September 2002 Archives
September 30, 2002
Analysis of WTC's Fall May Be Sealed A collection of expert analysis and data that could help explain how and why the World Trade Center collapsed has been compiled as part of an insurance lawsuit in Manhattan, but the public may never see the information.
Pearl tracked al Qaida Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was investigating the man who allegedly planned the Sept. 11 airplane hijackings and attacks on New York and Washington when he was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan, according to two former Central Intelligence Agency officials.
Saddam set to let inspectors in Iraq muddles US resolve with 'positive' talks in Vienna Saddam Hussein appeared poised last night to agree to resumed UN arms inspections in Iraq, in a deft move that looks likely to complicate Washington's resolve to unseat him.
Iraq War Could Cost Up to $9 Billion a Month-Report Fighting a war with Iraq could cost the United States between $6 billion and $9 billion a month, with preparing for a conflict and winding down after it adding another $14 billion to $20 billion to the total, congressional budget analysts said on Monday.
A French-U.S. divide suddenly grows wider Tempers flare in quarrel over Iraq -- A fierce U.S.-French diplomatic quarrel that has blown up about the next Security Council step against Iraq is centered on two objections by Paris.
Report: Seized Material Not Uranium Atomic energy officials said Monday that a substance seized by police near the Syrian border was not weapons-grade uranium as Turkish officials first reported, according to the Anatolia news agency. Atomic Energy Institute chief Guler Koksal said the material was harmless, containing zinc, iron, zirconium and manganese.
Support fades for military action against Iraq (UK) Support for military action against Iraq has dropped four points to only 33% of voters in the last seven days, suggesting that Tony Blair's dossier of evidence has failed to impress the voters, according to the results of the Guardian/ICM weekly tracker poll published today.
Britain Passes Iraq Resolution Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party gave him a hard-fought vote of confidence on Iraq Monday, passing a resolution supporting the use of force against Saddam Hussein if all else fails and if the United Nations supports it.
Lott raps U.S. congressman in Iraq A congressman who questioned U.S. efforts to link Iraq to the al Qaeda terrorist network should "come home and keep his mouth shut," Senate Minority Leader [and Fascist] Trent Lott said Sunday.
U.S. Drew Up Plans to Strike North Korea A lightning attack carried out without notifying South Korea was the game plan for an invasion of North Korea drawn up by Department of Defense planners for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Beware rushing into war with Iraq for the wrong reasons -- by James McCartney " ...this administration never talks about oil in connection with Iraq. It speaks only of potential military threats. Not actual threats, potential threats. The Washington Post, however, reported recently that America's biggest oil companies are virtually salivating at the prospect of gaining access to Iraqi oil. An Iraqi invasion, the Post reported, 'could open a bonanza for American oil companies long banished from Iraq.' "
Why? Because We Can -- by Maureen Dowd "The Boy Emperor's head hurt. 'Is the White House white?' 'Why is President Gore running against me again?' 'He's unpatriotic. We should give that guy a one-way ticket to Guantánamo.' "
Dow Falls Again by Triple Digits Monday, All Indexes Have Dismal Third-Quarter Disappointed by news of frail consumer spending, investors sold stocks sharply lower again Monday, pulling the Dow Jones industrials down by triple digits for the second straight session.
Markets suffer worst fall since 1987 (UK) More than £120bn was wiped off the value of the stock market in September, making it the worst month since the crash of October 1987.
West Coast Ports Lockout Is Costly Cargo ships lay at anchor offshore, waiting to be unloaded, and trucks with fresh produce lined up outside West Coast ports Monday after dockworkers were locked out in a dispute that could cost the U.S. economy $1 billion a day.
Democratic Leaders to Choose Torricelli's Replacement Declaring that he "could not stand the pain" if his political vulnerability cost his party control of the Senate, Senator Robert G. Torricelli said it was of paramount importance that Democrats name a worthy candidate to defeat the Republican candidate, Douglas R. Forrester, a man who "does not belong in the United States Senate."
GOP to Fight Torricelli Replacement Even before New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli announced his withdrawal Monday at a news conference in Trenton, N.J., GOP officials said they were ready to go to court to block Democrats from fielding a replacement candidateso close to the election. [God forbid Republicans would actually have to discuss issues and campaign.]
Large-scale vaccination called risky Scientists warned over the weekend that widespread vaccination against smallpox in advance of a terrorist attack could cause many more deaths than last fall's anthrax attack, and, in an era of uncertainty, it may be up to each American to decide whether to take the risk.
HIV Prevention Groups Says Bush Mis-ministration Is Targeting Their Work The Bush mis-ministration has pulled information about the effectiveness of condoms from a government Web site and is engaged in a "witch hunt" against those who promote condoms in the fight against AIDS, several groups charged Monday.
Health Coverage Falls Uninsured Numbers Up After 2 Years of Decline -- The number of Americans who lack health coverage has begun to increase again after a two-year decline, according to federal figures to be released today, which suggest that the faltering economy propelled another 1.4 million people last year into the ranks of the uninsured. [Too bad those 1.4 million people are not fetuses; they would be all set under the Bush mandate of insanity (see below).]
Bush plan to give benefits to fetuses sparks debate ''Unfortunately, this is one more example of the Bush administration not really caring about children and family health - they're pursuing a political agenda,'' said Dianne Luby, president of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Luby said the program sets a bad precedent: separating the concept of prenatal care by ensuring the fetus under one program but not the mother.
As Thousands of Salmon Die, Fight for River Erupts Again More than 10,000 chinook salmon have died in the Klamath River in northern California in recent days, leaving biologists stunned and Indian tribes and fishermen angered at the Bush mis-ministration, which they say caused the deaths by favoring irrigation interests in one of the most contentious water disputes in the West.
Jeb Bush's Daughter Wins Ruling A judge ruled Monday that staff members at the drug rehab center where Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter is receiving treatment do not have to answer police questions about a piece of crack allegedly found in her shoe.
She's Sure 'Bush Knew' A Quiet Internet Activist With an Online Petition Wants Congress to Investigate 'Oddities' About 9/11 (Hartford Courant interview with Lori Price, petition author/CLG webmaster)
Congress Overwhelmed With Anti-W-ar Calls From "The Silenced Majority" Republican and Democratic Senate offices report "overwhelming" opposition from their constituents to war with Iraq.
Democratic Congressman Asserts Bush Would Mislead U.S. on Iraq Democratic congressmen who are visiting Iraq this week stirred up anger among some Republicans when they questioned the reasons pResident Bush has used to justify possible military action against Iraq. One of the congressmen, Representative Jim McDermott of Washington State, said today that he thought pResident Bush was willing "to mislead the American people" about whether the war was needed and that the mis-ministration had gone back and forth between citing supposed links between Iraq and the terrorist network Al Qaeda and Iraq's supposed attempts to obtain weapons of mass destruction. [Why not?? Bush stole an election in a coup d'etat, NOTHING is beneath Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Ashkkkroft/Rove's quest for oil profiteering!]
Byrd Reveals US Shipments of Biological Weapons to Iraq Following a paper trail that leads to the Reagan-Bush Era, Iraq's Biological and Chemical Weapons Traced to US
Congress Sharply Divided on Iraq Despite pResident Bush's predictions of unity on Iraq, members of Congress voiced sharply divergent views Sunday on military action to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Two Democratic congressmen, speaking from Baghdad, said Iraqi officials have assured them that they will allow weapons inspectors unfettered access. The lawmakers accused Bush of wrongly pushing the United States toward war.
The Arrogance Of Power Bush's Pre-emption Policy: Big, Bold and Overreaching (Newsday) "President [sic] George W. Bush is now brushing against one of those temptations: arrogance, even hubris - the fatal tragic flaw. He is threatening to wield the nation's awesome power with little regard to the implicit obligations the United States carries toward the rest of the world."
Bush's Words Can Go to the Blunt Edge of Trouble -- by Mike Allen "Some of the president [sic]'s unscripted remarks, while instructive about his worldview, have betrayed a shaky grasp of issues. Early in his presidency, he roiled international relations with his casual promise in a morning television interview to 'do whatever it takes' to defend Taiwan, when the nation's longtime policy was deliberately ambiguous out of deference to China."
False promise (The Baltimore Sun) "John Ashcroft narrowly won confirmation as attorney general, despite much disagreement with his highly conservative views, because he promised not to impose them on others... But once in office, Mr. Ashcroft's approach has been exactly the opposite of what he promised."
Thousands Protest at Cheney's House Thousands March on Cheney's House to Protest a War With Iraq -- Thousands of people opposing a war with Iraq marched to the residence of Vice pResident Dick Cheney on Sunday, culminating three days of smaller-than-expected demonstrations.
Portland Anti-War Rally Met With Police Brutality and Arrests (indymedia) "On Thursday, September 26, between 150 and 200 people gathered at Congress Square to protest the War on Iraq that the Bush Administration is threatening..."
Hundreds of thousands march in London to oppose war vs. Iraq A protest march against the threat of impending military action against Iraq was held in London on September 28. An estimated 250,000 to 400,000 people attended the demonstration called by the Stop the War Coalition and Muslim Association of Britain under the banner, "Don’t Attack Iraq and Freedom for Palestine".
Florida slow to reinstate former felons’ voting rights Only in Florida is the denial of rights engraved in the constitution. Felons who have served their time must get clemency from the governor before they can reclaim their rights. Since Jeb Bush has been governor, the number of ex-felons whose rights have been restored has shrunk, according to Florida Department of Corrections statistics.
Gore plans major speech on U.S. economy Al Gore, who launched a broad attack on pResident Bush's Iraq policy last week, will give a "major" policy speech Wednesday on the U.S. economy.
Gore Following Critical Iraq Message With Economic Policy Speech Wednesday Al Gore plans to offer his views on the U.S. economy Wednesday in a major policy speech on the topic at a time the political debate has turned increasingly toward Iraq and the possibilities of war.
US shippers lock out dockworkers on West Coast The renewed shutdown of all ports on the West Coast of the United States by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) signifies an increasingly aggressive stance on the part of the shipping companies in their ongoing dispute with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) over the terms of a new contract.
W. Coast Ports to Remain Shut by Pacific Maritime Association West Coast ports will remain shut indefinitely, until the longshoremen's union agrees to sign and extend the lapsed contract they have been negotiating, the association representing shipping lines said Sunday evening. The crisis will ripple through the U.S. economy as ports that handle about $1 billion daily worth of cargo shut down.
General Karl Rove, Reporting for Duty pResident Bush's chief strategist, Karl Rove, has already drawn up plans for the 2004 re-s-election campaign, White House sources tell TIME.
Giuliani: I asked Bush to let me kill Bin Laden Rudolph Giuliani reveals in a book published tomorrow that he lobbied pResident Bush for permission to be Osama bin Laden's executioner if he was ever caught.
Giuliani May Re-Enter Politics Former mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in an interview to promote his new book, "Leadership" that he expected to re-enter politics, saying another run for mayor was out but campaigns for president, U.S. senator or New York governor were possible. [Yikes!]
Bebout's son faces DUI charge (WY) Republican gubernatorial candidate Eli Bebout's eldest son threatened a Riverton police officer who arrested him in June on a drunken driving charge that the officer would lose his job when Bebout becomes governor, according to a police report. "You don't want to do this, I'll have your job when my dad is elected governor," Jordan Joseph Bebout told officer Frisco Saunders, according to the report written after the June 26 arrest. [...more GOP "ethics"]
Blood bank accused of fraud Two former employees have sued South Florida Blood Banks Inc., alleging it discriminates against black donors and employees and that its highly publicized "Children's World Blood Bank," launched at a swanky Palm Beach fund-raiser in March, is a fraud.
Democrats Take the Lead in Midterms While George W. Bush focuses on building support for war with Iraq, voters say they are most concerned about the economy. -- With less than six weeks until the November mid-term elections, Democratic Congressional candidates have taken the lead among voters, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll.
Harkin opens up sizable lead over Ganske (IA) U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin has widened his lead over Republican opponent Greg Ganske over the past three months, according to a Des Moines Register poll that was taken this week as Iowans were learning details of an unfolding campaign controversy.
Dow Slides to Four-Year Low; Bear Market Longest in 60 Years The current bear market in stocks is already the longest in 60 years, and with few investors willing to step up and buy, the likelihood is it will go a little longer, market analysts say. Worse news for some investors, the Standard & Poor's 500 index is flirting with its most recent low, which makes it perilously close to making this the deepest bear market since 1938.
Cold War ad climate chills newspapers Help-wanted classified ads dropped to their lowest level in almost 40 years last month, and that bodes ill for newspaper publishers in the second half of 2002, an analyst says.
Cheney Argues Against Giving Congress Records For the first time in the 81-year history of the agency, the auditing arm of Congress, the comptroller general of the United States went to federal court to ask a judge to order a member of the executive branch to turn over records to Congress.
Cheney's lawyer seeking dismissal of GAO lawsuit Vice pResident Dick Cheney has no obligation to turn over documents from his energy task force to the General Accounting Office, and the agency's lawsuit should be dismissed, his lawyer told a federal judge Friday.
Democrats Say Domestic Challenges Cannot Wait Democrats said on Saturday that even as the nation prepared for a possible war with Iraq, lawmakers should not ignore the challenges facing the U.S. economy and pressing health care issues.
Democrats Stress Economic Vigilance Sen. Robert Torricelli of New Jersey said Saturday that lawmakers who are focused on the war on terrorism must also be vigilant about the nation's mounting economic problems.
US plans to merge Iraq, Jordan after war The United States is working on a plan to merge Iraq and Jordan into a unitary kingdom to be ruled by the Hashemite dynasty headed by King Abdullah of Jordan with Amman as the capital of the proposed new country, reveals a startling report made available here on Friday. The plan, authored by Vice pResident Dick Cheney, was first discussed at an unusual meeting between Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and pro-US Iraqi Sunni opposition members in London in July.
Russia fears US oil companies will take over world's second-biggest reserves Oil companies from around the world are manoeuvring for the multibillion-dollar bonanza that would follow the ousting of Saddam Hussein. Russia is so concerned that it has been holding secretive talks with the Iraqi opposition to shore up its economic interests in the country which still owes Moscow $7bn dollars from Soviet times.
Afghanistan-US soldiers given cards with answers to give to reporters Doubts set in on Afghan mission -- by Rupert Wingfield Hayes "They handed me a small laminated card. On it were instructions on how to deal with journalists. Every soldier had been given one. These were not just general ground rules. It actually listed suggested answers: 'How do you feel about what you're doing in Afghanistan'? Answer: 'We're united in our purpose and committed to achieving our goals.' 'How long do you think that will take?' Answer: 'We will stay here as long as it takes to get the job done - sir!' "
Genocide expert lauds war crimes court Benjamin Ferencz thinks there's one element the American people should know about the U.S. government's position on the International Criminal Court. "They're lying," he said.
Biggest protest in a generation hears calls for peace with Iraq (UK) As many as 350,000 people marched through central London yesterday in one of the biggest peace demonstrations seen in a generation.
Protests Challenge IMF, World Bank (DC) Chanting protesters used puppets, homemade signs and music Saturday to drive home their message against trade and economic policies they say hurt the poor and put unmanageable burdens on the Third World. Their goal for the day: surround the financial institutions where officials from around the globe were meeting.
Anti-war messages dominate Washington protest (DC) The ranks of young anti-capitalist protesters were swelled by older peace demonstrators, who rallied in their youth over Vietnam and are now concerned about war in Iraq.
Washington Post Reporters Arrested (DC) Two washingtonpost.com Reporters Describe Their Time in Police Custody -- Despite having identified ourselves as news reporters several times, we were grabbed forcefully by police officers in riot gear, handcuffed and led to Metrobus No. 8771 with 34 protesters and an indignant United Press International reporter.
DC Police Arrest 4 on Explosives Charges Near IMF Police arrested four antiglobalization protesters on Saturday for allegedly carrying explosive devices just a few blocks from where global finance officials were meeting at the International Monetary Fund. Officers found coffee cans that police said were rigged with an as-yet-unidentified explosive material [maybe non-dairy creamer?] in their backpacks. "(It was) some sort of a coffee can device," Kelly McCurry, a spokeswoman for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan police told Reuters. [LOL! I sure hope Green Mountain Spicy Pumpkin coffee beans were not impounded...]
San Francisco anti-war protest draws thousands (CA) As the drumbeat for war grows louder, demonstrators from across the state and beyond turned out in the thousands Saturday to make their own music, protesting possible U.S. military action in Iraq. While pResident Bush, in Texas Saturday, said he expects Congress to authorize force against Iraq soon, more than 3,000 protesters filled the city streets in a march and rally for peace in the Middle East.
ACLU chief, 6 others arrested at protest (AZ) Hundreds of people in Phoenix and Flagstaff protested the possible U.S. invasion of Iraq and pResident Bush's visit to the state Friday.
Demonstrators protest possible war in Iraq (WY) As Vice pResident Dick Cheney spoke Friday afternoon at the University of Wyoming, a handful of audience members stood in silent protest of the Bush mis-ministration's proposed actions regarding Iraq. Outside the arena, perhaps as many as 140 protesters carried signs and yelled chants to express their opposition against a possible war with Iraq.
Specter of War Stirs Campus Dissent Opposition to U.S. Action in Iraq Quietly Grows as Many College Students Question Mis-ministration's Motives
Agency disavows report on Iraq arms The International Atomic Energy Agency says that a report cited by pResident Bush as evidence that Iraq in 1998 was "six months away" from developing a nuclear weapon does not exist. "There's never been a report like that issued from this agency," Mark Gwozdecky, the IAEA's chief spokesman, said yesterday in a telephone interview from the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria. [Oh, and Al Gore was branded a "serial exaggerator" for saying that Kailey was standing outside of an overcrowded classroom instead of that Kailey stood outside of an overcrowded classroom in campaign 2000 (after he was provided with outdated data). But, we have an Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel for a pResident, waxing poetic on reports that DO NOT exist!]
Liberals Object to Bush Policy on Iraq Liberal Democrats, led by Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, voiced reservations today about giving pResident Bush a free hand to attack Iraq before a new, tougher set of United Nations inspections is put into effect.
Bush Crams War Down Good Sure millions of us think attacking Iraq is foolish and dangerous and morally repugnant. So? -- by Mark Morford "Plethoric and growing like a ConAgra heifer on BGH are the numbers of giddy Republicans applauding Bush's every oil-drunk Cheney-led move, glad handing each other and lighting each others' stubby Cohibas and gloating about how this sure is the best of times, strike up the band and launch some missiles and let's do some oily good under God, Inc."
The president [sic]'s real goal in Iraq -- by Jay Bookman "The official story on Iraq has never made sense. The connection that the Bush administration has tried to draw between Iraq and al-Qaida has always seemed contrived and artificial. In fact, it was hard to believe that smart people in the Bush administration would start a major war based on such flimsy evidence."
US, UK warplanes bomb civilian airport in Iraq US and British warplanes carried out successive bombing raids against Iraqi targets on Wednesday and Thursday, inflicting substantial damage to the main civilian airport in southern Iraq’s port city of Basra.
Iraq Rejects U.S.-British Plan Iraq defiantly rejected a U.S.-British plan Saturday for the United Nations to force President Saddam Hussein to disarm and open his palaces for weapons searches, warning the Baghdad would stage a fierce defense if the allies attacked.
Iraq Rejects Push by U.S. to Toughen Inspection Rules; Lobbying Continues in U.N. Iraq rejected today a proposal by the United States and Britain for a Security Council resolution imposing tough weapons inspections, saying that it would not accept any new rules for the work of United Nations inspectors.
U.S. Army General Says United States Adopting New Strategy to Help Colombia Battle Rebels American troops will train Colombian soldiers and police to help them take control of a region of the country crawling with rebels and paramilitaries, a senior U.S. military officer said.
New Jersey Governor Calls for State's Poet Laureate to Resign Over Sept. 11 Comments Gov. James E. McGreevey has called for the resignation of the state's poet laureate, citing a poem critical of Israel that Amiri Baraka read at a festival earlier this month.
No-fly blacklist snares political activists A federal "No Fly" list, intended to keep terrorists from boarding planes, is snaring peace activists at San Francisco International and other U. S. airports, triggering complaints that civil liberties are being trampled. And while several federal agencies acknowledge that they contribute names to the congressionally mandated list, none of them, when contacted by The Chronicle, could or would say which agency is responsible for managing the list.
DC Police Crack Down on Anti-Capitalist Protests Police took a tough line on Friday against anti-globalization protesters hoping to disrupt Washington D.C. during meetings of the world's leading finance policy-makers, arresting hundreds of them and largely foiling their efforts to block traffic. Greenpeace executive director John Passandando was among several bystanders arrested in error during the Freedom Plaza sweep, Passandando's attorney Tom Fetterer told Reuters.
Hundreds Arrested in D.C. as Protesters Hit Streets Anti-capitalism protesters hoping to shut down Washington this morning staged scattered demonstrations in a downtown abandoned by much of the city's workforce and populated with a large police presence.
Protesters Greet Meetings of I.M.F. and World Bank In the early hours of the morning, scores of police on motorcycles, horses and on foot and armed with batons confronted anti-globalization protesters who sought unsuccessfully to disrupt rush-hour traffic, arresting hundreds and leaving more bloodied and bruised.
2000 Protest Bush in Denver Dictator Bush, in a Denver campaign swing today, used some of his strongest language to date to threaten Iraq, while about 2,000 anti-war protesters chanted outside... A woman who said she thinks Bush's policies are Nazi-like was holding a sign with a swastika and a Republican elephant.
Activists rally against war with Iraq Organizer says peace vigils to protest Bush plans will happen weekly at courthouse -- About 100 people braved Tropical Storm Isidore's rains outside the Madison County Courthouse on Wednesday night to protest an American invasion of Iraq. Next week, they say they'll do it again.
100,000 are expected at anti-war protest (UK) London will be hit with a second massive protest march inside a week today when up to 100,000 people are expected to join a rally against war with Iraq.
Kennedy counters Bush on Iraq Says al Qaeda bigger threat than Saddam -- Joining what appears to be a growing Democratic chorus, Sen. Edward Kennedy Friday challenged pResident Bush's request to use military force against Iraq.
Bush's Iraq remarks leave Feeley furious Political slight requires apology, House hopeful says -- Democrat Mike Feeley vowed Wednesday night to single out "every chicken-hawk Republican running for office" if pResident Bush doesn't apologize for making political remarks about the possible war on Iraq.
Democrats Urge Caution With Resolution on Force in Iraq A key Democrat urged the Bush mis-ministration Friday to proceed cautiously on war with Iraq as the White House continued its push for a congressional resolution of support for disarming Saddam Hussein.
U.S. wants a 7-day deadline for Iraq The Bush mis-ministration wants the United Nations to set a seven-day deadline for Iraq to accept a "very tough and unambiguous" new resolution setting stiff conditions for renewed weapons inspections, according to details of the resolution obtained by NBC News. It calls for the use of "all necessary means" to enforce the resolution if Iraq fails to comply, diplomatic sources said. [We need a 7-day deadline for a regime change in the United States. Buzz off, Carnivore -- I mean legally removing the Bush junta.]
Where Is The Debate? As U.S. foreign policy shifts from Containment to Preemption, the opposition remains timid and quiet. Where is its courage and voice? -- by Dave Pell "It's interesting to note that some of the first Democratic criticisms of the Bush administration's very hawkish stances did not come from anyone who currently holds public office."
Following Iraq's bioweapons trail -- by Robert Novak "Sen. Robert Byrd, a master at hectoring executive branch witnesses, asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld a provocative question last week: Did the United States help Saddam Hussein produce weapons of biological warfare? Rumsfeld brushed off the Senate's 84-year-old president pro tem like a Pentagon reporter. But a paper trail indicates Rumsfeld should have answered yes."
Shippers lock out longshoremen at West Coast ports The association representing shipping lines decided Friday to lock out longshoremen at all West Coast ports until Sunday morning as contract negotiations deteriorated. The association has said that a coastwide labor disruption could cost the U.S. economy around $1 billion per day.
In Broad Daylight -- by Paul Krugman "...why did energy companies think they could get away with it? One answer might be that the apparent malefactors are very big contributors to the Republican Party. Some analysts have suggested that energy companies felt free to manipulate markets because they believed they had bought protection from federal regulation — the conspiracy-minded point out that severe power shortages began just after the 2000 election, and ended when Democrats gained control of the Senate."
GOP Discusses Union Violence Republicans on Thursday steered a House hearing from an examination of workplace security to a debate about whether to crack down on violent [?!?] union members. "Sadly, more and more people are becoming victims of union violence when all they want to do is earn enough money to make ends meet," said Rep. Sam Johnson, R [Rightwing nutcase] -Texas, the subcommittee's chairman.
Gore accuses White House of ignoring 9/11 warnings Al Gore yesterday made his second attack this week on George Bush's war on terrorism, accusing the mis-ministration of ignoring signs that al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden planned to attack the United States on September 11. "The warnings were there" before the attacks, President Gore said.
Government gives Moussaoui classified documents by accident Accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was inadvertently given classified FBI interview reports by the government, and authorities had to go into his cell and recover them, according to court papers released Thursday. [OK. How do you give someone classified documents by "accident?!?"]
CIA Director Protests Congressional Inquiry Suggestion That Official Would Deceive CIA Director George Tenet angrily denounced comments in a congressional briefing book that predicted a former counterterror official would skirt the truth in his appearance before a panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks.
ACLU Says Padilla’s Detention Without Charges Violates His Rights In legal papers filed in federal court today, the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the government's decision to detain U.S. citizen Jose Padilla in a military jail without charges or trial and without access to a lawyer.
pResident Tries to Divide Democrats, Unions During Fund-Raising Trip Ending a vigorous week of daily fund-raising that dumped nearly $15 million in Republican coffers, pResident Bush on Friday sought to drive a wedge between Senate Democrats and their labor allies on a new homeland security department.
Fla. County to Use Monitoring Group A group that has monitored elections in El Salvador, the Philippines, Poland and Russia is being called in to help restore voter confidence in Miami-Dade County. County commissioners voted Thursday to have the independent, nonpartisan Center for Democracy observe the November elections in an effort to restore faith in the voting process after the botched Democratic primary.
Congress to military in May: Lariam use? A month before the start of this summer's string of killings and suicides involving Fort Bragg soldiers, a House Armed Services Committee member asked the Pentagon about possible risks to troops from an anti-malaria drug linked to aggression and suicide. [Can you say, Jacob's Ladder?]
FDA to look into carcinogen in food supply Five months [Hello, McFly? Anyone home??] after the discovery of a known cancer-causing substance in certain food products sparked global concern, the Food and Drug Administration is ready to outline the steps it will take to determine the health threat in the United States, sources told United Press International Friday. [The FDA does not want to dare upset agribusiness.]
Baby dies as Israel reimposes curfew A 14-month-old Palestinian baby died yesterday, apparently overcome by tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers reimposing a curfew in a crowded Palestinian market area in the divided city of Hebron, doctors and witnesses said. The Israeli military said it was checking the report.
White House 'Bonesman' leads nation into the dark -- by Alexandra Robbins -- "Bush, a loyal and particularly active member of Skull and Bones, a mysterious, historically misogynist Yale-based secret society, seems to have done almost all he can to promote a level of secrecy in government not seen since the Nixon administration... Is it a coincidence that the federal government suddenly prioritizes secrecy when a Skull and Bones president [sic] is in power? Maybe. But there's no question that the Bush administration increasingly resembles the Bones' dark, locked tomb."
‘Secrets of the Tomb’ Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power There is a Bones cell in the CIA, which uses the society as a recruiting ground because the members are so obviously adept at keeping secrets. Society members dominate financial institutions such as J. P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and Brown Brothers Harriman, where at one time more than a third of the partners were Bonesmen. Through these companies, Skull and Bones provided financial backing to Adolf Hitler because the society then followed a Nazi-and now follows a neo-Nazi—doctrine.
Gore sees administration 'attack on civil liberties' President Al Gore said Thursday that some of the Bush mis-ministration's security measures in the past year amount to an "attack on civil liberties." In his second strong criticism of mis-ministration policies this week — he said Monday that moves toward war with Iraq harm the anti-terror effort — Gore said "highly questionable" decisions are being made in the criminal justice system.
Ashcroft: U.S. Spy Court Exceeded Authority in Rejecting His New Terrorism Rules The Justice Department aggressively urged an appeals panel for the nation's secretive spy court to reconsider limits on special wiretaps for terrorists and spies. [Kind of Nixonian, isn't it?]
University bans links to websites under the USA Patriot Act The University of California at San Diego has ordered a student organization, the Che Cafe Collective, to delete hyperlinks to an alleged "terrorist" Web site, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, citing the recently enacted USA Patriot Act. School administrators warned that the student organization would face disciplinary action if it did not immediately remove the link.
Police, Protesters in D.C. Prepare for Day of Disruption Police said as many as 20,000 activists could participate in various protests through Sunday – a number roughly equal to the turnout for the IMF and World Bank protests of April 2000. A march starting from Franklin Square at 7 a.m. is planned to snake past political targets downtown, and a drum protest against a possible war in Iraq is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Freedom Plaza.
Ashcroft’s Baghdad Connection The White House Sept. 12 "white paper" detailing Saddam Hussein’s "support for international terrorism," —entitled "A Decade of Deception and Defiance" —made no mention of any Iraqi ties to Osama bin Laden. But it did highlight Saddam’s backing of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), an obscure Iranian dissident group that has gathered surprising support among members of Congress in past years. One of those supporters, the documents show, is a top commander in pResident Bush’s war on terrorism: Attorney General John Ashcroft, who became involved with the MKO while a Republican senator from Missouri.
Iraq resolution scaled back Daschle expects Senate floor debate next week -- White House and congressional staffers have scaled back a proposed resolution authorizing military action against Iraq, dropping language some members of Congress feared could give Dictator Bush too much power.
Congress Nearing Draft Resolution on Force in Iraq The White House and the Congressional leadership proposed new terms today for a resolution authorizing pResident Bush to use military force in Iraq, dropping language that many members considered too broad and imposing new procedural conditions.
Transcript of remarks by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, delivered on the floor of The US Senate on Sept. 25, 2002 The Politicization of War With Iraq
Statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Sept. 25, 2002 The Politicization of the Debate on Iraq
Iraq Says U.S. Jets Destroy Basra Airport Radar Iraq said on Thursday U.S. warplanes had raided Basra civilian airport and damaged its radar system, in the latest attack by Western jets enforcing no-fly zones over Iraq. The United States confirmed it has attacked the airport, saying it had targeted a military radar there.
Iraqis Say Their Forces Will Fight U.S. in Cities Iraq's military likely would respond a U.S. invasion by attempting to lure American forces close to Baghdad and other large population centers, where Iraqi commanders believe their soldiers will be less vulnerable to air strikes and civilians will be more willing to fight for the government, according to senior government officials and diplomats here.
The Big Moussaoui Mistake The Justice Department is still unclear on how it happened, but somehow as many as 48 documents that officials now say should have been classified, were inadvertently turned over to terrorist suspect Zacarias Moussaoui as part of the discovery process in his upcoming trial.
Biowarfare: CDC Issues Plan for Mass Smallpox Vaccinations -- Questions Raised on MEHPA and Microbiologist Deaths -- by Joe Taglieri and Michael C. Ruppert "...the announcement of the government's ambiguously worded plan for voluntary smallpox inoculations provides more reason to question government motives in its support of the Model Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA). MEHPA makes it a criminal offense to refuse a state-ordered vaccination or medical procedure. In some states where it has already become law, refusing a compulsory vaccination is a felony."
Soldier Who Guarded Detainees in Guantanamo Vanishes A soldier who guarded suspected terrorists at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has disappeared, U.S. military officials said Thursday.
White Jury Seated for Trial of White Men Charged in Slaying During 1969 York, Pa., Race Riot An all-white jury was seated Thursday in the trial of three white men charged with murder in the shooting death of a young black woman during York's 1969 race riots.
Ga. County OKs Teaching of Creationism Teachers in Georgia's second-largest school district have the go-ahead to introduce students to creationism along with evolution. The Supreme Court ruled in 1987 that creationism is a religious belief that can't be taught in public schools. The head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State says the county has put up a giant "Sue Me" sign.
Election Panel Lifts Restrictions on Political Ads for Some Groups Federal election regulators approved a loophole tonight that would let charitable, religious and educational groups run television advertisements just before elections, commercials that would otherwise be barred under the new federal campaign finance law.
Calif. Group Won't List Backers A state appeals court says a group that trashed Gov. Gray Davis on the airwaves last year need not disclose its financial backers or register as a political committee. The decision, announced late Wednesday, may clear the way for fresh, anonymous attack ads as the November election nears.
Privacy czar slams federal plan to track citizens (Canada) The Canadian Privacy Commissioner is so troubled by government plans to establish a database of Canadian travel patterns that he said Thursday that he has no choice but to make his concerns public.
Gov't Had Missile in Okla. Building When Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City federal building, the government had a TOW antitank missile stowed in a locker several floors above the daycare center.
September 27, 2002
:Dems to Shift Focus Back to Economy Democrats plan to remind voters about the faltering economy in the remaining weeks before the Nov. 5 elections, though those efforts may get overshadowed by the Bush mis-ministration's continuous talk of war.
Indictment of former Enron CFO expected soon Federal prosecutors are expected to announce an indictment of former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow as soon as next week, according to two legal sources close to the investigation.
Exxon Mobil gets $47 mln defense supply contract Exxon Mobil Corp. won a $47.8 million contract to supply gasoline, diesel fuel and motor oil to U.S. and NATO forces in Italy and unspecified islands, the U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday.
Buffett expects markets to get worse Warren Buffett, the billionaire American investor, has given warning that stock markets will get worse before they get better –– but he still believes that equities are a good long-term investment.
IMF Cuts U.S. Growth Estimate In its latest World Economic Outlook, the Washington-based lender scaled back its previous estimates for U.S. economic growth in 2002 and 2003 and said prospects depended heavily upon whether demand holds up.
Could U.S. Economy Be Casualty Of War With Iraq? The rising drumbeat of war against Iraq is taking a toll on the U.S. economy. Oil prices are climbing, consumer confidence is falling and Wall Street is suffering stomach-churning days. With the economy still struggling to emerge from last year's recession, there is growing concern that the potential adverse effects from a war with Iraq could push the country into another downturn.
Daschle Defends Democrats' Stand on Security Pent-up partisan rancor over domestic security legislation and Iraq policy erupted today when Senator Tom Daschle, the majority leader, demanded an apology from pResident Bush for saying the Senate was "not interested in the security of the American people."
Daschle Denounces Bush Remarks on Security as Partisan Senator Tom Daschle, the majority leader, angrily accused pResident Bush today of using the Iraq issue for political fodder and said he should apologize. "That is wrong," Mr. Daschle declared on the Senate floor. "We ought not politicize this war. We ought not politicize the rhetoric about war and life and death."
The Most Dangerous Person On Earth -- It's Not Who Bush Would Like You To Think It Is -- by Jack M. Balkin "Today the world faces a single man armed with weapons of mass destruction, manifesting an aggressive, bullying attitude, who may well plunge the world into chaos and bloodshed if he miscalculates. This person, belligerent, arrogant and sure of himself, truly is the most dangerous person on Earth. The problem is that his name is George W. Bush, and he is our president [sic].
Iraq: Western Warplanes Attack South, One Hurt Iraq said U.S. and British jets attacked civilian targets in the south of the country on Tuesday and one civilian was wounded.
For Reservists, Reservations Prospect of Lengthy Service Worries Many Troops -- The Pentagon's call-up of tens of thousands of National Guard and reserve troops in response to last year's terrorist attacks -- the biggest mobilization since the Persian Gulf War and the longest since Vietnam -- is straining reservists and their families. With war against Iraq looming, the mobilization might be just beginning.
Chosen by God to Lead America Having received the green light from "above," Christian George is about to unleash a holiness that just might Armageddon all of us. -- by Rick Friedman and Stewart Nusbaumer "All of us know that Osama bin Laden is a Muslim religious fanatic hell-bent on implementing his demented version of Armageddon in the Middle East. What we’re not sure about, however, is whether or not George Bush is a Christian religious fanatic hell-bent on his demented version of Armageddon in the Middle East."
Pentagon Discusses Chemical Weapons to Thwart Rioters Critics Say Idea Is Illegal -- Imagine using Valium to control rioting crowds. It's not as far fetched as it sounds. The U.S. military is exploring ways to use drugs such as Valium to calm [?!?] people without killing them during riots or other tense situations. [Tense situations: i.e., when protesters dare to emerge from their "First Amendment Zones"?] But critics say it's a horrible idea, and illegal as well.
Massive post-war rise in production of Afghan opium Britain is expected to be hit by a flood of heroin after a gigantic increase in the production of opium in Afghanistan, the United Nations will warn today. A UN survey estimates the farmers will grow 2,700 tons of opium this year compared with 185 tons in 2001, a 1,400 per cent jump. [Well, Bush and the Carlyle group have done their jobs, then.]
According To Plan -- But Whose Plan? After one year in Afghanistan, are U.S. troops close to winning the war or is Al Qaeda about to release a devastating death trap? -- by Stephen Morgan "Although it is true that al Qaeda and the Taliban have suffered important setbacks, the central command still exists and has influence, it is operationally effective and highly dangerous and much of its financial and logistical capabilities remain in tact. Indeed, al Qaeda may be more dangerous and difficult to track down and destroy now than before."
Terrorism, Poverty, Malnutrition, and Ill-Health Thoughts on the Canadian Prime Minister's Controversial Remarks on the Anniversary of September 11 -- by Marvin Hershorn "In a CBC TV interview this month, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretian stated unequivocally that poverty, health problems and the widening gap between the rich and poor are among the key motivating elements of the September 11 terrorist attacks..."
US congressional hearings on September 11: more evidence of provocation and cover-up The first week of public hearings before the joint congressional committee investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks has been a clear demonstration of why the White House fought so bitterly to derail any official investigation into the events of one year ago.
New York state "terror" arrests—test case in attack on rights The FBI’s arrest earlier this month of six young Arab-American men in the depressed former steel-making center of Lackawanna, New York has initiated what may become a test case on how far the Bush mis-ministration can go in employing extra-constitutional measures in the name of its "war on terrorism."
GOP Director of Kansas State Water Office Is Arrested, Accused of Breaking Into Home and Raping Woman The director of the Kansas Water Office has been arrested on suspicion of entering a sleeping woman's home in May and raping her. Alan L. LeDoux, 55, who has served two GOP governors and is a Sunday school teacher, was arrested Tuesday and ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bond. [Yes, more GOP family values... LeDoux can join GOP former Waterbury, CT Mayor, Philip Giordano, who is currently in jail for raping children. What, no Ken Starr investigation? Oh. That's just for investigations of private, consensual sex lives of Democrats. Got it.]
'I [a Republican] Taped Ganske Campaign Meeting' "I have previously been a contributor to Congressman Ganske's campaign... Rather than take notes of the presentation and discussions, I chose to tape-record them. Congressman Ganske arrived late and in his speech stated that, as for Senator Harkin; 'You've never seen a campaign where anyone will attack him like we're going to attack him, with a smile on our face....' I was incensed by Congressman Ganske's attitude and provided the tape to a Harkin staffer."
Wal-Mart heir is Florida's top campaign donor Wal-Mart heir John Walton donated $325,000 last month to the state Republican Party for Gov. Jeb Bush's re-election effort, making him the largest individual donor in this campaign season.
No Regrets for Armey -- Says remark on Jews not offensive House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) yesterday stood by comments made in Florida last week characterizing liberal Jewish-Americans as being of "shallow, superficial intellect."
Gov. Davis Signs Package of Far-Reaching Gun Bills In a stunning legal setback for the gun industry, California is becoming the first state in the country to repeal the gun industry's special legal immunity as Gov. Gray Davis signed SB 682 and AB 496 today as part of a package of far-reaching new gun laws. The gun industry bills overturn a California Supreme Court decision, which held that a 1983 law created a special immunity shield for gun manufactures.
California's Governor Signs Series of Gun Measures Gov. Gray Davis signed a series of gun measures today, including a bill to repeal the special immunity from liability suits granted to the firearms industry nearly 20 years ago.
Poll: N.Y. Governor Race Tightening Republican Gov. George Pataki is maintaining a double-digit, but shrinking, lead over Democrat H. Carl McCall, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday.
House Says Health Providers Can Say No to Abortions The House of Representatives backed a bill on Wednesday that supporters say would strengthen "conscience clauses" allowing health care providers to decline to perform abortions but critics said it would severely curtail women's access to the procedure.
U.S. Delaying Vital Cell Research, Scientists Say Stem cell research, which many scientists believe will some day transform medicine beyond recognition, is "crawling like a caterpillar" due to strict limits on stem cell research imposed by pResident Bush last year, top scientists told the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.
Inmates Used As Medical Guinea Pigs Get No Compensation Prisoners who were deliberately exposed to diseases and given mind-altering drugs during jailhouse medical experiments from the 1950s through the 1970s cannot sue the city and the university that conducted the tests, a federal appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that the 298 former inmates waited too long to bring their lawsuit.
Lesson for Bush -- by Karl Ford (letter to editor in The Boston Globe) "The Bush administration is throwing a hissy-fit over German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's reelection using an anti-American (war) strategy. If anyone should understand getting elected at all costs, even via coup d'etat by the Supreme Court, it should be President [sic] Bush."
From Tuesday: The Bush Economy: Dow Closes at 4-Year-Low Wall Street's malaise deepened Tuesday, with stocks falling on a confluence of factors that included disappointing earnings news and a criminal investigation into Xerox's accounting practices. The Dow Jones industrials dropped nearly 190 points to hit a four-year low.
From Monday: The Bush Economy: Nasdaq Closes at 6-Year-Low The Nasdaq composite index slid to a six-year low Monday and the rest of Wall Street fell equally hard amid a worsening outlook for the U.S. economy. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 100 points.
Recession Cut Incomes and Swelled Poverty Rolls, U.S. Says The number of poor people in the United States rose last year to 32.9 million, an increase of 1.3 million that pushed up the proportion of Americans living in poverty for the first time in eight years, to 11.7 percent, the Census Bureau reported today.
Bush Budget Director Named in New Lawsuit Against IPALCO A lawsuit filed Tuesday by IPALCO shareholders against the company names pResident Bush's budget director Mitch Daniels as one of its defendants. The suit contends that IPALCO insiders misled investors about the financial condition of the energy company AES Corporation and the volatile nature of its stock.
Bush, GOP Aim to Focus Election on Security Issue -- Republicans increasingly talk up Iraq and terror threats, not the economy As he seeks to boost Republican candidates in the midterm elections, pResident Bush is increasing his emphasis on terrorism and national security, shedding his previous determination to demonstrate his concern about the flagging economy.
Yamani: oil may hit $100 a barrel Sheikh Yamani, the former head of Opec who terrorised the West with threats over oil supplies in the 1970s, returned to the fray yesterday when he warned that the price of crude could triple to $100 a barrel if there is a war against Iraq. [Cheney/Bush's installers in the 2000 coup, the oil industry, will be *ecstatic!*]
Even Republican-led bureau admits rich getting richer and poor getting poorer under Bush -- by Jackson Thoreau "Proof of what I had been expecting came Tuesday: Under the illegitimate Bush regime, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. That didn’t come from a liberal think tank; it came straight from the horse’s mouth, the Republican-controlled U.S. Census Bureau."
Senate Approves Independent 9/11 Commission The Senate voted overwhelmingly today to create an independent commission to conduct a broad inquiry into governmental failures leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, significantly boosting prospects that Congress will set up the panel before it adjourns for the year.
Senate Approves Panel to Investigate Sept. 11 Attacks The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to create an independent commission to conduct a broad investigation into intelligence failures and other government missteps before to the Sept. 11 attacks and recommend how to prevent future disasters.
F.B.I. Agent Cited Trade Center Attack Ahead of Sept. 11 A Minneapolis FBI supervisor said in a pre-Sept. 11 conversation with headquarters that he wanted to prevent suspicious student pilot Zacarias Moussaoui from flying a plane into the World Trade Center, a congressional investigator testified Tuesday... The Bush mis-ministration doesn't want to reveal what the White House knew, even if the intelligence has already been declassified. On Tuesday, leaders of the committees again called on the White House to allow the information to be disclosed, or explain why the information should be kept secret.
FBI HQ Knew of Bin Laden Followers Flight Training Before last year's Sept. 11 attacks, FBI headquarters in New York knew several associates of Osama bin Laden had trained at U.S. flight schools, but believed the al Qaeda leader needed pilots to transport goods in Afghanistan, a congressional investigator said on Tuesday.
Former Military Leaders Urge Caution on War With Iraq Former high-level military commanders told Congress today that the United States should go to war in Iraq only as a last resort, should continue to press for United Nations support in dealing with Iraq and "not be too quick to take no for an answer," as one of them, Gen. John Shalikashvili, put it.
Louder War Talk, and Muffled Dissent -- Party Leaders Make Opposition Difficult, Wary Democrats Say Dozens of congressional Democrats are frustrated with their leadership for rushing to embrace pResident Bush's Iraqi war resolution and fostering an impression the party overwhelmingly backs a unilateral strike against Saddam Hussein.
pResident's Vocabulary Now Omits Gore's Name Perhaps it is a dislike so pure that he dares not speak its name. Perhaps pResident Bush considers a dispute with his 2000 presidential opponent beneath him. Or perhaps, as the White House insisted, the pResident meant absolutely nothing by a noticeable omission.
Do Or Don't: A Public Divided DON'T: Anti-War Calls, E-Mails Send A Clear Message To Lawmakers -- Congressional offices are reporting strong, even overwhelming, opposition to a war against Iraq. Recent calls and e-mails were 25-1 against war at Rep. Rob Simmons' office in eastern Connecticut, and 40-1 against in Rep. Christopher Shays' district.
Ky. Soldiers Prepare for Deployment Fort Campbell Soldiers, Kentucky Community Prepare for Possible Deployment to Iraq
Bush Moves Iraq Goalposts All Over Field -- by Molly Ivins "Don't you just hate it when the bad guys agree to do what we want them to? If that's not a good reason to go in and take out Saddam, name one. But our Fearless Leader, not one to be deterred from war merely by getting what he wants, promptly moved the goalposts and issued a new list of demands Iraq must meet, including paying reparations to Kuwait."
White Man's Burden -- by Paul Krugman "In the end, 19th-century imperialism was a diversion. It's hard not to suspect that the Bush doctrine is also a diversion — a diversion from the real issues of dysfunctional security agencies, a sinking economy, a devastated budget and a tattered relationship with our allies."
Speaking of 'failed tactics' -- by Jim Kirwan "...People like Bush who live in glass houses should watch what they say. Bush has broken almost every campaign promise he made to the American people, beginning with: 'The people in my administration will not only be above reproach, they will be beyond even the hint of any conflict-of-interest.' "
Who's paying the price of U.S. dysfunction? -- by Doreen Miller "The world has suffered enough from U.S. addiction to oil and to our country's incessant pursuit of money, power, and control. It's time for the U.S. to admit its addictions, wean itself from its hunger and greed for oil and money, and put itself on the road to rehabilitation and healthier relationships with other nations."
Bush Is Thwarted on Worker Rights A moderate Republican senator gave Democrats the margin they needed today to keep pResident Bush from firing workers in a new Homeland Security Department, setting up a veto battle with a mis-ministration that sees such a transformation of federal work rules as "vital to national security." [vital to Bush's attempted union-busting precedent]
McBride needs Reno to win --by Jim DeFede "There is not a doubt in my mind that if a fair and honest election had been held on Sept. 10, Janet Reno would be the Democratic nominee for governor. If everyone who had been turned away from polling places that day had been allowed to cast their ballots, she would have won. Reno knows it. And Bill McBride knows it."
Gore Calls Bush's Policy a Failure on Several Fronts President Al Gore accused the Bush mis-ministration today of weakening the war on terrorism by turning the country's attention to Saddam Hussein. He also said the Congressional resolution on Iraq sought by pResident Bush was too broad and did not do enough to seek international support for a possible military strike.
President Gore Decries Bush's Iraq War Push Al Gore harshly criticized George Bush's push for war against Iraq, saying it has hurt the United States' standing and could dangerously undermine the rule of law around the world.
House Democrat Warns Against Iraq - ANWR Oil Link A senior House Democrat on Monday warned the Bush mis-ministration and the U.S. oil industry against using the threat of war in Iraq as justification for opening an Alaskan wilderness area to oil and gas drilling. Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, the senior Democrat on the House Energy panel, accused the White House of trying to win ANWR drilling rights for oil firms by linking the issue to potential oil disruptions if the United States attacks Iraq.
Democrats Uneasy With Move To War Congressional Democrats, uneasy with what they view as a precipitous move toward war, are trying to come up with alternatives to pResident Bush's request for broad powers to eliminate the threats posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
Jimmy Carter: Bush making a mistake with Iraq Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday criticized pResident Bush's aggressive stance on Iraq, saying military action without the blessing of the United Nations would be a grave mistake that would put America in danger.
U.S. Attack on Iraq May Cost Up to $200 Billion A U.S. attack on Iraq could cost as much as $60 billion even if swift and successful, with any follow-up and broader economic strain perhaps pushing the final tab to $200 billion, a congressional report said on Monday.
Study: New Demands Could Tax Military A new study by the Army's Center of Military History has found that the U.S. military would have to commit 300,000 peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan and 100,000 in Iraq if it were to occupy and reconstruct those nations on the scale that occurred in Japan and Germany after World War II.
Ottawa not comfortable with U.S. 'strike first' policy Ottawa is expressing concern about a new U.S. foreign policy. In a document released last week, the Bush mis-ministration outlined a new doctrine reserving the right to strike first against nations and governments it deems a threat. Ottawa says that policy could set a troubling precedent.
Schröder Stands by Stance on Iraq Emboldened by his razor-thin victory in Germany's closest postwar election, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Monday stuck by his emphatic opposition to a war on Iraq after a campaign that angered the Bush mis-ministration for unleashing anti-American tones.
Rumsfeld Snubs German Minister over Election Row In a public snub over strained relations between Berlin and Washington, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Monday he would not meet his German counterpart Peter Struck at a two-day NATO meeting. [Then, Rumsfeld begged to be allowed to play just a little bit longer with his toys before taking his nap.]
Rumsfeld asks Nato to develop 'rogue state' strike force The United States will outline plans today to transform Nato from a defensive military pact into an alliance with a 20,000-strong rapid reaction force able to tackle rogue states and terrorist threats.
U.S. Plan to Meet Smallpox "Threat" Replete with flowcharts and checklists, the "Smallpox Vaccination Clinic Guide" covers topics such as , how many security officers would be needed for each clinic to contain an unruly crowd? It deals with how clinics should handle people who refuse to be vaccinated and reminds states that they must plan for huge numbers of fatalities. "Plan for vaccinating mortuary personnel and their families," the guide says.
Medical Conditions Create Vulnerability to Vaccine Many more people today are at risk of serious side effects from the smallpox vaccine than in the past, when vaccination was routine.
Questions and Answers on the U.S. Vaccination Plan Would vaccination be mandatory? Under the new plan, vaccination is voluntary even if someone has definitely been exposed to the smallpox virus. But anyone who has been exposed and refuses vaccination may be involuntarily quarantined for up to 18 days. ["Quarantine." This will be the catchword to "deal with" dissenters as the Bush Fourth Reich advances with its plans.]
Bush Slip of the Tongue in New Jersey pResident Bush, during a 34-minute speech at Trenton Mercer Airport, chided the Senate's Democratic majority for not approving measures [more corporate welfare] that he says will reinvigorate the economy, including one guaranteeing businesses access to terrorism insurance and another expanding domestic oil exploration. In an apparent slip of the tongue, Bush said, "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption."
Cheney is protested in Kansas City The vice pResident addressed a crowd of about 500 who paid at least $250 apiece to support Adam Taff's bid for Congress. About 45 protesters awaited Cheney's arrival outside the center. Some were urging that the U.S. not engage in war-making against Iraq. "Bush is Scarier than Hussein," one sign read. Another referred to the economy or scandals gripping corporate America: "How's your 401k, Dick?"
Judge: Texas Energy Company Drove Up Calif. Power Prices by Tightening Natural Gas Supply An administrative law judge concluded today that the Houston-based El Paso Corporation illegally helped to drive up prices for natural gas in California during the state's power crisis in 2000 and 2001, the first time any federal regulatory official has determined there was widespread manipulation of energy supplies.
The Bush Economy: Nasdaq Closes at 6-Year-Low The Nasdaq composite index slid to a six-year low Monday and the rest of Wall Street fell equally hard amid a worsening outlook for the U.S. economy. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 100 points.
Nasdaq Hits 6-Year Low Under pressure from weak economic and profits news, declining markets abroad and worries about Bush's war with Iraq, the Nasdaq composite index dropped to a six-year low today while the two other major stock indexes fell to their lowest levels since the overall market hit a five-year low in July.
Mines in Pennsylvania are brewing a pollution crisis Soon, the problem that state officials and environmentalists already describe as "terrible" could get worse, and present Pennsylvania with a grim choice: allow a new tsunami of poisons to contaminate dozens more waterways - or pay tens of millions of dollars a year, every year forever, to control it.
Letter from Larkin Hospital Chairman and CEO, Dr. Jack Michel, to Lori Price and others who wrote to him Lori Price wrote to Dr. Michel on Sept. 15, asking for the hospital to "Please re-instate the three men you illegally discharged from their training program!"
Congress likely to limit war powers; resolution authorizing force against Saddam Hussein expected to pass Congress intends to scale back pResident Bush's request for far-reaching powers to disarm Iraq and pursue security in the region before it votes on a mandate for war. Once changes are made, lawmakers predicted Sunday, the resolution authorizing force against Saddam Hussein's regime is expected to pass, possibly with ample Democratic support.
Lawmakers Hear Pleas Against War Judging by tallies offered by aides to a dozen other House and Senate members -- including Republicans and Democrats from areas that are normally hawkish as well as dovish -- a reluctance to embark on unilateral military action is also the dominant theme of phone calls, letters and e-mail messages that have been pouring in to Capitol Hill in recent weeks. Most said constituents' communications were running overwhelmingly against war, especially if the United States has to fight without strong allied support.
Father, bitter over his son's treatment by U.S. after Gulf War, opposes new fight against Iraq Ask Fred Jensen whether the United States should invade Iraq, and he'll tell you about his son, Jeff. "I honor my country, but I don't have much use for the people that run it."
Schroeder's Party Wins in Germany Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats won Germany's closest postwar election Sunday, after a campaign that focused on fears of a war with Iraq and unleashed anti-American rhetoric.
Why the White House Said Yes to a 9-11 Inquiry Family members of those lost on 9-11 continue to push for a blue-ribbon panel -- With momentum for the blue-ribbon commission rapidly gaining on Capitol Hill, and the family members threatening to go public, the White House had virtually no choice. "There was a freight train coming down the tracks," said one White House official. "They realized how powerful the voices of the families were," added Democrat Rep. Jane Harman, a House intelligence committee member.
C.I.A.'s Inquiry on Qaeda Aide Seen as Flawed The Central Intelligence Agency failed to adequately scrutinize information it received before Sept. 11 about the growing terrorist threat posed by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a leader of Al Qaeda now believed to have been a central planner of the attacks on New York and Washington, Congressional investigators have concluded.
Smallpox Vaccine Guidelines Readied Emergency Plan To Cover All of U.S.-- Federal health officials will issue detailed guidelines today for vaccinating the entire U.S. population against smallpox within five days of an outbreak of the dreaded disease. Ten months ago, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson signed a $428 million contract to buy a dose of vaccine for every American. Only the United States and Russia are known to possess stocks of the virus. [Bush repaying one of his installers, the pharmaceutical industry, for a vaccine to be used on a future terrorist attack by the same people who brought us 9/11 -- not Osama bin Laden. Cui Bono? Who benefits? That is who will launch the smallpox outbreak.]
Sen. Carnahan Holds Slight Lead Democratic Sen. Jean Carnahan appears to have taken a slight lead over former Republican Rep. Jim Talent in Missouri's closely watched Senate race. [Therefore, look for massive vote fraud by the Rethugs in Missouri in November.]
Davis to Sign Bill Allowing Paid Family Leave Gov. Gray Davis has decided to sign legislation allowing most California workers to take paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child or to care for sick family members, administration officials said Sunday. Labor unions and women's groups across the country hailed the Democratic governor's decision to make California the first state to enact a comprehensive paid family leave program.
Activist: Hospital Now Welcoming 3 Medical Students Detained as Terror Suspects in Florida Three medical students who were detained as terror suspects on a Florida highway are now being welcomed by the Miami hospital that turned them away after the incident, an American-Islamic relations activist said.
Japan to water down N-safety Japan's nuclear safety authority was preparing to water down the industry's safety standards, reports yesterday warned, as two more electricity companies admitted to concealing safety breaches in key equipment servicing nuclear reactors.
Why my film is under fire -- by John Pilger "An unforeseen threat to freedom of speech in British broadcasting emerged last week. It was triggered by the showing of my documentary, Palestine is Still the Issue, on ITV."
Asbestos Suit Heads to Court, Despite Appeal by Companies An asbestos trial against some of the world's largest companies, including ExxonMobil and Honeywell International, begins in West Virginia this week, even as the case is being challenged before the United States Supreme Court. [That's OK -- Bush's installers on the less-than-Supreme Court will eventually void the lawsuits.]
Israel Tells U.S. It Will Retaliate if Iraqis Attack Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has informed the Bush mis-ministration that he plans to strike back if Iraq attacks Israel, according to Israeli and Western officials.
Bush's war plans are a cover-up, Byrd says Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., said pResident Bush’s plans to invade Iraq are a conscious effort to distract public attention from growing problems at home. “This administration, all of a sudden, wants to go to war with Iraq,” Byrd said. “The [political] polls are dropping, the domestic situation has problems.... So all of a sudden we have this war talk, war fervor, the bugles of war, drums of war, clouds of war."
Lawmakers Cite Flaws in Bush's Iraq Resolution With a number of lawmakers from both parties complaining that pResident Bush was seeking excessively broad powers to wage war, Congress worked on Friday to craft a resolution backing a possible military strike on Iraq that can get wide support.
Saudis Say the U.S., Not Iraq, Threatens Stability This longtime ally of America isn't convinced that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein poses a serious and imminent military threat to regional stability and security. That threat, it believes, comes from another source: the United States, top officials say.
Analysts: New Strategy Courts Unseen Dangers First Strike Could Be Precedent for Other Nations -- The Bush mis-ministration's declared willingness to attack potential enemies before they strike represents a new chapter in strategic doctrine that heightens the danger of unintended consequences and raises the pressure on the U.S. national security system to get things right the first time, military and diplomatic analysts say.
Marching off to peace If the politicians won't go to the people, or at least listen to them, then a mountain of people will come to the politicians. -- by Ken Loach (ahead of this week's anti-war demonstration) "The idea of 'regime change' goes largely unchallenged by public commentators. That the world's most powerful state should decide the government of another country is abhorrent and plainly illegal. Not new, though. Nixon and Kissinger 'changed the regime' in Chile from a democracy to a murderous dictatorship. Reagan and his administration funded and financed terrorists - Contras - to destroy the legitimate government in Nicaragua. Their targets were schools and hospitals as Reagan proclaimed: 'I am a Contra.' "
The Legality of Using Force -- by Bruce Ackerman "The Bush administration would have us believe that international law contains only ambiguous or advisory requirements. In fact, the United Nations Charter was ratified as a treaty by the Senate after World War II, and the Constitution explicitly makes all treaties 'the supreme law of the land.' The president has no power to pick and choose among the laws that bind him — unless Congress tells him otherwise."
Hawks won't stop with Baghdad The US hawks won't want Iraq's concessions on weapons inspections to prevent war. Their ambitions to transform the Middle East don't stop with Baghdad - yet they leave many crucial questions unanswered. -- by Rosemary Hollis "Despite Iraq's sudden invitation to renew UN weapons inspections, American hardliners will keep up the pressure for war. Regime change might be achieved under cover of disarming Baghdad. But without a serious debate on the objectives of force, there will be no opportunity to consider what could go wrong or how to handle the competing interests."
Ann Coulter: "Their [anti-war Dems] real feelings are coming out as much as they can right now, which is that they're desperately dying to provide aid and support to al-Qaeda."
Judge not convinced of terrorist plot The judge hearing terrorism charges against six Yemeni men in western New York state has said he is not convinced the men were involved in any plot, but the prosecutor urged him not to grant them bail.
Police Worried About Terrorists Using Protesters Two top law enforcement officials issued a blunt warning Friday about the upcoming protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terry Gainer told a congressional hearing he is concerned that terrorists could take advantage of next week's protests, putting Washington, D.C., in a dangerous situation. [Washington is *already* "in a dangerous situation" with the Idiot Usurper and Karl Rove running the show.]
Organized Crime Statutes Could be Used to Thwart IMF Protests Local authorities are considering using organized crime statutes to prevent massive demonstrations from disrupting traffic during next week's World Bank meetings. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terry Gainer and D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey have been meeting with the U-S Attorney's office to discuss ways to prevent what they say are plans to break local and federal laws.
Protest Leaders Denounce Efforts by Law Enforcement to Pre-empt IMF Protest Protest leaders are reacting angrily to reports that law enforcement authorities are considering legal action to pre-empt demonstrations planned during the World Bank-IMF meetings in Washington. Attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice says talk of such action "is a hallmark of a police state and a repressive government."
70,000 Terrorist Suspects Worldwide Identified by U.S. U.S. officials have identified at least 70,000 suspected terrorists around the world and say an unknown number of Al Qaeda-trained soldiers have been trying for at least five years to infiltrate the United States and launch "spectacular" attacks, according to two congressional reports issued last week and all but ignored in the flurry of headlines that accompanied hearings into intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks. [Are the *real* terrorists -- Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, and Rove -- on the list?]
FBI Agent Warned About 9 / 11 Hijacker Thirteen days before the Sept. 11 attacks, a frustrated FBI agent warned headquarters that "someday, someone will die'' after he was denied permission to pursue a man who would become one of the hijackers, a congressional panel was told Friday. Although pResident Bush reversed course and backed an independent commission conduct a broader investigation, Stephen Push, a leader of a group of Sept. 11 relatives, said Bush's proposal isn't good enough because it apparently wouldn't include an investigation of the intelligence agencies themselves. "This is disgraceful, what we're learning about intelligence failures, and the White House is trying to cover it up,'' he said.
Intelligence Flaws Anger Families "If the intelligence community had been doing its job, my wife would be alive today," said Stephen Push, whose wife, Lisa Raines, died in the attack on the Pentagon.
Republicans Block Homeland Security Vote in Senate Senate Republicans backed the Bush mis-ministration's adamant stance against collective bargaining rights and civil service protections for the 170,000 workers slated to make up a proposed Homeland Security Department when they voted Sept. 19 to continue debate and blocked a vote on legislation that maintained workers' rights.
California Energy Crisis A Sham State officials say California's energy crisis -- its blackouts and sky-high power prices that cost California billions -- was manufactured by key power companies that hoarded energy supplies to make more money.
Government Proposing Cuts in Many Medicare Payments The Bush mis-ministration is proposing deep reductions in Medicare payments for a wide range of drugs and medical devices used to treat people who are elderly or disabled.
Police Brutality Case Caught On Tape The tape tells the story: A man already in handcuffs was struck and maced by a New York City Police Department officer. The incident happened in the very same precinct where Abner Louima was brutally attacked. In fact, the officer involved was assigned there right after the Louima torture case to diversify the stationhouse. Now, that officer is charged with a vicious assault that was all captured on home video.
Is Recycling Being Canned? Budget Constraints, Other Factors Slowing Progress -- For the first time in many years, the number of aluminum cans tossed into the trash last year exceeded the number separated and carted off for recycling.
Some in Congress, Recalling Vietnam, Oppose War In a city where the talk is of when, not if, there will be war with Iraq, a small group of Democratic die-hards in the House is trying to rally opposition to military action.
House Democrats form anti-war coalition A group of 19 House Democrats yesterday pledged to build a congressional coalition to oppose a U.S. military attack on Iraq.
The dishonest case for war on Iraq -- by Alan Simpson, MP - Chair of Labour Against the War and Dr Glen Rangwala - Lecturer in politics at Cambridge University, UK "There is no case for a war on Iraq. It has not threatened to attack the US or Europe. It is not connected to al-Qa'ida. There is no evidence that it has new weapons of mass destruction, or that it possesses the means of delivering them."
Ramsey Clark Letter to UN: Do Not Support Attack on Iraq Letter by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has been sent to all members of the UN Security Council, with copies to the UN General Assembly.
Bush Has Received Pentagon Options on Attacking Iraq The Pentagon has completed and delivered to pResident Bush a highly detailed set of military options for attacking Iraq, Pentagon and White House officials said today.
Bush: how I'll rule the world The Bush Mis-ministration has spelt out its determination to enforce America's global domination, insisting it will allow no other power to challenge its military and economic supremacy.
Bush vows to snuff out potential enemies US plans for pre-emptive strikes -- The United States will not hesitate to strike pre-emptively against its enemies, even if it faces international opposition, and will never again allow its military supremacy to be threatened by a rival superpower, pResident Bush declared yesterday in a document setting out an aggressive new vision for America's foreign policy.
Bush Seeks Sweeping Powers The sweeping authority sought by pResident Bush to confront Iraq would allow him to ignore the United Nations and fight Saddam Hussein at the time, place and manner of his choosing. Some legal experts said the proposed resolution would even permit the pResident to use military force beyond Iraq's borders.
War Made Easy From the Coop -- by Ellis Henican "The chickenhawks were in full-swoop mode yesterday. Flying low over Washington, making their loud squawking sounds, calling their fellow Americans out to war. George W. Bush (Texas Air National Guard, term abbreviated) was calling on Congress to 'use all means,' including a massive military assault, to remove Saddam Hussein as the leader of Iraq..."
Focus on Iraq Could Help Republicans in November Elections The Bush mis-ministration denies that the current efforts to force a showdown with Saddam Hussein have anything to do with the November elections, and most Americans agree. But a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll suggests that whatever the administration's intentions, the current attention given to a possible war with Iraq may well help Republicans.
G.O.P. Gains From War Talk but Does Not Talk About It Senior Republican Party officials say the prospect of at least two more weeks of Congressional debate on Iraq is allowing their party to run out the clock on the fall election, blocking Democrats as they try to seize on the faltering economy and other domestic concerns as campaign issues.
Hail Bush: A new Roman empire (The Guardian) -- They came, they saw, they conquered. Now the United States dominates the world. With the rise of the New Age Roman empire, how long before the fall? -- by Jonathan Freedland "The word of the hour is empire. As the United States marches to war, no other label quite seems to capture the scope of American power or the scale of its ambition. 'Sole superpower' is accurate enough, but seems oddly modest. 'Hyperpower' might appeal to the French; 'hegemon' is favoured by academics. But empire is the big one, the gorilla of geopolitical designations - and suddenly the US is bearing its name."
The self-interest of national security -- A memorandum written in 1950 to outline the US policy on the cold war could almost be a blueprint for Bush's current doctrine, writes Mark Tran "... A Bush doctrine is now emerging that places pre-emptive action as a form of self-defence at its core. The strategy is to be laid out in a document that has been trumpeted as having the same weight as one of America's most influential foreign policy papers - NSC 68... In fact, with a bit of tweaking here and there, substituting terrorism, or axis of evil, or rogue states for Kremlin, much that was written in 1950 could easily be applied to the present."
Saudi Arabia 'shocked' to be added to watchlist Spokesman says U.S. gave no warning about new INS immigration restrictions -- Saudi Arabia was "shocked" to learn the Justice Department has added Saudi to a list of terrorist-sponsoring countries subject to immigration restrictions, a spokesman for the royal government told WorldNetDaily yesterday.
Bush, Democrats draw ire of Seymour Hersh Neither the Bush mis-ministration nor Democrats in Congress have covered themselves in glory during the war against terrorism or the runup to a possible war against Iraq. That's the view of Seymour Hersh, an acclaimed investigative journalist who has ferreted out many government secrets during the past seven administrations.
Afghanistan to become tariff-free zone; pipeline discussed The Afghan government, desperate to lure foreign investment and development, plans to declare the entire nation a tariff-free zone and ease rules for foreigners wanting to start, buy and run businesses. In conjunction with that plan, to be implemented today, officials hope to reignite their long-shot plans for an oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea across Afghanistan.
Justice Dept. Won't Release Names The Justice Department argued Friday that terrorists will be able to improve their plans of attack if the government is forced to release names of detainees rounded up after the Sept. 11 attacks.
GAO: Your Meat Isn't That Safe A congressional audit has found that the public is at risk for illnesses from tainted meat and poultry because the Agriculture Department is not doing enough to oversee slaughterhouses and processing plants.
Conservative Fashion Influence for Spring 2003 The spring 2003 collection of Marc Jacobs [leading American fashion designer] had a subversive sweetness, "as if he had returned to an era, the 1950's, when women cared about dressing up — for husbands, church, a Tuesday bridge club — and blended it with a time when women didn't want to show they cared too much."
Welcome to Pleasantville Fashion Week: Spring Lines Hark Back to the '50s -- The first few days of the spring 2003 shows have been dominated by collections that reach back to the 1950s for guidance. Through the prism of nostalgia, the '50s have a patina of sweetness and simplicity.
Bush suffers Nazi jibe from Germans Germany's justice minister heightened the tension between Washington and Berlin over possible military action in Iraq yesterday by comparing the tactics of George Bush to those of Adolf Hitler.
German Justice Minister Compares Bush to Hitler The regional Schwaebisches Tagblatt newspaper quoted German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's justice minister, Herta Daeubler-Gmelin, as saying "Bush wants to divert attention from his domestic problems. It's a classic tactic. It's one that Hitler used."
Hitler Remark Rankles White House As tensions rise between the United States and Germany over differences on Iraq policy, the White House on Thursday called a German government minister's comparison of pResident Bush to Adolf Hitler "outrageous and inexplicable." What's so outrageous about that? After all, Georgie, your grand-daddy funded Hitler!
The White House's Middle East agenda -- Playing the tough guy for big business -- by Laura Flanders "The season's latest cop show is opening just in time for the fall elections. It features yet another good-cop, bad-cop routine and all the roles are played by members of the Bush administration."
Saddam is warned: We'd nuke Baghdad America will nuke Baghdad if Saddam Hussein dares unleash weapons of mass destruction, it emerged last night. The chilling warning to Iraq was revealed by former Tory Premier John Major, who led Britain in the 1991 Gulf War.
Bush to Outline Doctrine of Striking Foes First On Friday, the Bush mis-ministration will publish its first comprehensive rationale for shifting American military strategy toward pre-emptive action against hostile states and terrorist groups developing weapons of mass destruction. The strategy document will also state, for the first time, that the United States will never allow its military supremacy to be challenged the way it was during the cold war.
Bush Seeks Power to Use 'All Means' to Oust Hussein pResident Bush asked Congress today for sweeping authority to use "all means he determines to be appropriate, including force" to disarm Iraq and dislodge Saddam Hussein, and warned: "If the United Nations Security Council won't deal with the problem, the United States and some of our friends will."
invasion could 'worsen terrorist threat' As
the UN Security Council considers Saddam Hussein's offer to admit weapons
inspectors "without conditions", an influential think tank has warned
that an invasion of Iraq could worsen the terrorist threat, not reduce
it. They fear it could disperse weapons stockpiles - and the scientists
who can build and use them - into the murky world of global terrorism.
Bush to Seek Broad Power on Iraq Hill Resolution Would Let U.S. Strike if Added Diplomacy Fails -- pResident Bush plans to ratchet up the threat of military action against Iraq on both the domestic and international fronts this week, beginning today by formally asking Congress to grant him authority to strike unilaterally if Saddam Hussein does not comply soon with United Nations mandates to forfeit his weapons of mass destruction, White House and congressional sources said yesterday.
Bush Sends Congress a Proposed Resolution on Iraq pResident Bush asked Congress Thursday for authority to use military force to disarm and overthrow Iraq's Saddam Hussein, saying the United States will take action on its own if the U.N. Security Council balks.
Protesters to Rumsfeld: 'Inspections, not war' Chanting "inspections, not war," demonstrators Wednesday interrupted U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as he urged a House committee to back the Bush mis-ministration's proposal to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. "Why are you obstructing the inspections? Is this really about oil? How many civilians will be killed?" the woman asked.
U.S. drops bid to boost germ accord The Bush mis-ministration has abandoned an international effort to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention against germ warfare, advising its allies that the United States wants to delay further discussions until 2006. A review conference on new verification measures for the treaty had been scheduled for November.
Probe: U.S. Knew of Jet Terror Plots American intelligence agencies received far more reports of terrorist plotting to use planes as weapons before Sept. 11 than the U.S. government has previously acknowledged, congressional investigators said Wednesday.
9/11 Warnings Unheeded Report: Intelligence agencies received indications of "spectacular" attacks -- 9/11 Probers Say Agencies Failed to Heed Attack Signs -- U.S. intelligence agencies received many more indications than previously disclosed that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network was planning imminent "spectacular" attacks in the summer of 2001 aimed at inflicting mass casualties, according to the preliminary findings of a joint congressional intelligence panel report released yesterday.
Administration won't release 9-11 data The Bush mis-ministration has denied lawmakers investigating the Sept. 11 attacks permission to reveal whether the pResident or other White House staff received warning of potential terrorist attacks against the United States, including plans by al Qaida linked terrorists to use hijacked planes as weapons.
Senator Says 9 / 11 Intelligence Probe Hindered by Bush Administration Congressional investigators are not getting the cooperation they need from the Bush mis-ministration on information held by the U.S. intelligence community before the Sept. 11 attacks, a ranking Republican senator said on Wednesday.
Bush Team's Non-Cooperation Ripped Barriers To 9/11 Inquiry Decried -- Congress May Push Commission --Lawmakers from both parties yesterday protested the Bush administration's lack of cooperation in the congressional inquiry into Sept. 11 intelligence failures and threatened to renew efforts to establish an independent commission.
Profiling charged on 'nightmare' flight A doctor on Delta Flight 442 was detained by U.S. marshals -- The incident on Delta Flight 442 was scary enough last month: U.S. marshals seized an unruly passenger, then one aimed a pistol at other passengers for a half hour and shouted at them to stay seated. The event, however, didn't end there. Unknown to most passengers on the Atlanta-to-Philadelphia flight, the marshals upon landing also seized an Indian passenger from first class and silently whisked him away in handcuffs.
Paranoia grips the United States -- by Raff Ellis "A major highway in South Florida was closed down for more than 17 hours because of an alarm sounded by a diner patron in a small Georgia town... Because of all this, I am now convinced that I must listen to all conversations within earshot, no matter where I am... If I hear anyone say anything untoward about Kaiser George W., or Reich Marshall Rumsfeld, I'll call the FBI immediately. Unfortunately, because of the circles I travel in, I'm going to be very busy."
Florida Seeks Ashcroft's Help in Its Voting Gov. Jeb Bush asked the federal Justice Department today for help in Florida's November general election, seeking to avoid a repeat of the chaos at the polls in two Florida counties in last week's primary election.
Democrats Preparing to Block Reorganization if Carnahan Falls Senate Democrats are prepared to bring legislative activity to a screeching halt in a lame-duck session if Sen. Jean Carnahan (D-Mo.) is defeated in November, an outcome that would temporarily give Republicans control of the chamber before the 108th Congress is sworn in. "By God, if Republicans think we are going to roll over while they try to jam through the harshest elements of the White House's right-wing agenda, they got another thing coming," said a senior Democratic aide speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Bush Raises $3M for GOP Governors pResident Bush scooped up over $3 million to help elect Republican governors Thursday, presenting well-heeled Washington insiders with a neatly packaged peek at his domestic and foreign policy agenda as thanks for their generosity.
Bush, Cheney lead fund-raisers Cheney on Thursday evening: $25,000 per ticket -- pResident Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney are helping the Senate Republicans' fund-raising committee take in a last round of big contributions before the November elections and new restrictions on donations.
Right-wing governments 'increase suicide rates' Right-wing governments may sap some people's will to live and result in more suicides, conclude studies in Britain and Australia.
Colombia’s President Uribe intensifies repression Colombia’s armed forces were placed on a "maximum state of alert" September 16 as hundreds of thousands of workers joined in a general strike against the policies of the newly installed US-backed government of President Alvaro Uribe.
Authority OKs cuts in Medicaid The Oklahoma Health Care Authority on Wednesday approved cuts in Medicaid eligibility and services affecting 93,100 low-income residents, ranging from age 1 to senior citizens. Medicaid coverage was reduced for aged, blind and disabled Oklahomans.
Some Bay Area Democrats may oppose Iraq attack -- Barbara Lee is finding support for opposition to military action Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland stood alone last September, casting the only "no" vote when the House gave pResident Bush backing for the war against terrorists. But now several of her Bay Area Democratic colleagues say they'll join her stance if Bush seeks a resolution authorizing military action against Iraq.
Vermont Gov. Opposes Action on Iraq Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said Wednesday he has not seen enough evidence to warrant that step. "The president [sic] has to do two things to get the country's long-term support for the invasion of Iraq," Dean said in a telephone interview. "He has done neither yet."
US is a bully - Mandela Former president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday continued his strong criticism of the United States over its threat to attack Iraq, declaring that the US wanted to bully the entire world. Mandela said pResident Bush was in no position to question whether Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was genuine in his offer to allow the unconditional return of United Nations arms inspectors to his country.
Actor Tim Robbins Criticizes Bush Mis-ministration "But I'm against this whole 'Let's bomb a new country because things aren't going our way.' It's 'Let's change the subject from Cheney and Halliburton and the crumbling confidence in the stock market.' Talk about cynical! Because it's the cost of human lives that I resent -- to put American soldiers in harm's way and to do everything to change the subject so that Republicans can keep control of the House.' "
British stars press for peace Stars including members of Massive Attack, Blur and other artists set out their opposition to war on Iraq in a letter delivered to Downing Street on Wednesday morning. A roster of celebrities including playwright Harold Pinter, director Ken Loach, and avant-garde musician Brian Eno are among the signatories. The open letter urges the government not to back an American attack on the Middle East state.
Hundreds Protest Possible Iraq War Hundreds of anti-war protesters marched and spoke out Saturday against any possible military action in Iraq. "We believe that this war can be stopped if the people intervene in the political process," said Richard Becker of the International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition.
Evidence on Iraq Challenged Experts Question if Tubes Were Meant for Weapons Program -- A key piece of evidence in the Bush mis-ministration's case against Iraq is being challenged in a report by independent experts who question whether thousands of high-strength aluminum tubes recently sought by Iraq were intended for a secret nuclear weapons program.
You Call That Evidence? (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) "The Bush administration has begun to produce what it calls evidence to support its claim that Iraq is moving very near a nuclear weapon capability. But a story in Sunday’s New York Times (September 8, 2002), especially as elaborated by administration officials on Sunday talk shows, actually suggests just the opposite—that Iraq is not as close as it was before the Gulf War."
Ex-UN weapons inspector addresses Iraqi parliament, urges inspectors' return -- transcript of former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter's address delivered to the Iraqi Parliament on September 8th from C-SPAN.
Bush to seek approval for action against Iraq The Bush mis-ministration Thursday will give Congress a proposed resolution that explicitly authorizes the use of military force if pResident Bush concludes diplomacy will fail to get Iraq to keep its commitments to the United Nations, mis-ministration and congressional sources told CNN.
Rumsfeld Says National Guard, Reserve Call-Ups Needed if U.S. Invades Iraq The military would have to call up more National Guard and Reserve members if pResident Bush decides the United States should invade Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday.
U.S. military planning marches on despite Iraqi offer The Pentagon is moving ahead with contingency planning for possible war with Iraq, despite Baghdad's unconditional offer for the return of U.N. weapons inspectors, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
GOP Nominees Make Iraq a Political Weapon Across the country, GOP House and Senate candidates are emphasizing the possibility of war in Iraq, either touting their support for Bush or highlighting their opponents' reservations -- past or present -- about military strikes against the Baghdad regime, according to several candidates and party strategists.
Cronies in Arms -- by Paul Krugman "Dick Cheney vehemently denies that talk of war, just weeks before the midterm elections, is designed to divert attention from other matters... An article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal confirmed what some of us have long argued: market manipulation by energy companies — probably the same companies that wrote Mr. Cheney's energy plan, though he has defied a court order to release task force records — played a key role in California's electricity crisis. And new evidence indicates that Mr. Cheney's handpicked Army secretary was a corporate evildoer."
Daschle attacks Bush for 'atrocious' economic record Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle launched a pre-election assessment of pResident Bush's economic record on Wednesday, accusing him of doing little to spur the listless economy or address job and stock market losses, eroded retirement accounts and vanishing budget surpluses.
Barriers To 9/11 Inquiry Decried Congress May Push Commission -- Lawmakers from both parties yesterday protested the Bush mis-ministration's lack of cooperation in the congressional inquiry into Sept. 11 intelligence failures and threatened to renew efforts to establish an independent commission.
U.S. Failed to Act on Warnings in '98 of a Plane Attack The United States intelligence community was told in 1998 that Arab terrorists were planning to fly a bomb-laden aircraft into the World Trade Center, but the F.B.I. and the Federal Aviation Administration did not take the threat seriously, a Congressional investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks has found.
Bin Laden warning preceded 9/11 Committee opens inquiry into intelligence failures -- An intelligence briefing in July 2001 warned that Osama bin Laden was planning a spectacular terrorist attack against U.S. or Israeli interests, congressional investigators said Wednesday in their first public assessment of intelligence failures prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Congress to reveal evidence on pre-9/11 threats A veil of secrecy will begin to rise Wednesday when a congressional committee reveals some of the information that U.S. spy agencies knew about suspected terrorist activity before the September 11 attacks -- including the disclosure that analysts knew al Qaeda had previously plotted to use aircraft as terrorist weapons.
HHS Seeks Science Advice to Match Bush Views The Bush Fourth Reich has begun a broad restructuring of the scientific advisory committees that guide federal policy in areas such as patients' rights and public health, eliminating some committees that were coming to conclusions at odds with the pResident's views and in other cases replacing members with handpicked choices.
Ticket dropped in Florida terrorist false alarm Florida police dismissed a traffic citation against one of three Muslim medical students interrogated as terrorist suspects in a false alarm last week after authorities reviewed a toll plaza videotape that showed him paying the toll.
No URL Left Behind? Web Scrub Raises Concerns The Department of Education is in the process of a massive overhaul of its Web site to make it easier to use and to remove outdated data—and ensure that material on the site meshes with the Bush mis-ministration's political philosophy.
Bush threatening to curtail vet benefits Old law requires disability payments deducted from retirement -- As American forces are fighting a war against terrorism and planning is under way for another war against Iraq, American veterans wounded in other wars are in their own fight. After their military careers, they expected full retirement pay — but they didn't expect their wounds would be a penalty. Congress has overwhelmingly voted to change the law to give disabled veterans both sets of benefits. But the Bush mis-ministration threatens to veto the legislation.
White House Criticizes Election Mess pResident Bush's spokesman gave a gentle slap on the wrist Wednesday to election officials in two Florida counties at the center of the state's latest voting embarrassment.
Who benefits from a war with Iraq? (Flash required)
America plans PR blitz on Saddam The Bush mis-ministration is to launch a multimillion-dollar PR blitz against Saddam Hussein, using advertising techniques to persuade crucial target groups that the Iraqi leader must be ousted.
US bribes and threatens "allies" over Iraq In the wake of Bush's ultimatum to the United Nation’s General Assembly to back a US war against Iraq, Washington has launched a multi-sided campaign to bribe and threaten governments around the world.
Saddam's surprise catches Bush off guard The word from the White House was that they had expected this all along. The offer from Iraq to re-admit weapons inspectors was "no surprise", according to the usual, anonymous, mis-ministration sources in their early morning response yesterday.
Bush Left Scrambling to Press Case on Iraq The Bush mis-ministration showed not the slightest indication to heed entreaties from Russia and France — each with veto power over any Council resolution — and Arab countries to take Iraq's offer at face value.
How Saddam Happened America helped make a monster. What to do with him—and what happens after he’s gone—has haunted us for a quarter century -- The last time Donald Rumsfeld saw Saddam Hussein, he gave him a cordial handshake... Over the protest of some Pentagon skeptics, the Reagan administration began allowing the Iraqis to buy a wide variety of "dual use" equipment and materials from American suppliers.
Bush's Nuclear 'Lunacy' Horror at Dubya's secret attack plan on 7 countries -- Dictator Bush faced world anger last night over America's seven-nation nuclear hit list. British MPs joined the outcry after a leaked Pentagon report revealed contingency plans to use nuclear weapons against China, Russia, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria and Libya. The secret policy was denounced as warmongering "lunacy". Alarmed officials from Moscow to Tehran warned that the "power crazy" pResident, buoyed up by the successful campaign in Afghanistan, could plunge the world into chaos.
Terror War Going More Covert Control of most operations would let Special Forces get more aggressive -- The Pentagon is preparing to consolidate control of most of the global war on terrorism under the U.S. Special Operations Command, according to government sources, signaling an intensified but more covert approach to the next phase in the battle against al Qaeda and other international terrorist groups.
Camp Delta Breakdown 80 suspects in solitary as tensions grow -- Eighty al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects are now in solitary confinement at a US base in Cuba as relations between prisoners and guards deteriorate further. And American officials confirmed yesterday the Daily Mirror's revelation that detainees, including seven Britons, may be held at Guantanamo base for years to come.
Judge May Require Release of Detainee A federal judge ruled today that a Muslim clergyman accused of funneling money to terrorists should be freed in 10 days or have a new hearing open to the news media and the public with a different immigration judge.
Judges Object to Public Hearings Federal judges considering the legality of secret immigration hearings for terrorism suspects expressed concern Tuesday that making the proceedings public could help terrorists stage more attacks.
Reno Concedes Fla. Gov. Nomination Janet Reno conceded the Democratic nomination for governor to Bill McBride on Tuesday – a full week after Florida's bungled primary – after final vote counts showed him narrowly defeating the former attorney general.
California Power Failures Linked to Energy Companies Widespread power failures during California's energy crisis of 2000 and 2001 could have been avoided if five independent energy companies had not withheld electricity they were capable of producing, a study by state regulators said today.
General Electric’s Jack Welch and the corporate plundering of America Divorce papers filed in court earlier this month against retired General Electric Corporation Chairman and CEO John F. Welch Jr. provided a glimpse into the lifestyle of America’s corporate elite... It was widely reported that on election night 2000, Welch made a personal visit to NBC’s New York studios and used his influence to get NBC News to reverse its initial announcement that Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore had won the state of Florida.
G.E. Says S.E.C. to Look Into Welch's Compensation Package General Electric said today that it had agreed to cooperate with a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into a compensation agreement with its former chief executive, John F. Welch Jr., and that the company had acceded to a request by Mr. Welch to reduce the compensation he receives.
High Court Rejects Delay on Asbestos The Supreme Court yesterday refused to intervene in a huge asbestos damage lawsuit in West Virginia, clearing the way for a trial in Charleston next week involving as many as 8,000 claimants and 250 companies.
IMF report warns of global financial risks While the global financial system appears to be relatively stable at present, it could face serious risks in the future arising from a collapse of investor confidence or a tightening of credit.
Interior's Norton Cited For Contempt In Trust Suit Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton was ruled in contempt of court yesterday by a federal judge who issued a blistering attack on her and a senior aide, saying they deceived him about the agency's failure to reform a trust fund for Native Americans.
Conservative Churches Grew Fastest in 1990's, Report Says Socially conservative churches that demand high commitment from their members grew faster than other religious denominations in the last decade, according to a study released yesterday by statisticians who count American religious affiliations every 10 years.
Defiant California City Hands Out Marijuana (Santa Cruz) Mayor Krohn, several City Council members and two former mayors gathered in front of City Hall this afternoon to witness a medical marijuana giveaway in protest of a federal raid two weeks ago on a local cannabis collective. It was a direct challenge to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and though the mayor did not physically handle the marijuana today, he was unsure whether he would be going to jail.
American dream sours Public reaction to a teen's Arabic name since Sept. 11, 2001, is one of the main reasons his family has left its Tampa home.
Aide says Gore undecided about 2004 race A spokesman for President Gore is shooting down an online report Monday that Gore has decided to run for re-election in 2004.
Is it Disloyal to Discuss Domestic Problems? (The Daily Enron) "Democrats are getting to live the reality of what it is like to point out that the emperor's wardrobe is lacking. While demonstrably stark naked on domestic economic issues, the Bush administration has wrapped itself in the flag instead."
Lay, Skilling may be next on feds' hit list The fact that the Justice Department is investigating Enron Broadband Services indicates that prosecutors are now focusing on Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling and possibly other top executives, according to observers.
Reno Aides See No Challenge to Election As Janet Reno's chances of overtaking Bill McBride in the Democratic race for governor dwindled, aides to Ms. Reno said today that she would not challenge the certified results in court if she lost.
Reno Running Out of Time and Votes in Florida Primary Gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride said Monday he was close to picking a running mate, while Janet Reno's chances of overtaking him for the Democratic nomination dwindled with one day left to find enough votes.
California Republican Party Finds Itself Deep in Pit The best way to understand the current state of the California Republican Party, says John J. Pitney Jr., professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, is to review the Monty Python dead parrot sketch.
PM takes Sept. 11 message to U.N. Buoyed by a groundswell of support for his comments linking terrorism and the western world's "greed," Prime Minister Jean Chrétien today will take the same message to the United Nations in New York.
Fla. Scare Raises Questions on Tips Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Monday: "But there's a problem when you basically deputize everyone in America. Does a person reading the Koran in the airport, or a man wearing a skullcap, constitute suspicious activity? Where does it leave us?"
Poll: Concern War May Erode Freedoms Americans are concerned the war on terrorism may be eroding personal freedoms, but they support many powers given to government investigators following the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a national poll released Tuesday.
Bush Weighs Tribunal For Binalshibh The Bush mis-ministration is weighing whether to try suspected Sept. 11 plotter Ramzi Binalshibh by a military tribunal rather than a civilian court, but the decision will take a backseat to initial efforts to interrogate him about al-Qaida and future planned attacks, officials said Monday.
U.N. Inspectors Can Return Unconditionally, Iraq Says Iraq, responding to worldwide pressure after pResident Bush demanded that it comply with United Nations resolutions, said today that it would allow international weapons inspectors to return "without conditions."
White House Dismisses Iraqi Offer The White House dismissed Iraq's offer Monday to let weapons inspectors return there unconditionally — a move that could be an attempt to split the Security Council and preclude stern U.S. action against Iraq.
Rumsfeld Ordered New Approach to U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq, to Do More Lasting Damage U.S. pilots patrolling the skies over Iraq are taking a new approach to defending themselves against Iraqi gunners by striking at the command and communications links in Iraq's air defense system rather than its guns and radars, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday.
Oiling the wheels of war Iraq campaign may spark global recession (The Guardian) "...If the Iraqis lashed out at Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti installations crude, according to former Saudi minister Sheikh Yamani, could end up costing $100 a barrel... War will do more harm than good to the US economy, and it is foolish to suggest otherwise."
In Iraqi War Scenario, Oil Is Key Issue U.S. Drillers Eye Huge Petroleum Pool -- A U.S.-led ouster of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could open a bonanza for American oil companies long banished from Iraq, scuttling oil deals between Baghdad and Russia, France and other countries, and reshuffling world petroleum markets, according to industry officials and leaders of the Iraqi opposition.
Iraq first, Iran and China next Weapons of mass destruction aren't the issue, it's about global control -- by Dan Plesch "President [sic] Bush's concern over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is a pretext for a global strategy of pre-emptive attack. He and his advisers intend to establish precedents with Iraq that can be used against other states that stand out against US global control."
200 Soviet Nukes Lost in Ukrane A nuke scandal is gathering steam -- Pyotr Simonenko, the leader of the Ukrainian Communist Party released a sensational statement on Wednesday. In his words, there were 2400 nuclear warheads in Ukraine, although the export of only 2200 of them was officially documented. Simonenko claimed that nobody knows where 200 Soviet-era nukes in Ukraine are.
Australia sees light on Kyoto The Australian government's opposition to the Kyoto protocol on reducing greenouse gases was undermined last night by two official reports which said the economy would benefit from its ratification.
LA Babies Get Lifetime's Toxic Air in 2 Weeks-Study A two-week-old baby in the Los Angeles area has already been exposed to more toxic air pollution than the U.S. government deems acceptable as a cancer risk over a lifetime, according to a report on Monday by an environmental campaign group.
Gore Criticizes Bush Mis-ministration President Gore said Saturday night the Bush mis-ministration has failed to respect civil liberties and is letting the nation's budget surplus slip away with flawed economic policies.
GOP Questions Gore's Relevance Al Gore is "having a tough time remaining relevant" to the Democratic Party and offers only criticism rather than positive plans of his own, a Republican spokesman said Sunday.
Reno Campaign: McBride Lead Dwindles According to figures released Sunday by officials with Janet Reno's campaign, Bill McBride's lead dwindled to 4,677 votes based on the rechecking of ballots cast in precincts that experienced technical problems.
Reno won't fight in court Even if a final count shows Janet Reno losing to Bill McBride by a single vote in the race to be the Democratic nominee for governor, Reno will concede defeat rather than pursue a legal challenge, her campaign said Sunday.
South Florida's voting machine trouble could be used as weapon against Bush Janet Reno's campaign for governor is trying to build a sweeping case against the now-infamous touch-screen voting machines that campaign officials believe may be responsible for Reno's losing thousands of votes in the Democratic primary.
Quid Pro Quo Letter by Jeb Bush Followed Donation Two weeks after a Miami-based liquor manufacturer gave the Florida Republican Party $50,000, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) wrote a letter to a political appointee of his brother, pResident Bush, asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to "take quick, decisive action" favoring the company in a trademark dispute.
Hundreds in California Protest Possible War With Iraq Hundreds of anti-war protesters marched and spoke out Saturday against any possible military action in Iraq. "We believe that this war can be stopped if the people intervene in the political process," said Richard Becker of the International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition.
A Message to the Iraqi National Assembly From the Hon. Nick Rahall, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives "It is time and, in my opinion, far past time that American and Iraqi officials talk to each other without threats. We want to open doors to possibilities that will protect life instead of maiming and killing."
Iraq May Allow Inspectors In A U.S. congressman visiting here said today that there was a "strong possibility" Iraq would agree to unrestricted U.N. weapons inspections if pResident Bush backed down from his call for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to be replaced.
Democrats Question Iraq Timing Talk of War White House denies using Iraq as "Wag the Dog" election distraction -- distracts from election issues -- Why now? That's the question Democratic lawmakers and strategists are asking about pResident Bush's demand that Congress authorize war against Iraq before November's midterm elections.
War will 'tip airlines into crisis' Airlines are warning politicians that war with Iraq would tip the aviation industry into a catastrophic financial crisis.
Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming pResident A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that pResident Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001. The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George Bush's younger brother Jeb, and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled "Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century," was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).
The End of Empire -- by William Greider "The imperial ambitions of the Bush Administration, post-9/11, are founded on quicksand and are eventually sure to founder, but for fundamental reasons not currently under discussion. Bush's open-ended claims for US power--including the unilateral right to invade and occupy 'failed states' to execute 'regime change'--offend international law and are prerogatives associated only with empire."
Daschle: Home Security bill will pass Senate majority leader Tom Daschle said Sunday that Congress will pass legislation before the November elections creating a Homeland Security Department despite a dispute over the pResident's power to hire and fire agency workers.
Not a crook; just not very smart -- by Tom Blackburn "In defense of Mr. Cheney, stockholders get disgruntled only when their stock goes down. But Mr. Cheney is playing a disingenuous simpleton, which he is not, when he says, 'Most of the difficulties arose since I left.' He planted them."
FEC May Alter Presidential Campaigns Federal election regulators are considering letting political parties for the first time spend unlimited amounts on behalf of their presidential nominees even if the candidates accept taxpayer money and the spending limits that come with it.
Cloned Food Products Near Reality Despite FDA review, products could reach shelves as early as 2003. Milk from cloned cows and meat from the offspring of cloned cows and pigs could show up on grocery shelves as early as next year under the plans of livestock breeders who are already raising scores of clones on American farmsteads.
September 16, 2002
Analysis: Poll troubles may haunt Bush re-election effort in Florida Over the past six months, advisers to Gov. Jeb Bush have grown increasingly confident about Bush's prospects for re-election, concluding that memories of his role in pResident Bush's messy Florida "victory" [coup d'etat] in 2000 were fading from the minds of voters... But that calculation may have changed after another dysfunctional day at the polls in Florida...
Florida candidate campaigns while Miami-Dade County searches for missing votes Workers waded through stacks of voting machines Saturday, pulling them out one by one in a search for uncounted votes from Florida's disputed Democratic primary. At the same time, leading candidate Bill McBride was back on the campaign trail, saying it was time to get past the primary election fiasco [another coup] and work on unseating Gov. Jeb Bush.
Blacks Feel Disenfranchised in Fla. Lawrence Moss was 66 and voting for the first time... He walked to the polls at the bunker-like elementary school in his impoverished Miami neighborhood Tuesday, only to be told the machines weren't up. Like many other south Florida blacks, he didn't get to vote -- a sad reminder of the botched 2000 presidential election [coup d'etat], when many minorities here felt their votes didn't count and their candidate lost by just a few hundred votes.
Blame piles up fast in Miami-Dade, Broward "This could not have turned out worse for Jeb Bush," said Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe. "It reminds everybody about how Al Gore was robbed in the last presidential election."
3 can't train at hospital South Florida Muslim leaders and the families of the three medical students suspected and then cleared of being terrorists were outraged to learn Saturday that the men are no longer welcome to study at a South Miami hospital. [This racial profiling has GOT to be stopped, along with this mindless mis-ministration's policies!]
Detainee Decries Injustice of Fla. Incident One of three men detained after a terror scare on a Florida highway said the experience was an injustice that should never be repeated. "I learned that injustice, regardless against whom, is wrong," Ayman Gheith said in an interview late Friday on CNN. "It is against us today. Tomorrow it could be against you."
Man in terror scare says woman is lying The Georgia woman who prompted Friday's terror scare was "flat-out lying" when she told authorities she overheard three Muslim men at a restaurant laughing about September 11 and making suspicious comments, one of the men said late Friday. "How many other people witnessed this event that supposedly took place, first of all? Did they ask the server who served us? Did they ask anybody else that was in the restaurant? How is it that one person can pick up a phone and make any statement that they will and we end up [in custody]?" said Ayman Gheith at a rest area shortly after they were released.
The Tenth Crusade -- by Alexander Cockburn "It will take generations to roll back the constitutional damage done in the wake of the attacks. Emergency laws lie around for decades like rattlesnakes in summer grass... War on Terror? It's back to the late thirteenth century, picking up where Prince Edward left off with his ninth crusade after St Louis had died in Tunis with the word Jerusalem on his lips."
Congress OKs 9/11 Public Hearings After months of delay, Congress on Friday scheduled its first public hearings into intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks. One senator said he had little hope they would accomplish much.
White House Drags Its Feet on Testifying at 9/11 Panel The Bush Fourth Reich is balking at a request from Congress that Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld testify in public before the Congressional committee investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, government officials said today. The mia-ministration's resistance has frustrated lawmakers by making it difficult for the joint Senate and House committee to schedule public hearings, even as it races against a deadline to complete its work by the end of the current session of Congress.
Afghan massacre haunts Pentagon Nobody knows exactly how many Taliban prisoners were secretly interred in this mass grave, a short distance from the main road. But there is now substantial evidence that the worst atrocity of last year's war in Afghanistan took place here; most controversially, during an operation masterminded by US special forces.
America's war record is littered with lies Remember Vietnam? Remember the Gulf War? Beware what you're told on Iraq -- by Kenneth Davidson "Before Australians get sucked into the Bush administration's war with Iraq on what appears the flimsiest excuses, they should remember the excuses Americans offered the world to justify their involvement in the Vietnam and Gulf Wars."
GOP Using Faith Initiative to Woo Voters Office's Officials Have Appeared With Republican Candidates in Tight Races -- Republicans are using the prospect of federal grants from the Bush mis-ministration's "faith-based initiative" to boost support for GOP candidates, especially among black voters in states and districts with tight congressional races this fall.
UK Report: flooding will get worse with global warming Homes and businesses worth £222bn in Britain are threatened by devastating flooding as global warming takes hold, a new official report concludes. It breaks new ground by recommending people will eventually have to give up their cars to avoid catastrophe. The report which will be published by the Government's Energy Savings Trust later this week says some five million people living in 1.8 million homes – one in every 13 in the country – risk being inundated by rising seas and increased rainfall in the starkest official assessment yet of the human cost of climate change in Britain.
Summer of 2002 rates third hottest on record The National Climatic Data Center reported yesterday that June through August was the warmest summer since the 1930s and drought affected about half the country.
With White House Approval, E.P.A. Pollution Report Omits Global Warming Section For the first time in six years, the annual federal report on air pollution trends has no section on global warming. The decision to delete the chapter on climate change was made by top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency with White House approval, White House officials said.
Phonics Pitch Irks Teachers The Bush mis-ministration is making a concerted effort to promote the teaching of phonics in America's classrooms, and in the process, some educators charge, advancing specific commercial reading products.
Most Police Oversight Lifted in Pittsburgh A judge has released the city police department from most of the federal oversight imposed in 1997 because of reported abuses against residents.
Florida refines specialty of bungling elections Florida is facing a repeat of the weeks of embarrassing lawsuits that followed the presidential election [coup] two years ago, after a crucial poll in the state once again descended into chaos.
Florida Rejects Reno's Request for a Statewide, Manual Recount Janet Reno asked for a statewide recount Friday of every vote in Florida's botched gubernatorial primary, but the state elections board promptly turned her down. Reno's attorney said a court challenge was unlikely. [Yes, they're too busy in Florida shutting down highways after eavesdropping on private conversations in restaurant booths to count votes.]
Terror Scare in Florida: False Alarm, but Televised Although no explosives were found or plots proven: "We're looking into seeing what laws might be applicable," said John Bankhead, the director of public affairs for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He added, "These people are going to learn a lesson."
3 Men Detained in Security Check in Florida Three men reportedly overheard talking about a terrorist plot were pulled over and detained for 17 hours Friday before authorities said the men were apparently kidding around and released them. The official said the men's nationalities are Jordanian, Iranian and Pakistani. Relatives of the men criticized the investigation, suggesting the three were singled out because of their Middle Eastern backgrounds.
Terror scare may be joke gone awry Authorities reopened a major highway in South Florida that was closed for more than 17 hours Friday after authorities concluded that three men overheard discussing what sounded like a terrorist plot were perpetrating a hoax. [Was this "threat" a diversion from Jeb Bush's fraudulent election yesterday?!?]
September 11 in Chile—clashes on coup’s anniversary While the media in the US and Western Europe concentrated exclusively on ceremonies marking the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Chile was rocked by protests in observance of the 29th anniversary of the US-backed coup that inaugurated 17 years of brutal military dictatorship.
US poised for early strike on Saddam United States forces in the Persian Gulf could be ready to attack Iraq in as little as three weeks, with an existing arsenal in the region being bolstered by a build-up of troops and weapons and stealthy logistical movements.
How did Iraq get its weapons? We sold them The US and Britain sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials Iraq needed to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction. Reports by the US Senate's committee on banking, housing and urban affairs -- which oversees American exports policy -- reveal that the US, under the successive administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr, sold materials including anthrax, VX nerve gas, West Nile fever germs and botulism to Iraq right up until March 1992, as well as germs similar to tuberculosis and pneumonia. Other bacteria sold included brucella melitensis, which damages major organs, and clostridium perfringens, which causes gas gangrene.
Person of the Week: Scott Ritter (Time) Once expelled from Baghdad for challenging Saddam, the former weapons inspector returned this week to challenge Bush. Questions of consistency are sure to follow.
Reaffirming A Policy of Preemption -- by Glenn Kessler "President [sic] Bush's speech yesterday challenging the United Nations to take action against Iraq or risk irrelevance marked the first direct application of the administration's emerging policy of combating threats even before they fully materialize, bringing the nation one step closer to war."
Never Forget What? -- by Frank Rich "Maybe the administration can make the case that we can simultaneously whip Al Qaeda and Saddam, secure Afghanistan for keeps, tame the rest of the "axis of evil," guzzle gas in perpetuity and keep cutting taxes (for some of us). If that's so, and someone else's children will be marching on Baghdad, what patriot would not stand up and say 'Let's roll'?"
I Hear America Sinking Bush Pulls a Grieving Nation Into War -- by James Ridgeway "Behind the memorial candles and commercial remembrances lies one of the most astute marketing campaigns in American political history. This week, as the nation marks the first anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, the Bush administration will twist voters' outpouring of raw emotion and patriotic fervor into a launching pad for the inevitable invasion of Iraq."
UN human rights chief quits with swipe at Washington In the final days of her five years in office, Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has sharply criticised the United States for eroding civil liberties at home and human rights standards around the world since the September11 attacks.
INS Takes Illegal Immigrants Freed on Bond Back Into Custody The Immigration and Naturalization Service revoked bail Friday for two illegal immigrants who were arrested this week in an apartment where authorities found Arabic literature and computers with links to flight schools.
Sometimes you have to connect the dots, and sometimes the connections just hit you over the head. -- by Molly Ivins "Congress is on the verge of taking a final vote on the bankruptcy bill, the product of a five-year effort by credit-card companies to stack the law in their favor and against average citizens. But you will be relieved to learn that our lawmakers have thoughtfully included a loophole that leaves six states, including Florida and Texas, free to continue providing extraordinary advantages to rich citizens from all over the country who need to shelter their gelt from bankruptcy proceedings."
Judge Orders New York City to Provide Proper Housing for Homeless People With AIDS A judge has ordered the city to provide "medically appropriate" housing to homeless people with AIDS who reportedly have been living in deplorable conditions.
"As the Actions Chair for Citizens for Legitimate Government, I have been posting information on actions around the country. We don't always hear what is going on in other places, so I'd like to talk for a few minutes about what's been happening in the rest of the nation." -- remarks by Actions Chair Susan Johanesen at anti-Bush protest at the United Nations
Why We Oppose George Bush's Iraq War Remarks by Bob Fertik Co-founder of Democrats.com United Nations, September 12 2002 "We declare that America will not spill precious Iraqi and American blood, or take precious Iraqi and American life. We declare that America will not join you in embracing death. This November, we will sweep every death-embracing Republican out of office, and elect life-affirming Democrats in their place."
The program at the UN Bush Protest can be heard live over the Internet at RadioLeft.com. There will be a replay of the program on Sept. 13, 5 p.m. ET, and throughout the weekend.
Bush at the UN: Washington’s war ultimatum to the world George W. Bush went before the United Nations General Assembly Thursday to reiterate Washington’s plans for war against Iraq and issue an ultimatum to the UN itself: rubber stamp American aggression or become "irrelevant."
September 11—exploiting grief to prepare for war -- by Bill Vann "The official commemoration of the first anniversary of the terrorist atrocities of September 11 was the occasion for a cynical exploitation of the grief felt by tens of thousands who lost loved ones in the attacks, as well as the sorrow shared by millions across the globe over the wanton destruction of innocent life. In a calculated attempt to make the most of the reopening of the emotional wounds of that day, the Bush administration seized upon the anniversary to further its drive for a war of aggression against Iraq."
Security and Freedom -- by Nicholas D. Kristof "When we look back at how our country has handled the last year, we have much to be hugely proud of — and, perhaps, one thing to be just a bit embarrassed about. That's the way some people's civil liberties have been steamrolled since 9/11. I fear we'll look back on this with a hint of shame, much as we recall the abuse of 'Reds' after the Bolshevik Revolution and of Japanese-Americans during World War II."
State Dept. Illegally Links to RNC Website For some time, travelers browsing the State Department Web site for helpful tips about Guadalajara, Mexico, found much more than they bargained for when they clicked on a photograph of pResident Bush. The click transported them to a partisan playground, where they were told how to get involved with the Republican Party and even how to donate money to it. The State Department site, it turns out, had been providing a link to a Web site run by the Republican National Committee despite federal laws prohibiting government resources from being used for partisan purposes.
1,800 Uncounted Votes Found in Miami-Dade Few answers have been given to explain why more than 1,800 votes in Miami-Dade County were only found two days after Florida's primary election.
Miami-Dade's election supervisor: Unskilled workers to blame Miami-Dade County officials lost faith Thursday in their own ballot count, saying a spot check of returns from Tuesday's botched primary revealed serious discrepancies that could require a re-examination of all 7,200 machines. The extraordinary development called into question the outcome of several close statewide races, including the Democratic gubernatorial primary between Janet Reno and Bill McBride.
Reno campaign challenging vote tallies in Florida cliffhanger Political newcomer Bill McBride claimed the Democratic nomination for governor Thursday after unofficial returns showed him finishing 8,196 votes ahead of Janet Reno in Florida's bungled primary. Reno refused to concede, saying she had too many questions about balloting in two big counties where she had expected to do well.
What a mess Fiasco over new touch screens in South Florida, closed precincts and mangled ballots taint primary; Florida's rebuilt election system collapsed Tuesday in South Florida, tainting a close Democratic primary for governor and reviving images of the state that can't vote straight. "What is it with Democrats having a hard time voting -- I don't know," Bush said. [No. The system performed EXACTLY as you, Katherine Harris, and Theresa LePore designed it to perform -- setting the stage for MORE STOLEN ELECTIONS, i.e., a CONTINUATION of the COUP D'ETAT from NOVEMBER, 2000.]
Worker Says He Baby-Sat Fla. Ballots A Broward County precinct clerk said he baby-sat ballots for nearly 16 hours because he was unable to contact voting officials to collect them. Bill McKamy, 80, said he did the best he could at his precinct in Tamarac. But McKamy's story of what went wrong was one of many that plagued Tuesday's primary elections.
Democrats say they'll use Florida's latest election problems against GOP in November Democrats signaled an eagerness Wednesday to turn Florida's newest election woes against Gov. Jeb Bush this fall, while expressing hope for a speedy end to their own tangled primary struggle. "This could not have turned out worse for Jeb Bush," Democratic chairman Terry McAuliffe said of the difficulties in Tuesday's voting. "It reminds everybody about how Al Gore was robbed in the last presidential election."
U.S. FCC launches review of media ownership limits The Federal Communications Commission Thursday launched a broad effort to update and possibly relax federal media ownership limits, a move that could spark a flurry of consolidation in the industry.
U.S. Reviewing Banking Conflicts Federal regulators have launched a major review of the nation's top banks to ensure compliance with rules barring firms from linking the price or availability of loans to a corporate client's use of the bank to underwrite its stock or bond offerings.
Democrats Gain Symbolic Victory on Schools Bill Democrats won a rare victory on the floor of the House today when Republican leaders withdrew a bill to provide a limited number of low-income parents with a tax break for education expenses for their children. The bill stands no chance of passing the Senate and therefore no chance of becoming law.
Virginia Beach using spy cams for police In Virginia Beach, Va., police started a digital manhunt for criminals this week by pairing surveillance cameras with new identification technology. It is the second U.S. city to hunt for fugitives [and spy for Ashcroft] by scanning public streets while software compares images of pedestrians captured on camera to digital versions of police photos.
Reno May Challenge Fla. Results Florida's first major election since the 2000 debacle [otherwise known as a coup d'etat] was marred by mechanical and human glitches that frustrated voters and prompted Janet Reno to consider challenging results that showed her trailing in the race for governor. Reno's campaign manager, Mo Elleithee, had said the situation "raises enough concerns that we're going to have to take a good, hard look at the legitimacy of the election." [We need to take a "good, hard look" at the 2000 s-election, as well!]
Vote System Chaos Triumphs Again in Florida Election Florida held its first statewide election on Tuesday since spending $30 million to upgrade its voting system, but the result was a striking echo of the botched 2000 presidential election, with malfunctioning voting machines, closed or short-staffed polling places and frustrated voters across the state unable to cast ballots.
Katherine Harris wins lawsuit (.pdf file)
Democrats Urge Cheney to Aid Ex-Employees Democrats on Capitol Hill called on Vice pResident Cheney yesterday to compensate hundreds of former Halliburton Co. employees who lost millions of dollars in pension payouts when Halliburton sold a subsidiary under Cheney's leadership.
One Year Later, New Yorkers Come Together To Honor 9/11 It was a day of sad remembrance throughout the five boroughs Wednesday as New Yorkers gathered to honor those lost in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
One Year Later: September Eleventh 2002 Statement -- by September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows "... A year after September 11, 2001, we wonder how our loved ones lost on that day would feel about what has been done in their names. What would they think of our rush to military action? What would they think of the diminishing of our personal freedoms and civil liberties? And what would they think about the results of our choices?"
One Year Later: Sept. 11 2002 Peace Events Peaceful Tomorrows is organizing, participating in and promoting events that honor the universality of grief and the hope for a peaceful world.
CLG mentioned in Digipresse The petition on line signed by Carlos Jacinto and a dozen of thousands of other netsurfers, was composed by Lori R. Price, writer and webmaster for Citizens for Legitimate Government. Which are the questions raised by Lori Price? Carlos Jacinto : "Beaucoup de choses à éclaircir" *original in French
Senator Shelby Faults the Intelligence Agencies After months of work on a joint Congressional committee investigating the events of Sept. 11, Senator Richard C. Shelby said he feared that Congress would adjourn before all the facts are unearthed. As a result, he said, he would not oppose an outside investigating commission. "Time is not on our side," warned Mr. Shelby of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Sources: Hijackers' ex-landlord was FBI informant A former landlord of two of the September 11 hijackers was an FBI informant at the time, knowledgeable sources confirm to CNN.
One year since September 11: an unprecedented assault on democratic rights (WSWS) "Neither the eruption of US militarism abroad, however, nor the assault on civil liberties at home can be explained merely from the events, however horrific, of a year ago. Rather, the shock of thousands of civilian deaths was exploited by the Bush administration to force through policies that had long been demanded by the most right-wing sections of America’s ruling elite."
Move to Gulf by Key Unit Could Set Staff for Iraq War The United States Central Command is planning to send much of its staff to Qatar, in the Persian Gulf, in a move that Pentagon officials said would form the core of a battle staff that could run a war against Iraq.
Military to Move Sections to Qatar The command headquarters responsible for American military operations in the Persian Gulf area is moving some of its people to an air base in Qatar, officials said Wednesday.
Bush to Warn U.N.: Act on Iraq or U.S. Will pResident Bush plans to challenge the United Nations today to enforce resolutions it has passed since 1991 requiring Iraq to "unconditionally accept" the destruction of its chemical and biological weapons and nuclear research facilities, according to mis-ministration officials. He will warn that if the United Nations fails to act, the United States will step in to force Iraqi compliance.
Bush issues challenge to UN Speech will reserve right to take Iraq action -- In his speech to the UN general assembly, pResident Bush will use yesterday's anniversary of the September 11 attacks as a launching pad for his campaign against Iraq, buoyed up by a national wave of grief and defiance from memorial services across the country.
Iraq course set from tight White House circle pResident Bush's determination to oust Iraq's Saddam Hussein by military force if necessary was set last fall without a formal decision-making meeting or the intelligence assessment that customarily precedes such a momentous decision.
Blair agrees recall of parliament Downing Street bows to all-party pressure for an emergency debate, but MPs will not be given a vote -- Downing Street yesterday succumbed to all-party pressure and agreed an emergency recall of parliament to debate the Iraq crisis on September 24.
Pakistan Wants No Part in an Attack on Iraq President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said yesterday that an American decision to attack Iraq would inflame Islamic extremism in his country and across the region and that therefore "we would not like to be involved" in it.
Iraq has concerns about U.N. inspectors, sanctions Entreaties from around the world to allow weapons inspectors to return clash with Iraq's concerns about how much scrutiny it should have to bear and when it will be released from crippling U.N. sanctions, Iraqi officials made clear in a series of interviews and statements this week.
Biden Calls Unilateral Military Action 'the Single Worst Option' The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged pResident Bush on Wednesday to rule out unilateral military action against Iraq, saying it was the "single worst option" for dealing with Saddam Hussein.
The most foolish of wars -- by Ghazal Shafiei "...Yet with all his so-called justifications and saber rattling, Bush has met only resistance in his quest for Saddam's head. Never before in recent U.S. history have other countries of the world, including our own close allies, been so adamantly against a U.S. policy or resisted with such resentment as now, thanks to Mr. Bush and his hawkish advisors."
Guantanamo Detainees Stay in Limbo As flags flew nearby at half-staff to mark the Sept. 11 attacks, detainees at this isolated military base spent Wednesday as they have everyday since their capture -- in a legal limbo that has brought international criticism.
UN summit subordinates environment and development to corporate interests The Rio summit was widely acknowledged to have been a failure. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan attributed the lack of progress on the issues it raised to "too few resources, a lack of political will, a piecemeal and uncoordinated approach and continued wasteful patterns of production and consumption."
Former Prostitute Implicates Ex-Waterbury GOP Mayor (CT) Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges of Arranging For Giordano to Have Sex With Underage Girls -- A former streetwalker brought new pressure on former Mayor Philip A. Giordano when she admitted in court Tuesday that they were sexually involved for more than a decade and that she repeatedly arranged for her grammar-school-aged daughter and niece to have sex with him.
TERRORISM ALERT: THIS TIME BUSH MAY STRIKE MULTIPLE SITES AT ONCE. RED ALERT!!! -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday that the U.S. could fight - and win - multiple wars at the same time. Responding to a hypothetical scenario, Rumsfeld said the U.S. would have the firepower to respond even if China decided a U.S. military strike against Iraq created an opportunity to invade Taiwan. Said Rumsfield, "We will have, and do have, a capability in the United States to provide for homeland defense, to undertake a major regional conflict and win decisively - including occupying a country and changing the regime if necessary." [Yes, we know, as they occupied the US and installed a regime of their choice, they could do it in Iraq too.]
The 9/11 Evidence that May Hang George W. Bush - The Case Against G.W. Bush: a Preliminary "Hearing" in the Court of Common Sense -- by Cheryl Seal "At the very least Bush allowed 9/11 to happen. But the evidence indicates his guilt involves more than just a huge intentional sin of omission –this now seems certain. So it is ulcer-fomenting to watch him, Cheney, Condoleeza Rice and their PR army try to sell America yet another Big Lie –that they had no idea such a thing as 9/11 could happen..."
A Constitutional Crisis -- by Thomas I. Ellis, Ph.D. "...We have our unprecedented constitutional crisis in a nutshell: an un-elected president using a catastrophic terrorist attack to rationalize the dismantling of our constitutional rights, a massive military buildup from which he will profit directly, and an unprovoked war of aggression on a sovereign foreign power."
Cowardly Cheney heading to bunker again, cancels speech in DC for tonight Vice pResident Dick Cheney spent Monday night at a "secure, undisclosed location," the White House said on Tuesday.
U.S. Steps Up Alert as Solemn Day Arrives pResident Bush ordered the country's military and civilian authorities to a high state of alert today, closing embassies abroad and putting surface-to-air missile batteries on alert around Washington. Within minutes of the announcement today of an "orange alert," the second highest in the five levels of national terrorism warnings, a Marine helicopter landed at Vice pResident Dick Cheney's residence and swept him off to an undisclosed location. By the end of the day, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered Stinger antiaircraft missiles to be loaded into launchers around the capital.
Sudden Warning Statement Adds Drama to Anxious Day News of the heightened state of alert was first broken by NBC News on the MSNBC cable channel at roughly 11:40 a.m. By the time the news conference was held at 1:30 p.m., all three networks, as well as the cable news channels, cleared the air for a live report from Washington.
World on alert for anniversary US issues strong warning after report of al-Qaida threat · Transatlantic flights cancelled (lack of demand)· Turkey fears terrorists may have poison gas The Bush mis-ministration raised its assessment of the terrorist threat against American interests to "high risk" yesterday, the first time it has reached that level since al-Qaida's destruction of Manhattan's Twin Towers a year ago today.
Suspicious containers discovered in cooler A cooler holding metal containers linked with Three Mile Island nuclear plant was left mysteriously at the Flight 93 crash site, spurring an FBI investigation just days before a high-profile Sept. 11 ceremony. Investigators aren’t yet sure what to make of the find and said they have so far discovered no explosives, radiation or other threats.
Military Deploys Missiles Around Washington The U.S. military deployed anti-aircraft missiles at the Pentagon and bases around Washington on Monday for an exercise to test an emergency defense of the nation's capital, Pentagon officials said.
Election Chaos in Florida - "It was ridiculous," said Alina Cauce, 43, a business analyst who was told she could not vote because of computer problems at her polling place, Miami Beach City Hall. Cauce wondered whether the problems at her precinct, which has a high concentration of gay voters, were somehow designed to influence the outcome of the vote today on a proposed repeal of a Dade County law that protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in employment and housing. Elsewhere, voters in predominantly black areas affected by computer problems speculated that they might be the victims of an attempt to disenfranchise minorities. [God, can it get *any*more*obvious? The coup continues!!]
Election Day Filled With Chaos Even Former Attorney General Initially Turned Away At Polls The 2002 vote in South Florida got off to a rough start Tuesday morning and it forced the polls to be open two hours longer than planned. After reports of widespread election problems across the state, Democratic gubernatorial primary candidate Janet Reno said she planned to file a court injunction to extend voting hours to 9 p.m. in four Florida counties, including Miami-Dade and Broward. While polls were scheduled to be open at 7 a.m., not all places were ready. Even Reno was turned away when she tried to vote at St. Catherine Siena Church on 107th Avenue this morning. She was able to voter later.
Gov. Bush Orders Polls to Stay Open Two Hours Longer -- Order to Postpone Poll Closings (.pdf file)
Broward County Dismisses Poll Concerns (FL) Broward County officials dismissed concerns that Tuesday's election would be unmanageable after a number of poll workers failed to pick up materials required to open and run election polls on time [?!?].
Nelson Mandela: The United States of America is a Threat to World Peace In a rare interview, the South African demands that George W. Bush win United Nations support before attacking Iraq.
Iraq invites US to look for bio weapons Iraq Tuesday renewed its invitation to the U.S. Congress to come to Baghdad to look for the weapons of mass destruction the United States says Iraq is producing.
Mexico's Fox urges Bush to seek backing on Iraq Mexican President Vicente Fox, one of pResident George W. Bush's closest friends among world leaders, joined a chorus of foreign leaders on Tuesday in telling the United States to seek United Nations support for an attack on Iraq.
Brazil to U.S.: Get U.N. Approval Brazil will not support a United States attack on Iraq without prior approval from the United Nations Security Council, a top diplomat said Tuesday.
Democrats Unconvinced On Iraq War Congressional Democrats said yesterday that classified briefings by pResident Bush's top advisers have failed to make a compelling case for quick military action against Iraq, and several leaders said Congress should wait until after the November elections before voting to authorize a strike against Saddam Hussein's regime.
Gephardt Says Democrats Won't Suffer in Iraq Debate House Democratic leader Rep. Richard Gephardt said on Tuesday that Democrats have an "excellent chance" to reclaim the chamber in November, rejecting any notion that a lengthy public debate over Iraq would bury the party's election-year message.
The horrifying memories are never far away -- by John McEnroe "Apportioning blame was not as cut and dried as people liked to think. I mean, didn't we arm Iraq in their war against Iran? And didn't we back that same Osama bin Laden, who wreaked such havoc and misery upon our country, in his fight against the Russians?"
Bush Defends Limits on Legal Rights pResident Bush defended new limits on legal rights imposed by his Fourth Reich in the "war on terror," declaring that "the Constitution is sacred'' and will not be "undermined in the effort to improve Americans' security." [The Constitution is sacred? Is that why it is being used for toilet paper in this regime? Is that why it was RAPED to put this Constitution-rapist in office? Sacred my ASSKroft!]
Secret Appellate Court Meets A secret appellate court has met for the first time in its 24-year history to consider a request from the Justice Department for more power to wiretap suspected terrorists and spies, according to department officials.
Some Senate Republicans Break With Bush on Drought Aid With many Republicans from agricultural states defying pResident Bush, the Senate voted overwhelmingly today to provide almost $6 billion to help farmers and ranchers hurt by the drought.
Lung Ailments May Force 500 Firefighters Off Job As many as 500 New York City firefighters may have to retire early as a result of "respiratory disability," chronic breathing problems caused by their exposure to dense clouds of dust, smoke and fumes at the World Trade Center, health officials said yesterday.
FBI still investigating stolen explosive fertilizer (TX) Authorities were still searching today for about 330 pounds of potentially explosive fertilizer stolen a day earlier from a Williamson County business. Authorities say 11 small tubes of ammonium nitrate -- a substance used in a 4,800-pound nitrate-fuel oil bomb in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing -- were reported missing early Monday.
pResident Bush's Niece Investigated over Cocaine Noelle Bush, the daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and a niece of pResident Bush, was under investigation on Tuesday for cocaine possession while attending a drug treatment center, Orlando police said.
Channel anger, says Gore, and elect Democrats President Al Gore urged some 2,000 fervent supporters Saturday night to channel the anger they felt upon hearing he "lost" the presidency into electing Democratic candidates in November.
For Arizona Democrats, a Rare Air of Optimism The state budget deficit, now $400 million, could hit $1 billion next year. Through much of this increase, Republicans have controlled the governorship and Legislature. All but one of the state's current Congressional delegates are Republicans as well.
Want a glimpse of 2004 elections? Watch this year's Florida vote -- by Mark Silva "Florida's Republican Party, investing tens of millions of dollars in the re-election of Gov. Jeb Bush this fall, also is attempting to lay the groundwork for the re-[s-]election of his brother, President [sic] Bush, in 2004."
Bill to Overhaul System of Voting Is Seen in Danger House and Senate negotiators said today that efforts to pass a bill that would clean up the nation's voting procedures were falling apart as partisan disagreements grew with the approach of the fall elections.
Foreclosures at record high Risky loans, marginal buyers drive rising delinquencies -- The number of mortgage loans entering foreclosure and those somewhere in the process hit record levels in the second quarter, a mortgage trade group says.
Saudis block access to gas fields Report says leading Western oil companies won't get chance to make $25B investment -- In a move that could hurt relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, the oil- and gas-rich country is refusing to open its most promising natural gas fields to outside companies, according to a published report Monday.
No war on Iraq unless the United Nations allows the use of force, top Vatican official says Military action against Iraq should only be undertaken if the United Nations authorizes it, the Vatican's foreign minister said Monday in the first statement on the issue by the Vatican.
Canadian Leader Rejects Case for Strike on Iraq Chretien, echoing many other leaders, says the United Nations is the proper venue for dealing with Hussein.
Chretien tells Bush to take Iraq issue to UN Prime Minister Jean Chretien said pResident Bush did not try to persuade him to support military action against Iraq during a meeting in Detroit Monday, but did ask what Canada's position was.
Ex-Inspector Doubts Iraq Capability Iraq is incapable of producing weapons of mass destruction and should prove it by allowing in U.N. weapons inspectors, an American who was once on the inspections teams said Sunday.
London Group Says Iraq Lacks Nuclear Material for Bomb Saddam Hussein has substantial stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and the capacity to expand production of them on short notice, but Iraq will be unable to build a nuclear weapon for years unless it obtains radioactive material on the black market, a leading security affairs research organization said today.
Downing Street seizes on Iraq weapons report to fuel war talk A report by a think-tank on Iraq's nuclear capability was seized on by Downing Street yesterday as "evidence" of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and the need to take military action. The report concedes, though, that Iraq's military capability, including weapons of mass destruction, is far weaker now than it was before the Gulf War in 1991.
Blair called a sycophant as anti-war jibes get personal Tony Blair will today risk a hostile reaction from union leaders when he insists that military action against "international outlaw" Saddam Hussein will be in defence of the United Nations and enforce international law. Mr Blair faced further criticism from his European allies yesterday when the French president, Jacques Chirac, hinted that he found the British prime minister's support for the US on Iraq "sycophantic".
The burden of proof (The Guardian) "It is not necessary to be a rocket scientist to understand that George Bush and Tony Blair are in trouble over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. The problem is not military, not yet at least; it is political. Every time the two men pronounce that Saddam Hussein poses an urgent threat, they are asked for their proof. And every time, as again at the weekend at Camp David, they fall back on assertions and claims, suspicions and half-baked half-truths."
Drain the swamp and there will be no more mosquitoes By attacking Iraq, the US will invite a new wave of terrorist attacks -- by Noam Chomsky "Washington's present justifications to attack Iraq have far less credibility than when President Bush Sr was welcoming Saddam as an ally and a trading partner after he had committed his worst brutalities - as in Halabja, where Iraq attacked Kurds with poison gas in 1988. At the time, the murderer Saddam was more dangerous than he is today."
Bush is intent on painting allies and enemies in the Middle East as evil -- by Robert Fisk "Just as Americans are recovering from the harrowing television re-runs of the 11 September attacks, their President [sic] is going to launch the biggest reshaping of the Middle East since the British and French parcelled out the Arab lands after the 1914-18 war."
Keep your eyes on the shell game -- by Molly Ivins "Nothing like a lot of distracting saber-rattling to get you to take your eyes off the shell with the pea under it. Kind of like the prospect of being hanged in the morning, impending war does tend to concentrate the mind wonderfully."
Dirtied by Iraqi oil -- by Molly Ivins "Excuse me: I don't want to be tacky or anything, but hasn't it occurred to anyone in Washington that sending Vice pResident Dick Cheney out to champion an invasion of Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein is a "murderous dictator" is somewhere between bad taste and flaming hypocrisy? When Dick Cheney was CEO of the oilfield supply firm Halliburton, the company did $23.8 million in business with Saddam Hussein, the evildoer "prepared to share his weapons of mass destruction with terrorists."
White House moves to expedite thinning of forests The Bush mis-ministration is asking Congress to ease environmental laws so 10 million acres of "overgrown" federal forests can be thinned more rapidly to reduce wildfires [no, so the logging lobby that helped install Bush is compensated.]
Sept. 11 Families Wary on Civil Rights Threats Families of Sept. 11 victims criticized pResident Bush on Monday for eroding civil rights in the U.S. war on terror, and said they believed airport security was no better than a year ago.
New York Firefighters Sickened by Sept 11 Fumes Hundreds of New York firefighters and emergency personnel have developed debilitating respiratory and stress-related disorders since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, U.S. health officials reported on Monday.
Michigan judge rejects early release for Nathaniel Abraham Nathaniel Abraham, the Pontiac, Michigan youth who was arrested in October 1997 at age 11 and convicted of second-degree murder in November 1999, has been told by a judge that he will not be released from maximum security prison until he reaches 21 years of age.
Long-Term Joblessness Rose by 50 Percent Over the Last Year Almost three million people nationwide have been out of work for at least 15 weeks, up more than 50 percent from a year ago. Half of them have not worked in at least 6 months, the Department of Labor said.
Cheney Defends Halliburton Tenure, Blaming Trial Lawyers for Asbestos Claims Vice pResident [and rightwing nutcase] Dick Cheney defended his management of Halliburton Co., saying he had assumed the oil giant's insurance would shield it against asbestos lawsuits that have cost it hundreds of millions of dollars and helped devalue its stock.
Bush gives UN last chance Deadline set for Iraq, while Blair gives UK support -- pResident Bush is to throw down the gauntlet to the United Nations to enforce its own resolutions or drop objections to US-British military action against Iraq. A joint Bush-Blair initiative will demand that the UN imposes an urgent deadline on Iraq to cooperate over arms inspectors or face the military consequences.
Specter of a U.S. war against Iraq looms over U.N. meeting The possibility of war against Iraq looms over this week's U.N. meeting of world leaders, but plenty of other issues are on the global agenda and many countries hope their concerns will not be ignored. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, speaking in Paris on Friday, said "it would be unwise to attack Iraq now" because military action would raise international tensions.
Britain and US ready to fight alone - Blair · Saddam 'threatens UK citizens' · Doing nothing is not an option, says PM Tony Blair issued a stark warning last night that he was ready to commit British troops to fight alongside US forces in a war against Iraq - even if other members of the United Nations were opposed to military action.
So much for a smoking gun. Time magazine reports that, Rumsfeld's presentation [to support war on Iraq] left even stalwarts of the pResident's party unhappy. "'We want to be with you," Oklahoma Senator Don Nickles, the Senate's second-ranking Republican, finally told him. "But you're not giving us enough [evidence for war in Iraq]" The following day, the White House and State Department phoned Senators to assess the damage.
Canada Won't Back U.S. Strike on Iraq - Manley Canada will not back the United States if it decides to launch a pre-emptive strike to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Deputy Prime Minister John Manley said on Sunday in an interview during CTV's "Question Period."
U.S. Envoy Zinni Urges Caution over Iraq Action U.S. Middle East envoy retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni urged caution on Sunday in dealing with Iraq, saying the potential impact of military action on Israel, relationships with key allies and the war on terrorism had to be carefully weighed.
Oppose US war against Iraq! Build an international movement against imperialism! (World Socialist Web Site) "The World Socialist Web Site condemns the US war drive against Iraq and calls on all working people, youth and opponents of militarism in America and around the world to launch a popular movement against imperialist war, in opposition to Bush, the Democrats, and all other representatives of the US corporate and political elite."
My vision for peace -- by Bill Clinton On the anniversary of the attacks in New York and Washington, former [and last elected] US President Bill Clinton says we can only counter the threat of terrorism by repairing the widening rift between the haves and the have-nots of our planet "With a strong security policy, a vigorous effort to create more partners and fewer terrorist, and an unrelenting struggle to win the battle of ideas, America can do a great deal to move the world from interdependence to integration in a global community that builds a fitting world for all our children."
Rights flouted at Guantanamo Bay Even officers at the US-run gulag are uneasy about the inmates' legal status. ...A US-run gulag for foreign captives held indefinitely without being charged or even formally identified... Interrogation sessions take place in a cell block inside the compound, and are carried out by Joint Task Force 170, a collection of CIA, FBI and military intelligence officers assembled to pump the inmates for information.
Detainee suicidal after jail ordeal Yaser Khatib, a 25-year-old business and computer studies student at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina was arrested on October 2 last year as part of nationwide sweep for terrorists and has been behind bars ever since.
Overview of Changes to Legal Rights Some of the fundamental changes to Americans' legal rights by the Bush mis-ministration and the USA Patriot Act following the terror attacks, as listed by The Associated Press
Congress Eases Scrutiny of FBI Abuses Since the attacks of last Sept. 11, congressional oversight of the FBI has slackened considerably, allowing the agency to use aggressive tactics that may skirt the rights of suspects, liberal and conservative civil liberties activists say.
US plan to bring back anti-gay laws A quarter of a century after one of the world's most famous gay rights battles, a rerun is taking place in Florida. In a contest being watched keenly across the US, voters in Miami-Dade county will decide tomorrow whether to repeal existing anti-discrimination laws.
Crime Records of Fla. Agents Cited Florida's child welfare agency employs at least 183 people with criminal pasts, including felonies such as child molestation, child abuse, sex crimes and drug dealing, according to a report.
Man Who "Threatened" Bush Convicted A man who calls himself a prophet was convicted of "threatening the president" [the charge alone should have insured his innocence, as Bush is not a "president"] by talking of a "burning Bush" hours before the idiot usurper arrived in the city for a visit.
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Congress, District 13 In the Republican primary, we make no recommendation (FL) " ...Mistakes and misjudgments, which continued right through [Katherine] Harris' confounding resignation as secretary of state, can no longer be dismissed as the products of inexperience. Likewise, the startling lack of clarity when Harris discusses public policies and her political vision -- without the aid of scripts or handlers -- can no longer be excused as a byproduct of a novice's uncontained enthusiasm..."
Nofziger: Simon's 'too dumb to win' (CA) The GOP consultant says he has grown frustrated with the candidate's mistakes. Just when embattled Bill Simon thought it safe to go back on the campaign trail, the Republican challenger got another political body slam this week from a former adviser who called him "too dumb to win."
Bush's Approval Rating Slides pResident Bush's overall approval rating has slid steadily downward over the summer, largely because of a major withering of support in the way he is conducting foreign policy, two polls found.
"White House: Bush misstated report on Iraq [Why don't they say "LIED???"] Seeking to build a case Saturday that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction, pResident Bush cited a satellite photograph and a report by the U.N. atomic energy agency as evidence of Iraq’s impending rearmament. But in response to a report by NBC News, a senior administration official acknowledged Saturday night that the U.N. report drew no such conclusion, and a spokesman for the U.N. agency said the photograph had been misinterpreted.
Iraq urges US to topple Bush [We are trying! We have been saying that "we need a regime change" right here in the US. While we agree with Iraq here, we certainly don't support their leadership.] Reversing the war of words between Baghdad and Washington, an Iraqi newspaper has urged the American people to overthrow George W. Bush for having caused "catastrophes" in the world.
Iraq Says Bush Cheating the World, Wants Iraqi Oil Iraq's information minister said on Saturday pResident Bush was cheating the world by claiming Baghdad posed a threat while his true motive for a possible attack was to seize control of Iraqi oil.
The Bully's Pulpit -- by Paul Krugman "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Colin Powell and Dick Cheney are in perfect agreement. And the Bush administration won't privatize Social Security."
Most think U.S. partly to blame for Sept.11 A vast majority of Canadians believes the United States bears at least some responsibility for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because of U.S. policies in the Middle East and around the globe, according to a Globe and Mail/CTV poll.
U.N. Rights Chief Blasts Terror War Departing U.N. human rights chief Mary Robinson, in a bleak assessment of the state of human rights, accused governments of hiding behind the ongoing war on terrorism to trample civil liberties and crush troublesome opponents. "Suddenly the T-word is used all the time,'' Robinson said, referring to terrorism. "And that's the problem.''
Pre-Emptive Strike on Iraq: Count NATO Out The United States would not be able to involve NATO in a pre-emptive strike on Iraq because offensive action runs contrary to the founding principles of the North Atlantic alliance, officials said.
Chickenhawk Vs. Chicken Little -- Many Iraq Hawks Have Never Seen Military Service -- by Terry M. Neal "...For months, liberal Web sites and blogs have been buzzing about 'chickenhawks' in the Bush administration and among his supporters in Congress. The term, in this instance anyway, refers to hawkish politicians who push war but never actually served in one." [Note: a link to falloutshelternews.com's The Eagles vs. The Chickenhawks webpage was referenced in this Washington Post article.]
The Troubling New Face of America -- by Jimmy Carter "Fundamental changes are taking place in the historical policies of the United States with regard to human rights, our role in the community of nations and the Middle East peace process -- largely without definitive debates (except, at times, within the administration)."
F.C.C. Weighs a Sharp Easing of Size Limits on Big Media The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to consider sharply relaxing the rules that limit the nation's largest media conglomerates from becoming any bigger.
How Bush Spent His Summer Vacation -- Undermining Environmental Protections -- statement by Robert Perks of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) "President [sic] Bush spent most of August vacationing at his Texas ranch but, unfortunately, his administration kept busy. The following list summarizes how the Bush administration spent its summer vacation undermining environmental protections..."
Radiation Pill Distributed in Ill. Hundreds of residents within 10 miles of the Clinton nuclear power plant took advantage of a weekend giveaway of potassium iodide pills. The pills can block buildup of one type of radiation in the thyroid gland, but do not guard against other radiation.
'Idol' Star Rethinks 9/11 Role Ms. Clarkson, 20, the former comedy-club waitress who triumphed on "American Idol" on Wednesday night, said in an interview that she was considering withdrawing from singing the national anthem at a Sept. 11 commemoration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Transcript of Sept. 5 'Donahue', with Greg Palast and Aaron McGruder PALAST: OK, what happened is that five months before the election, Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush ordered the election supervisors of Florida to remove 57,700 people from the voter rolls. Supposedly they were felons. These people were innocent. Ninety-seven percent of those people were innocent, but over half of them were black. According to BBC television, our demographers, we figured Al Gore was cheated out of at least 22,000 votes. 22,000 votes.
Hundreds rally to protest pResident's visit Hundreds of protesters gathered downtown to decry pResident Bush's threats of war against Iraq. Cowardly Bush, in Louisville for a $1,000-a-plate luncheon for U.S. Rep. Anne Northup, never appeared before the approximately 400 protesters, instead entering the Seelbach Hotel through another entrance.
Iraq Says U.S., British Planes Strike Civilian Targets Iraq on Friday accused U.S. and British planes of striking civilian targets during an air raid southwest of Baghdad, and it claimed its anti-aircraft batteries chased off the attacking jets. The U.S. military said Thursday that American and British planes attacked an air defense command and control facility at a military airfield 240 miles southwest of Baghdad.
100 jets join attack on Iraq About 100 American and British aircraft took part in an attack on Iraq's major western air defence installation yesterday in the biggest single operation over the country for four years. The raid appeared to be a prelude to the type of special forces operations that would have to begin weeks before a possible American-led war.
US, UK step up air war on Iraq US and British warplanes have repeatedly pounded targets in Iraq with precision-guided weapons in recent weeks, ostensibly in response to Iraqi anti-aircraft fire in the so-called no-fly zones created in the north and south of the country.
Blair and Bush face revolt over attack on Iraq pResident Bush and Tony Blair ran into a wall of international opposition to their proposed military action against Iraq yesterday, after world leaders from Paris to Moscow and Beijing urged them to shelve their plans.
Schröder says Germany will not join Gulf military assault even with a mandate The German government tried to defuse a conflict with America over its outspoken opposition to a war against Iraq yesterday by citing a letter sent 10 days ago by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to pResident Bush that pledged solidarity with Washington's fight against terrorism.
Bush Lobbies World Leaders pResident Bush telephoned leaders of China, Russia and France on Friday in hopes of softening their opposition to ousting Saddam Hussein, but he made little noticeable progress.
Feinstein blasts Bush's talk of war Senator says attack on Iraq unwarranted Sen. Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor Thursday to argue that a pre-emptive attack to oust Saddam Hussein would be positively un-American unless pResident Bush produces evidence linking Hussein to terrorist attacks against the United States.
U.S. officials worried by lack of Iraqi weapons evidence Senior U.S. officials with access to top-secret intelligence on Iraq say they have detected no alarming increase in the threat that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein poses to American security and Middle East stability.
Congressional Leaders Seek More Iraq Evidence U.S. congressional leaders on Friday said pResident Bush must offer more evidence to support his claim that Iraq presents an immediate threat to the country before they can agree to any attack.
Funding War Public Relations With Foreign Cash -- Like Father Like Son? -- by Tom Flocco "The example of one of the most spiked stories of 1991-1992 reveals that the current burgeoning Bush bravado-inspired military advocacy by certain Administration warmongers is only a variation upon the theme of past unspoken agendas surrounding Iraq during the First Gulf War. This time around, however, polls show that U.S. citizens are less trusting of those who may be surreptitiously placing foreign agendas ahead of what is best for the United States."
Revealed: The Taliban minister, the US envoy and the warning of September 11 that was ignored Weeks before the terrorist attacks on 11 September, the United States and the United Nations ignored warnings from a secret Taliban emissary that Osama bin Laden was planning a huge attack on American soil.
Norman Mailer Declares: 'America is so vain' In an 8,000-wordish polemic to be published in this weekend's London Sunday Times [9/8/02], Norman Mailer sounds what he hopes to be a "wake up call for America," according to the Drudge Report.
Judge From Enron Defeated for Fed Court Seat Senate Democrats rejected Bush judicial nominee Priscilla Owen yesterday on the grounds that the former Texas judge was guilty of the very kind of judicial activism conservatives so often decry. Her association with Enron also hurt Owen.
Internet Freedom Also Victim of Sept 11, Group Says Security measures have curbed cyberspace so much since the September 11 attacks that the Internet can be counted among the collateral damage caused that day, a worldwide media watchdog group said Thursday.
Campus Reverses Decision Not to Distribute Patriotic Ribbons on Sept. 11 Dissenters Feel Red, White and Blue Will Lead to Conflict -- While the university has planned numerous events to commemorate the first anniversary of Sept. 11, Chancellor Robert Berdahl overruled a decision by student leaders to distribute white ribbons to students during the memorial. "There were people in the World Trade Center who were not American and people who were not American who died in the aftermath of Sept. 11," Graduate Assembly President Jessica Quindel said. "It is the role of the leadership of this campus that we don't want to send a message of exclusion."
Israeli Police Detonate 1,300 Pound Car Bomb Israeli Police detonated a 1,300 pound car bomb Thursday, one of the largest ever discovered, and Israel's foreign minister said Israel averted a catastrophe that could have changed the face of the Middle East.
Ventura draws harsh rebuke for Cuba trip Gov. Jesse Ventura's plan to travel to Cuba to promote trade drew a harsh rebuke from the Bush Fourth Reich Friday, with a top official saying U.S. visitors end up getting used "as props" by Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Mother in shock over teen's sentence (FL) Earlier this year, 16-year-old Adam Bollenback swiped a six-pack of beer from a refrigerator in a woman's garage and got caught by Citrus County sheriff's deputies... Authorities had recommended lighter sentences for the teenager, but a judge says 10 years.
Boycott Home Depot, Lowe's, others to help further a regime change - in the U.S. -- by Jackson Thoreau "Our forefathers and foremothers, the Sons and Daughters of Liberty, used boycotts to protest the Stamp Act and other unjust actions by the British rulers more than two centuries ago. We should start doing likewise against corporate leaders who work closely with far-right groups like the Federalist Society and RepublicaNazi Party that prop up the illegitimate Bush regime."
War begins and nobody notices! -- by Wayne Saunders "Normally, the title for this column could be a headline for The Onion, that hilarious, irreverent New York publication that twists things around in order to hint at some absurd reality... After all, how could the U.S. deploy hundreds of thousands of troops overseas and begin operations in Northern Iraq without around the clock coverage on CNN? How absurd!"
When Silence Isn't Golden (consortiumnews.com) Nelson Mandela, whose struggle against white supremacy in South Africa inspired people all over the world, says he was rebuffed in an attempt to call George W. Bush, whose life of entitlement stands in marked contrast to Mandela’s personal sacrifice. "Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent more than two decades in prison, said Bush was not available when the former South African president called to discuss the Bush administration’s threats to mount a unilateral invasion of Iraq."
'America wants to wage war on all of us' 'Regime change' seen as new term for old enemy: colonisation As they [Cairo] see it, the US's post-September 11 "war on terror" now boils down to an assault on themselves. For in the Bush universe of good versus evil, it is essentially they, with Iran thrown in, who are the evil ones.
The real goal is the seizure of Saudi oil Iraq is no threat. Bush wants war to keep US control of the region -- by Mo Mowlam "I keep listening to the words coming from the Bush administration about Iraq and I become increasingly alarmed. There seems to be such confusion, but through it all a grim determination that they are, at some point, going to launch a military attack. The response of the British government seems equally confused, but I just hope that the determination to ultimately attack Iraq does not form the bedrock of their policy."
Clinton: Get bin Laden before pursuing Hussein Former President Bill Clinton urged the Bush mis-ministration Thursday to finish the job with Osama bin Laden before taking on Iraq.
US documents implicate Kissinger in Argentine atrocities Secret archives released by the US State Department directly implicate former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and other top American officials in backing the brutal military regime of mass murder, "disappearances" and torture that ruled Argentina for more than seven years, beginning in March 1976.
Democrats Reject Bush Pick in Battle Over Court Balance The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected pResident Bush's choice for a federal appeals court post today in a party-line vote that highlighted the increasingly irreconcilable dispute between the White House and Senate Democrats over judicial nominations.
Senate Panel Rejects Bush Court Nominee Senate Democrats dealt pResident Bush a second defeat in his drive to put more conservatives on the federal bench yesterday as the Judiciary Committee, splitting along partisan lines, rejected his choice of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla R. Owen to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
9/11 Flight Restrictions Announced The federal government on Thursday announced less stringent flight restrictions coinciding with ceremonies at the three Sept. 11 crash sites.
Bush to OK Guns for Airline Pilots The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow commercial pilots to carry weapons in the cockpit after the Bush mis-ministration dropped its opposition to the idea.
Rough ride for Powell at summit Delegates at the World Summit in Johannesburg have heckled and interrupted US Secretary of State Colin Powell as he defended America's record on environmental issues.
Stepford Citizen Syndrome: Top Ten Signs Your Neighbor is Brainwashed -- by Maureen Farrell "Though much of the world is convinced the 2000 election was a coup d'etat, and many believe we're being lied to regarding 9/11, we Americans are unaware of how numb we seem. Not only are we being coerced into World War III, but at this very moment, unnamed souls are secretly locked away, the Army's drafted plans for civilian detention camps and there's a shadow government buzzing beneath our streets. And yet, we continue to ignore the oily elephant in the living room."
Landlord's beliefs can stop renter Religion a basis to deny housing to unmarried couple, rights panel says -- The Ohio Civil Rights Commission says landlords can use their religion to deny housing to unmarried applicants because single people are not protected as a group by civil rights law.
G.E. Expenses for Ex-Chief Cited in Divorce Papers Papers filed yesterday in the divorce of John F. Welch Jr., the former chief executive of General Electric, by his wife contend that G.E. covered enormous living costs for them while he led the company and will continue to do so for him for the rest of his life. The extent of these benefits has never been disclosed by the company.
Report from South Bend Peace Protest/Labor Rally -- by Deb "Turnout was anywhere from 500-1000. I was not able to get an accurate count from anyone before I left. The new venue was actually better because bunnypants had to gaze at us across the river."
Michael Rectenwald appeared on the Meria Heller show, Sept. 5, 2002. Mike talked about the threat of being arrested for a felony for holding a CLG sign at the Pittsburgh anti-Bush protest on Labor Day. Read Mike's report, "Neville Island on Labor Day 2002: First Amendment Behind Bars," here. He discussed the implications of such a threat, and spoke of a new tactic for the pro-Democracy movement! The terrific show is archived at www.meria.net.
Free Speech? Free Assembly? What Are They Under Bush? -- by Regis T. Sabol "Throughout this entire confrontation, we could hear Bush's audience cheer and applaud as he used the all too familiar phrases, 'homeland security,' and 'our enemies wish to take away our freedoms.' I wondered who had just taken away Michael Rectenwald's freedom of speech."
Sign-carrier arrested after balking at curbs Sixty-five-year-old Bill Neel wanted to needle pResident Bush in the spirit of the First Amendment "He refused to join other protesters inside the fence, saying the arrangement infringed on his right of free speech and reminded him of a Nazi concentration camp." Read Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's account, then read Bill Neel's report, here!
Atlantic to Pacific, Canada to Mexico - the Free Speech Zone! -- by Frank Beal (report from the Pittsburgh Labor Day anti-Bush protest)
Georgene Gallo's report from the Pittsburgh protest
The Battle of Portland (video)
US dockworkers rally in Los Angeles More than 2,000 longshore workers, their families and supporters rallied in the Los Angeles area on Labor Day, September 2, to protest the Bush mis-ministration’s threats against their jobs and democratic rights.
Gore plans trips to Iowa, New Hampshire President Al Gore plans campaign trips to Iowa and New Hampshire before the November elections as he steps up his political travels and fund raising, aides say.
September 6, 2002
Vice pResident in Contempt of Energy Task Force Court Order, Refuses to Produce Documents Concerning Energy Task Force -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, reported today that Vice pResident Cheney refused to produce documents pursuant to a federal court order in the ongoing Judicial Watch lawsuit concerning his Energy Task Force.
Bush mis-ministration refuses to release energy task force information Citing constitutional concerns, Vice pResident Dick Cheney and the White House are refusing to turn over information in two lawsuits against the Bush mis-ministration's energy task force.
Rowland Tied To Event (CT) A Glastonbury consultant who set up a controversial meeting in December 2000 between Republican Gov. John G. Rowland and Enron representatives, and who later held a $50,000-plus fundraiser for Rowland, is now using the governor's name as a draw for another Republican fund-raising event.
Ashcroft Appointments Assailed The Bush Fourth Reich plans to appoint to its domestic-violence advisory committee two representatives of a group vigorously opposed to the law the committee oversees.
Labor Battle Escalates in Homeland Security A labor rights battle in pResident Bush's proposed Department of Homeland Security escalated on Wednesday as a top Democrat hosted a rally with scores of federal workers and the White House warned that the dispute could scuttle its anti-terror effort.
Man Arrested With 16 Guns in Car, Headed to White House Law enforcement officials found 16 guns in the car of a Philadelphia-area man they suspected may have been driving to the White House on Wednesday.
U.S. Considering Forced Arms Inspections in Iraq The United States is considering a strategy of "coercive inspections" of Iraq's weapons sites by threatening force if Iraqi President Saddam Hussein bars U.N. arms inspectors from entering the sites, a U.S. official confirmed on Wednesday.
Everything points to war with Iraq Tony Blair began preparing Britain for war against Iraq yesterday, promising to disclose within weeks a dossier of evidence on Saddam Hussein’s weapons stockpile.
Church leaders speak against 'wicked' war Britain's two most senior churchmen have launched separate impassioned initiatives aimed at preventing war against Iraq.
Germany Rebuffs Call to Back U.S. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder rebuffed calls by Britain for Europe to help the United States against Iraq, saying Wednesday that Germany won't tone down its opposition to military action and won't "submit" to Washington.
German Leader's Warning: War Plan Is a Huge Mistake Gerhard Schröder, the German chancellor, believes that the Bush mis-ministration is making a terrible mistake in planning a war against Iraq, and he is not afraid to say so.
Britain 'leads way' in eroding privacy Individual privacy is being eroded in Britain to a far greater extent than in other developed countries, according to an international study of state surveillance in the year since September 11.
Kyoto may come into force in months Russia and Canada took the Earth Summit by surprise yesterday when they said they would ratify the Kyoto treaty to combat global warming. The news came as a blow to pResident Bush, who did not attend the summit and has set out to kill the treaty since seizing power last year.
Earth Summit Winds Down in Acrimony, Powell Jeered The Earth Summit wound down in acrimony on Wednesday with jeers for Secretary of State Colin Powell and criticism by environmentalists that it would do little to help the poor or the planet.
Bush has a word for it, even if the dictionary doesn't For a man untroubled by the need for linguistic purity, pResident Bush surpassed even himself yesterday as he sought to portray President Saddam Hussein as a scheming and evasive dictator.
Clearing up the election that won't die -- by Lance deHaven-Smith "Question: Who actually received the most votes in Florida's 2000 presidential election? Answer: Al Gore. State election officials ultimately declared George W. Bush the winner by a margin of 537 votes, but during and after the election dispute, questions remained about the uncounted ballots of 175,010 voters, ballots that had been rejected by error-prone tabulating machines employed in many Florida counties."
Hafer crossing party lines to back Rendell for governor (PA) State Treasurer Barbara Hafer, a Republican, will cross party lines to endorse Democrat Ed Rendell in his race for governor against GOP Attorney General Mike Fisher.
McBride Receives 6 Newspaper Endorsements: Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, Tallahassee Democrat, Daytona Beach News Journal, Gainesville Sun And The Ledger (Lakeland)
Democrats: Nominate Reno for governor: South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board
US 'was partly to blame' for terror attacks' A majority of Europeans think that US foreign policy is partially to blame for the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
spoke of the economy on Labor Day. Here are today's results:
Stocks Continue Tailspin Amid Uncertainty Over Economy Stocks plunged today as new data showed that the manufacturing sector is still very weak, heightening investor concerns about the outlook for an already sluggish economic recovery.
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Spy court to review prosecutors' powers -- Ashcroft's appeal for looser rules goes to panel Sometime soon, three federal judges will meet behind closed doors in the nation's capital to ponder the Bush mis-ministration's attempt to loosen standards for terrorism-related searches and wiretaps. It will be the first-ever meeting of a court that was created by law in 1978. The court, which meets in secret in a windowless room, has no known rules, no timetables and no obligation to hear from anyone except the government.
College Student of Middle Eastern Descent Arrested for Taking Photos of Police Cars A college student of Syrian descent was arrested after authorities caught him taking pictures of police cars, an activity the FBI has "warned" police departments about after Sept. 11.
Nearly half of Americans think First Amendment goes too far, survey finds Support for the First Amendment has eroded significantly since Sept. 11 and nearly half of Americans now think the constitutional amendment on free speech goes too far in the rights it guarantees, according to a new poll.
U.S. Should Seek an Alternative to War -- by E.J. Dionne Jr "The president [sic] says he feels no pressure to make a quick decision about Iraq. That being the case, why not pursue an alternative to war that, if war should come, would make it much less likely that the United States would be out there all alone?"
Pa. Paper Backed After Canceling Coulter Editor Reports 97% Support -- When the State College, Pa., Centre Daily Times dropped ultraconservative columnist Ann Coulter two days ago, it braced for a large reaction -- and got it. But of the more than 500 e-mails that poured in, about 485 supported the paper's decision, according to Executive Editor Bob Unger.
Ex-EPA Head Criticizes Bush Air Plan New proposals to ease air pollution requirements on power plants will produce dirtier air and harm the public's health, the woman who headed the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration said Tuesday.
Kyoto a go, PM says Prime Minister Jean Chrétien delighted environmentalists and infuriated the Alberta government on Monday by promising that Parliament will be asked to ratify the Kyoto climate accord before the end of the year.
Thirsty for Justice -- by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman "Shown the folly of over-reliance on markets even in the world's richest country, the market fundamentalists at the World Bank are continuing their push for privatization of services -- with the provision of drinking water at the top of the list -- in the developing world."
Friends and allies wonder what's happened to the United States -- by Helen Thomas "Our friends and allies are wondering what has happened to the great America they once knew. To many of them, we have lost the moral high ground. There is a growing perception that with its solo superpower status, the Bush administration is saying to the rest of the world: Who cares what you think?"
RUMOR that reserves in Western States being called up to break Longshoreman's strike and lock out in Seattle, Oakland, Long Beach and San Diego
Bush Overall Job Approval Rating Drops Below 60% George W. Bush's overall job approval rating has dropped below 60% for the first time since September 2001 according to a new survey by the American Research Group.
Bush must go, says labor Bush and organized labor have butted heads since the outset of the administration with a ferocity rarely seen in Washington. The harsh feelings haven't ebbed, and union leaders are gearing up to defeat Republicans in the coming election and to defeat the pResident in two years.
Polls Say Workers Uneasy With Economy, Executives A bevy of studies and surveys conducted by groups across the political spectrum timed for the three-day weekend honoring workers have captured an anxious and angry mood among America's workforce. Workers around the country are expressing pessimism about the economy and the leaders of the companies they work for.
Feds to Indict Raisethefist.com Webmaster August 26th, Federal prosecutors are indicting Sherman Austin, 19 year old founder/webmaster of Raise the Fist, an anarchist independent media/direct action network. On January 24th, 2002, Sherman became one of the first victims of the new USA "Patriot" Act when 25 heavily armed FBI agents and secret service surrounded and raided his home in Los Angeles because of his anarchist web site http://www.raisethefist.com.
New life for Operation TIPS (Salon Premium) Blasted for plans to link the spy program to America's Most Wanted, John Ashcroft has tapped another private firm to run its volunteer hotline. His most fervent supporter: Joe Lieberman.
Iraq to Discuss U.N. Inspections with Annan Iraq, stepping up a diplomatic drive to avert a threatened U.S. attack, said on Monday it would discuss a conditional return of United Nations arms inspectors with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Newsweek: White House Distances Itself From Cheney Comment On Iraq: 'A Return Of [U.N.] Inspectors Would Provide No Assurance Whatsoever' of Saddam's Compliance With UN Resolutions -- Card Says Specific Language Was Not Ordered By Bush; Vice pResident Didn't Check His Iraq Facts With the CIA; State Department Never Saw the Final Text
Powell Urges Inspections Before U.S. Action on Iraq Remarks appear to be further evidence of a split within Bush mis-ministration. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said as a "first step," United Nations weapons inspectors must return to Iraq and the world must be provided evidence of the threat posed by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein before any action is taken. Powell's remarks appeared to be further evidence of a split within the mis-ministration over the best way to build a diplomatic case for war with Iraq.
Mandela Blasts U.S. Attack Threats Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former president, strongly condemned U.S. threats to attack Iraq, warning on Monday that the United States was "introducing chaos in international affairs" and declared that, "We are really appalled by any country, whether a superpower or a small country, that goes outside the U.N. and attacks independent countries."
US seeks Japanese government support for war on Iraq US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrived in Tokyo on August 27, seeking the open endorsement of the Japanese government of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for US war plans against Iraq.
Russia warns of veto on Iraq Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov has said he hopes Russia will not have to use its UN Security Council veto to head off American military action against Iraq.
Iran says it won't stand idle if Iraq is attacked Iran reiterated its opposition to a possible U.S. attack against Iraq, warning it will not stand idle in the face of new regional instability.
Officers: Iraq Could Drain Terror War Diversion of Afghan Forces to Gulf Raises Concerns -- As the Bush mis-ministration intensifies talk about toppling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, military officials are confronting what some see as a looming problem: that by launching a war in the Persian Gulf, the mis-ministration will divert attention and resources from the military campaign against al Qaeda and terrorism.
Bush runs out of credit -- by Matthew Engel "Leave aside the question of whether its Iraq policy - whatever it actually is this morning - might possibly be right. What is indisputable is that the US government has wrecked, possibly beyond repair, its hopes of persuading any other country to that effect by simple, arrogant incompetence. It is terrifying to watch. It could be the next bestseller: How to Lose Friends and Influence No One, by George W Bush."
The Charnel House Future: Why Bush&Co. Must Be Stopped Now -- by Bernard Weiner "I don't want to talk here about whether a full-scale attack on Iraq is right or wrong -- or whether, with all the scandals surrounding Bush&Co., the Administration is using its daily leaks and the whole Iraq debate as giant distractions. What I want to do here is to examine whether such attacks... will further or endanger America's national interests."
Commanders Want Elite Units Freed From Qaeda Hunt Commanders in the American military's most elite Special Operations unit are contending that their troops should be freed from the fruitless hunt in Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden, military and intelligence officials say.
Missile Defense Focus Urged Advisory panel suggests narrowing approach to speed deployment -- An influential Pentagon advisory group has urged the Bush mis-ministration to narrow the focus of its missile defense program and concentrate on just two experimental approaches for guarding the nation against ballistic missile attack.
Blair's summit rebuff to Bush Tony Blair last night launched an unexpected broadside against George Bush over climate change and said the leader of the world's most polluting nation must be persuaded to change his ways.
EU caves in to US over green pact EU negotiators were accused yesterday of capitulating to the United States over renewable energy as governments reached agreement on the wording of the concluding document of the earth summit.
US Special Forces Home From Afghanistan Turn Murderous Speculation about the causes of the killings at Fort Bragg has run the gamut from the stress of combat to psychotic side-effects from the anti-malaria drug Lariam, which is given to soldiers in Afghanistan.
South Carolina Judges Seek to Ban Secret Settlements South Carolina's 10 active federal trial judges have unanimously voted to ban secret legal settlements, saying such agreements have made the courts complicit in hiding the truth about hazardous products, inept doctors and sexually abusive priests.
Michael Rectenwald's response to a correspondent who questioned our use of the terms "pResident" and "mis-ministration." Such "strident" rhetoric, the writer claimed, might actually make "Republicans of out of moderates." Read the letter CLG received regarding Michael Rectenwald's response to the correspondent.
GOP Chief Sees Uphill Fight The Republican Party chairman said the GOP is fighting "the tide of history" in trying to make gains in the November elections, as he and his Democratic counterpart previewed an acrid home stretch by trading bitter accusations on Bush mis-ministration policies.
Domestic Concerns Take Center Stage in Congress Races The fight for control of Congress is revolving this Labor Day more around domestic than foreign concerns, with candidates battling over corporate abuses, prescription drug costs and Social Security rather than the threat of terrorism or the prospect of a war against Iraq. The emphasis on these domestic issues at what is traditionally the start of the general election season would seem to give an advantage to the Democratic Party.
Colin Powell: Planning for an Exit Secretary of State Colin Powell has been a good soldier in public, even as he has had to fight for every small victory against mis-ministration hawks like Vice pResident Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. But he has privately grown more frustrated, and now, sources close to Powell tell Time, he has a firm plan for his exit: he will step down at the end of pResident Bush’s current term.
Democrats: Nominate Reno Janet Reno is the most impressive of the three Democratic candidates seeking their party's nomination for governor in the Sept. 10 primary. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board recommends Democrats choose the former U.S. attorney general and Miami-Dade County state attorney as their nominee to represent them in the Nov. 5 election.
Slouching Towards 9/11 -- by Frank Rich "Even so, there have been some changes over the past year, starting with the strange disappearance of the Democratic Party. In foreign-policy debates on TV these days 'the left' is now represented by the G.O.P. gargoyle Lawrence Eagleburger. On the right, political correctness has also turned inside out. Those who once deplored the suppression of free speech on campus are now calling for it if the subject under discussion is the Koran."
Now...Will the Real Incompetent President [sic] Please stand up? -- by Bruce S. Ticker "OPENING SHOT: A liberal is a conservative who has not been screwed by Bush yet. This takes off on an old line: A conservative is a liberal who hasn't been mugged yet."
Feds Probe Enron Ever So Carefully Since Enron blew the lid off the corporate cesspool in the first place, one has to wonder why things are moving at such a glacial pace. Bush mis-ministration critics have their suspicions. "People forget that the within the ranks of the Bush administration there are no fewer than 50 officials who had either an employment or financial relationship with Enron before joining the administration," said Mike Lux, President of American Family Voices.
White House Panel Backs Bush on Homeland Dept. A White House panel on domestic security told the mis-ministration Thursday what it wants to hear: pResident Bush should have broad leeway for hiring, firing and paying employees at the new Department of Homeland Security.
Pentagon fighting for its rights in 'enemy combatant' cases The Pentagon soon will ask a U.S. appeals court in Virginia to rule that the military, and not a federal judge, may decide when a U.S. citizen can be held indefinitely as an "enemy combatant," a Justice Department source says.
Powell Pushes For Inspectors in Iraq Colin Powell Says U.S. Should Seek Return of Weapons Inspectors to Iraq Before Sending Military -- The United States should first seek a return of U.N. weapons inspectors to Iraq before taking any further steps, Secretary of State Colin Powell said in comments broadcast Sunday.
Top Iraqi Official Calls U.S. Allegations Baseless A senior Iraqi official said on Sunday that U.S. allegations that Baghdad was producing weapons of mass destruction were baseless and could prove it.
By infinite moonlight, US readies for war -- by David Isenberg "...what exactly do people think the US military has been doing during the past decade? It has been conducting a war, albeit an aerial one with significant political limitations, over the northern and southern Iraqi no-fly zones. All told, nearly 300,000 flights have been flown in the zones, including about 265,000 in the south since 1992 and 33,000 in the north since 1997. This year alone, Iraqi air-defense facilities have been bombed eight times in the north and 19 times in the south."
World pays cost of our ignorance U.S. is the biggest threat to peace and stability, which is why other nations despise and fear us -- by James William Militzer "It seems increasingly certain that the Bush administration will launch a war to depose Saddam Hussein. Before the bombing starts, let's take a closer look at the two antagonists."
Bush Reviews Key Environmental Law The Bush mis-ministration is reviewing a landmark environmental law that requires lengthy studies before foresters cut a tree or developers start to dig.
Germany May Withhold Sept. 11 Evidence from U.S. Over Death Penalty Germany has told the United States it will withhold evidence against Sept. 11 conspiracy defendant Zacarias Moussaoui unless it receives assurances that the material won't be used to secure a death penalty against him, Germany's justice minister said in remarks released Saturday.
Gun Industry Is Gaining Immunity Against Suits A spate of government litigation against the nation's gun companies has been stifled in 30 states, which have passed laws granting the industry immunity from civil lawsuits.
Bush Urges Three National Days of Prayer Honor Sept 11 Victims pResident Bush launched anniversary commemorations of the Sept. 11 attacks on Saturday by urging Americans to volunteer in honor of victims and designating three national days of prayer. In a proclamation, Bush designated next Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6-8, as "national days of prayer and remembrance."
Michael Powell V. The Economy -- by John B. Judis "The government official most responsible for turning telecom around is the current FCC chair, Michael Powell, son of Colin... But Powell has proven a disaster. He has equivocated, frustrating even ardent supporters... and when he has finally acted, it has been to prolong rather than shorten the telecom slump. Like Harvey Pitt, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Powell would be ripe for replacement--if his feckless, ideological approach didn't so perfectly reflect the president he serves."
General Ashcroft's Detention Camps: Time to Call for His Resignation -- by Nat Hentoff "Under the Justice Department's new definition of 'enemy combatant'—which won the enthusiastic approval of the president [sic] and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld—anyone defined as an "enemy combatant," very much including American citizens, can be held indefinitely by the government, without charges, a hearing, or a lawyer. In short, incommunicado... Meanwhile, as the camps are being prepared, the braying Terry McAuliffe and the pack of Democratic presidential aspirants are campaigning on corporate crime, with no reference to the constitutional crimes being committed by Bush and Ashcroft."
The Terror of Pre-Crime -- by Nat Hentoff "John Ashcroft recently released his guidelines for investigating people he suspects as terrorists, and these guidelines exceed even J. Edgar Hoover's contempt for due process. Activists particularly--and I expect the term applies to a good many readers of The Progressive--should know what may well be in store for them."
Diplomatic Gap Between U.S., Its Allies Widens Many foreign officials, post Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, believe that the Bush mis-ministration, with its unyielding focus on the war on terrorism and the primacy of U.S. interests -- increasingly places little stock in the needs and opinions of other nations.
As U.S. Pursues a Verbal War Against Iraq, World Voices Concern As the Bush mid-ministration ratchets up its verbal war against Iraq, the rest of the world is talking back — in statements that contain more skepticism and disapproval than support and that are often determined by domestic politics, economic problems, distrust of the United States and concerns about international law.
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