proposed cuts in New York City school funding.
Insurers Are Seeking 20% Rate Rise
Health insurers are demanding premium increases of more than 20 percent
on average for next year, a sharp increase from earlier forecasts,
a national survey reported yesterday.
denies developing bioweapons that attack machines
A U.S. military special weapons office is denying accusations it is
seeking to develop biological agents that attack military equipment
and material, but not personnel.
accuses state (FL) of stealing e-budget idea
Another one of Governor Jeb Bush's self-proclaimed titles is under
attack -- his claim to being Florida's first "e-governor," as adept
at surfing the Internet as he is on the campaign trail. In a lawsuit
filed in Tallahassee, two businesswomen say the Bush administration
stole their idea for creating a user-friendly state budget that could
be accessed on the Web.
Bush cites "adversity"
Jeb Bush, the underdog? The incumbent governor of the fourth-largest
state and the brother of the American president says he faces ''great
adversity,'' in a fundraising plea that hit thousands of mailboxes
grader charged in bomb doodling
(RI) A Cumberland High School student is arrested after drawing flaming
sticks and "CHS will pay" on a peer's paper; a civil-liberties official
says the criminal charge is an overreaction.
Lips can Sink Ships -- Again NSA Launches Ad Campaign Urging Secrecy
-- In a move that hearkens back to World War II's "Loose Lips Sink
Ships" campaign, the National Security Agency has launched a flock
of ads urging military personnel to protect national secrets during
this time of terrorist crisis.
Force Officer Suspended Criticizing Bush A U.S. Air Force officer
has been suspended from duty after he wrote a letter to a California
newspaper accusing pResident Bush of allowing the Sept. 11 attacks
to happen "because he needed this war on terrorism," a military official
said on Tuesday.
may sell missiles to Kuwait The Pentagon is planning to sell Kuwait
advanced air-to-air missiles to help the country protect itself against
what the Defense Department called "hostile neighbors."
Threatens Energy Traders With Limits on Pricing Federal regulators
threatened today to strip four large energy traders of their ability
to charge unregulated rates for electricity because of their responses
to inquiries about their strategies in California.
Street broker rebuked for misleading investors Merrill Lynch has
agreed to pay $100 million and reform its research department to settle
claims that it was offering investors biased advice.
unions criticize air traffic control system The Federal Aviation
Administration is going forward with plans to install a new air traffic
control system over objections by the Transportation Department inspector
general and the agency employees who certify the equipment.
9-11 Errors -- Ashcroft to Mueller to Anybody Else
-- by James Ridgeway "With Senate and House intelligence committees
finally demanding answers for pre-9-11 blunders, the bottom line should
be whether even the most skillful attempts at damage control can keep
FBI director Robert Mueller or CIA chief George Tenet from losing
their jobs. Attorney General John Ashcroft is doing his best to bail
a leaking boat dry, but in the end he could sink right along with
those he's now trying to save."
Will Seek to Fingerprint Visas' Holders The inJustice Department
will propose new regulations this week requiring tens of thousands
of Muslim and Middle Eastern visa holders to register with the government
and be fingerprinted, administration officials said today.
Staffers Hold 'Byline Strike' Protest Nearly all Washington
Post reporters, photographers and artists withheld their names
from work in today's editions of the paper in a "byline strike" called
by union leadership to protest the current contract offer by The Post's
Near NY Nuke Plant to Get Iodide Pills Amid fears nuclear power
plants could be the target of terror attacks, officials plan to provide
residents near the Indian Point installation, just north of New York,
with potassium iodide pills to protect against any release of radioactive
- [June 4] White
House Warns on Climate Change
pResident Moron on Tuesday dismissed his
own administration's report warning that human activities
are behind climate change that is having significant effects on the
- [June 3:]
Changing, U.S. Says in Report
In a stark shift for the Bush mis-ministration, the United States
has sent a climate report to the United Nations detailing specific
and far-reaching effects that it says global warming will inflict
on the American environment. [The Bush mis-ministration finally
acknowledges the human causes of global warming, but proposes to do
nothing about it!]
offer clue to global warming It
appears that Kangaroos know more about global warming than Bush, who
kicks and screams from the pouch of his oil donors, as science tells
Reversal By EPA: Cleanup Of Many Downtown Apartments Planned More
cosmetic environmentalism from the Bush mis-management EPA...
House Submits Enron Papers The
White-washing of Enron-gate continues. What does it take to see foul
play? How about the defrauding of the largest state in the union?
gives a boost to Jeb Bush's campaign
Barf alert! Written by the rightwing Jeb-fawning "journalist"
Peter Wallsten of The Miami Herald
Is Bad -- by Paul Krugman
"Gordon Gekko, the corporate raider who gave that speech in the
1987 movie 'Wall Street,' got his comeuppance; but in real life his
philosophy came to dominate corporate practice. And that is the backstory
of the wave of scandal now engulfing American business.
experts: U.S. would get little radioactive fallout [?!?]
from a nuclear war between Pakistan and India!
Rejects Bush Democracy Ideas Bush's calls for fair elections
rejected by Castro who calls Bush idea of democracy "criminal" and
Bush a "thug." Despite wanting more Democracy than either Castro or
Bush stand for, we couldn't agree more with Castro's characterization
of so-called American "Democracy." Furthermore, when was the last
time WE had a real election, Mr. Bush, you usurping THIEF!?!!!
to Yucca DOE has a Utah site in mind for "temporary" nuke storage
Med. Examiner Attack Probed
Big coverup of the 12-plus dead microbiologists continues
Asks for Probe of Energy Official
The Senate's second-ranking Democratic leader has called for an ethics
investigation to determine whether Undersecretary of Energy Robert
G. Card violated conflict-of-interest rules by acting to benefit two
nuclear-waste companies where he once was a high-ranking official.
Pakistan exchange fire on tense border
Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded heavy mortar, machine gun and
small arms fire along their tense border early on Monday, an Indian
army official said.
Al Qaeda Tells U.S. to Get Ready for Attack
The pan-Arab daily al-Hayat published Sunday what it said was a statement
from an al Qaeda spokesman warning the United States to get ready
for another attack.
Writers May Pull Bylines In Protest The union that represents
more than 1,400 Washington Post employees called for editorial
staffers at the paper to pull their bylines as a protest.
on the Grill Taking a closer
look at Halliburton’s accounting practices
Glitch Disconnects the Idiot Usurper [an
intelligent telephone!] "I'm sorry, they dropped the call," said the
aide. "We're going to re-establish." "What are you talking about,
they dropped the call?" said Bush.
set to consider Legislature's redistricting
Nearly a year after it began with public testimony, the once-a-decade
redistricting process heads toward a final turn in Florida.
the FBI 'There Would Be No
Place to Hide' -- by Nat Hentoff "During COINTELPRO, I got that
knock on the door because I, among other journalists, had been publishing
COINTELPRO reports that had been stolen from an FBI office. You might
keep a pocket edition of the Constitution handy to present to the
FBI agents—like a cross in front of Dracula."
FBI's Magic Lantern Ashcroft
Can Be in Your Computer -- by Nat Hentoff "Beware of 'The Magic
Lantern.' Under the 'sneak and peek' provision of the USA Patriot
Act, pushed through Congress by John Ashcroft, the FBI, with a warrant,
can break into your home and office when you're not there and, on
the first trip, look around. They can examine your hard drive, snatch
files, and plant the Magic Lantern on your computer.
Leads Assault on CIA, FBI at Bush's Expense
Friendly fire from fellow Republicans is looming as an increasing
risk for the White House as Congress gears up its investigations of
government intelligence failures before Sept. 11.
Intelligence Plan Meant to Blunt Tough Questions
--by James Ridgeway "President [sic] Bush's proposal for a
new homeland security department amounts to dropping a fragmentation
bomb on Congress to bust up growing demands for an inquiry into who
knew what when about 9-11."
Cites CIA-FBI Breakdown House-Senate
Panel Starts Probing 9/11 Intelligence Failure [Well, they need
to start with the Idiot Usurper himself, if they are trolling for
an "intelligence failure".]
Statement -- Hearing on Oversight of DOJ Counterterrorism Effort FBI
Oversight Series -- by Senator
Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
knew -- by Bruce Shapiro
"The official responsible for the most dramatic failures of Sept.
11 turns out to be the attorney general. His sweeping anti-terror
measures in recent months were a fig leaf to cover naked incompetence."
Recounts Faults Inside the F.B.I.
The F.B.I. agent whose impassioned protest letter ignited a storm
of criticism of the bureau's management told a Senate committee today
that the F.B.I.'s bureaucracy discouraged innovation, drowned investigators
in paperwork and punished agents who sought to cut through the many
layers of gatekeepers at the bureau's headquarters.
11 Suspect May Be Relative of '93 Plot Leader
United States intelligence and law enforcement officials said today
that they had concluded that a possible relative of Ramzi Ahmed Yousef,
who coordinated the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993,
played a pivotal role in planning the Sept. 11 attacks on New York
11 Mastermind May Be ID'd
Investigators believe they have identified a Kuwaiti lieutenant of
Osama bin Laden as the likely mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official said Tuesday.
Plentiful as 9/11 Inquiry Begins
Fingerpointing, some of it pitting the F.B.I. against the C.I.A.,
already threatens to overshadow the joint committee's actual hearings.
Warned U.S. of a Qaeda Plot, Mubarak
Egyptian intelligence warned American officials about a week before
Sept. 11 that Osama bin Laden's network was in the advance stages
of executing a significant operation against an American target, President
Hosni Mubarak said in an interview on Sunday.
Hearings to expose 'big failures'
U.S. lawmakers are poised to open hearings Tuesday looking into apparent
intelligence lapses that have come to light since the devastating
September 11 terrorist attacks.
Was Tracking Hijacker Months Earlier Than It Had Said
The Central Intelligence Agency says in a classified chronology submitted
to Congress recently that it picked up the trail of a Qaeda operative
who turned out to be a Sept. 11 hijacker months earlier than was previously
known, government officials said today.
Hijackers We Let Escape (A
The CIA tracked two suspected
terrorists to a Qaeda summit in Malaysia in January 2000, then looked
on as they re-entered America and began preparations for September
Must Take Charge Of 9/11 Investigation
-- by Ross K. Baker "Grasping the nettle of controversy on matters
relating to Sept. 11 may be painful in the short run, but the institution
would suffer more enduring scars from the self-inflicted wound of
an independent commission to perform an inquest that is more properly
conducted by Congress alone."
CIA knew two Sept. 11 hijackers in U.S.
Months before the September 11 attacks, the CIA knew two of the hijackers
were in the United States and that they were connected to the al Qaeda
organization, Newsweek reported Sunday.
Seeks FBI Agent for Probe
A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee wants to hear testimony
next week from a Minneapolis FBI agent critical of the bureau headquarters'
handling of a terrorism investigation before the Sept. 11 attacks.
someone been sitting on the FBI? 11/6/01 Greg
Palast Newsnight, the BBC: The CIA and Saudi Arabia, the
Bushes and the Bin Ladens. Did their connections cause America to
turn a blind eye to terrorism?
buck doesn't stop with Bush
-- by Larry Klayman "In short, most of this information [FBI
data] was available to high officials in the Bush administration and,
in particular, the Bush White House before Sept. 11." [Even
a rabid, rightwing nutcase is calling the Bush's mis-ministration
an incompetent, patriarchal and authoritarian regime opposed to the
principles on which this country was founded!!!]
Search Warrant Policy Changed for Terror Cases
-- The director of the FBI will personally review all applications
for search warrants related to terrorism investigations under a policy
change quietly put into effect weeks ago in response to the furor
over obstacles that hindered agents here investigating Zacarias Moussaoui,
the alleged "20th hijacker."
Republican blasts new FBI guidelines
The inJustice Department's plan to give the FBI more domestic surveillance
power "has gone too far," House Judiciary Committee Chairman James
Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, said Saturday. He has called Attorney
General [and rightwing nutcase] John AshKKKroft and FBI Director [and
coverup mastermind] Robert Mueller to appear before his committee
"to justify why the 1976 regulations on domestic spying, that have
worked so well for the last 25 or 26 years, have to be changed."
reveals terrorists of April 12, 2002
-- by Christopher Reilly "Wayne Madsen, a former intelligence
officer with the U.S. navy, told London's Guardian newspaper
on April 28 that the United States had been considering a coup to
overthrow the Venezuelan president for almost a year."
Will Resume Production of Nuclear Warhead Triggers
The federal government has announced plans to resume production of
plutonium "pits," which are used to trigger nuclear warheads, the
Energy Department has announced. Design work is beginning for the
manufacturing plant, which is expected to cost $2.2 billion to $4.4
billion, depending on its production capacity.
U.S. Will Strike First at Enemies
Preemptive strategy represents a foreign policy shift-- pResident
Bush told future Army officers today that the United States can no
longer deter attacks from other nations by threatening massive retaliation,
but instead must strike looming enemies first. ["Bush has
had little success so far, he is working to convince others through
intellectual argument ..." Never had truer words been spoken.]
Conservatives Tell Bush They Oppose Plan for Police
Two leading conservatives have joined a chorus of police officials
and immigrant rights advocates in opposing a Justice Department proposal
to allow state and local law enforcement agencies to track down illegal
immigrants as a way to fight terrorism.
Urge Delay in New Security Rules
The top officials of 39 airports, which handle most of the nation's
air travelers, have warned the secretary of transportation that air
travel will be seriously disrupted in January unless Congress delays
the Dec. 31 deadline for screening all checked bags, a major defense
Harris writing book [Barf alert!] on recount
'Center of Storm' aimed at `myths' [How about, Center of
Storm aimed at the obscene and complete Fascist coup d'etat
that was foisted upon us in November 2000? OMG, here is the actual
title of the alleged tome: Center of the Storm: Practicing Principled
Leadership in Times of Crisis Ugh! Gag me with a
chainsaw!] The book is due out Sept. 3 -- a week before she
faces two little-known challengers in the Rethuglican primary.
pResident helps raise $1 million in Tennessee, 'Bush-Cheney country'